The South East Antrim UDA has obtained weapons from English-based crime
networks in a move which could spark an ‘arms race’ among the various
factions of the unionist paramilitary organisation, it has been
The fallout over Brexit has prompted the British governor in Ireland,
James Brokenshire, to aggresively assert a claim over Lough Foyle in the
north of Ireland. He told the Westminster parliament that “the whole” of
the lough, extending westward to the Donegal shoreline in the 26 Counties, is owned by
A big arms find in UDA’s Belfast HQ in 1981 proved embarrassing for a
British government resisting calls to outlaw the group but trying to
appear even-handed. An extract from ‘A State in Denial: The British
Government and Loyalist Paramilitaries’ by Margaret Urwin.
Despite consternation and disbelief in Ireland at the result of the US
Presidential election, political leaders including 26 County Taoiseach
Enda Kenny and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams were among those to
congratulate Donald Trump this week on his election as US President.
Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has renewed a controversy over his party’s
‘outreach’ efforts after he was spotted at a royal reception in London
in which the English queen Elizabeth Windsor unveiled a new painting of
There was a potentially significant development in the Brexit crisis
this week when Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness,
refused to rule out his party taking up its four seats in Westminster
ahead of a potentially critical vote on the issue in the London
Amid fresh protests over abuses at Maghaberry Prison, a key mediator in
an agreement struck in 2010 to ease tensions at the jail has admitted
the deal collapsed as a result of unionist political pressure.
The hard-won declassification of a secret military file proves that the
British state knew the truth of the deadly attack on McGurk’s Bar in
1971, when 15 civilians were killed, but created a false narrative in
an attempt to deflect blame onto the IRA.
Several hundred people gathered outside the Dublin parliament on
Wednesday night for a candlelit vigil calling for the 26 County state
to house refugee children from the conflict in the Middle East who have
so far been refused permission to enter Britain.
A statement from Saoradh member, Damhnic Mac Eochaidh, read out at the
demonstration against British/PSNI harassment in Belfast, and also one
by 15-year-old Ailise ni Mhurchu from west Belfast, on the PSNI
stop and search procedures she has endured while going to and coming
Brexit presents enormous and unprecedented challenges to jobs and
investment, to public services and to the progress and co-operation we
now take for granted. It demands that we put the needs of our people and
economy to the fore.