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Talks to go ahead without Blair

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has cancelled plans to go to the North of Ireland to deliver a major speech intended to pave the way for the restoration of a local power-sharing administration.

Published February 16, 2006



Sinn Féin facing highest hurdle

By Mick Hall (for the Blanket)

The bar of the hurdle which the UK government insist Sinn Féin must first overcome before they can join any Stormont Assembly Administration is currently set at SF’s membership of the PSNI Policing Boards. I have excluded the Irish government as I’m increasingly bewildered as to what their role in this matter is.

Published February 16, 2006



Upbeat Ard Fheis planned

Sinn Féin is preparing to lay the groundwork for the next general election in the 26 Counties at the 2006 Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Dublin this weekend.

Published February 16, 2006



Frank Stagg and Michael Gaughan

As part of our continuing series on the 25th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike, we look at the period of the early seventies, including the death on hunger strike of Frank Stagg -- 30 years ago this week.

Published February 16, 2006



IMC suits the last-ditchers in the DUP

What happens next year when the DUP is ready to sign up to a deal with SF only for the IMC to emerge and provide another dollop of what Martin McGuinness called ‘Balderdice’?

Published February 12, 2006



DUP resignation changes calculations

A scandal-hit assembly member quit Ian Paisley’s DUP yesterday, potentially altering the make-up of the North’s political institutions.

Published February 12, 2006



DUP apology for disinvitation

A Democratic Unionist party mayor has been forced to apologise to a Sinn Féin councillor and admit he was wrong.

Published February 12, 2006



Our struggle has advanced

Sinn Féin Dail Group Leader Caoimhghin O Caolain TD spoke comprehensively about the current political situation at the Annual General Meeting of Sinn Féin in the Six Counties at the weekend. The following is the full text of his address.

Published February 12, 2006



PRISONERS REJECT MAGHABERRY PROPOSALS

The Republican Prisoners’ Action Group have said they reject the “minimal nature” of recent proposals on Maghaberry prison policy by the Six County Prisons’ Minister, Shaun Woodward.

Published February 12, 2006



Talks fuel speculation on UDA, UVF disbandment

The husband of the Irish President held secret talks with the UDA in Belfast last week amid growing speculation about an imminent announcement by the unionist paramilitary group.

Published February 12, 2006



Irish troops readied in Euro war plan

News that Irish troops are to join European ‘battle groups’ in international conflict arenas has been met with grave concern by Irish progressives.

Published February 12, 2006



SDLP go missing on Irish unity vote

A County Tyrone council has become the first local authority in the North to declare its official support for Irish unity.

Published February 12, 2006



Special Branch knew of threat to Finucane family

Special Branch police were aware of a plot three years ago to kill the family of Pat Finucane but failed to inform them of the threat, it has been admitted.

Published February 8, 2006



TALKS RESUME

The British government has rejected calls by the nationalist parties for the Belfast Assembly to be reconvened as political talks resumed in Belfast this week.

Published February 8, 2006



Lawyer ‘is member of UVF’

The PSNI police have alleged that a solicitor telephoned the unionist paramilitary UVF from a police station and said a man they shot should be “taken out” before he made a statement.

Published February 8, 2006



McDowell apologises for Ludlow lies

A statement, issued on behalf of a third party from the Six Counties, has said that new information would be made available on the Ludlow case if such an inquiry was set up.

Published February 8, 2006



Ireland gets border-free mobile network

A mobile phone network has scrapped roaming charges between the 26 Counties and the Six Counties for all of its customers for the first time.

Published February 8, 2006



Political allowances restored to Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin is to receive their allowances for the British parliament and Belfast Assembly after a motion to have them restored was passed tonight in the House of Commons in London.

Published February 8, 2006



Paisley just a blip in the ongoing peace process

Even though Hain rule is misrule and unrepresentative rule, it is better than Paisley rule. We’ve waited for 800 years, what’s a few more?

Published February 8, 2006



Ownership of the Republic

Any attempt to conflate republicanism and sectarian Catholic attitudes cannot be sustained.

Published February 8, 2006

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