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PSNI ‘alienating nationalists’ - Maskey

A furious row erupted between the PSNI Chief Hugh Orde and Sinn Féin’s Alex Maskey at a public meeting of the policing board on Thursday amid rising fears over a crime wave in nationalist west Belfast.

Published April 4, 2008

Hunger-strike dispute lost in translation

New light has been shed on reported republican reaction to a British offer which might have ended the 1981 hunger strike after four deaths.

Published April 4, 2008

UDA ‘will never go away’, court hears

A guarantee that the unionist paramilitary UDA would not disband was set to be declared before a planned 'show of strength', according to court documents.

Published April 4, 2008

Baby steps for Bill of Rights

A proposed Bill of Rights for the Six Counties was published in Belfast this week despite major public differences by its drafters on its main proposals.

Published April 4, 2008

Bertie Ahern announces resignation as Taoiseach

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has announced he is resigning as the Prime Minister of the 26 Counties and as the leader of Fianna Fail.

Published April 2, 2008

Riot at Derry Easter commemoration

The PSNI police clashed with republican youths in Derry during what the PSNI described as an “illegal” Easter commemoration at the city cemetery on Monday.

Published March 28, 2008

Ahern under pressure over British currency payments

The 26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has come under serious political pressure from his Coalition partners for the first time since the formation of the current Dublin government.

Published March 28, 2008

Bugging device found

A piece of electronic equipment described as a “sophisticated bugging and tracking device” has been found in the vehicle of one of its Dublin-based members, the 32 County Sovereignty Movement has said.

Published March 28, 2008

Tenth anniversary of Agreement marked

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said Sinn Féin is proud of the role they have played in the course of the negotiations which led to the Good Friday Agreement.

Published March 28, 2008

Marching season begins

Easter saw the first major day of parading in the new season, which will see thousands of parades take place through the summer months.

Published March 28, 2008

Diggers move in after Tara con job

Hopes for progress in efforts to save the Tara heritage site were dashed on Thursday this week after the National Roads Authority (NRA) tore up an agreement with conservationists.

Published March 21, 2008

Blair helped draft IRA statements - Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has confirmed that British prime minister Tony Blair edited IRA statements in the course of the peace process, saying it was “normal in a process of negotiation”.

Published March 21, 2008

PSNI accused after murder spree

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has lashed out at the PSNI police after another brutal murder in west Belfast highlighted the massive increase in crime in the area in recent years.

Published March 21, 2008

Inquiry bid to question prosecutors blocked

The British government has refused to allow the actions of the Crown prosecution service be included in the inquiry into the sectarian murder of Robert Hamill and subsequent cover-up, it has been revealed.

Published March 21, 2008

Ahern angers Irish-America on St Patrick’s Day visit

US President George Bush said that “more progress can and will be made” in the north of Ireland during the annual gathering of politicians in the White House for St Patrick’s Day.

Published March 21, 2008

Bitter exchanges between parties

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and DUP deputy leader Peter Robinson held talks Tuesday in an attempt to defuse growing tensions between the two parties.

Published March 14, 2008

Local government plans agreed; elections postponed

It was announced on Thursday that the Northern Executive has agreed on a compromise proposal to create 11 “super-councils” by 2011.

Published March 14, 2008

Paisley claims he ‘smashed’ Sinn Féin

The DUP leader Ian Paisley, who is set to resign in May, has revealed that he never shook Martin McGuinness’s hand in almost a year of government.

Published March 14, 2008

Gibraltar and Milltown victims remembered

An event celebrating the life of IRA Volunteer Mairead Farrell went ahead in Sinn Féin’s private offices at the Belfast Assembly last weekend following a ban on the commemoration using a public space at the Assembly buildings.

Published March 14, 2008

‘Bik’ to face trial after appeal rejected

The Supreme Court in Dublin has dismissed an appeal against the trial of H-Block escaper Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane on charges connected with an IRA kidnapping in 1983.

Published March 14, 2008


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