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Former US envoy in watchdog role

Posted By: December 15, 2016

File photo dated 18/5/2005 of former Northern Ireland peace process US envoy Mitchell Reiss who has been appointed to a watchdog overseeing efforts to tackle para-militarism. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Reiss will be the UK commissioner to the Independent Reporting Commission. Ireland has nominated Tim O’Connor, who worked on Northern Ireland at Dublin’s Department of […]

The North’s Enduring Pathology: Anti-Catholic Bigotry

Posted By: December 14, 2016

Fr. Sean Mc Manus, President, Irish National Caucus, Washington. “The whole map of Europe has been changed … but as the deluge subsides and the waters fall short we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again.” (Winston Churchill. February 16, 1922). This oft -quoted statement of Churchill is fatuous and smug […]

If Stormont’s “paramilitary transitioning” had a legal basis, would it feel less like putting some people above the law

Posted By: December 14, 2016

Newton Emerson. Irish News(Belfast). Wednesday, December 14, 2016A BRITISH Neo-Nazi movement has just been proscribed as a terrorist organization – the first time this has happened to a far-right group.National Action, which describes itself as a “national socialist youth organization”, has been described by the UK Home Secretary as “racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic”.It will be banned under the Terrorism Act 2000, […]

Stalled legacy process high on agenda as leaders meet in Belfast

Posted By: December 14, 2016

TALKS: Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness will hold talks with secretary of state James Brokenshire and Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan at Stormont HouseDavid Young. Irish News (Belfast). Wednesday, December 14, 2016 THE ongoing failure to address legacy issues will be high on the agenda as political leaders meet in Belfast today.First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister […]

Alleged British army spy facing nine lawsuits

Posted By: December 14, 2016

Irish News (Belfast). Wednesday, December 14, 2016THE alleged one-time top British agent inside the IRA is facing at least nine separate lawsuits, it has emerged.Writs have been issued against west Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci in cases involving claims of kidnapping and interrogating suspected police informers.A High Court judge was told the 69-year-old, who denies being the spy codenamed Stakeknife, may also be […]

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