June 28, 2007

Shaun Woodward replaces Peter Hain as Northern Secretary

Shaun Woodward has been named as Britain’s new Northern Secretary, replacing Peter Hain.

June 27, 2007

Blair resigns; Gordon Brown becomes British PM

In a carefully choreographed handover of power in London, Tony Blair has tendered his resignation as British Prime Minister to the Queen at Buckinghame Palace.

COLLUSION KILLERS GO FREE

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.

New body to rewrite history

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.

British soldiers pull out of south Armagh

The last British soldiers pulled out of south Armagh at the weekend.

Anger over Whiterock parade

Nationalist residents are considering legal action following a Parades Commission ruling on the controversial Whiterock parade in west Belfast next Saturday.

New Police Ombudsman appointed

There has been a cautious welcome to the appointment of former oversight commissioner Al Hutchinson as Police Ombudsman in the North.

Employment discrimination continues - report

Unemployment among Catholics remains twice that of Protestants, despite advances in the peace process and increasing employment north of the border.

Orations at Bodenstown

Three orations were made collectively at the graveside of Theobald Wolfe Tone in Bodenstown on the 17th June, 2007, by three traditionalist republican groups.

English politicians care little about Six Counties

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.

June 18, 2007

GREENS ACCUSED OF SELL OUT

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.

Ahern names Cabinet; vows not to govern indefinitely

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.

All change as Adams, McGuinness meet Blair, Salmond

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.

No peace process for ‘Larry the Chef’

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 the North.

‘Real IRA’ admits McGurk killing

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”.

PSNI not trusted with stun guns

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.

We need to remember why Saville was set up

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.

The DUP’s double standards are nauseating

How would anyone in the DUP, no matter how sanctimonious they may sound, know anything about policing and justice, let alone democratic standards?

June 14, 2007

Ahern elected Taoiseach as Greens back FF/PD agenda

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 Progressive Democrats.

June 12, 2007

Green Party set for coalition with FF, PDs

Green Party negotiators this evening agreed to join a Fianna Fail-led 26-County government and will put proposals to members tomorrow.

June 11, 2007

PAISLEY ANSWERS QUESTIONS

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.

ETA ends ceasefire

The Basque group ETA has called off its 15-month-old ceasefire, marking the end of a troubled peace process with Spain.

‘Tour of the North’ to go ahead

The Parades Commission has ruled that a controversial Orange Order march can pass a north Belfast interface next week.

Ballymena man played dead

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.

Councils struggle with power-sharing

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.

Concern over Maghaberry death

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.

Action Alert for Roisin McAliskey

An action request from the Irish Freedom Committee in response to the British attempts to once again extradite Roisin McAliskey

UDA gangsters shouldn’t have it all their own way

It is quite obvious that, apart from everything else, the UDA are just far too emotionally unstable to be in charge of lethal weapons.

June 8, 2007

Coalition talks break down

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.

June 4, 2007

INQUIRY OPENS WITHOUT FILES

Files on infamous unionist paramilitary leader Billy ‘King Rat’ Wright have been deliberately destroyed or ‘lost’, an inquiry into his murder has been told.

Coalition talks continue

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.

Assembly debates policing powers

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.

Band parades provoke anger

Participants in a unionist band parade engaged in threatening and provocative behaviour in the small Suffolk estate in west Belfast on Saturday.

New ‘peace line’ divides school

A 25ft-high security fence is to be built inside the grounds of an integrated primary school to protect nearby homes from sectarian attacks.

Paisley Jr defends anti-gay views

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.

Censorship complementing cover-up

Despite progress in the peace process, British forces in Ireland are still stifling freedom of information, writes Anthony McIntyre.

SF must learn quickly from election results

It is a mighty task but republicans have had setbacks more serious than last week’s election results.

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