October 24, 2007

BORDER CONTROLS TO RETURN

British military checkpoints are to return to the border area between the North and South of Ireland following a British decision to abandon the 'Common Travel Area' which has covered both islands since before partition.

New UDA coercion threat

Senior members of the unionist paramilitary UDA have made a thinly-veiled threat to return to full-scale violence following a decision by the Belfast Executive to halt funding for a UDA-linked 'peace' group'.

Billy Hutchinson arrested over Devlin killing

A leading unionist politician is among seven members of the unionist paramilitary UVF who have been arrested by the PSNI investigating the brutal sectarian murder of a Catholic child two years ago.

Adams denies Provisionals to blame for death

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has denied his movement had any involvement in the murder of a 21-year-old County Armagh man.

McAliskey testifies in daughter's extradition case

Former MP Bernadette McAliskey told a court yesterday that she could never see her daughter Roisin allowing herself to be extradited to Germany to stand trial for an alleged IRA attack on a British Army base in 1996.

Queen, Pope to mark peace with Irish trips

Dublin officials are on standby to prepare for a historic visit by the English Queen sometime next year, it has been confirmed.

Defend Ireland's Natural Resources

The people of Ballinaboy and Rossport and the surrounding areas are asking people to join them in a day of protest at the site of Shell's proposed refinery on November 9th.

Fianna Fail can become a 32-county organisation

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern delivered the graveside oration at Fianna Fail's annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration on Sunday. We present the text of his address.

October 17, 2007

UDA FUNDING WITHDRAWN

To DUP outrage, a decision to withdraw £1.2 million (Euro 1.7 million) funding for a group connected to the unionist paramilitary UDA has been confirmed after the UDA’s killer gangs refused to disarm.

‘Irish language rights will not be stifled’ - Adams

The British government is under pressure to intervene after a minister in the Six-County executive ruled out plans to introduce an Irish language bill in the Belfast Assembly.

CIRA vows to maintain struggle

Republican hardliners in County Armagh have vowed to continue their armed campaign in the area despite a massive PSNI/MI5 operation in the Craigavon area on Thursday.

Cameras show PSNI allowed Catholics to be attacked

The Police Ombudsman’s office is to investigate a murderous mob attack on three young Catholic men in Portadown town centre last week which mirrored the controversial murder of Robert Hamill in the town ten years ago.

Dublin ‘Love Ulster’ rally called off

Organisers of last year’s attempted ‘Love Ulster’ rally have withdrawn their request to hold another rally in Dublin after a meeting with the 26-County government.

Europe takes action as new Tara monument uncovered

The European Commission has begun legal action against the 26-County government over the continuing construction of the M3 motorway through the Tara Valley.

Thomas Ashe

‘If I die, I die in a good cause’, the haunting words of Thomas Ashe, spoken just prior to his death on hunger strike in 1917, ninety years ago this month.

FF is real beneficiary of Brown’s dithering

All the parties in the North exhaled a big sigh of relief when Gordon Brown bottled out of holding the election he had been threatening since August.

October 12, 2007

MI5 take over North ‘security’

MI5 -- British military intelligence -- has taken charge of all British security interests in the North of Ireland for the first time, it was revealed today.

October 10, 2007

CORONER CHALLENGES ORDE ON SHOOT-TO-KILL

The North’s most senior coroner has warned he will consider taking legal action against PSNI Chief Hugh Orde if he refuses to hand over police files relating to the killing of six unarmed people.

Death threat over UDA funds

The North’s Social Development minister Margaret Ritchie has received a death threat days before she was due to withdraw government funding for a group linked to the unionist paramilitary UDA.

Unionists attack Irish language

An extraordinary unionist attempt to ban the use of the Irish language at the Belfast Assembly has been defeated.

INLA outs informer

A man who worked as an informer within the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) has been uncovered within the ranks of the republican socialist movement in Derry.

Sectarian attack mirrors Hamill killing

Community representatives have condemned the PSNI for failing to intervene during a sectarian attack on two Catholic men in Portadown, County Armagh.

Peace hopes fade in the Basque Country

A top member of banned Basque political party Batasuna has said the arrest and detention of most of the party’s leadership is a declaration of war by the Madrid government.

Oration at funeral of Dan Keating

Oration delivered by Ruairi O Bradaigh, President Republican Sinn Fein at the funeral of Republican Veteran Dan Keating in County Kerry on Friday October 5.

Irish language being used as political football

Attacks by unionists on the Irish language or the education department expose their wider attitude and lack of educational policies especially for their working-class supporters.

October 3, 2007

PSNI RAMPAGE IN DERRY

PSNI police clubbed scores of nationalist pub-goers in Derry city centre on Saturday night in some of the worst street conflict seen in the city in years.

Children under attack in north Belfast

Residents at a north Belfast interface say they are being forced to run a gauntlet of sectarian violence every time they leave their homes.

Progress seen in Tara campaign

A decision by 26-County Environment Minister John Gormley to place a preservation order on an ancient fort has been hailed as a potential breakthrough in the campaign to save the historic Tara Valley from a motorway development.

Sinn Fein leaders threatened

Bullets have been sent to news studios in Belfast with the names and details of six people, including Sinn Fein party president Gerry Adams and the party’s senior press officer Richard McAuley.

Pressure grows on new coalition

The Green Party has come under fire from opposition parties in the South for “an extraordinary abdication of responsibility” following its continued backing of Bertie Ahern despite a mounting corruption scandal.

British PM seen calling snap election

Parties in the North are bracing for a likely Westminster general election that could undermine attempts to ‘bed down’ the Belfast Assembly.

The Great Peace Process Swindle?

Should the Good Friday Agreement be a model for other conflicts?

‘Whataboutery’ is classic avoidance technique

The wheedling and hand-wringing Margaret Ritchie faces until next Tuesday's deadline for UDA decommissioning is going to be epic.

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