The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has set Thursday May 24th as the date for
the general election in the 26 Counties.
Sinn Féin’s 26-County TDs today said that they are preparing for the
election of a significant number of colleagues in the forthcoming
General Election - with the aim of the party being in government north
and south of the border.
DUP leader Ian Paisley and the 26-County Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, will
visit the site of the Battle of the Boyne together next month, it has
A political representative of the UVF has said unionist paramilitaries
will wait to see whether power-sharing between Sinn Féin and the DUP
succeeds before decommissioning their weapons.
Former IRA prisoner Martina Anderson, who will be one of three Sinn
Féin nominees to the newly-constituted Policing Board, has said she
will be going in to hold the PSNI to account.
Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving
at the weekend, the party has confirmed.
Mayo farmer Willie Corduff, who was jailed for three months in 2005
over his opposition to Shell’s inland gas refinery at Rossport and
high-pressure pipeline through his farm, has been awarded the world’s
most prestigious environmental prize.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the ‘Flight of the Earls’. We
examine the background to that major event in Irish history with a
series of historical articles.
The Paisley-Adams deal represents not a compromise or accommodation
between the ideologies that had defined the two men’s parties but the
willing negation of each.
Two members of the British Crown forces are involved in the latest
intelligence gathering operation to obtain the personal data of over
150 nationalists from the PSNI police computer system and deliver it to
a unionist paramilitary death-squad.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said his party is set to take up
its positions on the Policing Board following a first ever meeting with
the controversial body.
Sinn Féin has dismissed accusations that it is negotiating a deal with
the DUP to allow the Protestant Orange Order march through the
nationalist Garvaghy Road in Portadown.
The DUP leader Ian Paisley has stated that he will see out the full
four-year term of the Belfast Assembly as First Minister, despite the
initial understanding that he would resign within the first two years.
A British government document has described unionist murder gangs as
voluntary organisations in the same bracket as children’s charities.
The 26-County Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, has refused to
allow a jailed IRA Volunteer temporary release to sit a college
It was women like Emma Groves and Annsie Wilkinson in many districts across the north
who provided grass-roots leadership, who helped their besieged
communities learn the skills they needed to survive.
David Trimble joining the British Conservative Party is a sad event.
Sinn Féin has challenged unionist paramilitaries in the North to come
clean following the discovery of a new hit list of republican murder
A number of Catholic families whose loved ones were murdered in the
1990s have asked the Police Ombudmsman’s office to investigate the
role of self-confessed RUC/PSNI Special Branch agent Stephen ‘Inch’
McFerran in some twenty killings.
Trouble broke out in Derry after a heavy PSNI presence turned out to
monitor an Easter commemoration organised by the 32 County Sovereignty
The British army and MI5 military intelligence shredded files on
collusion returned by the Stevens Inquiry, it has been confirmed.
The Provisional IRA has apologised to the family of a republican killed
by its members 17 years ago.
A new cross-border agreement travel scheme has come into effect, giving
senior Irish citizens unlimited use of bus and rail services and other
transport services throughout Ireland.
An action request from the US-based Irish Freedom Committee
on behalf of republican prisoners at Maghaberry prison.
There are still commentators who can’t
accept that Sinn Féin and the DUP are carrying out the wishes of the
The countdown to a united Ireland is underway, according to Sinn
Féin’s Martin McGuinness.
Sinn Féin political adviser Breandan Mac Cionnaith has resigned from
the party without commenting on the reasons for his departure.
A primed mortar rocket was defused in County Armagh and two other bombs
were made safe in County Tyrone amid signs of increasing activity by
The Dublin government has denied that it is trying to cover up the
truth about the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings, in which 33
A Catholic bus driver who endured half a decade of sectarian
harassment and intimidation at work said the ordeal has “ruined his
The deal between Sinn Féin and the DUP marks a significant triumph for
US foreign policy, senior congressmen said in Belfast on Sunday.
The “forgotten women” of Irish history who participated in the 1916
Rising were remembered at the weekend.
Strange parallels between those who thought the political process could never
be reconciled are beginning to emerge.
The annual Easter statements issued by the main republican groups.
Survivors and the bereaved of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings
have vowed to continue their battle for justice after a report by
criminal lawyer Patrick MacEntee failed to provide significant new
A leader of the unionist paramilitary UDA has ruled out weapons
decommissioning, claiming loyalists still “feel threatened”.
Demolition of the perimeter wall of the infamous H-Blocks has begun,
marking a final end to Long Kesh’s function as a prison and the first
phase in the construction of a new multi-function development on the
Sinn Fein has confirmed its team of ministers for the Belfast
Emma Groves, a west Belfast woman who became a major factor in the
campaign against plastic bullets after being blinded 35 years ago, has
Prominent republican and election candidate Gerry McGeough has been
released by the PSNI police on bail following a campaign to being
attention to his controversial arrest and detention earlier this month.
Martin Galvin looks at the case.
The unthinkable, indeed unbelievable is happening before our very eyes.