[Irish Republican News]

October 18, 2019

[Irish Republican News]



Vindictive treatment of John Downey

johndowneycuffs.jpg The treatment by the PSNI of a Donegal pensioner has been widely condemned after he was seen to be dragged around in handcuffs following his extradition into British jurisdiction last week.

Published October 18, 2019



UVF ‘don’t want Catholics here’

sectarianravenhill.jpg Escalating anti-Catholic attacks in a ‘shared’ housing development in south Belfast have left a disabled man fearing for his life as well as the life of his four-year-old son.

Published October 18, 2019



How ‘King Rat’ targeted family members of republicans

kingrat600.jpg The police in the north of Ireland provided unionist paramilitary kingpin Billy Wright with information to help his murder gang target Catholics, one of his former associates has admitted.

Published October 18, 2019



New INLA armed group claims attacks

newinla.jpg Images have emerged of a show of strength by an apparent INLA unit amid increasing tension in the Derry area.

Published October 18, 2019



Unionists to debate abortion at ‘Zombie Stormont’

deadstormont.jpg Unionists are to gather at the mothballed Stormont Assembly chamber in a symbolic attempt to revive the collapsed Six County institutions. They intend to discuss the implementation of Direct Rule legislation for abortion, due to become law on Monday.

Published October 18, 2019



‘Open the path to freedom’

johnsonvaradkar2.jpg The British government and the European Union are being urged to seize the moment to prepare for peaceful Irish unification after Brexit negotiators shied away from a disastrous agenda to reinforce partition.

Published October 12, 2019



Frazer was gun-runner for DUP-linked group - BBC

frazerulsterresistance.jpg Willie Frazer, a prominent loyalist who in recent years described himself as a ‘victims campaigner’, secretly helped funnel weapons to loyalist paramilitary groups in the early 1990s, according to a BBC television news investigation.

Published October 12, 2019



MI5 ‘deleted Finucane files’

mi5harddrive.jpg British military intelligence removed and destroyed the files of a judge who was investigating Crown Force involvement in the 1989 murder of Belfast defence lawyer Patrick Finucane, according to a BBC documentary aired this week.

Published October 12, 2019



Truck driver describes MI5’s terror tactics

mvarley.jpg A County Tyrone man has recounted a “horrific” attempt by British MI5 intelligence to recruit him as an informer.

Published October 12, 2019



PSNI harassment at Saoradh commemoration

saoradhhungercommem19.jpg Members of a colour party in Saoradh’s National Hunger Strike Commemoration in Newry last weekend were stopped and searched by armed PSNI police.

Published October 12, 2019



26-County Budget delivers ‘less than nothing’

budget2020.jpg The Dublin government has been slammed for a “do less” Budget despite the crisis over growing social inequality and homelessness.

Published October 12, 2019



Jingo Johnson’s mad Brexit

borisborderzone.jpg Preparations are underway for a crash Brexit after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed a barely believable set of proposals for the border through Ireland which appeared designed to be instantly rejected by Dublin and the European Union.

Published October 5, 2019



British audience stunned by message of Irish independence

greerbbcqt.jpg US author Bonnie Greer has been credited with a significant intervention in Britain’s Brexit debate by eloquently speaking out for Ireland and the peace process on a BBC news talk show.

Published October 5, 2019



Child-abusing priest was ‘protected by RUC’

finegan.jpg Suspicions are mounting that a former priest was allowed to sexually abuse children in return for informing against republican families in the north of Ireland.

Published October 5, 2019



Breakthrough in battle to access collusion documents

mobileshop.jpg Families suing over state collusion with a loyalist paramilitary gang behind dozens of sectarian murders have secured a major breakthrough in their battle to access documents.

Published October 5, 2019



British military close ranks

hutchingsapc.jpg A former British soldier charged with the attempted murder of a special needs man shot dead in County Tyrone in 1974 attended a right-wing rally in London last week despite claiming that he was too ill to attend court hearings in Belfast.

Published October 5, 2019



New inquest too late for sister of rubber bullet victim

thomasfriel2.jpg A preliminary hearing into the death of a Derry man hit by a rubber bullet has taken place in Belfast.

Published October 5, 2019



Chaos deepens as Fascist Tories incite Brexit violence

johnsoncommons2.jpg Warlike rhetoric and subtle threats of violence against MPs by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson drew a furious response and threatened to overwhelm the return of Westminster this week.

Published September 28, 2019



PSNI attempt to infiltrate border poll campaign

matthewsirsp.jpg A political activist campaigning for a Six-County Border Poll on Irish unity has been approached by the PSNI police to become an informer.

Published September 28, 2019



Scottish parades disorder threat ‘linked to Brexit’

loyalistglasgowsunday.jpg Four loyalist parades went ahead in Scotland last weekend after a ban was dropped in fear that loyalist marchers would react violently if they were not allowed to proceed.

Published September 28, 2019



Legal fight against British oppression

justicestatue.jpg An Irish citizen is set to go to the Supreme Court over being forced to inform authorities about trips outside British jurisdiction.

Published September 28, 2019



Stardust justice campaign wins new inquests

stardustfamilies.jpg The 26 County Attorney General has confirmed that fresh inquests will be held into 48 deaths at the 1981 Stardust fire in Dublin.

Published September 28, 2019



British govt challenged over inaction on Finucane case

patfinucane2.jpg The widow of murdered Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane has lodged High Court proceedings in a fresh bid to get a public inquiry into her husband’s killing.

Published September 28, 2019



Supreme Court ruling restores Westminster, Johnson under pressure

londonsupremecourt.jpg Political parties across Britain and Ireland have urged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign following an unprecedented ruling today by the Supreme Court in London that his suspension of the Westminster parliament was unlawful.

Published September 24, 2019



First hearing in Bloody Sunday trial

sundaytrialhearing.jpg After almost 48 years, the case of a British soldier accused of murder during the Bloody Sunday massacre, the first and only prosecution for the 1972 killing spree, finally began at Derry’s courthouse on Wednesday. However, proceedings were adjourned until December.

Published September 21, 2019



Vulnerable woman subjected to shocking PSNI harassment

searchspecialneeds.jpg The PSNI have been condemned after using draconian stop-and-search legislation against a woman with special needs in Newry.

Published September 21, 2019



Justice hope for Hooded Men after investigation ordered

hoodedmen19.jpg The Court of Appeal in Belfast has ruled an investigation must be carried out into the treatment of fourteen republican internees who were tortured by the British Crown Forces in 1971.

Published September 21, 2019



Attempted rocket attack claimed as tensions increase

mortarsstrabane0919.jpg The New IRA have claimed responsibility for an attempted mortar rocket attack on a PSNI base in Tyrone earlier this month.

Published September 21, 2019



Movement at last in legacy inquests

inquests0919.jpg A review of legacy inquests involving a number of British state killings and suspected collusion began at Belfast Coroner’s Court on Monday.

Published September 21, 2019



Lawyer takes action against PSNI intimidation

brentnall.jpg A Belfast lawyer has accused the PSNI of attempting to intimidate and harass him as the Police Ombudsman upheld three of his complaints against the force.

Published September 21, 2019



British politics in meltdown

commonsprorogued.jpg There were extraordinary scenes in the London parliament this week as opposition MPs staged an angry protest against the suspension of Westminster and accused the British Prime Minister of lying to the English queen in order to secure the Crown’s authority for the shutdown.

Published September 14, 2019



DUP look to control border as Tories lose interest

johnsonvaradkar.jpg After a meeting between the British Prime Minister and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar failed to make headway in resolving the dispute over the border, Sinn Féin is to oppose any attempt by the DUP to veto the backstop at the Stormont Assembly in Belfast.

Published September 14, 2019



Derry riot after PSNI force evacuation

derryriot0919.jpg Rioting erupted in the Creggan area of Derry this week as scores of PSNI carried out raids in the area. Petrol bombs were thrown at a line of police Landrovers on Monday in Creggan Heights.

Published September 14, 2019



Parties consider election pacts

remainleaders.jpg Sinn Féin has signalled a willingness to co-operate with other anti-Brexit parties to challenge unionist candidates if and when a Westminster general election is called.

Published September 14, 2019



Secret papers sought in murder of IPLO Volunteer

eoinmorley.jpg Lawyers for the mother of Eoin Morley, an alleged victim of an IRA informer, are appealing a decision to deny them access to secret files in the possession of the Police Ombudsman.

Published September 14, 2019



Soldiers resist courtroom questioning

soldiersballymurphy.jpg Soldiers of the British Army’s Parachute Regiment have been accused of putting up a “virtual wall of silence” against an inquest into the shooting of 10 people in Belfast.

Published September 14, 2019



Barbaric Brits threaten kids

psnibyrne.jpg The chief of the PSNI police is under pressure to resign after proposing one of the most inhumane public control strategies of any Crown Force leader in the past 50 years, the removal and detention of innocent nationalist children.

Published September 7, 2019



Westminster election on standby as opposition takes control

mogglying.jpg The political parties in the North have put themselves on a general election footing as continuing manoeuvres over Brexit at Westminster mean that a poll may not take place until the end of November.

Published September 7, 2019



CIRA claim bomb attacks

ciraswedish.jpg A Continuity IRA spokesman has claimed responsibility for recent bomb attacks in north Armagh and south Fermanagh, warning that more attacks are imminent as it has “regrouped and rearmed”.

Published September 7, 2019



Contest for post of Sinn Féin Deputy Leader

oneillodowd.jpg Former Stormont education minister and Upper Bann Assembly member John O’Dowd has said he is to run for the party’s deputy leader’s job. The post is currently held by Mid-Ulster Assembly member and former Six County Agricuture and Health Minister Michelle O’Neill.

Published September 7, 2019



Tories please DUP allies by rolling back equality measure

queenpics.jpg In a u-turn demanded by unionists, photos of the English queen have once again been hung on the walls of government offices in the north of Ireland, two years after being removed.

Published September 7, 2019



British 1972 memo called for poll to ‘escape’ from border

britisharmyborder.jpg A secret memo written by a British Army general during the early years of the current conflict refers to Britain needing to find a way to “gradually escape” from its involvement in the north of Ireland.

Published September 7, 2019



Election looms as Tory MPs abandon Johnson

johnson.jpg Amid continuing political turmoil at Westminster, Boris Johnson’s control of the Brexit agenda has slipped along with his parliamentary majority tonight.

Published September 3, 2019



Tories dispense with democracy

johnsondictator.jpg The far-right Brexit ‘war cabinet’ under unelected Prime Minister Boris Johnson has edged closer to outright fascism after it secured a royal order to shut down the Westminster parliament in London for over a month.

Published August 30, 2019



British police to be sent into Brexit front line

metcops.jpg English and Scottish police could be sent into conflict situations in the north of Ireland after Brexit, it has emerged.

Published August 30, 2019



New revelations of large-scale child abuse

mountbottom.jpg Two Fermanagh women have said they were abused by members of the anti-Catholic Orange Order when they were children and that the Order has covered it up. They say their abusers are “powerful men” and that the Orange Order has “protected them”.

Published August 30, 2019



British soldier in court over McAnespie killing

mcanespie600.jpg A former British soldier accused of killing Aidan McAnespie more than 30 years ago has appeared in court.

Published August 30, 2019



PSNI and courts seen defending loyalist paramilitaries

somervillebanner.jpg A man who removed a loyalist hate banner which paid tribute to a sectarian killer has been sent for trial on charges of theft.

Published August 30, 2019



No weighted advantage for unionists in poll - O’Neill

riggedvote.jpg The notion that a weighted majority should be necessary to secure Irish unity in a border poll would “turn democracy on its head”, according to Sinn Féin’s deputy leader.

Published August 30, 2019



Border bomb is Brexit statement

gatebomb.jpg A bomb which exploded less than a mile from the border on Monday has delivered an IRA message about Britain’s plans to reinforce partition as a result of Brexit. The blast was heard on both sides of the border.

Published August 23, 2019



PSNI attack home of grieving family

alxmurphyfuneral.jpg A PSNI raid on the grieving home of a former IRA Volunteer a day after his funeral has sparked considerable anger in west Belfast.

Published August 23, 2019



Irish unification will solve Brexit problems - France

macronjohnson.jpg The French President Emmanuel Macron has said Irish reunification and integration of the entire island in the EU “would solve all the problems” of Brexit, “but it is not up to France”.

Published August 23, 2019



Action against Drugs threatens criminals

aadnewlodge.jpg A vigilante group said to have links to former IRA members has threatened criminals in what it says is an attempt to tackle an epidemic of drugs and anti-social activity in north Belfast.

Published August 23, 2019



Handshake meant Adams was ‘tied into peace process’ - papers

peacehandshake.jpg A famous public handshake by the late 26 County Taoiseach Albert Reynolds with the Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams and the SDLP leader John Hume in Dublin was designed “to tie Adams into a process from which he personally would not be able to escape”, according to previously classified British government files released this week in Belfast.

Published August 23, 2019



Public Services Card deemed illegal

psccard.jpg The findings of a report by the 26 County Data Protection Commissioner into the government’s ‘Public Services Card’ has vindicated the concern of campaigners that it was geared towards a right-wing agenda of control and dehumanisation.

Published August 23, 2019



Derry parades crisis

parabandderry.jpg There have been calls for sectarian parades to be banned from Derry after an inflammatory display by a loyalist flute band led to three nights of serious disorder this week.

Published August 17, 2019



Killing of young IRA Volunteer ‘unjustified’

bradleysseamus.jpg Belfast Coroner’s Court has found that the fatal shooting of 19-years-old Seamus Bradley during Operation Motorman on July 31, 1972, was ‘unjustified’.

Published August 17, 2019



New Lodge clashes ‘a mistake’ - SF

newlodgebonfire.jpg Sinn Féin has said that the handling of a strongly opposed bonfire built by nationalist youths which led to a riot in the New Lodge area of Belfast last week was wrong and that ‘lessons needed to be learned’.

Published August 17, 2019



First child fatality of conflict recalled

patrickrooney.jpg A brother of the first child killed in the conflict fifty years ago has revealed how his dying father asked him to keep fighting for the truth.

Published August 17, 2019



Bonfire insults continue

tullyally.jpg Sinn Féin has called on the leaders of political unionism to condemn the ‘hatemongers’ who placed an image of the late Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness on a bonfire.

Published August 17, 2019



‘Safety’ threat in latest MI5 recruitment bid

mi5threat.jpg A Derry republican has taken a video of a highly sinister attempt to recruit him as an informer by British ‘military intelligence’ agency, MI5.

Published August 17, 2019



Sinn Féin’s message of defiance to Johnson

andersonhs19.jpg At the annual hunger strike commemoration organised by Sinn Féin, party MEP Martina Anderson told the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that his government’s “days in Ireland are numbered”.

Published August 9, 2019



Anti-internment protest to go ahead after parade ban

fennell600.jpg A decision to ban a march commemorating internment from reaching Belfast city centre is to be resisted, according to the republicans involved. They say they will hold a protest at Belfast City Hall at the time the march was due to be held.

Published August 9, 2019



‘Different state’ comment fuels debate on reunification models

varadkarfeile2.jpg A debate about the details of a united Ireland has begun after the 26-County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that a new Ireland must be a “different state” with a new constitution.

Published August 9, 2019



Plastic bullet campaigners vow to eliminate the weapon

plasticnewlodge19.jpg The campaigning mother of the last person killed by a plastic bullet in the north has said she will continue her fight against their use in the north of Ireland as they once again appeared on the streets of north Belfast.

Published August 9, 2019



Abortion row within nationalism after Westminster move

mccloskeymullen.jpg Aontú has condemned what it says is the British imposition of “one of Europe’s most extreme abortion regimes” on the north of Ireland.

Published August 9, 2019



Death of Hooded Man Paddy Joe McClean

paddyjoemcclean.jpg The oldest surviving member of the group of former internees known as the Hooded Men has died.

Published August 9, 2019



PSNI withdraw from New Lodge

newlodgebonfire192.jpg Riot police have withdrawn from a republican area of north Belfast following clashes today over their efforts to prevent a bonfire constructed by local youths from being lit.

Published August 8, 2019



Riot as PSNI lay siege to bonfire in New Lodge

newlodgebonfire19.jpg An attempt by hundreds of PSNI police to remove a bonfire in a deprived republican area of north Belfast has erupted in a riot this morning. Amid a standoff, one riot policeman has fallen to the ground after being struck by stone-throwing youths.

Published August 8, 2019



Tory ‘War Cabinet’ sets scene for violence

warcabinet.jpg A so-called War Cabinet has been formed by the new British prime minister, Boris Johnson to aggressively force Ireland to accept a hardening and reinforcement of Britain’s century-old border across the island.

Published August 2, 2019



Campaign to replace wrecked memorial

drumferrer.jpg A memorial to two IRA Volunteers killed by the SAS has been destroyed in a shocking large-scale attack in County Monaghan this week.

Published August 2, 2019



Retrial collapses over bogus DNA evidence

weldon.jpg The juryless retrial of a man accused of IRA membership collapsed in farcical scenes this week after a PSNI policewoman did not recognise a vehicle licence plate from which she was supposed to have recovered DNA evidence.

Published August 2, 2019



Claim to impartiality ‘laughable’ as Tories pile on insults

queenpic.jpg The new British government under Boris Johnson has already displayed its contempt for the political process in Ireland by holding a private dinner with the DUP ahead of meeting the other political parties, while new Direct Ruler Julian Smith’s first message to the public was to express his joy at seeing a picture of the English queen on his desk.

Published August 2, 2019



Cancer victim beaten in PSNI raid

raids0718.jpg Saoradh has accused the PSNI of engaging in violent attacks and detentions of republicans across Belfast in an intensifying campaign of repression against their activists and their families.

Published August 2, 2019



Agreement seen on need for forum on Irish unity

oneisland2.jpg A growing consensus is emerging that all-Ireland forum on Irish unity should be convened as a step towards planning for the reunification of Ireland.

Published August 2, 2019



New Direct Ruler arrives in Ireland

juliansmith.jpg The new British Direct Ruler, Julian Smith, has received a mixed response from Sinn Féin ahead of his arrival in Belfast to take control of British government operations in the north of Ireland.

Published July 26, 2019



Bullets, British Army ID found in north Belfast

modcard.jpg The Republican Network for Unity has urged people to be vigilant following a recent incident involving undercover Crown Force personnel operating in North Belfast.

Published July 26, 2019



Strong reaction to first days of ‘Tory clown’

johnsonno10.jpg Britain’s incoming Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has been the subject of concerned editorials and heavy criticism in Ireland and Britain.

Published July 26, 2019



Irish golf victory triggers geography meltdown for sports media

shanelowry.jpg A victory by Ireland’s Shane Lowry in a major golfing event in County Antrim has been hailed as a major triumph for Irish golf, but has exposed the dire knowledge of geography among some members of the British sports media.

Published July 26, 2019



SF councillor backs Craigavon 2 appeal

craigavon2flat.jpg A senior Sinn Féin politician has raised concerns about the conviction of a men jailed for killing PSNI man Stephen Carroll a decade ago.

Published July 26, 2019



Young republican prisoner under duress at Maghaberry

prisoneremmet.jpg Saoradh has criticised the continued refusal of the British administration and the Six-County prison service’s to transfer young republican Emmet McSheffrey to the republican wing at Maghaberry jail.

Published July 26, 2019



Johnson announces extreme-right Tory Cabinet

johnsonqueensmith.jpg New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed an over-the-top cabinet of Brexiteer ultras and right-wing extremists. In the process, he has also replaced Karen Bradley as Direct Ruler in the north of Ireland with the former Tory Chief Whip, Julian Smith.

Published July 24, 2019



Johnson is new Tory leader, will become PM tomorrow

borisflags.jpg Boris Johnson has won a final Tory leadership runoff, defeating his opponent Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt with the support of more than two in three of the Conservative Party membership.

Published July 23, 2019



The face of ‘the Twelfth’

morgans.jpg A savage sectarian attack in County Down has left a man fighting for his life.

Published July 19, 2019



PSNI/UVF links under the spotlight

byrnemattews.jpg The new chief of the PSNI, Simon Byrne, has said his force is “not in cahoots with the UVF” after details emerged of a series of meetings with well-known loyalist leaders over the handling of a bonfire in east Belfast.

Published July 19, 2019



Vulnerable woman targeted in ‘aggressive’ new PSNI approach

daniellecrawford.jpg A north Belfast mother of two children has been subjected to “persistent and aggressive” attempts by the PSNI to recruit her as an informer.

Published July 19, 2019



PSNI building ‘register’ of Derry republicans

psniderryregister.jpg Five Derry men were forced to attend Strand Road PSNI base to sign a so-called “terror register” in what Saoradh believes will become a conveyer-belt approach to the imprisonment of their activists.

Published July 19, 2019



Fifty years a secret

samueldevenny.jpg The family of a Derry city man who died after he was attacked by police 50 years ago has renewed calls for files about his death to be released.

Published July 19, 2019



Pressure grows for a University of Derry

mageecampus.jpg The failure to establish a university in Derry has been described as a “sectarian scandal” by Labour peer Andrew Adonis, who has raised the matter in the House of Lords.

Published July 19, 2019



Fate of Brexit and Westminster tied to Stormont

westminsterdevolution.jpg An amendment has been made to legislation at Westminster which prevents a crash Brexit coming about by the suspension of the London parliament unless Stormont is restored.

Published July 18, 2019



UVF's gun law at hate bonfires

uvfbonfire19.jpg The UVF’s reign of terror in east Belfast appears intact after it forced a humiliating climbdown by Belfast City Council over an illegal bonfire which had forced the closure of a leisure centre.

Published July 12, 2019



DUP rattled as Westminster wrings social change

mcginncreasy.jpg Full Direct Rule from London is a step closer after the British goverment unexpectedly allowed moves at Westminster to bring same-sex marriage and abortion to the north of Ireland.

Published July 12, 2019



New conversation with Protestants about a ‘Union of Ireland’

jamesnesbitt.jpg The idea of a new ‘Irish Union’ has gained traction with unionists following comments by actor James Nesbitt.

Published July 12, 2019



Mini-riot ahead of triumphalist Twelfth parades

ardoyne2019oo.jpg The main anti-Catholic parades of the year are currently taking place across the north of Ireland. Although there is relatively little trouble expected for the ‘Twelfth’ this year, petrol bombs were thrown at the PSNI in west Belfast on Thursday night and tension remains high going into the weekend.

Published July 12, 2019



Symbolic victory for farmers defending Irish beef

farmersboots.jpg Fine Gael has been defeated in the Dublin parliament on a beef trade deal after furious Irish farmers made their presence known in a protest outside the Dáil.

Published July 12, 2019



Downey extradition for Supreme Court

johndowney600.jpg A Donegal republican wanted in the Six Counties is to take his challenge against an attempted extradition to the Supreme Court.

Published July 12, 2019



PSNI fear UVF reaction over bonfire intervention

avoneilbonfire.jpg Amid a standoff over an illegal bonfire in east Belfast, the PSNI police have told Belfast City Council that they fear the unionist paramilitary UVF could open fire if they attempt to remove bonfire material.

Published July 10, 2019



Inquiry ordered into state collusion in murder campaign

glennaneappeal.jpg Following a damning judgement at the Court of Appeal in Belfast earlier today [Friday], the PSNI has been forced into establishing an independent investigation into the British state’s role in a killing machine that left more than a hundred people dead.

Published July 5, 2019



New PSNI chief calls for more informers

simonbyrne.jpg The new PSNI chief Simon Byrne has had a controversial start to his period as head of policing in the north of Ireland as he oversaw the isolation of a nationalist community in east Belfast in order to facilitate a sectarian parade.

Published July 5, 2019



Council acts to protect ‘new Belfast’ estate from UVF

cantrellflags19.jpg Loyalist flags which have again appeared in a middle class area of east Belfast have goaded Belfast City Council to pass a motion to bring legal action against the Six County government at Stormont.

Published July 5, 2019



Children attacked ahead of Orange Order parade

barriershortstrand.jpg Three boys have been stabbed at one of the more controversial parades of the Orange Order’s marching season.

Published July 5, 2019



Informer’s role linked to rally killing

downesbullet.jpg The family of Sean Downes, who was killed by a plastic bullet almost 35 years ago, has asked the Six County Attorney General John Larkin to hold an inquest. It comes after concerns were raised about the role of top Sinn Féin informer Denis Donaldson in events leading up to the August 1984 killing.

Published July 5, 2019



Tensions high at Maghaberry prison

screwsbeware.jpg A threat to Maghaberry prison warders warning them to “beware (the) IRA” has appeared on a wall in Derry. A target sign has also been painted beside the three names on the wall in the Bligh’s Lane area of Creggan.

Published July 5, 2019



SF pays tribute to PIRA ceasefire leader

kevinmckennafuneral.jpg Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams delivered the graveside oration at the funeral of the former chief of staff of the Provisional IRA, Kevin McKenna, who passed away earlier in the week at the age of 74. In his address, Mr Adams hailed the pivotal figure as “a republican soldier who had the politics to know when to fight, and the political vision to know when to talk”.

Published June 28, 2019



Soldier evidence ‘not worthy of belief’

wilford600.jpg A former senior military figure who was a commander in the Parachute Regiment during the Ballymurphy massacre in West Belfast has told an inquest that he has no recollection of the regiment shooting ten people dead.

Published June 28, 2019



Loyalists flag up interface attacks

schoolfleg.jpg Sinn Féin has said unionist flags and banners are being used by loyalist paramilitaries to mark out territory as homes in east Belfast came under attack ahead of the anti-Catholic marching season.

Published June 28, 2019



Shameless Paisley further exposed as MP for hire

paisleymaldives.jpg Attention has returned to the issue of corruption in the north of Ireland after it emerged that DUP veteran MP Ian Paisley could be suspended from Westminster for a second time over his lavish foreign-funded vacations.

Published June 28, 2019



Discrimination over IRA convictions is ‘transgenerational’

visarejected.jpg The children of some former IRA Volunteers are being barred from entering the United States because of their parents’ background.

Published June 28, 2019



Hope for proper investigation into attack on Kilcoo pub

thierafurthbanner.jpg A campaign to secure a new investigation into a gun attack by a loyalist paramilitary death squad on a village pub has received a boost after a judge included it in a group to be advanced through the courts.

Published June 28, 2019



Unite Ireland so we can have Brexit, say Tory members

johnsonhunt.jpg There has been a welcome in Ireland for the result of a survey of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party which revealed that most of its members would be willing to see Irish reunification if it meant that England could leave the European Union. The poll puts the Tories completely at odds with their DUP allies in the London government.

Published June 22, 2019



Bloody Sunday soldier to be tried in Derry

ballymoneybanner2.jpg As tensions rise over the case, it has been confirmed that the only British soldier to be charged with a crime in relation to Bloody Sunday will be summonsed to appear at Derry courthouse next month.

Published June 22, 2019



Talks in limbo after ‘summer drinks reception’ falls flat

bradleydrinks.jpg Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill has said British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley has “failed left, right and centre” after politicians in the five main parties were bizarrely invited to a “summer drinks reception” at Stormont. The invitation came as talks Bradley was chairing had stalled and now appear set to be suspended for the summer.

Published June 22, 2019



Bigoted council to sue granny over Irish placename sign

gleannnafuinseoige.jpg A council in the north of Ireland has threatened a pensioner with a conviction and fine for placing the Irish name for her estate on a sign beside the one with the English language version.

Published June 22, 2019



PSNI chief to face judicial review over McGurk’s Bar case

mcgurkshamilton.jpg Despite new evidence that the massacre was the subject of disinformation by the British state, families of fifteen people killed in a Belfast bomb attack have begun a legal challenge against a decision not to order an independent investigation.

Published June 22, 2019



26-County soldiers sent on imperial mission to Africa

malirebels.jpg In a new blow to Irish neutrality, the Dublin government is planning to send 14 ‘special operations’ soldiers into an African war zone in support of a French post-colonial agenda.

Published June 22, 2019



Final journey for IRA legend

coffinmckee.jpg Thousands lined the streets of west Belfast today as republicans from across Ireland gathered to pay tribute to Provisional IRA founder Billy McKee, a man who dedicated most of his life to the cause of freedom and lead the defence of the nationalist people at a time of their greatest need.

Published June 15, 2019



‘Boris the Buffoon’ set to be next British PM

boris.jpg Boris Johnson is on the cusp of becoming the new British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader following an initial ballot of the party’s MPs.

Published June 15, 2019



Time for truth as British run down the clock

timefortruth2.jpg Several thousand people took the streets of Belfast city centre last Saturday to call for action on dealing with the legacy of the past. Families bereaved by the actions of the British state told a rally that they deserve the right to truth and justice.

Published June 15, 2019



PSNI help erect Para banner in Armagh

psnipara.jpg The PSNI police were accused of helping to erect a banner in support of killer British soldiers of the Parachute regiment at a busy junction in Armagh this week.

Published June 15, 2019



Collusion precedent as British military pays out

nelson600.jpg A man who was shot after a British Army spy targeted him for murder is to receive £90,000 in damages. Eamon Heatley was shot up to five times by a death squad at his home in north Belfast in August 1988 in a state-planned assassination, but survived.

Published June 15, 2019



Elderly suffering most in trolley crisis

trolleys19.jpg More than 4,000 people aged over 75 endured distressing waits of more than 24 hours in crowded hospital emergency departments in the first three months of this year alone, according to figures released by the 26 County Health Service Executive (HSE).

Published June 15, 2019



Billy McKee has died

billymckee600.jpg

A true legend of the Irish Republican Army, Billy McKee, has passed away at the age of 98.

Published June 12, 2019



Malicious agenda beaten

journoswin.jpg Two investigative journalists have accused the PSNI of “malicious intent” after a bogus case against them in relation to a documentary on collusion in the north of Ireland was finally dropped.

Published June 8, 2019



Plan for ‘agreed Ireland’ needed before poll - Adams

gerryadamsnewhair.jpg Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has called for greater planning and an accommodation with unionists ahead of a referendum on Irish unity which he says he is confident will take place.

Published June 8, 2019



Booby trap device claimed

deviceundercar.jpg The New IRA has claimed responsibility for an attack against a member of the PSNI last weekend in which a device was planted on the underside of a vehicle.

Published June 8, 2019



Prosecutors accused of oppression after charges dropped

briancarron.jpg County Tyrone Republican Brian Carron has had false charges against him dropped a week before his trial was to be scheduled, and after more than a year on very strict bail conditions.

Published June 8, 2019



Anti-Catholic marches defeated in Glasgow

orangeorderglasgow.jpg A court has upheld a council decision to re-route Orange Order parades in Glasgow away from a Catholic church, leading to the parades being cancelled entirely by the Orange Order.

Published June 8, 2019



Rockall dispute rocks back

rockallnavy.jpg The Dublin government is being urged to defend Irish fishing vessels from a Scottish threat that it will take action against them in the area around Rockall, a rock which protrudes in the middle of the north Atlantic.

Published June 8, 2019



Bafflement in Ireland as Trump backs Brexit ‘wall’

trumpvaradkar.jpg Addressing a press conference at Shannon Airport today alongside the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, US President Donald Trump told the Irish media the crisis over Britain’s withdrawal from the EU is “going to work out... with your wall, with your border”. He also said claimed to know most Irish-Americans personally, declaring: “We love the Irish”.

Published June 5, 2019



British general derided at massacre inquest

generaljackson.jpgg A claim that the British Army “don’t do conspiracies” by one its most infamous liars, General Mike Jackson, drew derision and frustration in equal measure at the inquest into the Ballymurphy massacre this week.

Published June 1, 2019



We wanted to protect UVF killers, police admit

journosarrested.jpg The High Court in Belfast has ruled that warrants for the police raids which led to the arrest of two journalists last August were “inappropriate” and should be quashed, and that all material seized during raids on their homes and offices should be handed back.

Published June 1, 2019



Garda harassment at funeral of IRA figure

seamusmcgrane.jpg The death has taken place this week of Seamus McGrane, a leader of the breakaway IRA group known as Óglaigh na hÉireann (ONH). Mr McGrane died in captivity at Portaloise jail on Saturday last from a suspected heart attack.

Published June 1, 2019



Eileen Paisley foresees united Ireland

mrspaisley.jpg The former ‘first lady of the DUP’ has expressed support for a united Ireland in a groundbreaking statement from a figure who would have been seen as a staunch unionist.

Published June 1, 2019



Talks uncertainty as language issue raised

dreamdeargstormont.jpg Sinn Féin has said it wants to focus attention on the rights of Irish language speakers at multi-party talks in Belfast which the two governments have said are due to intensify next week.

Published June 1, 2019



Tension in Lurgan after memorials attacked

lurganmemorialpaint.jpgg A plea for calm has been made following a spate of attacks on republican murals and monuments in north Armagh. A memorial erected to commemorate the anniversary of the Easter Rising was also attacked.

Published June 1, 2019



Carthy returned in election count drama

carthywinsep2019.jpg Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy has been elected to the European Parliament in the last count in Midlands/North/West (MNW) tonight, although the party faces a recount to hold on to Liadh Ní Riada’s seat in Ireland South.

Published May 29, 2019



Down to the wire in the European election

niriadamcdonald.jpg Counting has been suspended in Dublin amid a legal dispute over procedure and the technical order of victory of the successful candidates following the elimination of Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan.

Published May 28, 2019



Mixed fortunes for Sinn Féin as counting continues

andersonwins.jpg Counting is taking place in elections in the North and South of Ireland today, with Martina Anderson’s performance in the Six Counties a highlight for Sinn Fein.

Published May 27, 2019



Talk of snap general election as votes are counted

ryanmartin.jpg There is growing speculation of a general election in the 26 Counties later this year after Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin appeared open to forming a coalition with the Green Party following Friday’s local elections.

Published May 26, 2019



Sinn Féin’s McDonald expects losses

mcdonaldrds.jpg Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has conceded that her party will suffer some losses in the local elections, but she said: ‘Beidh lá eile againn’ [We will have another day].

Published May 25, 2019



INLA leader laid to rest

inlafuneral.jpg Several thousand people attended the west Belfast funeral of leading republican socialist ‘Marty Mac’ Martin McElkerney on Wednesday. A former PoW, Mr McElkerney was closely involved in the IRSP’s peace strategy after being released from Long Kesh prison in 2000 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Published May 25, 2019



May leaves behind a trail of failure

mayout.jpg Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has warned that the resignation of the British Prime Minister and the Tory leadership contest should not distract from the threats posed by Brexit or derail efforts to restore the Six County Assembly at Stormont.

Published May 25, 2019



Sinn Fein mayor greets royals after loyalist death threat

finucanecharles.jpg Belfast’s new Mayor John Finucane has been warned that loyalists are planning to attack him at his home after the Sinn Féin councillor received the chains of office on Tuesday.

Published May 25, 2019



PSNI retract murder admission

michaelleonard.jpg The family of a Catholic man shot dead by the RUC police has been re-traumatised after the force seemed to admit his killing was a murder -- and then changed their minds.

Published May 25, 2019



GAA man in fear over MI5 harassment

kevincollins.jpg A well-known figure in Gaelic sports in the North says he fears for his life after MI5 pursued him to become an informer.

Published May 25, 2019



Security circus expected as Trump visit is confirmed

trumpss.jpg Donald Trump is expected to face unprecedented security and protests when he flies into Shannon Airport in the west of Ireland on June 5th. A state visit by the US President was finally confirmed this week.

Published May 25, 2019



Green Party set to make gains in 26 Counties - exit poll

electionle19.jpg An official RTE-TG4-Red C exit poll following today’s 26 County elections at 10pm tonight predicted Sinn Féin is in a battle to hold onto its three seats in the European Parliament, while the Green party is in surprise contention to win up to three seats.

Published May 24, 2019



Theresa May to quit

mayquits.jpg Theresa May will step down as leader of the British Conservative Party on 7 June and will remain in office as British Prime Minister until her successor is selected, she announced today.

Published May 24, 2019



Trouble as voting takes place in historic Euro election

derrydevice.jpg Rioting took place in Derry on Thursday night as polls closed in the election to the European Parliament and as British Prime Minister Theresa May was said to be preparing to announce her resignation over the collapse of support for her party.

Published May 24, 2019



Sinn Féin’s John Finucane elected Mayor of Belfast

mayorfinucane.jpg Sinn Féin’s John Finucane, son of assassinated defence lawyer Pat Finucance, has been elected as mayor of Belfast.

Published May 21, 2019



Euro election could make history

allisteranderson.jpg Sinn Féin’s European election candidate in the Six Counties, Martina Anderson, clashed with hardline unionist Jim Allister on live television as campaigning for the European elections to be held across Ireland reached a climax.

Published May 18, 2019



Paras praised for shooting ‘anything that moves’

joanconnollyparas.jpg A former member of the British Army’s Parachute Regiment has admitted that anyone on the streets of Ballymurphy in west Belfast during the introduction of internment was considered to be associated with the IRA and liable to be shot.

Published May 18, 2019



Rally calls for an end to the housing nightmare

raisetheroof1905.jpg Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Dublin city centre for a protest today [Saturday] as reports shows that homelessness has reached a new record, and that Irish rental housing and the cost of living are more expensive than ever.

Published May 18, 2019



1950s IRA veteran questioned as British plan amnesty

mickryan.jpg A former Official IRA Volunteer has been questioned about an attack on the British Crown Forces which took place almost 60 years ago after he wrote a historic account of the incident.

Published May 18, 2019



New cover-up as MI5’s plan for Special Branch withheld

johnmorton.jpg An MI5 report on policing compiled at the height of the conflict in the early 1970s must remain secret, a British official has ruled.

Published May 18, 2019



Saoradh concern as ‘Press’ camera crew joins PSNI raid

mediaraid.jpg Saoradh has raised a number of questions after members of the media appeared to pro-actively take part in a PSNI police raid on the homes of republicans in Derry last week.

Published May 18, 2019



Optimism urged for new talks process

talks1905.jpg Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she believes an agreement can be reached after round-table five-party talks began in Belfast this week for the first time in more than a year.

Published May 11, 2019



Horrific details of Para depravity

thorntonadams.jpg A former British soldier, who has written about his experiences in the Parachute Regiment, has said the skull of one of their victims was used as an ashtray by members of the regiment after he was shot dead.

Published May 11, 2019



Para banners mock victims

parabanners.jpg The proliferation of loyalist banners supporting killer British Army soldiers has been denounced as a hate crime.

Published May 11, 2019



Saoradh leader ‘targeted by MI5’

mellon.jpg The offices of political party Saoradh in Derry have once again been raided as MI5 are reportedly under orders to ‘bring down’ Thomas Ashe Mellon, a 43-year-old republican activist who is a leading figure in the party.

Published May 11, 2019



Family seek documents related to British murder weapon

henrycunningham.jpg The family of a County Donegal teenager murdered by loyalists in 1973 ago has started a legal action over suspected Crown Force collusion surrounding his killing.

Published May 11, 2019



Three-volley salute for IRA veteran

pepefuneral.jpg Former members of the Provisional IRA are understood to have fired a volley of shots in memory of their comrade Peter ‘Pepe’ Rooney, who was buried last Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Published May 11, 2019



‘New progressive society emerging’ - SF

mcdonaldle19.jpg Counting has been completed in the local elections in the north, with Sinn Féin picking up last minute gains on Belfast City Council.

Published May 4, 2019



Unionist hardliners count the cost

alliancevictory.jpg A second day of counting in the local elections has confirmed that the traditional unionist vote is well down across the Six Counties, while the moderate Alliance Party are the main beneficiaries of the election.

Published May 4, 2019



‘Dirty War’ general seen behind McGurk’s Bar lie

kitson.jpg Relatives of people killed in the McGurk’s Bar bomb have called for an infamous British Army general to be questioned by an independent police force after evidence was unearthed that he was in charge of the brigade which disseminated the lie that the attack was an IRA ‘own goal’.

Published May 4, 2019



Testimony describes soldiers shooting victims on the ground

ballymurphyfieldvictims.jpg A Belfast woman has described looking out of her bedroom window as a British soldier shot two people as they lay on the ground during the Ballymurphy Massacre.

Published May 4, 2019



Graffiti war in Derry as Saoradh challenges censorship

newiragraffiti2.jpg Saoradh has hit out at what it has described as unprecedented censorship and said the group and its members are being denied their civil rights.

Published May 4, 2019



CIRA in show of strength

cirashots19.jpg Footage has emerged of a masked Continuity IRA member firing a gun salute at an Easter commemoration in County Tyrone.

Published May 4, 2019



Sectarianism hides behind unionism in Scotland

churchglasgow.jpg A Catholic church in the West End of Glasgow has been attacked in a series of anti-Catholic and anti-Irish incidents in the city.

Published May 4, 2019



Local elections - Voters seek out new political territory

countle19.jpg A strong performance by the Alliance Party and the Greens is one of the major trends of the local elections in the Six Counties, according to first results this Friday. The overall unionist vote is down, thanks to a poor performance by fringe unionist groups, while on the nationalist side, independent republicans and newcomers Aontú have made a significant breakthrough.

Published May 3, 2019



Turnout holds up in local elections

le19.jpg Voting has closed in local elections in the Six Counties after a quiet campaign which was overshadowed by non-local issues, mainly the crisis over Brexit, the political stalemate, and recent rioting in Derry.

Published May 2, 2019



‘New IRA’ accepts blame for riot death

saoradhdublinmarch.jpg The ‘New IRA’ has admitted it was behind the gun attack on the PSNI that led to the death of journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Derry last week.

Published April 27, 2019



Talks announced after funeral priest blasts politicians

mckeefuneral.jpg Political leaders in the North and the Dublin and London governments have been publicly humiliated by an angry condemnation from the pulpit at the funeral of journalist Lyra McKee, who died during a riot in Derry last week.

Published April 27, 2019



Scotland ‘should have independence vote by 2021’

sturgeonholyrood.jpg Scottish voters should be given the opportunity to vote again on independence before the next elections to the Edinburgh parliament in 2021, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said.

Published April 27, 2019



Reprieve seen for Malachy McAllister

malachymcallister600.jpg The Trump administration has granted a six-month stay on the deportation of former political prisoner Malachy McAllister, who has been threatened with expulsion since seeking asylum in New York in 1996.

Published April 27, 2019



Commemoration for Topper Thompson

topperthompson.jpg A commemoration to mark the 25th anniversary of the murder of a west Belfast man killed by loyalists took place today [Saturday] in very wet weather.

Published April 27, 2019



‘It looks bad’ - DUP candidate wears literal UDA t-shirt

udadupmeet.jpg A DUP council candidate has denied being a supporter of the loyalist paramilitary UDA, despite attending an event glorifying the paramilitary gang and wearing a t-shirt branded with the UDA logo.

Published April 27, 2019



‘Senseless’

riotpics.jpg There have been appeals for calm following the tragic death of a journalist during heavy rioting in a republican area of Derry on Thursday night.

Published April 20, 2019



Tributes to journalist killed in riot

lyramckee.jpg Tributes have been paid to the young freelance journalist, Lyra McKee, who lost her life during rioting in Derry on Thursday night after she was struck by a bullet aimed at police vehicles.

Published April 20, 2019



Plastic bullet killings a ‘British national secret’

livingstonewhitters.jpg Files on the deaths of nationalist children at the hands of plastic bullets have been closed for a further 50 years for reasons the British government have refused to disclose.

Published April 20, 2019



US Congress members to act to defend 1998 deal

uscongressborder.jpg A US Congressional delegation visiting Ireland has vowed to use its influence to stop Brexit from undermining the Good Friday Agreement.

Published April 20, 2019



British soldier ‘to face charges’ over death of Derry boy

danielhegarty600.jpg A former British soldier will be prosecuted for the murder of 15-year-old Daniel Hegarty, according to Crown prosecutors.

Published April 20, 2019



Landmark battle on the cards for European Parliament election

eastwoodanderson.jpg The election to the European Parliament in the North of Ireland on May 23 could be a historic one if two out of three seats are won by nationalists.

Published April 20, 2019



Journalist dies in Derry riot

mckeetweet.jpg A journalist has been killed amid heavy rioting in the Creggan area of Derry on Thursday night as Crown Force police raided the nationalist area of the city ahead of republican Easter commemorative events.

Published April 19, 2019



No restriction on armed PSNI crossing border

drewharriscar.jpg An extraordinary incident involving Garda Commissioner Drew Harris has forced the Dublin government to confirm that heavily armed members of the British Crown Forces are routinely making incursions into all areas of the 26 Counties without any checks or controls.

Published April 13, 2019



‘I was told to plant bullets on Paras’ victims’

ballymurphyvictims600.jpg A former British military medical assistant has told the inquest into the Ballymurphy Massacre that a senior figure in the British Army asked him to plant bullets on two innocent civilians he had treated. It is thought to be one of the first incidents of British Crown Forces in Ireland attempting to falsely portray civilians as combatants.

Published April 13, 2019



Condemnation of Bradley deepens after referendum comments

alderdice600.jpg One of the pillars of the British establishment in Ireland, former Alliance Party leader John Alderdice, has joined growing criticism of British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley.

Published April 13, 2019



DUP boasts support of drug-dealing gangster

dupofficer.jpg The DUP in north Belfast has won the competition for the most outrageous pre-election news story after it emerged that their candidates’ nomination papers have been signed by a convicted cocaine dealer, as well as another infamous loyalist convicted of driving at speed into a crowd of nationalists.

Published April 13, 2019



Still no red card for soccer fat-cats

johndelaney600.jpg Corruption in the world of Irish sport is in the spotlight after the former CEO of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), John Delaney, refused to answer questions about the organisation’s finances or a mystery six figure payment he made to the soccer body, for what he said were legal reasons.

Published April 13, 2019



Report finds a billion euro blown on hospital ‘fiasco’

childrenshospital.jpg A devastating report has been published on the national children’s hospital that identified “significant failings” in planning and budgeting which is set to lead to a one billion euro cost overrun.

Published April 13, 2019



Brexit deadline pushed out to October 31

brexiteuleaders.jpg European Union leaders have agreed to a request by British Prime Minister Theresa May for an extension to the Brexit date. They have agreed to a ‘flexible’ extension to October 31, subject to certain conditions, including one which calls for elections to the European Parliament to take place in Britain and the north of Ireland next month.

Published April 11, 2019



Irish are ‘second class citizens’ in new GFA breach

pollingnoirish.jpg

The British government has provoked anger after it said Irish citizens born in the north of Ireland cannot vote in a unity border poll or any other referendum under British law, and cannot have the same rights as other EU citizens.

Published April 6, 2019



Britain will honour Brexit pact on border - Varadkar

varadkartv.jpg With just days to go before the April 12 deadline for Britain’s departure from the European Union, the island of Ireland is bracing for the reinforcement of a land frontier through the island between EU and British jurisdictions.

Published April 6, 2019



Amnesty on the way for British soldiers - report

parascorbyn.jpg Plans to give former British soldiers immunity from historic prosecution have been described as “an affront to justice and an insult to grieving families”.

Published April 6, 2019



British military testify at Ballymurphy inquest

howlett.jpg A former British soldier has told the Ballymurphy inquest he saw paratroopers shooting and killing civilians.

Published April 6, 2019



Inquest ordered into first shoot-to-kill victim

patsyduffy600.jpg The North’s Attorney General has ordered a new inquest into the British state killing of Patsy Duffy, widely regarded to be the first example of a shoot-to-kill operation by the British Army in the North.

Published April 6, 2019



Tensions over PSNI’s public relations efforts

psnimedia.jpg Sinn Féin and Saoradh have clashed over the cancellation of a police ‘youth engagement’ event in Derry following criticism by the hardline republican political party.

Published April 6, 2019



Standing up to the Fascists

bcab1903.jpg The people of the border communities in Ireland are today demonstrating against the demands of the unionist far right as Britain moves closer to a crash exit from the European Union and a remilitarisation of the border area across Ireland from April 12.

Published March 30, 2019



Para rally plan faces strong opposition

parasfightback.jpg A “mass rally” in support of the British Army’s Parachute Regiment in Belfast next month is set to be opposed by republicans.

Published March 30, 2019



UVF under pressure after victim’s daughter speaks out

justiceeastbelfast.jpg The PSNI has been stung into action against the unionist paramilitary UVF following a public demonstration led by the daughter of UVF murder victim Ian Ogle.

Published March 30, 2019



Teenagers attacked with iron bars

romancatholics.jpg Two separate sectarian attacks by loyalists last weekend saw a 15-year-old boy beaten with metal bars in north Belfast while another boy of the same age was clubbed, kicked and punched as he walked home in a separate attack in the same area.

Published March 30, 2019



Harassment of republicans directed at political activity

bug1903.jpg A member of Republican Network for Unity discovered a sophisticated GPS tracking and recording device hidden within his car earlier this week. The discovery triggered a violent early morning raid on his home by armed Garda police.

Published March 30, 2019



Ten people a day being made homeless

homelessirl.jpg The 26 County Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is again being urged to resign after his own manipulated statistics show that there are now more than 10,000 people in Ireland officially living in emergency accommodation.

Published March 30, 2019



One million attend anti-Brexit march in London

brexitrallylondon.jpg A huge protest against Brexit in London today is thought to be one of the biggest in British history.

Published March 23, 2019



New York’s freedom banner is a sign of the times

nycbanner.jpg A banner carried in the annual St Patrick’s Day parade in New York has become a battle line in the upcoming elections in Ireland.

Published March 23, 2019



Judge finds PSNI not impartial in RUC legacy cases

smythcampbell.jpg In an important breakthrough for collusion victims, the Court of Appeal in Belfast has accepted that the PSNI police is too biased to be in charge of an investigation into the drive-by shooting of a west Belfast woman by plain-clothed British soldiers in 1972.

Published March 23, 2019



Republicans to face a choice in council elections

heapheybrollies.jpg Sinn Fein is to face competition from three republican political parties, Eirigi, Republican Sinn Fein and newcomer Aontu, in the local elections in May.

Published March 23, 2019



Direct Rule extended, Stormont salaries to continue

stormontstatue600.jpg British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley has extended the shutdown of Stormont and creeping Direct Rule from London, already more than two years old, until August.

Published March 23, 2019



Dismay at trial of Catalan political prisoners

catalantrial.jpg The trial of the 12 Catalan political prisoners is underway, with the state prosecutor asking for sentences of between 11 and 25 years. The body in charge of passing judgment is the supreme court, which will consider the accusations presented by the prosecutor’s office of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement. Their crime: having organised the 1 October 2017 referendum on Catalan independence.

Published March 23, 2019



Soldier F - A Bloody Sunday scapegoat

sundayconference.jpg The British government is seeking to maintain a cover-up of the Bloody Sunday massacre after it was announced that only one soldier will be prosecuted for the killings.

Published March 16, 2019



Britain sees loyalist violence as option for Brexit breach

geoffreycox.jpg A return of loyalist violence in the north of Ireland could help Britain wriggle out of its international treaty obligations in regard to the border and the Good Friday Agreement, according to its Attorney General.

Published March 16, 2019



Bradley again defends killer soldiers

bradleyagain.jpg British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley is facing further criticism after she praised the “courage and distinction” of British soldiers following the Bloody Sunday decision to prosecute one of them for murder.

Published March 16, 2019



Step forward for Ludlow family

seamusludlowflat.jpg The family of a murdered County Louth man has won the right to challenge a decision not to prosecute British soldiers and loyalist paramilitaries identified as suspects.

Published March 16, 2019



MI5 attempt to recruit McGuinness family member

marvincanning.jpg A brother-in-law of Martin McGuinness has said he was approached by MI5.

Published March 16, 2019



DUP: ‘Unionist homes for unionist people’

wellsballynahinch.jpg The DUP is facing criticism over its attitude towards housing after it issued an election leaflet calling for “local homes for local people”. Another of its political efforts sought to block the construction of housing near a Catholic area in north Belfast.

Published March 16, 2019



Bloody Sunday families told only one prosecution to go ahead

prosecutionsdecision.jpg Families of the Bloody Sunday victims have been left angry and upset after Crown Prosecutors claimed today there is sufficient evidence to prosecute only one one the seventeen soldiers known to have been involved in the massacre.

Published March 14, 2019



Crash Brexit unlikely as May loses control at Westminster

mayfox.jpg In a day of dramatic developments, the Westminster parliament has rejected leaving the European Union without a deal under any circumstances. It is a heavy defeat for British Prime Minister Theresa May, just as her government sought to threaten Ireland and the EU with that very scenario.

Published March 14, 2019



Obscenity

bradleyred.jpg Widespread revulsion has greeted a statement by the British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley that killings by members of the Crown Forces in the north of Ireland are “not crimes”.

Published March 9, 2019



Bloody Sunday families to hear prosecutions decision

katenash600.jpg A decision on Bloody Sunday prosecutions is due to be issued on Thursday, and the day will mark a key moment in a 47-year-old campaign for justice.

Published March 9, 2019



Trauma for families as shootings recalled

ballymurphyfamilies2.jpg An eyewitness has told the Ballymurphy inquest how he heard the last words of mother-of-eight Joan Connolly after she was shot in the face.

Published March 9, 2019



Downey to appeal extradition over fabricated evidence

downeytea.jpg Donegal republican John Downey is to appeal against a decision to extradite him to the North of Ireland.

Published March 9, 2019



Protests planned against return of border checks

borderprotestgroup.jpg A group of residents have called for mass demonstrations along the Irish border the day after Brexit, when Britain leaves the European Union and takes the north of Ireland with it.

Published March 9, 2019



Institutionalised bigotry at Belfast hospital

belfastcityhospital.jpg A culture of anti-Catholic hate was rife among staff at Belfast City Hospital in recent years but senior health officials chose not to take action against the perpetrators, it has emerged.

Published March 9, 2019



‘We won’

finucanessupremecourt.jpg The Supreme Court in London has unanimously backed the appeal by the family of Pat Finucane against the refusal of the British government to carry out a proper inquiry into his 1989 murder by state agents.

Published March 2, 2019



Targeted journalists resist bail censorship

journosbail2.jpg Two Belfast-based journalists arrested after investigating collusion in the North have complained that the PSNI tried to censor them over what they can say about it.

Published March 2, 2019



Ballymurphy duo were shot as they aided the injured

inquestquinnmullan.jpg A priest called the British Army to plead for help to protect Catholics in Ballymurphy from attacks from their Protestant neighbours, just half an hour before he was shot dead, the inquest into the Ballymurphy Massacre has heard.

Published March 2, 2019



UVF link to death of former paramilitary

davidmurphy.jpg A former loyalist paramilitary murdered last week died as a result of a power-struggle among loyalists associated with the UVF, according to reports which indicated he was killed with an illegal shotgun the UVF had previously taken from him.

Published March 2, 2019



Targets of threats ‘not Catholic’, but PSNI not interested

24hours.jpg A County Antrim couple have been issued death threats after loyalists targeted them because they have “Catholic sounding names”. Graffiti was daubed outside their home with their names telling them they have “24 hours to get out”.

Published March 2, 2019



Labour activists show support for Irish reunification

tunui.jpg More than 150 trade unionists have signed a declaration calling on the labour movement to advocate for a united Ireland and a new all-Ireland constitution with workers’ rights at the heart of it.

Published March 2, 2019



MI5’s plan to foment civil war

johnweir600.jpg A film which exposes a horrific plot to massacre Catholic children and nuns at a school has premiered in Belfast. It also reveals the rationale behind MI5’s most shocking target.

Published February 23, 2019



Leading Saoradh figure ‘interned’

alanlundy600.jpg A member of the Saoradh executive is being held indefinitely on the back of an MI5-directed arrest operation, despite the existence of video and social media evidence which should have meant his immediate release.

Published February 23, 2019



Political row amid pressure for policing reform

mcdonaldpsni.jpg A row has erupted over the future leadership of the PSNI (formerly RUC) following revelations last week that collusion-related documents in PSNI archives continue to be withheld from investigators.

Published February 23, 2019



Former RIRA figure warns of armed resistance to a hard border

borderconnolly.jpg A former republican prisoner has said there will be “massive recruitment” by republican armed groups in the event of a hard Brexit and a British remilitarisation of the border in Ireland.

Published February 23, 2019



Lack of protections for northern nationalists exposed

letternovote.jpg Letters from the North’s Electoral Office warning people who consider themselves Irish that they would not be allowed to cast their vote in forthcoming elections were ‘a mistake’, according to the chief electoral officer.

Published February 23, 2019



Éirígí amends name ahead of elections

eirigiaf2019.jpg Éirígí activists have voted to append ‘For A New Republic’ to the party name at the party’s recent annual conference. The amended name has been approved by the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties at the Dublin parliament, meaning that Éirígí For A New Republic” will appear on ballot papers in the 26 County local elections in May.

Published February 23, 2019



Hamilton - the face of collusion in 2019?

hamiltoncap.jpg PSNI chief George Hamilton stands accused of subverting justice in regard to dozens of loyalist killings in the late 1980s and early 1990s after secret police documents relating to collusion unexpectedly came to light.

Published February 16, 2019



Lying, chaotic Tories ‘pretending to negotiate’

theresamay2.jpg With time running out to avert a disastrous crash Brexit, there is a growing consensus in Ireland and Europe that British Prime Minister Theresa May is not sincere about negotiating a deal with the European Union, and probably cannot be trusted to honour one in any event.

Published February 16, 2019



SDLP moves closer to extinction

eastwoodmartin.jpg The SDLP, the second largest nationalist party in the north of Ireland led by Colum Eastwood, is at risk of rapid disintegration following a highly controversial decision to enter into “partnership” with the 26 County Fianna Fáil party, led by Micheal Martin.

Published February 16, 2019



Saoradh ‘will not be defeated’ by harassment

saoradhpressbarr.jpg The Derry branch of republican party Saoradh have hit out at an intensive campaign of arrests and intimidation in the city which has seen the vice-chair of the party arrested twice in one week.

Published February 16, 2019



Finucane name ‘reverberates around the world’

patfinucane600.jpg Belfast human rights lawyer Pat Finucane was murdered to silence other lawyers, his son said in a moving event to mark the 30th anniversary of Mr Finucane’s murder.

Published February 16, 2019



Stormont talks dismissed as pointless

stormontsfpress.jpg In some of its frankest criticism of the North’s political process in recent years, Sinn Féin has accused the British government of indulging in a “sham” and a “merry-go-round”.

Published February 16, 2019



‘Dial moving’ for a border poll

mcdonaldmarr.jpg There are signs of a growing acceptance in London that a referendum on unity in the Six Counties will be required in the circumstances of Britain’s departure from the EU.

Published February 9, 2019



Minister under pressure over false statements

harrisdail.jpg Pressure is mounting on the 26 County Minister for Health Simon Harris to resign after he stood accused of misleading parliament about when he was told about the ballooning cost of a new children’s hospital in Dublin.

Published February 9, 2019



Inquest ordered into murder of special needs man

paddymcelhone.jpg Britain’s Attorney General for the Six Counties has directed that a fresh inquest be carried out into the killing of an unarmed Tyrone man who was shot in the back by the British Army in August 1974.

Published February 9, 2019



Incident 2 - a cold-blooded massacre

incident2.jpg Paratroopers “just opened up” on a group of people standing near a church hall which had they taken over as a British Army base, the Ballymurphy Inquest has heard.

Published February 9, 2019



Irish-America wakens to Brexit crisis

ahcpgfa.jpg A committee to protect the 1998 Good Friday Agreement has been established by a group of leading Irish Americans in the wake of what they describe as the erosion of the deal by Tories, “almost to the point of dismissing it as irrelevant even though it is a binding international peace agreement”.

Published February 9, 2019



Radioactive border dump plan

nuclearwaste.jpg The town of Newry is being considered as a location to dispose of British nuclear waste in a move which is being met with incredulity in a border town already bracing for the impact of Brexit.

Published February 9, 2019



Help sought from America as Tories bin peace deal

congressboyle.jpg US Congressmen could once again be called on to act in support of peace in Ireland after the British government openly reneged on a deal to prevent a hard border after Brexit.

Published February 2, 2019



UVF seen behind brutal killing of east Belfast man

ianogle.jpg Loyalist paramilitaries have been blamed for the murder of prominent east Belfast loyalist Ian Ogle, who was killed following a long vendetta with the east Belfast Ulster Volunteer Force.

Published February 2, 2019



‘Our fight goes on’ - bomb attack claimed

bombedcar.jpg The new IRA has said it carried out a bomb attack on the courthouse in Derry last weekend. In a statement issued to the media, they said “the IRA won’t be going anywhere”.

Published February 2, 2019



Derry Four win compensation from the PSNI

derryfour.jpg Four Derry men wrongly accused of killing a British soldier have accepted an out-of-court settlement from the PSNI after four decades of fighting for the truth about police brutality, threats and a shocking conspiracy to pursue a miscarriage of justice.

Published February 2, 2019



Groups organise as Brexit looms

brexitgig.jpg A ‘civic nationalism’ event has drawn an estimated audience of 1,500 to a conference in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall to discuss a response to Brexit.

Published February 2, 2019



‘End the delays - start the prosecutions’

sunday2019.jpg A crowd of thousands took to the streets in this year’s annual Bloody Sunday march in Derry, supported by a range of republican and civil rights and justice groups.

Published February 2, 2019



Nurses strike over pay inequality

inmostrike.jpg Some 40,000 nurses have gone on strike in the 26 Counties over salary scales that are believed to be the lowest among paid workers in Ireland with degree status.

Published January 30, 2019



A century of armed struggle

derrybomb19.jpg A spectacular bomb attack at Derry courthouse last weekend followed by a series of hoaxes appears designed to deliver a message about the continuing ability of the ‘new IRA’ to carry on its armed campaign.

Published January 26, 2019



Varadkar in u-turn on Brexit militarisation, Good Friday Agreement

varadkardavos.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted that British soldiers could return to the border through Ireland in the event of a crash Brexit in March. He also said that in such an event, Britain would have to reach a new deal with the 26 County state in order to honour its obligations under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Published January 26, 2019



Dáil passes Bill to ban Israeli settlement products

settlements.jpg A bill to outlaw trade in goods from Israeli settlements in Palestine has been passed by the lower house of the Dublin parliament, a major step on its journey into law.

Published January 26, 2019



Call for end to prosecution delays after massacre suspect dies

bloodysoldiers.jpg The family of one of those killed on Bloody Sunday has called for a final decision to be made about prosecutions after one of the British Army paratroopers who carried out the 1972 massacre died this week.

Published January 26, 2019



Prisoners fight for right to use Irish language

donalbillings2.jpg A republican prisoner who is appealing his conviction is also taking a legal action against the 26 County state in defense of his right to use the Irish language after the Special Criminal Court in Dublin refused to provide a transcript of proceedings in the Irish language.

Published January 26, 2019



Dan McGandy remembered

mcgandy.jpg The first casualty of the Irish War of Independence on the IRA side was Volunteer Dan McGandy, who died 100 years ago this week.

Published January 26, 2019



Car bomb explodes in Derry; no injuries reported

courtbombderry.jpg Derry city courthouse has been apparently targeted tonight in a car bomb attack. The shock bombing in Bishop Street is being linked to the ‘new IRA’, its first such attack in years.

Published January 19, 2019



British military reinforcements for Brexit

britreserve.jpg Plans are in train to send British Army Reservists to the north of Ireland to deal with the consequences of a crash Brexit at the end of March.

Published January 19, 2019



New movement aiming for 100 cumainn after SF split

toibinmeeting.jpg A new republican and pro-life political party being set up by former Sinn Fein politician Peadar Toibin is set to become a significant force in Irish politics after founding over 20 cumainn [branches] across Ireland, including six in the north.

Published January 19, 2019



Derry unites for justice despite hate campaign

paraflag3.jpg Flags of the British Army’s infamous Parachute Regiment have once again been erected by loyalists in County Derry in an attempt to inflame tensions ahead of a march for justice on the anniversary of the Paras’ Bloody Sunday massacre.

Published January 19, 2019



Anti-eviction activist ‘is political prisoner’

bengilroy.jpg One of the most prominent anti-eviction activists in Ireland, Ben Gilroy, has been given a three month jail term in Mountjoy prison.

Published January 19, 2019



Symbolic renaming of former RUC stronghold

grovesreilly.jpg The site of the former Andersonstown RUC barracks in west Belfast has been renamed Groves Reilly Corner, in honour of Clara Reilly and her late friend, plastic bullet victim Emma Groves.

Published January 19, 2019



Recruitment bid subject of official complaint

tuohey.jpg A 21-year-old republican man has lodged a complaint with the Police Ombudsman after Special Branch PSNI police tried to recruit him as an informer during a trip to England.

Published January 19, 2019



May clings to power, seeks compromise with opposition

mayvaradkar2.jpg With the continuing support of the DUP, Theresa May has defeated a vote of no confidence in her Tory government at Westminster by 325 votes to 306, less than 24 hours after she failed to win parliamentary approval for her Brexit deal by a historic margin.

Published January 16, 2019



Tories faces no confidence vote after MPs reject Brexit deal

maycorbyn.jpg British Prime Minister Theresa May has tonight lost a motion in the House of Commons on Britain’s deal on withdrawal from the European Union by a large margin of 432 votes to 202.

Published January 15, 2019



British PM admits hard Brexit would accelerate Irish unity

maycommons.jpg Britain’s departure from the European Union without a deal would make a united Ireland and the break-up of the United Kingdom more likely, Theresa May has told MPs.

Published January 14, 2019



Judge ‘protects his paymasters’

roseannmallon600.jpg A coroner has somehow found no evidence of collusion in the notorious murder of a nationalist pensioner who was shot dead by loyalists as her home was being actively surveilled by the British Army.

Published January 12, 2019



Good Friday Agreement may not survive - SF

stormontstatue600.jpg The 1998 Good Friday peace agreement could become unsalvageable, Sinn Fein has said, as Brexit and other unresolved issues continue to shutter the institutions which were set up under the agreement.

Published January 12, 2019



‘Dirty War’ general to face court action over torture

kitson.jpg Former senior British Army General Frank Kitson is one of several high profile British establishment figures facing legal action brought by two members of the group known as the Hooded Men.

Published January 12, 2019



Unease as UDA group expands

udarecruitment.jpg The South East Antrim UDA have been holding families to ransom, it has emerged, as the growing loyalist paramilitary group continues to flex its muscles.

Published January 12, 2019



Council funding of loyalists continues despite scandal

cityhallloyalists.jpg Belfast City Council has agreed to set aside half a million pounds for a controversial bonfire scheme which will see funds again directed to groups with links to loyalist paramilitaries.

Published January 12, 2019



Race hate attacks on asylum centres

rooskeyasylum.jpg A suspected arson attack at a centre for asylum seekers is the second in six weeks and has provoked fears of a violent campaign by the extreme right in the 26 Counties.

Published January 12, 2019



MI5 ‘tampered with Enniskillen bomb’ - STATE PAPERS

MI5letter.jpg British intelligence knew in advance about the Enniskillen bombing of 1987 and altered the timing to kill civilians and create a “massive backlash” against the IRA, according to an anonymous letter by an MI5 agent, written 30 years ago and declassified this week in Dublin.

Published January 5, 2019



Shoot-to-kill cover-up had tacit support of Dublin

gibraltar3.jpg The Dublin government secretly reassured the British in 1988 it would not take a case to the European Court of Human Rights over the SAS ambush and summary execution of three unarmed IRA Volunteers in Gibraltar.

Published January 5, 2019



PSNI prepare for a hard Brexit

englishpolice.jpg A thousand additional police from England and Scotland are to be trained for conflict in Ireland as part of preparations for the remilitarisation of the border, it has emerged.

Published January 5, 2019



Varadkar defends vulture funds

strokestownprotest.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has backed vulture funds who have bought distressed mortgages and are pursuing evictions despite protests against the violent eviction of a Roscommon County family last month.

Published January 5, 2019



British reaction to Adams’s first visa to US was extreme

adamsustv1994.jpg The significance of Bill Clinton’s decision to grant former Sinn Fein leader’s Gerry Adams a visa is laid bare in state papers which reveal that the British government was shaken by the move.

Published January 5, 2019



‘You are now entering Free Derry’ - Liam Hillen’s legacy

freederry1969.jpg The safe arrival of a major civil rights march into Derry, after it had come under repeated attack by the B-Specials, inspired Liam Hillen to write one of the most famous slogans of the conflict. Liam passed away this week, almost 50 years to the day after those historic events.

Published January 5, 2019



The new Land War

strokestownaftermath.jpg A country farmhouse in County Roscommon became a battle zone last week after a brutal and illegal eviction of a farming family by hired loyalist mercenaries was dramatically overturned by a “flying column” of anti-eviction activists. The perpetrators were beaten or put to flight, and their vehicles torched.

Published December 22, 2018



Legal victories for republican accused

christineconnor3.jpg North Belfast woman Christine Connor has won an appeal against a 16-year prison sentence in one of a clutch of legal setbacks for the British occupation in the north of Ireland.

Published December 22, 2018



Eviction bank targeted by protestors, arsonists

kbcprotest.jpg Branches of KBC bank have been attacked amid increasingly angry protests over the role of bankers in the housing and evictions crises.

Published December 22, 2018



Light sentences for loyalist murder

proctormccauley.jpg Two loyalists have been sentenced to a total of just 13 years for the roles they played in the barbaric murder of Derry civil servant Paul McCauley.

Published December 22, 2018



Key ruling for Dublin/Monaghan campaigners

dubmonfamilies.jpg Victims of the worst single massacre of the conflict have secured an order for disclosure of secret state documents in a major legal action over British state collusion with a loyalist murder gang.

Published December 22, 2018



Christmas greetings enrage unionists

nollaigcard.jpg Unionist councillors in Country Antrim have generated a seasonal news absurdity by complaining over the use of Irish in the annual Mayor’s Christmas card.

Published December 22, 2018



‘The Irish should know their place’

tories.jpg Some British politicians have grown resentful of Ireland’s influence throughout Brexit talks, says the BBC, as fears mount that a deal that will prevent a remilitarisation of the border will not be agreed in time.

Published December 15, 2018



Former Para says Bloody Sunday massacre was justified

bloodysundaybody5.jpg A former paratrooper being investigated for his part in the Bloody Sunday massacre has said he believes it was a “job well done”.

Published December 15, 2018



Death of former OIRA leader Sean Garland

seangarland2.jpg There have been tributes to Sean Garland, a former IRA leader who helped to bring about the 1972 ceasefire by the Official IRA. He died on Thursday at his home in County Meath after a long illness.

Published December 15, 2018



‘Guilty’ of remembering fallen INLA Volunteers

seancarlin.jpg In what is said to be is the first case of its kind, a Belfast court has found a member of the Irish Republican Socialist Party guilty of carrying an Irish National Liberation Army flag during an Easter Sunday commemoration.

Published December 15, 2018



Ballymurphy inquest continues amid disclosure concerns

johnmckerr.jpg The Ballymurphy massacre inquest has heard details of the murder of John McKerr, a 49-year-old joiner from nearby Andersonstown who had been working at Corpus Christi Church in west Belfast on August 11 1971 when he was shot.

Published December 15, 2018



Royal scandal over city hall knobs

charlescamillacork.jpg Cork City Council has been humiliated after it emerged that it spent almost 6,000 euros on polishing door handles at city hall to prepare for a one-day stop by British royals Charles and his wife, Camilla.

Published December 15, 2018



May wins confidence vote as Brexit chaos continues

theresamayxmas.jpg British Prime Minister Theresa May has tonight defeated a challenge to her leadership of the Tory Party, winning a confidence vote by 200 MPs to 117.

Published December 12, 2018



Fury as top Tory warns: ‘We can starve the Irish’

pritipatel.jpg Anglo-Irish relations are at their worst in decades after a senior British Tory MP suggested using the possibility of food shortages in Ireland to coerce negotiators into dropping their opposition to the remilitarisation of the border area after Brexit.

Published December 8, 2018



‘I saw soldier spray crowd with bullets’

edwarddoherty.jpg A witness to one of the killings of the 1971 Ballymurphy massacre, who has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder since, has given his first-ever statement on the atrocity to the coroner of the current inquest.

Published December 8, 2018



Gem Bar was collusion target, papers indicate

mcgurks2.jpg It has emerged that the British Army raided the pub which was the original target of the McGurk’s Bar bombers, two nights before the massacre in which collusion is strongly suspected.

Published December 8, 2018



Foster admits making ‘wrong’ statements under oath

fosterrhi2.jpg DUP leader Arlene Foster is under renewed pressure to quit politics after acknowledging that some of her sworn evidence to a public corruption inquiry is likely false.

Published December 8, 2018



Bloody Sunday commemoration to focus on military top brass

bloodysunday2019.jpg The 47th Bloody Sunday march has been launched with the focus returned to the issue to making those ultimately responsible for the slaughter of 13 innocent civilians accountable for their actions.

Published December 8, 2018



Unionist bid to steal Christmas from prisoners’ families

paulgallagher.jpg A row has broken out after council staff attempted to remove the names of political prisoners from a public Christmas tree in Strabane, County Tyrone.

Published December 8, 2018



Emotions run high as new group holds meetings

dailabortion.jpg A debate on abortion legislation in the Dublin parliament has seen a bitter attack by Sinn Fein TDs against former comrades as a potentially damaging split in the party continues to grow.

Published December 1, 2018



Loughinisland at the heart of battle over policing

journosbail.jpg Families of those killed in a notorious loyalist/Crown force massacre have welcomed a judge’s decision to dismiss a legal challenge against the Police Ombudsman’s finding that the police colluded with the killers.

Published December 1, 2018



Loyalist violence ignored as gangs issue Brexit warning

carsarsoncarrick.jpg Loyalist paramilitaries “have the run of the town” in County Antrim, according to the owner of a repair business in Carrickfergus whose cars have repeatedly been torched.

Published December 1, 2018



Breakthrough for equality of symbolism in Derry

easterlilies.jpg Derry City and Strabane council is set to be the first council in the north of Ireland to allow staff members to honour Ireland’s war dead by wearing an Easter Lily, a symbol with its roots in the 1916 Easter Rising.

Published December 1, 2018



Early shoot-to-kill incidents recalled

stklaunch.jpg Relatives for Justice have launched a report into the killings of Jim Bryson and Patrick Mulvenna amid outstanding questions about the shoot-to-kill policy of targeted state assassinations which was responsible for their deaths.

Published December 1, 2018



Thousands march over housing crisis

homesforallmarch.jpg Campaigners have taken to the streets of Dublin this Saturday afternoon to voice their anger over the ongoing housing and homelessness crisis.

Published December 1, 2018



Tony Taylor freed, banned from political statements

tonytaylorfreed.jpg Derry republican Tony Taylor, released as his internment by the British approached a significant one thousand days, was released this evening after a day of tense last-minute negotiations around the details of his release.

Published November 28, 2018



Tony Taylor to be released after almost 1,000 days

taylorbars.jpg Republican political prisoner Tony Taylor is set to be freed tomorrow after spending 994 days interned at Maghaberry Jail without charge.

Published November 27, 2018



The Border ‘will be maintained by the gun’

hallidaydodds.jpg Amid a hostile reaction by unionist politicians to a draft Brexit deal, one TUV politician has warned that the border through Ireland will be “maintained by the gun”.

Published November 24, 2018



Councillors join new Sinn Fein splinter party

cussenkeohane.jpg A breakaway anti-abortion, nationalist/republican party being set up by former Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin is organising meetings across the country and has already recruited two councillors, Sinn Fein Kildare councillor Ide Cussen and former Sinn Fein Cork councillor Ger Keohane.

Published November 24, 2018



Inquests ‘a problem’, says Karen Bradley

ballymurphyinquest2.jpg Britain’s Direct Ruler in Ireland, Karen Bradley, has been widely condemned for comments that families of victims of British war crimes are part of ‘the problem’ for seeking coronial inquests, and that she was ‘outraged’ by the legal pursuit of the soldiers involved.

Published November 24, 2018



Recruitment target endangered by MI5 approach

approach1118.jpg Members of a British intelligence agency who tried to recruit a vulnerable teenager have “put him at risk”, according to his mother.

Published November 24, 2018



Red mist descends on British military memorial in Dublin

sculpturesoldier.jpg A protest action has seen a giant sculpture of a British soldier at the entrance to Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green daubed with red paint.

Published November 24, 2018



Call for all-Ireland soccer team

irelandssoccer.jpg Sinn Fein deputy leader Pearse Doherty has called for a debate about the possibility of establishing an all-island soccer team, following the resignation of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as the Ireland management team.

Published November 24, 2018



DUP MPs told to ‘get over yourselves’

dupmps.jpg The DUP leadership is completely at odds with civic unionism after a draft Brexit deal won praise across the north of Ireland, particularly from farmers and business interests who see significant advantages in proposed arrangements to facilitate trade with both Britain and the EU.

Published November 17, 2018



Republican Sinn Fein name new party President

seosamhomhaoileoin.jpg Republican Sinn Fein has named a new party President, Seosamh O Mhaoileoin, at its Ard Fheis [annual conference] last weekend, replacing Des Dalton without an election.

Published November 17, 2018



Heartbreak for Derry family of interned prisoner

tonytaylordad.jpg The elderly father of a political prisoner who’s been in jail for almost 1,000 days without charge or trial has written a heartfelt letter to the British government pleading for his son’s release.

Published November 17, 2018



Indignation after new files back McGurk’s Bar families

barmylog.jpg A shocking British military archive discovered by a grandson of victims of the McGurk’s Bar Massacre of 1971 proves that the Royal Ulster Constabulary police originated and disseminated “a line” falsely stating that the atrocity was an IRA ‘own goal’, just over 4 hours after the bombing.

Published November 17, 2018



Ballymurphy horror relived at inquest

britsballymurphy.jpg There were emotional scenes in a Belfast court this week as families of the Ballymurphy massacre victims described their grief and loss after British soldiers killed eleven civilians in 1971.

Published November 17, 2018



Debate takes place on unity referendum

yesforunity.jpg A debate about an Irish unity referendum/border poll has brought together speakers representing Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Socialist Party, the 1916 Societies and the Peadar O’Donnell Socialist Republican Forum.

Published November 17, 2018



May under pressure as DUP reject Brexit deal

doddsbrexit.jpg Theresa May’s leadership of the Conservative Party is again under pressure as a series of Ministers resigned and the DUP rallied opposition to a negotiated Brexit deal.

Published November 15, 2018



Second Sinn Fein TD quits on abortion issue

peadertoibin2.jpg Meath West TD Peadar Toibin has resigned from Sinn Fein, weeks after he was suspended from the party after voting against abortion legislation in the Dublin parliament.

Published November 15, 2018



The Irish protocol of the draft Brexit withdrawal agreement

draftwaprotocol.jpg The full text of the chapter of the Brexit agreement that relates to the Six Counties (pages 302 to 327) from the draft document which was released tonight.

Published November 14, 2018



Brexit deal ‘moves on’ after May wins cabinet support

maybrexitcabinet.jpg Negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union have reached a decisive moment as a draft agreement won the support of the Tory government in London.

Published November 14, 2018



Hope and determination as Ballymurphy Inquest opens

ballymurphyinquestopens.jpg After almost 50 years, an inquest has opened into the deaths of eleven civilians killed by British soldiers in Ballymurphy in west Belfast. The inquest is expected to last up up to six months.

Published November 12, 2018



Save ‘Our Precious Union’ from Brexit - DUP

fostermay2.jpg The paradox of the unstoppable force of Brexit and the DUP’s immovable intransigence may be resolved within days amid reports of a looming showdown between the British Prime Minister and the DUP.

Published November 10, 2018



No stone left unturned in Loughinisland cover-up

durhamjournos.jpg The arrest of two journalists for the ‘theft’ of ‘secret information’ used in a TV documentary about the Loughinisland massacre has descended into a pantomime public row, leaving the victims of the atrocity furious at the abuse of police resources.

Published November 10, 2018



Call for action over poppy-related racism

mccleanireland.jpg The annual media bullying campaign known as ‘poppy fascism’ has been blamed for an outbreak of anti-Irish racism in the world of sport.

Published November 10, 2018



Brazen loyalists involved in racist violence, rioting

kkkloyalists.jpg A racist arson attack in east Belfast has followed days after loyalist paramilitaries in nearby Newtownards dressed up as in full Klu Klux Klan uniform and posed for photographs outside an Islamic centre.

Published November 10, 2018



Damning report on council slush fund

stittfoster.jpg A report on the use of council funds in the North to make payments to loyalist paramilitaries and other politically connected groups is a major embarrassment for the main political parties.

Published November 10, 2018



Unification can prevent Brexit economic crash - report

hubnerreport.jpg The reunification of Ireland would lead to a massive economic windfall for the whole island, while Brexit will have disastrous consequences, a major new international research study has concluded.

Published November 10, 2018



‘Bad faith’ over extradition bid against John Downey

johndowney600.jpg Prominent Donegal man and former republican prisoner John Downey is behind bars tonight as part of a surprise bid to extradite him to British jurisdiction to face IRA charges dating from 1972

Published November 6, 2018



‘Shitshows’ by Brexit Brits

raabwarrenpoint.jpg British government ministers are treating the north of Ireland as a colonial outpost which must be visited, however briefly, in order to maintain the validity of their jurisdiction.

Published November 3, 2018



Investigators were kept in the dark, papers show

patsykelly2.jpg Fresh revelations in the murder of nationalist councillor Patsy Kelly have called into question all previous investigations into the killing.

Published November 3, 2018



PSNI notebook was source of loyalist threat

notebook.jpg The son of a County Tyrone couple who were shot dead by the unionist paramilitary UVF is to take legal action after discovering a police notebook containing his personal details was in the hands of the same organisation who murdered his parents.

Published November 3, 2018



Toibin suspended by Sinn Fein for six months

toibincherish.jpg Sinn Fein TD Peadar Toibin has been suspended from the party for six months in a move which could lead to him contesting his seat as an independent candidate in the next election.

Published November 3, 2018



Casey speculates over new right-wing campaign

petercaseyffs.jpg Business figure and TV personality Peter Casey, who came from nowhere to secure the support of almost one in four voters in the Presidential election, is to try to build a new political movement on the back of apparent support for his right-wing populist comments.

Published November 3, 2018



Tragic week recalled

begleycommem18.jpg A 22-year-old IRA Volunteer who died after the device he was carrying exploded prematurely 25 years ago was remembered in a commemoration in Belfast last Sunday.

Published November 3, 2018



Presidential election - final results

michealdelected.jpg Incumbent Michael D Higgins has been officially confirmed as the winner of the Irish Presidential Election with 822,566 votes (55.8%), exceeding the quota. Independent Peter Casey secured second place with 23.1% of the vote.

Published October 27, 2018



Higgins re-elected as President

higginsreelected.jpg Michael D Higgins will serve another seven year term as President of Ireland as tallies and early results in Friday’s Presidential election bore out the results of two exit polls which last night indicated he is set to be elected on the first count.

Published October 27, 2018



British Army in raid on Saoradh HQ

saoradhhqraid.jpg The British Army were involved in a dawn raid on the national headquarters of Saoradh in Derry as concerns increase over the increasing use of British military units in political oppression.

Published October 27, 2018



Bradley paves the way for a unionist Brexit

bradleyredbook.jpg British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley has been accused of subverting democracy after postponing Stormont elections for up to ten months while prioritising the interests of unionists during Brexit.

Published October 27, 2018



Bizarre Fianna Fail rift over northern candidate

mcanespyff.jpg A potentially historic announcement of a first Fianna Fail candidate in the Six Counties has instead exposed a deep divide within the party over its stance in relation to northern elections.

Published October 27, 2018



DUP men subject unionist rival to anti-Catholic taunts

salfordstorey.jpg A former DUP minister who called Pope Francis “the anti-Christ” in a row over a Papal event in Ireland has been condemned by nationalists and is to be the subject of a formal complaint at Stormont.

Published October 27, 2018



Unanswered questions, 25 years on

gerardrorycairns.jpg Collusion continues to be suspected in the murders of Gerard and Rory Cairns, who were killed by a UVF murder squad 25 years ago this week.

Published October 27, 2018



Higgins set to be comfortably re-elected as President

mdhvote.jpg Two exit polls have predicted that Michael D Higgins has been re-elected to the largely ceremonial post of President of Ireland with well over half of the vote.

Published October 26, 2018



Brexit tensions ratchet higher

newrycustoms.jpg Concerns are growing that a failure to negotiate a solution to the issue of the border after Brexit could spark a return of serious violence in the north of Ireland.

Published October 20, 2018



Burning tyre strikes loyalist terror

magherafelt.jpg Loyalists placed a tyre at the front door of a Catholic family in Magherafelt and set it alight this week, forcing the four terrified occupants, including an infant girl, to flee the home.

Published October 20, 2018



Ni Riada would wear poppy for inauguration

presidentialdebate18.jpg A row has erupted after Sinn Fein candidate for President of Ireland, Liadh Ni Riada, said that if elected she would would wear a poppy symbol on the day of her inauguration.

Published October 20, 2018



Judges uphold coroner’s refusal to say how Pearse Jordan died

pearsejordan600.jpg The mother of an IRA Volunteer shot dead by the RUC has failed in a new legal bid to have the inquest verdict quashed.

Published October 20, 2018



Derry man reveals years of harassment

spooksoc.jpg A man has accused the PSNI of continual harassment because he has refused to work as an informer against republicans.

Published October 20, 2018



Sinn Fein MP claims deal with loyalists in 1993

franciemolloy600.jpg An unusual dispute has arisen in east Tyrone after a former IRA leader denied a Sinn Fein man’s claims that loyalists and republicans reached “an understanding” in the area after a secret meeting in the early 1990s.

Published October 20, 2018



Scotland marches for freedom

auob1018.jpg Over 120,000 people joined a march for Scottish independence through Edinburgh last Saturday in the largest ever march about the issue.

Published October 13, 2018



Tribunal blasts Garda Chief’s ‘repulsive’ lies

mccabescallinan.jpg Former Garda police Commissioner Martin Callinan led a whispering campaign of lies and defamation against police whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe and then denied it under oath, according to the findings of a sworn tribunal of inquiry.

Published October 13, 2018



Effort to open Britain’s archive of secrets

archivespic.jpg The widow of a man shot dead by a British soldier in Belfast 47 years ago has begun a High Court bid to obtain access to documents stored in secret English vaults.

Published October 13, 2018



Prison warders accused of seeking confrontation

maghaberrysplit600.jpg Maghaberry prisoners aligned to Republican Sinn Fein have condemned what it said were attempts to provoke tension at the jail by prison warders.

Published October 13, 2018



PSNI cooperation with investigations in doubt

pfni.jpg Sinn Fein has condemned the Police Federation in the North (PFNI) after it warned that current and former members of the PSNI/RUC police would not cooperate with the proposed Historical Investigations Unit (HIU).

Published October 13, 2018



Varadkar reeling as Minister quits over €500m scandal

naughtenresigns.jpg Ireland’s reputation as a centre of large-scale financial corruption has not been helped by a whirlwind of devastating revelations which brought a sudden end to the Ministerial career of Denis Naughten on Thursday.

Published October 13, 2018



Minister quits amid questions over 500m euro contract

denisnaughten.jpg The 26 County Minister for Communications Denis Naughten resigned suddenly this afternoon as a controversy escalated over his handling of a 500 million euro contract for the rollout of rural broadband.

Published October 11, 2018



Budget 2019 denounced as ‘a betrayal’

budget19.jpg Fine Gael’s Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has revealed the third and final annual 26 County budget agreed with Fianna Fail as part of their government pact.

Published October 9, 2018



Foster’s blood and thunder

fosterbirminghamtory.jpg DUP leader Arlene Foster has described her party’s opposition to a deal in Brexit negotiations that would result in new checks on goods moving across the Irish Sea as a “red line” that is “blood red”.

Published October 6, 2018



Historic civil rights march remembered

civilrights50sf.jpg Events have been taking place in Derry to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968 civil rights’ march, which some consider to have been the start of the recent conflict in Ireland.

Published October 6, 2018



Roof raised as marchers take Dublin

raisetheroof2.jpg Up to 20,000 people, of all ages and from across the country, gathered at a rally outside the Dublin parliament on Wednesday demanding an end to the housing crisis.

Published October 6, 2018



Pat Finucane murder linked to MI5’s ‘licence to kill’

cameronfinucanemi5.jpg MI5 authorised its agents and informers to kill targets and commit other crimes under a secret policy which operated throughout the conflict in Ireland and continued until at least 2012, an investigative powers tribunal in London has heard.

Published October 6, 2018



New Lodge investigation ordered

newlodge6600.jpg A decision to order a new investigation into the killing of six men in north Belfast 45 years ago has been widely welcomed.

Published October 6, 2018



Not-so-covert spying operations

operative.jpg Aggressive house raids on republicans in North and West Belfast were followed by an open attempt to bug the family home and car of one of the victims, as British intelligence operations become increasingly public in the face of smart phone technology.

Published October 6, 2018



No compensation for Bloody Sunday

michaelquinn.jpg A damages payment to a survivor of the British Army’s Bloody Sunday massacre is being seen as a step towards the goal of achieving real justice for the victims, rather than compensation.

Published September 29, 2018



Brexit ‘a matter of life and death’

stephenpound.jpg A British Labour MP has broken the silence of the mainstream media over the consequences of Brexit in terms of the remilitarisation of the border through Ireland.

Published September 29, 2018



Time for Truth brings campaign to Stormont

timefortruthdocuments.jpg Victims and survivors of the recent conflict in the north of Ireland travelled to Stormont this week as part of the ‘Time for Truth’ campaign and submitted 6000 responses to the British government’s consultation on ‘Addressing the Legacy of the Past in the North’.

Published September 29, 2018



Loyalist attacks go unchecked in Antrim

maskedloyalists.jpg Loyalists paramilitary organisations have been involved in brutal attacks in County Antrim amid violent wrangling over local control and the proceeds of crime.

Published September 29, 2018



DUP ‘accountable but not responsible’

fosterpaisley.jpg Two unionist-controlled councils donated thousands of pounds to the DUP’s Ian Paisley in the latest financial scandal to hit the party and its already disgraced MP for North Antrim.

Published September 29, 2018



Murphy refuses to acknowledge housing disaster

eoghanmurphydail.jpg Acts of civil disobedience are set to continue after rallies across Ireland and a motion of no confidence in the Dail failed to remove the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, over his failure to tackle an escalating housing crisis.

Published September 29, 2018



May heads for the cliff

maybrexitpeech.jpg An aggressive and staunchly unionist speech has increased fears that British Prime Minister Theresa May is prepared to ignore warnings and crash Britain out of the European Union early next year.

Published September 22, 2018



British military demand secrecy for Irish operations

barmy2018.jpg The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has sought to block a ruling ordering it to release information about its ongoing operations in the Six Counties.

Published September 22, 2018



Loyalist fires gun in the New Lodge

rsfinjured.jpg A loyalist drug dealer became embroiled in a row in the nationalist New Lodge area and attempted to shoot local youths, according to the Irish Republican Socialist Party, who have urged communities to “take the power back”.

Published September 22, 2018



PSNI ‘routinely’ abusing children in searches

boysearch.jpg The father of a 14-year-old boy has spoken out after the PSNI targeted his son under ‘terror’ legislation.

Published September 22, 2018



Further collusion suspected over missing notebook

psninotes.jpg There are renewed concerns over collusion after it emerged that a notebook containing details of republicans -- including their names, addresses and car number plates -- has been “lost” by the PSNI police in a UDA stronghold.

Published September 22, 2018



Day of action on housing

tbtcprotest.jpg Housing activists are today [Saturday] holding a national day of action to highlight Ireland’s housing crisis amid increased repression by the 26 County police.

Published September 22, 2018



Recall petition fails to unseat Ian Paisley

recallresult.jpg At the end of six weeks of campaigning, an official petition of recall to remove DUP MP Ian Paisley over corruption allegations has fallen just short of the number required.

Published September 20, 2018



Gangsters

fourgang2.jpg Over a thousand people marched in Dublin on Wednesday after the new Garda Commissioner colluded with hired thugs in an attempt to suppress opposition to the government’s housing policy.

Published September 15, 2018



A shocking exposition as Ballymurphy massacre inquest advances

ballymurphyinquest0918.jpg An outpouring of emotion at the broadcast of a new documentary has inspired hope that justice is finally within reach for the victims of an infamous British Army killing spree.

Published September 15, 2018



ECHR fails to grasp ‘thorny issue’ of British torture

hoodedmen2.jpg The ‘Hooded Men’ have vowed that their campaign for justice is not over after the European Court of Human Rights rejected an appeal against the court’s ruling that they were not tortured.

Published September 15, 2018



Say no to Israeli apartheid

israelprotest.jpg Efforts by the Israeli state to reassert its international reputation in the wake of large-scale massacres of the Palestinian population are being opposed in Ireland through protests and boycotts.

Published September 15, 2018



Dail set for showdown over the housing crisis

obroinharris.jpg Public wrangling over the housing crisis is to reach a climax later this month when Sinn Fein submit puts forward a motion of no confidence in Fine Gael’s Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy.

Published September 15, 2018



Ni Riada and TV celebs bid to replace Higgins as President

presidentcands.jpg Liadh Ni Riada MEP is set to be ratified as Sinn Fein Presidential election candidate this weekend, joining two reality television stars and a charity entrepreneur in the bid to oust the sitting Irish President, Michael D Higgins, from Aras an Uachtaran.

Published September 15, 2018



Ireland may miss out on protests as Trump visit in doubt

trumpblimp.jpg US President Donald Trump could reschedule an upcoming trip to Ireland after it emerged massive protests were being planned to greet him.

Published September 11, 2018



‘Ignorant’ Bradley blocks court-ordered election

bradleywestminster.jpg After admitting to a parliamentary magazine that she hadn’t understood how the North of Ireland is divided politically, British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley has introduced legislation at Westminster to halt Six County Assembly elections until 2019.

Published September 8, 2018



Furious DUP rows over RHI payouts revealed

bellrhiinquiry.jpg In nasty exchanges, former DUP first minister Arlene Foster ordered a party colleague to keep open a Stormont ‘free money’ energy scheme despite his concerns over the spiralling cost, an inquiry has heard.

Published September 8, 2018



PSNI bid to disguise its role in journalist arrests

durhamjournos.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams has accused the British state of “a new and despicable twist” in its efforts to protect itself from the legal consequences of its collusion with loyalist paramilitaries during the conflict.PSNI bid to disguise its role in journalist arrests

Published September 8, 2018



A choice between reunification or disaster - SF

kearneytalking.jpg Sinn Fein’s National Chairperson Declan Kearney has warned that there is a risk that the peace process could be “squandered” by Brexit coming on top of the collapse of political institutions in the North.

Published September 8, 2018



Irish language signage ban overturned

languagecourt.jpg A ban on Irish language street signs in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has been rescinded after a resident challenged the discrimination.

Published September 8, 2018



Grieving Donegal mother told to contact British Foreign Office

danielleletter.jpg The mother of Donegal woman Danielle McLaughlin said she was disgusted to be refused a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar because his office claimed her daughter ‘was not an Irish citizen’ as she had a British passport.

Published September 8, 2018



Harris sworn in as Garda boss under cover of darkness

harrisconfirmed.jpg The former assistant chief of the RUC police, Drew Harris, has been controversially sworn in as Garda Commissioner in an extraordinary midnight ceremony at the force’s headquarters in Kevin Street, Dublin.

Published September 3, 2018



Journalists seized in PSNI’s war on truth

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The PSNI stand accused of once again actively colluding in a loyalist massacre by directing the arrest of two award-winning investigative journalists who worked to expose the truth behind the 1994 Loughinisland killings.

Published September 1, 2018



Tories threaten partition, once again

moggmay.jpg The Tory Brexit campaign is sliding towards a “take it or leave it” showdown with the EU amid an increasingly bloody-minded approach by British officials.

Published September 1, 2018



Desecration of memorial to brave Volunteers

drumnakilly.jpg A memorial in County Tyrone dedicated to three IRA Volunteers shot dead by the SAS has been attacked on the 30th anniversary of their deaths.

Published September 1, 2018



Martin vows to revive Stormont with SDLP pact

dupmartin.jpg A new alignment between political parties in the Six and 26 Counties looks set to go ahead after Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said the party is in talks with the SDLP. He said the parties plan to develop a “new political agenda” to “get the North working”.

Published September 1, 2018



Trump set to face Irish protests

trumpireland.jpg Demonstrations are already being planned in Ireland after it was revealed that US President Donald Trump is set to visit in November. The White House has said he hopes to “renew the deep and historic ties between our two nations”.

Published September 1, 2018



Appeal to Bradley ‘as a mother to a mother’

lorrainetaylorprotest.jpg A statement, addressed to British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley, was issued by Lorraine Taylor, wife of republican internee Tony Taylor. She was speaking after a rally at Free Derry Corner on Sunday to mark Mr Taylor’s 900th day in prison.

Published September 1, 2018



Oppression ‘backfiring’ on PSNI

stopandsearch2.jpg With incidents of harassment by the PSNI rising significantly, a report for the Stormont administration has admitted that the abuse of stop and search powers is actually bolstering support for republican groups in Derry.

Published August 25, 2018



Pope addresses abuse issues on first day of visit

popevisit.jpg Pope Francis, beginning a historic visit to Ireland, has said the Catholic church’s failure to address clerical sexual abuse “remains a source of pain and shame”, while the 26 County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called for “zero tolerance” for those who abuse innocent children.

Published August 25, 2018



Fianna Fáil and SDLP in merger talks

martineastwood.jpg Fianna Fail is to take over the SDLP and contest elections in the Six Counties as part of a major political realignment for both parties, according to reports.

Published August 25, 2018



Setback in bid to block Harris appointment

drewharris2.jpg Barring a last minute appeal, the appointment of a key collusion figure to the role of Garda Commissioner looks set to go ahead after a High Court judge in Dublin refused to allow a judicial review.

Published August 25, 2018



McAliskey’s anger as rights agenda is stymied

mcaliskey.jpg Former republican MP and civil rights leader Bernadette McAliskey has said the Stormont Assembly has failed to protect human rights and should be “bulldozed”.

Published August 25, 2018



Mortgage holders offered up for vulture fund evictions

mariancahill.jpg A bank owned by the 26 County state has been accused of selling good mortgages on family homes to a vulture fund which could result in mass evictions.

Published August 25, 2018



Omagh’s appalling vista

nualaoloan600.jpg There has been an outcry after former Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan hinted at a police cover-up and said she was certain the PSNI (then RUC) ‘could have prevented’ the 1998 Omagh bomb attack, in which 29 civilians died.

Published August 18, 2018



Court bid to stop collusion figure becoming Garda Commissioner

harrismacairt.jpg A relative of a victim of the McGurk’s Bar massacre has brought a High Court challenge aimed at blocking the appointment of a senior PSNI (formerly RUC) figure, Deputy Chief Drew Harris, as the next Garda police Commissioner in the 26 Counties.

Published August 18, 2018



Nationalists oppose sectarian parades

rasharkin2018.jpg Saoradh have raised concerns regarding a weekend of loyalist parades in Newry as this year’s marching season draws to a close. The party’s Newry spokesperson Stephen Murney said the centre of Newry would be “overrun by over two thousand sectarian bigots”.

Published August 18, 2018



Foster snubs Pope as speculation surrounds visit

fosterpope.jpg The DUP is not expected to send any representative to a civic reception for Pope Francis in Dublin Castle next weekend after Arlene Foster said she would not attend.

Published August 18, 2018



Peace vigil at Shannon Airport

shannonvigil.jpg Pressure is growing for the use of Shannon Airport by US military forces to end in light of the latest bombing campaigns in the US-backed war in Yemen.

Published August 18, 2018



Black and green civil rights

civilrightsmarch2.jpg Fifty years ago the Civil Rights movement in the Six Counties began with a march from Coalisland to Dungannon, which is being re-enacted today by Sinn Fein. Brian Dooley describes how the original marchers drew inspiration from the campaign for civil rights in the United States.

Published August 18, 2018



Britain gears up for Brexit oppression

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A new border zone is being set up by the British government in which military and customs officials would have additional powers to stop, search and interrogate members of the public within a mile-wide strip across Ireland.

Published August 11, 2018



We need space for a united Ireland debate - McDonald

irelandcommonweath.jpg Sinn Fein party leader Mary Lou McDonald has insisted that she is ready for a border poll and wants a debate on Irish reunification, including the possibility of rejoining the British Commonwealth.

Published August 11, 2018



Direct action on evictions and homelessness

homelesskidstallaght.jpg Amid a national outcry over children being forced to sleep in police stations due to a lack of accommodation, housing activists have occupied a vacant home in Dublin.

Published August 11, 2018



Ignominy for Paisley as historic recall effort begins

petitionpaisley.jpg The first recall votes in British or Irish history have been cast in a bid to force disgraced DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr from office.

Published August 11, 2018



Bonfire progress welcomed

nobonfire.jpg Sinn Fein and the Irish Republican Socialist Party have hailed the absence of a nationalist bonfire in Belfast, the first August there was none lit in the city.

Published August 11, 2018



Large anti-internment march reaches City Hall

internmentmarch18.jpg There was a major security operation in Belfast city centre on Saturday as well over a thousand republicans took part in a march and rally against internment, while a small number of loyalists held a counter-protest.

Published August 11, 2018



Sinn Fein wavers on border poll

marylouwaver.jpg Sinn Fein has denied media claims of internal disagreements after a significant shift in the party’s attitude on Irish reunification was unveiled by party leader Mary Lou McDonald on Monday but largely recanted less than 24 hours later.

Published August 4, 2018



Homes attacked as loyalists mark out territory

alltaigsoutoldpark.jpg A Catholic woman whose son had recently died was ordered to leave her home by loyalist paramilitaries as she prepared to wake her son.

Published August 4, 2018



Talks process moribund - Foster still says no

fosternotalks.jpg DUP leader Arlene Foster has again ruled out a long-sought Irish Language Act in any new set of negotiations aimed at restoring the Six County Executive with Sinn Fein, and said she had no expectation that talks efforts will begin again after the summer break.

Published August 4, 2018



‘Hooded man’ Hannaway among victims of juryless injustice

hannawayjailed.jpg There have been calls for the non-jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin to be shut down after five republicans were jailed on the basis of a 'farcical' statement by a police superintendent and surveillance evidence which had been deemed illegal.

Published August 4, 2018



Protests over prison assault

maghaberryprotest1808.jpg A flash protest took place outside Maghaberry prison on Thursday after warders attacked prisoners 48 hours earlier.

Published August 4, 2018



Church attacked as tensions continue

udauffchurch.jpg A Catholic church in Limavady, County Derry has been desecrated with loyalist paramilitary slogans as sectarian incidents have continued across the North this summer.

Published August 4, 2018



Protestants ‘must be protected’ in United Ireland

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Former DUP leader Peter Robinson has said he believes reunification could happen because of Brexit and has called for a debate on “protections” for the unionist community.

Published July 28, 2018



Campaign grows to block Harris appointment

harrismacgiollaeasbuig.jpg Donegal County Council has passed a motion calling on the Minister for Justice to cancel the appointment of a new head of the 26 County police because of his previous links to British intelligence agencies and his role in shutting down an investigation into state collusion with loyalist paramilitaries.

Published July 28, 2018



‘Political agendas’ protecting alleged mobile shop killers

mobileshop.jpg A suspected British state agent and hitman identified as a triple sectarian killer was never prosecuted because of a cover-up in which the PSNI (then RUC) police simply did not send a file to prosecutors, it has emerged.

Published July 28, 2018



DUP must come clean on Paisley scandal - SF

paisleylanka2.jpg The DUP has come under pressure from Sinn Fein after it appeared to rule out any further sanction against its MP Ian Paisley despite his unprecedented suspension from the Westminster parliament over holidays secretly funded by the Sri Lankan government.

Published July 28, 2018



Union backs miscarriage of justice campaign

rmtcraigavon.jpg One of Britain’s largest unions has passed a motion calling for the conviction of two County Armagh men known as the ‘Craigavon 2’ to be reviewed.

Published July 28, 2018



Mistreatment of two republican prisoners

mcwilliamsconnors.jpg The Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association has relayed serious cases of abuse of republican prisoners at Maghaberry and Hydebank jails.

Published July 28, 2018



UVF handed PSNI database

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In a major incident of potential collusion, elements within the PSNI have passed on to loyalist paramilitaries the details and electronic data of hundreds of people who they have been spying on.

Published July 21, 2018



May disowns backstop deal

mayperfidy.jpg After a chaotic week of u-turns and narrow votes at the Westminster parliament, the British Prime Minister has denounced a previously agreed ‘backstop’ plan to ensure no border checks are introduced across the island of Ireland.

Published July 21, 2018



PSNI quiet as republicans bicker

carfirework.jpg The PSNI police have so far refused to say who they believe was responsible for a firework thrown at the home of Gerry Adams last weekend.

Published July 21, 2018



Special needs school wrecked

vincents.jpg A Catholic-maintained school for special needs pupils has been badly damaged in a sectarian hate crime in east Belfast.

Published July 21, 2018



Disgraced Paisley faces recall push

paisleylankasob.jpg A petition is set to be collected to recall north Antrim MP Ian Paisley following a finding by the Westminster parliament that he improperly accepted holidays from the government of Sri Lanka valued in excess of 100,000 pounds.

Published July 21, 2018



Sinn Fein to run for Aras

michaeld.jpg Sinn Fein is to challenge Michael D Higgins in the upcoming Irish presidential election but has yet to name a candidate for the vote, which is expected to take place in November.

Published July 21, 2018



PSNI raids follow peace rally

sfpeacerally.jpg The homes of republican youths in Derry are currently the focus of a PSNI crackdown following several nights of clashes around a major sectarian parade through the city centre.

Published July 14, 2018



Adams urges attackers to step forward

gerryadamscar.jpg There have been calls for calm after two devices were thrown at the homes of former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and prominent republican Bobby Storey in Belfast overnight.

Published July 14, 2018



DUP met UVF over bonfires

uvfbonfire.jpg A meeting which took place between the DUP and the unionist paramilitary UVF in the early hours of Wednesday failed to convince the loyalist armed group to lower a giant bonfire, it has emerged.

Published July 14, 2018



Glasgow set to act against sectarian parades

glasgowmarch.jpg A hate attack on a Catholic priest by supporters of an Orange Order parade in Glasgow has caused a major backlash and a call for a blanket ban on the openly sectarian organisation in the city.

Published July 14, 2018



Random MI5 recruitment bid lands man in hospital

johncuddy.jpg A County Tyrone man has described how he was hospitalised after MI5 and PSNI tried to recruit him as an informer.

Published July 14, 2018



Historic vote against Palestinian occupation

seanadvoteisrael.jpg Irish senators on Wednesday passed a bill to ban the import of goods from Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

Published July 14, 2018



Plastic bullets fired as Derry riots escalate

derryriot1807.jpg A sectarian parade through the centre of Derry provoked heavy rioting in the city last night as youths threw petrol bombs and the PSNI responded with potentially lethal plastic bullets.

Published July 13, 2018



Wave of bonfire violence in UVF backlash

bonfires1807.jpg The north of Ireland saw some of the worse violence in recent years as unionist paramilitaries hit back at a first step by authorities against their towering and toxic ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfires.

Published July 12, 2018



Clashes continue in the Bogside

vanfire.jpg Disturbances involving nationalist youths in the Bogside area of Derry has seen another night of trouble as appeals from a wide spectrum of politicians fell on deaf ears.

Published July 10, 2018



May under threat as top Tories quit over Brexit

johnsondavis.jpg Boris Johnson has resigned as British Foreign Secretary, following the departure earlier today of Brexit Minister David Davis, amid a growing crisis within the Conservative Party over London’s Brexit strategy.

Published July 9, 2018



Savagery of bonfire thugs

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A Catholic man was dragged from his car and severely beaten in broad daylight in a rabid attack by loyalist thugs enraged by the failure of their bonfire nearby. It is believed the victim was attacked randomly and was only identified as Catholic by the football jersey he was wearing.

Published July 7, 2018



Nationalists hemmed in for sectarian march

shortstrandsomme18.jpg Steel barriers sealed off the nationalist Short Strand last Monday to facilitate the passage of a sectarian parade by the anti-Catholic Orange Order, infuriating local residents but without causing any of the violence seen in previous years.

Published July 7, 2018



Clashes in Derry as flags intimidation escalates

confederateflags18.jpg There was some trouble in Derry last weekend amid tension in the city ahead of major sectarian marches to be held on Thursday by the Orange Order.

Published July 7, 2018



McGurk’s Bar families have inquest denied

mcgurksbanner2.jpg Calls for a fresh inquest into the McGurks Bar Bombing in Belfast have been rejected by the Six County Attorney General.

Published July 7, 2018



British Brexit spin questioned

mayspin.jpg Sinn Fein has cast doubt on claims that a newly agreed British cabinet positon on Brexit could prevent a hardening of the border and a diminution of the rights of the citizens in the north of Ireland.

Published July 7, 2018



Death of Sean Scott

seanscott.jpg Republicans have mourned the passing of veteran IRA figure Sean Scott, of Ballyforan, near Ballinasloe in County Galway, whose funeral took place on Wednesday.

Published July 7, 2018



Collusion monster is Garda Commissioner

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Widespread shock at the appointment of a sinister RUC figure as 26 County Garda police commissioner has been followed by a row after Sinn Fein vowed to “hold him to account”.

Published June 30, 2018



Crown force oppression as marching tensions escalate

barmyruc18.jpg An elderly nationalist collapsed as he was arrested by PSNI police after he tried to remove provocative banners in praise of an infamous loyalist paramilitary in Moygashel, County Tyrone, on Thursday.

Published June 30, 2018



Gestures could signal Stormont turning point

fosterclones.jpg A series of choreographed political gestures could be preparing the way for a return of the Stormont Assembly as both Sinn Fein and the DUP have said they are ready to restore the Six County political institutions.

Published June 30, 2018



Pressure grows on SCC over fast-track convictions

sccgreenest.jpg A conviction by the juryless ‘Special Criminal Court’ (SCC) in Dublin has been overturned on appeal, raising new questions over a court whose main purpose has always been to efficiently imprison Irish republicans.

Published June 30, 2018



Finucanes take justice quest to Supreme Court

finucanes0618.jpg The widow of murdered Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane has said she is optimistic that the Supreme Court in London will finally rule in favour of a full public inquiry into her husband’s death.

Published June 30, 2018



Census could be used as border poll test

mclaughlinqub.jpg Sinn Fein has said the public appetite for a border poll in the North should be tested with a question in 2021 census.

Published June 30, 2018



Notorious RUC figure to be made Garda Commissioner

drewharris2.jpg Drew Harris, a current Deputy Chief Constable of the PSNI police in the Six Counties, is to become the new Garda police commissioner in the 26 Counties, it has been confirmed.

Published June 26, 2018



Collusion strategy published after 38 years

patrickwalker.jpg A secret MI5 report that resulted in the RUC (now PSNI) police protecting its agents and informers regardless of their role in the conflict has been made public after 38 years.

Published June 26, 2018



Sham prosecution falls apart

damienmclaughlin.jpg A judge in the non-jury trial of a prominent republican has admitted the prosecution was based entirely on allegations extracted by police threats and ordered him to be released, more than five and a half years after he was initially charged.

Published June 23, 2018



Secrecy bid over Miami Showband massacre

miamishowband2.jpg The British Crown Forces are refusing to release documents relating to top loyalist paramilitary Robin ‘The Jackal’ Jackson, a former British soldier linked to the Miami Showband massacre and other suspected acts of collusion.

Published June 23, 2018



Britain ‘playing a game of chicken’ with Brexit

maysf1806.jpg Sinn Fein and Fine Gael have warned the British government against last-minute negotiations on the border ahead of a crucial June 28-29 summit to finalise a Brexit deal.

Published June 23, 2018



New Sinn Fein direction as McDonald defies critics

mcdonaldsfaf18.jpg Sinn Fein wants to be part of an administration in Dublin after the next general election, party leader Mary Lou McDonald has confirmed, as she set out a change of strategy for her party.

Published June 23, 2018



Bonfires build as Foster criticises ‘anti-Orange’ prejudice

bonfiresandydallat.jpg The unionist paramilitary UVF are being blamed for an ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfire being built close to a children’s play park in a built-up residential area of Belfast.

Published June 23, 2018



Anglo fraud kingpin jailed

daviddrumm.jpg There have been calls for greater efforts to tackle white-collar crime after former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David ‘The Drummer’ Drumm received only a six year sentence for his central role in a 7.2 billion euro fraud which marked a low point in Ireland’s financial crisis.

Published June 23, 2018



British soldier to face prosecution

mcanespie600.jpg A British soldier who shot dead a man as he walked through a British Army checkpoint in the North of Ireland is to face prosecution.

Published June 19, 2018



Resignations follow SF conference votes on abortion

carolnolan2.jpg Sinn Fein’s internal difficulties have worsened following a combative display by the party leadership at a weekend conference saw the party adopt a hardline pro-abortion stance, including a ban on dissent on the issue by its elected representatives.

Published June 19, 2018



Royal visit denounced as one-sided, anti-republican

charlesoneillmcdonald.jpg The latest visit by British royals to Ireland has once again sown division among nationalists and republicans.

Published June 16, 2018



Sinn Fein conference polarised by abortion stance

sfaf18.jpg Sinn Fein faces difficult decisions today at the party’s annual conference as a row over the the party’s attitude to abortion threatens to overshadow the launch of its bid to enter government following the next 26 County general election.

Published June 16, 2018



Fascists on the march in Belfast

nazisalutebelfast.jpg A rally by far-right unionists and neo-Nazis at Belfast City hall last weekend has raised concerns over the increased visibility of fringe loyalist groups ahead of the sectarian marching season.

Published June 16, 2018



Hooded men praise move to appeal European ruling

marymckenna.jpg The Dublin government is to appeal the European Court of Human Right’s finding that 14 Irishmen were not tortured by the British Army in 1971.

Published June 16, 2018



Housing failures ‘could collapse government’

housingposter.jpg With the 26 County housing crisis threatening to spiral out of control, Sinn Fein have begun a new campaign against the man most hold responsible for the scandal, Fine Gael Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

Published June 16, 2018



GAA urged to ‘show solidarity with the oppressed’

gaapalestinian.jpg Nationalists and republicans are being urged to unite to support the Palestinian cause amid signs that the Irish establishment is seeking to protect Israel from the fallout over recent atrocities.

Published June 16, 2018



Robinson backs ‘fixed’ border polls

peterrobinson600.jpg Peter Robinson, the former leader of the hardline unionist DUP, has suggested agreement on a strategy for phased reunification could allow him to support a Six County referendum on unity.

Published June 9, 2018



Flags and banners ‘designed to spread fear’

bonfirethreat.jpg Loyalists have begun hoisting flags and banners and painting kerbstones in locations across the North in advance of the summer sectarian parades by the Protestant marching organisations.

Published June 9, 2018



British injustice pursues dying republican to the grave

seanoneillsick.jpg One of the oldest republican prisoners in Maghaberry Prison, Sean O’Neill, has passed away from cancer in Limerick this week while still being actively sought by the British authorities in the North for “breaching bail”.

Published June 9, 2018



‘Spycops’ inquiry reveals Irish political groups targeted

spycopsprotest.jpg Sinn Fein and the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association (NICRA) were infiltrated by an undercover British police unit which is currently the focus of a major inquiry in England.

Published June 9, 2018



Coalition rumours mount as Varadkar launches Feile

varadkarfeile.jpg A rumoured alliance between Sinn Fein and Fine Gael appears closer this week after Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launched the West Belfast festival, Feile an Phobail, on Friday.

Published June 9, 2018



US-based escapee seeks to overturn conviction

kevinbarryartt.jpg A former political prisoner, who fled to the United States after being part of the 1983 mass escape from the H-Blocks of Long Kesh 35 years ago, is making a new attempt to clear his name.

Published June 9, 2018



‘The North is next’

northisnext.jpg The issue of women’s rights and access to abortion are now being placed alongside calls for same-sex marriage as part of an equality agenda being opposed by unionists.

Published June 2, 2018



Exhaustion at Britain’s scattershot border ideas

bufferzone.jpg Britain’s cartwheeling approach to Brexit and the north of Ireland has reached a critical point with a new plan to expand the Irish border into a ten-mile demilitarised ‘buffer’ zone.

Published June 2, 2018



Momentum seen behind Sinn Fein policy shift

maryloucastle.jpg" Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she expects her party will endorse the provision of abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy following last Friday’s 26 County referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment, which gave a pregnant woman only an equal right to life as her unborn child.

Published June 2, 2018



Bradley refuses to discuss Taylor case

karenbradley2.jpg The British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley has refused to meet Derry councillors to discuss the two-year internment of a republican political activist.

Published June 2, 2018



Hopes new inquest will answer questions

stephenmcconomy.jpg The younger brother of Derry plastic bullet victim, Stephen McConomy, says a new inquest into his death could provide his family with the “answers we deserve.”

Published June 2, 2018



Republicans remember George McBrearty and Charles Maguire

mcbrearty18.jpg Dozens of republicans gathered with friends and family of the late IRA Volunteer, George McBrearty in Derry on Sunday to commemorate the 37th anniversary of his death at the hands of SAS alongside his comrade Charles ‘Pop’ Maguire in 1981.

Published June 2, 2018



‘New politics’ brings historic change

repealcastle.jpg An overwhelming vote in favour of repealing the 8th amendment of the Irish constitution has opened the way for the liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws, with a final result of 66.4% to 33.6%.

Published May 26, 2018



Pressure grows to move beyond DUP vetoes

corbynqub.jpg The leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn visited Belfast this week to mark 20 years since the Good Friday peace agreement and added his voice to efforts to circumvent unionist intransigence.

Published May 26, 2018



Boy hospitalised after vicious loyalist beating

rossdowney.jpg A Catholic teenager has been hospitalised after being kicked in the head in a sectarian attack in Derry’s Waterside area.

Published May 26, 2018



Part of remains of British shooting victim withheld

mcanespie600.jpg The British government is to be asked to explain the disappearance of part of the body of Aidan McAnespie in 1988. The 23-year-old was shot dead by a British soldier close to a border checkpoint at Aughnacloy in County Tyrone as he made his way to a local Gaelic sports club.

Published May 26, 2018



Royals but no Saffrons on television

royalsgaa.jpg Sinn Fein has criticised the BBC’s lack of coverage of Gaelic games in a meeting with representatives of the GAA (Gaelic Athletics Association).

Published May 26, 2018



Families reject call to abandon prosecutions

barramcgrory2.jpg Families who lost loved ones at the hands of unionist paramilitaries acting in collusion with the state have criticised comments made by a former Director of Public Prosecutions for an end to conflict-related prosecutions.

Published May 26, 2018



Exit poll predicts victory for pro-abortion campaign

savitayes.jpg Ireland looks set to legalise abortion after an exit poll showed a referendum to remove the constitutional protection for the unborn passing by an overwhelming 68% Yes to 32% No.

Published May 25, 2018



May runs away from border poll

andersonbradley.jpg Theresa May has privately ruled out a vote on Irish unity within the north of Ireland because it could produce a majority in favour, according to leaked reports from a secret Tory briefing.

Published May 19, 2018



Loyalist bludgeon gangs on the prowl

loyalists600.jpg There is growing concern in the north of Ireland over threats and attacks by loyalist gangs ahead of the summer marching season.

Published May 19, 2018



Last week of campaigning, but no end to abortion debate

mcdonaldabortion.jpg The hugely divisive referendum campaign on the Eighth Amendment draws to a close ahead of voting day next Friday with opinion polls showing support for the removal of Ireland’s constitutional protection for the unborn declining, but still likely to pass.

Published May 19, 2018



New IRA ‘won’t go away’

newiraposter.jpg The ‘New IRA’ has responded to a call by former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams for rival republican groups to “go away”, with posters signed in the name of “The IRA” appearing in west and north Belfast.

Published May 19, 2018



Moves to bring charges against agent’s handlers

haggarty2.jpg A legal intervention has forced Crown prosecutors to revise a decision not to bring criminal charges against two former RUC Special Branch members who are believed to have directed and shielded loyalist serial killer Gary Haggarty.

Published May 19, 2018



Minister vows to obtain Dublin/Monaghan documents

dublinmonaghanbomb.jpg The victims of the worst day of the recent conflict in Ireland should be told the truth, a campaigner has said.

Published May 19, 2018



Protests across Ireland against Israeli massacre

dublingaza.jpg Thousands protested in cities across the country this evening following a horrific mass murder by Israel of some 60 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza on Monday. It was the single deadliest day for Palestinians in several years.

Published May 15, 2018



More than 55 dead in new Israeli atrocity

gazanakba70.jpg Scores of Palestinians have been shot dead in Gaza as Israel’s declaration of independence was marked by a mass slaughter of protestors gathered at the border.

Published May 14, 2018



British soldiers gloat over massacre

hereford.jpg Former members of the British Crown Forces have been sharing photographs of the assassinated IRA Volunteers of Loughgall and gloating about how they held “parties” in the van in which three of the martyrs were killed, it has emerged.

Published May 12, 2018



Loughgall documents point to war crime

loughgall600.jpg Members of the IRA unit shot dead in a British Army ambush at Loughgall had been under surveillance for weeks, it was confirmed this week.

Published May 12, 2018



Cancer test victim says ‘government should go’

tonyobrien2.jpg The resignation this week of the head of the 26 County Health Service Executive (HSE) has added to demands for full accountability in a scandal over cut-rate cancer testing and a subsequent cover-up which has claimed the lives of 17 women.

Published May 12, 2018



Theresa May makes it up

maypoppies.jpg There has been a furious response to a statement by British Prime Minister Theresa May to her own parliament which deliberately misrepresented official figures on policing and claimed “the only people being investigated” are members of the Crown Forces.

Published May 12, 2018



Support for Tony Taylor after parole hearing is postponed

tonytaylorderry.jpg Unionists have lashed out at the 26 County Minister for Foreign Affairs after he raised the two-year internment of republican prisoner Tony Taylor in the Dublin parliament.

Published May 12, 2018



Unionists see red after team protests British anthem

cliftonvilleanthem.jpg The sectarian nature of the unionist-dominated Irish Football Association (IFA) has been highlighted by its playing of ‘God Save the Queen’ at the start of the association’s cup final.

Published May 12, 2018



Lives of Irish women sold out by the state

vickyphelan.jpg A dodgy deal for cut-price cancer tests and a subsequent cover-up wrecked the health of hundreds of Irish women over the past decade, with 17 deaths attributed to the scandal.

Published May 5, 2018



Bomb alerts in Derry as PSNI face reprisals over raids

strandroadalert.jpg Amid rapidly escalating tensions in Derry, three hoax bomb alerts have taken place, with two of them directed at the homes of members of the PSNI police and their parents.

Published May 5, 2018



UVF claim 1971 Ballymurphy murders

ballymurphyvictims2.jpg Claims that a deceased unionist paramilitary may have been responsible for the deaths of victims of the Ballymurphy Massacre have been treated with scepticism by the relatives of those who died.

Published May 5, 2018



Plastic bullet killing to remain classified until 2059

paulwhitters.jpg The mother of a teenager killed by a plastic bullet fired by the RUC (now PSNI) police 37 years ago has hit out at British state secrecy after it emerged that files on his murder are to remain under wraps for another 41 years.

Published May 5, 2018



Efforts to tackle unionist internet hate

buntingfrogs.jpg An independent unionist councillor has drawn attention to the problem of unchecked hate speech by unionist politicians with an egregious and ridiculous attempt to insult Irish nationalists.

Published May 5, 2018



A new chapter for the Basque struggle

adamsbasque.jpg Former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has spoken of “a historic moment” in the Basque peace process after the ETA armed group announced a definitive end to the organisation.

Published May 5, 2018



Sinn Fein win West Tyrone by-election

orfhlaithelected.jpg Sinn Fein has retained its Westminster seat for the West Tyrone constituency after 26-year-old solicitor Orfhlaith Begley polled over 16,000 votes for the party in Thursday’s by-election.

Published May 4, 2018



Sinn Fein accused of ‘political oppression’

doorrammed.jpg The PSNI have taken to using saws and battering rams in raids on the homes of republican activists in Derry following appeals by Sinn Fein for “tangible action” against armed groups in the city.

Published April 28, 2018



McDonald ends Derry name campaign with one word

londonderry.jpg Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has provoked outrage among republicans after she deliberately used the plantation name “Londonderry” for Derry at an event in the city on Wednesday.

Published April 28, 2018



Sinn Fein helps unionist to win Senate seat

mcdonaldmarshall.jpg Sinn Fein has helped a unionist farmer who opposes the party’s main Brexit policy get elected to the Dublin parliament’s upper chamber, the Seanad.

Published April 28, 2018



Token border visit mocked as Brexit ‘solution’ could be postponed

davisborder.jpg Britain’s ‘Brexit’ Minister was secretly parachuted in and out of Ireland for a photo-opportunity at the border this week in a humiliating exercise for the British Crown.

Published April 28, 2018



Inquest helps brings closure to family of Marian Brown

marianbrown2.jpg A seventeen-year-old girl was pointlessly shot dead by a British soldier while she hugged her boyfriend, a coroner has confirmed.

Published April 28, 2018



Church attacked as DUP reach out to West Tyrone voters

graffitibegly.jpg A bizarre graffiti attack at St Colmcille’s Church, Carrickmore, County Tyrone is being linked to next Thursday’s by-election to the Westminster parliament in the West Tyrone constituency.

Published April 28, 2018



Britain launches ‘Border Force’

customs.jpg A new ‘Border Force’ recruitment drive is being seen as the latest sign that the British government is planning to impose a hard border across Ireland after Brexit, and the manner of its implementation is in line with the extreme right-wing policies of the British government’s Home Office.

Published April 21, 2018



BBC show predicts Catholic majority for North by 2021

catholicdemographics.jpg A claim that Catholics could soon outnumber Protestants in the Six Counties has been highlighted by nationalist parties to convince those with a unionist background to feel “at home” in a new, united Ireland.

Published April 21, 2018



Prison authorities target families

maghaberrysat.jpg Prisoner support groups have accused the Maghaberry administration of again targeting the families of republican political prisoners.

Published April 21, 2018



GFA prisoners still facing discrimination

coisteold.jpg Twenty years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, republicans who were jailed for activities related to the conflict have said they are still facing barriers to employment and travel.

Published April 21, 2018



‘McGuinness Principles’ campaign launched

schumer_mcguinnessprinciples.jpg A new set of “principles” to commemorate the late Six County Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have been advanced by Sinn Fein with the support of a prominent US politician.

Published April 21, 2018



Protests over Syria attacks

syriaprotest.jpg The use of international air bombardments in the war in Syria has provoked anger and protest in Ireland.

Published April 21, 2018



IRSP HQ raided

irspraid.jpg The headquarters of the Irish Republican Socialist Party were raided by the PSNI police on Friday in the latest show of strength by the Crown forces against republicans in Belfast and Derry.

Published April 14, 2018



PSNI arrest leading republican at press conference

saoradhpress.jpg Saoradh has vowed to resist the criminalisation of republicans following a heavy-handed police arrest operation at offices shared by the small political party on Monday.

Published April 14, 2018



SDLP in disarray over tribute to hunger striker

mccreeshpark600.jpg The nationalist SDLP has been condemned after it threatened to discipline its councillors in Newry who failed to support moves to rename a park in the town named for local hunger strike hero Raymond McCreesh.

Published April 14, 2018



Mayor of Dublin infuriates Israel by devious use of Irish

michealmacdonncha.jpg Sinn Fein’s Mayor of Dublin, Micheal Mac Donncha, has caused a furore over his attendance at a conference in Palestine after Israel failed to prevent him from attending and which the Israeli prime minister then denounced as anti-semitic.

Published April 14, 2018



Media tricked by bogus statements

decorators.jpg Major media outlets and prominent politicians have been taken in by a bogus statement and photograph claiming to represent a new Irish republican armed group.

Published April 14, 2018



Foster attends ‘cash-for-ash’ inquiry

fosterrhi.jpg Low-level corruption and incompetence have emerged as the defining characteristics of the Six County Executive’s handling of the notorious RHI scandal as the inquiry into the affair began addressing the issue of political leadership this week.

Published April 14, 2018



PSNI oppression fails to halt Rising commemorations

saoradheasterderry18.jpg A 76-year-old woman injured during a Crown Force operation to disrupt an Easter 1916 commemoration in Lurgan has come to symbolise the defiance of republicans against a new effort to disrupt republican Easter parade colour parties.

Published April 7, 2018



Murder gangs could hit South over Brexit, Trimble warns

trimble18.jpg A former leader of the Ulster Unionist Party has suggested loyalist paramilitaries could mount attacks against the Dublin government over its efforts to prevent a ‘hard border’ through Ireland.

Published April 7, 2018



DUP leader to emigrate if Ireland reunited

fosterbcc2.jpg The leader of the DUP, Arlene Foster, has said she could not tolerate living in Ireland if the island were to be reunited.

Published April 7, 2018



Raid on UDA commander provokes ‘show of strength’

udashowofstrengthbangor.jpg More than 40 members of the North Down UDA mounted a display of paramilitary power in Bangor, County Down following police searches of loyalist Dee Stitt’s home and two other properties.

Published April 7, 2018



Unionists seen leading anti-Islam sentiment

islamleaflet.jpg Senior unionist politicians have been accused of engaging in racist commentary amid a controversy over the distribution of fascistic leaflets against immigrants.

Published April 7, 2018



Derry moves to protect children from Crown Force recruitment

garydonnelly2.jpg There has been a general welcome in Derry after councillors formally backed a call for schools to ban British Armed Forces from accessing children.

Published April 7, 2018



Clashes at Derry parade amid tension at Rising events

psnivehiclepetrolbomb.jpg Confrontations at Easter 1916 events across the North erupted in a mini-riot in Derry today as the annual march by the 1916 Commemoration Committee, supported by Saoradh, gathered in the Creggan estate in the city.

Published April 2, 2018



Easter commemoration attacked by PSNI

commem2.jpg The PSNI have this afternoon attacked an Easter commemoration in Lurgan, County Armagh, injuring a woman and dramatically raising tensions ahead of a weekend of commemorative events.

Published March 31, 2018



Gaza’s Bloody Friday

gazasniper.jpg There has been an outcry in Ireland after more than sixteen Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday as Israel used snipers and other weaponry against tens of thousands of demonstrators who had gathered along the Gaza-Israel boundary.

Published March 31, 2018



Judge calls time on internment by remand

lukeoneill.jpg In a positive development in the campaign against internment by remand which has seen republicans jailed for years without charges being brought, Luke O’Neill has been granted bail.

Published March 31, 2018



Nationalist frustration on anniversary of Good Friday Agreement

maybangor.jpg On the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, a desultory media exercise by British Prime Minister Theresa May at a farm in County Down has added to the belief that political atrophy in London means there will be no revival of the Stormont powersharing institutions in the short term.

Published March 31, 2018



Trial of British soldiers to go ahead

joemccann600.jpg Two former British soldiers are to stand trial charged with murdering an Official IRA man in Belfast 46 years ago, a judge has ordered.

Published March 31, 2018



Calls for protests as homeless numbers top five figures

homelesspram.jpg The position of the 26 County Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is under increasing threat after a shock increase in the number of homeless people, particularly children, which has rocketed by almost 50 per cent in the last year.

Published March 31, 2018



Hand over inquest funds, court orders

timefortruthscales.jpg In an emphatic ruling, a High Court judge has issued a “mandatory order” to civil servants in Belfast and London to provide long-denied funds for legacy inquests in the North of Ireland.

Published March 24, 2018



Mixed messages over tributes to SF leaders

adamsdayny.jpg Unionists have reacted with outrage following a proclamation by the mayor of New York last weekend naming March 17, 2018 as ‘Gerry Adams Day’.

Published March 24, 2018



IRSP concern over Tory legal dodge

buntinglittle.jpg The Irish Republican Socialist Party has said it believes that two of its members were killed as part of a wider campaign against the party by the British government and are now the target of a potential cover-up.

Published March 24, 2018



Battles over flags on St Patrick’s Day

saoradhirishflag.jpg At the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Newry, the national flag was flown despite attempts by Newry, Mourne and Down Council to ban it.

Published March 24, 2018



Sinn Fein postpones abortion debate until after poll

carolnolan.jpg Sinn Fein has suspended one of its TDs, Offaly TD Carol Nolan, after she voted against holding a referendum to remove a constitutional ban on abortion this week.

Published March 24, 2018



Labour appoints new shadow Direct Ruler in Brexit row

tonylloydowensmith.jpg The spokesperson on Ireland for the British Labour Party, Owen Smith, was dramatically sacked by party leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday night in a row over the party’s position on Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Published March 24, 2018



Hooded men, Amnesty stunned by ECHR dismissal of torture case

hoodedmenpress.jpg A decision by the European Court of Human Rights has been described as a bad day for justice after it refused to revise a judgement that the ‘Hooded Men’ did not suffer torture at the hands of their British military captors in 1971.

Published March 20, 2018



Taoiseach plays the gombeen for Trump

varadkargombeen.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is facing calls to resign after he bragged about how he subverted the state’s planning process on behalf of Donald Trump’s business interests during the traditional St Patrick’s Day lunch in Washington DC.

Published March 17, 2018



Gabriel Mackle released

rsfmackleprotest.jpg Political prisoner Gabriel Mackle has been released following a period of internment lasting over four months, it has been confirmed. It is believed his release was made subject to legal conditions which have prevented him making a statement on the matter.

Published March 17, 2018



DUP negotiators can’t deliver - Sinn Fein

conormurphy600.jpg Sinn Fein has questioned the authority of the DUP negotiating team, headed up by party leader Arlene Foster, after the last round of talks to restore power-sharing in Belfast suddenly collapsed as a deal was imminent.

Published March 17, 2018



Trump set to visit ‘interesting’ border areas in Ireland

trumpvaradkarshamrock.jpg US President Donald Trump has said he will visit Ireland and will go to the border, according to reports from Washington DC.

Published March 17, 2018



Tory plans for Brexit include border travel ‘permit’

borderagency.jpg People crossing the British-imposed border through Ireland would have to register in advance for permission under a deranged plan for Brexit being considered by Tories.

Published March 17, 2018



Brother of shot escapee takes legal action

hughconey.jpg The brother of a County Tyrone man shot dead while trying to escape from Long Kesh internment camp almost 45 years ago has launched a legal action against the PSNI police and British Ministry of Defence.

Published March 17, 2018



DUP looks to London

fosterbcc2.jpg Sinn Fein has warned that the DUP has “checked out” of any attempt to restore the powersharing institutions in Belfast as the Tory government in London introduced an effective Direct Rule budget for the North of Ireland.

Published March 10, 2018



Gibraltar Three remembered

gibmural2018.jpg Events have been taking place in west Belfast to commemorate three IRA Volunteers ambushed and executed by the British Army’s SAS in Gibraltar 30 years ago.

Published March 10, 2018



Foster’s block on inquests ‘unlawful’

loughgallpic.jpg A High Court judge has found that the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Arlene Foster, illegally blocked funding for inquests into killings in the north of Ireland.

Published March 10, 2018



Tony Taylor now interned for two years

taylorposter.jpg Derry republican Tony Taylor has issued a statement from Maghaberry prison appealing for public support on the second anniversary of his internment.

Published March 10, 2018



O Caolain to stand down as public representative

caoimhghindail.jpg Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghin O Caolain, the party’s longest-serving elected representative in the 26 Counties, has confirmed he will not stand in the next general election.

Published March 10, 2018



Soccer squabble over ‘Catholics’ playing for Ireland

oneills.jpg Sinn Fein has called on the manager of the ‘Northern Ireland’ soccer squad to withdraw comments in which he complained that “Catholic” players from the Six Counties had been convinced to play for the Irish national team.

Published March 10, 2018



EU issues ultimatum to London over Irish border

tusk.jpg The President of the European Council Donald Tusk has said issues relating to Ireland must be resolved before negotiations on Brexit can move ahead in other matters.

Published March 8, 2018



Time for truth

timefortruthmarch.jpg Thousands of people have taken part in a march for victims of the recent conflict in Belfast. They came together last weekend as they made their way to City Hall under the banner ‘Time for Truth’.

Published March 3, 2018



EU trade plan ‘could end the United Kingdom’ - May

maybrexitcommons.jpg The British Prime Minister has claimed an EU proposal for a ‘common regulatory area’ between the EU and the North of Ireland would “threaten the constitutional integrity of the UK”.

Published March 3, 2018



Irish media in receipt of government payola

payola.jpg The Fine Gael government in Dublin has been using public money for a marketing campaign that required Irish newspapers to make government propaganda look like news, it has emerged.

Published March 3, 2018



Judges blast prosecutor over untried murder of Daniel Hegarty

barramcgrory2.jpg A prosecutor’s decision not to try the British soldier who shot dead a 15-year-old child in Derry in 1972 was “irredeemably flawed”, the High Court has ruled. Judges also ruled that the four-year delay by notorious former Crown Prosecutor Barra McGrory was “manifestly excessive, inexplicable, unjustified and unlawful”.

Published March 3, 2018



Secret court process could be used to challenge collusion

fredholroyd.jpg A former military intelligence whistle-blower in the British Army has offered to give evidence in secret court hearings about murders and collusion by the British Army.

Published March 3, 2018



Loyalist paramilitary ‘eviction force’ deployed in Dublin

balbrigganeviction.jpg A bank hired loyalist paramilitaries and ex-British army personnel to evict a family from their County Dublin home, according to anti-eviction activists.

Published March 3, 2018



Ireland endures overnight blizzard

blizzard.jpg Almost 24,000 homes and businesses across Ireland are without power amid one of the worst winter storms the country has experienced for decades. Much of the country heeded warnings to stay indoors amid extreme weather conditions overnight.

Published March 2, 2018



Stormont on hold as EU draft includes North in trade zone

barnierpress.jpg The European Union has published its fallback plan to effectively keep the north of Ireland in the single market and customs union after Brexit, in a 120-page draft withdrawal agreement.

Published February 28, 2018



‘Action needed’ from British as DUP dump process

mcdonaldoneillno10.jpg Details of a draft talks agreement on the restoration of powersharing between Sinn Fein and the DUP have exposed the opposition of powerful unionist hardliners to even the most moderate accommodation with nationalism.

Published February 24, 2018



US urged to defend Good Friday Agreement

coveneytillerson.jpg A concerted attack by British ‘Brexiteers’ to end Ireland’s famous 1998 peace deal may have motivated a US decision to appoint a new envoy to the north of Ireland.

Published February 24, 2018



Spy device found at former home of IRA figure

kellydevice.jpg There have been calls for an independent investigation after an elaborate listening device was found at the former home of a senior republican. The bug was discovered by a relative of Brian Keenan, who died from cancer in 2008.

Published February 24, 2018



Crown Force operations in Armagh, Belfast

psniraidlurgan.jpg Tensions are high in north Armagh following a three-day British Army and PSNI assault against the republican community in the area.

Published February 24, 2018



McAnespie family betrayed by Dublin government

mcanespievigil.jpg On the 30th anniversary of his death, an announcement by the 26 County Minister for Justice that he will not release a report into the killing of a Sinn Fein election worker has hurt the family.

Published February 24, 2018



Anti-Irish racism in focus

midulstersign.jpg The defacement of a bilingual road sign in Fermanagh has symptomised a new wave of anti-Gaelic and anti-Irish hate in the wake of the collapsed Stormont talks.

Published February 24, 2018



DUP can’t tolerate Irish

fostergaelicsign.jpg There is mounting concern that unionists in the north of Ireland are incapable of treating nationalists with respect after the DUP suddenly backed away from a deal which would have legislated for the rights for Irish language speakers.

Published February 17, 2018



Media accused of fanning anti-Gaelic hate

nolanirish.jpg An element of sectarianism has surfaced in the mainstream media as extreme unionism rallied in opposition to the Irish language this week.

Published February 17, 2018



Judge backs Hegarty internment

neilhegartyface.jpg A community association in Derry have called for the immediate release of republican Neil Hegarty, who was interned in Maghaberry prison in December just one day after he had been released after five years in prison.

Published February 17, 2018



McDonald promises new leadership, clamps down on dissent

mcdonaldlatelate.jpg The new Sinn Fein leader, Mary Lou McDonald, has been stamping her authority on the party in the wake of being selected as the successor to Gerry Adams, who quit the post last week.

Published February 17, 2018



MI5 tried to recruit Saoradh member in France

palacebarracks.jpg A former republican prisoner and political activist has said there was an attempt by British military agents to recruit him at an airport in France.

Published February 17, 2018



1916 Relatives battle developer over Moore St plans

moorestreet.jpg Dublin city councillors have condemned a British property company’s efforts to have buildings around a national monument site opened for development.

Published February 17, 2018



Talks collapse as DUP block Irish Language Act

doddsfoster.jpg The current phase of political talks in Belfast has ended after unionist hardliners in the DUP rejected measures to increase recognition for the Irish language in the north of Ireland.

Published February 14, 2018



Mary Lou McDonald becomes new Sinn Fein President

mcdonaldleader.jpg Mary Lou McDonald today officially replaced Gerry Adams as Uachtaran Shinn Fein [President of Sinn Fein] at a special party conference in Dublin. The following is the full text of her acceptance speech.

Published February 10, 2018



Adams: ‘I did my best’

adamsflag600.jpg As he hands over the reins to Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has been giving interviews and facing a welter of last-minute criticism from his political opponents.

Published February 10, 2018



EU could rescue Six Counties from hard Brexit

barnier600.jpg With no sign of a British government solution to the issue of the Irish border, the European Union is reportedly preparing a draft of the British withdrawal treaty with the North of Ireland effectively having status within the EU.

Published February 10, 2018



Sharp improvement in Stormont talks outlook

adamsstormontlast.jpg The latest attempts to restore local power-sharing government in Belfast have made progress and should conclude next week, according to Sinn Fein.

Published February 10, 2018



Sinister agenda of prison authorities

lifeintheira.jpg Republican prisoners have condemned the authorities in Maghaberry prison over a new clampdown on educational and historical materials at the jail.

Published February 10, 2018



Gardai raid homes of republicans

gardaraid0210.jpg In a series of early morning raids in Dublin this week, eight republicans and their families were subjected to armed police forcing entry to their homes.

Published February 10, 2018



Teacup storms continue

kellyclamp.jpg The political vacuum in the North continues to be filled by unionist anger at Sinn Fein over bizarre incidents and minor issues.

Published February 10, 2018



Haggarty to go free in brazen cover-up

haggartyout.jpg There was widespread shock this week after it was confirmed that loyalist Special Branch double agent Gary Haggarty could be freed within weeks despite pleading guilty to five murders, five attempted murders and hundreds of other crimes.

Published February 3, 2018



Prisoners endorse ONH suspension of armed action

coguslogo.jpg A group of republican prisoners at Maghaberry jail has said the suspension of armed actions by the breakaway IRA group known as Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) last week will allow a “period of consolidation, expansion and preparation”.

Published February 3, 2018



Fight for civil rights continues

languagestormont.jpg Fifty years on from the launch of the civil rights movement, nationalists are contining to battle for equality in the face of systematic and opportunistic discrimination.

Published February 3, 2018



Strong support urged for ‘March for Truth’

timefortruth.jpg Victims of the conflict have announced plans for a mass march in Belfast to demand action on efforts to deal with the legacy of the conflict.

Published February 3, 2018



Varadkar blunders into abortion maelstrom

abortionposters.jpg The Dublin government has paved the way for a referendum on abortion next May which has already provoked unanswered questions as to what is actually being proposed.

Published February 3, 2018



British Army schools promotion ‘endangered children’

soldierkids.jpg A former republican prisoner has accused his daughters’ Catholic school of becoming a tool of oppression after British Army soldiers were allowed to make a presentation.

Published February 3, 2018



Scappaticci arrested

scappaticci600.jpg The man alleged to have been the British Army’s most high-ranking agent in the Provisional IRA has been arrested and is being questioned about allegations that he murdered dozens of people while working undercover in the IRA’s feared internal security unit.

Published January 30, 2018



ONH ceasefire welcomed

onhmural3.jpg Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH) have confirmed no immediate plans to decommission their weapons following the breakaway IRA group’s announcement that it is to “suspend all armed actions against the British State”.

Published January 27, 2018



Judge steps down in key collusion case

mccloskey.jpg In a dramatic day at Belfast’s High Court, a judge who sought to quash a report which found British state collusion in the Loughinisland massacre is to step aside from the case.

Published January 27, 2018



Provocative flags hoisted ahead of Bloody Sunday weekend

paraflag2.jpg The sister of a man shot dead on Bloody Sunday has said the erection of flags for the British Army’s Parachute Regiment outside Derry is “blind sectarianism”.

Published January 27, 2018



Sinn Fein aims for ‘short sharp talks’

sftalks1801.jpg The new British Direct Ruler Karen Bradley has characterised the latest round of the talks process in Belfast as a final chance to salvage the devolved power-sharing institutions at Stormont.

Published January 27, 2018



Westminster edges closer towards unilateral amnesty

ballymurphywm.jpg A British MP has warned that new recruits could be deterred from joining the British Army because of the possibility of prosecution for war crimes.

Published January 27, 2018



US deportations taking a toll

deporteeice.jpg Concerns have been expressed at the accelerating rate at which undocumented Irish people living in the United States are being deported back to Ireland.

Published January 27, 2018



Statement from Oglaigh na hEireann (ONH)

rnuceaseconf.jpg The full text of today’s ceasefire statement by the breakaway IRA armed group, Oglaigh na hEireann. It was released at a press conference involving Fianna Fáil TD Eamon O Cuiv and senior trade union figures who have been in talks around the group’s future.

Published January 23, 2018



Oglaigh na hEireann announce ceasefire

onhpic.jpg The breakaway IRA group Oglaigh na hEireann has announced a suspension of its armed actions, saying the “environment is not right for armed conflict” at this time, according to news reports this morning.

Published January 23, 2018



McDonald confirmed as next leader of Sinn Fein

maryloupreselect.jpg Mary Lou McDonald will succeed Gerry Adams as Sinn Fein leader, the party has confirmed, and will formally ascend to the leadership at a special Ard Fheis [conference] next month.

Published January 20, 2018



Tory/DUP bid to rig Six County elections

consproposed2018.jpg Sinn Fein has condemned new proposals to redraw the north’s electoral constituencies as a Tory/DUP gerrymander. A new revised plan is being prepared by the Boundary Commission which is a dramatic shift from previous plans.

Published January 20, 2018



Talks process set to resume in Belfast

brdaleycoveney.jpg A new phase of talks to restore the powersharing Stormont Assembly is to begin next Wednesday amid a difficult political climate.

Published January 20, 2018



Maghera family appeal for support on 20th anniversary

fergalmccusker.jpg Two decades after the murder of Fergal ‘Ricky’ McCusker by the LVF, his family have said they and other victims across the area “deserve answers, truth and accountability”.

Published January 20, 2018



Bloody Sunday organisers shift focus from nationalist struggle

bloodysundayfile.jpg A row has broken out over this year’s Bloody Sunday march in Derry, with some republican organisations preparing to boycott the event due to the appearance of a British soldier and other contentious names on advertising material.

Published January 20, 2018



Adams bid to overturn convictions hears of bearded double

adamscages.jpg A court bid by Gerry Adams to overturn two 1975 convictions for attempting to escape from prison has heard that his initial detention was illegal.

Published January 20, 2018



Sinn Fein’s Barry McElduff stands down as MP

barrymcelduff.jpg Sinn Fein’s Barry McElduff has resigned as West Tyrone MP following an outcry over an intended humourous video in which he used a loaf of bread as a prop.

Published January 15, 2018



‘Thanks for eternity’

rosaleensands.jpg Tributes have been paid to Rosaleen Sands, the mother of hunger striker and MP Bobby Sands, who passed away on Friday.

Published January 13, 2018



Humour turned to hate

kingsmillstupid.jpg A short internet video intended as humourous by Sinn Fein MP for West Tyrone Barry McElduff caused a wave of sectarian recrimination this week when a loaf of bread he perched on his head inside a petrol station carried the word ‘Kingsmill’.

Published January 13, 2018



Councillor caught up in wave of false arrests

garydonnelly600.jpg Prominent Derry councillor Gary Donnelly has again been arrested and released by Gardai in County Donegal in connection with the execution of British agent and Sinn Fein informer, Denis Donaldson.

Published January 13, 2018



Inauspicious start for new British governor

karenbradleytitanic.jpg Britain’s new Direct Ruler in Ireland Karen Bradley has visited the North where she was welcomed as a “good unionist” by DUP MP Ian Paisley.

Published January 13, 2018



Dublin refuses to release report on McAnespie killing

mcanespie600.jpg Ahead of the 30th anniversary of the killing, the Dublin government has refused to release a report into the British army killing of Aidan McAnespie as he made his way to a Gaelic sports pitch.

Published January 13, 2018



Britain First leader stirs it up

fransen.jpg The deputy leader of a far-right unionist group in Britain is to go on trial on charges of hate speech in Belfast, it was confirmed in court on Tuesday.

Published January 13, 2018



Karen Bradley is the new British Direct Ruler

karenbradley.jpg A 47-year-old English MP has been appointed as the new British Direct Ruler in the north of Ireland, taking over from the departing James Brokenshire. Karen Bradley has no known connection to Ireland.

Published January 8, 2018



British Direct Ruler quits

brokenshireout.jpg The head of British government in the north of Ireland, James Brokenshire, has quit the Tory cabinet ahead of a major reshuffle by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Published January 8, 2018



DUP ‘in denial’

fosterflag.jpg The DUP has been accused of not facing reality after the hardline unionist party called for a return of full Direct Rule of the north of Ireland from London, and condemned comments by the 26 County Taoiseach that he supports a united Ireland.

Published January 6, 2018



Prison visit broken up by riot squad

ddmclaughlin.jpg A republican prisoner recently extradited into British jurisdiction was dragged away from a Christmas visit by prison warders before being subjected to a vicious strip search.

Published January 6, 2018



Massacre victim demands action after UVF letter revealed

miamibomb.jpg Miami Showband massacre survivor Stephen Travers says the 26 County government should be ‘getting answers’ from London about revelations emerging from declassified state papers.

Published January 6, 2018



No reason for hospital delays, says Taoiseach

trolleys600.jpg The number of patients waiting for a hospital bed on trolleys in the 26 Counties reached a record earlier this week as the Dublin government admitted it was baffled by its own failures.

Published January 6, 2018



Calls for investigation into 1972 Belturbet car bombing

belturbetbomb.jpg There have been calls for the Dublin government to hold a proper investigation into the Belturbet car bombing which claimed two lives of two teenagers 45 years ago this week.

Published January 6, 2018



Housing Agency head keeps job despite outbursts against homeless

conorskehan.jpg A notorious Irish civil servant who claims that homelessness is “normal” and that some of those seeking shelter are trying to “game the system” has been reappointed as head of the Dublin government’s Housing Agency.

Published January 6, 2018



Adams seen ready to end conflict in 1987

adams1987.jpg The Dublin government’s first intelligence on Sinn Fein’s peace initiative of 1987 claimed that Gerry Adams disapproved of some IRA actions and that the Sinn Fein leader saw the armed struggle as a “political liability”.

Published December 30, 2017



Haughey handbagged by Thatcher on extradition - state papers

haugheythatcher1987.jpg State papers released in Dublin have revealed how the late Taoiseach Charlie Haughey faced an assassination threat from MI5 while he was being brow-beaten by Margaret Thatcher into handing over wanted Irish republicans.

Published December 30, 2017



DUP call for talks despite anger over Dublin proposal

gregorycampbell600.jpg Sinn Fein and the DUP do not agree on when a new attempt to restore powersharing in Belfast will be made, with claims by East Derry MP Gregory Campbell that negotiations are to resume “within the next 10 days” not shared by Sinn Fein.

Published December 30, 2017



Loughinisland ruling ignites legal tussle

judgemccloskey.jpg Unionists are seeking to quash findings of collusion between the RUC police and unionist paramilitaries in up to six Police Ombudsman reports following a surprise court judgment before Christmas.

Published December 30, 2017



Painful Christmas anniversaries in Derry

anniesbar.jpg The wife of a man killed in one of the worst loyalist massacres in Derry has called for the investigation into her husband’s death to be re-opened.

Published December 30, 2017



Tensions over new Saoradh office

saoradhdungannon.jpg Unionists have protested after republican party Saoradh opened a new office in the centre of a County Tyrone town of Dungannon.

Published December 30, 2017



Britain’s Brexit lies

daviddavis.jpg There was outrage in Ireland this week as British negotiators backed away from commitments on the Irish border reached in a deal with the European Union on the terms of its departure.

Published December 16, 2017



Victims see Special Branch serial killer in court

haggartyvictims.jpg A court in Belfast has heard two days of summing up of the 13-year murderous rampage of PSNI Special Branch agent Gary Haggarty, the names of his victims read out, and the cold and callous way they were targeted and killed.

Published December 16, 2017



Effort to energise ‘civic nationalism’

civicnationalists.jpg A letter to 26 County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar signed by more than 200 northern nationalists, urging him to protect the rights of citizens in the Six Counties, is a new attempt to bypass the North’s stalemated political process.

Published December 16, 2017



Megaphone injustice for Glenanne victims

hamiltonmicrophone.jpg Relatives of victims of the Glenanne Gang have insisted PSNI Chief George Hamilton has a duty to abide by a court ruling ordering him to complete an investigation into dozens of loyalist killings.

Published December 16, 2017



Betrayed Ludlow family hit with legal bill

ludlowfamily600.jpg The 26 County State is to to force the family of collusion murder victim Seamus Ludlow to pay costs after a legal challenge mounted as part of their justice campaign was rejected in the High Court in Dublin.

Published December 16, 2017



Joy for deaf community as signing gets official status

newstead.jpg There were scenes of jubilation at the Dublin parliament this week when members of the deaf community celebrated the passage of a bill that officially recognises Irish Sign Language (ISL) as a language of the 26 County State.

Published December 16, 2017



Smokescreen hides Brexit border chasm

brexitdeal.jpg A tsunami of spin in regards to the Irish border has scraped the British government into a second round of negotiations with the European Union over its departure, but at the expense of any confidence in the negotiations process.

Published December 9, 2017



Fennell defeats charges over Easter speech

fennellfam.jpg North Belfast republican Damien ‘Dee’ Fennell has finally beaten an attempt to jail him over a speech he gave at an Easter Rising commemoration in County Armagh in 2015.

Published December 9, 2017



‘Vindictive’ decision to intern released prisoner

neilhegartyface.jpg Less than 36 hours after he was released at the end of his sentence, Derry republican Neil Hegarty has been seized by PSNI at his home in the Creggan area and returned to the high-security Maghaberry prison in County Antrim.

Published December 9, 2017



Homeless death toll mounts as Minister bemoans phone calls

ffs.jpg Three homeless people have already died and more deaths are expected as an icy winter spell grips Ireland.

Published December 9, 2017



Hamill case against alleged RUC conspirator gets go ahead

roberthamillflat.jpg A decision to halt the prosecution of a former RUC man and two other on charges linked to the loyalist mob killing of Catholic man Robert Hamill is to be quashed, High Court judges has ruled.

Published December 9, 2017



Irish constitution violated by EU military move

pesco.jpg The Dublin government has rushed legislation through parliament to join an EU militarisation project, with the complicity of Fianna Fail, in an apparent quid-pro-quo for the EU supporting its stance on Brexit.

Published December 9, 2017



Pro-union Brexit deal set to inflame border concerns

bordersignbullets.jpg As a draft deal on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union was being parsed today, unionists appeared to have won dramatic changes, heavily eroding a previous commitment to no regulatory divergence along the Irish border and adding clear guarantees of no regulatory barriers between the north of Ireland and Britain.

Published December 8, 2017



Brexit deal reached between EU and London

mayjuncker.jpg The full text of a draft agreement released this morning (in reference to Ireland) in negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

Published December 8, 2017



Brexit deal collapses as DUP say no to soft border

brusselsbrexit.jpg Plans to seal a critical deal to advance negotiations on Britain’s departure from the EU ended in farce this afternoon when a last minute phone call from the DUP caused the British Prime Minister Theresa May to pull out at the last minute.

Published December 4, 2017



Brexidiots

brexidiots.jpg The failure of the British body politic to understand the implications of reinforcing the border through Ireland has dominated news coverage at a critical juncture in the negotiations over Britain’s departure from the EU.

Published December 2, 2017



Senator resigns from Sinn Fein

clochartaigh.jpg Sinn Fein Senator Trevor O Clochartaigh has sensationally quit the party in the most serious fallout yet from an ongoing crisis within the organisation over internal management and controls.

Published December 2, 2017



MI5 linked to violent police raids in Belfast

psniraid2.jpg Saoradh has accused MI5 of using a false flag ‘suspect device’ to justify raids on homes of republican families in north Belfast.

Published December 2, 2017



Stormont talks ruled out as policing concerns mount

talksoneill.jpg The possibility that negotiations aimed at restoring government in the North would resume this week has faded after Sinn Fein said there was no basis for the talks process to start up again.

Published December 2, 2017



Questions asked over apparent impunity of killers

jimloughrey.jpg The family of Jim Loughrey, murdered by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) in November 1976, have said they want to know how someone can be a suspect in four murders, but never be arrested or questioned by the police.

Published December 2, 2017



Tanaiste Coveney looms closer to weakened Varadkar

coveneyvaradkar.jpg A near-death experience for the 26 County government has led to the appointment of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, as as the new Tanaiste [Deputy Prime Minister], replacing the disgraced Frances Fitzgerald following her resignation this week.

Published December 2, 2017



Snap election averted as Minister resigns

francesfitzgerald2.jpg The disgraced Irish Deputy Prime Minister, Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald, has resigned, preventing a 26 County general election before Christmas.

Published November 28, 2017



Election likely as Varadkar defends disgraced Minister

varadkarfitzgerald.jpg The 26 County minority government could collapse on Tuesday after Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar refused to back down over a motion of no confidence in the deputy prime minister, Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald.

Published November 25, 2017



A new generation taking over at Sinn Fein

oneilladamsmcdonald.jpg A historic Sinn Fein Ard Fheis has paved the way for a smooth transition of power after two senior Sinn Fein members ruled themselves out of a potential party leadership contest.

Published November 25, 2017



Relatives dying before seeing justice for victims

josephparker.jpg A coroner’s court has found the British Army had no justification for shooting dead 25-year-old Joseph Parker at a Christmas dance in north Belfast in 1971. His wife, who was pregnant with their second child at the time, died before she could hear his shooting declared “not justified”.

Published November 25, 2017



Britain to rewrite talks deal with amnesty for killer soldiers

sfdowningst.jpg Gerry Adams has described as “an act of bad faith” a move by the British government to add a new section about an amnesty for British crown forces onto a bill for the implementation of the 2014 Stormont House Agreement.

Published November 25, 2017



Saoradh activists targeted at party conference

saoradhaf17.jpg A stop-and-search operation by the PSNI targeted dozens of republican activists attending the Saoradh Ard Fheis in Derry last weekend.

Published November 25, 2017



Taylor apologises for referring to Varadkar as ‘the Indian’

johntaylor600.jpg Former Ulster Unionist Party Deputy Leader John Taylor, now styling himself ‘Lord Kilclooney’, has been forced to issue an apology after referring to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as “the Indian”.

Published November 25, 2017



Govt pact over as Fianna Fail say no confidence in Minister

francesfitzgerald600.jpg The latest embarrassing revelation of attempts to silence a police corruption whistleblower has escalated dramatically tonight with apparent confirmation that a deal underpinning the minority 26 County government is at an end.

Published November 23, 2017



Upheaval for Sinn Fein as Adams announces retirement

adamsferris.jpg It was an emotional night for Sinn Fein supporters in the RDS last night as Gerry Adams confirmed he was making his last Presidential Address after more than 30 years at the head of the organisation.

Published November 19, 2017



Gerry Adams to step down as Sinn Fein leader

adamsquits.jpg Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams tonight confirmed he will stand aside as leader of the party next year, and gave credit to other members of the leadership who have stepped aside or are in the process of doing so.

Published November 18, 2017



45 years for the truth

francisrowntree600.jpg Rulings that the murder of 11-year-old British Army victim Francis Rowntree was ‘not justified’ and that the rubber bullets fired at him were lethal have been widely welcomed, although 45 years late and following the recent death of his mother.

Published November 18, 2017



Sinn Fein clear way to enter Dublin govt as junior party

sfaf17.jpg The prospect of a Sinn Fein Tanaiste serving under a Fine Gael or Fianna Fail Taoiseach is closer today after a controversial vote at Sinn Fein’s annual conference in Dublin this weekend.

Published November 18, 2017



Decision time for Tories on Irish border

sunheadline.jpg Hard-right Tories and British tabloids have expressed fury after the EU and the Dublin government both insisted on a British commitment that there will be no ‘hard border’ -- physical installations or patrols -- following Britain’s departure from the EU.

Published November 18, 2017



Unexpected encounter provokes violent prison assault

maghaberry600.jpg Republican prisoners in the north of Ireland have hit out at the brutality they are routinely being subjected to, after three of their number at Maghaberry were assaulted by warders during a remand hearing.

Published November 18, 2017



‘Walter Mitty’ administration in denial about homeless crisis

homeless.jpg Comments this week by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and others in the Dublin government have sparked outrage among homeless charities and housing campaigners.

Published November 18, 2017



Rock star rocked back by Sinn Fein Mayor

geldofmacdonncha.jpg Former rock star and TV celebrity Bob Geldof has been accused of hypocrisy after returning his freedom of the city of Dublin in protest at disgraced Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi holding the same honour, while he retains the title of Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Published November 18, 2017



Direct Rule budget passes through Westminster

sfpressconf.jpg Sinn Fein has said talks with unionists to restore the Six County Executive are over after it was confirmed today that the British government is pushing a ‘Northern Ireland’ budget bill through all stages of the Westminster parliament, a key step towards the return of full Direct Rule of the north of Ireland from London.

Published November 13, 2017



RSF figure ordered held without trial

gabrielmackle.jpg A prominent Armagh republican, Gabriel Mackle, has been interned on the orders of the British Direct Ruler James Brokenshire.

Published November 11, 2017



Direct Rule budget ‘not the end’ for Stormont - May

sfmay.jpg The British Prime Minister has spoken separately to the Sinn Fein and DUP leaderships to insist that hope remains for a talks deal to retain the Stormont Assembly.

Published November 11, 2017



PSNI ‘compelled’ to produce collusion report

glenannevict.jpg The PSNI is being ordered by a High Court judge to finalise and publish an all-encompassing report into suspected British state collusion with a loyalist unit behind more than 100 murders.

Published November 11, 2017



Intimidation rising, figures show

feniansout.jpg Hundreds of people are being forced from their homes every year by loyalist paramilitaries, according to figures released this week.

Published November 11, 2017



Call for new inquest into murder of John Copeland

johncopeland.jpg Senior republican Eddie Copeland has asked for a new inquest into the death of his father.

Published November 11, 2017



The forgotten victim of Enniskillen

adamlambert.jpg The 30th anniversary of the Enniskillen bombing was widely commemorated this week in Ireland and Britain, but Adam Lambert, a young Protestant killed instead of a Catholic in a reprisal attack, was largely forgotten.

Published November 11, 2017



An end to the Good Friday Agreement?

stormont1117.jpg An attempt to inject urgency into the Stormont talks process this week failed to resolve a stand-off over the Democratic Unionist Party’s refusal to implement past agreements on equality and respect for nationalists, leading to speculation that the process has reached an endpoint.

Published November 4, 2017



‘Arm na Poblachta’ claims rocket attack

dunrodrocket.jpg A newly announced IRA group has claimed responsibility for a rocket reportedly discovered in the Poleglass area of Belfast following a telephone warning.

Published November 4, 2017



Documentary finds RUC massacre conspiracy

loughinislandvictims600.jpg A retired RUC police detective has admitted a colleague involved in the investigation into the massacre of six Catholic men in County Down in 1994 was more interested in setting up another murder than catching the killers.

Published November 4, 2017



Attempt to bypass the law as soldiers are questioned

benyon.jpg Sinn Fein has strongly rejected the latest attempt to rule out prosecutions of British soldiers for war crimes committed during the conflict in Ireland.

Published November 4, 2017



It’s slums or the street as housing crisis deepens

dublinslumhouse.jpg The Dublin government is being urged to declare a national emergency following the identification of landlord-operated slums and another rise in homelessness in the face of a chronic shortage of accommodation.

Published November 4, 2017



Catalan cabinet ministers interned by Spain

catalanministers.jpg Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD has strongly criticised the Spanish government after eight Catalan ministers were sent to jails in Madrid on charges of “rebellion” and “sedition” over a referendum on independence.

Published November 4, 2017



Saoradh leaders held in raids

raids.jpg Saoradh has protested against the detention of its chairperson, national organiser and two Belfast activists, after they were seized in early morning raids on Thursday.

Published October 28, 2017



Unionists struggling with equality - Adams

adamsmilltown.jpg Gerry Adams has said efforts to rescue the political institutions in the north of Ireland are struggling because unionist leaders have not adapted to a rights-based society.

Published October 28, 2017



High Court recognises torture of Hooded Men

hoodedman.jpg In a significant legal development, a High Court judge has admitted that a group of 14 Irish nationalist internees were tortured by British state forces in 1971.

Published October 28, 2017



Judge’s concern over ‘inhuman’ strip searches

stripsearchmock.jpg A judge in Dublin has warned that a republican facing extradition to British jurisdiction could be subjected to inhuman and degrading conditions in Maghaberry Prison.

Published October 28, 2017



Campbell extradition hearing proceeds; Corry returns home

liamcampbell600.jpg An Irishman facing prosecution for alleged IRA actions and gunrunning should not be surrendered to Lithuania because of concerns over whether he would receive a fair trial, the High Court has heard.

Published October 28, 2017



Dublin refuses to recognise Catalonia’s independence

catalprotest.jpg The 26 County state has said it will not recognise Catalonia’s declaration of independence from Spain, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin.

Published October 28, 2017



Catalonia declares independence

independentcatalonia.jpg Catalonia has declared independence from Spain, ahead of an expected attempt by Madrid to invalidate its autonomous powers.

Published October 27, 2017



Britain ready for border conflict

britsborder.jpg The British government has said it is ready to send British soldiers into Irish border areas if Britain leaves the EU without a Brexit deal.

Published October 21, 2017



Varadkar casts doubt on unity clause in peace deal

varadmouth.jpg Fine Gael leader and 26 County Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested the north of Ireland should remain under British rule in the short term, even if there a majority in favour of unification with the south.

Published October 21, 2017



Spain interns Catalan leaders as crisis deepens

catalansinterned.jpg Leaders of two of the main pro-independence organisations in Catalonia have been sent to prison without bail on charges of “sedition” by the Spanish government as fears grow that Madrid is on a course to ignite civil war.

Published October 21, 2017



Documentary exposes Loughinisland cover-up

nostoneunturned.jpg One of loyalism’s most notorious mass murderers has been protected by the British state, according to a new documentary, as the former British soldier was named for the first time.

Published October 21, 2017



PSNI double standards on display

flaguvfcouncil.jpg The PSNI police has insisted that unionist paramilitary flags are “historic” and break no laws -- but that a sign reading “F**k the DUP” constitutes a hate crime.

Published October 21, 2017



Banks stole half a billion from mortgage customers

philiplane.jpg New investigations into the criminal actions of Irish bankers during the financial crisis have revealed that some of their customers committed suicide after being swindled out of their homes in a mortgage fraud.

Published October 21, 2017



Irishman freed by Egypt

ibrahim2.jpg An Irish political prisoner of the Egyptian government, Ibrahim Halawa, has been released following an internment of more than four years.

Published October 20, 2017



Historic storm batters Ireland

turnerscross.jpg A woman in her 20s has been killed by a falling tree as hurricane force winds began hitting every county today in the worst storm Ireland has seen in fifty years.

Published October 16, 2017



UVF case abandoned

garyhaggarty600.jpg Another loyalist ‘supergrass’ case has collapsed with the news that not one of the loyalists or Special Branch police named in court by informer Gary Haggarty will face prosecution.

Published October 14, 2017



How the DUP bought UDA votes

robinnewton.jpg New details of a corruption scandal have undermined efforts to restore the Stormont Assembly in Belfast, despite reports of progress in negotiations.

Published October 14, 2017



Judge ignored ‘not guilty’ statement

christineconnor2.jpg A republican jailed on IRA charges has launched a bid to overturn her conviction.

Published October 14, 2017



PSNI withhold report on Special Branch reform

johnmorton.jpg The PSNI police in the north of Ireland has refused to release a report on policing reform in the 1970s written by a British intelligence officer with openly racist views.

Published October 14, 2017



Independence on hold for Catalonia

puigdemont.jpg Members of the Catalan parliament have signed a declaration of independence from Spain but have agreed to suspend its implementation pending talks with the Madrid government.

Published October 14, 2017



‘Bonkers’ budget a media exercise

paschaldonohue.jpg The Dublin government has set aside five million euro for a new public relations department but said it has no funds to pay thousands of pensions blocked by a rule described by the Minister for Finance himself as ‘bonkers and unbelievable’.

Published October 14, 2017



‘Long live Catalonia’

catalans.jpg Irish nationalists have united in solidarity with Catalonia and in condemnation of the attempted suppression of this week’s independence poll.

Published October 7, 2017



Sinn Fein facing potential split

melissaoneill.jpg Sinn Fein could be facing a damaging split over its internal party management, according to reports. A number of rows and expulsions in recent months has seen some members already link up in a potential new national structure.

Published October 7, 2017



Hamilton admits UVF behind shared-space intimidation

cantrellflee.jpg The PSNI has been forced to admit unionist paramilitaries were behind threats which caused four Catholic families to flee their south Belfast homes.

Published October 7, 2017



Stormont talks approach ‘decision time’

oneillfostertoryconf.jpg With only weeks left until a British-imposed deadline for a deal on power-sharing talks, Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill and the DUP leader Arlene Foster have clashed in an unusual public event.

Published October 7, 2017



Protests over PSNI harassment

stopandsearchcar.jpg A republican protest is set to take place against the PSNI after dozens of incidents of harassment in recent weeks.

Published October 7, 2017



Legal action over Ireland’s unwanted billions

apple13billion.jpg The Dublin government is being taken to the European Court of Justice over its refusal to collect 13 billion euro in taxes from US tech giant Apple.

Published October 7, 2017



Independence voters attacked by Spanish riot police

catalpensioner.jpg Scores of polling station workers and voters alike have been injured in Catalonia as an official referendum on independence today was violently suppressed by the Spanish authorities in Madrid.

Published October 1, 2017



Catholics free ‘shared community’

cantrellflags.jpg Catholic families in a cross-community housing development in Belfast have been ordered to leave their homes in a sectarian threat from the unionist paramilitary UVF.

Published September 30, 2017



Adams recommits to Stormont at Ashe commemoration

adamsashe.jpg Speaking at Sinn Fein’s main commemoration for hunger striker Thomas Ashe, who died as a result of force-feeding five days into a hunger strike in Mountjoy Jail in September 1917, Gerry Adams has said said his party is still committed to making a deal with the DUP to return to powersharing.

Published September 30, 2017



EU parliament to back special status for North

verhofborder.jpg In a u-turn, the European Parliament is set to call for the North of Ireland to remain part of the EU single market and customs union.

Published September 30, 2017



Documents prove military lied about killings

mcareaveysmyth.jpg Fresh inquests have been sought into the deaths of two IRA Volunteers in separate incidents in 1972 and 1973 after documents emerged which confirmed that the men were unlawfully killed by British soldiers.

Published September 30, 2017



Judicial review takes place into Hegarty decision

danielhegarty600.jpg Self-defence claims raised by a British soldier who shot an innocent teenager at point-blank range in Derry 45 years ago have been stripped of all credibility, the High Court has heard.

Published September 30, 2017



‘Freedom for Catalonia’

guardiacivil.jpg A sudden and violent attempt to suppress the Catalan independence movement by the Madrid government has shocked those struggling for self-determination across the world.

Published September 23, 2017



Soldiers’ impunity bid challenged by victims’ families

johnpatsoldiers.jpg A demonstration in support of killer British troops was dramatically opposed by relatives and supporters of their Irish victims.

Published September 23, 2017



Funeral of republican allowed use flags

coffinflags.jpg There are hopes that a church ban on the use of Irish flags to honour republicans will be dropped after a priest fulfilled the dying wish of a lifelong republican and allowed his coffin to be draped in the Irish tricolour and Starry Plough.

Published September 23, 2017



Shell to hell as flames erupt from refinery

shellflaring.jpg A fault at the controversial Corrib gas terminal operated by Shell in County Mayo has terrified local residents who do not believe a “burning off” process at the plant is safe.

Published September 23, 2017



Trump administration seen turning its back to Ireland

trumphand.jpg The US administration has been urged to reverse a decision to abolish the post of special envoy to the north of Ireland.

Published September 23, 2017



Unionists urged to “fill up” social housing

dunmurryhighschool.jpg Unionists have expressed their support for a residents’ group which has called for a social housing development to be “filled up with people from the loyalist/unionist community”.

Published September 23, 2017



Injustice upon injustice in supergrass ‘trial’

portlaoisesupergrass.jpg There have been protests against the planned use of a paid informer in the non-jury trial of republican political activist Kevin Braney, the chairperson of Saoradh in Dublin.

Published September 16, 2017



Disbelief as RHC murder gang seeks respectability

rhcreps2017.jpg Using a long-standing cover name, loyalist paramilitaries in the UVF have sought to be legalised in a plan which has brought anger and incredulity to its victims.

Published September 16, 2017



Border checkpoints ‘would be a provocation’

passportcontrol.jpg The president of Republican Sinn Fein, Des Dalton, has warned that that border checkpoints following Brexit could become a target for militant republicans amid a surge in interest in republican politics.

Published September 16, 2017



Loyalists planned to set fire to ‘every street corner’

mervyngibson.jpg Loyalists planned widespread disturbances across the Six Counties in response to council threats against their bonfires, it has been revealed.

Published September 16, 2017



Bereaved son wins recognition of investigation’s failings

anthonyfox600.jpg A man whose parents were killed when loyalist paramilitaries colluded with British Crown forces has won High Court permission to challenge the refusal of the state to oversee and fund an effective investigation.

Published September 16, 2017



Fine Gael MEP indicates Irish neutrality on offer to EU

brianhayes.jpg There are concerns that Irish neutrality could be the price paid by the Dublin government for the European Union to defend its interest in the Brexit negotiations with Britain.

Published September 16, 2017



Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan quits

noirinosullivan.jpg The Garda police Commissioner in the 26 Counties, Noirin O’Sullivan, has announced that she is retiring after a litany of scandals and disgraces finally overwhelmed fierce resistance in government circles to her relinquishing the post.

Published September 10, 2017



Coalition closer as Adams to step back

thinkin17.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams has made the first step in his gradual withdrawal from front-line politics in a historic shift which he believes will help pave the way for a new generation of party leaders.

Published September 9, 2017



New financial scandal hits DUP

paisleylanka.jpg In the latest financial scandal to embroil the North’s largest unionist party, a newspaper has alleged that prominent DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr accepted holidays worth a hundred thousand pounds from a country he is now helping to secure a trade deal.

Published September 9, 2017



Joint authority ‘is out’ - Theresa May

jointauthoritymay.jpg A belligerent British government statement, apparently ruling out a role for the 26 County government in the running of the Six Counties, has cast a shadow over efforts to restart powersharing talks in Belfast.

Published September 9, 2017



Prison authorities up harassment of republicans

duffyjr.jpg The mother of a two-year-old boy has told how they were refused entry to Maghaberry prison for a family visit because her son was wearing camouflage-patterned shoes.

Published September 9, 2017



‘Sinister’ MI5 effort targets RNU figure

carlreilly600.jpg A prisoner support organisation has said they have passed on a recording of a conservation in which a member of British military intelligence attempted to extract information about recently released remand prisoner Carl Reilly.

Published September 9, 2017



Six Counties made to disappear by Irish TV

latelatemap.jpg The flagship chat show of Ireland’s state-run TV network sparked outrage when a map of Ireland showed the Six Counties of the north of Ireland cut off.

Published September 9, 2017



Glenanne plot ‘went to the top’

johnweir600.jpg A former RUC police officer this week said he believed the British government was aware of the activities of the Glenanne Gang’s death squads at the very highest level.

Published September 2, 2017



Equality denied as Foster demands return to government

fosterramada.jpg A decoy talks proposal by Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster for a ‘parallel’ process alongside the Stormont Assembly has been dismissed by northern nationalists as an attempt to muddy the political waters.

Published September 2, 2017



Special Brexit deal likely as ‘nobody’ wants to do border checks

passportcontrol.jpg Sinn Fein has urged the Dublin government to block talks on future ties between Britain and the European Union as not enough progress has been made on agreeing the status of the border through Ireland once Britain exits the EU.

Published September 2, 2017



Derry museum occupied over memorial including British soldiers

museumsitin.jpg Two women who lost loved ones in the conflict have occupied the Museum of Free Derry in the city’s Bogside, refusing to get out at closing time and sleeping overnight on the floor after a row over a notorious exhibition which equates Bloody Sunday victims with their killers.

Published September 2, 2017



Anger as ‘clueless’ Minister blames Sinn Fein for UVF attack

patrickodonovan.jpg A junior Fine Gael Minister bizarrely sought to implicate Sinn Fein in the worst loyalist massacre of the conflict this week.

Published September 2, 2017



Insensitive Varadkar recalls princess as homeless die

jackwatsonvigil.jpg Leo Varadkar’s minority government in Dublin has been accused of crassly ignoring the housing crisis amid a spate of deaths among homeless people.

Published September 2, 2017



Loyalist bid to ‘cleanse’ Derry’s Waterside

watersidepogrom.jpg Five Catholic and mixed families have been forced out of their homes in Derry amid a pogrom by loyalist paramilitaries in the predominately Protestant Waterside area of the city.

Published August 26, 2017



Informer Sean O’Callaghan found dead

seanocallaghan.jpg A self-confessed IRA informer has been found dead in a swimming pool in Jamaica.

Published August 26, 2017



Britain pressured Vatican to name new Cardinal

cardinaldaly.jpg Secret links between the British government and the Catholic church have been revealed in classified government papers released this week.

Published August 26, 2017



Stormont’s future in doubt as talks offer is rebuffed

dannymorrison600.jpg A prominent Sinn Fein figure has said that party members have become disillusioned with the Stormont Assembly even as Sinn Fein issued a call for new efforts to restore power-sharing in the Six Counties.

Published August 26, 2017



Fine Gael ‘sneaking in’ compulsory ID card

pscidcard.jpg Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has described Fine Gael’s attempts to introduce a mandatory ID Card for the 26 Counties “by the back door” as a textbook example of a government that does not believe it is accountable to the people.

Published August 26, 2017



Inquest delay condemned

patrickcrawford.jpg The family of a teenager believed to have been shot by a British soldier on the grounds of a Belfast hospital more than four decades ago have condemned a two-year delay to the inquest into his death.

Published August 26, 2017



Brexit blame game underway

mayflags.jpg Claims by the British government that they wish to impose no additional border reinforcements in Ireland following their departure from the European Union are being treated with scepticism.

Published August 19, 2017



Competing claims over Derry bonfire

derrybonfire.jpg A nationalist bonfire went ahead in Derry last weekend following an agreement to relocate the fire away from a main road.

Published August 19, 2017



Protest over sectarian parade in Rasharkin

rasharkinprotest17.jpg Two nationalist residents groups held protests against a coat-trailing loyalist march through the mainly nationalist village of Rasharkin on Friday night, August 18.

Published August 19, 2017



Nationalists enduring arrest, trial over parades

garc0917.jpg Republican Sinn Fein has denounced an arrest operation in the Armagh and Tyrone areas which saw several members of the party seized over a 24 hour period. In one instance a member was taken ill in the process and needed an ambulance to take him to hospital.

Published August 19, 2017



Hostility to Sinn Fein unity effort emerges in Dublin

donlonotoole.jpg With the prospects of Irish reunification appearing to grow in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum, some elements within the 26 County establishment have become increasingly nervous.

Published August 19, 2017



Minister ‘looking to get handle’ on deepening homelessness crisis

eoghanmurphy.jpg The number of homeless people in Ireland could reach 10,000 by the middle of next year if the low level of government activity continues, charities have warned.

Published August 19, 2017



Youths riot over bonfire raids

creditfallsfire.jpg A one-sided approach by council authorities to bonfires has been blamed for a riotous conflagration in nationalist areas of Belfast city centre this week which threatened to reignite conflict at sectarian interfaces in the city.

Published August 12, 2017



Sinn Fein leaders open door to left-right coalition

adamsmcdonald.jpg There is increasing speculation that Sinn Fein could become the junior partners in the next coalition government in the 26 Counties after the party leadership refused to rule it out.

Published August 12, 2017



Protest stops British Legion concert performance

legionbusknocklong.jpg A protest by a group called ‘Irish Socialist Republicans’ successfully disrupted a concert performance in honour of the British Army at a rural village in County Limerick this week.

Published August 12, 2017



Strong turnout for restricted anti-internment march

antiinternment2017.jpg Over a thousand people took part in an anti-internment parade through Belfast which was banned from the city centre last weekend, while two tiny loyalist and fascist events were allowed to take place there.

Published August 12, 2017



DUP ‘cosying up to the UDA’

stittfoster2.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly has condemned the DUP for “cosying up to the UDA” while Sinn Fein was “standing up against armed groups from right across the community”.

Published August 12, 2017



‘Spycop’ infiltrated Troops Out Movement

tomlogo.jpg Undercover police who spied on political groups have been identified by a judge-led public inquiry in England into illegal police operations.

Published August 12, 2017



Historic Dáil document on peaceful unification

unitingdoc.jpg An Irish parliamentary report on achieving Irish unity has placed the republican goal of a united Ireland in the context of 26 County constitutional parliamentary politics for the first time.

Published August 5, 2017



Varadkar makes waves in Belfast

leopride.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach has made his first visit north of the border since becoming Fine Gael leader, and called for a “unique solution” to the status of the Six Counties after Brexit and attending a Gay Pride event.

Published August 5, 2017



PSNI ‘handed keys to every flat’

newlodge.jpg The PSNI police have been provided with the keys to every property in the tower blocks of republican north Belfast, it has emerged.

Published August 5, 2017



Portlaoise dispute reflects divisions for prisoners

donalbillings.jpg A dispute which saw unaligned republican prisoner Donal Billings undertake a brief hunger protest after he was removed from the republican wing of Portlaoise jail has ended amicably with his return to the wing.

Published August 5, 2017



Tensions high as Belfast rallies against internment

burningcar.jpg Tensions remain high in the North following ‘the Twelfth’ marches by the Orange Order and sectarian bonfires earlier this month, and ahead of a confluence of nationalist, loyalist and far-right protests and counter-protests in Belfast on Sunday.

Published August 5, 2017



Talks on hold but Stormont rancour continues

adamsmarylou.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams has said he would “cancel his holidays now” to deal with outstanding issues and get Stormont’s Executive back up and running.

Published August 5, 2017



PSNI’s Glenanne cover-up fails

glenannefamilies2.jpg In a dramatic vindication for the grieving families, the High Court in Belfast has accepted that the PSNI wrecked an investigation into collusion by Britain in the notorious Glenanne Gang, which was responsible for killing 130 Catholics.

Published July 29, 2017



Finucane family granted appeal to Supreme Court

johnfinucanemedia.jpg The widow of murdered defence lawyer Pat Finucane has been granted permission to take her bid for a public inquiry into his death to the highest court in England.

Published July 29, 2017



Orange disorders exposed

ridingthegoat.jpg There is a growing media focus on the Orange Order in the north of Ireland after reports that the secretive anti-Catholic organisation has a violent initiation ritual known as ‘riding the goat’, and that its members were told not to use the phrase ‘Rest in Peace’ as it is too Catholic.

Published July 29, 2017



‘Defiant’ Varadkar will not advance new electronic border

varadkarpress.jpg There are indications that the Dublin government may be waking up to the risks involved in reinforcing the partition of Ireland after it rejected the prospect of a new economic border to impose Brexit.

Published July 29, 2017



Tories evasive as questions hang over new DUP role

torydup.jpg The British government may be planning to supplant the power-sharing Executive at Stormont with the ‘consultative committee’ set up as part of the deal with the Democratic Unionists to prop up the Tory government at Westminster, it has been warned.

Published July 29, 2017



Loyalists seeking confrontation with marches

udamarchormeau.jpg Loyalists marched through a mixed community in south Belfast on Friday night in a show of strength in tribute to notorious UDA paramilitaries linked to a string of sectarian atrocities.

Published July 29, 2017



Orange Order not shamed by hate fiesta

popecostume.jpg The Orange Order has refused to apologise after photographs emerged of supporters in Scotland wearing bizarre and shocking costumes expressing racist and sectarian hate.

Published July 22, 2017



Politics as usual as Irish unity seen in reach

martinadams2.jpg Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD has said that Micheal Martin “needs to get serious about a United Ireland” following the Fianna Fail leader’s refusal to support the establishment of a parliamentary committee on Irish Unity.

Published July 22, 2017



Extraditions opposed

liamcampbell600.jpg A third attempt to extradite Liam Campbell to Lithuania is being opposed over the nature of the prison conditions in the country.

Published July 22, 2017



Adams challenges internment-related convictions

longkeshcamp.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has launched a legal bid to overturn two historical convictions for attempting to escape from Long Kesh internment camp.

Published July 22, 2017



Call for big turnout for Tony Taylor

tonytaylorlorraine.jpg Nationalist and republican groups are coming together this weekend to again demand freedom for imprisoned Irish activist Tony Taylor.

Published July 22, 2017



Fears for republican held with criminals

lukeoneillposter.jpg Protests are being organised on behalf of a republican prisoner who is being kept in isolation among the general criminal cohort at Maghaberry jail.

Published July 22, 2017



Sickening sectarianism

mcguinnessbonfire.jpg The Democratic Unionist Party has caused a furore by issuing conflicting statements about the burning of a coffin effigy of the late Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness on a loyalist bonfire in east Belfast on Tuesday.

Published July 15, 2017



No trouble at Twelfth parades

ardoyneparade17.jpg The height of the Protestant marching season passed more quietly than recent years as Orangemen and bandsmen largely respected the rulings of the Parades Commission, which adjudicates on the routes of contentious parades.

Published July 15, 2017



Varadkar opposes unity referendum

varadkartime.jpg Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has expressed his surprise at remarks made by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, during an interview with Time Magazine, in which he says that he is ‘very much opposed’ to a referendum on Irish reunification.

Published July 15, 2017



Council erects UDA flags

udaholywood.jpg Links between local councils and loyalist paramilitary groups continue to grow with the erection in north Down of banners carrying the motto of infamous UDA death squads.

Published July 15, 2017



Spooks seek informers in Tyrone

packycartybig.jpg Saoradh, the new republican political party, has alleged that British military intelligence (MI5) has been targeting Irish republicans in County Tyrone, in attempts to recruit British agents and informers.

Published July 15, 2017



Legal challenge to Tory/DUP pact

ciaranmcclean.jpg An agreement between unionists and the Conservative Party at the Westminster parliament is set to be challenged in the courts.

Published July 15, 2017



Bonfire chaos reaches new level, says fire service

bonfirebuilding.jpg Last night saw an almost 50% increase in bonfire-related emergency callouts since last year as state-funded loyalist ‘Eleventh Night’ blazes damaged property and threatened lives across the North.

Published July 12, 2017



Culture of hate

carrickfergusbonfire.jpg Stung by criticism that it has conspired in loyalist paramilitary crime, Belfast city councillors have now attempted to limit the size of four ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfires, despite having previously funded and supported the infamously sectarian displays.

Published July 8, 2017



System fights back after jury’s ‘not guilty’ verdict

paulmurphy2.jpg The outcome of the Jobstown trial is causing chaos for the political establishment in Dublin after an attempted frame-up failed to jail a sitting TD and other left-wing activists.

Published July 8, 2017



EU insists on Brexit border controls

barnier.jpg There are concerns that the European Union is ready to sacrifice Ireland in its Brexit negotiations after EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier declared that a “frictionless” EU border across Ireland is not possible following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

Published July 8, 2017



Scottish clampdown on Orange sectarianism

faminesongglasgow.jpg A complete ban on Orange Order marches is being considered in Glasgow, Scotland after council officials examined footage showing a sectarian and racist song being chanted at a parade last weekend.

Published July 8, 2017



Taylor takes legal action as protests are held

whitelinenewryaigi.jpg Interned Derry republican Tony Taylor is to sue the British government for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

Published July 8, 2017



The Craigavon Two - Eight years of silence

woottonmcconville.jpg Dublin City Council this week passed a motion calling for the release of Brendan McConville and John Paul Wootton, victims of a miscarriage of justice in March 2009. Gavin O’Reilly takes a fresh look at the case.

Published July 8, 2017



Tory/DUP pact blamed as Stormont talks end in failure

sftalks0717.jpg The collapse of talks to revive power-sharing has been described by Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill as a “monumental failure” by British Prime Minister Theresa May who she said had “set back decades of work” in the peace process.

Published July 4, 2017



DUP triumphant as peace deal is shredded

dupno10.jpg A deal between the Tories and the Democratic Unionist Party could allow the unionist hardliners to control British policy in the north of Ireland for the lifetime of the current Westminster parliament.

Published July 1, 2017



Landmark trial boosts left-wing activists

jobstown6.jpg The 26 County political establishment suffered a devastating blow on Thursday when a jury rejected an attempt to jail six political activists on accusations that they had ‘kidnapped’ former Taoiseach Joan Burton and her secretary.

Published July 1, 2017



Stormont talks slide through another deadline

odowdkearney.jpg Despite a sudden flurry of activity, the Stormont talks passed through another British-imposed deadline on Thursday, the fourth this year.

Published July 1, 2017



New SF outreach initiative dismissed by DUP

agreedfuture.jpg The DUP has immediately rejected a renewed Sinn Fein campaign to convince unionists of the merits of a united Ireland.

Published July 1, 2017



Ardoyne schoolkids targeted again

kerbsholycross.jpg Loyalists have renewed sectarian intimidation at the Holy Cross Catholic Girls School in the Ardoyne district of Belfast by painting red, white and blue paint on kerbstones and the letters ‘LA’ at the entrance.

Published July 1, 2017



Saoradh suffers split; SF councillors feud with party

saoradhmeeting.jpg Saoradh, the Irish republican party formed last September, has experienced a serious split with the resignation of 23 members from its Belfast branch.

Published July 1, 2017



Jobstown accused found not guilty

jobstownverdict.jpg Socialist Paul Murphy TD and five other men have been found not guilty of falsely imprisoning former Tanaiste Joan Burton and her adviser during a 2014 water charges protest.

Published June 29, 2017



DUP concludes government deal with Tories

duptorydeal.jpg The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Conservative party have completed a deal which will see the DUP prop up a minority Tory government.

Published June 26, 2017



‘Brexit to them gently’

queensspeech.jpg English royals Elizabeth and Charles Windsor have delivered the legislative agenda of the presumptive minority government in London for the next two years which revolves around its uncertain plans to withdraw from the European Union.

Published June 24, 2017



Scepticism as state killer pleads guilty

garyhaggarty600.jpg Relatives of the victims of a notorious British state agent watched as Gary Haggarty answered guilty to a lengthy list of charges at Belfast Crown Court on Friday.

Published June 24, 2017



Stormont on hold while DUP closes in on Westminster power

dupdeal.jpg Talks between the Democratic Unionist Party and the British Conservatives have continued in London on a ‘confidence and supply’ agreement for the DUP to prop up a minority Tory government at Westminster.

Published June 24, 2017



Anti-DUP march takes place in London

dupprotestlondon.jpg A march is taking place in London today [Saturday] in opposition to the DUP and its policies.

Published June 24, 2017



‘No fuss’ claim as UVF flags go up

flagssharedspace.jpg There has been a public protest at the erection of loyalist paramilitary flags in South Belfast after the recently elected MP, Emma Little-Pengelly of the Democratic Unionists, claimed that she sees ‘no demand’ for their removal and that residents ‘do not want a fuss’.

Published June 24, 2017



Bizarre twist in bonfire storage scandal

pallets.jpg The involvement and support of Belfast City Council for loyalist paramilitary bonfires reached farcical levels this week after 3,000 wooden pallets being stored by the council as fuel for the pyres ended up being stolen by persons unknown.

Published June 24, 2017



Peace warnings as May plays the Orange card

newsfdowningst.jpg An attempt by British Prime Minister Theresa May to placate the North of Ireland parties over her plans to form a pact with hardline unionists saw Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams tell her that her government is “in clear breach of the Good Friday Agreement”.

Published June 17, 2017



Saoradh offices raided

saoradhraided.jpg A raid on the headquarters of the republican party Saoradh in Belfast has been described as an act of oppression amid the political upheaval of recent weeks.

Published June 17, 2017



Orangeman found guilty over ‘ISIS style’ assault

ardoyne2015phoebe.jpg An Orangeman accused of attacking nationalists in the manner of an Islamist terrorist attack has been found guilty of assault and causing grievous bodily harm.

Published June 17, 2017



Loyalists attack Irish bar in Liverpool

liverpoolabod.jpg In one of a number of incidents related to parade tensions, loyalists marchers belonging to the Apprentice Boys of Derry staged a mob attack on an Irish bar in Liverpool last Saturday evening.

Published June 17, 2017



Parole decision fuels new campaign against internment

taylorprotest0617.jpg The wife of interned republican activist Tony Taylor is hoping public protest and legal action will bring his freedom after a parole panel refused his release earlier this month.

Published June 17, 2017



Kenny finally makes way as Varadkar becomes Taoiseach

kennyvaradkarfitzgerald.jpg The long goodbye of the outgoing 26 County Taoiseach has ended after he handed in his resignation to President Michael D Higgins, and his successor, Leo Varadkar, received his seal of office.

Published June 17, 2017



Parallel talks taking place in Belfast and London

sfmpsplus.jpg There was a surreal air in Belfast on Monday as talks aimed at restoring power-sharing in the north of Ireland went ahead, even as the DUP were separately negotiating to enter a deal on government with the Tories in London.

Published June 12, 2017



The devil and the DUP

duptheresamay.jpg Sinn Fein has played down the impact of a deal between unionists and Conservatives as it emerged the Democratic Unionist Party will support a minority Tory government in London.

Published June 10, 2017



Talks in doubt as Tory/DUP alliance threatens peace deal

duptory.jpg Stormont negotiations scheduled to recommence on Monday are unlikely to go ahead as the Democratic Unionists have turned their focus to London following the Westminster general election.

Published June 10, 2017



Sinn Fein winning the electoral battle

mccalliononeill.jpg The political geography of the north of Ireland has been rewritten following the Westminster election as Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionists entirely obliterated the smaller parties, with Sinn Fein emerging as the biggest winner with three extra seats.

Published June 10, 2017



Internee refused parole

tonytaylordemo.jpg A protest is being held in Derry on Sunday after interned republican activist Tony Taylor was again refused release from prison.

Published June 10, 2017



New Lodge Six ‘want truth to be known’

newlodgesixfamilies.jpg The families of six Catholic men all killed by the British army more than 44 years ago have asked the Six County attorney general for a new inquest.

Published June 10, 2017



Drug dealers in Belfast facing summary justice

aad.jpg The PSNI police has admitted it failed to disclose a murder bid in Belfast earlier this year as a behind-the-scenes vigilante battle against drug dealers was uncovered.

Published June 10, 2017



Tories look to agree deal with DUP after losing majority

fostermay.jpg A nightmarish final Westminster election result has given the DUP the opportunity to form a highly unstable coalition with the Conservatives.

Published June 9, 2017



Sinn Fein gains three seats as smaller parties wiped out

mccallionwin.jpg A surge in support for Sinn Fein has seen the party win seats in Foyle, South Down and Fermanagh/South Tyrone, wiping the rival nationalist SDLP off the Westminster political map.

Published June 9, 2017



Tories in trouble after snap election; SF, DUP gain

corbynmay.jpg The Conservatives are failing to gain seats and their majority in the House of Commons could even be in doubt as early results come in from the British general election.

Published June 9, 2017



Brazen murder as UDA rewards DUP with election support

hornerfoster.jpg A brutal murder by the unionist paramilitary UDA of a feud rival and its subsequent election endorsement of the DUP has dramatically raised the issue of collusion between unionist politicians and loyalist murder gangs ahead of next week’s Westminster election.

Published June 3, 2017



SDLP backs border poll in pre-election play

eastwoodmanifesto.jpg In a move which has brought the two nationalist parties in the North closer than ever politically, the SDLP is backing calls for a border poll on Irish reunification.

Published June 3, 2017



Loyalist threat linked to murder of election candidate’s father

johnfinucanepat.jpg Sinn Fein North Belfast candidate John Finucane has received a chilling loyalist death threat as the election campaign entered its final week.

Published June 3, 2017



Anger over Derry’s tribute to its oppressors

museumderryprotest.jpg A protest was held on Friday afternoon, June 2, over the inclusion of the names of British soldiers and RUC members killed during the conflict in an installation at the Museum of Free Derry.

Published June 3, 2017



Tory attack video filled with lies

mcguinnesscorbyn.jpg A smear campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by the British Conservative Party took a sinister turn this week after the party promoted a “fake news” attack video over his views on the conflict in Ireland.

Published June 3, 2017



Unwavering bravery recalled at unveiling of new mural

mcbreartymural.jpg A former IRA Volunteer, John Crawley, delivered the main address at the unveiling of a new mural in honour of IRA martyr George McBrearty on the 36th anniversary of his death on Sunday.

Published June 3, 2017



Varadkar confirmed as new FG leader and next Taoiseach

varadkarwins.jpg Leo Varadkar is to become Ireland’s youngest and first openly gay Taoiseach. He defeated his rival for the Fine Gael leadership, Simon Coveney, in an internal party ballot today, replacing Enda Kenny who announced his retirement last month.

Published June 2, 2017



Rogue statelet

fitzpatrick.jpg The collapse of the trial of notorious Irish bankster Sean FitzPatrick has increased suspicions that the 26 County state is deliberately facilitating white collar crime.

Published May 27, 2017



Brexit border could reignite conflict - Merkel

maymerkel.jpg German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned of a resurgence of conflict in Ireland as a possible consequence of Britain leaving the EU.

Published May 27, 2017



Attack and threats amid election tensions

paintattack.jpg A family including an 11-month-old baby have escaped injury after their house was paint-bombed and windows smashed in a sectarian attack.

Published May 27, 2017



Adams defends Corbyn as Tories grow desperate

jeremycorbyn.jpg British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was “on the right side of history” in his attitude to the IRA and Irish republicanism, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has said.

Published May 27, 2017



Scores of videos document PSNI harassment campaign

psnisearch.jpg Videos of PSNI police abuse and harassment of republicans and the people of Derry have received hundreds upon thousands of views, likes and shares on the internet.

Published May 27, 2017



British govt bid to suppress public documents

annettemcgavigan.jpg The family of a teenager killed by British soldiers 46 years ago have accused the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) of trying to obstruct a new investigation into her death.

Published May 27, 2017



Varadkar set to become next Taoiseach

varadkarcoveney.jpg The current Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar looks well placed to win the Fine Gael leadership contest and take over as head of the Dublin government.

Published May 20, 2017



‘Dark money’ behind DUP’s campaign efforts

brexitwraparound.jpg The DUP is under intense pressure to reveal the source of a large donation received during the referendum on Britain’s EU membership last June.

Published May 20, 2017



Election campaign marred by slurs and bigotry

oneillfoster.jpg The Westminster election campaign in the North has been marred by a series of pejorative insults over the past week.

Published May 20, 2017



GAA bosses ‘let down’ family of murdered official

seanbrownbig.jpg The Gaelic Athletics Association has been accused of ignoring the anniversary of the murder of one of their senior officials 20 years ago as they attempt to curry favour with the British establishment.

Published May 20, 2017



Paramilitary flags an attempt to intimidate

flagsmotorway.jpg A loyalist bonfire group has said unionists will never remove any flag “at the behest of Sinn Fein/IRA” after the party complained about flags erected near Belfast City Airport.

Published May 20, 2017



Republican harassed on US trip by FBI

joebarr.jpg A Derry republican has described how FBI officers were taken off ISIS detail in the lead up to the world’s largest Thanksgiving parade in New York last November to question him about his political activism in Derry.

Published May 20, 2017



Enda Kenny quits as leader of Fine Gael

kennyquits.jpg Enda Kenny has announced that he will step down as leader of the Fine Gael Party, effective at midnight, but will continue to fill the position of Taoiseach until June.

Published May 17, 2017



Peace messages and protest amid royal tour

adamscharles2017.jpg A visit by British royals to Ireland has again polarised republicans, with protests organised as leading Sinn Fein figures greeted Charles Windsor and his wife Camilla.

Published May 13, 2017



Body of Seamus Ruddy recovered

ruddyfamily.jpg Remains found near Rouen in northern France have been identified as those of republican socialist Seamus Ruddy, who disappeared in unexplained circumstances 32 years ago.

Published May 13, 2017



Activist’s suicide highlights police dysfunction

daraquigley.jpg An activist journalist and blogger has become the human face of the policing crisis in the 26 Counties after she took her life following a public humiliation at the hands of the Gardai.

Published May 13, 2017



Good news for justice campaigns

ballymurphyhappy2.jpg In a surprise move, a date has finally been set for an inquest into the deaths of those shot in a bout of killing by British soldiers in Ballymurphy almost 50 years ago.

Published May 13, 2017



Rally to bring Irish language rights to heart of election

dreamdearg.jpg A major rally calling for the introduction of an Irish language act for the north is to be held in Belfast.

Published May 13, 2017



Death of Brendan Duddy

brendanduddy2.jpg A Derry businessman who acted as a secret communication channel between British military intelligence and elements of the IRA leadership has died at the age of 82.

Published May 13, 2017



ONH denies ceasefire reports

onhpic.jpg The republican armed group known as Oglaigh na hEireann has denied reports that it is involved in talks with the British or 26 County governments or that it is on the verge of disbanding.

Published May 6, 2017



Finucane candidacy electrifies north Belfast election contest

johnfinucanebig.jpg In a significant political development, the youngest son of murdered defence lawyer Pat Finucane is to fight the North Belfast Westminster constituency for Sinn Fein.

Published May 6, 2017



‘Stop fighting a war that is over’ - O’Neill

oneillloughgall.jpg Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill caused a controversy by her participation in the party’s event to commemorate the deaths of eight IRA Volunteers in east Tyrone, during which she called for a complete end to armed actions.

Published May 6, 2017



New effort to release interned RNU activist

tonytaylortalking.jpg The Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement said they have concerns about the detention without trial of republican Tony Taylor in Maghaberry jail.

Published May 6, 2017



Historic ruling blocks PSNI payoff

atmcash.jpg A man targeted by the PSNI as a potential state informer has secured an unprecedented court ruling to prevent the Crown forces from paying money directly into his bank account.

Published May 6, 2017



Public appeal as search is made for remains of IRSP man

seamusruddy2.jpg There is new hope that the remains of a republican socialist who was killed and secretly buried in mysterious circumstances in France will be found and his remains recovered.

Published May 6, 2017



EU backs united Ireland plan

kennytusk.jpg An official statement by the European Union that it will accept a future united Ireland into the EU has been cautiously welcomed by republicans as bringing international diplomatic recognition for impending Irish unification.

Published April 29, 2017



Inquest vindicates truth campaign for Barney Watt

barneywatt.jpg The widow of an unarmed Belfast civilian shot and killed by British soldiers in 1971 has lived to see a coroner clear his name after 46 years of disinformation and lies.

Published April 29, 2017



Parties fail to strike deals ahead of Westminster election

oneilleastwood.jpg The first weeks of the Westminster general election campaign in the north of Ireland have been dominated by suggestions of strategic pacts and alliances, which so far have made little headway.

Published April 29, 2017



British establishment ‘rubbing our noses in it’

mcanespies.jpg Relatives of people killed by the British army have reacted angrily after a Westminster committee recommended a halt to the investigation and prosecution of soldiers for war crimes committed during the conflict.

Published April 29, 2017



Second arson attack on St Patrick’s Church

stpatricksarson.jpg A second arson attack on a Catholic church in Belfast city centre is being blamed on loyalists.

Published April 29, 2017



Jobstown political show trial opens in Dublin

jobstownnotguilty.jpg The trial of water-charge protestors accused of ‘falsely imprisoning’ former Labour leader and Tanaiste Joan Burton began this week as hundreds of supporters gathered near the court.

Published April 29, 2017



Talks abandoned until after Westminster election

stormontnoentry.jpg Crisis talks in the north of Ireland have been suspended until June following the decision of the British Prime Minister to call a snap general election, an unexpected move which angered politicians in Belfast and cast new uncertainty over the future of Stormont and its powersharing institutions.

Published April 22, 2017



Republicans reaffirm campaigns in Easter commemorations

saoradheaster17.jpg Tens of thousands of republicans took to the streets of villages, towns and cities across Ireland last weekend to pay their respects to Ireland’s fallen heroes.

Published April 22, 2017



Deranged informer blamed for Garda murder

crevanmackin.jpg There have been calls for a public inquiry after a Louth man who shot and killed a Garda policeman and seriously injured his ex-girlfriend before killing himself was confirmed to have been a state informer who had been told to spy on IRA groups.

Published April 22, 2017



Divisons continue over Martin McGuinness’s legacy

mcguinnessheadstone.jpg Unionists have expressed outrage at a gravestone erected for former deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness as republicans gathered to remember him a month after his passing.

Published April 22, 2017



PSNI accused of withholding evidence on weapons

tommycasey.jpg The family of a Catholic man killed by loyalists in collusion with state forces has called for the release of details of a recently found arms cache which they believe could finally secure a conviction for his murder.

Published April 22, 2017



Outcry as nuns set to be handed new maternity hospital

nmhplans.jpg Over 80,000 people have signed a petition calling on Simon Harris, the 26 County health minister, to prevent a religious order from being handed ownership of a new maternity hospital.

Published April 22, 2017



Theresa May announces a general election

mayelection.jpg In a surprise development, the British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a snap Westminster general election for June 8th.

Published April 18, 2017



‘Clear names of Scap’s victims’

scapbig.jpg Sinn Fein has been urged to exonerate those republicans and others who were executed as ‘informers’ on the orders of a British double agent operating inside the Provisional IRA.

Published April 14, 2017



Anger as killer soldiers hold protest

saoradhprotestveterans.jpg A demonstration by former British soldiers in Belfast city and a counter-demonstration by republican group Saoradh have both passed off peacefully on Good Friday.

Published April 14, 2017



‘Excess’ water charges seen as first step back

waterprotest0417.jpg A deal between the two main right-wing parties on water charges in the 26 Counties has reignited the controversy, despite claims that the charges have been scrapped “for most people”.

Published April 14, 2017



Coroner brings closure for the Deery family

deeryfamily.jpg A decades-long justice campaign for a teenage boy shot dead by the British Army in Derry in 1972 has been fully vindicated after a coroner ruled this week that Manus Deery was ‘totally innocent’ and his murder ‘totally unjustified’.

Published April 14, 2017



Talks deadline postponed again

stormontsf.jpg Talks between the Stormont political parties have been extended into May amid a deadlock which Sinn Fein has blamed on unionists’ refusal to back a rights-based society.

Published April 14, 2017



Partition ‘a grave injustice’ - Villiers

villierscyprus.jpg Former British Direct Ruler in the North of Ireland, Theresa Villiers, has become the subject of ridicule after she expressed support for freedom and unity for the divided island of... Cyprus.

Published April 14, 2017



Kenny’s Brexit breakdown

kennymerkel.jpg The Dublin government’s failure to secure any kind of veto for Ireland in the negotiations following Brexit has been strongly criticised as a dereliction of its duties.

Published April 7, 2017



Former British troops face Belfast opposition

veterans.jpg Republicans and former British soldiers are set to stage opposing demonstrations in Belfast city centre on Good Friday.

Published April 7, 2017



PSNI use ‘carrot and stick’ tactic to recruit informers

giftcards.jpg Members of the PSNI Special Branch used a pair of shopping gift cards in an attempt to turn a Fermanagh activist into an informer, as spying activity appears to have increased ahead of next weekend’s republican commemorations.

Published April 7, 2017



Department admits community grants discrimination

givanbonfire.jpg A report for Stormont’s ‘Department for Communities’ has admitted that a scheme for funding community halls was biased in favour of the Protestant community.

Published April 7, 2017



Brokenshire urged to step down as talks chair

brokenshirepress.jpg The British Direct Ruler James Brokenshire has been urged to give up the chairmanship of the talks at Stormont after the latest round of discussions failed to make any real progress.

Published April 7, 2017



ETA leaves arms ‘in the hands of the Basque people’

etaletter.jpg The Basque armed group ETA says it will disarm on Saturday, leaving down their weapons “so that Basques can continue taking steps to achieve peace and freedom for our country”.

Published April 7, 2017



Hope for Ireland as Brexit gets real

brexitletter2.jpg Despite the Brexit process, the north of Ireland could remain in the European Union pending a unity referendum, according to papers published this week by a European Parliament committee.

Published April 1, 2017



New IRA claim bomb attack

strabanerocket.jpg The organisation known as the new IRA has said it struck a PSNI armoured vehicle with an ‘explosively formed projectile’ (EFP) in County Tyrone last week.

Published April 1, 2017



Prisoner taken off republican wing in Maghaberry row

gabrielmackle.jpg A prisoner in the republican wing of Maghaberry prison has been removed following a dispute with other prisoners in a row which has pitched two small republican political parties against each other.

Published April 1, 2017



Stormont talks set to continue

brokepress.jpg Sinn Fein has said it will be insisting on the implementation of previous peace deals in talks which are set to go on at Stormont after a deadline for agreement was extended by the British government.

Published April 1, 2017



Police Commissioner and Ministers defy critics as scandals mount

noirinosuillivan.jpg The 26 County Garda police commissioner Noirin O Sullivan remains in her post despite a barrage of shocking and incredible revelations about the depth of fraud and corruption in the police force she heads.

Published April 1, 2017



Minister ‘issued threat’ to financial investigators

noonandail.jpg The chairman of the Dublin parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has alleged that pressure was put on him by the Minister for Finance to limit its investigation into the notorious cut-price sale of state-owned properties in the Six Counties known as ‘Project Eagle’

Published April 1, 2017



Brexit triggered, negotiations to begin on Irish border

brexitletter.jpg The European Union has confirmed that the Tory government in London has triggered article 50, beginning a two-year process that will see Britain, and possibly the north of Ireland, fall out of the European Union.

Published March 29, 2017



Talks given extra time as Brokenshire fudges deadline

brokenshirepress.jpg The British government has called for further talks to restore the Stormont Executive after efforts so far fell well short of reaching today’s ‘deadline’ for forming a power-sharing administration in the Six Counties.

Published March 27, 2017



Sinn Fein pulls out of talks

sftalks0317.jpg Sinn Fein has withdrawn from all-party talks at Stormont on restoring the Six County Assembly after reporting no substantive progress in any of the issues under discussion. The talks involving the Democratic Unionist Party and the Dublin and London governments had a deadline of tomorrow afternoon.

Published March 26, 2017



‘Freedom fighter’

mcguinnesscortege.jpg Grief turned to pride for Sinn Fein this week as tens of thousands paid their respects to a leader who came to symbolise peace in Ireland and the process through which the Provisional IRA gave birth to a political powerhouse.

Published March 24, 2017



British PM faces Brexit confrontation in Belfast

brexitmap.jpg British Prime Minister Theresa May will receive a very clear message that the north of Ireland wants to stay in the European Union before she triggers Brexit on Wednesday, Sinn Fein has said.

Published March 24, 2017



DUP MP suggests ‘poodle’ Sinn Fein could back down in talks

sammywilson600.jpg A senior MP for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has said there is “virtually no chance” of a deal being struck for the restoration of the Stormont Assembly in Belfast ahead of the looming deadline next Monday. Sammy Wilson described Sinn Fein’s position as “unworkable” and claimed the party are “overplaying their hand”.

Published March 24, 2017



Support for Bus Eireann workers over strike action

buseireannpicket.jpg Drivers and other employees of Ireland’s state-run bus company have said they feel they have “nothing to lose” as a nationwide bus strike has focused attention on the crisis over wages in the public transport sector.

Published March 24, 2017



Kenny accused of hypocrisy over immigration

kennyimmigration.jpg Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been urged to do more to help those coming to Ireland to escape global conflicts following his comments on immigration in the US last week, which received unprecedented international media attention.

Published March 24, 2017



Bill Clinton’s eulogy for Martin McGuinness

clintonfuneralmcguinness.jpg The full text of remarks made by former US President at the Requiem Mass for former Sinn Fein deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Published March 24, 2017



Oration at the grave of Martin McGuinness

adamsoration.jpg The graveside oration for Martin McGuinness delivered by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams at his funeral today.

Published March 23, 2017



Large crowds attend funeral of Martin McGuinness

mcguinnessfuneral.jpg Senior political figures and officials from the Irish, British and US establishments have joined thousands of mourners from across Ireland to attend the funeral in Derry of Martin McGuinness.

Published March 23, 2017



Crowds gather to honour Martin McGuinness

mcguinnessremoval.jpg Thousands of people have attended the removal of Martin McGuinness in advance of his funeral in his native Derry.

Published March 21, 2017



Tributes paid following death of Martin McGuinness

martinmcguinnessdeath.jpg Sinn Fein is in mourning today and tributes have been paid across the Irish and British political establishment as news spread this morning that Martin McGuinness had succumbed to his serious illness.

Published March 21, 2017



Martin McGuinness has died

martinmcguinnessaf.jpg The death has been announced of Martin McGuinness, Sinn Fein’s chief negotiator in the peace process. He passed away early this morning at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry.

Published March 21, 2017



National rights denied as Tories assert English rule

maywestminster.jpg There has been an angry response in both Ireland and Scotland after British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would block referendums on Irish unity and Scottish independence following the Brexit vote to leave the European Union.

Published March 17, 2017



UDA feud erupts with cold-blooded murder

geordiegilmore.jpg The failure of the authorities at Stormont and in London to challenge loyalist paramilitary violence has been highlighted after a UDA faction murdered a man in broad daylight this week.

Published March 17, 2017



Protests vowed as Trump gets St Patrick’s Day invite

trumpkenny2.jpg There has been a broadly negative reaction to an invitation issued by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to US president Donald Trump to visit Ireland. Protests opposing his visit are already being planned by left-wing parties.

Published March 17, 2017



Information on state killings ‘can never go out’ - Tories

victimsstormontprotest.jpg Some information about British state killings during the conflict can never be made public because it would “put lives at risk”, British Direct Ruler James Brokenshire has declared.

Published March 17, 2017



Legacy of scandals overshadows talks

stormonttalks17.jpg Continuing allegations of unionist bigotry and corruption hang over power-sharing talks, which face a potential deadline next week when the British government could call another snap Assembly election or reimpose full direct rule from London.

Published March 17, 2017



Families made homeless for St Patrick’s Day

homelessdublincolour.jpg Families given emergency accommodation in hotel rooms are spending St Patrick’s weekend on the streets after they were pushed out to make room for tourists.

Published March 17, 2017



Scottish government to seek post-Brexit independence vote

sturgeonbute.jpg Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon says she plans to trigger another independence referendum. She said the new poll should be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

Published March 13, 2017



Referendum on voting rights for emigrants, northerners

irishvoteballotbox.jpg In an announcement timed to coincide with the run-up to St Patrick’s Day, a referendum is to be held on whether to allow Irish citizens living abroad or in the North of Ireland to vote in Presidential elections.

Published March 12, 2017



Growing consensus that time has come for unity

brexituk.jpg There have been vocal and widespread calls for Irish reunification in the face of the British government’s determination to leave the European Union and a historic election result last week which has delivered unprecedented political strength for nationalism and Sinn Fein.

Published March 10, 2017



‘One-sided’ British governor warns of fresh elections

brokenio.jpg The British Direct Ruler James Brokenshire has threatened to rerun last week’s historic election after Sinn Fein walked out of a meeting with him over his government’s refusal to allow inquests into state killings to proceed.

Published March 10, 2017



Tuam mass grave inquiry may be expanded as Kenny blames mothers

massgravetuam.jpg A South African-style ‘truth and reconciliation commission’ is being considered to deal with the terrible legacy of Ireland’s homes for single mothers following the confirmation this week of the find of a mass grave at a shelter run by an order of nuns in the west of Ireland.

Published March 10, 2017



PSNI lacks independence needed for investigation - judge

jeansmythcampbell.jpg In a very significant decision, a High Court judge has ruled that the family of a woman shot dead by the British Army in west Belfast 45 years ago has been let down for decades by the criminal investigation system.

Published March 10, 2017



Two jailed in ‘supergrass’ trial

supergrassprotest17.jpg There have been warnings that the 26 County government is once again operating a supergrass system against political activists after an alleged paid informer played a part in the conviction of two men in Dublin this week.

Published March 10, 2017



No charges, no evidence, no justice - Free Tony Taylor

freetonytaylor.jpg The family of jailed republican Tony Taylor are to stage a protest this Saturday afternoon, 11 March, at Strand Road PSNI base in Derry to mark the first anniversary of his internment without trial. This petition explains the case and all republicans are urged to show their support.

Published March 10, 2017



Stormont talks deadlocked as Foster refuses to shift

duptalks2007.jpg Talks to revive the Stormont Executive have hit a stalemate after less than a day as DUP leader Arlene Foster resisted demands by Sinn Fein for her to step aside First Minister.

Published March 6, 2017



Election transformation

fosterelectionlost.jpg Thursday’s election has significantly altered the make-up of politics in the north of Ireland as a more focussed and energised Sinn Fein enticed republican voters back to the polls and historically ended the unionist majority at Stormont.

Published March 4, 2017



Tough negotiations expected after Stormont game-changer

adamspress.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has said this week’s Assembly election would have a historic significance that would “resonate for years”. However, political parties and leaders now “have a job of work” to negotiate an agreement that delivers on the outstanding elements of all of the previous agreements.

Published March 4, 2017



Derry anger as politicians ignore PSNI oppression

psniderryraid.jpg There were heavy PSNI raids lasting for over four hours against the homes of republican families in Creggan, Derry on Monday, February 28, 2017, just three days before the Stormont Assembly election.

Published March 4, 2017



Travellers acknowledged to be ethnic minority

travellersdail.jpg Irish Travellers have been recognised as an indigenous ethnic minority in a historic declaration in the Dublin parliament.

Published March 4, 2017



Nightmare confirmed at Tuam home for single mothers

motherbabiestuam.jpg Human remains of a significant number of babies and infants up to three years of age have been found on the site of a former ‘mother and baby’ home in Tuam, County Galway, confirming horor reports of an effective holocaust against those children at the home run by the Bon Secours order of nuns.

Published March 4, 2017



‘Water charges are gone’, says FG Minister

coveney.jpg Anti-water-charge campaigners have celebrated after Fine Gael’s Minister for Housing and leadership contender Simon Coveney finally stated that “water charges are gone”, although there are still concerns the party may try to reintroduce them in the future.

Published March 4, 2017



Calls for unity after record SF vote; UUP leader quits

nesbittquits.jpg Sinn Fein has attained its highest ever share of the vote in the North of Ireland and came within touching distance of outpolling all of the other parties as votes were tallied today.

Published March 3, 2017



Positive election results for Sinn Fein as others battle it out

oneillelected.jpg The snap 2017 Assembly election has been a good one for Sinn Fein, with the party so far holding on to its seats in all constituencies and showing particular strength in the traditional republican heartlands.

Published March 3, 2017



Voting ends in Stormont election

oneillvotes.jpg The polls have closed in the Six County Assembly election with voter participation reported to have substantially recovered from the record low voter turnout in last year’s Assembly election.

Published March 2, 2017



DUP face day of reckoning

duppress.jpg The north’s largest unionist party is increasingly fearful ahead of next month’s Stormont Assembly election amid predictions that it could fall below the thirty seats it needs to hold on to its veto over political change in the north of Ireland.

Published February 24, 2017



Taoiseach fails to advance case for special EU status for North

kennyjuncker.jpg The embattled 26 County Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has said that the eventual Brexit deal must allow access into the EU for the Six Counties of Ireland still under British rule in the event of Irish reunification.

Published February 24, 2017



Human rights activists attacked by Tories and DUP

maycommonsni.jpg British Prime Minister Theresa May has been condemned after she hit out at the families of those killed by British soldiers and their legal representatives during a debate at the Westminster parliament.

Published February 24, 2017



PSNI man targeted by under-car device

culmoredevice.jpg A PSNI policeman narrowly escaped a limpet mine attack in Derry City in the latest incident being attributed to the breakaway armed group known as the ‘new IRA’

Published February 24, 2017



Kenny to confirm plan to quit after White House event

trumpkenny.jpg Under intense pressure from within his own party to resign, the 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted he should be allowed to travel to Washington DC to meet Donald Trump on St Patrick’s Day, before making an announcement.

Published February 24, 2017



Loyalist ‘threatened Catholics’ before Shankill murder

shankillold.jpg A suspect in the sectarian loyalist shooting of a young Catholic father vowed to clear all “taigs” from the area, a lawyer told an inquest this week.

Published February 24, 2017



Kenny facing heave after ‘shambolic’ episode

endakennytired.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny is struggling to retain the leadership of his Fine Gael party after his ponderous and contradictory responses to allegations of a smear campaign against a Garda police whistleblower.

Published February 17, 2017



Torture of ‘Hooded Men’ is a war crime, court is told

hoodedmen17.jpg One of 14 Irish nationalists tortured during internment was bitten by a British soldier’s dog and forced to drink from the animal’s dish, the High Court heard this week.

Published February 17, 2017



Appeal for information on Lisburn killing

bradleyfamily.jpg The family of Paul Bradley, who was murdered by a sectarian mob just over 30 years ago, has made a heartfelt appeal for information.

Published February 17, 2017



Nesbitt grabs the campaign limelight

electiondebate.jpg In a statement that has created upheaval within his own party, the leader of the Ulster Unionists has said that he will vote for the nationalist SDLP after his own party -- but ahead of other unionist candidates -- in the coming Stormont election.

Published February 17, 2017



Visitors to Maghaberry facing abuses

maghaberrygdog.jpg The Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association has warned of a systematic effort by the jail administration at Maghaberry to harass and intimidate the families of republican prisoners during visits.

Published February 17, 2017



Clonoe Martyrs remembered

oneillclonoe.jpg Sinn Fein’s new northern leader has said there should be no hierarchy of victims as she spoke at a vigil in memory of four IRA Volunteers who were gunned down in an SAS ambush in a churchyard in Clonoe, County Tyrone.

Published February 17, 2017



Westminster vote undermines 1998 peace deal

westminsterbrexit.jpg In a potentially historic development, the London parliament has voted to allow the British government renege on the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement as part of its negotiations to leave the European Union.

Published February 10, 2017



Ministers, police chiefs implicated in sexual abuse smear

osullivanmccabe.jpg An admission by a government agency that it circulated false allegations of sexual abuse against a Garda police whistleblower has dramatically supported claims that the 26 County state engaged in a smear campaign against Sergeant Maurice McCabe with the support of successive police commissioners.

Published February 10, 2017



DUP accused of dehumanising Irish speakers

fosterelection.jpg DUP leader Arlene Foster has been accused of using bigoted comments to win over unionist hardliners and distract from a corruption scandal which has threatened to topple her from her position as First Minister for the Six Counties.

Published February 10, 2017



British soldiers back away from planned march through Derry

notenteringderry.jpg Irish republican activists have claimed a victory after a planned protest march by former British soldiers that had been scheduled to take place through Derry next month has been cancelled.

Published February 10, 2017



Schools ‘used for British propaganda’

psniraid600.jpg The Irish Republican Socialist Party has said that it has received complaints from parents expressing concern at the decision of a local primary school in west Belfast to permit the PSNI to “ingratiate themselves” with children during school hours.

Published February 10, 2017



Campaign to end colonial mindset on Cork’s streets

corksigns.jpg Activists in Cork have defaced street signs referencing British monarchs and have called instead for signs to honour Ireland’s heroes.

Published February 10, 2017



‘Frictionless’ border checks as Britain waives the rules

gardacheckpoint600.jpg The British government appears to be planning a return of customs controls across the Six County border and may even be hoping to push all of Ireland out of the EU following hardline statements on its Brexit plans this week.

Published February 3, 2017



Brokenshire comments infuriate Bloody Sunday families

sundaymarch2017.jpg Crowds of local people joined a diverse range of activists and bands at the Bloody Sunday March for Justice on Sunday. Relatives of those killed and representatives from the wounded led the march, carrying 14 white crosses to symbolise those who lost their lives on Bloody Sunday.

Published February 3, 2017



Lynch concerned by torture but did not expose it - documents

waterboarding600.jpg Both the Dublin and London governments were fully aware that torture techniques such as waterboarding were being used against nationalists in the north of Ireland but remained silent, according to documents uncovered by the Pat Finucane centre.

Published February 3, 2017



DUP leader increasingly mired in RHI scandal

fostereastwood.jpg There are fresh doubts over the return of the Belfast powersharing Executive after the SDLP, the second largest nationalist party behind Sinn Fein, ruled out entering a new administration with DUP leader Arlene Foster amid mounting allegations over her role in a corruption scandal.

Published February 3, 2017



‘Illegal parades can go ahead’ despite court ruling - PSNI

flagprotestriot.jpg PSNI police chief George Hamilton has responded defiantly after the Supreme Court in London finally confirmed that the PSNI were wrong in their decision not to stop intimidatory loyalist flag protest marches four years ago.

Published February 3, 2017



High Court bid to end Ludlow cover-up

ludlowfamily.jpg The unexplained halting of an investigation into the murder of an Irish forestry worker is a scandal which goes to the highest levels of police and government, Dublin’s High Court has heard.

Published February 3, 2017



PSNI man shot as tensions mount in Belfast

psnishot1701.jpg The ‘New IRA’ has claimed responsibility for the ambush of a PSNI patrol in North Belfast on Sunday in which a member of the force was struck twice. The attack, which took place on the Crumlin Road close to a north Belfast interface left the victim with injuries to his arm.

Published January 27, 2017



Brexit a ‘hostile action’, could damage GFA - Adams

adams0117.jpg Gerry Adams has warned that Brexit will wreck the fundamental human rights safeguards set out under the Good Friday Agreement. The Sinn Fein leader pointed out that rights enshrined in the 1998 peace deal would be negated by Britain simply pulling out of the EU.

Published January 27, 2017



British MP admits torturing republicans

torturemp.jpg A Conservative MP and former British army officer, Bob Stewart, has said he worked as “kind of a torturer” when he was serving in the north of Ireland.

Published January 27, 2017



Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster can be ‘Chuckle Sisters’

fosteroneill.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams has said the party’s new Six County leader, Michelle O’Neill, “needs to grow into the job”, but could work alongside DUP leader Arlene Foster in the Stormont Executive if corruption scandals are resolved.

Published January 27, 2017



Sinn Fein could prop up coalition govt in Dublin - McDonald

marylouconfused.jpg In a major policy shift, Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald has said that her party could take part in the next coalition government as a junior partner of either Fine Gael or Fianna Fail.

Published January 27, 2017



Roadblocks and delays for Stardust disaster families

stardust600.jpg The families of some of the 48 young people who died in the 1981 Stardust fire disaster in Dublin have expressed concerns over a proposed review of new evidence in their campaign for a fresh inquiry.

Published January 27, 2017



Michelle O’Neill is Sinn Fein’s new leader at Stormont

michelloneill.jpg Mid-Ulster Assembly member Michelle O’Neill is to lead Sinn Fein into the Six County Assembly elections in March, it has been announced.

Published January 23, 2017



McGuinness bows out

mcguinnessretiresbogside.jpg An emotional Martin McGuinness has said he wants to become an ambassador for peace after the former Sinn Fein deputy First Minister quit electoral politics this week due to ill-health.

Published January 20, 2017



McGuinness ‘made a difference’ - Adams

mcguinnessadamsold.jpg A commentary in the week of the historic announcement by Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, by colleague and party leader Gerry Adams.

Published January 20, 2017



Sinn Fein ready to name successor

fouramigos2.jpg Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has said his party will make the announcement of Martin McGuinness’s successor next week. Speaking to RTE news on Friday, he insisted the former deputy First Minister is just “standing down” from office and he hopes that he will be back.

Published January 20, 2017



Political temperature rises amid yet another Stormont scandal

dupflute.jpg The DUP ‘Communities’ Minister Paul Givan has been accused of acting to a sectarian agenda after he distributed almost two million pounds in grants to loyalist organisations, Orange lodges and Protestant church groups.

Published January 20, 2017



British soldiers on Belfast streets, RAF lands at Shannon

soldiersbelfast.jpg The British Army appeared in numbers in west Belfast last weekend as troops in full uniform were deployed alongside PSNI police in the Poleglass area of West Belfast.

Published January 20, 2017



‘Hard Brexit’ fears for Ireland

maybrexit.jpg A landmark speech on Britain’s departure from the European Union has failed to allay fears of “hard border” controls and economic chaos across the island of Ireland.

Published January 20, 2017



Martin McGuinness retires

mcguinnessretires.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has effectively retired from politics after announcing he will not be standing for re-election in the 2 March poll to the Belfast Assembly.

Published January 19, 2017



Election set for March 2 amid rancorous Stormont debate

brokenshirenio.jpg The British government has announced that elections to the Stormont Assembly wil take place on Thursday, March 2nd after the Sinn Fein/DUP power-sharing Executive formally collapsed this afternoon.

Published January 16, 2017



Crisis talks fail, election due

sftalksrhi.jpg The north of Ireland is inexorably heading for an election following the resignation of Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and the failure of last-minute talks efforts by the two governments.

Published January 13, 2017



McGuinness asks for privacy over illness

mcguinnessquits2.jpg Martin McGuinness has called for his privacy to be respected by the media after a newspaper published details of a serious illness for which he is said to be receiving treatment.

Published January 13, 2017



Irish language rights campaign presses on after DUP u-turn

dearglefearg.jpg A DUP decision to re-instate an Irish language bursary scheme has been described by Sinn Fein as “too little, too late”.

Published January 13, 2017



Derry hit by PSNI raids, searches

psniraid.jpg Protests are being organised following a series of heavy-handed police raids on the home of republican activists over the Christmas and New Year period.

Published January 13, 2017



Woman flees home after state-funded body delivers threat

millarfamily.jpg A woman forced from her home in a sectarian attack in Belfast has said she was told of a loyalist death threat by representatives of a so-called loyalist ‘community group’ which is funded by the Stormont administration.

Published January 13, 2017



Apollo House vacated as campaign declares success

apollocloses.jpg A group of homeless people vacated a state-owned office building in Dublin on Thursday, ending a month-long squat that brought international attention to the housing crisis in Ireland.

Published January 13, 2017



Election expected as SF insists ‘no return to status quo’

maryloumcdonalddail.jpg Sinn Fein has expressed a much tougher line against the intransigence and bigotry of the DUP following yesterday's resignation by Martin McGuinness from the party's post of Deputy First Minister. An election to the Stormont Assembly in Belfast appears certain to be called next Monday and is due to take place within weeks.

Published January 10, 2017



McGUINNESS QUITS, STORMONT EXECUTIVE COLLAPSES

mcguinnessquits.jpg

Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has resigned in protest at unionist arrogance and intransigence, collapsing the Stormont Executive and throwing a question mark over power-sharing and the political process in the north of Ireland.

Published January 9, 2017



Stormont in the balance as DUP defy corruption scandal

fosterarrogant.jpg Sinn Fein has issued repeated warnings that the Six County institutions are now at a “defining point” after the unionist First Minister Arlene Foster again refused to step down over allegations that she and her Democratic Unionist Party orchestrated the enrichment of insiders, supporters and party donors through a bogus ‘green energy’ scheme.

Published January 6, 2017



Cable calls for united Ireland as Brexit border solution

vincecable.jpg A former leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats has called for a “united Ireland in Europe” as a means of dealing with the fallout over Britain’s Brexit decision to quit the EU.

Published January 6, 2017



How Thatcher and Fitzgerald plotted to defeat IRA

fitzgeraldthatcher600.jpg State papers have shown the degree to which former 26 County Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald accepted the Tory line in exchanges with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher 30 years ago.

Published January 6, 2017



‘Sectarian’ UDR aimed weapons at 26 County soldiers

thatcherudr.jpg British soldiers of the Ulster Defence Regiment tried to intimidate a 26-County army checkpoint in County Donegal following unionist protests against the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement.

Published January 6, 2017



Campaigners call for leap forward in housing crisis

finglasnama.jpg Housing activists in the 26 Counties have handed an open letter to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, calling on him to order the use of vacant, state-controlled properties to house the homeless.

Published January 6, 2017



Lives at risk as more than 600 lie on trolleys

trolleys600.jpg The number of patients stuck on trolleys awaiting beds in hospitals in the 26 County state has broken new records, forcing Minister for Health Simon Harris to apologise for his failure to deal with the crisis.

Published January 6, 2017



Making hope and hunger rhyme

foodparcels.jpg The centenary year of the 1916 Rising ends with new optimism over a campaign of direct action against inequality headed by a motley group of musicians, actors and writers. However, the sight of thousands of people braving the cold to receive food handouts in Dublin and Limerick has highlighted the scale of the challenge.

Published December 24, 2016



Stormont in disarray as Foster clings to power

fosternoconf.jpg The futures of both DUP First Minister Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness are in the balance after a farcical power-play at Stormont this week.

Published December 24, 2016



DUP ‘Communities’ Minister accused of hating Irish

dupflute.jpg News that a DUP Minister at Stormont has axed a bursary scheme for children from deprived communities to study Irish has drawn a bitterly hostile reaction from Irish language and equality campaigners.

Published December 24, 2016



British demand secrecy over Omagh bomb, Doherty killing

ciarandoherty600.jpg The High Court in Belfast has allowed the British government to hold a secret hearing in a legal action over the alleged cover-up of the 1998 Real IRA Omagh bombing.

Published December 24, 2016



Christmas anguish for family of Irish prisoner of conscience

taylorfamily600.jpg The family of Derry republican prisoner Tony Taylor have said that it will be a ‘very rough Christmas’ without him.

Published December 24, 2016



Republican prisoner on dirty protest over segregation

lukeoneill.jpg A republican political prisoner, Luke O’Neill is spending Christmas on a dirty protest in Maghaberry Prison in protest at a refusal to move him to the republican wing.

Published December 24, 2016



Foster mocks opposition after Stormont walkout

stormontwalkout.jpg A motion of no confidence in First Minister Arlene Foster was vetoed by the Democratic Unionist Party today, but not before other parties in the Stormont Assembly staged a theatrical walk-out from a chamber in which they are powerless to effect political change without DUP support.

Published December 19, 2016



Sinn Fein could turn against corrupt DUP

bellfoster.jpg Over a thousand people have attended protests in Belfast and Derry calling for DUP leader Arlene Foster to resign as Six County First Minister after a public display of DUP infighting over corruption allegations.

Published December 17, 2016



Huge support as stars become squatters for homeless

homesweethomelaunch.jpg A group of Irish celebrities have spearheaded an action to tackle the homelessness crisis by taking over a government-owned property to provide accommodation.

Published December 17, 2016



Justice hopes for McCann family as British soldiers are charged

joemccann600.jpg The prosecution of two former British paratroopers for the killing of Official IRA Volunteer Joe McCann brings hope to his family who have campaigned for justice since the Historial Enquiries Team ruled the shooting unlawful.

Published December 17, 2016



Child’s trauma after seeing father attacked by riot squad

maghaberryriot600.jpg There was a serious incident at Maghaberry prison last weekend when three republican prisoners were dragged from the visiting area by the riot squad, and one was beaten to the ground and assaulted.

Published December 17, 2016



MI5 linked to legacy police agency

neilmcguinness.jpg A member of the Legacy Investigations Branch (LIB) of the PSNI police in the north of Ireland has been accused of being a covert member of British military intelligence.

Published December 17, 2016



New push to overcome political block on inquests

declanmorgan.jpg Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinnness accused the British government of not being serious about dealing with the legacy of the past after the most senior judge in the North admitted Britain was ignoring its legal obligation to ensure blocked inquests go ahead.

Published December 17, 2016



Process in crisis as Stormont rots

rpgvideo.jpg There are concerns over the political direction in the north of Ireland after a video emerged which appears to show a heavily armed breakaway IRA unit on patrol in north Belfast -- in the same week that the police confirmed that unionist paramilitary activities are being illegally funded from Stormont.

Published December 10, 2016



Family’s grief becomes political football

stackgerry.jpg A theatrical confrontation at a press conference in Dublin appears to be the latest installment in an orchestrated effort to embarrass Gerry Adams.

Published December 10, 2016



Prison regime implementing a sectarian agenda

maghberrycrownwire.jpg Republican prisoners at Maghaberry jail have condemned discrimination against Irish culture and traditions by the jail administration.

Published December 10, 2016



Justice systems unmoved by concern over prisoners

isobelmaureen.jpg An Irish judge has drawn attention to herself after she hit out at an Irish parliamentarian’s interest in the human rights of political prisoners, and claimed to be ‘puzzled’ at her concern over the issue of internment by remand.

Published December 10, 2016



‘Save our Seas’ - film director highlights marine crisis

atlanticfilm.jpg A documentary on the Atlantic fishing industry has drawn a strong reaction after it was aired on Irish state television this week.

Published December 10, 2016



1916 Rising surrender letter to leave Ireland

pearseletter.jpg There have been protests after a surrender letter written by Easter Rising commander Padraig Pearse three days before his execution was placed for auction and is now set to leave Ireland after failing to sell.

Published December 10, 2016



Dail uproar as SF TDs named in connection with IRA attack

dailfarrellellis.jpg There were angry scenes in the Dublin parliament this afternoon after a Fine Gael TD named two senior Sinn Fein TDs he said were identified in an email sent by Gerry Adams to the Garda police commissioner about an unsanctioned IRA killing in 1983.

Published December 7, 2016



Adams hits back after e-mail ‘leak’

brianstackbig.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams is facing another battery of accusations and condemnations after it emerged that earlier this year he emailed the names of four senior republicans allegedly involved in an unsanctioned 1983 IRA killing to the Garda police Commissioner.

Published December 3, 2016



GAA could drop Irish symbolism from games

gaaanthem.jpg A statement by the President of the Gaelic Athletic Association that the organisation may consider dropping the use of the Irish flag and anthem at sporting events has been condemned by GAA fans and players as well as republicans.

Published December 3, 2016



Sugden’s concern for officers as Maghaberry nightmare deepens

maghaberrydog.jpg The Stormont Executive has been condemned for inaction amid a mounting crisis at Maghaberry jail which has seen yet another death at the jail and yet another violent attack by warders against a republican prisoner.

Published December 3, 2016



Sinn Fein renews focus on Irish unity

towardsunitedirelandpress.jpg Sinn Fein has published a discussion document, ‘Towards a United Ireland’, to lay out the rationale for reunification in terms of the economy, public services and reconciliation.

Published December 3, 2016



Water charges debate reignites after report

waterchargesprotest.jpg A commission on water charges set up by the coalition government has said the charges should be retained but with an increased allowance for domestic water use. Under its proposals, the commission says the “vast majority” of people should no longer have to pay water charges.

Published December 3, 2016



Irish President hails Castro as ‘giant among leaders’

michaeldcuba.jpg A bitter dispute in Dublin’s corridors of power over tributes to Cuban leader Fidel Castro lead the 26 County state to snub a funeral at which Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams was a prominent mourner.

Published December 3, 2016



PSNI ‘targeting our kids’

saoradhkid.jpg There was outrage in west Belfast this week after a ten year old girl was pictured being harassed by the PSNI.

Published November 26, 2016



Relief as British admit Manus Deery was innocent

manusdeery600.jpg The family of a teenager shot dead by the British Army more than 40 years ago have spoken of their relief after the British Ministry of Defence accepted his innocence.

Published November 26, 2016



American family accuse PSNI of cover-up

johnhemsworth600.jpg The family of a US citizen killed by the RUC (now PSNI) police in 1997 have accused those involved of being part of a “conspiracy of silence”.

Published November 26, 2016



Brokenshire condemned by UN for blocking inquests

jamesbrokenshire.jpg Britain’s governor in Ireland, James Brokenshire, has come under renewed pressure to accept responsibility for dealing with the legacy of the conflict in the North.

Published November 26, 2016



Kenny reported ready to accept traveller ethnicity

travellershorses.jpg In an apparent breakthrough for civil rights campaigners, the Dublin government has indicated it will support the recognition of Travellers’ distinct ethnic identity.

Published November 26, 2016



Irish immigrants fear Trump’s deportation plans

trump600.jpg There is concern for the undocumented Irish living in the US after Donald Trump vowed to deport or imprison millions of immigrants.

Published November 26, 2016



Extradition ordered over 1996 PIRA attack

jimmycorry.jpg The High Court in Dublin has ordered the extradition of a man accused of being involved in a Provisional IRA mortar attack on a British army barracks in Germany 20 years ago.

Published November 19, 2016



Fears that cashed-up UDA is rearming

udabig.jpg The South East Antrim UDA has obtained weapons from English-based crime networks in a move which could spark an ‘arms race’ among the various factions of the unionist paramilitary organisation, it has been revealed.

Published November 19, 2016



Retired priest’s home attacked

joemcveighwindows.jpg A popular Catholic priest may be forced out of his parochial house in Fermanagh after it was targeted in a sectarian attack.

Published November 19, 2016



Sinister Crown Force propaganda event at Tyrone school

loretoraf.jpg The British armed forces have been actively promoted by the PSNI police during a school visit in the predominately nationalist town of Omagh, County Tyrone.

Published November 19, 2016



UVF funeral gets PSNI approval

uvffuneral.jpg The kid-gloves handling of a unionist paramilitary funeral has exposed the “rank hypocrisy” of British policing in Ireland, according to Republican Sinn Fein.

Published November 19, 2016



‘All your lough is belong to UK’

loughfoyle.jpg The fallout over Brexit has prompted the British governor in Ireland, James Brokenshire, to aggresively assert a claim over Lough Foyle in the north of Ireland. He told the Westminster parliament that “the whole” of the lough, extending westward to the Donegal shoreline in the 26 Counties, is owned by Britain.

Published November 19, 2016



Discretion trumps all

trumpvictory.jpg Despite consternation and disbelief in Ireland at the result of the US Presidential election, political leaders including 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams were among those to congratulate Donald Trump this week on his election as US President.

Published November 12, 2016



PSNI harassment claims a second life

paddygreen.jpg A west Belfast man has died in troubling circumstances after being arrested and questioned for over ten hours by the PSNI last week.

Published November 12, 2016



British fear future generations of justice campaigners

mcgurksbanner.jpg A British Army file relating to the McGurk’s Bar massacre will be a state secret until 2056, it has emerged.

Published November 12, 2016



Tribute to Jordan family as justice fight goes on

pearsejordan600.jpg The family of Pearse Jordan have vowed to continue their fight for justice after a coroner concluded he could not say whether his killing by the RUC police was justified.

Published November 12, 2016



Republicanism strained by one-way peace traffic

mcguinnessqueen.jpg Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has renewed a controversy over his party’s ‘outreach’ efforts after he was spotted at a royal reception in London in which the English queen Elizabeth Windsor unveiled a new painting of herself.

Published November 12, 2016



Poppy dispute could hit World Cup qualification

poppyarmband.jpg Irish soccer player James McClean has been vindicated after FIFA, the international soccer body, insisted that the use of the poppy symbol on football jerseys is a political statement.

Published November 12, 2016



Sinn Fein ‘faces immense challenge’ on Brexit

sfwestminster.jpg There was a potentially significant development in the Brexit crisis this week when Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, refused to rule out his party taking up its four seats in Westminster ahead of a potentially critical vote on the issue in the London parliament.

Published November 5, 2016



Political interference wrecked Maghaberry prison deal

maghaberry600.jpg Amid fresh protests over abuses at Maghaberry Prison, a key mediator in an agreement struck in 2010 to ease tensions at the jail has admitted the deal collapsed as a result of unionist political pressure.

Published November 5, 2016



Jail visits blocked after assault furore

lorrainetonytaylor.jpg There have been protests on behalf of Derry republican internee Tony Taylor following an assault on his wife by a Maghaberry prison warder.

Published November 5, 2016



Sinister twist for harassment victims

arleneshannon.jpg Some republicans facing PSNI harassment through stop-and-search abuses may also be coming under pressure to provide information to British military intelligence, it has emerged.

Published November 5, 2016



Secret document reveals Britain’s massacre spin

logsheet.jpg The hard-won declassification of a secret military file proves that the British state knew the truth of the deadly attack on McGurk’s Bar in 1971, when 15 civilians were killed, but created a false narrative in an attempt to deflect blame onto the IRA.

Published November 5, 2016



Ireland urged to take in refugee children

calaiskidsvigil.jpg Several hundred people gathered outside the Dublin parliament on Wednesday night for a candlelit vigil calling for the 26 County state to house refugee children from the conflict in the Middle East who have so far been refused permission to enter Britain.

Published November 5, 2016



Death of a traitor

raymondgilmour.jpg The lonely death of an IRA informer has drawn attention to the contempt which British agencies hold for those who have betrayed their own communities to take the queen’s shilling.

Published October 29, 2016



North’s ‘principle of consent’ subordinate to UK powers - judge

brexitjudgement.jpg A Belfast judge has ruled that the 1998 Good Friday Agreement can not prevent a change in the North’s constitutional position if a process is initiated to pull the Six Counties out of the European Union.

Published October 29, 2016



PSNI run amok on the Falls

psniarrestfalls.jpg Police assaulted and threatened to shoot people in separate incidents amid heightened tensions in west Belfast.

Published October 29, 2016



British sought to re-convict the Guildford Four

gerryconlonreleased.jpg The sister of Guildford Four member Gerry Conlon has called for secret papers on his case to be made public after a small number were released to the BBC.

Published October 29, 2016



Wealthy loyalist says band members ‘defend north Down’

stittfoster.jpg Prominent loyalist Dee Stitt has appeared to admit that a publicly funded loyalist flute band is engaged in paramilitary activity.

Published October 29, 2016



New criminalisation effort opposed

criminalisationbanner.jpg There have been calls to strengthen efforts against the criminalisation and isolation of republican prisoners following a debate at the Stormont Assembly on the issue.

Published October 29, 2016



Child’s political conviction over water protest

jobstownprotest.jpg There have been international protests after a judge in Dublin convicted a 15-year-old boy of illegally “imprisoning” the Irish Tanaiste [Deputy Prime Minister] by peacefully demonstrating against water charges in front of her police-escorted car.

Published October 22, 2016



ONH ‘housekeeping’ link to shootings

joereilly.jpg It is unclear if a shooting on Thursday which left west Belfast man Joe Reilly dead is connected to tensions within a small breakaway IRA group which saw another man survive a ‘punishment’ shooting earlier in the week.

Published October 22, 2016



No bar to deportation of Irish citizens after Brexit

deportationuk.jpg Legal experts have warned that Britain’s exit from the EU could be used as an excuse to bar Irish citizens from the Six Counties and Britain from living there, and that the rights of Irish citizens to live and work under British jurisdiction will need to be enshrined in law.

Published October 22, 2016



Manus Deery inquest makes progress

manusdeeryfamily.jpg The former commanding officer of the two former British soldiers directly involved in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy in Derry has expressed his sorrow to the family of the deceased teenager, but said he would not accept the killing had been unjustified.

Published October 22, 2016



Saoradh warns over MI5 approaches

mi5hq.jpg The new republican party, Saoradh, has warned its supporters to be vigilant when confronted by British military intelligence, who they said are operating “outside the parameters of any legal framework”.

Published October 22, 2016



PSNI harassment seen as threatening and coervice

psnikids.jpg Republican Sinn Fein has said its members and their families are “under attack from the colonial police of British rule” after another series of harassment incidents.

Published October 22, 2016



Shifting lines as Brexit tempo increases

borderprotest.jpg The first shot in Britain’s departure from the EU has been fired across Irish bows after its governor in the north of Ireland, James Brokenshire, said Ireland should form part of Britain’s new immigration controls.

Published October 15, 2016



Budget 2017 ‘a failure of leadership’

budget17.jpg The 26 County budget announced this week for the 2017 fiscal year was marked by derisively meagre and delayed increases for those in deprivation, while generous measures were implemented to benefit bankers, developers, and landlords.

Published October 15, 2016



The mask slips again for North’s political justice system

davidjordan.jpg A court has thrown out politically-motivated charges against a prominent County Tyrone republican after British prosecutors abandoned the case.

Published October 15, 2016



Fennell open to dialogue over parade protest

fennelldonegan.jpg Prominent north Belfast republican Dee Fennell has said he is prepared to meet the Catholic priest he confronted over his support for a provocative Orange Order parade through Ardoyne and neighbouring areas.

Published October 15, 2016



Attacks on Catholics continue

arsonkat.jpg An arson attack on a flat in north Belfast was a sectarian bid by loyalists to burn out Catholics living in the area.

Published October 15, 2016



Sellafield safety fears renewed after TV expose

sellafieldbig.jpg The Dublin government has been urged to demand the complete closure of the Sellafield nuclear site on the west coast of Britain after a BBC programme raised concerns about safety at the facility.

Published October 15, 2016



Budget 2017 - main points

noonandonohue.jpg The main changes in 26 County taxation and spending for the 2017 fiscal year, as announced in their budget speeches by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe this afternoon.

Published October 11, 2016



Tories lurch towards the extreme

maythatcher.jpg British Prime Minister Theresa May has drawn comparisons to Margaret Thatcher after she outright rejected Irish and Scottish concerns over Brexit and moved to quash the right of Irish and other EU citizens to live and work in Britain and the north of Ireland.

Published October 8, 2016



Drumcree Orangeman seek Ardoyne-style ‘deal’

drumcreestandoff.jpg An Orange Order parade which was forced through the Ardoyne area of north Belfast last weekend has reopened the north’s biggest parading dispute.

Published October 8, 2016



Censorship bid by British military over new book

charlieone2.jpg The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) has attempted to suppress a book by a former soldier about his involvement in ‘dirty tricks’ operations in the north of Ireland.

Published October 8, 2016



UDA marches towards the millions

mckeagmural.jpg New UDA murals are being erected as millions of pounds of public funds are funnelled by the Stormont administration to a group closely linked to the loyalist paramilitary organisation, it has emerged.

Published October 8, 2016



Senior Gardai sought to “annihilate” reputation of whistleblower

noirinosullivan.jpg The Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan is under pressure to quit after the former head of the Garda press office admitted that he had taken part in a top level smear campaign against a whistleblower to try to undermine his allegations of corruption.

Published October 8, 2016



Tributes paid to hunger strikers

galballyhscommem.jpg A large crowd turned out in tribute to the H-Block Martyrs of 1981 when the 1916 Societies held their annual National Hungerstrike Commemoration on Sunday last, October 2nd, in Galbally, County Tyrone.

Published October 8, 2016



Orange parade ‘returns’ after 3 years

garcprotest0916.jpg An Orange Order parade was forced through the greater Ardoyne area in north Belfast on Saturday morning, October 1, amid a military-style policing operation and a bitter war of words among nationalists.

Published October 1, 2016



McGuinness facing investigation over use of royal powers

mcguinnessgloomy.jpg The secret use of royal privileges by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister is to be investigated by an Assembly committee after it emerged it has been used on three occasions since 2008.

Published October 1, 2016



New republican party may contest elections

saoradhaf.jpg The launch of a new republican party ‘Saoradh’ last weekend could bring disaffected nationalist voters back to the polls in the north of Ireland.

Published October 1, 2016



Killers ‘boasted they would never face trial’

martinohagan2.jpg A former newspaper editor has said the loyalist murderers of fellow journalist Martin O’Hagan have never been brought to justice because they were paid police informers.

Published October 1, 2016



Unionists seek to turn back tide on Irish language

banrionuladh.jpg A row over the name of a fisheries protection boat has highlighted efforts to undermine the Irish language within unionist-controlled departments at Stormont.

Published October 1, 2016



Dublin becomes the capital of homelessness

homelessdublin.jpg The housing crisis in Dublin continues to escalate, with the latest figures by the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive (DRHE) revealing that 998 families are now in emergency accommodation in the capital, an increase of 64pc on last year.

Published October 1, 2016



Soldiers reveals spying, shoot-to-kill bid

charlieone.jpg A former British army soldier has admitted he planted listening devices in the homes of senior politicians in the north of Ireland, years after the 1994 ceasefires and some still thought to be in use today.

Published September 24, 2016



Families walk away from humiliation meetings

ballymurphyfamiliesmeeting.jpg Families of victims of state killings have announced that they will be suing the British government, DUP leader Arlene Foster and Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness as the London and Belfast regimes again stonewalled their demands for legacy inquests.

Published September 24, 2016



Orange march to end Ardoyne dispute?

orangemarchardoyne.jpg Orangemen are to seek permission for a march through north Belfast next weekend, which if it goes ahead, could bring about the removal of their three-year protest camp at a sectarian interface.

Published September 24, 2016



Sinn Fein furious over new BBC smear

jenniferoleary.jpg A new claim broadcast by BBC Spotlight journalist Jennifer O’Leary against Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has been rejected by police and could provoke a libel action by Mr Adams.

Published September 24, 2016



Children flee for lives after loyalist mob attack club

watersideyouthclub.jpg A Derry mother has described how her family was forced to lie on the floor of her car as she fled through the city’s Waterside area after a loyalist mob targeted Catholic teenagers.

Published September 24, 2016



Anti-water charges campaign remains defiant

watercharges0917.jpg Political tension is building in the 26 Counties ahead of the annual budget announcements after a giant demonstration in Dublin again demanded the abolition of water charges.

Published September 24, 2016



Adams and McGuinness reveal timescale to quit

sfthinkin2016adams.jpg Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has announced that he will step down from his leadership role as part of the party’s ten year plan. Mr Adams indicated a time frame within ten years for his departure as party president, and confirmed that it was a matter of not ‘if, but when’.

Published September 17, 2016



Inquiry announced into northern corruption scandal

mcguinnessquaylerobinson.jpg The 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny has agreed that an inquiry should go ahead into evidence of corrupt practices in the sale of distressed property assets in the North of Ireland, but is refusing a broader inquiry into the actions of NAMA, the bank set up to handle such sales.

Published September 17, 2016



Maghaberry horror leaves prisoner blind

seanlynchdamian.jpg An “extreme and shocking” case of neglect has been reported at Maghaberry jail after prison staff watched but failed to intervene while a mentally ill prisoner blinded and mutilated himself.

Published September 17, 2016



Stormont political dynasties face new challenges

newwestminstercons.jpg The entry of a political party from the South and a profound redrafting of Westminster constituencies is set to shake up the political establishment in the North.

Published September 17, 2016



Woman interned in 1970s takes test case

evelyngilroy.jpg A West Belfast woman interned during the conflict is pressing for full disclosure of documents which she believes will show she was subjected to inhumane conditions.

Published September 17, 2016



Spain fights back against surge for independence

catalanprotest16.jpg Sinn Fein has condemned a decision by Spain’s Constitutional Court to back a ruling that Basque separatist politician Arnaldo Otegi cannot run as a candidate in an upcoming regional election due to a conviction against him for links to the armed group ETA.

Published September 17, 2016



PSNI accused after CS gas death

gerardmcmahon.jpg A man from a well-known republican family died at the hands of the PSNI on Thursday amid a new wave of police harassment and abuses in Belfast.

Published September 10, 2016



‘Profit process’ creamed hundreds of millions off property deal

carparkbag.jpg An auditor’s report has found that several hundred million euro have been lost to the 26 County exchequer in a notorious billion-pound property transaction as a recording emerged of a central figure in the deal apparently receiving a bag full of cash in a Belfast car park.

Published September 10, 2016



Brexit goes before the Belfast courts

mccordcourt.jpg The peace process is based upon membership of the European Union, the High Court in Belfast has heard, in one of two legal challenges to be taken against the British decision to withdraw from the EU.

Published September 10, 2016



Documents reveal British Army likely shot single mother

jeansmyth.jpg A judicial review is being heard in connection with the discovery that the British Crown forces concealed the truth about the suspected military killing of a woman in west Belfast for more than 40 years.

Published September 10, 2016



Accusations fly amid calls for republican dialogue

mackeykearney.jpg A new war of words has broken out between Sinn Fein and rival republicans following a claim that ‘dissidents’ were responsible for an arson attack on a community centre in Derry.

Published September 10, 2016



Barman quits over policy of ‘no Irish allowed’

cormacobruic.jpg There have been calls for new measures to protect the rights of Irish speakers after an employee of a well-known Cork city pub was told that he was not allowed to speak Irish on the premises.

Published September 10, 2016



Fake economy exposed by Apple tax ‘windfall’

noonanapple.jpg The Dublin government is the subject of anger and ridicule after it defended illegal tax dodges by multinational corporations and rejected a European ruling that it receive up to 13 billion euro in unpaid taxes from US corporation, Apple.

Published September 3, 2016



Sinn Fein suffers damaging Antrim split

mcguiganmla.jpg A Sinn Fein councillor and 17 party activists have quit the party in response to its treatment of Daithi McKay, a party Assembly member who was forced to resign his seat last month over his contacts with loyalist Jamie Bryson.

Published September 3, 2016



Tories set to wreck human rights basis to peace deal

liztruss.jpg The Tory government in London is to push ahead with a decision to scrap its Human Rights Act as part of its ‘Brexit’ agenda to drag the north of Ireland and Scotland out of the European Union.

Published September 3, 2016



Soldiers lurk as RNU commemorate McCracken

mccracken16.jpg The Republican Network for Unity has condemned the presence of British army troops in the area of their annual commemoration for Henry Joy McCracken last Sunday, August 28.

Published September 3, 2016



Housing crisis linked to tax scandal

boardedhouses.jpg The scandal over the Dublin government’s failure to collect tax from US multinationals has refocused attention on its favourable treatment of international ‘vulture funds’ who purchased large property asset portfolios following the 2008 economic crisis.

Published September 3, 2016



Success for Bobby Sands movie

brendanjbyrne.jpg An Irish-made documentary exploring the life and death of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands smashed the national box office record in its opening weekend, and continues to sell out weeks after it opened.

Published September 3, 2016



‘Don’t take them down’

glenariffegates.jpg The chairman of a County Antrim Gaelic sports club has resigned after it voted to remove entrance gates dedicated to the memory of two Irish War of Independence martyrs in order to secure a grant from a unionist-controlled council.

Published August 27, 2016



Bryson sought revenge for Dervock band - report

dervockbandmasked.jpg A dispute over a sectarian loyalist parade through the mainly nationalist town of Rasharkin last week is being linked to the “leak” of private messages targeting Sinn Fein Assembly member Daithi McKay.

Published August 27, 2016



Call for new investigation into informer recruitment coercion

johnbradybig2.jpg The Police Ombudsman has been urged to review an investigation into the suspicious death of a republican while in PSNI custody after an investigator linked to the case resigned.

Published August 27, 2016



Papers reignite hunger strike ‘deal’ debate

orawemorrison.jpg Recently released government papers dating from 1985 have again reopened a debate about negotiations which took place during the 1981 hunger strike which some have argued could have prevented the deaths of six of the ten republican prisoners who died.

Published August 27, 2016



Collusion victim’s son condemns ‘years of lies’

stepinnbig.jpg A man whose wife was killed when a car bomb exploded outside the Step Inn bar in south Armagh 40 years ago has said he wants to see a new inquest

Published August 27, 2016



New delay as end of Bloody Sunday saga is “in sight”

bloodysundymarch2011.jpg The Bloody Sunday families have called on the PSNI to state whether or not they intend recommending that the soldiers responsible for the 1972 killings are prosecuted.

Published August 27, 2016



Sinister agenda sees McKay ousted

daithimckaybig2.jpg Senior Sinn Fein political figure Daithi McKay, who worked to expose wrongdoing in the murky world of Ireland’s NAMA property deals, could end up being the only direct casualty of the scandal following his forced resignation this week.

Published August 20, 2016



Apprentice Boys marchers provoke city centre outrage

abodchanting.jpg The main Apprentice Boys of Derry parade of the year infuriated residents after loyalist band members were seen to lead inflammatory chanting and sectarian singing at the heart of the overwhelmingly nationalist city.

Published August 20, 2016



Dialogue appeal over tensions in republican areas

adamsfennell.jpg Support is growing for a public dialogue to address a rift in republican communities following an appeal for talks by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

Published August 20, 2016



Nationalist bonfires seen as hotspots of dissent

derrybonfire16.jpg Thousands attended this years anti-internment bonfires, traditionally held on the feast day of the Assumption, and which have become public displays of nationalist dissatisfaction with the Stormont administration and British rule.

Published August 20, 2016



Irish Olympics boss arrested in multi-million ticket tout scheme

pathickeyarrested.jpg Irish corruption is again the subject of international media attention following the arrest of the President of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) Pat Hickey as part of a Brazilian police investigation into an insider ticket touting scandal.

Published August 20, 2016



International solidarity as hunger strike anniversary marked

blanketmenmarch.jpg Sinn Fein have marked the 35th anniversary of the hunger strikes with a march involving thousands of activists in west Belfast.

Published August 20, 2016



Sinn Fein Assembly member quits over NAMA testimony

daithimckaybig.jpg

Published August 18, 2016



Feud fears as Stormont cosies up to killers

boreland.jpg The Six County administration in Belfast has been accused of sustaining loyalist criminality following the murder of a former UDA leader by a rival loyalist gang.

Published August 13, 2016



Call for state recognition for heroic Bloody Sunday priest

sundayduddydaly.jpg Tributes have been paid following the death of the former Bishop of Derry, Edward Daly, who attended to the victims on Bloody Sunday at the risk of his own life. However, his memory has also been subjected to a sickening sectarian attack by a former member of the British Crown forces who claimed to have been present at the massacre.

Published August 13, 2016



Governors assault prisoners in Maghaberry mayhem

maghaberry600.jpg There were clashes at Maghaberry jail this week as prison governors took part in two separate assaults on republican prisoners over a 48 hour period.

Published August 13, 2016



Palestinian anger at Sinn Fein’s links to Israeli regime

sinnfeinlikud.jpg Palestinians have expressed dismay that representatives of Sinn Féin have been hosting delegations from Likud, the party of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Published August 13, 2016



State historians pressured to provide centenary ‘propaganda’

191620162.jpg Historians involved in advising the decade of centenaries for the Dublin government have revealed how they were asked to provide pro-British propaganda for use in the north of Ireland, but refused “point blank”.

Published August 13, 2016



Freedom of assembly denied, but anti-internment message is heard

internmentmarchblocked.jpg Thousands of republicans staged a peaceful protest after an anti-internment parade was barred from entering Belfast city centre last Sunday.

Published August 13, 2016



Loyalist parade intimidation ends

twaddellprotestmarch.jpg Three years of nightly loyalist disturbances in north Belfast appear to be at an end after a group of Orangemen said they have suspended their attempts to march into the republican Ardoyne area.

Published August 6, 2016



Republicans at odds over festival link to PSNI

feileprotest.jpg A row has erupted over the attendance of the PSNI police at events at Feile an Phobail, the West Belfast festival.

Published August 6, 2016



Strong support for banned march to Belfast city hall

internmentprisoners.jpg A large PSNI operation is expected to be put in place to prevent a civil rights parade by the Anti-Internment League reaching Belfast city centre on Sunday.

Published August 6, 2016



PSNI’s hypocrisy over hate crimes exposed

wrightbanner.jpg The PSNI is facing allegations of double standards on hate crimes as they refused to answer questions about a provocative poster of a loyalist killer gloating over a murderous attack.

Published August 6, 2016



Pensions of Ireland’s ‘elite’ revealed

aherncowenbig.jpg Sinn Fein finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has described the figures for the top public sector pensions as “obscene”.

Published August 6, 2016



Kevin Lynch remembered

dungivenirsm.jpg Hundreds gathered in Dungiven South Derry last Sunday, 31st July, to march in commemoration of INLA Volunteer and H-Block martyr Kevin Lynch, who died after 71 Days on Hunger Strike, on August 1st 1981.

Published August 6, 2016



Kenny ‘flip flops’ with push for border controls

maykennydowning.jpg Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams has expressed his party’s dismay after a meeting on Brexit between the 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the new British Prime Minister Theresa May focused exclusively on the imposition of new customs and immigration controls along the Irish border.

Published July 30, 2016



Internment parade banned from Belfast city centre

internmentmarch16.jpg The annual anti-internment parade planned for next weekend has been blocked from marching to Belfast City Hall by the Parades Commission.

Published July 30, 2016



Taylor takes action over prison treatment

tonytaylor3.jpg Lawyers for staff at Maghaberry prison in County Antrim have admitted violating their own policies in a recent case of abuse against Irish republican internee Tony Taylor.

Published July 30, 2016



Testimony confirms British Army killer unit not disbanded

fruhurst.jpg A recently released document marked ‘restricted’ has provided a new perspective on the British government’s collusion with loyalist paramilitaries in the north of Ireland.

Published July 30, 2016



UDA show of strength after parades body approval

udamarch.jpg A parade in support of UDA paramilitaries took place again this year in south Belfast and once again in defiance of Parade Commission restrictions.

Published July 30, 2016



Light sentences for Anglo fraudsters

anglothree.jpg Three former Irish bank executives have been sentenced to combined prison terms of just eight years three months despite being found guilty of committing one of the biggest financial crimes in world history.

Published July 30, 2016



Changed utterly? Party leaders accept reunification drive

kennymacgill.jpg In a potentially historic advance, the Irish Taoiseach and the leader of the largest opposition party in the Dublin parliament have both said they recognise the prospect of a referendum to bring about Irish reunification.

Published July 23, 2016



‘No crime’ say PSNI as UVF banner celebrates murders

wrightbanner.jpg The PSNI police have refused to even describe as a hate crime a new loyalist paramilitary banner which gloats about the UVF murder of four men in County Tyrone.

Published July 23, 2016



New row over Cameron’s Bloody Sunday apology

cameronsunday.jpg Former British PM David Cameron has been accused of hypocrisy over his Bloody Sunday apology amid efforts to eulogise his legacy following his departure from Downing Street.

Published July 23, 2016



Justice campaign for Robert McGuinness

robertmcguinness.jpg The brother of a 20-year-old man shot dead by the British Army 43 years ago has embarked on a campaign to clear his name of accusations that he was armed at the time.

Published July 23, 2016



Soldier’s death linked to war crime 40 years earlier

leonorneybig.jpg A coroner has been given a letter revealing new evidence about a ‘psychopathic’ British soldier who was linked to the murder of a west Belfast teenager and also plotting to assassinate Gerry Adams.

Published July 23, 2016



Call to reform ‘inhumane’ Direct Provision

directprovisionkids.jpg There have been new calls for the Dublin government to disband their “inhumane” Direct Provision centres as a report revealed the mental strain endured by those consigned to live in the refugee shelters.

Published July 23, 2016



Councillor attacked at Ballycastle parade

mcshaneinjured.jpg Independent nationalist councillor Padraig McShane was attacked and left bleeding from his head in the most serious incident arising from the ‘Twelfth’ parades by the anti-Catholic Orange Order on Tuesday.

Published July 16, 2016



Action against hate bonfires would ‘increase disorder’ - PSNI

bonfireposters.jpg The PSNI police has washed its hands over a series of hate crimes and other offences at this year’s loyalist ‘Eleventh Night’ bonfires, calling for “consultation and dialogue” instead of bringing charges against loyalists.

Published July 16, 2016



New British PM and Direct Ruler ‘value Northern Ireland’

maybrokenshire.jpg The new British Prime Minister Theresa May has stressed her commitment to maintaining British rule in the north of Ireland amid concern among human rights workers that her appointment will further undermine civil and human rights here.

Published July 16, 2016



‘Messy business’ as debate over post-Brexit border begins

eubarbedwire.jpg Sinn Fein’s Deputy First Minister at Stormont, Martin McGuinness, has said the new British Prime Minister is on a collision course with the European Union over its approach to what he described as a “disastrous decision” to leave the EU.

Published July 16, 2016



Growing support for release of Derry internee

tonytaylormural.jpg Pressure for the release of Derry republican Tony Taylor has increased following the dropping of a prosecution dating from October 2015 and the removal from her post of British Direct Ruler Theresa Villiers, who ordered his internment.

Published July 16, 2016



Census confirms numbers of vacant homes amid housing crisis

emptyhouses.jpg Homeless campaigners have demanded immediate action after Census 2016 found almost 200,000 houses and apartments lying empty across the 26 Counties.

Published July 16, 2016



Villiers replaced as British Direct Ruler

jamesbrokenshire.jpg James Brokenshire, a 48-year-old Tory MP and junior Home Office Minister based in Kent, has been named as the new British Direct Ruler in Ireland after Theresa Villiers was dropped from the post.

Published July 14, 2016



Houses gutted by bonfires as Orangemen march

bonfirehouses16.jpg There were confrontations this morning as sectarian parades were forced through Catholic communities following a night in which bonfires were lit to herald the day of loyalist aggression.

Published July 12, 2016



Theresa May to become British PM on Wednesday

theresamay.jpg British Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed he will officially step down on Wednesday, months ahead of schedule. His announcement came after it emerged his replacement will be Home Secretary Theresa May, whose last rival for the leadership of the Conservative Party dropped out this morning.

Published July 11, 2016



Unionists ‘veto’ Irish Brexit forum

kennyfoster.jpg Sinn Fein has called on the Taoiseach to press ahead with a plan to convene a national, all-Ireland forum on dealing with the fallout of the British vote to leave the EU.

Published July 9, 2016



Kenny facing party demands for timeline to quit

kennycoveneyvaradkar.jpg Pressure is growing on the Fine Gael leader and 26 County Taoiseach Enda Kenny to declare a timetable for his departure as questions mount over his leadership abilities in the wake of the Brexit crisis in Britain.

Published July 9, 2016



Bonfire terror ‘utterly insane’

bonfireracist.jpg A number of potentially toxic Eleventh Night bonfires in Belfast have caused fear and alarm, including one outside a city centre hotel and others near houses in east Belfast.

Published July 9, 2016



Nationalists to protest Twelfth parades

orangeworkmans.jpg The Protestant marching season reaches its climax on Tuesday with a number of provocative sectarian marches once again planned for nationalist areas.

Published July 9, 2016



Upheaval in British Labour Party linked to Iraq report

blaircorbyn.jpg An attempted internal party coup within the British Labour Party is being blamed on the publication of an official government report by John Chilcot into the Iraq war. Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister and Labour leader, was savaged in the verdict and faces angry demands for justice from British victims of the war.

Published July 9, 2016



Sign of the times as Irish language is attacked

defacedirishsign.jpg A new initiative to support the Irish language in the North has been attacked in a unionist campaign of vandalism and hate.

Published July 9, 2016



Unionists fear unity, demand border troops

nesbittbryson.jpg Unionists have expressed concern at a renewed support for Irish nationalism and republicanism following the result of the recent British referendum to leave the European Union.

Published July 2, 2016



New British PM could take hard line on Ireland

maygove.jpg The battle to replace David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party and British Prime Minister is set to be dominated by two contendors with extreme right-wing views.

Published July 2, 2016



New evidence points to cold-blooded killing

colummarks.jpg The Police Ombudsman is to examine the death of a republican 25 years ago after relatives of IRA Volunteer Colum Marks brought a High Court challenge over the ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy of planned state executions.

Published July 2, 2016



Increase in harassment of republicans

lurganincident.jpg Republican Sinn Fein has said two members of its Ard Chomhairle leadership were among a group stopped and ambushed in Lurgan, County Armagh in a heavy-handed operation by British forces this week.

Published July 2, 2016



Orange parade plan for Ardoyne abandoned

wallofsteel16.jpg A major Orange Order parade passed off peacefully in Belfast on Friday after a proposed march through nationalist areas of north Belfast did not go ahead.

Published July 2, 2016



Shock over latest charity scandal

consolekelly.jpg The founder of Irish suicide prevention charity Console, his wife and son ran up credit card bills of almost half a million euro on items such as designer clothes, foreign trips and weekly groceries over a three-year period, according to a long-delayed audit of the charity.

Published July 2, 2016