December 30, 2020

UDA order mother of murder victim to flee

quinnscarrick.jpg Drug-dealing loyalist paramilitaries have ordered a grandmother and her family out of their homes over Christmas for daring to speak out against them over the murder of her son.

Christmas Eve terror in Coleraine

uptheuda.jpg Unionist paramilitaries in north Derry have targeted the homes of nationalists in the town of Coleraine with four hoax bombs planted in the town on Christmas Eve.

History seen moving in direction of unity

govtofireland1920.jpg On the centenary of the enactment of the Government of Ireland Act, which partitioned Ireland under British law, and with Brexit just days away, the former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has called for the Dublin government to do more to remove the border from the island.

IRA prisoners’ peace effort noted in declassified papers

hblocks600.jpg Information passed by prison chaplains to the Dublin government in 1990 that the Provisional IRA did not want Sinn Féin directly involved in negotiations with the British government about a ceasefire was misinterpreted in state papers released in Dublin this week.

Internee granted judicial review

zacksmyth.jpg Veteran republican Kieran ‘Zack’ Smyth has been granted leave to seek a judicial review of a British order to revoke his prison release and intern him earlier this year.

Discrimination finding fails to bring change

blmderry.jpg PSNI chief Simon Byrne has failed to acknowledge institutionalised bigotry within the force after the Police Ombudsman admitted that Black Lives Matter protestors had been discriminated against.

State Papers 2020

archivespic.jpg A round-up of the state papers released so far in Dublin, London and Belfast in the annual release of newly declassified documents.

DUP betrayed again by a British government

dupbetrayed.jpg British policy is dictated by British interests. It has always been so. The fact that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has again betrayed unionists over Brexit should have come as no surprise to anyone with even the most rudimentary understanding of how British policy works.

December 24, 2020

Brexit negotiators conclude deal on trade, security

johnsonbrexitdeal.jpg A comprehensive deal for Britain’s departure from the EU has been agreed by negotiators from the London government and the European Union, concluding years of talks marked by British bad faith and political uncertainty, particularly in the north of Ireland.

December 21, 2020

Unionists block move to keep new virus strain out

stormontstatue600.jpg A new and more dangerous strain of coronavirus which has emerged in the southeast of England has resulted in a flight ban from Britain to the 26 Counties, but the Stormont Executive in the North has so far refused to take part.

December 19, 2020

Stormont exposed by Covid failure

fostercovid.jpg The inability of the Six-County Executive at Stormont to govern effectively has been highlighted by the announcement on Friday of a hard ‘lockdown’ for six weeks as well as a week-long 8pm curfew to begin on St Stephen’s Day.

Govts urged to act on Belturbet revelations

belturbetkids.jpg A new TV documentary has pointed to collusion between loyalists and the British Army in a bomb attack in Belturbet, in which two teenagers were killed.

Poet’s memory insulted by ‘Northern Ireland’ propaganda

heaneynio.jpg The British government has attempted to colonise the legacy of Irish poet Seamus Heaney in support of the partition of Ireland by using his image as part of a campaign to mark its centenary.

Shots fired at home of Derry republican

dungivenshots.jpg The wife of a member of a republican political group has narrowly escaped injury in a gun attack on her home in Dungiven.

‘Soldier B’ prosecution to go ahead

hegartyjordan.jpg An attempt to stop the prosecution of a former British soldier for the murder of a child in Derry 48 years ago has been rejected.

DNA test finally brings justice for ‘Kerry Babies’ accused

joannehayes.jpg A woman has been cleared of murdering her own baby after 35 years in a case which raised serious questions about the culture of the Garda Síochána and the treatment of unmarried mothers in Irish society.

Kenova investigation avoids questions about senior figures

boutcher.jpg The police investigation known as ‘Operation Kenova’ is not interested in getting to the truth about Stakeknife or other British agents within the Provisional IRA, according to an intelligence veteran who says his evidence has been ignored.

Prisoners issue Christmas statement

maghaberry600.jpg Throughout December, events have been taking place across Ireland in support of republican political prisoners. A statement was issued by IRPWA-supported prisoners at Maghaberry.

December 11, 2020

Britain bows to pressure on border

govemaros.jpg Concessions by the British government have boosted hopes that a remilitarised border through Ireland can be avoided after Brexit, although overall negotiations on a trade deal with the EU could still fail.

PSNI wreck family home for Christmas

fograid.jpg A spate of heavy-handed operations in Derry by the PSNI has followed in a grim Crown Force tradition of Christmas-time raids in republican areas and the seizure of family gifts and children’s toys.

Sinn Féin internalises anti-IRA campaign

sfapologies.jpg Two separate attempts to smear and damage Sinn Féin TDs with embarrassing old social media posts have followed supposedly controversial statements about the Provisional IRA.

Wales ‘has pathway to independence’

adamprice.jpg Wales will be offered an independence referendum within five years if the Welsh nationalist party, Plaid Cymru, commands a majority at next May’s Welsh Parliament elections, the party’s leader Adam Price has said.

Student nurses on €50 as fat cats issued huge increases

studentnurses.jpg The coalition government in Dublin has come under fire for agreeing to increase wages and pensions for judges and politicians while refusing to pay student nurses.

Death of ‘unsung hero’ of Bloody Sunday

hughmcmonagle.jpg Hugh McMonagle has been described as “an unsung and courageous hero of Bloody Sunday” after he sadly passed away on Thursday at the age of 75.

The Burning of Cork, 100 years ago

burningcork2.jpg This week marks the 100 year anniversary of the burning of Cork City by British Crown Forces. An account of the conflict before and the cruelty during the devastating Cork City fire.

A tragedy that injustice inflames

patrickohagan.jpg The last time I saw Patrick, he was restating his father’s wish that there be a human rights-compliant investigation into his mother’s killing. At the age of 34 he, like so many others affected by conflict, has now died without seeing truth, justice or acknowledgment.

December 4, 2020

Loyalist leaders were British agents, court hears

reawright.jpg Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) founder Billy Wright was a state-sponsored agent, Belfast Crown Court has heard. It was alleged that the man known as ‘King Rat’ was just one of a number of unionist paramilitary bosses on the British payroll.

‘Good IRA vs. Bad IRA’ acted out in Twitter flap

brianstanley.jpg A controversy over a tweet by Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has been allowed to overshadow the centenary of the Kilmichael Ambush, one of the most significant military blows to British rule in Ireland in Irish history.

Miscarriage of justice overturned after 42 years

michaeldevine.jpg A Court of Appeal in Belfast has ruled that the British Crown Forces fabricated admissions in 1978 to secure the conviction of a teenager which saw him locked away for ten years of his early adulthood.

UDA ‘could come back for us’

fleming.jpg The mother of a Catholic gun attack victim fears her son will be killed by the UDA after he was blasted on his doorstep in Coleraine in a savage sectarian attack.

Housing Executive pays out over sectarian harassment

hugoelliott.jpg A man who was forced to endure colleagues calling Catholics ‘Fenians’, wishing him ‘Happy King Billy’s Day’ and draping a a Union Jack over his work van has settled a case against the North’s Housing Executive.

Singer regrets not doing more for Irish cause

shanemcgowan.jpg Shane MacGowan, the former lead singer of the Pogues, says he felt guilty for “not having the guts” to join the IRA in a new documentary.

Singer regrets not doing more for Irish cause

shanemcgowan.jpg Shane MacGowan, the former lead singer of the Pogues, says he felt guilty for “not having the guts” to join the I.R.A. in a new documentary.

The Kilmichael Ambush

kilmichael.jpg This week 100 years ago on a roadside in County Cork, a small group of young men in with hardly any military training lay in wait for their enemy. History was about to be made.

The British govt is still hiding the truth

johnfinucanebig.jpg On 12 February 1989, my father, the human rights lawyer Pat Finucane, was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries as we sat together at the dinner table in the kitchen of our home in Belfast. I was eight years old.

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