Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Ireland always rising

by Mark Perryman.

For St Patrick’s Day Mark Perryman outlines the meaning of the forthcoming Easter Rising Centenary for models of Britishness St Patrick’s Day. Down the local, one of the best night outs of the year, a non-stop party drenched in all things Irish. A celebration of Ireland’s freedom, which can never be entirely separated from history […]

Corbyn’s dialogue with Irish republicans shows the strength of diplomacy

by Nathan Akehurst.

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are often accused of only ever talking to people they agree with. It is fair to say that nothing gets accomplished by disengaging from disagreement. Parties need to negotiate, and when at negotiating tables parties need to behave as equals. That’s why Corbyn the peace-lover’s willingness to stretch a hand out to some […]

From the Holocaust to the Irish famine: can you make comedy out of genocide?

by Jon Lansman.

Can it ever be legitimate – possible even – to make comedy out of the world’s most appalling tragedies? A sitcom to be called Hungry, based on the Irish great famine (in which 1 million people died and another million were forced to emigrate in what some regard as an example of genocide), has been commissioned by Channel […]

Perfidious Albion

by Gerry Adams.

The decision by Drew Harris, the Assistant Chief Constable of the PSNI, not to investigate killings carried out by the secret British Army Military Reaction Force (MRF) of the early 1970s will surprise few within the nationalist community. The MRF was the subject of a BBC programme last year. In it members of that clandestine force […]

The IRA is gone… there is only one way for our society to go and that is forward

by Gerry Adams.

Gerry Adams made the following statement after being released after four nights in police custody. I came voluntarily from the Dáil in Dublin to Antrim PSNI barracks last Wednesday having contacted the PSNI two months ago through my solicitor Seamus Collins, to tell them that I was available to meet them following yet another spate […]

Bugging and surveillance – a cause for concern

by Gerry Adams.

Bugging devices in all shapes and forms, tracking devices to monitor movement, and remote controlled surveillance cameras were all an integral part of the British government’s war in the north. Over the years they were found in the homes of republican activists, under floor boards and cabinets, attached to wooden beams in attics, and hidden […]

Pat Finucane: 25 years later the search for truth continues

by Gerry Adams.

The story of Pat Finucane has been told and retold many times. He was one of almost 4,000 citizens to die as a result of the war in the north. Pat was also one of hundreds, perhaps over a thousand, to die as a consequence of state sponsored collusion between British state forces and unionist […]

The state of Labour in Ireland

by Neil Warner.

Politics in Ireland seems to be in a peculiar situation these days. While the public mood has , even according to mainstream commentators, been moving to the left in recent years, the Irish Labour Party has been moving determinedly to the right, while dissent and discussion in the party is tolerated less and less. Polls […]

Pat Finucane and the Smithwick Inquiry report

by Gerry Adams.

Eight years after it was established, the report of the Smithwick Tribunal was finally published on Tuesday evening.  I want to commend Justice Smithwick for his hard work of many years. I am very mindful that at the heart of the Smithwick Inquiry there are two bereaved families and I hope the report helps bring […]

Sinn Féin opposed to austerity, North and South

by Declan Kearney.

Mike Penning, former Tory Northern Ireland Office minister, and now Work and Pensions Minister flew briefly into Belfast last week on a mission. He threatened that unless his government’s cuts agenda is implemented here, penalties will be imposed on the Executive. Incredibly he said welfare cuts was a matter of fairness. He arrogantly accused those of us […]

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