[Irish Republican News]

April 25, 2017

[Irish Republican News]



Republicans reaffirm campaigns in Easter commemorations

saoradheaster17.jpg Tens of thousands of republicans took to the streets of villages, towns and cities across Ireland last weekend to pay their respects to Ireland’s fallen heroes.

Published April 22, 2017



Deranged informer blamed for Garda murder

crevanmackin.jpg There have been calls for a public inquiry after a Louth man who shot and killed a Garda policeman and seriously injured his ex-girlfriend before killing himself was confirmed to have been a state informer who had been told to spy on IRA groups.

Published April 22, 2017



Divisons continue over Martin McGuinness’s legacy

mcguinnessheadstone.jpg Unionists have expressed outrage at a gravestone erected for former deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as republicans gathered to remember him a month after his passing.

Published April 22, 2017



PSNI accused of withholding evidence on weapons

tommycasey.jpg The family of a Catholic man killed by loyalists in collusion with state forces has called for the release of details of a recently found arms cache which they believe could finally secure a conviction for his murder.

Published April 22, 2017



Outcry as nuns set to be handed new maternity hospital

nmhplans.jpg Over 80,000 people have signed a petition calling on Simon Harris, the 26 County health minister, to prevent a religious order from being handed ownership of a new maternity hospital.

Published April 22, 2017



‘Clear names of Scap’s victims’

scapbig.jpg Sinn Fein has been urged to exonerate those republicans and others who were executed as ‘informers’ on the orders of a British double agent operating inside the Provisional IRA.

Published April 14, 2017



Anger as killer soldiers hold protest

saoradhprotestveterans.jpg A demonstration by former British soldiers in Belfast city and a counter-demonstration by republican group Saoradh have both passed off peacefully on Good Friday.

Published April 14, 2017



‘Excess’ water charges seen as first step back

waterprotest0417.jpg A deal between the two main right-wing parties on water charges in the 26 Counties has reignited the controversy, despite claims that the charges have been scrapped “for most people”.

Published April 14, 2017



Coroner brings closure for the Deery family

deeryfamily.jpg A decades-long justice campaign for a teenage boy shot dead by the British Army in Derry in 1972 has been fully vindicated after a coroner ruled this week that Manus Deery was ‘totally innocent’ and his murder ‘totally unjustified’.

Published April 14, 2017



Talks deadline postponed again

stormontsf.jpg Talks between the Stormont political parties have been extended into May amid a deadlock which Sinn Fein has blamed on unionists’ refusal to back a rights-based society.

Published April 14, 2017



Partition ‘a grave injustice’ - Villiers

villierscyprus.jpg Former British Direct Ruler in the North of Ireland, Theresa Villiers, has become the subject of ridicule after she expressed support for freedom and unity for the divided island of... Cyprus.

Published April 14, 2017



Kenny’s Brexit breakdown

kennymerkel.jpg The Dublin government’s failure to secure any kind of veto for Ireland in the negotiations following Brexit has been strongly criticised as a dereliction of its duties.

Published April 7, 2017



Former British troops face Belfast opposition

veterans.jpg Republicans and former British soldiers are set to stage opposing demonstrations in Belfast city centre on Good Friday.

Published April 7, 2017



PSNI use ‘carrot and stick’ tactic to recruit informers

giftcards.jpg Members of the PSNI Special Branch used a pair of shopping gift cards in an attempt to turn a Fermanagh activist into an informer, as spying activity appears to have increased ahead of next weekend’s republican commemorations.

Published April 7, 2017



Department admits community grants discrimination

givanbonfire.jpg A report for Stormont’s ‘Department for Communities’ has admitted that a scheme for funding community halls was biased in favour of the Protestant community.

Published April 7, 2017



Brokenshire urged to step down as talks chair

brokenshirepress.jpg The British Direct Ruler James Brokenshire has been urged to give up the chairmanship of the talks at Stormont after the latest round of discussions failed to make any real progress.

Published April 7, 2017



ETA leaves arms ‘in the hands of the Basque people’

etaletter.jpg The Basque armed group ETA says it will disarm on Saturday, leaving down their weapons “so that Basques can continue taking steps to achieve peace and freedom for our country”.

Published April 7, 2017



Hope for Ireland as Brexit gets real

brexitletter2.jpg Despite the Brexit process, the north of Ireland could remain in the European Union pending a unity referendum, according to papers published this week by a European Parliament committee.

Published April 1, 2017



New IRA claim bomb attack

strabanerocket.jpg The organisation known as the new IRA has said it struck a PSNI armoured vehicle with an ‘explosively formed projectile’ (EFP) in County Tyrone last week.

Published April 1, 2017



Prisoner taken off republican wing in Maghaberry row

gabrielmackle.jpg A prisoner in the republican wing of Maghaberry prison has been removed following a dispute with other prisoners in a row which has pitched two small republican political parties against each other.

Published April 1, 2017



Stormont talks set to continue

brokepress.jpg Sinn Fein has said it will be insisting on the implementation of previous peace deals in talks which are set to go on at Stormont after a deadline for agreement was extended by the British government.

Published April 1, 2017



Police Commissioner and Ministers defy critics as scandals mount

noirinosuillivan.jpg The 26 County Garda police commissioner Noirin O Sullivan remains in her post despite a barrage of shocking and incredible revelations about the depth of fraud and corruption in the police force she heads.

Published April 1, 2017



Minister ‘issued threat’ to financial investigators

noonandail.jpg The chairman of the Dublin parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has alleged that pressure was put on him by the Minister for Finance to limit its investigation into the notorious cut-price sale of state-owned properties in the Six Counties known as ‘Project Eagle’

Published April 1, 2017



Brexit triggered, negotiations to begin on Irish border

brexitletter.jpg The European Union has confirmed that the Tory government in London has triggered article 50, beginning a two-year process that will see Britain, and possibly the north of Ireland, fall out of the European Union.

Published March 29, 2017



Talks given extra time as Brokenshire fudges deadline

brokenshirepress.jpg The British government has called for further talks to restore the Stormont Executive after efforts so far fell well short of reaching today’s ‘deadline’ for forming a power-sharing administration in the Six Counties.

Published March 27, 2017



Sinn Fein pulls out of talks

sftalks0317.jpg Sinn Fein has withdrawn from all-party talks at Stormont on restoring the Six County Assembly after reporting no substantive progress in any of the issues under discussion. The talks involving the Democratic Unionist Party and the Dublin and London governments had a deadline of tomorrow afternoon.

Published March 26, 2017



‘Freedom fighter’

mcguinnesscortege.jpg Grief turned to pride for Sinn Fein this week as tens of thousands paid their respects to a leader who came to symbolise peace in Ireland and the process through which the Provisional IRA gave birth to a political powerhouse.

Published March 24, 2017



British PM faces Brexit confrontation in Belfast

brexitmap.jpg British Prime Minister Theresa May will receive a very clear message that the north of Ireland wants to stay in the European Union before she triggers Brexit on Wednesday, Sinn Fein has said.

Published March 24, 2017



DUP MP suggests ‘poodle’ Sinn Fein could back down in talks

sammywilson600.jpg A senior MP for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said there is “virtually no chance” of a deal being struck for the restoration of the Stormont Assembly in Belfast ahead of the looming deadline next Monday. Sammy Wilson described Sinn Fein’s position as “unworkable” and claimed the party are “overplaying their hand”.

Published March 24, 2017



Support for Bus Eireann workers over strike action

buseireannpicket.jpg Drivers and other employees of Ireland’s state-run bus company have said they feel they have “nothing to lose” as a nationwide bus strike has focused attention on the crisis over wages in the public transport sector.

Published March 24, 2017



Kenny accused of hypocrisy over immigration

kennyimmigration.jpg Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been urged to do more to help those coming to Ireland to escape global conflicts following his comments on immigration in the US last week, which received unprecedented international media attention.

Published March 24, 2017



Bill Clinton’s eulogy for Martin McGuinness

clintonfuneralmcguinness.jpg The full text of remarks made by former US President at the Requiem Mass for former Sinn Fein deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Published March 24, 2017



Oration at the grave of Martin McGuinness

adamsoration.jpg The graveside oration for Martin McGuinness delivered by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams at his funeral today.

Published March 23, 2017



Large crowds attend funeral of Martin McGuinness

mcguinnessfuneral.jpg Senior political figures and officials from the Irish, British and US establishments have joined thousands of mourners from across Ireland to attend the funeral in Derry of Martin McGuinness.

Published March 23, 2017



Crowds gather to honour Martin McGuinness

mcguinnessremoval.jpg Thousands of people have attended the removal of Martin McGuinness in advance of his funeral in his native Derry.

Published March 21, 2017



Tributes paid following death of Martin McGuinness

martinmcguinnessdeath.jpg Sinn Fein is in mourning today and tributes have been paid across the Irish and British political establishment as news spread this morning that Martin McGuinness had succumbed to his serious illness.

Published March 21, 2017



Martin McGuinness has died

martinmcguinnessaf.jpg The death has been announced of Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein’s chief negotiator in the peace process. He passed away early this morning at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.

Published March 21, 2017



National rights denied as Tories assert English rule

maywestminster.jpg There has been an angry response in both Ireland and Scotland after British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would block referendums on Irish unity and Scottish independence following the Brexit vote to leave the European Union.

Published March 17, 2017



UDA feud erupts with cold-blooded murder

geordiegilmore.jpg The failure of the authorities at Stormont and in London to challenge loyalist paramilitary violence has been highlighted after a UDA faction murdered a man in broad daylight this week.

Published March 17, 2017



Protests vowed as Trump gets St Patrick’s Day invite

trumpkenny2.jpg There has been a broadly negative reaction to an invitation issued by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to US president Donald Trump to visit Ireland. Protests opposing his visit are already being planned by left-wing parties.

Published March 17, 2017



Information on state killings ‘can never go out’ - Tories

victimsstormontprotest.jpg Some information about British state killings during the conflict can never be made public because it would “put lives at risk”, British Direct Ruler James Brokenshire has declared.

Published March 17, 2017



Legacy of scandals overshadows talks

stormonttalks17.jpg Continuing allegations of unionist bigotry and corruption hang over power-sharing talks, which face a potential deadline next week when the British government could call another snap Assembly election or reimpose full direct rule from London.

Published March 17, 2017



Families made homeless for St Patrick’s Day

homelessdublincolour.jpg Families given emergency accommodation in hotel rooms are spending St Patrick’s weekend on the streets after they were pushed out to make room for tourists.

Published March 17, 2017



Scottish government to seek post-Brexit independence vote

sturgeonbute.jpg Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon says she plans to trigger another independence referendum. She said the new poll should be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

Published March 13, 2017



Referendum on voting rights for emigrants, northerners

irishvoteballotbox.jpg In an announcement timed to coincide with the run-up to St Patrick’s Day, a referendum is to be held on whether to allow Irish citizens living abroad or in the North of Ireland to vote in Presidential elections.

Published March 12, 2017



Growing consensus that time has come for unity

brexituk.jpg There have been vocal and widespread calls for Irish reunification in the face of the British government’s determination to leave the European Union and a historic election result last week which has delivered unprecedented political strength for nationalism and Sinn Fein.

Published March 10, 2017



‘One-sided’ British governor warns of fresh elections

brokenio.jpg The British Direct Ruler James Brokenshire has threatened to rerun last week’s historic election after Sinn Fein walked out of a meeting with him over his government’s refusal to allow inquests into state killings to proceed.

Published March 10, 2017



Tuam mass grave inquiry may be expanded as Kenny blames mothers

massgravetuam.jpg A South African-style ‘truth and reconciliation commission’ is being considered to deal with the terrible legacy of Ireland’s homes for single mothers following the confirmation this week of the find of a mass grave at a shelter run by an order of nuns in the west of Ireland.

Published March 10, 2017



PSNI lacks independence needed for investigation - judge

jeansmythcampbell.jpg In a very significant decision, a High Court judge has ruled that the family of a woman shot dead by the British Army in west Belfast 45 years ago has been let down for decades by the criminal investigation system.

Published March 10, 2017



Two jailed in ‘supergrass’ trial

supergrassprotest17.jpg There have been warnings that the 26 County government is once again operating a supergrass system against political activists after an alleged paid informer played a part in the conviction of two men in Dublin this week.

Published March 10, 2017



No charges, no evidence, no justice - Free Tony Taylor

freetonytaylor.jpg The family of jailed republican Tony Taylor are to stage a protest this Saturday afternoon, 11 March, at Strand Road PSNI base in Derry to mark the first anniversary of his internment without trial. This petition explains the case and all republicans are urged to show their support.

Published March 10, 2017



Stormont talks deadlocked as Foster refuses to shift

duptalks2007.jpg Talks to revive the Stormont Executive have hit a stalemate after less than a day as DUP leader Arlene Foster resisted demands by Sinn Fein for her to step aside First Minister.

Published March 6, 2017



Election transformation

fosterelectionlost.jpg Thursday’s election has significantly altered the make-up of politics in the north of Ireland as a more focussed and energised Sinn Fein enticed republican voters back to the polls and historically ended the unionist majority at Stormont.

Published March 4, 2017



Tough negotiations expected after Stormont game-changer

adamspress.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has said this week’s Assembly election would have a historic significance that would “resonate for years”. However, political parties and leaders now “have a job of work” to negotiate an agreement that delivers on the outstanding elements of all of the previous agreements.

Published March 4, 2017



Derry anger as politicians ignore PSNI oppression

psniderryraid.jpg There were heavy PSNI raids lasting for over four hours against the homes of republican families in Creggan, Derry on Monday, February 28, 2017, just three days before the Stormont Assembly election.

Published March 4, 2017



Travellers acknowledged to be ethnic minority

travellersdail.jpg Irish Travellers have been recognised as an indigenous ethnic minority in a historic declaration in the Dublin parliament.

Published March 4, 2017



Nightmare confirmed at Tuam home for single mothers

motherbabiestuam.jpg Human remains of a significant number of babies and infants up to three years of age have been found on the site of a former ‘mother and baby’ home in Tuam, County Galway, confirming horor reports of an effective holocaust against those children at the home run by the Bon Secours order of nuns.

Published March 4, 2017



‘Water charges are gone’, says FG Minister

coveney.jpg Anti-water-charge campaigners have celebrated after Fine Gael’s Minister for Housing and leadership contender Simon Coveney finally stated that “water charges are gone”, although there are still concerns the party may try to reintroduce them in the future.

Published March 4, 2017



Calls for unity after record SF vote; UUP leader quits

nesbittquits.jpg Sinn Fein has attained its highest ever share of the vote in the North of Ireland and came within touching distance of outpolling all of the other parties as votes were tallied today.

Published March 3, 2017



Positive election results for Sinn Fein as others battle it out

oneillelected.jpg The snap 2017 Assembly election has been a good one for Sinn Fein, with the party so far holding on to its seats in all constituencies and showing particular strength in the traditional republican heartlands.

Published March 3, 2017



Voting ends in Stormont election

oneillvotes.jpg The polls have closed in the Six County Assembly election with voter participation reported to have substantially recovered from the record low voter turnout in last year’s Assembly election.

Published March 2, 2017



DUP face day of reckoning

duppress.jpg The north’s largest unionist party is increasingly fearful ahead of next month’s Stormont Assembly election amid predictions that it could fall below the thirty seats it needs to hold on to its veto over political change in the north of Ireland.

Published February 24, 2017



Taoiseach fails to advance case for special EU status for North

kennyjuncker.jpg The embattled 26 County Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has said that the eventual Brexit deal must allow access into the EU for the Six Counties of Ireland still under British rule in the event of Irish reunification.

Published February 24, 2017



Human rights activists attacked by Tories and DUP

maycommonsni.jpg British Prime Minister Theresa May has been condemned after she hit out at the families of those killed by British soldiers and their legal representatives during a debate at the Westminster parliament.

Published February 24, 2017



PSNI man targeted by under-car device

culmoredevice.jpg A PSNI policeman narrowly escaped a limpet mine attack in Derry City in the latest incident being attributed to the breakaway armed group known as the ‘new IRA’

Published February 24, 2017



Kenny to confirm plan to quit after White House event

trumpkenny.jpg Under intense pressure from within his own party to resign, the 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he should be allowed to travel to Washington DC to meet Donald Trump on St Patrick’s Day, before making an announcement.

Published February 24, 2017



Loyalist ‘threatened Catholics’ before Shankill murder

shankillold.jpg A suspect in the sectarian loyalist shooting of a young Catholic father vowed to clear all “taigs” from the area, a lawyer told an inquest this week.

Published February 24, 2017



Kenny facing heave after ‘shambolic’ episode

endakennytired.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny is struggling to retain the leadership of his Fine Gael party after his ponderous and contradictory responses to allegations of a smear campaign against a Garda police whistleblower.

Published February 17, 2017



Torture of ‘Hooded Men’ is a war crime, court is told

hoodedmen17.jpg One of 14 Irish nationalists tortured during internment was bitten by a British soldier’s dog and forced to drink from the animal’s dish, the High Court heard this week.

Published February 17, 2017



Appeal for information on Lisburn killing

bradleyfamily.jpg The family of Paul Bradley, who was murdered by a sectarian mob just over 30 years ago, has made a heartfelt appeal for information.

Published February 17, 2017



Nesbitt grabs the campaign limelight

electiondebate.jpg In a statement that has created upheaval within his own party, the leader of the Ulster Unionists has said that he will vote for the nationalist SDLP after his own party -- but ahead of other unionist candidates -- in the coming Stormont election.

Published February 17, 2017



Visitors to Maghaberry facing abuses

maghaberrygdog.jpg The Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association has warned of a systematic effort by the jail administration at Maghaberry to harass and intimidate the families of republican prisoners during visits.

Published February 17, 2017



Clonoe Martyrs remembered

oneillclonoe.jpg Sinn Fein’s new northern leader has said there should be no hierarchy of victims as she spoke at a vigil in memory of four IRA Volunteers who were gunned down in an SAS ambush in a churchyard in Clonoe, County Tyrone.

Published February 17, 2017



Westminster vote undermines 1998 peace deal

westminsterbrexit.jpg In a potentially historic development, the London parliament has voted to allow the British government renege on the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement as part of its negotiations to leave the European Union.

Published February 10, 2017



Ministers, police chiefs implicated in sexual abuse smear

osullivanmccabe.jpg An admission by a government agency that it circulated false allegations of sexual abuse against a Garda police whistleblower has dramatically supported claims that the 26 County state engaged in a smear campaign against Sergeant Maurice McCabe with the support of successive police commissioners.

Published February 10, 2017



DUP accused of dehumanising Irish speakers

fosterelection.jpg DUP leader Arlene Foster has been accused of using bigoted comments to win over unionist hardliners and distract from a corruption scandal which has threatened to topple her from her position as First Minister for the Six Counties.

Published February 10, 2017



British soldiers back away from planned march through Derry

notenteringderry.jpg Irish republican activists have claimed a victory after a planned protest march by former British soldiers that had been scheduled to take place through Derry next month has been cancelled.

Published February 10, 2017



Schools ‘used for British propaganda’

psniraid600.jpg The Irish Republican Socialist Party has said that it has received complaints from parents expressing concern at the decision of a local primary school in west Belfast to permit the PSNI to “ingratiate themselves” with children during school hours.

Published February 10, 2017



Campaign to end colonial mindset on Cork’s streets

corksigns.jpg Activists in Cork have defaced street signs referencing British monarchs and have called instead for signs to honour Ireland’s heroes.

Published February 10, 2017



‘Frictionless’ border checks as Britain waives the rules

gardacheckpoint600.jpg The British government appears to be planning a return of customs controls across the Six County border and may even be hoping to push all of Ireland out of the EU following hardline statements on its Brexit plans this week.

Published February 3, 2017



Brokenshire comments infuriate Bloody Sunday families

sundaymarch2017.jpg Crowds of local people joined a diverse range of activists and bands at the Bloody Sunday March for Justice on Sunday. Relatives of those killed and representatives from the wounded led the march, carrying 14 white crosses to symbolise those who lost their lives on Bloody Sunday.

Published February 3, 2017



Lynch concerned by torture but did not expose it - documents

waterboarding600.jpg Both the Dublin and London governments were fully aware that torture techniques such as waterboarding were being used against nationalists in the north of Ireland but remained silent, according to documents uncovered by the Pat Finucane centre.

Published February 3, 2017



DUP leader increasingly mired in RHI scandal

fostereastwood.jpg There are fresh doubts over the return of the Belfast powersharing Executive after the SDLP, the second largest nationalist party behind Sinn Fein, ruled out entering a new administration with DUP leader Arlene Foster amid mounting allegations over her role in a corruption scandal.

Published February 3, 2017



‘Illegal parades can go ahead’ despite court ruling - PSNI

flagprotestriot.jpg PSNI police chief George Hamilton has responded defiantly after the Supreme Court in London finally confirmed that the PSNI were wrong in their decision not to stop intimidatory loyalist flag protest marches four years ago.

Published February 3, 2017



High Court bid to end Ludlow cover-up

ludlowfamily.jpg The unexplained halting of an investigation into the murder of an Irish forestry worker is a scandal which goes to the highest levels of police and government, Dublin’s High Court has heard.

Published February 3, 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.

Published January 27, 2017



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.

Published January 27, 2017



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.

Published January 27, 2017



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.

Published January 27, 2017



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.

Published January 27, 2017



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.

Published January 27, 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.

Published January 23, 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.

Published January 20, 2017



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.

Published January 20, 2017



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.

Published January 20, 2017



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.

Published January 20, 2017



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.

Published January 20, 2017



‘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.

Published January 20, 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.

Published January 19, 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.

Published January 16, 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.

Published January 13, 2017



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.

Published January 13, 2017



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”.

Published January 13, 2017



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.

Published January 13, 2017



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.

Published January 13, 2017



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.

Published January 13, 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.

Published January 10, 2017



McGUINNESS QUITS, STORMONT EXECUTIVE COLLAPSES

mcguinnessquits.jpg

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.

Published January 9, 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.

Published January 6, 2017



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.

Published January 6, 2017



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.

Published January 6, 2017



‘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.

Published January 6, 2017



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.

Published January 6, 2017



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.

Published January 6, 2017



Making hope and hunger rhyme

foodparcels.jpg The centenary year of the 1916 Rising ends with new optimism over a campaign of direct action against inequality headed by a motley group of musicians, actors and writers. However, the sight of thousands of people braving the cold to receive food handouts in Dublin and Limerick has highlighted the scale of the challenge.

Published December 24, 2016



Stormont in disarray as Foster clings to power

fosternoconf.jpg The futures of both DUP First Minister Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are in the balance after a farcical power-play at Stormont this week.

Published December 24, 2016



DUP ‘Communities’ Minister accused of hating Irish

dupflute.jpg News that a DUP Minister at Stormont has axed a bursary scheme for children from deprived communities to study Irish has drawn a bitterly hostile reaction from Irish language and equality campaigners.

Published December 24, 2016



British demand secrecy over Omagh bomb, Doherty killing

ciarandoherty600.jpg The High Court in Belfast has allowed the British government to hold a secret hearing in a legal action over the alleged cover-up of the 1998 Real IRA Omagh bombing.

Published December 24, 2016



Christmas anguish for family of Irish prisoner of conscience

taylorfamily600.jpg The family of Derry republican prisoner Tony Taylor have said that it will be a ‘very rough Christmas’ without him.

Published December 24, 2016



Republican prisoner on dirty protest over segregation

lukeoneill.jpg A republican political prisoner, Luke O’Neill is spending Christmas on a dirty protest in Maghaberry Prison in protest at a refusal to move him to the republican wing.

Published December 24, 2016



Foster mocks opposition after Stormont walkout

stormontwalkout.jpg A motion of no confidence in First Minister Arlene Foster was vetoed by the Democratic Unionist Party today, but not before other parties in the Stormont Assembly staged a theatrical walk-out from a chamber in which they are powerless to effect political change without DUP support.

Published December 19, 2016



Sinn Fein could turn against corrupt DUP

bellfoster.jpg Over a thousand people have attended protests in Belfast and Derry calling for DUP leader Arlene Foster to resign as Six County First Minister after a public display of DUP infighting over corruption allegations.

Published December 17, 2016



Huge support as stars become squatters for homeless

homesweethomelaunch.jpg A group of Irish celebrities have spearheaded an action to tackle the homelessness crisis by taking over a government-owned property to provide accommodation.

Published December 17, 2016



Justice hopes for McCann family as British soldiers are charged

joemccann600.jpg The prosecution of two former British paratroopers for the killing of Official IRA Volunteer Joe McCann brings hope to his family who have campaigned for justice since the Historial Enquiries Team ruled the shooting unlawful.

Published December 17, 2016



Child’s trauma after seeing father attacked by riot squad

maghaberryriot600.jpg There was a serious incident at Maghaberry prison last weekend when three republican prisoners were dragged from the visiting area by the riot squad, and one was beaten to the ground and assaulted.

Published December 17, 2016



MI5 linked to legacy police agency

neilmcguinness.jpg A member of the Legacy Investigations Branch (LIB) of the PSNI police in the north of Ireland has been accused of being a covert member of British military intelligence.

Published December 17, 2016



New push to overcome political block on inquests

declanmorgan.jpg Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinnness accused the British government of not being serious about dealing with the legacy of the past after the most senior judge in the North admitted Britain was ignoring its legal obligation to ensure blocked inquests go ahead.

Published December 17, 2016



Process in crisis as Stormont rots

rpgvideo.jpg There are concerns over the political direction in the north of Ireland after a video emerged which appears to show a heavily armed breakaway IRA unit on patrol in north Belfast -- in the same week that the police confirmed that unionist paramilitary activities are being illegally funded from Stormont.

Published December 10, 2016



Family’s grief becomes political football

stackgerry.jpg A theatrical confrontation at a press conference in Dublin appears to be the latest installment in an orchestrated effort to embarrass Gerry Adams.

Published December 10, 2016



Prison regime implementing a sectarian agenda

maghberrycrownwire.jpg Republican prisoners at Maghaberry jail have condemned discrimination against Irish culture and traditions by the jail administration.

Published December 10, 2016



Justice systems unmoved by concern over prisoners

isobelmaureen.jpg An Irish judge has drawn attention to herself after she hit out at an Irish parliamentarian’s interest in the human rights of political prisoners, and claimed to be ‘puzzled’ at her concern over the issue of internment by remand.

Published December 10, 2016



‘Save our Seas’ - film director highlights marine crisis

atlanticfilm.jpg A documentary on the Atlantic fishing industry has drawn a strong reaction after it was aired on Irish state television this week.

Published December 10, 2016



1916 Rising surrender letter to leave Ireland

pearseletter.jpg There have been protests after a surrender letter written by Easter Rising commander Padraig Pearse three days before his execution was placed for auction and is now set to leave Ireland after failing to sell.

Published December 10, 2016



Dail uproar as SF TDs named in connection with IRA attack

dailfarrellellis.jpg There were angry scenes in the Dublin parliament this afternoon after a Fine Gael TD named two senior Sinn Fein TDs he said were identified in an email sent by Gerry Adams to the Garda police commissioner about an unsanctioned IRA killing in 1983.

Published December 7, 2016



Adams hits back after e-mail ‘leak’

brianstackbig.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams is facing another battery of accusations and condemnations after it emerged that earlier this year he emailed the names of four senior republicans allegedly involved in an unsanctioned 1983 IRA killing to the Garda police Commissioner.

Published December 3, 2016



GAA could drop Irish symbolism from games

gaaanthem.jpg A statement by the President of the Gaelic Athletic Association that the organisation may consider dropping the use of the Irish flag and anthem at sporting events has been condemned by GAA fans and players as well as republicans.

Published December 3, 2016



Sugden’s concern for officers as Maghaberry nightmare deepens

maghaberrydog.jpg The Stormont Executive has been condemned for inaction amid a mounting crisis at Maghaberry jail which has seen yet another death at the jail and yet another violent attack by warders against a republican prisoner.

Published December 3, 2016



Sinn Fein renews focus on Irish unity

towardsunitedirelandpress.jpg Sinn Fein has published a discussion document, ‘Towards a United Ireland’, to lay out the rationale for reunification in terms of the economy, public services and reconciliation.

Published December 3, 2016



Water charges debate reignites after report

waterchargesprotest.jpg A commission on water charges set up by the coalition government has said the charges should be retained but with an increased allowance for domestic water use. Under its proposals, the commission says the “vast majority” of people should no longer have to pay water charges.

Published December 3, 2016



Irish President hails Castro as ‘giant among leaders’

michaeldcuba.jpg A bitter dispute in Dublin’s corridors of power over tributes to Cuban leader Fidel Castro lead the 26 County state to snub a funeral at which Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams was a prominent mourner.

Published December 3, 2016



PSNI ‘targeting our kids’

saoradhkid.jpg There was outrage in west Belfast this week after a ten year old girl was pictured being harassed by the PSNI.

Published November 26, 2016



Relief as British admit Manus Deery was innocent

manusdeery600.jpg The family of a teenager shot dead by the British Army more than 40 years ago have spoken of their relief after the British Ministry of Defence accepted his innocence.

Published November 26, 2016



American family accuse PSNI of cover-up

johnhemsworth600.jpg The family of a US citizen killed by the RUC (now PSNI) police in 1997 have accused those involved of being part of a “conspiracy of silence”.

Published November 26, 2016



Brokenshire condemned by UN for blocking inquests

jamesbrokenshire.jpg Britain’s governor in Ireland, James Brokenshire, has come under renewed pressure to accept responsibility for dealing with the legacy of the conflict in the North.

Published November 26, 2016



Kenny reported ready to accept traveller ethnicity

travellershorses.jpg In an apparent breakthrough for civil rights campaigners, the Dublin government has indicated it will support the recognition of Travellers’ distinct ethnic identity.

Published November 26, 2016



Irish immigrants fear Trump’s deportation plans

trump600.jpg There is concern for the undocumented Irish living in the US after Donald Trump vowed to deport or imprison millions of immigrants.

Published November 26, 2016



Extradition ordered over 1996 PIRA attack

jimmycorry.jpg The High Court in Dublin has ordered the extradition of a man accused of being involved in a Provisional IRA mortar attack on a British army barracks in Germany 20 years ago.

Published November 19, 2016



Fears that cashed-up UDA is rearming

udabig.jpg 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 revealed.

Published November 19, 2016



Retired priest’s home attacked

joemcveighwindows.jpg A popular Catholic priest may be forced out of his parochial house in Fermanagh after it was targeted in a sectarian attack.

Published November 19, 2016



Sinister Crown Force propaganda event at Tyrone school

loretoraf.jpg The British armed forces have been actively promoted by the PSNI police during a school visit in the predominately nationalist town of Omagh, County Tyrone.

Published November 19, 2016



UVF funeral gets PSNI approval

uvffuneral.jpg The kid-gloves handling of a unionist paramilitary funeral has exposed the “rank hypocrisy” of British policing in Ireland, according to Republican Sinn Fein.

Published November 19, 2016



‘All your lough is belong to UK’

loughfoyle.jpg 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 Britain.

Published November 19, 2016



Discretion trumps all

trumpvictory.jpg 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.

Published November 12, 2016



PSNI harassment claims a second life

paddygreen.jpg A west Belfast man has died in troubling circumstances after being arrested and questioned for over ten hours by the PSNI last week.

Published November 12, 2016



British fear future generations of justice campaigners

mcgurksbanner.jpg A British Army file relating to the McGurk’s Bar massacre will be a state secret until 2056, it has emerged.

Published November 12, 2016



Tribute to Jordan family as justice fight goes on

pearsejordan600.jpg The family of Pearse Jordan have vowed to continue their fight for justice after a coroner concluded he could not say whether his killing by the RUC police was justified.

Published November 12, 2016



Republicanism strained by one-way peace traffic

mcguinnessqueen.jpg 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 herself.

Published November 12, 2016



Poppy dispute could hit World Cup qualification

poppyarmband.jpg Irish soccer player James McClean has been vindicated after FIFA, the international soccer body, insisted that the use of the poppy symbol on football jerseys is a political statement.

Published November 12, 2016



Sinn Fein ‘faces immense challenge’ on Brexit

sfwestminster.jpg 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 parliament.

Published November 5, 2016



Political interference wrecked Maghaberry prison deal

maghaberry600.jpg 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.

Published November 5, 2016



Jail visits blocked after assault furore

lorrainetonytaylor.jpg There have been protests on behalf of Derry republican internee Tony Taylor following an assault on his wife by a Maghaberry prison warder.

Published November 5, 2016



Sinister twist for harassment victims

arleneshannon.jpg Some republicans facing PSNI harassment through stop-and-search abuses may also be coming under pressure to provide information to British military intelligence, it has emerged.

Published November 5, 2016



Secret document reveals Britain’s massacre spin

logsheet.jpg 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.

Published November 5, 2016



Ireland urged to take in refugee children

calaiskidsvigil.jpg 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.

Published November 5, 2016



Death of a traitor

raymondgilmour.jpg The lonely death of an IRA informer has drawn attention to the contempt which British agencies hold for those who have betrayed their own communities to take the queen’s shilling.

Published October 29, 2016



North’s ‘principle of consent’ subordinate to UK powers - judge

brexitjudgement.jpg A Belfast judge has ruled that the 1998 Good Friday Agreement can not prevent a change in the North’s constitutional position if a process is initiated to pull the Six Counties out of the European Union.

Published October 29, 2016



PSNI run amok on the Falls

psniarrestfalls.jpg Police assaulted and threatened to shoot people in separate incidents amid heightened tensions in west Belfast.

Published October 29, 2016



British sought to re-convict the Guildford Four

gerryconlonreleased.jpg The sister of Guildford Four member Gerry Conlon has called for secret papers on his case to be made public after a small number were released to the BBC.

Published October 29, 2016



Wealthy loyalist says band members ‘defend north Down’

stittfoster.jpg Prominent loyalist Dee Stitt has appeared to admit that a publicly funded loyalist flute band is engaged in paramilitary activity.

Published October 29, 2016



New criminalisation effort opposed

criminalisationbanner.jpg There have been calls to strengthen efforts against the criminalisation and isolation of republican prisoners following a debate at the Stormont Assembly on the issue.

Published October 29, 2016



Child’s political conviction over water protest

jobstownprotest.jpg There have been international protests after a judge in Dublin convicted a 15-year-old boy of illegally “imprisoning” the Irish Tanaiste [Deputy Prime Minister] by peacefully demonstrating against water charges in front of her police-escorted car.

Published October 22, 2016



ONH ‘housekeeping’ link to shootings

joereilly.jpg It is unclear if a shooting on Thursday which left west Belfast man Joe Reilly dead is connected to tensions within a small breakaway IRA group which saw another man survive a ‘punishment’ shooting earlier in the week.

Published October 22, 2016



No bar to deportation of Irish citizens after Brexit

deportationuk.jpg Legal experts have warned that Britain’s exit from the EU could be used as an excuse to bar Irish citizens from the Six Counties and Britain from living there, and that the rights of Irish citizens to live and work under British jurisdiction will need to be enshrined in law.

Published October 22, 2016



Manus Deery inquest makes progress

manusdeeryfamily.jpg The former commanding officer of the two former British soldiers directly involved in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy in Derry has expressed his sorrow to the family of the deceased teenager, but said he would not accept the killing had been unjustified.

Published October 22, 2016



Saoradh warns over MI5 approaches

mi5hq.jpg The new republican party, Saoradh, has warned its supporters to be vigilant when confronted by British military intelligence, who they said are operating “outside the parameters of any legal framework”.

Published October 22, 2016



PSNI harassment seen as threatening and coervice

psnikids.jpg Republican Sinn Fein has said its members and their families are “under attack from the colonial police of British rule” after another series of harassment incidents.

Published October 22, 2016



Shifting lines as Brexit tempo increases

borderprotest.jpg The first shot in Britain’s departure from the EU has been fired across Irish bows after its governor in the north of Ireland, James Brokenshire, said Ireland should form part of Britain’s new immigration controls.

Published October 15, 2016



Budget 2017 ‘a failure of leadership’

budget17.jpg The 26 County budget announced this week for the 2017 fiscal year was marked by derisively meagre and delayed increases for those in deprivation, while generous measures were implemented to benefit bankers, developers, and landlords.

Published October 15, 2016



The mask slips again for North’s political justice system

davidjordan.jpg A court has thrown out politically-motivated charges against a prominent County Tyrone republican after British prosecutors abandoned the case.

Published October 15, 2016



Fennell open to dialogue over parade protest

fennelldonegan.jpg Prominent north Belfast republican Dee Fennell has said he is prepared to meet the Catholic priest he confronted over his support for a provocative Orange Order parade through Ardoyne and neighbouring areas.

Published October 15, 2016



Attacks on Catholics continue

arsonkat.jpg An arson attack on a flat in north Belfast was a sectarian bid by loyalists to burn out Catholics living in the area.

Published October 15, 2016



Sellafield safety fears renewed after TV expose

sellafieldbig.jpg The Dublin government has been urged to demand the complete closure of the Sellafield nuclear site on the west coast of Britain after a BBC programme raised concerns about safety at the facility.

Published October 15, 2016



Budget 2017 - main points

noonandonohue.jpg The main changes in 26 County taxation and spending for the 2017 fiscal year, as announced in their budget speeches by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe this afternoon.

Published October 11, 2016



Tories lurch towards the extreme

maythatcher.jpg British Prime Minister Theresa May has drawn comparisons to Margaret Thatcher after she outright rejected Irish and Scottish concerns over Brexit and moved to quash the right of Irish and other EU citizens to live and work in Britain and the north of Ireland.

Published October 8, 2016



Drumcree Orangeman seek Ardoyne-style ‘deal’

drumcreestandoff.jpg An Orange Order parade which was forced through the Ardoyne area of north Belfast last weekend has reopened the north’s biggest parading dispute.

Published October 8, 2016



Censorship bid by British military over new book

charlieone2.jpg The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has attempted to suppress a book by a former soldier about his involvement in ‘dirty tricks’ operations in the north of Ireland.

Published October 8, 2016



UDA marches towards the millions

mckeagmural.jpg New UDA murals are being erected as millions of pounds of public funds are funnelled by the Stormont administration to a group closely linked to the loyalist paramilitary organisation, it has emerged.

Published October 8, 2016



Senior Gardai sought to “annihilate” reputation of whistleblower

noirinosullivan.jpg The Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan is under pressure to quit after the former head of the Garda press office admitted that he had taken part in a top level smear campaign against a whistleblower to try to undermine his allegations of corruption.

Published October 8, 2016



Tributes paid to hunger strikers

galballyhscommem.jpg A large crowd turned out in tribute to the H-Block Martyrs of 1981 when the 1916 Societies held their annual National Hungerstrike Commemoration on Sunday last, October 2nd, in Galbally, County Tyrone.

Published October 8, 2016



Orange parade ‘returns’ after 3 years

garcprotest0916.jpg An Orange Order parade was forced through the greater Ardoyne area in north Belfast on Saturday morning, October 1, amid a military-style policing operation and a bitter war of words among nationalists.

Published October 1, 2016



McGuinness facing investigation over use of royal powers

mcguinnessgloomy.jpg The secret use of royal privileges by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister is to be investigated by an Assembly committee after it emerged it has been used on three occasions since 2008.

Published October 1, 2016



New republican party may contest elections

saoradhaf.jpg The launch of a new republican party ‘Saoradh’ last weekend could bring disaffected nationalist voters back to the polls in the north of Ireland.

Published October 1, 2016



Killers ‘boasted they would never face trial’

martinohagan2.jpg A former newspaper editor has said the loyalist murderers of fellow journalist Martin O’Hagan have never been brought to justice because they were paid police informers.

Published October 1, 2016



Unionists seek to turn back tide on Irish language

banrionuladh.jpg A row over the name of a fisheries protection boat has highlighted efforts to undermine the Irish language within unionist-controlled departments at Stormont.

Published October 1, 2016



Dublin becomes the capital of homelessness

homelessdublin.jpg The housing crisis in Dublin continues to escalate, with the latest figures by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) revealing that 998 families are now in emergency accommodation in the capital, an increase of 64pc on last year.

Published October 1, 2016



Soldiers reveals spying, shoot-to-kill bid

charlieone.jpg A former British army soldier has admitted he planted listening devices in the homes of senior politicians in the north of Ireland, years after the 1994 ceasefires and some still thought to be in use today.

Published September 24, 2016



Families walk away from humiliation meetings

ballymurphyfamiliesmeeting.jpg Families of victims of state killings have announced that they will be suing the British government, DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness as the London and Belfast regimes again stonewalled their demands for legacy inquests.

Published September 24, 2016



Orange march to end Ardoyne dispute?

orangemarchardoyne.jpg Orangemen are to seek permission for a march through north Belfast next weekend, which if it goes ahead, could bring about the removal of their three-year protest camp at a sectarian interface.

Published September 24, 2016



Sinn Fein furious over new BBC smear

jenniferoleary.jpg A new claim broadcast by BBC Spotlight journalist Jennifer O’Leary against Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has been rejected by police and could provoke a libel action by Mr Adams.

Published September 24, 2016



Children flee for lives after loyalist mob attack club

watersideyouthclub.jpg A Derry mother has described how her family was forced to lie on the floor of her car as she fled through the city’s Waterside area after a loyalist mob targeted Catholic teenagers.

Published September 24, 2016



Anti-water charges campaign remains defiant

watercharges0917.jpg Political tension is building in the 26 Counties ahead of the annual budget announcements after a giant demonstration in Dublin again demanded the abolition of water charges.

Published September 24, 2016



Adams and McGuinness reveal timescale to quit

sfthinkin2016adams.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has announced that he will step down from his leadership role as part of the party’s ten year plan. Mr Adams indicated a time frame within ten years for his departure as party president, and confirmed that it was a matter of not ‘if, but when’.

Published September 17, 2016



Inquiry announced into northern corruption scandal

mcguinnessquaylerobinson.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny has agreed that an inquiry should go ahead into evidence of corrupt practices in the sale of distressed property assets in the North of Ireland, but is refusing a broader inquiry into the actions of NAMA, the bank set up to handle such sales.

Published September 17, 2016



Maghaberry horror leaves prisoner blind

seanlynchdamian.jpg An “extreme and shocking” case of neglect has been reported at Maghaberry jail after prison staff watched but failed to intervene while a mentally ill prisoner blinded and mutilated himself.

Published September 17, 2016



Stormont political dynasties face new challenges

newwestminstercons.jpg The entry of a political party from the South and a profound redrafting of Westminster constituencies is set to shake up the political establishment in the North.

Published September 17, 2016



Woman interned in 1970s takes test case

evelyngilroy.jpg A West Belfast woman interned during the conflict is pressing for full disclosure of documents which she believes will show she was subjected to inhumane conditions.

Published September 17, 2016



Spain fights back against surge for independence

catalanprotest16.jpg Sinn Fein has condemned a decision by Spain’s Constitutional Court to back a ruling that Basque separatist politician Arnaldo Otegi cannot run as a candidate in an upcoming regional election due to a conviction against him for links to the armed group ETA.

Published September 17, 2016



PSNI accused after CS gas death

gerardmcmahon.jpg A man from a well-known republican family died at the hands of the PSNI on Thursday amid a new wave of police harassment and abuses in Belfast.

Published September 10, 2016



‘Profit process’ creamed hundreds of millions off property deal

carparkbag.jpg An auditor’s report has found that several hundred million euro have been lost to the 26 County exchequer in a notorious billion-pound property transaction as a recording emerged of a central figure in the deal apparently receiving a bag full of cash in a Belfast car park.

Published September 10, 2016



Brexit goes before the Belfast courts

mccordcourt.jpg The peace process is based upon membership of the European Union, the High Court in Belfast has heard, in one of two legal challenges to be taken against the British decision to withdraw from the EU.

Published September 10, 2016



Documents reveal British Army likely shot single mother

jeansmyth.jpg A judicial review is being heard in connection with the discovery that the British Crown forces concealed the truth about the suspected military killing of a woman in west Belfast for more than 40 years.

Published September 10, 2016



Accusations fly amid calls for republican dialogue

mackeykearney.jpg A new war of words has broken out between Sinn Fein and rival republicans following a claim that ‘dissidents’ were responsible for an arson attack on a community centre in Derry.

Published September 10, 2016



Barman quits over policy of ‘no Irish allowed’

cormacobruic.jpg There have been calls for new measures to protect the rights of Irish speakers after an employee of a well-known Cork city pub was told that he was not allowed to speak Irish on the premises.

Published September 10, 2016



Fake economy exposed by Apple tax ‘windfall’

noonanapple.jpg The Dublin government is the subject of anger and ridicule after it defended illegal tax dodges by multinational corporations and rejected a European ruling that it receive up to 13 billion euro in unpaid taxes from US corporation, Apple.

Published September 3, 2016



Sinn Fein suffers damaging Antrim split

mcguiganmla.jpg A Sinn Fein councillor and 17 party activists have quit the party in response to its treatment of Daithi McKay, a party Assembly member who was forced to resign his seat last month over his contacts with loyalist Jamie Bryson.

Published September 3, 2016



Tories set to wreck human rights basis to peace deal

liztruss.jpg The Tory government in London is to push ahead with a decision to scrap its Human Rights Act as part of its ‘Brexit’ agenda to drag the north of Ireland and Scotland out of the European Union.

Published September 3, 2016



Soldiers lurk as RNU commemorate McCracken

mccracken16.jpg The Republican Network for Unity has condemned the presence of British army troops in the area of their annual commemoration for Henry Joy McCracken last Sunday, August 28.

Published September 3, 2016



Housing crisis linked to tax scandal

boardedhouses.jpg The scandal over the Dublin government’s failure to collect tax from US multinationals has refocused attention on its favourable treatment of international ‘vulture funds’ who purchased large property asset portfolios following the 2008 economic crisis.

Published September 3, 2016



Success for Bobby Sands movie

brendanjbyrne.jpg An Irish-made documentary exploring the life and death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands smashed the national box office record in its opening weekend, and continues to sell out weeks after it opened.

Published September 3, 2016



‘Don’t take them down’

glenariffegates.jpg The chairman of a County Antrim Gaelic sports club has resigned after it voted to remove entrance gates dedicated to the memory of two Irish War of Independence martyrs in order to secure a grant from a unionist-controlled council.

Published August 27, 2016



Bryson sought revenge for Dervock band - report

dervockbandmasked.jpg A dispute over a sectarian loyalist parade through the mainly nationalist town of Rasharkin last week is being linked to the “leak” of private messages targeting Sinn Fein Assembly member Daithi McKay.

Published August 27, 2016



Call for new investigation into informer recruitment coercion

johnbradybig2.jpg The Police Ombudsman has been urged to review an investigation into the suspicious death of a republican while in PSNI custody after an investigator linked to the case resigned.

Published August 27, 2016



Papers reignite hunger strike ‘deal’ debate

orawemorrison.jpg Recently released government papers dating from 1985 have again reopened a debate about negotiations which took place during the 1981 hunger strike which some have argued could have prevented the deaths of six of the ten republican prisoners who died.

Published August 27, 2016



Collusion victim’s son condemns ‘years of lies’

stepinnbig.jpg A man whose wife was killed when a car bomb exploded outside the Step Inn bar in south Armagh 40 years ago has said he wants to see a new inquest

Published August 27, 2016



New delay as end of Bloody Sunday saga is “in sight”

bloodysundymarch2011.jpg The Bloody Sunday families have called on the PSNI to state whether or not they intend recommending that the soldiers responsible for the 1972 killings are prosecuted.

Published August 27, 2016



Sinister agenda sees McKay ousted

daithimckaybig2.jpg Senior Sinn Fein political figure Daithi McKay, who worked to expose wrongdoing in the murky world of Ireland’s NAMA property deals, could end up being the only direct casualty of the scandal following his forced resignation this week.

Published August 20, 2016



Apprentice Boys marchers provoke city centre outrage

abodchanting.jpg The main Apprentice Boys of Derry parade of the year infuriated residents after loyalist band members were seen to lead inflammatory chanting and sectarian singing at the heart of the overwhelmingly nationalist city.

Published August 20, 2016



Dialogue appeal over tensions in republican areas

adamsfennell.jpg Support is growing for a public dialogue to address a rift in republican communities following an appeal for talks by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

Published August 20, 2016



Nationalist bonfires seen as hotspots of dissent

derrybonfire16.jpg Thousands attended this years anti-internment bonfires, traditionally held on the feast day of the Assumption, and which have become public displays of nationalist dissatisfaction with the Stormont administration and British rule.

Published August 20, 2016



Irish Olympics boss arrested in multi-million ticket tout scheme

pathickeyarrested.jpg Irish corruption is again the subject of international media attention following the arrest of the President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) Pat Hickey as part of a Brazilian police investigation into an insider ticket touting scandal.

Published August 20, 2016



International solidarity as hunger strike anniversary marked

blanketmenmarch.jpg Sinn Fein have marked the 35th anniversary of the hunger strikes with a march involving thousands of activists in west Belfast.

Published August 20, 2016



Sinn Fein Assembly member quits over NAMA testimony

daithimckaybig.jpg

Published August 18, 2016



Feud fears as Stormont cosies up to killers

boreland.jpg The Six County administration in Belfast has been accused of sustaining loyalist criminality following the murder of a former UDA leader by a rival loyalist gang.

Published August 13, 2016



Call for state recognition for heroic Bloody Sunday priest

sundayduddydaly.jpg Tributes have been paid following the death of the former Bishop of Derry, Edward Daly, who attended to the victims on Bloody Sunday at the risk of his own life. However, his memory has also been subjected to a sickening sectarian attack by a former member of the British Crown forces who claimed to have been present at the massacre.

Published August 13, 2016



Governors assault prisoners in Maghaberry mayhem

maghaberry600.jpg There were clashes at Maghaberry jail this week as prison governors took part in two separate assaults on republican prisoners over a 48 hour period.

Published August 13, 2016



Palestinian anger at Sinn Fein’s links to Israeli regime

sinnfeinlikud.jpg Palestinians have expressed dismay that representatives of Sinn Féin have been hosting delegations from Likud, the party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Published August 13, 2016



State historians pressured to provide centenary ‘propaganda’

191620162.jpg Historians involved in advising the decade of centenaries for the Dublin government have revealed how they were asked to provide pro-British propaganda for use in the north of Ireland, but refused “point blank”.

Published August 13, 2016



Freedom of assembly denied, but anti-internment message is heard

internmentmarchblocked.jpg Thousands of republicans staged a peaceful protest after an anti-internment parade was barred from entering Belfast city centre last Sunday.

Published August 13, 2016



Loyalist parade intimidation ends

twaddellprotestmarch.jpg Three years of nightly loyalist disturbances in north Belfast appear to be at an end after a group of Orangemen said they have suspended their attempts to march into the republican Ardoyne area.

Published August 6, 2016



Republicans at odds over festival link to PSNI

feileprotest.jpg A row has erupted over the attendance of the PSNI police at events at Feile an Phobail, the West Belfast festival.

Published August 6, 2016



Strong support for banned march to Belfast city hall

internmentprisoners.jpg A large PSNI operation is expected to be put in place to prevent a civil rights parade by the Anti-Internment League reaching Belfast city centre on Sunday.

Published August 6, 2016



PSNI’s hypocrisy over hate crimes exposed

wrightbanner.jpg The PSNI is facing allegations of double standards on hate crimes as they refused to answer questions about a provocative poster of a loyalist killer gloating over a murderous attack.

Published August 6, 2016



Pensions of Ireland’s ‘elite’ revealed

aherncowenbig.jpg Sinn Fein finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has described the figures for the top public sector pensions as “obscene”.

Published August 6, 2016



Kevin Lynch remembered

dungivenirsm.jpg Hundreds gathered in Dungiven South Derry last Sunday, 31st July, to march in commemoration of INLA Volunteer and H-Block martyr Kevin Lynch, who died after 71 Days on Hunger Strike, on August 1st 1981.

Published August 6, 2016



Kenny ‘flip flops’ with push for border controls

maykennydowning.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams has expressed his party’s dismay after a meeting on Brexit between the 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the new British Prime Minister Theresa May focused exclusively on the imposition of new customs and immigration controls along the Irish border.

Published July 30, 2016



Internment parade banned from Belfast city centre

internmentmarch16.jpg The annual anti-internment parade planned for next weekend has been blocked from marching to Belfast City Hall by the Parades Commission.

Published July 30, 2016



Taylor takes action over prison treatment

tonytaylor3.jpg Lawyers for staff at Maghaberry prison in County Antrim have admitted violating their own policies in a recent case of abuse against Irish republican internee Tony Taylor.

Published July 30, 2016



Testimony confirms British Army killer unit not disbanded

fruhurst.jpg A recently released document marked ‘restricted’ has provided a new perspective on the British government’s collusion with loyalist paramilitaries in the north of Ireland.

Published July 30, 2016



UDA show of strength after parades body approval

udamarch.jpg A parade in support of UDA paramilitaries took place again this year in south Belfast and once again in defiance of Parade Commission restrictions.

Published July 30, 2016



Light sentences for Anglo fraudsters

anglothree.jpg Three former Irish bank executives have been sentenced to combined prison terms of just eight years three months despite being found guilty of committing one of the biggest financial crimes in world history.

Published July 30, 2016



Changed utterly? Party leaders accept reunification drive

kennymacgill.jpg In a potentially historic advance, the Irish Taoiseach and the leader of the largest opposition party in the Dublin parliament have both said they recognise the prospect of a referendum to bring about Irish reunification.

Published July 23, 2016



‘No crime’ say PSNI as UVF banner celebrates murders

wrightbanner.jpg The PSNI police have refused to even describe as a hate crime a new loyalist paramilitary banner which gloats about the UVF murder of four men in County Tyrone.

Published July 23, 2016



New row over Cameron’s Bloody Sunday apology

cameronsunday.jpg Former British PM David Cameron has been accused of hypocrisy over his Bloody Sunday apology amid efforts to eulogise his legacy following his departure from Downing Street.

Published July 23, 2016



Justice campaign for Robert McGuinness

robertmcguinness.jpg The brother of a 20-year-old man shot dead by the British Army 43 years ago has embarked on a campaign to clear his name of accusations that he was armed at the time.

Published July 23, 2016



Soldier’s death linked to war crime 40 years earlier

leonorneybig.jpg A coroner has been given a letter revealing new evidence about a ‘psychopathic’ British soldier who was linked to the murder of a west Belfast teenager and also plotting to assassinate Gerry Adams.

Published July 23, 2016



Call to reform ‘inhumane’ Direct Provision

directprovisionkids.jpg There have been new calls for the Dublin government to disband their “inhumane” Direct Provision centres as a report revealed the mental strain endured by those consigned to live in the refugee shelters.

Published July 23, 2016



Councillor attacked at Ballycastle parade

mcshaneinjured.jpg Independent nationalist councillor Padraig McShane was attacked and left bleeding from his head in the most serious incident arising from the ‘Twelfth’ parades by the anti-Catholic Orange Order on Tuesday.

Published July 16, 2016



Action against hate bonfires would ‘increase disorder’ - PSNI

bonfireposters.jpg The PSNI police has washed its hands over a series of hate crimes and other offences at this year’s loyalist ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfires, calling for “consultation and dialogue” instead of bringing charges against loyalists.

Published July 16, 2016



New British PM and Direct Ruler ‘value Northern Ireland’

maybrokenshire.jpg The new British Prime Minister Theresa May has stressed her commitment to maintaining British rule in the north of Ireland amid concern among human rights workers that her appointment will further undermine civil and human rights here.

Published July 16, 2016



‘Messy business’ as debate over post-Brexit border begins

eubarbedwire.jpg Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister at Stormont, Martin McGuinness, has said the new British Prime Minister is on a collision course with the European Union over its approach to what he described as a “disastrous decision” to leave the EU.

Published July 16, 2016



Growing support for release of Derry internee

tonytaylormural.jpg Pressure for the release of Derry republican Tony Taylor has increased following the dropping of a prosecution dating from October 2015 and the removal from her post of British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers, who ordered his internment.

Published July 16, 2016



Census confirms numbers of vacant homes amid housing crisis

emptyhouses.jpg Homeless campaigners have demanded immediate action after Census 2016 found almost 200,000 houses and apartments lying empty across the 26 Counties.

Published July 16, 2016



Villiers replaced as British Direct Ruler

jamesbrokenshire.jpg James Brokenshire, a 48-year-old Tory MP and junior Home Office Minister based in Kent, has been named as the new British Direct Ruler in Ireland after Theresa Villiers was dropped from the post.

Published July 14, 2016



Houses gutted by bonfires as Orangemen march

bonfirehouses16.jpg There were confrontations this morning as sectarian parades were forced through Catholic communities following a night in which bonfires were lit to herald the day of loyalist aggression.

Published July 12, 2016



Theresa May to become British PM on Wednesday

theresamay.jpg British Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed he will officially step down on Wednesday, months ahead of schedule. His announcement came after it emerged his replacement will be Home Secretary Theresa May, whose last rival for the leadership of the Conservative Party dropped out this morning.

Published July 11, 2016



Unionists ‘veto’ Irish Brexit forum

kennyfoster.jpg Sinn Fein has called on the Taoiseach to press ahead with a plan to convene a national, all-Ireland forum on dealing with the fallout of the British vote to leave the EU.

Published July 9, 2016



Kenny facing party demands for timeline to quit

kennycoveneyvaradkar.jpg Pressure is growing on the Fine Gael leader and 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny to declare a timetable for his departure as questions mount over his leadership abilities in the wake of the Brexit crisis in Britain.

Published July 9, 2016



Bonfire terror ‘utterly insane’

bonfireracist.jpg A number of potentially toxic Eleventh Night bonfires in Belfast have caused fear and alarm, including one outside a city centre hotel and others near houses in east Belfast.

Published July 9, 2016



Nationalists to protest Twelfth parades

orangeworkmans.jpg The Protestant marching season reaches its climax on Tuesday with a number of provocative sectarian marches once again planned for nationalist areas.

Published July 9, 2016



Upheaval in British Labour Party linked to Iraq report

blaircorbyn.jpg An attempted internal party coup within the British Labour Party is being blamed on the publication of an official government report by John Chilcot into the Iraq war. Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister and Labour leader, was savaged in the verdict and faces angry demands for justice from British victims of the war.

Published July 9, 2016



Sign of the times as Irish language is attacked

defacedirishsign.jpg A new initiative to support the Irish language in the North has been attacked in a unionist campaign of vandalism and hate.

Published July 9, 2016



Unionists fear unity, demand border troops

nesbittbryson.jpg Unionists have expressed concern at a renewed support for Irish nationalism and republicanism following the result of the recent British referendum to leave the European Union.

Published July 2, 2016



New British PM could take hard line on Ireland

maygove.jpg The battle to replace David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party and British Prime Minister is set to be dominated by two contendors with extreme right-wing views.

Published July 2, 2016



New evidence points to cold-blooded killing

colummarks.jpg The Police Ombudsman is to examine the death of a republican 25 years ago after relatives of IRA Volunteer Colum Marks brought a High Court challenge over the ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy of planned state executions.

Published July 2, 2016



Increase in harassment of republicans

lurganincident.jpg Republican Sinn Fein has said two members of its Ard Chomhairle leadership were among a group stopped and ambushed in Lurgan, County Armagh in a heavy-handed operation by British forces this week.

Published July 2, 2016



Orange parade plan for Ardoyne abandoned

wallofsteel16.jpg A major Orange Order parade passed off peacefully in Belfast on Friday after a proposed march through nationalist areas of north Belfast did not go ahead.

Published July 2, 2016



Shock over latest charity scandal

consolekelly.jpg The founder of Irish suicide prevention charity Console, his wife and son ran up credit card bills of almost half a million euro on items such as designer clothes, foreign trips and weekly groceries over a three-year period, according to a long-delayed audit of the charity.

Published July 2, 2016



Race violence as politicians discuss Brexit chaos

brexitracism.jpg England is currently experiencing a wave of xenophobic attacks as politicians across Europe grapple with the fallout of the shock result of a British vote to leave the EU.

Published June 29, 2016



Ireland go out as French dig deep

franceireland.jpg Two strikes inside three minutes sank a brave Irish campaign in the Euro 2016 championship and put the host team into the quarter-finals in Lyon this afternoon.

Published June 26, 2016



Disunited Kingdom

brexitresultmap.jpg Pressure for Irish reunification is at its highest in a generation after a shock ‘Leave’ result in the British referendum on the European Union is set to force the north of Ireland out of the EU and could bring a virtual iron curtain down across the island of Ireland.

Published June 25, 2016



Controversy in Ardoyne over parade ‘deal’

garcmap.jpg Plans have been advanced to allow a controversial parade by the anti-Catholic Orange Order march through a nationalist area of north Belfast in return for loyalists ending a campaign of intimidation at a sectarian interface.

Published June 25, 2016



US tapes illegally accessed by PSNI to pursue pensioner

ivorbellbig.jpg Alleged evidence against veteran republican Ivor Bell has been unlawfully obtained from America in breach of an international treaty, a court has heard.

Published June 25, 2016



Historic 1916 Gaelic match recalled

frongochgaa.jpg An epic GAA football match that became known as the ‘All Ireland Behind Barbed Wire’ was commemorated last weekend when a match was played at the site of the former internment camp at Frongoch in Wales.

Published June 25, 2016



Irish squad sets up a French date with destiny

bradygoal.jpg An already legendary victory over Italy on Wednesday has propelled Ireland into the last 16 in the Euro 2016 international soccer tournament, setting up a fateful encounter with hosts France on Sunday and gripping a nation that had feared its chance of progress had slipped away.

Published June 25, 2016



The All-Ireland played behind barbed wire

frongochprison.jpg A recent documentary tells the extraordinary story of the inter-county Gaelic football final which took place inside Frongoch internment camp in 1916.

Published June 25, 2016



Cameron quits but will ‘steady the ship’ after Brexit vote

cameronquits.jpg Conservative Party leader David Cameron has resigned as British Prime Minister, and said he will step down in October. He made his resignation speech this morning outside Downing Street after Britain voted to leave the European Union. Mr Cameron said he accepted the decision of the electorate, which voted for a ‘Brexit’ yesterday by 52% to 48%.

Published June 24, 2016



Political upheaval as Britain votes to quit EU

brexitresult.jpg British Prime Minister David Cameron is predicted to resign after results from his referendum on EU membership show it pulling Britain and the north of Ireland out of the European Union by a total vote of an estimated 51.7% to 48.3%.

Published June 24, 2016



MP killed for ‘British freedom’

coxmair.jpg The British political system has lurched into crisis following the murder of a progressive MP and embittered exchanges ahead of this weeks’s referendum on EU membership. Campaigning in the referendum, which could have profound significance for Ireland and Scotland, has been suspended.

Published June 18, 2016



Villiers under pressure to quit over Loughinisland stance

theresavilliersbig.jpg British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers has refused to withdraw comments she made about the Loughinisland massacre, following a report last week which found that British state forces had indeed colluded in the murders.

Published June 18, 2016



Ex-prisoner support group welcomes ‘historic’ court decision

martinneeson.jpg A court has decided that it was wrong to stop former republican prisoner Martin Neeson from working as a groundsman. A judge this week quashed a decision preventing former republican PoW Martin Neeson from working for a conservation charity.

Published June 18, 2016



Follow the weapons, say collusion victims

uvfvz58.jpg In the aftermath of the damning Loughinisland Police Ombudsman report, further questions are being asked about a massive arms shipment linked to dozens of loyalist murders.

Published June 18, 2016



New effort to tackle parades as marching season begins

tourofthenorth2016.jpg Up to 15,000 loyalists are expected to take part in a parade through Belfast later today [Saturday] as thousands of nationalists will be making their way to the city centre to watch the Irish national soccer team take on Belgium in European Championship soccer.

Published June 18, 2016



Council hacks away 1916 memorial

1916memorialsmashed.jpg Nationalist politicians have hit out after a 1916 Easter Rising monument was removed by a unionist-controlled council in a midnight raid.

Published June 18, 2016



Brexit: Ireland’s opportunity?

cameronmerkel2.jpg Loyalties are divided among Irish republicans over the ‘Brexit’ referendum as a new battle over Britain’s place in Europe brings the potential for a period of significant political change in Ireland and Britain.

Published June 11, 2016



Pressure for Britain to face war crimes tribunal over collusion

theheights.jpg There are fresh calls in the north of Ireland for a much stronger approach to the issue of state collusion following confirmation that it played a significant role in the 1994 Loughinisland massacre.

Published June 11, 2016



Delays feared as new Stakeknife investigation is unveiled

scap.jpg There has been a very cautious welcome for the news that a new police investigation is to be set up into the activities of British army agent Stakeknife, thought to have been the highest ranking British double agent within the IRA during the conflict.

Published June 11, 2016



Dismay over flag intimidation and provocative march plans

flagsbig.jpg Sinn Fein has blamed the PSNI for “reneging on promises” after loyalist flags were erected in a mixed area of south Belfast.

Published June 11, 2016



MI5, MI6 get bye as Kincora abuse inquiry opens

hartkincora.jpg Evidence of British state collusion in a paedophile ring at a notorious Belfast care home will not be examined fully by the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA), currently underway in Banbridge, County Down, it has been confirmed.

Published June 11, 2016



Kingsmill mystery deepens

kingsmill.jpg An inquest into a gun attack against Protestant workmen in 1976 has had to be halted following the bizarre claim that a match has been found for a palm print, forty years after it was taken from the scene of the attack.

Published June 11, 2016



Families vindicated as report points to massacre cover-up

loughinislandreport16.jpg Families of six men murdered in the Loughinisland massacre have welcomed an Ombudsman’s investigation that has finally exposed significant state collusion with the killers.

Published June 9, 2016



The new heavy gangs

evictiongang.jpg Masked gangs are now evicting people from their homes in the 26 Counties at the behest of international vulture funds, who have ordered a wave of repossessions to extract profit from their newly acquired loan books.

Published June 4, 2016



PSNI harass, caution kids in Lurgan arrest operation

lurgan2016.jpg Republican Sinn Fein man has hit out at the “arbitrary arrest and internment” of twelve of its members following the opening of a republican Garden of Remembrance in Lurgan, County Armagh last weekend.

Published June 4, 2016



Builders end MI5 transmission in Ardoyne

ceilingbugremoved.jpg Republicans in north Belfast have described how the PSNI police descended on a house within minutes of a spying device being discovered by builders doing work on the property in the Ardoyne area.

Published June 4, 2016



Murderous actions of ‘Soldier A’ in west Belfast

henrythornton.jpg The wife of a County Armagh man shot dead by a member of the Parachute regiment more than 40 years ago has welcomed the findings of a fresh inquest saying “the world has seen that he was innocent”.

Published June 4, 2016



Anger at loyalist attack on republican graves

milltowngraffiti.jpg Loyalists have targeted the republican plot in Milltown Cemetery in a graffiti attack.

Published June 4, 2016



Unionists block community centre over GAA names

communityglenariff.jpg The DUP has blocked funding for a community centre indefinitely because of the appearance of the names of the two Irish War of Independence heroes on nearby gates to the site.

Published June 4, 2016



Gardaí in crisis

noirinosullivan.jpg As ordinary Gardai police struggle to contain the escalating gangland war, Garda chiefs have been warned by a policing watchdog that public trust in the force is fading over repeated scandals and failures.

Published May 28, 2016



Unionists take full control of Six County justice department

mcguinnesssugdenfoster.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has been accused of handing unionism a “triple lock” on justice after nationalists were sidelined in the administration and scrutiny of the department’s functions.

Published May 28, 2016



A struggle to understand as Ambassador grapples with protestor

murphyvickers.jpg A bizarre intervention by the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland has drawn international attention to a revisionist state event in Dublin which honoured the British soldiers who died in 1916 fighting to maintain British rule in Ireland.

Published May 28, 2016



Fianna Gael pact overcomes water charge hurdle

fiannagael2.jpg Sinn Fein has accused Fianna Fail of acting in coalition with Fine Gael by abstaining in a motion to scrap water charges.

Published May 28, 2016



Somme trip and royal visit as outreach efforts continue

princecharlesmcguinness.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has said he will visit the Somme battlefields of World War One as an act of reconciliation, to recognise human suffering and to reach out to his unionist neighbours in the north.

Published May 28, 2016



Anniversary of Eddie Fullerton

eddiefullertonbig.jpg Representatives from across the political spectrum attended a wreath- laying ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Inishowen Sinn Fein Councillor Eddie Fullerton in Buncrana in 1991 on Wednesday evening.

Published May 28, 2016



SDLP quits Stormont Executive

sdlpout.jpg The SDLP has quit the devolved administration in the Six Counties in the latest development to hit the formation of a new Executive in the North.

Published May 21, 2016



New leader for Labour as Kenny digs in amid justice scandal

brendanhowlinbig2.jpg Wexford TD Brendan Howlin has been named as the new leader of the Labour Party in the 26 Counties as the politic system in Dublin continues to stumble following the formation of a minority government earlier this month.

Published May 21, 2016



Truth and justice ‘not the property of the few’

dm2016.jpg On the 42nd anniversary of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings, which killed 33 people, a Dublin government minister said he would continue to repeat demands that the British security papers on the attacks be opened.

Published May 21, 2016



Craigavon Two campaign in Downing Street

jftc2downingst.jpg Family members of Brendan McConville and John-Paul Wootton took the ‘Justice for the Craigavon Two’ campaign to the official residence of the British Prime Minister this week.

Published May 21, 2016



Loyalists may attempt to block anti-internment march

ail2015.jpg Loyalists have said they will not seek permission to oppose the annual anti-internment march, which will take place on Sunday, August 7. The move could spark a confrontation as up to 5,000 people and at least four bands are expected to take part in the march.

Published May 21, 2016



Reconstruction takes place on anniversary of boy’s death

manusreconstruction.jpg One Derry family has renewed hopes for justice following a re-enactment of the murder of Irish schoolboy Manus Deery by the British Army. It follows a directive from the Six County Attorney General, John Larkin, that a fresh inquest into the killing of Manus Deery should take place.

Published May 21, 2016



Stormont resumes with UUP as ‘Official Opposition’

uupbig.jpg The leader of the unionist DUP, Arlene Foster, and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness have been formally returned as the Six County First Minister and Deputy First Minister respectively ahead of formulating a ‘Programme for Government’ for the Stormont Executive.

Published May 14, 2016



Protestors arrested as water charges regime falls apart

wicklow2.jpg Following a decision by the new coalition government that water charges are to be suspended for at least nine months, it has now been announced that penalties for non-payment of water charges are also to be suspended.

Published May 14, 2016



New investigation into death of internee shot in the back

hughconeybig.jpg Six County Attorney General John Larkin has ordered a fresh inquest into the death of a County Tyrone man shot dead while trying to escape from Long Kesh internment camp more than 40 years ago.

Published May 14, 2016



Republican targeted by PSNI using his own academic work

anthonymcintyre2.jpg Attempts by the PSNI police to gain access to a former IRA Volunteer’s interviews for an American university project are just a “fishing expedition”, a court has heard.

Published May 14, 2016



Departure of Burton sets up Labour leadership contest

joanburtonbig.jpg The long-awaited announcement by Joan Burton of her resignation as leader of the Labour Party has triggered a power battle within the party.

Published May 14, 2016



Executed Rising rebels honoured

connollymemorial.jpg Commemoration events have been taking place to mark 100 years since the executions of the leaders of the Easter Rising. The state events took place in the Stonebreakers’ Yard in Kilmainham Gaol, on the spot where most of the men died.

Published May 14, 2016



Protest vote ‘cannot be ignored’

mccannelected.jpg The final results of the Stormont election show a small drop in support for Sinn Fein and the rival nationalist SDLP, and no change at all for the unionists, with the Green Party and socialist People before Profit making small gains.

Published May 7, 2016



New government faces old problems

coalition2016.jpg Scepticism remains high over the future stability of the new Dublin government as the new Cabinet held its first meeting at Áras an Uachtaráin, the President’s official residence.

Published May 7, 2016



Informer protected in cover-up of republican’s death, court hears

johnbradybig2.jpg A lawyer acting for the family of a former republican prisoner who died in a PSNI police barracks branded a potential witness a Crown informer in the coroner’s court yesterday.

Published May 7, 2016



Victims’ anger as inquest plan is spiked by Stormont

eileenmckeown.jpg Amnesty International has accused the Stormont Executive of denying justice by blocking funds for a series of inquests into conflict-related killings.

Published May 7, 2016



PSNI move against republican funeral

barrfuneral.jpg Levels of Crown force harassment have jumped in the Derry City and Strabane area following the arrest of fifteen people at the funeral of former republican prisoner Mickey Barr in Strabane on Thursday.

Published May 7, 2016



Sinn Fein struggles to explain after N-word nightmare

adamsdjango.jpg Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been forced to issue a number of apologies for the use of a racial slur word in a late night Tweet on Sunday.

Published May 7, 2016



Socialist breakthrough only crack in Stormont edifice

gerrycarrollelected.jpg The left-wing People Before Profit Alliance (PBP) have made an electoral breakthrough in the Six Counties as the established Stormont parties saw their support drop following Thursday’s Assembly election.

Published May 6, 2016



Enda Kenny re-elected as Taoiseach after ‘tawdry deals’

kennyreelected.jpg Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has received the seal of office of Taoiseach from the President after being re-elected this afternoon with the help of nine independents and the tacit support of Fianna Fail, who abstained as part of an historic agreement with their traditional foes.

Published May 6, 2016



First steps to ‘Fianna Gael’ coalition deal

fiannagael.jpg Two months after the general election, the two largest parties in the 26 Counties have reached a potentially historic agreement to form a minority government.

Published April 30, 2016



Rising commemorations mark centenary date

peoplesparade2.jpg A large 1916 Rising commemoration parade took place through Belfast city centre without major incident on Sunday despite efforts by loyalists to disrupt the event.

Published April 30, 2016



Stormont politicians seek endorsement

eastwoodmcguinness.jpg Nationalist politicians in the north of Ireland have expressed concern over voter apathy ahead of next week’s election to the Belfast Assembly.

Published April 30, 2016



Internees demand answers

mccaffertytaylor.jpg British authorities being sued by a prominent republican are trying to hide behind private court hearings in a bid to prevent evidence being revealed.

Published April 30, 2016



Death of hunger-strike author David Beresford

davidberesford.jpg An award-winning journalist credited with writing the definitive account of the 1981 Hunger Strike has died in South Africa.

Published April 30, 2016



Collapse of Hillsborough cover-up felt in Ireland

hillsborough96families.jpg A statement by the Bloody Sunday March Committee in response to the judgement this week that 96 Liverpool FC supporters were unlawfully killed at Hillsborough in 1989.

Published April 30, 2016



“Irish Republic declared”

proclamationbiggest.jpg A morse code message written by Irish rebel James Connolly and transmitted by Marconi operator David Burke was broadcast 100 years ago today. It was Ireland’s first and one of the world’s first radio broadcasts.

Published April 25, 2016



Ard Fheis targets coalition talks

marylousfaf16.jpg The Sinn Fein annual conference is taking place this weekend with the party facing an election to the Belfast Assembly early next month and a potential second general election to the Leinster House parliament in Dublin. Over 2,500 delegates are attending the annual conference in the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Published April 23, 2016



Martin condemns political ‘stranglehold’ at Stormont

martinarbourhill.jpg With just weeks to go before an election in the Six Counties, the Stormont Assembly has come under a surprise attack from Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, who urged the Dublin and London governments to directly intervene to end the “stranglehold” at Stormont.

Published April 23, 2016



Tensions high after north Belfast killing

michaelmcgibbon.jpg A north Belfast priest has warned the PSNI police against making “arrests for the sake of arrests” after the death of a local man following a punishment shooting.

Published April 23, 2016



Protests as politicians ignore Maghaberry abuses

prisonriotsquad.jpg Republican prisoners on Roe 4 wing of Maghaberry high-security prison have been subjected to repeated raids by a riot squad in which educational resources have been removed, according to reports this week.

Published April 23, 2016



Infamous Crown force handed victims’ funding

bspecials.jpg Former members of the B-Specials in the north of Ireland have been funded by a victims’ support group, even though the notoriously sectarian paramilitary organisation was disbanded just months after the recent conflict began.

Published April 23, 2016



Centenary Rising events commemorated

rogercasementbig.jpg Irish President Michael D Higgins has led a day of commemorations for republican martyr Roger Casement by describing him as a great patriot and one of the 20th century’s great humanitarians.

Published April 23, 2016



Family walks out of inquest over delays, secrecy

denisdonaldsonbig2.jpg The family of the Sinn Fein official turned informer, Denis Donaldson, have walked out of the inquest process after police stalling tactics led to his inquest being adjourned for the 19th time.

Published April 16, 2016



Industrial chaos looms while coalition clings to power

kennyburtonteasconesbig.jpg After an indeterminate election and seven weeks of fruitless talks on government formation, the decimated outgoing coalition in Dublin are still clinging to power and seeking support for a second term.

Published April 16, 2016



Political policing of individuals and communities

seankellybig.jpg A PSNI campaign of harassment in the Newry and Mourne area has been exposed after it was revealed that almost 4,000 stop and searches have been carried out by the force across the area since 2009.

Published April 16, 2016



Loyalists to protest on Rising centenary day

peoplesparade.jpg A parade through Belfast city centre to mark the calendar anniversary of the Easter Rising next weekend will face two separate loyalist protests.

Published April 16, 2016



‘Cynical’ Bobby Sands electoral billboard slated

billboardderry.jpg A controversy has erupted in Derry after Sinn Fein election candidate Raymond McCartney, called on people to vote for his party while unveiling a billboard commemorating the 35th anniversary of 1981 hunger striker Bobby Sands’ election to parliament last weekend.

Published April 16, 2016



Tories seen ready to bring back border checks

nigellawson.jpg Sinn Fein has expressed alarm after both sides of the Brexit debate in the British government accepted that border controls will be introduced along the Irish border in the event of a vote by Britain to leave the European Union.

Published April 16, 2016



The uncivil war

kennymartindail.jpg After weeks of shadow-boxing and pretence, a blistering row between the Fianna Fail and Fine Gael leaderships suggests that it is unlikely that any pact will be agreed soon to form a new government in Dublin.

Published April 9, 2016



Legal trickery in effort to jail republicans

gavincoyleout.jpg After almost five years in solitary confinement, republican political prisoner Gavin Coyle has been freed on bail, despite a last-minute drama when two weeks were mysteriously added onto his sentence over an alleged non-payment of a fine.

Published April 9, 2016



Protest at unveiling of Rising memorial listing British troops

glasnevinprotest2.jpg There were clashes between protesters and police at the unveiling of a 1916 Easter Rising memorial at Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin which includes British soldiers alongside the Irish rebels and civilians who died.

Published April 9, 2016



Gaelic League takes Sinn Fein minister to court

caralnichuilinirish.jpg Caral Ni Chuilin, Sinn Fein’s Minister for Culture in the Six Counties, is to be sued over her administration’s failure to introduce laws to promote the Irish language.

Published April 9, 2016



Villiers silent on British cabinet support for torture

hoodedmenbig.jpg The British Direct Ruler in the north of Ireland, Theresa Villiers, has been accused of withholding information in the case of a group of Irish torture victims known as the ‘Hooded Men’.

Published April 9, 2016



Political move to prevent US deportation

malachymcallisterbig.jpg US Congressmen will introduce and support a Bill in the House of Congress next week aimed at postponing the deportation of a former Irish republican prisoner from the US.

Published April 9, 2016



Spirit of 1916 reclaimed?

2016gpo26coarmy.jpg In a remarkable weekend of events to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising, Irish president Michael D Higgins called for Irish people to take responsibility for building ‘a true Republic’. However, republican commemorations heard condemnations of the 26 County state for continuing to ‘turn its back’ on the people of the Six Counties.

Published April 2, 2016



Historic Easter weekend in the Six Counties

unfinishedrevolution.jpg Republicans marched in Lurgan, Belfast, Coalisland and Derry over the Easter in defiance of threatened PSNI arrest operations and in stark contrast to the comfortable celebrations of independence in the 26 Counties.

Published April 2, 2016



Clashes as marching season begins

lurganclash.jpg The Protestant marching season has started badly, with disturbances at two separate events this week.

Published April 2, 2016



Dail in limbo for a second month

kennymartin.jpg The Dublin parliament has descended further into farce as Fianna Fail and Fine Gael have made no progress towards the formation of a government, more than five weeks after the 26 County general election.

Published April 2, 2016



Collusion fears as republicans told their lives are in danger

seanhannabig.jpg A number of republicans in County Antrim have been warned about their safety after it was reported that a “PSNI document” had been lost.

Published April 2, 2016



Michael McKevitt released from prison

mckevittbig.jpg A high-profile critic of the peace process in the north of Ireland has continued to maintain his innocence after completing a 20-year jail sentence for ‘directing terrorism’.

Published April 2, 2016



Irish President calls for an end to revisionism

pres1916.jpg In a speech to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, President Michael D Higgins has called for an end to the pro-British bias in the interpretation of events at the turn of the last century.

Published March 28, 2016



Symbolic shift in west Belfast

muralsdivis.jpg There has been an outcry over the destruction of a republican mural of IRA Volunteer Kieran Nugent who started the blanket protest in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh. It was replaced with a mural depicting unionist leader Edward Carson.

Published March 26, 2016



Identity crises in Dublin, Belfast

misneachredmond.jpg An Irish language group has attacked a Dublin City Council banner featuring moderate nationalist John Redmond on the Bank of Ireland building at College Green.

Published March 26, 2016



Revisionism, not reconciliation at Glasnevin

glasnevin.jpg Relatives of those who fought and died in the Easter Rising are set to take legal action to stop a wall being unveiled at Glasnevin cemetery which commemorates the British army dead alongside those who were killed while attempting to liberate Ireland from that army.

Published March 26, 2016



Clashing agendas for nationalists, 100 years on

mcguinnessbig.jpg Sinn Fein’s First Minister Martin McGuinness has said the next stage of the north’s peace process must be the “reconciliation phase” and again condemned the new IRA, who he said wanted to “destroy the peace process”.

Published March 26, 2016



The main Easter commemorations

lostleaders.jpg The number and variety of Easter commemorative events taking place this weekend is at a record as the 26 County state attempts to make up for the years when it ignored the 1916 anniversary.

Published March 26, 2016



McDonald condemns new US ‘security’ agenda

malachymcallistermarylou.jpg Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald has said she was subjected to “heavy-handed and very invasive” security searches while travelling home from the United States after St Patrick’s Day.

Published March 26, 2016



Triumph as 1916 battle site is saved

moorestvictory.jpg In a landmark victory for republican heritage campaigners, a High Court judge has granted that a number of buildings on and around Dublin’s Moore Street are a battlefield site worthy of the designation of national monument.

Published March 19, 2016



Adams seeks to end differential treatment by US officials

mcdonaldadamsny.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has called on the US to review its security arrangements for visits by party representatives after he was dramatically refused entry to a St Patrick’s reception at the White House.

Published March 19, 2016



Prison tensions heightened after official’s death

ismayvan.jpg There have been further condemnations by politicians after a senior prison official died from a heart attack two weeks after he received a leg injury in an attack on his vehicle.

Published March 19, 2016



Increased harassment in nationalist areas

mauragallagher.jpg Several homes in Belfast were violently raided last weekend amid an increased PSNI presence, with heavily armed units deployed in the west and north of the city.

Published March 19, 2016



Bankers ramp up evictions as fraud accused beat jail

grzegorz.jpg Over a hundred families are being evicted from a Dublin estate after Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs ordered the estate cleared following a purchase of the loan underlying the development.

Published March 19, 2016



Hits and misses for official 1916 commemorations

proclamationdayboyle.jpg There has been strong criticism of a banner in honour of four parliamentary nationalists, three of whom died long before the 1916 Rising and one who bitterly opposed it, amid continuing preparations for the centennial.

Published March 19, 2016



Obama silent as Adams blasts White House insult

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Published March 16, 2016



Adams refused entry to White House event

adamsmcdonaldwashington.jpg Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams was prevented from attending a St Patrick’s Day event at the White House last night by security personnel, although his deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and colleague Martin McGuinness were allowed to take part.

Published March 16, 2016



Government on hold

kennyresigns.jpg Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has formally taken on the role of Acting Taoiseach until a new government is formed in Dublin or, as appears increasingly likely, a second general election takes place.

Published March 12, 2016



Prominent Derry republican interned

tonytaylor600.jpg Derry man Tony Taylor has been jailed in Maghaberry following a decision by the British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers to put him to prison.

Published March 12, 2016



Hegarty family defy prosecutors

hegartyfamily600.jpg A British soldier who shot and killed a 15-year-old boy in Derry in 1972 will not be prosecuted, Crown prosecutors have said.

Published March 12, 2016



Maghaberry placed on lockdown

maghaberry600.jpg British soldiers were deployed on the republican wing at Maghaberry jail as political prisoners maintained a standoff in the canteen, according to media reports.

Published March 12, 2016



Border poll should follow British move to quit EU - McGuinness

britcheckpoint.jpg A vote should be held in the Six Counties on the reunification of Ireland if Britain decides to leave the EU, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has said.

Published March 12, 2016



‘No ethnics or Irish’ for unionists

ballymenamanhole.jpg Unionists have demanded that Irish language words be removed from manhole covers in Ballymena, County Antrim.

Published March 12, 2016



Parties wary after ‘fundamental realignment’

donnchadholaoghaireelected.jpg Following an election count which lasted six days, the new Dublin parliament will meet next Thursday to elect a new Taoiseach, although no new government is expected to be formed for several weeks.

Published March 5, 2016



Cold-blooded murder as criminals lash out

vinnyryan.jpg There has been a shocked reaction among republicans in Dublin after a second member of the Ryan family was shot dead in Dublin by a crime gang.

Published March 5, 2016



Attack linked to Maghaberry crisis

woodstocksealed.jpg A prison guard has been injured in a suspected booby-trap attack on his car as tensions at Maghaberry jail have escalated once again.

Published March 5, 2016



Freed republican calls for Omagh inquiry

seamusdalyinterview.jpg A man accused of taking part in the 1998 Omagh bomb has said there needs to be a public inquiry into the attack which claimed the lives of 29 people and for which he wrongly spent two years in jail.

Published March 5, 2016



Youth injured in attempted loyalist abduction

injuredkidleg.jpg A Catholic teenager has been badly injured in a sectarian mob attack in north Belfast after he was knocked down while fleeing the attack.

Published March 5, 2016



Basques celebrate as leader is freed

otegifreed.jpg There were celebrations in the Basque Country and among solidarity activists around the world on March 1 as Basque political prisoner Arnaldo Otegi was released from a Spanish jail after more than six years.

Published March 5, 2016



Seamus Daly released as last Omagh case collapses

seamusdalycourt.jpg After two years behind bars, prosecutors today dropped all charges against Seamus Daly, the only man still charged in connection with the 1998 Omagh bomb.

Published March 1, 2016



No betrayal of our voters - Adams

adamsmartinkennyburton.jpg With the final result in the 26 County general election not expected until Monday at the earliest, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has dismissed any idea that his party would support one of the traditionally dominant right-wing parties in Irish politics, Fine Gael or Fianna Fail.

Published February 29, 2016



Civil war parties in race for first place as count continues

adamselected.jpg Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are in a dead heat in the race for Dail seats as counting has reached the half-way point in the 26 County election, with 19 out of 40 constituencies completed.

Published February 28, 2016



Kenny out of options, but refuses to quit

kennyelection2016.jpg With all of the first count results in the 26 County general election concluded, Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s government has suffered a resounding defeat but he has ruled out resigning as leader of Fine Gael.

Published February 27, 2016



Sinn Fein ‘has broken the duopoly’

dessieellissf.jpg Prominent figures in the Dublin government are set to lose their seats as early estimates from the count centres have borne out exit poll predictions that revealed a last-minute swing back to the opposition parties and independents, with Sinn Fein now in a pivotal position.

Published February 27, 2016



Graphic novel angers Sands family

sandsgraphicnovel.jpg The family of Bobby Sands has called on the Bobby Sands Trust to disband after a row over a graphic novel which claims to depict the life of the hunger strike martyr.

Published February 27, 2016



Hope for Jordan family as inquest opens

jordanfamilyinquest.jpg A fresh inquest into the controversial killing of an IRA Volunteer almost 25 years ago opened in Belfast this week.

Published February 27, 2016



Concern over anti-Irish sentiment in Scotland, USA

tedcruzfoxnews.jpg A council in Scotland has unanimously voted against flying the Irish flag over a number of its buildings to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising.

Published February 27, 2016



Injunction sought to end MI5 harassment

christophercatney.jpg A west Belfast taxi driver has begun legal moves to stop repeated approaches by MI5 agents.

Published February 27, 2016



Villiers condemned as Brexit referendum is set for June

villiersbrexit.jpg British prime minister David Cameron has named June 23 for a referendum on leaving the European Union after negotiating what he said were special reforms of the EU to protect British interests.

Published February 27, 2016



Exit poll shows Fine Gael/Labour govt has been ousted

kennyburtontea.jpg An exit poll for today’s general election carried out by the Irish Times indicates no possibility of a return to government for the current Fine Gael/Labour coalition.

Published February 26, 2016



Voters crowd polling stations after rancorous campaign

adamsvoting.jpg Turnout in the 26 County general election is being described as high, despite cold and rainy weather in many areas. Voting began at 7am and closes at 10pm in an election that opinion polls indicate could be witnessing a late swing back to the government parties.

Published February 26, 2016



Smears and set-ups by government and media

ferguscrawford.jpg The coalition government has been accused of resorting to a campaign of scare tactics and media manipulation as it faces being ousted when votes are counted next weekend.

Published February 20, 2016



Giant pre-election rally in Dublin

right2change0220.jpg Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has lent his support to tens of thousands attending a Right2Water / Right2Change protest in Dublin today [Saturday, February 20] ahead of Friday’s general election.

Published February 20, 2016



Colin Duffy released from Maghaberry prison

colinduffybailed.jpg Lurgan republican Colin Duffy, a prominent victim of state injustice in the North, was released on bail on Thursday after a period of internment lasting two years and three months. Two other senior republicans, Alex McCrory and Harry Fitzsimons, were also freed last Thursday and Saturday respectively.

Published February 20, 2016



Sanders backed Irish cause as Vermont mayor

berniesanders1981.jpg Bernie Sanders wrote to Margaret Thatcher in 1981 in a bid to put a stop to the “abuse, humiliation and degrading treatment” of Irish republican political prisoners who were on hunger strike, documents show.

Published February 20, 2016



Noonan accused of abandoning abuse victims

michaelnoonangrumpy.jpg Finance Minister Michael Noonan “did a runner” from families of sex abuse victims who tried to speak to him about abuse allegations when he was minister for health.

Published February 20, 2016



Orange link to cancellation of housing plans

nelsonmccauslandbig.jpg Former Housing Minister Nelson McCausland opposed houses being built in a nationalist part of his constituency in spite of the area being plagued by a lengthy housing waiting list.

Published February 20, 2016



Drugs gangs run amok

crimsregency.jpg Serious questions have been raised about the handling of policing by Fine Gael’s Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald following two shocking gang-related killings in Dublin..

Published February 13, 2016



Villiers makes brazen defence of Crown Forces’ murder campaign

villiers2.jpg British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers has been condemned by the families of victims of the conflict after she accused them of a “pernicious narrative” in alleging Crown force collusion and state killings.

Published February 13, 2016



British secrecy efforts multiply

arlenearkinson.jpg A British government minister has approved the withholding of files from the inquest of a schoolgirl abducted in County Donegal in 1994 over ‘national security’ concerns.

Published February 13, 2016



Gardai attack anti-fascist protestors

gardariot.jpg Gardai chaotically clubbed anti-fascist protestors as well as members of the media when a racist event in Dublin city centre last weekend was opposed by left-wing and republican groups.

Published February 13, 2016



Voters to get their say on juryless courts

scc.jpg The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has backed Sinn Fein’s position on abolishing the non-jury Special Criminal Court, and condemned the manipulation of the issue for short-term electoral gain.

Published February 13, 2016



Racism and bigotry from unionists

frazerwells.jpg Loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer has claimed that “Fenian-looking” people are “snaking about” the Markethill area of County Armagh and watching his house.

Published February 13, 2016



Inquiry demanded as alleged informer flees

murrays.jpg A former commander of the Provisional IRA in Ardoyne has said he has been forced to flee his home after receiving death threats over allegations he was a state agent, which he denies.

Published February 6, 2016



‘Stakeknife’ repercussions become public

hodginsmorrison.jpg A row has broken out among republicans in Belfast over the impact of infiltration by informers in the aftermath of the apparent exposure of another highly-placed double agent within the Provisional IRA.

Published February 6, 2016



Fine Gael flounders as election campaign gets underway

noonankenny.jpg The 26 County general election campaign has begun with a major embarrassment for the coalition parties after their annual spending plans were found to have overestimated available state funds by several billion euro.

Published February 6, 2016



Strength and resilience at Bloody Sunday commemoration

bloodysundaymarch2016.jpg Several thousand people took part in a rain-soaked march in Derry last weekend to mark the 44th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday killings.

Published February 6, 2016



Politicians in a flap as ‘Brexit’ likelihood increases

brexit.jpg Concern is mounting in Ireland at the prospects of a British withdrawal from the European Union and the implications this would have for border crossings and the economy.

Published February 6, 2016



British Army link to Larne killings revealed

rodneymccormick.jpg It has taken the British authorities 35 years to tell the family of a Catholic man that his killer was a former British soldier.

Published February 6, 2016



Election called for February 26th, parliament dissolved

kennyburton.jpg The 26 County President, Michael D Higgins, has dissolved parliament at the request of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who has called a general election.

Published February 3, 2016



British war crime on the Shankill

shankilbomb2.jpg There has been a shocked reaction to evidence that the 1993 Shankill Road bomb, in which nine civilians and one IRA Volunteer died in a premature explosion, was planned by a double-agent working in concert with the British Crown forces.

Published January 30, 2016



Hamilton reveals hierarchy of conflict investigations

georgehamilton2.jpg PSNI Chief George Hamilton has warned that most conflict-related cases will be shelved as pressure is heaped on the force to cooperate with inquest investigations.

Published January 30, 2016



No plan to question main suspect in O’Connor murder

garethoconnor2.jpg The main suspect in the murder of republican Gareth O’Connor has still not been questioned almost thirteen years after his death it has emerged. The man in question has also received an ‘OTR letter’ from the PSNI which could allow him to permanently evade prosecution for the murder.

Published January 30, 2016



Clashes as petrol bombs are thrown at PSNI

lurgantrouble0116.jpg There was a riot in Lurgan, County Armagh on Sunday night when more than 100 petrol bombs were thrown by nationalist youths after police cordons were set up in the Lake Street area.

Published January 30, 2016



Noonan accused in nine billion euro giveaway

michaelnoonanbig.jpg The 26 County Minister for Finance Michael Noonan blew over nine billion euro of government funds when he failed to stand up to EU bank chiefs over the state’s bank debts, the banking inquiry has revealed.

Published January 30, 2016



Thousands of protestors turn out to oppose water charges

waterprotest0123gpo.jpg Tens of thousands of protestors turned out to oppose water charges at Right2Water demonstrations across the country last Saturday. In Dublin City Centre, at the largest rally, community and political groups were joined by representatives from six trade unions.

Published January 30, 2016



High level informer behind Shankill Road bomb

shankillbomb.jpg Decrypted classified documents obtained by the Provisional IRA have shown that a state agent was behind one of the most notorious tragedies of the conflict, the Shankill Road bomb attack in 1993.

Published January 25, 2016



It’s 1984, not 2016, in the Irish Police State

tricolourgardai.jpg The staggering amount of surveillance being undertaken by the authorities in the 26 Counties has been revealed with more than one thousand new spy requests on citizens initiated every month.

Published January 23, 2016



No ‘Twelfth’ invite for Martin McGuinness

orangeorderbig.jpg The anti-Catholic Orange Order has said it has no intention of inviting Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness to its July Twelfth marches and rallies after the Deputy First Minister in the Six Counties said he would be willing to attend.

Published January 23, 2016



Judge takes stronger line on PSNI inquest delay tactics

inquestfamilies.jpg A major court examination of delays in coroners’ investigations of 95 legacy killings in the North, many of which date back more than 40 years, in currently underway.

Published January 23, 2016



Evicted families told to split up to find shelter

travellersdundalkevicted.jpg As the homelessness crisis worsens, a number of Traveller families evicted from their homes in County Louth have been told to put their children into care in order to secure accommodation.

Published January 23, 2016



Hopes raised for family of Aidan McAnespie

aidanmcanespie.jpg A decision not to prosecute a British soldier for killing a civilian near the Irish border during the conflict is to be reviewed, according to Crown Prosecutor Barra McGrory.

Published January 23, 2016



Election fever builds in Derry

mcguinnessmccloskeyeastwood.jpg Foyle is set to be the ‘constituency of death’ for nationalists in the 2016 Six-County Assembly election after Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness announced he would run in the Foyle constituency, taking on the SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and a prominent independent candidate, Dr Anne McCloskey.

Published January 23, 2016



Kenny angered by DUP’s centenary snub

fosterkenny.jpg In an unusual development in the peace process, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has criticised the new DUP leader Arlene Foster after she denounced commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Published January 16, 2016



Secret court move to sustain Omagh cover-up

omaghbombbig.jpg The British government continues to use national security to prevent potentially embarrassing details of its ‘black operations’ in the North emerging into the public domain.

Published January 16, 2016



Fight for 1916 heritage on several fronts

nafiannaeireann.jpg The occupation of buildings at the heart of the 1916 Rising in Dublin was suspended this week after a High Court decision to halt demolition works on the site for two weeks pending a hearing on February 2nd.

Published January 16, 2016



Water-damaged coalition faces election deadline

burtonboat.jpg There is increasing speculation that the general election will take place in the last days of February or the start of March after Taoiseach Enda Kenny claimed to have finally picked a date.

Published January 16, 2016



List of British war crimes in Iraq lengthens

bahamousa.jpg Nearly 300 British Army personnel who served in Iraq are suspected of committing war crimes, according to a new report by a team set up to look into evidence of murder, abuse and torture during the Iraq war.

Published January 16, 2016



A matter of time before SF is in Dublin government, says Adams

pearsebrosnan.jpg Sinn Fein will be in government, if not after this election then after the next, party president Gerry Adams has said.

Published January 16, 2016



A carnival of self-deception

newyear2016.jpg New Year’s Day brought the first official efforts of the year to revise and sanitise the centenary of the 1916 Rising, with the rebels’ goal of an Ireland free from British rule getting airbrushed from the official narrative.

Published January 9, 2016



Moore Street dispute erupts

occupymoorestreet.jpg Hundreds have rallied in support of a group of protesters who have occupied buildings on Moore Street in Dublin as a simmering row over plans for the development of the site, a key site in the history of the 1916 Rising, has now become a stand-off.

Published January 9, 2016



British hoping death will end justice campaign, say ‘Hooded Men’

francismcguigan.jpg Some of those tortured by the British military in the early days of the recent conflict walked out of court on Wednesday morning after a judge adjourned their case for almost three months.

Published January 9, 2016



Terrifying blaze after Shell gets Corrib gas permit

flaring.jpg Gas flares and noxious discharges have been emitted from the Corrib gas plant in north Mayo on New Year’s Eve, just weeks after the plant received a final permit to begin operation by Energy Minister Alex White.

Published January 9, 2016



Violence threat over reception for football teams

billyhutchinson.jpg There could be disturbances across the North if soccer squads from both parts of Ireland are given a joint reception at Belfast city hall, a leading loyalist has warned.

Published January 9, 2016



Irish military deployment in Six Counties ‘blocked by law’

paddycooney.jpg In 1985, the Dublin government’s Minister of Defence and military chiefs believed it was illegal for the 26 County Army to operate north of the border even for humanitarian reasons, historical papers have revealed.

Published January 9, 2016



‘End the Kangaroo courts’

murphyadams.jpg Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has said the use of non-jury trial in the case of a prominent republican accused of tax evasion is “just plain wrong”.

Published December 30, 2015



New force to target IRA figures

gardaipsni.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has vowed that a new cross-border state agency will be “relentless” in its pursuit of IRA groups and loyalist paramilitaries.

Published December 30, 2015



Republican prisoners to sue over Portlaoise conditions

portlaoise.jpg Republican prisoners in Portlaoise Prison in the Irish midlands are preparing to sue over the degrading and inhumane conditions at the maximum security jail.

Published December 30, 2015



Thatcher’s plan to bomb Dundalk

dundalk.jpg Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher asked what the reaction would be if the British bombed the border town of Dundalk in county Louth when she met then Irish Taoiseach in 1985.

Published December 30, 2015



Christmas soup-kitchens see record demand from homeless

rdschristmas.jpg A record number of homeless in Dublin over the Christmas period saw over 3,000 meals being delivered on Christmas Day -- two and a half times the demand just four years ago.

Published December 30, 2015



Undercover ceremony to commemorate IRA Volunteers

curraghcommem.jpg In the early hours of Saturday 19th of December, members of the 1916 Societies entered the Curragh military camp under the cover of darkness to commemorate seven Irish Republican Army Volunteers who were executed 92 years ago on that day.

Published December 30, 2015



Branch’s dirty war continues

rucspook.jpg There are fears of continuing ‘dirty tricks’ by the PSNI police after it emerged that four members of its intelligence division concealed information about an attack in which a Catholic member of the force was injured almost six years ago.

Published December 19, 2015



‘Charles in charge’ as massacre Paras get favourable ruling

charlespara.jpg Relatives of some of those killed and wounded on Bloody Sunday have said they are not surprised by a High Court ruling in London that those involved in the massacre will not be taken to Ireland for questioning.

Published December 19, 2015



Born-again loyalist sued by victims

anthonyfox.jpg A County Armagh loyalist linked to dozens of sectarian murders is set to be sued by the families of some victims.

Published December 19, 2015



Panel plans IRA disbandment

alderdice.jpg A panel has been appointed by Sinn Fein and DUP Ministers to develop a strategy to disband the IRA and loyalist paramilitary groups.

Published December 19, 2015



TDs concern at 26 County internment strategy

maureenosullivan.jpg An apparent policy of internment by remand in the 26 Counties was highlighted this week when three high-profile Irish legislators, TDs Mick Wallace, Clare Daly and Maureen O’Sullivan, offered to post bail for an alleged IRA Volunteer but were refused permission to do so.

Published December 19, 2015



Ballyhea still says ‘No’

ballyhea250.jpg The 250th march by the ‘Ballyhea Says No’ protest took place in the tiny village just south of Charleville, County Cork, last Sunday morning as anti-bailout and anti-austerity campaigners seek to escalate their campaign in advance of the upcoming general election in the 26 Counties.

Published December 19, 2015



‘We will not go away’ - victims

relativessignatures.jpg Victims of the conflict in the north of Ireland have directly accused the British government of a “shameful failure” to address the need for truth and justice.

Published December 12, 2015



A government out of its depth on climate

bandonprotest.jpg The town of Bandon, County Cork came to a standstill on Monday night when up to 1,500 people marched through the town and called on the Dublin government to deliver immediately on the town’s flood relief scheme, one of dozens across Ireland which have been devastated by floods and the lack of flood defences.

Published December 12, 2015



Arlene Foster set to be new DUP leader

arlenefosterdup.jpg The DUP Finance minister at Stormont, Arlene Foster, is to become the next leader of the party after the DUP Deputy leader Nigel Dodds dramatically withdrew from the race to succeed Peter Robinson, leaving her as the sole candidate.

Published December 12, 2015



UDA splinter group sparks new feud

udaposter.jpg A breakaway faction of the UDA has embarked on a campaign of intimidation in north Belfast to force residents from their homes. The faction, which emerged during the loyalist flag protests in 2012, are reported to have “taken control” of the Tigers Bay and nearby areas.

Published December 12, 2015



Activists jailed as political corruption is ignored

mcelvaneyrte.jpg A Fine Gael councillor in Monaghan, Hugh McElvaney has been filmed while appearing to demand ten thousand pounds sterling from a fake international company for his support in gaining planning permission for a proposed wind farm, while two other local councillors were also recorded agreeing to assist the firm in return for side deals.

Published December 12, 2015



Family’s concerns for son held in isolation for four years

gavincoyle.jpg The mother of republican prisoner Gavin Coyle has said she fears for his life after he has been held on his own in the punishment block at Maghaberry Prison for more than four years.

Published December 12, 2015



Recriminations continue over talks deal

uniteprotestsf.jpg The PSNI police chief George Hamilton has said his force can’t be blamed for the failures of the ‘Fresh Start’ talks agreement amid angry exchanges over the deal within the nationalist community.

Published December 5, 2015



A clear case of internment

gavincoylethumbsup.jpg The Anti-Internment League has described court hearings in which seven-year-old charges were resurrected against republicans Davy Jordan and Gavin Coyle as “political show trials”.

Published December 5, 2015



Judgement could encourage provocative marches

protestantcoalitionracist.jpg There are fears of increased parade tensions next summer after a rare conviction against a loyalist ‘kick the pope’ marching band was overturned on appeal.

Published December 5, 2015



Political censorship as MI5 sabotages work credentials

seanmontgomery.jpg Employee background checks on nationalists are now including information provided by the British intelligence services, falsely linking some people to illegal organisations in an apparent attempt to wreck their employment chances.

Published December 5, 2015



Action demanded on housing as rent plan backfires

gardahomeless.jpg Over a thousand people have attended a demonstration to demand action on the homelessness crisis on the first anniversary of Jonathan Corrie, a Carlow man who died at this time last year on steps near the Dublin parliament.

Published December 5, 2015



Northerners back a unified Irish soccer squad

faiifalogos.jpg A majority of people inside the Six Counties favour the creation of a single all-Ireland soccer team, according to a report by the Ulster University.

Published December 5, 2015



Wave of armed actions

psnishotscar.jpg A gun attack on a PSNI patrol in west Belfast has been claimed for the ‘new IRA’ amid a series of alerts and incidents attributed to the breakaway IRA groups.

Published November 28, 2015



A century of secrecy for Derry victims

motormantanks.jpg The scale of British state secrecy efforts in the north of Ireland has been highlighted after it emerged that a British Army film file on its murderous ‘Operation Motorman’ in Derry has been declared ‘locked’ for a period of 100 years.

Published November 28, 2015



Racists to parade in Belfast

protestantcoalition2.jpg Loyalists are to hold a protest march next weekend against the presence in the North of refugeees and other foreign immigrants.

Published November 28, 2015



Cash grab by farmers’ body executives

ifaexecs.jpg Pressure is mounting for a forensic police investigation into the Irish Farmers’ Association after a series of revelations that executives in the body appropriated several million euro in the form of inflated salaries, pensions and one-off cash payments.

Published November 28, 2015



New alternative for 1916 commemorations

unfinishedrevolutionpress.jpg Another dimension to the ‘battle’ of 1916 Rising commemorations has been unveiled with the announcement that ‘principled’ republicans will hold their own event north of the border.

Published November 28, 2015



Anniversary of Croke Park massacre marked

bloodysundaycrokepark.jpg The Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) has marked the 95th anniversary of the British army killings of 14 people at a sports match in Dublin, which became known as Bloody Sunday.

Published November 28, 2015



Fury at ‘Thatcherite’ talks deal

freshstart2.jpg There are fears that this week’s talks agreement represents such a victory for unionist and British negotiators that it could wreck the North’s political process, rather than sustain it.

Published November 21, 2015



Historic change for DUP and SDLP

eastwoodmckinney.jpg The unionist DUP and the nationalist SDLP are undergoing internal upheaval as the leadership of both parties is in the process of changing hands.

Published November 21, 2015



Mixed-race family attacked as UDA group targets refugees

arsonballymena.jpg A UDA-linked group in north Antrim has called for refugees fleeing war zones to he “hunted” out of loyalist areas.

Published November 21, 2015



Marley family seek justice

larrymarley.jpg Informers within the Provisional IRA are suspected of providing information that led to the loyalist murder of a senior republican in north Belfast man almost 30 years ago.

Published November 21, 2015



United Ireland would deliver economic bonanza - report

huebner.jpg An international academic report has for the first time spelled out the potential economic benefits of unification both North and South, with a 35.6 billion euro boost to the island’s economy for the first eight years.

Published November 21, 2015



Minister’s sick stunt amid health plan fiasco

varadkar.jpg Patients have lashed out at a publicity stunt by the coalition governement after being treated like “guinea pigs” to mask the failures in the 26 County health system.

Published November 21, 2015



Peter Robinson to quit politics

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Published November 19, 2015



Partial deal announced as Stormont talks are wound up

talks1511.jpg A partial agreement has been unveiled after Sinn Fein, the DUP and the London and Dublin governments brought the latest round of Stormont crisis talks to a conclusion today.

Published November 17, 2015



Humiliation once again

mcguinnessgstq.jpg Sinn Fein has accused unionists of embarrassing Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness by making him stand for a rendition of ‘God Save the Queen’ at a Poppy Day event at Stormont.

Published November 13, 2015



Hope for Bloody Sunday families as ex-soldier questioned

bloodysundaysoldiers2.jpg Relatives of the Bloody Sunday victims say they feel “a flicker of hope” following the questioning of a former British soldier involved in the 1972 massacre, despite renewed efforts to block their justice campaign.

Published November 13, 2015



New leader predicted as SDLP struggles with identity crisis

eastwoodmcdonnell.jpg The leadership battle in the SDLP reaches a climax tomorrow when youthful challenger Colum Eastwood is expected to unseat party stalwart Alasdair McDonnell.

Published November 13, 2015



State harassment continues for veteran republicans

patrickmagee.jpg Peace campaigner and former republican prisoner Patrick Magee said he was refused permission to board a flight last week, simply because it was due to pass over US airspace.

Published November 13, 2015



Loyalist violence linked to ‘territory’ claims

windowscrumlinrd.jpg Loyalists have targeted the home of a Catholic family in a campaign of sectarian terror on a north Belfast street.

Published November 13, 2015



Fianna Fail hit by sex abuse scandal

patcareybig.jpg Former minister Pat Carey has stepped down as the director of elections for the 26 County’s largest opposition party over shock sex abuse allegations against him.

Published November 13, 2015



Robinson under pressure to quit as talks wind down

robinsontanned.jpg DUP leader Peter Robinson is likely to resign ‘within weeks’, according to reports, as it emerged that he is to be investigated by the PSNI over comments he made in regard to a property deal nine years ago.

Published November 6, 2015



Clashes between nationalists and PSNI

galliaghriot15.jpg Youths in republican areas have battled with the PSNI police in Lurgan and Derry as anger over raids and harassment spilled over into violence.

Published November 6, 2015



New doubts over Craigavon Two trial

craigavontwo.jpg The convictions against the Craigavon Two are on even shakier ground after new details about key evidence was made public.

Published November 6, 2015



‘Dickensian’ Maghaberry condemned by inspectors

maghaberrybig2.jpg For the first time ever, official prison inspectors have issued an “urgent action plan” to authorities at Maghaberry jail in the wake of a recent inspection.

Published November 6, 2015



British war crimes seen at heart of poppy issue

lidlpoppy.jpg Loyalists have picketed a store in Belfast in protest at the failure to sell poppies, as the controversy over the marking of the British Army’s Remembrance Day surfaced for another year.

Published November 6, 2015



Taoiseach condemns those behind healthcare failures

trolleys.jpg The Dublin government’s failures in the health sector have been dramatically highlighted by a hospital whistleblower, who revealed this week that a 91-year-old man with Parkinson’s Disease had endured almost 30 hours on a trolley in a Dublin hospital corridor.

Published November 6, 2015



Progressive alliance stumbles

right2change.jpg A weak and largely negative response by socialists and social democrats to a vote transfer pact with other progressive election candidates could have opened the door to a further five years of right-wing government in Dublin.

Published October 31, 2015



Second bullet found in massacre victim

patrickmurphy.jpg The family of a victim of the Ballymurphy massacre has been vindicated in their decades-long struggle for justice after his exhumed body appears to contain a bullet.

Published October 31, 2015



Disturbing racial incidents in Belfast

pigsheads.jpg A Sudanese father and his five-year-old daughter have been forced to flee their home in east Belfast after suffering racist intimidation.

Published October 31, 2015



Dublin shooting a case of collusion, family says

martindocodoherty.jpg The family of a man killed by the unionist paramilitary UVF in Dublin in 1994 is to sue the PSNI police over collusion with the killers.

Published October 31, 2015



LVF blamed for arson attacks

lvf.jpg A small loyalist paramilitary group, the Loyalist Volunteer Force, is believed to have been responsible for a firebomb attack that destroyed a car in a residential area of County Down this week.

Published October 31, 2015



Kenny accused of ‘make-believe’ politics

kennygrandiose.jpg Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been accused of suffering from ‘Walter Mitty’ syndrome after one of his infamous ‘tall tales’ was finally exposed as an invention.

Published October 31, 2015



Contradictions multiply at Stormont talks

talksresumesf.jpg DUP Ministers suddenly returned to work and multi-party talks have resumed following the publication on Tuesday of a British intelligence report that claims the Provisional IRA, INLA, UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando all still exist and control arms, but are ‘committed to peace’.

Published October 23, 2015



Duffy trio freed as case falls apart after two years

duffys.jpg Three relatives of prominent republican Colin Duffy, who were due to stand trial on IRA charges later this year, have been acquitted of all charges against them and walked free from court on Thursday.

Published October 23, 2015



PSNI ‘attempting to put RNU out of business’

carlreilly.jpg Carl Reilly, the chairperson of Republican Network for Unity has been arrested and charged with ‘directing terrorism’, while another member of the RNU leadership, Paul Crawford, was also arrested on IRA charges.

Published October 23, 2015



Sinn Fein double agent exposed

44parnell.jpg The Dublin government had a top-level informer in Sinn Fein over ten years ago, former Justice Minister Michael McDowell has revealed.

Published October 23, 2015



Catholic couple targeted in UDA attack

arsonattack.jpg Just hours after an official British ‘security’ report deliberately avoided any reference to such attacks, a Catholic couple’s home was wrecked by the north Antrim UDA.

Published October 23, 2015



Plea for information in suspected collusion case

mckearneys.jpg The sons and daughters of a couple shot dead by the unionist paramilitary UVF 40 years ago have urged people to search their memories and hearts to help them get justice.

Published October 23, 2015



British report says PIRA still exists, controls arms

villierscommons.jpg The future of the political institutions remains uncertain following an MI5/PSNI review of the status of the Provisional IRA and loyalist paramilitary groups which found that the PIRA continues to exist and control some arms caches, but in a “much reduced” form.

Published October 20, 2015



The Loyalist Blackmail Council

lccstatement.jpg A statement issued in the name of the main unionist paramilitary organisations vowing to “eschew all violence and criminality” has been greeted with profound scepticism across the political divide.

Published October 16, 2015



Coalition sells budget in bid to buy re-election

howlinnoonanmedia.jpg A desperate pre-election giveaway budget may have backfired for the Fine Gael/Labour government in Dublin as research shows that that their bid to buy off the relatively wealthy has come at the expense of the rest of society, particularly those worst off.

Published October 16, 2015



Civil case against state agents blamed for 100 deaths

murphyfamily.jpg A sectarian killer who wrote his nickname on the road at the scene of a ghoulish killing is to be the subject of a civil action by the family of the victim after they were failed by the criminal justice system.

Published October 16, 2015



A tale of two tragedies

carrickmines.jpg The state’s hierarchy for victims couldn’t have been clearer this week when one family was accorded a state funeral while others have been subjected to a discrimination and hate campaign.

Published October 16, 2015



Anniversary of Grew and McCaughey

mccaugheygrewbig.jpg Fresh details have emerged on the deaths of two IRA men shot dead 25 years ago as republicans took part in a series of events in east Tyrone to mark the anniversary.

Published October 16, 2015



Frazer sees red over tourist green

leprechaunfrazer.jpg Loyalist lobbyist Willie Frazer is set to organise protests at Belfast Airport over the sale of tourist merchandise he has described as “pro-Irish paraphernalia”.

Published October 16, 2015



Budget 2016 - main points

howlinnoonan.jpg The main points of the annual statement of taxation and other policy changes for the 26 County Exchequer, announced this afternoon by Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin.

Published October 13, 2015



UDA ignored as bombers strike again

derrybomb.jpg There has been a deafening silence from unionist leaders in response to a statement attributed to the unionist paramilitary UDA in which it declares it will never “go away”.

Published October 10, 2015



Unanswered questions at McColgan inquest

danielmccolgan.jpg Sinn Fein has said the PSNI and British government have questions to answer over the murder of Catholic man Danny McColgan.

Published October 10, 2015



New political merger announced amid election fever

aaapbp.jpg Speculation has mounted that Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny could announce a general election in the 26 Counties for November after he repeatedly refused to rule out the possibility this weekn when questioned by journalists.

Published October 10, 2015



Nine bailed, but injustice and abuses continue

christineconnor.jpg There has been a positive development in the campaign against internment by remand in the North, with nine republican prisoners arrested in a high-profile raid in Newry last year, including one until recently on hunger strike, all receiving bail.

Published October 10, 2015



McGuinness under pressure in apology process

mcguinnesskearney.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has said he is proud of what he did in the IRA and will not apologise to anyone, despite a statement by his party’s northern chairman that he was sorry for the hurt experienced by the British military during the conflict.

Published October 10, 2015



Demonstrations to oppose new PSNI recruitment campaign

psnirecruitmentprotest.jpg A recruitment drive by the PSNI has been hit by republican protests and security alerts at locations across the North.

Published October 10, 2015



PSNI defiant as Adams cleared over 1972 killing

adamshamilton.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has warned there are elements within the PSNI police in the North who are working against his party after it was confirmed he will not be prosecuted in connection with the IRA execution of an alleged informer 43 years ago.

Published October 3, 2015



Fears of gigantic and prolonged corruption at NAMA

dalynoonan.jpg There was a telling development in the scandal over Ireland’s ‘bad bank’ this week as the Dublin government attempted to derail a parliamentary committee’s investigation by releasing a sheaf of documents on the eve of a public meeting of the panel.

Published October 3, 2015



US pols ready to assist in Stormont crisis

clintonhart.jpg Former US President Bill Clinton and former US Presidential candidate Gary Hart are both engaged in a trans-atlantic effort to sustain the worn-down power-sharing administration in the north of Ireland.

Published October 3, 2015



Anger over harassment by British troops

barmydungiven.jpg Children were left terrified by heavily armed British soldiers in County Derry when several lorries filled with troops carried out foot patrols near Dungiven last Friday, September 25.

Published October 3, 2015



The crime of being Catholic, 40 years on

peggyhale.jpg The sister of a Catholic woman murdered by the Glennane Gang has spoken out in search of justice for Peggy Hale, 40 years after her death.

Published October 3, 2015



British Labour Party to pay tribute to Irish revolutionary

countessmarkievicz.jpg British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced plans to honour the Irish republican hero Countess Markievicz, the first woman ever elected to the Westminster parliament in London.

Published October 3, 2015



SDLP spells it out

alasdairmcdonnell2.jpg Amid the latest bout of crisis talks in Belfast, SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell has warned that the Democratic Unionist Party simply don’t want to work with Catholics.

Published September 26, 2015



‘Change of heart’ by PSNI on McGurk’s massacre

mcgurksmassacre.jpg The PSNI has been forced to accept a finding that the original police investigation into the McGurk’s Bar bombing was biased.

Published September 26, 2015



British Labour leader backs Irish self-determination

mcdonnellcorbyn.jpg Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated his support for a united Ireland amid an ongoing hysterical reaction in Britain to the election of the socialist as leader of the Labour Party there.

Published September 26, 2015



Dublin parliament returns amid scenes of death and despair

elderlybegging.jpg The body of a homeless man could be the first of several grim discoveries through the winter months following a complete failure of the coalition government to confront the crisis of poverty and inequality in the 26 Counties.

Published September 26, 2015



Britain’s dirty secrets given precedence over truth and justice

villiers2.jpg The independence of the planned Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) has already been compromised by news that the British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers is to grant herself a power to veto the contents of investigation reports to families on ‘national security’ grounds.

Published September 26, 2015



Gloves off as names are named in NAMA scandal

brysonnama.jpg There were a number of important developments in the corruption scandal over the sale of the ‘Project Eagle’ portfolio this week.

Published September 26, 2015



Talks back on track

mcguinnessrobinsonclash.jpg Sinn Fein has said it is willing to help find a way to deal with armed groups, including former Provisional IRA elements, as it was confirmed that multi-party crisis talks are to go ahead at Stormont next week.

Published September 19, 2015



Fears for prisoner on second hunger strike

hannawaybig.jpg A relative of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is already into his third week on a prison hunger strike over conditions in Maghaberry, it has emerged.

Published September 19, 2015



PSNI harassment of ex-prisoner ends in tragedy

mcerlean.jpg A former republican prisoner who was violently arrested while putting up a suicide awareness poster on a lamppost has taken his own life.

Published September 19, 2015



Parties seen aligning ahead of election

coalitionfffg.jpg Sinn Fein has said it is preparing for government in the 26 Counties and has refused to rule out any potential coalition partners following the forthcoming general election.

Published September 19, 2015



Kenny delivers oration for 1916 rebel amid commemorations row

thomaskentfuneral.jpg A state funeral for 1916 martyr Thomas Kent took place yesterday in a re-interment openly stage-managed by the Dublin government to boost its nationalist credentials.

Published September 19, 2015



Assessment sought on unionist paramilitaries

gacarson.jpg There are concerns that the PSNI is attempting to conceal levels of loyalist violence after they refused to describe an arson attack on a second Gaelic sports club in Tyrone as sectarian.

Published September 19, 2015



DUP say talks on hold after British statement

villierscommons.jpg The DUP leader Peter Robinson has said the failure of the British government to make a statement addressing its demands has ‘delayed’ the start of crisis talks aimed at rescuing the North’s political institutions.

Published September 15, 2015



Welcome for election of Corbyn as British Labour leader

corbynelected.jpg The election of veteran progressive Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the British Labour Party has been welcomed in Ireland.

Published September 12, 2015



Return to the brink

arlenefoster.jpg The cycle of crisis in the north of Ireland lurched towards the farcical this week as the Democratic Unionist Party blustered and threatened but, in the end, fudged an ultimatum to pull down the political institutions over allegations that the Provisional IRA still exists.

Published September 12, 2015



Sinn Fein concern over policing as republicans are released

storeyreleased.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has said he wants to meet the PSNI police chief over the arrest of his party’s northern chairman in the murder inquiry which sparked the current political crisis.

Published September 12, 2015



Secret Garda unit behind ‘shoot-to-kill’ incident

ronanmaclochlainn.jpg A woman who witnessed an alleged shoot-to-kill incident in 1998 in County Wicklow was later visited by senior gardai and told to “stay quiet”, a commission of investigation into the fatal shooting has been told.

Published September 12, 2015



PSNI mock Derry family, escalate harassment

bigknock.jpg A member of the deaf community in Derry says she was traumatised after a heavy-handed PSNI police raid on her home in the Shantallow area of the city on Tuesday.

Published September 12, 2015



Powerful bombs used in UDA feud

ahoghillbombs.jpg Two explosions which shook the village of Ahoghill, County Antrim in the early hours of Thursday morning have been blamed on a drugs dispute among rival unionist paramilitary gangs.

Published September 12, 2015



Water charge campaigners defy Garda oppression

waterprotestpepper.jpg A 26 County police team led by the Garda Commissioner’s husband has been secretly spying on water charge protesters amid further allegations of political policing of left-wing TDs.

Published September 12, 2015



Robinson steps aside, puts ‘gatekeeper’ in zombie Executive

dupstatement.jpg In a dramatic day in Belfast, DUP leader Peter Robinson has backed away from a threat to immediately collapse the Six County Executive, instead opting to step aside temporarily and withdraw all his Ministers, leaving one.

Published September 10, 2015



Stormont collapse likely after DUP ultimatum is rejected

dupstormont.jpg A Stormont committee has refused to adjourn the Six County Assembly despite a DUP threat that it would otherwise pull down the North’s political institutions.

Published September 10, 2015



Arrests of top republicans adds to talks chaos

bobbystorey.jpg The PSNI police this morning arrested three very senior Provisional republican figures in connection with the murder last month of Belfast man Kevin McGuigan -- one of whom, Bobby Storey, is the chairperson of Sinn Fein in the Six Counties.

Published September 9, 2015



Talks hit by Tory threats, DUP go-slow

robinsonvilliers.jpg Crisis talks due to begin tomorrow in Belfast face an uphill battle amid serious attacks on the Six-County political process by both the British government and unionists over the past 48 hours.

Published September 7, 2015



Stormont back from the brink

robinsontanned.jpg The DUP leader Peter Robinson has offered to take part in a fresh round of multi-party talks as a deep crisis over allegations that the Provisional IRA still exists appears set to extend over a period of weeks or months.

Published September 5, 2015



Arrested republicans ‘pawns in a political game’

seankelly.jpg A prominent former IRA Volunteer has spoken out for the first time to defend himself after unionists called for him to be returned to prison by the British authorities.

Published September 5, 2015



Policing report exposes dysfunctional coalition

judgefennelly.jpg The interim report of the Fennelly Inquiry on policing matters in the 26 Counties has revealed a catalogue of delinquency and deception at the highest levels of the State’s justice system.

Published September 5, 2015



Refugees welcomed by Irish republicans

kurdibrothers.jpg Thousands of Irish families have pledged to provide shelter to refugees following a dramatic recognition of the plight of those fleeing conflict

Published September 5, 2015



Committee hears of culture of white-collar criminality

garethgraham.jpg A witness at an investigation into political corruption by a committee of the Stormont Assembly has claimed to have hundreds of hours of tapes revealing “an ingrained culture of inappropriate and possibly illegal conduct” across the political, banking, legal and accountancy sectors.

Published September 5, 2015



Welcome for state funeral for 1916 rebel Thomas Kent

thomaskent.jpg A State funeral is to be held for 1916 Rising hero Thomas Kent -- one of only two rebels executed by the British outside of Dublin -- after DNA testing confirmed that remains found in Cork Prison belong to him.

Published September 5, 2015



Report finds Taoiseach’s message forced top Garda to quit

kennycallinan.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny is facing calls for his resignation after an inquiry found today that the former Garda police chief commissioner Martin Callinan felt obliged to retire as a result of a message conveyed from the Taoiseach.

Published September 1, 2015



Unionists head for the exit

nesbittrobinsonforum.jpg The devolved administration in the north of Ireland is moving towards collapse as both of the main unionist parties have said they are ready to withdraw from the power-sharing coalition with nationalists.

Published August 29, 2015



Fianna Fail jumps on a unionist bandwagon

michealmartin2.jpg There has been a hysterical response in the 26 Counties to allegations in the North that the Provisional IRA continues to exist.

Published August 29, 2015



Figures confirm scale of PSNI harassment

psniguns2.jpg The PSNI has used stop and search powers against the people of two small north Belfast communities more than 4,500 times in six years, according to official police statistics.

Published August 29, 2015



Water charge protestors ‘not going away’

wateraug29.jpg Tens of thousands have gathered at an anti-water charge rally today in Dublin. The march began at 2pm under the banner “We’re not going away, you know!”

Published August 29, 2015



Red Cross to help broker bid to end prison tensions

redcross.jpg The Red Cross has said it is willing to help resolve the deepening crisis at Maghaberry prison after more than 20 republican prisoners began refusing meals for more than a week.

Published August 29, 2015



Robinson’s mercy appeal for UDA death-squad suspect

samueltweed.jpg DUP leader Peter Robinson has been accused of hypocrisy after seeking leniency for a loyalist believed by victims to have been involved in the mass murder of innocent Catholics in the 1970s.

Published August 29, 2015



UUP to quit Executive as election looms

nesbittuuppress.jpg The Ulster Unionist Party is set to withdraw its only Minister from the Stormont Executive on Saturday after party leader Mike Nesbitt described the current power-sharing agreement as “threadbare”.

Published August 26, 2015



‘IRA has left the stage’ - Adams

adamsconfused.jpg In response to a growing media furore, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has insisted that the Provisional IRA were not involved in the killing of Kevin McGuigan in east Belfast earlier this month.

Published August 22, 2015



Letter reveals farcical Ballymurphy investigation

britsold.jpg The failure of the British Ministry of Defence to trace any of the British soldiers present at the time of the 1971 Ballymurphy Massacre has infuriated the families of the victims.

Published August 22, 2015



1985: Thatcher’s ego and the need to stop Sinn Fein

fitzgeraldthatcher.jpg Over 500 files have been made available to historians in Belfast this week as part of the declassification of government files dating from the mid-1980s.

Published August 22, 2015



Homeless offered sleeping bags, urged to leave the city

homelessprotest.jpg Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been accused of “blowing smoke” after he insisted that “common sense” must be applied in response to the growing homelessness crisis.

Published August 22, 2015



Rasharkin parade increases tensions

rasharkin2015.jpg Sinn Fein’s Daithi McKay has said there were a number of breaches of determinations by the Parades Commission at a loyalist parade in Rasharkin last [Friday] night.

Published August 22, 2015



New play suggests protected paedophile may have been informer

olubhlai.jpg The 26-County state and the Gardai police will be accused from a Dublin stage next week of covering up claims about the serial rape of young boys because the alleged abuser - dubbed “the Irish Jimmy Savile” - was an informer blackmailed into spying on the IRA.

Published August 22, 2015



Bomb attack hits MI5 base

vanbombpalace.jpg The political crisis in the North deepened this week when a bomb attack struck the British Army’s Palace Barracks, the headquarters of MI5 in Ireland.

Published August 15, 2015



Sinn Fein condemns Davison ‘revenge’ killing

kevinmcguigan.jpg The close-knit republican community of the Short Strand has been shocked by the apparent revenge killing on Wednesday night of Kevin McGuigan, the chief suspect in the murder earlier this year of former PIRA commander Jock Davison.

Published August 15, 2015



Repercussions continue after march for prisoners is halted

ailmarch2015.jpg There has been a flood of complaints about the PSNI’s actions after it blocked a nationalist anti-internment protest from marching to Belfast city centre on Sunday.

Published August 15, 2015



Concern at casual violence and intimidation

branniganattack.jpg A three-hour racist assault on the home of a former republican prisoner in west Belfast last weekend has highlighted a wave of spontaneous acts of violence, racism and sectarianism across the North.

Published August 15, 2015



TDs anger at criminal charges report

paulmurphywater.jpg Leaked reports that a decision has been made to bring criminal charges against water charge protesters may have been a deliberate attempt to smear those politicians involved.

Published August 15, 2015



Failures in ‘Craigavon Two’ judgement outlined

johnfinucane.jpg A lawyer for one of two men convicted of an IRA action in March 2009 has raised fresh concerns about the case.

Published August 15, 2015



Clashes after PSNI block anti-internment march

There were disturbances in north Belfast this afternoon after a civil rights march against internment was prevented from marching through the city.

Published August 9, 2015



Anti-internment message ‘must be heard’

ail.jpg Loyalists say they will attempt to block a nationalist civil rights march through Belfast on Sunday. The UDA’s political wing, the UPRG, has threatened to “stop republican scum from marching on the streets of Belfast”.

Published August 8, 2015



West Belfast divided as PSNI chief addresses event

stmarysdebate1.jpg Republicans held a protest in west Belfast on Thursday evening as the PSNI police chief George Hamilton took part in a discussion panel event alongside Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Published August 8, 2015



Appeal to soldiers for truth on showband massacre

miamishowbandflat.jpg The survivors of the Miami Showband atrocity have urged British soldiers who opposed collusion with loyalist paramilitaries to help an investigation into the massacre.

Published August 8, 2015



‘Humiliation’ of republican prisoners

seanoneill.jpg One of the oldest republican prisoners at Maghaberry has said he is being refused the right to have proper treatment for bowel cancer because he is a resident of the 26 County state.

Published August 8, 2015



Boycott call amid O’Brien lawsuits and legal threats

denisobrien.jpg Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien has initiated a new series of legal proceedings against Irish legislators and threatened to sue two websites which published a satirical article mocking him.

Published August 8, 2015



Remembering Charles English

charlesenglish.jpg When Mickey English found out his son, Charles, was a member of the IRA he decided he needed to have a very frank and honest conversation with him.

Published August 8, 2015



British Army carry out Derry raids

britsgalliagh.jpg There has been an angry response after British soldiers mounted raids in Derry’s Galliagh area this week, with Sinn Fein describing them as “unacceptable”.

Published August 1, 2015



Appeals for US intervention in Stormont stalemate

mcguinnessdc.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has travelled to Washington DC this week to ask for US assistance to prevent British welfare cuts being implemented in the north of Ireland.

Published August 1, 2015



Provocative march goes ahead in south Belfast

udaplaque.jpg Loyalists have staged a highly controversial march through south Belfast in honour of a death squad linked to scores of sectarian murders during the conflict.

Published August 1, 2015



GAA man’s family to sue over killing

seanbrown.jpg The family of murdered Gaelic sports official Sean Brown is set to sue the PSNI chief constable and British ministry of defence over the part they played in his death.

Published August 1, 2015



Coalition to continue Irish Water ‘incompetence’ despite EU ruling

alankellylabour.jpg There have been calls for the Dublin parliament to be recalled after a European Union agency indicated the government tried to manipulate Irish Water to cheat EU funding requirements.

Published August 1, 2015



Breakthrough as three bankers are jailed

bankersjailed.jpg Three Irish bankers were jailed on Friday as a custodial sentence was handed down for a first time to those involved in the multi-billion fraud at Anglo-Irish Bank.

Published August 1, 2015



INLA presence felt at funeral

inla.jpg The attendance of a large colour party at the funeral procession of republican socialist matriarch Peggy O’Hara last weekend has outraged politicians and encouraged the PSNI to make a number of provocative raids, including at the home of the dead woman’s grief-stricken family.

Published July 25, 2015



Papers confirm Thatcher was aware of Kincora cover-up

thatcherpedos.jpg The discovery of new state papers about a network of high-profile establishment figures systematically abusing and trafficking children from the north of Ireland has added to suspicions that an ‘inquiry’ set up in County Down by the British government is merely an attempt to sideline the scandal.

Published July 25, 2015



Raids across North an ‘attempt to appease unionists’

donnellyraid.jpg Derry independent republican councillor Gary Donnelly has described a violent search of his home by the PSNI as an attempt to “placate” the DUP.

Published July 25, 2015



Derry name change back on the agenda

derryname.jpg A new effort is underway to have the name of Derry city officially recognised by the British government and internationally.

Published July 25, 2015



Banking scandals multiply while inquiries are neutered

kennybanking.jpg The 26 County government’s financial institution for managing the assets of its collapsed banking system has refused to cross the border to answer questions over corrupt practices in the sale of assets at heavily discounted prices in the north of Ireland.

Published July 25, 2015



New parties launch ahead of election

irelandidentity.jpg With recent polls showing that independents and small alliances could comprise more than a quarter of the Dublin parliament after the forthcoming general election, two new political groupings have presented themselves.

Published July 25, 2015



Loyalist gunmen issue threat after riots

newloyalistsguns.jpg Loyalist disturbances have continued in north Belfast since an anti-Catholic Orange Order parade was rerouted from the nationalist Ardoyne area on Monday.

Published July 18, 2015



Stop the cash for bonfire ‘bigotfest’

bonfirecollapse.jpg Pressure is growing to end the public funding of loyalist ‘community organisations’ after some of the worst sectarian displays at Eleventh Night bonfires in some years.

Published July 18, 2015



Properties ‘liberated’ in direct action on housing

boltonhouse.jpg Housing activists in Dublin have been secretly taking over disused and abandoned government-owned properties in an effort to tackle the problem of homelessness in the capital.

Published July 18, 2015



MI5 role in shoot-to-kill cases revealed

michaeltighediarmuidoneill.jpg A former MI5 surveillance ‘spook’ has described how he followed IRA Volunteer Diarmuid O’Neill for months before he was shot dead in a boarding house in London.

Published July 18, 2015



Dáil hears Ballymurphy justice appeal

ballymurphydail.jpg Relatives of those killed in the Ballymurphy massacre were present for an emotional debate in the Dublin parliament in which Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams vividly described being in the area on the night of the killings when internment without trial was introduced by the British government in 1971.

Published July 18, 2015



Tributes for IRSM legend Peggy O’Hara

peggyohara.jpg The funeral of Peggy O’Hara, mother of 1981 INLA hunger striker, Patsy O’Hara, has brought together republican figures of all strands together to pay their respects.

Published July 18, 2015



Marcher accused of attempted murder as parade rerouted

twaddelltwelfth.jpg Loyalists rioted on Monday night in north Belfast and drove a vehicle into nationalist residents, seriously injuring a teenage girl, after their march was preventing from passing through the Catholic Ardoyne area.

Published July 14, 2015



Hatefest

loyaliststwelfth15.jpg Loyalist intimidation has reached shocking new levels after sectarian graffiti appeared in south Belfast that threatens to ‘crucify’ Catholics, while Nazi flags were erected near a loyalist bonfire site in County Antrim.

Published July 11, 2015



Residents forced out by grant-funded bonfire mayhem

bonfire2015.jpg Residents living next to a loyalist ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfire site have had to be moved out of their homes due to the hazard presented by one of tonight’s planned infernos.

Published July 11, 2015



Interface areas brace for parades

ardoynemural.jpg Tensions are running high in a number of flashpoint areas in advance of the ‘Twelfth’ parades, and thousands of PSNI police have been deployed to facilitate the marches by the anti-Catholic Orange Order.

Published July 11, 2015



Robinsons deny benefit as ‘Namagate’ scandal grows

petergerethrobinson.jpg Allegations of political corruption and bribery relating to the North’s largest ever property deal have multiplied in the past week and are now to be investigated by Britain’s version of the FBI, the National Crime Agency.

Published July 11, 2015



‘Killed on Thatcher’s orders’

hartemullin.jpg The families of three IRA Volunteers shot dead by the British Army’s SAS in County Tyrone in 1988 are taking legal action against former Ulster Unionist Ken Maginnis, the British government and the police chief constable.

Published July 11, 2015



Pensions payout as Kenny flies high

cowanahern.jpg There is outrage among government backbenchers after it was revealed that disgraced former 26-County Prime Ministers, Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern, are to have thousands of euro a year added to their already inflated pensions.

Published July 11, 2015



Stormont link to secret millions

cerberusnama.jpg A senior politician in the north of Ireland has been identified as the recipient of a giant payoff as part of a billion euro property deal which could threaten the continued functioning of the Stormont administration.

Published July 4, 2015



Short Strand besieged once again

shortstrandsiege.jpg A nationalist community in Belfast has been subjected to a nightly onslaught of bottles, nuts, bolts, golf balls, bricks and paintballs before being hemmed in by a wall of steel on Wednesday evening to allow a loyalist parade by the anti-Catholic Orange Order pass by.

Published July 4, 2015



Loyalists ‘celebrate’ racism, sectarianism

confederateflag.jpg Loyalists’ use of confederate flags as a statement of racist hate has reinforced concerns over their use of flags to spread fear and intimidation over the marching season.

Published July 4, 2015



TDs concerned as McKevitt returned to jail after cancer surgery

mckevittbig.jpg Five members of the Dublin parliament have protested about the conditions in which jailed republican Michael McKevitt is being held and have expressed their “deep concern” after he was abruptly returned to prison following a cancer operation.

Published July 4, 2015



Water tax protestors attacked outside Dail

waterprotest0715.jpg An anti-austerity protest in Dublin was brutally cleared by Gardai on Wednesday to allow disgraced former Minister Alan Shatter drive through protestors into the Leinster House parliament.

Published July 4, 2015



Sinn Fein takes mayoralties in historic advance

mayornidalaigh.jpg The election of a first-ever Sinn Fein mayor in Dublin has underlined the party’s progress in city councils across the island ahead of the centennial commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Published July 4, 2015



Solidarity of the people

greecewaterprotest.jpg The Dublin government has been accused of lining up with the IMF and the EU institutions to inflict further suffering on the Greek people even as it continues to impose further austerity cuts here.

Published June 27, 2015



Sinn Fein facing Cork rebellion

mccarthymclellan.jpg A spectacular row over the disciplining of two councillors has divided the Sinn Fein organisation in Cork, with up to 70 resignations reported across the Cork East constituency.

Published June 27, 2015



Bonfires lit prematurely amid loyalist infighting

sandyrowbonfire.jpg Two loyalist ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfires have been prematurely set ablaze, igniting a blame game over who may be responsible.

Published June 27, 2015



Tragic family’s action over police investigation

mcshanefamily.jpg An Armagh woman who survived a no warning loyalist bomb that killed two people is to take a civil action against the RUC/PSNI police for failing to properly investigate her son’s murder at the hands of another loyalist death squad years later.

Published June 27, 2015



Finucanes will continue to lead collusion campaigns

finucanescourt.jpg The family of murdered Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane have said they will not give up despite the rejection of their legal challenge against the British government’s refusal to hold a public inquiry.

Published June 27, 2015



Ex-PoW suffers discrimination

tcv.jpg A former republican prisoner is facing the sack after he failed a security check -- after 19 years.

Published June 27, 2015



Bigotry after tragedy

nyt.jpg Evidence of anti-Irish attitudes in the upper echelons of the US media has shocked the Irish public as it struggles with a disaster in Berkeley, California, that this week claimed the lives of six students and injured a further seven.

Published June 20, 2015



Dublin under pressure to respond to collusion evidence

collusionrte.jpg There appears to have been a shift in public attitudes in the 26 Counties following the broadcast of the documentary ‘Collusion’ by state broadcaster RTE this week.

Published June 20, 2015



Clerys workers locked out as ‘golden circle’ cashes in

clerysprotest.jpg The shuttering of Clerys landmark shop in Dublin city centre has cast a light on new Irish company law which allowed the troubled business to be stripped of valuable assets before its workers were suddenly left jobless.

Published June 20, 2015



Parade progress but loyalist threat continues

tourofthenorth2015.jpg One of the first controversial sectarian parades of the summer passed off uneventfully on Friday night in north Belfast after loyalist bandsmen appeared to adhere to a Parades Commission determination.

Published June 20, 2015



Republican community worker assaulted by police

rnupostersuicide.jpg A member of the Republican Network for Unity was assaulted and arrested by the PSNI while putting up suicide awareness posters in north Belfast on Sunday afternoon.

Published June 20, 2015



Degrading treatment for heart attack prisoner

tamcwilliams.jpg A republican political prisoner at Maghaberry has detailed a traumatic experience at the hands of prison warders after he sought medical attention for a suspected heart attack.

Published June 20, 2015



‘Open the vaults’

collusionvictims.jpg The head of the PSNI police in the north of Ireland, George Hamilton, has said the force has a “vault” of secret information on the conflict in the North but is concerned its release would create a “one sided focus” on the force’s actions.

Published June 13, 2015



New call for justice after death of sectarian assault victim

paulmccauley.jpg Derry man Paul McCauley died last weekend as a result of a vicious loyalist assault nine years ago. His father has now called for a full and proper investigation into his murder.

Published June 13, 2015



Gun attack as loyalist flags rise over interfaces again

twaddellflags.jpg The unionist paramilitary UVF is being blamed after a masked gang this week threatened to shoot a man at his home while his 14-year-old son was inside. Three men, one armed with a gun, threw a brick at the house on Blythe Street in Sandy Row in south Belfast before threatening the man.

Published June 13, 2015



Unionist anger at Crown prosecutor for ‘protecting’ Sinn Fein

barramcgrory.jpg The head of the Crown Prosecution Service in the north of Ireland, Barra McGrory, is facing an apparent loyalist death threat over allegations that he is working to a Sinn Fein agenda.

Published June 13, 2015



‘Mindless’ attack on memorial to massacre victims

gurkpaint.jpg Relatives of those who died in the McGurk’s Bar attack have gathered in their dozens to help restore a memorial in north Belfast which was damaged in a paint attack.

Published June 13, 2015



1916 Societies claims Stormont publicity coup

1916soceitieslogo.jpg The 1916 Societies, a republican campaign group, has claimed responsibility for raising an Irish tricolour flag and the green ‘Irish Republic’ flag of Easter 1916 over the Stormont Assembly outside Belfast last week.

Published June 13, 2015



Bell prosecuted as SF pair acquitted; Fennell bailed

fourcourtslaganside.jpg The case against two high-profile Sinn Fein activists accused of IRA membership collapsed this week after key witnesses withdrew their evidence in a dramatic week for republicans in the court.

Published June 6, 2015



Unionist outrage over ‘rogue actions’ at Stormont

stormontflags.jpg There was a hysterical response by unionists this week after the Irish national flag and the flag of the proclamation of the Irish Republic were seen to briefly fly above the Belfast Assembly at Stormont.

Published June 6, 2015



Secretive deployment of toxic gas against prisoners

crgas.jpg The British government secretly authorised the use of a chemical riot control agent, fired from aerosols, water cannon or dropped from the air, to be used on republican PoWs at the height of the conflict, it has been confirmed.

Published June 6, 2015



James Galway whistles up a storm with pro-unity comments

jamesgalway.jpg World renowned musician James Galway has created a furore among unionists by admitting he regards himself as someone from “British occupied part of Ireland”.

Published June 6, 2015



Govt yields on new bank inquiry after censorship bid fails

ibrcexecs.jpg The Dublin government is to launch a formal investigation into financial transactions at the bailed-out Anglo Irish Bank after an attempt to prevent embarrassing details emerging via the Dublin parliament was rejected by a High Court judge.

Published June 6, 2015



Sports body pocketed millions over handball incident

johndelaney.jpg Confirmation that the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) received a seven-figure sum from Sepp Blatter’s FIFA as secret compensation for an infamous foul which knocked Ireland out of the World Cup playoffs in 2009 has been greeted with disgust at home and abroad.

Published June 6, 2015



A secret army of assassins

museumgun.jpg A new BBC documentary has raised awareness and prompted new questions about the scale and extent of Britain’s use of state agents to kill innocent civilians in Ireland.

Published May 30, 2015



Constitutional crisis over parliament reporting ban

obrienkenny.jpg Denis O’Brien, one of Ireland’s wealthiest and most powerful men, has been accused of gagging free speech and the Dublin parliament itself over his attempt to silence reporting about his finances.

Published May 30, 2015



Agreement in jeopardy after Stormont vote

mlas.jpg Crisis talks are to take place between the main political parties in the North this week in a bid to revive the Stormont House Agreement and sustain the political institutions in Belfast.

Published May 30, 2015



Loyalists bomb Short Strand

loyalistpipebomb.jpg Two pipe bombs were thrown by loyalists at nationalist homes in east Belfast on Monday, but they failed to explode.

Published May 30, 2015



British govt ‘attempting to break political prisoners’

eamoncassidy.jpg Republican prisoners at Maghaberry have expressed their anger after one of their number was refused permission to attend his brother’s funeral this week.

Published May 30, 2015



What next for equality?

dublincastlemarref.jpg The significance of last week’s referendums and by-election results are still being debated amid claims that Ireland’s political and social landscape have been transformed by the approval of a public vote on same-sex marriage.

Published May 30, 2015



Historic step for equality

referendumcount2015.jpg Ireland has become the first country to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote, with indications from all count centres across the country showing ‘Yes’ votes outnumbering ‘No’ votes by about two-to-one.

Published May 23, 2015



Stormont crisis renewed

stormontbig.jpg Legislation on welfare reform looks to be rejected by the Stormont assembly on Tuesday after the SDLP said its 14 assembly members would be joining Sinn Fein in supporting a nationalist ‘petition of concern’ to stop the bill.

Published May 23, 2015



Maghaberry authorities punishing prisoners for complaints

maghaberrybig.jpg Republican political prisoners at Maghaberry jail have condemned “aggressive” punishment procedures and unofficial reprisal actions by the prison authorities which they said are causing upheaval throughout Maghaberry.

Published May 23, 2015



U2 backs justice campaign

u2gig.jpg Relatives and survivors of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings have repeated their calls on the British government to release documents about the 1974 attacks.

Published May 23, 2015



Warning over political policing in 26 Counties

gardaraid.jpg The Republican Network for Unity has warned that a policy of selective internment is now being used against republicans by the state forces in the 26 counties.

Published May 23, 2015



MI5 men attempt to enter vehicle

mi5psniruc.jpg A member of Republican Sinn Fein in North Armagh has said he believes two men who tried to force their way into his car recently were members of British military intelligence.

Published May 23, 2015



Adams greets prince on first day of royal visit

charlesadams.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams caused controversy today when he met ‘Prince of Wales’ Charles Windsor in a meet-and-greet opportunity during the first day of his four-day royal tour through Ireland.

Published May 19, 2015



Finucane sham exposed

desilvareview.jpg Documents presented to a judicial review this week have confirmed that the British government staged a fake ‘review’ three years ago before announcing its predetermined decision to rule out a public inquiry into the killing of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.

Published May 16, 2015



Tory Human Rights plan ‘would wreck peace deal’

cameronvilliers.jpg The new British government has already launched an ultra-conservative political agenda that could unravel the peace process in the north of Ireland.

Published May 16, 2015



Clooneys to back torture case

clooneys.jpg In a development which has electrified news coverage of their plight, top barrister Amal Clooney is set to take on the European court case of the ‘hooded men’. Her husband, famous Hollywood movie actor George Clooney, is also set to travel to Belfast.

Published May 16, 2015



Drugs gangs seeking to spread fear in Belfast

davisonfuneral.jpg Senior republicans in north Belfast have been told by the PSNI that they are under threat from criminals following the murder of former IRA commander Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison.

Published May 16, 2015



‘Yes’ vote urged in 26-County referendums

yesequality.jpg With the support of all of the political parties in the Dublin parliament, a referendum campaign on same-sex marriage could bring official state recognition for Ireland’s LGBT community and their relationships for the first time.

Published May 16, 2015



Hidden device highlights spying campaign

mcaffertybug.jpg A former republican prisoner has discovered a sophisticated listening device embedded in the ceiling of his north Belfast home.

Published May 16, 2015



Election nightmare as Tories triumph

cameronhappycar.jpg The result of the British general election is a setback for Irish republicans with the loss of a key seat to unionists in the North while the Tories under David Cameron secured a slim overall majority in London.

Published May 9, 2015



Drug gang’s grudge blamed for IRA commander’s murder

jockdavison.jpg A full republican funeral is expected to take place later today of murder victim Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison, a former member of the Provisional IRA’s northern command.

Published May 9, 2015



IRA actions continue

bombalertold.jpg The organisation known as the ‘new IRA’ has claimed that a substantial device failed to explode as two members of a PSNI patrol were in the north Belfast area last week.

Published May 9, 2015



Judicial review of police inquiry into Glennane gang

glenannefamilies.jpg A High Court judge in Belfast has described the activities of a gang in which members of the British Crown forces carried out sectarian murders alongside unionist paramilitaries as “deeply disturbing.”

Published May 9, 2015



Attempted cover-up over hospital deaths

tonyobrien.jpg The chief of the Health Services Executive (HSE) in the 26 Counties is under pressure to resign after the latest damning report into patient care at Irish hospitals.

Published May 9, 2015



Doing justice to the memory of Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison

jockdavison2.jpg More than 60 community groups and organisations from nationalist areas of Belfast have endorsed the following open letter to praise the senior republican Jock Davison and criticise attempts by the media to “criminalise his past”.

Published May 9, 2015



Tories claim victory as seats pile in for Cameron

cameronstormont.jpg British prime minister David Cameron now looks certain to return to 10 Downing St after the Conservatives secured the narrowest of victories in the Westminster general election.

Published May 8, 2015



SNP landslide in Scotland; unionist gain in North

nicolasturgeon.jpg The British general election has created massive upheaval for the political system in London, with the Scottish National Party on course for a virtual clean sweep of Westminster seats in Scotland, although the election has produced relatively little change in the north of Ireland.

Published May 8, 2015



Shock at murder of senior PIRA figure

jockdavison.jpg Prominent Belfast republican Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison was shot dead this morning in the Markets area in a killing which has shocked the city less than 48 hours before polls open in the Westminster general election.

Published May 5, 2015



A parliament in denial

milibandcleggcameron.jpg With just days to go before a potentially historic Westminster general election, a further rise in support for the Scottish National Party is already creating a crisis in British politics which will likely have implications for Ireland.

Published May 2, 2015



Dee Fennell interned

internmentprotest1504.jpg Ardoyne residents’ spokesperson Dee Fennell was effectively interned by a judge at Craigavon court on Friday, confirming fears of republicans since his arrest two weeks ago.

Published May 2, 2015



Hardline statement by UDA group

udashowofstrength.jpg Leaders of a breakaway UDA faction in north Antrim have warned that their violence is likely to escalate further.

Published May 2, 2015



Repressive raids blamed on British Army unit

britsraid.jpg The Republican Network for Unity have said they witnessed a number of armed house raids carried out on the homes of republican political activists in North Belfast and Derry, including a member of RNU’s Ard Comhairle (leadership).

Published May 2, 2015



DUP Minister quits after new homophobic incident

robinsonwells.jpg A controversy over the DUP’s views on gay people has increased in the north of Ireland despite the resignation of the party’s health Minister, Jim Wells on Tuesday.

Published May 2, 2015



UUP candidate accused of insulting Catholic victims

tomelliottbig.jpg Comments by Westminster election candidate Tom Elliott about the arrest and charging of a former British soldier for the attempted murder of a man with special needs in 1974 have been described as “an outrageous slur”.

Published May 2, 2015



Internment fears for residents’ spokesperson

damianfennell.jpg A republican activist who has campaigned against sectarian parades in north Belfast has been arrested and charged in connection with a speech he made at Easter.

Published April 25, 2015



Corruption scandal over Anglo successor’s dodgy deals

denisobrien.jpg A major scandal has erupted in the 26 Counties over the knockdown sale by a state-run bank of the bankrupt firm Siteserv to billionaire Denis O’Brien, a backer of the governing Fine Gael party.

Published April 25, 2015



Election exposes unionist bigotry

jimwells.jpg Outbreaks of unionist prejudice have dominated the British general election in the north of Ireland, where 18 Westminster parliament seats are being contested.

Published April 25, 2015



Parades issue seen as post-election bargaining chip

newryparade0415.jpg As concerns mount over the forthcoming marching season, several thousand unionists and scores of bands brought Newry to a standstill on Friday of last weekend in what was described as “an orgy of sectarian triumphalism”.

Published April 25, 2015



Media war continues in the North

carshrapnel.jpg A crude propaganda exercise by the British Crown forces backfired this week when it emerged that damage to a vehicle exhibited at a press conference had been almost entirely faked by British Army operatives.

Published April 25, 2015



Increasing support for ‘Republic Day’ events

republicday.jpg Republicans across Ireland marked the calendar anniversary of the Easter Rising on Friday.

Published April 25, 2015



Loyalists escalate race violence

racistarson.jpg There has been a new spate of racist attacks across Belfast, with the Polish community being particularly targeted by loyalists.

Published April 18, 2015



Inquiry into ‘Stakeknife’ collusion

scappaticciold.jpg An investigation is to be launched into the series of killings carried out by the British agent known as Stakeknife and other Crown agents acting secretly inside the Provisional IRA.

Published April 18, 2015



PSNI media campaign opposed

psniposter.jpg A media blitz by the PSNI police to improve its image among nationalists in the north of Ireland is being challenged by republican activists.

Published April 18, 2015



British warplanes ‘in Irish skies’

rafplane.jpg The socialist republican party eirigi has voiced their concerns following a recent “training mission” conducted by the British Forces of occupation.

Published April 18, 2015



Gardai abuse austerity protestors

ginableeding.jpg There have been demonstrations against Garda police brutality in Dublin after two women taking part in a peaceful sit-down protest against water charges were injured when Gardai smashed down a glass door.

Published April 18, 2015



Call to find victims of British gun attack

marianbrown.jpg An appeal has been launched to trace a man and a woman who were shot and injured by the British Army in 1972. The pair were wounded in an incident in which a woman was shot dead in West Belfast.

Published April 18, 2015



Adams shifts stance on ‘border poll’

adamsroslea.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams made a call for a “referendum on Irish unity” on Easter Sunday as he spoke at a 1916 commemoration in Roslea, County Fermanagh. He did not specify if the referendum should be a national one or the ‘border poll’ within the Six Counties, as Sinn Fein has previously argued for.

Published April 11, 2015



Tories accused over Kincora abuses, sectarian pact

savilethatcher.jpg The continuing cover-up over sexual abuse at the Kincora Boys’ Home in the north of Ireland has become a prominent issue in the British general election campaign after a former British Army intelligence officer revealed this week that he was told to drop an investigation into the scandal.

Published April 11, 2015



Prisoners stage lily protest

maghaberrybig2.jpg Republican political prisoners occupied a canteen in Maghaberry jail on Easter Sunday in protest at being refused permission to wear lilies to remember their dead.

Published April 11, 2015



Parade concerns for Glengormley

glengormleyorangearch.jpg There are fears over a new sectarian Orange Order parade through a mainly nationalist area of Glengormley in County Antrim, which planned as part of a provocative protest in support of other sectarian Orange parades.

Published April 11, 2015



Dunnes workers punished for strike action

dunnesprotest.jpg There has been an angry response by unions after national retail chain Dunnes Stores sacked some employees and took other hostile actions against workers in the wake of a one-day industrial action at the stores’ outlets in the 26 Counties last week.

Published April 11, 2015



Event to shed new light on Great Hunger in the North

faminesculpture.jpg An annual commemoration of the Great Hunger, when one million Irish people died, is to be held in the Six Counties for the first time.

Published April 11, 2015



‘Ireland’s Alamo’ saved

1916painting.jpg There has been a broad welcome for news that the site of the last stand of the 1916 rebels during the Easter Rising is to be bought by the 26 County State for 4 million euro.

Published April 4, 2015



Loyalist bomb alert as new councils face old problems

graffitidungannon.jpg There was a hoax bomb attack and graffiti sprayed on council buildings in Dungannon as the north’s new ‘super councils’ finally took up power as part of a shake-up of local government in the north of Ireland.

Published April 4, 2015



Nationalists could be the story of the Westminster election

nicolasturgeon.jpg Next month’s British general election could see the Scottish National Party (SNP) win almost all of the parliamentary seats in Scotland, recreating the historic and transformative 1918 Westminster election in Ireland.

Published April 4, 2015



Family mark tragedy, forty years on

trainors.jpg A Portadown family have dedicated a plaque in memory of their mother who was murdered by the UVF in 1975.

Published April 4, 2015



No mercy from the landlord class

dublinmonopoly.jpg The Dublin government has been accused of acting only on behalf of large-scale property owners in Ireland as it emerged that a substantial number of TDs identify themselves as professional landlords.

Published April 4, 2015



Government’s self-loathing over Rising centenary

flyingcolumnphoto.jpg A reference to the executions of 1916 leaders and a photograph of IRA Volunteers were removed from a leaflet launching the Dublin government’s programme of Easter Rising centenary events last November, it has been confirmed.

Published April 4, 2015



Water protests continue amid corruption questions

right2watermarch.jpg Just under 90,000 people marched in Dublin on Saturday in the latest anti-austerity protest against the 26 County government’s new water charges as a scandal over the operation of Irish Water, the new national water board, has expanded.

Published March 28, 2015



Britain may expose royal pardon recipients

gerrykellybig.jpg British Prime Minister David Cameron has threatened to identify leading republicans who received British royal pardons following a furore over the revelation that senior Sinn Fein politician Gerry Kelly received a pardon in the 1980s.

Published March 28, 2015



Loyalist attacks go unchecked in Antrim

carryduffflags.jpg A single gang of unionist paramilitaries is thought to be behind a murder and a spate of shooting and beatings across the North Antrim and Coleraine areas.

Published March 28, 2015



Constant harassment for ex-PoW with speech problem

mervynspeech.jpg A former republican prisoner who suffers from a severe speech impediment is afraid to leave his Belfast home because of constant harassment by the PSNI police.

Published March 28, 2015



Kenny visits site of Ballymurphy massacre

kennyballymurphy.jpg The families of 10 innocent civilians killed in the 1971 Ballymurphy massacre have described a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny this week as a “positive move forward”.

Published March 28, 2015



Britain to send spies, royals for 1916 events

srrtraining.jpg A secret British army undercover unit may be redeployed to Ireland in the run-up to the centenary of the 1916 Rising, according to reports.

Published March 28, 2015



Washington takes a back seat

adamshillaryclinton.jpg Political activity in the north of Ireland was unexpectedly set back this week when the US State Department cancelled a meeting with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in Washington DC.

Published March 21, 2015



St Patrick’s Day parades pass without major trouble

patricksdaycrowd.jpg There were only relatively minor incidents in Belfast on Tuesday after a loyalist flag protest outside Belfast City Hall was held as thousands gathered to celebrate the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint.

Published March 21, 2015



Arrests at Maghaberry ‘choreographed’

maghaberryjustice.jpg Republican prisoners in Maghaberry jail have condemned the arrest and interrogation of five of their number.

Published March 21, 2015



Helsinki Commission hears of Glenanne cover-up

cadwallader.jpg There has been “dishonourable silence” from the British government on evidence of deep collusion between the British forces in Ireland and unionist paramilitaries during the conflict, an Irish human rights researcher author has told a US congressional panel.

Published March 21, 2015



‘We refuse to pay’ - Right2Water

watermarch21.jpg Tens of thousands are preparing to march in Dublin today in the latest anti-austerity protest. Three separate marches, highlighting the impact of austerity and the new tax on tap water, are planned for Saturday afternoon.

Published March 21, 2015



Frazer calls off ‘Love Ulster 2’; Bryson convicted

frazerbryson.jpg A sectarian parade through Dublin has been cancelled after organisers claimed the Dublin government is preparing to hand over files to an inquest.

Published March 21, 2015



Hope abides for ‘crucified’ Stormont

stormontstrikemar13.jpg Almost a hundred thousand people took the streets in the North’s biggest protest against austerity cuts on Friday as Sinn Fein battled accusations that it has let down working class voters and the poor in the negotiation of the Stormont House Agreement.

Published March 14, 2015



New abuse case fuels anti-SF media campaign

paudiemcgahon.jpg The emergence of a second historical case in which a teenager was allegedly abused by an IRA member has reignited a controversy begun six months ago over Sinn Fein’s handling of such matters.

Published March 14, 2015



Death of ‘no-frills’ unionist patriarch

molyneaux.jpg Former Ulster Unionist leader Jim Molyneaux died on Monday at the age of 94. A deeply conservative Orangeman, he led the party from 1979 until 1995.

Published March 14, 2015



Loyalists return to the streets

flag0315.jpg A plan by the Orange Order for orchestrated street disturbances in north Belfast has raised fears of a renewal of conflict in the area.

Published March 14, 2015



Collusion with Mount Vernon UVF admitted

johnflynn.jpg The British Crown forces in the north of Ireland have for the first time admitted collusion with a notorious loyalist killer in the unionist paramilitary UVF.

Published March 14, 2015



Fears of ‘legacy’ cover-ups for British Army killers

benburbmurder.jpg The family of a man with special needs who was shot dead by the British Army in 1974 have said they have no faith in a re-opened police investigation by the PSNI’s ‘Legacy Investigation Branch’.

Published March 14, 2015



Anti water-charge protestors are released

the5arefree.jpg The President of the High Court in Dublin has this afternoon directed the immediate release of four anti-water charges protesters over a technicality regarding the manner of their committal.

Published March 9, 2015



Stormont in new crisis after talks deal collapses

mcguinnessrattledrobinson.jpg In a dramatic turnaround, Sinn Fein has said it will seek to block the welfare bill, a key element of the Stormont House Agreement, after accusing the DUP of acting in bad faith on the issue.

Published March 9, 2015



Leader’s speech by Gerry Adams at Sinn Fein Ard Fheis 2015

gerrysfaf2015.jpg The Presidential address by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at his party's annual conference in Derry this weekend.

Published March 7, 2015



‘Taoiseach or bust’

sfaf2015.jpg Sinn Fein has categorically ruled out joining a coalition government in Dublin as junior partner after elections due early next year. The party is holding its Ard Fheis (annual conference) in Derry this weekend.

Published March 7, 2015



Catholics quitting the PSNI

psnilandroverbig.jpg Catholics are leaving the PSNI police in numbers and fewer are applying to join, new figures have shown.

Published March 7, 2015



Tensions rising at Portlaoise prison

portlaoiseflag.jpg A statement by republican prisoners at Portlaoise jail in the Irish midlands has warned of a deteriorating situation there.

Published March 7, 2015



Raymond McCreesh park issue ‘resolved’

raymondmccreeshpark.jpg A play park in Newry has been held up by unionists as a symbol of ‘Sinn Fein intransigence’ after the party blocked a new attempt to change its name.

Published March 7, 2015



Wealthy mount blockade against property repossession

gorsehill.jpg A media circus in south county Dublin has highlighted the efforts of Ireland’s super-rich to defy legal moves to seize their assets.

Published March 7, 2015



‘Language strike’ and petition against EU treatment of Irish

liadhniriadamor.jpg A Sinn Fein member of the European Parliament is refusing to speak any language other than her native Gaelic, in protest at the European Union’s failure to fulfil its designation of Irish as a full official language of the EU.

Published March 7, 2015



‘Criminals’ and ‘touts’ in south Armagh

frankmccabejr.jpg Sinn Fein has warned that a lack of confidence in the PSNI police is encouraging illegal activity in border areas.

Published February 28, 2015



Father seeks to end the silence on Scappaticci

scappaticciold.jpg A father of a man allegedly murdered by notorious British Crown informer and double agent, Freddie Scappaticci, is behind a new effort to bring the state to book for Scappaticci’s secret crimes.

Published February 28, 2015



Report warns against displays of Irishness

patricksdaycrowd.jpg A St Patrick’s Day parade in Scotland is facing cancellation because it could be attacked by loyalists, according to reports this week.

Published February 28, 2015



Cut-to-the-bone coalition demonises opposition

alankellylabour.jpg The Dublin government has attempted to turn the tables on its left-wing opponents this week with efforts to portray them as “dangerous” and “anti-democratic”.

Published February 28, 2015



Tempers rising at Stormont

mcdonnellmcguinness.jpg Six-County officials are understood to have witnessed a blazing row between the leaders of the two main nationalist parties over new welfare cuts.

Published February 28, 2015



Govt ‘apologising’ for independence, ‘celebrating’ partition

charlieflanagan.jpg The Dublin government stands accused of planning to celebrate the partition of Ireland, following comments made by Fine Gael’s controversial Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan at his party’s annual conference last weekend.

Published February 28, 2015



Jailed activists on hunger strike

activistsbankers.jpg Anti-austerity activists have embarked on a hunger strike in protest at their incarceration at Wheatfield prison in Dublin, and are now also threatening to refuse fluids.

Published February 21, 2015



Kincora victim’s first step

garyhoy.jpg An abuse victim is hopeful after winning the first stage in a battle to have a Westminster parliamentary inquiry look into allegations that senior unionist politicians, businessmen and high-level British state agents connived in a paedophile ring at the notorious Kincora care home in Belfast.

Published February 21, 2015



More protests as activists are jailed

freethefiveprotest.jpg The jailing of five anti-austerity protestors has marked a further escalation in the 26 County government’s crackdown on political demonstrations against the water tax.

Published February 21, 2015



Bomb alerts in Derry and Belfast

currynierinalert.jpg An area around Currynieirin in Derry was closed off for two days this week while an object reported as a “mortar-like device” was recovered. A telephone caller to a local newspaper said an explosive device had been left on a laneway by “the republican movement”.

Published February 21, 2015



Irish society polarised as never before

livinginacar.jpg New research has shown the 26 County state is now the most unequal country in the European Union for the distribution of income, and one of the worst in the western world for health inequality.

Published February 21, 2015



‘Psychological torture’ of MI5 approach

seandillon.jpg A former republican prisoner has said he fears he is being set up by British security forces after he was detained by MI5 at an Italian airport.

Published February 21, 2015



Irish language a priority for nationalist councillors

nmdcologo.jpg Four of the 11 new ‘super’ councils could be set to have Irish as the first language on their logos and literature, according to the two nationalist parties.

Published February 21, 2015



Attack on democracy

gardaarrest.jpg A number of children have been arrested in Dublin after being caught up in a shocking crackdown by the 26 County state against anti-austerity protests in the capital.

Published February 14, 2015



Trouble continues at Maghaberry

prisonriotsquad.jpg Maghaberry’s ‘riot squad’ have continued to use violence against republican prisoners following last week’s disturbances at the jail, which left one prisoner to seek hospital treatment.

Published February 14, 2015



Vindication for Ballymurphy man

terrylaverty.jpg A man tortured during the Ballymurphy Massacre and who was subsequently convicted of rioting has had his conviction quashed, some 44 years later.

Published February 14, 2015



Orchestrated effort to cover up war crimes

georgehamilton3.jpg The failure to convict a single member of the British Crown forces since 1998 is being linked to the systematic frustration of investigations and inquests by elements within the policing system in the north of Ireland.

Published February 14, 2015



More legal drama as PSNI collect Boston tapes

bostoncollege3.jpg The latest development in a notorious ‘oral history’ project operated by a Boston university has seen British forces granted the right to seize, but not open, sealed tapes of interviews given by a former unionist paramilitary prisoner.

Published February 14, 2015



‘Love Ulster’ parade gets go ahead

loyalistmarch.jpg A sectarian loyalist parade organised by Willie Frazer has been given approval to march through Dublin city centre and past the GPO on O’Connell Street, the site of the 1916 Easter Rising, according to reports.

Published February 14, 2015



Protests spread following arrest of anti-austerity TD

paulmurphyarrested.jpg The arrest of anti-austerity TD Paul Murphy and three other left-wing activists in early morning raids has led to angry protests at Garda police stations across Dublin.

Published February 9, 2015



Prison a ‘pressure cooker’

maghaberryprotestfeb.jpg A republican political prisoner was badly beaten by warders at Maghaberry jail last week following confrontations over new changes to the prison regime.

Published February 7, 2015



Legal breakthrough as judicial review granted in Glenanne case

glenannefarm.jpg Leave to seek a judicial review of how the PSNI police investigated a gang responsible for the murders of up to 120 innocent Catholics was granted last week after it emerged that a key police report on the gang was suddenly “shelved” five years ago.

Published February 7, 2015



Fears over role of new British police agency

ncatraining.jpg Concerns have been raised after a new British police force known as ‘Britain’s FBI’ received the go-ahead to begin operation in the Six Counties.

Published February 7, 2015



Bloody Sunday campaign renewed

sundaymarch2015.jpg Many of the issues behind the original Bloody Sunday march are still relevant today, marchers attending a Bloody Sunday commemoration rally have been told.

Published February 7, 2015



PSNI not invited to St Patrick’s Day parade

psninyc.jpg A decision not to include the PSNI police in this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in New York has been welcomed by US-based republicans.

Published February 7, 2015



Alternative 1916 programme launched

sf1916rising.jpg Sinn Fein has launched an alternative Easter Rising programme to the State events for next year’s centenary commemorations.

Published February 7, 2015



Turmoil in north Belfast

meehanfennell.jpg In a night of drama for north Belfast, Martin Og Meehan, a prominent republican spokesperson in the area, has been dramatically expelled by two organisations for allegedly ‘collaborating with loyalists’.

Published January 31, 2015



OTR letter delivered to suspect in 2003 killing

garethoconnor.jpg The suspension of the inquest into the death of Armagh man Gareth O’Connor in 2003 caused shockwaves on Monday after it was claimed that a former Provisional IRA Volunteer accused of involvement received an ‘On the Run’ (OTR) letter, potentially giving him immunity from questioning on the killing.

Published January 31, 2015



Anti-water charge protests to be held across the country

galwaywater.jpg A hundred thousand people are set to take the streets and march in protest against water charges across the country today [Saturday].

Published January 31, 2015



Syriza triumph inspires Irish campaign against austerity

tsipras.jpg The victory in last weekend’s Greek general election of the left-wing Syriza party has electrified European politics and inspired new confidence in Ireland’s anti-austerity movement and parties.

Published January 31, 2015



Top QC backs the Craigavon Two

michaelmansfield.jpg A high profile lawyer who represented the Guildford Four and Birmingham Six has said he believes that two County Armagh men are the victims of a miscarriage of justice.

Published January 31, 2015



Sinn Fein denies speculation over Westminster pact

milibandsf.jpg The British Labour Party has denied claims that it has tried to persuade Sinn Fein to take up its five seats at Westminster to collectively oust the Conservatives and put Labour leader Ed Miliband into Number 10.

Published January 31, 2015



Britain’s chopper propaganda

choppercrossmaglen.jpg A newly-released British military file has finally admitted that a British Army helicopter, said to have crashed in a 1978 air accident, came down trying to avoid IRA gunfire.

Published January 24, 2015



Robinson, McGuinness shut out of TV debate

bbctvdebate.jpg Both the DUP and Sinn Fein have been refused permission to take part in a televised debate of British party leaders ahead of the Westminster general election.

Published January 24, 2015



Inquest frustrated by mystery witnesses

harrythornton.jpg The failure of the British Ministry of Defence to track down three soldiers holding vital information about the killing of Crossmaglen man Harry Thornton is another example of its determination to deny families of state violence truth and justice, Sinn Fein has said.

Published January 24, 2015



More sectarian attacks as tensions resurface

conorlynch.jpg A County Tyrone man who was stabbed while walking past a loyalist part of south Belfast believes he may have been deliberately targeted for wearing a Gaelic sports top.

Published January 24, 2015



Adams sees left-wing coalition, backs debt conference

adamselectionpress.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has said he can’t see his party sharing power with either of the two main right-wing parties, Fine Gael or Fianna Fail, after the next 26-County general election -- but that Sinn Fein wants to be in government.

Published January 24, 2015



Former PoWs battle discrimination, resentment

expowsreport.jpg A ground-breaking study has painted a bleak picture of the situation former political prisoners find themselves in.

Published January 24, 2015



Billions written off

michaelnoonangrumpy.jpg The coalition government has indicated it has abandoned efforts to recover 30 billion euro pumped into Ireland’s banking system following its collapse in 2008.

Published January 17, 2015



Cover-up investigation will not hear from RUC boss

michaeltighe.jpg An investigation into the destruction of evidence in a Crown force murder ambush has been announced just weeks after the reported death of the deputy head of the police Special Branch who was central to its destruction.

Published January 17, 2015



Sectarian attack in Derry

gemmahasson.jpg A teenage Catholic girl was knocked unconscious following an apparent sectarian assault on New Year’s Eve in Claudy, County Derry.

Published January 17, 2015



Inquest in jeopardy

seanbrown.jpg An inquest into the murder of prominent Gaelic sports official, Sean Brown, may have to be abandoned because of the failure of the PSNI police to hand over documents relevant to the case.

Published January 17, 2015



Death of ‘legendary republican’

paddyjoerice.jpg IRA veteran Paddy Joe Rice has died aged 64. The high-profile republican passed away at his home in west Belfast on Thursday following a long illness.

Published January 17, 2015



The death of an internee

jamesmoyne.jpg Derry man and IRA volunteer, Jim Moyne, was 29 years-old when he died whilst being interned in the early hours of January 13, 1975. Jim’s family will mark his 40th anniversary with a commemoration next week.

Published January 17, 2015



A state of denial

emigrant.jpg The Dublin government issued a number of statements to claim the successes of its economic policy this week, even as thousands of recent emigrants bade tearful farewell to their loved ones following a Christmas break in Ireland.

Published January 10, 2015



Brutal killing blamed on UDA faction

brianmcilhagga.jpg Elements of the unionist paramilitary UDA have been blamed for the murder of a father-of-five in Ballymoney in County Antrim.

Published January 10, 2015



McLaughlin to take Stormont chair

mitchelmclaughlinbig.jpg Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin is expected to become Speaker of the Six-County Assembly as an outcome of the recent talks that resulted in the Stormont House Agreement

Published January 10, 2015



Hopes raised for Bloody Sunday prosecutions

bloodysundaypriest.jpg A murder investigation into the Bloody Sunday massacre will restart ahead of the 43rd anniversary of the killings in Derry, it has been announced.

Published January 10, 2015



Delight for Donnelly as appeal is successful

donnellyappeal.jpg An independent republican councillor in Derry this week won his appeal against a term of imprisonment that would have cost him his seat on the new super council of Derry/Strabane.

Published January 10, 2015



Row over treatment of ‘Continuity Sinn Fein’ group

continuitysinnfein.jpg The detention of a group of men linked to a small factional organisation has caused a controversy over their political status.

Published January 10, 2015



FitzGerald fuelled Thatcher’s intransigence

fitzgeraldthatcher2.jpg Declassified papers have revealed Margaret Thatcher’s infamous “out, out, out” speech on nationalist aspirations in Ireland may have been motivated by a summit in which the Dublin government admitted it was working towards a “lowering of expectations” rather than Irish reunification.

Published January 3, 2015



Minister’s four-letter insult for Sinn Fein

charlieflanagan.jpg The 26-County Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan has been urged to apologise for internet comments in which he referred to Sinn Fein as ‘c*nt politics’.

Published January 3, 2015



Irish incomprehension at Famine comedy plan

famine.jpg There has been a furious response to news that a British broadcaster has commissioned a ‘comedy’ television series based on the Irish famine when an estimated one million people died of starvation and disease as a result of British colonial policy in Ireland.

Published January 3, 2015



Low-profile launch for new political party

rebootireland.jpg An announcement by former Fine Gael leadership figure Lucinda Creighton that she is going ahead with efforts to form a new right-wing political organisation has been criticised by Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams who said that another conservative political party is “the last thing” that Ireland needs.

Published January 3, 2015



Review of the archive papers

archivesbig.jpg A round-up of the stories emerging from the declassified papers released over the New Year.

Published January 3, 2015



New Year statements

2015.jpg A collection of the statements issued by Sinn Fein and republican groups to mark the New Year.

Published January 3, 2015



Stormont talks deal gets over the line

stormonthousedeal.jpg A partial agreement in multi-party talks has ensured that the Six-County political institutions will continue to operate next year.

Published December 24, 2014



Talks to go on

sfstormont.jpg The North’s five main parties have asked British prime minister David Cameron for 2 billion pounds (€2.55 billion or $3.15 billion) financial package over ten years as talks continue on issues such as parades, flags and the past.

Published December 20, 2014



PSNI mount pre-Christmas raids

damageddoor.jpg Republicans in Derry, Belfast and Newry have condemned heavy-handed raids by the PSNI which have devastated family homes in the lead up to Christmas.

Published December 20, 2014



Ballymurphy Massacre victim to be exhumed

ballymurphydonnelly.jpg The body of a man shot dead by British soldiers in Belfast more than 40 years ago is to be exhumed, a coroner has ruled.

Published December 20, 2014



Legal action over protection of UVF assassin

jackalbig.jpg The widow of a factory worker murdered by unionist paramilitaries more than 40 years ago is to sue the PSNI police and the British Ministry of Defence.

Published December 20, 2014



Derry name issue reignites

derryguildhallbig.jpg The word Derry is to be removed from the wording on a plaque in the city after the SDLP sided with unionists on the issue in a move which could revive the long-running row on the city’s name.

Published December 20, 2014



Delight at Obama move to end blockade on Cuba

happyhavana.jpg A historic announcement of a thaw in Cuban-US relations which includes the release of the three remaining members of the “Cuban Five” and Alan Gross, an American citizen detained in Cuba, has been strongly welcomed in Ireland.

Published December 20, 2014



Cameron storms out

cameronstormont.jpg The shambolic nature of the talks process at Stormont was exposed this week when British Prime Minister David Cameron suddenly abandoned the negotiations with no plans to return.

Published December 13, 2014



A people ‘forced onto the streets’

waterdec10.jpg The largest political movement seen in Ireland in a generation looks set to grow further after a giant protest in Dublin on Wednesday.

Published December 13, 2014



Sinn Fein hails recognition for Palestine

palestineflag.jpg The Dublin parliament has become the latest in Europe to call on its governments to recognise an independent state of Palestine after a motion by Sinn Fein was passed unanimously.

Published December 13, 2014



‘Last chance’ for recruitment target

recruitmentnote.jpg British military intelligence has been accused of stuffing an envelope full of cash through a letterbox in an attempt to recruit a man as an informer.

Published December 13, 2014



Undercover TV team documents abuses

arasattractarte.jpg Ireland’s health service bosses have been accused of criminal negligence following a damning television documentary on the treatment of people with intellectual disabilities at a facility in County Mayo.

Published December 13, 2014



Frazer plans march on Dáil over torture case

loveulsterriot.jpg Gardai have said they are willing to facilitate a new ‘Love Ulster’ event in Dublin city centre, raising fears of a potential repeat of the infamous 2006 parade.

Published December 13, 2014



Dublin closed down by another giant protest

dec10protest.jpg Dublin city was shut down this afternoon when tens of thousands of protesters descended on the capital for the latest mass demonstration against water charges.

Published December 10, 2014



Beyond death’s door

jonathoncorrie.jpg The death of Kilkenny native Jonathan Corrie, a 43-year-old who had suffered mental ill-health and addiction problems, on a freezing night within feet of the seat of power, has shocked the public may have killed off the Dublin government’s chances of re-election.

Published December 6, 2014



PSNI determined to defend RUC killers

harrisgillespie.jpg The purpose of a new ‘legacy’ body to investigate past state killings in the conflict is being questioned after PSNI police chiefs said they were determined to defend the actions of their retired colleagues.

Published December 6, 2014



Torture case to go back to Europe

hoodedmanwounds.jpg The Dublin government referred the case of British torture victims in the north of Ireland back to the European courts this week.

Published December 6, 2014



Adams’s exclusion from Gaza ‘an example of apartheid’

adamsgazawall.jpg Gerry Adams has said Israel has barred him from making a planned visit to the Gaza Strip during a three-day tour of the region. Mr Adams expressed disappointment at the decision preventing Friday’s trip to Gaza and added he was not given a reason for it.

Published December 6, 2014



Concerns over Irish role in British GCHQ spy operation

gchq2.jpg New documents released this week via the US whistleblower Edward Snowden outline how Irish subsea telecommunications cables have been extensively abused by British intelligence.

Published December 6, 2014



Talks efforts escalate ahead of Christmas deadline

cameronrobinsonmcguinness.jpg A more intense period of negotiations is to take place at Stormont to avoid the collapse of the Six County Assembly.

Published December 6, 2014



Election campaign ‘underway’

adamskenny3.jpg Fine Gael has drawn the opening lines of attack for the next election, targeting Sinn Fein on economic policy and setting the scene for a new left/right alignment in Irish politics.

Published November 29, 2014



Sinn Fein figures arrested and released

storeymccaul.jpg The PSNI has been accused of returning to “unaccountable policing” after the Sinn Fein northern chairman Bobby Storey and a party councillor were separately arrested and released.

Published November 29, 2014



Stormont talks in the toilet?

gregorycampellyoghurt.jpg In a stinging blow to the multi-party talks underway at Stormont, DUP hardliner Gregory Campbell has told Sinn Fein his party “will treat their entire wish list as no more than toilet paper.”

Published November 29, 2014



Calls for urgent action on torture case

hoodedmen2014.jpg Amnesty International has demanded the reopening of a landmark case against Britain over the use of torture in the north of Ireland. The Dublin government took the case of the so-called ‘Hooded Men’ to the European Court of Human Rights in 1971.

Published November 29, 2014



One soldier linked to deaths of 16

sassoldier.jpg The role of a single British soldier in planning up to eight murderous ambushes is to be closely examined at an upcoming inquest, it has emerged.

Published November 29, 2014



Assassination cover-up blamed for inquest delays

drewharris.jpg The British government has been accused of frustrating the release of files that could expose a state-sponsored programme of assassination in the north of Ireland.

Published November 29, 2014



Tactical retreat for PSNI

grenadelauncher.jpg The PSNI have withdrawn from an area in republican north Belfast following a grenade attack by the ‘new IRA’.

Published November 22, 2014



Water protests defy clampdown, smears

pepperspraygirls.jpg A government backbench TD has described water charge protestors in Dublin as “parasites” and warned that Ireland faces “an ISIS situation” if protests are not “nipped in the bud”.

Published November 22, 2014



Prisoners detained inside Maghaberry canteen

maghaberrybig2.jpg Republican prisoners at Maghaberry were locked into a canteen by prison staff on Thursday after renewed attempts to implement a four-year-old agreement appeared to break down.

Published November 22, 2014



Troika behind the scenes as flat charges announced

alankelly.jpg The battle over the 26 County state’s austerity programme has again seen the malign involvement of international officials seeking to dictate the state’s fiscal measures.

Published November 22, 2014



Obama order gives hope for emigrants

obamasbelfast.jpg Irish emigrant groups have welcomed US President Barack Obama’s executive order on Thursday changing US deportation laws, which could allow many ‘illegal’ Irish to return to Ireland and visit their families.

Published November 22, 2014



Progress seen in 1916 commemorations

1916video.jpg A video and website that was used by the Dublin government to launch its programme for the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising are set to be scrapped following a public outcry.

Published November 22, 2014



1916 redacted

ireland2016kenny.jpg The Dublin government has been accused of attempting to erase the 1916 Easter Rising from the history books following a disastrous and deeply conflicted launch of commemorative events for the anniversary.

Published November 15, 2014



Dáil boils over

maryloumcdonaldangry.jpg Sinn Fein’s Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald staged a sit-in that lasted almost four hours in the Dublin parliament this week as frayed tempers finally erupted.

Published November 15, 2014



Massacre families defy British injustice

joanconnolly.jpg New evidence that victims were allowed to bleed to death has led to demands for a new inquest into the 1971 Ballymurphy massacre. Meanwhile, a decision to wind down criminal proceedings arising from the Bloody Sunday massacre is to face a legal challenge.

Published November 15, 2014



Praise for stand against poppy witch-hunt

jamesmccleanbig.jpg There has been praise for an Irish soccer player who refused to bow to pressure to wear a poppy, the symbol of the British Army’s war dead, on Remembrance Sunday.

Published November 15, 2014



Fake loan company is MI5 front

regusbuilding.jpg A fake short-term loan company was set up in an office block in central Belfast in a bid to recruit informers, it has emerged.

Published November 15, 2014



Let democracy take its course in Catalonia

cataloniamarch.jpg Following the Catalans’ overwhelming backing for independence, Spain needs to listen and give us an official Scottish-style referendum

Published November 15, 2014



PSNI retaliate after IRA attack

efpcreggan.jpg There were clashes in the Creggan area of Derry this week following an attack by the ‘new IRA’ in which an armoured police patrol was struck by a mortar rocket.

Published November 8, 2014



More stick than carrot for water tax protestors

santryprotest.jpg Several hundred demonstrated outside a Dublin Garda police station after shocking scenes of Garda brutality against anti-austerity protestors.

Published November 8, 2014



Concern over sudden death at Maghaberry

guardofhonour.jpg There have been calls for an urgent investigation into the death of a Maghaberry prisoner, who collapsed in his cell at the County Antrim prison last week. The 30-year-old was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital, where he died on Thursday afternoon.

Published November 8, 2014



Prosecutions could oust nationalist councillors

garydonnellyelected.jpg A prominent Derry republican could be robbed of his poll-topping performance in recent local elections after being being handed an extraordinary six month prison sentence for graffiti.

Published November 8, 2014



Marchers increase tensions in Belfast

novemberflagparade.jpg Unionists have increased pressure on parades and flags ahead of planned talks, with loyalists planning a major flags parade through Belfast city centre on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Published November 8, 2014



DUP bigotry fuels new calls for Irish Language Act

gregorycampbellstormont.jpg The DUP’s Gregory Campbell has been called upon to apologise for an attempt to mock the Irish language community in the Six-County Assembly at Stormont.

Published November 8, 2014



Poll, protests confirm dramatic change in Irish politics

waterprotestrural.jpg Sinn Fein has topped an opinion poll in the 26 Counties for the first time in the history of polling in the state, gaining four points to move up to 26%.

Published November 1, 2014



Terror in the Short Strand

pensionershortstrand.jpg The nationalist residents of the Short Strand endured five nights of loyalist violence this week in east Belfast as loyalist mobs attacked with petrol bombs, fireworks and other missiles.

Published November 1, 2014



Cahill ‘cover-up’ accusations unravel

mairiacahill2.jpg The political controversy over abuse allegations by west Belfast woman Mairia Cahill has taken a further twist following the revelation that she actually wrote to the Provisional IRA’s army council to ask for their assistance in seeking justice.

Published November 1, 2014



McConville case discredited as wrong man is arrested

patrice.jpg Former Sinn Fein councillor Pat Rice is the latest to be arrested in connection with the IRA execution in 1972 of informer Jean McConville, but appears to have been an embarrassing victim of mistaken identity.

Published November 1, 2014



PSNI targeted in attacks

bombalertbig2.jpg The ‘new IRA’ has said it planted two devices in the County Tyrone town of Strabane in an attempt to ambush PSNI police on Thursday night. It is the second time in the past two weeks that an attack has been mounted in the north west. A bomb left at a vacant house in Derry was also directed against the PSNI, it has emerged.

Published November 1, 2014



Hart holds talks amid budget progress

hartstormont.jpg New US peace envoy Gary Hart has spent two days in a series of bilateral meetings with the five main parties in the North and the Dublin and London governments.

Published November 1, 2014



Craigavon Two case set for Supreme Court

divisbridgecraigavon2.jpg Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton are to go before the highest court in British law in a bid to clear their names after receiving permission to do so this week.

Published November 1, 2014



The abuse of power

kennycahill.jpg A mud-slinging campaign by the Irish political establishment has effectively halted Sinn Fein’s rise to become the largest party in the 26 Counties.

Published October 25, 2014



Talks ‘a sham’ - Sinn Fein

stormonthousetalks.jpg Sinn Fein has described the Stormont multi-party talks a “sham process” and warned that there is limited prospect of agreement unless the DUP shows a greater willingness to engage.

Published October 25, 2014



UDA targets lawyer

omuiri.jpg A UDA murder gang is targeting west Belfast lawyer Padraig O Muirigh, it has emerged. It is the same outfit which, in collusion with British forces, carried out the 1989 killing of high-profile Belfast defence lawyer, Pat Finucane.

Published October 25, 2014



Ladder of informer recruitment bids

mccusker.jpg A County Derry man has said that PSNI men offered to “get rid” of assault charges if he agreed to become an informer.

Published October 25, 2014



Ill prisoners humiliated by Maghaberry regime

maghaberrybig2.jpg Support groups for republican prisoners in Maghaberry have complained about the medical maltreatment of prisoners at the jail.

Published October 25, 2014



Water meters reach Belfast

belfastwatermeter.jpg The Republican Network for Unity say they have photographs of water meters which have recently been installed behind the backs of west Belfast residents.

Published October 25, 2014



Stormont crisis over unionist bad faith

mcguinnessrattledrobinson.jpg The North’s political process has ground to a halt after the DUP dramatically reneged on a deal to appoint a Sinn Fein Speaker of the Stormont Assembly and then entirely boycotted the opening of a new round of talks in Belfast.

Published October 18, 2014



SF facing media campaign over abuse allegations

mairia.jpg Sinn Fein has strongly rejected claims it sought to “cover-up” allegations of sexual abuse against a member of the Provisional IRA.

Published October 18, 2014



Anger as Craigavon Two sentence is extended

johnpaulwootton.jpg Miscarriage of justice victim John Paul Wootton has had his life sentence tariff increased by four years by the Court of Appeal, despite the chief justice admitting that the youth played no identifiable role in the CIRA action for which he received a life sentence.

Published October 18, 2014



Budget ‘too little, too late’ for those in need

waterprotestgpoflag.jpg The coalition 26-County government has been accused of using this week’s annual budget announcements as an attempt regain popular support after comprehensively losing two by-elections while 100,000 people marched in Dublin against the hated new water charges.

Published October 18, 2014



Loyalists planned killings before and after ceasefire

garyhaggartybig.jpg In 2005, ten years after the organisation declared a ‘ceasefire’, the unionist paramilitary UVF continued to gather personal information on leading republicans with the intention of targeting them for assassination.

Published October 18, 2014



Relatives’ suspicions over coalition’s 1916 agenda

1916relatives.jpg Relatives of Easter Rising combatants are still being kept in the dark about commemoration plans for the centenary. Meanwhile, concerns have mounted that the Dublin government will promote a pro-British version of the events of 1916, which launched Ireland’s fight for independence.

Published October 18, 2014



Budget 2015 - main points

budget2015.jpg The following are the main points of the fiscal changes announced this afternoon by 26 County Finance Minister Michael Noonan

Published October 14, 2014



Govt thrashed in by-elections as 100,000 protest water charges

waterchargedemo.jpg Crowds not seen in several years have demonstrated against water charges on the streets of Dublin city centre this afternoon as voters delivered a stunning message of no confidence in two by-elections to the Dublin parliament.

Published October 11, 2014



Sinn Fein surge continues

mcdonaldadams.jpg With two by-elections to the Dublin parliament taking place this week, a poll has shown that Sinn Fein’s support has risen to become the joint largest political party in the 26 Counties.

Published October 11, 2014



Gardai attempt to break up water protests

gardawater.jpg The Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, has been forced to seek a meeting with Garda police chiefs over what he described as the excessive force being used against anti-water charge protestors in the city.

Published October 11, 2014



ONH mount attacks in Belfast

onhmural2.jpg A breakaway IRA group has claimed responsibility for a grenade-style bomb thrown at the PSNI in north Belfast this week.

Published October 11, 2014



Councillor burned out of Ballycastle home

padraigmcshane.jpg The UDA is being blamed for an arson attack on the home of a nationalist councillor in County Antrim. Extensive smoke damage was caused to Padraig McShane’s home in the town of Ballycastle early on Saturday.

Published October 11, 2014



Budget showdown as parties diverge on tax rates

pearsedohertyflatbig.jpg The 26-County Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised that next week’s budget will see the first step in reducing the top rate of tax for the state’s highest earners, but that any move to abolish the new charges and taxes on the general public would amount to “economic and social madness”.

Published October 11, 2014



New British nuclear threat after Commissioner goes missing

hinckley.jpg A decision by the European Commission to give Britain approval to build a nuclear plant just 150 miles from Rosslare is generated considerable concern.

Published October 11, 2014



‘No funds’ for war crimes investigations

bloodysundaybody2.jpg Plans to abandon or scale down a number of investigations into past British atrocities in the north of Ireland are being blamed by Stormont ministers on a cut in the British exchequer’s annual block grant for the Six Counties.

Published October 4, 2014



Low expectations as new talks are announced

villiers.jpg A fresh round of talks aimed at reviving the Stormont Assembly and the other political institutions of the peace process are expected to begin next month.

Published October 4, 2014



Bobby Sands’ deathbed featured in documentary

keshbedsands.jpg Unionists have reacted badly to news that the bed in which IRA hunger-striker Bobby Sands died remains intact inside the former Long Kesh prison.

Published October 4, 2014



Orange halls and Protestant church attacked

orangehallconvoy.jpg A series of attacks on Orange halls in Donegal and Armagh has been widely condemned.

Published October 4, 2014



‘Direct action’ after mural is painted over

vanburned.jpg A Housing Executive van has been burned out after it removed a republican mural a wall in the Ligoniel area of north Belfast.

Published October 4, 2014



Tensions mount over water meter protests, corruption

waterarrest.jpg A public campaign against the installation of water meters in the 26 Counties has further escalated following the official start of billing of the public by Irish Water, the new state-owned water utility board.

Published October 4, 2014



Files destroyed as RUC team vet shoot-to-kill reports

drewharris.jpg Top secret files relating to the killing of nine men in County Armagh more than 30 years ago were destroyed just weeks before an inquest into the deaths was due to begin, it has emerged. Other files are still being edited for ‘sensitive’ information by former members of the murderous RUC Special Branch.

Published September 27, 2014



Recruitment, harassment ‘justified’, says Ombudsman

seanhanna.jpg The PSNI police was justified in attempting to recruit a high-profile County Antrim nationalist as an informer, the Police Ombudsman in the North has found.

Published September 27, 2014



Radicalised Scots transform political map

snprally.jpg A surge of support for Scottish independence following that country’s referendum last week has seen nearly 40,000 people swell the ranks of the Scottish National Party (SNP). The party’s membership is now the third largest in Britain, behind only the Conservative and Labour parties.

Published September 27, 2014



Robinson ousts dissidents in reshuffle

poots.jpg An internal split within the DUP has exploded into the open after party leader Peter Robinson sacked two DUP Ministers and lashed out at colleagues who he said had the “strategic vision of a lemming”.

Published September 27, 2014



Giant British Army exercise contrary to demilitarisation claim

britexercse.jpg The biggest British Army training exercise to be held in the north of Ireland since before the conflict is being held in the north west next week. About 500 British soldiers are taking part in areas around County Derry.

Published September 27, 2014



Kenny battles party dissent over cronyism

kennypresser.jpg The 26-County Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been forced to apologise after appointing a Fine Gael insider to an arts board in order to boost his claim to a seat in the Irish Senate, ahead of three more qualified women candidates.

Published September 27, 2014



Upheaval for the union

nazisglasgow.jpg Loyalists have engaged in a violent ‘show of strength’ in the centre of Glasgow as Britain faces unprecedented constitutional change following a narrow defeat for Scottish independence in Thursday’s referendum.

Published September 20, 2014



Irish consider democratic options after Scottish vote

mcguinnesssalmond.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has repeated a call for a vote within the north of Ireland following the Scottish independence referendum.

Published September 20, 2014



Distressing leak of ambush killings video

clonoemartyrsbig.jpg The family of a County Tyrone man shot dead by the SAS has accused British forces of leaking shocking footage of the ambush scene.

Published September 20, 2014



Spy devices found on Tyrone man’s car

carbug.jpg High-tech bugging equipment has been found in a car owned by a senior County Tyrone republican. The suspected listening device and tracker were recently discovered in the Cappagh area by the former political prisoner.

Published September 20, 2014



Water charges anger as Dáil resumes

burtondail.jpg There have been sharp exchanges between the political parties in the 26 Counties following the end of the Dublin parliament’s summer recess and ahead of next month’s delivery of the national financial budget for the forthcoming year.

Published September 20, 2014



William Wallace

williamwallace.jpg William Wallace - ‘The Wallace’ - is world famous; a national hero who fought and died to free Scotland from English rule.

Published September 20, 2014



Cameron and Salmond clash as Scotland count concludes

camerondowning.jpg Scotland is to remain under London rule after voters rejected Thursday’s independence referendum by 55 per cent to 45 per cent.

Published September 19, 2014



Scotland independence vote likely to fall short

scotlandyessad.jpg A fear campaign by the London establishment appears to have succeeded in preventing a vote in favour of Scottish independence, according to early results this morning.

Published September 19, 2014



Scotland decides in historic referendum

scottishlady.jpg Scottish voters have gone to the polls to decide whether they’ll become an independent state. A record 97 percent of residents, or 4.2 million people, are registered to vote in a referendum which could have major repercussions for Ireland.

Published September 18, 2014



Robinson demands new peace deal

stormontbig.jpg Sinn Fein has accepted that the North’s political process is in serious trouble following a call by the DUP for the St Andrew’s Agreement to be renegotiated.

Published September 13, 2014



Paisley: A demagogue in a dog collar

paisleyflat.jpg Ian Paisley's uncompromising self-belief made him the most divisive figure in Ireland in the second half of the twentieth century.

Published September 13, 2014



Eyes of the world on Scotland

scotreferendum.jpg Scotland is on the “cusp of making history” by voting for independence next week, its First Minister Alex Salmond has said.

Published September 13, 2014



Judge finds litany of lies in shoot-to-kill case

martinmcauleybig.jpg A prominent republican is to sue for compensation after a senior judge admitted that he had been the victim of a perversion of the course of justice.

Published September 13, 2014



‘Failed by the law’ - family action over collusion

mccaffertyfamily.jpg The family of a north Belfast man shot dead by loyalists using a gun taken from a British Army base 40 years ago is to sue the British Ministry of Defence.

Published September 13, 2014



Loyalist murder weapon ‘imported by MI5’

seamusdillon.jpg A gun used in the murder of a Catholic doorman almost 20 years ago has been linked to a series of other loyalist killings, the PSNI has admitted.

Published September 13, 2014



Death of Ian Paisley, aged 88

paisleysledgehammer.jpg Politicians have been expressing their sympathy to the family of Ian Paisley, the former loyalist and unionist leader whose intransigence and hatred of Catholics were world famous, but who also succeeded in making peace on his own terms. He died this Friday morning.

Published September 12, 2014



Envy and anticipation ahead of Scottish vote

salmondbook.jpg On September 18, between the hours of 7am and 10pm, full sovereign power will lie in the hands of the Scottish people, who must decide whether to keep it or give it away.

Published September 6, 2014



Ceasefire appeal as political stalemate grinds on

mcguinnessflat2.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has used a keynote speech marking the 20th anniversary of the 1994 IRA ceasefire to call for republican armed groups to lay down their arms.

Published September 6, 2014



MI5 blamed for bomb alert ‘spookery’

m1bombhoax.jpg The Republican Network for Unity has said it is combating hoax bomb alerts in west Belfast, which they have blamed on British military intelligence ‘spooks’.

Published September 6, 2014



Belfast march tensions continue

loyalistprotesthenryjoy.jpg A firework was thrown along with sectarian insults during a republican commemorative event at a Belfast interface last weekend, while there were further sectarian displays in north Belfast as the Protestant marching season wound down.

Published September 6, 2014



Prisoners unite to oppose controlled movement

prisonergroups.jpg The three groups of republican prisoners inside Maghaberry jail, the main British prison in Ireland, have agreed that facilities and space should be shared among them and they have collectively issued a statement calling for the prison administration to recognise the new situation.

Published September 6, 2014



Justice hopes fade for Hamill family

roberthamillbig.jpg

A judge has said evidence of collusion in the sectarian mob murder of Robert Hamill is insufficient to put the accused on trial.

Published September 6, 2014



UDA groups target Catholics, seize arms

sturgeoninjuries.jpg A 22-year-old Catholic man is recovering in hospital after being beaten by a gang armed with iron bars and a hatchet in front of his partner and new baby.

Published August 30, 2014



DUP sees ‘no role’ for Hart

garyhart2.jpg Former US Senator Gary Hart this week met with politicians in the North and representatives from the Dublin and London governments as part of a new US peace effort in Ireland.

Published August 30, 2014



Released killer linked to gun attack

howcroft.jpg The family of two Catholic men murdered by a loyalist double killer have demanded to know why his ‘good behaviour’ release licence has not been revoked - despite being charged with two more attempted murders.

Published August 30, 2014



Thatcher said ‘Yes’ to Crumlin Road escapee, records show

donaldonnelly.jpg An IRA man who escaped prison more than 50 years ago was given a royal pardon by Margaret Thatcher’s government, official records from 1985 have revealed.

Published August 30, 2014



Further evidence of Kincora cover-up

briangemmell.jpg A former British Army intelligence officer has said he was ordered to stop investigating allegations of child sexual abuse at a boys’ home in the Six Counties.

Published August 30, 2014



IRA ceasefire remembered, 20 years on

cavalcade.jpg Republicans have been looking back at the Provisional IRA's ceasefire, twenty years ago this week.

Published August 30, 2014



Gary Hart in new US peace effort

garyhart.jpg Former US Democrat presidential candidate Gary Hart is set to begin discussions next week with the Dublin and London governments in what is being seen as an attempt to again kick start peace talks in the Six Counties.

Published August 23, 2014



Wife of former prisoner denied US visa

wifevisa.jpg Decades after the IRA ceasefire, a former republican prisoner’s wife has been denied entry to the US because of her husband’s role in the IRA’s armed struggle.

Published August 23, 2014



New legislation ‘to imprison an idea’ - RSF

desdaltonardfheis.jpg Republican Sinn Fein has condemned the announcement of draconian new laws in the 26 Counties which appear designed to prevent any increase in support for militant republicanism ahead of the anniversary of the 1916 Rising.

Published August 23, 2014



‘Tit-for-tat’ actions in Derry

strandroadpsnibig.jpg Two hoax bomb incidents in Derry this week have been linked to a series of heavy-handed PSNI raids and arrests in the city.

Published August 23, 2014



Legal actions by families of IRA men

peterclearyalanlundy.jpg The elderly mother of an unarmed IRA Volunteer shot dead by the British Army almost 40 years ago is to sue Britain’s military authorities.

Published August 23, 2014



Parade escalates tensions, but progress seen

rasharkinparade2014.jpg A loyalist parade in a County Antrim village on Friday night breached Parades Commission determinations on numerous occasions, but passed off without violence.

Published August 23, 2014



Former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds has died

albertreynolds.jpg Former 26-County Taoiseach Albert Reynolds died in the early hours of this morning following a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Published August 21, 2014



Fitting tribute for republican veteran

tonycatneyfuneral.jpg A furore has arisen over the funeral of well-known republican and former IRA PoW Tony Catney, who died on Saturday after a long battle of cancer. The funeral featured a military-style honour guard.

Published August 16, 2014



Civil rights campaigners hold successful march

ailmarch2014.jpg An anti-internment march passed through Belfast city centre without major violence last weekend, although two people were injured by loyalists who threw fireworks and other missiles at the annual demonstration.

Published August 16, 2014



Loyalists express anger over political leadership

UDAarson.jpg There are fears that loyalist paramilitaries may again ratchet up violence after a spokesperson for one of their biggest murder gangs said the response by unionist politicians to recent marching decisions had “fallen short”.

Published August 16, 2014



Craigavon Two campaign mulls options

craigavon2meeting.jpg A packed lecture room at St Mary’s College in Belfast this week heard John Finucane, the son of murdered Belfast lawyer Pat Finucane, again raise serious questions about the evidence presented by the prosecution in the case of the Craigavon Two.

Published August 16, 2014



Villiers castigated at Ballymurphy vigil

ballymurphyvigil.jpg The British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers has been condemned for ruling out calls for an inquiry into the Ballymurphy killings during a vigil last Sunday marking the 43rd anniversary of the deaths.

Published August 16, 2014



Gaza campaign becomes free speech issue in Belfast

gazaprotestdublin.jpg Unionists have failed to prevent a public speaking event in Belfast featuring radical socialist George Galloway, the leader of the Respect Party in Britain, who has advocated a comprehensive boycott of Israel over its war crimes.

Published August 16, 2014



Warning over Stormont impasse

royalavenueloyalists.jpg A massive security operation is being put in place ahead of an anti-internment parade through Belfast city centre on Sunday, amid warnings that the 1998 Good Friday Agreement is facing its “greatest challenge”.

Published August 9, 2014



UDR files reveal widespread collusion

udrandruc.jpg Recently discovered secret documents have revealed that the British Army’s Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) had primacy over other British army units in some areas of the north during the conflict.

Published August 9, 2014



Loyalist mob sets upon tour group

udamasked.jpg A community group has told how it was forced to abandon a tour of historic sites in County Antrim after their bus was charged by the UDA.

Published August 9, 2014



Anger as ‘delusional’ Bruton repeats Rising insults

johnbruton.jpg Former 26-County Taoiseach John Bruton has been asked to stop insulting the families of those who took part in the 1916 Easter Rising after he again grabbed headlines by delcaring that the Rising and subsequent War of Independence should never have taken place.

Published August 9, 2014



DUP turns sights on anti-fracking campaigners

frackingbelcoo.jpg Protests against fracking in the border areas are reaching a climax as exploration company Tamboran has until the end of next month to decide whether to commence drilling or abandon their shale-shifting project.

Published August 9, 2014



Public urged to back sanctions campaign

boycottisrael.jpg A campaign is growing in Ireland to support the international movement of boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel over its war crimes in Gaza.

Published August 9, 2014



Expel the ambassador

gazapetition.jpg A petition for the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland to be expelled has received almost 30,000 signatures.

Published August 2, 2014



Loyalist drowns in flags incident

ozzybradley.jpg A loyalist in his sixties drowned in a south Armagh pond on Monday night while trying to remove two Irish tricolour flags and replace them with a British Union Jack.

Published August 2, 2014



Prisoners denounce SF intervention in visits dispute

raymondmccartneybig.jpg A meeting between Sinn Fein and representatives of republican prisoners ended poorly with some of the prisoners issuing a stinging statement which said the visit had “laid bare” the reality of the current situation.

Published August 2, 2014



Public money funds Ormeau killers’ memorial

ormeaumemorial.jpg Restrictions were placed on Sinn Fein’s annual hunger strike commemoration this week as a loyalist parade honouring two serial killers took place with open paramilitary involvement and with heavy financial support from the state.

Published August 2, 2014



Shots fired at PSNI in Derry

landrover.jpg A PSNI Land Rover was raked with gunfire in a suspected attack by republican militants in Derry late on Tuesday, according to reports.

Published August 2, 2014



Irish water charges now highest in Europe

watermeter.jpg The Dublin government has been accused of lying about the level of water charges to try and get past the local elections after official estimates of the annual cost of water suddenly escalated this week.

Published August 2, 2014



‘Shameful’ abstention on Gaza

dublingazaprotest.jpg A decision by the Dublin government on Wednesday to abstain in a key vote on an emergency debate at the United Nations Human Rights Council on the conflict in Gaza has provoked a crisis over Ireland’s managing of its foreign affairs.

Published July 26, 2014



Canada blocks 32CSM speaking tour

pearsonairport.jpg Senior republican politician Francis Mackey and two other members of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement were detained by authorities at a Canadian airport this week and taken to a high-security prison.

Published July 26, 2014



Repatriated prisoners win release after legal challenge

aidanhulmeprison.jpg Six republicans serving lengthy prison sentences after being arrested in Britain have been released from Portlaoise Prison after challenging the legality of their continued detention.

Published July 26, 2014



Housing - a tale of two Dublins

evictionprotestcoyne.jpg Charities have said they are unable to cope with the pressure of thousands seeking help for homelessness amid signs of a return of the ‘Celtic Tiger’ property bubble.

Published July 26, 2014



Arson bid on Catholic church

starofthesea.jpg Loyalists have attempted to burn down St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church on the Shore Road on the outskirts of north Belfast.

Published July 26, 2014



Tensions linger at Stormont after Ministers jet away

nelsonmccauslandbig.jpg The Stormont administration in Belfast has been accused of acting irresponsibly after it was confirmed that a DUP Minister will not be sanctioned despite the findings of an official report which supported allegations that he deliberately deceived the Assembly.

Published July 26, 2014



Stop the slaughter

gazafuneral2014.jpg The Dublin government has failed to condemn the latest massacre in Gaza despite Israel intensifying operations against the sealed-off Palestinian enclave, and has declined to even call in the Israeli ambassador.

Published July 19, 2014



Unionists step back from Ardoyne violence

ardoynetwelfth2014.jpg Three men were stabbed and there were a number of other sectarian incidents last weekend around the annual ‘Twelfth of July’ marches, but the events themselves took place without serious disorder.

Published July 19, 2014



Judge’s report eases OTRs controversy

hallett.jpg A report by a British judge has found that a long-standing process to deal with the issue of republicans ‘on the run’ from conflict-related prosecutions (OTRs) was lawful.

Published July 19, 2014



Kincora truth must be exposed - victim

kincora.jpg Sinn Fein has called for an inquiry into abuses at Kincora Boys’ Home in east Belfast to be fully independent amid new allegations that the matter was covered up by the British authorities.

Published July 19, 2014



Limerick and Maghaberry prison regimes condemned

limerickprison.jpg Eighty-year-old artist and anti-war activist Margaretta D’Arcy has described the prison system in the 26 Counties as “inhumane” following her release from prison in Limerick.

Published July 19, 2014



PSNI ‘protecting UDA attackers’

paulmcauley.jpg A “circle of silence” is protecting those who attacked a Derry man eight years ago and left him needing round-the-clock care, according to his father.

Published July 19, 2014



Adams hung in effigy

adamseffigy.jpg A figure of Gerry Adams was hung from a makeshift gallows on a loyalist bonfire in County Antrim before being set alight last night, Friday, 11th July.

Published July 12, 2014



Religious symbols attacked

virginstatuebroken.jpg Holy statues have been smashed in a number of locations amid a warning over the potential for serious loyalist sectarian violence.

Published July 12, 2014



Parade consequences will spread - Orange Order

orangeorderbig.jpg Despite efforts this week to play down the threat of violence, fears remain that loyalist hardliners will riot as a sectarian parade is rerouted from the Crumlin Road in north Belfast this Saturday evening, July 12th.

Published July 12, 2014



‘National security’ halts Loughgall inquest

loughgallmartyrs.jpg British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers has intervened to block a new inquest into the deaths of eight IRA Volunteers and a civilian shot dead by the SAS almost 30 years ago in a decision branded as “profoundly wrong” by Six-County Attorney General John Larkin.

Published July 12, 2014



Coalition reshuffle ‘cosmetic’

reshufflecabinet.jpg A reshuffle of the Dublin government’s Ministerial cabinet has brought to an end to the influence of ‘Stickies’ in Irish politics and introduced a number of new faces in an attempt to bolster the coalition’s poll ratings.

Published July 12, 2014



Protests against attacks on Gaza

gazabomb.jpg As the death toll in Israel’s latest onslaught on Gaza reaches 100, several actions have been called around Ireland taking place this Saturday.

Published July 12, 2014



Pan-unionism raises the stakes

robinsonorange.jpg The main unionist parties may be planning for serious disturbances in north Belfast next weekend after the Parades Commission rerouted a hugely contentious anti-Catholic march away from nationalist estates in north Belfast.

Published July 5, 2014



Burton is new Labour leader as old order departs

burtonquinn.jpg The 26 County Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has been elected leader of the Labour Party to replace Eamon Gilmore, who resigned last month. The change has also brought an end to the political career of Labour’s Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, who resigned on Wednesday, with other changes expected to be announced in coming days.

Published July 5, 2014



Loyalist gloating at light sentences for McDaid killing

mcdaidguilty.jpg There was trouble in Coleraine this week when eleven loyalists involved in a sectarian murder in 2009 received very light jail terms or were released with non-custodial sentences.

Published July 5, 2014



Released man blames internment for detention

seanmcveigh.jpg All charges against an Armagh man accused of killing a prison warder have been dropped amid allegations he was a victim of ‘internment by remand’.

Published July 5, 2014



Flags row escalates as KKK banner flown over east Belfast

kkkflag.jpg The erection of flags of the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) in east Belfast represents a new low for loyalists as the level of intimidation has ratcheted up ahead of the height of the Protestant marching season.

Published July 5, 2014



Sinn Fein meets Tory leadership

sftories.jpg Sinn Fein this week met with the British Prime Minister David Cameron for the first time.

Published July 5, 2014



Drumcree tensions renewed

orangearchportadown.jpg The Drumcree marching dispute in Portadown could be reignited after the Parades Commission this week stunned nationalist residents by initially permitting an Orange march on the lower end of the Garvaghy Road, the scene of some of the North’s most intense parades violence, before changing its mind.

Published June 28, 2014



Threats follow attempt to tag prisoners

g4s.jpg The armed group referred to as the ‘new IRA’ has threatened to target civilian security staff unless the firm they work for stops fitting electronic tags to republican prisoners. They said the tags are being applied as part of a British criminalisation effort against republicans.

Published June 28, 2014



Tributes to Gerry Conlon

gerryconlon2.jpg Mourners from around the world have arrived in west Belfast to pay their respects to Gerry Conlon at his funeral this Saturday, June 28th. Funeral Mass will be held at St Peter’s Cathedral.

Published June 28, 2014



McGuinness ‘welcomes his true boss’, says former comrade

mcguinnessqueenjail.jpg There was a new royal embarrassment for Sinn Fein this week when Martin McGuinness accompanied the English queen on a tour of Crumlin Road prison in Belfast, a famous site of struggle for Irish republicans.

Published June 28, 2014



Cover-up seen in death of Cushendall RUC man

joecampbell.jpg A Police Ombudsman’s report has found that the British Crown forces could have prevented the killing of an RUC police sergeant in 1977, but failed to do so. Sinn Fein has said the murder was allowed to proceed to protect the identity of an informer.

Published June 28, 2014



Petition to end the ‘Craigavon 2’ miscarriage of justice

craigavontwo.jpg A request for support for Justice for the Craigavon Two and to help end this miscarriage of justice.

Published June 28, 2014



Gerry Conlon dies in Belfast

gerryconlon.jpg Irish human rights campaigner Gerry Conlon died this morning, aged 60. He passed away in his home in the Falls Road area of Belfast following a lengthy illness.

Published June 21, 2014



‘Two sides of truth’

maskedpsni.jpg Efforts by British and unionist politicians to to overturn a side-deal concession given to Sinn Fein during peace negotiations could backfire after it was revealed that controversial ‘letters of comfort’ given to Sinn Fein supporters may also have been given to members of the British Crown forces.

Published June 21, 2014



Doubts over planned talks process

stormontbig.jpg A proposal for a fresh round of multi-party negotiations at Stormont to deal with outstanding issues in the peace process is endangered by the ‘negativity’ of the DUP, Sinn Fein has warned.

Published June 21, 2014



Unionists increase pressure after quiet ‘Tour of the North’

tourofthenorth2014.jpg A notorious loyalist parade passed off peacefully on Friday night, June 20th, as thousands of Orange men and their supporters took part in the annual ‘Tour of the North’ parade in Belfast, which passed a flashpoint at St Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Published June 21, 2014



Tracking device found on Lurgan man’s car

trackingdevicelurgan.jpg A republican from County Armagh is taking legal action after he found a surveillance device hidden in his car. The man from Lurgan, who does not want to be named, is a member of Republican Network for Unity.

Published June 21, 2014



PSNI’s Loughinisland appeal an insult to families

loughinislandvigil.jpg The families and friends of those killed in the Loughinisand massacre gathered at the County Down village this week to remember the 20th anniversary of those killed on June 18 1994.

Published June 21, 2014



Robinson in new racism row

racistintimidation.jpg Loyalists who covered the east Belfast home of a Nigerian man in ‘locals only’ banners have been defended by DUP leader Peter Robinson, who said he did not think the act was racist.

Published June 21, 2014



Children used for coercion

sammycusickflat.jpg A local election candidate has suffered a heart attack after a PSNI raid in which his 11-year-old daughter was subjected to psychological terror.

Published June 14, 2014



PSNI makes another u-turn on flags issue

ballynafeighflags.jpg The PSNI has denied that there has been a change in how it polices the contentious problem of loyalist flags.

Published June 14, 2014



Banking cover-up feared as inquiry is rigged

endakennydenisobrien.jpg There was uproar in the Dublin parliament this week as the coalition government unilaterally altered the make up of a committee of inquiry into the banking crisis -- because it was not assured of a built-in majority.

Published June 14, 2014



Final salute for IRA veteran

seamusmclaughlin.jpg A volley of shots was fired over the coffin of a lifelong republican ahead of his funeral in north Belfast in a rare display by the organisation styling itself the ‘new IRA’.

Published June 14, 2014



Coroner hears demand for broad collusion inquiry

stepinn.jpg A public inquiry must be held into the notorious Glenanne death squad whose members included UVF paramilitaries, British Army soldiers and RUC police, a coroner’s court has heard.

Published June 14, 2014



Action campaign on the past holds Dublin event

shoes.jpg Relatives of those killed or injured during the conflict will call on the Dublin government to begin a process of tackling the past during an event in the capital this Saturday, 14th June.

Published June 14, 2014



Demands for inquiry into mass graves

tuamgrave.jpg The international media descended this week on a town in the west of Ireland following shocking claims that an order of nuns may have buried hundreds of infant children in an unmarked mass grave between the 1920s and the 1960s.

Published June 7, 2014



Baggott blocking inquiries, says Police Ombudsman

baggottmaguire.jpg The North’s Police Ombudsman Michael Maguire has launched a legal action against PSNI Chief Matt Baggott over the failure to provide information on major investigations into killings throughout the conflict.

Published June 7, 2014



Torture of prisoners was approved at Cabinet level

hoodedmen.jpg British ministers sanctioned the use of torture against internees in the north of Ireland in the early 1970s, the then British Home Secretary Merlyn Rees admitted in 1977, it has emerged.

Published June 7, 2014



Dublin politics transformed by Mayor vote

christyburke.jpg Despite the combined opposition of the two main conservative parties, independent councillor Christy Burke has been elected Mayor of Dublin for 2014/2015, with Sinn Fein to hold the mayoralty the following year.

Published June 7, 2014



Catholic man slashed as loyalist attacks increase

scarredsectarian.jpg A 21-year-old chef has had to receive 17 stitches in his neck following a sectarian attack by loyalists.

Published June 7, 2014



PSNI lies exposed by video evidence

psnidragging.jpg A BBC documentary has shown evidence of the PSNI violently attacking innocent pubgoers in the predominately nationalist town of Omagh. The victims were accused of public order offences, but the cases were thrown out when contradictory video evidence was presented to the court.

Published June 7, 2014



Loyalists rerouted from Ardoyne

watercannon.jpg The PSNI are undertaking a major policing operation in north Belfast this weekend after a sectarian parade was rerouted away from nationalist areas of north Belfast.

Published June 7, 2014



Public outrage at racist remarks

mcconnellrobinson.jpg The DUP leader and First Minister Peter Robinson sparked widespread public outrage this week when he made derogatory comments about Muslims. He was speaking in defence of a north Belfast Pastor, who described Islam as “heathen” and “satanic”.

Published May 31, 2014



Renewed effort as Craigavon Two appeal is rejected

craigavontwo.jpg A group set up to oppose a miscarriage of justice in the conviction of the Craigavon Two has vowed to continue its campaign despite losing an appeal this week.

Published May 31, 2014



Orangemen seek ‘last push’ for Ardoyne; Haass rules out role

ardoyne2013.jpg With the summer marching season approaching and the Stormont parties further apart than ever, the US peace envoy Richard Haass has ruled out returning to Ireland to broker a deal on parades, flags and the legacy of the conflict.

Published May 31, 2014



RUC figure wins SF endorsement as new PSNI Chief

georgehamilton2.jpg The new PSNI Chief Constable in the north of Ireland has been named as George Hamilton, a veteran of the RUC who is currently serving as the Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) in the PSNI.

Published May 31, 2014



Selfish interests hiding the truth - bereaved

eugenereavey.jpg The brother of three south Armagh men shot dead by the Glenanne gang has accused the British government and political parties of “protecting their own deep secrets”.

Published May 31, 2014



Sinn Fein singing as it elects fourth MEP

mattcarthyelected.jpg Sinn Fein’s Matt Carthy has just become the party’s fourth MEP after being elected after seven counts in a marathon count in Castlebar, County Mayo.

Published May 27, 2014



Martina Anderson returned as MEP for Six Counties

andersonadams.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martina Anderson has been deemed elected to the European Parliament after topping the poll in the North on the first count.

Published May 26, 2014



Tanaiste Gilmore quits amid election drubbing

gilmorequits.jpg Eamon Gilmore has resigned as Labour party leader and as the Tanaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) of the 26 County state.

Published May 26, 2014



Lynn Boylan is elected as Dublin MEP; SF adds to gains

boylanelected.jpg Sinn Fein’s Lynn Boylan became the first Irish MEP to be elected to the European Parliament in this election, topping the poll in the Dublin constituency by a very wide margin over her mainstream party rivals.

Published May 26, 2014



‘Shindependents Day’ as political landscape is transformed

mcdonaldadamscount.jpg “Something profound has happened in the people’s attitudes to politics,” said Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald, as results came in across the 26 Counties on Saturday.

Published May 25, 2014



Sinn Fein support surges in Dublin and across 26 Counties

electioncountrds.jpg An extraordinary election result is unfolding in the 26 Counties as tallies show that Sinn Fein is now the largest party in Dublin by some distance, and the three main establishment parties only winning the support of half of the electorate across the state.

Published May 24, 2014



Election count overshadowed by unionist sex scandal

ashleighmurray.jpg Counting is currently ongoing in the North’s local election results, with 462 councillors to be elected for the 11 new ‘super-councils’, which have replaced the existing 26 local councils.

Published May 23, 2014



‘Change is coming’ - Sinn Féin

adamselectionpress.jpg Local and European elections are taking place today and tomorrow [Thursday and Friday] in the Six and 26 Counties respectively. The elections are likely to confirm that Sinn Fein is the dominant political force on the island of Ireland and for the first time, is now equally strong in both the 26 Counties and the Six Counties.

Published May 22, 2014



Republicans urged to use their vote

electionposters.jpg Unionists could have a clear majority in six of the 11 new ‘super councils’ in the north of Ireland, an independent elections expert has calculated.

Published May 22, 2014



Miscarriage of justice declared in McAuley case

martinmcauleybig.jpg A guilty verdict against a prominent Lurgan republican has been thrown out after admissions that RUC police lied to prosecutors and tried to manipulate the case.

Published May 22, 2014



Stormont, PSNI to pay compensation for inquest delays

funeral.jpg The families of six men killed by either Crown forces or loyalist paramilitaries are to be awarded damages for unlawful delays in holding inquests, a High Court judge ruled on Tuesday.

Published May 22, 2014



Baggott sued over failure to investigate

patsykelly.jpg The family of a murdered Catholic politician have begun a civil legal action against the PSNI Chief Matt Baggott, accusing the police of repeated failures to investigate the killing.

Published May 22, 2014



Dail delegation warns over Maghaberry prison dispute

eamonocuivbig.jpg Former government minister Eamon O Cuiv has warned that the atmosphere in Maghaberry Prison between republican prisoners and prison authorities is on a “knife edge”.

Published May 22, 2014



Sectarian killing unpunished

kevinmcdaidbig.jpg The trial of a loyalist gang involved in the death of Catholic community worker Kevin McDaid has ended with all of the charges against them being dropped or reduced to minor ones.

Published May 17, 2014



Shock as British Army gunmen’s admissions are dismissed

mrfattack.jpg A decision by the PSNI police not to investigate the admitted sectarian murders by an undercover British army unit is being described as a devastating injustice against the families of the victims.

Published May 17, 2014



Sinn Fein eyes election gains despite new Adams smear

indoheadlineadams.jpg With his party on the brink of local and European election successes, party leader Gerry Adams has taken legal action against 26-County media group Independent News and Media (IN&M) over a recent news report.

Published May 17, 2014



Graphic election fight for smaller republican parties

eirigipostertorn.jpg Posters for eirigi candidate Maire Drumm are being vandalised in the Colin area of West Belfast, the party has said, as Sinn Fein and rival republicans continue to contest the visual spaces open to their communities.

Published May 17, 2014



Dublin/Monaghan families to sue for justice

dublinmonaghancommemoration.jpg Victims of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings, which took place 40 years ago this week, are to sue the British government for failing to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Published May 17, 2014



Limavady bandsmen mark territory for July Twelfth

limavadybandsmen.jpg There have been calls for action to be taken in the county Derry town of Limavady after two loyalist bandsmen urinated at the gates of a parish priest’s home during a parade in the town.

Published May 17, 2014



Jubilation and recrimination as Adams is freed

adamsdancingafricans.jpg A high stakes game in the North’s unfinished peace process played out before the world’s media last week. But almost twenty years after the Provisional IRA’s ceasefire, the shock detention of Gerry Adams on allegations of past IRA activity ended in a dramatic triumph for the Sinn Fein leader.

Published May 10, 2014



Enmities inflamed after Adams arrest

bostoncollegetouts.jpg Despite a display of unity for the start of the Giro d’Italia international bicycle race in Belfast this week, political relations are at their lowest for years following the arrest and interrogation of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

Published May 10, 2014



Report identifies serious Garda misconduct, cover-ups

kennyfitzgerald.jpg A new Minister for Justice was hurriedly appointed on Thursday less than 24 hours before the release of an official investigation which concluded that the former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter had failed to investigate a disturbing litany of corruption and malpractice.

Published May 10, 2014



Protestors determined to stop water meters

watermetersprotest.jpg Two people have been injured in clashes between residents and Irish Water workers as protests against the new water tax have spread.

Published May 10, 2014



Sudden end to PIRA membership trial

padraicwilsonfreed.jpg Two men and two women due to stand trial charged with Provisional IRA offences were dramatically cleared this week, after the prosecution said it offered no evidence against them.

Published May 10, 2014



The Dublin and Monaghan bombings

dublinbombing.jpg The worst day in the history of the recent conflict took place 40 years ago this week. A report from Justice for the Forgotten, which was formed in 1996 and continues to campaign for truth and justice for the victims of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

Published May 10, 2014



Minister for Justice Alan Shatter resigns

alanshatterbig.jpg A long saga of scandal, corruption and the abuse of power came to a sudden end today with the announcement that the 26 County Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has resigned.

Published May 7, 2014



Adams’s address to the media following his release

adamsbalmoral.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams’s remarks to a press conference in west Belfast tonight following his release from Antrim PSNI station.

Published May 5, 2014



Loyalists fail to block Adams release

antrimpsniloyalistsmedia.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has emerged from a PSNI base this evening some two hours after his discharge from custody was confirmed by the force.

Published May 4, 2014



Unionists demand Adams face charges

peterrobinsonbig.jpg The DUP has accused Sinn Fein of attempting to “bully” the PSNI into not charging party leader Gerry Adams over IRA activities. Mr Adams is undergoing a fourth day of interrogation following his arrest on Wednesday.

Published May 4, 2014



Political chaos as Adams is arrested, interrogated

freegerryadamsandmural.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams is facing a fourth night in jail at a notorious British Crown force interrogation centre in Antrim as a crisis over the failure to deal with the past conflict in the north of Ireland begins to threaten delicate policing agreements.

Published May 3, 2014



Ballymurphy families reject ‘shameful’ treatment

ballyymurphyrips.jpg The Ballymurphy Massacre Families have expressed their outrage at the British government’s response to their call for an independent panel to be established to investigate the Ballymurphy Massacre in 1971.

Published May 3, 2014



PSNI handling of loyalist flags violence illegal, judge rules

flagprotest.jpg The PSNI illegally facilitated violent and intimidatory loyalist flag disturbances, according to ruling by a High Court judge in Belfast this week. The PSNI’s handling of the demonstrations also breached the human rights of a nationalist resident subjected to the disorder.

Published May 3, 2014



Loyalists target minorities and Alliance

nazigraffitibig.jpg A 15-strong loyalist mob carried out a vicious racist attack on three young Polish nationals in east Belfast last week as recent racist attacks linked to British/loyalist extremism has continued.

Published May 3, 2014



More bankster crooks spared jail as judge takes pity

mcateerwhelan.jpg Two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank convicted of a giant white-collar crime which was pivotal in the 2008 collapse of the Irish banking system will not spend a day in jail after a judge said the main blame lay with government regulators.

Published May 3, 2014



Clear signs of an election

blackmountainsign.jpg The political temperature in the north of Ireland is increasing ahead of local and European election campaigns later this month.

Published May 3, 2014



Adams arrest linked to Sinn Fein electoral strength

flagantrimadams.jpg Sinn Fein’s Six-County Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness has said that the arrest of party leader Gerry Adams by the PSNI last night was politically motivated.

Published May 1, 2014



Adams questioned by PSNI over McConville killing

adamsangry.jpg The PSNI police in the north of Ireland say thay have arrested Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams after he agreed to speak to them about the circumstances of the abduction and execution of British state informer Jean McConville in 1972.

Published April 30, 2014



A Rising challenge

kilwilkieeaster2014.jpg In its Easter statement, the ‘new IRA’ has declared that it has built a “sustainable military campaign”, but that responsibility for further conflict “rests with the British government”.

Published April 26, 2014



Prisoners’ protest attacked by riot squad

maghaberrybig.jpg Republican prisoners in Maghaberry jail were assaulted on Thursday night by scores of prison warders in a continuing dispute over controlled movement and forced strip searching, it has been reported.

Published April 26, 2014



Parties reject Charles’ and Camilla’s participation in 1916 centenary

charlescamilla.jpg Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein have reacted strongly to the Dublin government’s plans to reinvent the 1916 Easter Rising as an Anglo-Irish ‘celebration’ including the British government and leading members of the British royal family.

Published April 26, 2014



Residents block water meter installations

watermeterprotest.jpg Water meter contractors have been blockaded from installing meters in Cork and Dublin in a spontaneous campaign by two communities against the new tax on householders.

Published April 26, 2014



Parade passes quietly, but concerns grow over marching season

abodpatricks.jpg The first controversial sectarian parade of the season passed off without incident on Easter Monday, but residents in north Belfast have already issued stark warnings over the determinations of a newly-appointed Parades Commission.

Published April 26, 2014



Justice hopes for Leo Norney

leonorney.jpg A fresh inquest has been ordered into the British state killing of a teenager in west Belfast in 1975.

Published April 26, 2014



Anglo boss goes free

fitzpatrickcleared.jpg The disgraced chairman of Anglo Irish Bank has been cleared this week of hatching a highly illegal loans-for-shares plot months before the bank’s collapse. Two of his colleagues were found guilty.

Published April 19, 2014



British statement on the past angers victims

villiers.jpg Theresa Villiers, who implements British Direct Rule in Ireland, has set out a sharply pro-unionist agenda for her government in dealing with the past conflict in the Six Counties.

Published April 19, 2014



Former CIRA man shot dead in west Belfast

tommycrossan.jpg A man expelled from the Continuity IRA for criminal activity was shot dead yesterday [Friday] at a diesel depot he operated.

Published April 19, 2014



McGuinness told ‘stay away’ over banquet controversy

mcguinnessbanquetsmile.jpg Sinn Fein has been urged to stay away from Easter commemorations after Martin McGuinness attended a royal banquet and toasted England’s queen, Elizabeth Windsor.

Published April 19, 2014



Easter commemorations face PSNI harassment

commemoration.jpg Colour party uniforms belonging to Republican Sinn Fein due to be used during an annual easter commemoration in Lurgan this Saturday have been seized during police raids in Craigavon.

Published April 19, 2014



Loyalist racists confront Irish language demo

nazisalutesgaeilge.jpg Loyalists greeted members of an Irish language rally last weekend with Nazi salutes.

Published April 19, 2014



Easter commemorations 2014

eastercommemorationsposter.jpg Dates, times and places are subject to change - please contact your local organisers to confirm. Please also contact us regarding any errors or omissions.

Published April 17, 2014



Banquet gesture draws Tory hate

tebbitgodsavethequeen.jpg Efforts to boost reconciliation between the 26 County state and Britain during the formal visit to London by 26-County President Michael D Higgins were undermined by a leading Tory’s call this week for the murder of Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness.

Published April 11, 2014



Governments working together to manage Rising commemorations

risingsignatories.jpg The Dublin and London governments have signalled a major effort to combat nationalist sentiment in the run-up to the anniversary of the 1916 Rising following this week’s heavily promoted state visit to London by 26-County President Michael D Higgins.

Published April 11, 2014



UDA violence linked to Larne arrests

carrickfergusuda.jpg The unionist paramilitary UDA are understood to be planning riots this weekend in the town of Carrickfergus, in County Antrim following serious disturbances last night.

Published April 11, 2014



Belfast language protest as Irish speaker faces court

macdubhghlais.jpg Recent protests over discrimination against Irish language speakers in the north of Ireland are to reach a climax on Saturday with a major demonstration through Belfast city centre.

Published April 11, 2014



High-profile arrests and prosecutions as OTR furore continues

williefrazermonument.jpg Well-known loyalist Willie Frazer attempted to personally “arrest” a republican he alleged was ‘on the run’ from a conflict-related prosecution this week. The victims’ campaigner tried moved towards mourners at a funeral in County Down, but was blocked by a line of PSNI police.

Published April 11, 2014



McGurk’s report to be released uncensored

mcgurksprotest.jpg Families of those killed in the McGurk’s Bar massacre have succeeded in forcing the British authorities to release an unedited report into the bombing, it has been confirmed.

Published April 11, 2014



McGuinness salutes the queen at royal banquet

mcguinnessbanquet.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness this evening stood for the British national anthem and toasted the “health and happiness” of the English queen in the most symbolic gesture yet of his party’s support for the status quo in the north of Ireland.

Published April 8, 2014



McGuinness defends royal banquet trip

higginsmcguinnesswindsors.jpg Sinn Fein has confirmed reports that Martin McGuinness is to visit Windsor Castle to attend a royal banquet with the English queen this week.

Published April 6, 2014



No charges over UDA mob terror

udarampage.jpg Between 100 and 200 armed loyalist paramilitaries ransacked houses and assaulted residents in Larne in a mob attack carried out with apparent impunity by the south Antrim UDA.

Published April 5, 2014



Voters abandon coalition after justice system scandals

kennyshatterdail.jpg Continuing public anger over illegality, corruption and delinquency in the 26 County justice system has seen support for the Dublin coalition government slide to its lowest levels for several years.

Published April 5, 2014



Adams blocking Six County progress - Robinson

adamsrobinson.jpg DUP leader Peter Robinson has blamed Gerry Adams and Sinn Fein’s other southern-based politicians for a failure to advance an agreement on welfare cuts in the Six Counties

Published April 5, 2014



Armed actions in Strabane

strabanesign.jpg A surge in activity by republican militants in the Strabane area of county Tyrone has seen the PSNI police twice targeted by explosive devices and a nearby village declared a ‘no go’ area for the force.

Published April 5, 2014



More courtroom hypocrisy on parades

psniloudhailerycv.jpg Seventeen members of a loyalist flute band have been cleared of defying a ban on them marching past St Patrick’s Church in Belfast in the latest sign that the courts do not intend to hold loyalists to account for parades infractions.

Published April 5, 2014



Anger at British ‘freedom’ claim at Glasnevin

villiersglasnevin.jpg British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers was accused of a “final, carefully calculated insult” to Ireland’s republican martyrs in a ceremony of Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin last Monday, March 31st.

Published April 5, 2014



Humiliated Minister clings to post

shatterapology.jpg After ricocheting from one scandal to the next since his appointment, disgraced 26-County Minister Alan Shatter is to finally face a parliamentary motion of no confidence.

Published March 29, 2014



Bell gets bail as PSNI postpone Adams response

ivorbellbailed.jpg The PSNI have yet to say if they are seeking to question Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams following the arrest and charging of his former comrade, Ivor Bell, on IRA charges last week.

Published March 29, 2014



Hunger strike over treatment of segregated prisoner

gavincoyle.jpg Republican prisoners in Maghaberry held a 48-hour hunger protest this week in support of a prisoner held in the jail’s punishment block for the past three years.

Published March 29, 2014



My sectarian slaughter ‘saved the Union’ - Hutchinson

billyhutchinson.jpg The leader of the UVF paramilitary-linked Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) Billy Hutchinson has claimed his role in the murder of two Catholic men 40 years ago ‘helped prevent a united Ireland’.

Published March 29, 2014



Loyalist extemism promoted as Irish language is sidelined

uprgparade.jpg Loyalists who wore balaclavas during a ‘show of strength’ close to a north Belfast interface were taking part in “street theatre”, according to the Stormont-funded ‘Ulster Political Research Group’ which has links to the unionist paramilitary UDA.

Published March 29, 2014



Killing taigs - the truth

clonardmemorial.jpg The cousin of two Catholic brothers murdered by Billy Hutchinson in 1974 responds to the PUP leader’s attempt to justify his actions.

Published March 29, 2014



Judicial system in disarray after new spying scandal

alanshattercar.jpg The Dublin government is in crisis and the 26 County judicial system on the point of collapse following revelations that illegal recordings have been made of telephone conversations to and from police stations for some three decades.

Published March 26, 2014



Garda Commissioner quits after corruption scandal

martincallinan.jpg The chief of the 26 County Garda police, Martin Callinan, resigned today after refusing to withdraw his condemnations of two whistleblowers who exposed corrupt practices in the force.

Published March 25, 2014



‘Vindictive’ policing as 77-year-old is charged

ivorbell.jpg Veteran republican Ivor Bell has been charged this Friday night with IRA membership and “aiding and abetting” the execution of informer Jean McConville in 1972.

Published March 22, 2014



Sharp tactics put PSNI into New York parade

psninyc.jpg The organisers of the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade infuriated Irish opinion in the city with a last minute u-turn to include a contingent of anti-Irish PSNI police while continuing to ban gay and lesbian organisations.

Published March 22, 2014



Force’s disregard for woman’s life caught on video

bridgetmongan.jpg Video footage has emerged showing two members of the PSNI in Derry laying an incapacitated St Patrick’s Day celebrant in a bus lane in Derry.

Published March 22, 2014



Loyalists attack St Patrick’s Day celebration

injuredkid.jpg Britain’s Union Jack flew over Belfast City Hall on St Patrick’s Day, but that did not prevent loyalists gathering to attack Irish language speakers attending a cultural event there.

Published March 22, 2014



‘New’ IRA claims sophisticated attack

efp.jpg A mortar rocket attack against a PSNI patrol in west Belfast last weekend involved new technology and equipment, according to a statement issued this week in the name of the IRA.

Published March 22, 2014



Alliance candidate backs a united Ireland

annalo.jpg A leading member of the traditionally pro-union Alliance Party has astonished everyone by declaring her support for a United Ireland.

Published March 22, 2014



NY parade organisers may reverse decision on PSNI - claims

nycfacebook.jpg Organisers of the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade have come under heavy political pressure to reinstate a contingent of PSNI police in Monday’s world-famous parade.

Published March 15, 2014



New York sends PSNI home

stpatricksnyc.jpg In a sudden turnaround, an ad-hoc campaign by Irish Americans has succeeded in preventing the inclusion of a delegation of PSNI police (formerly RUC) in this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in New York.

Published March 15, 2014



Obama ‘disappointed’ by talks as British eye prosecutions

shamrock2014.jpg Just five months before the 20th anniversary of the Provisional IRA’s original ceasefire declaration, US President Barack Obama has expressed disappointment at the failure of Irish politicians to deal with the collapse of the latest mediation talks.

Published March 15, 2014



Hurling in public illegal - PSNI

streethurler.jpg The PSNI have been accused of taking Catholics in the north of Ireland “back to the dark days” after several young people were stopped in the street by members of the force for playing Gaelic games.

Published March 15, 2014



MI5 agent recorded making recruitment bid

srrmi5.jpg British intelligence agents have been recorded making an overt approach to a former prisoner in Belfast City Centre, just days after he lost his job in a call center due to ‘security reasons’, according to the Republican Network for Unity.

Published March 15, 2014



IRA warning over prison crisis

maghaberrybig3.jpg In a strongly-worded statement warning of further attacks, responsibility for two letter bombs addressed to prison staff at Maghaberry jail has been claimed in the name of ‘the IRA’.

Published March 15, 2014



Garda whistleblowers vindicated

johnwilson.jpg An investigation into the quashing of penalty points by the Garda police in the 26 Counties has found consistent and widespread wrongdoing within the force, humiliating Dublin’s Justice Minister Alan Shatter and the Garda police commissioner, Martin Callinan.

Published March 15, 2014



Devices intercepted amid prison tensions

maghaberrybig.jpg Two letter bombs addressed to Maghaberry Prison were intercepted this week following a violent confrontation inside the jail.

Published March 8, 2014



Bloody Sunday families fear immunity deal

williamkatenash.jpg The revelation that an administrative scheme to deal with IRA ‘On the Run’s’ (OTRs) has been operating quietly for at least 13 years has angered some of those bereaved by the Bloody Sunday massacre and other state killings.

Published March 8, 2014



Terror on show at council hall

udashowofstrength.jpg The unionist paramilitary UDA put on a so-called ‘show of strength’ in a community centre owned and operated by Belfast City Council last weekend.

Published March 8, 2014



No charges for sectarian march breaches

ycv.jpg There has been an outcry after charges were dismissed against 17 members of a hardline loyalist band who paraded past a Catholic church in defiance of a legally-binding ban on sectarian displays.

Published March 8, 2014



RSF man arrested and charged for using Irish

psniarrest.jpg The National Treasurer of Republican Sinn Fein was arrested and charged by the PSNI for speaking Irish, the party has said.

Published March 8, 2014



Ballymurphy inquest advances

ballymurphyinquest.jpg The Ballymurphy massacre families have welcomed the opening in Belfast of the preliminary stage of the inquest into the August 1971 killings in which eleven people died at the hands of the British Army over the space of three days.

Published March 8, 2014



Stormont off the rails over OTRs

robinsonstormont.jpg The past has once again come back to haunt the north of Ireland when it emerged in an Old Bailey trial this week that some republicans ‘on the run’ (OTR) from conflict-related prosecutions have privately received assurances that no prosecutions are due.

Published March 1, 2014



Some republicans vexed by secretive process

gerrymcgeoughhandcuffs.jpg The disclosures made in John Downey’s case could have altered the course of Gerry McGeough’s trial or appeal, according to his legal team, as the evidence presented at the Old Bailey could have confirmed that 216 “pardons” had been issued to republicans.

Published March 1, 2014



Charity insiders earn millions as homeless numbers multiply

angelakerins.jpg An ongoing row over salaries at Irish state-funded charities and voluntary organisations took a fresh twist this wee, when it emerged that senior executives at Rehab, who have long refused to reveal their base salary payments, have awarded themselves lucrative bonuses.

Published March 1, 2014



Britain maintains silence at Marshall ambush inquest

sammarshallflat.jpg British forces have said they will not disclose information to those injured in the ambush and murder of Lurgan man Sam Marshall in March 1990.

Published March 1, 2014



Jobs and heritage face destruction on Moore Street

parisbakery.jpg The great-grandson of Irish patriot James Connolly has criticised plans to demolish a Moore Street bakery at the historic site of the 1916 Rising and erect a shopping mall.

Published March 1, 2014



Demonstrations continue for language rights

lamorprotest.jpg More than ten thousand have taken to the streets in recent weeks in protest at the Dublin government’s failure to protect the linguistic rights of Irish speakers, and further protests are planned.

Published March 1, 2014



Cameron yields to DUP demands on OTR inquiry

robinsoncameron.jpg British Prime Minister David Cameron is to appoint a judge to investigate the operation of a scheme to deal with those ‘on-the-run’ from conflict-related prosecutions after Peter Robinson yesterday threatened to quit as the North’s First Minister.

Published February 27, 2014



OTR deal revealed as John Downey is released

johndowney.jpg Donegal republican John Downey walked free today after a court in London said charges against him of taking part in an IRA campaign in 1982 amounted to “an abuse of process”. But the decision to release him has created confusion and anger in the north of Ireland over a previously secret scheme to tackle the issue of OTRs -- those ‘on the run’ from outstanding conflict-related prosecutions.

Published February 25, 2014



Stephen Murney acquitted of all remaining charges

justicestephenmurney.jpg Stephen Murney was cleared of outstanding ‘terrorism’ charges this afternoon amid strong criticism of the system of internment by remand being operated by the PSNI police and Crown prosecutors against republicans in the north of Ireland.

Published February 24, 2014



Minister for misconduct

alanshatterbig.jpg The 26-County Taoiseach Enda Kenny is resisting intense pressure to sack his Minister for Justice Alan Shatter amid a tsunamic scandal over his handling of police corruption and misconduct.

Published February 21, 2014



Politicians play down St Patrick’s Day plans

robinsonobamamcguinness.jpg DUP leader Peter Robinson and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness will join Irish officials travelling to Washington DC next month ahead of St Patrick’s Day, but a high-profile meeting with US President Barack Obama may not now take place.

Published February 21, 2014



MI5 micro-managing home security measures

attackedhome.jpg It has been revealed that British military intelligence decides if victims of sectarian attacks in the Six Counties should receive measures to protect their homes.

Published February 21, 2014



‘Humiliation’ of republican’s wife

psniguns2.jpg The 32 County Sovereignty movement has strongly condemned the PSNI in Derry after it said a young mother was subjected to a “very public humiliation” as she was leaving her child to Long Tower school in the Brandywell.

Published February 21, 2014



Lithuania approach to Derry businessman

doran.jpg A Derry businessman has said he was approached by members of MI5 while visiting Lithuania earlier this month.

Published February 21, 2014



Rebel song becomes chart hit

theirishbrigade.jpg A ‘rebel song’ commemorating 10 republican PoWs who died in the 1981 Hunger Strike reached number 24 in the British singles’ charts this week.

Published February 21, 2014



Bugged and bullied

gsoc.jpg The Dublin government has been rocked by shocking revelations of a ‘black ops’ spy operation at the headquarters of the police ombudsman’s office, the Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

Published February 15, 2014



Sinn Fein sees ‘progressive alliance’ with Labour

eamongilmoregerryadams.jpg The leader of the Irish Labour Party, Eamon Gilmore, has distanced himself from a proposal by Sinn Fein to form a left-wing coalition to “take on” the main conservative parties in the 26 Counties, Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

Published February 15, 2014



UVF in hit on drugs enemy; GAA club bombed

aghohillgaa.jpg The status of the UVF’s ceasefire is again being questioned after the attempted murder of a 30-year old man in Bangor, County Down.

Published February 15, 2014



PSNI patrol in Donegal; devices target British Army in England

psnilifford.jpg A former mayor of Donegal has called on the Dublin government to investigate a PSNI incursion into the 26 Counties.

Published February 15, 2014



Prisoners freeze after heat is cut off

maghaberrybig.jpg There has been a deterioration in the conditions for republican political prisoners held at Maghaberry prison in County Armagh after prisoners were left without heat and food for two days in a row last weekend.

Published February 15, 2014



INLA ‘informer’ abuse claims

mcglincheycommemoration.jpg There have been calls for an investigation into whether a Crown force informer in the north of Ireland was allowed to continue to engage in child sex abuse in exchange for spying on the INLA, the Irish National Liberation Army.

Published February 15, 2014



Address by Gerry Adams to Sinn Fein Ard Fheis 2014

gerryadamsardfheis.jpg The full text of the address by the Sinn Fein leader to his party’s annual conference in Wexford this weekend.

Published February 9, 2014



‘Nothing normal’ about Stormont - McGuinness

mcguinnessardfheis2.jpg Speaking on the eve of the Sinn Fein annual conference, the Six-County Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has urged the DUP to turn away from loyalist extremism and bring an end to the “embarrassing” political stalemate at Stormont.

Published February 7, 2014



Loyalists force teacher to quit job

catherineseeley.jpg A Catholic schoolteacher at a north Belfast school has been forced to leave her school district after becoming a a target for a sectarian loyalist hate campaign.

Published February 7, 2014



Family of murdered man find evidence of British lie

eamonnmcdevitt2.jpg The family of a deaf man who was shot dead by the British Army 42 years ago say they have unearthed documents that prove he was unarmed when he died.

Published February 7, 2014



Thousands march for justice

bloodysunday2014.jpg Several thousand marchers in Derry have heard fresh demands that those responsible for the Bloody Sunday massacre be held accountable for their actions.

Published February 7, 2014



Son’s fears for activist’s health

margaretta2.jpg Concern is growing for the well-being of jailed peace activist and writer Margaretta D’Arcy who remains in Limerick prison despite international protests for her release.

Published February 7, 2014



Bandsmen attack pedestrian

southbelfastyoungconquerors.jpg A Catholic man was attacked by loyalist bandsmen as he attempted to cross a city centre street during a parade last weekend.

Published February 7, 2014



A hero’s return

murneyout.jpg Stephen Murney has been released on bail at the culmination of a farcical trial in which the prosecution openly sought to criminalise him on the basis of his republican political beliefs and his activism as an éirígí press officer.

Published January 31, 2014



Loyalist hate protest turns into riot

riotskainos.jpg A protest by loyalist extremists against a reconciliation event involving ex-combatants and victims took place amid riotous scenes last night [Thursday] as missiles and abuse were hurled at those attending.

Published January 31, 2014



Jordan family vindicated after marathon legal journey

pearsejordanfamily.jpg The findings of a bogus inquest into the RUC police shooting of an IRA Volunteer more than 20 years ago are to be quashed, the High Court in Belfast has ruled, and a new inquest is to be held.

Published January 31, 2014



Questions for PSNI’s Bloody Sunday investigation

bloodysundaybody.jpg The Bloody Sunday families have called for the PSNI to begin interviewing soldiers who killed anti-internment protestors in 1972 amid indications that a criminal investigation into the massacre is finally getting underway.

Published January 31, 2014



Ballymurphy families gain support

ballymurphydail.jpg Family members of eleven people killed by the British Army in west Belfast over 40 years ago met with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Thursday. In a break from his party’s policy, the Fine Gael leader backed their efforts for a new investigation into the deaths.

Published January 31, 2014



Biblical reversal on ‘blasphemous’ play

bibleplay.jpg A ‘blasphemous’ comedy about the Bible which was banned by unionist religious extremists in County Antrim went ahead this week after international publicity shamed the council into a u-turn.

Published January 31, 2014



Baggott heads for the door

mattbaggottbig.jpg PSNI Chief Matt Baggott has announced he is to resign as head of the British police in Ireland after almost five years in the post, and will not seek a renewal of his contract when it ends in September.

Published January 25, 2014



Paisley lashes out at party, church

robinsonpaisley.jpg Former unionist firebrand Ian Paisley has publicly accused the current leadership of the party he founded of betraying him and of suddenly, and brutally, ousting him.

Published January 25, 2014



Garda chief seeks to silence Dail testimony

callinanpac.jpg The possibility of whistle-blowers coming forward to expose wrongdoing is under renewed threat in the 26 Counties after the Garda police chief announced to a Dail parliamentary committee that he would take legal action to prevent any current or former Garda member speaking to them.

Published January 25, 2014



Cameron avoids talks role

cameronwarmonger.jpg The British government has backed away from a pro-active role in dealing with the issues of flags, parades and the past in the north of Ireland despite the collapse of talks in Belfast.

Published January 25, 2014



Ardoyne residents defend right to assembly

damianfennell.jpg Seventeen nationalists are to sue the PSNI police and Crown prosecutors after a judge dismissed allegations that they staged an unlawful protest during a sectarian parade in north Belfast.

Published January 25, 2014



Rubber bullet inquest to be reopened

thomasfriel.jpg A new inquest has been ordered into the death of a 21-year-old Derry youth who was killed by a British Army rubber bullet in 1973.

Published January 25, 2014



Gagged, bound and released

martincoreyflat.jpg After almost four years in jail without charge, Irish prisoner of conscience Martin Corey was released from custody on Wednesday -- but only on condition that he stay away from the media and his home town or face being returned to jail.

Published January 17, 2014



Belfast talks turn sour

mcguinnessrobinsonclash.jpg Sharp exchanges between Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness and DUP leader Peter Robinson have confirmed the failure of the Haass talks and the continuing difficulties within the Six-County power-sharing regime.

Published January 17, 2014



Outrage at spongers and crooks

conlonpac.jpg The 26-County public is turning against the state’s corrupt elite as never before following revelations of secret payments at a state-funded clinic and runaway spending by the new water board, Irish Water.

Published January 17, 2014



‘Guantanamo Granny’ defiant in jail

margarettadarcy.jpg There have been nationwide demonstrations over the imprisonment of 79-year old feminist and peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy for her repeated protests against the use of Shannon Airport in international wars.

Published January 17, 2014



Student spooked by post-exam ‘gift’ from MI5

approachnote.jpg A young student activist who was returning from a morning exam was this week the target of the latest MI5 approach in the north of Ireland. It involved a feeble £50 and a quote from Karl Marx.

Published January 17, 2014



Stormont’s treatment of Irish language slammed

caralnichuilin.jpg The Council of Europe has accused the Stormont administration of blocking the growth and promotion of the Irish language in the north of Ireland.

Published January 17, 2014



Martin Corey released, say campaigners

martincoreyolder.jpg The release of long-term republican prisoner of conscience Martin Corey took place earlier today. While the circumstances of the process remain unclear at this time, the Martin Corey Campaign has confirmed and welcomed his release.

Published January 15, 2014



Talks must go on - DUP

robinsonfrazer.jpg Unionists have sought to play down comments by US talks chair Richard Haass in which he blamed them for the failure to reach an agreement on his draft proposals dealing with the issues of flags and emblems, parades, and the past.

Published January 11, 2014



Paisley condemned over Dublin-Monaghan comments

paisleybig.jpg An attempt to revamp the hardline image of former DUP leader Ian Paisley has backfired after he told a BBC interviewer the 26 County state got what it deserved in the Dublin and Monaghan bombings of 1974.

Published January 11, 2014



Marian Price case concluded

marianpricebig.jpg Former prisoner of conscience Marian Price will not return to jail after an outstanding court case ended with a suspended sentence.

Published January 11, 2014



Informer recruitment targets face legal limbo

lorrydriver.jpg A County Armagh lorry driver has said he fears for his life after being stopped on a Scottish roadside by PSNI Special Branch police who offered him thousands of pounds to gather information on republicans.

Published January 11, 2014



Loyalists to take on nationalist housing protest

nbcra.jpg A loyalist mob is planning to confront a nationalist parade seeking housing equality in north Belfast.

Published January 11, 2014



Bank scandal documents disappearing

pearsedohertyflatbig.jpg Key documents have disappeared ahead of an upcoming inquiry into the collapse of the Irish banking system, it has emerged.

Published January 11, 2014



Haass of history?

mcguinnesshaassrobinson.jpg Talks on a range of contentious issues involving the North’s main political parties collapsed for a second time within a week on New Year’s Eve, with mediators Richard Haass and his colleague, Meghan O’Sullivan, again returning swiftly to the US.

Published January 4, 2014



Ambush inquest described as ‘charade’

campbellmcgirrmemorial.jpg Relatives of two IRA Volunteers shot dead by the British Army’s SAS regiment in County Tyrone 30 years ago are to sue the British government after a new report found that they were shot in the back.

Published January 4, 2014



Trial begins for loyalists accused of mob killing

kevinmcdaidbig.jpg A court has heard how a group of men shouting “We’re the UDA” descended on a Coleraine street and set upon two Catholic men, leaving one dead, after Glasgow Rangers FC won the Scottish Premiership title in May 2009.

Published January 4, 2014



Repartition plan considered by Thatcher

fitzgeraldthatcher.jpg Extraordinary plans to redraw the partition of Ireland, including the possibility of west Belfast being governed by the 26-County state, were considered by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, according to previously classified state papers released today.

Published January 4, 2014



Prisoners key to international peace moves

basqueprotestflag.jpg Basque political prisoners have agreed to endorse a political strategy as part of a number of key statements by the prisoners aimed at finding a solution to the ongoing independence struggle in the Basque Country.

Published January 4, 2014



Talks fail to deter parade tensions

twaddellbanners.jpg The parades issue is continuing to provoke confrontation and incident, particularly at the Ardyone interface with the loyalist Twaddell Road in Belfast, where loyalists engaged in a protest camp are again planning a major sectarian parade through the city.

Published January 4, 2014



Stopping Sinn Fein

adamsmcguinnessold.jpg The Dublin government was deeply concerned at the British government’s failure to counter growing support for Sinn Fein in 1983, historical papers have revealed. Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald even believed a British policy was in place to support the party and protect its leaders from arrest.

Published December 28, 2013



Time added on for Haass talks

haassroundtable.jpg Talks on flags, sectarian parades and the past in the North will continue this weekend but are facing increased scepticism after the process was announced to have ended in failure on Christmas Eve.

Published December 28, 2013



Shocking levels of deprivation in Catholic communities

childpoverty.jpg Fifteen years after the Good Friday Agreement, there has been no sign of a decrease in the level of poverty among the Catholic population in the North. A new study has shown that those schools with the largest number of children from deprived backgrounds are almost entirely Catholic.

Published December 28, 2013



Loyalists forced out over a thousand families in 2013 - McCord

raymondmccordbig.jpg The number of people driven out of their homes by loyalist or sectarian intimidation in the north of Ireland is at a five-year high, according to figures published today.

Published December 28, 2013



Gun attack on Fermanagh barracks

lisnaskeapsni.jpg Shots were fired at Lisnaskea PSNI station in County Fermanagh on Monday, December 23rd is the latest gun attack by the breakaway IRA groups.

Published December 28, 2013



Unemployed presented with impossible choice

philhoganbig.jpg Unemployed workers may be required to take up new positions in 26-County local authorities from early next year, working on projects such as drainage schemes and outdoor maintenance for just one euro an hour, or face cuts to their dole payments.

Published December 28, 2013



Haass talks falter after unionist ‘histrionics’

haassosullivan2.jpg US mediator Richard Haass has been forced to remove a reference to the Irish tricolour flag as unionists ratcheted up their demands in ongoing talks on flags, parades and the past in the north of Ireland.

Published December 20, 2013



Vicious assault in black ops incident

eddiebreen.jpg The discovery of a military tracking device on a workman’s van led to an attack on a Craigavon republican at his home as Crown force personnel brutally attempted to retrieve the device.

Published December 20,