Bertie Ahern’s Fianna Fail party is losing ground amid a swing
to the more progressive parties, according to the latest
26-County poll conducted by the Red C organisation.
The family of a 19-year-old Catholic man shot dead by unionist
paramilitaries have publicly denounced the police investigation
which has failed to yield a single arrest in almost four years.
Republicans across the country yesterday lit candles on Sunday to
mark the 25th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike.
Just one third of a 9 million Euro fund set up by the Dublin
government to help victims of the conflict has been claimed, it
Sinn Féin has said it is not willing to take part in an Assembly
if there is no prospect of having an Executive up and running by
The following is the text of the address on Monday by Sinn Féin
President Gerry Adams MP to Sinn Féin’s National Elected
Representatives Forum in the Writers Museum, Parnell Square in
Tributes have been paid to the Irish role in bringing about the
ceasefire by Basque separatist group ETA, particularly that of
peace intermediary Fr Alec Reid.
In an unusually sharp and pointed criticism Sinn Féin president
Gerry Adams publicly questioned the quality of the advice being
given to US president George Bush, which is shaping his
administration’s policy in relation to the peace process here.
Pressure is growing on the 26-County Minister for Justice,
Michael McDowell after has was forced to apologise twice for
political outbursts while controversy mounts over unexplained
deaths in police custody.
A prominent loyalist was shot in yet another attack in County
Antrim linked to the unionist paramilitary UDA - the third within
Nationalists have expressed concern at British Direct Ruler Peter
Hain’s proposals for changing the role of the Housing Executive
(HE) in the North.
A permanent ceasefire announced by Basque pro-independence
organisation Euskadi Ta Askatasuna [Basque Homeland and Freedom]
has gone into effect.
26-County Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he
always believed there was British collusion in the murder of
Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.
The Basque Country, Euskal Herria, Vasconia, Navarre, etc. are
some of the many names given to the Basque nation throughout its
history. A nation, which, like Ireland, has endured a long
struggle against aggression by its neighbours. A nation that has
managed to survive to the present day, maintaining its own unique
Sinn Féin remains opposed to reported plans from London and
Dublin for the restoration of an Assembly at Stormont with
limited powers and a target date for the appointment of
a powersharing executive.
The US government and Irish Americans have been urged to support
Sinn Féin’s call for the implementation of the Good Friday
One of the Birmingham Six has promised to launch legal action
against the British government unless he gets a public apology.
Aircraft used by the CIA to transport prisoners to countries
where they are reportedly being tortured have landed in the
North, it has been revealed.
Efforts by Gerry Adams to brief Irish-American supporters of the
peace process this week were hampered by a fund-raising ban and
A “shadow assembly” could operate in Belfast for a “few months”
while efforts are made to restore power-sharing, Bertie Ahern has
The Saint Patrick’s Battalion in the US-Mexican War has placed
the Irish as a revered race in Mexico; even to this day, an Irish
person in Mexico will be told a countless number of times about
the famous ‘Irish Martyrs’ who defected from the US Army and gave
their lives trying to save Mexico from US aggression from
Belfast enjoyed its first ever official St. Patrick’s Day parade
with good cheer at the weekend despite disagreement over the
waving of the Irish flag.
People say nothing ever changes here, but they’re wrong. Movement
is so slow, glacial even, that usually people don’t notice.
An environmentalist has had legal costs of up to 600,000 Euros
(Stg413,000) awarded against him after he lost his court
challenge against the routing of the M3 motorway near the Hill of
Britain’s Direct Ruler in Ireland, Peter Hain, has made it clear
that he will not bar Sinn Féin from a restored Belfast Assembly
or power-sharing administration.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has said he is increasingly
concerned at the handling of the current talks by the Dublin and
London governments and the recent partisan behaviour of the US
US envoy Ambassador Mitchell Reiss has suggested that Sinn Féin’s
insistence on further police reform can be equated with the DUP’s
refusal to hold talks with republicans.
The North’s Equality Commission is being urged to begin
investigations of public institutions with records of
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams in New York yesterday morning
pledged his party’s “full support for the Irish Lobby for
Last Thursday, March 9 was Bobby Sands’s birthday. He would have
A raid on an alleged border smuggling operation has provided the
launching pad for a wave of anti-republican news coverage.
Relatives of people killed by locally recruited British soldiers
in the North of Ireland have described a massive cash payout to
the 3,000 troops as ‘repugnant and offensive’.
British Direct Ruler Peter Hain has announced the new make-up of
the North’s Policing Board, which includes a majority of
An apparent hit list found in the home of a unionist paramilitary
murder suspect was later destroyed by the PSNI, it has emerged.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has accepted a St Patrick’s Day
invitation to the White House despite a US administration ban on
his fundraising plans and strong Irish opposition to George
Bush’s foreign policy.
Did a British agent at
the heart of a dissident republican group engineer the Omagh bomb?
There has been an outcry over a planned auction of historical
documents and artifacts associated with the 1916 Rising.
A number of related policing and judicial scandals have followed
the murder of a 22-year-old woman at a party in Dublin last
A gun attack on a Catholic taxi driver in north Belfast at the
weekend is the start of a killing campaign against all republican
ex-prisoners, according to the unionist paramilitary UDA.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and 26-County Taoiseach Bertie
Ahern appear to have moved away from plans for a ‘shadow’
Six-County Assembly in Belfast, but are still not revealing any
proposals for reviving the peace process.
The Dublin parliament has unanimously backed a motion calling
for a “full, independent, public judicial inquiry” into the 1989
murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.
For the first seventeen days of his hunger-strike 25 years ago
this week, Bobby Sands kept a secret diary in which he wrote his
thoughts and views.
The following is his writings for the first nine days.
Ulster Unionists have rejected an invitation to attend a ceremony
to mark the 1916 Easter Rising and the declaration of the Irish
Republic, describing it as an “act of terrorism”.
Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane is to face a retrial in connection with
an IRA action over 20 years ago, the Dublin High Court has ruled.
UDA leaders were among a group of up to 15 unionist
paramilitaries arrested on Friday after PSNI police raided a bar
during a ‘show of strength’.
Political activists have demonstrated against stopovers through
Shannnon Airport this week by US President George Bush.
PSNI police chief Hugh Orde has dodged questions put to him at a
meeting of the North’s Policing Board about the 1998 Omagh
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has refused to meet the family
of murdered Belfast teenager Peter McBride.
An attempt by the London and Dublin governments to form a Belfast
Assembly with significantly reduced powers is meeting strong
resistance from northern nationalists.
A unionist group has said it is determined to march through
Dublin in spite of the violence caused by its attempt to do so