December 28, 2013

Stopping Sinn Fein

adamsmcguinnessold.jpg The Dublin government was deeply concerned at the British government’s failure to counter growing support for Sinn Fein in 1983, historical papers have revealed. Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald even believed a British policy was in place to support the party and protect its leaders from arrest.

Time added on for Haass talks

haassroundtable.jpg Talks on flags, sectarian parades and the past in the North will continue this weekend but are facing increased scepticism after the process was announced to have ended in failure on Christmas Eve.

Shocking levels of deprivation in Catholic communities

childpoverty.jpg Fifteen years after the Good Friday Agreement, there has been no sign of a decrease in the level of poverty among the Catholic population in the North. A new study has shown that those schools with the largest number of children from deprived backgrounds are almost entirely Catholic.

Loyalists forced out over a thousand families in 2013 - McCord

raymondmccordbig.jpg The number of people driven out of their homes by loyalist or sectarian intimidation in the north of Ireland is at a five-year high, according to figures published today.

Gun attack on Fermanagh barracks

lisnaskeapsni.jpg Shots were fired at Lisnaskea PSNI station in County Fermanagh on Monday, December 23rd is the latest gun attack by the breakaway IRA groups.

Unemployed presented with impossible choice

philhoganbig.jpg Unemployed workers may be required to take up new positions in 26-County local authorities from early next year, working on projects such as drainage schemes and outdoor maintenance for just one euro an hour, or face cuts to their dole payments.

The 1983 papers

archivesbig.jpg A review of the other main stories which emerged from this year’s release of previously classified papers under the 30-year rule.

A united response is the only option

internmentprotest.jpg As families and friends gathered for a Christmas vigil in protest at internment, the Republican Network for Unity released this commentary on the situation.

December 20, 2013

Haass talks falter after unionist ‘histrionics’

haassosullivan2.jpg US mediator Richard Haass has been forced to remove a reference to the Irish tricolour flag as unionists ratcheted up their demands in ongoing talks on flags, parades and the past in the north of Ireland.

Vicious assault in black ops incident

eddiebreen.jpg The discovery of a military tracking device on a workman’s van led to an attack on a Craigavon republican at his home as Crown force personnel brutally attempted to retrieve the device.

Persecution of prisoners extends beyond Maghaberry

maghaberrybig2.jpg The IRPWA (Irish Republican Prisoners’ Welfare Association) has condemned the harassment of republican prisoners following their release from jail in the north of Ireland.

Troika auditors depart amid spin, recriminations, allegations

choprabarroso.jpg The day-to-day oversight of the finances of the 26-County state by international ‘bailout’ loan managers ended this week in a verbal tussle over who should have shouldered the cost of the collapse of the state’s banks.

British courts struggle with anti-Irish racism

victornealon.jpg An Irishman who was wrongly imprisoned for 17 years by a British court was finally released this week -- but was forced to spend his first night of freedom on the streets.

Adams comments on Mandela funeral

adamsmandelafuneral.jpg Gerry Adams was applauded at the Nelson Mandela funeral in South Africa last Sunday, December 15th, 24 hours after joining an ANC guard of honour for ‘Madiba’.

Remembering Irish political prisoners at Christmas

christmasprisonersbig.jpg Christmas is the time when republicans traditionally think of those imprisoned for their beliefs by sending them a greeting card.

Equality versus justice

equalityjusticewords.jpg The PSNI and the HET have vested interests concerning what the State did during the conflict, and are perpetuating the legacy and culture of State impunity.

December 17, 2013

Clashes as Colin Duffy is returned to jail

colinduffybeard.jpg Lurgan republican Colin Duffy is back behind bars today and is facing a potentially lengthy period of internment without trial.

December 14, 2013

Second ONH bomb explodes

stannesbombonh.jpg A small bomb exploded Friday night in the centre of Belfast, causing no injuries but raising fresh fears of a return to a more serious level of conflict in the north of Ireland.

State’s vengeance over republican’s brave stand

christineconnor.jpg A ‘vindictive’ campaign by prison authorities in the north of Ireland has denied republican prisoner Christine Connor medical treatment as a result of her opposition to strip-searches.

Court finds secret evidence acceptable in PIRA convictions

kennethdonohoe.jpg A Dublin man jailed after Garda police raided what they claimed was a Provisional IRA ‘spy ring’ was has lost a legal battle to stop the courts accepting secret and unopposable ‘intelligence’ evidence.

Energy sellout continues: Bord Gais passes into British hands

bordgais.jpg The decision of the coalition government in Dublin to sell Bord Gais Eireann, a state-owned energy company, to a British corporation, Centrica plc, has been described as an act of ‘treachery’.

‘IRA’ accusations as inquiry into charities scandal is blocked

paulkielybertieahern.jpg The entire board of one of Ireland’s best known charities has resigned en masse amid a growing scandal over cronyism and inappropriate payments in the Irish voluntary sector.

Reports of defection to FF are ‘fact free’

peadartoibin.jpg Suspended Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin was caught up in the ongoing media campaign against the party this week when newspapers in the Independent News and Media group claimed that Mr Toibin was intending to defect to Fianna Fail.

Remembering the Dunnes Stores strike

dunnesstrike.jpg A group of brave Dubliners are currently in South Africa to attend the funeral and other events to commemorate the life of the former South African President, revolutionary and statesman Nelson Mandela. This is their story and their lesson.

Mandela tributes full of political revisionism

mandelacameron.jpg It's interesting to compare people's comments on bomb attacks by different organisations.

December 6, 2013

Tribunal of spin

breenbuchanan.jpg Eight years after it was established, the report of the Smithwick Tribunal was finally published on Tuesday evening, but its contradictory conclusions immediately sparked a storm of spin and recrimination.

UDA facing new split

udamasked.jpg Nationalists have been warned to be cautious about their safety following confirmation that the north’s largest unionist paramilitary group, the UDA, is in disarray.

Shots fired at PSNI patrol

psnivehicles.jpg A PSNI convoy in north Belfast came under fire on Thursday night with 10 to 15 shots aimed at a night-time patrol along the Crumlin Road. No injuries were reported.

Murney charges dismissed

murneybanner.jpg A number of the charges presented against eirigi activist Stephen Murney were dramatically thrown out of court last Friday in the latest development in a case which has been widely described as internment by remand.

Anniversary flags protests fizzle, but tensions remain

cityhallflagsprotest.jpg Although with far fewer in attendance than they had predicted, organisers of a loyalist march on Saturday sought the maximum provocation of the nationalist community.

An ideal for which I am prepared to die - Nelson Mandela

mandelabnw.jpg One of Nelson Mandela’s most famous speeches, delivered from the dock at the age of 46 as he faced four charges of sabotage, for which he would be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Nelson Mandela - Comrade Madiba

adamsmandelabig.jpg I want to extend to the family of President Mandela, to President Zuma and to the people of South Africa, my sincere and heartfelt condolences at the death of Madiba on my own behalf and that of Sinn Fein.

Media’s abuse of power and Sinn Fein leader must end

gerryadamsbig.jpg Few other political leaders in this country or indeed in Britain have been scrutinised to the same degree of bias as Gerry Adams.

December 5, 2013

Death of Nelson Mandela

nelsonmandelabig.jpg Former South African leader Nelson Mandela has died peacefully at the age of 95.

December 3, 2013

Tribunal issues conflicted report on Garda collusion

smithwickbig.jpg The Smithwick tribunal into the possibility of collusion between the 26-County Gardai police and the IRA in a deadly ambush has today published a report which accepts that collusion likely took place, without saying how, or by whom.

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