November 30, 2008

Judge orders deportation of Pol Brennan

Former IRA PoW and H-Block escapee Pol Brennan, who has been living in the US for nearly 25 years, has been denied the right to remain in the country by a US

November 28, 2008

OVERDOSE FOR UDA’S ‘BLINGADIER’

ihabshoukri.jpg The funeral has taken place of UDA ‘brigadier’ Ihab Shoukri, who died this week after taking a fit brought on by a night of heavy drug use in Newtonabbey, outside Belfast.

CIRA raid gunshop, drugs factory

ciradrugs.jpg The Continuity IRA is being linked to a raid in the premises of a gun dealer in the border village of Garrison, County Fermanagh, on Saturday night.

Outrage at Dublin’s ‘Disneyworld government’

fas.jpg There have been calls for 26-County health minister Mary Harney to resign after it emerged she used the state jet and expense accounts as part of a thinly-disguised six-figure vacation in Florida.

Ahern refuses to release border killing report

aidenmcanespie.jpg A call by Sinn Féin for the publication of a report of Deputy Garda Commissioner Eugene Crowley on the shooting of Aidan McAnespie has been rejected by the Dublin government.

Republican movement ‘being rebuilt’

patsyduffy.jpg Republicans gathered in the Tower Hotel in Derry last week to form a new coalition bringing together several republican groups to oppose Sinn Féin’s political strategy.

President visits Orange hall

mcaleeseoo.jpg President Mary McAleese has made the first official visit by an Irish head of state to an Orange Order hall.

Republican Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

ruairiobradaigh.jpg The Presidential Address delivered by Republican Sinn Féin President Ruairi O Bradaigh in Dublin to RSF's annual conference earlier this month.

Another corner turned on road to new Ireland

justice.jpg A Six-County Department of Justice could be functioning by the early months of the new year.

November 22, 2008

IRA Army Council ‘has disbanded’ - DUP

DUP leader Peter Robinson has said he has received direct assurances that the Provisional IRA Army Council has permanently gone out of business.

November 21, 2008

BACK ON TRACK?

stormontstatue.jpg The Stormont Executive met on Thursday for the first time in over five months.

Brennan in deportation hearing

polbrennan.jpg A Texas judge now has the power to set free former prisoner of war Pol Brennan -- or deport him to Ireland.

SF councillor targeted as attacks mount

ov.jpg A Sinn Féin councillor in County Tyrone is believed to have been the target of a pipe-bomb attack by the unionist paramilitary ‘Orange Volunteers’.

Tories enter pact with unionists

empeycameron.jpg The British Conservative Party, under David Cameron, has agreed to form an electoral pact with the Ulster Unionist Party.

Harassment of former Basque prisoner

inaki.jpg The PSNI police arrested a former political prisoner from the Basque Country this week on foot of a Spanish extradition order which charged him with a kind of sedition.

Poll shows drop for govt, support for Lisbon

govtpoll.jpg Public support for the 26-County government, the Taoiseach Brian Cowen and his Fianna Fail party has collapsed to the lowest level recorded since polling began more than a quarter of a century ago.

The father of Irish democracy

wolfetone.jpg Wolfe Tone died on November 19, 1798 - 310 years ago this week - from a stab wound to his neck which he inflicted upon himself.

V Day

rirparade.jpg The triumphalism of the British Army regiment on public display in the heart of Belfast punched yet another gaping hole in the approved narrative of the peace process.

November 18, 2008

Talks deal announced at Stormont

The North's First and Deputy First Ministers have said that their parties have reached an agreement on the devolution of policing and justice powers from London to Belfast.

November 14, 2008

Stone found guilty of attemped murder

Loyalist killer Michael Stone was found guilty today of attempting to murder Sinn Féin leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness in a one-man armed attack on the Stormont Assembly.

November 13, 2008

UDA ‘READY FOR BATTLE’

uda.jpg The UDA has warned of being ready to “do battle” in a statement read to several thousand loyalist supporters at a number of venues in the north of Ireland.

SDLP crosses the line

sdlp.jpg The SDLP is to cease designating itself as a nationalist party in the Stormont Assembly in a move that could herald a realignment in politics in the North.

Dismay at Holy Cross ruling

holycross.jpg Britain’s highest court has denied that former RUC police chief Ronnie Flanagan failed to protect Catholic schoolgirls from degrading and inhumane treatment during the Holy Cross dispute.

Progress in search for ‘Disappeared’

disappeared.jpg Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has welcomed the discovery of what appear to be the remains of Danny McIlhone, a victim of the conflict who was killed by the IRA in 1981.

PDs out, Libertas in?

pds.jpg A decision taken by the Progressive Democrats party at the weekend to disband after 23 years in existence has been widely welcomed.

Call for British Army base to be Tan War museum

ballykinlarold.jpg While debate drags on over the future of the prison at Long Kesh there have been calls for an army base in County Down to be transformed into a War of Independence tourism centre.

Women in Struggle

saoirsenamban.jpg The theme of Sinn Fein's Edentubber Commemoration this year was the role of women in the struggle for Irish freedom.

Crucial that DPP role be scrutinised

roberthamill.jpg As the families of those murdered on Bloody Sunday deal with the news that they must wait another full year to learn the outcome of the Saville Inquiry, the family of Robert Hamill must be bracing themselves for the start of the long-delayed inquiry into events surrounding his murder.

November 7, 2008

IRELAND’S HOPES
ON OBAMA

obamasf.jpg Hopes are high that the election of a transformative President in the US could herald an era of progressive change in Ireland.

British Army’s march of shame

rirloyalists2.jpg Last weekend saw a major setback for the peace process as British forces staged a provocative sectarian parade through Belfast city centre.

Tensions spill over in east Belfast

eastbelfast.jpg Two nights of violence at an east Belfast interface erupted after St Matthew’s Church and nationalist homes in the Short Strand came under attack from fireworks, stones and petrol bombs this week.

PSNI funds go to UVF, not investigations

psniuvf.jpg PSNI police chief Hugh Orde was forced to publicly apologise this week after it emerged that his force had lied about millions of pounds it paid to a construction firm connected to the UVF.

Paisley calls for Taser attack as war of words goes on

paisleyjnr.jpg Ian Paisley jnr told a DUP audience at the weekend that he would like to see his fellow Policing Board member, Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson, ‘Tasered’.

Disappointment at Bloody Sunday Inquiry delay

bloodysunday.jpg The final report into the Bloody Sunday killings will not now be ready until, at the earliest, the autumn of next year.

Helicopter escape from Mountjoy

escape.jpg At Halloween 1973 in Dublin, one of the most audacious, cleverly planned jail escapes in Irish history occurred.

Army parade cannot airbrush murder legacy

rirpose.jpg The consequences for the people of this island - nationalist, unionist, republican and loyalist - of English interference in our affairs was the backdrop against which the centre of Belfast became a contested space last Sunday morning.

November 2, 2008

RIR parade passes quietly

A British Army parade has passed off relatively quietly in Belfast city centre this morning in one of the largest Crown force operations seen in the city in many years.

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