Shaun Woodward has been named as Britain’s new Northern Secretary,
replacing Peter Hain.
In a carefully choreographed handover of power in London, Tony Blair
has tendered his resignation as British Prime Minister to the Queen at
A decision taken by the Crown Public Prosecution Service that no
members of the British Crown forces are to be charged over collusion
investigations has been condemned in the strongest terms by human
rights groups and families of the victims.
Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has strongly criticised British Secretary
Peter Hain and former Policing Board vice chairman Denis Bradley over
the establishment of a new group to ostensibly examine ways to deal
with the past conflict.
The last British soldiers pulled out of south Armagh at the weekend.
Nationalist residents are considering legal action following
a Parades Commission ruling on the controversial Whiterock parade in
west Belfast next Saturday.
There has been a cautious welcome to the appointment of former
oversight commissioner Al Hutchinson as Police Ombudsman in the North.
Unemployment among Catholics remains twice that of Protestants, despite
advances in the peace process and increasing employment north of the
Three orations were made collectively at the graveside of
Theobald Wolfe Tone in Bodenstown on the 17th June, 2007, by three
traditionalist republican groups.
There was quite a revealing and disappointing moment for British
secretary of state Peter Hain at the end of last week’s Question Time
on the London-based BBC.
The Irish Green Party has abandoned a number of core political beliefs
in order to enter into a coalition government in Dublin, securing the
return of Fianna Fail’s Bertie Ahern as 26-County Taoiseach.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has given the clearest signal yet that Tanaiste
Brian Cowen will replace him as leader of Fianna Fail and Taoiseach
during the course of the new parliament in Dublin.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and the party Chief Negotiator Martin
McGuinness have held what is expected to be their last talks with the
British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the House of Commons.
Larry Zaitschek, the American chef who faces extradition proceedings
against him over the so-called Castlereagh barracks ‘break-in’, has
been warned by the FBI that he faces a death threat if he returns to
A breakaway republican paramilitary group has admitted responsibility
for the murder of a father-of-five in west Belfast four years ago,
saying the killing was “criminally wrong”.
The Chief Constable of the PSNI police, Hugh Orde, has been told to
rethink plans to arm his force with 50,000-volt stun guns.
Hayes, Hutchinson and Patten are undermining the argument promoted by
relatives’ organisations that the British Crown forces should be held
to account for the killing of civilians during the conflict.
How would anyone in the DUP, no matter how sanctimonious they
may sound, know anything about policing and justice, let alone
The 30th Dail has elected Bertie Ahern to a third term as Taoiseach in
a three-party coalition between Fianna Fail, the Green Party and the
Green Party negotiators this evening agreed to join a Fianna Fail-led
26-County government and will put proposals to members tomorrow.
The North’s new First Minister Ian Paisley has delivered his first
question-and-answer session in the Belfast Assembly in his inimitable
manner but without generating fresh controversy.
The Basque group ETA has called off its 15-month-old ceasefire, marking
the end of a troubled peace process with Spain.
The Parades Commission has ruled that a controversial Orange Order
march can pass a north Belfast interface next week.
A Ballymena man has told a court in chilling detail how he played dead
to escape being murdered and of having to watch and listen as his
would-be sectarian killers plotted to saw up his body.
A bitter war of words erupted between Sinn Féin and the SDLP at the
weekend after the SDLP agreed a last-minute deal with Ulster Unionists
to take the two top positions in Belfast City Hall.
A former republican socialist activist and volunteer is the latest in a
long list of deaths which have occured in the ‘special supervision
unit’ of Maghaberry Prison.
An action request from the Irish Freedom Committee in
response to the British attempts to once again extradite Roisin
It is quite obvious that, apart from everything else, the UDA are
just far too emotionally unstable to be in charge of lethal weapons.
Talks between Bertie Ahern’s Fianna Fail and the Green Party to agree a
programme for a coalition government have broken down without a deal,
raising new question marks over which parties will be in a position to
form a government when the Dublin parliament sits next Thursday.
Files on infamous unionist paramilitary leader Billy ‘King Rat’ Wright
have been deliberately destroyed or ‘lost’, an inquiry into his murder
has been told.
Sinn Féin has said it will not be willing to support a minority
government from the opposition benches amid continuing negotiations
over possible coalition partnerships in Dublin.
The policing Oversight Commissioner in the North, publishing his final
report on the conversion of the RUC police to the PSNI, has warned that
real change could be over a decade away.
Participants in a unionist band parade engaged in threatening and
provocative behaviour in the small Suffolk estate in west Belfast on
A 25ft-high security fence is to be built inside the grounds of an
integrated primary school to protect nearby homes from sectarian
Northern Executive junior minister Ian Paisley jnr has stood by
controversial recent remarks denigrating homosexuality and has
complained that criticism of the remarks amounted to an abuse of his
freedom of expression.
Despite progress in the peace process, British forces in
Ireland are still stifling freedom of information, writes
It is a mighty task but republicans have had setbacks more serious than
last week’s election results.