January 30, 2016

British war crime on the Shankill

shankilbomb2.jpg There has been a shocked reaction to evidence that the 1993 Shankill Road bomb, in which nine civilians and one IRA Volunteer died in a premature explosion, was planned by a double-agent working in concert with the British Crown forces.

Hamilton reveals hierarchy of conflict investigations

georgehamilton2.jpg PSNI Chief George Hamilton has warned that most conflict-related cases will be shelved as pressure is heaped on the force to cooperate with inquest investigations.

No plan to question main suspect in O’Connor murder

garethoconnor2.jpg The main suspect in the murder of republican Gareth O’Connor has still not been questioned almost thirteen years after his death it has emerged. The man in question has also received an ‘OTR letter’ from the PSNI which could allow him to permanently evade prosecution for the murder.

Clashes as petrol bombs are thrown at PSNI

lurgantrouble0116.jpg There was a riot in Lurgan, County Armagh on Sunday night when more than 100 petrol bombs were thrown by nationalist youths after police cordons were set up in the Lake Street area.

Noonan accused in nine billion euro giveaway

michaelnoonanbig.jpg The 26 County Minister for Finance Michael Noonan blew over nine billion euro of government funds when he failed to stand up to EU bank chiefs over the state’s bank debts, the banking inquiry has revealed.

Thousands of protestors turn out to oppose water charges

waterprotest0123gpo.jpg Tens of thousands of protestors turned out to oppose water charges at Right2Water demonstrations across the country last Saturday. In Dublin City Centre, at the largest rally, community and political groups were joined by representatives from six trade unions.

The first 1916 commemoration

1916belfastmural.jpg In the aftermath of the 1916 Rising and the releases from Frongoch internment camp that autumn, the Sinn Féin movement was re-organised in Belfast in early 1917, and the first Easter Commemoration Parade in the city was part of that process.

Paddy Joe Rice remembered

paddyjoerice.jpg Former H Block blanketman Gerard Hodgins spoke this week at the Foresters Club in West Belfast in honour of the late IRA volunteer, Paddy Joe Rice. The event was hosted by the Anne Devlin Society, Belfast.

January 25, 2016

High level informer behind Shankill Road bomb

shankillbomb.jpg Decrypted classified documents obtained by the Provisional IRA have shown that a state agent was behind one of the most notorious tragedies of the conflict, the Shankill Road bomb attack in 1993.

January 23, 2016

It’s 1984, not 2016, in the Irish Police State

tricolourgardai.jpg The staggering amount of surveillance being undertaken by the authorities in the 26 Counties has been revealed with more than one thousand new spy requests on citizens initiated every month.

No ‘Twelfth’ invite for Martin McGuinness

orangeorderbig.jpg The anti-Catholic Orange Order has said it has no intention of inviting Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness to its July Twelfth marches and rallies after the Deputy First Minister in the Six Counties said he would be willing to attend.

Judge takes stronger line on PSNI inquest delay tactics

inquestfamilies.jpg A major court examination of delays in coroners’ investigations of 95 legacy killings in the North, many of which date back more than 40 years, in currently underway.

Evicted families told to split up to find shelter

travellersdundalkevicted.jpg As the homelessness crisis worsens, a number of Traveller families evicted from their homes in County Louth have been told to put their children into care in order to secure accommodation.

Hopes raised for family of Aidan McAnespie

aidanmcanespie.jpg A decision not to prosecute a British soldier for killing a civilian near the Irish border during the conflict is to be reviewed, according to Crown Prosecutor Barra McGrory.

Election fever builds in Derry

mcguinnessmccloskeyeastwood.jpg Foyle is set to be the ‘constituency of death’ for nationalists in the 2016 Six-County Assembly election after Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness announced he would run in the Foyle constituency, taking on the SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and a prominent independent candidate, Dr Anne McCloskey.

Bloody Sunday programme of events

marchforjusticeresist.jpg The commemorative programme for 2016 reflects the diversity of those whose experiences are shared by the people of Derry, across the North, as well as across Ireland and Britain.

The fantasy history of the 1916 Easter Rising

redmondpearse.jpg Who is more reprehensible on the scales of historical judgement? The progressive militant, who sought a modern democratic republic or the conservative militant, who was ready to accept a devolved, partitioned Ireland?

January 16, 2016

Kenny angered by DUP’s centenary snub

fosterkenny.jpg In an unusual development in the peace process, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has criticised the new DUP leader Arlene Foster after she denounced commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Secret court move to sustain Omagh cover-up

omaghbombbig.jpg The British government continues to use national security to prevent potentially embarrassing details of its ‘black operations’ in the North emerging into the public domain.

Fight for 1916 heritage on several fronts

nafiannaeireann.jpg The occupation of buildings at the heart of the 1916 Rising in Dublin was suspended this week after a High Court decision to halt demolition works on the site for two weeks pending a hearing on February 2nd.

Water-damaged coalition faces election deadline

burtonboat.jpg There is increasing speculation that the general election will take place in the last days of February or the start of March after Taoiseach Enda Kenny claimed to have finally picked a date.

List of British war crimes in Iraq lengthens

bahamousa.jpg Nearly 300 British Army personnel who served in Iraq are suspected of committing war crimes, according to a new report by a team set up to look into evidence of murder, abuse and torture during the Iraq war.

A matter of time before SF is in Dublin government, says Adams

pearsebrosnan.jpg Sinn Fein will be in government, if not after this election then after the next, party president Gerry Adams has said.

Support Derry’s March For Justice

bloodysunday2016poster.jpg Civil Rights Campaigner Vincent Coyle appeals for support for this year’s Bloody Sunday march.

Right to reject nonsense of a ‘shared history’

19162016.jpg The two governments, but particularly the Irish government, hoped that by developing a load of claptrap about a ‘shared history’ they could somehow exorcise the years 1912-22.

January 9, 2016

A carnival of self-deception

newyear2016.jpg New Year’s Day brought the first official efforts of the year to revise and sanitise the centenary of the 1916 Rising, with the rebels’ goal of an Ireland free from British rule getting airbrushed from the official narrative.

Moore Street dispute erupts

occupymoorestreet.jpg Hundreds have rallied in support of a group of protesters who have occupied buildings on Moore Street in Dublin as a simmering row over plans for the development of the site, a key site in the history of the 1916 Rising, has now become a stand-off.

British hoping death will end justice campaign, say ‘Hooded Men’

francismcguigan.jpg Some of those tortured by the British military in the early days of the recent conflict walked out of court on Wednesday morning after a judge adjourned their case for almost three months.

Terrifying blaze after Shell gets Corrib gas permit

flaring.jpg Gas flares and noxious discharges have been emitted from the Corrib gas plant in north Mayo on New Year’s Eve, just weeks after the plant received a final permit to begin operation by Energy Minister Alex White.

Violence threat over reception for football teams

billyhutchinson.jpg There could be disturbances across the North if soccer squads from both parts of Ireland are given a joint reception at Belfast city hall, a leading loyalist has warned.

Irish military deployment in Six Counties ‘blocked by law’

paddycooney.jpg In 1985, the Dublin government’s Minister of Defence and military chiefs believed it was illegal for the 26 County Army to operate north of the border even for humanitarian reasons, historical papers have revealed.

New Year statements

2016clip.jpg A round-up of statements issued by republicans to mark the New Year.

Remember 1916, when we had guts and self-esteem?

pearsekenny.jpg You’d have to wonder what the executed leaders of the Rising would make of Ireland's leaders of today.

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