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Flags not our problem - Baggott

flags2013.jpg PSNI police chief Matt Baggott has washed his hands of the controversy over UVF paramilitary flags and other loyalist symbols across Belfast, insisting that the North’s politicians introduce new laws on the issue.

Published May 3, 2013



‘X case’ legislation finally drafted

maternallife.jpg There has been a broad political welcome for a new bill which will finally legislate for the 1983 ‘X case’ referendum, providing for a possibility of abortion in the limited case of a threat to the life of the mother.

Published May 3, 2013



Irish President joins voices against austerity

presidenthiggins2.jpg President of Ireland Michael D Higgins has joined the growing campaign in Ireland against the austerity agenda, with comments directly critical of the decisions being handed down by European leaders and the European Central Bank.

Published May 3, 2013



Unionist delaying endangers border bridge plan

narrowwaterbridge.jpg Unionists have been accused of delaying and seeking to scupper a plan for a bridge across the neck of Carlingford Lough which would link county Louth in the South and Down in the North.

Published May 3, 2013



Brian Shivers cleared of all charges

brianshiversbig.jpg Brian Shivers has been cleared in a retrial of all charges relating to a Real IRA attack in 2009 at Massereene British army base in which two British soldiers died.

Published May 3, 2013



Holy Cross tensions renewed

holycrossprotest.jpg 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



Sinn Fein urged to engage in debate

breandanmaccionnaith2.jpg Suggestions by Sinn Fein for talks with ‘dissidents’ has been met with a proposal for a series of public debates.

Published April 26, 2013



Loyalist politics in flux

protestantcoalition.jpg A new, openly sectarian political party called ‘Protestant Coalition’ has been formed in the North by those involved in the recent loyalist flag protests and disturbances.

Published April 26, 2013



Long Kesh plan to go ahead

longkeshbig.jpg The site of the Long Kesh prison will be used to create “a shrine to peace”, Sinn Fein’s deputy First Minister has said, following a decision to go ahead with the project.

Published April 26, 2013



Judge to decide on Finucane files disclosure

geraldinefinucanebig.jpg British government documents are being examined by a High Court judge who will decide if they should be disclosed to the family of Pat Finucane.

Published April 26, 2013



Parades Commission infuriates north Belfast residents

covenantstpatricks.jpg Nationalists in north Belfast have walked out of a meeting with the Parades Commission after being told to stay clear of their own parish church this Sunday as yet another incendiary loyalist parade marches by.

Published April 26, 2013



PSNI back UVF flag display

uvf100flag.jpg 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 broad daylight.

Published April 19, 2013



Thatcher considered ethnic cleansing of Catholics

thatchercromwell.jpg Margaret Thatcher once encouraged her advisers to consider a ‘clearance’ of Catholics from the Six Counties as a solution to the conflict, it has been revealed.

Published April 19, 2013



Savita probe confirms legal, medical failures

halappanavars.jpg An inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway has uncovered grave shortcomings in the care she received prior to her death, chiefly the failure to terminate her pregnancy when her life was threatened by a miscarriage.

Published April 19, 2013



Unions find their voice as pay deal rejected

siptuballot.jpg Proposals to extend the current ‘Croke Park’ public service pay agreement have been comprehensively rejected by Ireland’s trade unions.

Published April 19, 2013



‘Real UFF’ bomber is former DUP candidate

smythrobinsonbomb.jpg A prominent DUP figure has been jailed for three years for his part in a sectarian pipe-bomb attack on Polish neighbours.

Published April 19, 2013



US political push follows Supreme Court decision on tapes

ussupremecourt.jpg The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to keep secret interviews with former IRA members from being turned over to the British authorities in the North of Ireland.

Published April 19, 2013



Presidential address to the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis 2013

adamsaf13.jpg The address delivered last night in Castlebar to the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis by party leader Gerry Adams.

Published April 14, 2013



Celebrations follow Thatcher’s death

thatcherparty.jpg 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



Fifteen years since Good Friday Agreement

blairaherngfa.jpg The 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement has prompted a wave of political commentary and a fresh debate on whether the promises made at the time of the agreement have been honoured.

Published April 12, 2013

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