October 30, 2006

ADAMS WARNING OVER DUP DEMANDS

The British and Irish governments could put progress in the North at risk if they divert from what was agreed at the St Andrews talks and make fresh concessions to the DUP, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said.

Pope visit ‘a fantasy’ - DUP

British government representatives in Rome have been investigating the possibility of a simultaneous visit to the North of Ireland by Pope Benedict and England’s Queen Elizabeth, according to reports.

Long Kesh demolition underway

The former Long Kesh prison is being demolished today, with the process starting with the demolishion of the former internment compound (Nissen huts).

Govts promise cross-border economic plans

The Dublin and London governments have said they plan to work together to create an all-Ireland “economic strategy” following the publication of a joint report.

Long finger of the law

A number of inquiries into killings in the Six Counties by British forces, directly or as a result of collusion with unionist paramilitaries, have been postponed.

IMC sees problems from IRA stepping down

There has been a dramatic use of hard drugs in the North of Ireland as a result of the peace process, according to a mamber of a government-mandated ceasefire watchdog body.

Negotiating war and peace

An extract from Lives Entangled, an essay by Bernadette McAliskey included in Britain & Ireland: Lives Entwined II.

BBC out of step with its own protocol

Many people were incensed that the BBC - an organisation funded by the licence-paying public - would provide an uncritical programme live glorifying the RIR.

October 25, 2006

WILL PAISLEY DELIVER?

There are growing concerns that the hardline unionist DUP will remain as negative within the peace process as the party was outside amid ongoing tension over the details of a potential new deal.

UDA violence cover-up

The parents of a County Derry man in a coma after being beaten and left for dead by a UDA murder gang have accused the political establishment of turning a blind eye to unionist paramilitary violence.

PSNI collusion suspected in Lawlor murder

Evidence is mounting that PSNI police agents were involved in the murder of a young Catholic man shot dead by unionist paramilitaries four years ago.

O Bradaigh denied visa

Republican Sinn Féin President Ruairi O Bradaigh has been refused a visa to visit New York for a book launch.

Shell protest 'like civil war'

The site of a planned gas terminal in the west of Ireland remains the scene of tense early-morning standoffs between police and environmental protestors.

US immigrants favoured over new eastern Europe

People from Bulgaria and Romania will not be allowed to work freely in the 26 Counties for seven years after their two countries join the European Union next January.

Noel Maguire appeal

An action alert on behalf of the Irish Political Status Coalition.

Ian Og in his da's shoes?

Is the DUP really a political party, or the political wing of a religious sect, or a family business?

October 20, 2006

CHALLENGES SURMOUNTABLE - ADAMS

Disagreement over the wording and timing of a pledge of office has emerged as a key stumbling block as negotiations continue over a potentially historic deal between Sinn Féin and Ian Paisley’s DUP.

Sinn Féin launches consultation process

Sinn Féin has begun a wide consultation process with party members and supporters before deciding if it will support policing in the Six Counties and the other St Andrews proposals.

CIRA carry out punishment attacks

The Continuity IRA (CIRA) has claimed responsibility for three punishment shootings in the past week and warned further attacks would follow.

MI5 role ‘under negotiation’

Controversy is brewing over plans in the St Andrews proposals to embed British military intelligence into the Six-County establishment.

Pressure to end fundraising ban

Two high-profile Sinn Féin representatives have been denied entry to the US, despite speculation that the ban on party members fundraising in the country could soon be lifted.

Thousands to attend Dublin rally

Thousands of republicans, including much of the Sinn Féin leadership, are expected to attend a major health rally in Dublin tomorrow afternoon (Saturday).

History of Whitewash Continues

The British have a long history of setting-up what are variously named inquiries, commissions or tribunals as part of a blatant strategy of whitewash or cover-up.

Chance to put politics of partition behind us

It is a deal in waiting and what a deal it could be.

October 17, 2006

Paisley pulls out from Adams encounter

DUP leader Ian Paisley today pulled out of a meeting that would have seen him come face to face with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams.

October 16, 2006

DEAL OR NO DEAL?

DUP leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams could hold face-to-face talks as early as tomorrow as the St Andrews proposals are worked through by the two party leaderships.

‘Dissidents’ oppose St Andrews deal

The President of Republican Sinn Féin has said the St Andrews document “will not be a final settlement between Ireland and England because it does not address the historic Irish Question, ie the issue of the presence of the British government in Ireland”.

Academic debate on 11-plus

The abolition of the controversial 11-plus examination by Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness will remain an enduring legacy of his tenure as Minister for Education in the North of Ireland, despite apparently contradictory claims by the DUP.

Heavy gang treatment for Shell to Sea campaign

Shell to Sea campaigners who have been threatened and physically abused by the Garda police in their protest against an onshore gas refinery in County Mayo plan to take legal action against the force.

Forensic shambles exposed at Hoey trial

Crown prosecutors have admitted the credibility and reliability of police witnesses in the Omagh bomb trial have been shattered.

DUP men insult victims’ relatives

The DUP attacked relatives of people murdered by the unionist paramilitary UVF and as a result of collusion at the St Andrews talks last week.

Much work to be done - Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said “bringing rejectionist unionism into the peace process would be an enormous achievement”.

How tides have turned

The St Andrews Agreement will bring about a seismic change in the North.

October 13, 2006

Parties comment on govts' proposals

DUP leader Ian Paisley said this afternoon that considerable progress had been made during the talks at St Andrews in Scotland.

Full text of 'St Andrews Agreement'

The full text of the 'St Andrews Agreement', published today by the Dublin and London governments.

Govts outline 'St Andrews Agreement'

After three days of intensive negotiations in Scotland, the British Prime Minister and 26-County Taoiseach have set out a sequence of moves on policing and the restoration of local power-sharing in the North of Ireland.

October 12, 2006

Paisley issues ultimatum

Ian Paisley has demanded that Sinn Fein state clearly that it will support the PSNI police and encourage its community to work with the PSNI before it will agree to share power with Sinn Fein.

October 11, 2006

Sinn Féin determined to make progress - Adams

The Sinn Féin delegation for this weeks crucial peace talks arrived in Scotland earlier this morning. Gerry Adams delivered a significant speech ahead of the political negotiations in St. Andrews.

October 10, 2006

HOPES RISING FOR TALKS DEAL

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said his party is determined to do everything it can to get the political institutions of the Good Friday Agreement up and running in Belfast before the November 24th deadline.

Remembering the RIR

Nationalist demonstrators blocked a main road in Belfast for more than an hour on Saturday to protest against a televised ceremony marking the disbandment of the British Army’s Royal Irish Regiment.

Paisley holds ‘useful’ talks with Catholic Primate

The first ever face-to-face talks between DUP leader Ian Paisley and the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland were very good and useful, Mr Paisley has said.

Journalist’s murder case inactive, five years on

On the fifth anniversary of the murder of Martin O’Hagan last week, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) said it had lost faith in the ability of the PSNI police to properly investigate the case.

Hunger striker fights for eyesight

The leader of the IRA prisoners in the H-Blocks in 1980 has undergone an operation to save his sight, badly damaged by 52 days of starvation during the first Hunger Strike.

Govt blamed for airline industry crisis

There are fears that an attempt by budget operator Ryanair to take over Aer Lingus, Ireland’s recently privatised national airline, could be detrimental for airline workers and travellers alike.

A great loss to cause of Ireland’s freedom

Michael Ferguson's death is a great loss not only to his family but to Sinn Féin and to the cause of Ireland’s freedom.

Serving Judas, Not Justice

It remains far from clear that the absence of evidence is preventing a proper resolution of the O’Hagan murder

October 5, 2006

IRA'S WAR IS OVER - BLAIR

The British government has formally acknowledged that the Provisional IRA’s military campaign is over.

Paisley to meet Catholic Primate

A historic meeting between the head of the Catholic church in Ireland and Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley is scheduled to take place next week in Belfast.

Garda mayhem at Corrib gas protest

Mayo residents were shocked and angered this week after the 26 County state forcibly cleared sit-down protesters to allow construction workers enter the Corrib gas terminal site.

Hospital activists step up campaign

Campaigners for Monaghan Hospital may bring their protests at the downgrading of the hospital to the M50 motway in the coming weeks.

UDA faction to end violence - claim

The south-east Antrim ‘brigade’ of the unionist paramilitary UDA has claimed all its members will have stood down within the next five years.

Judicial review sought over use of Irish in court

A request for a judicial review has been put before the Crown Court in Belfast in regard to the case of a teacher who was arrested after speaking Irish.

Current prisoner list

A partial list of republican prisoners published earlier this month.

The DUP is preparing for a seismic shift

There is a rustling in the unionist undergrowth to indicate that the DUP may be preparing for a sea change in its approach to power-sharing.

October 3, 2006

Ahern apology preserves Dublin government

The 26-County Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is set to continue in office with the support of his coalition partners after he made a public apology for receiving payments from business figures while serving as Minister for Finance in 1993.

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