March 28, 2016

Irish President calls for an end to revisionism

pres1916.jpg In a speech to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, President Michael D Higgins has called for an end to the pro-British bias in the interpretation of events at the turn of the last century.

March 26, 2016

Symbolic shift in west Belfast

muralsdivis.jpg There has been an outcry over the destruction of a republican mural of IRA Volunteer Kieran Nugent who started the blanket protest in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh. It was replaced with a mural depicting unionist leader Edward Carson.

Identity crises in Dublin, Belfast

misneachredmond.jpg An Irish language group has attacked a Dublin City Council banner featuring moderate nationalist John Redmond on the Bank of Ireland building at College Green.

Revisionism, not reconciliation at Glasnevin

glasnevin.jpg Relatives of those who fought and died in the Easter Rising are set to take legal action to stop a wall being unveiled at Glasnevin cemetery which commemorates the British army dead alongside those who were killed while attempting to liberate Ireland from that army.

Clashing agendas for nationalists, 100 years on

mcguinnessbig.jpg Sinn Fein’s First Minister Martin McGuinness has said the next stage of the north’s peace process must be the “reconciliation phase” and again condemned the new IRA, who he said wanted to “destroy the peace process”.

The main Easter commemorations

lostleaders.jpg The number and variety of Easter commemorative events taking place this weekend is at a record as the 26 County state attempts to make up for the years when it ignored the 1916 anniversary.

McDonald condemns new US ‘security’ agenda

malachymcallistermarylou.jpg Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald has said she was subjected to “heavy-handed and very invasive” security searches while travelling home from the United States after St Patrick’s Day.

An Easter Rising timeline

risingpeople.jpg A reportage-style account of the combat that took place during the Easter Rising. The first in a two-part series.

The Rising tide of revisionism

procbig.jpg There's a lot of balderdash talked in the last couple of weeks about the Easter Rising being 'undemocratic'. So it was as people today view democracy. However that doesn't mean the existing government in Ireland was democratic. It wasn't.

March 19, 2016

Triumph as 1916 battle site is saved

moorestvictory.jpg In a landmark victory for republican heritage campaigners, a High Court judge has granted that a number of buildings on and around Dublin’s Moore Street are a battlefield site worthy of the designation of national monument.

Adams seeks to end differential treatment by US officials

mcdonaldadamsny.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has called on the US to review its security arrangements for visits by party representatives after he was dramatically refused entry to a St Patrick’s reception at the White House.

Prison tensions heightened after official’s death

ismayvan.jpg There have been further condemnations by politicians after a senior prison official died from a heart attack two weeks after he received a leg injury in an attack on his vehicle.

Increased harassment in nationalist areas

mauragallagher.jpg Several homes in Belfast were violently raided last weekend amid an increased PSNI presence, with heavily armed units deployed in the west and north of the city.

Bankers ramp up evictions as fraud accused beat jail

grzegorz.jpg Over a hundred families are being evicted from a Dublin estate after Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs ordered the estate cleared following a purchase of the loan underlying the development.

Hits and misses for official 1916 commemorations

proclamationdayboyle.jpg There has been strong criticism of a banner in honour of four parliamentary nationalists, three of whom died long before the 1916 Rising and one who bitterly opposed it, amid continuing preparations for the centennial.

The signatories of the Proclamation (2)

proclamationsigning.jpg Short biographies of the seven rebels who signed Ireland’s historic declaration of independence in 1916. The second in a two-part series.

It’s our party and we’ll cry if we want to

kennymartin.jpg The two biggest right-wing parties have wasted weeks staging meaningless talks that can’t lead to anything. Panic? Indecision? I don’t think so.

March 16, 2016

Obama silent as Adams blasts White House insult

whitehouseinvite.jpg There has been no comment so far by the White House after an extraordinary and hamfisted insult to Gerry Adams drew stinging criticism from the Sinn Fein party leader and stunned Irish-American political leaders.

Obama silent as Adams blasts White House insult


Adams refused entry to White House event

adamsmcdonaldwashington.jpg Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams was prevented from attending a St Patrick’s Day event at the White House last night by security personnel, although his deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald and colleague Martin McGuinness were allowed to take part.

March 12, 2016

Government on hold

kennyresigns.jpg Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has formally taken on the role of Acting Taoiseach until a new government is formed in Dublin or, as appears increasingly likely, a second general election takes place.

Prominent Derry republican interned

tonytaylor600.jpg Derry man Tony Taylor has been jailed in Maghaberry following a decision by the British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers to put him to prison.

Hegarty family defy prosecutors

hegartyfamily600.jpg A British soldier who shot and killed a 15-year-old boy in Derry in 1972 will not be prosecuted, Crown prosecutors have said.

Maghaberry placed on lockdown

maghaberry600.jpg British soldiers were deployed on the republican wing at Maghaberry jail as political prisoners maintained a standoff in the canteen, according to media reports.

Border poll should follow British move to quit EU - McGuinness

britcheckpoint.jpg A vote should be held in the Six Counties on the reunification of Ireland if Britain decides to leave the EU, Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has said.

‘No ethnics or Irish’ for unionists

ballymenamanhole.jpg Unionists have demanded that Irish language words be removed from manhole covers in Ballymena, County Antrim.

The signatories of the Proclamation

signatories.jpg Short biographies of the seven rebels who signed Ireland’s historic declaration of independence in 1916. The first in a two-part series.

Irish Unity is better for all

oneisland.jpg This year of all years presents an opportunity to challenge the misconceptions, to present the argument for a new Ireland where the Proclamation exists as reality, not an afterthought from the past.

March 5, 2016

Parties wary after ‘fundamental realignment’

donnchadholaoghaireelected.jpg Following an election count which lasted six days, the new Dublin parliament will meet next Thursday to elect a new Taoiseach, although no new government is expected to be formed for several weeks.

Cold-blooded murder as criminals lash out

vinnyryan.jpg There has been a shocked reaction among republicans in Dublin after a second member of the Ryan family was shot dead in Dublin by a crime gang.

Attack linked to Maghaberry crisis

woodstocksealed.jpg A prison guard has been injured in a suspected booby-trap attack on his car as tensions at Maghaberry jail have escalated once again.

Freed republican calls for Omagh inquiry

seamusdalyinterview.jpg A man accused of taking part in the 1998 Omagh bomb has said there needs to be a public inquiry into the attack which claimed the lives of 29 people and for which he wrongly spent two years in jail.

Youth injured in attempted loyalist abduction

injuredkidleg.jpg A Catholic teenager has been badly injured in a sectarian mob attack in north Belfast after he was knocked down while fleeing the attack.

Basques celebrate as leader is freed

otegifreed.jpg There were celebrations in the Basque Country and among solidarity activists around the world on March 1 as Basque political prisoner Arnaldo Otegi was released from a Spanish jail after more than six years.

The demolition of Nelson’s Pillar

nelsonspillar.jpg A monument to a British imperialist in the centre of Dublin, Nelson’s Pillar on O’Connell Street, was blown up by republicans fifty years ago this week.

A key Sinn Fein objective is emerging

martinadamskenny.jpg Jim Gibney writes that with Gerry Adams leading a significantly larger group of Sinn Fein TDs in the Dail the north will, in this centenary year of the 1916 Rising, never again be abandoned.

March 1, 2016

Seamus Daly released as last Omagh case collapses

seamusdalycourt.jpg After two years behind bars, prosecutors today dropped all charges against Seamus Daly, the only man still charged in connection with the 1998 Omagh bomb.

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