July 31, 2020

One law for them

threestooges.jpg The culmination of weeks of outrage over the new Dublin government’s attempts to seize new powers and perks, while stripping benefits from newly unemployed citizens, saw this session of parliament culminate in an angry walk-out by several parties.

British state ‘getting away with murder’

patrickrooneyflat.jpg The RUC have “gotten away with the murder of a 9 year old child” after a decision was taken not to prosecute anyone in relation to the case, according to his family.

New British powers in border area opposed

psniborder.jpg A legal challenge is being mounted over a new quasi-militarised border zone being planned by the British government.

Unionist politicians disgrace themselves again

campbellyoghurt.jpg DUP MP Gregory Campbell has been widely condemned after he reprised an infamous incident in which he mocked the Irish language.

Desperate hunger strike by refugees forces action

skelligstar.jpg Asylum seekers at one of Ireland’s most notorious direct provision centres are to be relocated after ending a hunger strike in protest at the conditions of their disease-ridden accommodation in County Kerry.

Support urged for interned Blanketman

zacksmyth600.jpg Saoradh have called the immediate release of former political prisoner Ciarán ‘Zack’ Smyth and an end to the use of internment against republicans.

The ambush at Sinnott’s Cross

sinnottscrossmonument.jpg A local account of the 1921 Sinnott’s Cross ambush, a small but successful operation of the Kilkenny IRA in the War of Independence, by Clogga Ireland.

Sinnott’s Cross Ambush commemoration

sinnottscrosscommemoration.jpg The following oration was delivered at the Sinnott’s Cross Monument in Mooncoin, at an event organised recently by the Independent Republicans of South Kilkenny, by John Murphy of the 32CSM.

July 24, 2020

Sinn Féin MP questions Good Friday Agreement

franciemolloyflat.jpg A veteran Sinn Féin politician has created a storm after he expressed his personal concern that the public had been cheated by the Good Friday Agreement.

Coalition ‘a shambles’ as stresses mount

connollygreens.jpg The lifespan of the new government in Dublin appears to be shortening as unrest within the three-party coalition has begun to manifest itself.

Pressure grows for all-Ireland virus strategy

virusborder.jpg The partition of Ireland is once again endangering lives as divergent strategies on the coronavirus make it easier for the disease and disease carriers to bypass restrictions on either side.

MP undeterred by loyalist confrontation

finucaneirvine.jpg North Belfast MP John Finucane says he will not be intimidated after he was asked to leave a protest by alleged loyalist paramilitary commander Winston ‘Winkie’ Irvine.

Family ‘none the wiser’ over killing

michaelmccartan.jpg The family of a Catholic teenager shot dead by an RUC policeman 40 years ago say they never got “any justice” for his killing.

Tributes for historic Sinn Féin politician

tommitchell.jpg Tributes have been paid to veteran republican Tom Mitchell who died in his native Dublin at the age of 88.

The Belfast Pogrom, 1920

belfastpogrom1920.jpg In the middle of July 1920, thousands of “disloyal” workers in Belfast were driven out of their workplaces by unionist mobs. In the immediate aftermath, rioting between nationalists and unionists left nineteen people dead. This outbreak marked the start of a period of violence that left almost five hundred dead and which became known by nationalists as “the Belfast pogrom.”

New prison visit rules ‘a wrecker’s charter’

maghaberrycovid.jpg Former republican prisoner Alex McCrory speaks out on the current situation for prisoners at Maghaberry as they face a ban on family contact due to the coronavirus.

July 17, 2020

‘A Twelfth like no other’

twelfth2020.jpg Loyalist bands defied public appeals to call off marches because of the coronavirus on Monday and insisted on holding hundreds of parades to mark a sectarian battle victory.

London plans ‘power grab’ after Brexit

ukborder.jpg The London government is pushing a unionist agenda by using Brexit to commandeer powers which should be returned from Brussels to administrations in Belfast and Edinburgh, it has been claimed.

Demo in Derry against “unrelenting, torturous” harassment

standroadprotest.jpg A protest took place against police harassment outside Strand Road PSNI barracks in Derry last Saturday.

Inequality seen in football’s anti-racism stance

mccleanireland.jpg Football federations are being urged to do more to combat anti-Irish racism following allegations of a growing disparity in the handling of abuse in professional soccer.

Nuclear sub nearly struck ferry - report

ferrysub.jpg A British nuclear submarine almost collided with a ferry sailing out of Belfast after naval commanders under-estimated the speed of the Stena ferry.

Apple skips out of billions in Irish tax dodge

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Apple Inc. has been told it will not have to pay €13bn ($15bn) in back taxes to the 26 County state after winning an appeal at the European Union’s second-highest court.

The Orange Order’s secrecy secret

masongoatcard.jpg An English academic has uncovered new details of the Orange Order’s ‘riding the goat’ initiation rituals, which involve acts of violence to hammer home the order’s strict secrecy.

Partition has to go

martinryanvaradkar.jpg There is unanimity of approach among the establishment parties in the Oireachtas when it comes to a referendum on Irish Unity – they are against it.

July 15, 2020

Martin’s government in chaos as Minister gets the sack

cowenmartin.jpg The incoming Dublin government may have already struck an iceberg after Taoiseach Micheál Martin suddenly fired his Agriculture Minister Barry Cowen in connection with motoring offences dating from four years ago.

July 12, 2020

Bonfires of hate go unchecked

bonfires2020.jpg An illegal loyalist bonfire burned through a sectarian interface into the nationalist New Lodge last night, terrifying residents and provoking further clashes between nationalist youths and the PSNI police.

July 11, 2020

Stormont dances to a loyalist tune

nolanlowry.jpg A range of politicians and mainstream media have jumped on a loyalist bandwagon to stigmatise mourners at the funeral of legendary figure Bobby Storey, and mount a political attack on Sinn Fein.

Clashes in north Belfast ahead of ‘Eleventh Night’

miniriot.jpg Tensions are escalating in north Belfast as loyalists prepare for the biggest sectarian displays of the marching season.

Apology sought as court denounces political police raids

birneymccaffrey.jpg Journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey have said the PSNI should apologise after the Court of Appeal spelled out why it had quashed a search warrant used to mount shocking heavy-handed raids against them in 2018.

Martin turns away from Irish unity poll

michealmartindail.jpg The head of the new coalition government in Dublin, Fianna Fáil leader Michel Martin, has moved his party further away from its republican roots after casting doubt on a referendum on Irish unification as contained in the Good Friday Agreement.

Opposition grows to Campbell extradition

lithuanian.jpg Fermanagh has become the first county in Ireland to pass a motion in support of Dundalk republican Liam Campbell as a campaign grows to halt his extradition to Lithuania, a country he has never even stepped foot in.

Family of murdered child seeks to end ‘crossfire’ lie

majellabrother.jpg The brother of a schoolgirl shot and killed in 1976 is calling for an independent investigation ahead of the anniversary of her death.

Bobby Storey on the death and funeral of Joe McDonnell

storeymcdonnell.jpg In memory of them both, here is a still relevant interview with the late Bobby Storey from July 2011 on the death thirty years earlier of hungerstriker Joe McDonnell, and discussing the attack on Joe’s funeral.

Scotland is turning the corner

borderprotestscot.jpg A group of Scottish nationalists created a controversy this week when they symbolically 'closed the border' with England in a protest aimed at the coronavirus crisis. It signifies a new exhaustion in Scotland with a visibly collapsing England. An analysis of the increasingly popular idea of Scottish independence by Paul Kavanagh (weegingerdug).

July 3, 2020

‘We will continue his struggle’

adamsstorey.jpg Thousands of people watched the funeral procession take place in west Belfast on Tuesday, of the late Bobby Storey, Sinn Féin’s chairperson in the Six Counties and a renowned Provisional IRA figure who died last Sunday week.

Sectarian point-scoring follows funeral of Bobby Storey

storeyfuneral.jpg There is anger in republican circles at a cynical attempt by unionists and others to turn the funeral of IRA veteran Bobby Storey into a stick with which to beat Sinn Féin.

Loyalists seek to reopen marching season

prideofthebann.jpg The Parades Commission has received more than 140 applications for sectarian marches to mark ‘the Twelfth’, the anniversary of a Protestant battle victory over Catholics, despite the Orange Order advising its members not to do so due to the coronavirus.

New Dublin-centric government sets a low bar

cabinetffgg.jpg The composition of the new 26-County cabinet is being criticised for contining the ongoing marginalisation of both the north and the west of Ireland.

Protest at embassy over planned extradition

extraditionposters.jpg A protest is to take place in Dublin on Saturday against the impending extradition of republican Liam Campbell, set to be sent to Lithuania for a trial on arms charges despite never having set foot in the country.

Register of former prisoners to face judicial review

damienmclaughlin600.jpg A County Tyrone man has won the legal right to challenge oppressive new powers directed at former republican prisoners.

The Falls Curfew, fifty years on

fallsroadcurfew.jpg The British Army sealed off an area encompassing nearly 3,000 homes in west Belfast, 50 years ago this week. They ransacked over a thousand homes and businesses and killed four civilians.

Bobby Storey led from the front

storeyadams.jpg In Ireland’s centuries long struggle for independence, exceptional men and women, heroes, emerged, which set them apart and around whom people rallied, inspired and motivated by them.

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