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
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
Published June 18, 2016
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
Published June 11, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
Two months after the general election, the two largest parties in the 26
Counties have reached a potentially historic agreement to form a
Published April 30, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
Published March 19, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Published January 9, 2016
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
Published December 30, 2015
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Published October 31, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Published September 12, 2015
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
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
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
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
Published August 15, 2015
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
Published August 8, 2015
There has been an angry response after British soldiers mounted raids in
Derry’s Galliagh area this week, with Sinn Fein describing them as
Published August 1, 2015
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
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
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
Published July 11, 2015
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
Published July 4, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
Published May 23, 2015
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
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
Published May 9, 2015
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
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
There has been a new spate of racist attacks across Belfast, with the
Polish community being particularly targeted by loyalists.
Published April 18, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
Sinn Fein has warned that a lack of confidence in the PSNI police is
encouraging illegal activity in border areas.
Published February 28, 2015
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
Published February 21, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Published January 3, 2015
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
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
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
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
The PSNI have withdrawn from an area in republican north Belfast
following a grenade attack by the ‘new IRA’.
Published November 22, 2014
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
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
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
A mud-slinging campaign by the Irish political establishment has
effectively halted Sinn Fein’s rise to become the largest party in the
Published October 25, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
Published September 13, 2014
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
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
Published August 30, 2014
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
Published August 23, 2014
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
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
Published August 9, 2014
A petition for the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland to be expelled has
received almost 30,000 signatures.
Published August 2, 2014
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
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
Published July 19, 2014
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,
Published July 12, 2014
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
Published July 5, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Two letter bombs addressed to Maghaberry Prison were intercepted this
week following a violent confrontation inside the jail.
Published March 8, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A small bomb exploded Friday night in the centre of Belfast, causing no
injuries but raising fresh fears of a return to a more serious level of
conflict in the north of Ireland.
Published December 14, 2013
Eight years after it was established, the report of the Smithwick
Tribunal was finally published on Tuesday evening, but its contradictory
conclusions immediately sparked a storm of spin and recrimination.
Published December 6, 2013
British soldiers have taken part in raids on homes in north Belfast this
week after the chief of the PSNI police warned of a sharp increase in
the activity of breakaway IRA groups.
Published November 29, 2013
A BBC Panorama documentary in which former plain-clothes British
soldiers admitted carrying out undercover gun attacks in nationalist
west Belfast has led to a public outcry and demands for an inquiry.
Published November 23, 2013
Police from England, Scotland and Wales could become a permanent
feature of the PSNI’s patrols in the north of Ireland as an alternative
to the return of the British Army, it has emerged.
Published November 15, 2013
The prospect of an all-Ireland soccer team was dramatically raised by
the 26-County Taoiseach Enda Kenny at a sports reconciliation conference
in Armagh City this [Friday] morning.
Published November 8, 2013
A hearing before the North’s senior coroner has heard an admission that
PSNI Special Branch visited an interrogation suite where a Strabane
republican was found dead four years ago.
Published November 2, 2013
Members of the British Crown forces were central to the orchestrated
murder of prominent Catholics, according to new research based on
official state investigations and military files.
Published October 25, 2013
A shocking Famine-era ‘solution’ to the problem of youth unemployment
has dominated this year’s announcement of Budget plans by the coalition
government in Dublin.
Published October 18, 2013
The organisation describing itself as the ‘new’ IRA said this week it
had executed a major drug dealer in north Belfast amid escalating
violence on the streets of the Six Counties.
Published October 11, 2013
Turnout in today's 26-County referenda could be close to a record low as
voters appear to be staying away from a potentially historic ballot on
the abolition of the Seanad, the upper chamber of the 26-County
Published October 4, 2013
A sectarian outburst by the DUP leader Peter Robinson has
disgusted nationalists and escalated the sense of crisis in the North’s
Published September 27, 2013
Garda police resorted to pepper spray and brute force on Wednesday in
one of the most violent days of protest yet seen on the streets of
Dublin against the austerity program of the 26 County state.
Published September 20, 2013
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has accused the British Direct Ruler
Theresa Villiers of an “unacceptable intervention” ahead of talks about
dealing with the past as well as the issues of parades and flags.
Published September 13, 2013
Details have emerged this week about the brutal strip-searching of a
female republican prisoner at Hydebank Wood Prison.
Published September 6, 2013
There are fears that loyalist paramilitaries may be rearming after one
of the largest weapons caches found in the North in two decades was
uncovered entirely by accident this week.
Published August 30, 2013
A conviction against former internee Marian Price has been rescinded by
a court the day after it was imposed in the latest twist to the saga of
harassment and oppression of the former republican prisoner.
Published August 23, 2013
The Stormont administration has suffered another blow to its
credibility after the DUP ended its support for a plan to develop a
peace centre at the site of the former Long Kesh H-Blocks.
Published August 17, 2013
Up to ten thousand republicans, socialists and concerned citizens took
part in a civil rights march against internment through Belfast this
evening despite heavy rioting by loyalists and a political campaign to
demonise those taking part.
Published August 9, 2013
A unionist councillor was charged by the PSNI this evening over her
public support for the idea of a loyalist massacre at next week’s
republican commemoration in Castlederg.
Published August 2, 2013
After warning that the July 12 conflict was “only a wee taster” of
future protests, the anti-Catholic Orange Order and its loyalist
supporters have said they will make weekly bids to march through the
nationalist Ardoyne community in north Belfast.
Published July 26, 2013
After a week of the most intense loyalist violence, a decision by the
Parades Commission to reroute another planned march by the anti-Catholic
Orange Order has been welcomed as good news.
Published July 19, 2013
A total of eighteen mass sectarian rallies are being held today across
the Six Counties, marking the height of the Protestant marching season
and the most difficult and dangerous period of the year for Catholics.
Published July 12, 2013
A giant steel wall was erected around the Short Strand enclave in east
Belfast this week in an unprecedented military operation to seal off the
nationalist enclave ahead of one of a number of sectarian Orange Order
Published July 5, 2013
Telephone conversations recorded five years ago between top bankers at
Anglo Irish Bank at the heart of the bank’s collapse have enraged the
Irish public and confirmed that a culture of delinquency and deception
lay behind its failure and nationalisation by the 26-County state.
Published June 28, 2013
The sycophantic feting of the world’s most powerful leaders in the
British-occupied north of Ireland this week has disgraced politicians
in both parts of the island.
Published June 21, 2013
A member of eirigi has become the first person to be arrested ahead of
a giant security clampdown on political protests in advance of the G8
summit in the Irish border county of Fermanagh gets under way within
the next few days.
Published June 14, 2013
Ruairi O Bradaigh was “a towering figure” of Irish republicanism who
came to embody the “very essence” of the Republican tradition, his
successor as leader of Republican Sinn Fein, Des Dalton, has said.
Published June 7, 2013
The release of Irish prisoner of conscience Marian Price is being
celebrated as a significant victory for justice campaigners and a key
step in securing the freedom of other prisoners currently interned in
the north of Ireland.
Published May 31, 2013
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has accused the British government of
breaching commitments given during peace talks over a decade ago
following the arrest of leading Donegal Sinn Fein member John Downey.
Published May 24, 2013
Senior British government officials permitted a campaign of state-backed
killings by unionist paramilitaries and the RUC (now PSNI) police to be
conducted at the height of the conflict, a senior security adviser for
the British government has finally admitted.
Published May 17, 2013
A decision to allow the anti-Catholic Orange Order to gather in a
public park surrounded by Catholic homes in Portadown has been
described as ‘an act of unionist political madness’ by the Garvaghy
Road Residents Coalition (GRRC).
Published May 10, 2013
An appeal by two men convicted of a Continuity IRA attack in 2009 was
dramatically derailed this week after the PSNI arrested and
interrogated a key witness in an apparent attempt to pressure him into
withdrawing his evidence.
Published May 3, 2013
Loyalists have returned to intimidate the Holy Cross Catholic girls’
school in north Belfast, almost 12 years after a previous campaign of
violence and terror made international headlines.
Published April 26, 2013
Masked loyalist paramilitaries erected more than 600 UVF flags in east
Belfast last weekend along key arterial routes, without consultation or
notification in an operation that involved cherry pickers operating in
Published April 19, 2013
There were street parties in Derry and Belfast following news of the
death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher this week.
Published April 12, 2013
Thousands of republicans gathered at scores of events across Ireland
last weekend to mark the 97th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Published April 5, 2013
Ireland’s two largest conservative parties battled it out yesterday in a
by-election count which saw the left-wing vote decimated and Fine Gael
ultimately hold onto a seat thanks to a wave of sympathy for a grieving
Published March 29, 2013
The family of a man with special needs shot dead by British soldiers in
County Armagh almost 40 years ago have said an apology from the British
government is not enough.
Published March 22, 2013
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement (32CSM) has reacted angrily after
three of its members in Derry were arrested Wednesday and charged with
“terrorist offenses” for having participated in a peaceful ceremony last
year to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising.
Published March 15, 2013
An attack apparently planned by the ‘new IRA’ against the PSNI’s Strand
Road base in Derry bore the hallmarks of a similar attack in 1991 by
the Provisional IRA on Downing Street, according to security experts in
Published March 8, 2013
Two prominent loyalists and a British right-wing extremist have been
arrested and charged in the first action so far against the alleged
ringleaders of the recent disturbances in Belfast and across the North.
Published March 1, 2013
The Protestant marching orders have said they can simply bypass the
Parades Commission in the future after loyalist flags protestors held
scores of parades last month without any approval.
Published February 22, 2013
Two senior figures have quit the Ulster Unionist Party and are set to
form a rival political organisation after a row with party leader and
former television presenter Mike Nesbitt suddenly erupted into a full
Published February 15, 2013
Public demonstrations are to be held around the 26 Counties tomorrow
(Saturday) to demand a fairer deal on the state’s banking crisis, which
will now leave taxpayers paying €60 billion for one bank alone.
Published February 8, 2013
The funeral of Dolours Price on Monday was a seminal event for Irish
republicans as they paid their last respects to an IRA heroine.
Published February 1, 2013
The passing of Dolours Price, a republican legend, has come as a deep
shock to the entire community, regardless of politics or allegiance.
Published January 25, 2013
The Short Strand, a small working class nationalist and republican enclave
of less than 3,000 men, women and children, has come under a renewed
siege in the past week by violent loyalists.
Published January 18, 2013
A deal between the 26 County Garda police and arch-loyalist Willie
Frazer for a secret protest in Dublin has been revealed -- just hours
after Frazer said he would not condemn an assassination attempt on the
life of Six County Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.
Published January 11, 2013
Unionists and loyalists angered by the removal of the British Union Jack
flag above Belfast City Hall are increasingly turning to violence and
threats as their protests fail to deliver any progress.
Published January 4, 2013
Official records have revealed that the British government had a plan to
‘brainwash’ Long Kesh hunger strikers to end their protest individually.
Published December 28, 2012
The report of the former police ombudsman into the murder of six men in
the Loughinisland massacre has been scrapped after a court hearing on
their judicial review.
Published December 21, 2012
Most of the 500-page review of the 1989 murder of Belfast defence lawyer
Pat Finucane released this week has been heavily censored “in the
interests of state security”, the Finucane family has been told.
Published December 14, 2012
A wave of unionist violence and intimidation has followed a vote in the
Belfast City Council on Monday to sharply reduce the number of days the
British Union Jack flag flies over the City Hall.
Published December 7, 2012
Republican socialist group éirigí is being subjected to a concerted
smear campaign following the arrest of one of its members this week.
Published November 30, 2012
A decision by a group of 22 prisoners on Maghaberry’s Roe 4 landing to
call off their ‘dirty’ [no-wash] protest to facilitate talks on a
solution to the prison crisis has been welcomed by politicians in the
Published November 23, 2012
Israel is feared to be planning a scorched-earth invasion of the
besieged Palestinian enclave of Gaza after days of heavy bombardment
reduced large areas of the territory to rubble and killed dozens of men,
women and children.
Published November 16, 2012
Padraic Wilson, a former leader of IRA prisoners at Long Kesh jail and
now a senior Sinn Féin figure, was released on bail on Tuesday after the
party strongly protested a court decision to remand him on IRA
Published November 9, 2012
The shooting of a senior British prison official has drawn attention to
the conflict in the north of Ireland and the increasingly bitter dispute
over the treatment of republican prisoners at Maghaberry jail.
Published November 2, 2012
A County Tyrone republican has lashed out at the justice system in the
North of Ireland after charges against him and four others were quietly
dropped by Crown prosecutors this week -- after more than 14 months
held without bail at Maghaberry prison.
Published October 26, 2012
The 26-County Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out any political moves
towards a united Ireland by 2016, the centenary of the Easter Rising,
despite a historic step towards Scottish independence this week.
Published October 19, 2012
A Catholic mother and her three children narrowly escaped being burned
to death today following a loyalist attack.
Published October 12, 2012
A number of protests took place in Dublin this week as the 26-County
government faced a mounting corruption scandal and a wave of anger over
policies which favour the wealthy over the poor.
Published October 5, 2012
Nationalist residents of north Belfast have said they are “bewildered”
by a decision of the Parades Commission to permit a giant unionist
parade to march past St Patrick’s Church in Belfast and the Carrick
Hill interface on Saturday, with only the lightest of restrictions.
Published September 28, 2012
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has condemned so-called ‘dissidents’ in
Dublin despite a rally in the city last weekend which saw hundreds of
republicans of all hues unite to march in support of interned political
activist Marian Price.
Published September 21, 2012
The 26 County police have carried out a wave of raids and arrests
following a large IRA funeral in Dublin for Alan Ryan.
Published September 14, 2012
The most senior of the Protestant marching organisations has taken the
unprecedented step of apologising to the clergy and parishioners of the
Catholic St Patrick’s Church after three nights of march-related
violence in north Belfast.
Published September 7, 2012
A row has developed between Protestant church leaders and the
anti-Catholic loyal orders following Saturday’s Royal Black Institution
march in Belfast.
Published August 31, 2012
The family of interned political dissident Marian Price have hit out at
the North’s prison authorities after warders refused to leave the room
while the veteran republican underwent an invasive medical procedure.
Published August 24, 2012
A Catholic pub was attacked by loyalists during a ‘feeder’ Apprentice
Boys parade in County Down last week -- but the DUP has said there would
have been no violence if nationalists had stayed indoors.
Published August 17, 2012
A 13-year-old girl was among those arrested after the PSNI attacked
nationalist anti-internment bonfires this week.
Published August 10, 2012
Interned political dissident Marian Price has contracted pneumonia, it has
Published August 3, 2012
A regrouping of previously distinct breakaway IRA groups is being
described as the most significant development within physical-force
republicanism since the Provisional IRA split in 1997.
Published July 27, 2012
A member of Sinn Fein has described how he was set upon as he videoed a
loyalist ‘kick the Pope’ band deliberately circling and playing
sectarian tunes outside a Catholic church during the Orange Order’s
main Belfast ‘Twelfth’ parade.
Published July 20, 2012
The sound of gunfire echoed across north Belfast on Thursday night
following disturbances over an incendiary and bitterly opposed sectarian
Published July 13, 2012
A provocative sectarian parade by the anti-Catholic Orange Order has
again been given permission to march past the nationalist Ardoyne shops
area of north Belfast.
Published July 6, 2012
Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness put clear blue water between himself and
mainstream Irish republicanism when he shook the hand of English queen
Elizabeth Windsor on Wednesday in a historic but hugely divisive act of
Published June 29, 2012
The families of 11 people murdered by British paratroopers in west
Belfast 40 years ago have said they are “deeply disappointed” by the
decision to refuse an independent investigation into their deaths.
Published June 22, 2012
Sinn Fein has said it was caught off guard by the announcement last
Friday that the visit of British royal Elizabeth Windsor to Stormont
later this month will involve a giant celebration by tens of thousands
Published June 15, 2012
Vigilante group RAAD have claimed responsibility for a grenade-style attack on a
PSNI patrol in Derry during aggressive Crown
force raids in the nationalist Creggan area last weekend.
Published June 8, 2012
At this time, the people of the 26 County state have already begun
voting in the EU fiscal treaty referendum. They are facing another
crucial decision on the future governance of their state, and rarely
have they been so misinformed or deceived.
Published May 31, 2012
The PSNI police have been accused of the outright repression of
republicans following a wave of dramatic heavy-handed raids across the
Published May 25, 2012
Taoiseach Enda Kenny told an unemployed man protesting against budget cuts to get a job, while his Employment Minister Richard Bruton revealed that a referendum re-run has already been considered, in a series of embarrassing campaign gaffes by Fine Gael's leadership this week.
Published May 18, 2012
The campaign for the release of Marian Price has taken a dramatic turn
after a judge dismissed charges against her and three other
republicans. Despite the decision, British officials have said the
interned former spokesperson for the 32 County Sovereignty Committee
will remain behind bars.
Published May 11, 2012
A large bomb left on the border last week appears to have signalled an
escalation of the armed campaign by the breakaway IRA groups.
Published May 4, 2012
British intelligence agents operate across the 32 counties of Ireland
and have received information from politicians, members of An Garda
police, Revenue tax officials and the 26-County Army, the Smithwick
Tribunal has heard.
Published April 27, 2012
The coalition government’s plans for the introduction of new water
taxes has generated a new wave of resentment at the financial pressures
being imposed on people in the 26 Counties.
Published April 20, 2012
A member of the breakaway ‘Real IRA’ has told a public Easter commemoration in Derry that the group will continue its armed struggle against British rule in the north of Ireland.
Published April 13, 2012
The former news anchorman of ‘Ulster Television’, Mike Nesbitt, who was
elected new leader of the Ulster Unionist Party last weekend, has said
“there has never been a better time” for unionism and said he wants to
address Sinn Fein’s Ard Fheis.
Published April 6, 2012
Over a million households have boycotted the 100 euro household charge
in an extraordinary act of public defiance against an austerity flat tax
imposed by the Dublin government.
Published March 30, 2012
Corruption affected every level of government from cabinet ministers to
local councillors during two decades of political dominance by Fianna
Fáil, according to the final report of the Mahon planning tribunal.
Published March 23, 2012
A referendum within the Six Counties on the future of the border in
Ireland is “inevitable”, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said.
Published March 16, 2012
The family of Sam Marshall are to seek a full inquest into his death
after it was revealed this week that he was under observation by at
least nine British soldiers when he was killed in 1990.
Published March 9, 2012
Fine Gael leader and 26-County Taoiseach Enda Kenny provoked the wrath
of a large swathe of Irish public opinion this morning when he signed
the EU’s Fiscal Compact Treaty, without waiting for a referendum of the
people of the State.
Published March 2, 2012
The end of a loyalist ‘supergrass’ trial, which saw twelve alleged
unionist paramilitaries cleared of the murder of UDA leader Tommy
English in 2000, has again raised fresh question marks over the
credibility of the so-called ‘justice system’ in the North of Ireland.
Published February 24, 2012
More than 500 bullets were fired at four IRA Volunteers who were killed
in an undercover British army ambush 20 years ago this week, it has
Published February 17, 2012
A well-known County Derry pub-owner has had a gun held to his head by a
member ofthe British Crown forces who threatened to have him killed if
he did not become an informer.
Published February 10, 2012
Amid outrage over the government’s intensive efforts to avoid a
referendum, the leader of the main opposition groups in the 26 Counties
have issued separate calls for the people to have a say on Europe’s
draconian new finance plan.
Published February 3, 2012
Taoiseach Enda Kenny is the focus of mounting anger in the 26 Counties
after criticising the Irish people for their “greed” and “mad” borrowing-- just days after he paid one and a quarter billion euros of public
funds to international bond speculators.
Published January 27, 2012
Former RUC Special Branch police who were forced to retire as part of
the policing reform process have been rehired as civilian contractors
for the PSNI, it has emerged.
Published January 20, 2012
A vicious attempt to murder Catholic teenagers last Friday was covered
up by the North’s police for over three days before details finally
Published January 13, 2012
Participants in Boston College’s ‘Troubles Archive’ project have
demanded the return or destruction of all of its taped interviews after
parts of the archive were delivered to the British Crown forces.
Published January 6, 2012
The publication of declassified papers from thirty years ago has
brought new controversy over the British view of the 1981 hunger
strike, in which ten men, including Bobby Sands, died.
Published December 30, 2011
Pressure is growing for the immediate release form jail of former
republican spokeswoman Marian Price after it was admitted that a royal
pardon central to her case has been shredded by the British government.
Published December 23, 2011
There have been new calls for a truth commission in the north of Ireland
following confirmation that one of the North’s deadliest terrorists was
a police agent.
Published December 16, 2011
A historic Franco-German drive for a new superstate has seen the
Eurocrats of Brussels demand political and fiscal powers to rival those
of the US federal government in Washington.
Published December 9, 2011
A total of 49 cases in which members of the RUC/PSNI police were
responsible for extra-judicial killings have been consigned to a “legal
limbo”, according to reports.
Published December 2, 2011
There is growing concern that the trial of two men for the Real IRA
attack on Massareene British Army base two years ago, currently
underway, could result in a major miscarriage of justice.
Published November 25, 2011
It was revealed today that members of the German parliament have already
discussed details of the forthcoming 26-County Budget, including a
planned 2% hike in VAT (sales tax).
Published November 17, 2011
Over a hundred former government ministers are sharing an annual cash
pot of almost nine million euro, it has been revealed. The figures were
supplied in response to a Sinn Fein parliamentary question.
Published November 10, 2011
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams led a walk-out from the Dublin
parliament this week in protest over the coalition government’s
decision to hand over more than 700 million euro (more than 1 billion
dollars) to an unknown private investor in the failed Anglo Irish Bank.
Published November 3, 2011
The 26-County presidential election campaign erupted in a major
controversy in its final days as so-called independent candidate Sean
Gallagher admitted he secured substantial Fianna Fail ‘donations’ in
exchange for dinner in the company of then Taoiseach Brian Cowen.
Published October 26, 2011
British Intelligence agencies sent the wife of a former IRA prisoner an
envelope stuffed with cash in an extraordinary attempt to recruit her as
Published October 20, 2011
The peace process was rocked this week by the sudden British declaration
that a public inquiry will not now be held into the assassination of Pat
Published October 14, 2011
A hysterical attempt by Fine Gael and their media allies to attack Sinn
Fein’s Martin McGuinness has seen a surge in support for Mr McGuinness’s
campaign and propelled Sinn Fein into second place in the polls.
Published October 7, 2011
A large crowd turned out in Derry on Thursday as Sinn Fein’s Martin
McGuinness launched his Presidential election campaign.
Published September 30, 2011
The nomination of Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness for next month’s
election to the President of Ireland has provoked a chaotic and bitter
response from the 26-County ‘elite’.
Published September 24, 2011
On the centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016, it could be Sinn Fein’s
Martin McGuinness taking the salute outside the GPO in Dublin, following
a dramatic and imaginative proposal by the party this weekend for his
nomination in next month’s Presidential election.
Published September 18, 2011
The Sinn Fein annual conference has heard calls for a national
conversation on the future of Ireland, between now and the centenary of
the Easter Rising in 2016.
Published September 11, 2011
A trial involving 14 unionist paramilitaries which begins this week
could see new revelations of conspiracy, collusion and hidden agendas
by the PSNI police.
Published September 6, 2011
An informer who helped the Garda and RUC police forces to plan, track
and co-ordinate the 1998 Omagh propaganda atrocity has escaped serious
injury following a targeted ‘Real IRA’ attack.
Published August 30, 2011
Pressure is growing for other internees at Maghaberry jail to be
released following the decision to free critically ill Brendan Lillis
Published August 24, 2011
There was shock, disbelief and tears of joy for the friends, family and
supporters of critically ill prisoner Brendan Lillis on Thursday when
news emerged that their campaign had succeeded in securing his freedom
-- and a rare victory against state brutality in the North of Ireland.
Published August 19, 2011
An unarmed Catholic man shot dead by the British army 40 years ago was
innocent of any wrongdoing, an inquiry has found.
Published August 13, 2011
Following last week’s refusal by the Stormont authorities to release
him, the partner of Brendan Lillis has said their campaign is no longer
working to free the ailing prisoner, but to save his life.
Published August 8, 2011
The British Army withheld evidence for more than three decades which
confirms that some of its locally recruited units were used to finance
and support UVF paramilitary death squads.
Published August 3, 2011
A heavy-handed series of arrest operations against families of prominent
republicans backfired significantly on the PSNI this week as public
opinion turned against them.
Published July 29, 2011
The Six-County administration is still resisting intense pressure to
release dying prisoner Brendan Lillis, who remains critically ill at
Maghaberry prison despite having the charges which put him there
Published July 24, 2011
Supporters of critically ill Maghaberry prisoner Brendan Lillis are to
stage a hunger protest in a last-ditch attempt to convince the Stormont
and British authorities to release him from prison before he dies.
Published July 19, 2011
The PSNI attacked a peaceful protest in the republican Ardoyne area of
north Belfast to facilitate a sectarian march, triggering hours of
rioting on Tuesday evening.
Published July 14, 2011
More than a thousand people have protested outside the Dublin parliament
as the coalition government begins to wield the axe against frontline
health services around the country in order to serve European/IMF
demands for spending cuts.
Published July 8, 2011
The homes of nationalists in the Short Strand were again attacked by
loyalists on Friday night as both unionist paramilitaries and the
Protestant Orange Order combined to create a living hell for the
Published July 3, 2011
Nationalists have united behind calls for the Police Ombudsman to quit
amid outrage over a report in which he denied that the PSNI (then RUC)
police had not colluded in the Loughinisland massacre.
Published June 27, 2011
A sudden, unilateral and large-scale loyalist terror attack on the tiny
nationalist community of the Short Strand was bravely fended off this
week in an act of courage reminiscent of previous generations of the
Published June 22, 2011
Faced with intense criticism over their failure to deal with the deep
economic crisis in their first 100 days of office, the 26-County
coalition leaders this week renewed promises to ‘burn the
bondholders’ of two of the state’s nationalised banks, while vowing to
maintain social welfare and income tax at current levels.
Published June 17, 2011
A founder member of a Sinn Fein breakaway group was assassinated on
Thursday in an attack which has shocked the broader republican community
Published June 12, 2011
Sinn Fein is under heavy pressure to sack one of their Stormont advisors
as a controversy continued over her appointment this week.
Published June 6, 2011
Prison authorities at Maghaberry prison have confirmed that a lockdown
is being imposed on the republican wings amid a mounting crisis at the
Published May 30, 2011
The British government have been condemned for attempting to protect the
PSNI from the fallout of the Rosemary Nelson inquiry.
Published May 24, 2011
The state visit of Elizabeth Windsor to the 26-County state came to an
absurd anti-climax on Wednesday night when the British monarch admitted
England’s relations with Ireland have “not been entirely benign”.
Published May 20, 2011
An unprecedented security lockdown has been put in place in several
locations across Dublin, in Cork and in other sites across Ireland in
preparation for the first visit to the 26-County state by the
'Queen of England', Elizabeth Windsor.
Published May 17, 2011
Republican prisoners were attacked at Maghaberry prison and dragged
from their cells at the weekend after a protest action against the
failure of the British government and prison authorities to implement
an agreement on prisoners’ rights.
Published May 12, 2011
Elections are underway in the North today [Thursday], where Sinn Féin
is hoping to become the biggest party in the Belfast Assembly.
Published May 5, 2011
In a dramatic public address on Easter Monday, the ‘Real IRA’ affirmed
its determination to pursue its armed struggle against British rule.
Published April 30, 2011
A group of former Provisional IRA members have declared that they will
continue the armed struggle until a united Ireland is achieved.
Published April 25, 2011
Policing in the North is once again in crisis after the chief executive
at the Police Ombudsman's office suddenly quit, blaming senior
government officials for interfering in the office's investigations.
Published April 18, 2011
Sinn Fein has offered to meet with “the militarist factions” to outline
the party’s strategy for advancing republican objectives and in its
belief in “the futility of armed actions”.
Published April 13, 2011
A recording of Gardai police laughingly planning to rape two
environmental protestors, including a US citizen, has renewed attention
on the policing operation to secure the construction of a hugely
controversial onshore gas refinery in County Mayo.
Published April 8, 2011
The coalition government parties have reneged on promises made during
the general election by refusing to share the losses of Ireland’s banks
with those who sought to profit from their reckless lending.
Published April 4, 2011
The British government has apologised for killing a south Armagh girl,
who was shot dead by a paratrooper almost 35 years ago.
Published March 29, 2011
A suggestion by Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
that he is prepared to consider sharing the role of First Minister if
Sinn Fein tops the polls in the North’s Assembly election has drawn a
hostile, if predictable, reaction from unionists.
Published March 25, 2011
One of the largest military operations in the history of the 26-County State is
being prepared in advance of the back-to-back state visits of British
monarch Elizabeth Windsor and US President Barack Obama.
Published March 21, 2011
The new Fine Gael-Labour coalition has already backed away from
pre-election promises to give the people a say on the EU-IMF bailout
Published March 16, 2011
A new government has started work following a day in which a
significant change in the political order in the 26 Counties finally
became tangible at Leinster House.
Published March 10, 2011
Fine Gael and Labour have reached an agreement on entering a new
coalition government in the 26 Counties.
Published March 6, 2011
Predictions of a political transformation in Ireland came to fruition on
Friday, when in the space of fifteen hours of polling, angry voters
eviscerated the Fianna Fail and Green parties.
Published March 2, 2011
In the last pre-election rally, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams vowed
his party would stand up for Irish citizens against bad government and
bad government decisions.
Published February 25, 2011
Fine Gael is likely to be in a position to form a new Dublin government
next week as opinion polls show Sinn Fein, Labour and Fianna Fail now in
the race for second place in Friday’s 26-County general election.
Published February 21, 2011
Political campaigning ahead of the general election has heated up
significantly following Monday night’s televised leaders’ debate, which
saw sharp clashes between Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams and Fianna Fail leader
Published February 15, 2011
Sinn Fein opened its election campaign on Sunday with a strong attack by
party president Gerry Adams on corruption in the political system in the
Published February 7, 2011
Following over two years of intense political struggle, a general
election in the 26 Counties will take place on February 25th following
the dissolution of the 30th Dail by President McAleese, on the advice of
Taoiseach Brian Cowen.
Published February 2, 2011
The breakaway IRA group known as ‘Oglaigh na hEireann’ said this week
it had to abandon an attack against the PSNI in north Belfast after a
civilian became endangered.
Published January 29, 2011
The two largest opposition parties in the Dublin parliament, Fine Gael
and Labour, have stunned the Irish people after they backed a plan to
ensure the passage of Fianna Fail’s financial programme through the
Published January 25, 2011
The wheels finally started coming off Brian Cowen’s premiership this
week when he was forced to announce a date for the general election
following a devastating bust-up with his coalition partners.
Published January 21, 2011
The 26-County Taoiseach Brian Cowen may narrowly win a confidence vote
among his Fianna Fail party TDs tonight [Tuesday], but his leadership of
a withering political organisation is likely to be short-lived.
Published January 18, 2011
Political condemnation of the coalition government in Dublin has
increased after it emerged the 26-County Taoiseach Brian Cowen held
previously undisclosed meetings with the former principal of the
fraudulent Anglo Irish Bank in 2008 prior to the public emergence of
the banking crisis.
Published January 13, 2011
A senior Derry republican has challenged a call from local politicians
for armed groups to end their campaign, urging politicians instead to
“address the causes of conflict rather than vilifying those who are
engaged in it”.
Published January 9, 2011
The emergence of the hunger strike protest in 1980 and the degree to
which all sides were unprepared to deal with it are the dominant
features of the historical papers which were released over the New Year.
Published January 4, 2011
The 26-County Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan has drawn a veil of
secrecy around the state’s banking system and the Dublin government’s
efforts to reinvent the sector.
Published December 29, 2010
People returning home for the festive season in Ireland continue to
endure hellish travel conditions as an ice storm has severely disrupted
road and air transport.
Published December 21, 2010
A poll has confirmed the demand of the people of the 26 Counties for a
political renewal following Wednesday’s humiliating vote by the Dublin
parliament to cede control of economic decision-making to the European
Union and the International Monetary Fund.
Published December 17, 2010
Classified cables from the US Embassy in Dublin released by the
Wikileaks organisation have revealed that the 26-County government acted
contrary to nationalist interests and consistently briefed against Sinn
Fein during the peace process in the North.
Published December 14, 2010
Irish children are now scavenging in bins for food, such is the dire
level of poverty among some families, even as the Dublin government
transferred billions from the poor to the rich.
Published December 10, 2010
A casino in Tipperary and a new road in Kerry are part of two late,
shabby back-room deals which have given the green light to a
disgraceful political crime.
Published December 7, 2010
Sinn Fein’s support in the 26 counties has surged according to a new
opinion poll, which also predicts Fianna Fail is facing a virtual
wipeout in the forthcoming general election.
Published December 3, 2010
The Dublin government triggered a torrent of national anger on Sunday
night when it handed over economic sovereignty to European and
International Monetary Fund administrators for an 85 billion euro loan.
Published November 29, 2010
Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty has weakened the Fianna Fail/Green Party
coalition’s slender hold on power with a stunning and historic election
victory in Donegal.
Published November 26, 2010
Independent TDs have joined with the opposition parties to pile pressure
on the crumbling Dublin government to pull the plug after the Green
Party finally succumbed to public outrage and said it is set to pull
Published November 22, 2010
Pressure is weighing on the 26-County government to leave the stage this
week as a team of economists from the International Monetary Fund
arrived in Dublin to begin planning massive cutbacks in government
Published November 19, 2010
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has called for others to join with him
in providing leadership to help bring Ireland out of the current crisis.
Published November 16, 2010
The 26-County government has been almost completely sidelined in the
battle over Ireland’s economic destiny as the larger European Union
governments and ‘bond vigilante’ investment funds fought over plans to
deal with Dublin’s soaraway budget deficit.
Published November 12, 2010
The use of a military fragmentation grenade in an attack on a PSNI
patrol in west Belfast marks a new departure for the armed campaign of
Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) and the breakaway IRA groups.
Published November 8, 2010
A brutal Garda attack on a student protest in Dublin which injured and
traumatised protesters as young as 16 and 17 years of age has been
Published November 5, 2010
A bailout of the 26 County state by the European Union and the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) is increasingly likely as confidence in
the coalition government’s ability to manage the state’s economy ebbs
Published November 1, 2010
The UVF ‘ceasefire’ is increasingly being viewed as a sham after the
unionist paramilitary groups organised two nights of heavy rioting in
the Rathcoole area of Belfast in response to an ongoing collusion
Published October 28, 2010
Thirty thousand public service jobs in the Six Counties are to be
eliminated after the British government slashed its promised
contribution to maintaining society in the Six Counties.
Published October 24, 2010
Five hundred days after the seat was vacated, the Dublin government has
incredibly told the High Court that there has been no unreasonable delay
in holding a by-election in Donegal South West.
Published October 19, 2010
The Dublin government is to hold talks with the leaders of two of the
main opposition parties -- pointedly excluding Sinn Fein -- as it
struggles to cope with the consequences of its own ineptitude and
Published October 14, 2010
Unionist paramilitaries who killed more than 100 people during the first
18 months of internment escaped detention because the British government
believed there was “no serious Protestant threat” to the state, newly
discovered papers reveal.
Published October 12, 2010
Public support for so-called ‘dissident’ republican groups has been
significantly underestimated by the Irish political and media
establishment, according to academic research published on Thursday.
Published October 8, 2010
The Taoiseach Brian Cowen has denied the sovereignty of the 26-County
state has been jeopardised by the banking and budget crises, even as
European officials began dictating Irish economic policy.
Published October 4, 2010
A massively increased price-tag for the bank bailout by the Fianna
Fail/Green Party government has left the 26-County state braced for
deeper cuts and rising taxes and blighted the state’s finances for a
Published October 1, 2010
The Protestant Orange Order has refused to back new laws to deal with
sectarian marches in the North of Ireland, ensuring the controversial
Parades Commission will remain in place for at least another marching
Published September 27, 2010
A socialist is likely to become the next 26-County Taoiseach according
to a new poll, which shows a further decline in support for the Fianna
Fail-Green Party coalition.
Published September 24, 2010
The chief of British military intelligence has accepted his
organisation has underestimated the capacity of the breakaway IRA
Published September 20, 2010
The 26 County Taoiseach Brian Cowen has been forced to apologise for a
Tuesday morning radio interview that embarrassed his Fianna Fail party
and generated widespread negative international commentary.
Published September 16, 2010
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has called for the Dublin parliament to
be reconvened immediately to discuss the banking crisis and soaring
Published September 14, 2010
A Derry priest has said he is shocked by accusations of harassment
against the PSNI police made by republican families in the city.
Published September 9, 2010
The Spanish authorities today defied international peace appeals and
said they will maintain their bloody conflict with Basque armed group
ETA, which is fighting to win independence for a Basque state northeast
Published September 6, 2010
British soldiers watched as a pro-British death squad murdered a
Catholic teenager in west Belfast, a report by the police’s Historical
Enquiries Team (HET) has found.
Published September 2, 2010
A Catholic woman in her late 50s was punched and thrown to the ground by
three marchers as she tried to cross a sectarian parade by the Royal Black
Institution in Ballymena on Saturday.
Published August 30, 2010
The British government has apologised for protecting a ‘suspect’ in the
1972 Claudy bombing, but is still refusing to reveal to the public the
full details of what it knows about the attack.
Published August 27, 2010
One of the breakaway IRA groups heavily involved in the recent upsurge
of armed actions has confirmed that it is growing in strength
and that most of its members are former members of the Provisional IRA.
Published August 23, 2010
There has been a protest at Derry courthouse this [Friday] morning
following the arrest and detention of prominent local republican Gary
Published August 20, 2010
A small explosion inside a rubbish bin in Lurgan, County Armagh on
Saturday was the focus of an absurd British propaganda campaign at the
Published August 16, 2010
The protest by republican prisoners at Maghaberry prison has ended after
three weeks of talks.
Published August 13, 2010
A challenge by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams to rival republican
organisations to meet him for discussions about the way ahead has met
with a suspicious reaction by the parties involved and condemned by the
Published August 10, 2010
A bomb attack on a PSNI base and the attempted assassination of a
senior British Army officer have rocked the political system in the
North of Ireland.
Published August 6, 2010
Agreement has been reached on the development of the site of the former
Long Kesh prison as a peace-building and conflict resolution facility.
Published August 2, 2010
Hundreds of republicans were prevented from marching through a
nationalist area of Lurgan in north Armagh on Sunday by the PSNI but
finally got around them in a game of ‘cat and mouse’.
Published July 26, 2010
A decision by Ireland’s main opposition party, Fine Gael, to take
corporate donations from some of Ireland’s most notorious developers has
threatened to re-open splits within the party.
Published July 22, 2010
A brief verbal exchange between a former IRA leader and a masked youth
has dramatised a potential power shift in republican Belfast and across
the North, at least at street level.
Published July 19, 2010
Some of the worst rioting in years has left scores injured in Belfast
after a sectarian parade by the Protestant Orange Order was forced
through three nationalist areas in the north of the city on Monday.
Published July 16, 2010
Heavy rioting took place in north and west Belfast overnight arising from
loyalist bonfires ahead of today’s climax of the marching season.
Published July 12, 2010
Families of those killed in the loyalist bombing of McGurk’s Bar in
north Belfast have branded an independent report into the atrocity,
which found no evidence of Crown force collusion, a “whitewash”.
Published July 8, 2010
A Catholic teenager is in a serious condition in hospital after being
hit by a plastic bullet fired by the PSNI in west Belfast at the
Published July 6, 2010
Heavy rioting has broken out in Craigavon tonight following PSNI
operations in north Armagh.
Published July 1, 2010
Hand-to-hand fighting briefly broke out in the nationalist Short Strand
enclave on Friday night on the eve of a commemoration in the area of the
Battle of St Matthew’s.
Published June 28, 2010
The Dublin and London governments have formally begun the process of
arranging a state visit to the 26 Counties by the ‘Queen of England’
Elizabeth Windsor, it was announced yesterday.
Published June 24, 2010
Protesting republican prisoners in Maghaberry jail in County Antrim have
begun a dirty protest after prison authorities refused to implement an
agreement made with the prisoners to address their concerns at the
Published June 21, 2010
Suppressed for 38 years by the mendacity of the British Army and its
soldiers, the facts of the bloody massacre of innocent Irish
nationalists in Derry in January, 1972 have been affirmed by a British
tribunal of inquiry and publicly accepted by a British Prime Minister.
Published June 17, 2010
The people of Derry and campaigners for the victims of Bloody Sunday
across the world are eagerly awaiting the findings of the Saville
Inquiry this Tuesday afternoon.
Published June 14, 2010
The 26-County Taoiseach Brian Cowen is facing a motion of no confidence in
the Dublin parliament after his government was harshly criticised by two
preliminary reports into the banking crisis and linked to an attempt to
falsify the financial position of Anglo Irish Bank.
Published June 11, 2010
PUP leader Dawn Purvis has resigned after a campaign of intimidation by
the unionist paramilitary UVF has seen it issue death threats against
its critics and a message of terror against the people of the Shankill
Published June 4, 2010
Up to twenty human rights activists are believed to have been killed
and scores injured after Israeli commandos attacked a humanitarian aid
flotilla of ships this morning in international waters.
Published May 31, 2010
Twelve years after the inquiry began, the Saville report into the Bloody
Sunday massacre in Derry will finally be published on June 15.
Published May 27, 2010
There have been calls for urgent efforts to be made to save the life of
a republican prisoner on hunger strike at Maghaberry prison.
Published May 25, 2010
A Historical Enquiries Team report into the British/loyalist multiple
killing of three south Armagh brothers in 1976 has finally confirmed
that the murders were purely sectarian.
Published May 20, 2010
A Sinn Fein Stormont delegation visited Maghaberry on Friday as anger
mounts at the conditions inside the jail.
Published May 17, 2010
Newly elected British prime minister, Conservative party leader David
Cameron has vowed to “alter the shape of British politics forever” as he
took office at Downing Street this week alongside his deputy prime
minister Nick Clegg, the leader of the Liberal Democrats.
Published May 14, 2010
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced on Monday evening he was
quitting as Labour leader as it was confirmed that he is to hold formal
talks with the Liberal Democrats over a “progressive coalition” British
Published May 10, 2010
A dramatic election in the North has strongly boosted the
nationalist parties but appears set to ‘decapitate’ the leadership of unionism.
Published May 8, 2010
Sinn Fein has attacked the “blanket denial” of postal and proxy vote
applications by the Electoral Office in some areas of the North.
Published May 4, 2010
A vulnerable teenager in west Belfast was recruited by the PSNI as an
informer and then put under pressure to plant explosives and weapons on
his neighbours, it has emerged.
Published April 29, 2010
The PSNI police is to intensify its campaign in south Armagh after
coming in for strong criticism over its response to Thursday night’s
bomb attack on its empty base in Newtownhamilton.
Published April 26, 2010
A shock announcement that Sinn Fein’s Alex Maskey has withdrawn from
the Westminster election in south Belfast was greeted with only
hostility by the main beneficiaries of the move, the rival nationalist
Published April 22, 2010
The Dublin government has been criticised for its response to the
volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, which has cut off air transport to and
from the island of Ireland for several days.
Published April 19, 2010
The Dublin government is to flatten housing developments across the 26
Counties in a desperate bid to reinflate Ireland’s property bubble.
Published April 15, 2010
At one minute past midnight on Monday, policing and justice powers
became the responsibility of a Six County Assembly for the first time in
almost forty years. Just twenty minutes later, a huge blast echoed
across Belfast and into neighbouring counties from across Belfast Lough.
Published April 12, 2010
Tensions continue to escalate inside Maghaberry Prison today after
republicans were ‘disciplined’ last night for taking part in a 48-hour
protest at prison conditions.
Published April 8, 2010
Republicans are being urged to turn out in large numbers at Easter
commemorations across the country this weekend to reassert “the right
of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland” following
shocking revelations of corruption and fraud in the Dublin parliament
Published April 2, 2010
A new book published this week reveals details of controversial
interviews given by legendary IRA figure Brendan ‘The Dark’ Hughes to
Boston College in 2001 and 2002.
Published March 29, 2010
26-County Taoiseach Brian Cowen is facing a potential rebellion among
his own backbenchers after a reshuffle of his cabinet of Ministers was
widely criticised as inadequate in the face of Ireland’s economic
Published March 25, 2010
The long-awaited report into the British Army Bloody Sunday massacre
will not be released by the current British government, it has emerge
Published March 22, 2010
The head of the Catholic church in Ireland, Sean Brady, is resisting
intense calls for his resignation following revelations about his
involvement in an 1975 church inquiry into child sex abuser Fr Brendan
Smyth, in which two children were forced to take a vow of secrecy.
Published March 15, 2010
A historic vote in the Belfast Assembly has bolstered last month’s
agreement at Hillsborough on policing and parades but led to renewed
divisions between the two main unionist parties in the North.
Published March 11, 2010
Senior Ulster Unionists have said that they will not be supporting the
deal to devolve policing powers from London to Belfast at a crucial vote
in the Six-County Assembly at Stormont tomorrow.
Published March 8, 2010
Victims of Bloody Sunday have expressed outrage at comments by the
proposed future Six County Justice Minister David Ford in which he said
the Saville inquiry into the killings was “pointless”.
Published March 4, 2010
The family of Ciaran Doherty said he had been under “continuous
harassment” from the British secret service (MI5) in the months before
he was shot last week.
Published March 1, 2010
The dissident ‘Real IRA’ has been linked to the massive car bomb that
exploded outside the courthouse in Newry, County Armagh on Monday
Published February 26, 2010
A marathon Crown force operation has followed the abandonment of a
mortar rocket inside a van near the PSNI barracks in Keady in south
Armagh on Friday.
Published February 22, 2010
The 26-County Minister for Defence Willie O’Dea has resigned in a
scandal arising from his attempts to smear a Sinn Fein election rival.
Published February 18, 2010
DUP leader Peter Robinson signed a post-dated letter of resignation as
First Minister to secure his party’s support for local policing and
justice in the north of Ireland, it has emerged.
Published February 15, 2010
Both the DUP and Sinn Fein have drawn a line in the sand on the issue of
sectarian marches as a working group set up under last week’s agreement
at Hillsborough held its first discussions on the issue.
Published February 11, 2010
The announcement by the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) that it
has decommissioned its weapons has been strongly welcomed by the main
political parties in Ireland but greeted with condemnation by hardline
republican groups and mixed reactions from its own supporters.
Published February 8, 2010
Negotiations have ended between Sinn Fein and the DUP but unionists are
understood to be continuing to hold private talks with the British
government in a bid to ensure sectarian Orange Order parades are forced
through nationalist communities.
Published February 4, 2010
Both Sinn Fein and the DUP have said progress has been made in their
labyrinthine negotiations over the implementation of the 2006 St
Andrews Agreement, and confirmed that the talks will conclude shortly.
Published February 1, 2010
Transferring policing and justice powers from the London government to
the Belfast administration cannot be held hostage to unionist demands on
contentious sectarian parades, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams warned
Published January 28, 2010
Martin McGuinness has said Sinn Fein has fulfilled its obligations in
government and is now insisting unionists and the two government do the
same to avoid a political crisis.
Published January 25, 2010
Secret talks have been taking place between the DUP, Ulster Unionist
Party and the British Conservatives which could bolster unionist
domination in the north of Ireland for generations to come, it has
Published January 21, 2010
The DUP leader Peter Robinson has revealed that he has shaken hands
with Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness and suggested that he could be
reinstated as First Minister within two weeks.
Published January 18, 2010
26-County Taoiseach Brian Cowen and British prime minister Gordon Brown
declared “early completion” of the devolution of policing and justice
powers to the North is achievable despite the turmoil within unionism
over the Iris Robinson affair.
Published January 14, 2010
The Belfast Assembly at Stormont was in disarray today as the DUP
leader Peter Robinson stepped down temporarily as First Minister
following revelations of an affair between his wife Iris, and a
Published January 11, 2010
An unprecendented scandal has embroiled the DUP leader Peter Robinson, and
his wife, Iris, who has admitted having an extra-marital affair with a
Published January 8, 2010
British diplomats complained bitterly in secret about the lack of
security provided by the 26-County authorities for British admiral,
‘Lord’ Mountbatten, following his assassination by the IRA, historical
papers have revealed.
Published January 2, 2010
There have been calls for an inquiry into the police handling of abuse
allegations against Gerry Adams’s brother Liam, while the Sinn Fein
President has also come under pressure.
Published December 28, 2009
Gerry Adams has spoken of how his late father abused family members
when they were children following an explosive family fall-out which
has deeply embarrassed the Sinn Fein President.
Published December 21, 2009
The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has admitted the Catholic
church in Ireland is facing a “deep crisis” despite the resignation of
the scandalised Bishop of Limerick, Donal Murray.
Published December 17, 2009
The North’s leaders Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness clashed in
public today as the problems at the heart of the power-sharing
government were air
Published December 14, 2009
There has been a furious response to the Dublin government’s decision
to reduce social welfare payments and cut the pay of the lowest-paid
public service workers in its annual statement of economic policy.
Published December 10, 2009
The Garda police in the 26 Counties are to hold an illegal ballot to
join state-wide strike actions following the collapse in pay talks
between the Dublin government and Ireland’s main public sector trade
Published December 7, 2009
The Dublin government has been accused of dithering and weakness after
it backed away from a potential deal with the public service trade
unions to avert strike action.
Published December 3, 2009
The British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the 26-County Taoiseach,
Brian Cowen, met again in London today [Monday] for talks on the
deadlock over the devolution of policing and justice powers to Belfast.
Published November 30, 2009
The Dublin government this afternoon apologised for “failures” by the
State in dealing with clerical child abuse and said the “deference”
shown to the church in this regard had been “misplaced”.
Published November 26, 2009
There have been warnings that armed struggle could once again begin to fill
the political vacuum following two incidents in Fermanagh and Belfast
involving the breakaway IRA groups.
Published November 23, 2009
The PSNI has ramped up a campaign of political arrests with the
detention of Marian Price, the National Secretary of the 32 County
Published November 19, 2009
A number of republican prisoners were denied food for more than 48 hours
as a ‘lock down’ and search took place at Maghaberry Prison late last
week and over the weekend.
Published November 16, 2009
A one-time leading member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party has
denied he was a top-level informer.
Published November 12, 2009
Tens of thousands of workers took to the streets across Ireland on
Friday in a mass display of discontent with the policies of the Six and
Twenty-Six County administrations.
Published November 9, 2009
An official state propoganda agency has claimed that Irish republicans
are committed to launching an attack in Britain “if the opportunity
Published November 5, 2009
The British government has been accused of conceding to unionist
blackmail after it emerged that a twenty million pound “gratuity
payment” is to be paid to former part-time members of the RUC.
Published November 2, 2009
The Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has branded as “totally and
absolutely unacceptable” attempts by the DUP to attach the parades issue
as a new condition to an agreed deal on policing.
Published October 29, 2009
The controversy over the 1981 hunger strike has continued with
conflicting messages from the current and former Sinn Fein leaders, and
from former prisoners who were inside Long Kesh prison at the time.
Published October 26, 2009
The 26-County state appears to be heading for strikes and industrial
unrest on a scale not seen for many years after Ireland’s major trade
unions announced protest actions ahead of the December budget.
Published October 22, 2009
The people of the 26 Counties are being prepared for an unprecedented
series of wage cuts and devastating cutbacks by the corrupt coalition
government in Dublin.
Published October 19, 2009
Claims that a republican group abandoned a massive van bomb in a border
village this week proved unfounded after a dramatic controlled
explosion by the British Army revealed the van to be empty.
Published October 16, 2009
A decision by the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) to formally
draw its armed campaign to a close has been welcomed by the political
parties in the North but has caused considerable surprise to its own
Published October 13, 2009
A volley of shots have been fired over the coffin of senior republican
John Brady who died in “mysterious” circumstances while being questioned
at a PSNI police station.
Published October 8, 2009
A well-known republican died in suspicious circumstances at a PSNI base
in Derry on Saturday night.
Published October 5, 2009
Voters in the 26 Counties have the potential to draw a line in the sand
tomorrow against a greedy European superstate in Brussels and the
corrupt Fianna Fail government in Dublin.
Published October 1, 2009
The President of Republican Sinn Fein, Ruairi O Bradaigh has stepped
down from the post “for reasons of age and health”. He will continue as
a member of the party’s leadership and is expected to move to the
position of patron of the party.
Published September 28, 2009
The Lisbon Treaty referendum campaign continues to expose a gulf of
opinion between the people of Ireland and the wealthy elites.
Published September 24, 2009
Three days of serious disorder erupted in north county Armagh at the
weekend after three members of the Continuity IRA received heavy
sentences for possession of a homemade rocket launcher.
Published September 21, 2009
The 26 County Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan has confirmed a bailout
measuring in tens of billions of Euro for Irish developers, property
speculators and their bankers.
Published September 17, 2009
Civilians in Forkhill, south Armagh have expressed their anger after an
abandoned bomb was left in a culvert on the border for over a week.
Published September 10, 2009
The issue of compensation for victims of the conflict in Ireland has
become enmeshed in a political row over Anglo-Libyan relations and oil
deals believed to be worth billions.
Published September 7, 2009
The PSNI were forced to pull back after encountering a ‘Real IRA’
checkpoint in south Armagh this week, it has been confirmed.
Published August 27, 2009
Tensions have risen in the North ahead of a highly contentious Orange
Order parade due to take place in the County Antrim village of Rasharkin
Published August 20, 2009
The annual Apprentice Boys’ parade in Derry at the weekend saw a number
of acts of deliberate aggression and random violence by the PSNI
against nationalist residents.
Published August 14, 2009
The British authorities have dropped plans to extradite four Provisional
IRA Volunteers, including two who famously escaped from London’s Brixton
prison 18 years ago, it has been revealed.
Published August 7, 2009
The Dublin government has published draft legislation on its plans to
spend almost a hundred billion Euro to purchase property assets at
inflated prices from banks, builders and developers.
Published July 31, 2009
Breakaway IRA groups have established an effective ‘no go’ area for the
PSNI in County Fermanagh, it has been confirmed.
Published July 24, 2009
The leadership of the Orange Order has rejected a call from Sinn Fein
President Gerry Adams for talks between the two organisations following
three days of parade-fuelled riots in Belfast.
Published July 17, 2009
With the Twelfth of July -- the height of the marching season --
falling this year on a Sunday, annual marches by the Protestant Orange
Order will take place instead this Monday.
Published July 10, 2009
The case against a former chef sought in connection with a break-in at
a top British Crown force base in the North of Ireland collapsed today
after seven years when prosecutors said he could not receive a fair
Published July 3, 2009
The PSNI police believes that the unionist paramilitary UDA was involved
in the murder of Catholic community worker Kevin McDaid in Coleraine
last month, it has been revealed.
Published June 26, 2009
More than 100 immigrants were forced to take shelter in a church near
Queen’s University this week after four days of racist attacks by
loyalist thugs from the Village area of south Belfast.
Published June 19, 2009
Sinn Féin headed the poll for the first time in the European elections
in Six Counties while the DUP, poll-topper at every other European
election, had to be content with taking the third seat.
Published June 12, 2009
A relatively lacklustre election campaign in the 26 Counties erupted
into farce in its final days with claims and counter claims among the
establishment parties about ‘what to do with Sinn Féin’.
Published June 4, 2009
The family of Kevin McDaid have accused the PSNI of being culpable in
his murder by a loyalist mob.
Published May 29, 2009
There has been a wave of outrage after an official report for the Dublin
government admitted that thousands of children suffered physical and
sexual abuse over several decades in residential institutions run by
Published May 22, 2009
With local and European elections less than three weeks away, the latest
poll shows satisfaction with the Dublin government has slumped to an
extraordinary record low of just ten per cent.
Published May 15, 2009
The PSNI police have brought an Irish journalist to court under special
anti-terrorist legislation in a move seen as further evidence of a
return to traditional repressive state policies against republicanism.
Published May 8, 2009
The 26-County state is set to experience a depression surpassing that
of any other industrialised nation for over 70 years, according to
Published May 1, 2009
The Sinn Féin leadership has begun a fight-back against rival
republican groups who are seeking to maintain an armed struggle against
Published April 24, 2009
There are concerns that tensions between Sinn Féin and
republican dissidents could escalate further.
Published April 17, 2009
The Dublin government stands accused of targeting children and other
vulnerable groups in the Budget, rather than the banks and property
developers responsible for causing the current crisis.
Published April 10, 2009
Days of disturbances in the North this week amounted to a show of
strength by so-called “dissidents” following a recent PSNI crackdown.
Published April 3, 2009
Following intense controversy over his continued detention without
charge, Colin Duffy was brought to court this [Friday] morning and
formally charged in connection with the ‘Real IRA’ attack on
Massereene British Army base earlier this month.
Published March 27, 2009
The British government has rejected any idea of engagement with
militant republican groups.
Published March 19, 2009
Different IRA factions may have come together to co-ordinate their
actions in two deadly attacks this week.
Published March 13, 2009
British Army special forces soldiers are back in the north of Ireland,
according to PSNI Chief Hugh Orde.
Published March 6, 2009
Four loyalists were convicted on Wednesday of the savage sectarian
killing of 15-year-old Catholic schoolboy Michael McIlveen in
Ballymena, County Antrim in May 2006.
Published February 27, 2009
The 26-County coalition government of Brian Cowen is in crisis over a
‘golden circle’ of wealthy Irish developers who received almost half a
billion Euro to purchase shares in a potentially fraudulent transaction
at the scandal-plagued Anglo-Irish Bank.
Published February 20, 2009
A DUP bid to abolish the main cross-border political institution of
the 1998 Good Friday Agreement -- part of an admitted larger plan to
collapse the Agreement itself -- failed in the Belfast Assembly this
Published February 13, 2009
One of Ireland’s leading unions has warned of “catastrophic”
consequences following the collapse of economic recovery talks in
Dublin at the weekend.
Published February 6, 2009
The relatives of those killed by British forces in the north of Ireland have
criticised the emphasis placed on so-called “recognition payments” to
be paid by the British government to their families as a way of
dealing with the past conflict.
Published January 30, 2009
On a visit to Washington DC to attend the US Presidential inauguration
ceremenonies, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said he believes that
President Obama can assist the Irish peace process.
Published January 23, 2009
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has accused republican hardliners of
demanding protection money from drug dealers and other criminals in the
Published January 16, 2009
The Israeli bombing of two UN-run schools filled with children taking
shelter from the continuing bloodshed in Gaza has provoked protests
and increasingly desperate appeals for a halt to the killing.
Published January 9, 2009
Previously confidential files released this week in Dublin, Belfast and
London under the 30 year ruled provide evidence of the increasing role
of the ‘Dirty War’ -- the use of covert intelligence and the SAS
shoot-to-kill strategy by the British government.
Published January 2, 2009
Concern in mounting in Ireland this Christmas that a set of rapidly
deteriorating market conditions and government mis-steps are
threatening to pitch the entire island into an unprecedented economic
Published December 19, 2008
A second referendum to ratify the Lisbon Treaty will be held in the 26
Counties before October 31st of next year, according to the conclusions
of a European Union summit this week.
Published December 12, 2008
The British government has extended a deadline for unionist
paramilitary groups to decommission their weapons by another twelve
Published December 5, 2008
The funeral has taken place of UDA ‘brigadier’ Ihab Shoukri, who died
this week after taking a fit brought on by a night of heavy drug use
in Newtonabbey, outside Belfast.
Published November 28, 2008
The Stormont Executive met on Thursday for the first time in over five
Published November 21, 2008
The UDA has warned of being ready to “do battle” in a statement read to
several thousand loyalist supporters at a number of venues in the north
Published November 13, 2008
Hopes are high that the election of a transformative President in the
US could herald an era of progressive change in Ireland.
Published November 7, 2008
A coat-trailing and incendiary march by British troops is set to take
place in the centre of Ireland’s second city on Sunday despite
widespread fears over the potential for serious violence.
Published October 31, 2008
The Dublin government is under further pressure over the October
Budget, days after thirty thousand pensioners and students besieged
parliament over cutbacks.
Published October 24, 2008
Hundreds of thousands of Irish taxpayers were the subject of a
sweeping and savage range of cuts and taxes this week in order to pay
for the gross mismanagement of the 26-County economy by the Dublin
Published October 17, 2008
There have been calls for a completely new system of policing and
justice in the north of Ireland following the dramatic collapse of the
trial of bank official Chris Ward, the only individual accused of
the 2004 Northern Bank robbery.
Published October 10, 2008
The North-South Ministerial Council (NSMC) meeting scheduled for today
[Friday] was cancelled in the escalating dispute within the North’s
Published October 3, 2008
Irish-American voters have become the focus of intense campaigning in
the US Presidential election as the race for the White House hots up.
Published September 26, 2008
The North’s strained stalemate exploded in rancour on Thursday when
the Stormont’s cabinet-style administration visibly broke into rival
Published September 19, 2008
SDLP leader Mark Durkan has stunned the political parties in the north
by calling for power-sharing between nationalists and unionists, a key
safeguard of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, to be scrapped.
Published September 12, 2008
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has stated “categorically and
definitively” that the Provisional IRA has left the stage as the DUP
continued to demand a statement by the organisation’s Army Council on
Published September 5, 2008
Serious rioting broke out this week in Belfast and in County Armagh,
where clashes between republican youths and the PSNI police saw a blast
bomb thrown and shots fired.
Published August 29, 2008
The use of a rocket-propelled grenade by the Continuity IRA against a
PSNI patrol marks a further escalation in their ongoing armed campaign.
Published August 22, 2008
Two men were treated in hospital for serious head injuries after a
loyalist mob, including armed paramilitaries, attacked a republican
commemoration in Coleraine last weekend - with the assistance of the
Published August 15, 2008
The British government is ready to declare that the Provisional IRA’s
Army Council has disbanded to speed the transfer of policing and
justice powers from London to the Stormont Executive in Belfast.
Published August 8, 2008
The British government has confirmed that its Direct Rule Minister
Paul Goggins and PSNI Chief Hugh Orde held talks with leaders of the
UDA murder gangs on Monday night.
The UDA rejected an appeal to begin weapons decommissioning.
Published August 1, 2008
The first formal border checks between Ireland and Britain for more
than 80 years are set to begin following an announcement by the Dublin
and London governments on Thursday.
Published July 25, 2008
A declaration by French and current European Union President Nicolas
Sarkozy that Ireland will have to hold a second referendum on the
Lisbon Treaty has generated a furious reaction in Ireland ahead of his
planned visit to Dublin on Monday.
Published July 18, 2008
As the height of the Protestant marching season approaches,
nationalists are facing a weekend of sectarian intimidation,
paramilitary displays, provocative marches and drunken, uncontrolled
violence at ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfires.
Published July 11, 2008
Sinn Féin’s former publicity director Danny Morrison is set to have
his conviction for false imprisonment overturned amid secretive legal
moves to conceal the truth in the case.
Published July 4, 2008
The trial of former IRA chief Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane was brought to a
sudden climax on Thursday afternoon, when the non-jury Special
Criminal Court in Dublin dismissed all charges against him.
Published June 27, 2008
The European Union is generating its own crisis as the Eurocrat ‘elite’
refuses to accept Ireland’s NO vote in last week’s referendum on the
Published June 19, 2008
Irish voters are being urged to go to the polls today to say ‘No’ to
runaway plans by the European bureaucracy to create a superstate at the
expense of Irish sovereignty and neutrality.
Published June 12, 2008
The new First Minister, Peter Robinson, and Deputy First Minister,
Martin McGuinness, today start talks with British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown to try to resolve key issues troubling the peace process.
Published June 6, 2008
Thinly disguised threats are emanating from both the European bureaucracy and the Dublin government ahead of the Lisbon Treaty referendum on June 12.
Published May 30, 2008
South Armagh bade farewell to former IRA commander Brian Keenan
yesterday [Thursday] before he began his final journey back to his
Published May 23, 2008
A breakaway republican armed group known as Oglaigh na hEireann has
been linked to a surprise car bomb attack which injured a member of the
PSNI police on Monday night.
Published May 16, 2008
Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has accused the DUP of reneging on a deal
for the devolution of policing and justice powers from London to
Belfast this month.
Published May 8, 2008
Missiles were thrown when rival nationalist and unionist groups clashed
on Sunday morning following a sectarian parade by the Protestant Orange
Order in east Belfast.
Published May 2, 2008
The public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat
Finucane has been secretly blocked for nearly two years, it has
Published April 25, 2008
A leaked memo by a senior British diplomat has revealed secret
cross-channel plans to convince Irish voters to support the upcoming
referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
Published April 18, 2008
Five republican prisoners have been moved to solitary confinement in
Maghaberry jail after protesting a court ruling on a ban on the wearing of
Published April 11, 2008
Fianna Fail is expected to elect Minister for Finance Brian Cowen as
leader next week following this week’s announcement by Bertie Ahern
that he intends to step down as Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fail on
Published April 4, 2008
Sinn Féin has welcomed the Dublin government’s commemoration of the
1916 Easter Rising but has accused the coalition government of merely
paying “lip service” to the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
Published March 28, 2008
The English queen Elizabeth Windsor conducted a three-day visit to the
north of Ireland this week amid a storm of controversy but without
Published March 21, 2008
There was a dramatic escalation of tension this week at the Tara
heritage site in County Meath where hundreds of construction workers
and Garda police attacked a growing protest determined to save a
national monument from destruction.
Published March 14, 2008
Peter Robinson is the clear favourite to succeed Ian Paisley following
the historic announcement that he will quit as First Minister and
leader of the DUP.
Published March 7, 2008
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has accused the Dublin government under
Charles Haughey of providing the information that led to the SAS ambush
of three IRA Volunteers in Gibraltar 20 years ago.
Published February 29, 2008
Ian Paisley Jnr dramatically quit from the northern power-sharing
executive on Tuesday, and questions are now being raised over how long
his father can remain as First Minister.
Published February 21, 2008
A former Sinn Féin bodyguard and driver for Gerry Adams has been
exposed as a British agent and informer.
Published February 15, 2008
The PSNI police have again set up a number of road checkpoints across
the North amid a general increase in tension between the British Crown
forces and republican hardliners.
Published February 8, 2008
The Dublin parliament is to debate an all-party motion condemning
collusion by British forces in atrocities in the North of Ireland.
Published January 31, 2008
A ‘Real IRA’ bomb trial was terminated abruptly on Monday following
unchallenged accusations that an informer lies at the heart of the
Published January 24, 2008
Victims’ groups have called for an international independent truth
commission to deal with the legacy of the last 30 years of war in the
North of Ireland.
Published January 17, 2008
A panel unilaterally set up by the British government to deal with the
desire for truth and reconciliation following the peace process has begun
public consultations, provoking anger and controversy over its role.
Published January 9, 2008
The PSNI police chief Hugh Orde has said it is “highly unlikely” that
anyone will be jailed for the 1998 Omagh bomb, following the freeing of
Armagh man Sean Hoey and the trial judge’s stinging indictment of the
Published January 3, 2008
Armagh man Sean Hoey has been cleared of any involvement in the 1998
Omagh bomb attack after a judge today [Thursday] rubbished the case
presented by the PSNI/RUC police.
Published December 20, 2007
There is no republican involvement in a campaign of threats and hoaxes
against Sinn Féin figures, including the widow of a recently deceased
IRA veteran, it has been claimed.
Published December 12, 2007
A British soldier has caused a scandal by revealing that the British
Crown forces are continuing to deploy high-technology spying equipment
to monitor the homes and activities of republicans north and south of
Published December 5, 2007
The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on Tuesday that
evidence of British Crown force collusion in the murder of eight men in
South Armagh in the 1970s had not properly been investigated.
Published November 28, 2007
Sinn Fein assembly member Francie Molloy has rejected as “rubbish” a
claim that he has been working as a Special Branch informer for almost
Published November 22, 2007
The breakaway republican group known as the ‘Real IRA’ has said it
shot two members of the PSNI in Derry and Dungannon, County Tyrone
last week, and also detonated a coffee-jar bomb in Newry, County
Published November 15, 2007
The UDA decommissioning saga has descended into farce after a breakaway
faction of the group denied that it had destroyed a small quantity of
Published November 8, 2007
A breakaway faction of the UDA has said the British and 26-County
governments now recognise it as an independent organisation after it
Published November 1, 2007
British military checkpoints are to return to the border area between
the North and South of Ireland following a British decision to abandon
the 'Common Travel Area' which has covered both islands since before
Published October 24, 2007
To DUP outrage, a decision to withdraw £1.2 million (Euro 1.7 million)
funding for a group connected to the unionist paramilitary UDA has been
confirmed after the UDA’s killer gangs refused to disarm.
Published October 17, 2007
The North’s most senior coroner has warned he will consider taking
legal action against PSNI Chief Hugh Orde if he refuses to hand over
police files relating to the killing of six unarmed people.
Published October 10, 2007
PSNI police clubbed scores of nationalist pub-goers in Derry city
centre on Saturday night in some of the worst street conflict seen in
the city in years.
Published October 3, 2007
There are fears other areas are being drawn into a unionist
paramilitary feud between rival gangs of the UDA in County Antrim.
Hundreds of campaigners created a giant human harp in County
Meath to mark Tara Heritage Day on Sunday. The protest is the latest in a string
of high profile moves to pressurise the government into rerouting the
M3 motorway away from the historic site.
The sites under threat are inextricably linked with the harping and
bardic traditions for more than 2,500 years. Protests were also held in
New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Dublin.
Published September 27, 2007
The PSNI have been using CS gas nearly every day on average since a
hand-held spray form was introduced three years ago, it has been
Published September 20, 2007
An attempt to secure tax-varying powers for the Belfast Assembly was
defeated on Monday. Unionists blocked the Sinn Féin motion after DUP
Finance Minister Peter Robinson expressed reservations.
Published September 12, 2007
A retraction of the 35-year-old British Army claim that a teenager shot
dead by a soldier in Derry was a “terrorist” has been welcomed by
Published September 5, 2007
Tensions are high inside Maghaberry prison after clashes between
feuding prisoners within the unionist paramilitary UDA.
Published August 30, 2007
A DUP MP is planning to name a senior Sinn Féin figure in parliament
who he alleges has secretly been working for the British Crown forces.
Published August 22, 2007
The North’s Executive has been accused of seeking to avoid a decision
over highly controversial government funding of the unionist
Published August 16, 2007
The controversial excavation and demolition of a newly-uncovered
national monument at Lismullin in the Tara Valley began yesterday after
conservationists were threatened with a potentially violent Garda
police arrest operation.
Published August 8, 2007
The British Army will cease to provide military support to Crown force
policing operations in the Six Counties from midnight.
Published July 31, 2007
A feud between rival factions of the unionist paramilitary UDA erupted
in intense clashes at the weekend during which a PSNI policeman was
shot in the back.
Published July 25, 2007
DUP leader and Six-County First Minister Ian Paisley has declared that
the conflict in Ireland is at an end.
Published July 18, 2007
A bizarre British Army document has come to light which purports to
summarise the lessons taken by the force from its engagement in
conflict in the North of Ireland.
Published July 11, 2007
A multi-pronged British strategy to protect their own while downplaying
collusion and the rights of nationalist victims could provoke a crisis
in the peace process later this year.
Published July 4, 2007
A decision taken by the Crown Public Prosecution Service that no
members of the British Crown forces are to be charged over collusion
investigations has been condemned in the strongest terms by human
rights groups and families of the victims.
Published June 27, 2007
The Irish Green Party has abandoned a number of core political beliefs
in order to enter into a coalition government in Dublin, securing the
return of Fianna Fail’s Bertie Ahern as 26-County Taoiseach.
Published June 18, 2007
The North’s new First Minister Ian Paisley has delivered his first
question-and-answer session in the Belfast Assembly in his inimitable
manner but without generating fresh controversy.
Published June 11, 2007
Files on infamous unionist paramilitary leader Billy ‘King Rat’ Wright
have been deliberately destroyed or ‘lost’, an inquiry into his murder
has been told.
Published June 4, 2007
Talks between Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and potential coalition government
partners have been hit by fresh controversy over suspect payments
received by him when he was Minister for Finance.
Published May 29, 2007
Bertie Ahern could be returned as 26-County Taoiseach for a further
five years, according to the latest polls, but only if he finds a new
Published May 21, 2007
The election campaign in the 26 Counties is heating up with just over a
week left to polling day.
Published May 15, 2007
The Six Counties have a new power-sharing Executive in another historic
day at Stormont.
Published May 8, 2007
Intense election campaigning has begun in the 26 Counties after the
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s early morning visit to the Presidential
residence, Aras an Uachtarain, to finally dissolve the Dublin
parliament on Sunday.
Published May 2, 2007
Sinn Féin’s 26-County TDs today said that they are preparing for the
election of a significant number of colleagues in the forthcoming
General Election - with the aim of the party being in government north
and south of the border.
Published April 27, 2007
Two members of the British Crown forces are involved in the latest
intelligence gathering operation to obtain the personal data of over
150 nationalists from the PSNI police computer system and deliver it to
a unionist paramilitary death-squad.
Published April 21, 2007
Sinn Féin has challenged unionist paramilitaries in the North to come
clean following the discovery of a new hit list of republican murder
Published April 15, 2007
The countdown to a united Ireland is underway, according to Sinn
Féin’s Martin McGuinness.
Published April 10, 2007
Extraordinary scenes continued in the peace process this week with a public handshake at
Farmleigh House in Dublin between DUP leader Ian Paisley and the
26-County Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.
Published April 5, 2007
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said a breakthrough deal on
power-sharing following the first-ever direct talks with DUP leader
Ian Paisley means that “a new and unprecedented opportunity for
progress now exists”.
Published March 30, 2007
Victims of UDA death-squads expressed outrage at the British
government’s plans to give the paramilitary group 1.2 million pounds
Published March 24, 2007
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has said a political deal to secure
power-sharing by March 26 is close and that the British government can
“smell” a breakthrough.
Published March 18, 2007
There is mounting optimism that the peace process can make a historic
breakthrough this month after the Dublin and London governments
appeared willing to hold to their stated March 26th deadline for the
return of local power-sharing in the North of Ireland.
Published March 13, 2007
Voting to the election for the new Belfast Assembly got underway across
the Six Counties this Wednesday morning.
Published March 7, 2007
Unionists in Belfast would benefit from an all-Ireland economy, Sinn
Féin President Gerry Adams said as he launched his party’s platform for
the election to the Belfast Assembly.
Published March 1, 2007
Republican Sinn Féin president Ruairi O Bradaigh delivered a letter of
protest to the headquarters of the GAA as part of an extremely
high-profile demonstration at Saturday’s rugby international at Croke
Park in Dublin.
Published February 25, 2007
The Democratic Unionist Party is to push for an alternative ‘Plan C’ --
which would see Sinn Féin excluded from political institutions in
Belfast -- should the party fail to satisfy its demands in a future
power sharing government.
Published February 20, 2007
The British government may be forced to make a gesture to mark the
killing of 14 civilians by British Crown forces at Croke Park in 1920
when British Direct Ruler Peter Hain attends the Ireland v England
rugby match there next week.
Published February 15, 2007
Republican Sinn Féin has confirmed that it will stand at least eleven
abstentionist candidates in the Belfast assembly elections, while
independent republicans have already declared in five constituencies.
Published February 10, 2007
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams it
is “unacceptable” that members of the PSNI police colluded in sectarian
and other paramilitary murders and that it “must never happen again”.
Published February 5, 2007
Sunday’s extraordinary Sinn Fein Ard Fheis saw overwhelming party
support for a seismic shift on policing and a clear endorsement for
the Adams/McGuinness leadership.
Published February 1, 2007
Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness has said collusion in the PSNI/RUC
police went “to the very top” following this week’s report which
implicated the Special Branch in a decade-long campaign of sectarian
murder in north Belfast.
Published January 27, 2007
A report by the Police Ombudsman concludes that RUC/PSNI Special
Branch police officers colluded in at least 18 murders in the North of
Ireland between 1990 and 2003 has been described as ‘the tip of the
Published January 22, 2007
A debate on the acceptability of the PSNI police and British Crown
courts in the North of Ireland is currently underway within
Published January 17, 2007
Ian Paisley’s DUP have gone back on a deal to agree the devolution of
policing, Sinn Féin has said.
Published January 12, 2007
A crisis is mounting as a result of the
continuing failure of the DUP to respond positively
to the decision by the Sinn Féin leadership to
recognise the courts and support the police force in the North of Ireland.
Published January 8, 2007
Sinn Féin has said it is still awaiting a positive response from Ian
Paisley’s DUP following its decision to hold a special party conference
on supporting the police and recognising the courts in the North of
Published January 4, 2007
DUP leader Ian Paisley has welcomed moves by Sinn Féin President Gerry
Adams which could lead the party to a once unthinkable position --
supporting a police force in Ireland while it remains under the
authority of the British Crown.
Published December 29, 2006
A week of intense talks involving Sinn Féin, Ian Paisley’s DUP and the
Dublin and London governments to find a way through the impasse over
policing before the Christmas break continues unabated.
Published December 23, 2006
Key meetings of Assembly committees are taking place in Belfast this
week which will seek to bridge significant differences on the issue of
the transfer of justice and policing powers from London to Belfast.
Published December 18, 2006
An assassination plot against Gerry Adams by republican hardliners was
defeated by security arrangements taken by the Sinn Féin president and
his security advisers, Mr Adams has said.
Published December 13, 2006
DUP leader Ian Paisley responded to and made comments directed at Sinn
Féin President Gerry Adams across the Belfast Assembly chamber this
week in what is being seen as a possible shift in his party’s refusal
to talk directly to Sinn Féin.
Published December 7, 2006
Crazed killer Michael Stone outlined his plan to mount a
Colombine-style assault against the Sinn Féin leadership in a letter to
a local newspaper.
Published December 1, 2006
The peace process has survived one of its most dramatic days in recent
years despite a major political crisis and an almost simultaneous gun
and bomb attack at the Belfast Assembly.
Published November 25, 2006
The first meeting of the programme for government committee takes place
in Belfast tomorrow despite a continuing boycott by DUP leader Ian
Published November 19, 2006
The lives of Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness and Gerry Kelly
are under threat from hardline republicans, the party has confirmed.
Published November 14, 2006
A major international report has called for an independent inquiry
into what senior British government figures knew about Crown force
collusion with unionist death-squads in 74 murders.
Published November 9, 2006
Ian Paisley’s DUP is likely to give only “a conditional response” to
the St Andrews document next week in tactically stating they will only
go along with a political deal on power-sharing government if certain
demands are met.
Published November 4, 2006
The British and Irish governments could put progress in the North at
risk if they divert from what was agreed at the St Andrews talks and
make fresh concessions to the DUP, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams
Published October 30, 2006
There are growing concerns that the hardline unionist DUP will remain
as negative within the peace process as the party was outside amid
ongoing tension over the details of a potential new deal.
Published October 25, 2006
Disagreement over the wording and timing of a pledge of office
has emerged as a key stumbling block as negotiations continue over a
potentially historic deal between Sinn Féin and Ian Paisley’s DUP.
Published October 20, 2006
DUP leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams could hold
face-to-face talks as early as tomorrow as the St Andrews proposals are
worked through by the two party leaderships.
Published October 16, 2006
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said his party is determined to do
everything it can to get the political institutions of the Good Friday
Agreement up and running in Belfast before the November 24th deadline.
Published October 10, 2006
The British government has formally acknowledged that the Provisional
IRA’s military campaign is over.
Published October 5, 2006
The Dublin government is divided by the deep facing 26-County Prime
Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, over cash payments he accepted when
Minister for Finance in the 1990s.
Published September 30, 2006
The Dublin government is enveloped in a new and potentially critical
corruption scandal over revelations of payments made to the 26-County
Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, in 1993.
Published September 25, 2006
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on policing, Gerry Kelly, has said the parties
could be “very, very close” to an agreement on policing if Ian
Paisley’s DUP were to be engage with Sinn Féin in a positive manner.
Published September 19, 2006
Up to 1,000 murder files held by the Crown police in the North of Ireland
have simply “gone missing”, the PSNI have admitted.
Published September 15, 2006
Tony Blair's promise to step down as British Prime Minister within 12
months threatens to derail the Irish peace process.
Published September 10, 2006
A fresh attempt to end the political deadlock in the North of Ireland
is to be made next month with intensive talks in Scotland.
Published September 5, 2006
The PSNI police has been covering up a series of unionist paramilitary
arms discoveries -- according to the UDA themselves.
Published August 31, 2006
Sinn Fein has revealed that Ian Paisley’s DUP are refusing to even look
directly at the party’s representatives across the table at meetings
intended to prepare the way for the two parties to share power in the
Published August 27, 2006
The Police Ombudsman has been asked to investigate the assault of a
Sinn Féin politician by the PSNI police at a weekend loyalist parade.
Published August 22, 2006
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has called for greater compromise and
confidence in dealing with unionists during a significant mass rally in
Published August 18, 2006
Republican prisoners held in Maghaberry jail have concluded a 48-hour
fast as part of an escalating protest for the restoration of political
status and the implementation of five demands.
Published August 13, 2006
The Continuity IRA are considered most likely to be responsible for a
spate of fire-bomb attacks and bomb alerts in the town of Newry, close
to the border, that damaged or destroyed at least four large British
retail chain stores.
Published August 10, 2006
The UDA has forcibly ousted its former north
Belfast leadership from the city with the tacit support of the PSNI
Published August 5, 2006
The Dublin government has been forced to end the transport of munitions
for the Israeli Army through Shannon Airport following outrage over the
massacre of scores of women and children in Lebanon.
Published July 31, 2006
Sectarian attacks are now averaging at least five attacks every day
despite efforts of nationalist groups to placate unionists with
concessions over contentious anti-Catholic parades through interface
Published July 25, 2006
The arrest of an Irish language school teacher in Belfast for speaking
Irish “brings us back to the days of the penal laws”, said Sinn
Féin’s Bairbre de Brun.
Published July 20, 2006
A Derry man is fighting for his life following a spate of sectarian
attacks surrounding the annual July 12th parades by the Protestant
Published July 17, 2006
Hundreds of ‘11th night’ bonfires were set alight by loyalists across
the North last night as tensions mounted ahead of ‘the Twelfth’, a day
when over 600 marches are staged by the Protestant Orange Order to mark
a 17th century battle victory over Catholics.
Published July 12, 2006
26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern this week faced calls for an early
election amid a public outcry over mounting evidence of serious
incompetence within his cabinet and senior civil service.
Published July 7, 2006
DUP leader Ian Paisley has said that there will be no power-sharing
with nationalists unless the Provisional IRA “repents of its evil
Published July 2, 2006
Republican prisoners at Maghaberry Prison are now refusing meals in an
increasing protest for the recognition of political status.
Published June 27, 2006
The Parades Commission stands accused of rewarding loyalist violence
after it ruled that a sectarian, coat-trailing march can pass along the
nationalist Springfield Road in west Belfast this weekend.
Published June 22, 2006
Relatively little violence at the ‘Tour of the North’ parade in north
Belfast on Friday night is being cited as evidence that this year’s
marching season could be the quietest for several years.
Published June 17, 2006
Frustration is growing in the North of Ireland over the ongoing
attempts by hardline unionists to obstruct and undermine the peace
Published June 11, 2006
Martin McGuinness has accused his enemies of trying to have him killed
by claiming he was a British spy.
Published June 6, 2006
A man named in the Dublin parliament earlier this year as a PSNI
Special Branch agent linked to a series of murders was shot near North
Published May 30, 2006
British Direct Ruler Peter Hain is to press ahead with the formation
of an all-party committee at the new shadow assembly to discuss the
return of powers from London to Belfast.
Published May 27, 2006
There were no surprises as the DUP leader Ian Paisley flatly rejected a
bid to form a power sharing executive at the shadow Belfast Assembly on
Published May 23, 2006
The mood at the first days of a new 'transitional' northern assembly
were low key and overshadowed by the sectarian murder of Catholic
schoolboy Michael McIlveen in Ballymena.
Published May 17, 2006
Preparations are currently underway for the funeral of fifteen-year-old
Michael McIlveen who died on Monday after he was fatally wounded in a
sectarian gang attack in Ballymena, County Antrim last weekend.
Published May 13, 2006
A schoolboy savagely beaten in a sectarian attack in Ballymena on
Saturday died in hospital on Monday night.
Published May 8, 2006
Successive British governments failed to act despite having full
knowledge of the extensive and murderous collaboration between the
UDR and unionist
Published May 3, 2006
Dessie O'Hare, former leader of the Irish National Liberation Army
(INLA), has finally been freed from prison, but not under the terms of
the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
Published April 28, 2006
Members of the PSNI police who shot and killed a motorist in County
Down last weekend are still armed and on duty, it has emerged.
Published April 24, 2006
Rioting has continued in Lurgan, County Armagh for two days after PSNI
police staged a raid on Wednesday on what they claimed was a dissident
republican bomb factory.
Published April 21, 2006
A man shot dead by the PSNI at a checkpoint in County Down was unarmed
at the time, it has been revealed.
Published April 18, 2006
This weekend Ireland will witness one of the biggest official
commemorations of any historic event since partition.
Published April 14, 2006
Sinn Féin has said it will attend the reconvened Belfast Assembly on
May 15th with the purpose of forming a power sharing government.
Published April 9, 2006
The murder of top republican informer Denis Donaldson has caused
political shockwaves amid intense speculation about his killing.
Published April 5, 2006
Evidence has emerged that suggests the Dublin government ordered Garda
police not to pursue British military and unionist paramilitary
killers of Irish citizens in the 1970s.
Published April 3, 2006
A loyalist accused of murdering Belfast defence lawyer Pat
Finucane in 1989 admitted that he was 'massacred' in a taped
confession, a court was told today.
Published September 25, 2003