May 30, 2015

A secret army of assassins

museumgun.jpg A new BBC documentary has raised awareness and prompted new questions about the scale and extent of Britain’s use of state agents to kill innocent civilians in Ireland.

Constitutional crisis over parliament reporting ban

obrienkenny.jpg Denis O’Brien, one of Ireland’s wealthiest and most powerful men, has been accused of gagging free speech and the Dublin parliament itself over his attempt to silence reporting about his finances.

Agreement in jeopardy after Stormont vote

mlas.jpg Crisis talks are to take place between the main political parties in the North this week in a bid to revive the Stormont House Agreement and sustain the political institutions in Belfast.

Loyalists bomb Short Strand

loyalistpipebomb.jpg Two pipe bombs were thrown by loyalists at nationalist homes in east Belfast on Monday, but they failed to explode.

British govt ‘attempting to break political prisoners’

eamoncassidy.jpg Republican prisoners at Maghaberry have expressed their anger after one of their number was refused permission to attend his brother’s funeral this week.

What next for equality?

dublincastlemarref.jpg The significance of last week’s referendums and by-election results are still being debated amid claims that Ireland’s political and social landscape have been transformed by the approval of a public vote on same-sex marriage.

We are Irish citizens who want to have our vote

hometovoters.jpg Ireland’s emigrant voting legislation remains among the most restrictive in Europe, despite calls for reform dating back to the last mass exodus of the 1980s.

Who fears to speak of Easter Week?

fennellspeech.jpg New York lawyer and long-time republican activist Martin Galvin on the recent arrest and internment-by-remand of Ardoyne republican Dee Fennell.

May 23, 2015

Historic step for equality

referendumcount2015.jpg Ireland has become the first country to legalise same-sex marriage through a popular vote, with indications from all count centres across the country showing ‘Yes’ votes outnumbering ‘No’ votes by about two-to-one.

Stormont crisis renewed

stormontbig.jpg Legislation on welfare reform looks to be rejected by the Stormont assembly on Tuesday after the SDLP said its 14 assembly members would be joining Sinn Fein in supporting a nationalist ‘petition of concern’ to stop the bill.

Maghaberry authorities punishing prisoners for complaints

maghaberrybig.jpg Republican political prisoners at Maghaberry jail have condemned “aggressive” punishment procedures and unofficial reprisal actions by the prison authorities which they said are causing upheaval throughout Maghaberry.

U2 backs justice campaign

u2gig.jpg Relatives and survivors of the Dublin-Monaghan bombings have repeated their calls on the British government to release documents about the 1974 attacks.

Warning over political policing in 26 Counties

gardaraid.jpg The Republican Network for Unity has warned that a policy of selective internment is now being used against republicans by the state forces in the 26 counties.

MI5 men attempt to enter vehicle

mi5psniruc.jpg A member of Republican Sinn Fein in North Armagh has said he believes two men who tried to force their way into his car recently were members of British military intelligence.

Margaret Perry - the forgotten victim of Mullaghmore

margaretperry.jpg There is a forgotten victim of Mullaghmore - another life lost as a result of British interference in Ireland’s affairs - another victim of Britain’s dirty war in Ireland.

Reaching out

charlesadamstea.jpg Tuesday’s meeting is part of the necessary process which must now address in a more substantial way than ever before the issue of reconciliation and healing.

May 19, 2015

Adams greets prince on first day of royal visit

charlesadams.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams caused controversy today when he met ‘Prince of Wales’ Charles Windsor in a meet-and-greet opportunity during the first day of his four-day royal tour through Ireland.

May 16, 2015

Finucane sham exposed

desilvareview.jpg Documents presented to a judicial review this week have confirmed that the British government staged a fake ‘review’ three years ago before announcing its predetermined decision to rule out a public inquiry into the killing of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane.

Tory Human Rights plan ‘would wreck peace deal’

cameronvilliers.jpg The new British government has already launched an ultra-conservative political agenda that could unravel the peace process in the north of Ireland.

Clooneys to back torture case

clooneys.jpg In a development which has electrified news coverage of their plight, top barrister Amal Clooney is set to take on the European court case of the ‘hooded men’. Her husband, famous Hollywood movie actor George Clooney, is also set to travel to Belfast.

Drugs gangs seeking to spread fear in Belfast

davisonfuneral.jpg Senior republicans in north Belfast have been told by the PSNI that they are under threat from criminals following the murder of former IRA commander Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison.

‘Yes’ vote urged in 26-County referendums

yesequality.jpg With the support of all of the political parties in the Dublin parliament, a referendum campaign on same-sex marriage could bring official state recognition for Ireland’s LGBT community and their relationships for the first time.

Hidden device highlights spying campaign

mcaffertybug.jpg A former republican prisoner has discovered a sophisticated listening device embedded in the ceiling of his north Belfast home.

Sean McCaughey

seanmccaughey.jpg A look at the life and death of prominent Belfast republican, Sean McCaughey, who died on hunger-strike in Portlaoise prison on May 11, 1946.

Demeaning ourselves for the Prince

charlescamilla.jpg The 26-County gardai this week conducted a series of ‘disruptive’ raids and arrests on the homes of republicans in advance of a royal visit to Ireland by Britain’s Prince Charles. A piece by Eamonn McCann for the Irish Times on the sycophantic attitude of the Irish establishment to British royalty.

May 9, 2015

Election nightmare as Tories triumph

cameronhappycar.jpg The result of the British general election is a setback for Irish republicans with the loss of a key seat to unionists in the North while the Tories under David Cameron secured a slim overall majority in London.

Drug gang’s grudge blamed for IRA commander’s murder

jockdavison.jpg A full republican funeral is expected to take place later today of murder victim Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison, a former member of the Provisional IRA’s northern command.

IRA actions continue

bombalertold.jpg The organisation known as the ‘new IRA’ has claimed that a substantial device failed to explode as two members of a PSNI patrol were in the north Belfast area last week.

Judicial review of police inquiry into Glennane gang

glenannefamilies.jpg A High Court judge in Belfast has described the activities of a gang in which members of the British Crown forces carried out sectarian murders alongside unionist paramilitaries as “deeply disturbing.”

Attempted cover-up over hospital deaths

tonyobrien.jpg The chief of the Health Services Executive (HSE) in the 26 Counties is under pressure to resign after the latest damning report into patient care at Irish hospitals.

Doing justice to the memory of Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison

jockdavison2.jpg More than 60 community groups and organisations from nationalist areas of Belfast have endorsed the following open letter to praise the senior republican Jock Davison and criticise attempts by the media to “criminalise his past”.

Westminster election round-up

belfastcountelection.jpg A constituency-by-constituency look at the Westminster election results for each of the 18 seats in the North.

A terrible beauty is born

scottishgirlflag.jpg For Britain, the election result in Scotland is is the biggest constitutional drama since the abdication.

May 8, 2015

Tories claim victory as seats pile in for Cameron

cameronstormont.jpg British prime minister David Cameron now looks certain to return to 10 Downing St after the Conservatives secured the narrowest of victories in the Westminster general election.

SNP landslide in Scotland; unionist gain in North

nicolasturgeon.jpg The British general election has created massive upheaval for the political system in London, with the Scottish National Party on course for a virtual clean sweep of Westminster seats in Scotland, although the election has produced relatively little change in the north of Ireland.

May 5, 2015

Shock at murder of senior PIRA figure

jockdavison.jpg Prominent Belfast republican Gerard ‘Jock’ Davison was shot dead this morning in the Markets area in a killing which has shocked the city less than 48 hours before polls open in the Westminster general election.

May 2, 2015

A parliament in denial

milibandcleggcameron.jpg With just days to go before a potentially historic Westminster general election, a further rise in support for the Scottish National Party is already creating a crisis in British politics which will likely have implications for Ireland.

Dee Fennell interned

internmentprotest1504.jpg Ardoyne residents’ spokesperson Dee Fennell was effectively interned by a judge at Craigavon court on Friday, confirming fears of republicans since his arrest two weeks ago.

Hardline statement by UDA group

udashowofstrength.jpg Leaders of a breakaway UDA faction in north Antrim have warned that their violence is likely to escalate further.

Repressive raids blamed on British Army unit

britsraid.jpg The Republican Network for Unity have said they witnessed a number of armed house raids carried out on the homes of republican political activists in North Belfast and Derry, including a member of RNU’s Ard Comhairle (leadership).

DUP Minister quits after new homophobic incident

robinsonwells.jpg A controversy over the DUP’s views on gay people has increased in the north of Ireland despite the resignation of the party’s health Minister, Jim Wells on Tuesday.

UUP candidate accused of insulting Catholic victims

tomelliottbig.jpg Comments by Westminster election candidate Tom Elliott about the arrest and charging of a former British soldier for the attempted murder of a man with special needs in 1974 have been described as “an outrageous slur”.

Westminster election 2015 - constituency profiles

constituencies6co.jpg A round-up of the 18 Irish constituencies being contested in the Westminster general election on Thursday.

Standing up to the Tories

mcguinnessflat2.jpg Martin McGuinness on why you should vote for Sinn Féin candidates in this week’s Westminster general election.

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