January 15, 2019

Tories faces no confidence vote after MPs reject Brexit deal

maycorbyn.jpg British Prime Minister Theresa May has tonight lost a motion in the House of Commons on Britain’s deal on withdrawal from the European Union by a large margin of 432 votes to 202.

January 14, 2019

British PM admits hard Brexit would accelerate Irish unity

maycommons.jpg Britain’s departure from the European Union without a deal would make a united Ireland and the break-up of the United Kingdom more likely, Theresa May has told MPs.

January 12, 2019

JUDGE ‘PROTECTS HIS PAYMASTERS’

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A coroner has somehow found no evidence of collusion in the notorious murder of a nationalist pensioner who was shot dead by loyalists as her home was being actively surveilled by the British Army.

Good Friday Agreement may not survive - SF

stormontstatue600.jpg The 1998 Good Friday peace agreement could become unsalvageable, Sinn Fein has said, as Brexit and other unresolved issues continue to shutter the institutions which were set up under the agreement.

‘Dirty War’ general to face court action over torture

kitson.jpg Former senior British Army General Frank Kitson is one of several high profile British establishment figures facing legal action brought by two members of the group known as the Hooded Men.

Unease as UDA group expands

udarecruitment.jpg The South East Antrim UDA have been holding families to ransom, it has emerged, as the growing loyalist paramilitary group continues to flex its muscles.

Council funding of loyalists continues despite scandal

cityhallloyalists.jpg Belfast City Council has agreed to set aside half a million pounds for a controversial bonfire scheme which will see funds again directed to groups with links to loyalist paramilitaries.

Race hate attacks on asylum centres

rooskeyasylum.jpg A suspected arson attack at a centre for asylum seekers is the second in six weeks and has provoked fears of a violent campaign by the extreme right in the 26 Counties.

Declarations of the First Dail

firstdail600.jpg On 21 January 1919, 100 years ago this week, the first meeting of the parliament of the revolutionary, all-Ireland Irish Republic took place.

Sir Reginald washes his hands

reginaldweir.jpg More than three and a half years - yes, three and a half years! - after the conclusion of all the evidence in the inquest into the murder of Roseanne Mallon, Sir Reginald Weir sat down in Nisi Prius court in Belfast city centre and declared he could find neither direct nor indirect evidence of collusion between the loyalist killers and any state agency in the case.

January 5, 2019

MI5 ‘tampered with Enniskillen bomb’ - STATE PAPERS

MI5letter.jpg British intelligence knew in advance about the Enniskillen bombing of 1987 and altered the timing to kill civilians and create a “massive backlash” against the IRA, according to an anonymous letter by an MI5 agent, written 30 years ago and declassified this week in Dublin.

Shoot-to-kill cover-up had tacit support of Dublin

gibraltar3.jpg The Dublin government secretly reassured the British in 1988 it would not take a case to the European Court of Human Rights over the SAS ambush and summary execution of three unarmed IRA Volunteers in Gibraltar.

PSNI prepare for a hard Brexit

englishpolice.jpg A thousand additional police from England and Scotland are to be trained for conflict in Ireland as part of preparations for the remilitarisation of the border, it has emerged.

Varadkar defends vulture funds

strokestownprotest.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has backed vulture funds who have bought distressed mortgages and are pursuing evictions despite protests against the violent eviction of a Roscommon County family last month.

British reaction to Adams’s first visa to US was extreme

adamsustv1994.jpg The significance of Bill Clinton’s decision to grant former Sinn Fein leader’s Gerry Adams a visa is laid bare in state papers which reveal that the British government was shaken by the move.

‘You are now entering Free Derry’ - Liam Hillen’s legacy

freederry1969.jpg The safe arrival of a major civil rights march into Derry, after it had come under repeated attack by the B-Specials, inspired Liam Hillen to write one of the most famous slogans of the conflict. Liam passed away this week, almost 50 years to the day after those historic events.

Papers reveal bickering, manipulation

haugheythatcher2.jpg We publish a round-up of the state papers declassified at the turn of the year by the Dublin and London governments, dating from 1988 and 1994. Please note that, as usual, some papers have not been released for reasons of ‘state security’.

New Year statements 2019

2019.jpg A round-up of statements issued at the turn of the year by the leaders and leaderships of Sinn Fein and republican organisations.

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