December 26, 2019

Anger as PSNI Chief sends Christmas message of violence

crownforces.jpg PSNI Chief Simon Byrne has been strongly criticised after releasing a propaganda photograph of himself in the company of heavily-armed Crown Force gunmen on Christmas Day.

December 24, 2019

Happy Christmas from IRN


A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. Nollaig shona dhaoibh is go méadaí Dia bhúr stór san Athbhliain.

December 21, 2019

DUP’s death grip on Stormont

dupsmithhandshake.jpg The DUP have come under pressure to relinquish their veto over political change at Stormont following round-table talks over the future of the Belfast Assembly this week. Both the London and Dublin governments accused the party of blocking a pre-Christmas deal on restoring the North’s suspended political institutions.

MI5 agents get clearance to kill

statekiller.jpg A tribunal in England has confirmed that British military intelligence has the legal power to direct unlimited criminal offences by its agents, including torture, bombings and political assassinations.

Brexit seen driving Irish reunification

irishseaborder.jpg Increasing numbers of mainstream political and media figures have said they believe a united Ireland could come about within the next decade as a result of Brexit and other recent political developments.

Unilateral amnesty included in Tory legislative agenda

queenspeech2.jpg The new Conservative government in London has set out its intention to block future investigations into British soldiers who murdered civilians in the north of Ireland -- even as a jailed republican was found liable for a 1982 IRA attack.

SDLP attempt to fudge royal oath induction

eastwoodoath.jpg Two new Irish nationalist MPs have made protest statements while swearing allegiance to the British Crown in the House of Commons, a process required before they are allowed to speak in debates, vote or receive their salary at the Westminster parliament.

Scottish govt seeks referendum, backs ‘legal’ route to independence

sturgeonflags.jpg Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has officially begun the process of holding an independence referendum, calling on the London government to transfer the power to do so.

Jemmy Hope

jemmyhope.jpg Historian Mary McNeill says of Jemmy Hope; “He represented the almost inarticulate aspirations of the strongly revolutionary element among the Presbyterian labourers both rural and urban: he was indeed the most radical of the United Irishmen – in some respects the greatest of them all.”

Getting away with murder

soldiers1971.jpg No one should be forced to simply accept the fact that their family members were murdered by the state. But Boris Johnson has now admitted he doesn’t care.

December 14, 2019

Belfast goes green

cands19.jpg The north of Ireland has voted for more nationalists than unionists in a Westminster parliamentary election for the first time after two hardline unionists were voted out.

As union weakens, Irish politicians focus on Stormont

fostermcdonald.jpg Brexit is unionism’s “biggest ever own goal” and it may lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom, former Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt has admitted.

Huge mandate boosts Scottish independence

nicolasturgeonwin.jpg The Scottish National Party pulled off a resounding general election victory in the Westminster election on Thursday, pushing open the door to finally ending their union with England and staying within the EU.

An end seen to Westminster chaos as Brexit looms; Corbyn to quit

johnsoncorbynvote.jpg As the DUP lost its influential position of holding the balance of power at Westminster, the leader of British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has signaled his intention to stand down as Labour leader in early 2020.

McDonald slams ‘Tory Boy’ Varadkar over housing tragedies

maughans.jpg Sinn Féin has presented a dossier on the homelessness scandal to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy. Party leader Mary Lou McDonald said Leo Varadkar was living in a ‘Tory Boy’ bubble over the housing crisis.

PSNI interrogation over harassment video diary

rucpsni.jpg A Saoradh member has described a heavy-handed home invasion by British Crown Forces during which himself and his brother were detained and hauled off to Musgrave Interrogation Unit.

Westminster election - constituency results

electionmap2.jpg A rundown on the outcome of the British general election in each constituency in the north of Ireland.

Unionists punished the DUP for extreme Brexit plan

duplose.jpg A lot of emphasis on the fact that, after Thursday’s election, for the first time there are more nationalist MPs than unionist; Sinn Féin and the SDLP outnumber the DUP 9-8.

December 13, 2019

Gildernew holds seat for SF in FST; nationalists win majority of MPs

gildernew2019.jpg Sinn Fein’s Michelle Gildernew has retained her Fermanagh and South Tyrone seat by a narrow margin of 57 votes following a recount.

John Finucane achieves historic breakthrough in north Belfast

finucanewins.jpg John Finucane has taken the north Belfast Westminster seat from the DUP’s Nigel Dodds in a stunning victory for Sinn Féin and a historic election for nationalism in the north of Ireland.

December 12, 2019

Westminster exit poll points to big wins for Tories, SNP

boristhumbsup.jpg Polling stations have now closed in the Westminster general election and a major exit poll in Britain has predicted a large working majority for the Conservative Party and a landslide for the SNP in Scotland.

Turnout high in Brexit election

leaders2019.jpg Turnout is high so far in the Westminster general election in both the north of Ireland and in Britain, where pollsters have been predicting a very slim Tory majority in the House of Commons or a hung parliament following today’s vote.

December 7, 2019

DUP in distress

ulsterhalldup.jpg The north of Ireland appears set for an extended period of unionist protest after an event took place on Friday night at the Ulster Hall, the latest in a series of meetings organised by loyalists which have echoed with the word ‘betrayal’.

US vote backs Good Friday Agreement in Brexit deal

congresspeople.jpg The US House of Representatives has backed a resolution outlining support for the Good Friday Agreement as US support for Ireland in the face of Brexit continues to grow.

Sectarian attacks in north Belfast linked to DUP

sectariannorthbelfast.jpg A spate of sectarian attacks have taken place against Catholics due to move into a new social housing development in north Belfast. Windows were smashed and a flag was hung from a drainpipe at a property in the loyalist Ballysillan area, one of three recent attacks.

CIRA claims Belfast attack

militarygrenade.jpg The Continuity IRA has claimed responsibility for a grenade attack on the PSNI in west Belfast last Wednesday.

Housing failure undermining government - FG TD

homelessboy.jpg Eoghan Murphy has started a rot which is spreading through the government, according to one of his colleagues, after the Minister for Housing narrowly survived a motion of no confidence.

Dublin govt urged to support Irish citizenship rights

desouzaoir.jpg A Derry woman who is challenging restrictions on her right to legally identify as Irish has called for Dublin to support efforts to uphold the rights of nationalists under the Good Friday Agreement.

Remember republican prisoners

prisonlight.jpg December is the traditional time to remember republican political prisoners. The following is an up to date list as maintained by the Irish Republican Prisoner News Facebook page, with addresses of the prisons for sending cards and good wishes.

Westminster election 2019 - constituency profiles

candidates.jpg A snapshot of the 18 constituencies ahead of Thursday’s Westminster general election.

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