There has been a marked increase in sectarian attacks in north
Belfast in recent days.
An Irish showjumper has returned home to a hero’s welcome after
clinching the country’s only medal in the 2004 Olympics in
US Presidential candidate John Kerry has publicly backed calls
for an investigation into a decision to award a multi-million
dollar security contract to a controversial former British army
Fans returning from Sunday’s Gaelic football semi-final between
Derry and Kerry were attacked at Newbuildings on the outskirts
Derry, on Sunday night.
On the tenth anniversary of the ceasefire announcement by the
Provisional IRA in 1994, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has
said that the cessation ‘gave birth to enormous hope and
expectation for the future’, but warned that such hope had not
The edited text of the address by Sinn Féin
chairman Mitchel McLaughlin to the Michael Gaughan Commemoration
Twenty-five years on, our day is as far
away as ever.
Ten Protestant families have left an estate in north Belfast,
blaming intimidation on republicans from neighbouring areas.
The PSNI are attempting mass prosecutions in connection with
rioting after a loyalist parade was forced through a republican
north Belfast community on July 12.
East Derry Sinn Féin assembly member Francie Brolly has called
for the removal of Irish tricolours from lamp-posts in the Six
This weekend marks the 30th Anniversary of the death of IRA
Volunteer Michael Gaughan, who died while on Hunger Strike in
An Irish-born baby was left behind as the baby’s mother was one
of 25 Nigerians deported on a chartered aircraft in a mass
late-night expulsion of asylum-seekers.
Former US president Bill Clinton has promised that Senator John
Kerry would be a powerful ally for peace in the North if elected
to the White House.
A former porter at the Stormont Assembly buildings, who had
faced charges in connection with an alleged “IRA spy ring” that
brought down the power sharing institutions, has been arrested
in controversial circumstances.
A young woman was struck on the head during a loyalist band
“parade” which was nothing more than a frightening display of
PSNI chief Hugh Orde has publicly praised senior republican
figures for intervening between rioting nationalist youths and
British forces in north Belfast last month.
The Garda police in Donegal have reopened the investigation into
the 1991 murder of Sinn Féin councillor Eddie Fullerton. They
plan to interview a key witness who claims that the British
security forces in Derry helped cover up the killing.
British forces have finally admitted the deadly SAS were called
in to wipe out an IRA active service unit in an ambush that
became known as the Loughgall massacre.
On May 8, 1987 eight members of the east Tyrone Brigade of the
Provisional IRA were gunned down in highly suspicious
circumstances by members of the notorious British Army SAS
Regiment in the small Co Armagh village of Loughgall.
Ian Paisley’s DUP has set down a marker against any prospective
Sinn Féin Minister for Justice in a revived Belfast executive.
Irish supporters of the US Democratic party have signed up
hundreds of postal voters in a bid to win the US presidential
election for their candidate, John Kerry.
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Human Rights, Caitriona Ruane, was
stopped and harassed by the Crown forces in a week in which
figures were released showing some 15,000 others suffered a
similar fate in the past 12 months.
The Provisional IRA has denied allegations that it issued death
threats against members of a County Antrim community
The Catholic owned ‘Clock Bar’ has closed in a County Derry
village after a series of unchecked attacks on staff, customers
and property by a unionist gang.
Plastic bullets have claimed another victim after a west Belfast
man’s death was linked to the serious injuries he suffered after
being struck by one 23 years ago.
Charges against Belfast republican Bobby Tohill were dropped
today as he accused British forces of framing him for failing to
testify against other republicans.
The Republican plot in a graveyard in Newry has been destroyed
in an overnight attack.
To many of us who live in Belfast, the Rathenraw Estate in
Antrim town for long conjured up the image of a drugs bazaar
where various substances were bought and sold on the open
Six hospitals have admitted they secretly sold organs from the
bodies of deceased children to pharmaceutical firms.
Saturday’s Apprentice Boys’ parades passed off without major
violence following an order against one parade in north
Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party has said it it is
willing to work with Sinn Féin in a Six-County power-sharing
executive, but only if it supports the police, and the IRA ends
its activities and and disarms in a convincing fashion.
The people of Clonard in west Belfast commemorated the
thirty-fifth anniversary of the burning of Bombay Street on
August 15, 1969 at the weekend.
An internal feud in the unionist paramilitary UDA appears to
have resurfaced with an attack on a car owned by a relative of a
Imagine a referendum in which unionists had to explain their
concept of ‘Britishness’ to the British people.
The British government’s failings in the peace process were
highlighted today by Sinn Féin today as the party turned its
focus away from fruitless exchanges with the hardline unionist
A reported plan by a Protestant marching group to circumvent a
ruling against a coat-trailing parade in nationalist north
Belfast has been stopped.
Speaking to a packed hall at the west Belfast festival to
deliver the PJ McGrory Memorial Lecture, Geraldine Finucane has
described her family’s determination to expose the truth about
her husband’s murder.
A 38-year-old Nigerian woman, who faced death by stoning if
returned to her home country, was yesterday granted a court
order restraining any immediate move to deport her from Ireland.
Emissions from British Army spying equipment has been blamed for
gross birth defects in livestock in the South Armagh area.
Danny Morrison recalls the day ten years ago this month, when
the mainstream IRA declared a unilateral, opened cessation of
Joe Black, a former IRA Volunteer detained in the US for the
past five weeks, is to be released tomorrow.
Irish Justice minister Michael McDowell will be sending a
Nigerian woman to her death if he does not overturn a
deportation order against her, it has emerged.
A contract awarded to a former British Army officer to help
secure post-war Iraq should be revoked, Irish-American lobbyists
in Washington said yesterday.
Ian Paisley’s DUP has cast doubt on the possibility of an
agreement including policing in the North of Ireland next month
and has again dismissed a statement by Gerry Adams last week
that the IRA could be “removed”.
Ciaran O’Fearaigh has been in an American jail in Denver, Colorado,
for Five Hundred and Forty days, yet has not been charged with a
A man was hospitalised late on Saturday night last after he was
beaten around the head with rifle butts by members of a British
The mythical underwater empire of Atlantis is actually the
island of Ireland, according to a new book.
Irish athlete Cathal Lombard has created a shock after he
admitted that he used a banned substance while in training for
the Athens Olympics.
The following is the text of an Irish Times article by Sinn Féin
President Gerry Adams today.
The North’s Parades Commission has this afternoon decided not to
allow an anti-Catholic march by the Apprentice Boys’
organisation past the nationalist Ardyone area of north Belfast.
An Irish man was shot dead in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, while an Irish victim of the Iraq war
was remembered in Dublin this week.
Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams has told republicans they need to be
prepared to remove the IRA and the issue of weapons as an excuse
for unionists to block political progress.
The North’s Police Ombudsman, Mrs Nuala O’Loan, has denied that
the PSNI police pressurised a forensic scientist into acting
To date only Sinn Féin highlight what appears to be an ongoing
unionist paramilitary inspired and orchestrated pogrom against
Catholics in Antrim town.
Comments by US Special Envoy Mitchell Reiss describing
Protestant marches through nationalist areas as being designed
to provoke, intimidate and champion “superiority” have been
A British army helicopter has been seen spying on homes in
County Monaghan as an announcement was made that a British army
base near the border is to close.
The following is an edited address by Sinn Féin Vice President
Pat Doherty MP MLA to the second International Conference on
Self Determination, the United Nations and International Civil
Society, organised by the International Human Rights Association
of American Minorities and International Council for Human
Rights in Geneva today.
Sinn Féin is very focused on making sure the September political
negotiations are successful in addressing all of the outstanding
issues, the party said yesterday.
The police Ombudsman’s office has clashed with Sinn Féin over a
report which rejects accusations that a 2002 raid on Sinn Féin’s
Assembly offices was politically motivated.
Two homes in north Antrim were attacked yesterday by racists
thought to be linked to the unionist paramilitary UDA.
Meanwhile, a riot in south Belfast at the weekend has been
linked to a PSNI bid to prevent racist attacks in the area.
A pipe bomb left outside a Catholic home on the Ligoniel Road
caused a major security alert in north Belfast today. The
device, described as ‘viable’ by the PSNI, was defused.
The 26-County Deputy Prime Minister, Tanaiste Mary Harney, has
opposed greater taxation of Ireland’s wealthy, and said she
hoped they would make charitable donations instead.
An informer said to be wanted for questioning by the PSNI police
about the Omagh bombing is living in Britain under a government
witness-protection scheme and using a false name, it has been
The highlights of this week’s programme for the annual
West Belfast festival
In light of a further spate of suicides among young people in
nationalist areas of Belfast, we present a political analysis of
the issue of mental illness in the North of Ireland.