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DUP triumph kills off Agreement

By Damien Kiberd (for Daily Ireland)

There is a lot of vainglorious talk about the place, but the reality of the matter is as follows. The politics of the Six Counties are now controlled by two political parties, one of which is linked to an army and the other of which is linked to a church.

Published May 13, 2005

Trimble’s road to nowhere

When the historical archive of David Trimble’s political life is assembled, the infamous Drumcree sequence will reemerge in all its irony.

Published May 9, 2005

Don’t mention the Famine - Ahern

Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has ruled out a national day to mark Ireland’s Great Famine -- in case “nobody turns up”.

Published May 9, 2005

Election news round-up

A summary of the news from each of the 18 Westminster constituencies.

Published May 9, 2005

Remembering James Connolly

The story of the Easter rising is well known. The story of James Connolly, however, is less well known.

Published May 9, 2005


Blame and retribution have replaced joy and sorrow following a crushing defeat for David Trimble and his Ulster Unionist Party and Sinn Féin’s eclipsing of the rival nationalist SDLP in the North’s elections.

Published May 9, 2005

Hain the Pain?

The new British Direct Ruler in Ireland, Peter Hain, has insisted today that securing a lasting peace settlement was a priority for Labour’s third term.

Published May 9, 2005

Concern at Omagh charge ‘stunt’

A lawyer acting for Omagh bomb accused, Sean Hoey, has said he is profoundly disturbed at reports alleging that his client will be charged with murder in relation to the 1998 Omagh bombing.

Published May 9, 2005

Mob attack kids’ bus

A junior soccer team have pulled out of their football league after a sectarian mob attacked their minibus in County Antrim.

Published May 9, 2005

A defining point

By Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (for Irish News)

This is a crucially important election. It is about the future - the type of Ireland we want to build in the 21st century.

Published May 3, 2005

Pipe-bomb disrupts Belfast marathon

Republican dissidents were accused of targeting PSNI police chief constable Hugh Orde with a bomb planted on the route of Belfast’s marathon run on Monday.

Published May 3, 2005

Sinn Féin election manifesto

The following is an appeal for the Westminster election by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, followed by the key points of the party’s election manifesto.

Published May 3, 2005


The Westminster election in the North of Ireland on Thursday has become a two-horse race between Sinn Féin and Ian Paisley’s DUP. Both parties are hoping to gain bargaining power as the North’s largest party in the upcoming peace process negotiations.

Published May 3, 2005

‘No dispute’ as loyalists march

Sinn Féin have lambasted the Parades Commission for failing to place restrictions on a massive late night loyalist band parade north of Belfast.

Published May 3, 2005

British favour united Ireland - poll

Less than one in three of British voters want the North of Ireland to remain part of their country, according to a new opinion poll.

Published May 3, 2005

Video highlights PSNI violence

The Police Ombudsman is to be asked to investigate an incident in Derry at the weekend in which a group of PSNI police were caught on video punching and kicking members of the public.

Published May 3, 2005

No cure for ‘The Doc’ if IRA disband

By Danny Morrison

The remark at a DUP press conference that David Trimble is facing not just “the electric chair” but “the rope” was vintage Paisley. Cocky, vainglorious, petty stuff that had his merry band of followers roaring in the aisles at Trimble being ‘executed’ twice - across the North as leader of the UUP, and at a personal level at the hands of David Simpson in Upper Bann.

Published May 3, 2005

Open season on the peace process

By Jim Gibney (for the Irish News)

It is no coincidence that the nationalist turnout in the 2001 Westminster and Local Government elections was the highest in nearly a decade.

Published April 28, 2005

Sinn Féin under fire over suspensions

Gerry Adams was barracked and abused in republican south Belfast this week over Sinn Féin’s support for the McCartney sisters.

Published April 28, 2005

Investigation ordered into alleged Garda cover-up

Families of victims of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings have said they have no confidence in a new ‘Commission of Investigation’ into the police inquiry into the bombings, blamed on collusion between unionist paramilitaries and state forces.

Published April 28, 2005


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