In a show of hands, a specially convened Sinn Féin ardfheis (party
conference) has voted strongly in favour of a leadership motion
expressing support for the PSNI police.
The full prepared text of Gerry Adams's address to
the special Sinn Féin conference on policing policy, currently taking
place in the RDS in Dublin.
Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has said collusion in the PSNI/RUC
police went “to the very top” following this week’s report which
implicated the Special Branch in a decade-long campaign of sectarian
murder in north Belfast.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has made a last-ditch appeal to party
supporters to sign up to support the PSNI police and British courts in
the North of Ireland ahead of a crucial party conference on the issue.
The High Court in Belfast has ruled that Derry City Council must use
the British colonial name ‘Londonderry’ for the city.
A proposed fund for families of the Ulster Defence Regiment killed in
the conflict has been criticised as offensive and one-sided.
DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson has said his party might move to block
attempts by the Dublin government to fund projects north of the border.
A high-profile republican whose kidnapping prompted a crisis in the
peace process in 2004 has delivered “a plea for mercy” on behalf of two
of his kidnappers who are due to be sentenced next month.
Ten murders which, according to the Police Ombudsman’s report, are
so far confirmed to have involved PSNI/UVF agent Mark Haddock.
Yes, there is an alternative to supporting the British Crown forces in Ireland.
A report by the Police Ombudsman concludes that RUC/PSNI Special
Branch police officers colluded in at least 18 murders in the North of
Ireland between 1990 and 2003 has been described as ‘the tip of the
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said he does not think there will
be a serious split in his party ahead of a special conference to debate
supporting the PSNI police.
A call by Sinn Féin to meet with and “brief” the leaderships
of three republican armed groups -- the INLA, Continuity IRA and Real
IRA -- about the current situation has received a cool response.
The US special envoy to the North, Mitchell Reiss, is to step down this
month after almost three years in the post.
Ireland’s two Human Rights Commissions have called for the appointment
of a top judge to examine the need for a cross-border public inquiry
into the Omagh bombing.
Three County Armagh brothers gunned down by a unionist paramilitary
death squad 31 years ago have finally had their names cleared of
involvement with the IRA.
A public statement issued today by police Ombudsman Nuala
O’Loan into collusion between the RUC/PSNI Special Branch and
the north Belfast UVF.
The goal of a united Ireland remains absolute but the means by which it
can be achieved no longer needs to involve armed actions.
A debate on the acceptability of the PSNI police and British Crown
courts in the North of Ireland is currently underway within
A second Sinn Féin assembly member has resigned from the party over its
moves towards accepting policing.
Britain’s Attorney General has received prosecution files on seven
serving and retired RUC policemen after Nuala O’Loan, the North’s
policing ombudsman, conducted an inquiry into accusations of their
involvement in a number of political murders in the 1990s.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was among the political leaders who
attended the funeral of the former unionist paramilitary and political
negotiator, David Ervine.
It would be a travesty of justice if the man accused of the Omagh bomb
atrocity was convicted, his barrister today told the single judge who
will decide his fate.
Prominent Scottish Catholics have signed a petition to the Parliament
at Holyrood demanding an investigation into new statistics revealing
deep discrimination against Catholics in Scotland.
The text of the key motion to go before the forthcoming special Sinn Fein conference.
There was no great surprise at the end of it. Who expected a different
Sinn Féin’s ruling executive has decided to support a proposal for an
Extraordinary Ard Fheis to go ahead on January 28th, despite the
refusal of the DUP to commit to a deal on policing or power-sharing.
Ian Paisley’s DUP have gone back on a deal to agree the devolution of
policing, Sinn Féin has said.
Sinn Féin and the SDLP have clashed over whether a statement by the
British prime minister Tony Blair on the role of British military
intelligence in the North of Ireland is positive or negative for future
Sinn Féin has welcomed comments by PSNI chief Hugh Orde expressing a
measure of regret for deaths caused by the use of plastic bullets in
the North of Ireland.
Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan is investigating the conduct of two key
PSNI police witnesses in the non-jury Diplock trial of Armagh man Sean
A meeting with a British government minster has been a let-down for the
families of the victims of a unionist paramilitary gun attack in a
County Down pub in 1994.
The PSNI police may be able to meet the Patten requirements for
increased numbers of Catholic recruits by drawing from the nearly 1,000
Polish people who have applied to join the force.
Supporters of the 'Sava Tara' campaign are being asked to sign the online
‘National Monument of Ireland’ petition.
For the first time in his 50 years in politics Ian Paisley snr is
facing a reality he probably thought he would never have to face.
A crisis is mounting as a result of the
continuing failure of the DUP to respond positively
to the decision by the Sinn Féin leadership to
recognise the courts and support the police force in the North of Ireland.
Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine has died this afternoon
having suffered two heart attacks and a stroke over the weekend.
The 26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said that he would accept Sinn
Féin support for a minority Fianna Fail government after the next
general election, but that he would not agree any deal with them in
return for votes.
Two further sitting Sinn Féin assembly members have said they will not
stand for re-election in the proposed March assembly poll, but have
denied that the current debate on policing policy lies behind their
A former Sinn Féin member and H-block blanket man is to stand as an
independent in Mid-Ulster if the assembly election goes ahead in March,
while another former IRA prisoner is considering running in
The parents of murdered father Gerard Lawlor are meeting senior
investigators from the Police Ombudsman’s office today for the first
time over new allegations that the PSNI police failed to act on
information supplied by a witness.
In Toome last week, the same pledge, principles and
patriotism which had always inspired him, moved Laurence O’Neill to defy a new
attempt to silence him.
Evidence that the leadership of Sinn Féin is set once again to stretch
republicans to the outer limits of their commitment to the peace
process is very obvious.
Sinn Féin has said it is still awaiting a positive response from Ian
Paisley’s DUP following its decision to hold a special party conference
on supporting the police and recognising the courts in the North of
Four members of the Sinn Féin Assembly team have said they will not be
going forward for re-election amid heightening tensions inside the
party over policing.
The nationalist SDLP has said moves by Sinn Féin towards support of
policing in the north pointed to the “futility of the armed struggle”,
while Republican Sinn Féin accused their republican rivals of
Charges against two men accused over the Northern Bank raid two years
ago were dramatically withdrawn in Belfast on Wednesday.
Papers released show considerable political confusion in the British
and 26 County governments in 1976 following the collapse of Sunningdale
The oldest surviving IRA member who fought in the War of Independence
celebrated his 105th birthday this week.
Sean South and Fergal O’Hanlon entered the realms of history and song
when an IRA raid on a County Fermanagh RUC barracks went dramatically
wrong 50 years ago this week.
The current DUP leadership is a political Jurassic Park but if the mindset
exhibited on the Today programme is anything to go by, then the
prospect the coming men offer is back to the future.
The text of a keynote address by Sinn Féin
President Gerry Adams MP at an event in County Fermanagh to commemorate
the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Seán Sabhat and Feargal Ó
hAnnluain who were killed during the Brookeborough raid.