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Ireland’s unreal partition

partitionold.jpg A hundred years ago this week, as it was struggling to suppress Ireland’s fight for freedom, the British war cabinet first endorsed a unionist proposal for setting up two devolved parliaments - one in Dublin and one in Belfast. Historian Cormac Moore looks at the background to Britain’s partition of Ireland.

Published November 2, 2019

Economic boundaries and deep-seated fears

irishseasatellite.jpg Are the DUP right when they say that a border in the Irish Sea is a serious threat to the union?

Published November 2, 2019

Key independence figure denied pension and medal

irishbulletin.jpg The editor of the Irish Bulletin, Kathleen Mary Napoli, was so involved in the War of Independence that she accompanied the treaty delegation to London. But she was informed she was not eligible for an IRA pension because she was not officially a member of the organisation.

Published October 26, 2019

Máire Drumm; leader and visionary

mairedrumm600.jpg Máire was one of the most courageous and visionary leaders Irish Republicanism has ever had, Gerry Adams writes.

Published October 26, 2019

The harvest Britain has sown

sandsprison.jpg This week marks the end of the 1981 hunger strike, in which ten republican prisoners laid down their lives against the criminalisation of their struggle for Irish freedom. The first hunger striker to die, Bobby Sands, described the conditions inside the H-Blocks of Long Kesh prison in September 1978.

Published October 5, 2019

Boris’s big deal for Ireland

johnsonspeechtory.jpg What is the big sticking point on Boris’s Big Deal (BBD)? That’s easy – he’s for putting in place customs checks/posts/huts/whatever you’re having yourself.

Published October 5, 2019

Celebrating 100 years of partition?

partition1921.jpg Three months ago, during the July marches and rallies by the Orange Order, the DUP declared that the centenary of the northern state in 2021 should be a public holiday and a source of celebration.

Published September 28, 2019

Irish government should not be fooled by DUP talk of consent

fosterdoddsbrexit.jpg When unionists talk about consent, read a veto. It’s useful to remind the Irish government of that.

Published September 28, 2019

Six times the Irish learned not to trust the British

lloydgeorgepartition.jpg Boris Johnson wants Ireland to abandon the backstop, the legal guarantee of maintaining an open border after Brexit, as his price for signing a deal with the European Union. But should Ireland give way and trust London? History suggests that could be a mistake. Here are some examples.

Published September 14, 2019

The ‘94 Cessation – how it happened

1994ceasefirestatement.jpg Gerry Adams looks back at the historic peace initiative of August 1994 when the Provisional IRA declared a ceasefire. (For Léargas).

Published August 30, 2019

Amazon fires put the planet at risk

amazonfire.jpg Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the US Center for Biological Diversity, on the race to save the Amazon (for The Hill).

Published August 23, 2019

August 1969 - when ‘the Troubles’ began

rossville.jpg Fifty years ago this week in the space of five days, the north of Ireland changed for ever.

Published August 17, 2019

The Gaelic League and the 1916 Rising

conradh.jpg This week 126 years ago – 31 July 1893 – the Gaelic League (Conradh na Gaeilge) was founded. A look at the role it formed in the Easter Rising.

Published August 2, 2019

Expecting Ireland to be servile is part of a British tradition

punchcartoon2.jpg An analysis piece by Limerick academic Richard McMahon which was published in both the Irish and British media this week

Published August 2, 2019

Voting for the next President of Ireland

voteforthevote.jpg The right of citizens living outside the southern State to vote for the President of Ireland is now a significant issue of debate, especially here in Dublin. This is a campaign we should all get behind, writes Gerry Adams.

Published July 26, 2019

Francie McCloskey’s last hours

franciemccloskey.jpg A series of events has taken place this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the murder of Francie McCloskey, considered by many to have been the first fatality of the current phase of the conflict.

Published July 19, 2019

UDR must be held to account for Patsy Kelly murder

patsykelly600.jpg Long before the deadly word ‘collusion’ entered into the public vocabulary of the conflict, Teresa Kelly and her family experienced ‘collusion’ in all its grotesque forms.

Published July 19, 2019

We need to talk about the Monarchy

queenscotland.jpg On the occasion of the royal visit to Scotland to mark the 20th anniversary of the Edinburgh parliament, a Scottish republican examines the future role of the British Royal family.

Published July 12, 2019

Catalans protest outside the European Parliament

catalaneu.jpg The Catalan independence movement has made a new show of strength in Europe with a protest against the exclusion of its three MEPs.

Published July 5, 2019

The Springhill Massacre

springhillmassacre.jpg British Army snipers killed five civilians at the Springhill estate in west Belfast on 9 July 1972, eleven months after the Ballymurphy massacre, and 47 years ago this week.

Published July 5, 2019


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