February 29, 2008


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has accused the Dublin government under Charles Haughey of providing the information that led to the SAS ambush of three IRA Volunteers in Gibraltar 20 years ago.

The Dark’s ashes are scattered

The ashes of former IRA hunger striker Brendan ‘The Dark’ Hughes have been scattered in west Belfast and in County Louth.

IRA refuses to meet British truth panel

The Provisional IRA is to refuse to meet the ‘Eames/Bradley consultative group on dealing with the past’, it has been revealed.

March in defence of Irish language

Thousands of people took to the streets of Belfast city centre on February 23 to show their support for the Irish language and cultural diversity.

SF to discuss Irish unity policy

The Sinn Féin Ard Fheis will take place in the RDS in Dublin this weekend.

Clinton to mark Agreement anniversary

Former US president Bill Clinton has confirmed his attendance at celebrations in Belfast to mark the 10th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in April.

Confidence for transfer of powers exists now

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams argues that failure by the DUP to agree the transfer of policing and justice powers risks eroding confidence in the political institutions.

Spain could learn lessons from Irish conflict

If the conflict in Ireland can be brought to a just end so can the conflict in the Basque country.

February 21, 2008


Ian Paisley Jnr dramatically quit from the northern power-sharing executive on Tuesday, and questions are now being raised over how long his father can remain as First Minister.

Death of Brendan ‘The Dark’ Hughes

One of Belfast’s most senior republican figures and a legendary IRA fighter, Brendan Hughes, died at the weekend after a short illness aged 59.

‘Should have been open war’, say unionists

The Belfast Assembly repeatedly descended into an angry shouting match this week over the suggestion that the conflict in the North should be classified as a war in order to begin the healing process.

British blamed for ‘assassination attempt’

Republicans in Derry have stepped up their security after what they believe was an assassination attempt on a senior ‘Real IRA’ figure.

US Homeland Security turns vindictive

The US Department of Homeland Security has deported Mark James McAllister, the son of former Irish Republican prisoner Malachy McAllister, to Ireland.

EU to ignore Irish referendum result

There has been anger and incredulity in Ireland over a vote by the European Parliaments today [Thursday] NOT to respect the result of the Lisbon Treaty referendum.

Brendan Hughes

Brendan ‘Darkie’ reflects on a lifetime of struggle and the current political situation in Ireland.

Existence of informers is unpalatable fact of life

Informers, agents and spies have been a part of Irish society for as long as the British government have been occupying Ireland.

February 15, 2008


A former Sinn Féin bodyguard and driver for Gerry Adams has been exposed as a British agent and informer.

McGuinness blasts republican militants

Martin McGuinness, Sinn Féin’s Deputy First Minister, has described republicans who still believe in armed struggle as “no-hopers” who are “detached from reality”.

DUP to block transfer of powers

The North’s First Minister Ian Paisley and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams have clashed over the devolution of policing and justice powers, scheduled for May.

Family forced out of Stoneyford

A Catholic father of three has expressed anger at being forced to leave Stoneyford, County Armagh by a long campaign of sectarian intimidation and death threats.

RTE to cut off northern radio listeners

Politicians on both sides of the border have expressed dismay about a decision by the Irish state broadcaster, RTE, to drop its Radio 1 medium-wave service.

McKevitt appeal opens

Michael McKevitt has begun a Supreme Court appeal against his conviction of the charge of “directing terrorist activities”,

What exactly are we reforming in this treaty?

An attempt to find out what the Lisbon Reform Treaty means.

Just who drafts MI5’s agenda?

Does anyone believe that even when justice and policing are devolved to Stormont that local politicians will have any control over agencies such as MI5?

February 8, 2008


The PSNI police have again set up a number of road checkpoints across the North amid a general increase in tension between the British Crown forces and republican hardliners.

Pol Brennan arrested, faces deportation threat

A former IRA Volunteer who escaped from Long Kesh prison more than 24 years ago and fought a long battle against extradition from the US has been arrested by immigration officials in Texas.

Low copy justice for Strabane men

A County Tyrone republican has been ‘interned’ despite being cleared of attempted murder charges this week.

State support for Orangeism, not Irish

The Orange Order in the 26 Counties is to receive substantial funding from the Dublin government, it has been announced.

Raymond McCord to address SF Ard Fheis

Sinn Féin has confirmed that Raymond McCord Snr has agreed to speak at this year’s Sinn Féin Ard Fheis at the end of this month.

No more Bloody Sunday lies, marchers demand

The report of the second Bloody Sunday Inquiry must be given to the families of the victims at the same time it is received by the British government, the large crowd at this year’s commemoration march was told.

Interview with the ‘Real IRA’

The first interview in five years with the ‘Real IRA’ was published this week. The following is an edited version of that interview.

The ache that still hurts

I don’t need any British Judge to tell me what happened on Bloody Sunday.

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