September 27, 2014

Files destroyed as RUC team vet shoot-to-kill reports

drewharris.jpg Top secret files relating to the killing of nine men in County Armagh more than 30 years ago were destroyed just weeks before an inquest into the deaths was due to begin, it has emerged. Other files are still being edited for ‘sensitive’ information by former members of the murderous RUC Special Branch.

Recruitment, harassment ‘justified’, says Ombudsman

seanhanna.jpg The PSNI police was justified in attempting to recruit a high-profile County Antrim nationalist as an informer, the Police Ombudsman in the North has found.

Radicalised Scots transform political map

snprally.jpg A surge of support for Scottish independence following that country’s referendum last week has seen nearly 40,000 people swell the ranks of the Scottish National Party (SNP). The party’s membership is now the third largest in Britain, behind only the Conservative and Labour parties.

Robinson ousts dissidents in reshuffle

poots.jpg An internal split within the DUP has exploded into the open after party leader Peter Robinson sacked two DUP Ministers and lashed out at colleagues who he said had the “strategic vision of a lemming”.

Giant British Army exercise contrary to demilitarisation claim

britexercse.jpg The biggest British Army training exercise to be held in the north of Ireland since before the conflict is being held in the north west next week. About 500 British soldiers are taking part in areas around County Derry.

Kenny battles party dissent over cronyism

kennypresser.jpg The 26-County Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been forced to apologise after appointing a Fine Gael insider to an arts board in order to boost his claim to a seat in the Irish Senate, ahead of three more qualified women candidates.

Thomas Ashe

thomasashe.jpg This week we recall the Irish Republican revolutionary and martyr, Thomas Ashe, who suffered a brutal death at the hands of his British oppressors at the age of thirty-two.

Why not another referendum?

queencameron.jpg In the aftermath of the Scottish referendum result the British political establishment were quick to deem it a ‘victory for democracy’. And in the same breath they definitively stated that the issue of Scottish independence was now settled for a generation or even permanently. Hmmm.

September 20, 2014

Upheaval for the union

nazisglasgow.jpg Loyalists have engaged in a violent ‘show of strength’ in the centre of Glasgow as Britain faces unprecedented constitutional change following a narrow defeat for Scottish independence in Thursday’s referendum.

Irish consider democratic options after Scottish vote

mcguinnesssalmond.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has repeated a call for a vote within the north of Ireland following the Scottish independence referendum.

Distressing leak of ambush killings video

clonoemartyrsbig.jpg The family of a County Tyrone man shot dead by the SAS has accused British forces of leaking shocking footage of the ambush scene.

Spy devices found on Tyrone man’s car

carbug.jpg High-tech bugging equipment has been found in a car owned by a senior County Tyrone republican. The suspected listening device and tracker were recently discovered in the Cappagh area by the former political prisoner.

Water charges anger as Dáil resumes

burtondail.jpg There have been sharp exchanges between the political parties in the 26 Counties following the end of the Dublin parliament’s summer recess and ahead of next month’s delivery of the national financial budget for the forthcoming year.

William Wallace

williamwallace.jpg William Wallace - ‘The Wallace’ - is world famous; a national hero who fought and died to free Scotland from English rule.

Irish nationalism must catch up with Scotland

scotlandrally.jpg A look at the significance to Ireland of the Scottish independence referendum by Colum Eastwood MLA of the SDLP.

There are no short cuts to freedom

psniestate.jpg A republican analysis of the Scottish independence referendum by the Republican Network for Unity.

September 19, 2014

Cameron and Salmond clash as Scotland count concludes

camerondowning.jpg Scotland is to remain under London rule after voters rejected Thursday’s independence referendum by 55 per cent to 45 per cent.

Scotland independence vote likely to fall short

scotlandyessad.jpg A fear campaign by the London establishment appears to have succeeded in preventing a vote in favour of Scottish independence, according to early results this morning.

September 18, 2014

Scotland decides in historic referendum

scottishlady.jpg Scottish voters have gone to the polls to decide whether they’ll become an independent state. A record 97 percent of residents, or 4.2 million people, are registered to vote in a referendum which could have major repercussions for Ireland.

September 13, 2014

Robinson demands new peace deal

stormontbig.jpg Sinn Fein has accepted that the North’s political process is in serious trouble following a call by the DUP for the St Andrew’s Agreement to be renegotiated.

Paisley: A demagogue in a dog collar

paisleyflat.jpg Ian Paisley's uncompromising self-belief made him the most divisive figure in Ireland in the second half of the twentieth century.

Eyes of the world on Scotland

scotreferendum.jpg Scotland is on the “cusp of making history” by voting for independence next week, its First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

Judge finds litany of lies in shoot-to-kill case

martinmcauleybig.jpg A prominent republican is to sue for compensation after a senior judge admitted that he had been the victim of a perversion of the course of justice.

‘Failed by the law’ - family action over collusion

mccaffertyfamily.jpg The family of a north Belfast man shot dead by loyalists using a gun taken from a British Army base 40 years ago is to sue the British Ministry of Defence.

Loyalist murder weapon ‘imported by MI5’

seamusdillon.jpg A gun used in the murder of a Catholic doorman almost 20 years ago has been linked to a series of other loyalist killings, the PSNI has admitted.

Hope springs in Scotland

scotland.jpg If the vote is No, the debate about Scotland’s future in the UK will only intensify.

IMF deal would be another humiliation for Dublin govt

michaelnoonangrumpy.jpg Irish politicians, the people who are supposed to represent our interests and fight our corner, appear happy to collude in a charade over the cost of bailing out the EU's banking system.

September 12, 2014

Death of Ian Paisley, aged 88

paisleysledgehammer.jpg Politicians have been expressing their sympathy to the family of Ian Paisley, the former loyalist and unionist leader whose intransigence and hatred of Catholics were world famous, but who also succeeded in making peace on his own terms. He died this Friday morning.

September 6, 2014

Envy and anticipation ahead of Scottish vote

salmondbook.jpg On September 18, between the hours of 7am and 10pm, full sovereign power will lie in the hands of the Scottish people, who must decide whether to keep it or give it away.

Ceasefire appeal as political stalemate grinds on

mcguinnessflat2.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has used a keynote speech marking the 20th anniversary of the 1994 IRA ceasefire to call for republican armed groups to lay down their arms.

MI5 blamed for bomb alert ‘spookery’

m1bombhoax.jpg The Republican Network for Unity has said it is combating hoax bomb alerts in west Belfast, which they have blamed on British military intelligence ‘spooks’.

Belfast march tensions continue

loyalistprotesthenryjoy.jpg A firework was thrown along with sectarian insults during a republican commemorative event at a Belfast interface last weekend, while there were further sectarian displays in north Belfast as the Protestant marching season wound down.

Prisoners unite to oppose controlled movement

prisonergroups.jpg The three groups of republican prisoners inside Maghaberry jail, the main British prison in Ireland, have agreed that facilities and space should be shared among them and they have collectively issued a statement calling for the prison administration to recognise the new situation.

Justice hopes fade for Hamill family

roberthamillbig.jpg

A judge has said evidence of collusion in the sectarian mob murder of Robert Hamill is insufficient to put the accused on trial.

Letter from Edinburgh

edinburgh.jpg Telling Scotland not to “go” is a bit like saying: “We don’t want you to run your own affairs. You must always have the governments we give you.”

Ceasefire promises were disingenuous

ceasefire2.jpg The view of the Republican Network for Unity on the 20th anniversary of the Provisional IRA ceasefire

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