July 27, 2012

Historic IRA realignment

lraflags.jpg A regrouping of previously distinct breakaway IRA groups is being described as the most significant development within physical-force republicanism since the Provisional IRA split in 1997.

Derry youths riot over ‘stolen’ bonfire

galliaghriot.jpg A PSNI operation to remove materials gathered to build a bonfire marking the anniversary of internment sparked four nights of riots and disorder in the nationalist Galliagh area of Derry this week.

Smithwick lawyers ‘bewildered and alarmed’ by PSNI secrecy

smithwickbig.jpg Five intelligence documents were deliberately withheld from the Smithwick Tribunal by the PSNI police, the force has said, deepening the mystery over a profoundly murky incident from 1989.

Television networks respond to Irish viewer anger

abcgma.jpg US television network ABC was this week forced to apologise live on air for branding the victims of Bloody Sunday as ‘IRA protesters’ in a recent news report.

Martin Corey case set for European courts

martincoreyanner.jpgg The European Court is to be asked to challenge a decision to overturn a ruling that internee Martin Corey should be released from prison.

First arrests in Anglo fraud case

fitzpatrickarrested.jpg The former chairman and chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean Fitzpatrick, and two other former high-ranking executives at the bank have finally been charged with offences relating to white-collar crimes at the collapsed bank.

Shake hands with injustice

mcgoughposterbig.jpg Martin Galvin writes a history of the Gerry McGeough case in the context of the current political sitution in the North (for the Pensive Quill)

Martin McGuinness missed an opportunity

jubileegraffiti.jpg Activist Tommy McKearney argues that by refusing to meet the English queen, Martin McGuinness missed an opportunity to not only explain a republican position but also raise questions about the very nature of the British monarchy.

July 26, 2012

Unity statement by ‘IRA Army Council’

riracolourbig.jpg The Real IRA and a number of breakaway IRA organisations, including Republican Action Against Drugs and Oglaigh na hEireann, have come together to issue the following public statement this evening in the name of the IRA Army Council.

July 20, 2012

Sectarianism on show

loyalistclub.jpg A member of Sinn Fein has described how he was set upon as he videoed a loyalist ‘kick the Pope’ band deliberately circling and playing sectarian tunes outside a Catholic church during the Orange Order’s main Belfast ‘Twelfth’ parade.

PSNI arrests continue

psnibeating.jpg The fallout from the decision to force an anti-Catholic parade through Catholic north Belfast on July 12th continued this week with a series of arrests.

SF challenges British on prisoner issues

sfpriceprocess.jpg Sinn Fein’s party leader Gerry Adams has challenged the British Direct Ruler, Owen Paterson during a meeting at the Dublin parliament over political prisoners in the North, including the continued imprisonment of Marian Price and Martin Corey.

Loyalists extend bonfire message of hate

polishbonfire.jpg The Polish community in the North have reacted angrily after it emerged that Polish national flags were placed on loyalist bonfires alongside Irish tricolour flags in a public display of racism and bigotry.

IMF demands more cuts as protest councillor jailed

minihanmountjoy.jpg The International Monetary Fund has ordered the Dublin government to slash dole payments, cut child benefit, and take medical cards away from more old age pensioners.

Opposition walkout over anti-democratic action

dailwalkout.jpg All Opposition members of the Dublin parliament walked out of the Dail chamber on the last day of parliamentary session in a rare protest at the government’s handling of legislation on Gaeltacht (Irish language speaking) areas.

The Howth gun-running

howthgunrunning.jpg In response to the Larne gun-running in arming the Ulster Volunteers, the Howth gun running was intended to redress the balance by providing arms to the Irish Volunteers. It took place in Ireland on 26 July 1914, 98 years ago this week.

The Twelfth

ardoyneplastic.jpg A resident’s analysis of events in north Belfast this week.

July 13, 2012

Parade chaos in Belfast

ardoyneheavyhanded.jpg The sound of gunfire echoed across north Belfast on Thursday night following disturbances over an incendiary and bitterly opposed sectarian parade.

Legal turmoil as Martin Corey’s bail release overturned

martincoreysuit.jpg Irish political dissident Martin Corey remains in jail this weekend after a Belfast High Court decision to release him was initially blocked by the British government before being controversially overturned by the Court of Appeal.

Problems mount for Boston College journalists

moloneymcintyre.jpg Efforts to prevent a peace process ‘research project’ being used to prosecute and jail senior republicans suffered a setback this week following a court ruling in Boston.

Violence follows ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfires

bonfire2012.jpg The annual period of sectarian strife surrounding the July 12th marches saw an increased number of loyalist ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfires.

Attempt to recuit informer at Derry hospital

altnagelvin.jpg The 32 County Sovereignty Movement has condemned what it said was a recruitment attempt by British MI5 agents which took place at the breast cancer unit at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.

Minister shamed over private hospital deal

jamesreilly.jpg Sinn Féin has strongly challenged the leadership of the Labour Party this week after the 26-County Minister for Health James Reilly was publicly named in Stubbs Gazette over a 1.9 million euro bad debt.

Remembering Martin Hurson

martinhurson2.jpg Martin Hurson became the sixth republican to die on hunger strike on this day in 1981. In this archive article, his fiancee Bernadette Donnelly recalls the place where the couple grew up.

Price and Corey prisoners of MI5-spun web of deceit

mi5securityservice.jpg The fingerprints of MI5 are all over the detention of Marian Price and Martin Corey, two former prisoners who served life sentences through the 1970s, eighties and nineties and are continuing to serve life sentences following their forcible return to prison at the direction of the British secretary of state Owen Paterson.

July 12, 2012

Rioting in Ardoyne after Orange parade forced through

ardoynemarch2012.jpg Trouble has erupted in Ardoyne today after the republican area was cleared by the PSNI police to allow an incendiary Orange march pass through.

July 10, 2012

Corey ordered held until appeal hearing tomorrow

martincoreysupporters.jpg The British government is to bring an appeal tomorrow against Martin Corey’s legal victory against his internment, it has emerged. Mr Corey was released on bail yesterday [Monday], but his release was dramatically blocked at the request of the British Direct Ruler, Owen Paterson.

July 9, 2012

Outrage as Martin Corey’s release is blocked

martincorey2.jpg A veteran republican today won his court challenge against his internment -- but his release was dramatically blocked by the British government.

July 6, 2012

Orange Order’s sinister ploy hidden behind the charm

orangemenstannes.jpg This week saw the latest charm offensive launched by the Orange Order.

Marching into the past

orangemarch.jpg A provocative sectarian parade by the anti-Catholic Orange Order has again been given permission to march past the nationalist Ardoyne shops area of north Belfast.

McGeough's challenge to imprisonment rejected

gerrymcgeough2.jpg The Court of Appeal in Belfast has rejected political prisoner Gerry McGeough’s attempt to secure his release on the grounds of discrimination in the issuance of pardons.

Councillor quits Sinn Féin over queen decision

angelanelson.jpg One of Sinn Féin’s most senior councillors has quit the party in protest at Martin McGuinness’s meeting with English queen Elizabeth Windsor.

Family forced out of Magherafelt home

clynchfamily.jpg A Catholic mother-of-five says she has been forced out of her County Derry home after a five-year campaign of sectarian abuse.

O’Hagan family ‘left in limbo’

martinohagan.jpg SDLP deputy leader Dolores Kelly has called on the Six-County justice minister to probe the investigation into the murder of journalist Martin O’Hagan, describing the lack of action as “unacceptable”.

Ulster Bank chief ‘must accept blame’

johnbrown.jpg There have been calls for the head of Ulster Bank to resign after the bank was unable to process routine financial transactions or release funds for a third week.

Ardoyne parades - a personal analysis

ardoynegraffiti.jpg Every July, young people from Ardoyne are criminalised and demonised by the mainstream media in the Six Counties and beyond because of violence associated with unwelcome sectarian marches that are forced through our small community.

Orange Order’s sinister ploy hidden behind the charm

orangemen2.jpg This week saw the latest charm offensive launched by the Orange Order.

July 5, 2012

PSNI seek cash to investigate Bloody Sunday

bloodysunday2.jpg Forty years after the infamous atrocity in which British paratroopers shot dead 14 innocent civil rights demonstrators and injured another 22, a police investigation into the Bloody Sunday massacre is possible, it has been announced.

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