December 29, 2008

Ireland condemns Israeli bombings

Ireland has joined a wave of international anger and revulsion at the saturation bombing by Israel of the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip in the middle East this week.

December 19, 2008

‘Derry 4’ trial collapses

The trial of four Derry City men accused of membership of the ‘Real IRA’ collapsed dramatically at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin today.

IRELAND UNITED IN CRISIS

gnpgdp.jpg Concern in mounting in Ireland this Christmas that a set of rapidly deteriorating market conditions and government mis-steps are threatening to pitch the entire island into an unprecedented economic crisis.

Nelson murder suspects let go

checkpoint2.jpg A British soldier has said that locally recruited RIR soldiers allowed two well-known unionist paramilitaries, stopped a short distance from the home of human rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson shortly after her murder, to escape.

PSNI loyalists caught on camera

psnicar.jpg Four PSNI members have been suspended after they were caught on camera singing sectarian songs and waving guns while joyriding in their patrol vehicles.

Catholics forced out of homes

balaclava.jpg A Catholic man is planning to move out of the house where he was tied up and beaten by a loyalist gang who also ransacked the property on the outskirts of south Belfast.

Stone to appeal jail sentence

stoneold.jpg Convicted UDA murderer Michael Stone has said he is to appeal the 16-year jail sentence handed down last week for the attempted murder of Sinn Féin leaders Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams.

Miami Showband hold Banbridge gig

miami.jpg The Miami Showband were treated like heroes by adoring fans after completing a “milestone performance” in the town where three of their members were massacred by the unionist paramilitary UVF 33 years ago.

Time to write a new chapter in Pol Brennan’s life

polbrennan2.jpg Let Christmas 2008 be the last Pol Brennan ever spends behind bars.

A Cabinet that keeps hitting the panic button

cowenconfused.jpg The Dublin government's reaction to recent challenges shows it may be out of its depth.

December 12, 2008

LISBON II: ‘SMOKE AND MIRRORS’

lisbon2.jpg A second referendum to ratify the Lisbon Treaty will be held in the 26 Counties before October 31st of next year, according to the conclusions of a European Union summit this week.

Bill of Rights proposed for North

nihrc.jpg More than 10 years after a bill of rights was first agreed in the Good Friday Agreement, the North’s Human Rights Commission has presented its recommendations on the bill to the British government.

Provocative speech by Tory leader

cameron.jpg The leader of the British Conservative party, David Cameron, has reversed two decades of Tory policy on Ireland.

British Army in ‘draw down’

barmydrumcree.jpg The British Army is to change its official status in Ireland in a move to highlight the demilitarisation and so-called “normalisation” in the North.

Loyalists target former INLA man

gerardfoster.jpg A former republican PoW last night blamed loyalists for a pipe-bomb attack on his west Belfast home.

United Ireland referendum soon - SF

ballotbox.jpg A referendum on a united Ireland could be held before 2016, Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy has said.

The Sinn Féin election

1918const.jpg A look at the electoral facts surrounding Sinn Féin’s historic victory at the 1918 General Election, ninety years ago this week.

Vilifying the dead

rosemary.jpg If the current enquiries are anything to go by, truth is not part of Britain's agenda.

December 7, 2008

Major Irish food health scare

All pork products originating in the 26 Counties since September have been declared a health hazard by the Dublin government, which has ordered that all of it be recalled and destroyed.

December 5, 2008

NO GUNS, NO PROBLEM

udaguns.jpg The British government has extended a deadline for unionist paramilitary groups to decommission their weapons by another twelve months.

Cowen planning Lisbon II

lisb2.jpg The Taoiseach Brian Cowen has been accused of “colluding” with European Union leaders as he pushes for a re-run of the Lisbon Treaty next year.

Brennan to appeal deportation

polbrennan2.jpg The family of Pol Brennan say that he will appeal a court ruling that he can be deported from the US.

Call for HET to be dismantled

het.jpg The campaigning family of a woman killed in the McGurk’s Bar bombing have called for a cold-case PSNI police team investigating the killings to be “dismantled”.

‘Derry 4’ in court

derry4.jpg The four Derry men who were arrested during a “Real IRA show of strength” for members of the media near the Derry/Donegal border last March have finally appeared at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

Tory councillor forced out over IRA past

torybook.jpg A Conservative Party councillor has resigned an education post because of the disclosure of her associations with the IRA in the early 1970s.

De Menezes murder - the cover-up

demenezes.jpg A cousin recalls the murder of Jean Charles de Menezes and how the British system has struggled to admit London’s own shoot-to-kill policy.

Assassinating Rosemary Nelson’s character

rosemarynelson2.jpg It now appears that just as she was attacked by them in life, Rosemary Nelson is now to be attacked in death.

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