December 30, 2021

MI5’s border campaign

mi5spain.jpg British military intelligence escalated its efforts to target Irish political activists in border areas over the Christmas period.

Exit of ‘Frosty the ‘No’ man’ yet to boost Brexit talks

frosttruss.jpg The resignation of London’s double-dealing Brexit Minister ‘Lord’ David Frost has raised hopes of a new direction for Britain and an end to its refusal to honour its critical agreements with the EU on the north of Ireland.

Experimental prison chemicals ‘used to cause slow deaths’

paulmcglinchey.jpg In an interview given before his death, a former IRA PoW said he believed the chemicals to which he was exposed by the authorities in Long Kesh prison caused the disease that claimed his life.

Significant progress for family of Sean Brown

seanbrownbig.jpg The widow of a murdered Gaelic sports official has received a trial date in her legal action against the British Crown Forces over the protection given to the loyalist killers.

McDonald ready to make compromises for Irish Unity

mcdonaldgood.jpg Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the creation of a Citizen’s Assembly on reunification will be a top priority if her party is in a position to form the next government in Dublin.

Irish tributes to South African social justice campaigner

tutuireland.jpg There have been accolades in Ireland to the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who famously fought against the apartheid regime in South Africa and against oppression around the world.

State papers

blairmcguinnessadams.jpg A round-up of the state papers which have been selected for release for the New Year from archives in Belfast, Dublin and London.

It’s past time to release Leonard Peltier

peltier600.jpg This Christmas take a moment to think about Leonard Peltier.

December 18, 2021

PSNI lies exposed at the highest level

hoodedsupreme.jpg A historic legal victory has been achieved with a ruling at the Supreme Court in London against the PSNI police for its refusal to investigate the torture of a group of civilians known as the ‘Hooded Men’.

Bittersweet conclusion to Miami Showband case

miamishowbandmassacre.jpg A survivor of the Miami Showband massacre has spoken out against British lies as he and other victims of the atrocity agreed to a historic settlement of £1.5m in damages for Britain’s collusion with loyalist paramilitaries in the massacre.

SF tension after Ó Broin outburst

adamsobroin.jpg Prominent Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin is being urged to withdraw an attack on former party leader Gerry Adams and other party colleagues who he has criticised for being unapologetic for causing “hurt or pain or trauma”.

Release of Palestinian activist welcomed

issamfamily.jpg Dr Issam Hijjawi Bassalat, the Palestinian Scottish doctor imprisoned since August 2020 on political charges in a British jail in the north of Ireland, was released on bail on Monday, 13 December after 15 months of imprisonment.

Martin McShane remembered

martinmcshane.jpg Hundreds gathered on Tuesday for a Mass and a candlelit vigil in Coalisland, County Tyrone to mark the 50th anniversary of the murder of Martin McShane, a 16-year-old boy shot in the back by the British Army.

PSNI ‘fatigued’ by disappearance of Noah Donohoe

noahmissing.jpg An internal PSNI review into the death of a young Catholic boy in 2020 has revealed that police chiefs cited “financial constraints” and “missing person fatigue” in connection with their response to his disappearance.

The Egyptian Arch Ambush

egyptianarch.jpg Sunday, December 12 marked the 101st anniversary of the Egyptian Arch ambush in Newry. An account by local republicans of a fateful night in which three IRA volunteers, William Canning, Peter Shields and John Francis O’Hare, lost their lives.

Stephen Travers statement

miamishowband600.jpg The victim impact statement delivered by Stephen Travers at Belfast High Court on Monday, 13 December, at the conclusion of the legal action against the British state for its role in the Miami Showband massacre.

December 11, 2021

Break the electronic border

electronicborder.jpg A British government plan for ‘electronic visas’ could be one of the most significant attempts to enforce its control on the north of Ireland since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Judge moves to allow bail for MI5 sting victim

issam.jpg A Palestinian doctor caught up in an MI5 bid to intern senior members of Irish republican political group Saoradh is expected to be granted bail after a judge accepted that his life is in danger at Maghaberry prison.

Figures show scale of PSNI oppression

psniraid3.jpg Close to double the number of Catholics as Protestants were arrested and charged by the police over a five-year period in the Six Counties, according to new statistics.

Appeal to UN after Irish language speakers betrayed again

unflags.jpg The United Nations should publicly support the “immediate implementation” of an Irish language act for the north of Ireland, a language rights body has told an international forum.

Key document may never be released

morton.jpg A British information tribunal has ruled that a review of ‘dirty war’ tactics in the north of Ireland compiled by British intelligence at the height of the conflict nearly 50 years ago should stay secret.

Fresh insult for Ormeau massacre victim

sykesarrested.jpg A man injured in a massacre by a unionist death squad has been dismayed by a decision that two members of the Crown Forces who falsely arrested him while commemorating victims of the massacre will not be prosecuted.

‘The Treaty’

treatysigned.jpg One hundred years ago this week, a deal forced upon Irish negotiators under the threat of an immediate and terrible war, brought about the disastrous partition of Ireland. A historical account by Des Dalton.

A moment of great hope and optimism

mcdonaldpressclub.jpg Marking the centenary of the signing of the treaty, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald writes that a new and United Ireland is within sight and that we will see the ending of partition and the unification of all of our people, in our time.

December 3, 2021

US tariffs for pariah British state

uksteelexports.jpg The US government is to use tariffs on British steel as part of an international push to force the British government to honour its treaty obligations towards Ireland, it has been reported.

Glenanne families call for all-Ireland collusion inquiry

glenannefarm600.jpg Survivors and families of the victims of the Glenanne Gang have called for justice for the victims of British collusion and have denounced a proposed amnesty for British state crimes in the north of Ireland.

New plan counters bid to redevelop ‘Ireland’s Alamo’

moorestreet1916.jpg A grandson of 1916 hero Michael Joseph O’Rahilly has warned that Dublin’s coalition government is standing by while private developers prepare to tear up the Moore Street area where he died fighting for Ireland.

Family to sue British state, Crown Forces

gavinmcshane2.jpg The family of a County Armagh teenager shot dead by loyalists almost 30 years ago are to sue the PSNI, the British Ministry for Defence and the British Direct Ruler Brandon Lewis.

New website as McGurk’s Bar campaign turns 50

mcgurks.jpg For the 50th anniversary of the McGurk’s Bar massacre, victims’ families have launched a new website which commemorates those who died, the survivors and their families, and will be the platform to their fight for the truth.

British royals ousted from Barbados

barbadosceremony.jpg There were international celebrations as the Caribbean island of Barbados ended the reign there of Britain’s monarchy on Monday after 364 years.

Confusion at the most critical hour

collinsindublin.jpg One of the most important meetings of an Irish Cabinet took place on December 3, 100 years ago this week, when the negotiations which led to the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the partition of Ireland were being discussed.

Support human rights for republican political prisoners

larkmural.jpg An opinion piece by Belfast republican Seán Ó Murchú and his take on the current situation facing republican prisoners this December.

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