Stevens report on Northern Ireland
By Steve James, 6 May 2003
Inquiries led by London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens into collusion between Protestant loyalist terror groups and British military intelligence in Northern Ireland have collected 10,391 documents and 16,194 exhibits, interviewed 15,000 people and taken 9,256 written statements over the last 14 years. Taken together the collection weighs 4.1 tonnes.
By Steve James, 3 April 2003
Opposition to the US-led war against Iraq has drawn mass protests in Ireland. On Saturday, March 29, some 20,000 people joined an antiwar demonstration through the capital, Dublin, whilst thousands joined protests in Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo and Derry.
By Steve James, 21 March 2003
Elections to the currently suspended Northern Ireland Assembly have been put back four weeks by the British government. The Assembly was established as part of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which set up a measure of devolved government for Britain’s oldest colony and established power sharing between the pro-British and Protestant Unionist parties and the Irish nationalist and Catholic parties, including Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA.
By Steve James, 1 February 2003
Fianna Fail, the main establishment party in the Irish republic, is considering standing candidates in Northern Ireland’s upcoming general election. First suggested at the party’s annual conference last year, Prime Minister Bertie Ahern used a recent interview in the Sunday Business Post to give the proposal more impetus.
By Steve James, 11 January 2003
The annual release of British state papers more than 30 years old has revealed that the 1972 Conservative government considered a plan to forcibly resettle some half a million Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland.
By Steve James, 29 November 2002
Talks convened on November 21 between the British government and parties represented in the suspended Northern Ireland Assembly, including Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionists (UUP) and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP).
By Steve James, 7 November 2002
Ireland’s employers are seeking a general pay freeze for the country’s 1.7 million workers. With inflation running at around four percent, the “freeze” is in reality a pay cut.
By Steve James, 26 October 2002
The dominant sections of Irish business and the political and media establishment finally secured a yes vote in an October 19 referendum on the terms laid down in the Nice Treaty for European Union enlargement. Sixty three percent of the 1,442,000 people who voted supported the treaty, while 37 percent voted against it. Turnout was 49 percent.
By Julie Hyland, 12 October 2002
Northern Ireland’s power-sharing structures are facing suspension yet again amidst allegations of a Republican spy ring at the heart of government and countercharges of a Unionist/British security service smear operation.
By Mike Ingram, 21 June 2002
In its June 14 edition, the Guardian newspaper cited leaked information on the long-awaited report by Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir John Stevens.
By Mike Ingram, 20 May 2002
With votes counted in 37 of the 42 constituencies, Bertie Ahern’s Fianna Fail had taken 74 of the 166 seats in the Dail (Irish Parliament). The party had achieved 41.5 percent of first preference votes, an increase of 2.2 percent on the last elections held in 1997.
By Julie Hyland, 13 March 2002
An attempt to impose further restrictions on the right to abortion was narrowly defeated by just 10,000 votes in Ireland’s referendum held March 7.
By Julie Hyland, 14 January 2002
Sectarian tensions caused serious rioting and led to the closure of several schools in north Belfast last week.
By Mike Ingram, 7 January 2002
A report issued by the Royal Geographical Society finds that sectarian divisions have worsened since the so-called “peace process” began in Northern Ireland.
By Mike Ingram, 21 December 2001
The publication of an official report into the police investigation of the 1998 Omagh bomb, which killed 29 people, has provoked a flurry of criticism from the media, politicians and the police.
By Mike Ingram, 15 December 2001
The chief suspect in the murder of Irish civil rights lawyer Pat Finucane was gunned down outside his house on Tuesday evening in north Belfast.
By Mike Ingram, 10 November 2001
A judge has ruled that Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) can proceed with a legal challenge to a decision not to call elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly before May 2003.
By Mike Ingram, 31 October 2001
An article in last Sunday’s Observer newspaper gives a revealing insight into how the commencement of IRA weapons decommissioning came about.
By Mike Ingram, 25 October 2001
On the eve of today’s deadline for the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the possible collapse of the Good Friday Agreement, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) finally began decommissioning its weapons.
By Julie Hyland, 5 October 2001
Northern Ireland is currently witnessing the worst violence in 30 years. On September 28, Martin O’Hagan became the first journalist covering Northern Ireland politics to be killed by paramilitaries. O’Hagan, a reporter on the Dublin-based Sunday World, was shot dead as he returned from an evening out with his wife.
By Julie Hyland, 5 September 2001
Sectarian bigotry and violence over access to the Holy Cross Catholic girls’ school in north Belfast is continuing. The first day of the new school term on Monday witnessed ugly scenes, as Protestant protesters attempted to stop schoolgirls, some as young as four years of age, and their parents, entering the school by the contested Ardoyne Road entrance.
By Robert Stevens, 4 September 2001
Information has emerged that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) may have been informed 48 hours prior to the event that the Real IRA was to plant the bomb in the town of Omagh on August 15, 1998 that killed 29 people and injured more than 200. Accusations have also been made that the bombing was the work of a British double agent within the Real IRA.
By Mike Ingram, 18 August 2001
The British government suspended the Northern Ireland Assembly last weekend, the second time it has done so since the formation of the Assembly in January of 2000.
By Mike Ingram, 8 August 2001
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has made its most forthright statement to-date regarding the decommissioning of arms. It did so only hours before the parties that signed up to the 1998 Good Friday Agreement were due to respond to joint British and Irish government proposals aimed at rescuing the power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly from collapse.
By Richard Tyler, 14 July 2001
Loyalist marches in Northern Ireland have sparked some of the worst rioting in recent years. Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) units used water canon and plastic bullets, after being attacked with petrol bombs and other missiles. According to press reports, over 100 (RUC) officers were injured in clashes with loyalists and republicans.
By Julie Hyland, 5 July 2001
A series of intensive meetings between the major political parties in Northern Ireland and the Irish and British governments are underway, following the resignation of Northern Ireland First Minister and leader of the pro-British Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) David Trimble on Sunday over the Irish Republican Army’s failure to decommission its weapons.
By Chris Talbot, 26 June 2001
A Protestant loyalist gang attacked Catholic homes in Belfast, Northern Ireland with paint bombs and stones on Sunday night. Elsewhere in the city, fireworks were thrown at a house and a petrol bomb was thrown at police, who also reported sporadic stone throwing throughout the Ardoyne area. The latest incidents follow three nights of rioting last week in north Belfast.
By Richard Tyler, 14 June 2001
By the narrowest of margins, in a record low turnout, Ireland has voted against endorsing the Nice treaty that opens up European Union membership to many Eastern European counties.
By Robert Stevens, 15 May 2001
During the past three weeks, the Guardian newspaper has run several articles on the Force Research Unit (FRU), an undercover security operation financed and run by the British state in Northern Ireland for more than two decades.
By Mike Ingram, 12 May 2001
With all the talk of a Labour landslide in the June 7 general election, it would be easy to miss the fact that in Northern Ireland the result is much less certain—with potentially serious consequences on both sides of the Irish border.
By Julie Hyland, 11 May 2001
The European Court of Human Rights has upheld complaints that British security forces in Northern Ireland were guilty of breaching the human rights of 12 people shot dead—mainly in the 1980s—including 10 IRA men.
By Julie Hyland, 2 February 2001
The Belfast High Court ruled Tuesday that Northern Ireland's First Minister David Trimble acted unlawfully last October when he barred Sinn Fein ministers from participating in official cross-border forums. These meetings, involving ministers from the North and their counterparts in the Irish republic, are integral to the Good Friday Agreement, aimed at establishing a more stable basis for international trade and investment throughout the island.
By Robert Stevens, 31 January 2001
The Bloody Sunday Inquiry has begun to take statements from eyewitnesses involved in the events in Derry on January 30, 1972. On that day, British army paratroopers fired upon a peaceful civil rights demonstration in the Bogside area of the city, killing 13 people.
By Julie Hyland, 17 January 2001
The British and Irish media welcomed last week's announcement by the Northern Ireland Sentence Review Commission that Loyalist terror leader Johnny Adair will remain in detention.
By Julie Hyland, 15 December 2000
Bill Clinton made his third and final visit as US President to Ireland earlier this week. The two-day tour had all the makings of a farewell celebration. Accompanied by his wife, daughter and mother-in-law, he addressed packed and enthusiastic audiences north and south of the border, many of whom see him as the major architect of the Northern Ireland “peace process”.
By Julie Hyland, 6 December 2000
In Northern Ireland the row is continuing over the implementation of police reforms. Both the main Catholic and nationalist parties, the Social and Democratic Labour Party (SDLP) and Sinn Fein, are refusing to make nominations for the new Police Board. Efforts to find an agreement now focus on the three-day visit by US President Clinton to Belfast beginning on December 12.
By Julie Hyland, 22 November 2000
Last week, the Northern Ireland Police Bill completed its passage through the House of Lords, Britain's parliamentary upper chamber. But although the Bill is due to become law in weeks, political divisions over its contents remain.
By Julie Hyland, 18 November 2000
Northern Ireland's health minister, Bairbre de Brun, has begun legal proceedings against Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble's decision to exclude Sinn Feins ministers from cross-border bodies.
By Julie Hyland, 2 November 2000
Northern Ireland's First Minister David Trimble survived another challenge to his leadership at a meeting of the Ulster Unionist Party's ruling council on October 28, but only by conceding ground to opponents of the Good Friday Agreement.
By Julie Hyland, 16 October 2000
Talks are continuing between British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Irish Premier Bertie Ahern, and the Unionist and Republican parties to try and resolve the row over policing reform in Northern Ireland.
By Julie Hyland, 10 October 2000
The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) knowingly risked treating haemophiliacs with contaminated blood products during the early 1980s, the official Lindsay Tribunal sitting in Dublin has heard. More than 200 Irish haemophiliacs were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C as a result, including young children. Seventy-five of these people have since died.
By Julie Hyland, 24 August 2000
Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson has returned Ulster Defence Association leader Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair to prison after an internecine feud between rival Loyalist gangs claimed two lives on Monday. British troops also resumed general patrols on Belfast's streets for the first time in months.
By Julie Hyland, 13 July 2000
Violent disturbances in Northern Ireland continued yesterday for the eleventh consecutive day as the Protestant Orange Order held July 12 celebrations marking the victory of King William of Orange over the Catholic James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.
By Chris Marsden, 31 May 2000
The power sharing Executive of the Northern Ireland Assembly met Tuesday for the first time since Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson suspended the body on February 11. The meeting was made possible by the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) narrowly backing its leader David Trimble on Saturday and agreeing to retake their seats in the Assembly. The main pro-British Protestant party voted by 459-403 at Belfast's Waterfront Hall to resume power-sharing alongside the IRA-linked Sinn Fein.
By Chris Marsden, 9 May 2000
The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has pledged to put its weaponry "beyond use" and permit its weapons dumps to be overseen by international monitors. The promise was made on Saturday, May 6, just 12 hours after British Prime Minister Tony Blair called for a commitment to decommission weapons in order to allow the power-sharing Northern Ireland Assembly to be reconvened on May 22. This is the second anniversary of the ratification of the Good Friday Agreement, which established the Assembly, in referendums held both sides of the Irish border.
By Julie Hyland, 20 April 2000
Before the inquiry into "Bloody Sunday" adjourned last week, it heard evidence suggesting that the British Army had followed a deliberate “shoot-to-kill” policy. The Saville inquiry, now adjourned until May 8, concerns the events of January 30, 1972 in Derry (Londonderry), when British soldiers from the 1st Parachute Regiment opened fire on a civil rights march called to protest anti-Catholic discrimination in Northern Ireland. Thirteen demonstrators were killed on the spot, and 17 were wounded, one of whom died later in hospital.
By Mike Ingram, 7 April 2000
On January 30 1972, British soldiers from the 1st Parachute Regiment opened fire on a civil rights march in Londonderry (Derry) in Northern Ireland. Thirteen demonstrators were killed on the spot and 17 others wounded, one of whom died later in hospital.
By Mike Ingram and Chris Marsden, 30 March 2000
The annual meeting of the Ulster Unionist Council on March 25 delivered a serious blow to Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) leader David Trimble.
By Chris Marsden, 16 February 2000
Westminster's decision to suspend the nine-week-old Northern Ireland Assembly and reinstate direct rule from Britain has thrown a question mark over the future of the so-called “peace process”.
Libel case focuses on collusion between security forces and Loyalist paramilitaries in northern Ireland
By Mike Ingram, 29 January 2000
A libel trial began this week that will focus attention on the issue of collusion between security forces and loyalist paramilitaries in northern Ireland.
By Mike Ingram, 26 January 2000
A 17-member inquiry team headed by incoming Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens has obtained new evidence supporting allegations of collusion between the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) and Loyalist paramilitaries.
By Mike Ingram, 22 January 2000
There were forecasts of trouble for the recently formed Northern Ireland Assembly when Secretary of State Peter Mandelson announced his support for the reform of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Speaking in Westminster, Mandelson said he would implement the vast majority of the 175 proposals made by former Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten in his report on reforms of the province's paramilitary police force, the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), published September last year.
By Mike Ingram, 3 December 1999
More than 25 years of direct rule of Northern Ireland by the British government ended yesterday when the Queen gave her assent to the bill devolving power to the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Ulster Unionists vote narrowly for power-sharing deal
By Mike Ingram, 30 November 1999
The Ulster Unionist Council voted in favour of entering a power-sharing Executive with Sinn Fein on Saturday. The slender majority should enable a devolved government with limited powers to be established in Northern Ireland by the end of the week.
By Mike Ingram, 26 November 1999
The decision to award the George Cross to the Royal Ulster Constabulary is a further attempt to placate Unionist opposition to the inclusion of Sinn Fein in the new devolved government for Northern Ireland. It follows a letter from the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Mandelson promising that the concerns of Unionists would be taken into account when considering the Patten report on reforming the policing of the province.
By Mike Ingram, 23 November 1999
Former US Senator George Mitchell left Northern Ireland last week following the conclusion of his 11-week-long review of the Good Friday Agreement. His review was an attempt to break the deadlock since this summer, created by the Unionist parties' insistence that the Irish Republican Army (IRA) decommission weapons prior to Sinn Fein taking up ministerial seats in the newly created Assembly.
By Mick Ingram, 9 November 1999
A clampdown on loyalist paramilitaries carried out by the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) resulted in the discovery of some 300 security files in an Orange Hall in Stoneyford, Co Antrim.
By Mike Ingram, 1 November 1999
Ed Moloney, northern editor of the Sunday Tribune, has won his legal battle against a court order requiring he hand over interview notes he had made with a Loyalist subsequently charged with murdering civil rights lawyer Pat Finucane.
By Mike Ingram, 29 October 1999
The first ever all-out strike by nurses in the Irish Republic was suspended after nine days on Wednesday following new recommendations by the Labour Court. The cross government, union and employer organisation made new proposals to address the central demand of the nurses for greater skill recognition within the health sector to bring them in line with other industries.
By Mike Ingram, 21 October 1999
The Irish Republic was hit on Tuesday by the biggest strike in its history, as 27,500 nurses began indefinite strike action over pay and working conditions.
By Chris Marsden, 20 October 1999
Last month saw the publication of two major articles directed against civil rights activist Vincent McKenna, head of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Bureau, in the US-based Irish Voice and the British Independent on Sunday. An investigation by the World Socialist Web Site points to their origin in a smear campaign against McKenna instigated by supporters of Sinn Fein. Strong evidence has also emerged indicating collusion in this campaign by the Southern Irish police force, the Garda.
By Harvey Thompson, 5 October 1999
Over 27,000 nurses from across the Irish Republic are expected to stage their first ever all-out strike on October 19, after rejecting a government pay deal by a vote of 9 to 1.
By Mike Ingram, 29 September 1999
The family of murdered civil rights lawyer Pat Finucane has issued legal proceedings against leading Ulster Unionist MP Ken Magginnis. In April this year Maginnis criticised calls for an independent inquiry into the killing and Geraldine Finucane's refusal to co-operate with an inquiry by John Stevens, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan police, into the loyalist murder of her husband.
By Mike Ingram, 25 September 1999
A judicial review to decide whether Irish journalist Ed Moloney should hand over notes of an interview he conducted with a man accused of murder was adjourned for at least a month Thursday. Moloney was ordered to hand over his notes after writing an article for the Dublin-based Sunday Tribune in June. The article was based on interviews with murder suspect William Stobie, who had been arrested as a result of a new inquiry into the 1989 Loyalist murder of Irish civil rights lawyer Pat Finucane.
By Mike Ingram, 20 September 1999
Almost three decades after British paratroopers opened fire on civil rights protesters in Derry, new forensic science evidence confirms that the demonstrators were unarmed.
By Chris Marsden, 17 September 1999
Proposals for the reform of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) have met with outcry from Unionist politicians. The Executive Committee of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) unanimously rejected key aspects of the findings drawn up by the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland, under Christopher Patten, Britain's former Conservative governor of Hong Kong.
By Mike Ingram and Chris Marsden, 3 September 1999
Some 16 months ago in referendums held north and south, the people of Ireland voted to support the Good Friday Agreement. Their overriding concern was to end the daily killing and maiming on the streets of Northern Ireland.
By Mike Ingram, 27 August 1999
As the British and Irish governments embark on their review of the Good Friday Agreement, the Belfast Telegraph leaked the main contents of a report being prepared by Chris Patten into the future of policing in Northern Ireland.
By Mike Ingram, 25 August 1999
A court action brought against Sunday Tribune reporter Ed Moloney demanding that he hand over notes of interviews conducted with murder suspect William Stobie nine years ago has resulted in a devastating admission by a senior police officer.
By Julie Hyland and Chris Marsden, 20 August 1999
The Northern Ireland Agreement has continued to unravel in the weeks since the British government was forced to announce its “parking” until next month. A review is set to begin in September, chaired by former US Senator George Mitchell. But Mitchell is said to have been taken aback by reports that Sinn Fein may not even participate. A tense meeting of Sinn Fein's ruling body is reported to have declined to give the go-ahead to the Sinn Fein negotiators.
Ulster Unionists boycott Assembly
By Chris Marsden, 21 July 1999
Fifteen months after the Good Friday Agreement established the mechanism to devolve certain powers to an elected Northern Ireland Assembly, the "peace process" lies in disarray. On Monday, July 12, Britain's House of Commons began debating the devolution bill proposed by the Labour government. The intention was to rush this through Parliament, to be voted on the next day, and then receive the Royal Assent on Friday, July 16.
By Vincent McKenna, 7 July 1999
The following article was submitted by a correspondent in Belfast.
Blair fails to gain Unionists' backing
By Mike Ingram and Chris Marsden, 6 July 1999
Five days of talks were held last week in an attempt to break the 14-month deadlock in the implementation of the Northern Ireland Agreement. British Prime Minister Tony Blair declared a "final deadline" of June 30 for the setting up of the Northern Ireland Assembly. He had hoped that this would coincide with the opening of the newly created Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, and crown the triumph of the Labour government's constitutional reforms.
By Mike Ingram, 30 June 1999
Following revelations in a Belfast court last week that a man charged with the 1989 murder of Pat Finucane was an Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) agent, an article has appeared in the Sunday Tribune that claims to give the full story. Finucane, a civil rights lawyer, was shot in his north Belfast home by Ulster Defence Association (UDA) gunmen, acting on information from a British army intelligence agent.
By Mike Ingram, 26 June 1999
Allegations of Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) collusion with loyalist gunmen were given further weight Thursday, when a man arrested for the murder of civil rights lawyer Pat Finucane claimed to have been working as an RUC informer at the time of the killing.
By Mike Ingram, 24 June 1999
A BBC Panorama documentary, broadcast June 21, reinforced allegations that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) has colluded in the murders of Irish defence lawyers Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson.
By Mike Ingram, 7 May 1999
According to reports in the Independent newspaper, a confidential 11-page document reveals strong suspicions in Dublin that elements of British intelligence were involved in loyalist murders in Northern Ireland.
By Harvey Thompson, 3 May 1999
The Irish Minister for Public Enterprise, Mary O'Rourke, announced last week the privatisation of Telecom Eireann--the republics' main telephone and communications operator. Telecom Eireann (TE) dominates the Irish telecommunications sector, controlling 90 percent of the fixed-line market as well as 70 percent of the growing mobile-phone market. The TE flotation should make the company the fifth largest on the Irish Stock Exchange, with a valuation of around £4 billion (5 billion euros).
By Mike Ingram, 1 May 1999
An article in the Sunday Business Post last weekend claimed that the Royal Ulster Constabulary is preparing to charge two loyalists in connection with the car bomb murder of civil rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 29 April 1999
The implementation of the Northern Ireland Agreement continues to face deadlock. The most recent discussions involving the British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, the leaders of Sinn Fein, the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) and the Social and Democratic Labour Party have produced no settlement to the outstanding disagreements between the parties.
By Chris Marsden and Julie Hyland, 2 April 1999
Thursday's failure to reach a deal on the decommissioning of paramilitary weapons has forced a further delay in ratifying the British-Irish Agreement. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern announced a 10-day adjournment in negotiations, after three days of intensive efforts were unable to bring the Unionists and Republicans together.
By Mike Ingram, 31 March 1999
In the aftermath of the loyalist car bombing that killed civil rights lawyer Rosemary Nelson on March 15, attention has focused on allegations of Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) collusion in this and other murders.
Crime reveals links between police and paramilitaries
By Mike Ingram, 17 March 1999
The brutal murder of 40-year-old lawyer and human rights defender Rosemary Nelson on March 15 has raised fresh allegations of Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) intimidation of lawyers in Northern Ireland and their collusion with Unionist paramilitaries.
6 March 1999
A reader of the World Socialist Web Site in Belfast submitted the following comment.
By Julie Hyland, 20 February 1999
Tuesday's vote by Republican and Unionist parties in favour of establishing a new Executive for the Northern Ireland Assembly came after more than a fortnight of intense political pressure directed at Sinn Fein.
By Julie Hyland, 12 February 1999
Just four weeks before the Northern Ireland Assembly becomes operational on March 10, the Unionists, backed by the Conservative Party, have stepped up their efforts to secure political dominance within the new structures.
As negotiations for new Northern Ireland Assembly break down
By Richard Tyler, 9 December 1998
Mutual recriminations have accompanied the breakdown of the present negotiations to set up the new Northern Ireland Assembly and joint cross-border bodies with the Irish Republic.
Commentary on the Northern Ireland Agreement - Using and abusing emergency power legislation with the blessing of Sinn Fin/IRA
By Vincent McKenna, 23 September 1998
By Julie Hyland, 12 September 1998
By Chris Marsden, 27 August 1998
By Chris Marsden, 20 August 1998
By Chris Marsden, 18 August 1998
By Chris Marsden, 16 July 1998
The death of the three Quinn boys followed days of anti-Catholic violence throughout northern Ireland.
By Chris Talbot, 14 July 1998
At Drumcree the Orange Order claims its right to march is a question of preserving a distinct cultural tradition stretching back hundreds of years. But the history of Orangeism is as a bulwark of the British ruling class.
By Editorial Board, 14 July 1998
The deaths of three young boys at the hands of loyalist thugs epitomises the crisis facing the people of Northern Ireland following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in May.
Northern Ireland Assembly opens
By Editorial Board, 4 July 1998
No party in the election advanced an alternative embodying the independent interests of workers, both Protestant and Catholic.
By Chris Marsden, 24 June 1998
The June 25 elections will set up an Assembly based on reaffirming sectarian divisions in Northern Ireland.
Kate Fearon of the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition
18 June 1998
The Northern Ireland Women's Coalition (NIWC) was formed in the spring of 1996. It describes itself as "truly cross-community in composition. Our members are women and men from diverse backgrounds and traditions: rural and urban; young and old; republican, loyalist, nationalist, unionist and other."
Paddy Lynn of the Workers Party - "I want to see mainstream politics coming back to Northern Ireland"
18 June 1998
Terry Carling, Northern Ireland Officer of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions - "It is the best thing for investment since the sliced loaf"
18 June 1998