April 28, 2005

Families seek help as suicide death-toll mounts

The soaring rate of suicides in nationalist areas of Belfast has driven relatives of the victims to picket a health trust meeting, carrying placards demanding action.

PSNI chief speaks out as IMC report put on hold

The PSNI police chief has accused the Provisional IRA of continuing to recruit and target potential victims -- but added that it was not set to return to armed struggle.


With just days left before elections in the North of Ireland, Sinn Féin has called for a new nationalist strategy on Irish unity.

No Pope Here

By Danny Morrison (for Daily Irelannd)

The loyalist prisoners in Crumlin Road Jail cheered and whooped with joy and we were convinced that a Catholic had probably been killed overnight. We had no radio in our cell but quickly learnt that the news had announced the death of Pope John Paul who had been Pope for just thirty-three days.

Trimble will swing - Paisley

Unionist hardliner Ian Paisley has said rival unionist leader David Trimble will get “the electric chair and the rope” in regard to the May 5 elections.

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.

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.

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.

April 23, 2005

Shankill arms find

A weapons haul linked uncovered on ther Shankill Road in west Belfast has been linked to the unionist paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force.

SF calls for talks as unionists back exclusion

Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin has said that all of the parties and the two governments needed to start preparing for intensive political negotiations to take place after the election if progress was to be made before the summer months.

‘Barbaric’ strip-searching may end

Strip-searching of women prisoners at Hydebank prison in County Antrim was criticised yesterday by a High Court judge as humiliating, disproportionate and unnecessary.

PSNI set to allow illegal Orange march

An illegal march by the Protestant Orange Order passing a Catholic Church in east Belfast is expected to go ahead this weekend without interference from the PSNI police.

Hulme appeal rejected

Aiden Hulme, who is alleged to have planned a Real IRA bombing campaign in England, failed to overturn his conviction on Thursday.


Ian Paisley’s DUP has formally declared the 1998 Good Friday Agreement dead and gone as the party appears set to virtually wipe out David Trimble’s Ulster Unionist Party in the May 5 British general election.

Manifesto season

A summary of the election manifestos of Sinn Féin’s main opponents.

Bored stiff with the same old rhetoric

By Tom McGurk (for Daily Ireland)

Watching the general election in the North has been a deeply depressing experience. Of course, the continual failure to erect the devolved governmental structures is bleeding the process dry and as each year without agreement passes the public appetite decreases accordingly.

April 11, 2005

Ex-prisoners endure suspicion, discrimination

A new report has revealed that thousands of ex-prisoners have suffered mental illness and considerable difficulty in readjustment on their release.

Human rights groups urge SDLP resignations

Human rights activists have called on members of the North’s Policing Board who oppose the use of plastic bullets to resign.

Family demand answers on PSNI inaction in murder case

The fmily of murdered Catholic man Patsy Kelly have called on the PSNI to explain in public why it has not interviewed any of the people named by a former British soldier in the Ulster Defence Regiment as being directly involved in the killing.

Immigrant workers abused

Hundreds of construction workers staged protests in Dublin and Galway this week, alleging that money belonging to them had been paid into Dutch bank accounts without their knowledge.


Sinn Féin President has described his appeal to the Provisional IRA last week to commit itself to purely political and democratic activity as an attempt to break the “downward spiral” of the peace process and “create the right political context”.

Westminster constituencies (part II)

A look at the second half of the 18 seats up for grabs in the Westminster elections next month.

McCartney backs down as election contest heats up

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty yesterday predicted Sinn Féin would capture 150 seats in the local council elections on May 5 — a rise of almost 50 per cent in the party’s representation.

The Stickie business of demonisation

By Damian Kiberd (for Daily Ireland)

The greatest virtue attaching to the statement of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at the Conway Mill last Wednesday is that finally – eleven years after the IRA cessation of military actions against the British – it de-couples the process of change within Irish republicanism from the process of political negotiation and bartering, primarily with Britain but also with Ulster unionism.

April 4, 2005

Another week of loyalist violence

A Catholic man is recovering in hospital after being beaten and robbed by a gang of loyalists who daubed ‘Taigs Out’ in his north Belfast apartment.


The death on Saturday of Pope John Paul II has had a profound effect in Ireland as it has throughout the world.

Republicans are dynamic of change

The following is an edited version of the speech made by Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at his party’s Easter Commemoration in Derry on Easter Sunday.

SF wins seat on Udaras na Gaeltachta

Sinn Féin has won its first seat on the Board of Udaras na Gaeltachta, the authority with responsibility for Irish-speaking regions in Ireland.

Republicans rally at Easter

Republicans across Ireland last weekend gathered at graveyards and at memorials don the Easter lily and remember Ireland’s patriot dead.

Colombia 3 lawyers plan appeal

The so-called evidence used against the Colombia Three was dismissed in the dissenting opinion of a judge on the three-member appeal tribunal, it has emerged.

Chopper makes forced landing in South Armagh

A British army helicopter got into difficulties in South Armagh on Thursday and almost came down in a residential area.

Hard To Understand McDowell’s Mindset

By Vincent Browne (for the Sunday Business Post)

There is an irony and a justice in Minister for Justice Michael McDowell being shamed over deportation.

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