May 26, 2018

‘New politics’ brings historic change

repealcastle.jpg An overwhelming vote in favour of repealing the 8th amendment of the Irish constitution has opened the way for the liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws, with a final result of 66.4% to 33.6%.

Pressure grows to move beyond DUP vetoes

corbynqub.jpg The leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn visited Belfast this week to mark 20 years since the Good Friday peace agreement and added his voice to efforts to circumvent unionist intransigence.

Boy hospitalised after vicious loyalist beating

rossdowney.jpg A Catholic teenager has been hospitalised after being kicked in the head in a sectarian attack in Derry’s Waterside area.

Part of remains of British shooting victim withheld

mcanespie600.jpg The British government is to be asked to explain the disappearance of part of the body of Aidan McAnespie in 1988. The 23-year-old was shot dead by a British soldier close to a border checkpoint at Aughnacloy in County Tyrone as he made his way to a local Gaelic sports club.

Royals but no Saffrons on television

royalsgaa.jpg Sinn Fein has criticised the BBC’s lack of coverage of Gaelic games in a meeting with representatives of the GAA (Gaelic Athletics Association).

Families reject call to abandon prosecutions

barramcgrory2.jpg Families who lost loved ones at the hands of unionist paramilitaries acting in collusion with the state have criticised comments made by a former Director of Public Prosecutions for an end to conflict-related prosecutions.

The revival of Palestinian consciousness

palestinianwoman.jpg Ghada Karmi is a Palestinian physician, academic and writer. Her latest book is entitled Return: A Palestinian Memoir. Despite the recent shocking events in Gaza, she sees hope for the Palestinian cause.

Remembering Ray McCreesh

raymondmccreesh2.jpg Several hundred republicans gathered in McCreesh park in Newry last weekend to honour local hunger striker Raymond McCreesh in separate events organised by Saoradh and Sinn Fein. A tribute delivered by Saoradh’s Nuala Perry.

May 25, 2018

Exit poll predicts victory for pro-abortion campaign

savitayes.jpg Ireland looks set to legalise abortion after an exit poll showed a referendum to remove the constitutional protection for the unborn passing by an overwhelming 68% Yes to 32% No.

May 19, 2018

May runs away from border poll

andersonbradley.jpg Theresa May has privately ruled out a vote on Irish unity within the north of Ireland because it could produce a majority in favour, according to leaked reports from a secret Tory briefing.

Loyalist bludgeon gangs on the prowl

loyalists600.jpg There is growing concern in the north of Ireland over threats and attacks by loyalist gangs ahead of the summer marching season.

Last week of campaigning, but no end to abortion debate

mcdonaldabortion.jpg The hugely divisive referendum campaign on the Eighth Amendment draws to a close ahead of voting day next Friday with opinion polls showing support for the removal of Ireland’s constitutional protection for the unborn declining, but still likely to pass.

New IRA ‘won’t go away’

newiraposter.jpg The ‘New IRA’ has responded to a call by former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams for rival republican groups to “go away”, with posters signed in the name of “The IRA” appearing in west and north Belfast.

Moves to bring charges against agent’s handlers

haggarty2.jpg A legal intervention has forced Crown prosecutors to revise a decision not to bring criminal charges against two former RUC Special Branch members who are believed to have directed and shielded loyalist serial killer Gary Haggarty.

Minister vows to obtain Dublin/Monaghan documents

dublinmonaghanbomb.jpg The victims of the worst day of the recent conflict in Ireland should be told the truth, a campaigner has said.

Disrupt and Deny - Britain’s dirty war in Ireland

disruptanddeny.jpg Rory Cormac, a professor of international relations specialising in secret intelligence and covert action, has found archival evidence to prove Edward Heath’s government directed ‘black ops’ on the streets of Ireland.

London offers tracking apps instead of a border poll

borderapp.jpg How can the United Kingdom deny a border vote to the inhabitants of the Six Counties on one hand by claiming that the demand does not exist for it, while on the other the prime minister herself admits that the outcome of such a poll is uncertain?

May 15, 2018

Protests across Ireland against Israeli massacre

dublingaza.jpg Thousands protested in cities across the country this evening following a horrific mass murder by Israel of some 60 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza on Monday. It was the single deadliest day for Palestinians in several years.

May 14, 2018

More than 55 dead in new Israeli atrocity

gazanakba70.jpg Scores of Palestinians have been shot dead in Gaza as Israel’s declaration of independence was marked by a mass slaughter of protestors gathered at the border.

May 12, 2018

British soldiers gloat over massacre

hereford.jpg Former members of the British Crown Forces have been sharing photographs of the assassinated IRA Volunteers of Loughgall and gloating about how they held “parties” in the van in which three of the martyrs were killed, it has emerged.

Loughgall documents point to war crime

loughgall600.jpg Members of the IRA unit shot dead in a British Army ambush at Loughgall had been under surveillance for weeks, it was confirmed this week.

Cancer test victim says ‘government should go’

tonyobrien2.jpg The resignation this week of the head of the 26 County Health Service Executive (HSE) has added to demands for full accountability in a scandal over cut-rate cancer testing and a subsequent cover-up which has claimed the lives of 17 women.

Theresa May makes it up

maypoppies.jpg There has been a furious response to a statement by British Prime Minister Theresa May to her own parliament which deliberately misrepresented official figures on policing and claimed “the only people being investigated” are members of the Crown Forces.

Support for Tony Taylor after parole hearing is postponed

tonytaylorderry.jpg Unionists have lashed out at the 26 County Minister for Foreign Affairs after he raised the two-year internment of republican prisoner Tony Taylor in the Dublin parliament.

Unionists see red after team protests British anthem

cliftonvilleanthem.jpg The sectarian nature of the unionist-dominated Irish Football Association (IFA) has been highlighted by its playing of ‘God Save the Queen’ at the start of the association’s cup final.

Yes or No to abortion?

abortionposters2.jpg We present two sides of the republican debate on abortion rights ahead of the referendum on May 25th to remove the Eighth Amendment, which broadly prohibits it, and to allow the Dublin parliament to legislate for its provision.

Francis Hughes: Scourge of the UDR

francishughes3.jpg A contemporaneous account of the life of Francis Hughes following his death on May 12, 1981 while on hunger striker against the Tory criminalisation of republican prisoners. From the Starry Plough.

May 5, 2018

Lives of Irish women sold out by the state

vickyphelan.jpg A dodgy deal for cut-price cancer tests and a subsequent cover-up wrecked the health of hundreds of Irish women over the past decade, with 17 deaths attributed to the scandal.

Bomb alerts in Derry as PSNI face reprisals over raids

strandroadalert.jpg Amid rapidly escalating tensions in Derry, three hoax bomb alerts have taken place, with two of them directed at the homes of members of the PSNI police and their parents.

UVF claim 1971 Ballymurphy murders

ballymurphyvictims2.jpg Claims that a deceased unionist paramilitary may have been responsible for the deaths of victims of the Ballymurphy Massacre have been treated with scepticism by the relatives of those who died.

Plastic bullet killing to remain classified until 2059

paulwhitters.jpg The mother of a teenager killed by a plastic bullet fired by the RUC (now PSNI) police 37 years ago has hit out at British state secrecy after it emerged that files on his murder are to remain under wraps for another 41 years.

Efforts to tackle unionist internet hate

buntingfrogs.jpg An independent unionist councillor has drawn attention to the problem of unchecked hate speech by unionist politicians with an egregious and ridiculous attempt to insult Irish nationalists.

A new chapter for the Basque struggle

adamsbasque.jpg Former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has spoken of “a historic moment” in the Basque peace process after the ETA armed group announced a definitive end to the organisation.

The big knock

doorbattered.jpg Sinead McCool describes what it’s like to endure PSNI harassment and a raid against your family’s home in 2018

5 May 1981

blackflags.jpg A contemporaneous account of events and sentiment in the aftermath of the death of Bobby Sands on this day in 1981, from the point of view of a British socialist. Originally published in Spartacist magazine.

May 4, 2018

Sinn Fein win West Tyrone by-election

orfhlaithelected.jpg Sinn Fein has retained its Westminster seat for the West Tyrone constituency after 26-year-old solicitor Orfhlaith Begley polled over 16,000 votes for the party in Thursday’s by-election.

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