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Raytheon 9 in court

10 April 2007
Nine anti-war protesters, including socialist and civil rights campaigner Eamonn McCann, were in court in last week over their occupation of the offices of US arms manufacturer Raytheon in Derry, Northern Ireland, last August.

Resisting the corporate takeover of Ireland

10 April 2007
The great irony of most modern societies is the enormous disjuncture between their official rhetoric and how actually existing capitalism functions. Nowhere is this irony more evident than in the Irish republic today.

Substantial left vote in Northern Ireland

17 March 2007
The elections last week to the Northern Ireland Assembly, produced gains for the anti-Catholic Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the Republican Sinn Fein party.

Eamonn McCann: Fighting for workers and trade unions - and against war and water charges

10 March 2007
The Socialist Environmental Alliance is not running in this election just to make a point. We are in to win a seat – and we believe it can be done.

The neoliberal north of Ireland

10 March 2007
The most likely outcome of the Northern Ireland Assembly election this week is that the radical Republican party Sinn Fein will enter government with the Unionist bigot Ian Paisley.

Sinn Fein makes peace with police

06 January 2007
The prospect of a power sharing government in Northern Ireland led by the veteran Unionist bigot Ian Paisley, and backed by the Republicans of Sinn Fein, took a step closer last month.

Irish civil rights leader Eamonn McCann arrested at occupation of Raytheon

19 August 2006
Nine anti-war protesters, including socialist and civil rights campaigner Eamonn McCann, have been charged under terrorism laws following an occupation of the offices of US arms manufacturer Raytheon in Derry, Northern Ireland. Police claim £350,000 damage was done to computer equipment during the protest.

Derry anti-war protesters, including Eamonn McCann, arrested after Raytheon occupation

12 August 2006
Nine anti-war protesters, including socialist and civil rights campaigner Eamonn McCann, are in jail in Northern Ireland for occupying an arms manufacturer

Derry anti-war protesters released on bail

12 August 2006
Eight of nine anti-war demonstrators remanded in custody, including socialist and civil rights activist Eamonn McCann, have been granted bail in the Northern Ireland High Court. They had been charged following a protest at the Derry offices of US missile manufacturer Raytheon.

Ken Loach on The Wind That Shakes the Barley

10 June 2006
Even though Ken Loach’s new film The Wind That Shakes The Barley hasn’t yet opened in cinemas, it has already won a high profile award and created controversy. Ken Loach is on a high after winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Some elements of the British media have insinuated it was just a fluke, or that he won as a kind of "lifetime achievement award".

Bernadette Devlin: a rebel MP

16 April 2005
In 1968, the civil rights movement changed the face of politics in Northern Ireland. It sprang up to challenge the discrimination against Catholics — which was rife in housing and employment — and the loaded electoral system that allowed only ratepayers to vote in local elections, while business owners got extra votes.

Interview with Bernadette McAliskey

16 April 2005
How were you selected as a candidate?

1798: When Irish ‘men of no property’ rebelled

12 February 2005
In the first part a new series on National Liberation, Simon Basketter looks at Wolfe Tone and the United Irish rebellion

MI5 cover-up over dirty war

17 May 2003
Kevin Ovenden on key agent Stakeknife

Voices from the world's biggest global anti-war protest

22 February 2003
Turkey | Luxembourg | Ireland | Australia | Austria | Czech Republic | Malaysia | New Zealand | Switzerland | Malta | Poland | Cyprus | Norway | Germany

Does suspension of Assembly put Irish peace at the crossroads?

19 October 2002
THE GOVERNMENT'S decision to suspend the Northern Ireland Assembly is supposed to be a response to alleged spying by a Republican (see below) supporter. In fact, Tony Blair's decision says to Northern Ireland's Unionists that all is well and the Catholics have been dumped on again. When the Good Friday agreement was signed in 1998 the vast majority of Irish people, Catholic and Protestant, hoped for an end to violence and some sort of normality.

Bloody Sunday - The aftermath

02 February 2002
British Paratroopers deliberately murdering unarmed civilians as they desperately try to run away or crawl to safety. This is what people who watched the recent TV dramas Bloody Sunday and Sunday would have seen.

Hope as workers strike together

26 January 2002
WORKERS ACROSS Northern Ireland have given a marvellous glimpse of how to defeat bigotry and sectarianism. Protestants and Catholics struck together, marched together and stood united against sectarianism on Friday of last week.

'I wanted to write the truth'

26 January 2002
What motivated you to make a film about Bloody Sunday? I WAS asked to do it about six years ago and I refused. I thought, "I'm an Englishman. I can't do that." I agonised over that. Four years ago I was invited across to the Bloody Sunday commemorative march.

Loyalist thugs who want more killing

19 January 2002
LOYALIST TERROR reached shocking new levels in Belfast in Northern Ireland this week. Two masked Loyalist gunmen shot Catholic postal worker Danny McColgan dead as he arrived for work on the mainly Loyalist Rathcoole estate last Saturday morning. They shot him five times in the back and twice in the head. Danny was 20 years old. He and his partner, Lindsay, have a 13 month old child.

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