February 27, 2014

Cameron yields to DUP demands on OTR inquiry

robinsoncameron.jpg British Prime Minister David Cameron is to appoint a judge to investigate the operation of a scheme to deal with those ‘on-the-run’ from conflict-related prosecutions after Peter Robinson yesterday threatened to quit as the North’s First Minister.

February 25, 2014

OTR deal revealed as John Downey is released

johndowney.jpg Donegal republican John Downey walked free today after a court in London said charges against him of taking part in an IRA campaign in 1982 amounted to “an abuse of process”. But the decision to release him has created confusion and anger in the north of Ireland over a previously secret scheme to tackle the issue of OTRs -- those ‘on the run’ from outstanding conflict-related prosecutions.

February 24, 2014

Stephen Murney acquitted of all remaining charges

justicestephenmurney.jpg Stephen Murney was cleared of outstanding ‘terrorism’ charges this afternoon amid strong criticism of the system of internment by remand being operated by the PSNI police and Crown prosecutors against republicans in the north of Ireland.

February 21, 2014

Minister for misconduct

alanshatterbig.jpg The 26-County Taoiseach Enda Kenny is resisting intense pressure to sack his Minister for Justice Alan Shatter amid a tsunamic scandal over his handling of police corruption and misconduct.

Politicians play down St Patrick’s Day plans

robinsonobamamcguinness.jpg DUP leader Peter Robinson and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness will join Irish officials travelling to Washington DC next month ahead of St Patrick’s Day, but a high-profile meeting with US President Barack Obama may not now take place.

MI5 micro-managing home security measures

attackedhome.jpg It has been revealed that British military intelligence decides if victims of sectarian attacks in the Six Counties should receive measures to protect their homes.

‘Humiliation’ of republican’s wife

psniguns2.jpg The 32 County Sovereignty movement has strongly condemned the PSNI in Derry after it said a young mother was subjected to a “very public humiliation” as she was leaving her child to Long Tower school in the Brandywell.

Lithuania approach to Derry businessman

doran.jpg A Derry businessman has said he was approached by members of MI5 while visiting Lithuania earlier this month.

Rebel song becomes chart hit

theirishbrigade.jpg A ‘rebel song’ commemorating 10 republican PoWs who died in the 1981 Hunger Strike reached number 24 in the British singles’ charts this week.

Basque group moves to disarm

basquesdisarm.jpg The Basque armed group ETA has made a significant step towards decommissioning the weapons used in its campaign for independence and freedom -- but the Spanish government immediately rejected the move.

The Power of Orange Knickers

gregorycampbellflat.jpg Why doesn’t Gregory Campbell launch a campaign to lift The Power of Orange Knickers up the charts? This would be a more apt and less risible response to the success of Glasgow Celtic supporters in pushing The Roll of Honour into the BBC’s chart show.

February 15, 2014

Bugged and bullied

gsoc.jpg The Dublin government has been rocked by shocking revelations of a ‘black ops’ spy operation at the headquarters of the police ombudsman’s office, the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

Sinn Fein sees ‘progressive alliance’ with Labour

eamongilmoregerryadams.jpg The leader of the Irish Labour Party, Eamon Gilmore, has distanced himself from a proposal by Sinn Fein to form a left-wing coalition to “take on” the main conservative parties in the 26 Counties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

UVF in hit on drugs enemy; GAA club bombed

aghohillgaa.jpg The status of the UVF’s ceasefire is again being questioned after the attempted murder of a 30-year old man in Bangor, County Down.

PSNI patrol in Donegal; devices target British Army in England

psnilifford.jpg A former mayor of Donegal has called on the Dublin government to investigate a PSNI incursion into the 26 Counties.

Prisoners freeze after heat is cut off

maghaberrybig.jpg There has been a deterioration in the conditions for republican political prisoners held at Maghaberry prison in County Armagh after prisoners were left without heat and food for two days in a row last weekend.

INLA ‘informer’ abuse claims

mcglincheycommemoration.jpg There have been calls for an investigation into whether a Crown force informer in the north of Ireland was allowed to continue to engage in child sex abuse in exchange for spying on the INLA, the Irish National Liberation Army.

Geraldine Finucane ‘determined, not angry’

geraldinefinucanebig.jpg The widow of Pat Finucane has said she believes the full truth behind his murder has yet to be exposed - but when it is, it will affect other families.

Fathach á mhúscailt – Lá Mór na Gaeilge

lamornagaeilge.jpg A major protest against the erosion of the Irish language and the rights of Irish speakers takes place at 2pm later today [Saturday] at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. An article on ‘Lá Mór na Gaeilge’ by Tomaí Ó Conghaile, editor of NÓS

February 9, 2014

Address by Gerry Adams to Sinn Fein Ard Fheis 2014

gerryadamsardfheis.jpg The full text of the address by the Sinn Fein leader to his party’s annual conference in Wexford this weekend.

February 7, 2014

‘Nothing normal’ about Stormont - McGuinness

mcguinnessardfheis2.jpg Speaking on the eve of the Sinn Fein annual conference, the Six-County Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has urged the DUP to turn away from loyalist extremism and bring an end to the “embarrassing” political stalemate at Stormont.

Loyalists force teacher to quit job

catherineseeley.jpg A Catholic schoolteacher at a north Belfast school has been forced to leave her school district after becoming a a target for a sectarian loyalist hate campaign.

Family of murdered man find evidence of British lie

eamonnmcdevitt2.jpg The family of a deaf man who was shot dead by the British Army 42 years ago say they have unearthed documents that prove he was unarmed when he died.

Thousands march for justice

bloodysunday2014.jpg Several thousand marchers in Derry have heard fresh demands that those responsible for the Bloody Sunday massacre be held accountable for their actions.

Son’s fears for activist’s health

margaretta2.jpg Concern is growing for the well-being of jailed peace activist and writer Margaretta D’Arcy who remains in Limerick prison despite international protests for her release.

Bandsmen attack pedestrian

southbelfastyoungconquerors.jpg A Catholic man was attacked by loyalist bandsmen as he attempted to cross a city centre street during a parade last weekend.

Removing barriers to reconciliation

declankearneyardfheis.jpg In an address to the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis this [Friday] evening, Declan Kearney examines the state of the political process in the north of Ireland.

Mapping out the future

breandanmaccionnaith2.jpg Breandan Mac Cionnaith, general secretary of eirigi, sets out his party’s views on the conflict in the Six Counties and the challenge to republicanism.

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