December 30, 2011

Provocative ‘history’

margaretthatcher2.jpg The publication of declassified papers from thirty years ago has brought new controversy over the British view of the 1981 hunger strike, in which ten men, including Bobby Sands, died.

Demand abides for Bloody Sunday justice

marchforjustice.jpg The annual march commemorating the 1972 Bloody Sunday massacre will take place under the theme ‘March for Justice’, despite calls by some relatives of the victims that the campaign should come to an end.

University to give up confidential IRA files

bostoncollege2.jpg Boston College has agreed to turn over research interviews recorded in confidence by a former IRA member to the PSNI police.

Gaelic sports club burned out

seandolans.jpg Loyalist paramilitaries are being blamed for an arson attack which badly damaged a GAA clubhouse in Derry on Wednesday.

No right to protest for nationalists

garcprotest.jpg A residents’ group whose members were convicted this week for protesting against a sectarian parade said the case highlighted the one-sided nature of the justice system in the North of Ireland.

Dublin government confirms water tax

watercharges.jpg Every drop of clean water in the 26 County state is to be metered and taxed as part of a new government fundraising drive which emerged over the Christmas break.

RSF President looks back

rsfardfheis2011.jpg The Presidential Address delivered at the 107th Ard Fheis of Republican Sinn Féin last month in which Des Dalton reviews events of the past year and looks to the future.

All changed utterly in electoral revolution

2011.jpg A remarkable year in politics north and south - remarkable not least because for once there was more ‘Sturm und Drang’ south of the border than north of it.

December 23, 2011

A liberty shredded by Britain

liberty.jpg Pressure is growing for the immediate release form jail of former republican spokeswoman Marian Price after it was admitted that a royal pardon central to her case has been shredded by the British government.

Duffy-Shivers trial ends in further controversy

duffyshivers.jpg A lawyer told Belfast Crown Court this week that the trial of Colin Duffy and Brian Shivers for the March 2009 Real IRA attack on a British Army base in Antrim has “miscarriage of justice all over it”.

Corey wins internment review

martincorey.jpg Armagh man Martin Corey has won High Court permission to mount a challenge to his re-imprisonment.

History made as coroner recommends prosecution

johnleckey.jpg A prosecution in the case of a Derry teenager killed in 1972 could pave the way for cases to be brought against those responsible for Bloody Sunday and other British military atrocities in the North of Ireland.

Sinn Fein issues PSNI warning

declankearney.jpg In an unusually frank statement, Sinn Fein strategist Declan Kearney has said his party’s support for the PSNI is “not unconditional”.

Adams is South’s most popular political leader

ballotadams.jpg The latest opinion poll in the 26 Counties places Gerry Adams as the most popular political leader, and Sinn Fein as the second most popular party in the state.

A victim of an evil regime

marianpriceflat.jpg In a rare interview, Marian Price has revealed the toll her time in isolation in Maghaberry prison has taken on her physical and mental health.

Detention of pardoned Price an abuse of power

marianpriceposter.jpg The slogan says ’Free Marion Price’. Tens of thousands of motorists see it every day. It’s doubtful if any of them pay any attention. They should.

December 21, 2011

Sean Garland wins extradition case

seangarland.jpg The extradition of veteran republican socialist Sean Garland to the United States has been rejected by an Irish court this afternoon.

December 16, 2011

An appeal for the truth

jackalruc.jpg There have been new calls for a truth commission in the north of Ireland following confirmation that one of the North’s deadliest terrorists was a police agent.

Family’s relief as inquest finally held

hegartyfamily.jpg British soldiers involved in shooting a 15-year-old boy nearly 40 years ago should face prosecution, a lawyer for the teenager’s family has said, following the long-sought inquest into his death last week.

SF condemns euro deal “madness”

eoinobroin.jpg Sinn Fein has described the deal done by European leaders last week as “madness” which could condemn the 26-County state to a draconian austerity program from which it can never escape.

PSNI base targeted in south Armagh

keadyruc.jpg A bomb was defused on Sunday night close to the PSNI station in Keady, south Armagh.

Prisoner’s wife sexually assaulted by MI5 man

assault.jpg An MI5 attempt to recruit the wife of a dissident republican prisoner as an agent ended with the mother-of-three being groped and intimidated by an intelligence officer.

‘Boycott the charge’ campaign launched

boycottcharge.jpg A campaign by members of the Dublin parliament to boycott the 100 euro household charge is “a very dangerous road for our democracy”, according to the coalition government.

Remember Irish political prisoners this Christmas

prisonerschristmas.jpg December is the traditional month for remembering those still in jail in Ireland for their republican beliefs.

Free Marian Price now

marianpriceaddress.jpg The continuing imprisonment of Marian Price in Maghaberry is a scandal and would be seen more widely in this light were it not for her politics.

December 14, 2011

RUC/UDR gang carried out showband massacre - report

miamishowband.jpg Both the RUC police and the British Army’s Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) were directly involved in the Miami Showband massacre, according to a report by the North’s Historical Enquiries Team.

December 9, 2011

‘Neither King nor Kanzler’

cameronmerkel.jpg A historic Franco-German drive for a new superstate has seen the Eurocrats of Brussels demand political and fiscal powers to rival those of the US federal government in Washington.

Austerity budget sparks further coalition tension

patricknulty.jpg A 26-County Government backbencher, Patrick Nulty has formally left the Labour parliamentary party amid a public outcry over the Fine Gael/Labour coalition’s austerity budget, announced this week.

PSNI target Sinn Fein’s policing trailblazer

michaelbrownebelfast.jpg The former head of Sinn Fein on Belfast city council has criticised the PSNI police who confiscated his taxi, falsely claiming it had been used in relation to ‘dissident’ activity.

Finucane decision faces judicial review

patfinucane.jpg The British government is to face a legal challenge over its failure to launch a public inquiry into Crown force collusion in the murder of defence lawyer Pat Finucane.

McGurk’s families take up legal challenge

mcgurksvictims.jpg The families of victims of the 1971 McGurk’s bar bombing have lodged papers at the High Court in Belfast challenging both the PSNI and the police ombudsman over failings in the recent handling of the case.

History comes knocking

covenant2.jpg A massive unionist rally is being organised to mark the centenary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant.

McGurk’s Bar, forty years on

mcgurksbar2.jpg Patrick McGurk lost his mother and sister in the bomb that ripped through his father’s bar in Belfast’s North Queen Street. On the 40th anniversary of the bombing he spoke about his memories of December 4 1971 and how victims’ families are still continuing to fight for the truth.

DUP bluster can’t stop SF’s winds of change

belfastcityhall.jpg Belfast’s Lord Mayor Niall O Donnghaile has done more in his six months in office to promote peace and reconciliation between the citizens of Belfast than his unionist critics have done in a lifetime.

December 6, 2011

Budget taxes unveiled

noonanbudget.jpg An announcement of new taxes in the Dublin parliament has brought confirmation that those living on low and middle incomes will be the main victims of the 26-County government’s austerity program.

December 5, 2011

Families, elderly, students hit by budget cuts

howlinbudget2012.jpg Sinn Fein has accused the Fine Gael/Labour overnment of targeting the vulnerable and low and middle income families with the same failed austerity budgetary measures as pursued by Fianna Fail.

December 2, 2011

Police killings shelved

shoottokill1982.jpg A total of 49 cases in which members of the RUC/PSNI police were responsible for extra-judicial killings have been consigned to a “legal limbo”, according to reports.

Coalition frays ahead of budget

tommybroughan.jpg Tommy Broughan, who represented Dublin North-East in the Dail, has been expelled from the Labour Party after he refused to support an extension of the bank guarantee.

Deaths of three Newry nationalists ‘a tragedy’

seanruddy.jpg The family of a teenager shot dead by the British Army 40 years ago said they hope a report into the killing will help them finally come to terms with the atrocity.

Dismay as Diplock judge endorses computer DNA test

trueallele.jpg There was disappointment but little surprise for justice campaigners this week when a judge declared in Antrim Crown Court that controversial DNA evidence, never before allowed in a British of Irish court, was “reliable and acceptable”.

Convoy for the prisoners

powconvoy.jpg A ‘car convoy’ protest is planned for the weekend to draw attention to the crisis over the treatment of Irish political prisoners at Maghaberry jail in County Armagh.

O Donnghaile issues apology over royal award ceremony

odonnghailemayor.jpg The mayor of Belfast, Sinn Fein’s Niall O Donnghaile, has been condemned by unionists for not presenting a Duke of Edinburgh award to a British Army cadet at a ceremony in Belfast.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty

angloirishtreaty.jpg An introduction by Joseph Gannon to the history behind the Anglo-Irish Treaty, signed 90 years ago this week and which sowed the seeds of a conflict which continues to this day.

Important work ahead for the Irish diaspora

diaspora.jpg The Irish scattered around the world have a vital contribution to make as we seek to reshape and re-imagine Ireland in the 21st century.

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