The former Dublin government minister Ray Burke has been jailed
for six months for “knowingly or wilfully furnishing incorrect
information” on his tax returns.
A Catholic lawyer has been viciously beaten by a gang wielding
baseball bats in an unprovoked sectarian attack.
The Dublin government has effectively shelved the peace process
until after the British general election by declaring political
war on Sinn Féin.
An all-out feud is threatened between rival factions of unionist
paramilitaries in north Belfast following a series of attacks on
taxis in the area.
On one point Tony Blair’s right - British army violence and brutality
aren’t systematic, they’re routine, endemic.
Families of victims of bombings in the 26 Counties in late 1972
and early 1973 have called on the British government to tell the
truth about its involvement in the attacks.
Republican protesters burst through the security gates of
Andersonstown police station in west Belfast, which closed its
doors yesterday in preparation for demolition next month.
When I first heard of the Northern Bank heist I suspected it
might have been the IRA replying to Ian Paisley’s ‘sackcloth and
Irish-American activists are watching the case of Mark Thatcher
who faces legal problems similar to those which led to the
recent deportation of Irish republican Ciaran Ferry.
Support for Sinn Féin in the 26 Counties has remained stable
despite unprecedented attacks by rival political parties and
negative publicity in the mainstream media.
The only man convicted over the 1998 ‘Real IRA’ Omagh bomb has
had his conviction overturned, while two Garda police detectives
are to be tried for perjury.
“I remain more committed than ever to this fight for justice.”
-- republican Ciaran Ferry, who has returned to Ireland after
two years in a US jail fighting a battle against deportation.
There is anger in Derry at the continued imprisonment of
republican Martin ‘Ducksie’ Doherty by order of the Bloody
The unionist paramilitary UDA is set to get a multi-million-pound
payoff by the British government to end its activities.
The conviction of Colm Murphy by the Special non-jury Court
despite proven Garda forgery of a statement is examined here by
Fr Des Wilson.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is to demand an explanation from
the head of the Dublin government, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, over
his recent allegations linking the Sinn Féin leadership to a
major bank robbery in Belfast before Christmas.
The Continuity IRA have said they were behind an incident on
Saturday night in which a taxi driver was ordered at gunpoint to
drive a firebomb to a west Belfast police station.
The Dublin government is sending a team of experts to the Asian
tsunami regions with a view to sending in Irish troops for
The British ambassador to Ireland, Arthur Galsworthy, said he
believed the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of May 1974 had been
So fearful was the coalition Fine Gael/Labour government in
Dublin of a British withdrawal from Ireland in 1974, it
disrupted peace talks between the IRA and the British
Irish republican Ciaran Ferry has been deported to Ireland in a
low-key end to his incarceration by US authorities who refused
him residency status.
A round-up of some of the other issues raised in the release
of state papers over the New Year.
It’s been a long time since I put pen to paper. It’s also been a
long time since I was in jail. Both of those things are