April 25, 2008


The public inquiry into the 1989 murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane has been secretly blocked for nearly two years, it has emerged.

Parades Commission to be scrapped - reports

Plans to replace the North’s Parades Commission have been described as “absolute madness” by nationalist

Justice group sues over Dublin’s secrets

Victims of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings said this week they are suing the Dublin government because it has failed to release part of an investigation into the single most devastating attack in the history of the conflict.

Orange Order singled out for compensation

A new British government scheme offering financial compensation for attacks on Orange Halls has been described as sectarian.

Protests as departing Paisley attends Cork reception

Three men were arrested during a republican protest objecting to Ian Paisley’s attendance at a civic event in Cobh, County Cork.

National treasures under the hammer

Sinn Féin has condemned the sale of historical artefacts relating to the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence at an auction in Dublin.

The unanswered questions

The text of an address by Ruairi O Bradaigh, President of Republican Sinn Féin at the Ireland Institute, Pearse Centre, Dublin on April 17.

What is Peter Robinson’s vision?

There is no clue yet about how the DUP leader-designate sees the future of unionism or even if he sees a future for unionism.

April 18, 2008


A leaked memo by a senior British diplomat has revealed secret cross-channel plans to convince Irish voters to support the upcoming referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

Hopes for justice as Nelson Inquiry opens

The head of British military intelligence in Ireland is among a string of top spooks to have been questioned by the inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson, it has been revealed.

Spotlight on sectarianism

A BBC television documentary has shown footage of their crew being attacked and intimidated in the village of Stoneyford as they were filming a programme about sectarianism.

Police Ombudsman complains of workload

The new Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson has warned that his office is in danger of reaching a “tipping point” because of its heavy workload.

Welcome for equality-based US investment

A $150m investment package is being provided to the Six Counties from New York and will be subject to the MacBride equality principles.

Surge of support for Scottish independence

For the first time, independence has taken a lead in an opinion poll on Scotland’s constitutional future.

The cause of Tibet

This is the most critical time for the Tibetan people.

US investment will build a sustainable future

May's investment conference is crucial as we seek to deliver on the wider objectives of equality and sustainability.

April 14, 2008

Peter Robinson to be next First Minister

The DUP has elected Peter Robinson to succeed Ian Paisley as its new leader and First Minister in the northern Executive.

April 11, 2008


Five republican prisoners have been moved to solitary confinement in Maghaberry jail after protesting a court ruling on a ban on the wearing of Easter lily.

Good Friday Agreement marked ‘transition’

Unionists must be persuaded to scrap partition, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said.

Omagh civil case begins

The Omagh bomb civil action must be public, the judge said during legal discussion this week at the start of the trial.

No police role for IRA - Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said people in west Belfast must “get real” and understand that the Provisional IRA is not going to return to tackle criminality in the area.

Cowen assumes FF leadership, backs process

Tanaiste Brian Cowen has been elected leader of Fianna Fail unopposed and is set to become 26-County Taoiseach when Bertie Ahern steps down on May 6.

Appointment of Victims Commission disrupted

Growing tensions between Sinn Féin and the DUP over the proposed appointment of a chief Victims’ Commissioner has caused the passage of a Bill to be unexpectedly postponed.

Community must stand together

The following is the full text of remarks made by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams to a local activist meeting in Belfast this week.

Does a Bill of Rights need us?

A bill of rights in any shape or form must be viewed as a progressive thing.

April 5, 2008

Brian Cowen to be next Taoiseach

Brian Cowen will be the next 26-County Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fail, it was confirmed today.

April 4, 2008


Fianna Fail is expected to elect Minister for Finance Brian Cowen as leader next week following this week’s announcement by Bertie Ahern that he intends to step down as Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fail on May 6th.

Loyalists rampage in Castle Street

A Celtic fan remains seriously ill in hospital after his throat was slashed during a mob loyalist attack on a pub in west central Belfast.

PSNI ‘alienating nationalists’ - Maskey

A furious row erupted between the PSNI Chief Hugh Orde and Sinn Féin’s Alex Maskey at a public meeting of the policing board on Thursday amid rising fears over a crime wave in nationalist west Belfast.

Hunger-strike dispute lost in translation

New light has been shed on reported republican reaction to a British offer which might have ended the 1981 hunger strike after four deaths.

UDA ‘will never go away’, court hears

A guarantee that the unionist paramilitary UDA would not disband was set to be declared before a planned 'show of strength', according to court documents.

Baby steps for Bill of Rights

A proposed Bill of Rights for the Six Counties was published in Belfast this week despite major public differences by its drafters on its main proposals.

Agreement has delivered change

The Belfast Agreement marks an historic and defining point of change in the history and development of this island, writes Gerry Adams.

Flying the flag

Don't assume you can trust a British politician any more than a DUP one.

April 2, 2008

Bertie Ahern announces resignation as Taoiseach

The Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, has announced he is resigning as the Prime Minister of the 26 Counties and as the leader of Fianna Fail.

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