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‘Smoke and mirrors’ Assembly?

Sinn Féin remains opposed to reported plans from London and Dublin for the restoration of an Assembly at Stormont with limited powers and a target date for the appointment of a powersharing executive.

Published March 24, 2006



The History of the Basque Country

The Basque Country, Euskal Herria, Vasconia, Navarre, etc. are some of the many names given to the Basque nation throughout its history. A nation, which, like Ireland, has endured a long struggle against aggression by its neighbours. A nation that has managed to survive to the present day, maintaining its own unique identity.

Published March 24, 2006



Ahern accepts past collusion, future cover-up

26-County Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he always believed there was British collusion in the murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.

Published March 24, 2006



ETA’S ARMED STRUGGLE IS OVER

A permanent ceasefire announced by Basque pro-independence organisation Euskadi Ta Askatasuna [Basque Homeland and Freedom] has gone into effect.

Published March 24, 2006



Unionists could gain control over Housing

Nationalists have expressed concern at British Direct Ruler Peter Hain’s proposals for changing the role of the Housing Executive (HE) in the North.

Published March 24, 2006



UDA, UVF mount attacks

A prominent loyalist was shot in yet another attack in County Antrim linked to the unionist paramilitary UDA - the third within weeks.

Published March 24, 2006



McDowell under strain

Pressure is growing on the 26-County Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell after has was forced to apologise twice for political outbursts while controversy mounts over unexplained deaths in police custody.

Published March 24, 2006



Adams defies ‘carrot and stick’ pressure

Efforts by Gerry Adams to brief Irish-American supporters of the peace process this week were hampered by a fund-raising ban and travel issues.

Published March 20, 2006



Govts seek to quell concern over CIA renditions

Aircraft used by the CIA to transport prisoners to countries where they are reportedly being tortured have landed in the North, it has been revealed.

Published March 20, 2006



Birmingham Six man seeks apology

One of the Birmingham Six has promised to launch legal action against the British government unless he gets a public apology.

Published March 20, 2006



Renewed US support sought for peace process

The US government and Irish Americans have been urged to support Sinn Féin’s call for the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

Published March 20, 2006



All change in world of all-Ireland politics

People say nothing ever changes here, but they’re wrong. Movement is so slow, glacial even, that usually people don’t notice.

Published March 20, 2006



St Patrick’s breakthrough for Belfast

Belfast enjoyed its first ever official St. Patrick’s Day parade with good cheer at the weekend despite disagreement over the waving of the Irish flag.

Published March 20, 2006



The Irishmen who died for Mexico

The Saint Patrick’s Battalion in the US-Mexican War has placed the Irish as a revered race in Mexico; even to this day, an Irish person in Mexico will be told a countless number of times about the famous ‘Irish Martyrs’ who defected from the US Army and gave their lives trying to save Mexico from US aggression from 1846-1848.

Published March 20, 2006



THE GHOST OF STORMONT

A “shadow assembly” could operate in Belfast for a “few months” while efforts are made to restore power-sharing, Bertie Ahern has said.

Published March 20, 2006



Struggle for freedom is story worth reading

Last Thursday, March 9 was Bobby Sands’s birthday. He would have been 52.

Published March 16, 2006



Adams, Ahern back emigrants’ rights

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams in New York yesterday morning pledged his party’s “full support for the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform.

Published March 16, 2006



Institutional inequality must end

The North’s Equality Commission is being urged to begin investigations of public institutions with records of discrimination.

Published March 16, 2006



The Diary of Bobby Sands (part 2)

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 last eight days. It is extracted from ‘Skylark Sing your Lonely Song: An Anthology of the Writings of Bobby Sands.

Published March 16, 2006



US FOCUS ON POLICING, PAISLEY

US envoy Ambassador Mitchell Reiss has suggested that Sinn Féin’s insistence on further police reform can be equated with the DUP’s refusal to hold talks with republicans.

Published March 16, 2006

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