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
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.
The former Long Kesh prison is being demolished today, with the process
starting with the demolishion of the former internment compound (Nissen
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.
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.
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.
An extract from Lives Entangled, an essay by Bernadette McAliskey
included in Britain & Ireland: Lives Entwined II.
Many people were incensed that the BBC - an
organisation funded by the licence-paying public - would provide an
uncritical programme live glorifying the RIR.
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.
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.
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.
Republican Sinn Féin President Ruairi O Bradaigh has been refused a
visa to visit New York for a book launch.
The site of a planned gas terminal in the west of Ireland remains the
scene of tense early-morning standoffs between police and environmental
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.
An action alert on behalf of the Irish Political
Is the DUP really a political party, or the political wing of a religious sect, or a family business?
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 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.
The Continuity IRA (CIRA) has claimed responsibility for three
punishment shootings in the past week and warned further attacks would
Controversy is brewing over plans in the St Andrews proposals to embed
British military intelligence into the Six-County establishment.
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 of republicans, including much of the Sinn Féin leadership,
are expected to attend a major health rally in Dublin tomorrow
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.
It is a deal in waiting and what a deal it could be.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Crown prosecutors have admitted the credibility and reliability of
police witnesses in the Omagh bomb trial have been shattered.
The DUP attacked relatives of people murdered by the unionist
paramilitary UVF and as a result of collusion at the St Andrews talks
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said “bringing rejectionist unionism into the
peace process would be an enormous achievement”.
The St Andrews Agreement will bring about a seismic change in the North.
DUP leader Ian Paisley said this afternoon that considerable progress
had been made during the talks at St Andrews in Scotland.
The full text of the 'St Andrews Agreement', published today by the Dublin and London governments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It remains far from clear that the
absence of evidence is preventing a proper resolution of the O’Hagan
The British government has formally acknowledged that the Provisional
IRA’s military campaign is over.
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.
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.
Campaigners for Monaghan Hospital may bring their protests
at the downgrading of the hospital to the M50 motway in the coming
The south-east Antrim ‘brigade’ of the unionist paramilitary UDA has
claimed all its members will have stood down within the next five
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
A partial list of republican prisoners published earlier this month.
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.
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.