March 31, 2012

Huge crowds gather outside Fine Gael Ard Fheis

chargeprotestconvention.jpg Over ten thousand protestors have gathered outside the Fine Gael Ard Fheis [annual conference] this afternoon, with more still arriving.

March 30, 2012

Can’t pay, won’t pay

chargeconcerthall.jpg Over a million households have boycotted the 100 euro household charge in an extraordinary act of public defiance against an austerity flat tax imposed by the Dublin government.

Raids in Craigavon and Newry

psniraids.jpg Three homes of Republican Sinn Féin members were raided by armed PSNI and CID police units this week in Craigavon in County Armagh. In each home computers, media storage devices and mobile phones were seized.

Fianna Fáil ‘purged’ as attention turns to Kenny

kennyobrienpelosi.jpg A decision by former 26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, former European Commission Padraig Flynn and other party colleagues to resign from Fianna Fáil this week over the report of the Mahon tribunal is being seen as a potentially defining moment in the battle against corruption in Ireland.

More delays for Marshall and shoot-to-kill inquests

sammarshall2.jpg The family of a man shot dead by loyalist paramilitaries while eight undercover British soldiers were hiding nearby yesterday criticised a decision not to hold an inquest into the murder.

MI5 turns holiday into nightmare

mi5logofancy.jpg A newlywed Derry couple have recounted how a planned five day break in Spain turned into a nightmare after they were approached by British military intelligence.

Date set for treaty referendum

eureferendum.jpg The date for the referendum on the European Union’s permanent austerity treaty has been set as Thursday, May 31st, opening the way for a debate on a treaty which, if passed, could restrict Ireland’s economic freedom forever.

How the bankers cashed in after Pearse’s death

padraigpearse.jpg Dublin bankers cashed in Pádraig Pearse’s life insurance policy just weeks after he was executed in 1916 and used the money to redeem a series of promissory notes.

The Ulster Unionists and the Orange Order

diamonddan.jpg The latest reminder of where the Orange Order are headed comes in the form of Danny Kennedy’s decision to duck out of the Ulster Unionist leadership contest.

March 23, 2012

Decades of lies

bertieahernflat.jpg Corruption affected every level of government from cabinet ministers to local councillors during two decades of political dominance by Fianna Fáil, according to the final report of the Mahon planning tribunal.

Dessie Grew shot as he lay dying, inquest hears

dessiegrew.jpg An SAS soldier celebrated with drinks after shooting dead an IRA man, a Belfast inquest heard this week.

Evacuations and arrests as loyalists march on St Patrick’s

cormeenloyalists.jpg Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy has described a loyalist march which was allowed to take place as local residents were celebrating St Patrick’s Day in the centre of Armagh, as having “killed the spirit of St. Patrick”.

UUP man backs border poll

mikenesbitt.jpg The main contender for the leadership of the Ulster Unionist Party has said unionists should have nothing to fear from a border poll in the North on reuniting Ireland.

Protest blocks British Army recruitment campaign

britsinfield.jpg Amid signs of increased patrols by British soldiers, a group of activists at Queens’ University in Belfast has succeeded in preventing a British military recruitment exercise on the campus.

Adams seeks votes for emigrants, northerners

obamakennyovaloffice.jpg A number of Irish political leaders gathered in Washington this week for the St Patrick’s Day celebrations. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams thanked US supporters for their past commitment to the peace process and discussed a number of ongoing issues.

Colm Keenan and Eugene McGillan

keenanmcgillan.jpg The Bogside and Brandywell Monument Committee held a commemoration in Derry this week for nineteen-year-old Colm Keenan and eighteen-year-old Eugene McGillan, who were shot dead by British soldiers in the Dove Gardens area of the Bogside on March 14, 1972.

Spare us the act

martinahern.jpg Spare us your indignation, Micheál Martin. Button your disgust, Fianna Fáil. We don’t want to hear it. You had your chance and you chose to do nothing. So don’t pretend to be shocked now.

March 17, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day message from President Michael D. Higgins

A message from the President of Ireland to Irish people at home and abroad and to the wider Irish family around the world.

St Patrick’s Day message from President Michael D. Higgins

michaeldhiggins.jpg I wish to send warm greetings on this St Patrick’s Day to Irish people at home and abroad and to our wider Irish family around the world.

March 16, 2012

Adams rejects British statements

patersoncameron.jpg A referendum within the Six Counties on the future of the border in Ireland is “inevitable”, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said.

Shoot-to-kill inquest opens

grewmccaughey.jpg One of the oldest outstanding inquests in the North of Ireland has finally begun in Belfast.

‘Stand up for Ireland’, Kenny told

adamsdail.jpg The Dublin government’s futile attempts to secure relief from its budget and banking crises continued this week in the face of increasingly arrogant debt repayment demands by European Union authority figures.

RAAD not republican

raad.jpg Pressure is growing to disband a ‘vigilante group’ in Derry after two men from republican families were injured in gun attacks.

‘Spooky’ encounter for west Belfast man

eirigi.jpg An eírígí activist has said he was offered a cash inducement in return for information about the organisation’s future direction during a disturbing roadside encounter on the outskirts of Belfast.

Irish overcome St Patrick’s Day provocations

borisjohnson.jpg Mayor of London Boris Johnson and US sports wear manufacturer Nike have both been forced to apologise to the Irish community after making insults related to St Patrick’s Day.

George Clancy - Murdered Mayor

georgeclancy.jpg The two murdered mayors’, is still a familiar Limerick expression, particularly among older citizens. Both were killed by the Black and Tans in the small hours of Monday 7 March 1921.

Adams must spell out what he means

irelandmapstricolour.jpg What does Gerry Adams mean by a united Ireland? People have a right to know what they're voting for.

March 9, 2012

A managed murder

sammarshall.jpg The family of Sam Marshall are to seek a full inquest into his death after it was revealed this week that he was under observation by at least nine British soldiers when he was killed in 1990.

Sinn Féin chairman urges party members to ‘say sorry’

declankearney.jpg One of the most senior figures in the Sinn Féin leadership has challenged members of the organisation to “say sorry for the human effects of all actions during the armed struggle”.

Fine Gael parties as it evicts opponents

occupyeviction.jpg The early-morning destruction by the Gardai police of the ‘Occupy Dame Street’ protest camp took place as the divide between Ireland’s 99% and a ruling elite appeared wider than ever.

Loyalists to march into St Patrick’s Day celebrations

cormeenloyalistband.jpg A loyalist march has incredibly been given permission to march directly through the centre of Armagh next Saturday, on a night when thousands of people will have descended on the city for its annual St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Ford claims spirit of prison agreement adhered to

damianmclaughlinnobeard.jpg The Six County ‘Minister for Justice’ David Ford has clashed with a prisoner recently released from Maghaberry over the treatment of political prisoners and the ongoing ‘dirty protest’ at the jail.

Marian Price campaign gains momentum

marianpriceconwaymill.jpg A packed meeting in Belfast on Thursday night heard prominent speakers denounce the continued internment of veteran republican Marian Price.

The Fenian Rebellion

fenianrising.jpg The Fenian Rising of 1867 took place on this week, 145 years ago.

Why we shouldn’t hold our breath

jigsawhandshake.jpg Republicans have been saying for years now that they’re sorry the conflict happened, that life was lost. That’s not the same as saying they think their armed campaign was a mistake.

March 8, 2012

Tom Elliott quits as UUP leader

tomelliott.jpg The Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott is quitting as party leader. Elliot said tonight he would not seek re-election to the position at the annual general meeting, in just over three weeks time.

March 2, 2012

Kenny signs treaty

kennysignstreaty.jpg Fine Gael leader and 26-County Taoiseach Enda Kenny provoked the wrath of a large swathe of Irish public opinion this morning when he signed the EU’s Fiscal Compact Treaty, without waiting for a referendum of the people of the State.

Poll surge for Sinn Féin

sfgraph.jpg A new opinion poll has suggested that Sinn Féin is now the most popular political party on the island of Ireland.

McGeough appeal denied

gerrymcgeough2.jpg A former member of the Sinn Féin leadership has been refused a pardon used to free other republicans at the end of the conflict.

Centenary events should unite - Stormont

1916drawing.jpg Unionists should attend republican events -- and nationalists turn out to mark unionist anniversaries -- in a bid to prevent historical centenaries such as the 1916 Easter Rising fuelling public unrest, Sinn Féin has said.

No ruling out the truth

truthdove.jpg Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has told Britain’s Direct Ruler, Owen Paterson, that his government cannot rule out an independent international Truth Commission for the North of Ireland.

Fianna Fáil in turmoil

eamonocuiv.jpg On the eve of his party’s annual Ard Fheis conference, Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has suddenly sacked his deputy leader and the grandson of party founder Eamon de Valera, over his stance on the EU Treaty referendum.

Make a stand - together

adamsmedia.jpg The text of an address delivered by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams as he launched the party’s ‘Love Rural Ireland’ campaign this [Friday] morning in Castlebar.

Marian Price needs you

marianpriceaddress.jpg It is encouraging to note the growing interest in Marian Price even if it has been slow to materialise.

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