The North’s Policing Board has given approval for the deployment
of a new and potentially lethal plastic bullet.
A tribunal of inquiry is being set up by the 26-County government
into the killing by the Provisional IRA of two leading members of
the RUC police (now PSNI) in County Armagh in 1989 -- but there
is still little prospect of open inquiries into British collusion
with unionist paramilitaries.
Election officials in the North have been accused of introducing
new blocking measures to prevent people being registered to vote
for local and Westminster elections in May.
Tens of thousands of Irish republicans are taking part in
marches, commemorations and wreath laying ceremonies across
Ireland to mark the 89th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
A deported Nigerian student is being allowed to return to Ireland
to sit his Leaving Certificate xams in June, and is expected to
be permitted to remain here indefinitely.
Senior members of Mark Durkan’s SDLP helped arrange the McCartney
family’s trip to Washington last week, it has been revealed.
Everybody’s back from Washington & after dozens of speeches,
acres of newsprint & scores of interviews the political scene
remains exactly as it was.
The PSNI police is set to purchase a new generation of
potentially lethal plastic bullets without the approval of the
Protests are being mounted at offices of the Irish Tourist Board
following the sudden deportation of a group of 35 Nigerian
asylum-seekers, including a number of children.
A 12 year old girl from North Belfast was the victim of a vicious
sectarian attack on Sunday.
A new investigation is to be launched into the death of a Bogside
man who was crushed by a British Army vehicle during riots around
the Protestant marching season in 1996.
Disbanding the Provisional IRA “is easier said than done”, Sinn
Fein President Gerry Adams has told a US audience.
The Dublin government has rejected calls for a discussion
document on its policy for Irish unity.
A letter bu Judge Peter Cory criticises new British legislation which attempts to keep
parts of an inquiry secret.
PSNI chief Hugh Orde has defended his force’s handling of the
Robert McCartney case and its failure to take witness
Lord Saville, chair of the new Bloody Sunday Inquiry in Derry,
has publicly condemned the British government’s controversial
plans for holding a restricted inquiry into the murder of
Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.
Robbie McVeigh recalls Rosemary from
the point of view of the people she worked for in the
nationalist enclave of the Garvaghy Road.
The father of a man killed by unionist paramilitaries has
criticised political representatives of ignoring a police
cover-up in the case.
Legal proceedings aimed at securing the release under the Good
Friday Agreement of the Castlerea 4 were adjourned in the High
A sister of Robert McCartney has said the family’s campaign for
the killers to hand themselves into the police “can’t go any
higher” following a meeting with US President George Bush at the
A former top RUC policeman has confirmed that two unionist
paramilitaries behind a series of murders in the 1990s had been
working as British agents at the time.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has arrived in the United States
for a week of engagements with supporters.
The Orange Order has voted to cut links with the Ulster Unionist
Council, the ruling body of David Trimble’s Ulster Unionist
The Meath and North Kildare by-elections on Friday brought bad
news for the government and good news for the opposition,
particularly Sinn Féin.
Four Provisional IRA prisoners refused early release despite
qualifying under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement have said they
will not allow themselves to be used as political pawns in any
new talks process.
The Bogside Artists are known throughout the world for their
larger than life murals in Derry. The artists are currently
visiting the USA for a number of events, and a brief itinerary
follows this manifesto, a statement of their artistic goals.
Canadian judge Peter Cory has said an independent inquiry into
the murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane would be
impossible under new restrictions being imposed by the British
Sinn Féin was prevented on Thursday from receiving 440,000 pounds sterling
($1m) of allowances and funding by the British government in
connection with the party’s elected members of the Westminster
The Provisional IRA has made it absolutely clear that those who
killed Robert McCartney in a knife-fight outside a Belfast bar
last month must be held to account.
Senior civil servants in the 26-County government knew that
pensioners were being illegally charged for nursing home care
years before the matter became public knowledge, it has emerged.
Pressure is mounting on British Prime Minister Tony Blair over
his government’s refusal to have a public inquiry on the murder
of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.
The British government has announced is is to investigate up to
2,000 unsolved killings from 1968 to 1998, funding the PSNI
police up to 32 million punds sterling (46 million Euros) to do
There is no alternative but to press ahead with building a
process affirmed by a huge majority of voters in 1998 by way of
The following is an edited address by
Sinn Féin's Mitchel McLaughlin to his party's annual conference
on Sinn Féin's view of recent negotiations in the peace process.
The family of a North Belfast teenager shot dead by two British
soldiers has challenged the British Army to explain why they had
not been thrown out despite serving murder convictions.
The mainstream Dublin and London media, attending Sinn Féin’s
Ard Fheis in Dublin this weekend, had to abandon their prepared
script at an early stage.
Irish-language TV coverage in the North of Ireland took another
faltering step forward yesterday when Ireland’s Irish language
television station, TG4, began broadcasting a test signal from
Divis Mountain on the outskirts of Belfast.
Sinn Féin has responded to its political critics with an
extraordinary annual conference in Dublin this weekend.
People are undoubtedly angry about the IRA in the Short Strand
area of Belfast - but it’s not anger at the intimidation of
witnesses who might finger those who killed Robert McCartney at
a city centre bar on January 30. Far from it.
The only person to have been convicted in connection with Bloody
Sunday today branded the new Inquiry into the killing of 13
civil rights demonstrators in Derry in 1972 as “a farce”.
The relatives of a bus conductor killed in the 1972 Sackville
Place bombings in Dublin will not rest until they discover the
circumstances surrounding his death, his widow told his inquest.
British intelligence agency MI5 will take formal control of
British “national security” in Ireland, including classified
information held by the PSNI police, it was announced this week.
Republicans have angrily rejected claims in a new book that a
British offer to concede most of the demands of the 1981 hunger
strikers was rejected for political gain.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has made an unequivocal demand
for the killers of Robert McCartney, who died in a knife-fight
outside a Belfast bar in January, to face justice.
Hopes of a long-sought comprehensive deal to implement the 1998
Good Friday Agreement are being sustained by all sides in the
peace process in an effort to dispel the impression that the
process is in freefall.
A PSNI police decision to allow a unionist paramilitary band to
walk through the republican Whitewell Road area of north Belfast
has sparked anger.
A different take on recent political developments and a look to
where it all might lead. By ‘The Robe’.