November 29, 2014

Election campaign ‘underway’

adamskenny3.jpg Fine Gael has drawn the opening lines of attack for the next election, targeting Sinn Fein on economic policy and setting the scene for a new left/right alignment in Irish politics.

Sinn Fein figures arrested and released

storeymccaul.jpg The PSNI has been accused of returning to “unaccountable policing” after the Sinn Fein northern chairman Bobby Storey and a party councillor were separately arrested and released.

Stormont talks in the toilet?

gregorycampellyoghurt.jpg In a stinging blow to the multi-party talks underway at Stormont, DUP hardliner Gregory Campbell has told Sinn Fein his party “will treat their entire wish list as no more than toilet paper.”

Calls for urgent action on torture case

hoodedmen2014.jpg Amnesty International has demanded the reopening of a landmark case against Britain over the use of torture in the north of Ireland. The Dublin government took the case of the so-called ‘Hooded Men’ to the European Court of Human Rights in 1971.

One soldier linked to deaths of 16

sassoldier.jpg The role of a single British soldier in planning up to eight murderous ambushes is to be closely examined at an upcoming inquest, it has emerged.

Assassination cover-up blamed for inquest delays

drewharris.jpg The British government has been accused of frustrating the release of files that could expose a state-sponsored programme of assassination in the north of Ireland.

Water meter installation halted in North

belfastwatermeter.jpg The Stormont parties have been embarrassed by reports that 35,000 water meters have been secretly installed at homes across the Six Counties at a cost of more than 13 million pounds.

DUP swivel-eyed loons are afraid of equality

dupthree.jpg Unionism emerged in the 19th century as an attempt to avoid living on equal terms with the rest of the people on this island. So it remains.

November 22, 2014

Tactical retreat for PSNI

grenadelauncher.jpg The PSNI have withdrawn from an area in republican north Belfast following a grenade attack by the ‘new IRA’.

Water protests defy clampdown, smears

pepperspraygirls.jpg A government backbench TD has described water charge protestors in Dublin as “parasites” and warned that Ireland faces “an ISIS situation” if protests are not “nipped in the bud”.

Prisoners detained inside Maghaberry canteen

maghaberrybig2.jpg Republican prisoners at Maghaberry were locked into a canteen by prison staff on Thursday after renewed attempts to implement a four-year-old agreement appeared to break down.

Troika behind the scenes as flat charges announced

alankelly.jpg The battle over the 26 County state’s austerity programme has again seen the malign involvement of international officials seeking to dictate the state’s fiscal measures.

Obama order gives hope for emigrants

obamasbelfast.jpg Irish emigrant groups have welcomed US President Barack Obama’s executive order on Thursday changing US deportation laws, which could allow many ‘illegal’ Irish to return to Ireland and visit their families.

Progress seen in 1916 commemorations

1916video.jpg A video and website that was used by the Dublin government to launch its programme for the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising are set to be scrapped following a public outcry.

The burning of Long Kesh

burninglongkesh.jpg This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of single largest battle between republicans and the British army of the conflict.

Assessing armed actions

iragunsalute.jpg A discussion document circulated by the Irish Republican Socialist Party to their members.

November 15, 2014

1916 redacted

ireland2016kenny.jpg The Dublin government has been accused of attempting to erase the 1916 Easter Rising from the history books following a disastrous and deeply conflicted launch of commemorative events for the anniversary.

Dáil boils over

maryloumcdonaldangry.jpg Sinn Fein’s Deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald staged a sit-in that lasted almost four hours in the Dublin parliament this week as frayed tempers finally erupted.

Massacre families defy British injustice

joanconnolly.jpg New evidence that victims were allowed to bleed to death has led to demands for a new inquest into the 1971 Ballymurphy massacre. Meanwhile, a decision to wind down criminal proceedings arising from the Bloody Sunday massacre is to face a legal challenge.

Praise for stand against poppy witch-hunt

jamesmccleanbig.jpg There has been praise for an Irish soccer player who refused to bow to pressure to wear a poppy, the symbol of the British Army’s war dead, on Remembrance Sunday.

Fake loan company is MI5 front

regusbuilding.jpg A fake short-term loan company was set up in an office block in central Belfast in a bid to recruit informers, it has emerged.

Let democracy take its course in Catalonia

cataloniamarch.jpg Following the Catalans’ overwhelming backing for independence, Spain needs to listen and give us an official Scottish-style referendum

Will there be a United Ireland soon?

fourprovincesmap.jpg The text of a speech delivered by Republican Sinn Fein Vice-President Cait Trainor to a group of American Students on the theme, ‘Will there be a United Ireland?’

Rise of SF is unnerving the political establishment

pollsftops2.jpg Ireland is on the cusp of enormous political change. Our homegrown political establishment, who have defended their interests against all comers since the foundation of the state, suddenly find themselves wrong-footed and floundering.

November 8, 2014

PSNI retaliate after IRA attack

efpcreggan.jpg There were clashes in the Creggan area of Derry this week following an attack by the ‘new IRA’ in which an armoured police patrol was struck by a mortar rocket.

More stick than carrot for water tax protestors

santryprotest.jpg Several hundred demonstrated outside a Dublin Garda police station after shocking scenes of Garda brutality against anti-austerity protestors.

Concern over sudden death at Maghaberry

guardofhonour.jpg There have been calls for an urgent investigation into the death of a Maghaberry prisoner, who collapsed in his cell at the County Antrim prison last week. The 30-year-old was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital, where he died on Thursday afternoon.

Prosecutions could oust nationalist councillors

garydonnellyelected.jpg A prominent Derry republican could be robbed of his poll-topping performance in recent local elections after being being handed an extraordinary six month prison sentence for graffiti.

Marchers increase tensions in Belfast

novemberflagparade.jpg Unionists have increased pressure on parades and flags ahead of planned talks, with loyalists planning a major flags parade through Belfast city centre on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

DUP bigotry fuels new calls for Irish Language Act

gregorycampbellstormont.jpg The DUP’s Gregory Campbell has been called upon to apologise for an attempt to mock the Irish language community in the Six-County Assembly at Stormont.

The good old IRA

kevinbarrybig.jpg Last Saturday was the anniversary of the execution by the British of 18 year old Kevin Barry. He was hanged on November 1st 1920.

The state and the media

waterprotest.jpg The battle against the Water Tax is largely a battle for the hearts and minds of the people. Indeed the same can be said for the wider struggle for meaningful Irish political, economic and social freedom.

November 1, 2014

Poll, protests confirm dramatic change in Irish politics

waterprotestrural.jpg Sinn Fein has topped an opinion poll in the 26 Counties for the first time in the history of polling in the state, gaining four points to move up to 26%.

Terror in the Short Strand

pensionershortstrand.jpg The nationalist residents of the Short Strand endured five nights of loyalist violence this week in east Belfast as loyalist mobs attacked with petrol bombs, fireworks and other missiles.

Cahill ‘cover-up’ accusations unravel

mairiacahill2.jpg The political controversy over abuse allegations by west Belfast woman Mairia Cahill has taken a further twist following the revelation that she actually wrote to the Provisional IRA’s army council to ask for their assistance in seeking justice.

McConville case discredited as wrong man is arrested

patrice.jpg Former Sinn Fein councillor Pat Rice is the latest to be arrested in connection with the IRA execution in 1972 of informer Jean McConville, but appears to have been an embarrassing victim of mistaken identity.

PSNI targeted in attacks

bombalertbig2.jpg The ‘new IRA’ has said it planted two devices in the County Tyrone town of Strabane in an attempt to ambush PSNI police on Thursday night. It is the second time in the past two weeks that an attack has been mounted in the north west. A bomb left at a vacant house in Derry was also directed against the PSNI, it has emerged.

Hart holds talks amid budget progress

hartstormont.jpg New US peace envoy Gary Hart has spent two days in a series of bilateral meetings with the five main parties in the North and the Dublin and London governments.

Craigavon Two case set for Supreme Court

divisbridgecraigavon2.jpg Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton are to go before the highest court in British law in a bid to clear their names after receiving permission to do so this week.

Stopping the charge

waterprotest.jpg All republican and left-wing groups have committed to support local demonstrations taking place today [Saturday, November 1] in every county across Ireland as part of the ‘Right2Water’ campaign. The protests are expected to be the largest Ireland has seen in decades.

Hart in wrong place if he’s hoping for a deal

garyhart.jpg What’s Gary Hart doing here? Why now? The answer is that the timing has more to do with the US mid-term elections next week than the Mexican stand-off at Stormont.

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