January 15, 2018

Sinn Fein’s Barry McElduff stands down as MP

barrymcelduff.jpg Sinn Fein’s Barry McElduff has resigned as West Tyrone MP following an outcry over an intended humourous video in which he used a loaf of bread as a prop.

January 13, 2018

‘THANKS FOR ETERNITY’

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Tributes have been paid to Rosaleen Sands, the mother of hunger striker and MP Bobby Sands, who passed away on Friday.

Humour turned to hate

kingsmillstupid.jpg A short internet video intended as humourous by Sinn Fein MP for West Tyrone Barry McElduff caused a wave of sectarian recrimination this week when a loaf of bread he perched on his head inside a petrol station carried the word ‘Kingsmill’.

Councillor caught up in wave of false arrests

garydonnelly600.jpg Prominent Derry councillor Gary Donnelly has again been arrested and released by Gardai in County Donegal in connection with the execution of British agent and Sinn Fein informer, Denis Donaldson.

Inauspicious start for new British governor

karenbradleytitanic.jpg Britain’s new Direct Ruler in Ireland Karen Bradley has visited the North where she was welcomed as a “good unionist” by DUP MP Ian Paisley.

Dublin refuses to release report on McAnespie killing

mcanespie600.jpg Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the killing, the Dublin government has refused to release a report into the British army killing of Aidan McAnespie as he made his way to a Gaelic sports pitch.

Britain First leader stirs it up

fransen.jpg The deputy leader of a far-right unionist group in Britain is to go on trial on charges of hate speech in Belfast, it was confirmed in court on Tuesday.

The Craigavon 2 deserve justice

craigavon2600.jpg The Craigavon 2, Brendan McConville and John-Paul Wootton, are innocent Irishmen who have been wrongfully imprisoned for the past 8 years. Sign the petition now!

Inquiries, ‘collusion’ and seeking truth

loughinisland600.jpg If the NI Retired Police Officers’ Association wins on Loughinisland, it will have succeeded in closing down an important official source of information about alleged collusion and its scale, small or large. John Ware looks at a crucial upcoming ruling.

January 8, 2018

Karen Bradley is the new British Direct Ruler

karenbradley.jpg A 47-year-old English MP has been appointed as the new British Direct Ruler in the north of Ireland, taking over from the departing James Brokenshire. Karen Bradley has no known connection to Ireland.

British Direct Ruler quits

brokenshireout.jpg The head of British government in the north of Ireland, James Brokenshire, has quit the Tory cabinet ahead of a major reshuffle by Prime Minister Theresa May.

January 6, 2018

DUP ‘in denial’

fosterflag.jpg The DUP has been accused of not facing reality after the hardline unionist party called for a return of full Direct Rule of the north of Ireland from London, and condemned comments by the 26 County Taoiseach that he supports a united Ireland.

Prison visit broken up by riot squad

ddmclaughlin.jpg A republican prisoner recently extradited into British jurisdiction was dragged away from a Christmas visit by prison warders before being subjected to a vicious strip search.

Massacre victim demands action after UVF letter revealed

miamibomb.jpg Miami Showband massacre survivor Stephen Travers says the 26 County government should be ‘getting answers’ from London about revelations emerging from declassified state papers.

No reason for hospital delays, says Taoiseach

trolleys600.jpg The number of patients waiting for a hospital bed on trolleys in the 26 Counties reached a record earlier this week as the Dublin government admitted it was baffled by its own failures.

Calls for investigation into 1972 Belturbet car bombing

belturbetbomb.jpg There have been calls for the Dublin government to hold a proper investigation into the Belturbet car bombing which claimed two lives of two teenagers 45 years ago this week.

Housing Agency head keeps job despite outbursts against homeless

conorskehan.jpg A notorious Irish civil servant who claims that homelessness is “normal” and that some of those seeking shelter are trying to “game the system” has been reappointed as head of the Dublin government’s Housing Agency.

New Year statements 2018

2018.jpg A round-up of the statements traditionally issued this time of year by republican organisations.

Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh

irelandmappaper.jpg 2018 will present many challenges. If progress with the DUP proves impossible then the onus falls on to the Irish and British governments to spell out how they intend to jointly ensure that all past agreements are honoured.

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