November 30, 2012

éirígí under attack

leesonmurney.jpg Republican socialist group éirigí is being subjected to a concerted smear campaign following the arrest of one of its members this week.

Hopes increase for Maghaberry resolution

cabhaircogus.jpg The remaining block of republican prisoners have ended their protest in Maghaberry prison after getting what they say was a “goodwill gesture” from Six-County justice minister David Ford.

15,000 march in pre-Budget demonstration

dctumarch.jpg The Dublin government’s fiscal ‘kite flying’ season is well and truly underway ahead of next month’s annual 26-County Budget announcement.

‘End impunity’ for Bloody Sunday killings

bloodysundaymarch2012.jpg A number of relatives of those murdered by British paratroopers on Bloody Sunday say they will continue to march until those responsible for the 1972 massacre are held to account.

Price family condemns Parole Commissioners delay

mcglincheyfamily.jpg The family of Marian Price has said it is “appalled” at what it says are deliberate delays by the Parole Commission in reviewing her case.

No protest against small loyalist march

abodlundy.jpg Nationalist residents have asked the Apprentice Boys why they intend to hold a parade past St Patrick’s Church in Belfast involving just 25 people.

The diggers who fought in Irish Civil War

mikemcgrath.jpg The previously unknown story of Australian diggers who fought in the Irish War of Independence and Civil War has recently been uncovered.

Another issue flying in the face of change

unionjackcityhall.jpg The present kerfuffle about flying the Union flag over Belfast City Hall is a reminder of how long it takes to change anything and of the obstacles in the way of change.

November 25, 2012

CIRA prisoners suspend Maghaberry protest

rsfprotestmaghaberry.jpg A statement was issued today by republican prisoners aligned to the Continuity IRA on Roe 3 in Maghaberry jail, suspending their protests at the County Antrim jail from Monday.

November 23, 2012

A prisoner initiative

maghaberrybig.jpg A decision by a group of 22 prisoners on Maghaberry’s Roe 4 landing to call off their ‘dirty’ [no-wash] protest to facilitate talks on a solution to the prison crisis has been welcomed by politicians in the North.

Inquiry fiasco adds to Savita controversy

praveen.jpg The Dublin government has been forced to organise a second inquiry into the death of a pregnant woman at University College Hospital Galway (UCHG) after it drew international condemnation for the profoundly incompetent manner in which it constituted the first.

Global power-brokers to get Irish ‘welcome’

g8summit.jpg An announcement by British Prime Minister, David Cameron, that a G8 summit of the leaders of world powers will be held in June next year in County Fermanagh has seen contrasting responses from Irish republicans.

Inquest families granted judicial review

conflictmuralbig.jpg The families of a number of civilians killed by the British Crown forces won the first round this week in a legal battle over a decision to suspend their inquests.

Family challenges PSNI’s refusal to investigate

gerardlawlorbig.jpg Systematic and repeated failures by the PSNI police led to the murder of a Catholic teenager in north Belfast, a new investigation into the shooting has revealed.

Sinn Fein praised for progressive budget alternative

sfbudgetlaunch12.jpg Expenditure and taxation proposals for the 26 Counties unveiled by Sinn Féin this week have presented a serious challenge to the Dublin government’s own plans ahead of its annual budget announcements early next month.

Making the right choices

sfbudget2013.jpg A summary version of Sinn Fein’s budget plans for the year 2013 in the 26 Counties.

Republican parties hold Ard Fheiseanna

eirigiardfheis.jpg Both eirigi and RSF held their annual conferences over the past two weekends, and below we carry their statements.

November 21, 2012

Maghaberry prisoners end protest

irpwabig.jpg A statement was issued today by the group of protesting prisoners on Roe 4 landing in Maghaberry prison, announcing the end of their current protest action

November 17, 2012

THE LIQUIDATION OF GAZA?

gazabombed.jpg Israel is feared to be planning a scorched-earth invasion of the besieged Palestinian enclave of Gaza after days of heavy bombardment reduced large areas of the territory to rubble and killed dozens of men, women and children.

Famine Song played again near interface

orangemarchbig.jpg A sectarian song banned in Scotland was played by loyalists in their latest march past a church which has become the focal point of unionist intimidation of Catholics in north Belfast.

Finucane family reject review claims

geraldinefinucanebig.jpg A British declaration that a review into the murder of high-profile Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane will reveal substantial new information on his assassination have been dismissed by his family.

November 16, 2012

The liquidation of Gaza?

gazabombed.jpg Israel is feared to be planning a scorched-earth invasion of the besieged Palestinian enclave of Gaza after days of heavy bombardment reduced large areas of the territory to rubble and killed dozens of men, women and children.

British state security ‘threatened by inquests’

johnleckeybig.jpg New inquests into the deaths of a number of nationalists killed by British Crown forces in the north of Ireland have been blocked on the grounds that the security of the British state may be implicated.

Coalisland man ‘records recruitment bid’

newarkairport.jpg An attempt by Special Branch police to recruit a republican as an informer has been captured on camera for the first time, it is believed.

Famine Song played again near interface

orangemarchbig.jpg A sectarian song banned in Scotland was played by loyalists in their latest march past a church which has become the focal point of unionist intimidation of Catholics in north Belfast.

Finucane family address review claims

geraldinefinucanebig.jpg A British declaration that a review into the murder of high-profile Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane will reveal substantial new information on his assassination have been dismissed by his family.

Sinn Féin calls for ‘X’ case legislation

savitaprotest.jpg Sinn Féin is to bring forward a motion before the 26 County parliament that seeks to prevent pregnant women falling into a medical and legislative limbo, such as that which led to the death of Galway dentist Savita Halappanavar last month.

Mainstream media fails to report on atrocities

mediaisrael.jpg An open letter by a group of academics and activists on the media response to the Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Only fascists would force others to wear a poppy

jamesmccleanbig.jpg The annual poppy police hysteria kicked off again this week with the hunt on to find someone who caused offence - not by what they did but what they didn't do.

November 14, 2012

Death of pregnant woman reopens Irish abortion debate

savita.jpg The death of a woman who was 17 weeks pregnant at University Hospital Galway last month has created a storm of protest after it emerged that a potentially life-saving termination of her miscarrying pregnancy had been refused.

November 12, 2012

Statement claims responsibility for attack

davidblackscene.jpg A statement has been issued in the name of the IRA, claiming responsibility for the attack on a prison warder earlier this month.

November 11, 2012

Children’s referendum passes by 57% to 43%

referendumbig.jpg The children’s referendum passed narrowly on a near-record low turnout in counting today, but the unconvincing manner of the victory has added to doubts over the validity of the result.

November 9, 2012

Politics and policing collide

padraicwilsonprotest.jpg Padraic Wilson, a former leader of IRA prisoners at Long Kesh jail and now a senior Sinn Féin figure, was released on bail on Tuesday after the party strongly protested a court decision to remand him on IRA membership charges.

Duffy to challenge ongoing PSNI harassment

releasecolinduffy.jpg Lurgan republican Colin Duffy is to sue the PSNI for unlawful arrest after a judge ordered his release from custody following his latest detention last week.

Prisoner beaten at Maghaberry

tonytaylorbig.jpg A republican prisoner has sustained multiple injuries in what was described as a “savage” attack by prison warders at Maghaberry Prison.

‘Arrogant’ government provokes constitutional crisis

childrensreferendumbooklet.jpg The validity of Saturday’s constitutional referendum on child protection has been put in doubt after the Supreme Court ruled that information provided by the 26 County government was biased and misleading.

Sinn Féin calls for release of Price, McGeough

pricemcgeough2.jpg Sinn Féin party president Gerry Adams and Six-County Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have written to US political leaders urging them to support calls to free Marian Price from prison.

Border poll campaign heads to USA

gerryadamsbig.jpg Sinn Féin’s campaign for a border poll is to intensify next year, party president Gerry Adams has said.

Border poll distracts us from serious debate

borderpost.jpg Unionists are scared stiff of even talking about a border poll because it immediately throws up a series of unwelcome questions.

Baggott must rein in the securocrat cabal

mattbaggottbig.jpg The arrest, charging and detention of leading republican Padraic Wilson will not advance by one millimetre the objective of bringing justice to the McCartney family for the killing of their brother Robert.

November 2, 2012

Maghaberry crisis turns fatal

blackcar.jpg The shooting of a senior British prison official has drawn attention to the conflict in the north of Ireland and the increasingly bitter dispute over the treatment of republican prisoners at Maghaberry jail.

Finucane report to be vetted by MI5

patfinucanebig.jpg A British government “security check” on a new report into the murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane by British agents has further undermined the credibility of the document.

Eirigi man gets PSNI death threat

stephenmurneybig.jpg Members of the PSNI police in Newry have made a direct threat to kill a prominent member of the republican socialist party eirigi, the party said this week.

Reports highlight Irish wealth extremes

lorealgeneration.jpg News that members of the Dublin government have awarded themselves over 36 million euro of pension entitlements has highlighted the growing inequality between the ‘L’Oreal’ generation and the lost generation of Irish society.

Orange Order breach parade ruling yet again

reformationbreach.jpg The anti-Catholic Orange Order has admitted it again acted illegally in breaking a Parades Commission ruling during its latest march past St Patrick’s Church in Belfast.

British troops attacked the Four Courts - memoir

fourcourts1922.jpg British Army artillery crews were used to bombard the Four Courts in Dublin in the opening battle of the Irish Civil War, according to a recently unearthed memoir.

Terence MacSwiney

terencemacswiney.jpg Terence MacSwiney, IRA Volunteer, Sinn Fein TD, and Mayor of Cork, died 92 years ago this week.

Justice for the Craigavon Two

craigavontwo.jpg Gerry Conlon, a victim of an infamous British miscarriage of justice, has launched a campaign to free two Craigavon men.

November 1, 2012

Maghaberry prison warder shot dead

maghaberrybig.jpg A prison warder has died in an apparent IRA attack on his way to Maghaberry prison today.

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