As concerns mount over the forthcoming marching season, several thousand
unionists and scores of bands brought Newry to a standstill on Friday of
last weekend in what was described as “an orgy of sectarian
A crude propaganda exercise by the British Crown forces backfired this
week when it emerged that damage to a vehicle exhibited at a press
conference had been almost entirely faked by British Army operatives.
With the British government attempting to use ‘secret evidence’ to block
a public inquiry into the 1998 Omagh bomb and with new trial proceedings
against Seamus Daly dragging out due to delays by the British and 26
County police, Cait Trainor looks at his case.
There have been demonstrations against Garda police brutality in Dublin
after two women taking part in a peaceful sit-down protest against water
charges were injured when Gardai smashed down a glass door.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams made a call for a “referendum on Irish
unity” on Easter Sunday as he spoke at a 1916 commemoration in Roslea,
County Fermanagh. He did not specify if the referendum should be a
national one or the ‘border poll’ within the Six Counties, as Sinn Fein
has previously argued for.
The continuing cover-up over sexual abuse at the Kincora Boys’ Home in
the north of Ireland has become a prominent issue in the British general
election campaign after a former British Army intelligence officer
revealed this week that he was told to drop an investigation into the
There are fears over a new sectarian Orange Order parade through a
mainly nationalist area of Glengormley in County Antrim, which planned
as part of a provocative protest in support of other sectarian Orange
There has been an angry response by unions after national retail chain
Dunnes Stores sacked some employees and took other hostile actions
against workers in the wake of a one-day industrial action at the
stores’ outlets in the 26 Counties last week.
There was an extraordinary number and diversity of Easter commemorations
this year as many organisations, republican and otherwise, held events
with a view to the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising next year.
There was a hoax bomb attack and graffiti sprayed on council buildings
in Dungannon as the north’s new ‘super councils’ finally took up power
as part of a shake-up of local government in the north of Ireland.
Next month’s British general election could see the Scottish National
Party (SNP) win almost all of the parliamentary seats in Scotland,
recreating the historic and transformative 1918 Westminster election in
A reference to the executions of 1916 leaders and a photograph of IRA
Volunteers were removed from a leaflet launching the Dublin government’s
programme of Easter Rising centenary events last November, it has been