July 26, 2013

Twelfth riots ‘a taster’

twelfthwoodvaleprotest.jpg After warning that the July 12 conflict was “only a wee taster” of future protests, the anti-Catholic Orange Order and its loyalist supporters have said they will make weekly bids to march through the nationalist Ardoyne community in north Belfast.

Harryville church forced to close

harryvillechurchgraffiti.jpg A Catholic church in Ballymena which was the focus of a long-running and violent loyalist hate campaign has been forced to close.

Nuns urged to pay for abuses

magdalenekids.jpg Pressure is growing on the religious orders that ran the Magdalene laundries to reverse a decision not to compensate those girls and women who lived and worked for them under slave labour conditions.

Progress on inquests into Crown Force killings

britsoldier.jpg In three separate cases, the families of victims of state killings have received a boost to their legal challenges for proper inquest.

Sectarian attacks condemned

ohanlonsouthmemorial.jpg An IRA memorial in County Fermanagh was spray-painted in the latest in a series of sectarian attacks in the north of Ireland.

Sinn Fein backs Seanad abolition referendum

seanadnorris.jpg Sinn Fein will call for a Yes vote in the referendum to abolish the upper house of the Dublin parliament on October 4th, saying the Seanad [Senate] is “elite” and “out of touch”.

The Howth Gun-Running

bachelorswalk.jpg An account of one of the first revolutionary acts of the 1916 Rising, the Howth gun-running in Dublin, and the subsequent Bachelor’s Walk massacre, also in Dublin, 99 years ago this week.

Why an impunity inquiry is needed

politiciansbusinessmontage.jpg As Ireland’s only corruption trial collapsed this week with a businessman and three implicated councillors cleared, Fintan O’Toole explains why an inquiry is needed into why a regime of impunity on corruption and fraud persists in the 26 County state.

July 19, 2013

Ardoyne under siege

loyalistrioters.jpg After a week of the most intense loyalist violence, a decision by the Parades Commission to reroute another planned march by the anti-Catholic Orange Order has been welcomed as good news.

US envoy to meet Orangemen

richardhaassbig.jpg Former US peace envoy Richard Haass has returned to the north of Ireland to constitute a new discussion group on parades and flags from the main parties at the Stormont Assembly.

US tourist freed after nine days in captivity

gevelinger.jpg An American student held after he visited a penpal in Hydebank women’s prison was released on Monday after a total of nine days in the hands of the PSNI police.

Garda ‘message of oppression’ at republican’s funeral

seamusmckennafuneral.jpg The Republican Network for Unity (RNU) have strongly condemned the actions of the 26 County Garda police during the funeral of former republican prisoner, Seamus McKenna, this week.

Conservation of ‘Ireland’s Alamo’ seen as first step

moorestreetinterior.jpg The announcement of a conservation order around the buildings where the last stand of the 1916 Easter Rising took place has been followed by appeals for the entire battlefield site to be preserved.

Sinn Fein Mayor adopts ‘Lord’ title and royal trappings

mairtinomuilleoir.jpg The Sinn Fein Mayor of Belfast has said he is happy to use the title of ‘Lord’ and other royal aspects of the post in order to show observance of the things unionists “hold dear”.

A test case that must not succeed

freestephenmurneyposter.jpg eirigi have issued an urgent action alert for the release of interned political activist Stephen Murney.

Orange Order’s day of reckoning has come

loyalistwatercannon.jpg When Richard Haass arrives to try to square the circle he will need to realise that the only way to bring the Orange Order to heel is to hit them where it hurts - in their pockets.

July 17, 2013

Loyalist disorder continues for a fifth night

disordereb.jpg Loyalists rioted for a fifth evening in a row last night over the failure to permit a sectarian march through the nationalist Ardoyne area on north Belfast.

July 15, 2013

Third night of rioting by loyalists

burningbarricade.jpg There has been a third consecutive night of disorder and violence in Belfast and in other locations.

July 13, 2013

DUP MP injured as violence continues

Hardline unionist MP Nigel Dodds was injured last night in loyalist rioting in north Belfast. woodvaleriotdodds.jpg

July 12, 2013

Loyalists riot over rerouted Ardoyne parade

woodvaleriot.jpg Water cannon and plastic bullets have been used in north Belfast after loyalists attempted to force an Orange Order parade down the Crumlin Road.

Loyalists ‘planning new Drumcree’

bonfireeffigy.jpg A total of eighteen mass sectarian rallies are being held today across the Six Counties, marking the height of the Protestant marching season and the most difficult and dangerous period of the year for Catholics.

The face of hate

marybonfire.jpg A desecrated statue of the Virgin Mary has come to symbolise the hatred displayed by loyalists this year in their intimidatory ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfires.

Direct treats made against prominent republicans

breandanmaccionnaith2.jpg The PSNI has told eirigi general secretary Breandan Mac Cionnaith that he is likely to be targeted in a gun attack in the near future.

Secrecy continues as report finds police knew of flat bomb

goodsamaritanbomb.jpg The family of a man blown up by a booby-trap device which the British Crown forces allowed to remain hidden in a flat have said they had been victims of lies and evasion.

New direction for Ballymurphy families

ballymurphyvictimsbig.jpg The families of 11 people killed by the British Army in west Belfast more than 40 years ago have called for an independent panel to investigate the deaths.

Shock arrest for US visitor

gevelinger.jpg A US university student who was visiting a republican penpal in Hydebank jail has been arrested by the PSNI.

Address to 32CM Bodenstown commemoration

mackeyboden13.jpg The oration delivered at the grave of Wolfe Tone last weekend by Francie Mackey, National Chairman, 32 County Sovereignty Movement.

The neglected commemoration of the 1913 Dublin lockout

jimlarkinbig.jpg Commentators and media are already looking toward the centenary of the 1916 Rising, but there has been much less comment so far on the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout.

Minister resigns following historic abortion vote

lucindacreightonresigns.jpg Abortion is to become available in the 26 Counties in strictly limited circumstances following a final vote on highly contentious legislation early this morning.

July 10, 2013

Twelfth parade past Ardoyne rerouted

ardoynetwelfthprotest2010.jpg A decision by the Parades Commission that a return parade by the Orange Order should not pass the Ardoyne shop fronts in north Belfast on the Twelfth of July has been widely welcomed.

July 7, 2013

PSNI receive Dolours Price interviews

doloursprice2.jpg Confidential interviews with senior IRA figure Dolours Price have been handed over to British security forces, it has been confirmed.

July 5, 2013

G8 security used against Short Strand

steelwall.jpg A giant steel wall was erected around the Short Strand enclave in east Belfast this week in an unprecedented military operation to seal off the nationalist enclave ahead of one of a number of sectarian Orange Order parades.

Killer soldiers got kid-gloves treatment, review finds

hetdavecox.jpg The future of the PSNI’s Historical Enquiries Team (HET) is in doubt after the Policing Board said it had no confidence in its cold case reviews.

DUP blocks debate on Stormont corruption scandal

nelsonmccauslandbig.jpg The Six-County assembly at Stormont will be recalled from the summer recess on Monday morning after a DUP councillor made serious allegations of political interference against her own party’s minister, Nelson McCausland -- but the DUP appear to have successfully suppressed any debate by issuing a ‘petition of concern’.

Maginnis links SAS ambush to Thatcher

thatcherflat.jpg A Sinn Fein assembly member has said that comments by former Ulster Unionist Ken Maginnis during a TV documentary on Margaret Thatcher confirm the British government has operated a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy in the North.

Protests as anger grows over bailiff threats

angloprotestdail.jpg The memory of Cromwell and Parnell, Larkin and Connolly were raised this week amid protests over bank repossessions and increased threats to mortgage-holders across Ireland.

PSNI raids continue while loyalist attacks go uninvestigated

psnilandroverbig.jpg The home of a sister-in-law of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has been subjected to a violent raid by the PSNI police, according to reports.

The smartest guys in Ireland

anglobankers.jpg The most unsettling aspect of the Anglo Irish Bank tapes is not the executives' swearing, greed or arrogance, according to Fintan O'Toole. It's that we know they were right to assume they could get away with anything.

A tale of two enclaves

suffolk.jpg For understandable reasons most of the publicity about petrol bombs flying over interface fencing is focused on east Belfast’s Short Strand. It’s not the only place where there is tension, of course.

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