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Ireland Topics

Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to Ireland

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  • Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday announced that he would crack down on Northern Ireland violence by proposing legislation that would require only a police officer’s word that a suspect belonged to a banned group to put the suspect in prison. Sinn Fein denounced the plan, calling it an overreaction to the August 15th bombing in Omagh where 25 people were killed.
    Aug 27, 1998 | Story
  • For more than eight years, Joe Doherty was one of the most visible political prisoners in the United States, becoming the face of the Irish Republican movement in North America. After finally being deported to Northern Ireland in 1992, he became just one of hundreds of Irish Republican Army prisoners serving time for their actions against the British government’s control of the six counties. Convicted and sentenced to 30 years to life in...
    Dec 30, 1998 | Story
  • One of Northern Ireland’s most prominent human rights attorneys who represented Catholics in several high profile cases was killed yesterday by a car bomb. Rosemary Nelson died in a hospital two hours after the bomb blew her car apart as she drove away from her home in Lurgan, about 30 miles southwest of Belfast.
    Mar 16, 1999 | Story
  • Northern Ireland’s predominantly Protestant police force faces allegations that it rejected a request for protection by human rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson, who was killed on Sunday by a car bomb outside her home in Lurgan. Nelson had represented a number of defendants accused of belonging to the Irish Republican Army. The Red Hand Defenders, an anti-Catholic group, has claimed responsibility for the killing.
    Mar 17, 1999 | Story
  • Violent protests in a Northern Ireland town and the killing of a former Protestant guerrilla overshadowed St Patrick’s Day peace appeals yesterday by Irish and British politicians and by President Clinton. Violence erupted in the town of Portadown on the eve of the funeral of Rosemary Nelson, a human rights lawyer who was killed this week by a group tied to pro-British paramilitary outfits.
    Mar 18, 1999 | Story
  • In an ongoing effort to break the political stalemate over decommissioning in Northern Ireland, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Premier Bertie Ahern are meeting today with the key party leaders in Downing Street. Blair and Ahern are chairing a series of negotiations between the three major political parties of Northern Ireland–Sinn Fein, headed by Gerry Adams, the Ulster Unionists, led by David Trimble, and the SDPL, headed...
    May 06, 1999 | Story
  • Northern Ireland’s major Protestant party refused today to nominate ministers for the new provincial administration, a long-delayed decision that threw years of peacemaking efforts into disarray.
    Jul 15, 1999 | Story
  • Legal attempts to force a journalist to hand over notes of a sensitive interview to the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) in Northern Ireland have been criticized by human rights groups, as well as by a senior US official. Ed Maloney, the Belfast Editor of the Dublin-based Sunday Tribune, faces an unlimited fine and/or six months to five years in prison over his refusal to hand police private notes from interviews with a paramilitary leader who...
    Aug 20, 1999 | Story
  • Today, Irish activists risked arrest at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City. The Irish Gay and Lesbian Organization has organized a contingent of activists from Ireland to join in a civil disobedience action at the parade. Irish Gay and Lesbian groups are banned from marching at today’s event. They say they are protesting New York Mayor Giuliani’s "quality of life" policies, the silencing of opposition...
    Mar 17, 2000 | Story
  • British Army troops were rushed into Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast late last night after a fourth day of widespread violence triggered by a ban on a Protestant march through a Roman Catholic enclave.
    Jul 06, 2000 | Story