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.
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.
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
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’.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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