January 30, 2018

Scappaticci arrested

scappaticci600.jpg The man alleged to have been the British Army’s most high-ranking agent in the Provisional IRA has been arrested and is being questioned about allegations that he murdered dozens of people while working undercover in the IRA’s feared internal security unit.

January 27, 2018

ONH ceasefire welcomed

onhmural3.jpg Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) have confirmed no immediate plans to decommission their weapons following the breakaway IRA group’s announcement that it is to “suspend all armed actions against the British State”.

Judge steps down in key collusion case

mccloskey.jpg In a dramatic day at Belfast’s High Court, a judge who sought to quash a report which found British state collusion in the Loughinisland massacre is to step aside from the case.

Provocative flags hoisted ahead of Bloody Sunday weekend

paraflag2.jpg The sister of a man shot dead on Bloody Sunday has said the erection of flags for the British Army’s Parachute Regiment outside Derry is “blind sectarianism”.

Sinn Fein aims for ‘short sharp talks’

sftalks1801.jpg The new British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley has characterised the latest round of the talks process in Belfast as a final chance to salvage the devolved power-sharing institutions at Stormont.

Westminster edges closer towards unilateral amnesty

ballymurphywm.jpg A British MP has warned that new recruits could be deterred from joining the British Army because of the possibility of prosecution for war crimes.

US deportations taking a toll

deporteeice.jpg Concerns have been expressed at the accelerating rate at which undocumented Irish people living in the United States are being deported back to Ireland.

The Dripsey ambush

dripsey.jpg An account of one of the most important incidents in the War of Independence in central county Cork, 97 years ago this week.

A profile of Mary Lou McDonald

marylou.jpg Mary Lou McDonald will be confirmed as the next leader of Sinn Fein within two weeks. A look at the woman who has set herself the challenge of leading the party into government in the 26 Counties.

January 23, 2018

Statement from Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH)

rnuceaseconf.jpg The full text of today’s ceasefire statement by the breakaway IRA armed group, Oglaigh na hEireann. It was released at a press conference involving Fianna Fáil TD Eamon O Cuiv and senior trade union figures who have been in talks around the group’s future.

Oglaigh na hEireann announce ceasefire

onhpic.jpg The breakaway IRA group Oglaigh na hEireann has announced a suspension of its armed actions, saying the “environment is not right for armed conflict” at this time, according to news reports this morning.

January 20, 2018

McDonald confirmed as next leader of Sinn Fein

maryloupreselect.jpg Mary Lou McDonald will succeed Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein leader, the party has confirmed, and will formally ascend to the leadership at a special Ard Fheis [conference] next month.

Tory/DUP bid to rig Six County elections

consproposed2018.jpg Sinn Fein has condemned new proposals to redraw the north’s electoral constituencies as a Tory/DUP gerrymander. A new revised plan is being prepared by the Boundary Commission which is a dramatic shift from previous plans.

Talks process set to resume in Belfast

brdaleycoveney.jpg A new phase of talks to restore the powersharing Stormont Assembly is to begin next Wednesday amid a difficult political climate.

Maghera family appeal for support on 20th anniversary

fergalmccusker.jpg Two decades after the murder of Fergal ‘Ricky’ McCusker by the LVF, his family have said they and other victims across the area “deserve answers, truth and accountability”.

Bloody Sunday organisers shift focus from nationalist struggle

bloodysundayfile.jpg A row has broken out over this year’s Bloody Sunday march in Derry, with some republican organisations preparing to boycott the event due to the appearance of a British soldier and other contentious names on advertising material.

Adams bid to overturn convictions hears of bearded double

adamscages.jpg A court bid by Gerry Adams to overturn two 1975 convictions for attempting to escape from prison has heard that his initial detention was illegal.

Bloody Sunday Programme 2018

bloodysundayposter18.jpg The official introduction and programme for the week of events in Derry culminating in the annual march to commemorate the Bloody Sunday massacre.

United Ireland ‘not inevitable’ - Adams

mcdonaldadamspres.jpg Gerry Adams gave what is thought to be his last speech as president of Sinn Fein to the party’s Cuige Uladh [Ulster department] in Belfast on Saturday morning before his succession by Mary Lou McDonald. The full text of Mr Adams’s speech.

January 15, 2018

Sinn Fein’s Barry McElduff stands down as MP

barrymcelduff.jpg Sinn Fein’s Barry McElduff has resigned as West Tyrone MP following an outcry over an intended humourous video in which he used a loaf of bread as a prop.

January 13, 2018

‘Thanks for eternity’

rosaleensands.jpg Tributes have been paid to Rosaleen Sands, the mother of hunger striker and MP Bobby Sands, who passed away on Friday.

Humour turned to hate

kingsmillstupid.jpg A short internet video intended as humourous by Sinn Fein MP for West Tyrone Barry McElduff caused a wave of sectarian recrimination this week when a loaf of bread he perched on his head inside a petrol station carried the word ‘Kingsmill’.

Councillor caught up in wave of false arrests

garydonnelly600.jpg Prominent Derry councillor Gary Donnelly has again been arrested and released by Gardai in County Donegal in connection with the execution of British agent and Sinn Fein informer, Denis Donaldson.

Inauspicious start for new British governor

karenbradleytitanic.jpg Britain’s new Direct Ruler in Ireland Karen Bradley has visited the North where she was welcomed as a “good unionist” by DUP MP Ian Paisley.

Dublin refuses to release report on McAnespie killing

mcanespie600.jpg Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the killing, the Dublin government has refused to release a report into the British army killing of Aidan McAnespie as he made his way to a Gaelic sports pitch.

Britain First leader stirs it up

fransen.jpg The deputy leader of a far-right unionist group in Britain is to go on trial on charges of hate speech in Belfast, it was confirmed in court on Tuesday.

The Craigavon 2 deserve justice

craigavon2600.jpg The Craigavon 2, Brendan McConville and John-Paul Wootton, are innocent Irishmen who have been wrongfully imprisoned for the past 8 years. Sign the petition now!

Inquiries, ‘collusion’ and seeking truth

loughinisland600.jpg If the NI Retired Police Officers’ Association wins on Loughinisland, it will have succeeded in closing down an important official source of information about alleged collusion and its scale, small or large. John Ware looks at a crucial upcoming ruling.

January 8, 2018

Karen Bradley is the new British Direct Ruler

karenbradley.jpg A 47-year-old English MP has been appointed as the new British Direct Ruler in the north of Ireland, taking over from the departing James Brokenshire. Karen Bradley has no known connection to Ireland.

British Direct Ruler quits

brokenshireout.jpg The head of British government in the north of Ireland, James Brokenshire, has quit the Tory cabinet ahead of a major reshuffle by Prime Minister Theresa May.

January 6, 2018

DUP ‘in denial’

fosterflag.jpg The DUP has been accused of not facing reality after the hardline unionist party called for a return of full Direct Rule of the north of Ireland from London, and condemned comments by the 26 County Taoiseach that he supports a united Ireland.

Prison visit broken up by riot squad

ddmclaughlin.jpg A republican prisoner recently extradited into British jurisdiction was dragged away from a Christmas visit by prison warders before being subjected to a vicious strip search.

Massacre victim demands action after UVF letter revealed

miamibomb.jpg Miami Showband massacre survivor Stephen Travers says the 26 County government should be ‘getting answers’ from London about revelations emerging from declassified state papers.

No reason for hospital delays, says Taoiseach

trolleys600.jpg The number of patients waiting for a hospital bed on trolleys in the 26 Counties reached a record earlier this week as the Dublin government admitted it was baffled by its own failures.

Calls for investigation into 1972 Belturbet car bombing

belturbetbomb.jpg There have been calls for the Dublin government to hold a proper investigation into the Belturbet car bombing which claimed two lives of two teenagers 45 years ago this week.

Housing Agency head keeps job despite outbursts against homeless

conorskehan.jpg A notorious Irish civil servant who claims that homelessness is “normal” and that some of those seeking shelter are trying to “game the system” has been reappointed as head of the Dublin government’s Housing Agency.

New Year statements 2018

2018.jpg A round-up of the statements traditionally issued this time of year by republican organisations.

Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh

irelandmappaper.jpg 2018 will present many challenges. If progress with the DUP proves impossible then the onus falls on to the Irish and British governments to spell out how they intend to jointly ensure that all past agreements are honoured.

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