September 27, 2013

Peter Robinson, First Bigot

peterrobinsonstormont.jpg A sectarian outburst by the DUP leader Peter Robinson has disgusted nationalists and escalated the sense of crisis in the North’s political process.

Loyalists marching into absurdity

frazerhamza.jpg Attempts to prevent loyalist flag- and march-related violence took a bizarre turn this Friday, September 27th, as accused loyalist ringleaders Willie Frazer, Jamie Bryson and Jim Dowson wore fancy dress costumes to a Belfast court appearance.

Paramilitaries blamed for sectarian assaults

ciaranferrin.jpg A man beaten unconscious in a suspected random sectarian attack has been told by doctors his facial injuries are permanent.

Bloody Sunday soldiers ‘off the hook’

bloodysundaysoldiers.jpg Fourteen months after the PSNI announced they were launching a murder inquiry into the Bloody Sunday shootings, none of the soldiers who killed 14 civilians in Derry and injured a further 22 have been interviewed by the police.

Honohan linked to banking crisis cover-up

honohan.jpg Statements by the governor of the 26-County Central Bank, Patrick Honohan, have placed him at the centre of a blame game over the banking crisis which collapsed the Irish economy.

PSNI seeking to recruit GAA fans

psnigaa.jpg The inclusion of a recruitment ad for the Six-County PSNI in the match programme for last weekend’s GAA All-Ireland Football Final has outraged Irish nationalists and republicans.

Escape from the H-Blocks

longkeshwalls.jpg An account of the 1983 Long Kesh prison breakout, which occurred 30 years ago this week.

Vote YES - Abolish the Seanad

abolishseanad.jpg Gerry Adams writes on the referendum next weekend to abolish the upper chamber of the Dublin parliament, the Seanad.

September 20, 2013

Pushing back

gardapepperspray.jpg Garda police resorted to pepper spray and brute force on Wednesday in one of the most violent days of protest yet seen on the streets of Dublin against the austerity program of the 26 County state.

Haass comments on talks, sets December deadline

richardhaassbig.jpg The five main Stormont Assembly parties took part in round-table talks with US diplomat Richard Haass for the first time today [Friday, September 20th] as part of discussions to deal with parades, flags and justice issues.

Republicans removed from electoral register

electoralregisterform.jpg The British government has issued electoral forms to voters in the Six Counties which have left tens of thousands of nationalists and republicans without their votes through a new requirement to declare themselves as residents of ‘Northern Ireland’.

Irish vote linked to Scottish referendum

scotlandballot.jpg Sinn Fein has said next year’s vote on Scottish independence has boosted the party’s calls for a ‘border poll’.

New hopes for victims of state killings

kathleenthompson.jpg A new inquest has been ordered into the killing of a mother-of-six shot dead in Derry by the British army in 1971.

Emmet’s Speech from the Dock

robertemmet.jpg Robert Emmet, hero of the 1803 rising, was executed 210 years ago today. The following is the speech he made on the eve of his execution.

Welcoming Dr Haass

haassosullivan.jpg Good to see you, Dr Haass. We are a naturally hospitable people but consider your welcome as double the usual. Anyone who can help us deal with flags, parades and the past gets the mother and father of all cead mile failtes.

Gilmore’s vacuous talk suits his invisible role

eamongilmorebig.jpg Eamon Gilmore made a speech in Cambridge at the weekend to the British-Irish association. It made depressing reading for a number of reasons.

September 13, 2013

Tense exchanges ahead of talks

talkspresshaass.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has accused the British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers of an “unacceptable intervention” ahead of talks about dealing with the past as well as the issues of parades and flags.

Kids targeted by loyalist paramilitaries

holycross2013.jpg School-children as young as five had to get police protection as they arrived at three Catholic schools in north Belfast this week.

Seanad referendum clash between Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail

sfseanad2013.jpg The referendum campaign on abolishing the Seanad sprang into life this week with an attack by Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams on Fianna Fail’s position, while Taoiseach Enda Kenny blankly refused to enter a televised debate on the matter.

British government drops ‘stop and search’ appeal

stopandsearchbig.jpg The British government has abandoned a planned Supreme court challenge to a ruling that stop and search operations involving a former IRA hunger striker and a brother-in-law of Martin McGuinness were unlawful.

US states backing call for a United Ireland

louisianahouse.jpg A resolution has been passed by the Louisiana state legislature to urge the US government “to immediately take all appropriate steps to assist in the unification of Ireland”.

Alan Ryan remembered

alanryan2013.jpg A memorial march to mark the anniversary of the murder of Dublin ‘Real IRA’ commander Alan Ryan passed off with dignity this week despite provocative actions by the Garda police and by the criminal gang which killed him.

Action alert: Bring him home

4tdsmichaelcampbellcourt.jpg Four Irish TDs recently visited the prison MI5 sting victim Michael Campbell is being held in in Lithuania, and were horrified by the conditions he endures. A campaign is underway to apply pressure on the 26 County Department of Justice Alan Shatter and the Dept of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Lithuanian authorities, for some resolution to this horror.

Bloody Sunday secrets taken to the grave

edwardloden.jpg The death last week of retired British army officer Edward Loden - murdered by intruders at his son’s home in Nairobi - means that we may never fully know how or on whose instructions the initial cover-up of the Bloody Sunday killings was organised.

September 12, 2013

British government rules out Omagh inquiry

omaghbombbig.jpg The British government has refused calls for a public cross-Border inquiry into the 1998 Omagh bombing.

September 6, 2013

Strip-search ‘had impact of sexual assault’

sharonrafferty.jpg Details have emerged this week about the brutal strip-searching of a female republican prisoner at Hydebank Wood Prison.

Threats against pubs as UVF gathers strength

uvfmuralmlk.jpg Loyalist paramilitaries in Larne, County Antrim have warned pub-owners not to serve Catholics.

Marchers ‘sought reaction’ in flagrant provocation

rbpcarrickhill.jpg A parade which passed St Patrick’s Catholic church on Belfast’s Donegall Street last weekend “flouted every legal restriction placed on it,” according to Sinn Fein.

Battle for spirit of 1913 Lockout

lockout1913state.jpg The official centenary of Ireland’s biggest and most significant industrial dispute took place last Sunday, September 1, with dignitaries, onlookers and tourists gathering in Dublin’s O’Connell Street.

Sinn Fein denies economic policy shift

pearsedohertybig2.jpg Changes to its budgetary policies do not indicate a radical change in political direction for Sinn Fein, the party has insisted.

Transition for Sinn Fein, upheaval for SDLP

hartleyoneill.jpg A political transition is underway at Belfast city council, with four long-serving councillors standing down and the Lavery and Maskey political dynasties no longer represented at City Hall.

Pensioner of conscience

martincoreyolder.jpg Jim McIlmurray writes on the continued internment of republican Martin Corey on the Lurgan internee’s 63rd birthday.

Time for the DUP to know that actions have consequences

peterrobinsonbig.jpg Why did Peter Robinson, and him in Florida, send a letter that threatens the very existence of the Stormont institutions?

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