September 26, 2008

US BATTLE
FOR IRISH VOTE

obamamccain.jpg Irish-American voters have become the focus of intense campaigning in the US Presidential election as the race for the White House hots up.

HET investigations ‘compromised and censored’

psnibadge.jpg A police unit set up to reinvestigate conflict-related killings has been totally compromised by the malign influence of the murderous Special Branch and should be scrapped, according to a new report.

Sectarian attacks on GAA, supporters

stjohns.jpg A Gaelic sports clubhouse in south Down has been gutted in a loyalist arson attack.

Adams backs Truth Commission

adams.jpg Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today called for an Independent International Truth Commission on the confict as the best way forward on the issue of truth recovery.

Stone presents ‘art’ defence

stone.jpg Multiple killer Michael Stone has told a trial judge that his infamous armed assault on the Stormont Assembly was a “comic parody” and a “performance artistic protest”.

Talks seek to resolve Stormont stand-off

BIC.jpg First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are expected to attend a British-Irish Council meeting in Edinburgh today [Friday], despite the fact the Stormont executive is not meeting.

Breakout

On the 25th anniversary of the mass escape from the H-Blocks of Long Kesh, some of those who took part have revealed the dramatic events surrounding the escape for a new documentary.

SDLP must stop selling nationalist rights

Nationalists must have viewed with dismay, disbelief and anger last week’s press conference with SDLP minister Margaret Ritchie sandwiched between two unionist ministers

September 19, 2008

STORMONT FARCE

schism.jpg The North’s strained stalemate exploded in rancour on Thursday when the Stormont’s cabinet-style administration visibly broke into rival factions.

Court action over secret Omagh tapes

Legal action is to be taken against the British government unless it hands over recordings of the telephone conversations of a ‘Real IRA’ team as it was transporting the devastating 1998 Omagh bomb.

Mystery of Morrison frame-up

Sinn Féin’s former Publicity Director Danny Morrison has demanded to know why his conviction for the abduction of an IRA informer is to be quashed without explanation.

War of words after South Armagh bomb find

The Stormont Assembly this week debated their concerns over continued armed actions by republicans after a 100lb bomb was discovered hidden in a hedgerow in south Armagh.

Appeal for calm as Shell sets sail

It is hoped that a 10-day hunger strike by Mayo teacher Maura Harrington will end shortly following the announcement by Shell Oil on Thursday that its pipe-laying ship is to leave Irish territorial waters and sail to Britain for repairs.

Politicians challenged over informer pressure

A Derry man has called on members of the Policing Board, which oversees the PSNI, to state where they stand in relation to Special Branch pressure on people to turn informer.

Omagh - The bomb to end all bombs?

Did a British agent first flout Omagh as a potential target for a bomb attack? Was the carnage of August 15 the product of his labour?

Threats to DUP leadership coming from fringes

Allister is challenging the leadership of the DUP not from a solid, assured position but from the sidelines, from the fringes of unionism and he is causing them to lose their nerve.

September 18, 2008

DUP retains Fermanagh seat

Unionist hardliner Arlene Foster has retained the DUP’s seat in the closely watched Enniskillen local council by-election.

September 17, 2008

Progressive Democrats to be disbanded

Ireland’s small Progressive Democrats party is set to be wound up after its members in the Dublin parliament agreed that the organisation was “no longer politically viable”.

September 14, 2008

Omagh bomb calls were monitored

Pressure is growing today for a public inquiry into the Omagh bombing after it was revealed British intelligence chiefs were listening in to the Real IRA’s mobile phone calls on the day of the attack.

September 12, 2008

SDLP CALL FOR
MAJORITY RULE

durkan.jpg SDLP leader Mark Durkan has stunned the political parties in the north by calling for power-sharing between nationalists and unionists, a key safeguard of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, to be scrapped.

IRA Volunteers ‘used as spies’

Republican Sinn Féin has accused the Provisional IRA of gathering intelligence on other republican groups and passing the information on to the police north and south of the border.

British PM for key Belfast talks

As the DUP and Sinn Féin continue talks to reach a deal on difficult issues, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is expected to visit Belfast next Tuesday.

Northern Bank trial opens

The trial has begun before a juryless Diplock court in Belfast of a bank official for the robbery in 2004 of the Northern Bank.

UVF assault raises feud fear

Members of a notorious unionist paramilitary death sqaud have been accused of carrying out a savage assault in which a young mother was held down by four men and bitten on the face.

Strong turnout urged in Fermanagh by-election

Next Thursday sees an important local council by-election in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh.

Hunger strike by Shell to Sea activist

Shell to Sea campaigner Maura Harrington has begun a Hunger Strike to coincide with the arrival of the Solitaire, Shell’s pipe-laying vessel in Broadhaven Bay.

Durkan ensured SDLP will never share power

Did he really say that? After initial disbelief, that was the first question a lot of people asked when they read reports of Mark Durkan’s weekend speech to the British-Irish Association (BIA).

September 5, 2008

NO ARMY COUNCIL
STATEMENT - ADAMS

adamstalks.jpg Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has stated “categorically and definitively” that the Provisional IRA has left the stage as the DUP continued to demand a statement by the organisation’s Army Council on its status.

Dublin govt admits economic crisis

The 26-County government, facing an unprecedented budget deficit, has brought forward its annual economic policy statement by two months amid heavy criticism of its failure to act over a looming meltdown in the Irish economy.

Irish Navy deploys for Shell destruction

Eight more environmental activists were arrested in County Mayo today [Friday] after an extraordinary confrontation between the Irish Naval Service and campaigners attempting to halt the construction of a potentially dangerous high-pressure gas pipeline.

Controversy mounts over British military parades

Belfast City Council this week voted that a civic reception for British troops should go ahead in November, despite nationalist opposition

Prison warders urged to reveal CR gas concern

The British government is coming under renewed pressure to admit a cancer-causing gas was used on republican prisoners during a 1974 Long Kesh riot.

Obama seeks to recover from Irish policy blunder

US Presidential candidate Barack Obama has asked former senator George Mitchell and six leading Irish-American politicians to advise him on Ireland amid a backlash over his campaign’s handling of Irish issues.

Modernisation of the Orange Order?

The final installment of a three-part series looking at the malign influence of the Orange Order in the north of Ireland, from its inception to the present day.

Allister has the DUP running scared

The current impasse at Stormont is the price everyone here has to pay for the DUP’s exercise in political dishonesty in spring 2007.

September 3, 2008

IRA leadership ‘has ceased to function’ - IMC

The Provisional IRA’s ruling Army Council that once directed its armed struggle is no longer operational, a report for the British and 26-County governments has declared.

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