The Shankill Bombing And Britain’s Proxy-War In Belfast

Just after 1 pm on the afternoon of Saturday the 23rd of October 1993, Thomas Begley and Seán Kelly, two volunteers of the 3rd Battalion of the Belfast Brigade of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army, entered Frizzell’s, a busy two-storey fishmonger’s shop on the Shankill Road, a traditionally pro-UK or unionist enclave in the nationalist west of the… Read More The Shankill Bombing And Britain’s Proxy-War In Belfast

Stormont’s Fresh Start Repackages Stale Goods

So the governments of Ireland and Britain, in consultation with the members of the cross-party regional administration in Belfast, have announced the rather optimistically titled “A Fresh Start: Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan“, as a way through the current political impasse in the north-east. Over two months of messy negotiations have bequeathed to us a sixty-seven page document outlining a number… Read More Stormont’s Fresh Start Repackages Stale Goods

Britain’s Bloody Sunday Deniers

On the afternoon of Sunday the 30th of January 1972 soldiers from the British Parachute Regiment, one of the more fearsome UK military units fighting the insurgency in the north-east of Ireland, attacked a civil rights march in the city of Derry, killing or fatally wounding fourteen civilians and injuring two dozen more in an event the international… Read More Britain’s Bloody Sunday Deniers

New Revelations Over The British Army’s “Special Duties” In Ireland

On the morning of the 15th of December 1920, at the height of the Irish war of independence, four men – two wearing uniforms of the RIC, the UK’s paramilitary police force in the country – entered the Strokestown branch of the Northern Bank Company in Co. Roscommon and robbed it at gunpoint. A considerable… Read More New Revelations Over The British Army’s “Special Duties” In Ireland

Maíria Cahill And The Labour Party, Or Integrity Meets Avarice

To misquote a terrible old bigot who had a way with words, most political controversies end not with a bang but with a whimper. That borrowed aphorism may turn out to be true in relation to the scandal which brought Maíria Cahill to public prominence and which has led to her selection by the centre-right Labour Party as their candidate to that most-undemocratic… Read More Maíria Cahill And The Labour Party, Or Integrity Meets Avarice

Sinn Féin Sees Enemies To The Left, Enemies To The Right, Enemies All Around

Talking of the press conference by Bobby Storey, the Sinn Féin northern chairperson, here are the words of the deputy first minister in the regional administration at Stormont, Martin McGuinness, from the same event: “The more I consider and the more I think about how all this began … you’d need to be stupid not to… Read More Sinn Féin Sees Enemies To The Left, Enemies To The Right, Enemies All Around

The Existence Of The IRA As A Guarantor Of Peace

Of the many, many tens of thousands of Irish people who have suffered hardship at the hands of the UK state in recent decades Robert Storey probably has more reason than most to feel bitterness or hate. From the early 1970s to the late 1990s, starting at the age of just seventeen, he spent most of his adult life in British cells… Read More The Existence Of The IRA As A Guarantor Of Peace

Provisional IRA Not On A War Footing

Two days have passed since I criticised the risible scaremongering amongst sections of the domestic and UK press, as well as various opportunist politicians, following contradictory statements by PSNI officers investigating the related murders of Gerard Davison in May and Kevin McGuigan this August, both in the city of Belfast. In particular confused claims over the alleged involvement of former or current volunteers of the (Provisional)… Read More Provisional IRA Not On A War Footing

The Reality Of Cold War Politics In The North-East Of Ireland

From 1995 to 2001 an organisation calling itself Direct Action Against Drugs, or DAAD, was involved in a series of “vigilante-style” attacks on a number of criminals and underworld gangs in the north-east of Ireland. The various assaults, involving the use of guns, bombs and so-called “punishment beatings”, took place against the background of the Irish-British… Read More The Reality Of Cold War Politics In The North-East Of Ireland

The Reorganisation Of The IRA In The Early 1970s

Irish journalist and author Ed Moloney, now resident in New York, has an interesting article over on his Broken Elbow blog examining possible evidence of the reorganisation of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army into a “cellular” command and control structure primarily based upon Active Service Units (ASUs) at a date much earlier than previously thought. “Way… Read More The Reorganisation Of The IRA In The Early 1970s

The British Army’s “Tuzo Plan” Of 1972

Over on the Broken Elbow blog the veteran Irish journalist Ed Moloney has a detailed examination of the British Army’s so-called “Tuzo Plan“, named after its originator General Sir Harry Craufurd Tuzo. If the strategy had been implemented in 1972 it would have seen the UK Forces in Ireland and their counterparts in the British terror factions co-operating… Read More The British Army’s “Tuzo Plan” Of 1972

Britain’s Army Of Serial Killers In Ireland 

In the late 1980s and early ‘90s British terrorist groups in the north-east of Ireland began to justify their attacks on the Irish nationalist population in the contested region – and elsewhere – by briefing the domestic and international news media with intelligence information supplied to them by the UK’s “security forces”. Literally thousands of documents… Read More Britain’s Army Of Serial Killers In Ireland 

Pat Finucane, The Assassination Of An Irish Lawyer By British Terrorists

More on the slow unravelling of the secrecy and deception which obscured most aspects of Britain’s counter-insurgency war in Ireland from the late 1960s to early 2000s. The family of Pat Finucane, the Irish lawyer assassinated in 1989 by gunmen from the UDA-UFF (the largest British terrorist faction in the country), is bringing a case to the courts in Belfast demanding a… Read More Pat Finucane, The Assassination Of An Irish Lawyer By British Terrorists

Britain’s Tribal Grudges Risks Renewed Conflict In Ireland

The Irish have made peace but have the British? That is the question asked by veteran journalist and author Ed Moloney in light of ongoing efforts by Britain to pursue legal vengeance against former insurgents of the (Provisional) Irish Republican Army and those who represented or supported them. Moloney argues that these actions: “…amount to a British default… Read More Britain’s Tribal Grudges Risks Renewed Conflict In Ireland

Would Sinn Féin Support Naomi Long In East Belfast?

Following on from my post yesterday examining the announcement that the DUP and UUP will be supporting agreed candidates in four key constituencies for the Westminster election in May, and with an eye on this critical opinion at The Mirror (not to mention watching last night’s debate on the dreadful Nolan Show, Ireland’s very own Poundland Vincent Browne) a thought struck me. Both Conor Murphy… Read More Would Sinn Féin Support Naomi Long In East Belfast?

30 Years On And Britain Maintains The Kincora Boys Home Cover-Up

In my last post highlighting the demands from campaigners in Ireland that the British authorities in the north-east of the country examine the ritualistic sexual abuse of children in a care-home in Belfast during the 1960s and 1970s, abuse that is widely believed to have involved members of the UK intelligence services, paramilitary police, armed forces,… Read More 30 Years On And Britain Maintains The Kincora Boys Home Cover-Up