March 30, 2023

British Army saturates republican areas


Anger is mounting after several days of aggressive British military operations in which masked and armed soldiers conducted searches and raids in Derry and Tyrone.

Loyalist gangs wracked by feud

feudgraffiti.jpg The son of an infamous loyalist paramilitary is accused of involvement in a major feud between different factions of the UDA (Ulster Defence Association).

British promise of Irish unity ‘unauthorised’

robertmi5.jpg Efforts to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement have been complicated by a former MI5 agent’s claim that a promise of British support for a united Ireland helped convince the leadership of the Provisional IRA to agree to a ceasefire in 1994.

Community policeman killed by his own colleagues

campbell.jpg An inquest has heard allegations that the RUC murdered one of their own members after he had uncovered the force’s collusion with unionist paramilitaries.

Irish names draw unionist hate

daithifamily.jpg The father of six-year-old Dáithí Mac Gabhann, who led a successful campaign to reform organ donation laws in the north of Ireland, has received sectarian hate mail accusing him of “extreme political views” because of his Irish name.

Sinister PSNI activities opposed

psnischool2.jpg More groups have been speaking out against the use of schools and community centres by the Crown Forces of to promote a colonial agenda in nationalist areas.

Vindication of a campaign for truth and justice

holdenfamily.jpg A Belfast court has posthumously awarded compensation to the family of Liam Holden, who was tortured and assaulted by British soldiers in the 1970s. Documents show the use of electric shocks and sexual assault were commonly inflicted on prisoners.

Interview with Mary Lou McDonald

mcdonaldspiegel.jpg Sinn Féin Party Leader Mary Lou McDonald recently held a wide-ranging interview with German publication ‘Der Spiegel’ about why she thinks a reunification referendum could take place within a decade.

March 23, 2023

DUP still says no

donaldsondc.jpg The DUP continue to defy the EU, the US government, their own government in London and their own voters, as overwhelming support for a renegotiated Irish Protocol of Brexit left them with no excuse for not ending their boycott of powersharing in Belfast.

Loyalist events aim at St Patrick’s Day

paradeuda.jpg Efforts to mark the St Patrick’s weekend in the north of Ireland were marred by provocative and sectarian UDA and Orange Order parades.

Call to scrap border travel requirements

etaposter.jpg US tourists to Ireland could become the victims of a new fight over border control measures as Tories seek to use new visa restrictions to create an immigration border through Ireland.

Sam Marshall inquest opens

sammarshall1200.jpg An inquest has opened in Belfast into Crown Force collusion in the murder of Sam Marshall by unionist paramilitaries as he left an RUC police base in Lurgan in 1990.

Anti-Catholic slogans target Scottish children

katscotland.jpg Anti-Catholic slogans painted on the ground just yards from two Scottish schools have been widely condemned. The graffiti targeted those from Irish backgrounds on St Patrick’s Day.

Social media bigot is DUP election candidate

tylerhoeyselected.jpg DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has been criticised for backing a party election candidate whose actions he admitted were “indefensible”.

A First Minister for all

oneillnpc.jpg The remarks of Sinn Féin First Minister-elect Michelle O’Neill at the National Press Club in Washington DC last week.

Sliocht Róisín - Ireland’s Heroes

sliochtcover.jpg ‘Sliocht Róisín’ is an independent project aimed at recording in print all Republican casualties 1916-24. The preface to Volume 1, 1916-19, by historian and author Lorcan Collins.

March 17, 2023

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Lá le Pádraig sona daoibh!

mapflagraising.jpg A happy St Patrick to our subscribers, readers and all those who are with us on our journey. Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig romhaibh uilig!

March 16, 2023

Documents reveal plastic bullets cover-up

plasticbulletsguns.jpg The British Crown Forces hid their role in the deaths of children killed by rubber and plastic bullets during the conflict, it has emerged.

Derry youths attack British forces as harassment rises

creggansearch.jpg There have been disturbances in Derry after British soldiers joined the PSNI in searches near Magowan Park in the Creggan area of the city.

President Biden to visit Ireland

bidencalifornia.jpg US President Joe Biden has confirmed he is set for a multiple-destination trip to Ireland next month to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

MI5 recruitment bid at French airport

mi5paris.jpg Republican party Saoradh has revealed that MI5 texted the partner of a member of the party’s executive to insist they were not trying to recruit him after he was detained at a French airport.

‘Hard border’ legislation condemned

kbnolan.jpg Lawyers for a former republican prisoner have warned that regulations which established a mile-wide control regime along the British border through Ireland breach free movement rights for all members of the public.

End of eviction ban a matter of life and death

eviction.jpg Opposition has grown to a move by the Dublin government to allow renters to once again be evicted onto the streets amid the continuing housing crisis.

Dromboe martyrs remembered

dromboemartyrs1200.jpg An official wreath-laying ceremony took place in Donegal on Sunday to commemorate the killing of four anti-Treaty IRA men - including south Derry man, Séan Larkin - by Free State soldiers close to Stranorlar on March 14 1923.

Luke Burke and Michael Grealy

burkegrealy.jpg Luke Burke and Michael Grealy, known as Mullingar’s ‘two forgotten martyrs’, were executed on 13 March, 1923. An oration delivered by Peter A Rogers in Keady on Sunday for the Luke Burke Centenary Commemoration.

March 9, 2023

Warning over British ‘Dirty Tricks’

keadytrash.jpg PSNI claims that the New IRA collaborated with loyalists in a gun attack against one of its senior figures has been widely ridiculed and rejected by the armed group itself.

London considers unilateral changes to Good Friday Agreement

heatonharris.jpg The British government has been warned against making unilateral changes to the Good Friday Agreement in order to appease the escalating demands of the DUP.

Death of Rita O’Hare

oharefuneral.jpg The funeral has taken place of senior Sinn Féin official Rita O’Hare, who was described by party leader Mary Lou McDonald as an “unstoppable force for Irish freedom”.

Anger as loyalist paramilitarism is normalised

graffitinolan.jpg A doorbell recording of a casual extortion demand by a unionist paramilitary gang has highlighted the openness with which these gangs are now engaging in serious crime across the north of Ireland.

British forces in ‘gross breach’ of Coroner’s ruling

clonoeambush1200.jpg A preliminary hearing for the Clonoe inquest has heard that it is still struggling to gather paperwork from the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) and PSNI police, despite numerous hearings down the decades.

SF address to Ballyseedy commemoration

mcdonaldballyseedy.jpg Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD addressed the party’s centenary commemoration in honour of the eight Republicans massacred by Free State forces at Ballyseedy.

The Gibraltar and Milltown killings

milltownattack.jpg On of the most significant months of the conflict took place 35 years ago. In this article written for the tenth anniversary, Laura Friel looked back at the Gibraltar and Milltown killings.

The Irish Flag

irishflagmeaghar.jpg The National Flag of Ireland, often referred to as the tricolour, was first flown 175 years ago this week

March 2, 2023

DUP isolated as Tories hail Brexit deal

charlesvdl.jpg The DUP is under intense pressure to end their boycott of the power-sharing institutions in the North of Ireland after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak admitted he was a “over the moon” at a deal agreed with the EU to end seven years of tensions over the implementation of Brexit.

PSNI reprisal raids after New IRA gun attack

caldwelldoor.jpg A bitter conflict between the New IRA and British state forces has deepened after the armed group claimed responsibility for a targeted gun attack against a prominent and senior PSNI figure, John Caldwell.

Plastic bullet injury goes unpunished

gavinmckenna.jpg A British soldier who fired a plastic bullet which partially blinded a Catholic schoolboy in 1997 used “reasonable force”, a High Court judge has ruled.

Attitude to loyalist gangs condemned

uvfguns.jpg The vastly different approach of the British Crown Forces to loyalist paramilitaries vis-a-vis republican armed groups has been condemned by the Alliance Party.

Easter parade charges beaten again

fennelleaster.jpg Prominent Belfast republican Dee Fennell has been acquitted of overseeing an illegal Easter procession.

Council resisting law on Irish language signage

brysonstsign1200.jpg A unionist-dominated council area faces potential legal action over its refusal to introduce a policy on allowing dual language street signs.

Ballyseedy centenary

ballyseedymonument.jpg A number of commemorations are taking place in the coming weeks to mark the centenary of Civil War events, including an atrocity against Republicans in Kerry known as one of the worst of the conflict.

The DUP and being smart

donaldson1200.jpg Unionists should be thanking Rishi Sunak, who has made the idea of grown-up politics and the severing of knotty political problems doable.

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