May 26, 2022

Red letter day for the Irish language

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A new sense of empowerment was evident in the largest ever demonstration for Irish language rights in Belfast last weekend, as up to 20,000 people demanded overdue legislation to protect the rights of Irish speakers under British rule.

US politicians intervene to protect Good Friday Agreement

delegationtruss.jpg An international furore has erupted following the decision of Britain’s Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to introduce legislation at Westminster last week to unilaterally alter the Brexit deal. The European Union has again warned that “action calls for reaction”.

Legacy ‘bill of shame’ getting rushed into law

coffinlegacy.jpg A coffin was carried to Downing Street by relatives of victims of the conflict as protests increased at British government legacy plans which amount to yet another breach of the Good Friday peace Agreement.

Family’s concern at Tory bid to shut down legal options

patrickmcveigh1200.jpg The daughter of a Catholic man killed by an undercover British army unit 50 years ago this month has said his killing tore her family apart.

Strip-searches of children condemned

psnipinnedkid.jpg The PSNI has strip-searched children on 34 occasions last year with the overwhelming majority of the searches finding nothing, it has been revealed.

Loyalist disturbances in north Belfast

bonfiresitenewlodge.jpg Homes and businesses in the Oldpark area of north Belfast have been attacked by loyalists throwing bricks, bottles and timber.

Timely US visit confirms protocol is here to stay

nealtruss.jpg The visit of Richie Neal and his congressional colleagues to Brussels, London, Dublin and Belfast could not have occurred at a more opportune moment.

No Irish celebrations for an imperial monarch

royals1200.jpg Irish Republicans, and indeed Republicans throughout the world, will never celebrate the lives of any monarch and especially one who resides in massive palaces in England.

May 19, 2022

Britain lurches from ‘law, law’ to ‘war, war’

johnsonthales.jpg Fears of a trade war and renewed conflict in the north of Ireland have increased dramatically after the British government this week tore up the Irish Protocol of Brexit in a flagrant breach of international law.

Outrage as details of amnesty bill emerge

ballymurphyprotest.jpg There has been intense anger at British government plans to introduce an amnesty from conflict prosecutions from which former political prisoners would be disbarred.

Liam Campbell extradited

campellarrested.jpg Louth republican Liam Campbell has been extradited to Lithuania after being arrested by Gardai police on Monday. He was handed over to Lithuanian authorities at Dublin Airport.

Crisis becomes circus in Belfast

dupstormont22.jpg A stream of political posturing and grandstanding has masked the DUP’s refusal to accept the result of this month’s election to the Stormont Assembly, in which Sinn Féin emerged as the largest party.

Confusion over trigger for Irish unity vote

irishunitymarch22.jpg The Sinn Féin vice president has said there is a need to fill in a grey area of the Good Friday Agreement on the circumstances for holding a referendum on constitutional change.

‘Low-level informer’ flees Derry

elliot.jpg An alleged informer in Derry has been defended by his family who said he had been coerced into collaborating with the British forces.

Even in death, are lies exposed

shireenfuneral.jpg Scenes from occupied Jerusalem, where the funeral of state-murdered journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was attacked by Israeli forces, have recalled for many the murderous and oppressive actions of the British forces in Ireland. Maureen Clare Murphy writes from Palestine about a dark week for the conflict there.

Brown family show tenacity in campaign for justice

seanbrown1200.jpg In the 25 years since the brutal murder of Sean Brown his family have been repeatedly frustrated in their campaign for justice.

May 17, 2022

Flash: Britain moves to renege on Brexit Protocol

brexitrenege.jpg The British government has initiated the process of formally reneging on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement with the introduction of unilateral legislation to “disapply” parts of the protocol on trade in the north of Ireland.

May 12, 2022

Old order fails to grasp seismic change

donaldsonjohnson.jpg Rejectionist unionism continues to be indulged by the British government, despite Sinn Féin winning the Stormont Assembly election and nationalist parties outpolling unionist parties in a Six County election for the first time.

Election adds to pressure for Border Poll

ae22map.jpg A referendum on Irish unity must be held after the Assembly election result showed there is “no majority for the union any more”, according to a group of prominent nationalists.

Dismay, scepticism as Britain parades plans for new laws

charlesspeech.jpg Victims’ groups have hit out a British government reworking of a planned amnesty plan as a “sinister denial of rights”.

Liam Campbell extradition allowed by Supreme Court

liamcampbell600.jpg Prominent republican Liam Campbell could soon be extradited to Lithuania following a ruling by the 26 County Supreme Court in Dublin, despite the fact he never set foot in the country.

Hypocrisy of funeral Covid fines

mcnallyfuneral.jpg Two prominent Tyrone republicans fined for attending the funeral of a friend during the Covid-19 lockdown are to appeal the decision.

PSNI refuse to say who lied about massacre bomb

mcgurksbar600x.jpg The families of victims of the McGurk’s Bar massacre have again been refused a meeting by the PSNI.

Loughgall massacre victims remembered

loughgallmemorial.jpg A large crowd gathered in Tyrone on Sunday past to honour the memory of eight brave volunteers of the East Tyrone Brigade killed in action at Loughgall on 8 May 1987, while a new monument was unveiled across the border in Monaghan.

Election round-up and results

sinnfeinae22.jpg Sinn Féin’s performance in the Assembly election saw an increase in its vote share to 29%, with more of its candidates elected on the first count than in 2017.

May 7, 2022

DUP to block formation of Executive after losing election

donaldsonae22.jpg As a Sinn Féin First Minister was historically elected to head the new power-sharing Stormont Executive tonight, DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has confirmed he will veto its formation.

McDonald calls for Irish unity vote within five years

telegraphae22.jpg With counting continuing, Sinn Féin and the Alliance Party remain the big winners from the Stormont Assembly election, with Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill now certain to become First Minister-elect.

May 6, 2022

Flash: Nationalists outvote unionists in North for first time

mcdonaldoneillae22.jpg First election results across the north of Ireland show that nationalist candidates have outvoted unionists in the Six Counties for the first time, triggering a key requirement for a referendum on Irish reunification.

Tallies show Sinn Féin on course for historic victory

oneillae22.jpg Sinn Féin could be on its way to becoming the largest party in the Stormont Assembly. If tallies from count centres are borne out in final results from Thursday’s election, Michelle O’Neill is set to become First Minister-elect and the first nationalist to lead a Six County administration under British rule.

May 5, 2022

Counting the changes

election2022.jpg The increasing confidence of Irish nationalism and the declining power of unionism has become clear in an election campaign marked by signs of incremental but irreversible change.

Pursuit of IRSP election agent ‘as blatant as it gets’

danmurphyvideo.jpg There has been strong condemnation of a threat by the Crown Forces to seize the election agent of IRSP West Belfast candidate Dan Murphy on the eve of an Assembly election.

Pre-election ‘smear’ has opposite effect

sfletter.jpg A cynical move to publicise an attempt by Sinn Féin to contact Saoradh as part of a peace effort has seen overwhelming public support for the gesture.

Passports swapped as unionists see through Brexit

passportsbrexit.jpg More Irish than British passports have been issued in the north of Ireland for the first time since partition.

Hostel occupied in bid to reopen vacant buildings

hostelsquat.jpg Left-wing activists have occupied a vacant former youth hostel in Dublin in order to provided housing to those in need.

Blinded peace charity founder recalls tragic shooting

richardmoore.jpg Fifty years ago this week a ten-year-old schoolboy, Richard Moore, was blinded by a British soldier’s rubber bullet in Derry.

Assembly election: Constituency profiles and candidates

candidates22.jpg A look at three key contests for nationalists in today’s Assembly election, and the complete list of candidates.

Bobby Sands’ historic election victory

sandselection.jpg Thatcher and her government’s intransigence handed republicans a victory that not even countless IRA military operations could have achieved, according to the author of a new book.

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