September 28, 2023

A catastrophe of a statelet

neaghdup.jpg The unionist veto of government in the Six Counties is creating a crisis in public services which is revealing itself in an unpredictable manner.

Documentary reveals MI5 collusion in paedophile network

lostboys.jpg Those behind a new film documentary on the role of British military intelligence in the abduction, abuse and murder of children during the conflict in the north of Ireland have said they have evidence of covert British state interference in their work.

British injustice for Daniel Hegarty

danielhegartycolour.jpg The death of a British soldier has ended a family’s campaign to win justice for a Derry teenager and expose the lies told about him.

Questions asked, but little time for answers

annettemcgavigan1200.jpg A former British soldier has been questioned under caution in connection with the killing of a Derry schoolgirl 52 years ago, it has emerged.

International city of police raids

psniraid236.jpg Within days of Derry being named as an ‘International City of Peace’, British forces have engaged in yet another militarised assault in the Creggan area of the city.

PSNI’s disinterest in intimidation of pensioner

uvfglue.jpg A loyalist who sprayed ‘UVF’ in the flat of a terminally-ill woman has been issued a warning by the PSNI police who have refused to action the matter as a hate crime.

It really was a Great Escape

greatescape.jpg Forty years ago today, the British establishment was rocked by the biggest prison escape in the history of these islands.

Sarah Conlon

gerrysarahconlon.jpg Sarah may well be the closest I have come to being in the company of a living saint.

September 21, 2023

‘Bill of Shame’ passes into law

celticlegacy.jpg The British government’s notorious cover-up legislation, which became law this week, has already been hit with several legal challenges, including over a dozen by victims of its war crimes in the north of Ireland.

Clonoe inquest opens

clonoemartyrsbig.jpg The inquest into the killings of the Clonoe Martyrs – Vol Kevin Barry O'Donnell, Vol Patrick Vincent, Vol Peter Clancy and Vol Sean O Farrell, – finally opened this week, some 31 years after their deaths.

Call for investigation into unit which directed Scappaticci

scapflat1200.jpg The author of a new book about the Crown Force project ‘Stakeknife’ has called for an inquiry into a secret intelligence umbrella group he says oversaw the running of double agents.

Further PSNI stonewalling at Sean Brown inquest

seanbrown1200.jpg British authorities have been accused of defying court orders as a strategy to avoid an inquest going ahead into the 1997 murder of GAA official Sean Brown.

McDonald, back from surgery, targets unity, housing

mcdonaldback.jpg Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has returned to work after having undergone major surgery in late June.

A breath of fresh air at RTÉ

kieltylls.jpg A transformation of RTÉ’s flagship talk show has ben confirmed with the first show by the new presenter, County Down comedian Patrick Kielty.

The fearless death of Robert Emmet

robertemmet1200.jpg On this day, 220 years ago, a 25-year-old Irish republican Robert Emmet was taken from his cell in Kilmainham Jail and sent to die at a gallows erected on Thomas Street.

A ‘new Ireland’ isn’t exclusively a Sinn Féin project

martinmcdonaldvaradkar1200.jpg The southern election will probably be next year, and government partners Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are under serious pressure.

September 14, 2023

Britain’s Big Lie

heatonharris1200.jpg British Direct Ruler Chris Heaton-Harris was accused of delivering “breathtaking fake news” after claiming there is “no alternative” to legislation which includes a full amnesty for British war crimes in the north of Ireland.

Derry riots as PSNI seek to assert control

derryriot0923.jpg A series of PSNI raids in Derry on some of the warmest nights of the year produced the inevitable result for a force desperate to deflect attention from its own internal crises.

Two in court linked to collusion

roberthamill1200.jpg A former RUC policeman and his partner have appeared in court on charges of helping to cover up the murder of Portadown man Robert Hamill more than 20 years ago.

Peace funds seen boosting UVF groups

sbuvf.jpg A huge UVF poster placed in advertising hoarding in south Belfast has been slammed as a celebration of the murder gangs.

Internment battles for republicans

okanesmyth.jpg A North Derry man who was granted bail this week following a public outcry over his detention earlier this month has been returned to jail in an apparent dispute over his bail conditions.

Odds fall for unity vote

irishunityeirigi.jpg A referendum on Irish unity before 2030 is now an odds-on bet, according to bookmakers.

Legacy bill violates domestic and international law

rfjprotest.jpg The age old saying “only victims know the true cost of war” is certainly apt as the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill is railroaded through Westminster.

Republicans ‘must take the initiative’

mackeyoration.jpg The main oration from the recent Alan Ryan commemoration, read by national chairman of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement Francie Mackey.

September 7, 2023

Defend human rights

justiceformajella.jpg The Dublin government has been urged not to delay a legal challenge against Britain’s ‘Bill of Shame’ after the massive legal cover-up passed its final hurdle at Westminster on Wednesday.

PSNI collapsing under its own contradictions

simonbyrneout.jpg Simon Byrne has resigned as chief of the PSNI amid a meltdown in the Crown police force caused by unionist politicking.

Hypocrisy called out as fans back the Wolfe Tones

eptones.jpg Ireland’s young people have delivered a stunning rebuff to critics of the Wolfe Tones rebel band when they turned out in record-breaking numbers to see them at the country’s largest music festival.

Senior unionist questions future of union

wallacethompson600.jpg After a lifetime of staunch unionism, a leading unionist and a founder of the DUP alongside Ian Paisley has said he is seriously considering supporting Irish unity.

GAA club attacked again

gaanets.jpg A sectarian campaign against a Gaelic sports club dating back three years has escalated with successive loyalist attacks at their venue in east Belfast.

Re-enactment of battle that ended 1798 rebellion

ballinamuck23.jpg An upcoming festival will see hundreds take part in a re-enactment of one of the most important clashes to have occurred during the 1798 United Irishmen rebellion.

John Joe McGirl – an unbreakable Fenian

johnjoemcgirl1200.jpg In the course of almost 60 years of activism I have been very lucky to meet many wonderful, committed, compassionate republicans. On Saturday, in Ballinamore in County Leitrim, Republicans from Leitrim and beyond gathered to celebrate the life of one of these – John Joe McGirl.

The push factors toward a United Ireland

frankgibneymap.jpg I came across a striking image this week. Shared by Dr Patrick Bresnihan, it depicted urban planner Frank Gibney’s 1942 vision for a United Ireland.

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