The trial of former IRA chief Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane was brought to a
sudden climax on Thursday afternoon, when the non-jury Special
Criminal Court in Dublin dismissed all charges against him.
The INLA have denied any involvement in the murder of 22 year-old Derry
man Emmett Sheils, who was shot dead in Derry on Tuesday morning.
The family of a County Tyrone man shot dead by the British Army 20
years ago has said the publication of a report into his killing marks
the “beginning and not the end” of their fight for justice.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has confirmed that he has met with the
Protestant Orange Order to discuss the infamous Drumcree parade in
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has accused unionists of “irrational
hostility” to the Irish language and Irish speakers.
A prominent republican hardliners has accused the PSNI police of
following him on holiday to Spain in an attempt to recruit him as an
Sinn Féin is embarking on a more active engagement with those in
Britain who support Irish unity and is seeking to produce “a renewed
strategy able to advance republican goals”.
The £6 million for Irish language broadcasting is the clearest signal
yet that all is not well with the power-sharing arrangements at
Members of the British Crown forces were lucky to escape with only
minor injuries following a roadside landmine attack in County Fermanagh
at the weekend.
Seven years after the blockade of a north Belfast primary school by
unionist paramilitaries, the mother of one former student has taken her
legal challenge over the handling of the 12-week Holy Cross protest to
Britain’s highest court.
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement has claimed that the Drumcree parade
in Portadown is likely to go ahead this year for the first time in 11
Irish Republicans were divided this week as US President George Bush
visited Belfast to support the Irish peace process while evading
questions over his war in Iraq.
The people have spoken. The Lisbon Treaty is dead. Now it’s time for
There is an obvious and simple way that the EU can respond to Ireland’s
rejection of the Lisbon Treaty: continue as it was.
In a shock for both the Irish and European political establishment,
the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty has been defeated in Thursday’s
First results from the Lisbon Treaty referendum have confirmed that
the treaty is set to be rejected by the Irish electorate.
Counting of votes in the Lisbon Treaty referendum began at 9am today,
and early tallies show the vote leaning toward the ‘No’ side.
The outcome of the Lisbon Treaty referendum is thought to be close
following a relatively high turnout of voters on Thursday.
A mob of loyalist bigots gathered outside the gates of a school in
County Derry on Tuesday to jeer and hurl sectarian abuse at the
President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, and her husband Martin.
The leaders of the four parties that make up the northern Executive
have not formally met since power-sharing was established in May last
year, it has emerged.
The trial of senior Provisional IRA figure ‘Bik’ McFarlane has opened
at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.
There were jubilant scenes in a Belfast court this week as six Derry
anti-war protesters were unanimously acquitted of destroying property
belonging to multinational arms company Raytheon.
There have been calls for the DUP’s Iris Robinson to resign as chair of
the Assembly’s Health Committee following her extraordinary outburst
against homosexuality, which she described as a mental
illness and “an abomination”.
Forty years ago a family’s decision to make a stand over housing set
in motion a chain of events that would give rise to the civil rights
Welcome to the most surreal week in the history of Irish politics.
The number of people intending to vote ‘No’ to the European Union’s
Lisbon Treaty has almost doubled in three weeks, according to the
Ian Paisley left Stormont Castle as First Minister for the last time
yesterday, blowing the building a kiss.
Sinn Féin’s Tom Hartley was elected as the new Mayor of Belfast on
Monday night, narrowly defeating the DUP’s Diane Dodds.
A leading human rights expert from the United Nations has expressed
deep regret that he had been unable to save the life of Lurgan lawyer
A group of former IRA prisoners living in the US has launched a
campaign to secure their legal status there.
Belfast City Council took an enlightened step forward in the politics
of reconciliation on Monday night when it elected Sinn Féin councillor
Tom Hartley as its mayor.
He’s gone, the oul curmudgeon, and good riddance.
A potential political crisis in the North has been averted after Sinn
Féin agreed to resume power-sharing alongside the Democratic Unionist
Party tomorrow ahead of talks in London on Friday.
Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has said he hopes outstanding issues in
the peace process can be resolved in time to allow tomorrow’s
nomination of the DUP’s Peter Robinson to replace Ian Paisley as First