August 31, 2023

Family blame PSNI for killers’ impunity despite report

gerardlawlor1200.jpg A report by the Police Ombudsman has confirmed for the family of Gerard Lawlor that the PSNI’s failure to investigate the murder of the Catholic teenager in Belfast in 2002 amounted to collusion with the loyalist paramilitaries who carried it out.

Sinn Féin reiterates support for PSNI

sykesarrested.jpg A judge’s rejection of an attempt by the PSNI to scapegoat two junior members for a notorious case of sectarian policing two years ago has heaped further pressure for the disbandment of the discredited force.

Saoradh member hospitalised by PSNI assault

psniassault.jpg Saoradh has slammed an assault by PSNI members on a party activist in Newry on Friday evening, August 25th, which resulted in the victim requiring hospital treatment for his injuries.

Stalemate ‘pushing unionists towards unity’

beattieradio.jpg The intransigence and pettiness of the DUP is spurring increased interest in a united Ireland among unionists, according to one unionist leader.

Protest at British Army base

lasairbrits.jpg A British Army Reserve centre in the north of Ireland was the scene of a demonstration by Derry Lasair Dhearg activists last week “to highlight the ongoing presence of occupation forces” here.

Bloody Sunday families welcome court ruling

glenfadapark.jpg Military statements can be used in the prosecution of a British soldier known as ‘Soldier F’ who is accused of two of the killings during the Bloody Sunday massacre, according to a court ruling that has been welcomed in Derry.

‘A new dawn is breaking’

hscommemcork.jpg Thousands gathered on Grand Parade in Cork to commemorate Irish republican hunger strikers at Sinn Féin’s 42nd annual Hunger Strike Commemoration, which was addressed by the North’s First Minister-designate, Michelle O’Neill.

Milltown’s story

sandsgrave.jpg Irish Times journalist Freya McClements recently visited Milltown cemetery in west Belfast, which opened 154 years ago. She met with Gerry Doherty, the cemetery’s manager, and historian Tom Hartley.

August 24, 2023

Internment for republican charged after PSNI blunder

christyokane.jpg A North Derry republican is facing an indefinite detention at Maghaberry prison as part of a Crown Force backlash over an embarrassing leak of its own data.

International push ‘can deliver Irish unity’

alpconf.jpg Dublin and London are under pressure to act after Australia’s governing political party passed a motion at its national conference strongly supporting the reunification of Ireland and the calling of a referendum on Irish unity.

Loyalist racism reaches new depths

dunmurryflags.jpg The erection of Nazi-style flags near a Belfast mosque is the latest incident of territorial hate crimes in the North to be blamed on loyalists.

Archives reveal details of 1973 cover-up

michaelleonard1200.jpg New evidence has revealed that the British Army was fully aware that a Catholic civilian murdered by the RUC was fired at three times, despite claims that only a single round was accidentally discharged.

Injustice of sentence still weighs on victim’s families

anthonymcgrady.jpg A memorial service is being held this weekend to remember three people murdered in a UVF gun and bomb attack on a north Belfast garage 50 years ago.

British still struggling as Bobby Sands lives on

bobbyerinsands.jpg The continuing failure of the British establishment to grasp the legacy of Bobby Sands became clearer this week as the hunger striker, a source of unending pride in Ireland, once again became a source of controversy there.

How the London IRA changed history

greathatred.jpg A new account of the assassination of Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson MP illuminates the contribution of the Irish in Britain to the struggle for Irish freedom, by Ronan McGreevy.

A Legacy Bill of Injustice

westminster1200.jpg A look from the US at Britain’s ‘Bill of Shame’, by Hon. Michael C. Mentel (for the Irish Echo).

August 17, 2023

Backlash could follow PSNI ‘own goal’

kellydata.jpg A hysterical response by the PSNI to the leak of its own personnel data has increased pressure for the disbandment of the staunchly unionist police force.

Tensions higher in Derry after parade incidents

abodvsign.jpg A Derry businessman was “kicked in the head” by a sashed member of the Apprentice Boys on Saturday afternoon following a major parade by the loyalist marching organisation.

BBC under fire over ‘toxic’ unionist broadcaster

bearnolan.jpg Infamous BBC TV and radio presenter Stephen Nolan has been accused of sending ‘sexually explicit’ images to work colleagues in a grotesque bid to capitalise on controversy over a TV reality star.

Powerful US opposition to Legacy Bill

legacyletter.jpg Sixteen members of the United States House of Representatives, from both parties, have written to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, British Direct Ruler Chris Heaton-Harris, and the British Ambassador to the United States, Karen Pierce, to raise their “profound concern” over the pending British government Legacy Bill for the north of Ireland.

Attempts to further erode prison conditions

prisonnewspapers.jpg Concerns have been raised after a support group for Irish republican prisoners at Maghaberry Prison revealed that newspapers can no longer be bought and that authorities plan to scrap weekend visits.

Police Ombudsman withheld fingerprint evidence

mcgurks1200.jpg The Police Ombudsman’s office has been condemned after it emerged it failed to tell relatives of the McGurk’s Bar bombing that fingerprints were found on a car used by the loyalist killers.

Petition to name Galway bridge after local rebel

morriseybridge.jpg A petition has been launched to name Galway’s latest bridge after one of the county’s forgotten republican heroes.

If we deny Saoradh equality, where do we stop?

politicalpolicingbanner.jpg Banks do not keep information about their customers’ political beliefs. Did the PSNI ask, advise or instruct the banks to act against republicans?

August 10, 2023

Violence erupts after ‘disastrous’ PSNI action

gallighbonfire23.jpg Two nights of disturbances in the Galliagh area of Derry have been squarely blamed on an oppressive swoop by the PSNI and council authorities on material which had been collected by local youths for a traditional nationalist bonfire.

Inquest ordered into UDR killings

8udr5.jpg Fresh inquests have been ordered into the murders of five Catholic men involving the British Army’s Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) in County Tyrone between the years 1988 and 1991.

Alternatives to Stormont must be discussed - Varadkar

varadkaroneill.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has met leaders of the five main political parties in Belfast in the latest efforts to end 18 months of collapsed government in the north of Ireland.

Harris under pressure over crime failures

dublincrime.jpg Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, the head of police in the 26 Counties, is facing a vote of no confidence from Gardaí themselves amid rising strains within the force and public disquiet over rampant violent crime in Dublin city centre.

‘Bad faith’ prosecution of pensioner

dungannoncourt.jpg A 70-year-old County Tyrone man is facing trial on historic IRA charges, despite concerns that the prosecution amounts to an abuse of process, as prosecutions of British soldiers remain suspended or effectively abandoned ahead of pending legislation for conflict-related amnesty.

Loyalists blamed for racist and sectarian attacks

newtownabbey1200.jpg Loyalists carried out a shocking attack on a Polish man whose home in Newtownabbey, County Antrim, was attacked by masked men with stone slabs and hammers.

MI5 is dictating judicial direction

saoradhwindow.jpg If ever there was a reminder needed that the British judicial system work in tandem with MI5 then this week was it, as they flex their muscles when it comes to dealing with Republicans.

Don’t patronise Sinéad O’Connor

sineadeire.jpg Routinely described alive and now dead as “troubled”, the key point about Sinead O’Connor is missed.

August 3, 2023

DUP egotists ‘damaging unionism’ - Donaldson

donaldsondup1200.jpg DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson has accused some of his own party colleagues of damaging the party with “manufactured” attacks driven by a desire “to gain media coverage or advance their personal agenda”.

Shock as anti-eviction activists handed 15-year sentences

strokestownthree.jpg Republicans and housing activists have condemned the extraordinary sentences handed down to three anti-eviction activists in relation to an eviction in Strokestown, County Roscommon, in 2018.

Victims of British double-agent speak out

morleykeeley.jpg Peter Keeley was a British soldier planted within the Provisional IRA in South Down. Now, almost 30 people who say his actions or inactions have caused them harm are suing him and his Crown Force bosses.

Prosecutors avoid bringing Daniel’s killer to justice

danielhegarty1200.jpg The family of Daniel Hegarty, a 15-year-old boy shot dead by the British in Derry in 1972, is being ignored by prosecutors, despite a court ordering them to bring his killer to trial.

US fund demands end to discrimination

spiritlogo.jpg A powerful US-based pension fund has challenged the owners of a Belfast aerospace manufacturer to provide ‘information on its hiring practices.’

Anti-slavery campaigner celebrated

shinnersdouglass.jpg A statue of the anti-slavery campaigner Frederick Douglass has been unveiled in Belfast.

The long-running farce undermining unity

eoinmacneill1200.jpg Few eyebrows will have been raised north of the border at this week’s revelations that the Irish government bungled the Boundary Commission post-partition. Dropping the ball then set a pattern for the century to come.

North has never been integral part of UK

untiedkingdom.jpg An Irish academic is right to criticise a new book for ‘sidestepping the colonial question’ when it comes to the north of Ireland.

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