September 29, 2018

No compensation for Bloody Sunday

michaelquinn.jpg A damages payment to a survivor of the British Army’s Bloody Sunday massacre is being seen as a step towards the goal of achieving real justice for the victims, rather than compensation.

Brexit ‘a matter of life and death’

stephenpound.jpg A British Labour MP has broken the silence of the mainstream media over the consequences of Brexit in terms of the remilitarisation of the border through Ireland.

Time for Truth brings campaign to Stormont

timefortruthdocuments.jpg Victims and survivors of the recent conflict in the north of Ireland travelled to Stormont this week as part of the ‘Time for Truth’ campaign and submitted 6000 responses to the British government’s consultation on ‘Addressing the Legacy of the Past in the North’.

Loyalist attacks go unchecked in Antrim

maskedloyalists.jpg Loyalists paramilitary organisations have been involved in brutal attacks in County Antrim amid violent wrangling over local control and the proceeds of crime.

DUP ‘accountable but not responsible’

fosterpaisley.jpg Two unionist-controlled councils donated thousands of pounds to the DUP’s Ian Paisley in the latest financial scandal to hit the party and its already disgraced MP for North Antrim.

Murphy refuses to acknowledge housing disaster

eoghanmurphydail.jpg Acts of civil disobedience are set to continue after rallies across Ireland and a motion of no confidence in the Dail failed to remove the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, over his failure to tackle an escalating housing crisis.

There was no going back

dukestreet600.jpg Recollections by Fionnbarra O Dochartaigh of the civil rights commemoration committee regarding the events at Duke Street which some historians characterise as the day the ‘Troubles’ began.

The devil and the deep blue sea

paisleywestminster.jpg When I was a lad, our History teacher used to say that people should look for signs of madness in a political leader, and when they saw it, the leader should be shunned. Unfortunately, History wasn’t listening to our teacher.

September 22, 2018

May heads for the cliff

maybrexitpeech.jpg An aggressive and staunchly unionist speech has increased fears that British Prime Minister Theresa May is prepared to ignore warnings and crash Britain out of the European Union early next year.

British military demand secrecy for Irish operations

barmy2018.jpg The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has sought to block a ruling ordering it to release information about its ongoing operations in the Six Counties.

Loyalist fires gun in the New Lodge

rsfinjured.jpg A loyalist drug dealer became embroiled in a row in the nationalist New Lodge area and attempted to shoot local youths, according to the Irish Republican Socialist Party, who have urged communities to “take the power back”.

PSNI ‘routinely’ abusing children in searches

boysearch.jpg The father of a 14-year-old boy has spoken out after the PSNI targeted his son under ‘terror’ legislation.

Further collusion suspected over missing notebook

psninotes.jpg There are renewed concerns over collusion after it emerged that a notebook containing details of republicans -- including their names, addresses and car number plates -- has been “lost” by the PSNI police in a UDA stronghold.

Day of action on housing

tbtcprotest.jpg Housing activists are today [Saturday] holding a national day of action to highlight Ireland’s housing crisis amid increased repression by the 26 County police.

Liadh Ni Riada campaign launch

liadhspeech.jpg Liadh Ni Riada is the youngest daughter of the iconic composer and musician, Sean O’Riada. On Sunday she was confirmed as Sinn Fein’s candidate for the Presidency of Ireland in next month’s election. The following is the text of her campaign launch speech.

Emmet’s speech from the dock

emmetnorbury.jpg Robert Emmet, United Irishman and the leader of the rebellion on 1803, was tried for high treason in Green Street courthouse, 215 years ago this week.

September 20, 2018

Recall petition fails to unseat Ian Paisley

recallresult.jpg At the end of six weeks of campaigning, an official petition of recall to remove DUP MP Ian Paisley over corruption allegations has fallen just short of the number required.

September 15, 2018

Gangsters

fourgang2.jpg Over a thousand people marched in Dublin on Wednesday after the new Garda Commissioner colluded with hired thugs in an attempt to suppress opposition to the government’s housing policy.

A shocking exposition as Ballymurphy massacre inquest advances

ballymurphyinquest0918.jpg An outpouring of emotion at the broadcast of a new documentary has inspired hope that justice is finally within reach for the victims of an infamous British Army killing spree.

ECHR fails to grasp ‘thorny issue’ of British torture

hoodedmen2.jpg The ‘Hooded Men’ have vowed that their campaign for justice is not over after the European Court of Human Rights rejected an appeal against the court’s ruling that they were not tortured.

Say no to Israeli apartheid

israelprotest.jpg Efforts by the Israeli state to reassert its international reputation in the wake of large-scale massacres of the Palestinian population are being opposed in Ireland through protests and boycotts.

Dail set for showdown over the housing crisis

obroinharris.jpg Public wrangling over the housing crisis is to reach a climax later this month when Sinn Fein submit puts forward a motion of no confidence in Fine Gael’s Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy.

Ni Riada and TV celebs bid to replace Higgins as President

presidentcands.jpg Liadh Ni Riada MEP is set to be ratified as Sinn Fein Presidential election candidate this weekend, joining two reality television stars and a charity entrepreneur in the bid to oust the sitting Irish President, Michael D Higgins, from Aras an Uachtaran.

Ballymurphy story must be told

funeralbalymurphy.jpg Before Bloody Sunday there was Ballymurphy. Its story must be told, according to Callum Macrae, the director of The Ballymurphy Precedent, a shorter version of which was broadcast on Channel 4.

British state let off the hook

mikejackson2.jpg The exposure of Michael Jackson in Channel 4’s Ballymurphy documentary makes it necessary to look back on his performance at The Bloody Sunday Inquiry - and at the Inquiry’s refusal to draw proper conclusions about his participation in the murders, his role in the cover-up, and his perjury to the Inquiry.

September 11, 2018

Ireland may miss out on protests as Trump visit in doubt

trumpblimp.jpg US President Donald Trump could reschedule an upcoming trip to Ireland after it emerged massive protests were being planned to greet him.

September 8, 2018

‘Ignorant’ Bradley blocks court-ordered election

bradleywestminster.jpg After admitting to a parliamentary magazine that she hadn’t understood how the North of Ireland is divided politically, British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley has introduced legislation at Westminster to halt Six County Assembly elections until 2019.

Furious DUP rows over RHI payouts revealed

bellrhiinquiry.jpg In nasty exchanges, former DUP first minister Arlene Foster ordered a party colleague to keep open a Stormont ‘free money’ energy scheme despite his concerns over the spiralling cost, an inquiry has heard.

PSNI bid to disguise its role in journalist arrests

durhamjournos.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams has accused the British state of “a new and despicable twist” in its efforts to protect itself from the legal consequences of its collusion with loyalist paramilitaries during the conflict.PSNI bid to disguise its role in journalist arrests

A choice between reunification or disaster - SF

kearneytalking.jpg Sinn Fein’s National Chairperson Declan Kearney has warned that there is a risk that the peace process could be “squandered” by Brexit coming on top of the collapse of political institutions in the North.

Irish language signage ban overturned

languagecourt.jpg A ban on Irish language street signs in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has been rescinded after a resident challenged the discrimination.

Grieving Donegal mother told to contact British Foreign Office

danielleletter.jpg The mother of Donegal woman Danielle McLaughlin said she was disgusted to be refused a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar because his office claimed her daughter ‘was not an Irish citizen’ as she had a British passport.

Annette McGavigan

annettemcgavigan2.jpg Forty-seven years ago today a 14-year-old school girl, Annette McGavigan, was shot dead on the streets of Derry by a British soldier. No one was ever charged with her death and no proper investigation was ever carried out.

The Loughinisland killings - who knew?

loughinislandpub.jpg I finally got round to watching the film ‘No Stone Unturned’ last night. The fact that it’s on Amazon Prime means it’s available to anyone anywhere.

September 3, 2018

Harris sworn in as Garda boss under cover of darkness

harrisconfirmed.jpg The former assistant chief of the RUC police, Drew Harris, has been controversially sworn in as Garda Commissioner in an extraordinary midnight ceremony at the force’s headquarters in Kevin Street, Dublin.

September 1, 2018

Journalists seized in PSNI’s war on truth

journosarrested.jpg

The PSNI stand accused of once again actively colluding in a loyalist massacre by directing the arrest of two award-winning investigative journalists who worked to expose the truth behind the 1994 Loughinisland killings.

Tories threaten partition, once again

moggmay.jpg The Tory Brexit campaign is sliding towards a “take it or leave it” showdown with the EU amid an increasingly bloody-minded approach by British officials.

Desecration of memorial to brave Volunteers

drumnakilly.jpg A memorial in County Tyrone dedicated to three IRA Volunteers shot dead by the SAS has been attacked on the 30th anniversary of their deaths.

Martin vows to revive Stormont with SDLP pact

dupmartin.jpg A new alignment between political parties in the Six and 26 Counties looks set to go ahead after Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said the party is in talks with the SDLP. He said the parties plan to develop a “new political agenda” to “get the North working”.

Trump set to face Irish protests

trumpireland.jpg Demonstrations are already being planned in Ireland after it was revealed that US President Donald Trump is set to visit in November. The White House has said he hopes to “renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations”.

Appeal to Bradley ‘as a mother to a mother’

lorrainetaylorprotest.jpg A statement, addressed to British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley, was issued by Lorraine Taylor, wife of republican internee Tony Taylor. She was speaking after a rally at Free Derry Corner on Sunday to mark Mr Taylor’s 900th day in prison.

The 1913 Lock-Out

lockoutrally.jpg A brief history of Ireland’s landmark industrial and social dispute, between approximately 20,000 workers and 300 employers, which began in Dublin 105 years ago this week.

RSF hunger strike anniversary commemoration

rsfbundoran.jpg The oration delivered by Sinn Fein Poblachtach Ard Cisteoir and Ard Chomhairle member Diarmuid Mac Dubhghlais, Atha Cliath at the 37th Anniversary Hunger Strike commemoration and parade in Bundoran, County Donegal at the weekend.

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