March 29, 2014

Humiliated Minister clings to post

shatterapology.jpg After ricocheting from one scandal to the next since his appointment, disgraced 26-County Minister Alan Shatter is to finally face a parliamentary motion of no confidence.

Bell gets bail as PSNI postpone Adams response

ivorbellbailed.jpg The PSNI have yet to say if they are seeking to question Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams following the arrest and charging of his former comrade, Ivor Bell, on IRA charges last week.

Hunger strike over treatment of segregated prisoner

gavincoyle.jpg Republican prisoners in Maghaberry held a 48-hour hunger protest this week in support of a prisoner held in the jail’s punishment block for the past three years.

My sectarian slaughter ‘saved the Union’ - Hutchinson

billyhutchinson.jpg The leader of the UVF paramilitary-linked Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) Billy Hutchinson has claimed his role in the murder of two Catholic men 40 years ago ‘helped prevent a united Ireland’.

Loyalist extemism promoted as Irish language is sidelined

uprgparade.jpg Loyalists who wore balaclavas during a ‘show of strength’ close to a north Belfast interface were taking part in “street theatre”, according to the Stormont-funded ‘Ulster Political Research Group’ which has links to the unionist paramilitary UDA.

Killing taigs - the truth

clonardmemorial.jpg The cousin of two Catholic brothers murdered by Billy Hutchinson in 1974 responds to the PUP leader’s attempt to justify his actions.

The Shannon One

margarettaout.jpg 79-year-old Irish peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy’s was this week released from prison, after serving a three month sentence for protesting the use of Shannon Airport by those engaged in war crimes.

Can we defeat this injustice?

ivorbellgerryadams1985.jpg With one stroke the crown has muted the Westminster outcry over its bartered OTR immunity certificates, placated unionist adherents and sent a sinister warning to potential independent republican candidates or campaigners.

March 26, 2014

Judicial system in disarray after new spying scandal

alanshattercar.jpg The Dublin government is in crisis and the 26 County judicial system on the point of collapse following revelations that illegal recordings have been made of telephone conversations to and from police stations for some three decades.

March 25, 2014

Garda Commissioner quits after corruption scandal

martincallinan.jpg The chief of the 26 County Garda police, Martin Callinan, resigned today after refusing to withdraw his condemnations of two whistleblowers who exposed corrupt practices in the force.

March 22, 2014

‘Vindictive’ policing as 77-year-old is charged

ivorbell.jpg Veteran republican Ivor Bell has been charged this Friday night with IRA membership and “aiding and abetting” the execution of informer Jean McConville in 1972.

Sharp tactics put PSNI into New York parade

psninyc.jpg The organisers of the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade infuriated Irish opinion in the city with a last minute u-turn to include a contingent of anti-Irish PSNI police while continuing to ban gay and lesbian organisations.

Force’s disregard for woman’s life caught on video

bridgetmongan.jpg Video footage has emerged showing two members of the PSNI in Derry laying an incapacitated St Patrick’s Day celebrant in a bus lane in Derry.

Loyalists attack St Patrick’s Day celebration

injuredkid.jpg Britain’s Union Jack flew over Belfast City Hall on St Patrick’s Day, but that did not prevent loyalists gathering to attack Irish language speakers attending a cultural event there.

‘New’ IRA claims sophisticated attack

efp.jpg A mortar rocket attack against a PSNI patrol in west Belfast last weekend involved new technology and equipment, according to a statement issued this week in the name of the IRA.

Alliance candidate backs a united Ireland

annalo.jpg A leading member of the traditionally pro-union Alliance Party has astonished everyone by declaring her support for a United Ireland.

Govts turning backs on innocent Irish people

paddyhillgerryconolonold.jpg Gerry Conlon and Paddy Hill, two men who suffered among the worst miscarriages of justice in British history have accused the Irish and British governments of turning their backs on innocent people sent to prison.

Derry’s great escape artist

hughmcateer.jpg Seventy-one years ago Derry republican Hugh McAteer pulled off a series of daring feats and in the process made headlines around the world. Michael McMonagle looks at his extraordinary life.

March 15, 2014

NY parade organisers may reverse decision on PSNI - claims

nycfacebook.jpg Organisers of the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade have come under heavy political pressure to reinstate a contingent of PSNI police in Monday’s world-famous parade.

New York sends PSNI home

stpatricksnyc.jpg In a sudden turnaround, an ad-hoc campaign by Irish Americans has succeeded in preventing the inclusion of a delegation of PSNI police (formerly RUC) in this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in New York.

Obama ‘disappointed’ by talks as British eye prosecutions

shamrock2014.jpg Just five months before the 20th anniversary of the Provisional IRA’s original ceasefire declaration, US President Barack Obama has expressed disappointment at the failure of Irish politicians to deal with the collapse of the latest mediation talks.

Hurling in public illegal - PSNI

streethurler.jpg The PSNI have been accused of taking Catholics in the north of Ireland “back to the dark days” after several young people were stopped in the street by members of the force for playing Gaelic games.

MI5 agent recorded making recruitment bid

srrmi5.jpg British intelligence agents have been recorded making an overt approach to a former prisoner in Belfast City Centre, just days after he lost his job in a call center due to ‘security reasons’, according to the Republican Network for Unity.

IRA warning over prison crisis

maghaberrybig3.jpg In a strongly-worded statement warning of further attacks, responsibility for two letter bombs addressed to prison staff at Maghaberry jail has been claimed in the name of ‘the IRA’.

Garda whistleblowers vindicated

johnwilson.jpg An investigation into the quashing of penalty points by the Garda police in the 26 Counties has found consistent and widespread wrongdoing within the force, humiliating Dublin’s Justice Minister Alan Shatter and the Garda police commissioner, Martin Callinan.

Tony Benn

tonybenn.jpg Former British cabinet minister and lifelong radical Tony Benn died today [Friday] at the age of 88.

Indomitable spirit of hunger striker lives on

bobbysandsplain.jpg There are events in one’s life, big and small, which are life-defining and life-shaping, even though at the time you might not know it. Meeting Bobby Sands for the first time became for me life-defining.

March 8, 2014

Devices intercepted amid prison tensions

maghaberrybig.jpg Two letter bombs addressed to Maghaberry Prison were intercepted this week following a violent confrontation inside the jail.

Bloody Sunday families fear immunity deal

williamkatenash.jpg The revelation that an administrative scheme to deal with IRA ‘On the Run’s’ (OTRs) has been operating quietly for at least 13 years has angered some of those bereaved by the Bloody Sunday massacre and other state killings.

Terror on show at council hall

udashowofstrength.jpg The unionist paramilitary UDA put on a so-called ‘show of strength’ in a community centre owned and operated by Belfast City Council last weekend.

No charges for sectarian march breaches

ycv.jpg There has been an outcry after charges were dismissed against 17 members of a hardline loyalist band who paraded past a Catholic church in defiance of a legally-binding ban on sectarian displays.

RSF man arrested and charged for using Irish

psniarrest.jpg The National Treasurer of Republican Sinn Fein was arrested and charged by the PSNI for speaking Irish, the party has said.

Ballymurphy inquest advances

ballymurphyinquest.jpg The Ballymurphy massacre families have welcomed the opening in Belfast of the preliminary stage of the inquest into the August 1971 killings in which eleven people died at the hands of the British Army over the space of three days.

Murney describes Maghaberry horror

stephenmurney2.jpg Eirigi press officer Stephen Murney has given an account of the physical and mental torture he endured while interned at Maghaberry prison, outside Lisburn over the past 14 months.

“We broke Armagh, it never broke us”

armaghwomenreturn.jpg The reflections of a group of republican women ex-prisoners and the trauma, emotional and physical, that many of these women suffered and overcame during their time in prison.

March 1, 2014

Stormont off the rails over OTRs

robinsonstormont.jpg The past has once again come back to haunt the north of Ireland when it emerged in an Old Bailey trial this week that some republicans ‘on the run’ (OTR) from conflict-related prosecutions have privately received assurances that no prosecutions are due.

Some republicans vexed by secretive process

gerrymcgeoughhandcuffs.jpg The disclosures made in John Downey’s case could have altered the course of Gerry McGeough’s trial or appeal, according to his legal team, as the evidence presented at the Old Bailey could have confirmed that 216 “pardons” had been issued to republicans.

Charity insiders earn millions as homeless numbers multiply

angelakerins.jpg An ongoing row over salaries at Irish state-funded charities and voluntary organisations took a fresh twist this wee, when it emerged that senior executives at Rehab, who have long refused to reveal their base salary payments, have awarded themselves lucrative bonuses.

Britain maintains silence at Marshall ambush inquest

sammarshallflat.jpg British forces have said they will not disclose information to those injured in the ambush and murder of Lurgan man Sam Marshall in March 1990.

Jobs and heritage face destruction on Moore Street

parisbakery.jpg The great-grandson of Irish patriot James Connolly has criticised plans to demolish a Moore Street bakery at the historic site of the 1916 Rising and erect a shopping mall.

Demonstrations continue for language rights

lamorprotest.jpg More than ten thousand have taken to the streets in recent weeks in protest at the Dublin government’s failure to protect the linguistic rights of Irish speakers, and further protests are planned.

The death of Sam Marshall

johnware.jpg As preliminary hearings into his inquest get underway, a look at the murder of Sam Marshall, a close friend of veteran Irish Republican Colin Duffy, which took place 24 years ago this week, and the efforts of assassinated human rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson to pursue justice in the case.

Robinson hedged threat with sufficient waffle

obinsondowney.jpg Peter Robinson’s resignation threat shows what a savage blow the failure of the prosecution of John Downey has dealt to the political process in the north.

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