March 27, 2020

ANGER AS VITAL EQUIPMENT RUNS SHORT

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Government politicians who paid tribute to healthcare workers this week have been accused of hypocrisy over their failure to supply enough equipment to protect the workers or to take care of the ill.

‘Slavishness’ of Stormont costing lives

swannvirus.jpg The Stormont administration faces a mounting crisis over what has been described as an “abject” determination by unionists to follow the Tory government’s disastrous lead on the coronavirus epidemic.

Tributes paid to Toni Carragher

tonicarragherrip.jpg The death has taken place of Toni Carragher, a well-known campaigner against British army militarisation along the border, and the former secretary of the South Armagh Farmers and Residents’ Committee.

Emergency powers being abused in the North

psnivehicle.jpg Draconian new powers introduced at Westminster in the name of protecting the public are already being abused in the north of Ireland, according to republicans in Derry.

Unresolved sectarian murder case ‘locked down’ by PSNI

mobileshop.jpg Prosecutors have refused to ask the PSNI police to reopen an investigation linked to the murder of three Catholics killed by unionist paramilitaries almost 30 years ago, despite never having received a file on the cases against four suspects, including a man identified as the killer.

Easter commemorations cancelled

wreath.jpg Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that her party’s planned Easter commemorations have been cancelled in their entirety due to the deterioration of the coronavirus situation.

Working class being sacrificed

unequal.jpg A political analysis of the current economic and healthcare crises by Saoradh.

Up the Rebels

shirtsrebels.jpg The necessary cancellation of Easter Rising Commemorations does not mean we should not celebrate these events.

March 24, 2020

Govts move to ‘lockdown’; prisoners seek help

borisleo.jpg In televised addresses, both the premiers in Dublin and London have announced stronger measures in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

March 20, 2020

Tories back away from ‘herd cull’ plan

johnsonvirus.jpg Amid warnings that health care systems in Britain and the north of Ireland were facing a potentially catastrophic meltdown, both Tories and unionists in Ireland have ended their hands-off approach to the coronavirus health crisis.

Prisoners forced to take action over virus threat

portlaoiseflag600.jpg Republican prisoners in both Portlaoise and Maghaberry prisons have voluntarily stopped visits with family as a result of the Coronavirus.

Speech cheers viewers, leaves questions unanswered

varadkarspeech.jpg After delivering an inspirational but ultimately vacuous speech on the implications of the Coronavirus crisis, the caretaker 26 County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been urged to take more practical action to protect lives and livelihoods across Ireland.

Genuine unity urged as crisis grows

mcdonaldglove.jpg A national government of unity could bring help to those in need during the current health crisis, Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald has said.

Scottish independence referendum on hold

sturgeonflag.jpg Plans for an independence referendum in Scotland this year have been “paused” by the Scottish Government as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Scapegoat’ prisoner denied family visits

paulmcintyre.jpg Prison warders at Maghaberry have prevented a family visit with Paul McIntyre for a second time after he was refused bail and incarcerated at Maghaberry earlier this month.

The centenary of an Irish martyr

tomasmaccurtain.jpg A tribute to Tomás Mac Curtain, Cork Lord Mayor, who was born on 20 March 1884 and died on the same date in 1920, shot dead in his home.

Stormont - where incompetence carries no sanction

crawfordfoster.jpg Having carried out a costly 12 month long forensic investigation into the Renewable Heat Initiative or ‘Cash for Ash’ scandal, Patrick Coghlin has failed to identify any individual responsible for the fiasco.

March 18, 2020

Britain moves to renege on the Stormont House Agreement

lewishoc.jpg The British government has been accused of using the cover of the Coronavirus health crisis to renege on its commitments under the 2014 Stormont House Agreement and introduce an effective amnesty for most state war crimes.

March 17, 2020

In solidarity on our national day

Today is a day to celebrate being Irish. But it doesn’t feel like that when so many of us are concerned for the well-being of our families and ourselves.

Normal life shuts down as Varadkar says crisis ‘cannot be stopped’

varadkarvirus.jpg Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said on Monday evening that the rise in cases of coronavirus in Ireland “cannot be stopped”. The administrations in both parts of Ireland are looking to secure intensive care equipment ahead of an expected surge in the numbers of critically ill.

March 13, 2020

Ireland divided along border by virus response

viruspress.jpg Efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus have become dangerously split across the island of Ireland after a division emerged between governments in Dublin and London on how quickly the virus should be allowed to spread.

Whitewash claims as RHI report finds ‘mistakes’, clears everyone

coghlin.jpg An official report into Stormont’s infamous RHI ‘cash for ash’ scheme has been described as a whitewash on social media after it blamed only “errors and omissions” for the runaway exploitation that collapsed the Stormont Executive in early 2017.

Fine Gael clings to power while virus takes hold

protestpbp.jpg Several hundred people took to the streets of Dublin last weekend to object to a Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael coalition plan to remain in power. Many expressed concern that Ireland’s two right-wing parties are attempting to form the next government under the cloak of the coronavirus.

MI5’s incessant pursuit of informers

mi5hqpalace.jpg Two members of Saoradh have said they were harassed by the British military intelligence to turn informer when returning from a conference in Britain, while Republican Sinn Féin said they are bringing a similar case to the Police Ombudsman.

Family’s collusion concerns on 30th anniversary

sammarshall600.jpg The family of a former republican prisoner shot dead while under British Army surveillance 30 years ago believe the British Army’s Force Research Unit may have been involved.

Britain urged to drop ‘damaging’ claim to Lough Foyle

loughfoyle600.jpg The British government should drop its territorial claim over Lough Foyle before it causes any further economic and ecological damage, Sinn Féin’s Martina Anderson has said.

An amnesty plan worthy of a military dictatorship

mrfpic.jpg The admissions by former members of the secret, plain-clothes ‘Military Reaction Force’ suggest they were responsible for killing Irish civilians in the 1970s, writes Richard Rudkin.

Deliver a government of change

varadkarmartin.jpg A comment on the recent efforts to form a coalition government in Dublin by John Bandon.

March 9, 2020

Crisis meetings as St Patrick’s events cancelled

stpatricksdublin.jpg All St Patrick’s Day parades in Ireland have been cancelled in a bid to curb the spread of the Coronavirus. After weeks of delay, the news was leaked ahead a meeting of the acting Cabinet in Dublin on Monday. Multi-party meetings to deal with the crisis have also been announced.

March 6, 2020

State report confirms East Tyrone collusion

cappagh91.jpg Concern within the British Crown Forces over MI5’s involvement in a killing campaign has emerged in a report released to families of the victims of the Cappagh killings. It is the first time a state report has confirmed collusion, according to a lawyer for the families.

SF support jumps again but party still faces exclusion

pollsf35.jpg A new poll putting Sinn Féin support at an unprecedented 35% in the 26 Counties has added to public pressure for Mary Lou McDonald’s party to be involved in the next coalition government in Dublin despite the refusal of the leaders of Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael to countenance the idea.

PSNI failed to act over sectarian intimidation

sectarianalliance.jpg A Catholic mother-of-four has been driven out of her home in north Belfast following a campaign of terror which culminated in her windows getting smashed in.

Ballymurphy inquest ends public hearings

ballymurphyinquest2003.jpg The final oral evidence has been heard in a fresh inquest into the fatal shootings of 10 people in west Belfast almost 50 years ago.

Delays and denials over legacy cases

simonbyrne2.jpg The PSNI chief has said he is in the dark about plans for a new police unit to deal with investigations into unresolved cases from the past conflict, despite a looming deadline for its formation.

Protest held against royal visit

protestwilliamkate.jpg A protest at an official visit to Ireland by British royals William and Kate Windsor (‘Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’) was organised by republicans this week despite harassment from uniformed Garda and Special Branch police.

‘Even the olives are bleeding’

charliedonnellymemorial.jpg A commemoration was held last weekend in Dungannon to mark the legacy of Tyrone socialist poet Charlie Donnelly, who died in the Spanish Civil War.

What next for Sinn Féin?

sftds.jpg Would you like to see Sinn Féin in government in the south? Or would they do better to form the opposition in the Dáil?

March 2, 2020

Sinn Féin events hit by coronavirus

mcdonaldvirus.jpg Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has revealed her children attend a school in Dublin where the second case of the coronavirus in Ireland was confirmed yesterday.

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