March 28, 2008

EASTER RISING ‘LIP SERVICE’

Sinn Féin has welcomed the Dublin government’s commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising but has accused the coalition government of merely paying “lip service” to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Riot at Derry Easter commemoration

The PSNI police clashed with republican youths in Derry during what the PSNI described as an “illegal” Easter commemoration at the city cemetery on Monday.

Ahern under pressure over British currency payments

The 26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has come under serious political pressure from his Coalition partners for the first time since the formation of the current Dublin government.

Bugging device found

A piece of electronic equipment described as a “sophisticated bugging and tracking device” has been found in the vehicle of one of its Dublin-based members, the 32 County Sovereignty Movement has said.

Tenth anniversary of Agreement marked

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said Sinn Féin is proud of the role they have played in the course of the negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement.

Marching season begins

Easter saw the first major day of parading in the new season, which will see thousands of parades take place through the summer months.

Good Friday Agreement - Ten years on

Over 250 republican prisoners were released as a result of a key element of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. A look at what happened to two of those prisoners, ten years on from the agreement.

More than two sides to the story

What Jonathan Powell has said about Bloody Sunday is revealing, not what he claims Martin McGuinness said.

March 21, 2008

‘QUEEN OF PROPOGANDA’

The English queen Elizabeth Windsor conducted a three-day visit to the north of Ireland this week amid a storm of controversy but without violent incident.

Diggers move in after Tara con job

Hopes for progress in efforts to save the Tara heritage site were dashed on Thursday this week after the National Roads Authority (NRA) tore up an agreement with conservationists.

Blair helped draft IRA statements - Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has confirmed that British prime minister Tony Blair edited IRA statements in the course of the peace process, saying it was “normal in a process of negotiation”.

PSNI accused after murder spree

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has lashed out at the PSNI police after another brutal murder in west Belfast highlighted the massive increase in crime in the area in recent years.

Inquiry bid to question prosecutors blocked

The British government has refused to allow the actions of the Crown prosecution service be included in the inquiry into the sectarian murder of Robert Hamill and subsequent cover-up, it has been revealed.

Ahern angers Irish-America on St Patrick’s Day visit

US President George Bush said that “more progress can and will be made” in the north of Ireland during the annual gathering of politicians in the White House for St Patrick’s Day.

US Presidential Campaign

Statements by the Clinton and Obama campaigns on Ireland.

Confident unionism is showing signs of stress

Unionists are trying to perpetuate the old hostile relationship between nationalists and the police.

March 14, 2008

BATTLE FOR TARA

There was a dramatic escalation of tension this week at the Tara heritage site in County Meath where hundreds of construction workers and Garda police attacked a growing protest determined to save a national monument from destruction.

Bitter exchanges between parties

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson held talks Tuesday in an attempt to defuse growing tensions between the two parties.

Local government plans agreed; elections postponed

It was announced on Thursday that the Northern Executive has agreed on a compromise proposal to create 11 “super-councils” by 2011.

Paisley claims he ‘smashed’ Sinn Féin

The DUP leader Ian Paisley, who is set to resign in May, has revealed that he never shook Martin McGuinness’s hand in almost a year of government.

Gibraltar and Milltown victims remembered

An event celebrating the life of IRA Volunteer Mairead Farrell went ahead in Sinn Féin’s private offices at the Belfast Assembly last weekend following a ban on the commemoration using a public space at the Assembly buildings.

‘Bik’ to face trial after appeal rejected

The Supreme Court in Dublin has dismissed an appeal against the trial of H-Block escaper Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane on charges connected with an IRA kidnapping in 1983.

Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley helped to radicalise my generation. But his lasting legacy will be helping secure peace, writes Gerry Adams.

Symbolism at heart of DUP stadium turnaround

The signals that the DUP has got cold feet about a sports stadium at Long Kesh are evidence of a wider malaise in unionism.

March 7, 2008

END OF AN ERA

Peter Robinson is the clear favourite to succeed Ian Paisley following the historic announcement that he will quit as First Minister and leader of the DUP.

Dismay as Mairead Farrell commemoration is banned

A memorial for Mairead Farrell, one of three IRA Volunteers shot dead by the SAS in Gibraltar 20 years ago, has been banned.

Rejectionists attacked at SF Ard Fheis

Every step Sinn Féin took brought it closer to its “central and most urgent” goal of a 32-county republic, Martin McGuinness has said.

‘Unrepentant unionist’ addresses Ard Fheis

Anti-collusion campaigner Raymond McCord surprised Sinn Féin organisers by addressing the party’s annual conference wearing his father’s Orange Order sash.

Hamill inquiry delayed again as Woodward stalls

The delayed public inquiry into the death of Robert Hamill, who was kicked to death in Portadown in 1997, faces a new delay.

Eleventh-hour appeals to save Tara

Poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney has described the M3 motorway as a ruthless desecration of the sacred landscape around the Hill of Tara.

The casualties of Gibraltar

On this date 20 years ago shortly after teatime an ashen-faced and clearly distressed Danny Morrison rushed into Tom Hartley’s living room where I was sitting.

Paisley walks

Ian Paisley could not have imagined being pushed out of power after just a year in office.

March 4, 2008

Ian Paisley announces resignation

Rev Ian Paisley has announced he is to resign as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and First Minister in the northern Executive in May.

March 1, 2008

Adams address to Sinn Fein Ard Fheis 2008

An abridged version of Gerry Adams’s Presidential Address delivered this evening to the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis 2008.

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