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Bloody Sunday families fear immunity deal

williamkatenash.jpg The revelation that an administrative scheme to deal with IRA ‘On the Run’s’ (OTRs) has been operating quietly for at least 13 years has angered some of those bereaved by the Bloody Sunday massacre and other state killings.

Published March 8, 2014



Terror on show at council hall

udashowofstrength.jpg The unionist paramilitary UDA put on a so-called ‘show of strength’ in a community centre owned and operated by Belfast City Council last weekend.

Published March 8, 2014



No charges for sectarian march breaches

ycv.jpg There has been an outcry after charges were dismissed against 17 members of a hardline loyalist band who paraded past a Catholic church in defiance of a legally-binding ban on sectarian displays.

Published March 8, 2014



RSF man arrested and charged for using Irish

psniarrest.jpg The National Treasurer of Republican Sinn Fein was arrested and charged by the PSNI for speaking Irish, the party has said.

Published March 8, 2014



Ballymurphy inquest advances

ballymurphyinquest.jpg The Ballymurphy massacre families have welcomed the opening in Belfast of the preliminary stage of the inquest into the August 1971 killings in which eleven people died at the hands of the British Army over the space of three days.

Published March 8, 2014



Stormont off the rails over OTRs

robinsonstormont.jpg The past has once again come back to haunt the north of Ireland when it emerged in an Old Bailey trial this week that some republicans ‘on the run’ (OTR) from conflict-related prosecutions have privately received assurances that no prosecutions are due.

Published March 1, 2014



Some republicans vexed by secretive process

gerrymcgeoughhandcuffs.jpg The disclosures made in John Downey’s case could have altered the course of Gerry McGeough’s trial or appeal, according to his legal team, as the evidence presented at the Old Bailey could have confirmed that 216 “pardons” had been issued to republicans.

Published March 1, 2014



Charity insiders earn millions as homeless numbers multiply

angelakerins.jpg An ongoing row over salaries at Irish state-funded charities and voluntary organisations took a fresh twist this wee, when it emerged that senior executives at Rehab, who have long refused to reveal their base salary payments, have awarded themselves lucrative bonuses.

Published March 1, 2014



Britain maintains silence at Marshall ambush inquest

sammarshallflat.jpg British forces have said they will not disclose information to those injured in the ambush and murder of Lurgan man Sam Marshall in March 1990.

Published March 1, 2014



Jobs and heritage face destruction on Moore Street

parisbakery.jpg The great-grandson of Irish patriot James Connolly has criticised plans to demolish a Moore Street bakery at the historic site of the 1916 Rising and erect a shopping mall.

Published March 1, 2014



Demonstrations continue for language rights

lamorprotest.jpg More than ten thousand have taken to the streets in recent weeks in protest at the Dublin government’s failure to protect the linguistic rights of Irish speakers, and further protests are planned.

Published March 1, 2014



Cameron yields to DUP demands on OTR inquiry

robinsoncameron.jpg British Prime Minister David Cameron is to appoint a judge to investigate the operation of a scheme to deal with those ‘on-the-run’ from conflict-related prosecutions after Peter Robinson yesterday threatened to quit as the North’s First Minister.

Published February 27, 2014



OTR deal revealed as John Downey is released

johndowney.jpg Donegal republican John Downey walked free today after a court in London said charges against him of taking part in an IRA campaign in 1982 amounted to “an abuse of process”. But the decision to release him has created confusion and anger in the north of Ireland over a previously secret scheme to tackle the issue of OTRs -- those ‘on the run’ from outstanding conflict-related prosecutions.

Published February 25, 2014



Stephen Murney acquitted of all remaining charges

justicestephenmurney.jpg Stephen Murney was cleared of outstanding ‘terrorism’ charges this afternoon amid strong criticism of the system of internment by remand being operated by the PSNI police and Crown prosecutors against republicans in the north of Ireland.

Published February 24, 2014



Minister for misconduct

alanshatterbig.jpg The 26-County Taoiseach Enda Kenny is resisting intense pressure to sack his Minister for Justice Alan Shatter amid a tsunamic scandal over his handling of police corruption and misconduct.

Published February 21, 2014



Politicians play down St Patrick’s Day plans

robinsonobamamcguinness.jpg DUP leader Peter Robinson and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness will join Irish officials travelling to Washington DC next month ahead of St Patrick’s Day, but a high-profile meeting with US President Barack Obama may not now take place.

Published February 21, 2014



MI5 micro-managing home security measures

attackedhome.jpg It has been revealed that British military intelligence decides if victims of sectarian attacks in the Six Counties should receive measures to protect their homes.

Published February 21, 2014



‘Humiliation’ of republican’s wife

psniguns2.jpg The 32 County Sovereignty movement has strongly condemned the PSNI in Derry after it said a young mother was subjected to a “very public humiliation” as she was leaving her child to Long Tower school in the Brandywell.

Published February 21, 2014



Lithuania approach to Derry businessman

doran.jpg A Derry businessman has said he was approached by members of MI5 while visiting Lithuania earlier this month.

Published February 21, 2014



Rebel song becomes chart hit

theirishbrigade.jpg A ‘rebel song’ commemorating 10 republican PoWs who died in the 1981 Hunger Strike reached number 24 in the British singles’ charts this week.

Published February 21, 2014

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