January 27, 2017

PSNI man shot as tensions mount in Belfast

psnishot1701.jpg The ‘New IRA’ has claimed responsibility for the ambush of a PSNI patrol in North Belfast on Sunday in which a member of the force was struck twice. The attack, which took place on the Crumlin Road close to a north Belfast interface left the victim with injuries to his arm.

Brexit a ‘hostile action’, could damage GFA - Adams

adams0117.jpg Gerry Adams has warned that Brexit will wreck the fundamental human rights safeguards set out under the Good Friday Agreement. The Sinn Fein leader pointed out that rights enshrined in the 1998 peace deal would be negated by Britain simply pulling out of the EU.

British MP admits torturing republicans

torturemp.jpg A Conservative MP and former British army officer, Bob Stewart, has said he worked as “kind of a torturer” when he was serving in the north of Ireland.

Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster can be ‘Chuckle Sisters’

fosteroneill.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams has said the party’s new Six County leader, Michelle O’Neill, “needs to grow into the job”, but could work alongside DUP leader Arlene Foster in the Stormont Executive if corruption scandals are resolved.

Sinn Fein could prop up coalition govt in Dublin - McDonald

marylouconfused.jpg In a major policy shift, Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald has said that her party could take part in the next coalition government as a junior partner of either Fine Gael or Fianna Fail.

Roadblocks and delays for Stardust disaster families

stardust600.jpg The families of some of the 48 young people who died in the 1981 Stardust fire disaster in Dublin have expressed concerns over a proposed review of new evidence in their campaign for a fresh inquiry.

Sinn Fein seeking respect, equality and integrity

mcguinnessoneill.jpg A statement by Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill on taking over from Martin McGuinness and taking up the new position within the party of ‘Leader in the North’.

Republican views on the Stormont crisis

rsf1916socssaoradh.jpg The opinions of Sinn Fein’s republican opponents on the current state of politics in the north of Ireland.

January 23, 2017

Michelle O’Neill is Sinn Fein’s new leader at Stormont

michelloneill.jpg Mid-Ulster Assembly member Michelle O’Neill is to lead Sinn Fein into the Six County Assembly elections in March, it has been announced.

January 20, 2017

McGuinness bows out

mcguinnessretiresbogside.jpg An emotional Martin McGuinness has said he wants to become an ambassador for peace after the former Sinn Fein deputy First Minister quit electoral politics this week due to ill-health.

McGuinness ‘made a difference’ - Adams

mcguinnessadamsold.jpg A commentary in the week of the historic announcement by Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, by colleague and party leader Gerry Adams.

Sinn Fein ready to name successor

fouramigos2.jpg Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has said his party will make the announcement of Martin McGuinness’s successor next week. Speaking to RTE news on Friday, he insisted the former deputy First Minister is just “standing down” from office and he hopes that he will be back.

Political temperature rises amid yet another Stormont scandal

dupflute.jpg The DUP ‘Communities’ Minister Paul Givan has been accused of acting to a sectarian agenda after he distributed almost two million pounds in grants to loyalist organisations, Orange lodges and Protestant church groups.

British soldiers on Belfast streets, RAF lands at Shannon

soldiersbelfast.jpg The British Army appeared in numbers in west Belfast last weekend as troops in full uniform were deployed alongside PSNI police in the Poleglass area of West Belfast.

‘Hard Brexit’ fears for Ireland

maybrexit.jpg A landmark speech on Britain’s departure from the European Union has failed to allay fears of “hard border” controls and economic chaos across the island of Ireland.

Bloody Sunday March for Justice 2017

bloodysundaymarch2017.jpg Events to mark the annual commemoration of the Bloody Sunday massacre begin this week in Derry building to the march and rally on Sunday, January 29. A look at this year’s context and the programme of events, which are spread over two weeks.

McGuinness will be a hard man to follow

mcguinnessqueen45.jpg Martin McGuinness’s IRA career and reputation uniquely fitted him for his role as chief conciliator with the British establishment.

January 19, 2017

Martin McGuinness retires

mcguinnessretires.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has effectively retired from politics after announcing he will not be standing for re-election in the 2 March poll to the Belfast Assembly.

January 16, 2017

Election set for March 2 amid rancorous Stormont debate

brokenshirenio.jpg The British government has announced that elections to the Stormont Assembly wil take place on Thursday, March 2nd after the Sinn Fein/DUP power-sharing Executive formally collapsed this afternoon.

January 13, 2017

Crisis talks fail, election due

sftalksrhi.jpg The north of Ireland is inexorably heading for an election following the resignation of Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and the failure of last-minute talks efforts by the two governments.

McGuinness asks for privacy over illness

mcguinnessquits2.jpg Martin McGuinness has called for his privacy to be respected by the media after a newspaper published details of a serious illness for which he is said to be receiving treatment.

Irish language rights campaign presses on after DUP u-turn

dearglefearg.jpg A DUP decision to re-instate an Irish language bursary scheme has been described by Sinn Fein as “too little, too late”.

Derry hit by PSNI raids, searches

psniraid.jpg Protests are being organised following a series of heavy-handed police raids on the home of republican activists over the Christmas and New Year period.

Woman flees home after state-funded body delivers threat

millarfamily.jpg A woman forced from her home in a sectarian attack in Belfast has said she was told of a loyalist death threat by representatives of a so-called loyalist ‘community group’ which is funded by the Stormont administration.

Apollo House vacated as campaign declares success

apollocloses.jpg A group of homeless people vacated a state-owned office building in Dublin on Thursday, ending a month-long squat that brought international attention to the housing crisis in Ireland.

Martin McGuinness’s resignation letter

mcguinnesscar.jpg The full text of Martin McGuinness’s resignation letter, which was addressed on Monday to Robert Newton, Speaker of the Stormont Assembly.

Why Brexit means Irish unity is now inevitable

aunitedirelandbook.jpg A political commentary by Kevin Meagher, former Special Adviser to the last Labour Government in Britain, about the new potential for Irish reunification.

January 10, 2017

Election expected as SF insists ‘no return to status quo’

maryloumcdonalddail.jpg Sinn Fein has expressed a much tougher line against the intransigence and bigotry of the DUP following yesterday's resignation by Martin McGuinness from the party's post of Deputy First Minister. An election to the Stormont Assembly in Belfast appears certain to be called next Monday and is due to take place within weeks.

January 9, 2017

McGUINNESS QUITS, STORMONT EXECUTIVE COLLAPSES

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Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has resigned in protest at unionist arrogance and intransigence, collapsing the Stormont Executive and throwing a question mark over power-sharing and the political process in the north of Ireland.

January 6, 2017

Stormont in the balance as DUP defy corruption scandal

fosterarrogant.jpg Sinn Fein has issued repeated warnings that the Six County institutions are now at a “defining point” after the unionist First Minister Arlene Foster again refused to step down over allegations that she and her Democratic Unionist Party orchestrated the enrichment of insiders, supporters and party donors through a bogus ‘green energy’ scheme.

Cable calls for united Ireland as Brexit border solution

vincecable.jpg A former leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats has called for a “united Ireland in Europe” as a means of dealing with the fallout over Britain’s Brexit decision to quit the EU.

How Thatcher and Fitzgerald plotted to defeat IRA

fitzgeraldthatcher600.jpg State papers have shown the degree to which former 26 County Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald accepted the Tory line in exchanges with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 30 years ago.

‘Sectarian’ UDR aimed weapons at 26 County soldiers

thatcherudr.jpg British soldiers of the Ulster Defence Regiment tried to intimidate a 26-County army checkpoint in County Donegal following unionist protests against the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement.

Campaigners call for leap forward in housing crisis

finglasnama.jpg Housing activists in the 26 Counties have handed an open letter to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, calling on him to order the use of vacant, state-controlled properties to house the homeless.

Lives at risk as more than 600 lie on trolleys

trolleys600.jpg The number of patients stuck on trolleys awaiting beds in hospitals in the 26 County state has broken new records, forcing Minister for Health Simon Harris to apologise for his failure to deal with the crisis.

Reavey and O’Dowd families seek answers, 40 years on

reaveyodowdfamilies.jpg In January 1976, the Reaveys and O’Dowds - two Catholic families living within 15 miles of each other in Co Armagh - each lost three loved ones at the hands of a notorious Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) gang reputed to contain dozens of members of the British Crown forces.

Momentum building towards collapse of Stormont

stormont600.jpg Serious damage is being done to the integrity of politics and action is urgently needed to restore public confidence and trust in the north’s political system.

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