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Dispute over secretive inquiries legislation

Canadian judge Peter Cory has said an independent inquiry into the murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane would be impossible under new restrictions being imposed by the British government.

Published March 14, 2005

The Bogside Artists

The Bogside Artists are known throughout the world for their larger than life murals in Derry. The artists are currently visiting the USA for a number of events, and a brief itinerary follows this manifesto, a statement of their artistic goals.

Published March 14, 2005


Four Provisional IRA prisoners refused early release despite qualifying under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement have said they will not allow themselves to be used as political pawns in any new talks process.

Published March 14, 2005

Meath voters send a message

The Meath and North Kildare by-elections on Friday brought bad news for the government and good news for the opposition, particularly Sinn Féin.

Published March 14, 2005

Orange Orders splits with UUP

The Orange Order has voted to cut links with the Ulster Unionist Council, the ruling body of David Trimble’s Ulster Unionist Party.

Published March 14, 2005

Adams, McCartneys for USA

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has arrived in the United States for a week of engagements with supporters.

Published March 14, 2005

UVF killers were working for police

A former top RUC policeman has confirmed that two unionist paramilitaries behind a series of murders in the 1990s had been working as British agents at the time.

Published March 14, 2005

Renewed focus on Finucane case

Pressure is mounting on British Prime Minister Tony Blair over his government’s refusal to have a public inquiry on the murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.

Published March 10, 2005


Senior civil servants in the 26-County government knew that pensioners were being illegally charged for nursing home care years before the matter became public knowledge, it has emerged.

Published March 10, 2005

IRA reports on McCartney investigation

The Provisional IRA has made it absolutely clear that those who killed Robert McCartney in a knife-fight outside a Belfast bar last month must be held to account.

Published March 10, 2005

Sinn Féin deprived of Westminster funding

Sinn Féin was prevented on Thursday from receiving 440,000 pounds sterling ($1m) of allowances and funding by the British government in connection with the party’s elected members of the Westminster parliament.

Published March 10, 2005

Anti-republican hysteria could backfire

There is no alternative but to press ahead with building a process affirmed by a huge majority of voters in 1998 by way of referendum.

Published March 10, 2005

Victims group left cold by police reinvestigations

The British government has announced is is to investigate up to 2,000 unsolved killings from 1968 to 1998, funding the PSNI police up to 32 million punds sterling (46 million Euros) to do so.

Published March 10, 2005

War on trial

A group of peace activists known as the Pitstop Ploughshares are currently on trial in Dublin over their efforts to stop US warplanes using Shannon airport in the west of Ireland en route to Iraq.

The following is their statement of faith and an appeal for support.

Published March 10, 2005

McDowell should learn lessons from history

By Brian Feeney (for the Sunday Business Post)

Nearly 50 years ago, the British government arrested Archbishop Makarios, the Greek Orthodox primate of Cyprus, and exiled him to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

Published March 6, 2005

Bloody Sunday internee blasts inquiry, imprisonment

The only person to have been convicted in connection with Bloody Sunday today branded the new Inquiry into the killing of 13 civil rights demonstrators in Derry in 1972 as “a farce”.

Published March 6, 2005

Short shrift for the Strand

People are undoubtedly angry about the IRA in the Short Strand area of Belfast - but it’s not anger at the intimidation of witnesses who might finger those who killed Robert McCartney at a city centre bar on January 30. Far from it.

Published March 6, 2005


Sinn Féin has responded to its political critics with an extraordinary annual conference in Dublin this weekend.

Published March 6, 2005

Irish language channel broadcasts Belfast test signal

Irish-language TV coverage in the North of Ireland took another faltering step forward yesterday when Ireland’s Irish language television station, TG4, began broadcasting a test signal from Divis Mountain on the outskirts of Belfast.

Published March 6, 2005

Hold the front page

The mainstream Dublin and London media, attending Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis in Dublin this weekend, had to abandon their prepared script at an early stage.

Published March 6, 2005


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