Participants in ongoing talks on the non-implementation of the
Good Friday Agreement remain downbeat about the prospects for
In one of the strongest attacks yet on the proposals for a
citizenship referendum, the 26-County Human Rights Commission
warned that the referendum may breach the rights of Irish-born
children under two international human rights treaties.
The inquests into the deaths of 34 people in the Dublin and
Monaghan bombings 30 years ago were reopened yesterday by the
Dublin City Coroner, Dr Brian Farrell.
Three Irish men arrested on leaving FARC territory in Colombia
during august 2001 were acquitted of the most serious charge of
providing training to FARC rebels yesterday in Bogota.
Loyalist bandsmen returning from Saturday’s Love Ulster rally ran
riot in Portadown, County Armagh.
A member of the Orange Order has been accused of using fraudulent
claims of cross-community support to win an appointment to the
North’s Parades Commission.
British MI5 military intelligence withheld vital information on
the 1998 Omagh attack by the Real IRA, it has been revealed.
Former Alliance Party leader John Alderdice has resigned from the
party after admitting he was still an Alliance member, two years
after his appointment to the so-called Independent Monitoring
Another in our continuing series of retrospectives on the 25th
anniversary of the 1981 hnger strike. An account of the 1980
hunger strike from the Irish People.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams yesterday held talks with the
father of a unionist paramilitary murder victim and vowed to back
his campaign for justice.
Suicide rates in the North of Ireland have risen as community
spirit in the face of the conflict has declined, according to
new research published.
The unionist paramilitary UDA has carried out another series of
sectarian attacks, putting pressure on the British government to
admit that the organisation is not abiding by its professed
A unionist politician has challenged the British government to
arrest him if it believed his party had a say over the actions
of the paramilitary ‘Ulster Volunteer Force’ and ‘Red Hand
Pressure is growing on the British government to free prominent
republican Sean Kelly, who was jailed last month without
New statistics show that nationalist areas of the North are
being starved of inward investment while job-creation is being
directed to mainly Protestant areas.
Human rights activists have expressed concern at news that the
26-County Minister for Justice Michael McDowell has signed an
agreement that allows for the detention and interrogation of
people in Ireland by US secret service agents.
Former British prime minister Ted Heath has died at the age of
89, a day after the death of the last surviving mother of a
Bloody Sunday victim.
We awoke to screams and the banging of bin lids. I ran down the
stairs and out into the street which was packed with neighbours.
Someone was shouting hysterically, “They’ve introduced
internment! They’ve introduced internment!”
Republican supporters of five accused of membership of the
breakaway ‘Real IRA’ were cleared from a packed courtroom
Republicans tonight expressed anger at heavy-handed police raids
in County Tyrone.
Sinn Féin has urged the Dublin government to block attempts to
introduce discrimination against republicans following police
allegations of “IRA criminality”.
The Green Party in the 26 Counties has decided to allow the
Green Party in the Six Counties become a region of an all-island
Bitter political exchanges look to set to continue at least
until the British general election in May following Bertie
Ahern’s statement that he does not expect developments in the
peace process until after the summer.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP gave the following address
at the launch this morning of the exhibition of Sinn Féin’s
British Prime Minister Tony Blair today apologised for the
“ordeal and injustice” suffered by the Conlon and Maguire
families, who were wrongly jailed at the height of the conflict
Let us examine the
mindset of the PSNI and the Garda Siochana by which they reached
the conclusion that the IRA did the Northern Bank raid
Families of the Omagh bomb victims have seen their demands for a
full cross-border public inquiry rebuffed following a marathon
two-and-a-half hour meeting with British Direct Ruler Paul
Sinn Féin chief negotiator Martin McGuinness has identified one
of the British officials in its “Northern Ireland Office” he
says in involved in covert attempts to undermine republicans.
Efforts are being made to save the northern talks process
following controversial allegations on Friday by the northern
police chief Hugh Orde.
The basis for the decision of a Colombia court to reverse a
lower court’s decision and find three Irish men guilty of
training rebels has proved shocking.
The sentencing of a 54-year-old-man to three months in jail for
contempt of the Bloddy Sunday Inquiry by refusing to attend and
give evidence has been called a “scandal” by the brother of a
victim of the British massacre.
Unionist paramilitary Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair has been released
from prison and flown to England by the British army.
A Catholic teenager has described how he was slashed and beaten
with a hammer in a vicious sectarian attack in north Belfast
Sinn Féin has said it will vet any new legislation on policing
before a decision is made to change its policy at a special
The small Progressive Democrats party has made a bizarre
intervention in the northern peace process.
Sinn Féin has been accused of damaging the Good Friday Agreement
by its nationalist rivals in the Six Counties, the SDLP.
English MP Andrew Hunter has joined the ranks of Ian Paisley’s
DUP, bringing the size of their parliamentary party to seven.
A summary of the proposals considered during the talks.
There is no-one seriously arguing that republicans are to blame
for this deal not being struck this week.
Sinn Féin and the DUP have received a modified version of the
proposals by the Irish and British governments and will give
their responses to the plan early next week.
The family of Pat Finucane has announced that they cannot take
part in the proposed public inquiry, if it is held under the
terms of the draft legislation published by the British
Human rights groups have demanded in a letter to Tony Blair that
he ensures his government sticks to its commitments on inquiries
into the collusion of British forces in three controversial
Former US president Mr Richard Nixon considered sending
evangelist preacher Billy Graham and the then Catholic Cardinal
of New York, Terence Cooke to Ireland to “heal” Ireland
following the Bloody Sunday massacre.
A suggestion by a British military chief that some troops could
be withdrawn from the North of Ireland by Christmas in the event
of a political deal has been greeted with cynicism by
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has confirmed that the IRA is
prepared to make what he described as “an unprecedented and
John Pilger has said that important investigations into the
conflict in Ireland were never aired to a wider audience at a
time when they could have had an impact on the situation.
A jet chartered by the United States military, which is known to
have abducted and transported al-Qaeda suspects, has landed at
Shannon Airport in the west of Ireland several times, it has
The Leeds negotiations were a debacle only from the governmental
point of view.
Armed unionist paramilitaries who were intent on murder raked
the home of a Catholic family with gunfire on Tuesday morning.
Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan is to be asked to investigate the
use of CS gas during disturbances in Derry’s nationalist Bogside.
For the second time this week, the PSNI police have ignored a
Parades Commission determination and forced an anti-Catholic
parade through a nationalist community.
Details of some of the activity of a former British double agent inside
the IRA have been published on the internet.
Joe Black and his family, living and working in Belfast, were
enroute to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for participation in a
family wedding, when Joe Black was detained and arrested by the
Sinn Féin’s two new members of the European Parliament (MEPs)
are to work within the United European Left and Nordic Green
Alliance group in the parliament, they confirmed today.
So far blame for the return to the tactics of imprisoning a
whole nationalist community to ease the passage of their
tormentors has been more or less divided between police and the
Parades Commission. There are other culprits.
There has been a pipebomb attack at the home of the chairman of
the Rathenraw Resident’s Association in Antrim.
The Orange Order's controversial Drumcree parade planned for
next Sunday has been rerouted away from the nationalist Garvaghy
Road in Portadown -- so far.
Trams return to the streets of Dublin on Wednesday after an
absence of 45 years.
A decision by the Parades Commission to allow a sectarian march
to pass through a republican area of west Belfast has reignited
the issue of contentious parades in the North of Ireland.
The following is an edited address delivered at the grave of
Wolfe Tone by Irish Republican Socialist Party Ard-Chomhairle
member, Gerard Foster
Protests against President Bush's visit to Ireland passed off
peacefully at the weekend amid the largest ever security
operation in Ireland.
The presidential re-election visit to Ireland of the world's
most hated man was a spectacular failure for Bush.
The formal review of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement resumed on
Tuesday in Belfast with feelings mixed on its prospect for
The Protestant Orange Order in Scotland may reduce the number of
parades held by the organisation after coming under pressure from
the authorities there.
Nationalists have criticised the dismissal of a court case taken
against the PSNI over their role in the Holy Cross School
A court tribunal in Bogota has refused the Colombia 3 permission
to return to Ireland while an appeal against their recent
exoneration is being heard.
Based on research undertaken by award-winning investigative
journalist and film producer Paul Larkin, A Very British Jihad is
an important contribution to highlighting the depths to which the
British state has been prepared to sink in its war against Irish
A British Army helicopter hit a tree in the garden of a family
home in Crossmaglen yesterday morning.
A witness has told the Bloody Sunday Inquiry that Derry’s police
chief told him the morning after the Bogside killings that the
British army’s plan for the day was to “take out two or three
soft targets” in a bid to provoke a gun battle with the IRA.
The Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has sent a
personal message to the Colombian president calling for three
Irishmen to be allowed home from Colombia.
The Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has sent a
personal message to the Colombian president calling for three
Irishmen to be allowed home from Colombia.
Hundreds of unionists held a mass anti-Catholic rally outside
the Whitehall Square apartments in Belfast city centre on
Wednesday evening in the latest effort to intimidate Catholics
out of the area.
The nationalist SDLP has made proposals to the Dublin government
for ending the 18-month suspension of the North’s political
institutions and salvaging other elements of the 1998 Good
The mother of murdered Real IRA chief Joe O’Connor has blamed
the mainstream Provisional IRA for shooting another son.
Dublin is being flooded with police and water cannons have been
requested from the PSNI in the Six Counties in what is believed
to be one of the largest security operations in the history of
the 26 Counties.
The following information on plans for Dublin’s May Day weekend
is from Dublin Grassroots Network.
Despite the Dublin government’s agreement to loan E17,000 for
the payment of a release bond to ensure the quick release of the
Colombia Three, the men are still refusing to pay the bond until
their safety is assured.
with a quark of awareness knows that the Colombia acquittal will
make no difference to our quagmired state here at home.
A U.S. court has significantly ruled that a west Belfast man’s
conviction in connection with the IRA killing of two British
soldiers was political.
Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East Daithi Doolan has
described Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny’s call for voters to give
their transfers to Labour and the Greens as another sad example
of the ‘coalition of the confused’.
A claim by the Independent Monitoring Commission that the murder
of Michael O’Hare in March 2003 was paramilitary may lead to the
collapse of the case against the man accused of the murder.
The following is an edited version of the keynote address by the
Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny, at the annual conference in Dublin
of the largest opposition party in the 26 Counties, Fine Gael.
The Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, and Sinn Féin’s
Gerry Adams held what was described as a “frank, positive
meeting” in Dublin this afternoon.
The International Monitoring Commission has to be congratulated
for its economy in fining Sinn Féin and allowing the #120,000 to
offset IMC costs.
The UDA has been blamed for a suspected sectarian gun attack on a
house in County Down which a Catholic family had just moved into.
The family of a Catholic man murdered in Bangor last year have
demanded to know why they the PSNI police never went public on
the sectarian nature of the killing.
A judicial review aimed at forcing the British government to
proceed with an independent inquiry into the murder of Pat
Finucane began yesterday.
A verdict in the case of the three Irishmen charged with training
Colombia’s FARC rebels and using false passports is expected on Monday.
The International Monitoring Commission report published on
Tuesday listed 12 people it said had been murdered by
paramilitaries since January 1, 2003.
Relatives of republican prisoners have complained of being
treated in a degrading and humiliating manner at Maghaberry jail
involving a so-called ‘sniffer dog’.
A member of the Dublin parliament for the junior coalition
government partners, the Progressive Democrats, has said she
thought “bashing Sinn Féin” was not a good thing.
The Independent Monitoring Commission’s threat to expose Sinn
Féin members as IRA leaders has “polluted” the peace process,
Sinn Féin said today.
The following is an extract of the statement by the International
Monitoring commision on the organisation and assessment of
current activities of paramilitary groups.
The following is an edited version of the remarks made to party
activists at Buswells Hotel in Dublin last night by Sinn Féin
President Gerry Adams MP.
The following is an edited version of the initial
procedural statements of the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry.
One hundred and five candidates have officially registered in the
North of Ireland to contest next month’s election to Westminster.
The Dublin government has abandoned the appearance of objectivity
and is now openly campaigning against Sinn Féin in the North’s
elections on May 5.
Two Nigerians on hunger and thirst strike collapsed at the
weekend and were taken to hospital by ambulance.
The pilot of a British Army helicopter which crashed on the Derry
shore three years ago had probably been drinking, it has been
Elections in the Basque Country, which took place without the
participation of outlawed pro-independence party Batasuna, saw a
surge in support for a smaller party which was endorsed by
Batasuna leaders and which has refused to condemn the ETA armed
The Irish Labour party held its annual conference at the weekend.
The following is an edited version of the address by Labour leader,
The DUP leader, Ian Paisley, has said the Dublin government's
desire to hold a referendum in the 26 Counties on citizenship is
a breach of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and further evidence
that it is dead
Unionist paramilitary prisoners have gone naked at a County
Antrim jail in what they said was an attempt to draw attention to
their ``inhumane'' living conditions.
Sinn Féin has denied `hounding' a family out of Antrim town
because it had painted over a mural on their gable wall.
On its sixth anniversary, we present a series of article in
debate of the Good Friday Agreement. The following argument for
an alternative is by Gerry Ruddy, Ard Chomhairle member of the
Irish Republican Socialist Party.
Sinn Fein MP Martin McGuinness, taking two days off from his
Westminster re-election campaign to visit the US, had a 45-minute
meeting with the Bush administration’s envoy to Mitchell Reiss, in
Washington on Wednesday. Mr Reiss described it as a “good meeting” and
a “business-like session”, held at Mr McGuinness’s request.
Offices of David Trimble’s Ulster Unionist Party were raided today as
part of a police investigation into money laundering by the unionist
Seventeen reasons why the Policing Board should not have voted two weeks
ago for the PSNI to acquire these deadly weapons.
A massive row has erupted in west Tyrone following confirmation of the
SDLP’s decision to stand a candidate in the constituency against
independent Assembly member and hospitals campaigner Dr Kieran Deeny.
The 26-County Minister for Justice has failed to defuse a new
controversy over the murder of County Donegal Sinn Fein
councillor Eddie Fullerton in 1991.
East Belfast residents involved in an exchange of words with the
McCartney family on Wednesday afternoon have dismissed media reports
that a dozen people were involved.
Dissident republicans have been blamed for leaving a bomb in a car
parked outside a theatre in Lisburn, County Antrim last night.
There has been no violence at the beginning of the Protestant
``marching season'' in Ireland, with a number of previously
contentious parades passing off peacefully.
The unionist paramilitary LVF, UVF and UDA have been accused of
escalating tensions as the marching season approcahes.
Republicans are marking the 88th anniversary of the Easter Rising
with more than 100 events this weekend.
Parents of Irish-born children, who are facing deportation, are
being told to surrender their children's Irish passports before
being put out of the 26 Counties, it has emerged.
A planned march by the unionist Apprentice Boys organisation
along the predominately nationalist Lower Ormeau Road in Belfast
on Monday has been banned.
A New York man, originally from Belfast, was violently dragged
from his car and arrested by the PSNI police on Friday before
being released without charge the following day.
The text of the original declaration of the Irish Republic, Easter 1916
The DUP's latest offering on the relationships within the island
of Ireland and between Britain and Ireland.
Intense ``proximity talks'' are reportedly being planned for three
weeks time as the Irish and British Prime Ministers seek to
follow on from the latest proposals by Ian Paisley's DUP.
Former British soldiers were among four men questioned by
police in the North about the murder of a nationalist councillor
more than 30 years ago.
Republican Sinn Féin (RSF) has accused the Provisional IRA of
mounting a campaign of intimidation against its members in County
One of Belfast’s oldest republicans, Sean Oliver, died on Tuesday
after a long illness.
The Provisional IRA has said it is currently considering an
appeal by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams for it to make a
“historic decision” to take forward its struggle through “purely
political and democratic activity”.
The Inquiries Bill to limit the scope of public inquiries has
been rushed through the London parliament after the British
general election was called last Tuesday.
A look at nine of the 18 seats up for grabs in the Westminster
elections next month.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday finally confirmed the
date for the British general election, scheduled to take place on
May 5, the anniversary of the death of hunger striker Bobby
Reports have suggested that the Andersonstown military base in
west Belfast is to close in August, and will be demolished by the
end of September.
The Irish and British governments must fulfil commitments they
have made to the peace process or there can be ``little prospect
of any progress'', the mainstream Provisional IRA has warned.
The second part of a two-part series examining the Easter Rising,
its historical context and significance.
A decision by Ian Paisley's DUP to contest the Westminster seat
for the Fermanagh/South Tyrone constituency could mark the end of
unionist electoral co-operation for marginal seats.
The Barron report on the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings
suppressed allegations that the 26 County Garda police colluded
in the attacks, according to retired Irish military intelligence
officer Lt Col John Morgan.
The British government is being strongly pressured by human
rights groups, Irish nationalists, the Irish and US governments,
a former senior United Nations representative and its own
appointed investigator to give the go-ahead to a public inquiry
into the 1989 killing of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.
Irish Senator Mary O'Rourke has backed up a claim by property
developer Tom Gilmartin that he met a number of Dublin government
ministers at a meeting in parliamentary buildings in 1989.
The first part of a two-part series examining the Easter Rising,
its historical context and significance.
Comments by Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble about Rosemary
Nelson and Pat Finucane have been greeted with anger and
disbelief by the families of the two victims.
The British minister for security and education in the North,
Jane Kennedy, is leaving Belfast in a cabinet reshuffle caused by
the resignation of immigrations minister Beverley Hughes.
Members of the British Army's secretive Force Research Unit
are prepared to face any public inquiry, it was
Mrs Geraldine Finucane accused the British government of ongoing
delaying tactics and vowed that the campaign for an inquiry would
The following was prepared by the Committee for the Administration of
The British government's announcement of public inquiries into
three recent cases of alleged collusion yesterday has masked its
continuing attempt to cover up a sprawling conspiracy of official
terror and assassination.
The Dublin government has been condemned for its lack of
commitment to save the house where the leaders of the 1916 Easter
Rising against British rule made their last stand.