January 26, 2023

Report on arrest of journalists suppressed

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An official report on an infamous arrest operation against two journalists investigating collusion in 2018 has been withheld, with only a small summary released into the public domain.

Britain shows little motivation for ending North’s stalemate

burleymcdonald.jpg The British government could face court action if it “stalls and delays” in calling a vote on Irish reunification, according to Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald.

‘Hooded Men’ working to bring an end to torture methods

hoodedmanbbc.jpg A BBC documentary on the ‘Hooded Men’ has cast a new light on the treatment of the group of 14 innocent young men who were arrested, interned and subjected to extreme and experimental cruelty by their British Army captors.

Sinn Féin calls for Legacy summit

legacyprotest.jpg Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has written to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and 26 County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar asking that they call an urgent summit on issues dealing the the past conflict.

Dramatic gun attack on Gardaí recalled

desfitzgerald.jpg A court action has been launched in a case in which a former 26 County policeman escaped death in a border gun attack he describes as a murder bid carried out by the British Army.

Vigil for Fergal McCusker

fergalmccusker1200.jpg A candlelight vigil will be held on Friday to mark the anniversary of the death of Fergal McCusker, shot dead as he made his way home from a night out 25 years ago this week.

An injustice to one, is an injustice to all!

jacksonmural.jpg On Bloody Sunday, we march for all those everywhere who have lost family and friends and had their children’s hopes of happiness shattered by the armoured cars and tanks and guns of imperial armies.

Be prepared for more stupidities

heatonharrisbaker.jpg Stupidity like the British Government’s exclusion of the Sinn Féin President from recent talks needs to be highlighted, according to Gerry Adams.

January 19, 2023

Tribal trophies of the SAS

sasuniform.jpg Reports that close-up images of the bodies of eight IRA Volunteers postered the wall of a British Army training camp, and the tooth of one of the victims extracted as a ghoulish souvenir, have been described as “disgusting”.

Human rights group ‘sabotaged’ justice campaign

justicewatchmcfadden.jpg New details have emerged about a human rights organisation allegedly set up by an MI5 agent to penetrate and undermine Irish justice campaigns.

Donation row hints at deeper cronyism scandal

paschaldonohoedail.jpg Ireland’s Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe is under pressure to resign after it emerged he violated election law over donations and concealed it for years.

If passed, legacy bill could be repealed

starmerqub.jpg A pledge by the leader of the British opposition, Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, to repeal the Tory government’s controversial legacy legislation has been widely welcomed.

US focus grows as Protocol talks drag on

cleverlyblinken.jpg A group of influential congressmen have introduced a resolution calling for the full implementation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and expressing hope for the “continued success” of the peace process amid growing doubts over the commitment of hardline unionists to the North’s powersharing institutions.

Action to remove loyalist intimidation

varadkarposter2.jpg Republican Sinn Féin has said its activists have removed loyalist posters which it said had been used “to stoke up sectarian fear”.

Francis Liggett

francisliggett.jpg A large crowd gathered on Wednesday evening in the New Lodge area of Belfast for the commemoration of Francis Liggett, a 24-year-old newlywed Volunteer shot dead by undercover British soldiers, fifty years ago this week.

Government handling of refugees is a disaster

dublinarrival.jpg ‘Reality and common sense’ must play a part in any discussion of the Dublin government’s failure to manage the migration and refugee issue, according to Aontú.

January 12, 2023

Second-class citizenship

cleverlytalks.jpg The British government has created a huge obstacle in efforts to restore powersharing in the north of Ireland after it dramatically excluded Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald from multi-party talks on Wednesday.

Inhuman treatment of bereaved prisoner

kevinmurphy.jpg The handling by the authorities of a republican prisoner who tragically lost his twin baby grandchildren last week ranks among the worst of any stage of the conflict.

Focus on amnesty plan ahead of Bloody Sunday anniversary

bloodysundaydaly1200.jpg Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín has threatened to name all the British soldiers who murdered civilians on Bloody Sunday if a controversial legacy bill is passed in Britain.

Court hears horrific murder due to RUC’s protection of killer

michaelmonaghan.jpg A police double agent involved in the loyalist murder of an innocent Catholic grandfather used his protected status to participate in multiple killings and “criminal mayhem”, the High Court has heard.

UDA violence in Ballymoney could worsen

ballymoneyattack.jpg The unionist paramilitary UDA has been blamed for a brutal attack which left two men and a woman in hospital in a County Antrim town.

Orange parade opposed in Derriaghy

damienwalsh1200.jpg Plans by the Orange Order to hold a parade to “honour” a UDA member who carried out deadly sectarian attacks 25 years ago are creating tensions in southwest Belfast.

The Leixlip Five

leixlipfive.jpg This week 100 years ago, five brave IRA Volunteers were executed by the Free State authorities. A leaflet distributed at the time praised the heroism of the republican prisoners.

A year of real change

declankearney1200.jpg 2022 was an unprecedented political year, and the momentum for constitutional change will continue growing throughout 2023.

January 5, 2023

‘Coalition of reactionaries’ opposed to peace

donaldsontrimble.jpg Newly released State papers from the 1990s have cast a new light on efforts by unionists in Belfast and London to frustrate the peace process – and how much the peace depended on the Sinn Féin leadership, particularly Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness.

MI5’s sick Christmas card recruitment bid

xmasmi5.jpg British military intelligence has been using the holiday season to send cards to nationalists in an effort to convince them to inform on their own community.

Repression bid ends in failure

newryhungerstrikeparade.jpg A major Crown effort to imprison more than 40 republicans was dismissed after all charges were thrown out at Newry Courthouse last week.

Unionist violence on parade in the 1990s

drumcree1996.jpg Declassified state papers recorded the chaotic handling of the Drumcree parade dispute, as nationalists in Portadown began protesting against sectarian marches by the Orange Order and its loyalist supporters.

Ballymurphy families meet police for first time

ballymurphypsni.jpg The families of the Ballymurphy massacre victims have held their first meeting with the police (RUC or PSNI) in an attempt to have a murder investigation opened.

Cavan victims remembered

belturbet.jpg A ceremony has taken place over the Christmas period to mark the 50th anniversary of a deadly loyalist bombing in Belturbet, County Cavan.

State papers round-up

statepapers1200.jpg Despite heavy pro-establishment spin by government officials in the release of ‘declassified’ state papers in Dublin and Belfast, and complete censorship in London, some other interesting details did emerge.

New Year Statements 2023

2023.jpg A round-up of messages issued by republican organisations to mark the New Year.

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