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Ireland Topics

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

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The latest bombing in Northern Ireland has prompted police to round-up suspects near Omagh, the site of the blast. A car bomb on a crowded street Saturday killed 28 people and wounded at least 220. At dawn Monday police arrested 5 people in the attack. The officials say the suspects are linked to a group supposedly called — the real IRA. The group denies the charges. Under British law, the five can be interrogated for up to a week before...
    Aug 18, 1998 | Story
  • The people in the north of Ireland voted for the peace plan designed to revamp the government of the occupied province. In a referendum that prompted the largest voter turnout ever, 71 percent gave their approval to the agreement reached April 10th, after two years of multi-party negotiations.
    May 26, 1998 | Story
  • Last week’s peace agreement in the North of Ireland has been greeted with a variety of responses.
    Apr 16, 1998 | Story
  • The Northern Ireland peace deal struck this weekend between Ireland, Britain, and political leaders of the British-ruled province faces a tough road ahead.
    Apr 14, 1998 | Story
  • Irish Republican leader Gerry Adams crossed the threshold of the BritishPrime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street in London today. Adams’meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair of the ruling Labor Party was thefirst time since 1921 that the leader of an armed Irish anti-colonialmovement has officially met with a British leader.
    Dec 11, 1997 | Story