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PSNI target Christmas celebrations

seanmcglinchey.jpg A County Derry Sinn Fein councillor has accused the PSNI police of harassment after his brother’s house was raided on Christmas Eve, while the family of an eirigi activist were kept apart for the holiday by bizarre bail demands.

Published December 28, 2012

Flags tension dissipates

springfieldloyalists.jpg Protests by loyalists and hardline unionists on the issue of flying the British flag at Belfast City Hall have sharply decreased in size and number.

Published December 28, 2012

Coalition targets internet critics

shanemcentee.jpg The 26-County government has been accused of planning to introduce censorship and free speech ‘chilling’ measures following the tragic death last week of Fine Gael’s junior minister at the Department of Agriculture, Shane McEntee.

Published December 28, 2012

Arson attack on Catholic church

whiteheadchurch.jpg A Catholic priest has urged those responsible for a suspected sectarian arson attack on his County Antrim church to leave their Catholic neighbours in peace.

Published December 28, 2012

Loughinisland report quashed

loughinislandvictims.jpg 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

Fresh loyalist disturbances underway

loyalistprotestbig.jpg Loyalists are again attempting to bring the North to a standstill this evening with road closures in Belfast and across the north.

Published December 21, 2012

Family’s nightmare as retrial expected in ‘Micky Bo’ murder

mickybobig.jpg A retrial is to be sought in the case of three Ballymena men whose convictions were quashed this week for the 2006 sectarian murder of Catholic teenager Michael McIlveen.

Published December 21, 2012

Progress seen in Bloody Sunday justice campaign

sundayinvestigation.jpg The Bloody Sunday families have welcomed news that former British soldiers may finally be questioned by the PSNI as part of a murder investigation into the killings.

Published December 21, 2012

Pan-unionism returns as Stormont flags talks stall

nesbittrobinsonforum.jpg Multi-party talks on the flags issue at Stormont have been suspended until next year following an announcement that a forum to unite different forces within unionism has been organised.

Published December 21, 2012

Family of UDA ‘romper room’ victim seek answers

patbenstead.jpg The family of a Catholic murder victim are calling for a new investigation into his death amid claims that his killers were informers protected by the police and British intelligence.

Published December 21, 2012

Clashes follow traffic chaos in Belfast

loyalistprotestbig.jpg Trouble broke out tonight in several areas after Belfast was again brought to a standstill by groups of loyalists demanding the return of the British flag on Belfast City Hall.

Published December 17, 2012

Spin and shadows

patfinucanebig2.jpg 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

PSNI facilitating loyalist roadblocks

springfieldloyalists.jpg The failure of the PSNI to move small numbers of loyalists from busy public roads has brought Belfast and nearby towns to a halt for several hours at a time this week during some the busiest days of the year.

Published December 14, 2012

Unionists feud in flags blame-game

trimblerobinson.jpg The former Ulster Unionist First Minister David Trimble has accused DUP leader Peter Robinson of cynically stoking tensions over the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall in order to win back his parliamentary seat in its former East Belfast stronghold from the Alliance Party.

Published December 14, 2012

Nationalists arrested amid loyalist disorder

garcprotest2010.jpg A PSNI operation against the nationalist residents of Ardoyne has heightened tension at a time when the Six-County police have openly facilitated loyalist roadblocks and disturbances.

Published December 14, 2012

Labour party in crisis

colmkeaveney.jpg The chairman of the 26-County Labour Party Colm Keaveney has called for a special party conference amid upheaval within the organisation, founded by Irish socialist heroes James Connolly and Jim Larkin, over its support for a swingeing right-wing Fine Gael budget.

Published December 14, 2012

Protestants decline as ‘Northern Irish’ are tallied

censuscatholics2011.jpg The Protestant population is continuing to fall with the gap between the two religious traditions narrowing further.

Published December 14, 2012

Finucane family reject de Silva report

finucanedesilva.jpg The widow of murdered Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane today dismissed the report into his death by British barrister Desmond de Silva as “a sham” and “a whitewash”

Published December 12, 2012

Cameron admits collusion, denies conspiracy in Finucane murder

cameronbig.jpg The British Prime Minister has admitted the assassination of Pat Finucane was “an appalling crime” which involved three state agents, the RUC police and the British Army, but he has stopped short of ordering a public inquiry.

Published December 12, 2012

Unionism in ‘identity crisis’ as violence expands

ballyclaremob.jpg The leaders of the two main unionist parties held urgent meetings on the unionist identity tonight following a week of violence and disorder in the North of Ireland.

Published December 10, 2012


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