April 28, 2006


Dessie O'Hare, former leader of the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), has finally been freed from prison, but not under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

IMC fuels calls for progress

An official report for the Dublin and London governments on allegations of IRA and unionist paramilitary activity is the “most positive” yet about the Provisional IRA following a peaceful path.

Marching season ‘breakthrough’

Nationalist residents have welcomed talks involving the Protestant marching orders over their provocative and triumphalist parades through Catholic areas in the summer months.

Helicopter incident in South Armagh

A South Armagh man is lucky to be alive after a lump of concrete fell from a British Army helicopter onto his roof.

Monarchs not wanted

Britain’s ‘Duke of Edinburgh’, Philip Mountbatten, joined Irish President Mary McAleese as guest of honour at an awards ceremony in Dublin today despite protests by republicans.

Partition a tragedy for northwest

The partition of Ireland has left border communities struggling under a lack of services both North and South, a Sinn Fein conference was told on Wednesday.

Michael Davitt

May 2006 marks the centenary of the death of Michael Davitt, nationalist, trade unionist, agrarian agitator and founder of the National Land League.

A few bad apples don’t make a bad barrel

The IMC has failed to report that almost 70 active members of a certain paramilitary organisation have been convicted of criminal offences.

April 24, 2006


Members of the PSNI police who shot and killed a motorist in County Down last weekend are still armed and on duty, it has emerged.

DUP urged to move on

A government report is expected to again confirm that the Provisional IRA no longer poses a threat and has moved further in what is described as “ending criminality”.

Anti-Catholic parades in line for aid

Member lodges of the Protestant Orange Order have applied for over two hundred thousand Euros of grant aid money to stage sectarian parades.

Stab victim survives sectarian attack

A 20-year-old man has described how he was stabbed in the back in a vicious sectarian attack at a busy shopping centre on a Saturday afternoon.

Jurists criticise inquiry legislation

Controversial new legislation which will dictate how inquiries into British Crown force collusion in a number of murders are held has been criticised by an international panel of eminent jurists.

Easter lily sanction suspended

A judge has ordered a republican prisoner to be released from a County Antrim prison's punishment block while a legal challenge is heard on the wearing of Easter lilies.

Remembering Tom Barry

Gerry Kelly spoke on Sunday at the annual Crossbarry commemoration, remembering the British Army operation of 1921 which set out to eliminate Tom Barry’s famous Third West Cork Flying column.

Values of Rising need to be renewed

There needs to be a debate about what it really does mean to be Irish.

April 21, 2006


Rioting has continued in Lurgan, County Armagh for two days after PSNI police staged a raid on Wednesday on what they claimed was a dissident republican bomb factory.

Prisoners punished over Easter Lily

A republican prisoner has been refusing food and water after being thrown into the prison's punishment block for wearing an Easter Lily.

Bill creates ‘transitional Assembly’

British Direct Ruler Peter Hain is rushing emergency legislation through the London parliament to enable the recall of the Belfast Assembly on May 15th....

Concern at Bloody Sunday delay

Relatives of the Bloody Sunday victims have described the delay in the publication of the report of the new Saville Inquiry into the 1972 shootings as 'ridiculous'.

Sectarian attackers ‘seen at parade’

Councillors in north Antrim have said members of a sectarian gang who stabbed a young Catholic last weekend were spotted on the sidelines of a parade by the Protestant Apprentice Boys organisation in Ballymena.

SF seeks to prevent export of artefacts

Sinn Fein is to put forward a motion in the Dublin parliament demanding legislation to prevent the sale and export of important historical documents.

Siobhan O’Hanlon - a tribute

We shall benefit from the work Siobhan O'Hanlon did in her life - in the freedom struggle, in the peace process, in the bridges she built.

Shootings ‘cult of silence’ must end

Until Easter Sunday Neil McConville was the only person the PSNI had shot dead.

April 18, 2006


A man shot dead by the PSNI at a checkpoint in County Down was unarmed at the time, it has been revealed.

Huge turnout for Rising events

The Dublin establishment has joined in the commemorations held across Ireland this Easter weekend to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.

UVF collusion scandal

A former senior RUC police officer has confirmed that a north Belfast UVF commander was involved in more than a dozen murders while he worked for RUC Special Branch.

Quiet start to marching season

The first of this year’s parades by the Protestant marching orders have passed off without incident.

Dissident bomb ‘misguided’

An attempted bomb attack in Derry on Thursday has been linked to dissident republicans.

IRA apologises for death of civilian

The Provisional IRA has apologised to the family of a Catholic man killed in a bomb blast almost 32 years ago.

Proclamation at ‘heart and soul’ of republic

An edited version of the address by Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams at the annual Easter commemoration in Belfast.

Rising played pivotal part in Irish history

Shortly before 1pm on Easter Monday 1916, outside Dublin's GPO, the British empire started to crumble.

April 14, 2006


This weekend Ireland will witness one of the biggest official commemorations of any historic event since partition.

Prison protest fast ended

An Irish republican awaiting repatriation from an English prison has ended a fast begun in a bid to obtain better medical attention and speed up his repatriation to be nearer his loved ones in Ireland.

DUP ‘disdain’ for new approach

Ian Paisley's DUP has warned London against any attempt to jointly manage the Six Counties with the Dublin government.

Death of Siobhan O'Hanlon

A Sinn Fein official who was heavily involved in the party’s negotiating team at the Belfast Assembly in the run up to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement has died.

SDLP dissidents challenge Durkan

SDLP leader Mark Durkan is set to face a leadership challenge from the former vice-chairman of the party.

Easter 1916

Just before noon on Easter Monday, April 24th, a group of 150 men strode out of Liberty Hall in Dublin, then marched toward Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) a few hundred yards away.

McAllisters face deportation

In a decision filed on Monday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided against the McAllister family’s appeal against deportation.

1916 and all that...

To justify or to sympathise or, at the minimum, to understand, 1916, is to justify, sympathise or understand the IRA’s armed struggle in the North.

April 13, 2006

IRA Easter message 2006

The text of the annual Easter message by the Provisional IRA, in English and in Irish.

April 9, 2006


Sinn Féin has said it will attend the reconvened Belfast Assembly on May 15th with the purpose of forming a power sharing government.

RUC man revealed Donaldson hideout

A former RUC policeman helped identify the remote hideaway of British superspy Denis Donaldson last month, it has been revealed.

Parades routed through flashpoint areas

The Protestant Apprentice Boys organisation has been given a green light to hold sectarian marches through two combustible ‘interface’ areas on Easter Monday.

Prison abuses continue

Maghaberry prison authorities are trying to drive conditions for prisoners on the republican wing back to those of the 1970s.

MI5 in US recruitment bid

British intelligence services tried to recruit him a Tyrone man to spy on the Real IRA while on a family holiday last month in the United States.

Same old story for Policing Board

Nationalists have criticised the re-election of Desmond Rea as chairman of the North’s Policing Board.

A possible end to the political impasse

For the first time this week the notion of a ‘Plan B’ emerged.

Who killed Denis Donaldson?

Few in the media or among mainstream political parties have dared to consider British involvement.

April 6, 2006

Joint Statement by Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair

The text of a Joint Statement issued today by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the city of Armagh

April 5, 2006


The murder of top republican informer Denis Donaldson has caused political shockwaves amid intense speculation about his killing.

Govts press ahead with recall plan

Sinn Féin has told Tony Blair that under no circumstances will it take part in a powerless ‘shadow’ assembly in Belfast or its committees.

Movement on demilitarisation welcomed

Republicans have welcomed action on the promised demolition of five remaining British army spy posts in south Armagh, which began suddenly this week.

No Catholics need apply for new fund

Catholic areas are excluded from a new 33 million pound plan to combat poverty in Belfast, it has been revealed.

Parades Commissioner openly biased

A member of the supposedly independent Parades Commission has admitted he is working in support of the Protestant Orange Order “from inside the fence”.

IRA Volunteer jailed

A former IRA Volunteer has been imprisoned in Germany over an attack on a British army base in the country almost 17 years ago.

Uncanny parallel to Tan War

A review of the new book, 'The Origins and Organisation of British Propaganda in Ireland 1920', by Brian P Murphy.

Sham assembly just like old times

Tomorrow’s performance by Blair and Ahern promises to be a perfect example of “the triumph of hope over experience”,

April 4, 2006

Top informer found dead

Denis Donaldson, who spied for British forces for over twenty years while working as a top Sinn Fein official, has been found dead.

April 3, 2006


Evidence has emerged that suggests the Dublin government ordered Garda police not to pursue British military and unionist paramilitary killers of Irish citizens in the 1970s.

Paisley’s demands conceded, say reports

It is being reported that the Belfast Assembly will be recalled three times in the next few months and could be finally shut down on November 24.

Adams off US ‘terror’ list

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has been removed from a US government ‘terrorist watch list’ following a meeting between US politicians and transport officials.

Sinn Fein condemns Derry bomb hoaxers

Republican youths have been blamed for bringing parts of Derry’s Bogside area to a standstill

British demilitarisation promised

An announcement that British army personnel in the North will be reduced to 5,000 by July 2007 has been greeted with scepticism by nationalists.

SDLP stunned by resignation

The vice-chairman of the SDLP has resigned from his position, launching a bitter attack on the party and its leadership.

A republican who could not be bought

A historian is aiming to rediscover the story of an Irishwoman whose courage saved the leaders of a rebellion in 1803.

‘Feudal lord’ has illusions above his station

If ever there was a politician on the make, it’s Peter Hain.

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