April 27, 2012

The spies in our midst

armygardaiseanadrevenue.jpg British intelligence agents operate across the 32 counties of Ireland and have received information from politicians, members of An Garda police, Revenue tax officials and the 26-County Army, the Smithwick Tribunal has heard.

A call for freedom

marianpricerally.jpg Hundreds of people gathered in Derry’s Bogside on Sunday in what was one of the largest demonstrations held yet in support of the interned political prisoner Marian Price to demand her immediate release.

Government plays dirty on treaty referendum

yesmen.jpg Lawyers for Sinn Féin have written to the Attorney General seeking advance copies of government “information” being sent to homes about the EU Austerity Treaty.

Portadown ‘Covenant’ monument fuels centenary warnings

covenantbanner.jpg A plan to hoist a large granite monument in the centre of Portadown commemorating the centenary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant, a unionist pact to oppose Irish independence in 1912, has been strongly criticised.

A lifetime of sectarian attacks

trevorgeorge.jpg An elderly couple say they have had enough of sectarian abuse after suffering almost 50 years of attacks on their south Belfast home.

Protests grow over PSNI harassment

derrymeeting.jpg A public meeting in Derry last week heard of several serious allegations of the misuse of stop and search powers against people with ‘dissident’ views, their children and wider family circles.

After the release of colonial records - what about Ireland?

hanslope.jpg The British suppression of historical papers on the north of Ireland should also now be ended.

Silence and indifference threaten future peace

unionjacksilence.jpg Barely 15 years since the 1998 Irish peace pact was signed, the British are ignoring the law, obstructing justice and inhibiting peace.

April 20, 2012

Bleeding us dry

waterchargesbanner.jpg The coalition government’s plans for the introduction of new water taxes has generated a new wave of resentment at the financial pressures being imposed on people in the 26 Counties.

Coalition sends out the bully-boys

pepperspraygalway.jpg There is increasing concern at the Dublin government’s use of heavy-handed tactics in support of its austerity agenda.

British general identifies Freddie Scappaticci as ‘Stakeknife’

scappaticci.jpg A recording of a telephone conversation with a former British army General Officer Commanding in the north appears to confirm allegations that Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci was the infamous British double-agent known as ‘Steak-Knife’ or ‘Stakeknife’.

PSNI raiders leave gun, CS gas on child’s bed

scaredchild.jpg A member of the PSNI police left a loaded gun, ammunition and deadly CS gas lying on a nine-year-old girl’s bed following a raid on her family’s north Belfast home.

Prisoners punished over Easter lilies

prisonerbars.jpg Republican prisoners at Maghaberry jail were placed under 24-hour lock-up on Easter Sunday for refusing to remove their Easter lilies, it has emerged.

Joe McCann remembered

joemccann.jpg Forty years to the day after he was gunned down by British paratroopers, Official IRA Volunteer Joe McCann was commemorated in Belfast.

Hunger strike - from Sands to Shalabi

hanashalabi.jpg Aisling Gallagher looks at the hunger strike of Palestinian internee, Hana Shalabi, and recalls the 1981 Irish hunger strike.

A schedule for uniting ireland

gerryadamsflat.jpg While no schedule or timetable exists for Ireland to be reunited, the means by which it can be done has been agreed and a road map has been legislated for.

April 14, 2012

Protesters break through police lines at Labour conference

galwayprotest.jpg Chaos erupted at the annual conference of the Labour Party in Galway today as Gardai were unable to hold back protestors against the 26-County government’s austerity program.

April 13, 2012

“There is only one IRA”

riraeaster2012.jpg A member of the breakaway ‘Real IRA’ has told a public Easter commemoration in Derry that the group will continue its armed struggle against British rule in the north of Ireland.

Pressure grows for release of Gerry McGeough and Marian Price

pricemcgeough.jpg Former Fianna Fail minister Éamon Ó Cuív has added his voice to a campaign for the release of a high-profile republican dissident, former Sinn Fein Ard Chomhairle member Gerry McGeough.

PSNI accused of using civilians as cover

martinslane.jpg The PSNI police took almost two hours to respond to a bomb alert in Newry on Saturday, raising fresh questions over the force’s attitude towards the civilian population in the North of Ireland.

Referendum an insult to 1916 leaders - Adams

adamsmedia.jpg Speaking at an Easter Rising commemoration in Bandon, west Cork, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has said the 26-County State has failed the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Redmond recalled as Dublin launches ‘decade of commemorations’

johnredmond.jpg The centenary of the Third Home Rule Bill for Ireland was marked by an event in Waterford city hall on Wednesday evening.

Stormy weather for Titanic Belfast

jlstitanic.jpg A new tourist attraction based on the Titanic in Belfast, where the ship was built, has been hit by a controversy following accusations that it is perpetuating the class divide with which the ship is synonymous.

Easter statements and speeches

derryeaster2012.jpg The full text of the major speeches and statements released to commemorate the 1916 Rising by the main republican political parties and groups.

For what died the sons of Róisín?

easter1916dublin.jpg This time of year brings to mind our generations long struggle for independence.

April 6, 2012

Unionists see a golden era

nesbittrobinson.jpg The former news anchorman of ‘Ulster Television’, Mike Nesbitt, who was elected new leader of the Ulster Unionist Party last weekend, has said “there has never been a better time” for unionism and said he wants to address Sinn Fein’s Ard Fheis.

Fine Gael ‘blind to the people’

blindsconventioncentre.jpg A decision to order the blinds at the National Convention Centre to be pulled down as over ten thousand angry citizens descended on Fine Gael’s annual conference last weekend has become a metaphor for the coalition government’s attitude to the Irish people.

Craigavon anger over jailings

craigavonvan.jpg There were serious disturbances in Craigavon, County Armagh last weekend following the convictions of two local men over a Continuity IRA attack in 2009.

Courtroom battle over IRA interviews

moloneymcintyre.jpg A US appeal court has adjourned to consider whether an academic project by Boston College involving confidential interviews with former IRA Volunteers must be handed over to the PSNI police.

Police bias exposed in report

het2.jpg The police Historical Enquiries Team (HET) in the North has given favourable treatment to British soldiers linked to killings during the conflict, a University of Ulster report has confirmed.

Family forced out for Ireland t-shirt

irelandtshirt.jpg The unionist paramilitary UDA has intimidated a Protestant family out of their County Derry home after their son was spotted wearing an Ireland t-shirt.

Oration at the grave of O’Donovan Rossa

odonovanrossa.jpg Padraig Pearse’s oration at Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin at the funeral of Irish Fenian leader Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was a significant event in the lead up to the Easter Rising of 1916.

Household tax revolt the price of austerity

austerityprotestor.jpg No government can impose a tax in the long term with which 40-50 per cent don’t subscribe.

April 3, 2012

Easter commemorations 2012

lilybadge.jpg A list of Easter Rising Commemorative events in Ireland for 2012. Please contact your local organisation for details.

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