February 28, 2012

Govt forced to hold EU Treaty referendum

kennydail.jpg The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has just confirmed in the Dáil that the people of the 26 Counties will be asked in a referendum to ratify the Brussels Treaty.

Govt forced to hold Treaty referendum

kennydail.jpg The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has just confirmed in the Dáil that the people of the 26 Counties will be asked in a referendum to ratify the Brussels Treaty.

February 24, 2012

UVF show trial shame

uvftrialenglish.jpg The end of a loyalist ‘supergrass’ trial, which saw twelve alleged unionist paramilitaries cleared of the murder of UDA leader Tommy English in 2000, has again raised fresh question marks over the credibility of the so-called ‘justice system’ in the North of Ireland.

Vicious treatment for terminally ill prisoner

brianshiversjailed.jpg Republican prisoner Brian Shivers, who was controversially handed a 25-year sentence by a Diplock court earlier this month, was brutally assaulted by prison staff while attending Belfast City Hospital last week.

‘Treachery’ of state sell-off

irelandforsale.jpg The sale of 26-County State assets is to begin next year, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed.

Human rights ignored as govt pursues Chinese cash

xipingkenny.jpg Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins has criticised what he calls the “obsequious welcome of the political, business and media establishments” of the Chinese vice-president Xi Jinping who has been visiting Ireland.

Deery family dismiss investigation

manusdeery.jpg The family of a Derry teenager killed by the British army in 1972 have rejected the findings of a police Historical Enquiries Team (HET) investigation into his death.

Statement on Gordon Gallagher

gordongallagher.jpg A statement was released to the Pat Finucane centre in Derry today [Friday] regarding the tragic death of Gordon Gallagher in 1973.

The Clonmult ambush

clonmultambush.jpg The greatest loss of life incurred by the Cork IRA occurred at Clonmult, seven miles north of Midleton, 91 years ago this week.

Bereaved need review of bookie’s massacre

ormeauroadreport.jpg At the heart of a new report on the massacre by the UDA/UFF at the Sean Graham bookmaker’s shop on Belfast’s Ormeau Road 20 years is the deadly story of a consignment of weapons that travelled from South Africa to Belfast in 1987.

February 17, 2012

The Clonoe 514

clonoeposter.jpg More than 500 bullets were fired at four IRA Volunteers who were killed in an undercover British army ambush 20 years ago this week, it has emerged.

‘No Irish need apply’

pearsedohertyflat.jpg Sinn Féin has condemned the government’s Finance Bill for the year 2012, which has intentionally created a new tax loophole for highly paid workers from outside the state.

Shivers appeals Massereene conviction

brianshivers.jpg Brian Shivers has launched an urgent appeal against his wrongful conviction for the 2009 Real IRA attack at Massereene British Army base.

Marian Price being held is ‘internment’ - Msgr Murray

raymondmurray.jpg A prominent Catholic priest has agreed that the continuing detention of veteran republican Marian Price is internment without trial.

Support for Palestinian hunger striker

khaderadnan.jpg Republican groups of all hues have rallied in support of Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan, who is said to be near death while shackled to a bed in an Israeli hospital.

Cearta Gael á n-éileamh [Irish speakers demand their rights]

peterhain.jpg Ba bheag an t-iontas a bhí ar phobal Gaeilge nuair a rinneadh tagairt d’Acht na Gaeilge i gcuimhní cinn Peter Hain. [There was little surprise in the Irish language community when the Irish Language Act was referenced in Peter Hain’s memoirs.]

Breaking with fear in Greece

greekprotest.jpg The real news in Greece is not about riots, but of a growing number of people who have broken away from fear and decided to fight back against the austerity imposed by the 'Troika' of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF.

Getting Gerry Adams

normanbaxter.jpg Former RUC and PSNI Detective Chief Superintendant Norman Baxter may find policing in Kabul these days more congenial than policing in Belfast.

February 10, 2012

‘Inform or we’ll have you executed’

declanmcnally.jpg A well-known County Derry pub-owner has had a gun held to his head by a member ofthe British Crown forces who threatened to have him killed if he did not become an informer.

SF’s appeal for Paisley infuriates nationalists

paisleyold.jpg A call by Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness for people to “give prayerful support” for an unwell Ian Paisley has led to a backlash against the party by some of its own supporters.

Militants claim intelligence success

psnithrones.jpg Breakaway IRA group Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) has said it has recovered intelligence on the PSNI and British Army in the North from a mobile phone dropped by a member of the PSNI during an arrest operation.

Loyalist murders ‘could have been stopped’

shankillbutchers2.jpg The family of a victim of the Shankill Butchers is taking a case against the PSNI chief constable, arguing that the murder could have been prevented.

Groups work together to oppose fracking

frackingprotest.jpg Hundreds of environmental activists took part in the first national meeting in Ireland against efforts by multinational energy companies to extract gas by using high-powered jets of water to fracture the earth’s crust, a process known as ‘fracking’.

Oil grab at Las Malvinas

falklands.jpg A war of words has erupted between the British government and Argentina over the icy and remote British colony known in English as the Falkland Islands, which lie 290 miles off the coast of Argentina.

Long to reign over us?

queenflat.jpg Martin McGuinness may have annoyed a few people this week. And made a few others nervous. And mildly pleased a few more. Odd, how the same action can provoke such a range of reactions, isn’t it?

A real cop-out

disbandrucgraffiti.jpg What the PSNI management has done is to subvert both the objective and the spirit of the Patten reforms and they've been doing it for years.

February 3, 2012


kennysarkozypatted.jpg Amid outrage over the government’s intensive efforts to avoid a referendum, the leader of the main opposition groups in the 26 Counties have issued separate calls for the people to have a say on Europe’s draconian new finance plan.

Marching through adversity

bloodysunday2012.jpg Thousands marched through heavy rain showers in Derry on Sunday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Bloody Sunday massacre and to appeal for justice for the victims.

Deception around the Ormeau Road massacre

ormeauroadreport.jpg The families of five men killed in a unionist paramilitary gun attack 20 years ago have uncovered new evidence which shows that the killers had been pre-armed by the RUC police -- and there was no genuine attempt to bring those responsible to justice afterwards.

Criminalisation policy hasn’t changed - Duffy

colinduffybeard.jpg State harassment victim Colin Duffy says current conditions on Maghaberry prisons Roe House wing “could be equated to the harshness of what took place in the late 70s and early 80s” in the notorious H-Blocks.

PSNI ‘picking man’s life apart’

paulward.jpg A Derry man has said the PSNI attempted to recruit him as an informer against dissident republicans or “ruin his life” if he refused.

Indo stirs race-hate controversy

irishindependent.jpg A Polish woman who was the subject of a ‘mistranslated’ article suggesting she was a ‘welfare tourist’ has said she was shocked to learn of it and that the allegation was “completely not true”.

Interview with Martin McGuinness

martinmcguinnesssmile.jpg Martin McGuinness on his campaign to become President, his IRA past, his efforts to end the conflict in the North of Ireland and his call for a vote on Irish unity.

The moral hijacking of Bloody Sunday

bloodysundayvictims.jpg On the 40th anniversary of the paratroopers’ massacre in Derry, it is remarkable how much Britain has exploited this event to its advantage.

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