July 26, 2014

‘Shameful’ abstention on Gaza

dublingazaprotest.jpg A decision by the Dublin government on Wednesday to abstain in a key vote on an emergency debate at the United Nations Human Rights Council on the conflict in Gaza has provoked a crisis over Ireland’s managing of its foreign affairs.

Canada blocks 32CSM speaking tour

pearsonairport.jpg Senior republican politician Francis Mackey and two other members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement were detained by authorities at a Canadian airport this week and taken to a high-security prison.

Repatriated prisoners win release after legal challenge

aidanhulmeprison.jpg Six republicans serving lengthy prison sentences after being arrested in Britain have been released from Portlaoise Prison after challenging the legality of their continued detention.

Housing - a tale of two Dublins

evictionprotestcoyne.jpg Charities have said they are unable to cope with the pressure of thousands seeking help for homelessness amid signs of a return of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ property bubble.

Arson bid on Catholic church

starofthesea.jpg Loyalists have attempted to burn down St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church on the Shore Road on the outskirts of north Belfast.

Tensions linger at Stormont after Ministers jet away

nelsonmccauslandbig.jpg The Stormont administration in Belfast has been accused of acting irresponsibly after it was confirmed that a DUP Minister will not be sanctioned despite the findings of an official report which supported allegations that he deliberately deceived the Assembly.

Bodenstown address by Francie Mackey

mackeyboden13.jpg Francie Mackey, Chairperson of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, delivered the main address at the organisation’s annual gathering at the grave of Wolfe Tone in Bodenstown recently.

MI5’s murky role in Kincora scandal yet to be exposed

colinwallacebig.jpg MI5’s interests will take precedence over the rights of raped children.

July 19, 2014

Stop the slaughter

gazafuneral2014.jpg The Dublin government has failed to condemn the latest massacre in Gaza despite Israel intensifying operations against the sealed-off Palestinian enclave, and has declined to even call in the Israeli ambassador.

Unionists step back from Ardoyne violence

ardoynetwelfth2014.jpg Three men were stabbed and there were a number of other sectarian incidents last weekend around the annual ‘Twelfth of July’ marches, but the events themselves took place without serious disorder.

Judge’s report eases OTRs controversy

hallett.jpg A report by a British judge has found that a long-standing process to deal with the issue of republicans ‘on the run’ from conflict-related prosecutions (OTRs) was lawful.

Kincora truth must be exposed - victim

kincora.jpg Sinn Fein has called for an inquiry into abuses at Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast to be fully independent amid new allegations that the matter was covered up by the British authorities.

Limerick and Maghaberry prison regimes condemned

limerickprison.jpg Eighty-year-old artist and anti-war activist Margaretta D’Arcy has described the prison system in the 26 Counties as “inhumane” following her release from prison in Limerick.

PSNI ‘protecting UDA attackers’

paulmcauley.jpg A “circle of silence” is protecting those who attacked a Derry man eight years ago and left him needing round-the-clock care, according to his father.

Henry Joy McCracken

henryjoymccracken.jpg With no rising in sight in Ulster despite the signal coming from Dublin, one man seized the initiative and assembled the United Irish forces to assert Ireland’s right to independence. That man was Henry Joy McCracken, who died 216 years ago this month.

End the war on Gaza

gazakids.jpg The short ceasefire in Gaza will only be another temporary lull in the cyclical violence in that region unless a real and inclusive dialogue takes place involving all of the combatant groups.

July 12, 2014

Adams hung in effigy

adamseffigy.jpg A figure of Gerry Adams was hung from a makeshift gallows on a loyalist bonfire in County Antrim before being set alight last night, Friday, 11th July.

Religious symbols attacked

virginstatuebroken.jpg Holy statues have been smashed in a number of locations amid a warning over the potential for serious loyalist sectarian violence.

Parade consequences will spread - Orange Order

orangeorderbig.jpg Despite efforts this week to play down the threat of violence, fears remain that loyalist hardliners will riot as a sectarian parade is rerouted from the Crumlin Road in north Belfast this Saturday evening, July 12th.

‘National security’ halts Loughgall inquest

loughgallmartyrs.jpg British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers has intervened to block a new inquest into the deaths of eight IRA Volunteers and a civilian shot dead by the SAS almost 30 years ago in a decision branded as “profoundly wrong” by Six-County Attorney General John Larkin.

Coalition reshuffle ‘cosmetic’

reshufflecabinet.jpg A reshuffle of the Dublin government’s Ministerial cabinet has brought to an end to the influence of ‘Stickies’ in Irish politics and introduced a number of new faces in an attempt to bolster the coalition’s poll ratings.

Protests against attacks on Gaza

gazabomb.jpg As the death toll in Israel’s latest onslaught on Gaza reaches 100, several actions have been called around Ireland taking place this Saturday.

Israel’s rampage at close range

idf.jpg Two women are interviewed about conditions where they live since Israel began intensifying its war on Palestinians nearly four weeks ago.

If you live in the past, you can’t learn from it

nesbittrobinsonforum.jpg After this huff is over unionists will have to return to the negotiating table as they have had to do on every previous occasion when they walked away.

July 5, 2014

Pan-unionism raises the stakes

robinsonorange.jpg The main unionist parties may be planning for serious disturbances in north Belfast next weekend after the Parades Commission rerouted a hugely contentious anti-Catholic march away from nationalist estates in north Belfast.

Burton is new Labour leader as old order departs

burtonquinn.jpg The 26 County Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has been elected leader of the Labour Party to replace Eamon Gilmore, who resigned last month. The change has also brought an end to the political career of Labour’s Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, who resigned on Wednesday, with other changes expected to be announced in coming days.

Loyalist gloating at light sentences for McDaid killing

mcdaidguilty.jpg There was trouble in Coleraine this week when eleven loyalists involved in a sectarian murder in 2009 received very light jail terms or were released with non-custodial sentences.

Released man blames internment for detention

seanmcveigh.jpg All charges against an Armagh man accused of killing a prison warder have been dropped amid allegations he was a victim of ‘internment by remand’.

Flags row escalates as KKK banner flown over east Belfast

kkkflag.jpg The erection of flags of the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) in east Belfast represents a new low for loyalists as the level of intimidation has ratcheted up ahead of the height of the Protestant marching season.

Sinn Fein meets Tory leadership

sftories.jpg Sinn Fein this week met with the British Prime Minister David Cameron for the first time.

The haunting of Iraq and Palestine

middleeastmandates.jpg A look at the effect of British colonial betrayal a century ago on the Middle East of today.

John Bruton puts Easter 1916 in its place

johnbruton.jpg Commemorations by the establishment seek to provide us with history not as it was, but as they would prefer it to have been.

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