The Dublin government has been forced to end the transport of munitions
for the Israeli Army through Shannon Airport following outrage over the
massacre of scores of women and children in Lebanon.
The DUP has accepted the principle of power sharing and dialogue with
Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams has said.
Several hundred loyalists staged a rally in Belfast on Saturday night
in a ‘show of strength’ amid trouble between rival factions in the
unionist paramilitary UDA.
Community Restorative Justice (CRJ) has branded the British
government’s latest proposed guidelines overseeing the restorative
justice project as “arrogant”.
Republican prisoners in Maghaberry in County Antrim have stepped up
their protest by staging a 24-hour fast.
A political schism of more than 35 years has ended with the return of
the Blaney clan’s Independent Fianna Fail grouping into the party it
split from in 1970.
The story of INLA Volunteer Kevin Lynch, who died on hunger strike in
Long Kesh prison 25 years ago on Tuesday.
One year on the unionists and their allies are still refusing to open
their minds to the place the peace process can take us.
Sectarian attacks are now averaging at least five attacks every day
despite efforts of nationalist groups to placate unionists with
concessions over contentious anti-Catholic parades through interface
The London and Dublin governments now accept that the Provisional IRA’s
war is over, according to statements made today by the British Direct
Ruler in the 6-Counties, Peter Hain, and the 26-County Minister for
Justice, Michael McDowell.
The Continuity IRA has said it carried out two gun attacks on the PSNI
in Armagh city on July 12.
Leading figures in Irish America have testified in opposition to the
ratification of a proposed extradition treaty between the United States
and Britain at Senate hearings in Washington.
The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has said she expects the
Dublin government to give ‘profound consideration’ to any United
Nations request to contribute to a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.
Five anti-war members of the ‘Pitstop Ploughshares’ have been found not
guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court of damaging a US aeroplane at
Shannon Airport over three years ago.
The full text of a wide-ranging address delivered by Martin McGuinness to the
MacGill Summer School at the weekend.
Israel is clearly once again guilty of a gross crime against humanity
and it must be held accountable.
The arrest of an Irish language school teacher in Belfast for speaking
Irish “brings us back to the days of the penal laws”, said Sinn
Féin’s Bairbre de Brun.
The British government has been accused of allowing the UDA to “stick
up” taxpayers after engaging the unionist paramilitary group in talks
for funds to “retrain” its murder gangs.
The Dublin and London governments are being urged to spell out their
plans in the apparently likely event of political parties in the North
missing the November deadline for a deal.
The killing by Garda police of a depressed young man outside his County
Longford home six years ago was unnecessary, the judge who carried out
a two-year inquiry into the incident has said.
Republican hardliner Michael McKevitt has been given leave to go to the
Supreme Court in a fresh bid to challenge his controversial non-jury
conviction for ‘directing terrorism’.
There is anger and concern in Ireland at Israeli attacks on civilian
targets in Lebanon, with little action by the international community
There is a historical precedent of “sexing up” a document, one that had major implications for subsequent relations between Ireland and England.
Over the decades, one thing has not changed.
A Derry man is fighting for his life following a spate of sectarian
attacks surrounding the annual July 12th parades by the Protestant
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has accused DUP leader Ian Paisley and
his party of having done nothing to ensure a peaceful Twelfth - in
contrast to republicans.
There was concern this week after DUP leader Ian Paisley expressed his
party’s potentially violent opposition to political compromise,
undermining British government attempts to win over Sinn Féin support
for the PSNI.
The British government considered banning Irish immigration and
stripping the Irish community in Britain of social security and voting
rights after eight plain-clothes SAS men were arrested in the
26-Counties on active service.
Republicans have expressed concern after talks between the unionist
paramilitary UDA and the 26-County Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, in Dublin.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has denied his government is to blame for the
mounting death-toll on Ireland’s roads.
There are at least three ways of looking at last week’s Twelfth
Two strangers arrived at Stormont as the shutters went up for the
Hundreds of ‘11th night’ bonfires were set alight by loyalists across
the North last night as tensions mounted ahead of ‘the Twelfth’, a day
when over 600 marches are staged by the Protestant Orange Order to mark
a 17th century battle victory over Catholics.
Provisional IRA Volunteers accompanied a forensics expert to the burial
sites of five victims whose remains were never recovered, the Sinn Féin
President revealed on Monday.
The Provisional IRA has issued a statement affirming that Jean
McConville had been an informer at the time she was killed in 1972
following a declaration by Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan that she had
no evidence to corroborate the claims.
Nationalists have criticised Ian Paisley’s party for its continuing
efforts to undermine a local power-sharing solution in the North of
Ireland as set out in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Irish politicians have expressed fears about a new generation of
nuclear plants like Sellafield located across the Irish Sea after the
British government indicated it intends to build nuclear power
Bertie Ahern has given the green light for his government to sell off
Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus.
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the death of two IRA Volunteers
on hunger strike in Long Kesh jail.
The Annual Republican Sinn Féin Wolfe Tone Commemoration to Bodenstown
took place last month. The following oration was delivered by Dr Sean
Maguire son of the late Comdt- General Tom Maguire, a survivor of the
Second (All-Ireland) Dail Eireann. It is reproduced here in full.
26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern this week faced calls for an early
election amid a public outcry over mounting evidence of serious
incompetence within his cabinet and senior civil service.
Nationalists have expressed anger that a coat-trailing Orange Order
parade is to be allowed to pass Ardoyne in north Belfast on the evening
of the Twelfth of July, despite calling off a protest for a morning
parade on the same day.
The farm of an RUC policeman was used as a centre of operations for
unionist paramilitary activity at the height of the conflict, according
to the final report of Justice Henry Barron.
The British army is expected to vacate its last hill-top spy post in
south Armagh next week amid a controversy over the future of British
Army lands in the area.
The PSNI police has been accused of “working hand in glove” with the
unionist paramilitary LVF to erect flags in the nationalist end of
Lurgan town last week.
Catholic homes in Lurgan and a school in County Derry came under attack at the weekend.
Jonathan Cook on the real reasons for Israel’s invasion of Gaza.
Why try and dress up the Twelfth as something it is not?
DUP leader Ian Paisley has said that there will be no power-sharing
with nationalists unless the Provisional IRA “repents of its evil
A statement on the state of the peace process and a ‘work plan’ were issued in Belfast on
Thursday by Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern.
The British government is attempting to turn sectarian and sometimes
violent celebrations of a 17th century battle victory over Irish
Catholics into a “festival” for tourists -- and has provided a
six-figure grant to the Protestant Orange Order to do so.
Republican prisoners at Maghaberry jail have said news of their
ongoing protest is being censored by the mainstream media, pointing out
that only one of Ireland’s main daily papers has carried details of the
A Parades Commission ruling banning Orangemen from marching along the
Garvaghy Road on Drumcree Sunday has been welcomed.
A hoax bomb alert on the outskirts of north Belfast has been connected
to an Orange Order parade in the area last week.
The first 26-County commemoration of the Battle of the Somme was held
in Dublin at the weekend, with representatives from all the major
political parties in the North in attendance.
For decades republicans raised
the issue of collusion but were dismissed as propagandists. It is now
an undisputed fact.