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  • Christians will not be Prosecuted for Voicing Opposition to Homosexuality Northern Irish Judge Rules

    09/14/2007 4:43:56 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 11 replies · 533+ views ^ | September 11, 2007 | Hilary White
    Christians will not be Prosecuted for Voicing Opposition to Homosexuality Northern Irish Judge Rules By Hilary White BELFAST, September 11, 2007 ( - The homosexual political movement in Britain was dealt a rare setback this week as a Northern Irish court ruled to curb some parts of notorious regulations. The Sexual Orientation Regulations of the Equality Act, that came into effect in January, would have allowed gay activists in Northern Ireland to prosecute people expressing religious oppositions to the homosexual lifestyle. The judge struck down the harassment provisions appearing in the legislation for Northern Ireland but supported the Regulations in...
  • Plans to ban plasma TV's (Energy Inefficient)

    09/10/2007 6:57:31 AM PDT · by Crazieman · 61 replies · 2,610+ views
    The Sun Online ^ | 9/9/2007
    THE Conservatives will propose banning plasma screens and other energy-guzzling electrical goods in a report to be unveiled next week. The proposals target white goods like fridges and freezers, as well as TVs, personal computers and DVD players that use too much energy or operate on stand-by. The ideas come from a Conservative group set up by David Cameron to develop policies to protect the environment and although the measures to make household electrical appliances more energy efficient are not binding on Mr Cameron, they are thought likely to be warmly received by the Tory leader. The group will also...
  • N Ireland SAS hero looks back (contrasts fighting IRA with war against Islamofascists)

    07/31/2007 10:41:41 PM PDT · by Stoat · 4 replies · 2,377+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | August 1, 2007
    N Ireland SAS hero looks back  The Falls Road then ... In the summer of 1969, a young soldier warily patrols the troubled area of Belfast - the start of the Army's 38-year operation     August 01, 2007       SAS hero Andy McNab learnt his Army trade on the streets of Northern Ireland. During the 1970s it was one of the most dangerous places in the world.Today British troops officially pull out of Northern Ireland after 38 years.Operation Banner was the longest-running continuous campaign in Army history, with 300,000 soldiers serving and 763 killed by paramilitary terrorists.Here, as...
  • Army mission in Northern Ireland finally over

    07/31/2007 12:26:08 AM PDT · by Winniesboy · 1 replies · 272+ views
    AFP via Yahoo UK news ^ | 31.07.07 | Anon
    The army's operation in Northern Ireland comes to an end Wednesday after nearly four decades, another symbolic milestone on the path to peace in the long-troubled province. The military landmark, from midnight (2300 GMT) Tuesday, comes two months after self-rule was restored in Belfast following a historic power-sharing deal between former Protestant and Catholic foes. Operation Banner, at 38 years the army's longest-ever continuous campaign, saw more than 300,000 personnel serving, over 6,000 injured and 763 killed by paramilitaries during the bleak years of terrorism and sectarian bloodshed. All that will remain will be a 5,000-strong regular garrison, with troops...
  • Westminster Will not Meddle with Northern Ireland Abortion Laws says Secretary of State

    07/26/2007 4:38:02 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 2 replies · 285+ views ^ | July 25, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
            Abortion Methods     PoliticsInternationalWhat Can I Do? Educational InformationNews PartnersCulture Features Crisis Pregnancy Support Free DailyE-News Subscribe Friends New on LifeSite Donate About Us Contact Site Map Wednesday July 25, 2007 Printer friendly version Email to a friend   Westminster Will not Meddle with Northern Ireland Abortion Laws says Secretary of State Pro-Lifers give the news a "cautious welcome" By Elizabeth O'BrienLONDON, England, July 25, 2007 ( - Northern Ireland Secretary of State Paul Goggins has claimed that Westminster has no plans to extend British abortion law to Northern Ireland and that the N....
  • New era dawns on Northern Ireland

    05/08/2007 2:54:34 AM PDT · by ReignOfError · 14 replies · 409+ views ^ | 5/8/07 |
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (CNN) -- Northern Ireland's major Protestant and Catholic parties join together Tuesday to form a power-sharing government, marking a "new era of politics" and an end to three decades of sectarian conflict in the British province. Long the guiding hands over the peace process, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern will attend the swearing-in ceremony at Stormont, the Northern Ireland assembly, near Belfast. (Watch the long path Northern Ireland took to get to this point ) The breakthrough came in late March during the first face-to-face talks between the Protestants of Ian...
  • Paisley, Ahern in first public handshake (Northern Ireland)

    04/04/2007 5:23:31 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 7 replies · 365+ views
    RTE News, Ireland ^ | Wednesday, 4 April 2007 22:37 | RTE News Staff
    Related Stories and Video at - Paisley, Ahern in first public handshake Ian Paisley and Bertie Ahern have shared a public handshake ahead of talks which the Taoiseach described as very businesslike and friendly. Mr Paisley spoke of good and civilised relationships on the island and said it was important to engage with Northern Ireland's closest neighbour. As he arrived, Mr Paisley acknowledged the significance of what he was about to do. 'I have to shake this man's hand,' he said. 'I'll give him a grip.' The handshake was vigorous and strong, with a slap on the back. Advertisement...
  • Northern Ireland parties announce deal

    03/26/2007 8:34:39 AM PDT · by nypokerface · 10 replies · 472+ views
    AP ^ | 03/26/07 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland - The leaders of Northern Ireland's major Protestant and Catholic parties, sitting side by side for the first time in history, announced a breakthrough deal Monday to forge a power-sharing administration May 8. The agreement followed 4 1/2 years of deadlock and unprecedented face-to-face negotiations between the British Protestants of Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party and the Irish Catholics of Gerry Adams' Sinn Fein. The two foes — who for years negotiated only via third parties at Paisley's insistence — sat beside each other at a table in the main dining room in Stormont Parliamentary Building in...
  • U.K.: The 250,000 families with a spy in the bins (Test of trash cans that weigh your garbage)

    03/17/2007 10:41:20 AM PDT · by Stoat · 49 replies · 4,424+ views
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | March 16, 2007 | STEVE DOUGHTY
    The 250,000 families with a spy in the binsBy STEVE DOUGHTY - More by this author » Last updated at 22:33pm on 16th March 2007 Comments (36) Wheelie bins: £140,000 trial Also see... • Residents revolt against wheelie-bin spies   The Government has paid for the chips to be installed in three areas of Northern Ireland, now regularly used as a testing ground for Labour's plans for the rest of the country. Tories warned that the chips will be used for the first tests of a tax on bins. The chips are used to weigh bins so that householders can...
  • Ireland: Hain not sorry for his slavery apology ("Gov't obsessed with revisionist history")

    02/16/2007 7:46:26 AM PST · by Stoat · 11 replies · 592+ views
    Belfast Today ^ | February 16, 2007
    Hain not sorry for his slavery apology  The Northern Ireland Office has said Peter Hain will not be apologising for clouding the issue over Ulster's role in the slave trade. The Secretary of State said his reason for attending an event in New York on Wednesday to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery was to apologise for "the role Wales and Northern Ireland played in the slave trade". "We acknowledge that. We take responsibility for it and we now are going to try and at least say that that historical legacy must be recognised and we...
  • No one will be left behind in a Tory Britain (Op-Ed by British Tory Leader David Cameron)

    01/28/2007 11:44:15 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 407+ views
    The Observer ^ | January 28, 2007 | David Cameron
    The subject of community cohesion, for understandable reasons, has become prominent in our national conversation over the past few years. But it is a challenge we have faced before: the question of how we live together is as old as humanity itself. Throughout history, there have been periods when Britain has not been entirely comfortable with itself or individual communities within it. Who would now question the contribution made by Jewish people to British society - or even talk about there being a conflict between being British and Jewish? And yet, only 50 years ago, this was exactly the debate...
  • NI police collusion 'confirmed'

    01/22/2007 2:22:53 AM PST · by Triggerhippie · 3 replies · 268+ views
    BBC News ^ | 22 Jan 07 | BBC News feed
    Police colluded with loyalists behind several murders in north Belfast, a report by the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland is to confirm. Nuala O'Loan's report will say UVF members in the area committed murders and other serious crimes while working as informers for Special Branch. The report will also say some Special Branch officers protected the killers and ensured they were not caught. NI Secretary Peter Hain said it "shone a torch into a very dark corner". The report, to be published on Monday, will call for a number of murder investigations to be re-opened. But it is unlikely that...
  • Ireland: Politicians not welcome at massacre memorial service (Families of IRA victims make request)

    01/06/2007 6:48:54 PM PST · by Stoat · 46 replies · 1,018+ views
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | Januray 6, 2007 | Claire McNeilly
    Politicians not welcome at massacre memorial service [Published: Saturday 6, January 2007 - 09:21]By Claire McNeilly Ulster politicians were yesterday absent from an annual memorial service after victims' group FAIR asked them to stay away. More than 30 relatives of the victims gathered at the site of the IRA Kingsmill massacre in order to commemorate those who perished 31 years ago. The short 15-minute service took place at 11am at the site of the 10 killings, half-a-mile from the village of Whitecross, Co Armagh. FAIR spokesman Willie Frazer said that both the prospect of Sinn Fein in government and...
  • Minister slams Putin's 'attacks' on democracy

    11/26/2006 9:19:04 AM PST · by M. Espinola · 26 replies · 654+ views
    Evening Standard ^ | 11-26-2006
    Tensions between Britain and Russia burst into the open today when a leading Cabinet minister voiced criticism of President Putin's "huge attacks" on liberty and democracy.Peter Hain, the outspoken Northern Ireland Secretary, indicated that relations with Moscow had hit a low as he exhorted the Russian leader to return to democratic processes. Outspoken: Peter Hain, Northern Ireland Secretary His comments come as the Government has been treading carefully with Russia amid claims that the Kremlin ordered the poisoning of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London. The Foreign Office asked Moscow on Friday to hand over any material which might...
  • Omagh bombing trial gets started (Northern Ireland)

    09/25/2006 11:28:19 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 18 replies · 532+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 25 September 2006 | Jonathan McCambridge
    Omagh bombing trial gets started DNA evidence links man to 1998 massacre, court is told By Jonathan McCambridge 25 September 2006 The trial of the man accused of murdering 29 people in the 1998 Omagh bomb massacre finally got under way today. Belfast Crown Court was told that DNA and fibre evidence could connect 37-year-old Sean Hoey to the no-warning Real IRA explosion and a number of other dissident republican attacks. Hoey, from Molly Rd, Jonesborough, who denies a total of 58 terrorist offences, sat in the dock in Court 12, guarded by two court officials, as the Diplock trial...
  • Sinn Fein accuse McDowell of 'posing' as tough on crime (Sinn Fein/IRA getting scared?)

    09/11/2006 12:59:56 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 33 replies · 532+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 11/09/2006 - 4:02:14 PM GMT | N/A
    Sinn Fein accuse McDowell of 'posing' as tough on crime Sinn Féin spokesperson Aengus O Snodaigh TD today accused Minister for Justice Michael McDowell of "headline grabbing" and posing by adopting a tough stance on crime. In his statement Mr O Snodaigh supported suggestions that overcrowding at Mountjoy contributed to the death of Gary Douch in July adding: "More prisons and bigger prisons is not the answer." The Dublin south-central TD said: “After the tragic death of Gary Douch in Mountjoy Prison at the end of July, the Irish Prison Service rejected suggestions that Mountjoy was overcrowded, or that overcrowding...
  • Real IRA admits city bomb attacks

    08/11/2006 10:58:01 AM PDT · by Jack2006 · 24 replies · 578+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 11 August 2006
    The dissident republican Real IRA has claimed responsibility for the firebomb attacks on stores in Newry this week. Firebombs destroyed JJB Sports and CarpetRight stores in the town whilst a TK Maxx store and MFI outlet were among those badly damaged on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the cross-border railway line between Newry and Dundalk has been closed while police carry out a search. It follows the Real IRA's warning in its statement that there may be unexploded devices on the line. The firebomb attacks earlier this week are estimated to have caused damage worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. Newry's SDLP mayor...
  • IRA 'has ceased its criminality' (more lies)

    07/25/2006 1:37:51 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 21 replies · 666+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 25 July 2006 | Not stated
    IRA 'has ceased its criminality' The IRA is no longer involved in any centrally organised criminality, the British and Irish governments believe. Speaking after meeting Irish ministers, NI Secretary Peter Hain said cross-border intelligence indicated the IRA was living up to its commitments. Mr Hain said individual IRA members may still be involved in criminal activities, but that should not prevent political progress from being made. However, the DUP's Nigel Dodds said Mr Hain was "living in fantasy land". "This latest assessment from the secretary of state lacks credibility and will be treated by the vast majority of people in...
  • IRA murdered mother 'not an informer'

    07/07/2006 3:56:37 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 33 replies · 715+ views
    Ireland OnLIne ^ | 07/07/2006 | Not stated
    IRA murdered mother 'not an informer' 07/07/2006 - 12:34:40 A mother of 10 who was abducted and shot dead by the IRA nearly 34 years ago was officially cleared today of allegations that she was an informer. Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan said her investigators had found no evidence Jean McConville passed information to the security services. The IRA claimed Mrs McConville, who was seized as she went to the aid of a fatally wounded British soldier outside her front door in December 1972, worked for the intelligence’s agencies. Public pressure forced them into making an apology for the...
  • Man jailed for five years for IRA membership

    06/28/2006 11:47:50 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 17 replies · 528+ views
    Ireland OnLine ^ | 28/06/2006 | Not stated
    Man jailed for five years for IRA membership 28/06/2006 - 13:50:34 A Dublin man who a top garda said had been a member of the IRA since he was 15 years old, has been jailed for five years at the Special Criminal Court. Vincent Kelly, who was arrested wearing an Oglaigh na hEireann t-shirt, was found guilty by the three-judge court earlier this month of being a member of the IRA on June 7 last year. Kelly, who is now 21, of Empress Place, Ballybough, Dublin was arrested when gardaí found a handgun hidden inside a van on the Malahide...
  • IRA were behind 58pc of Troubles

    05/30/2006 1:19:49 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 116 replies · 1,478+ views
    Belfast Today ^ | 30 May 2006 | Not stated
    IRA were behind 48pc of Troubles murders A UNIVERSITY of Ulster academic yesterday blamed the IRA for the overwhelming majority of murders during the Troubles. Henry Patterson, Professor of History at Jordanstown, challenged the view that the Northern Ireland conflict was a simple "war of liberation" by republicans against colonial interests and said there were key differences between the Troubles in Northern Ireland and struggles in Africa and Latin America. He told the sixth International Conference of The Spanish Association for Irish Studies at the University of Valladolid in Spain that the Provisional IRA was responsible for 48 per cent...
  • McGuinness rubbishes media 'British spy' claims

    05/30/2006 12:12:59 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 81 replies · 994+ views
    Ireland Online ^ | 30/05/2006 - 12:28:01 | not stated
    Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness has rubbished claims by a number of tabloid newspapers that he is a high-level British spy. The claims were made on Sunday, but Mr McGuinness said today that he was certain no evidence would ever be produced to support the allegations. He also accused the Democratic Unionist Party of being in league with the British spy-handler who was allegedly the source of the allegation. "This is a dirty trick manufactured and constructed by people within the DUP who are now hooked up to others hostile to the [peace] process," he said
  • (Sinn Fein's) Adams angered at museum snub

    05/27/2006 3:56:58 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 30 replies · 646+ views, Cork, Ireland ^ | 27/05/2006 - 5:11:31 PM | Irish Examiner Newspaper
    Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams tonight claimed he had been snubbed by a prestigious British museum. The 57-year-old, who has been welcomed in the White House, No 10 Downing Street and the home of Nelson Mandela, said the Victoria and Albert Museum in London had refused to invite him to its Che Guevara exhibition. He hit out at the museum for claiming that his presence would be neither relevant or appropriate on the launch night. “I think its stance is especially absurd given that this particular exhibition is about an iconic revolutionary figure, with family connections to Ireland, who fought...
  • It’s time to stop the sinister Shinners (Shinners = Sinn Fein/IRA)

    05/10/2006 11:41:45 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 7 replies · 445+ views
    Western People ^ | Wednesday, May 10, 2006 | John Cooney
    Wednesday, May 10, 2006 It’s time to stop the sinister Shinners By: John Cooney THE week-end news story which jumped out of the pages was the revelation that Sinn Fein is linked to a major abuse of the voting register. The Sunday Tribune’s front-page report was based on allegations by Fianna Fail back-bencher Sean Ardagh, one of my local T.D.’s in the Dublin South Central constituency. Sean, who is chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Justice committee, has done a civic service to voters by brining to the Government’s notice the first concrete evidence of electoral fraud that is imputed to...
  • Provisionals linked to expulsion of family at centre of row after killing (IRA at it again!!)

    04/30/2006 8:33:42 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 61 replies · 704+ views ^ | April 28, 2006 | Not stated
    Provisionals linked to expulsion of family at centre of row after killing The Provisional IRA has been linked to the forcing out of a family at the centre of a dispute in west Belfast following the murder of Gerard Devlin. However, the latest assessment by the IMC said the organisation had not sanctioned the use of violence in relation to the expulsion. Mr Devlin (39), a father-of-six, was stabbed to death on February 3 in Ballymurphy. His killing sparked a wave of attacks. The IMC said that after the murder the IRA "sought to defuse tensions and that despite popular...
  • Judge throws out Omagh bomb suspect's legal challenge

    04/28/2006 1:31:02 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 4 replies · 334+ views
    Breaking ^ | 28/04/2006 | Not stated
    Judge throws out Omagh bomb suspect's legal challenge 28/04/2006 - 15:04:46 The trial of the man charged with the Omagh bomb atrocity should go ahead in September, a judge ruled today. Confirmation that Sean Hoey, aged 36, should stand trial came when a judge threw out an application by lawyers acting for the electrician that the charges should be dropped. In a ruling at Belfast Crown Court Mr Justice Weir said he had carefully considered submissions made by both the defence and the Crown during a No Bills Application and had decided there was a case to answer and the...
  • IMC report finds IRA committed to 'political and peaceful path' (IMC are gullible fools!!)

    04/26/2006 1:10:07 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 5 replies · 296+ views
    4NI ^ | 26 April 2006 | Not stated
    26 April 2006 IMC report finds IRA committed to 'political and peaceful path' The Independent Monitoring Commission today published its tenth report, revealing that the body set up to monitor paramilitary activity had found the IRA leadership to be committed to "following a political and peaceful path." In the report, the IMC stated that it had also reason to believe that the IRA had reduced its criminal activity and intelligence gathering. They still had reason to believe that some of its senior members were still involved in criminal activity, however. The report also claimed that not all of the organisation's...
  • Imminent Ulster car bomb attack foiled by police

    04/20/2006 12:57:45 PM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 27 replies · 598+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 19/04/2006 | Not stated
    Imminent Ulster car bomb attack foiled by police (Filed: 19/04/2006) Police in Northern Ireland have seized 250lb of home-made explosives, foiling a potentially devastating car bomb attack. Local youths threw petrol bombs at police after the raid A senior policeman said those behind the plot - likely to be dissident republicans - planned to explode the device "as soon as possible". Four men were arrested during the raid on a breaker's yard in Lurgan, Co Armagh. A car was also taken away for forensic examination. Superintendent Alan Todd, Lurgan's police commander, said the police had no knowledge of a specific...
  • We won't give up guns yet, say UVF

    04/13/2006 12:44:30 PM PDT · by elc · 28 replies · 614+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 13 April 2006 | Brian Rowan
    The UVF leadership, in the first interview of its kind in almost 30 years, reveals today its internal thinking on winding down the organisation, decommissioning, its attitude to the latest political process and a host of other issues. The secretive organisation has revealed it will not make a statement on the future of its organisation until after the November 24 deadline for a political deal here. In the interview, the UVF signals its preference for an internal political settlement, but also flags up potential hostility to the two governments' alternative 'Plan B'. That new position was outlined by the paramilitary...
  • IRA suspect convicted of 1989 attack on British base

    04/09/2006 10:41:44 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 16 replies · 514+ views ^ | 04/04/2006 - 11:26:22 | Not stated
    IRA suspect convicted of 1989 attack on British base A former member of the IRA was convicted today for his role in a 1989 attack on a British military base in Germany and sentenced to six years in jail. A German state court in Celle found Leonard Joseph Hardy, aged 45, from Antrim, guilty on several counts of attempted murder and of deliberately causing an explosion. Hardy, who was arrested in August in a hotel in the Spanish resort city of Torremolinos and did not fight extradition to Germany in January, has admitted being a member of an IRA “Active...
  • He is not a criminal, says (Gerry) Adams (defending one of his fellow terrorists!!)

    03/24/2006 6:20:45 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 64 replies · 798+ views
    Belfast Today ^ | 24 March 2006 | Not stated
    He is not a criminal, says Adams Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams yesterday stood by alleged former IRA chief Thomas "Slab" Murphy. The businessman, whose farm is at the centre of a police probe into a multi-million pound smuggling operation, has been wrongly demonised, he claimed. Mr Adams said: "Tom Murphy is not a criminal. He is a good republican." Murphy's sprawling estate, straddling the Irish border, was among 15 properties searched yesterday during police raids planned in Belfast and Dublin. Around £200,000 in cash, 30,000 cigarettes, 8,000 litres of fuel and weapons were all seized in the offensive against...
  • Sinn Fein says U.S. must take Adams off watch list

    03/20/2006 10:43:15 PM PST · by Panerai · 19 replies · 613+ views ^ | 03/21/2006 | Shawn Pogatchnik
    DUBLIN, Ireland --Sinn Fein accused the Bush administration Monday of needlessly harassing officials of the IRA-linked party at airports in the United States, where party leader Gerry Adams was detained last week because he is on the U.S. "watch list." Adams and his longtime aide, Richard McAuley, were delayed Friday from traveling to Buffalo, N.Y., for a meeting just hours after both Sinn Fein officials were guests of President Bush in the White House for St. Patrick's Day. They missed the flight -- and still were missing two suitcases when they returned Monday to Ireland. "This is a nonsensical position...
  • Students pushing for Intelligent Design (Movement reaching Ireland )

    03/20/2006 2:09:44 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 139 replies · 1,620+ views
    SecEd ( UK) ^ | 03/02/2006
    Students pushing for intelligent design Secondary pupils in Northern Ireland are spearheading a campaign to introduce a scientific concept, banned in the United States, into the curriculum. Students from both secondary schools and some of the province’s most prestigious grammar schools claim that so-called intelligent design will give a “more balanced view of how the world came into being”. Intelligent design is the concept that certain features of the universe and living things are best explained by an “intelligent cause” – the existence of God. Its leading proponents say it is a scientific theory that stands on equal footing...
  • Higgins Outraged When Sinn Fein Leader Stopped By Terrorist Watch List (Adams is a terrorist!!)

    03/18/2006 10:14:19 AM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 44 replies · 857+ views
    WKBW ^ | Mar 18th 2006 | Not stated
    Higgins Outraged When Sinn Fein Leader Stopped By Terrorist Watch List Mar 18, 2006 - A St. Patricks day crowd in South Buffalo didn’t get to hear the star attraction…he was detained in Washington after turning up on a terrorist watch list. Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein was detained at Reagan National Airport. Sinn Fein is the political arm of the Irish Republican Army. Congressman Brian Higgins broke the news to hundreds of people celebrating the holiday at the Irish Center in South Buffalo. “We got a call tonight that Gerry Adams is being detained in Washington for in...
  • Adams and other leaders invited to White House

    03/16/2006 6:31:15 AM PST · by elc · 67 replies · 888+ views
    UTV ^ | 3/10/06
    Invites to the White House for St. Patrick's Day celebrations have been issued to the leaders of all Northern Ireland's main political parties. The Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, will be among the leaders despite last year`s public snub by the US administration over accusations of republican involvement in the murder of Belfast man, Robert McCartney and the £25 million Northern Bank heist. Other leaders attending the celebrations will be DUP leader Ian Paisley, SDLP leader Mark Durkan and Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey. Alliance leader David Ford and the Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine have also been...
  • Police raid farm of IRA 'chief of staff'

    03/09/2006 7:28:30 PM PST · by 1066AD · 6 replies · 420+ views
    The Daily Telegraph(UK) ^ | 3/10/2006 | Tom Peterkin
    Police raid farm of IRA 'chief of staff' By Tom Peterkin, Ireland Correspondent (Filed: 10/03/2006) The farm owned by the man suspected of being the Provisional IRA's chief of staff was raided yesterday in the largest police operation mounted against suspected organised crime on the Irish border. Thomas "Slab" Murphy's property, which is alleged to be at the heart of the IRA's smuggling empire, was among those searched by police, soldiers and customs officials. Fuel tankers were driven from Murphy's farm after the raid More than 300 British and Irish police officers carried out raids simultaneously on both sides of...
  • IRA supporters attack police, thwart Protestant march through central Dublin

    02/25/2006 12:37:44 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 96 replies · 1,019+ views
    CBC ^ | Feb 25, 2006 | Shawn Pogatchnik
    DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) - Several hundred Irish Republican army supporters attacked police on Dublin's central boulevard and near the parliament building Saturday to prevent an unprecedented parade by Northern Ireland Protestants. In riotous scenes rarely seen in the Republic of Ireland, protesters hurled bottles, bricks and fireworks, at police as they tried to clear the hostile crowd from O'Connell Street. The Garda Siochana, Ireland's national police force, said 14 people - six officers, seven protesters and a journalist - were hospitalized, mostly with head wounds. More than a dozen other people suffered less serious injuries. The police advised shoppers and...
  • Clashes in Dublin over loyalist march

    02/25/2006 9:02:31 AM PST · by Murtyo · 39 replies · 695+ views
    RTE News ^ | 25 February 2006 16:54 (Irish Time) | RTE News
    Around 300 protestors, who opposed the planned loyalist 'Love Ulster' march, have clashed with gardaí in Dublin city centre. Rocks, bottles, planks of wood and firecrackers were thrown as gardaí, photographers and journalists came under attack. The Garda Riot Squad are still in attendance and a total of 37 people have been arrested. They are being held at Store Street and Pearse Street garda stations. Fourteen people, including six gardaí, have been injured and are being treated in hospital. Skirmishes were reported on O'Connell Bridge and Aston Quay and there was a stand-off for a time on Fleet Street. Loyalist...
  • IRA Pledges Peaceful Pursuit of a United Ireland

    02/19/2006 9:30:40 PM PST · by quantim · 16 replies · 436+ views ^ | 2006-02-20
    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says that Irish Republicans plan to avoid a return to violence in their pursuit of a united Ireland. At his party's annual conference on Saturday, Adams told delegates in Dublin that the IRA's decision to end their armed campaign last July brings new responsibilities for the movement. He acknowledged some party members believe the IRA made a mistake in renouncing violence. But he seems firm with the decision. "I have made it clear from the Republican perspective that the war is over. No one should harbour the notion that the Republican struggle can be advanced...
  • SF (Sinn Feinn) critical of (Irish) Govt on (Irish) unity

    02/18/2006 10:25:32 AM PST · by Murtyo · 30 replies · 340+ views
    RTE News (Dublin, Ireland) ^ | 18 February 2006 14:27 | Radio Telefís Éireann News
    There has been sustained criticism of the Government at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis for what delegates said was its failure to promote Irish unity. Kerry TD Martin Ferris also likened the Progressive Democrats to Dr Ian Paisleys DUP in its approach to the peace process, accusing the junior coalition partner of trying to subvert the Good Friday Agreement. The main themes of the Ard Fheis this morning were workers' rights and Irish unity. Advertisement West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff called for people in Northern Ireland to be given the vote in Presidential elections He pointed out that of the...
  • Hamas And The IRA

    02/16/2006 10:12:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 612+ views ^ | 2/16/06 | Asaf Romirowsky
    When Palestinians revealed their true colors electing Hamas to 74 seats in the Palestinian Legislative Council, the Arab world was dumb-struck. An Islamist terror group had finally snatched power from the ruling old guard and woke up the world to a new Middle East reality. But does Hamas' victory really represent the decisive shift where Palestinian politics began going down-hill? Historians and students of current affairs often compare the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to that between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republican Army (IRA), in which an organization claiming to represent Catholics took up arms against Irish Protestants and the British. For...
  • Adams faces a torrid time on visit to US SF under pressure over 'IRA murder'

    02/11/2006 3:33:48 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 11 replies · 588+ views
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 11 February 2006 | Mark Hilliard
    Gerry Adams will face a barrage of criticism here next month over the alleged IRA murder of Dubliner Joe Rafferty. Senior political figures have indicated that Sinn Fein is at its lowest ebb in the US in the light of ongoing accusations of IRA criminality. Congressmen and senators who met Mr Rafferty's family in Washington DC this week are appalled at the stance of Sinn Fein and determined to put the party under pressure during Mr Adams' visit. The recent campaign tour of the Rafferty family and the publication of the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) report has further tarnished the...
  • Conroy says no link found between bomb blasts (Ireland)

    02/10/2006 1:24:45 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 3 replies · 264+ views
    RTE News ^ | 10 February 2006 | Not stated
    The Garda Commissioner, Noel Conroy, has said no link has been established between last night's pipe bomb attack and another bomb that exploded near in Coolock two days ago. The Garda Technical Bureau has spent the day examining the scene of last night's explosion in the driveway of a house. The device was placed under a car parked in the driveway of a house on Roseglen Avenue in Kilbarrack exploded. The spare wheel of the Renault Clio bore the brunt of the explosion, which seriously damaged the car and also blew in the front window on the ground floor of...
  • Reiss set to meet Rafferty family (Joeseph Rafferty was murdered by Sinn Fein/IRA)

    02/03/2006 2:42:30 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 5 replies · 312+ views
    Sunday Life ^ | 29 January 2006 | Not stated
    US PRESIDENT George Bush's special envoy to Ireland is to meet the family of a Dublin man who they say was murdered by republicans. Ambassador Mitchell Reiss said yesterday that there were a number of "serious concerns" about the killing in April last year of Joseph Rafferty and similarities with the death of Robert McCartney who was killed by the IRA. The 29-year-old was murdered after leaving his home near Clonsilla in west Dublin after what that family said was a long running row with republicans. He was shot twice by a gunman disguised as a construction worker as he...
  • IRA in link to £70m property empire (Ireland)

    02/03/2006 12:44:08 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 7 replies · 366+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 01 February 2006 | By Tom Brady
    IRA in link to £70m property empire Garda specialist units seize documents in series of raids By Tom Brady 01 February 2006 An IRA link to a massive £70m-plus property empire in the Republic is being investigated by several Garda specialist units. A series of raids on businesses, houses and the offices of professional advisers has been carried out in four counties in the past week. A huge dossier of documentation, seized in the searches which began a week ago and ended yesterday, will now be analysed to establish if any of the businesses were used to launder IRA monies....
  • IMC report due to land in Government in-trays (Whiteswashes IRA activity)

    01/30/2006 2:55:46 PM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 9 replies · 212+ views
    4NI ^ | 30 January 2006 | Not stated
    The Independent Monitoring Commission is due to hand its latest report on paramilitary activity to the British and Irish Governments later today. Ahead of the public disclosure of the contents of the report on Wednesday, NIO Minister Shaun Woodward said that he had "absolute confidence" in the Commission. However, Sinn Fein Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness said that he did not consider the IMC to be an independent body. The report is likely to reflect favourably on the lack of Republican paramilitary activity, but may also reflect the PSNI's expressed view that paramilitaries are involved in organised crime. Set up in...
  • John Kerry postpones Ulster visit

    01/27/2006 3:52:47 AM PST · by maggief · 56 replies · 1,204+ views ^ | 01/27/2006
    John Kerry postpones Ulster visit Former US presidential candidate John Kerry has been forced to pull plans to visit the North this weekend. The Democratic Massachusetts senator, who challenged President George Bush unsuccessfully in the 2004 election, was due to visit the University of Ulster in Derry to deliver a prestigious lecture on security in the 21st century. He was also expected to meet a number of the North's politicians during his visit to the Magee Campus in Derry. University authorities have been told to postpone his lecture because of pressing business in the US Senate in Washington.
  • Paisley rejects power sharing

    01/16/2006 2:35:54 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 36 replies · 492+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 17 January 2006
    NORTHERN Ireland's biggest Protestant party overnight ruled out sharing power with its rival Catholic counterpart, dealing a serious blow to hopes the semi-autonomous government could be restored following disarmament by the IRA. There was "no prospect of an executive including Sinn Fein/IRA for the foreseeable future", Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said, referring to the now officially defunct Catholic paramilitary group and its political wing. "In keeping with our manifesto commitments, the DUP will not countenance an executive in Northern Ireland that is inclusive of those who are not committed to explicitly peaceful and democratic means," he...
  • The IRA Bagman and Kim Jong Il's hot dollars (USA seeks extradition of alleged counterfeit schemer)

    12/08/2005 2:22:24 PM PST · by Stoat · 9 replies · 1,088+ views
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | December 8, 2005 | David McKittrick
    The IRA Bagman and Kim Jong Il's hot dollars Sean Garland is legendary in Ireland for his violent republican past. But was he also a frontman for a counterfeiting scheme run by the communist regime of North Korea? America wants to extradite the Workers Party chief claiming he smuggled millions of dollars in fake $100 bills  David McKittrick reports 08 December 2005 It is a tale of codenames and counterfeiting, of the United States secret service, Russia and North Korea, of international political and criminal conspiracy and intrigue, of millions of dollars in illicit currency. Kim Jong Il, the...
  • Closely watched by two police forces, the quiet farmer who calmly looks after the IRA's millions

    10/08/2005 7:01:32 AM PDT · by Irish_Thatcherite · 16 replies · 896+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 07 October 2005 | David McKittrick
    Closely watched by two police forces, the quiet farmer who calmly looks after the IRA's millions By David McKittrick 07 October 2005 Thomas "Slab" Murphy, the IRA leader suspected of having millions of pounds invested in property in Manchester, has for most of his republican career led a charmed life. He has never been convicted of any offence, despite the fact that for more than two decades every Northern Ireland secretary, every chief constable and every general has spent long hours pondering how to put him behind bars. In his home area of South Armagh and further afield, everyone knows...