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Obama ‘disappointed’ by talks as British eye prosecutions

shamrock2014.jpg Just five months before the 20th anniversary of the Provisional IRA’s original ceasefire declaration, US President Barack Obama has expressed disappointment at the failure of Irish politicians to deal with the collapse of the latest mediation talks.

Published March 15, 2014

Hurling in public illegal - PSNI

streethurler.jpg The PSNI have been accused of taking Catholics in the north of Ireland “back to the dark days” after several young people were stopped in the street by members of the force for playing Gaelic games.

Published March 15, 2014

MI5 agent recorded making recruitment bid

srrmi5.jpg British intelligence agents have been recorded making an overt approach to a former prisoner in Belfast City Centre, just days after he lost his job in a call center due to ‘security reasons’, according to the Republican Network for Unity.

Published March 15, 2014

IRA warning over prison crisis

maghaberrybig3.jpg In a strongly-worded statement warning of further attacks, responsibility for two letter bombs addressed to prison staff at Maghaberry jail has been claimed in the name of ‘the IRA’.

Published March 15, 2014

Garda whistleblowers vindicated

johnwilson.jpg An investigation into the quashing of penalty points by the Garda police in the 26 Counties has found consistent and widespread wrongdoing within the force, humiliating Dublin’s Justice Minister Alan Shatter and the Garda police commissioner, Martin Callinan.

Published March 15, 2014

Devices intercepted amid prison tensions

maghaberrybig.jpg Two letter bombs addressed to Maghaberry Prison were intercepted this week following a violent confrontation inside the jail.

Published March 8, 2014

Bloody Sunday families fear immunity deal

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

Published March 8, 2014

Terror on show at council hall

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

Published March 8, 2014

No charges for sectarian march breaches

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

Published March 8, 2014

RSF man arrested and charged for using Irish

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

Published March 8, 2014

Ballymurphy inquest advances

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

Published March 8, 2014

Stormont off the rails over OTRs

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

Published March 1, 2014

Some republicans vexed by secretive process

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

Published March 1, 2014

Charity insiders earn millions as homeless numbers multiply

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

Published March 1, 2014

Britain maintains silence at Marshall ambush inquest

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

Published March 1, 2014

Jobs and heritage face destruction on Moore Street

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

Published March 1, 2014

Demonstrations continue for language rights

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

Published March 1, 2014

Cameron yields to DUP demands on OTR inquiry

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

Published February 27, 2014

OTR deal revealed as John Downey is released

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

Published February 25, 2014

Stephen Murney acquitted of all remaining charges

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

Published February 24, 2014


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