July 28, 2018

Protestants ‘must be protected’ in United Ireland


Former DUP leader Peter Robinson has said he believes reunification could happen because of Brexit and has called for a debate on “protections” for the unionist community.

Campaign grows to block Harris appointment

harrismacgiollaeasbuig.jpg Donegal County Council has passed a motion calling on the Minister for Justice to cancel the appointment of a new head of the 26 County police because of his previous links to British intelligence agencies and his role in shutting down an investigation into state collusion with loyalist paramilitaries.

‘Political agendas’ protecting alleged mobile shop killers

mobileshop.jpg A suspected British state agent and hitman identified as a triple sectarian killer was never prosecuted because of a cover-up in which the PSNI (then RUC) police simply did not send a file to prosecutors, it has emerged.

DUP must come clean on Paisley scandal - SF

paisleylanka2.jpg The DUP has come under pressure from Sinn Fein after it appeared to rule out any further sanction against its MP Ian Paisley despite his unprecedented suspension from the Westminster parliament over holidays secretly funded by the Sri Lankan government.

Union backs miscarriage of justice campaign

rmtcraigavon.jpg One of Britain’s largest unions has passed a motion calling for the conviction of two County Armagh men known as the ‘Craigavon 2’ to be reviewed.

Mistreatment of two republican prisoners

mcwilliamsconnors.jpg The Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association has relayed serious cases of abuse of republican prisoners at Maghaberry and Hydebank jails.

Meet the Rajapaksas

rajapaksas.jpg DUP MP Ian Paisley has been found to have improperly lobbied on behalf of Sri Lanka’s then Rajapaksa regime against accusations of war crimes which targeted the minority Tamil population. Meet the Rajapaksas, in this Channel 4 report from 2013.

The peace process is being used as a political hostage

mayfoster.jpg Short of pulling out a Tricolour, the national flag of Ireland, and setting it on fire on the dais, it is difficult to imagine how much more undiplomatic and positively provocative the Conservative Party leader could have been in her words and sentiments.

July 21, 2018

UVF handed PSNI database


In a major incident of potential collusion, elements within the PSNI have passed on to loyalist paramilitaries the details and electronic data of hundreds of people who they have been spying on.

May disowns backstop deal

mayperfidy.jpg After a chaotic week of u-turns and narrow votes at the Westminster parliament, the British Prime Minister has denounced a previously agreed ‘backstop’ plan to ensure no border checks are introduced across the island of Ireland.

PSNI quiet as republicans bicker

carfirework.jpg The PSNI police have so far refused to say who they believe was responsible for a firework thrown at the home of Gerry Adams last weekend.

Special needs school wrecked

vincents.jpg A Catholic-maintained school for special needs pupils has been badly damaged in a sectarian hate crime in east Belfast.

Disgraced Paisley faces recall push

paisleylankasob.jpg A petition is set to be collected to recall north Antrim MP Ian Paisley following a finding by the Westminster parliament that he improperly accepted holidays from the government of Sri Lanka valued in excess of 100,000 pounds.

Sinn Fein to run for Aras

michaeld.jpg Sinn Fein is to challenge Michael D Higgins in the upcoming Irish presidential election but has yet to name a candidate for the vote, which is expected to take place in November.

Markievicz enters Westminster

markieviczportrait.jpg The Dublin parliament has gifted a portrait of Irish abstentionist MP Constance Markievicz, the first woman elected to Westminster, as a debate takes place over the refusal of Sinn Fein to take its seats there.

The Rebel Countess

markieviczgun.jpg An introduction to the life of Constance Georgine Markievicz, an Irish politician, suffragette, socialist and republican rebel.

July 14, 2018

PSNI raids follow peace rally

sfpeacerally.jpg The homes of republican youths in Derry are currently the focus of a PSNI crackdown following several nights of clashes around a major sectarian parade through the city centre.

Adams urges attackers to step forward

gerryadamscar.jpg There have been calls for calm after two devices were thrown at the homes of former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and prominent republican Bobby Storey in Belfast overnight.

DUP met UVF over bonfires

uvfbonfire.jpg A meeting which took place between the DUP and the unionist paramilitary UVF in the early hours of Wednesday failed to convince the loyalist armed group to lower a giant bonfire, it has emerged.

Glasgow set to act against sectarian parades

glasgowmarch.jpg A hate attack on a Catholic priest by supporters of an Orange Order parade in Glasgow has caused a major backlash and a call for a blanket ban on the openly sectarian organisation in the city.

Random MI5 recruitment bid lands man in hospital

johncuddy.jpg A County Tyrone man has described how he was hospitalised after MI5 and PSNI tried to recruit him as an informer.

Historic vote against Palestinian occupation

seanadvoteisrael.jpg Irish senators on Wednesday passed a bill to ban the import of goods from Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

Martin Hurson

martinhursonfuneral.jpg A brief look at the life of Martin Hurson, who fought for Irish freedom and became the sixth to die in the 1981 hunger strike, 37 years ago this week.

Ireland must act against Israel’s war crimes

francesblackfarmers.jpg Ireland is entitled to disassociate from what the EU itself condemns as clear breaches of international law.

July 13, 2018

Plastic bullets fired as Derry riots escalate

derryriot1807.jpg A sectarian parade through the centre of Derry provoked heavy rioting in the city last night as youths threw petrol bombs and the PSNI responded with potentially lethal plastic bullets.

July 12, 2018

Wave of bonfire violence in UVF backlash

bonfires1807.jpg The north of Ireland saw some of the worse violence in recent years as unionist paramilitaries hit back at a first step by authorities against their towering and toxic ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfires.

July 10, 2018

Clashes continue in the Bogside

vanfire.jpg Disturbances involving nationalist youths in the Bogside area of Derry has seen another night of trouble as appeals from a wide spectrum of politicians fell on deaf ears.

July 9, 2018

May under threat as top Tories quit over Brexit

johnsondavis.jpg Boris Johnson has resigned as British Foreign Secretary, following the departure earlier today of Brexit Minister David Davis, amid a growing crisis within the Conservative Party over London’s Brexit strategy.

July 7, 2018

Savagery of bonfire thugs


A Catholic man was dragged from his car and severely beaten in broad daylight in a rabid attack by loyalist thugs enraged by the failure of their bonfire nearby. It is believed the victim was attacked randomly and was only identified as Catholic by the football jersey he was wearing.

Nationalists hemmed in for sectarian march

shortstrandsomme18.jpg Steel barriers sealed off the nationalist Short Strand last Monday to facilitate the passage of a sectarian parade by the anti-Catholic Orange Order, infuriating local residents but without causing any of the violence seen in previous years.

Clashes in Derry as flags intimidation escalates

confederateflags18.jpg There was some trouble in Derry last weekend amid tension in the city ahead of major sectarian marches to be held on Thursday by the Orange Order.

McGurk’s Bar families have inquest denied

mcgurksbanner2.jpg Calls for a fresh inquest into the McGurks Bar Bombing in Belfast have been rejected by the Six County Attorney General.

British Brexit spin questioned

mayspin.jpg Sinn Fein has cast doubt on claims that a newly agreed British cabinet positon on Brexit could prevent a hardening of the border and a diminution of the rights of the citizens in the north of Ireland.

Death of Sean Scott

seanscott.jpg Republicans have mourned the passing of veteran IRA figure Sean Scott, of Ballyforan, near Ballinasloe in County Galway, whose funeral took place on Wednesday.

The Falls Curfew - July 1970

fallscurfew.jpg Michael Shaw Mahoney captures the Falls Curfew of July 1970 through the eyes of the late Billy Curran (for the Pensive Quill).

The Integrity of the Irish Nation

irelandpartition.jpg Those who claim to be unionist may regard themselves as British but they live on Irish soil and are here as a result of colonisation. They have a right to live in Ireland but they have no right to prevent the Irish people from being part of one historical Irish nation.

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