May 31, 2012

Half of voters stay away from Austerity referendum

adamsvotes.jpg Voting closed in the 26-County Euro Treaty Referendum at 10pm this evening, and an unusually low turnout has been reported, ranging from 35% to 55% of registered voters at polling stations across Ireland.

No to inequality

nofatcats.jpg At this time, the people of the 26 County state have already begun voting in the EU fiscal treaty referendum. They are facing another crucial decision on the future governance of their state, and rarely have they been so misinformed or deceived.

Belfast housing plan linked to H-Block project

keshhospitalbed.jpg A deeply controversial Protestant ‘settlement’ in nationalist north Belfast is a trade-off for the development of a conflict resolution centre at the site of Long Kesh prison, it has been claimed.

Humanitarian appeals for Marian Price

marianpricerally120527.jpg Up to a thousand people showed their support for jailed political dissident Marian Price at a rally in west Belfast on Sunday.

PSNI accused in Newry trouble

murneyflat.jpg The police in Newry, County Armagh have been blamed for provoking a riot in nationalist areas.

McGuinness condemns republican opponents

mcguinnessardfheis.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness launched a blistering attack on ‘dissident’ republicans at his party’s Ard Fheis (annual conference) in Killarney last weekend.

The torture of Marian Price

marianpriceflat.jpg Marian Price has been imprisoned for more than a year on the basis of secret evidence neither she nor her lawyers have been allowed to see.

Treaty a mere clause in contract yet unseen

conrtractsmallprint.jpg The fiscal treaty, as practically everyone now acknowledges, is not the new political contract that will get the European Union out of a potentially terminal crisis. It is just the penalty clause.

The worm is turning - Vote NO

austeritytreaty.jpg The campaign against the Austerity Treaty concludes tomorrow (May 31st) when citizens of the 26-County state go to the polls to cast their vote. Although the considered wisdom is that the Yes side will prevail, a No victory is quite possible.

May 26, 2012

Presidential Address Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2012

ardfheisadamsmcdonald.jpg The address delivered this evening by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams at the party's annual conference in Killarney.

May 25, 2012

Opening address to Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2012

martincmcguinness.jpg The opening keynote address to Sinn Féin’s annual conference in Killarney this evening delivered by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Morning raids terrorise communities

psnifinger.jpg The PSNI police have been accused of the outright repression of republicans following a wave of dramatic heavy-handed raids across the North.

Adams and Kenny set for duelling public addresses

adamskenny2.jpg In the absence of a televised leaders’ debate, voters in the 26 Counties will get an opportunity to make up their mind on the austerity referendum this weekend when Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and Taoiseach Enda Kenny make competing, but separate, television addresses.

Anger at sectarian housing plan

girdwood.jpg The Stormont Executive has been accused of creating an Israeli-style settlement for Protestant in north Belfast after it issued an appeal to that community to “put down roots” in an area of north Belfast where the waiting list for housing is dominated by Catholics.

Major rally planned for internees; Corey challenges detention

marianpricerally1205.jpg A special march and rally has been organised to highlight the plight of the internees in Belfast on Sunday. The focus of the march will be west Belfast republican Marian Price, whose health continues to deteriorate as she is held in isolation at Hydebank Women’s Prison.

Dublin and Monaghan justice campaign continues

dublinmonaghanmonument.jpg Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghin O Caolain has again raised the need for an independent international inquiry into the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 17 May 1974.

Call for Rising ‘battlefield’ to be recognised

dublinbattlefield.jpg Sinn Fein has called for a section of Dublin’s Moore Street to be recognised as part of a “historic battlefield” and preserved as a historic cultural quarter.

PSNI confirm the reality of political policing

rucpsniposter.jpg Last Friday, a widely circulated PSNI press release was issued to the media hours before a number of republicans appeared at specially-convened courts the following day. That press release blew a hole in the myth of a “a new era of civic policing” in the Six Counties.

This treaty will force us to bail out more banks

fiscalcompactposter.jpg The public is being asked to vote for the Fiscal Treaty on Thursday May 31 on the basis of misinformation and mistruths and fear.

May 19, 2012

Duffy family members arrested, charged

paulduffyarrested.jpg Three members of Colin Duffy’s family are behind bars today as a major PSNI arrest operation continued across the North of Ireland this weekend.

May 18, 2012

The Fine ‘Gaffe’ party

kennynoonanbruton.jpg Taoiseach Enda Kenny told an unemployed man protesting against budget cuts to get a job, while his Employment Minister Richard Bruton revealed that a referendum re-run has already been considered, in a series of embarrassing campaign gaffes by Fine Gael's leadership this week.

Poignant gesture for Loughinisland victims

loughinislandvictims.jpg A decision by the Irish national soccer squad to wear armbands to mark the 18th anniversary of the Loughinisland massacre has been widely welcomed.

Concerns over return to political policing

ciarancunningham.jpg The Police Ombudsman in the North has been asked to investigate a stop-and-search operation conducted by the PSNI in the grounds of a primary school, in full view of young schoolchildren.

UN doctor to visit Marian Price

unflag.jpg A doctor appointed by the United Nations is to assess the condition of internee Marian Price as concerns grow for her health.

Dublin and London “on the same page”

bipa.jpg Britain is Ireland’s closest friend, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told an assembly of parliamentarians from both jurisdictions at the Dublin parliament this week.

Sectarian hate flagged in Tyrone

sasflag.jpg A flag of British Army’ murderous SAS unit, raised in Loughgall on the 25th anniversary of the ambush of eight IRA men in the village was designed to “intimidate and offend” people, a Sinn Fein assembly member has said.

The Loughgall Martyrs

loughgallmartyrs.jpg This month marks the 25th Anniversary of the Loughgall Martyrs. It occurred on the 8th May 1987 in the Armagh village of Loughall.

Where now for Europe?

votenoeurope.jpg Ordinary citizens understand, better than the governments of Europe and the spin doctors of austerity that you can’t cut your way out of a recession.

May 11, 2012

Marian Price case collapses

marianpriceportrait.jpg The campaign for the release of Marian Price has taken a dramatic turn after a judge dismissed charges against her and three other republicans. Despite the decision, British officials have said the interned former spokesperson for the 32 County Sovereignty Committee will remain behind bars.

‘Carry on regardless’ despite Treaty confusion - Kenny

adamskenny.jpg The European Union’s Austerity Treaty is to be renegotiated following major political changes in France and Greece, but the Dublin government has insisted Ireland’s referendum on the treaty must go ahead later this month in any event.

Prisoners denied medical treatment

maghaberrycells.jpg Republican prisoners at Maghaberry are being denied all medical consultations following policy changes at the prison, according to a prisoners’ support group.

Suspicion grows over ‘feud’ deaths

burnsjones.jpg The families of two republicans brutally murdered five years ago in Belfast say they are alarmed at reports surfacing this week that indicate British intelligence may be protecting the killers.

DUP insists on ‘vetting’ of SF appointments

jarlathkearney.jpg The DUP has refused to approve funding for Sinn Féin’s most recently appointed political adviser, Jarlath Kearney, because the party refused to follow a new ‘security’ vetting procedure, it has emerged.

Loyalist death threats follow Euro call-up

jamescclean.jpg A Derry-born soccer player has received death threats in the wake of his selection to play for Ireland in the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship.

Michael Mallin, ICA Chief of Staff

michaelmallin.jpg A look at the life and death of the leader of the Irish Citizen Army, Michael Mallin, who was executed by firing squad 96 years ago this week.

Financial contagion

smokingeuro.jpg Europe’s financial crisis has mutated into a political crisis, and its “fiscal compact” will make things worse, not better.

May 10, 2012

New evidence of Omagh cover-up

michaelgallagher.jpg Fresh evidence that state forces allowed the 1998 Omagh bombing to proceed -- and later took part in a cover-up -- has been revealed by a new independent inquiry.

May 4, 2012

Border bomb warning

borderbomb.jpg A large bomb left on the border last week appears to have signalled an escalation of the armed campaign by the breakaway IRA groups.

Shoot-to-kill ‘reasonable’ - inquest

grewmccaughey.jpg An inquest jury has shocked human rights groups in the North after it ruled that the execution of an IRA Volunteer by British soldiers as he lay dying on the ground was “reasonable”.

McGuinness may meet queen during royal visit

queenmcguinness.jpg The North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has given the strongest indication yet that he is prepared to meet British monarch Queen Elizabeth, who is expected to travel to the north of Ireland this summer.

‘No’ campaign condemns government austerity ‘bullies’

noonanbudget.jpg Warnings that a key government strategy to win the 26-County referendum on the EU Austerity Treaty would be to “put the frighteners on the electorate” were quickly borne out this week.

Michéal Martin lashes out at Sinn Féin

michealmartinflat.jpg Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams this week accused Michéal Martin of an “outrageous” attack after the Fianna Fail leader claimed Sinn Féin had “prolonged the suffering” of the Irish people.

Huge pressure on Cardinal to resign

cardinalbrady.jpg Political leaders from across the party spectrum have called on Cardinal Sean Brady to consider his position following allegations that he failed to pass on information about the activities of notorious paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.

The Stonebreaker’s Yard

stonebreakersyard.jpg On the anniversary of the execution of the leaders of the Easter Rising, Conor Caffrey describes a visit to the jail where the executions took place.

Mild manners don’t hide bigotry or revisionism

orangemenstannes.jpg It’s a mistake to assume that because someone is mild and friendly that they’re not prepared to fly in the face of historical fact if they believe it suits their purpose.

May 3, 2012

Bairbre de Brún resigns as MEP

bairbredebrun.jpg Sinn Féin’s only member of the European Parliament, Six-County MEP Bairbre de Brún, has resigned.

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