Despite months of advance warning of Thursday’s IRA statement,
the news has still came as a shock to many.
The first confirmation that a sequence of historical events was
about to unfold this week was the emergence from prison on
Wednesday of political hostage Sean Kelly.
Unionist paramilitaries are under immense pressure to follow
Thursday’s announcement by the Provisional IRA by stating that
they will call an end to all paramilitary and criminal activity.
The Irish peace process is expected to move rapidly over the
next twelve months following a unilateral move by the
Provisional IRA to stand down and disarm.
The full text of statements issued on Thursday.
A few nuggets from the carnival of reaction that
greeted Thursday’s statement.
You can parse yesterday’s IRA statement any way you like but you
end up with the same result. It’s this: For the first time since
the establishment of the Irish state in 1922 the IRA has decided
there is no need for an armed campaign. This time it’s not just
a matter of dumping arms which the IRA has done a few times
Irish families have accused British authorities of hypocrisy
after police apologised for shooting Brazilian Jean Charles de
Menezes dead on the London underground.
Holy Cross Catholic church in north Belfast came under petrol
bomb attack at the weekend.
Republicans are working hard to enable the Provisional IRA to
abandon its armed struggle, but others have their parts to play,
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said tonight [Monday night].
A debate is raging in an Irish-speaking town in County Kerry,
where local residents are to vote on changing the town’s name
back to its original Irish form.
Five Mayo men protesting against the construction of a dangerous
gas pipeline through their community were sent back to jail
on Monday -- despite confirmation that some of the construction work
was carried out without official permission.
Scores of unionist paramilitaries forced supporters of the rival
LVF out of an East Belfast housing estate as PSNI police stood
In 1920, during the Tan War, the British had withdrawn political
status, which had been won after the death of Thomas Ashe in
1917 and after the 2-week mass hunger strike in Mountjoy Jail in
April of 1920.
A Catholic woman whose north Belfast home was hit by blast
bombers today said she believed the attack was meant to kill.
Tyrone priest Monsignor Denis Faul has warned of a danger of a
Republican hunger strike in Maghaberry prison because of poor
An Irish teenager from County Waterford has died in a suicide
bomb blast in Turkey blamed on Kurdish separatists, the PKK.
Unionists erected a slogan on a bonfire in Belfast earlier this
week mocking nationalists who have taken their own lives.
The Continuity IRA has claimed responsibility for a blast bomb
attack on British forces amid rioting in north Belfast on
Journalist Anne Cadwallader gathers memories about the marching
season -- some of them hers, some, not but all of them, true.
The head of the arms decommissioning body is already in Belfast
awaiting developments ahead of an expected move by the
Provisional IRA to disarm.
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said Ireland could
learn from his country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Arsonists attempted to murder a Catholic family in north Belfast
at the weekend.
Speculation that a statement by the Provisional IRA on its
future direction is expected within days are being discounted by
some republican sources.
A number of injuries were reported in north Belfast this evening
as an anti-Catholic Orange Order parade was forced through the
republican Ardoyne community.
An ongoing feud between unionist paramilitary organisations has
left another man dead and another critically injured.
Criminal justice oversight commissioner, Britain’s Lord Clyde,
has published his fourth oversight report on the progress of the
A County Derry man has spoken out against an attempt by the PSNI
to recruit him as an informer as loyalist attacks in the area
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Pope Benedict XVI discussed the North
of Ireland at the Vatican on Thursday.
Over 1,000 people staged a nationwide protest last night to
support five north Mayo residents jailed over their opposition
to the construction of a high-pressure gas pipeline through
The attacks in London on Thursday morning have been strongly
condemned throughout Ireland.
North Belfast is “a tinder box” and people could be killed amid
tensions over contentious July 12 marches, Gerry Adams has
AN address to the Alternative G8 Summit, ‘Ideas to Change the World’,
by RSF Vice-President Des Dalton.
Dissident republicans are again targeting British Crown forces
after a device was found in County Armagh.
British Direct Ruler Peter Hain has heaped praise on Sinn Féin’s
leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, describing them as
“visionary” for urging the Provisional IRA to end its armed
A man has been left with a deep facial wound after being
attacked while walking along the Oldpark Road in north Belfast.
People in the border town of Crossmaglen have dismissed the
official version of a shooting in the town last week.
A series of protests have been organised after five men were
jailed at the insistence of the multinational Shell company over
their opposition to a gas pipeline being built across their
lands in County Mayo.
There are fears that serious violence will erupt after the
Parades Commission allowed the anti-Catholic Orange Order to
march twice through nationalist Ardyone on July 12th.
A feud-related murder by the unionist paramilitary UVF in
Belfast could lead to “a bloody summer of tit-for-tat killings”,
according to the Ulster Unionist Party.
The Corrib Gas Field off the west coast of Ireland is being developed
by three multinational companies, headed by Shell. They intend to
refine the gas in a forest which is 9 km inland. Shell intend to bring
the offshore pipeline to the refinery through this 9 km stretch of land
along and under the public road and in close proximity to houses.
There is only one
route to follow. It is not with banners and bands or with rocks
and bottles. It is the arduous and risky road to mutual respect
and a modicum of understanding.