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Nationalists clash over MI5 change

Sinn Féin and the SDLP have clashed over whether a statement by the British prime minister Tony Blair on the role of British military intelligence in the North of Ireland is positive or negative for future policing plans.

Published January 12, 2007



Plastic bullet victims not guilty - Orde

Sinn Féin has welcomed comments by PSNI chief Hugh Orde expressing a measure of regret for deaths caused by the use of plastic bullets in the North of Ireland.

Published January 12, 2007



Omagh police witnesses under investigation

Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan is investigating the conduct of two key PSNI police witnesses in the non-jury Diplock trial of Armagh man Sean Hoey.

Published January 12, 2007



Few answers in meeting over killings

A meeting with a British government minster has been a let-down for the families of the victims of a unionist paramilitary gun attack in a County Down pub in 1994.

Published January 12, 2007



Polish recruits to boost Catholic numbers for PSNI

The PSNI police may be able to meet the Patten requirements for increased numbers of Catholic recruits by drawing from the nearly 1,000 Polish people who have applied to join the force.

Published January 12, 2007



PUP leader David Ervine dies

Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine has died this afternoon having suffered two heart attacks and a stroke over the weekend.

Published January 8, 2007



Parties square off ahead of 26-County election

The 26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said that he would accept Sinn Féin support for a minority Fianna Fail government after the next general election, but that he would not agree any deal with them in return for votes.

Published January 8, 2007



Sinn Féin line-up changes

Two further sitting Sinn Féin assembly members have said they will not stand for re-election in the proposed March assembly poll, but have denied that the current debate on policing policy lies behind their decisions.

Published January 8, 2007



Independent republicans to contest all constituencies

A former Sinn Féin member and H-block blanket man is to stand as an independent in Mid-Ulster if the assembly election goes ahead in March, while another former IRA prisoner is considering running in Fermanagh-South Tyrone.

Published January 8, 2007



Ombudsman ‘faces test’ over Lawlor investigation

The parents of murdered father Gerard Lawlor are meeting senior investigators from the Police Ombudsman’s office today for the first time over new allegations that the PSNI police failed to act on information supplied by a witness.

Published January 8, 2007



Sinn Féin hit by resignations

Four members of the Sinn Féin Assembly team have said they will not be going forward for re-election amid heightening tensions inside the party over policing.

Published January 4, 2007



Nationalists clash over policing moves

The nationalist SDLP has said moves by Sinn Féin towards support of policing in the north pointed to the “futility of the armed struggle”, while Republican Sinn Féin accused their republican rivals of “surrender”.

Published January 4, 2007



Northern bank charges dropped

Charges against two men accused over the Northern Bank raid two years ago were dramatically withdrawn in Belfast on Wednesday.

Published January 4, 2007



Contingency plans to the fore in 1976

Papers released show considerable political confusion in the British and 26 County governments in 1976 following the collapse of Sunningdale power-sharing efforts.

Published January 4, 2007



Veteran who won’t give in

The oldest surviving IRA member who fought in the War of Independence celebrated his 105th birthday this week.

Published January 4, 2007



Adams address at Brookeborough

The text of a keynote address by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP at an event in County Fermanagh to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Seán Sabhat and Feargal Ó hAnnluain who were killed during the Brookeborough raid.

Published January 2, 2007



Sinn Féin to hold Ard Fheis on policing

Sinn Féin’s national executive has backed the motion put by party President Gerry Adams to convene a special party conference on the issue of policing today.

Published December 29, 2006



'Do not underestimate the difficulties' - Adams

The full text of yesterday’s statement by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, in which he initiated a process to bring about a critical change in Sinn Féin’s policy on policing in the North of Ireland.

Published December 29, 2006



Inquiry move deemed illegal

The High Court in Belfast has ruled that British Direct Ruler Peter Hain acted unlawfully when he changed the nature of an inquiry to one which enables the British Crown to keep evidence secret.

Published December 29, 2006



Catholics quit PSNI

Some 72 Catholic recruits have quit the PSNI, citing a range of reasons for dropping out, including work difficulties and republican paramilitary threats.

Published December 29, 2006

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