December 20, 2007

HOEY FREED

Armagh man Sean Hoey has been cleared of any involvement in the 1998 Omagh bomb attack after a judge today [Thursday] rubbished the case presented by the PSNI/RUC police.

McGuinness claims British directing groups

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said he believes British military intelligence is directing some republican activities.

‘No evidence’ for PSNI raids

A man questioned by the PSNI police in connection with the recent IRA gun attack on a PSNI member says some of the ‘evidence’ against him was a page from Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia.

Sectarian attacks ‘orchestrated’

A sectarian attack on a 12-year-old schoolboy in a County Antrim village is linked to continuing loyalist death threats against a Catholic family in the area.

Unionists walk out over Long Kesh plans

The future of the former Long Kesh prison, scene of decades of resistance by Irish republican prisoners to British rule, descended into farce yesterday amid warnings that a planned peace centre/sport stadium project could collapse.

Aer Lingus language move provokes anger

Aer Lingus has scrapped its familiar Irish-language greeting in the North of Ireland because it might upset unionists flying to and from Belfast.

A blow against educational inequality

The education system is being opened up for the first time to ensure equality of access and equality of educational opportunity irrespective of class or creed.

When language dies

Language analysts have estimated that there are more than 6,000 languages spoken in the world today and one minority language dies every two weeks.

December 12, 2007

NEW ARMED GROUP ‘BOGUS’

There is no republican involvement in a campaign of threats and hoaxes against Sinn Féin figures, including the widow of a recently deceased IRA veteran, it has been claimed.

Devolution threatened over IRA structures

The DUP has insisted there will be no devolution of policing and justice powers to the Six County Executive without the complete dismantling of the Provisional IRA’s structure.

Ireland complicit in US human rights abuses - report

Ireland is failing to live up to its human rights obligations by accepting US assurances that CIA flights used for smuggling prisoners to detention and torture centres are not passing through Irish airports, the Irish Human Rights Commission said on Tuesday.

Paisley/McGuinness delegation meets George Bush

First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have been praised by US president George Bush for their “courage” during a meeting in the White House.

Fianna Fail registers in Six Counties

Fianna Fail has officially registered as a political party in the Six Counties, party leader Bertie Ahern has announced.

Sinn Féin builds new 26-County strategy

Sinn Féin held a major conference in Dublin at the weekend to plot a new way forward for the party in Irish politics, particularly in the South.

Engaging Modern Ireland

Gerry Adams’s keynote address at the special Sinn Féin conference in Dublin last weekend.

A courtesy from Pope and Queen

If Pope Benedict and Queen Elizabeth visit Ireland each of them will have a chance to offer us a courtesy which has been too long delayed.

December 5, 2007

SPY CLAIMS HIT PEACE PROCESS

A British soldier has caused a scandal by revealing that the British Crown forces are continuing to deploy high-technology spying equipment to monitor the homes and activities of republicans north and south of the border.

Coroner to receive shoot-to-kill reports

Top-secret reports on the shoot-to-kill policy of political killings operated by the British government in the north of Ireland are to be opened to the chief coroner John Leckey.

Gerry McHugh resigns from Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry McHugh has resigned from the party, blaming “undemocratic” practices.

Bugging lawyers unlawful, says judge

The bugging of conversations between lawyers and clients has been ruled unlawful by a British judge.

US visit pushes investment buttons

First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness opened the Nasdaq stock market in New York today (Wednesday) as part of a trip to promote the Six Counties to US capitalists.

Catholic north-west is most deprived

The sectarian divide still dominates the North’s economy according to new figures on the continuing east/west polarisation in the Six Counties.

Budget 2008

A look at the fourth Budget delivered today by the 26-County Minister for Finance Brian Cowen.

Abuse of privilege should be ended

Unionists are still naming people in the British House of Commons or Lords, accusing them of crime. This is an abuse.

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