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INLA’s leap of faith

inladisarms.jpg 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

Stumbling blocks seen for Hillsborough Agreement

hillsborough.jpg After months of arguing and years of stalemate, the first step in transferring policing and justice powers from the Westminster parliament in London to the Six-County Assembly at Stormont should begin tomorrow [Tuesday] when a new justice minister is expected to be nominated.

Published February 8, 2010

SDLP elects new leader

sdlpleader.jpg Margaret Ritchie won the leadership of the SDLP at the weekend, beating her sole rival, South Belfast MP Alasdair McDonnell by 222 votes to 187.

Published February 8, 2010

Irish economic regeneration linked to Easter Rising

gpo.jpg The 26-County Taoiseach Brian Cowen invoked the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in five years’ time as he made a “rallying cry” urging people to make short-term sacrifices to allow a return to prosperity by 2016.

Published February 8, 2010

Robinson faces questions despite ‘cleared’ claim

peterrobinsonshook.jpg DUP leader Peter Robinson’s return to his role as first minister was triumphantly proclaimed by his party as ‘Robinson is back’ - but he still faces a series of questions over his actions.

Published February 8, 2010

Sinn Fein man pressured by MI5

mi5.jpg A young south Down couple are being harassed by British military intelligence (MI5) after refusing to spy on a dissident republican from Newry.

Published February 8, 2010

INLA announces it has disarmed

A statement was issued today by the leadership of the INLA (Irish National Liberation Army), which declared an end to its armed struggle in October, on the issue of weapons held by the group.

Published February 8, 2010

Party leaders to meet Obama

The North’s political leaders have earned a high-profile trip to the White House for St Patrick’s Day following the successful negotiation of a deal on sectarian parades and local policing powers.

Published February 6, 2010

Political leaders announce agreement

The 26-County Taoiseach Brian Cowen and British prime minister Gordon Brown today launched a deal to implement the 2006 St Andrews Agreement.

Published February 5, 2010

Agreement at Hillsborough Castle

The full text of the agreement announced today by the 26 County Taoiseach Brian Cowen, the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the First Minister Peter Robinson and the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Published February 5, 2010


The DUP have said they have reached a basis for deal with which they can move forward on the devolution of policing and justice.

Published February 5, 2010

DUP seeks side deal

brownrobinson.jpg 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

British troops on the ground in north Belfast

britoldpark.jpg Heavily armed British soldiers were on patrol in Oldpark in north Belfast on Tuesday following a large explosion which destroyed perimeter fencing at the Oldpark PSNI barracks early on Tuesday morning.

Published February 4, 2010

Republican ‘dumped’ in Wandsworth Jail

wandsworth.jpg A former IRA prisoner remains in a London prison despite the refusal of juries in two high-profile trials to convict him.

Published February 4, 2010

Questions mount as Donaldson inquest adjourned

donaldsonsands.jpg The inquest into the death of murdered MI5 agent Denis Donaldson in Donegal almost four years ago was again adjourned in Letterkenny this week.

Published February 4, 2010

Death of Tomas Mac Giolla

tomasmacgiolla.jpg The death occurred early Thursday afternoon of Tomas Mac Giolla, former President of Sinn Fein and in later years held the same position as head of the Workers’ Party.

Published February 4, 2010

Britain and Ireland share in television plan

rtetestcard.jpg 26-County state television channels (RTE) and the Irish language channel TG4 will be freely available throughout all of the north of Ireland from 2012, the Dublin government has said.

Published February 4, 2010

Talks are over - SF; Robinson retakes First Minister role

Talks on the implementation of the 2006 St Andrews Agreement have ended and the basis for a deal now exists, Sinn Fein said today.

Published February 4, 2010

Talks ‘on the edge’ - Woodward

British Direct Ruler Shaun Woodward has warned that efforts to reach a deal on policing and justice in the north of Ireland are “on the edge”.

Published February 3, 2010

DUP in ‘turmoil’ as talks continue

The DUP leader Peter Robinson is understood to be struggling to convince his party to back a deal over the devolution of policing and justice and parades.

Published February 2, 2010


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