July 31, 2009

‘CRIME OF THE CENTURY’

cowenlenihan.jpg The Dublin government has published draft legislation on its plans to spend almost a hundred billion Euro to purchase property assets at inflated prices from banks, builders and developers.

‘Regret’ over checkpoint murder

aidenmcanespie.jpg The British government has expressed “deep regret” over the fatal shooting of a Tyrone man 21 years ago, but declined to formally apologise.

Massacre cover-up exposed

mcgurksbar.jpg The British Army knew within hours that the bombing the McGurk’s Bar in 1971 was a loyalist massacre of innocent Catholics and not an IRA ‘own goal’ as it claimed at the time.

Loyalists burn schools

whitehouseschoolarson.jpg A north Belfast primary school has been targeted by loyalists for the second time in two weeks.

PSNI briefing against eirigi

eirigi.jpg eirigi general secretary Breandan Mac Cionnaith has slammed what he described as yet another example of political policing by the PSNI following the arrest of a second man in connection with Massereene attack.

Adams defies critics

adams.jpg Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has denounced critics who have questioned his continued leadership of the party and its new political direction.

Making Sinn Fein’s message relevant

sflogo.jpg Sinn Fein is not in crisis and its continued role in and relevance to the future of political life in Ireland is not in doubt, according to Eoin O Broin.

Felon setting

tonycatney.jpg Tony Catney believes he is the victim of a smear campaign being orchestrated by his former colleagues in Sinn Fein.

July 24, 2009

REPUBLICANS CREATING ‘NO-GO’ AREAS

ciramanarmagh.jpg Breakaway IRA groups have established an effective ‘no go’ area for the PSNI in County Fermanagh, it has been confirmed.

Cuts plan would have huge social consequences - Adams

adamsflag.jpg Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has warned that if the report by the so-called ‘An Bord Snip Nua’ is implemented, its proposals would have devastating social consequences.

Clinton peace mission planned

hilaryclinton.jpg US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could visit the north of Ireland in September in the role of peace envoy, it has been revealed.

Councillors quit Sinn Fein

louiseminihan.jpg A former member of Sinn Fein’s ard chomhairle [high council] has become the third councillor to quit the party in the 26 Counties in recent weeks.

Ardoyne riot row continues

ardoyneriotbin.jpg Sinn Fein has clashed with rival republican groups following allegations that so-called ‘dissidents’ were behind last week’s riots in north Belfast.

Concern over ‘renegade’ UDA faction

udaderrynantrim.jpg An East Derry politician has sent an “urgent message” to the 26-County ‘Department of Foreign Affairs’ seeking an immediate meeting following an apparent split within the unionist paramilitary UDA.

Death of Frank McCourt

frankmccourt.jpg The death took place during the week of Frank McCourt, one of Ireland’s greatest and most popular writers and a major literary figure in his native New York. We publish an extract from his novel, ‘Angela’s Ashes’.

Emergency surgery to save an economic Frankenstein

colmccarthy.jpg The time is fast approaching when working class people will need to stand up and fight for a better society.

July 17, 2009

ORANGE ORDER
MUST CHANGE

ardoynekids.jpg

The leadership of the Orange Order has rejected a call from Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams for talks between the two organisations following three days of parade-fuelled riots in Belfast.

Use of plastic bullets condemned

plasticardoyne.jpg A 13-year-old boy was among a number of people injured by plastic bullets fired by the PSNI during Monday night’s clashes in north Belfast.

Call to end anti-Protestant attacks

eleventh2009.jpg An increase in the number of sectarian attacks against Protestant homes and institutions has been condemned.

PSNI use debts in bid to recruit informer

psnicheckpoint.jpg A County Tyrone man on the verge of bankruptcy has said the PSNI police offered him two hundred pounds to “set up” a prominent dissident republican.

Chaos expected over ‘Bord Snip’ cutbacks

cuts.jpg An official report for the Dublin government has laid out recommendations for one of the biggest planned cutbacks in the history of the 26 County state, urging 17,300 public sector lay-offs and over five billion Euro in cuts.

Nursing home deaths report ‘a whitewash’

leascross.jpg Outraged relatives of elderly people who died in the care of Leas Cross Nursing Home have dismissed an official inquiry in to the scandal as a whitewash.

A united Ireland is possible

unitedireland.jpg The single most important issue facing the people of Ireland and Britain is the achievement of Irish unity and the construction of a new relationship between Ireland and Britain based on equality.

Order must change how it conducts its affairs

ardyonemarch.jpg The one organisation that cannot escape a major share of responsibility for the outbreak of violence in Belfast’s Ardoyne on Monday night past is the Orange Order.

July 15, 2009

Disturbances continue amid riot recriminations

Serious disturbances have continued in north Belfast and other areas of the North following intense parades-related conflict on Monday evening.

July 13, 2009

Riots break out at Orange parades

Trouble has erupted tonight over loyalist parades in at least thre nationalist area across the North.

July 10, 2009

SECTARIAN SPECTACLE

orangemen.jpg With the Twelfth of July -- the height of the marching season -- falling this year on a Sunday, annual marches by the Protestant Orange Order will take place instead this Monday.

UDA brigade rejects peace process

udasmall.jpg The UDA in north Antrim and Derry have further cranked up tensions in the area by announcing their withdrawal of support for the police and political institutions.

Colin Duffy attacked at Maghaberry

colinduffy.jpg Prominent republican Colin Duffy was attacked by prison warders at Maghaberry Prison earlier this week, according to his family.

Zaitschek blasts Orde over bogus prosecution

larryzaitschek.jpg The American chef who served as an international scapegoat by the PSNI Special Branch for the infamous Castlereagh break-in of 2002 issued a ‘put up or shut up’ ultimatum to PSNI police chief Hugh Orde this week.

Church attacks linked to DUP bigotry

churchpaintattack.jpg A string of sectarian attacks has seen five Catholic churches paint-bombed and a car burnt out at a Gaelic sports club in the North Antrim area.

‘Foreigners out’ - UDA

racistni.jpg A letter from the unionist paramilitary UDA has warned “foreigners” to leave the “Queen’s country” by Sunday.

Twenty-Six County’s week of shame in Mayo

shellgarda.jpg In addition to the three hundred Gardai, the two Navy ships, the planes and the helicopters the Twenty-Six County government have also brought their ‘justice’ system out to bat for Shell.

Reshuffle magnifies shortage of political talent

dupexecutive.jpg The most obvious conclusion of Peter Robinson's reshuffle is the astonishing mediocrity of the personnel available in the DUP assembly party.

July 8, 2009

Lisbon 2 referendum to be held on October 2nd

The second referendum on the Lisbon Treaty is to be held on Friday, October 2nd, the 26-County Taoiseach has announced.

July 3, 2009

‘LARRY THE CHEF’ CLEARED

larryzaitschek.jpg The case against a former chef sought in connection with a break-in at a top British Crown force base in the North of Ireland collapsed today after seven years when prosecutors said he could not receive a fair trial.

Decommissioning: Gunsmoke and mirrors

udauvf.jpg Decommissioning claims this week by the two main unionist paramilitary group are being treated with scepticism in the absence of any direct confirmation from Canadian General John de Chastelain.

SF marshals at Whiterock parade

whiterockmarchkids.jpg A coat-trailing sectarian parade by the Protestant Orange Order was delayed on Saturday while British Army bomb disposal experts removed a number of suspicious devices.

Oppressive PSNI tactics in Fermanagh, Derry

psnicheckpoint.jpg PSNI brutality at a checkpoint in the Eniskillen area has been condemned.

Republican protest blockaded

armedforcespsni.jpg A protest against an event at Belfast City Hall to mark British Armed Forces Day was prevented from entering the city centre on Saturday by scores of riot police.

‘Make your mind up time’ for devolution - McGuinness

amcguinnessrobinson.jpg Tensions continue between Sinn Féin and the DUP over the devolution of policing and justice, the handling of the Stormont budget and a host of other issues.

Ireland agenda for Americans

irishusflags.jpg A senior Irish-American suggests the areas where U.S. support might be most welcome and productive.

Spot the difference

At one level, the north of Ireland has changed markedly over the past ten years. But for real change, you need to look deeper.

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