June 26, 2017

DUP concludes government deal with Tories

duptorydeal.jpg The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Conservative party have completed a deal which will see the DUP prop up a minority Tory government.

June 24, 2017

‘BREXIT TO THEM GENTLY’

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English royals Elizabeth and Charles Windsor have delivered the legislative agenda of the presumptive minority government in London for the next two years which revolves around its uncertain plans to withdraw from the European Union.

Scepticism as state killer pleads guilty

garyhaggarty600.jpg Relatives of the victims of a notorious British state agent watched as Gary Haggarty answered guilty to a lengthy list of charges at Belfast Crown Court on Friday.

Stormont on hold while DUP closes in on Westminster power

dupdeal.jpg Talks between the Democratic Unionist Party and the British Conservatives have continued in London on a ‘confidence and supply’ agreement for the DUP to prop up a minority Tory government at Westminster.

Anti-DUP march takes place in London

dupprotestlondon.jpg A march is taking place in London today [Saturday] in opposition to the DUP and its policies.

‘No fuss’ claim as UVF flags go up

flagssharedspace.jpg There has been a public protest at the erection of loyalist paramilitary flags in South Belfast after the recently elected MP, Emma Little-Pengelly of the Democratic Unionists, claimed that she sees ‘no demand’ for their removal and that residents ‘do not want a fuss’.

Bizarre twist in bonfire storage scandal

pallets.jpg The involvement and support of Belfast City Council for loyalist paramilitary bonfires reached farcical levels this week after 3,000 wooden pallets being stored by the council as fuel for the pyres ended up being stolen by persons unknown.

Solidarity through the centuries

choctawsculpture.jpg A simple act of kindness 170 years ago by an Oklahoma Indian tribe was celebrated in County Cork this week.

Advancing towards Irish Unity - in the United Irish tradition

bodenstown2017.jpg Sinn Fein chairperson Declan Kearney delivered the keynote address to the party’s annual Wolfe Tone commemoration in Bodenstown last Sunday.

June 17, 2017

Peace warnings as May plays the Orange card

newsfdowningst.jpg An attempt by British Prime Minister Theresa May to placate the North of Ireland parties over her plans to form a pact with hardline unionists saw Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams tell her that her government is “in clear breach of the Good Friday Agreement”.

Saoradh offices raided

saoradhraided.jpg A raid on the headquarters of the republican party Saoradh in Belfast has been described as an act of oppression amid the political upheaval of recent weeks.

Orangeman found guilty over ‘ISIS style’ assault

ardoyne2015phoebe.jpg An Orangeman accused of attacking nationalists in the manner of an Islamist terrorist attack has been found guilty of assault and causing grievous bodily harm.

Loyalists attack Irish bar in Liverpool

liverpoolabod.jpg In one of a number of incidents related to parade tensions, loyalists marchers belonging to the Apprentice Boys of Derry staged a mob attack on an Irish bar in Liverpool last Saturday evening.

Parole decision fuels new campaign against internment

taylorprotest0617.jpg The wife of interned republican activist Tony Taylor is hoping public protest and legal action will bring his freedom after a parole panel refused his release earlier this month.

Kenny finally makes way as Varadkar becomes Taoiseach

kennyvaradkarfitzgerald.jpg The long goodbye of the outgoing 26 County Taoiseach has ended after he handed in his resignation to President Michael D Higgins, and his successor, Leo Varadkar, received his seal of office.

Grenfell will forever stand as a rebuke to the right

grenfellfire.jpg Grenfell Tower is a story of inequality, of the poor herded into a cramped building made unsafe because it was prettified to improve the view of the nearby rich.

Active abstentionism

sfmps17.jpg Is Micheal Martin now telling us that if his party ever stands candidates in the North, and they are successful, that they will take the Oath to the English Queen?

June 12, 2017

Parallel talks taking place in Belfast and London

sfmpsplus.jpg There was a surreal air in Belfast on Monday as talks aimed at restoring power-sharing in the north of Ireland went ahead, even as the DUP were separately negotiating to enter a deal on government with the Tories in London.

June 10, 2017

The devil and the DUP

duptheresamay.jpg Sinn Fein has played down the impact of a deal between unionists and Conservatives as it emerged the Democratic Unionist Party will support a minority Tory government in London.

Talks in doubt as Tory/DUP alliance threatens peace deal

duptory.jpg Stormont negotiations scheduled to recommence on Monday are unlikely to go ahead as the Democratic Unionists have turned their focus to London following the Westminster general election.

Sinn Fein winning the electoral battle

mccalliononeill.jpg The political geography of the north of Ireland has been rewritten following the Westminster election as Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionists entirely obliterated the smaller parties, with Sinn Fein emerging as the biggest winner with three extra seats.

Internee refused parole

tonytaylordemo.jpg A protest is being held in Derry on Sunday after interned republican activist Tony Taylor was again refused release from prison.

New Lodge Six ‘want truth to be known’

newlodgesixfamilies.jpg The families of six Catholic men all killed by the British army more than 44 years ago have asked the Six County attorney general for a new inquest.

Drug dealers in Belfast facing summary justice

aad.jpg The PSNI police has admitted it failed to disclose a murder bid in Belfast earlier this year as a behind-the-scenes vigilante battle against drug dealers was uncovered.

Westminster election - results round-up

gildernewhazzard.jpg A look at the results of the Westminster election in each of the 18 constituencies in the Six Counties.

Election has sounded the death knell for the SDLP

2017wmelection.jpg For the first time in fifty-one years, since Gerry Fitt was elected for West Belfast in 1966, there is no northern nationalist voice at Westminster.

June 9, 2017

Tories look to agree deal with DUP after losing majority

fostermay.jpg A nightmarish final Westminster election result has given the DUP the opportunity to form a highly unstable coalition with the Conservatives.

Sinn Fein gains three seats as smaller parties wiped out

mccallionwin.jpg A surge in support for Sinn Fein has seen the party win seats in Foyle, South Down and Fermanagh/South Tyrone, wiping the rival nationalist SDLP off the Westminster political map.

Tories in trouble after snap election; SF, DUP gain

corbynmay.jpg The Conservatives are failing to gain seats and their majority in the House of Commons could even be in doubt as early results come in from the British general election.

June 3, 2017

Brazen murder as UDA rewards DUP with election support

hornerfoster.jpg A brutal murder by the unionist paramilitary UDA of a feud rival and its subsequent election endorsement of the DUP has dramatically raised the issue of collusion between unionist politicians and loyalist murder gangs ahead of next week’s Westminster election.

SDLP backs border poll in pre-election play

eastwoodmanifesto.jpg In a move which has brought the two nationalist parties in the North closer than ever politically, the SDLP is backing calls for a border poll on Irish reunification.

Loyalist threat linked to murder of election candidate’s father

johnfinucanepat.jpg Sinn Fein North Belfast candidate John Finucane has received a chilling loyalist death threat as the election campaign entered its final week.

Anger over Derry’s tribute to its oppressors

museumderryprotest.jpg A protest was held on Friday afternoon, June 2, over the inclusion of the names of British soldiers and RUC members killed during the conflict in an installation at the Museum of Free Derry.

Tory attack video filled with lies

mcguinnesscorbyn.jpg A smear campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by the British Conservative Party took a sinister turn this week after the party promoted a “fake news” attack video over his views on the conflict in Ireland.

Unwavering bravery recalled at unveiling of new mural

mcbreartymural.jpg A former IRA Volunteer, John Crawley, delivered the main address at the unveiling of a new mural in honour of IRA martyr George McBrearty on the 36th anniversary of his death on Sunday.

Westminster election - constituency profiles

constituencies6co.jpg A quick look at each of the 18 Westminster constituencies in the North of Ireland, and what to expect when the election results come rolling in next week.

The winds of change are blowing

sf2017candswest.jpg Nationalists have come to appreciate the power and value of their vote.

June 2, 2017

Varadkar confirmed as new FG leader and next Taoiseach

varadkarwins.jpg Leo Varadkar is to become Ireland’s youngest and first openly gay Taoiseach. He defeated his rival for the Fine Gael leadership, Simon Coveney, in an internal party ballot today, replacing Enda Kenny who announced his retirement last month.

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