July 26, 2019

New Direct Ruler arrives in Ireland

juliansmith.jpg The new British Direct Ruler, Julian Smith, has received a mixed response from Sinn Féin ahead of his arrival in Belfast to take control of British government operations in the north of Ireland.

Bullets, British Army ID found in north Belfast

modcard.jpg The Republican Network for Unity has urged people to be vigilant following a recent incident involving undercover Crown Force personnel operating in North Belfast.

Strong reaction to first days of ‘Tory clown’

johnsonno10.jpg Britain’s incoming Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been the subject of concerned editorials and heavy criticism in Ireland and Britain.

Irish golf victory triggers geography meltdown for sports media

shanelowry.jpg A victory by Ireland’s Shane Lowry in a major golfing event in County Antrim has been hailed as a major triumph for Irish golf, but has exposed the dire knowledge of geography among some members of the British sports media.

SF councillor backs Craigavon 2 appeal

craigavon2flat.jpg A senior Sinn Féin politician has raised concerns about the conviction of a men jailed for killing PSNI man Stephen Carroll a decade ago.

Young republican prisoner under duress at Maghaberry

prisoneremmet.jpg Saoradh has criticised the continued refusal of the British administration and the Six-County prison service’s to transfer young republican Emmet McSheffrey to the republican wing at Maghaberry jail.

Voting for the next President of Ireland

voteforthevote.jpg The right of citizens living outside the southern State to vote for the President of Ireland is now a significant issue of debate, especially here in Dublin. This is a campaign we should all get behind, writes Gerry Adams.

The sh*t is starting to fly

boriscabinet.jpg We all kind of knew it would end like this. As the UK and Theresa May thrashed in futile fashion and the EU negotiators raised their eyebrows when they were talking to her and rolled their eyes when they weren’t, we all knew that the horror-show had yet to reach a climax. With Boris Johnson’s installation as British prime minister, we know that the sh*t should start flying any week now.

July 24, 2019

Johnson announces extreme-right Tory Cabinet

johnsonqueensmith.jpg New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed an over-the-top cabinet of Brexiteer ultras and right-wing extremists. In the process, he has also replaced Karen Bradley as Direct Ruler in the north of Ireland with the former Tory Chief Whip, Julian Smith.

July 23, 2019

Johnson is new Tory leader, will become PM tomorrow

borisflags.jpg Boris Johnson has won a final Tory leadership runoff, defeating his opponent Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt with the support of more than two in three of the Conservative Party membership.

July 19, 2019

The face of ‘the Twelfth’

morgans.jpg A savage sectarian attack in County Down has left a man fighting for his life.

PSNI/UVF links under the spotlight

byrnemattews.jpg The new chief of the PSNI, Simon Byrne, has said his force is “not in cahoots with the UVF” after details emerged of a series of meetings with well-known loyalist leaders over the handling of a bonfire in east Belfast.

Vulnerable woman targeted in ‘aggressive’ new PSNI approach

daniellecrawford.jpg A north Belfast mother of two children has been subjected to “persistent and aggressive” attempts by the PSNI to recruit her as an informer.

PSNI building ‘register’ of Derry republicans

psniderryregister.jpg Five Derry men were forced to attend Strand Road PSNI base to sign a so-called “terror register” in what Saoradh believes will become a conveyer-belt approach to the imprisonment of their activists.

Fifty years a secret

samueldevenny.jpg The family of a Derry city man who died after he was attacked by police 50 years ago has renewed calls for files about his death to be released.

Pressure grows for a University of Derry

mageecampus.jpg The failure to establish a university in Derry has been described as a “sectarian scandal” by Labour peer Andrew Adonis, who has raised the matter in the House of Lords.

Francie McCloskey’s last hours

franciemccloskey.jpg A series of events has taken place this week to mark the 50th anniversary of the murder of Francie McCloskey, considered by many to have been the first fatality of the current phase of the conflict.

UDR must be held to account for Patsy Kelly murder

patsykelly600.jpg Long before the deadly word ‘collusion’ entered into the public vocabulary of the conflict, Teresa Kelly and her family experienced ‘collusion’ in all its grotesque forms.

July 18, 2019

Fate of Brexit and Westminster tied to Stormont

westminsterdevolution.jpg An amendment has been made to legislation at Westminster which prevents a crash Brexit coming about by the suspension of the London parliament unless Stormont is restored.

July 12, 2019

UVF's gun law at hate bonfires

uvfbonfire19.jpg 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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