June 29, 2012

An ending or a beginning?

mcguinnessqueenhandshake.jpg Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness put clear blue water between himself and mainstream Irish republicanism when he shook the hand of English queen Elizabeth Windsor on Wednesday in a historic but hugely divisive act of political theatre.

Breakthrough for family of Manus Deery

manusdeery.jpg The family of Manus Deery has won a fresh hearing into the fifteen-year-old’s murder in the nationalist Bogside area of Derry in May 1972.

Anti-royal protestor survives murder bid

mccoubreyinjury.jpg A west Belfast man badly beaten by a gang of loyalists on Black Mountain earlier this week says he is lucky to be alive.

Marian Price move linked to UN visit

marianpriceflat.jpg Jailed political dissident Marian Price was moved to an outside hospital last weekend without her consent, her family have said.

New evidence in rubber bullet death

jamesrowntree.jpg An inquest has been ordered to be reopened after new evidence was uncovered about the death of the first child killed by a rubber bullet in the north of Ireland.

Interview with Bernadette Devlin McAliskey

bernadettedevlinmcaliskey.jpg Hugh Hamilton of WBAI Pacifica Radio interviews Bernadette Devlin-McAliskey about the imprisonment of Marian Price

A cordial union

adams.jpg Irish republicans have frequently been prepared to take bold and historic initiatives and risks for peace to break stalemates and find agreements.

Bridging the gulf between compromise and abandonment

anthonymcintyre.jpg Peter Hain, the former secretary of State for the North of Ireland, has said that ‘many Republicans will see it as a betrayal.’ He is right.

June 27, 2012

Historic handshake takes place amid ongoing tension

mcguinnessqueenhandshake.jpg Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness met and shook hands with British monarch Elizabeth Windsor today, both in private and in the presence of an official photographer. The unprecented event has provoked protest and division among Irish nationalists and republicans.

Trouble breaks out ahead of historic handshake

eriusign.jpg Rioting erupted in west Belfast last night ahead of an unprecedented meeting later today [Wednesday] between Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness and British monarch Elizabeth Windsor.

June 22, 2012

Adams defends decision to greet British monarch

adamsdefends.jpg Amid an outcry among Irish nationalists and republicans, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has today issued a statement in support of his party’s decision to give the go-ahead to a meeting and handshake between Sinn Féin’s Stormont Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and English queen Elizabeth Windsor.

Martin McGuinness to meet Queen Elizabeth

queenmcguinness.jpg Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness is to meet the British monarch Elizabeth Windsor during her visit to the north of Ireland next week, it has been confirmed. McGuinness, a former IRA commander, is to meet Windsor, the commander-in-chief of the British Armed Forces, at a reception to celebrate the arts in Ireland.

Ballymurphy inquiry ‘not in public interest’

ballymurphypress.jpg The families of 11 people murdered by British paratroopers in west Belfast 40 years ago have said they are “deeply disappointed” by the decision to refuse an independent investigation into their deaths.

Marian Price moved to Belfast hospital

marianpriceusaprotest.jpg Interned Irish political dissident Marian Price has been moved from Hydebank Prison to a hospital in Belfast this [Friday] morning.

Royal handshake could follow major nationalist protest

truthandjusticeposter.jpg Sinn Fein has still not ruled out the participation of Martin McGuinness in events surrounding the visit by the British queen and commander-in-chief, Elizabeth Windsor, amid speculation that a deal may already have been done on the matter.

Referendum too late for neglected children

childrenstatecare.jpg A referendum on children’s rights is to go ahead in the 26 Counties following a devastating report that found that the deaths of almost two hundred children who were in state care could have been prevented.

Tracking device found on car of political activist

trackingdevice.jpg The 32 County Sovereignty Movement have blamed British intelligence for planting a tracking device on the car of one of their members in Derry.

Paramilitary flags raised as Orangemen march

flagschurch.jpg A controversial loyalist parade takes place tonight, and there are fears of potential trouble as the parade passes nationalist communities in north Belfast, particularly around North Queen Street.

Killer soldiers were ‘indemnified’

britishsoldier.jpg Some families of people shot dead by the British Army have found clear evidence that British soldiers were given a green light to shoot and kill civilians in the north of Ireland.

Bloody Sunday justice campaigns renewed on Saville anniversary

geralddonagheyolder.jpg A campaign to overturn one of the most disputed rulings of the Bloody Sunday inquiry is to make its case to both the London and Dublin governments.

June 15, 2012

Royal rally hits handshake plan

queenmcguinness.jpg Sinn Fein has said it was caught off guard by the announcement last Friday that the visit of British royal Elizabeth Windsor to Stormont later this month will involve a giant celebration by tens of thousands of unionists.

Half of young working parents are living in poverty - report

esri.jpg Under pressure from the Dublin government, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has censored its own economic report which said a huge proportion of Irish workers fall into the category of working poor.

Loyalists attack GAA pitch; UDA issues Loughinisland warning

gaagoal.jpg Loyalists who hacked down Gaelic football goalposts at a County Down pitch and branded them ‘British’ are intent on driving Catholics from the area, a local Sinn Fein councillor has said.

PSNI assault Newry man; trouble in Craigavon, Belfast

bruisedarm.jpg There was a “vicious” assault by the PSNI against a local republican during a stop and search operation in Newry last week, according to eirigi.

Democracy still on hold in some local councils

adriancochranewatson.jpg Amid protests over continuing sectarianism in unionist-controlled councils, an Ulster Unionist councillor has said “pigs will fly” before there is a Sinn Fein mayor of Antrim.

Fine Gael Minister denies ‘Londonderry’ gaffe

alanshatter.jpg The 26-County Justice minister Alan Shatter appeared to confirm his government’s unionist credentials this week he referred to the city of Derry as “Londonderry”.

The aftermath of Loughinisland

loughinislandvictims.jpg For 12 years the Loughinisland families silently mourned the loss of their loved ones. They kept that silence, they say, because of police assurances that no stone would be left unturned in the hunt for the killers.

We are all part of a bigger picture

caittrainor.jpg The address by Cait Trainor, Ard Chomhairle member to the annual RSF commemoration at Bodenstown, June 10, 2012.

June 11, 2012

Martin McGuinness to step down as Mid-Ulster MP

sflogo.jpg Sinn Fein MP for Mid Ulster Martin McGuinness is to resign his seat, forcing a Westminster by-election, as part of an overhaul by Sinn Fein’s of its elected representatives.

June 8, 2012

Derry tensions escalate

psniderryprotest.jpg Vigilante group RAAD have claimed responsibility for a grenade-style attack on a PSNI patrol in Derry during aggressive Crown force raids in the nationalist Creggan area last weekend.

New royal visit set to divide nationalists

queenjubilee.jpg While Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness appears set to personally welcome a British monarch to the north of Ireland later this month, others have said they plan to protest the visit.

Referendum result hits bank debt negotiations

rainpollingstation.jpg European officials have already taken advantage of last week’s 26-County referendum result by curtly dismissing calls by Taoiseach Enda Kenny for a new deal on the state’s banking crisis.

McConville family appeals for justice

eileenmcconville.jpg The family of former Sinn Fein councillor Brendan McConville has called for the Stormont administration to recognise a miscarriage of justice following his recent conviction for a Continuity IRA attack three years ago.

McGurk’s cover-up linked to internment

mcgurksbar2.jpg A former British army information officer has said that a loyalist massacre was blamed on the IRA in 1971 in order to justify the internment of Catholics without trial.

Unionist anger over republican victim appointment

eibhlinglenholmes.jpg Unionists have reacted with anger at the involvement of a senior republican in the North’s Victims and Survivors Forum.

‘Fear won’

adamsmcdonalddublincastle.jpg Both in Ireland and across Europe, the result of the Fiscal Austerity referendum -- which commits the insolvent 26-County state to years of EU-imposed austerity in return for greater access to bailout cash -- has come as a surprise.

A previous jubilee visit

silverjubileeprotest.jpg Thirty-five years ago, the silver jubilee celebrations in the north came at the height of the British government’s criminalisation, Ulsterisation and normalisation strategy.

June 1, 2012

Austerity Treaty passes by three-to-two margin

eureferendum.jpg The Austerity Treaty referendum has been passed in the official result at Dublin Castle this afternoon.

Austerity treaty set to pass

referendumcount.jpg Counting of ballots in the referendum on the European fiscal treaty has begun, and early indications are that the treaty will be approved.

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