September 30, 2012

Kilkenny win all-Ireland final replay

kilkennygalwayreplay.jpg The normal order in Irish hurling was restored in Croke Park this afternoon when Kilkenny won the all-Ireland hurling final replay thanks to another stunning performance by veteran Henry Shefflin over a luckless Galway side, who never quite gained enough altitude to threaten the serial champions.

September 29, 2012

No violence at Covenant march

covenantstpatricks.jpg One of the biggest unionist parades in decades passed off without disorder in Belfast today.

September 28, 2012

Anger at Covenant ruling

carrickhillresidents.jpg Nationalist residents of north Belfast have said they are “bewildered” by a decision of the Parades Commission to permit a giant unionist parade to march past St Patrick’s Church in Belfast and the Carrick Hill interface on Saturday, with only the lightest of restrictions.

Dolours Price, Gerry Adams clash over IRA claims

doloursprice.jpg Republican veteran Dolours Price has accused Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams of “betraying” the republican cause.

Hunger protest ends as prisoners await transfer

remandfourhungerstrike.jpg A hunger fast by four Tyrone men at Maghaberry seeking to be housed alongside other republican prisoners in the jail has ended following developments inside and outside the prison.

RUC ‘ignored death threats’

kevinmckearney.jpg The RUC police did not do enough to prevent the loyalist paramilitary murders of two men in County Tyrone 20 years ago, a report has said.

Marian Price unable to attend court

marianpricebig2.jpg Interned political activist Marian Price is reported to have suffered another lung infection, preventing her from receiving a complicating treatment for her arthritis. She was unable to communicate with her legal team ahead of a court hearing this week.

Call it ‘Northern Ireland’ - Robinson

peterrobinsonbig.jpg Nationalists have dismissed claims by DUP leader Peter Robinson that the union is “more secure” than ever as political tensions escalated ahead of the centenary of the Ulster Covenant.

The Alternative Ulster Covenant

covenantbig.jpg The ‘Alternative Ulster Covenant’, was signed in October 1913 by Protestants from County Antrim in support of Home Rule and against partition.

A visit to Gerry McGeough

gerrymcgeoughbig.jpg Independent councillor Angela Nelson reports on her visit to Maghaberry jail to visit protesting republican internee, Gerry McGeough.

September 26, 2012

Dublin govt weakened by shock resignation

roisinshortall.jpg The Minister of State at the Department of Health Roisin Shortall has resigned in a row over political interference in the siting of new healthcare facilities.

September 23, 2012

Donegal win all-Ireland football final

donegalmayo.jpg Donegal have won the All-Ireland football final with considerable skill and resilience at Croke Park this afternoon, raising the Sam Maguire Cup for the first time since 1992.

September 21, 2012

‘The IRA is gone’ - Adams

marianpricerallly1209.jpg Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has condemned so-called ‘dissidents’ in Dublin despite a rally in the city last weekend which saw hundreds of republicans of all hues unite to march in support of interned political activist Marian Price.

Sinn Féin backs SDLP motion on McCausland

mccauslandorange.jpg A joint effort by the two main nationalist parties in the North to seek to exclude unionist extremist Nelson McCausland from holding a Ministerial position for three months is being seen as a potentially significant development.

Notorious LVF paramilitary released

bernadettemartin.jpg A unionist paramilitary killer, jailed for shooting dead a Catholic teenager as she slept, has been freed early.

Court blocks identification of RUC killer

pearsejordanbig.jpg The identity of a former RUC sergeant who fired the shots that killed unarmed Pearse Jordan 20 years ago will not be revealed at his inquest, a court has ruled.

Record emigration amid government ‘dysfunction’

emigrationairport.jpg Almost 40,000 are leaving Ireland each year as a result of the continuing decline in the 26 County economy, bringing Irish emigration to its highest level since the famine.

Children’s referendum to go ahead

childrensreferendum.jpg The 26-County Government has said the referendum on the proposed new 31st amendment of the Constitution, giving the State increased powers to take children into care, will take place on Saturday, November 10.

Hillsborough cover-up depressingly familiar

hillsboroughbig.jpg Rather than bring closure, the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel have left the families of the 96 victims of the 1989 tragedy demanding that justice be finally done.

Rewriting past won't solve political woes

peterrobinsongun.jpg A resolution asking the Dublin government to apologise for its role in the early days of the conflict is a unionist ploy to distract attention from the real issues.

September 14, 2012

Reprisal raids follow Ryan funeral

ryanfuneral.jpg The 26 County police have carried out a wave of raids and arrests following a large IRA funeral in Dublin for Alan Ryan.

DUP man to oversee Long Kesh ‘redevelopment’

terencebrannigan.jpg A member of the hardline unionist DUP is to take the helm of a body tasked with overseeing the conversion of the former site of Long Kesh prison, including the demolition of most or all of the world-famous H-Blocks.

No sign of Covenant march talks

orangeorderbig.jpg No consultations have yet taken place with residents of a nationalist area which 20,000 members of the anti-Catholic Orange Order and thousands more supporters are due to parade past later this month.

Court finds British Army interrogations were illegal

liamholdenbig.jpg Hundreds of people could be in line for compensation after a British military document revealed that the British army continued to interrogate suspects it had captured, despite being banned from doing so.

Failed attempt to recruit Newry man

stephenmurneybig.jpg Covert undercover British operatives are actively spying on eirigi’s Newry spokesperson Stephen Murney, it has emerged.

Legal actions continue against PSNI bid to seize interviews

mariandoloursprice.jpg The case of the Boston College IRA tapes is to go before the US Supreme Court as the British authorities continue their efforts to investigate those allegedly named in the interviews as IRA member

‘BC Subpoenas caused by lies and PSNI failings’

edmoloneybig.jpg A detailed statement issued today [Friday] by Ed Moloney, the former director of Boston College’s Belfast Project, in regard to the PSNI’s attempt to access the project’s confidential interviews.

Support Marian Price

marianpricerallyposter.jpg A major rally for interned republican activist Marian Price takes place this Saturday [tomorrow] in Dublin. Writing this week, Eamonn McCann said that the era when Irish republicans were imprisoned in British jails without due process is supposed to be history -- but some want to turn the clock back.

September 9, 2012

All-Ireland final ends in a draw

galwaykilkenny.jpg A spectacular All-Ireland hurling final between Galway and Kilkenny ended this afternoon in a draw, ensuring a replay in three weeks time.

September 7, 2012

A first step

loyalistriotbig.jpg The most senior of the Protestant marching organisations has taken the unprecedented step of apologising to the clergy and parishioners of the Catholic St Patrick’s Church after three nights of march-related violence in north Belfast.

Republican activist shot dead by criminals

alanryan.jpg The 32 County Sovereignty Movement has paid tribute to former political prisoner Alan Ryan who was brutally shot down by a hired hitman in Dublin earlier this week.

Hunger strike at Maghaberry

remandfourhungerstrike.jpg Four remand prisoners at Maghaberry jail have commenced a hunger strike for their right to be recognised as republican political prisoners.

Britain admits miscarriage of justice

morrisonhodginsbig.jpg The conviction of former Sinn Féin publicity director Danny Morrison and others entrapped by IRA informer Sandy Lynch and Freddie Scappaticci have been deemed a miscarriage of justice.

Warning over UVF influence on marches

henryjoymarch.jpg Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly has warned that loyalists have become the “spokespersons for the Protestant marching Orders when it comes to parading issues in North Belfast”.

Chaos reigns in health cuts shambles

disabledprotest.jpg Controversial 26-County Health Minister James Reilly was shamed into a U-turn on cuts to personal assistant services for the disabled after disabled people and their carers gathered in protest -- but he quickly seized funds which had been earmarked for the mentally ill.

RSF Annual Hunger Strike Commemoration

bundorancolourpartycira.jpg The oration given by Diarmuid MacDubhghlais at the annual hunger strike commemoration by Republican Sinn Féin in Bundoran, County Donegal on August 25.

Futility of restrictions paraded for all to see

stpatricksrpbpriest.jpg Again and again bands have flouted Parades Commission rulings by playing prohibited music, by playing at prohibited places, by flying prohibited flags and much else besides, and what? The same band does the same thing the next year, and what?

September 4, 2012

Paterson replaced as British Direct Ruler

patersonvilliers.jpg Theresa Villiers MP is to replace Owen Paterson as Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

September 2, 2012

UVF attack republican event in Belfast

cliftonstorangehall.jpg A commemoration for the Protestant republican Henry Joy McCracken, the founder of the United Irishmen, was attacked by a loyalist mob this evening, triggering a wave of rioting in north Belfast.

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