March 28, 2006

SF, Greens rise in latest poll

Bertie Ahern’s Fianna Fail party is losing ground amid a swing to the more progressive parties, according to the latest 26-County poll conducted by the Red C organisation.

Informers ‘getting away with murder’

The family of a 19-year-old Catholic man shot dead by unionist paramilitaries have publicly denounced the police investigation which has failed to yield a single arrest in almost four years.

Hunger strikers and families remembered

Republicans across the country yesterday lit candles on Sunday to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike.

Cash for victims and families lies unclaimed

Just one third of a 9 million Euro fund set up by the Dublin government to help victims of the conflict has been claimed, it has emerged.


Sinn Féin has said it is not willing to take part in an Assembly if there is no prospect of having an Executive up and running by the summer.

Looking to the Future - Adams

The following is the text of the address on Monday by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP to Sinn Féin’s National Elected Representatives Forum in the Writers Museum, Parnell Square in Dublin.

Irish example for Basque peace process

Tributes have been paid to the Irish role in bringing about the ceasefire by Basque separatist group ETA, particularly that of peace intermediary Fr Alec Reid.

No future in parties’ fanciful ideas on assembly

In an unusually sharp and pointed criticism Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams publicly questioned the quality of the advice being given to US president George Bush, which is shaping his administration’s policy in relation to the peace process here.

March 24, 2006

McDowell under strain

Pressure is growing on the 26-County Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell after has was forced to apologise twice for political outbursts while controversy mounts over unexplained deaths in police custody.

UDA, UVF mount attacks

A prominent loyalist was shot in yet another attack in County Antrim linked to the unionist paramilitary UDA - the third within weeks.

Unionists could gain control over Housing

Nationalists have expressed concern at British Direct Ruler Peter Hain’s proposals for changing the role of the Housing Executive (HE) in the North.


A permanent ceasefire announced by Basque pro-independence organisation Euskadi Ta Askatasuna [Basque Homeland and Freedom] has gone into effect.

Ahern accepts past collusion, future cover-up

26-County Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he always believed there was British collusion in the murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.

The History of the Basque Country

The Basque Country, Euskal Herria, Vasconia, Navarre, etc. are some of the many names given to the Basque nation throughout its history. A nation, which, like Ireland, has endured a long struggle against aggression by its neighbours. A nation that has managed to survive to the present day, maintaining its own unique identity.

‘Smoke and mirrors’ Assembly?

Sinn Féin remains opposed to reported plans from London and Dublin for the restoration of an Assembly at Stormont with limited powers and a target date for the appointment of a powersharing executive.

Barmy logic of US Homeland Security officials

By Danny Morrison (for Daily Ireland)

Seven hundred people gathered on St Patrick’s night in Buffalo to hear Gerry Adams give an address on the subject of the peace process. However, he didn’t appear, having been detained by Homeland Security officials at Reagan National Airport in Washington, until he missed his flight.

March 20, 2006

Renewed US support sought for peace process

The US government and Irish Americans have been urged to support Sinn Féin’s call for the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

Birmingham Six man seeks apology

One of the Birmingham Six has promised to launch legal action against the British government unless he gets a public apology.

Govts seek to quell concern over CIA renditions

Aircraft used by the CIA to transport prisoners to countries where they are reportedly being tortured have landed in the North, it has been revealed.

Adams defies ‘carrot and stick’ pressure

Efforts by Gerry Adams to brief Irish-American supporters of the peace process this week were hampered by a fund-raising ban and travel issues.


A “shadow assembly” could operate in Belfast for a “few months” while efforts are made to restore power-sharing, Bertie Ahern has said.

The Irishmen who died for Mexico

The Saint Patrick’s Battalion in the US-Mexican War has placed the Irish as a revered race in Mexico; even to this day, an Irish person in Mexico will be told a countless number of times about the famous ‘Irish Martyrs’ who defected from the US Army and gave their lives trying to save Mexico from US aggression from 1846-1848.

St Patrick’s breakthrough for Belfast

Belfast enjoyed its first ever official St. Patrick’s Day parade with good cheer at the weekend despite disagreement over the waving of the Irish flag.

All change in world of all-Ireland politics

People say nothing ever changes here, but they’re wrong. Movement is so slow, glacial even, that usually people don’t notice.

March 16, 2006

Court setback for Save Tara campaign

An environmentalist has had legal costs of up to 600,000 Euros (Stg413,000) awarded against him after he lost his court challenge against the routing of the M3 motorway near the Hill of Tara.

Exclusion not an option - Hain

Britain’s Direct Ruler in Ireland, Peter Hain, has made it clear that he will not bar Sinn Féin from a restored Belfast Assembly or power-sharing administration.

Adams appeals for peace progress

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has said he is increasingly concerned at the handling of the current talks by the Dublin and London governments and the recent partisan behaviour of the US government.


US envoy Ambassador Mitchell Reiss has suggested that Sinn Féin’s insistence on further police reform can be equated with the DUP’s refusal to hold talks with republicans.

The Diary of Bobby Sands (part 2)

For the first seventeen days of his hunger-strike 25 years ago this week, Bobby Sands kept a secret diary in which he wrote his thoughts and views.

The following is his writings for the last eight days. It is extracted from ‘Skylark Sing your Lonely Song: An Anthology of the Writings of Bobby Sands.

Institutional inequality must end

The North’s Equality Commission is being urged to begin investigations of public institutions with records of discrimination.

Adams, Ahern back emigrants’ rights

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams in New York yesterday morning pledged his party’s “full support for the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform.

Struggle for freedom is story worth reading

Last Thursday, March 9 was Bobby Sands’s birthday. He would have been 52.

March 13, 2006

Media smuggled in for border raid

A raid on an alleged border smuggling operation has provided the launching pad for a wave of anti-republican news coverage.

‘Blood money’ for British soldiers

Relatives of people killed by locally recruited British soldiers in the North of Ireland have described a massive cash payout to the 3,000 troops as ‘repugnant and offensive’.

Hain announces new Policing Board

British Direct Ruler Peter Hain has announced the new make-up of the North’s Policing Board, which includes a majority of Independent members.

UVF ‘hit list’ destroyed by PSNI

An apparent hit list found in the home of a unionist paramilitary murder suspect was later destroyed by the PSNI, it has emerged.


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has accepted a St Patrick’s Day invitation to the White House despite a US administration ban on his fundraising plans and strong Irish opposition to George Bush’s foreign policy.

The Bomb to End All Bombs?

Did a British agent at the heart of a dissident republican group engineer the Omagh bomb?

Disgust at 1916 ‘Sale of the century’

There has been an outcry over a planned auction of historical documents and artifacts associated with the 1916 Rising.

The shots that changed the world forever

By Tom McGurk (for the Sunday Business Post)

The public commentary ever since Bertie Ahern announced the revival of the 1916 memorial parade has been fascinating.

March 9, 2006

Brutal murder throws harsh light on justice system

A number of related policing and judicial scandals have followed the murder of a 22-year-old woman at a party in Dublin last weekend.

Jammed gun prevents UDA murder

A gun attack on a Catholic taxi driver in north Belfast at the weekend is the start of a killing campaign against all republican ex-prisoners, according to the unionist paramilitary UDA.


British Prime Minister Tony Blair and 26-County Taoiseach Bertie Ahern appear to have moved away from plans for a ‘shadow’ Six-County Assembly in Belfast, but are still not revealing any proposals for reviving the peace process.

All-party vote for Finucane inquiry

The Dublin parliament has unanimously backed a motion calling for a “full, independent, public judicial inquiry” into the 1989 murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.

The Diary of Bobby Sands

For the first seventeen days of his hunger-strike 25 years ago this week, Bobby Sands kept a secret diary in which he wrote his thoughts and views. The following is his writings for the first nine days.

Unionists snub ‘terrorist’ Rising

Ulster Unionists have rejected an invitation to attend a ceremony to mark the 1916 Easter Rising and the declaration of the Irish Republic, describing it as an “act of terrorism”.

High Court persecution of leading republican

Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane is to face a retrial in connection with an IRA action over 20 years ago, the Dublin High Court has ruled.

Establishment be warned - the truth will out

By Danny Morrison

You might think that it would be to the advantage of Tony Blair and incumbent prime minister Gordon Brown to expose the involvement of their main opponents - the Conservatives - in murder. They certainly have the information and power to do it - but not the will or inclination.

March 5, 2006

PSNI raids block UDA propoganda bid

UDA leaders were among a group of up to 15 unionist paramilitaries arrested on Friday after PSNI police raided a bar during a ‘show of strength’.

Protest after Bush rallies troops at Irish airport

Political activists have demonstrated against stopovers through Shannnon Airport this week by US President George Bush.

Orde evades Omagh questions

PSNI police chief Hugh Orde has dodged questions put to him at a meeting of the North’s Policing Board about the 1998 Omagh bombing.

Blair snub to McBride family

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has refused to meet the family of murdered Belfast teenager Peter McBride.


An attempt by the London and Dublin governments to form a Belfast Assembly with significantly reduced powers is meeting strong resistance from northern nationalists.

Immortalised on the lips of old and young

By Danny Morrison (for Daily Ireland)

When recalling the 1981 hunger strike, people often preface their memories by saying: “You wouldn’t think it was 25 years ago. It seems like only yesterday.”

Dublin - the new Drumcree?

A unionist group has said it is determined to march through Dublin in spite of the violence caused by its attempt to do so last weekend.

Exclusion is politics of failure and the past

By Jim Gibney (for the Irish News)

What were the British and Irish governments, the SDLP and the DUP doing when they tried to exclude Sinn Fein from negotiations 10 days ago?

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