March 31, 2018

Easter commemoration attacked by PSNI

commem2.jpg The PSNI have this afternoon attacked an Easter commemoration in Lurgan, County Armagh, injuring a woman and dramatically raising tensions ahead of a weekend of commemorative events.

Gaza’s Bloody Friday

gazasniper.jpg There has been an outcry in Ireland after more than sixteen Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday as Israel used snipers and other weaponry against tens of thousands of demonstrators who had gathered along the Gaza-Israel boundary.

Judge calls time on internment by remand

lukeoneill.jpg In a positive development in the campaign against internment by remand which has seen republicans jailed for years without charges being brought, Luke O’Neill has been granted bail.

Nationalist frustration on anniversary of Good Friday Agreement

maybangor.jpg On the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, a desultory media exercise by British Prime Minister Theresa May at a farm in County Down has added to the belief that political atrophy in London means there will be no revival of the Stormont powersharing institutions in the short term.

Trial of British soldiers to go ahead

joemccann600.jpg Two former British soldiers are to stand trial charged with murdering an Official IRA man in Belfast 46 years ago, a judge has ordered.

Calls for protests as homeless numbers top five figures

homelesspram.jpg The position of the 26 County Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is under increasing threat after a shock increase in the number of homeless people, particularly children, which has rocketed by almost 50 per cent in the last year.

Varadkar accused of marching to British tune

mayvaradkar.jpg Irish republicans have condemned the decision by 26 County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to expel a Russian diplomat as a flagrant disregard for Irish neutrality and have linked it to increasing militarisation within Europe.

The Proclamation and William Henry West

proclamation600.jpg Another story of the many from the Easter Rising of 1916 -- the English protestant printer who supplied the type for the Irish Proclamation.

March 24, 2018

Hand over inquest funds, court orders

timefortruthscales.jpg In an emphatic ruling, a High Court judge has issued a “mandatory order” to civil servants in Belfast and London to provide long-denied funds for legacy inquests in the North of Ireland.

Mixed messages over tributes to SF leaders

adamsdayny.jpg Unionists have reacted with outrage following a proclamation by the mayor of New York last weekend naming March 17, 2018 as ‘Gerry Adams Day’.

IRSP concern over Tory legal dodge

buntinglittle.jpg The Irish Republican Socialist Party has said it believes that two of its members were killed as part of a wider campaign against the party by the British government and are now the target of a potential cover-up.

Battles over flags on St Patrick’s Day

saoradhirishflag.jpg At the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Newry, the national flag was flown despite attempts by Newry, Mourne and Down Council to ban it.

Sinn Fein postpones abortion debate until after poll

carolnolan.jpg Sinn Fein has suspended one of its TDs, Offaly TD Carol Nolan, after she voted against holding a referendum to remove a constitutional ban on abortion this week.

Labour appoints new shadow Direct Ruler in Brexit row

tonylloydowensmith.jpg The spokesperson on Ireland for the British Labour Party, Owen Smith, was dramatically sacked by party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday night in a row over the party’s position on Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Martin McGuinness - Looking to the future

mcguinnessportrait.jpg Martin McGuinness was a good friend and a great leader. He made compromises where he believed they could help peace and reconciliation. He never stopped taking risks for peace, writes Gerry Adams.

Join the stand against the new gerrymander

boundariesgerrymander.jpg The DUP are behind the redrafting of constituency boundaries to hold onto as much power in the North as possible, writes Sinn Fein MP Elisha McCallion.

March 20, 2018

Hooded men, Amnesty stunned by ECHR dismissal of torture case

hoodedmenpress.jpg A decision by the European Court of Human Rights has been described as a bad day for justice after it refused to revise a judgement that the ‘Hooded Men’ did not suffer torture at the hands of their British military captors in 1971.

March 17, 2018

Taoiseach plays the gombeen for Trump

varadkargombeen.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is facing calls to resign after he bragged about how he subverted the state’s planning process on behalf of Donald Trump’s business interests during the traditional St Patrick’s Day lunch in Washington DC.

Gabriel Mackle released

rsfmackleprotest.jpg Political prisoner Gabriel Mackle has been released following a period of internment lasting over four months, it has been confirmed. It is believed his release was made subject to legal conditions which have prevented him making a statement on the matter.

DUP negotiators can’t deliver - Sinn Fein

conormurphy600.jpg Sinn Fein has questioned the authority of the DUP negotiating team, headed up by party leader Arlene Foster, after the last round of talks to restore power-sharing in Belfast suddenly collapsed as a deal was imminent.

Trump set to visit ‘interesting’ border areas in Ireland

trumpvaradkarshamrock.jpg US President Donald Trump has said he will visit Ireland and will go to the border, according to reports from Washington DC.

Tory plans for Brexit include border travel ‘permit’

borderagency.jpg People crossing the British-imposed border through Ireland would have to register in advance for permission under a deranged plan for Brexit being considered by Tories.

Brother of shot escapee takes legal action

hughconey.jpg The brother of a County Tyrone man shot dead while trying to escape from Long Kesh internment camp almost 45 years ago has launched a legal action against the PSNI police and British Ministry of Defence.

Tribute to Frank Flood

frankflood.jpg Dublin City Council has officially named a bridge in north Dublin after a 19-year-old student of University College Dublin and head of an IRA unit who was executed during the War of Independence.

Remembering Rosemary Nelson

rosemarynelson600.jpg Human rights lawyer, Rosemary Nelson, was murdered in this week 19 years ago by an under-car booby trap bomb. The attack was later claimed by a Loyalist death squad the LVF, but the level of sophistication points the finger firmly at British military intelligence for Rosemary’s murder. Mandy Duffy remembers Rosemary on her anniversary.

March 10, 2018

DUP looks to London

fosterbcc2.jpg Sinn Fein has warned that the DUP has “checked out” of any attempt to restore the powersharing institutions in Belfast as the Tory government in London introduced an effective Direct Rule budget for the North of Ireland.

Gibraltar Three remembered

gibmural2018.jpg Events have been taking place in west Belfast to commemorate three IRA Volunteers ambushed and executed by the British Army’s SAS in Gibraltar 30 years ago.

Foster’s block on inquests ‘unlawful’

loughgallpic.jpg A High Court judge has found that the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Arlene Foster, illegally blocked funding for inquests into killings in the north of Ireland.

Tony Taylor now interned for two years

taylorposter.jpg Derry republican Tony Taylor has issued a statement from Maghaberry prison appealing for public support on the second anniversary of his internment.

O Caolain to stand down as public representative

caoimhghindail.jpg Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghin O Caolain, the party’s longest-serving elected representative in the 26 Counties, has confirmed he will not stand in the next general election.

Soccer squabble over ‘Catholics’ playing for Ireland

oneills.jpg Sinn Fein has called on the manager of the ‘Northern Ireland’ soccer squad to withdraw comments in which he complained that “Catholic” players from the Six Counties had been convinced to play for the Irish national team.

Memories of Mairead Farrell

maireadfarrell2.jpg On the 30th anniversary of IRA Volunteers Mairead Farrell, Sean Savage and Dan McCann, murdered by the SAS in a shoot to kill operation on 6th March 1988 in Gibraltar, Saoradh activist and former IRA POW Breige-Anne McCaughley shares her memories of Volunteer Mairead Farrell.

Why I won’t go to Westminster

paulmaskey2.jpg In 2017, I and other MPs were elected on a mandate to actively abstain from Westminster. We intend to honour that mandate, writes Sinn Fein's Paul Maskey.

March 8, 2018

EU issues ultimatum to London over Irish border

tusk.jpg The President of the European Council Donald Tusk has said issues relating to Ireland must be resolved before negotiations on Brexit can move ahead in other matters.

March 3, 2018

Time for truth

timefortruthmarch.jpg Thousands of people have taken part in a march for victims of the recent conflict in Belfast. They came together last weekend as they made their way to City Hall under the banner ‘Time for Truth’.

EU trade plan ‘could end the United Kingdom’ - May

maybrexitcommons.jpg The British Prime Minister has claimed an EU proposal for a ‘common regulatory area’ between the EU and the North of Ireland would “threaten the constitutional integrity of the UK”.

Irish media in receipt of government payola

payola.jpg The Fine Gael government in Dublin has been using public money for a marketing campaign that required Irish newspapers to make government propaganda look like news, it has emerged.

Judges blast prosecutor over untried murder of Daniel Hegarty

barramcgrory2.jpg A prosecutor’s decision not to try the British soldier who shot dead a 15-year-old child in Derry in 1972 was “irredeemably flawed”, the High Court has ruled. Judges also ruled that the four-year delay by notorious former Crown Prosecutor Barra McGrory was “manifestly excessive, inexplicable, unjustified and unlawful”.

Secret court process could be used to challenge collusion

fredholroyd.jpg A former military intelligence whistle-blower in the British Army has offered to give evidence in secret court hearings about murders and collusion by the British Army.

Loyalist paramilitary ‘eviction force’ deployed in Dublin

balbrigganeviction.jpg A bank hired loyalist paramilitaries and ex-British army personnel to evict a family from their County Dublin home, according to anti-eviction activists.

Poyntzpass remembered

trainorallen.jpg One of the most shocking loyalist atrocities of the conflict -- the murders of two lifelong friends, one a Protestant, one a Catholic -- made headlines around the world 20 years ago this week.

Tory boy’s mask slips

projectireland.jpg The real Leo Varadkar was the one who stood up in the Dail last Tuesday and the public would do well to remember that when his party comes looking for votes in the near future.

March 2, 2018

Ireland endures overnight blizzard

blizzard.jpg Almost 24,000 homes and businesses across Ireland are without power amid one of the worst winter storms the country has experienced for decades. Much of the country heeded warnings to stay indoors amid extreme weather conditions overnight.

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