A man named in the Dublin parliament earlier this year as a PSNI
Special Branch agent linked to a series of murders was shot near North
Claims by an MI6 operative in the Sunday tabloids that Sinn Féin
MP Martin McGuinness was a British spy have been rubbished.
Efforts to designate an annual memorial day to remember victims of the
Great Hunger have been boosted following the approval of a motion on the
issue by Dublin City Council.
Sinn Fein said today that it would take part in a committee aimed at
preparing for local power-sharing government in the North of Ireland.
Over 20% of the financial resources of British military intelligence is
being used to battle irish republicanism, it has emerged.
A new film on the Irish War of Independence is set to boost
international understanding of the struggle against British rule
after it scooped top honours at the Cannes Film Festival.
The hunger strike changed the nationalist community forever.
Robert McBride, former ANC activist, death row inmate, parliamentarian
and now chief of police in East Rand, Johannesburg, recently brought
a message to republicans across Ireland.
British Direct Ruler Peter Hain is to press ahead with the formation
of an all-party committee at the new shadow assembly to discuss the
return of powers from London to Belfast.
The killer of Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane is enjoying his freedom after
serving just 18 months of a 22 year sentence for the brutal murder.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has controversially backed the right of
the Protestant Orange Order to hold sectarian parades - despite
American observers reporting 'grotesque anti-Catholic displays' at last
year's parades by the order.
British Direct Ruler Peter Hain has been accused of wasting
money by appealing a High Court ruling which overturned his
appointment of two Orangemen to the Parades Commission.
A US Senate decision to fast-track new immigration measures has been
welcomed in Ireland on behalf of many undocumented Irish citizens
settled in the USA.
Mourners at the funeral of one of the Birmingham Six, Richard
McIlkenny, were told on Thursday that he has 'finally found freedom'.
This week marked the 25th anniversary of the deaths of the third and
fourth of the 1981 hunger strikers to die, Raymond McCreesh and Patsy
The assembly meeting up at Stormont isn't
the Northern Ireland Assembly established by the Good Friday Agreement.
There were no surprises as the DUP leader Ian Paisley flatly rejected a
bid to form a power sharing executive at the shadow Belfast Assembly on
The British government encouraged leading organisers of contentious
sectarian parades to apply for posts on the Parades Commission during a
secret meeting last autumn, it has been revealed.
The British government is being urged to apologise to the Birmingham
Six following the death of one of the six, Richard McIlkenny.
The US House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to call on the
British government to reconsider its position on the inquiry into the
murder of Pat Finucane.
Thousands defied the rain to attend hunger-strike
commemorations for South Armagh IRA man Raymond McCreesh and the Derry
INLA hunger striker Patsy O’Hara.
A week-long hunger and thirst strike by Afghan asylum-seekers protest
in St Patrick’s cathedral in Dublin was dramatically ended late on
Saturday night as garda police stormed the church.
Ian Paisley will be conscious of the irony involved in Sinn Fein
going to Stormont to have him elected as First Minister.
It has been fascinating to watch the DUP tip-toe politely around the funeral of Michael McIlveen.
The mood at the first days of a new 'transitional' northern assembly
were low key and overshadowed by the sectarian murder of Catholic
schoolboy Michael McIlveen in Ballymena.
Loyalists attacked mourners on their way to the funeral of murdered
Catholic schoolboy Michael McIlveen today.
The main political representative of the unionist paramilitary UVF has
joined the assembly group of the Ulster Unionist Party in a move
described both by nationalists and rival unionists as “breathtaking
It has emerged that a former deputy mayor of Ballymena was a leader of
the unionist paramilitary UDA while he was a serving British Army
Portadown Orangeman Don MacKay has been forced to resign from the
Parades Commission after being exposed earlier this year for using
false references when joining the commission.
Asylum seekers from Afghanistan are mounting a determined hunger strike
in Dublin's St Patrick's Cathedral in a campaign for refugee status.
Today is a day many people recall with feelings of sadness and anger
as well as a strong desire for the truth.
Farewell to David Ervine and the Progressive Unionist Party.
Preparations are currently underway for the funeral of fifteen-year-old
Michael McIlveen who died on Monday after he was fatally wounded in a
sectarian gang attack in Ballymena, County Antrim last weekend.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has said he will nominate DUP leader
Ian Paisley as First Minister and his own party’s chief negotiator
Martin McGuinness as Deputy First Minister when the Belfast Assembly is
reconvened on Monday.
British Direct Ruler Peter Hain has said Sinn Fein will not be forced
to publicly back policing in the North as a condition of power-sharing.
The US government is to consider the possibility of blocking access to
the website of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement following a meeting
with relatives of the 1998 Omagh bomb.
Plans for participation in European Union battle groups by the
26-County Army has come in for strong criticism.
The final report of the Bloody Sunday inquiry will not be published
until next year, the families of those killed have said.
Twenty five years ago on Friday, Francis Hughes, one of the most fearless
and courageous IRA Volunteers to emerge out of the current phase in the
Republican Struggle, lost his life after 59 days on Hunger Strike in
One of the biggest scandals to hit these
islands in recent years did not even merit a mention on
our main radio or TV stations.
Members of the family of Bobby Sands assembled for a private gathering
on Friday in the former Long Kesh Prison near Lisburn to mark the 25th
anniversary of his death.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams made a weekend plea to Ian Paisley's
DUP to play a leading role in ensuring a peaceful Protestant marching
The Sinn Fein leadership has issued a call for four republicans who
failed to turn up in court for sentencing after admitting the abduction
of a dissident republican to turn themselves in.
It is thought that growing pressure on British Prime Minister Tony
Blair to resign could undermine his ability to continue the current
phase of the peace process.
The organisation behind the long-running television show Sesame Street
has launched a new project which aims to break down sectarian barriers
between children in the North.
Action alerts on behalf the mcAllister family and the Rossport Five
There was nothing normal about our lives in the
H-blocks during the years 1976-1981 so why should our thinking and
actions be assessed according to a 'normal' system of measurement.
Bobby Sands died 25 years ago today, the first of ten to die while on
hunger strike against the British policy of criminalising the
republican struggle. It is a day of mourning for all Irish republicans.
Successive British governments failed to act despite having full
knowledge of the extensive and murderous collaboration between the
UDR and unionist
Sinn Fein will be forced to give its backing to the PSNI police when
powers for policing and justice are devolved from London to Belfast,
British Direct Ruler Peter Hain has claimed.
The PSNI police has been strongly criticised after allowing a mob of
loyalists to attack defenceless nationalists after wrecking a billboard
erected in honour of the 1981 hungerstrikers.
Leaders of the Protestant marching orders have said they still will not
talk directly to Sinn Fein or to residents groups about their sectarian
parades through Catholic areas.
26-County Minister for Communications Noel Dempsey has been accused of
siding with Shell Oil following a government report on its planned
high-pressure gas pipeline through County Mayo.
Hardline unionist Willie Frazer has claimed that the PSNI police failed
to arrest former Irish National Liberation Army leader Dessie O'Hare at
his wife's home in south Armagh at the weekend.
The victims group An Fhirinne is appealing to the families of people who
were victims of British state killings or collusion to help complete its database.
Brian Kennaway's new book The Orange Order: A Tradition Betrayed is
causing quite a stir, mainly among Protestants,
unionists and Orangemen