July 12, 2019



The UVF’s reign of terror in east Belfast appears intact after it forced a humiliating climbdown by Belfast City Council over an illegal bonfire which had forced the closure of a leisure centre.

DUP rattled as Westminster wrings social change

mcginncreasy.jpg Full Direct Rule from London is a step closer after the British goverment unexpectedly allowed moves at Westminster to bring same-sex marriage and abortion to the north of Ireland.

New conversation with Protestants about a ‘Union of Ireland’

jamesnesbitt.jpg The idea of a new ‘Irish Union’ has gained traction with unionists following comments by actor James Nesbitt.

Mini-riot ahead of triumphalist Twelfth parades

ardoyne2019oo.jpg The main anti-Catholic parades of the year are currently taking place across the north of Ireland. Although there is relatively little trouble expected for the ‘Twelfth’ this year, petrol bombs were thrown at the PSNI in west Belfast on Thursday night and tension remains high going into the weekend.

Symbolic victory for farmers defending Irish beef

farmersboots.jpg Fine Gael has been defeated in the Dublin parliament on a beef trade deal after furious Irish farmers made their presence known in a protest outside the Dáil.

Downey extradition for Supreme Court

johndowney600.jpg A Donegal republican wanted in the Six Counties is to take his challenge against an attempted extradition to the Supreme Court.

IRA appeal to the Orange Order (1932)

iraoo1932.jpg This address was distributed as leaflets in unionist districts of Belfast by IRA Volunteers and published in newspapers in July 1932.

We need to talk about the Monarchy

queenscotland.jpg On the occasion of the royal visit to Scotland to mark the 20th anniversary of the Edinburgh parliament, a Scottish republican examines the future role of the British Royal family.

July 10, 2019

PSNI fear UVF reaction over bonfire intervention

avoneilbonfire.jpg Amid a standoff over an illegal bonfire in east Belfast, the PSNI police have told Belfast City Council that they fear the unionist paramilitary UVF could open fire if they attempt to remove bonfire material.

July 5, 2019

Inquiry ordered into state collusion in murder campaign

glennaneappeal.jpg Following a damning judgement at the Court of Appeal in Belfast earlier today [Friday], the PSNI has been forced into establishing an independent investigation into the British state’s role in a killing machine that left more than a hundred people dead.

New PSNI chief calls for more informers

simonbyrne.jpg The new PSNI chief Simon Byrne has had a controversial start to his period as head of policing in the north of Ireland as he oversaw the isolation of a nationalist community in east Belfast in order to facilitate a sectarian parade.

Council acts to protect ‘new Belfast’ estate from UVF

cantrellflags19.jpg Loyalist flags which have again appeared in a middle class area of east Belfast have goaded Belfast City Council to pass a motion to bring legal action against the Six County government at Stormont.

Children attacked ahead of Orange Order parade

barriershortstrand.jpg Three boys have been stabbed at one of the more controversial parades of the Orange Order’s marching season.

Informer’s role linked to rally killing

downesbullet.jpg The family of Sean Downes, who was killed by a plastic bullet almost 35 years ago, has asked the Six County Attorney General John Larkin to hold an inquest. It comes after concerns were raised about the role of top Sinn Féin informer Denis Donaldson in events leading up to the August 1984 killing.

Tensions high at Maghaberry prison

screwsbeware.jpg A threat to Maghaberry prison warders warning them to “beware (the) IRA” has appeared on a wall in Derry. A target sign has also been painted beside the three names on the wall in the Bligh’s Lane area of Creggan.

Catalans protest outside the European Parliament

catalaneu.jpg The Catalan independence movement has made a new show of strength in Europe with a protest against the exclusion of its three MEPs.

The Springhill Massacre

springhillmassacre.jpg British Army snipers killed five civilians at the Springhill estate in west Belfast on 9 July 1972, eleven months after the Ballymurphy massacre, and 47 years ago this week.

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