The Dublin parliament is to debate an all-party motion condemning
collusion by British forces in atrocities in the North of Ireland.
The Parades Commission was thrown into turmoil this week with leading
Orangeman David Burrows forced to resign after Britain's highest court
ruled that the British decision to appoint him was illegal.
A leading Derry republican has called on the Provisional IRA to
Sinn Féin and the DUP have rejected claims that four new victims'
commissioners were named this week because the First and Deputy First
Ministers could not agree on a single person
Tuesday marked the formal establishment in 1967 of the 'Northern
Ireland Civil Rights Association' (NICRA).
A Toomebridge schoolboy was assaulted on Thursday as he waited for a
school bus in what the PSNI have admitted was an anti-Catholic attack.
Our country has barely known a taste of freedom yet already
we are actively complicit in the destruction of the one central,
world-renowned and undiluted symbol of our unity and strength.
Behind the scenes, the political parties in the North have other matters on
A ‘Real IRA’ bomb trial was terminated abruptly on Monday following
unchallenged accusations that an informer lies at the heart of the
Former RUC/PSNI police chief Ronnie Flanagan last night apologised to
the families of people killed in the 1998 Omagh bomb.
wo Sinn Féin councillors were struck by unionist protesters amid
chaotic scenes at a meeting of Limavady Borough Council last week.
A patient who discovered his medical files may have been leaked by a
hospital worker to unionist paramilitaries has said he is “disgusted”
at the hospital’s handling of the c
The PSNI police is being urged to withdraw plans to deploy Taser guns
in the North of Ireland following the death of a man in England.
In a close vote at the weekend, the Green Party leadership failed to
secure enough support from party delegates to support the Lisbon Treaty
If the British government are sincere
about addressing the legacy of the past they could start by publishing
They say the Paisleys come as a package - if you get one, you get both.
Victims’ groups have called for an international independent truth
commission to deal with the legacy of the last 30 years of war in the
North of Ireland.
There has been anger at the announcement that members of the PSNI have
begun training with high-voltage Taser weapons and will be deploying
them on the streets within weeks.
The Democratic Unionist Party’s Ian Paisley Jr used the peace process
talks at St Andrews to push for a shopping list of property-based
demands for his own constituents, it h
A unionist paramilitary group calling itself the ‘Real UFF’ has
admitted responsibility for planting a pipe bomb at the home of a
former Sinn Féin member in Antrim.
The North’s ‘Culture Minister’, Edwin Poots of the DUP, is calling for
an end to the playing of the Irish national anthem before Gaelic games
in the North.
Top-secret British military documents reveal the British Army’s failure
to tackle unionist paramilitary death squads during one of the darkest
periods of the conflict.
Edmund Burke was one of the most famous political thinkers of the 18th
Don’t mention the war. Don’t mention the fact that thousands of British
soldiers occupied the highways and byways of this wee place for over
thirty years and that all of them had a licence to kill.
A panel unilaterally set up by the British government to deal with the
desire for truth and reconciliation following the peace process has begun
public consultations, provoking anger and controversy over its role.
The Policing Board is to investigate the extent of the attempted
frame-up of Sean Hoey by senior members of the PSNI police over the
1998 Omagh bomb.
The British Prime Minister has said there are no plans to introduce
immigration controls at the border between the British-ruled Six
Counties and the rest of Ireland.
Concerns have been raised about escalating violence and criminality
linked to the unionist paramilitary LVF following a firebomb attack on
a house in County Armagh.
The Protestant Church of Ireland has criticised plans to draft a Bill of
Rights for the North of Ireland
High-profile republican Paddy Murray has denied being a police
Ireland January 2008 is a much better place than Ireland January 2007.
What a difference a year can make in the life of a nation.
Fascinating to watch unionists of all shades tying themselves in knots
about human rights and devolution of justice and policing
The PSNI police chief Hugh Orde has said it is “highly unlikely” that
anyone will be jailed for the 1998 Omagh bomb, following the freeing of
Armagh man Sean Hoey and the trial judge’s stinging indictment of the
The DUP leader Ian Paisley has clashed with British Secretary Shaun
Woodward over the devolution of police and justice powers from London
to Belfast, which is scheduled for May.
TaraWatch, the group campaigning against the construction of the M3
motorway close to the archaeologicaly sensitive Hill of Tara in County
Meath, has said it will hold international protests on January 8th.
A Gaelic sports club in County Fermanagh has been damaged in a
sectarian arson attack. Graffiti was also painted on the walls of the
club in Drumgoon near Maguiresbridge.
The assault on the Belfast Assembly buildings by notorious unionist
paramilitary killer Michael Stone was a work of art, he has claimed.
The annual New Year statements issued by Sinn Féin
President Gerry Adams and by the 32 County
A look back at the main news events of the year that was.
The one clear lesson which emerges from the documents allowed to be released
this year is that any time
Irish officials managed to persuade the British to follow a line of
action it was a success.