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The Diary of Bobby Sands

For the first seventeen days of his hunger-strike 25 years ago this week, Bobby Sands kept a secret diary in which he wrote his thoughts and views. The following is his writings for the first nine days.

Published March 9, 2006

All-party vote for Finucane inquiry

The Dublin parliament has unanimously backed a motion calling for a “full, independent, public judicial inquiry” into the 1989 murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.

Published March 9, 2006


British Prime Minister Tony Blair and 26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern appear to have moved away from plans for a ‘shadow’ Six-County Assembly in Belfast, but are still not revealing any proposals for reviving the peace process.

Published March 9, 2006

Jammed gun prevents UDA murder

A gun attack on a Catholic taxi driver in north Belfast at the weekend is the start of a killing campaign against all republican ex-prisoners, according to the unionist paramilitary UDA.

Published March 9, 2006

Brutal murder throws harsh light on justice system

A number of related policing and judicial scandals have followed the murder of a 22-year-old woman at a party in Dublin last weekend.

Published March 9, 2006

Blair snub to McBride family

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has refused to meet the family of murdered Belfast teenager Peter McBride.

Published March 5, 2006

Orde evades Omagh questions

PSNI police chief Hugh Orde has dodged questions put to him at a meeting of the North’s Policing Board about the 1998 Omagh bombing.

Published March 5, 2006

Protest after Bush rallies troops at Irish airport

Political activists have demonstrated against stopovers through Shannnon Airport this week by US President George Bush.

Published March 5, 2006

PSNI raids block UDA propoganda bid

UDA leaders were among a group of up to 15 unionist paramilitaries arrested on Friday after PSNI police raided a bar during a ‘show of strength’.

Published March 5, 2006

Exclusion is politics of failure and the past

By Jim Gibney (for the Irish News)

What were the British and Irish governments, the SDLP and the DUP doing when they tried to exclude Sinn Fein from negotiations 10 days ago?

Published March 5, 2006

Dublin - the new Drumcree?

A unionist group has said it is determined to march through Dublin in spite of the violence caused by its attempt to do so last weekend.

Published March 5, 2006

Immortalised on the lips of old and young

By Danny Morrison (for Daily Ireland)

When recalling the 1981 hunger strike, people often preface their memories by saying: “You wouldn’t think it was 25 years ago. It seems like only yesterday.”

Published March 5, 2006


An attempt by the London and Dublin governments to form a Belfast Assembly with significantly reduced powers is meeting strong resistance from northern nationalists.

Published March 5, 2006


There have been calls for an inquiry after a sectarian march through the heart of Dublin resulted in widespread rioting and disorder on Saturday.

Published February 28, 2006

Concerns over ‘Love Ulster’ march

There are fears that a ‘Love Ulster’ parade organised by unionist hardliners on Saturday through Dublin city centre could lead to violence.

Published February 24, 2006

Ahern blanks Ludlow family

Relatives of a Dundalk man murdered by a gang of unionist paramilitaries and British soldiers have criticised the 26-County Taoiseach for refusing to meet them.

Published February 24, 2006

Paisley suggests arming for conflict

The SDLP has accused DUP leader Ian Paisley of being “disgraceful, reckless and inflammatory” after he suggested that Protestants should be “forearmed” to deal with an alleged IRA threat.

Published February 24, 2006

Top UDA man named as police agent

One of the most notorious sectarian killers of the conflict worked for the RUC Special Branch police, it has been revealed.

Published February 24, 2006

Vision of freedom deserves to be honoured

Gerry Adams’s unequivocal support for and defence of the peace process is significant because at the minute the peace process is being squeezed.

Published February 24, 2006

SF won’t make the same mistake twice

Sinn Fein won’t be endorsing the PSNI or joining the Policing Board any time soon.

Published February 24, 2006


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