Sinn Féin’s national executive has backed the motion put by party
President Gerry Adams to convene a special party conference on the
issue of policing today.
DUP leader Ian Paisley has welcomed moves by Sinn Féin President Gerry
Adams which could lead the party to a once unthinkable position --
supporting a police force in Ireland while it remains under the
authority of the British Crown.
The full text of yesterday’s statement by Sinn Féin
President Gerry Adams, in which he initiated a process to bring about a
critical change in Sinn Féin’s policy on policing in the North of
The High Court in Belfast has ruled that British Direct Ruler Peter
Hain acted unlawfully when he changed the nature of an inquiry to one
which enables the British Crown to keep evidence secret.
Some 72 Catholic recruits have quit the PSNI, citing a range of reasons
for dropping out, including work difficulties and republican
A group of Irish-American politicians has blocked the
US Congress from awarding a congressional medal to former British prime
minister Margaret Thatcher.
It has emerged that in some of west Belfast’s schools the British Army
is openly recruiting through distributing glossy magazines, pamphlets
and leaflets in classes aimed at enhancing young people’s career
A look back at the major events in Irish politics and the peace process over the past twelve months.
Those with experience of Sinn Féin manoeuvring will have recognised
recent signs that a policy change is in the air.
A meeting of the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle [leadership] to discuss
policing arrangements in the North of Ireland has been called by party
leader Gerry Adams in a move which could lead to Sinn Féin
controversially agreeing to support the PSNI police.
A week of intense talks involving Sinn Féin, Ian Paisley’s DUP and the
Dublin and London governments to find a way through the impasse over
policing before the Christmas break continues unabated.
The non-jury trial of Armagh man Sean Hoey for the 1998 Real IRA Omagh
bomb and other attacks is set to continue despite a defence attempt to
have the case thrown out because of “shortcomings, lies and mysteries”.
Journalist Martin O’Hagan was gunned down in the street for exposing
the drug-dealing activities of a unionist paramilitary gang, an inquest
The Orange Order in Portadown has denied reports that it is willing to
engage in direct talks with representatives of the nationalist Garvaghy
Road over the issue of parade routes for the first time.
The regime of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey has been exposed as
corrupt and criminal in a scathing report by the Moriarty tribunal.
Loyalist killer Michael Stone has written to British Direct Ruler Peter
Hain stating that his recent attack at the Belfast Assembly was an
exercise in performance art influenced by Pablo Picasso and Eamonn
Gerry Adams recounts a Christmas Eve plan to escape Long Kesh.
The DUP is a victim of its own success.
Key meetings of Assembly committees are taking place in Belfast this
week which will seek to bridge significant differences on the issue of
the transfer of justice and policing powers from London to Belfast.
A long-delayed meeting to discuss the direction of the peace process
and republican strategy was finally held in south Derry last week.
More than 1,300 members of the British Army have received a criminal
conviction while stationed in Ireland in the last six years.
A spate of gangster-style killings in the 26 Counties within a week has
brought fresh criticism of the Dublin government’s approach to the
growing problem of gun crime.
The British government has begun a 12-week consultation process on an
Irish language Act for the Six Counties.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has instructed his lawyer to write
to the Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan following the publication of a
news report in Belfast which links the RUC police Special Branch to the
gun attack on him in March 1984.
There are many files in many filing cabinets in government offices in
Dublin, Belfast and London, containing reports into collusion arising
Unionists like to claim that nationalists are a kind of
sub-species who enjoy criminality and endorse lawlessness.
An assassination plot against Gerry Adams by republican hardliners was
defeated by security arrangements taken by the Sinn Féin president and
his security advisers, Mr Adams has said.
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is holding potentially significant
talks with PSNI police chief constable Hugh Orde in Belfast today
Thousands of pounds worth of hi-tech surveillance equipment has been
uncovered spying on the home of a County Down republican.
A Catholic teenager attacked by a sectarian mob in Ballymena has said
that he is “lucky to be alive”.
A Dublin court has insisted on going ahead with a non-jury trial of
H-Block escapee and IRA prison leader Brendan “Bik” McFarlane on
charges dating from 1983.
The last headquarters of the leaders of the 1916 Rising is to be
designated a national monument following a sustained campaign for its
An action alert was issued by the IAUC on the issue of
collusion following the publication of the report of the Cassel
panel on the issue.
With Martin McGuinness as his co-equal deputy first minister, Ian Paisley is now
shakily wearing the crown of transitional first minister.
DUP leader Ian Paisley responded to and made comments directed at Sinn
Féin President Gerry Adams across the Belfast Assembly chamber this
week in what is being seen as a possible shift in his party’s refusal
to talk directly to Sinn Féin.
The PSNI station in Craigavon County Armagh came under mortar attack on Tuesday
in one of three incidents linked to traditionalist ‘dissident’
republicans inside 24 hours.
The 26-County Budget 2007 presented yesterday by Minister for Finance
Brian Cowen has been attacked for failing to tackle the “real issues
facing Irish society”.
The North’s latest electoral register has this year dropped 82,000
voters, with a dramatic reduction in the numbers of registered voters
in nationalist areas.
The 1998 RUC killing of an American-born Belfast man is set to become
an issue in the new US Congress that will convene in early January.
The British government and the University of Ulster have been slammed
by Sinn Féin for “strangling” plans for the proposed Springvale
University in northwest Belfast.
There is a great deal at stake in the dock of the Belfast Diplock
The truth is that the British government couldn't care less what the
taoiseach says about 1974-76 any more than the Russian government cares
about what John Reid says about anything
The main points of the annual 26-County
budget for the year 2007, announced by Minister for Finance Brian
Crazed killer Michael Stone outlined his plan to mount a
Colombine-style assault against the Sinn Féin leadership in a letter to
a local newspaper.
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is to meet British prime minister Tony
Blair in London later today to discuss how to overcome unionist
obstacles to restoring power-sharing in the North of Ireland.
In a significant advance for victims of collusion, a committee of the
Dublin parliament has definitively announced its finding that British
Crown forces colluded with unionist paramilitaries to carry out a
series of gun and bomb attacks in the 26 Counties.
A public meeting of republicans to discuss policing was held in west
Belfast on Monday night, with sharply contrasting views put forward.
The Dublin government has denounced the findings of a European
Parliament committee that it aided the US in smuggling foreign citizens
to secret torture centres.
The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the asylum application of a
Belfast man Malachy McAllister fighting his deportation from the US to
the North of Ireland.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and Willie Gallagher of the Irish
Republican Socialist Party this week presented their differing views
on the policing issue.
Regardless of the pandemonium Michael Stone caused outside the
Assembly, his appearance only served to distract from the confusion and