Archive | February, 2005

THe IRA’s own Bloody Sunday?

From a very different prespective, Derry based activist and writer Eammon McCann sees no irony in the concurrence of Bert McCartney’s murder and Bloody Sunday (sound file).

Nothing comes from nothing?

Bruce Arnold writing in yesterday’s Sunday Independent reckons that the IRA’s secret, illegal and wholly unaccountable self investigation will satisfy no one but its own support: The IRA has owned up publicly. It has made some attempt to deliver on promised expulsions, conceding ‘involvement’, but leaving unresolved what the McCartneys want in terms of justice. more…

Four weeks on

The Guardian carries extensive coverage of yesterday’s public rally in Belfast in support of the McCartney family – including a timeline of events since the murder. One of the articles also notes Paula McCartney response to “a whispering campaign against the family” – “Robert’s murderers were the ones who damaged Sinn Féin so let’s keep more…

Sinn Féin “in the red”

Another interesting report in the Irish Times, Sinn Féin in the red for the first time in years. According to Sinn Féin’s Finance Director, Dessie Mackin The party’s accounts for the year 2004 will be published in April and will show that it is “in the red for about €400,000” – that’s the party’s head more…

“Liestown, where the inhabitants always lie”

Another article worth paying attention to, from John Waters in the Irish Times – whose previous IT article, back in January, on the thawing consciousness of Irish society is looking more and more prescient. This time his focus is on Sinn Féin’s credibility problemThe article deserves to be read in full, so I’ll resist the more…

Complex manoeuvring or Chaos within Republicanism ?

In a thoughtful article in the Sunday Herald, Rebel Hell, Ed Moloney suggests that the Northern Bank robbery was another crafty tactical move to force the hand of the IRA that was knocked off track by the unforeseen savage and barbaric murder of Robert McCartney.Moloney remembers that Adams manoeuvred the ranks of the IRA, who more…

A two-way process

The Waterford-born Professor of Irish History Roy Foster, who also has written a two-part biography of WB Yeats, had an interesting article in Saturday’s Guardian Review – Indomitable Irishry. Using a forthcoming exhibition at the National Potrait Gallery in London Conquering England – Ireland in Victorian London, from a phrase by George Bernard Shaw, as more…

Waking up to waste… at last?

THE NI Affairs Committee has strongly criticised the Government for its belated efforts to meet EU targets on waste recycling. This could mean a fine of £180 million – and guess who pays? Looks like we’re nowhere near ‘waking up to waste’. In fact, we’re still fast asleep. UTV Internet reported: Chairman Michael Mates, said more…

THe IRA's own Bloody Sunday?

From a very different prespective, Derry based activist and writer Eammon McCann sees no irony in the concurrence of Bert McCartney’s murder and Bloody Sunday (sound file).

Sinn Féin "in the red"

Another interesting report in the Irish Times, Sinn Féin in the red for the first time in years. According to Sinn Féin’s Finance Director, Dessie Mackin The party’s accounts for the year 2004 will be published in April and will show that it is “in the red for about €400,000” – that’s the party’s head more…

Nothing comes from nothing?

Bruce Arnold writing in yesterday’s Sunday Independent reckons that the IRA’s secret, illegal and wholly unaccountable self investigation will satisfy no one but its own support: The IRA has owned up publicly. It has made some attempt to deliver on promised expulsions, conceding ‘involvement’, but leaving unresolved what the McCartneys want in terms of justice. more…

"Liestown, where the inhabitants always lie"

Another article worth paying attention to, from John Waters in the Irish Times – whose previous IT article, back in January, on the thawing consciousness of Irish society is looking more and more prescient. This time his focus is on Sinn Féin’s credibility problem The article deserves to be read in full, so I’ll resist more…

Four weeks on

The Guardian carries extensive coverage of yesterday’s public rally in Belfast in support of the McCartney family – including a timeline of events since the murder. One of the articles also notes Paula McCartney response to “a whispering campaign against the family” – “Robert’s murderers were the ones who damaged Sinn Féin so let’s keep more…

Complex manoeuvring or Chaos within Republicanism ?

In a thoughtful article in the Sunday Herald, Rebel Hell, Ed Moloney suggests that the Northern Bank robbery was another crafty tactical move to force the hand of the IRA that was knocked off track by the unforeseen savage and barbaric murder of Robert McCartney. Moloney remembers that Adams manoeuvred the ranks of the IRA, more…

Belfast gets boost…

UP to 4,000 jobs could be created in a £14 million Belfast city masterplan announced by the Government today. The focus is on two major retail outlets and regeneration of the Cathedral and Castlecourt areas. I hope promises that public spaces will be improved and independent retailers will be looked after don’t turn out to more…

Daddy’s boy..?

ANNE Cadwallader interviews Ian Paisley Jr in Daily Ireland. She finds many parallels between him and his father, who Junior will always be defined against, but are they really such comparable personalities? One interesting note is how Ian Jr doesn’t deny reports that he wrote his father’s “sackcloth and ashes” speech, which some have said more…

Scotland’s secret shame…

PANORAMA tonight (BBC One, Sunday, 27 February 2005, 22:15 GMT) takes a look at Scotland’s ‘secret shame’ – sectarianism. It asks if Old Firm rivals Rangers and Celtic have done enough to combat bigotry on the terraces. Are some fans just 90-minute bigots, or is the problem so serious that First Minister Jack McDonnell right more…

Three down, two to go

It was close, far too close.. and some might say Ireland were lucky to get the win.. but it was a win!. Two tough games still to come – France, at Lansdowne Road, on Saturday 12th March.. and Wales, in Cardiff, the week after.

‘A lesson governments would be foolish to overlook’

The excellent Newshound has this article by Ed Moloney from Ireland on Sunday. Whether the movement he notes is a ‘momentous step’, or a sideways shuffle, is a matter of interpretation. But his conclusions, and recommendations, are worth noting.Those final paragrpahs indicate that he clearly believes that any talk of an IRA split is only more…