Republican Sinn Féin president Ruairi O Bradaigh delivered a letter of
protest to the headquarters of the GAA as part of an extremely
high-profile demonstration at Saturday’s rugby international at Croke
Park in Dublin.
The unionist paramilitary UDA has announced that it will recognise and
accept the authority of future Sinn Féin ministers following Assembly
Republicans have called for international sanction against the Dublin
government over the use of “internment” in the 26
A Sinn Féin delegation last week took part in a conference on policing
organised by the Policing Board amid continuing controversy over the
issue ahead of next week’s election.
The North’s election campaign moved into full swing last week, with the
Democratic Unionist Party publishing its manifesto.
A recurring theme in the assembly election in the North is the British
government’s proposal for water charges.
A historical account of the background and context of the Bloody Sunday
massacre at Croke Park in 1920.
Has Peter Hain been outed for the political opportunist he is?
The Democratic Unionist Party is to push for an alternative ‘Plan C’ --
which would see Sinn Féin excluded from political institutions in
Belfast -- should the party fail to satisfy its demands in a future
power sharing government.
The London government has ruled out a gesture of reconciliation ahead
of the controversial appearance of an English rugby team at the site of
a notorious British massacre in 1920.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has held a first meeting with the PSNI
chief since his party made its historic decision to support British
policing in the North.
A judge who quashed a conviction against a Sinn Féin assembly member
and a Derry-based journalist has spoken of a “distinct feeling of
unease” about the 1979 convictions.
A unionist group in Antrim has threatened ‘another Harryville’ if plans
for development of facilities by St. Comgall’s Gaelic Athletics club
The families of six men shot dead in the New Lodge area of Belfast have
called on the British government to launch a new investigation into
their deaths after a former unionist paramilitary admitted he helped
plan the attack with British intelligence.
US Presidential candidate Barack Obama has issued a statement
outlining his position the Irish peace process. We carry the full
text of the statement, which has been welcomed by a number of
For centuries policing was an instrument
of British state power and the armed wing of unionism.
Now it can be neutralised.
The British government may be forced to make a gesture to mark the
killing of 14 civilians by British Crown forces at Croke Park in 1920
when British Direct Ruler Peter Hain attends the Ireland v England
rugby match there next week.
The Six Counties is facing its biggest election contest in years as
some 250 candidates launch their bids for seats in the troubled Belfast
The last remaining British Army spypost in South Armagh has been
dismantled in a move which has been described as ‘the end of an era’.
DUP leader Ian Paisley has said any move to allow republicans facing
conflict-related prosecutions in the north of Ireland to come home
would be “a deal breaker” for sharing power with Sinn Féin.
Sinn Féin’s leader in the Dublin parliament, Caoimhghin O Caolain, is
recovering after suffering a heart attack at his home last week.
A former unionist paramilitary has revealed that British military
handlers organised and took part in a gun attack that left six Catholic
The full list of candidates in the Belfast Assembly election on 7 March.
There will be an election unless Paisley has the guts to say he will
not share power with Sinn Féin.
Republican Sinn Féin has confirmed that it will stand at least eleven
abstentionist candidates in the Belfast assembly elections, while
independent republicans have already declared in five constituencies.
The ‘Paddywagon’ company, which uses green minibuses decorated with
leprechauns and shamrocks, released photographs of a bus which was
targeted in Belfast on Tuesday.
Nationalists have expressed dismay at the draft legislation relating to
justice issues in the Six Counties which is currently passing through
the London parliament.
The DUP is experiencing its own problems as it faces into an election
amid a public expectation that the result could see it sharing power
with Sinn Féin.
UDA paramilitay Mark Barr, who was once charged with the killing of
Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane, has been found dead in mysterious
So-called ‘supergrass’ Raymond Gilmour has been warned he will be targeted by the
Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) if he tries to set foot back in
The escape from Long Kesh of Francis McGuigan, 35 years ago this wee, was an important morale booster for the nationalist population
throughout the Six Counties.
Anybody wondering how Ronnie Flanagan came to believe he’d get away
with claiming memory loss about his role in collusion should recall
Mike Jackson and Bloody Sunday.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams it
is “unacceptable” that members of the PSNI police colluded in sectarian
and other paramilitary murders and that it “must never happen again”.
The future of the northern Six Counties must lie in a local,
accountable, devolved, power-sharing government, 26-County Taoiseach
Bertie Ahern has said at the conclusion of a meeting with the British
Direct Ruler Peter Hain.
So-called safer plastic bullets, first fired in 2005, have caused more
harm than those used previously, according to research on people struck
by them in the North of Ireland.
Plans for Six County members of the Westminster parliament in London
to take part in a special committee of the Dublin parliament have been
welcomed as a step forward by nationalist politicians in the North.
An umbrella group led by former republican prisoners opposed to Sinn
Féin’s new political direction is due to meet in the Gasyard Centre
later today [Monday] to plan a strategy ahead of the Assembly elections
The Policing Board, which oversees policing in the North of Ireland, is to be reconstituted with Sinn Féin
representatives for the first time later this month.
Leading IRSP member Liam O Ruairc takes a critical look at the historic
decision by Sinn Féin to support the PSNI and the political context
which led to it.
Overwhelming is the word that springs to mind to describe the decision
and the mood at Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis last Sunday when more than 800
delegates backed the party leadership’s policing proposal.
Sunday’s extraordinary Sinn Fein Ard Fheis saw overwhelming party
support for a seismic shift on policing and a clear endorsement for
the Adams/McGuinness leadership.
Pressure has mounted on the DUP to accept power sharing in light of
Sinn Fein’s latest concessions, but DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson
said his party will wait to see if Sinn Fein displayed support for the
PSNI “on the ground”.
The 35th anniversary of Bloody Sunday was marked with a rally attended
by several thousand people in Derry on Sunday. The massive crowd,
believed to have been significantly larger than last year’s, retraced
the steps of the civil rights and anti-internment marchers of January
30 1972 from Creggan to the Bogside.
Elections to the Belfast Assembly are to go ahead on March 7 despite
the continuing failure of Ian Paisley’s DUP to agree a power-sharing
MI5 unlawfully detained a former republican prisoner last week before
apparently attempting to recruit the man as an informer, it has
The family of a former republican PoW, who is fighting deportation from
the US, say he is devastated at being unable to attend his father’s
funeral in Belfast.
As a response to armed insurrection in the North, the British
government down through the years initiated a campaign of mass murder
and a wider supporting criminality.
Only when the election is safely over and the DUP has consigned its UUP
rival to oblivion will Paisley be able to contemplate delivering on his