November 30, 2005

SF must be ready for power - Adams

At an all-Ireland strategy conference in Monaghan on Saturday, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said the party must prepare itself for power.

OTR bill ‘will be passed’ - Hain

The British government has said it will not tolerate any “wrecking amendments” to proposed legislation concerning those ‘on the run’ from potential conflict-related prosecutions.

POLITICAL POLICING

The arrest of Sinn Féin assembly member Francie Brolly in connection with the 1972 Claudy bomb investigation has provoked immense anger.

Ferry stand-off continues

A national day of solidarity is being organised next week as a dramatic protest by Irish Ferries workers continues.

The founding of Sinn Féin

The founding date of Sinn Féin is 28 November 1905. On that date the first Annual Convention of the National Council was held in the Rotunda, Dublin. The meeting began at 11am and among the over 100 delegates were Arthur Griffith, Edward Martyn, Thomas Martin, John Sweetman, Jenny Wyse-Power, Padraig Mac Piarais, Maire de Buitleir, Patrick McCartan, Oliver St John Gogarty, Peadar O Cearnaigh, Sean T O Ceallaigh and William Cosgrave. Two of those delegates, Mac Piarias and Michael O’Hanrahan of Wexford, were among the executed leaders in 1916.

New campaign to legalise emigrants

The United States is being urged to give working visas to tens of thousands of undocumented Irish immigrants.

Centenary celebrated

The 100th anniversary of the day on which Sinn Féin was founded was marked by a number of republican events this week.

Northern state is being eroded

By Tommy McKearney (for Daily Ireland)

Last week’s proposals for reforming public administration in the North may eventually prove to be as significant as the abolition of Stormont in 1973. For the first time since the struggle for Civil Rights challenged an undemocratic unionist regime in 1968, Britain’s government is giving practical recognition to the fact that the political entity known as Northern Ireland is unworkable.

November 26, 2005

Civil rights under fire in Nally case

Traveller representatives and civil rights groups are accusing establishment politicians of using a recent manslaughter case to promote discrimination against the gypsy-like Traveller community.

WORKERS BATTLE FOR JOBS

Four crew members have barricaded themselves into the engine room of an Irish Ferries vessel in a dramatically escalating labour relations dispute.

Sinn Féin Pre-Budget Submission

The following is the introduction to Sinn Féin’s submission ahead of the Dublin government’s Budget for 2006.

IRA no threat to ‘exiles’ - Adams

Mr Adams said those told to leave the North of Ireland by the Provisional IRA were free to return home but first should contact the communities from which they were ‘exiled’.

Collusion ‘amnesty’ provokes clash

A vote on the OTRs bill was passed at its second reading in the London parliament amid continuing controversy over the legislation.

100 years of confusion

A Fine Gael attempt to stake a claim to the Sinn Féin heritage has sparked a row over the legacy of Arthur Griffith’s movement.

Death of George Best

The passing of one of the North’s most famous celebrities, soccer legend George Best, has led to a wave of tributes for a man some consider to have been Ireland’s greatest sportsman.

Don’t let facts get in the way of a good jibe

By Jim Gibney (for the Irish News)

In his failed attempts to undermine Sinn Féin’s growing popularity, SDLP leader Mark Durkan hit a new low in his party conference speech a few weeks ago.

November 23, 2005

OTR bill ‘vital to peace process’

The British Prime Minister has said new legislation to deal with outstanding charges and prosecutions from the conflict was vital to the peace process but would cause “anger and anguish”.

Ombudsman asked to investigate police role in UVF attacks

A Belfast man who survived two murder bids has accused Special Branch of protecting his would-be killers.

Gay parade challenges DUP bigotry

Gay rights activists are planning to stage a parade through the hometown of a unionist politician who claimed natural disasters are God’s way of punishing gay people.

REPARTITION?

A radical overhaul of local government in the North announced yesterday by the British government has severely shaken the political status quo.

Sponsored ethos adds to relatives’ grief

By Jim Gibney (for the Irish News)

Human rights and the pursuit of justice have dominated Clara Reilly’s life for more than 30 years.

Estimates fail to tackle poverty gap

The announcement by the Dublin government of its spending Estimates was greeted with a mixture of derision, criticism and accusations of waste by opposition parties.

DUP ‘hypocrisy’ over talks with loyalists

The DUP party’s decision to sanction talks with the Loyalist Commission has been hailed as “a huge shift”, but it is widely known that the party has been talking actively and behind closed doors to unionist paramilitaries for the last 30 years.

Just who elects these DUP flat-Earthers?

By Anne Cadwallader (for Daily Ireland)

The DUP, on occasion, give every impression of being the modern equivalent of the Flat Earth Society.

November 19, 2005

US activists welcome developments

Irish-American activists have won a battle in the war against the the controversial revised U.S./U.K. extradition treaty during a hearing of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.

IRA must disband - Paisley

Peace talks in Dublin between DUP leader Ian Paisley and the 26-County government were described as ‘forthright’ but have failed to yield tangible signs of progress.

COLLUSION COVER-UP

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams and a range of party representatives are among over hundreds of republicans whose personal details have been found on a unionist paramilitary death list.

New push in Finucane campaign

The widow of murdered Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane is to brief key US politicians following a warning yesterday that the family will use all legal and political means at their disposal to secure a satisfactory inquiry into the murder.

Counting the Cost of Direct Rule

The following is the introduction to the discussion document ‘Counting the cost of Direct Rule and Putting it Right’, which was launched by Sinn Féin in Belfast this week.

Mary Lou takes on Bertie

Sinn Féin Chairman and MEP Mary Lou McDonald is set to contest the next 26-County general election in the Taoiseach’s constituency, it has emerged.

Economic unity underway - Hain

Ian Paisley has called for the resignation of British Direct Ruler Peter Hain after he admitted a single all-Ireland economy was inevitable.

Fear of republicanism’s rise

There has been a relentless campaign by the SDLP and political parties in the South to demonise Sinn Féin and undermine its electoral prospects.

November 15, 2005

DUP boycotts talks

Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party boycotted a talks-about-talks process hosted by the British and Irish governments at Hillsbrorough Castle on Monday.

Fight predicted over OTR bill

Controversy continues over plans by the Dublin and London governments to deal with outstanding cases from the conflict.

MAJOR COLLUSION THREAT

More than 50 people have been told that their lives are in danger after it emerged that unionist paramilitaries have been given a top-level British Army intelligence dossier on leading republicans.

RSF annual conference

Republican Sinn Féin held its centenary annual conference in Dublin at the weekend. The following is an edited version of the speech delivered on Sunday by the party’s President, Ruairi O Bradaigh.

Pre-emptive election attacks on Sinn Féin

The 26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he would rather concede power than form a coalition government with Sinn Féin, who he described as “agents of poverty and disadvantage”.

Adams hails Canadian support

The world is witnessing a watershed moment in history with the disarming of the IRA and Canadian officials should be thanked for their role in aiding Ireland’s peace process, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said on Saturday.

Fraud Act is an instrument to deny votes

By Jim Gibney (for the Irish News)

As I write, a third of a million eligible voters might not appear on the draft electoral register due to be published on December 1.

Under the radar

By Anne Cadwallader (for Daily Ireland)

The drama at Westminster on the 90-day detention-without-charge proposal last week took place in the full glare of publicity with the 24-hour news channels carrying the debate live.

November 11, 2005

Adams defies visa pressure

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP spoke by live satellite link up to a packed capacity crowd who were standing and cheering at the Friends of Sinn Féin dinner in New York City last night.

Shannon airport controversy grows

A leading Islamic cleric has warned that Ireland could be attacked unless the use of Shannon Airport as a stop-over for US troops is ended.

OTRs SET TO RETURN

The British government has introduced legislation so that those ‘on the run’ (OTRs) from conflict-related prosecution since before 1998 will be able to return home and avoid prison terms.

A Framework for Unity

The 32 County Sovereignty Committee launched a political initiative this week to build support for an alternative to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

This is the address given by Francis Mackey at the launch of the document, a ‘IRISH DEMOCRACY - A FRAMEWORK FOR UNITY.

British carry out Derry bomb blast

Several people were caught up in a “controlled explosion” by the British Army on a hoax device outside a police station in Derry.

Hired US spy ‘not credible’

FBI agent and supergrass David Rupert was “a deeply avaricious man” whose evidence should not have been given credibility in the trial of Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt, appeal judges heard yesterday.

Blair loses support of parliament

There were echoes of the final days of Margaret Thatcher in London this week as Tony Blair suffered his first parliamentary defeat.

No amnesty until ministers implicated

Unionist leaders are frauds and hypocrites, attempting to occupy a notional moral high ground.

November 7, 2005

Adams slams ‘amateurish’ US visa move

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams was forced to call off a visit to the US after restrictions were placed on him by the US State Department on a visa to travel to New York.

Adams predicts a United Ireland

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has told supporters at an event to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the party that “we will see a united Ireland in our lifetime”.

Arrests maintain ‘bank heist’ controversy

A former IRA POW who was arrested and released over the Northern Bank raid is to lodge a complaint with Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan about his ordeal.

‘End the Impunity’ campaign launched

The family of Peter McBride, the teenager murdered by two British soldiers in north Belfast in 1992, is to step up their campaign to have his killers expelled from the British army.

MURDER WAS SWEPT UNDER THE CARPET

The pursuit of the suspected killers of Seamus Ludlow was blocked by unidentified elements in the 26 County establishment, Justice Henry Barron has found.

The Barron Report

The following is an account of the events surrounding the release last Thursday of the Barron report into the kiling of Seamus Ludlow from the Ludlow family web site, http://www.seamusludlow.com

Extracts from the conclusions of the Barron Report are also reproduced below.

CIRA targets commercial events

Republican hardiners are understood to be planning a series of bomb warnings after successfully forcing the cancellation of a major weekend horse racing meeting.

Bertie in credit after classic piece of politics

By Brian Feeney (for the Irish News)

It was all over so quickly you could hardly see it going past. On October 26 the taoiseach proposed allowing northern MPs to participate in the Dail in a ‘committee of the whole House’. By October 28 almost every other party in the Dail, with of course the exception of Sinn Féin, rejected the proposal out of hand.

November 2, 2005

US State Dept stuck in conflict mode

A historic statement by Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams that 'the war is over' has not moved the US government to change its position on Sinn Fein speakers attending fundraising events in the US.

Plastic bullet use investigated

The British Army's unaccountable use of plastic bullets is the focus of a new human-rights report sent to the United Nations and the United States Congress.

Parades Commission accused of inequality

The British government has been accused of ignoring equality rules and being "manipulative" in its selection process for a post with the Parades Commission.

LVF goes away?

Nationalists remain to be convinced of the sincerity of claims by the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) that their "military units" are to "stand down".

HEIST RAIDS ARE 'A JOKE'

Nationalists have expressed anger at PSNI raids and arrests in republican areas of Counties Down and Tyrone, describing them as "political" and "a set-up".

Debate on Irish Unity

The full contribution of Sinn Fein Dail leader, Caoimhghin O Caolain TD to Private Members Business motion on Irish reunification on Wednesday.

26-County parties oppose Irish unity motion

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has attacked the 26-County political establishment for failing to support his party's motion in support of a united Ireland.

Partitionist mentality is alive and kicking

By Damien Kiberd (for Daily Ireland)

When Dail Eireann assembled for the first time in 1919, there were, understandably, a lot of people absent.


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