Taoiseach Bertie Ahern met with representatives of the unionist
paramilitary UVF on Wednesday, while his Foreign Affairs
Minister Brian Cowen visited the UDA controlled Taughmonagh
district of south Belfast.
Former prisoners who took part in 1970s ‘no wash’ and blanket
protests are suffering from a range of physical and mental
health problems into middle age, a study has reported.
A report from the Police Ombudsman will implicate at least 6 RUC
police Special Branch Officer, acting through paid agents, in a
number of murders blamed on the unionist paramilitary UVF.
Former political prisoners associated with the republican
socialist movement have reacted with anger after the offices of
a support group was raided by the PSNI police yesterday.
Sinn Fein has denounced political parties in the South for
attempting to block a plan to have MPs from the North speak
regularly to a parliamentary committee in the chamber of the
‘A race to the bottom’ - that’s how Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
described the press coverage of former Fianna Fail TD Liam
The true extent of paedophilia in the Catholic Church in Ireland
has emerged for the first time following the publication of a
state inquiry into the sexual abuse of young boys and girls in
Ulster Unionist leader Reg Empey declared military victory over
the Provisional IRA at his party’s annual conference at the
weekend -- while sounding a warning over Sinn Fein’s political
A new investigation is to be held into the mysterious death of a
republican political activist three years ago.
A new ‘whistle-blower’ book reveals that members of the RUC
Special Branch tried to have a fellow officer killed by unionist
Relatives of those killed in the McGurk’s bar bombing in Belfast
are to meet families of those killed in the Dublin and Monaghan
explosions after a possible link has emerged with those
suspected of being involved in both bombings.
The appointment of a trustee for the former RUC police as the
North’s new Victims’ Commissioner has been met with dismay by
As part of the Sinn Fein Cead Blain celebrations, Gerry Adams
has published a new book setting out his vision for the
future direction of Irish Republicanism in the years ahead.
There has always been a degree of confusion within Fianna Fail
about the pursuit of the republican ideal.
The announcement that a military parade by the 26-County army
will be held to commemorate next year’s 1916 Easter Rising has
been greeted with scepticism by Irish republicans.
A planned smoking ban in the North will make the entire island
of Ireland a smoke-free zone by 2007.
An Irish reporter has been released unharmed in Baghdad after
being abducted in the Shia-controlled Sadr City yesterday
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has spoken to a specially
convened session of the South African Parliament in Capetown as
part of an official visit to South Africa.
The British government has ended financial sanctions against
Sinn Féin following the publication of a British intelligence
report on IRA and unionist paramilitary activity.
The DUP has revealed it plans a second series of demands before
it considers whether it will share power with Sinn Féin.
A major row has broken out over policing reform in the North of
Ireland, with members of the North’s unionist-dominated Policing
Board expressing fears over plans to enhance Community
Restorative Justice (CRJ) schemes.
A former senior figure in the PSNI police Special Branch has
admitted stealing confidential files relating to murder
investigations in a bid to frustrate the work of the Police
A Catholic priest who compared the treatment of Catholics under
unionist rule to Nazi-era Germany is to be investigated by the
North’s police over the remarks.
The British government is expected shortly to publish
legislation dealing with republicans “on the run” from
outstanding conflict-related prosecutions.
There have been calls for a full inquiry after an elderly man
was allowed to die from a bleeding ulcer in Monaghan hospital.
The 26-County Prime Minister Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, said today
that unionist paramilitaries need “space, encouragement and
support” to end their murder campaigns.
A look at the consequences of the partition of Ireland for
The British government is to reconstitute the North’s Policing
Board next April to give the DUP more seats, and is also to
provide Ian Paisley’s party with new British Lordships.
The unionist paramilitary LVF may announce an end to its
activities in a statement later this week, according to reports.
British troops in Ireland are to get their own radio station.
Based in Lisburn, County Antrim the station will go on air on FM
in the new year.
Allegations in the mainstream media that properties worth over
40 million Euros have been connected to the Provisional IRA
have been discredited in a press conference on Tuesday.
The British Prime Minister and 26-County Taoiseach have vowed to
press for a political deal in the North of Ireland as they
hailed the disarming of the Provisional IRA during talks in London.
Republican playwright and journalist Brian Campbell died
suddenly near his home in Newry on Saturday.
A bomb left by unionist paramilitaries at a primary school
outside Ballymena has caused anger and concern for the
DUP leader Ian Paisley has presented British Prime Minister Tony
Blair in London with 64 pages of fresh demands as efforts are renewed
to restore power-sharing government to the North.
Unionists have threatened to urinate on the graves of Catholics
unless the bodies are disinterred and removed from Carnmoney
cemetery in County Antrim.
The hardline Continuity IRA is reported to be in disarray after
a number of its prisoners in Portlaoise jail left the
Suspicions of collusion have been raised in the murder of former
unionist paramilitary ‘brigadier’ Jim Gray.
Highly publicised police raids on alleged IRA properties in
northern England have derailed crucial talks on reviving the
peace process, taking place at the same time in London.
While it is correct for the physical
force tradition to claim that no republican died to ensure what
Sinn Féin achieved, equally so none died so that republicans
could become pariahs.
Two large computer projects commissioned by the 26-County
Department of Health are to be suspended as costs for the
faltering projects ballooned into hundreds of millions of Euros.
An undercover British army unit has been found attempting to
install a spying device in the home of a County Tyrone family.
A couple and a three-year-old boy have escaped injury in a
unionist paramilitary bomb attack on Thursday.
The Rossport Five were released on Friday ahead of a major rally
in Dublin to stop energy giant Shell building a high-pressure
gas pipeline past their homes in County Mayo.
A member of the 26-County Garda police is to be deployed to the
PSNI in the North as part of a new exchange programme.
General John de Chastelain, head of the arms decommissioning
body, confirmed before the world’s media at the Culloden Hotel
in Belfast, the Provisional IRA had put all of its weapons
Unionists have called for an “extensive testing period”
following the announcement this week that the arms of the
Provisional IRA have been totally and unilaterally destroyed.
Reaction to the announcement on IRA arms was swift and
Once again the leaders of unionism have
positioned themselves where they are happiest - isolated,
beleaguered and looking stupid.