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  • Shock as Sinn Fein surges in new poll as govt parties lose ground [Ireland elections]

    02/14/2016 4:44:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Irish Central ^ | February 14, 2016 04:27 AM | James O’Shea
    Sinn Fein have surged by 3 points to 20 percent in the second week of the Irish election set for February 26th, according to the highly trusted Red C poll for the Sunday Business Post. Sinn Fein gains came despite a major media and political barrage aimed at the party after a bloody spate of Dublin gangland killings and Sinn Fein's position on ending the Special Criminal Court, which operates without juries and that tries gangland suspects. The Sinn Fein surge seems to have been at the expense of the current government partners, Fine Gael and Labour, who have dropped...
  • Peter King: Boehner’s Fall Result Of “People Like Ted Cruz” Who “Hijack And Blackmail The Party”

    Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, says Tea Party Republicans like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are to blame for the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner. “I think he could of been influenced by the pope being here yesterday and that it’s just time to end the fighting that’s gone on, the needless fighting that’s gone on,” King said to radio host John Grambling on Friday. “But having said that I’m disappointed. I think John was as good as a speaker that you could find and he’s undermined by people in his own party from day one. It’s...
  • Experts to assess IRA in bid to bolster Belfast government (N. Ireland)

    09/22/2015 8:02:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2015 10:50 AM EDT
    Britain says a new expert panel will report on the activities of the Irish Republican Army and other outlawed paramilitary groups as part of efforts to heal the rift in Northern Ireland’s unity government. […] The IRA in 2005 declared it had renounced violence and disarmed in support of power-sharing. Protestant leaders are threatening to end cooperation with the IRA-linked Sinn Féin party because of police assessments that IRA members killed a former Belfast comrade last month. …
  • Why Jeremy Corbyn Scares British Jews So Much

    09/17/2015 3:55:37 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | Liam Hoare
    His politics are that of principled rebellion. Between 2005 and 2010, when Labour was in government, Corbyn voted against party lines 25% of the time. Known for his anti-war politics, he has publicly supported both the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Irish republicans. In 1996 the Guardian editorialized that his ill-timed meeting with Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein made him “a fool whom the Labour Party would probably be better off without.” Now, with the party in disarray, Corbyn has come out of obscurity to become Labour’s next leader — and British Jewry is worried. In a recent Survation poll, 67%...
  • Northern Ireland first minister steps down amid impasse

    09/10/2015 5:27:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 10, 2015 7:43 PM EDT | Gregory Katz
    The future of the Catholic-Protestant power-sharing government in Northern Ireland is hanging by a slender thread with First Minister Peter Robinson’s decision Thursday to step down, along with all but one of his ministers, because of a series of disputes. Democratic Unionist leader Robinson left one party figure, Arlene Foster, in place as temporary first minister and finance minister, but the coalition government has been seriously weakened by developments and may ultimately be suspended, leading to a restoration of direct British rule from Westminster. The crisis stems in large part from a police finding that that Irish Republic Army dissidents...
  • Londonderry to be renamed Derry as Unionists cry foul (Northern Ireland)

    07/25/2015 3:26:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 24, 2015 09:04 AM | Cathy Hayes
    The Derry City and Strabane District Council have voted in favor of moving to officially changing the name of Londonderry to Derry. Unionists are describing the decision, voted upon on Thursday evening, as “sectarian” and “disgusting.” The vote passed with the full support of Sinn Féin, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), and the Independent councillors, despite opposition from the minority unionist block. The council will now write to Environment Minister Mark H. Durkan of the SDLP, on how to go about the change. Durkan is himself a native of Derry. According to, 28 councillors voted to seek...
  • Dublin elects its first ever Sinn Féin mayor (Irish terrorist party)

    06/30/2015 5:26:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Irish Central ^ | June 30, 2015 02:15 AM | Cathy Hayes
    Críona Ní Dhálaigh, Sinn Féin councilor and “Dub, born and bred,” has been elected as the new Lord Mayor of Dublin. Ní Dhálaigh replaces Christy Burke after an agreement was made that a Sinn Féin councilor would take over the position during the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Fianna Fáil councilor Jim O’Callaghan and independent councilor Mannix Flynn put their names forward to try to prevent this from happening. Ní Dhálaigh got 41 out of 59 votes on Monday evening and nine went to O’Callaghan and eight went to Flynn. […] O’Callaghan, who objected to the election of a Sinn...
  • British Election: Implications for Ireland of Tory win less than salubrious

    05/07/2015 1:21:46 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | Thursday, May 07, 2015 | Shuan Connolly
    ...The prospect of an in-out EU referendum driven by David Cameron's desperate attempts to keep the Conservatives together on Europe while fending off the threat from the UKIP [insert laughter here -- 'Civ] right is a nightmare scenario for the Irish government. Dublin often takes comfort from hiding behind Britannia's skirts in Brussels when the British take all the flak for opposing tax and other financial harmonisations in a belligerent stance that also benefits Ireland. With Nick Clegg trading away yet another of the Lib Dems principles and doing a U-turn on his previous opposition to a referendum, if Cameron...
  • GOP Rep. Peter King dismisses Ted Cruz as 'carnival barker'

    03/23/2015 9:48:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | March 23, 2015 | Deirdre Walsh, Senior Congressional Producer
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who is considering his own bid for the White House, mocked Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's announcement that he was running in 2016 and said the Texas Republican isn't qualified to serve as president. "Shutting down the federal government and reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a carnival barker not the leader of the free world," King said in a written statement on Monday. King's statement references a Cruz speech on the Senate floor that last more than 20 hours, railing against Obamacare in 2013. The New York Republican...
  • Peter King on Rand Paul, Ted Cruz: They Aren’t ‘Responsible Adults’

    03/10/2015 4:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 10, 2015 | Andrew Desiderio
    Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has made no secret of his disdain for Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX). Speaking to the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) at their presidential forum, King lambasted the senators and implied they aren’t “responsible adults.” “[Rand Paul] is concerned about drones, he’s afraid the CIA might use drones to attack Americans drinking coffee in Starbucks,” King said, drawing a few laughs from the crowd. He suggested ISIS might be further emboldened to attack America if the commander-in-chief thinks the “real threat” is the CIA killing Americans with drones. “Then we have Ted Cruz,...
  • Ireland to Accept Motion Recognizing ‘Palestine’

    12/09/2014 3:04:38 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    INN ^ | 12/10/2014, 12:16 AM | Ben Ariel
    The Irish government is expected to accept a motion to be proposed by the opposition calling on parliament to recognize “Palestine” as a state, Reuters reports. The decision follows the passing of a motion in Ireland’s upper house in October calling on the government to formally recognize a Palestinian state. Members of parliament in the lower house are due to discuss the motion proposed by the opposition Sinn Féin party later on Tuesday and on Wednesday, according to Reuters. A government spokesman said it will not oppose the bill, meaning MPs will not be required to vote. The motion calls...
  • Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor joining Sinn Féin

    12/09/2014 10:03:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2014 10:26 AM EST
    Sinéad O’Connor, long a critic of church and state in Ireland, says she’s joining the Irish nationalist Sinn Féin party—and wants its leaders to step aside for younger voices free of IRA connections. The 48-year-old singer, who recently released her 10th album “I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss,” says Sinn Féin is the only left-wing party able to steer Ireland toward social equality. …
  • Sinn Féin chief Adams accused of IRA rape cover-up

    10/16/2014 4:33:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 16, 2014 4:54 PM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    Sinn Féin party leader Gerry Adams denied new accusations Thursday that he concealed child-abuse crimes within his own secretive movement, this time allegedly committed by a Belfast officer of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Mairia Cahill, a member of one of Belfast’s top IRA families, appeared alongside a former foreign minister outside Ireland’s parliament to accuse Adams of conspiring to suppress her reports of being raped by an IRA commander from Adams’ home district in 1997, when she was 16. …
  • (Tony) Blair faces being called to Parliament over ‘comfort letters’ to on-the-run IRA suspects

    07/13/2014 11:47:36 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 07:11 EST, 13 July 2014 | Matt Chorley
    Tony Blair faces being called to Parliament over a secret deal with Sinn Féin, which allowed suspected IRA bombers to avoid prosecution. The former Prime Minister is set to be summoned by the Northern Ireland select committee to explain the controversial “comfort letters” sent to on-the-run suspects telling them they were not being sought by the police. MPs are warning that if he fails to appear, there will be “bad publicity”. The policy led to the collapse of the trial of suspected Hyde Park bomber John Downing in March. The peace process plan agreed between Sinn Féin and Mr Blair’s...
  • Rep. Peter King fears Ted Cruz, Rand Paul stronger

    06/11/2014 6:23:04 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | June 11, 2014 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Rep. Peter King on Wednesday said the Republican Party cannot allow Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to take over following House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s defeat. “We can’t allow Eric’s defeat last night allow the Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over the party, or their disciples to take over the party,” the moderate New York Republican said on MSNBC.
  • Sinn Féin emerges as biggest party in Northern Ireland; DUP claims most seats

    05/24/2014 6:19:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 24 May 2014
    Sinn Féin has emerged as the biggest party in Northern Ireland following the local government elections—but the DUP has claimed the greater number of council seats. The republican party claimed 24.1% of all first preference votes with the DUP on 23.1%. Both parties, however, saw their share of the vote slip with the DUP down by 4.1% and Sinn Féin marginally down by 0.7%. …
  • Irish voters reward Sinn Féin, punish government parties

    05/24/2014 12:04:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 24.05.14 @ 15:50 | Honor Mahony
    Irish voters on Friday (23 May) gave a strong signal to the government that they have tired of austerity, reaching out to alternative parties in the local elections and set to do the same for the EU vote. According to an exit poll by state broadcaster RTE on Saturday morning, the governing center-right Fine Gael party is set to take 22 percent of the vote, down seven percentage points from the last EU vote in 2009. […] Sinn Féin, which sits with the leftist GUE group in the European Parliament, is set to elect three of the country’s 11 seats,...
  • Rep. Peter King Would Run in 2016 Just to Prevent President Ted Cruz or Rand Paul

    05/17/2014 6:45:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 05/17/2014 | Matt Willstein
    Republican Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio get thrown around a lot as possible GOP presidential candidates for 2016. One prominent Republican who does not get mentioned much in that context is Rep. Peter King (R-NY). But during one of his frequent interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Friday, King said he is seriously considering making a run at the nomination, if only to prevent those younger, more right-wing candidates from becoming president. Asked by Blitzer about his 2016 plans, King said he’s “certainly looking at” the possibility, which will include a trip to New Hampshire next month. He...
  • Rep. Peter King plans presidential trips to Iowa, South Carolina (Attacks Cruz and Paul)

    05/11/2014 2:23:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)New York Rep. Peter King is stepping up his attacks on 2016 GOP hopefuls Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul as he builds on his burgeoning presidential campaign with planned trips to Iowa and South Carolina. “I don’t want the Republican Party taken over isolationists such as Rand Paul, or people like Ted Cruz who want to shut the government down,” he said while visiting Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. “I want there to be an alternative voice which I feel is in the tradition of Eisenhower, of Reagan, and you know, traditional Republicans who believe in strong national defense...
  • McCartney sister is 'threatened' (Sister of man murdered by the IRA)

    04/14/2005 3:20:52 AM PDT · by cooper72 · 54 replies · 803+ views
    A sister of murdered Belfast man Robert McCartney has said she was threatened at her home in the Short Strand area. Paula McCartney said a woman told her she would be put out of the area. The family also said they had to stop handing out leaflets about a vigil in her brother's memory when they were confronted by about a dozen people. Mr McCartney, 33, was stabbed after a row in a Belfast bar. The IRA has been blamed for the murder and interference with evidence and witnesses. The family said Mr McCartney's partner, Bridgeen Hagans, was also told...
  • Gerry Adams arrest: NI police granted extension

    05/02/2014 1:30:24 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2 May 2014 | anon
    Police in Northern Ireland have been given more time to question Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. ... An initial 48-hour deadline to either charge or release him was due to expire at 20:00 BST on Friday, but the police successfully applied for more time to question him. ...
  • Arrest of Adams is 'an act against democracy'

    05/02/2014 5:50:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    EU Observer ^ | May 2, 2014 | unattributed
    The European Left's candidate for the European Commission presidency, Alexis Tsipras, Friday called for the immediate release of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams who is been held for questioning in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. Tsipras called the arrest a "politically inflammatory act against democracy".
  • Gerry Adams arrest: Martin McGuinness blames ‘the dark side’ (Northern Ireland)

    05/02/2014 12:59:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 01 May 2014
    Martin McGuinness blamed the “dark side” of policing for Gerry Adams’ detention during the election campaign and insisted his leader could have been questioned without being arrested. He said the questioning centered on books Mr. Adams had written and what others said about him—those “maliciously and vehemently” hostile to the peace process. …
  • Gerry Adams arrested over McConville murder

    04/30/2014 1:03:15 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies ^ | 30 April 2014 | bbc
    Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams arrested
  • Peter King: Rand Paul ‘Unfit to Be a Leader of a Party’

    03/09/2014 5:28:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | March 09, 2014 1:48 PM
    Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) was on “America’s News Headquarters” today, where he discussed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. In his speech, Paul said that the NSA monitors all phone calls. […] “I think it’s an ignorant strategy which shows that he’s unfit to be a leader of a party. To say that the NSA is monitoring people’s phone calls—the NSA does not listen to anyone’s phone calls, cannot record the conversations of anyone’s phone call, unless there’s a court order, and that can only be obtained after [they’ve] shown direct contact with a terrorist...
  • Liam Adams jailed for raping and abusing daughter

    11/27/2013 10:12:45 AM PST · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27th November 2013 | BBC News
    'Liam Adams, a brother of Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams, has been jailed for 16 years for raping and abusing his daughter. Adams' sentence is subject to an automatic 50% remission. Adams, 58, from Bernagh Drive, Belfast, was convicted of 10 offences in October, including rape and gross indecency, against his daughter, Áine, who waived her right to anonymity. She welcomed the sentence but said it was "still much too little, too late".'
  • Belfast’s Lord Mayor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir (Sinn Féin) Endorses Christine Quinn (for NYC mayor)

    06/15/2013 1:43:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Politicker ^ | 6/13/13 4:02pm | Jill Colvin
    Northern Ireland’s Lord Mayor of Belfast offered an enthusiastic endorsement of a certain Irish-American mayoral candidate Thursday morning during a visit to Gracie Mansion. “We think that every city needs an Irish mayor. And New York has had a series of wonderful mayors and we think it would be wonderful in the days ahead, in the short time ahead, if New York had an Irish-American mayor again,” Lord Mayor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir told Politicker this morning, as he posed for photographs with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn by his side. While Mr. Ó Muilleoir didn’t mention...
  • Six police injured in Belfast riots

    07/02/2011 5:09:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Six police officers were injured and seven people were arrested during overnight clashes in east Belfast, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said. Rioting broke out following the Protestant “mini Twelfth” parade on Friday, a force spokeswoman said. Police vehicles were damaged and missiles were thrown at officers trying to quell the “significant disorder” in the Castlereagh Street and Albertbridge Road areas of the city. Officers used rubber bullets and a water cannon to try to disperse the crowds, finally bringing calm to the area in the early hours of Saturday. Six officers were hurt when youths threw by blocks...
  • An Open Letter To Gerry Adams MP

    01/21/2002 6:10:09 AM PST · by Benson_Carter · 13 replies · 4+ views web site ^ | January 8, 2002 | Harry Barnes MP
    Dear Gerry Today is the first day on which you can claim office space and parliamentary allowances. You’ll see from last month’s debate in the Commons that I did much to support the proposition that you and your colleagues are given offices in the Commons. Together with the allowances, this should net about half a million pounds for Sinn Fein. This tidy little sum will go some way to making up the shortfall in funding from gullible Americans who were outraged by the IRA activities in Colombia organised by your friend, let’s just call him bungling Brian. You know yourself ...
  • Ireland's EU-IMF rescue means bank shake-up, likely fall of Irish government in January

    11/22/2010 8:27:17 AM PST · by EBH · 8 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Monday November 22, 2010, 10:35 am | Shawn Pogatchnik
    The shock of Ireland's decision to seek a bailout, after weeks of denying it needed one, has proved too much for the fragile government. The junior member of the coalition, the Green Party, stunned Cowen and his Fianna Fail party by announcing Monday they want parliament dissolved in January for an early election. A Green withdrawal would destroy Cowen's three-vote parliamentary majority. Green Party leader John Gormley said his party would support Cowen through the Dec. 7 vote on the 2011 budget as well as the related four-year plan and the expected flow of the bailout money in coming weeks....
  • Sinn Féin activists breach gates of Government Buildings (protest over imposed austerity measures)

    11/22/2010 8:11:33 AM PST · by Zakeet · 10 replies
    The Journal (Ireland) ^ | November 22, 2010
    A GROUP OF ABOUT 100 protestors – many of them carrying Sinn Féin banners – forced their way through the gates of government buildings earlier this afternoon, following a protest against the government’s handling of the economy. The group – led by Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh - were calling for the immediate resignation of the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, following yesterday’s announcement that Ireland had been forced to seek emergency bailout funding from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
  • Still Killing: IRA Linked to FARC, Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Taliban

    11/08/2010 10:27:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 8, 2010 | Rick Stanton
    Think the IRA has stepped off the world stage? Their role is closer to that of ringleader. One of America’s most influential terrorist enemies traces its lineage back some thirty years — and it isn’t a Muslim organization.In splinter groups like the Continuity IRA and more recently the Real IRA, Irish terrorists have positioned themselves at the center of a network connecting revolutionary FARC rebels in Colombia, Hezbollah in the Middle East, al-Qaeda in Iraq, and Taliban forces in Afghanistan currently fighting and killing American troops. The IRA and PFLP have trained together and coordinated attacks, weapons smuggling, and other...
  • Murphy acquitted over Omagh bombing (Real IRA)

    03/03/2010 2:53:39 PM PST · by happinesswithoutpeace · 7 replies · 355+ views
    The Irish Times ^ | Thursday, February 25, 2010 | The Irish Times
    Murphy acquitted over Omagh bombing COLM MURPHY walked free from the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday after he was cleared at a retrial of a conspiracy charge in relation to the 1998 Omagh bombing which killed 29 people and injured more than 300. Mr Murphy said after being acquitted of the charge: “I am glad to see it’s all over. Find out who was behind it – MI5 agents setting people up.” The three-judge non-jury court ruled that there was no evidence upon which the court could have convicted Mr Murphy after it ruled that all the evidence of...
  • Accused Cuba spy 'sought to be US envoy to Northern Ireland'

    06/14/2009 9:23:26 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 478+ views ^ | June 10, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    Kendall Myers, 72, who appeared in federal court in Washington on Wednesday charged with spying for Havana for nearly 30 years, had a fascination with Northern Ireland. The Daily Telegraph has established that as well as seeking the envoy's post, which carried the rank of ambassador, Mr Myers travelled to the British Isles and met British and Irish officials, senior Northern Ireland politicians and intelligence officers. .... "Anything this guy could have found from his European responsibilities he might have funnelled to the Cubans for them to sell off," said John Bolton, a former top State Department official in the...
  • Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba...

    06/05/2009 4:00:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,260+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba for Nearly 30 Years Couple Allegedly Conspired to Provide Classified Information to Cuban Government A former State Department official and his wife have been arrested on charges of serving as illegal agents of the Cuban government for nearly 30 years and conspiring to provide classified U.S. information to the Cuban government. The arrests were announced today by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Channing D. Phillips, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; Joseph Persichini, Jr.,...
  • Ireland rejects treaty in blow for EU

    06/13/2008 12:28:14 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies · 176+ views
    reuters ^ | Junbe 12, 2008 | Jonathan Saul and Peter Graff
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish voters rejected a treaty on Friday to overhaul the European Union's unwieldy institutions, putting the entire bloc's reform plan in peril and humiliating Ireland's political leaders. The pact, known as the Lisbon treaty, failed by a margin of 53.4 to 46.6 percent in the only EU country to put it to a popular vote. "No" vote supporters cheered loudly for several minutes, interrupting an official as he read out the results. Prime Minister Brian Cowen called the vote "a source of disappointment to my colleagues in government and to me." "In a democracy, the will of...
  • Eight arrested over double murder [Belfast, IRA, Sinn Fein]

    11/12/2007 10:06:13 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies · 189+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, November 12, 2007 | unattributed
    The body of Edward Burns, 36, - who was shot in the head - was found near Falls Road and the beaten body of Joe Jones, 38, was discovered in Ardoyne. Irish police said that three men and a woman had been arrested by detectives in Dublin and Dundalk on Sunday. The Police Service of Northern Ireland said three men and a woman were being questioned in Antrim over the killings. Police said the killings took place against the backdrop of tension within dissident republicanism.
  • Northern Ireland leader Paisley to step down from helm of his Protestant church after 56 years

    09/08/2007 10:06:46 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 153+ views
    the International Herald Tribune ^ | September 8, 2007 | The Associated Press
    DUBLIN, Ireland: The Rev. Ian Paisley, who has angered many of his Protestant faithful by forming a Northern Ireland government with a former IRA commander, is stepping down as leader of the hard-line church he founded 56 years ago. The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster said Paisley would step down rather than face possible ouster following the church's annual meeting, which began Friday night and ran into early Saturday. "Dr. Paisley has indicated that he will not be standing for the office of moderator of presbytery," said a statement from the meeting. Paisley, 81, for decades has been re-elected unopposed...
  • Green Without Blue and Long Memories (Cops/Mumia)

    03/19/2007 8:51:09 PM PDT · by thefactor · 12 replies · 551+ views ^ | 3/17/2007 | Editorial
    The echo from the shots which rang out some twenty-six years ago near the intersection of Locust Street and 12th Street in Philadelphia can still be heard today. In fact, on Sunday, March 18th they will be especially loud. Exactly 85.9 miles from the spot where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner fell, masses will be gathering and preparing to march in the Newark St. Patrick's Day Parade. However, for the first time in many years a deeply entrenched tradition will be broken: there will be no police officers among the participants. To serve as this year's parade honoree, organizers chose...
  • Gerry Adams wins Northern Ireland vote

    03/08/2007 2:16:22 PM PST · by presidio9 · 156 replies · 2,041+ views
    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was re-elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly as Sinn Fein appeared on course to remain the major Catholic-backed party in the British territory, according to results Thursday. Adams, 58, topped the voting in his longtime power base of Catholic west Belfast. He was among the first declared winners for the 108-member assembly following Wednesday's election to find out which Protestant and Catholic parties will control the assembly and hold the key to revived power-sharing in the territory. Sinn Fein activists cheered wildly in the major ballot-counting center, the King's Hall conference center in south Belfast,...

    01/29/2007 6:17:22 AM PST · by presidio9 · 27 replies · 487+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 29, 2007 | JOHN O'SULLIVAN
    HAS peace finally broken out in Northern Ireland? Yesterday a conference of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the Provisional IRA, voted to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and to join its governing authority by a lopsided majority of 9-1. It sounds an odd sort of achievement. But it was in fact the final step needed before Sinn Fein could be admitted to the "power-sharing" government of Northern Ireland under the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Elections will be held on March 7th for the Northern Ireland Assembly. If all goes as expected, Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness will...
  • 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...
  • Bomb threat empties N. Ireland Assembly

    11/25/2006 3:41:28 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 9 replies · 509+ views
    Yahoo! ^ | November 24, 2006 | By SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Belfast's most infamous militant stormed into the Northern Ireland Assembly headquarters Friday with a bagful of pipe bombs, forcing an evacuation that overshadowed the politicians' failure to meet a deadline for forming a new Catholic-Protestant administration. Two security guards trapped Michael Stone — an icon of Protestant extremism because of his grenade-and-gun attack on an Irish Republican Army funeral in 1988 — halfway inside the brass revolving door of Stormont Parliamentary Building. Stone, a long-feared figure who boasts of his desire to kill Sinn Fein leaders, repeatedly screamed "No surrender!" as one guard twisted Stone's arm...
  • Bomb threat evacuates NI parliament

    11/24/2006 7:04:20 AM PST · by Chanticleer · 6 replies · 411+ views ^ | 11/24/2006 | AP
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) -- One of Northern Ireland's most infamous Protestant militants, Michael Stone, forced the province's legislature to be evacuated Friday when he tossed a bag into the building and said it contained a bomb.
  • McDowell accuses Sinn F?in over Bellenaboy violence (Ireland)

    11/10/2006 10:45:35 AM PST · by Irish_Thatcherite · 17 replies · 391+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 10/11/2006 | N/A
    McDowell accuses Sinn F?in over Bellenaboy violence The Minister for Justice has said Sinn F?in is playing a significant role in prompting trouble at the Shell gas terminal site in Co Mayo. Speaking after this morning's violence at Bellanaboy, Michael McDowell said the garda? there have his full backing. He hit out at key figures in Sinn F?in saying: "I want to say to Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness and Caoimhin O?Caolain that this tactic of confronting the Garda? and of breaking the law to achieve political notoriety won?t succeed. "We've gone through all forms of due process and we?ve...
  • 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...
  • Sinn Fein Leader to Meet Hamas Officials In Visit To Israel, PA

    09/04/2006 1:50:16 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 12 replies · 393+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 9/3/2006 | Haaretez
    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams announced plans Sunday for his first trip to Israel and the Palestinian Authority, including a visit with leaders of Hamas. Adams, whose Irish Republican Army-linked party has grown in recent years to become the major representative of Northern Ireland's Catholic minority, said he hoped his visit Tuesday through Thursday would encourage compromise between Israel and Hamas. "It is imperative that genuine negotiation and dialogue between the representatives of the Palestinian and Israeli people commences as quickly as possible," Adams said. "While no two conflicts are identical, there are key conflict resolution principles which can be...
  • 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...