January 29, 2013

Gerry McGeough freed

mcgeoughout.jpg Political prisoner Gerry McGeough has been released from Maghaberry Prison after serving two years of his sentence for his part in an IRA action more than 30 years ago.

January 25, 2013

Marian Price refused parole to attend sister’s funeral

doloursmarianpriceold.jpg The family of Marian Price have been told this evening that her application for compassionate parole following the tragic death of her sister Dolours has been refused.

A tragic loss

doloursflag.jpg The passing of Dolours Price, a republican legend, has come as a deep shock to the entire community, regardless of politics or allegiance.

Police deal with UVF, UDA brings change in protest dynamics

flagsparade.jpg Loyalists engaged in illegal flag protests are facing the threat of arrest this week for the first time since the disturbances began.

Britain rules out border poll ‘diversion’

borderconference.jpg The British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers has dismissed nationalist calls for a border poll on Irish unity, saying political attention was “better focused elsewhere”.

Suicides spike as mental health budgets are cut

suicideman.jpg The rate of suicide among young people in Ireland is one of the highest in Europe, new figures show, with the rate even higher in the Six Counties area.

Spooks at work in Ireland, England, France

mi5psniruc.jpg A Derry man has revealed how he was approached at a French airport by two men who identified themselves as members of MI5. Another man has said he was recently approached to become an informer by the PSNI in Derry, while another reported recruitment bid took place recently in Manchester.

Death of Inez McCormack

inezmccormackbig.jpg Tributes have been paid to Inez McCormack, a key supporter of the MacBride principles on fair employment, who died this week aged 69 following a battle with cancer.

McAliskey to address Bloody Sunday March for Justice

bloodysundaylaunch.jpg US radio talk show host Sandy Boyer (SB) interviewed Bernadette Devlin-McAliskey (BDM) about this weekend’s Bloody Sunday March in Derry. A transcript of that interview, which also ranges over other matters.

Flawed approach storing up trouble for summer

baggottgunman.jpg The PSNI is becoming too cosy with unionist paramilitaries.

January 24, 2013

Dolours Price dies

doloursprice.jpg Veteran republican Dolours Price, sister of Irish political prisoner Marian Price, has died.

January 18, 2013

Short Strand stands unbroken

shortstrandflag.jpg The Short Strand, a small working class nationalist and republican enclave of less than 3,000 men, women and children, has come under a renewed siege in the past week by violent loyalists.

Talks seek to end flag ‘protests’

flagprotest.jpg New efforts to end the flag riots in the North of Ireland have seen church leaders and even loyalist paramilitary figures take the lead in seeking an end to the violence.

Freedom refused even as guilty verdict overturned

shiversbig2.jpg A terminally ill Derry man has experienced elation and heartbreak this week after an appeal court in Belfast quashed his controversial conviction for the 2009 Real IRA attack on the Massereene British Army base -- only to order a retrial, while refusing him bail.

UVF men signed up by media as threats ignored

flagprotest2.jpg The media coverage of the flag protests and riots is being increasingly called into question after members of the UVF were seen to act as guides for some members of the international media covering the flags protests.

Border poll campaign launches this weekend

adamsaddressbig.jpg Sinn Féin is to hold a major conference in Dublin this weekend to launch the party’s campaign for a Border poll.

Goodman, Tesco accused in horsemeat scandal

goodmantesco.jpg Britain’s Tesco retail chain store has been linked to factories manufacturing and selling beefburgers in Ireland containing a high percentage of horsemeat.

Demographics, attitudes crying out for a Border poll

censuscatholics2011.jpg Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams argues that the North of Ireland is in transition and is no longer ‘an orange state’.

Robinson setting clock back with forum strategy

udarobinsonforum.jpg The unionist forum was devised as a stop-gap, a talking shop, a cynical ploy to try to take the heat out of the commotion on the streets. In that respect it has already failed as it was bound to. In other respects it has set the clock back.

January 15, 2013

Brian Shivers’ conviction overturned

brianshiversbig.jpg A terminally ill man jailed for a Real IRA attack on a British Army base has had his conviction overturned.

January 14, 2013

Loyalists in surprise attack on Short Strand

damagedhouse.jpg A sudden attack on the small nationalist enclave of the Short Strand tonight saw the homes of elderly residents set ablaze and a group of adults with special needs come under petrol bomb attack.

January 12, 2013

PSNI blamed as loyalists attack Short Strand

loyalistcharge.jpg A flags protest at Belfast City Hall swiftly degenerated into violence this afternoon after a unionist mob charged towards a nationalist enclave in east Belfast, attacking homes and launching into hours of intense riots.

Intense rioting as flags protests continue

img alt="burningbusflags.jpg" src="http://republican-news.org/current/news/burningbusflags.jpg" width="220" height="123" class="mt-image-left" style="float: left; margin: 0 20px 10px 0;" /> Plastic bullets were fired and water cannons were used as rioting erupted early this evening at loyalist flags protests.

January 11, 2013

Garda pact with loyalist ‘idiot’

williefrazer.jpg A deal between the 26 County Garda police and arch-loyalist Willie Frazer for a secret protest in Dublin has been revealed -- just hours after Frazer said he would not condemn an assassination attempt on the life of Six County Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Price’s internment opposed at Derry courthouse

courthouseprotest.jpg Legal proceedings against Marian Price were adjourned on Wednesday at Derry’s Magistrate’s Court after District Judge, Mr Barney McElholm said he would have to take advice from medical professionals regarding the republican prisoner’s fitness to appear.

Pan-unionism hailed as forum meets

nesbittrobinsonforum.jpg Unionist political leaders have said they are willing to hold talks with loyalist murder gangs about increasingly violent flag protests.

Students starved by new grants requirements

studentsfoodboxes.jpg Hundreds of Irish students have been forced to accept free food boxes because they cannot afford to eat, it has emerged.

Omagh case to go before European court

mckevittcampbell.jpg Two senior republicans are seeking to go before the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to overturn a ruling that they were liable for the Omagh bombing.

Furore over hunger-strike art

shanecullenart.jpg A row has erupted in the Irish midlands over an artwork featuring messages written by republican hunger strikers in Long Kesh Prison.

‘We are to be shot in the morning’

kildareira.jpg Three teens were among 7 IRA ‘irregulars’ executed in the civil war 90 years ago in Kildare. A historical article by Robert Doyle.

A flag solution will not relieve loyalist anxieties

markhaddockbig.jpg Ongoing investigations into the UVF mean that even if some solution is found for the flag protests, disturbances will not end in loyalist districts which the UVF control.

January 5, 2013

Third night of loyalist riots, shots fired

loyalistsriotshots.jpg A loyalist gunman opened fire tonight in east Belfast as three nights of rioting by the paramilitary UVF escalated. Tonight again saw attacks against both the PSNI police and residents of the nationalist Short Strand enclave.

January 4, 2013

Unionist aggression

flagriotalbertbridge.jpg Unionists and loyalists angered by the removal of the British Union Jack flag above Belfast City Hall are increasingly turning to violence and threats as their protests fail to deliver any progress.

PSNI targeted in three bomb incidents

bombalertbig.jpg A member of the PSNI police discovered a potential bomb under his vehicle in east Belfast last Sunday afternoon, and republican militants are believed to be responsible.

Loyalist crime wave in the Antrim glens

olivermcmullanarson.jpg A loyalist paramilitary gang is engaged in a spate of attacks in the Glens of Antrim, with little interest shown by the police, according to Sinn Féin.

‘Sinister approach’ to man as he worked

psniundercover.jpg A Newry tradesman has been the subject of a failed PSNI attempt to recruit informers, according to the socialist republican party, eirigi. The latest such incident occurred just before Christmas.

Martin McGuinness resigns from Westminster seat

martinmcguinnessbig.jpg Sinn Féin’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has been awarded an English aristocratic title in order to secure his resignation as an MP, it has been confirmed.

HET report challenged

gerardgibson.jpg The mother of a Belfast teenager is seeking a judicial review into the police inquiry into his death at the hands of the British Army in 1972.

The 1982 papers, part 2

archivesbig.jpg A further look at the archives of government papers, mostly from the year 1982, which were released ahead of the New Year period in Dublin, London and Belfast.

New Year statements 2013

2013.jpg The New Year is traditionally a time for Sinn Fein and republican groups to issue statements to their supporters. We present a round-up of the statements issued this year.

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