July 30, 2005

Republicans express mixed feelings

Despite months of advance warning of Thursday’s IRA statement, the news has still came as a shock to many.

Building confidence in peace

The first confirmation that a sequence of historical events was about to unfold this week was the emergence from prison on Wednesday of political hostage Sean Kelly.

What next for loyalism?

Unionist paramilitaries are under immense pressure to follow Thursday’s announcement by the Provisional IRA by stating that they will call an end to all paramilitary and criminal activity.


The Irish peace process is expected to move rapidly over the next twelve months following a unilateral move by the Provisional IRA to stand down and disarm.

Key statements

The full text of statements issued on Thursday.

What they said

A few nuggets from the carnival of reaction that greeted Thursday’s statement.

Great statement but what happens now?

By Gearoid O Caireallain (for Daily Ireland)

The reporter from the TG4 news wanted to know where they could find a group of republican supporters and nationalists in Belfast at lunchtime yesterday gathered around a television set, eagerly devouring details of the IRA statement and relieving their indigestion with generous dollops of political analysis and grassroots reaction.

Adams succeeded where Dev failed

You can parse yesterday’s IRA statement any way you like but you end up with the same result. It’s this: For the first time since the establishment of the Irish state in 1922 the IRA has decided there is no need for an armed campaign. This time it’s not just a matter of dumping arms which the IRA has done a few times before.

July 25, 2005

London shoot-to-kill draws Irish parallels

Irish families have accused British authorities of hypocrisy after police apologised for shooting Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes dead on the London underground.

Churches attacked

Holy Cross Catholic church in north Belfast came under petrol bomb attack at the weekend.

Speculation over Provisional IRA statement

Republicans are working hard to enable the Provisional IRA to abandon its armed struggle, but others have their parts to play, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said tonight [Monday night].

Translation problems in Kerry

A debate is raging in an Irish-speaking town in County Kerry, where local residents are to vote on changing the town’s name back to its original Irish form.


Five Mayo men protesting against the construction of a dangerous gas pipeline through their community were sent back to jail on Monday -- despite confirmation that some of the construction work was carried out without official permission.

LVF forced out as feud escalates

Scores of unionist paramilitaries forced supporters of the rival LVF out of an East Belfast housing estate as PSNI police stood by today.

Poetry of Terence McSwiney

In 1920, during the Tan War, the British had withdrawn political status, which had been won after the death of Thomas Ashe in 1917 and after the 2-week mass hunger strike in Mountjoy Jail in April of 1920.

All the Hallmarks

By Bill Delaney

An innocent man, brutally shot dead in cold blood. Lies, dissemination and spin by ‘anti-terror’ British police and the usual cabal of media and politicians.

July 16, 2005

Sectarian violence continues

A Catholic woman whose north Belfast home was hit by blast bombers today said she believed the attack was meant to kill.

Prisoners ‘punished’ over segregation

Tyrone priest Monsignor Denis Faul has warned of a danger of a Republican hunger strike in Maghaberry prison because of poor prisoner conditions.

PKK blamed for death of Irish tourist

An Irish teenager from County Waterford has died in a suicide bomb blast in Turkey blamed on Kurdish separatists, the PKK.

Loyalists’ suicide jibe provokes anger

Unionists erected a slogan on a bonfire in Belfast earlier this week mocking nationalists who have taken their own lives.


The Continuity IRA has claimed responsibility for a blast bomb attack on British forces amid rioting in north Belfast on Tuesday.

Notes on the marching season

Journalist Anne Cadwallader gathers memories about the marching season -- some of them hers, some, not but all of them, true.

Decommissioning chief arrives

The head of the arms decommissioning body is already in Belfast awaiting developments ahead of an expected move by the Provisional IRA to disarm.

July 12, 2005

Support for Truth Commission

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said Ireland could learn from his country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Sectarian attacks mark Twelfth

Arsonists attempted to murder a Catholic family in north Belfast at the weekend.

Hostility grows to expected IRA statement

Speculation that a statement by the Provisional IRA on its future direction is expected within days are being discounted by some republican sources.


A number of injuries were reported in north Belfast this evening as an anti-Catholic Orange Order parade was forced through the republican Ardoyne community.

Brutal feud ‘execution’

An ongoing feud between unionist paramilitary organisations has left another man dead and another critically injured.

The Glorious Twelfth

By Susan McKay (for the Irish News)

And so dawns the Glorious Twelfth after a weekend which saw the attempted murder by arson of a Catholic couple in north Belfast, and the terrifying eviction from her home in Ahoghill, Co Antrim, of Kathleen McCaughey.

SF concern over Criminal Justice reform

Criminal justice oversight commissioner, Britain’s Lord Clyde, has published his fourth oversight report on the progress of the recommendations.

British ethos to blame for lack of equality

By Brian Feeney (for the Irish News)

Equality of status and parity of esteem. That’s a phrase you don’t often hear these days. Yet it was a fundamental concept of the Good Friday Agreement. All the participants in the talks in 1997 committed themselves in the Declaration of Support for the Agreement to equality and mutual respect.

July 8, 2005

PSNI accused of sectarian policing

A County Derry man has spoken out against an attempt by the PSNI to recruit him as an informer as loyalist attacks in the area are ignored.

Ahern discusses North with Pope

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Pope Benedict XVI discussed the North of Ireland at the Vatican on Thursday.

Nationwide protests back Rossport 5

Over 1,000 people staged a nationwide protest last night to support five north Mayo residents jailed over their opposition to the construction of a high-pressure gas pipeline through their lands.

London attacks condemned

The attacks in London on Thursday morning have been strongly condemned throughout Ireland.


North Belfast is “a tinder box” and people could be killed amid tensions over contentious July 12 marches, Gerry Adams has warned.

The Alternative G8

AN address to the Alternative G8 Summit, ‘Ideas to Change the World’, by RSF Vice-President Des Dalton.

CIRA mount attack in Armagh

Dissident republicans are again targeting British Crown forces after a device was found in County Armagh.

Orange Order public relations disaster

By Danny Morrison (for Daily Ireland)

It is almost the Twelfth, when Orangemen across the North march in their thousands to celebrate the victory of William of Orange over James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. It was 300 years ago, but doesn’t it seem as if it were only yesterday?

July 4, 2005

British laud Adams and McGuinness

British Direct Ruler Peter Hain has heaped praise on Sinn Féin’s leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, describing them as “visionary” for urging the Provisional IRA to end its armed struggle.

Sectarian attack as tensions mount

A man has been left with a deep facial wound after being attacked while walking along the Oldpark Road in north Belfast.

Anger over British Army shooting

People in the border town of Crossmaglen have dismissed the official version of a shooting in the town last week.

Protests after jailing of Shell opponents

A series of protests have been organised after five men were jailed at the insistence of the multinational Shell company over their opposition to a gas pipeline being built across their lands in County Mayo.

Ardyone braces for Twelfth stand-off

There are fears that serious violence will erupt after the Parades Commission allowed the anti-Catholic Orange Order to march twice through nationalist Ardyone on July 12th.


A feud-related murder by the unionist paramilitary UVF in Belfast could lead to “a bloody summer of tit-for-tat killings”, according to the Ulster Unionist Party.

Shell and Co. come to Mayo

The Corrib Gas Field off the west coast of Ireland is being developed by three multinational companies, headed by Shell. They intend to refine the gas in a forest which is 9 km inland. Shell intend to bring the offshore pipeline to the refinery through this 9 km stretch of land along and under the public road and in close proximity to houses.

Silence over parades issue is immoral

There is only one route to follow. It is not with banners and bands or with rocks and bottles. It is the arduous and risky road to mutual respect and a modicum of understanding.

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