February 27, 2005

McAleese calls for end to armed struggle

Irish President Mary McAleese was forced to abandon plans to visit a school in a loyalist area of Belfast due to the threat of protests and possible violence.

IRA statement welcomed

The McCartney family have welcomed a statement by the Provisional IRA revealing the expulsion of three of its members and urging them to take responsibility for their actions in the death of Belfast man Robert McCartney

ADAMS FIGHTS BACK

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has hit back at political opponents in the 26 Counties for demonising republicans and insisted he will not allow them to set the political agenda.

Nominations close as by-election temperature rises

Nominations closed on Wednesday for the two by-elections to be held on 11 March in Meath and North Kildare.

Sabotaging the peace process

Shame on those you did the Northern Bank robbery, and shame on those who have used that robbery (bad enough in itself) to sabotage the peace-process.

Compromise reached on Long Kesh plan

The former Long Kesh prison, a famous site of struggle for Irish Republicans, will be converted into a sports stadium and a new centre for conflict transformation, under the agreed report of an all-party advisory panel.

Keep smiling through the media alchemy

By Jude Collins (for Daily Ireland)
www.judecollins.net

OK, it’s been tough. The headlines over the past week have been all thunder clouds and promises that the sky is about to fall. But a few Ealing comedy moments have peeped through as well.

Adair defies UDA death threat

Notorious unionist paramilitary Johnny ‘Mad Dog’ Adair returned to the North this week as former colleagues in the UDA stepped up their efforts to kill him.

February 23, 2005

Special Branch cover-up in feud killing

A police ombudsman report has found that the police Special Branch in the North withheld crucial information from detectives investigating the murder of County Down man Eoin Morley.

Storm of criticsm over McDowell statements

Sinn Féin’s chief negotiator, Martin McGuinness has described Dublin’s Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, as the “Minister for Smear”.

SPELLING IT OUT

Sinn Féin has gone closer than ever to urging the IRA to stand down by declaring that, for republicans, “any and all activities that fall outside the norms of legitimate political action should cease forthwith”.

Sinn Féin determined to succeed

The following is an edited version of the address by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking in Strabane on Sunday to commemorate Michael Devine, David Devine and Charlie Breslin who were ambushed and executed by the SAS on February 23rd 1985.

Commission chief blasts human rights sham

The outgoing head of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission launched a stinging attack on the British Government today, accusing it of doing no more than paying lip service to human rights.

McCartney family impatient for statements, prosecutions

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams has repeated calls for witnesses with information on the killing of Robert McCartney to go to the PSNI police or any other respected authority.

Britain robs Sinn Féin

The British government has extended political discrimination against Sinn Féin, with the party set to be penalised by up to a million Euros in political funding.

Bolstering the SDLP

Last Sunday on BBC television Seamus Mallon accused members of Sinn Féin of murdering Short Strand man Robert McCartney, who was brutally stabbed some weeks earlier.

February 20, 2005

Register to vote

Up to 200,000 voters are missing from this year’s electoral register in the North, it has been confirmed.

Ex-prisoners to sue over toxic gas

Former republican political prisoners plan legal action against the British government for using a toxic gas to quell a 1974 riot in Long Kesh.

Police forces to swap personnel

Garda police from the 26 Counties are to be exchanged with PSNI police in the North following a new agreement between the forces.

OPEN SEASON

Attacks on Sinn Féin by its political opponents increased dramatically this week following the discovery of quantities of cash in County Cork and Dublin.

Vindicating Captain James Kelly

The treatment of a former Irish army captain, James J. Kelly by the Irish State is considered a shame by many who remember, or have studied, the Arms Crisis of 1970/71.

Bank heist stash found at PSNI club

The only cash yet to be recovered from the Northern Bank raid before Christmas has been uncovered at a police sports facility in Belfast.

Managed impasse

The Irish American Unity in Action Committee drafted this letter earlier this month regarding recent events in the North of Ireland.

McDowell declares Adams is IRA chief

The Justice Minister in the 26 Counties, Michael McDowell has declared that Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is a member of the IRA’s ruling Army Council.

February 12, 2005

Psy-ops linked to Tyrone operation

A County Tyrone family has spoken of their terror following a prolonged British Army/PSNI invasion and occupation of their homes.

No treachery as flag is lowered on Dail

The tricolour on top of the Dublin parliament was taken down from the mast this week, and not before time.

Blair wants SF excluded - Durkan

The British government has disputed an allegation by the leader of the nationalist SDLP party in the North, Mark Durkan, that it had urged the formation of an administration in Belfast which would freeze out Sinn Féin.

OSCE call for investigation of British brutality

A meeting at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe in Vienna has heard a call for an investigation into British Crown forces abuses in Ireland.

IMC ‘snow job’

An agency of the London and Dublin governments has been condemned for particpating in an attempt to smear the leadership of Sinn Féin.

PUT UP OR SHUT UP

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has accused Dublin premier Bertie Ahern of ‘crossing the line’ over allegations that he and Martin McGuinness were aware of plans to carry out a bank raid before Christmas.

The history of Sinn Féin

The second part of our feature on the history of the Sinn Féin movement in its centenary year.

Is history repeating itself?

By John Doyle

The Great Train Robbery frame-up of 1976 remains of immense political significance, not solely because it led to the longest political trial in Irish legal history at the cost of well over #1 million, not because State repression became the focus of international attention and to some extent to the downfall of a Coalition Government, but because it failed in its main attempt to discredit and pave the way for the suppression of the Irish Republican Socialist Party (IRSP).

February 5, 2005

PSNI aggression in east Belfast

Heavy-handed raids by the PSNI police have led to angry stand-offs with local residents in the nationalist enclaves of east Belfast.

RSF demands return of funds

Republican Sinn Féin have criticised the Special Branch Garda police for not releasing the proceeds of a raffle seized following the party’s annual conference in Dublin.

The politics of the last statement

Some of the most striking quotes of the past few days.

Securing peace must be priority - Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP made the following remarks at Parliament Buildings, Stormont on Thursday following the IRA’s statement on Wednesday night.

IRA ANGER AT WASTED OPPORTUNITY

The Provisional IRA has hardened its approach to peace efforts in the North following the rejection of its historic peace offer in December and recent attempts to criminalise its cause.

An Irish hero

Costance Markievicz [nee Gore-Booth], was born at Lissadell, County Sligo, in Ireland 140 years ago this week.

British silence testifies to guilt - Donlon

The former secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Sean Donlon, said “certain conclusions” would have to be drawn from the refusal of the British authorities to provide documents sought by the inquiry into bombings in in 1972/73.

Ominous Development

By Danny Morrison (for the Irish Examiner)

The statement issued [Thursday] afternoon by the IRA, the second in twenty-four hours, represents an ominous development and a major deterioration in the peace process.

February 1, 2005

Hysterical response to Presidential gaffe

Unionist outrage over a lack of balance in a comment on sectarianism by the 26-County President, Mary McAleese, has prompted an apology.

BRITISH USED POISON GAS ON PRISONERS

The widow of a former Republican POW who was gassed by the British in Long Kesh prison has demanded that British Prime Minister Tony Blair publicly admit what was done.

Background to the Guildford 4 and Maguire 7 cases

An edited account from Bob Woffinden’s 1987 book ‘Miscarriages of Justice’.

Electoral register to be restored

The British government is to rush legislation through parliament to put disenfranchised voters back on the electoral register in the North of Ireland.

Blair to apologise for miscarriage of justice

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to issue a public apology for the wrongful imprisonment of Gerry Conlon - one of the Guildford Four - and his father, Giuseppe Conlon.

Bloody Sunday remembered

Up to 10,000 people marched in Derry on Sunday to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Bloody Sunday killings, when 27 civilians were shot, 13 of them dead, by British army paratroopers on January 30th, 1972.

A northern ‘scandal pattern’ is emerging

(from the Irish News)

In light of the high state of confusion that Hugh Orde and his puzzled detectives appear to be in over the Northern Bank job surely its time to call in Scooby Doo, Shaggy and the rest of ‘those perky kids’ who appear to have no problems with these cases.

Sceptical response to Ahern comments on sanctions

The Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is meeting the British Prime Minister, Mr Tony Blair, this afternoon in London to discuss the latest crisis in the peace process.

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