The end of a loyalist ‘supergrass’ trial, which saw twelve alleged
unionist paramilitaries cleared of the murder of UDA leader Tommy
English in 2000, has again raised fresh question marks over the
credibility of the so-called ‘justice system’ in the North of Ireland.
Republican prisoner Brian Shivers, who was controversially handed a
25-year sentence by a Diplock court earlier this month, was brutally
assaulted by prison staff while attending Belfast City Hospital last
Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins has criticised what he calls the
“obsequious welcome of the political, business and media establishments”
of the Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping who has been visiting Ireland.
At the heart of a new report on the massacre by the UDA/UFF at the Sean Graham bookmaker’s shop on
Belfast’s Ormeau Road 20 years is the deadly story of
a consignment of weapons that travelled from South Africa to Belfast in
Ba bheag an t-iontas a bhí ar phobal Gaeilge nuair a
rinneadh tagairt d’Acht na Gaeilge i gcuimhní cinn Peter Hain.
[There was little surprise in the Irish language community when the Irish Language Act was referenced in Peter Hain’s memoirs.]
The real news in Greece is not about riots, but of a growing number of
people who have broken away from fear and decided to fight back against
the austerity imposed by the 'Troika' of the European Commission, the
European Central Bank and the IMF.
Breakaway IRA group Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) has said it has recovered
intelligence on the PSNI and British Army in the North from a mobile
phone dropped by a member of the PSNI during an arrest operation.
Hundreds of environmental activists took part in the first national
meeting in Ireland against efforts by multinational energy companies to
extract gas by using high-powered jets of water to fracture the earth’s
crust, a process known as ‘fracking’.
Amid outrage over the government’s intensive efforts to avoid a
referendum, the leader of the main opposition groups in the 26 Counties
have issued separate calls for the people to have a say on Europe’s
draconian new finance plan.
The families of five men killed in a unionist paramilitary gun attack
20 years ago have uncovered new evidence which shows that the killers
had been pre-armed by the RUC police -- and there was no genuine
attempt to bring those responsible to justice afterwards.
State harassment victim Colin Duffy says current conditions on
Maghaberry prisons Roe House wing “could be equated to the harshness of
what took place in the late 70s and early 80s” in the notorious