British Direct Ruler Paul Murphy is to meet representatives of
the UDA and other unionist paramilitary organisations next week.
The father of one of the Omagh bomb victims has accused the
British government of misleading the victims' families about the
whereabouts of an informant who warned police in advance about
the 1998 attack.
The Dublin government will recommend for a public inquiry into
the 1976 killing of a County Louth man murdered by British
soldiers in collusion with loyalist paramilitaries.
The British and Irish governments may decide soon to present a
document to end the stalemate in talks about restoring
power-sharing political institutions in Belfast.
Republican hardliners have been blamed for a gun attack on a
County Antrim PSNI police base.
The signing of the European Constitution in Rome today has
brought a mixed reaction in Ireland, where it will be put before
the people in a referendum within the next two years.
Sinn Féin in Derry has called for the withdrawal of tear gas
devices following the suspension of a PSNI man who sprayed a
handcuffed man with the gas.
An alleged IRA Volunteer has criticised Spanish authorities for
denying his legal rights for ten days before handing him to
members of the PSNI police.
In a stunning reversal, Denis Bradley, the vice-chairman of the
Policing Board has warned that nationalists could reconsider
their involvement in policing if the long-standing political
deadlock is not broken.
A hearing into the case of Ciaran Ferry, whose case has been
compared with that of Joe Doherty, is taking place in Denver on
Thursday, October 28th at 10 a.m. Supporters and members of the
media are urged to attend.
Ian Paisley’s DUP has been accused of seeking to humiliate the
Provisional IRA with a demand for the IRA to disarm publicly.
A report published by a California-based human rights group has
criticised the Bush administrations’ record on Ireland and
called for the election of Senator John Kerry as United States
A British soldier manning a border checkpoint was the target of
a second alleged ‘hit-and-run’ attack in South Armagh within a
Several millionaires in the 26 Counties are paying no income tax,
according to figures released by the Dublin government.
The abduction of Irish-born aid worker Margaret Hassan in Iraq
has brought a united appeal by Irish political parties for her
Sinn Féin has warned that proportional representation is being
diluted by small constituencies in the 26 Counties.
The nationalist SDLP has warned that there is no sign that the
British government will not cave into the hardline unionist DUP,
which is demanding major changes to the 1998 Good Friday peace
The Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, has pledged to
support the family of murdered defence lawyer Pat Finucane
should they not back the limited inquiry which has been offered
into his killing.
Renowned Irish musician Christy Moore has spoken out against
anti-Irish harassment after enduring victimisation at the hands
of British police.
A Catholic father-of-four came under brick and petrol bomb
attack in their home on Sunday.
A report published today paints a disturbing picture of poverty,
social exclusion and deprivation in west Dublin.
The British Army has admitted that a Puma helicopter crossed the
border into County Monaghan at the weekend.
The PSNI police has apologised for providing false information
on the death of Michael O’Hare, which was described as sectarian
in the report of the International Monitoring Commission earlier
A breakthrough in the North’s political process may be just
“weeks away”, Britain’s Direct Ruler has said.
Fianna Fáil has appeared to row back on suggestions that Sinn
Féin could form part of a coalition government in Dublin
following the next 26 County general election.
Keen to accentuate the positive, our politicians point to the
several thousand British troops going home and sing mum on the
thousands who will remain.
George Harrison was perhaps the most unrepentant Fenian of them
Sinn Féin has called on the international community to urge
Israel to end its two-week military operation on the Gaza strip.
Unionist paramilitaries have declared Protestant housing estates
to be no-go areas for Catholics.
Ten years ago, on October 13th, 1994.the Combined Loyalist Military
Command, representing the UDA, UVF and Red Hand Commando,
declared a ceasefire.
The arrest of a Belfast man on holiday in Tenerife has been
described as s “petty, vindictive and unnecessary”.
There has been a strong reaction to suggestions of a possible
Sinn Féin coalition with Fianna Fail following the next general
British soldiers involved in the killing of civilians on Bloody
Sunday in Derry in 1972 are threatening legal action which could
delay publication of the report of the public inquiry or lead to
a dilution of the findings.
A high-profile environmental campaign has begun a bid to stop
the construction of a motorway close to the historic seat of the
High Kings of Ireland.
Sinn Féin has set a deadline of Halloween for a peace process
deal involving the hardline unionist DUP.
A former loyalist politician has described how he and his family
have been targeted over the past 18 months in a unionist
paramilitary campaign of intimidation.
Ireland’s new foreign affairs minister Dermot Ahern tonight said
he looked forward to the day when Sinn Féin is in government in
both parts of Ireland.
Talks leading to a deal which saw the Six Counties partitioned
from the rest of Ireland began 83 years ago this week.
Ireland’s Olympic gold medallist Cian O’Connor has denied his
horses were doped with sedatives to enhance their fence-jumping
in the Athens Games.
Charges of gathering information “likely to be of use to
terrorists” have been dropped against a West Belfast man in the
latest such case to collapse or be downgraded.
The future of Shorts in Belfast and its 5,500 employees is
threatened after parent company Bombardier Aerospace laid off
another 560 workers.
A poll has shown a rise in support for Sinn Féin, which could
hold the balance of power after the next 26-county general
Nationalists in Derry have been urged to review their safety
after a joint statement from unionist paramilitaries warned of
attacks on the nationalist community.
The Provisional IRA has said it killed 15-year-old Bernard
Teggart in 1973.
Amid wrangling over what might constitute the fundamentals of
the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, Ian Paisley’s DUP has again
cast doubt that a new agreement may be reached in the short term.
The beheading of Kenneth Bigley, who had been held hostage in
Iraq for 22 days, has dismayed those campaigning in Ireland for
Only three new faces appeared in the Dublin Cabinet yesterday as
Bertie Ahern carried out a long delayed reshuffle designed to
refresh his coalition government’s image before the next General
Election in the 26 Counties.
The PSNI police in the North of Ireland need extra funds to
remove fortification from its bases as part of the planned
“normalisation” process, PSNI chief Hugh Orde claimed yesterday.
Mrs Mary McAleese has been returned to office unopposed for a
second seven-year term as President.
A man has died following a gun attack in Derry in what is
believed to be a feud among unionist paramilitaries in the city.
Nationalists have reacted angrily to a suggestion by the British
government that it could make significant departures from the
1998 Good Friday Agreement.
A profile of Dublin’s new minister of foreign affairs, Dermot
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams yesterday appealed for the
release of Iraq hostage Ken Bigley on Arabic TV.