February 28, 2006


There have been calls for an inquiry after a sectarian march through the heart of Dublin resulted in widespread rioting and disorder on Saturday.

February 24, 2006

Top UDA man named as police agent

One of the most notorious sectarian killers of the conflict worked for the RUC Special Branch police, it has been revealed.

Paisley suggests arming for conflict

The SDLP has accused DUP leader Ian Paisley of being “disgraceful, reckless and inflammatory” after he suggested that Protestants should be “forearmed” to deal with an alleged IRA threat.

Ahern blanks Ludlow family

Relatives of a Dundalk man murdered by a gang of unionist paramilitaries and British soldiers have criticised the 26-County Taoiseach for refusing to meet them.

Concerns over ‘Love Ulster’ march

There are fears that a ‘Love Ulster’ parade organised by unionist hardliners on Saturday through Dublin city centre could lead to violence.


A document has been found which reveals the extent of ongoing covert British military activity in south Armagh.

British ‘moving the goal posts’ - Cory

Canadian Judge Peter Cory has described the British government’s approach to the Pat Finucane case as “Alice in Wonderland”.

SF won’t make the same mistake twice

Sinn Fein won’t be endorsing the PSNI or joining the Policing Board any time soon.

Vision of freedom deserves to be honoured

Gerry Adams’s unequivocal support for and defence of the peace process is significant because at the minute the peace process is being squeezed.

February 20, 2006

Mass murderer kept in police pay

A unionist paramilitary convicted of 12 sectarian murders continued to be paid by police after his release from prison, it has emerged.

Paisley hates Irish President

26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern today described a scathing attack on President Mary McAleese by Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley as immature.

USA feared Irish civil war

The US embassy in Dublin warned Washington after Bloody Sunday in 1972 that its failure to press Britain to change its policy in the North threatened to plunge Ireland into civil war, it has emerged.

UDA carry out brutal murder

The unionist paramilitary UDA has been accused of bludgeoning a man to death in an alleyway on Saturday.


Attempts to hold “phased multi-party talks” involving the North’s five main political parties collapsed amid acrimony on Monday afternoon.

Struggle has changed but goals remain - Adams

The following is an abridged version of the speech by Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams to the party’s annual conference on Saturday.

US action alerts

The following action alert was issued by Irish Northern Aid.

Sinn Féin grassroots tackle party leadership

Delegates at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis were deeply divided in a debate on policing and coalition policies, which saw the party leadership narrowly holding its position.

February 16, 2006

Talks to go ahead without Blair

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has cancelled plans to go to the North of Ireland to deliver a major speech intended to pave the way for the restoration of a local power-sharing administration.

Protest over PSNI raids

PSNI police raided the home of a former Sinn Féin councillor in County Down this week as part of continuing efforts to smear the party over last year’s Northern bank raid.

MI5 to run more informers

Plans to give British military intelligence an enhanced role in the North of Ireland are being strongly opposed by nationalists.

Hunger strike commemorations launched

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said the 25th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strikes must be used as an opportunity to look forward as well as remember those who died.


A sudden u-turn by the 26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on issue of representation for northerners in the Dublin parliament has shocked Sinn Féin.

Frank Stagg and Michael Gaughan

As part of our continuing series on the 25th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike, we look at the period of the early seventies, including the death on hunger strike of Frank Stagg -- 30 years ago this week.

Upbeat Ard Fheis planned

Sinn Féin is preparing to lay the groundwork for the next general election in the 26 Counties at the 2006 Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Dublin this weekend.

Sinn Féin facing highest hurdle

By Mick Hall (for the Blanket)

The bar of the hurdle which the UK government insist Sinn Féin must first overcome before they can join any Stormont Assembly Administration is currently set at SF’s membership of the PSNI Policing Boards. I have excluded the Irish government as I’m increasingly bewildered as to what their role in this matter is.

February 12, 2006

SDLP go missing on Irish unity vote

A County Tyrone council has become the first local authority in the North to declare its official support for Irish unity.

Irish troops readied in Euro war plan

News that Irish troops are to join European ‘battle groups’ in international conflict arenas has been met with grave concern by Irish progressives.

Talks fuel speculation on UDA, UVF disbandment

The husband of the Irish President held secret talks with the UDA in Belfast last week amid growing speculation about an imminent announcement by the unionist paramilitary group.


The Republican Prisoners’ Action Group have said they reject the “minimal nature” of recent proposals on Maghaberry prison policy by the Six County Prisons’ Minister, Shaun Woodward.

Our struggle has advanced

Sinn Féin Dail Group Leader Caoimhghin O Caolain TD spoke comprehensively about the current political situation at the Annual General Meeting of Sinn Féin in the Six Counties at the weekend. The following is the full text of his address.

DUP apology for disinvitation

A Democratic Unionist party mayor has been forced to apologise to a Sinn Féin councillor and admit he was wrong.

DUP resignation changes calculations

A scandal-hit assembly member quit Ian Paisley’s DUP yesterday, potentially altering the make-up of the North’s political institutions.

IMC suits the last-ditchers in the DUP

What happens next year when the DUP is ready to sign up to a deal with SF only for the IMC to emerge and provide another dollop of what Martin McGuinness called ‘Balderdice’?

February 8, 2006

Ireland gets border-free mobile network

A mobile phone network has scrapped roaming charges between the 26 Counties and the Six Counties for all of its customers for the first time.

McDowell apologises for Ludlow lies

A statement, issued on behalf of a third party from the Six Counties, has said that new information would be made available on the Ludlow case if such an inquiry was set up.

Lawyer ‘is member of UVF’

The PSNI police have alleged that a solicitor telephoned the unionist paramilitary UVF from a police station and said a man they shot should be “taken out” before he made a statement.


The British government has rejected calls by the nationalist parties for the Belfast Assembly to be reconvened as political talks resumed in Belfast this week.

Special Branch knew of threat to Finucane family

Special Branch police were aware of a plot three years ago to kill the family of Pat Finucane but failed to inform them of the threat, it has been admitted.

Ownership of the Republic

Any attempt to conflate republicanism and sectarian Catholic attitudes cannot be sustained.

Paisley just a blip in the ongoing peace process

Even though Hain rule is misrule and unrepresentative rule, it is better than Paisley rule. We’ve waited for 800 years, what’s a few more?

Political allowances restored to Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin is to receive their allowances for the British parliament and Belfast Assembly after a motion to have them restored was passed tonight in the House of Commons in London.

February 4, 2006

Pipeline protestors defiant

The Rossport Five have suspended their involvement in a mediation process with Shell Oil established by the Dublin government.

‘Not an inch’ - Paisley

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement was pronounced dead at the party’s annual conference today as party leader Ian Paisley again declared “No surrender” and “Not an Inch”.

Disband the IMC - SF

Sinn Féin has published a Bill in the Dublin parliament calling for the 26-County government to end its political backing and funding for the IMC and to have the legislation, which brought it into being, repealed.


A conflict has appeared in the political establishment over a report on IRA and unionist paramilitary activity by the government-mandated ‘Independent Monitoring Commission’.

Rhetoric is not enough

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP made the following comments regarding the peace process to the National Conference of Ogra Shinn Féin, the party’s youth organisation, which met in Dublin City centre on Saturday.

Inequality continues in NIO, PSNI

The latest figures has revealed that less than one in four of core departmental staff of the British government’s Northern Ireland Office is Catholic.

CIRA to fight on

Claims by the IMC that two new hardline republican paramilitary groups are operating in the North of Ireland has been greeted with doubts.

Ugly McCarthyism in the body politic

By Colin O’Carroll (for Daily Ireland)

It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry when faced with the latest execrable offering from the International Monitoring Commission (IMC). The toe-curling pomposity of the IMC’s pronouncements, their patronising chiding of the nationalist community for creating a “culture of unlawfulness”, and the vacuous nature of the allegations made against republicans are sick-making.

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