The peace process has survived one of its most dramatic days in recent
years despite a major political crisis and an almost simultaneous gun
and bomb attack at the Belfast Assembly.
Notorious unionist paramilitary killer Michael Stone has been charged
with five counts of attempted murder over his attack on the Belfast
Assembly at Stormont buildings on Friday.
Nationalists have warned that a scandal over the actions of British
Direct Ruler Peter Hain and some of his senior civil servants over the
appointment of the North’s Victims’ Commissioner Bertha McDougall is
being ‘swept under the carpet’ by the British government.
Most households dependent on unemployed persons or those on minimum
wage do not have enough income to sustain a basic standard of living,
new research has shown.
A former senior British army intelligence officer has claimed that his
British military career in the Six Counties was ended after he raised
objections about the murder of a nationalist man in County Armagh.
The 26-County Minister for Justice Michael McDowell is under pressure
over rising gun crime following three fatal shootings in just over a
The text of the address by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking
at Friday’s meeting of the transitional Assembly, when he nominated
Martin McGuinness for the position of Deputy First Minister.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the only issue in Irish
politics at present is whether Sinn Féin ‘will sign up to policing’.
A notorious unionist killer has forced the suspension of the Belfast
Assembly after he passed through security lines to throw a smoking
device into the assembly buildings at Stormont.
The first meeting of the programme for government committee takes place
in Belfast tomorrow despite a continuing boycott by DUP leader Ian
A leading member of the INLA has described claims that Gerry Adams and
Martin McGuinness are under a death threat as “bogus”.
A former DUP mayor who “attacked the very heart of democracy” through
electoral fraud is beginning a four-month prison sentence.
A top American forensic expert has disputed the DNA evidence against
Omagh bomb accused Sean Gerard Hoey.
British Direct Ruler Peter Hain has been urged to resign after the
Belfast High Court last week found that he had actged improperly in
making public appointments as political concessions to the DUP.
The Dublin government is to yield to a demand by residents of a town in
the Kerry Gaeltacht to retain the English language version in its
The news at the start of this week that a tiny number of disaffected
former IRA personnel, members of the INLA and other micro groups, are
threatening the lives of Sinn Féin’s leadership is causing great anger
among republicans, disbelief among nationalists and is a source of deep
A lot of people, including the majority of the local meedja, seem to
think the judge called for an inquiry into her appointment.
Proposed legislation published in London today has confirmed the
British government will not require the Belfast Assembly to nominate
the First and Deputy First Ministers by the previously declared
deadline of November 24.
The lives of Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness and Gerry Kelly
are under threat from hardline republicans, the party has confirmed.
A peaceful demonstration at the site of Shell’s construction site in
County Mayo has
seen some of the worst state violence so far by the 26-County’s Garda
British Direct Ruler Peter Hain is to include an election to the
Belfast Assembly in legislation he is introducing in London on Thursday
in preference to a potentially risky referendum vote.
British Direct Ruler Peter Hain has been disgraced after a High Court
judge called for an inquiry into the biased appointment of a
victims’ commissioner and an attempt to cover up the real nature of the
appointment by British civil servants.
The report into the Leas Cross nursing home scandal has concluded that
the level of care provided to residents constituted institutional
A new investigation team is to be set up by the PSNI police, ostensibly
to probe the involvement of British forces in sectarian murders in the
The full text of the President Address by Republican
Sinn Féin leader Ruairi O Bradaigh to his party’s annual Ard-Fheis in
Dublin at the weekend.
Gerry Adams recalls the recent St Andrews negotiations and how Ian Paisley said 'Yes' for the first time in 50 years.
The Dublin and London governments announced today they would draw up
legislation to implement the St Andrews proposals to revive power
sharing in the North of Ireland.
A major international report has called for an independent inquiry
into what senior British government figures knew about Crown force
collusion with unionist death-squads in 74 murders.
There are signs that Ian Paisley’s party will not meet the November 24th deadline
for the designation of First and Deputy First Ministers.
The families of the six men gunned down by a death squad 12 years ago
as they watched a World Cup soccer match in a bar have travelled to the
heart of the British establishment to call for an inquiry.
Details have been announced of new plans for seven ‘super councils’ in
the North to replace the current 26 under the review of public
administration announced by the British government last year.
Up to 20 per cent of the names on the current electoral register in the
26 Counties have been deleted as part of a review of the register, while across the border a deadline for maintaining your right to vote falls this week.
In a keynote address to Friends of Sinn Fein, Mr. Adams makes an appeal to
republicans for maximum unity in the time ahead.
A question haunts reports into collusion -- how high up the chain did
knowledge of and complicity in these atrocities go?
If the DUP come into the St Andrews process, it will be a final
acknowledgement by this most recalcitrant unionist constituency that
the days of domination, inequality and discrimination are gone for
Following two weeks of internal discussions on the St Andrews proposals
by the Dublin and London governments, the Sinn Féin ard chomhairle
(leadership) has voted to pursue the current process.
Ian Paisley’s DUP is likely to give only “a conditional response” to
the St Andrews document next week in tactically stating they will only
go along with a political deal on power-sharing government if certain
demands are met.
A Catholic youth survived a sectarian gun attack in Coleraine when the
weapon jammed last night.
The British government is to increase its spending in the Six Counties
following meetings with the North’s political parties.
Former RUC officers due to give evidence at the Robert Hamill murder
inquiry have succeeded in overturning a ruling that they are not
entitled to remain anonymous.
The public inquiry into the murder of the notorious unionist
paramilitary leader Billy ‘The Rat’ Wright inside Long Kesh Prison
almost nine years ago began in Belfast this week.
A constitutional referendum is to be held in the 26 Counties to protect
the rights of children, probably in the Spring.
The first in a series of articles looking back at the history of Long
When unionist politicians give a knee-jerk reaction it is the mentality
they reveal that still shocks.