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Judicial review denied into the hiring of PSNI deputy as Irish police chief.

Posted By: August 24, 2018

Ciaran MacAirt had argued that Drew Harris’ appointment would be a breach of Ireland’s national security.Lisa O’Carroll. The Guardian. London.Wednesday,  22 Aug 2018 A legal attempt to challenge the Irish state’s decision to hire the deputy head of police in Northern Ireland as the boss of its own police and security service has been dismissed in Dublin’s high […]

Arlene’s refusal to meet Pope is act of political cowardice

Posted By: August 22, 2018

IRISH CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING Distributed to the U.S. Congress by Irish National Caucus. “ ‘No Pope here,’ is the extreme Orange (Unionist/Loyalist/Protestant)  battle cry of anti-Catholic bigots in Northern Ireland. It is being heard once again because of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland (but not to the Six Counties of Northern Ireland). Belfast columnist Brian Feeney in […]

Francis hopes for reconciliation among Christians in Ireland

Posted By: August 22, 2018

Irish News. Belfast. Wednesday, August 22, 2018POPE Francis has expressed hope his visit to Ireland will help grow unity and reconciliation among Christians on the island.In a video message released ahead of his weekend arrival, the Pope said he was excited about his two-day trip to Dublin and the Knock holy shrine in Co Mayo.The video was released hours after […]

Dublin High Court to hear challenge against Garda chief Drew Harris Drew Harris was announced as the new Garda Commissioner in June Michelle Devane, Press Association. Irish News. Belfast.21 August, 2018. Legal proceedings are due to get under way in Dublin’s High Court in a challenge against the choice for the country’s new police chief. Ciaran MacAirt, whose grandmother Kathleen Irvine was killed during The Troubles, has brought the action in a bid to prevent PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris from being appointed to the role. Mrs Irvine was one of 15 people killed by loyalists in the bombing of McGurk’s Bar in Belfast in 1971. Mr MacAirt, who is being represented by Kinnear and Co solicitors with the assistance of MacGeehin Toale Solicitors in Dublin, is applying for leave for a judicial review of Mr Harris’s appointment. The PSNI deputy became the first Garda chief appointed from outside the Republic when he was announced as the new commissioner in June. Mr Harris is a former RUC officer and his officer father Alwyn was killed by an IRA bomb in 1989. Mr MacAirt claims Mr Harris lacks the independence required for the job due to his roles in the PSNI and the RUC. The McGurk’s bar bombing was one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles and the families of those who died have long campaigned for a fresh inquest. The bombing was carried out by loyalists but at the time security forces blamed the IRA, prompting speculation the dead might have included IRA members who were carrying the device. Relatives and campaigners discovered a large amount of new evidence not heard at the original inquest held the year after the bombing.

Posted By: August 21, 2018

Dublin High Court to hear challenge against Garda chief Drew HarrisDrew Harris was announced as the new Garda Commissioner in June Michelle Devane, Press Association. Irish News. Belfast.21 August 2018.Legal proceedings are due to get underway in Dublin’s High Court in a challenge against the choice for the country’s new police chief.Ciaran MacAirt, whose grandmother Kathleen Irvine […]

DUP snub verges on offensive

Posted By: August 21, 2018

John Manley. Irish News. Belfast. Tuesday, August 21, 2018DUP leader Arlene Foster will not be attending the taoiseach’s function for the Pope. Picture by David Cheskin/PA Wire.THE DUP owes Catholics in Northern Ireland an explanation for snubbing Pope Francis during the pontiff’s historic visit to Ireland thisweekend, a former chairman of the SDLP has said.Retired assembly member Alban Maginness described […]

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