August 30, 2007

GANGS BATTLE AT MAGHABERRY

Tensions are high inside Maghaberry prison after clashes between feuding prisoners within the unionist paramilitary UDA.

Real IRA claim attacks

The Real IRA has claimed responsibility for a bomb which exploded on the railway line in Newry last month, which it said was aimed at drawing in members of the PSNI to the area.

Derry shoot-to-kill remembered

A vigil was held in Derry at the weekend to mark the 25th Anniversary of the murder of Eamonn “Bronco” Bradley, who was shot dead by the British Army’s Royal Anglican regiment on the 25th August 1982, aged 23.

Parades Commission rulings ignored

Residents of a nationalist enclave in east Belfast are furious that a loyalist parade engaged in provocation on Saturday in open defiance of a ban by the Parades Commission.

McAliskey mounts extradition defence

A defence lawyer has told an extradition hearing in Belfast that Roisin McAliskey was not in Germany at the time it is claimed she was involved in an attack there.

Euro legal action against Tara motorway

Environmental campaigners are to take legal action against the 26-County State to stop the destruction of heritage sites in the Tara valley during the construction of the M3 motorway.

The SSSS Experience

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams recalls his experiences over the years at the hands of US security officials (from the Guardian newspaper).

Taking pride in our cultures

The message is harsh and says, written hugely on a wall where the visitor can read it in great letters, “This is not Spain”.

August 23, 2007

Rabbitte resigns as leader of Labour Party

Pat Rabbitte has resigned as leader of the Labour Party following Labour’s disappointing showing in May’s general election in the 26 Counties.

August 22, 2007

DUP MAN ‘TO NAME DOUBLE-AGENT’

A DUP MP is planning to name a senior Sinn Féin figure in parliament who he alleges has secretly been working for the British Crown forces.

Sectarian rampage in Tyrone village

A loyalist mob rampaged through the Catholic district in the Tyrone village of Castlederg last week.

Executive ‘fudge’ as UDA violence continues

Supporters of a disaffected UDA gang are believed to have been behind a spate of attacks in Carrickfergus at the weekend including one on the home of a single parent mother of two.

Paisley vows to block language rights bill

A letter by the DUP leader Ian Paisley promising to block legislation aimed at preserving the Irish language in the North of Ireland has been condemned by Sinn Féin.

Talks break out in Shannon dispute

Aer Lingus pilots have agreed to call off their planned 48 hour strike after airline bosses went into talks over the airline’s controversial announcement two weeks ago to axe the Shannon Heathrow route and open a hub in Belfast.

Bridging the way to an independent Scotland, united Ireland

Cross-border proposals are being prepared to link Ireland to Scotland through a 21-mile bridge or tunnel from the Antrim coast to Galloway in south-west Scotland.

Feile a credit to its organisers

A vicious massacre of defenceless people, written out of history, is now being written back in by the relatives of those so cruelly cut down.

A decade of injustice

Our leaders contrive ever more elaborate ways to get us into prison, and outsourcing seems to be one of them.

August 16, 2007

UDA FACE WEAPONS DEADLINE

The North’s Executive has been accused of seeking to avoid a decision over highly controversial government funding of the unionist paramilitary UDA.

Omagh trial described as a ‘farce’ by victim’s husband

The husband of a victim of the Omagh bomb says the only man in the North to stand trial in connection with the attack should be acquitted.

Furore over airport decision

A decision by Aer Lingus to set up a new base in Belfast at the expense of existing services at Shannon Airport in the west of Ireland has created an escalating controversy which could see the airline completely grounded next week - by its own pilots.

Vulnerable autistic child deported

There is public anger after an autistic boy and his family were forcefully deported from Dublin this week.

Apprentice Boys march ‘an example to others’

The Apprentice Boys parade in Derry at the weekend saw eight nationalist youths arrested as petrol bombs were thrown during clashes with the PSNI, but without major violence.

Danish apologise for Viking invasion

The Danish government did its bit for the peace process this week when it expressed regret over the Viking invasion of Ireland more than 1,000 years ago.

No turning back for truth campaign

The full text of the address by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams at the ‘March for Truth’ rally at Belfast City Hall on Sunday.

Withdrawal? What withdrawal?

It is not a withdrawal, the British garrisons are still there to try to hold the northeast of Ireland militarily and economically. And they have been given new extra oppressive powers to do it.

August 8, 2007

DESTRUCTION OF TARA UNDERWAY

The controversial excavation and demolition of a newly-uncovered national monument at Lismullin in the Tara Valley began yesterday after conservationists were threatened with a potentially violent Garda police arrest operation.

Adams calls for Truth Commission

An independent truth commission, including international experts, should be considered for dealing with the past conflict, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said on Tuesday.

Craigavon riot after bomb find

Republican youths fought running battles with the PSNI police on Monday following a day-long military-style police operation in the town of Craigavon, County Armagh.

All-island bid to stop foot and mouth disease

The Dublin government and the Belfast Executive have promised to co-operate closely to stop foot and mouth disease spreading from England to animals across the Irish Sea.

ritish Army to use North as training ground

The North of Ireland is to be used increasingly to train British soldiers before they are sent to conflict zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq, it has been confirmed.

Plans for Love Ulster Parade cancelled

The organisers of a highly controversial sectarian parade in Dublin, which had to be abandoned after heavy rioting last year, have said they have cancelled plans to hold another similar march through the capital later this year.

The wrong force in the wrong place for 38 years

The behaviour of British soldiers in the North was a recruiting sergeant for the IRA.

Omagh Civil Case - Justice or Stitch-Up?

Reviewing the ongoing Omagh civil case saga, one is left with an abiding sense of uneasiness at the immense inequality being applied to one of the defendants, Michael McKevitt.

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