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  • Miliband REJECTS English votes for English laws and accuses Cameron of playing politics

    09/26/2014 12:45:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 September 2014 | Tom McTague
    Labour leader says he's open to English-only 'scrutiny' of law but not vetoes. He refused to back English votes for English laws after being asked 13 times. Mr Miliband claims move was drawn up on back of a 'fag packet' by the PM . David Cameron said if Scotland gets new powers so should England. But Mr Miliband said the proposal would mean our 'Parliament being split up'. Mr Miliband says he's 'not in favour of a Commons that becomes divided'. Labour has 41 MPs in Scotland which could help it form a majority next year . ... Why should...
  • David Cameron Vows More Powers for England After Scotland Vote

    09/19/2014 1:19:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    nbc ^ | September 19th 2014 | Alexander Smith
    Like Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own regional parliaments... However, England's lack of a similar legislative body has led to a messy situation where Scottish lawmakers can vote on issues that only affect England at the U.K.-wide Westminster parliament ... Just as Scotland will vote separately…on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues
  • In full: David Cameron statement on the UK's future (Partial Excerpt)

    09/19/2014 12:53:38 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/19/2014 | Prime Minister David Cameron
    "I have long believed that a crucial part missing from this national discussion is England. "We have heard the voice of Scotland - and now the millions of voices of England must also be heard. "The question of English votes for English laws - the so-called West Lothian question -requires a decisive answer. "So, just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish Parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland, should be able to vote on these issues and all this must take place in tandem with, and...
  • Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88

    09/12/2014 9:43:35 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    ABCNews ^ | September 12, 2014
    September 12, 2014 Northern Ireland Firebrand Ian Paisley Dead At 88 DUBLIN -- The Rev. Ian Paisley, the divisive Protestant firebrand who devoted his life to thwarting compromise with Catholics in Northern Ireland only to become a pivotal peacemaker in his twilight years, died Friday in Belfast, his wife said. He was 88. Paisley was Northern Ireland's most polarizing politician throughout its three decades of civil strife, during which the evangelist's blistering oratory was often blamed for fueling the bloodshed that claimed 3,700 lives. Yet at the zenith of his peace-wrecking powers, Paisley in 2007 stunned the world by delivering...
  • The Rev Ian Paisley Dies Aged 88

    09/12/2014 6:15:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 91 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/12/14 | Staff Reporter
    The Rev Ian Paisley, Protestant firebrand and former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, has died at the age of 88. The Rev Paisley served as First Minister of Northern Ireland for a year when power was first devolved in 2007. His deputy, Martin McGuinness of Sinn Féin, expressed sadness at the news of his death. “Over a number of decades we were political opponents and held very different views on many, many issues but the one thing we were absolutely united on was the principle that our people were better able to govern themselves than any British government,” he...
  • Former taoiseach Albert Reynolds dies, aged 81

    08/21/2014 5:16:11 AM PDT · by Michael Collins · 11 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 21/8/2014 | Steven Carroll
    Former taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Albert Reynolds has died. He was 81. He became the eighth taoiseach of the country in 1992, serving for just under three years. His family said last year that he had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Northern Ireland considers allowing killing disabled unborn babies: pro-lifers condemn

    08/19/2014 3:05:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    life site ^ | Thaddeus Baklinski
    Northern Ireland’s leading pro-life group, Precious Life, has condemned this week's announcement by Justice Minister David Ford that a consultation on changing the abortion law will be "ready by autumn." The government is considering allowing the killing of pre-born babies suspected of being disabled and those conceived through rape or incest. “Abortion is a serious criminal offence in Northern Ireland,” said the director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth. “The law here protects unborn babies, and David Ford as Minister for Justice must ensure that all children are legally protected." Last December, Ford revealed he would be undertaking a consultation to...
  • Bridge connecting Ireland and Britain that could change lives mooted [2013]

    08/02/2014 11:17:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    IrishCentral ^ | August 15,2013 | Staff Writers
    The longest sea bridge in the world at 20.2 miles long is the Donghai bridge that links Shanghai to Yangshan in China. A bridge from either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland would have to be even longer than that. In 2007, a 21-mile rail bridge was proposed between Galloway, Scotland, to Belfast, Northern Ireland. The idea would have trains running from Dublin, through Belfast, over the sea to Scotland, and then down railways into London... "Four main routes have been proposed. Two run from Scotland to Northern Ireland - Campbeltown to County Antrim, or Stranraer to Belfast. Two...
  • Bert and Ernie gay marriage cake leaves Christian bakery facing court threat (Northern Ireland)

    07/07/2014 1:37:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:52PM BST 07 Jul 2014 | John Bingham
    A Christian-run bakery is facing legal action from a Government agency for refusing to produce a cake carrying a picture of the Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “support gay marriage”. Ashers Baking Co., based in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, canceled an order for a novelty cake with a picture of the puppets arm in arm printed onto the icing saying that it went against the directors’ religious beliefs. They believe that producing the cake with the slogan and the logo of QueerSpace, a gay rights group the would-be customer supports, would amount to endorsing the campaign for...
  • All-Ireland ‘census’ highlights differences and similarities…(N. Ireland ‘more atheistic’)

    06/13/2014 12:58:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 13 June 2014 | Fionnan Sheehan
    People in Northern Ireland are older and more likely to be atheist and divorced than their neighbors in the Republic. A new census report systematically compares life in the two jurisdictions for the first time, highlighting key differences and similarities in religion, lifestyle and work. […] Marriage and living together are both slightly more common in the Republic while splitting up and lone parenthood are more common in Northern Ireland. Nearly one in 10 adults in Northern Ireland is divorced or separated—which is nearly twice as many as in the Republic—and 37% of northerners are single compared with 42% of...
  • Preacher at Ian Paisley’s former church denounces Islam as a “wicked religion” (Northern Ireland)

    06/02/2014 7:31:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 02 June 2014 | Rebecca Black
    Just a week after a scandal was sparked by a preacher slating Islam as “satanic”, a second preacher has launched a broadside against the faith. The minister at Lord Bannside’s former church, Martyr’s Memorial Free Presbyterian in east Belfast, has blasted Islam as a “violent, intolerant, wicked religion”. The Rev. Ian Brown was speaking at a recent Sunday evening service in defense of Pastor James McConnell, whom he described as a “prophet”. […] In an sermon posted on the Martyr’s Memorial website, Rev. Brown is heard saying: “Now the allies and sympathizers of Islam are up on their hind legs;...
  • Irish Pastor Under ‘Hate Crime’ Investigation for Sunday Sermon Against Islam

    05/31/2014 11:46:26 PM PDT · by kingattax · 48 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | May 31, 2014 | Garrett Haley
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland – A 75-year-old Irish preacher was subjected to a police probe after he condemned Islam in a sermon and was accused of ‘hate mongering.’ James McConnell, pastor of the Whitewell Metropolitan Church in North Belfast, Ireland, discussed the religion of Islam during an evening sermon on Sunday, May 18th. During the sermon, McConnell denounced Islam and said the contrast between it and Christianity is stark. “The God we worship and serve this evening is not Allah,” he proclaimed, according to a video of his sermon. “The Muslim god—Allah—is a heathen deity. Allah is a cruel deity. Allah...
  • Sinn Féin emerges as biggest party in Northern Ireland; DUP claims most seats

    05/24/2014 6:19:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 24 May 2014
    Sinn Féin has emerged as the biggest party in Northern Ireland following the local government elections—but the DUP has claimed the greater number of council seats. The republican party claimed 24.1% of all first preference votes with the DUP on 23.1%. Both parties, however, saw their share of the vote slip with the DUP down by 4.1% and Sinn Féin marginally down by 0.7%. …
  • Belfast pastor James McConnell denounces Islam as the devil’s doctrine at Whitewell…(N. Ireland)

    05/21/2014 11:39:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 21 May 2014 | Claire Williamson
    Police have launched a probe into a a potential hate crime after an outspoken evangelical pastor defended describing the Islamic faith as “satanic” and a “doctrine spawned in hell”. Senior Pastor James McConnell made the remarks as he addressed his congregation at the Whitewell Tabernacle Metropolitan Church on Sunday evening. They were described as “very offensive”, “hurtful” and “irresponsible” by a representative from the Belfast Islamic Centre. […] During his sermon, the clergyman said: “Islam is heathen, Islam is satanic, Islam is a doctrine spawned in hell.” He also likened Muslims to the IRA, saying there were cells spread right...
  • This woman wants homosexuality criminalized, adultery made illegal and rock groups banned…(UK)

    05/16/2014 2:35:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 15 May 2014 | Adrian Rutherford
    She’s the woman who wants adultery criminalized, homosexuality made illegal and rock groups like Iron Maiden banned in Northern Ireland—and she wants your vote. Meet Susan Anne White, one of the most outspoken and controversial candidates in the upcoming council elections. The 55-year-old is standing as an independent in the new Fermanagh and Omagh district and is campaigning on what she says are the three most serious threats to society—the “destructive” homosexual agenda, the growth of Islam and the "money-draining" EU. “I don’t consider myself extreme at all,” Mrs. White told the Belfast Telegraph. …
  • Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams to be freed, charges unlikely, police say

    05/04/2014 11:47:28 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever
    Fox ^ | 5/4/14
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland – Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams is expected to be released from police custody without charge Sunday, and authorities will send a file of potential evidence against him to British prosecutors, a senior policeman said.
  • Gerry Adams freed without charge after questioning over McConville case

    05/04/2014 11:45:55 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 4 May 2014 | Henry McDonald
    Gerry Adams has been released without charge from a Northern Ireland police station but a file on him will be sent to the public prosecution service, it has emerged. The Sinn Féin president was freed at 5.45pm on Sunday from the serious crimes suite at Antrim police station. He was being questioned about the murder in 1972 of widow Jean McConville as well as IRA membership.
  • Arrest of Adams is 'an act against democracy'

    05/02/2014 5:50:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    EU Observer ^ | May 2, 2014 | unattributed
    The European Left's candidate for the European Commission presidency, Alexis Tsipras, Friday called for the immediate release of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams who is been held for questioning in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. Tsipras called the arrest a "politically inflammatory act against democracy".
  • Gerry Adams arrest: NI police granted extension

    05/02/2014 1:30:24 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2 May 2014 | anon
    Police in Northern Ireland have been given more time to question Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. ... An initial 48-hour deadline to either charge or release him was due to expire at 20:00 BST on Friday, but the police successfully applied for more time to question him. ...
  • Gerry Adams arrested over McConville murder

    04/30/2014 1:03:15 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 54 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 30 April 2014 | bbc
    Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams arrested
  • The weapons man: ‘I gave the IRA powerful anti-tank shells the US Army used in Iraq war’

    04/27/2014 11:30:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 28 April 2014 | Suzanne Breen
    The IRA has a secret arsenal of deadly munitions capable of bringing down military helicopters and penetrating PSNI Land Rovers, killing all personnel traveling inside. Millionaire Florida stockbroker turned IRA gunrunner, Mike Logan, says he sent the powerful incendiary shells to the Provisionals who tested them and were “delighted with the results”. […] As well as arming the Provisionals with hundreds of handguns as previously reported, he has now disclosed that he also sent munitions as powerful as those the US Army deployed against Saddam Hussein in the Iraq war. He claims that years after the IRA ceasefire, the Provos...
  • (N)ew Presbyterian Church Moderator sparks row by telling gay people to stop having sex (N. Ireland)

    02/07/2014 12:00:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 06 February 2014 | Rebecca Black
    The new leader of the largest Protestant denomination in Northern Ireland has angered the gay community just a day after his election by saying they should stay celibate. Rev. Dr. Michael Barry (63) takes charge of the Presbyterian Church in June following his election as Moderator earlier on Tuesday. […] “We welcome all people into the Church, but we would have a problem with those who are involved in a gay relationship because we believe the Bible teaches that is against the word of God,” he said. “We would encourage people who are gay to live a celibate life.” …
  • Liam Adams jailed for raping and abusing daughter

    11/27/2013 10:12:45 AM PST · by the scotsman · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27th November 2013 | BBC News
    'Liam Adams, a brother of Sinn Féin's Gerry Adams, has been jailed for 16 years for raping and abusing his daughter. Adams' sentence is subject to an automatic 50% remission. Adams, 58, from Bernagh Drive, Belfast, was convicted of 10 offences in October, including rape and gross indecency, against his daughter, Áine, who waived her right to anonymity. She welcomed the sentence but said it was "still much too little, too late".'
  • We know things that could undermine Northern Ireland peace process, say retired police officers

    11/19/2013 6:37:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 19 November 2013 | Liam Clarke
    Retired police officers have warned they could be forced to reveal information which would undermine the peace process during any truth commission into Northern Ireland’s past. The warning from The Northern Ireland Retired Police Officers’ Association (NIRPOA) came in a 64-page submission to the Haass Commission for dealing with the past. The submission makes it clear that the body represents officers who have been involved in what was known as the “shoot to kill” policy, a term they reject, and it is also known to represent many retired Special Branch officers. …
  • Minister defends adoption stance (vs. gay adoption—Northern Ireland)

    11/13/2013 8:27:56 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 12 November 2013
    Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots has insisted his controversial opposition to gay adoption is entirely natural. Man and woman should raise children, the senior Democratic Unionist said. The minister has tried to challenge an appeal court’s decision that paved the way for gay and lesbian couples to adopt children in the region. That bid was thrown out by the UK’s highest court, the Supreme Court. …
  • Titanic offices to be reopened (Harland & Wolff, Belfast, N. Ireland)

    10/10/2013 9:36:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 11 October 2013
    The dilapidated offices where plans for the Titanic were drawn up are to be re-opened as part of a Ł5 million regeneration project. The future of the historic building that used to house the headquarters and design studios of Harland and Wolff shipbuilders in Belfast has been secured by the Heritage Lottery Fund award. While the drawing offices will be opened for public use, the majority of the landmark structure is set to be transformed into a luxury Titanic-themed boutique hotel. The listed building is only yards from where the doomed liner was built and then launched more than a...
  • Maze: EU withdraws Ł18 million funding for peace center on ex-prison site (Northern Ireland)

    10/04/2013 9:03:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 04 October 2013
    An Ł18 million ($29 million) EU offer to fund the building of a peace and reconciliation center at the former Maze prison site has been withdrawn. The Democratic Unionists earlier halted plans to build the facility at the Maze, near Lisburn, as relations with their power-sharing partners Sinn Féin deteriorate. Republicans have warned of a crisis facing the devolved administration after a summer of violence on the streets. The European Union had offered the money, but after talks with the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, the body responsible for allocating the finance said it had decided...
  • Liam Adams - Brother of Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams - Found Guilty of Raping His Daughter

    10/02/2013 11:29:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 01 OCTOBER 2013
    Liam Adams - the younger brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams - has been found guilty of a string of child sex abuse charges. Liam Dominic Adams, 58, from Bernagh Drive in west Belfast, was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter, Aine, over a six-year period between 1977 and 1983 when she was aged between four and nine. Bespectacled Adams, who was wearing a grey suit, cream shirt and blue tie, showed no emotion as the guilty verdicts were returned. Remanding him in custody Judge Corinne Philpott said: "Take him down." The jury of nine men and...
  • Catholic League’s Donohue defends Obama

    06/22/2013 2:25:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    NCR ^ | Jun. 21, 2013 | Heidi Schlumpf
    Wow, stop the presses. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League has issued a statement reprimanding conservatives who have taken out of context President Obama’s comments about Catholic schools in a recent speech in Ireland:(T)he reaction on the part of conservatives, many of whom are Catholic, over (Obama’s) speech in Ireland, is simply insane. Never did Obama say he wants “an end to Catholic education.” Indeed, he never said anything critical about the nature of Catholic schools. It makes me wonder: Have any of his critics bothered to actually read his speech? …
  • Obama blames Northern Ireland tensions on Catholic schools

    06/20/2013 2:46:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 20, 2013 | HILARY WHITE
    BELFAST June 20, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Barack Obama is under fire this week after a speech he gave in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in which he labeled Catholic education “divisive" and likened them to segregated schools in the Deep South. Obama’s comments have not only angered Catholics in Northern Ireland, but have put him at odds with the Vatican’s highest authorities in what remains an extremely complex and sensitive internal political dispute. In comments that the Scottish Catholic Observer called “alarming” and “unfounded,” Obama implied that tensions between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland would be eliminated if there were...
  • Obama: religious schools block lasting peace in Northern Ireland

    06/19/2013 12:47:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    US President Barack Obama has argued that parochial schools are an impediment to the establishment of a lasting peace in Northern Ireland. Speaking to a crowd in Belfast, during a trip to Northern Ireland for a G8 summit meeting, Obama said that “segregated schools” block the path to full reconciliation. “If towns remain divided, if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can't see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division, it discourages cooperation," he said. …
  • Obama assassination bid fears - aircraft carriers on standby off Irish coast during G8 summit

    06/17/2013 2:18:45 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 125 replies
    June 17, 2013 Obama assassination bid fears - aircraft carriers on standby off Irish coast during G8 summit @Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 17th June 2013 - Mandatory Credit - Brian Little/ Presseye --- Culture Minister Carl N Chuiln and Minister for Education, John O'Dowd MLA waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh. ..It is understood that a contingency plan is in place for the unlikely event that an attempt would be made on the President’s life. The Secret Service also have diplomatic immunity...
  • UK’s Cameron rallies world leaders to N.Ireland

    06/16/2013 11:57:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 17, 2013 2:25 AM EDT | Shawn Pogatchnik
    British Prime Minister David Cameron says leaders gathering Monday for the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland should reach speedy agreement on trade and tax reforms, and draw inspiration from the host country’s ability to resolve its own stubborn conflict. … Referring to Northern Ireland’s ability to leave behind a four-decade conflict that claimed 3,700 lives, he said leaders of the Group of Eight wealthy nations should be inspired by the setting—the lush lakelands of County Fermanagh—to deliver their own economic breakthrough. … Obama, seizing on that theme, was beginning his trip in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast, where he’s...
  • Belfast’s Lord Mayor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir (Sinn Féin) Endorses Christine Quinn (for NYC mayor)

    06/15/2013 1:43:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Politicker ^ | 6/13/13 4:02pm | Jill Colvin
    Northern Ireland’s Lord Mayor of Belfast offered an enthusiastic endorsement of a certain Irish-American mayoral candidate Thursday morning during a visit to Gracie Mansion. “We think that every city needs an Irish mayor. And New York has had a series of wonderful mayors and we think it would be wonderful in the days ahead, in the short time ahead, if New York had an Irish-American mayor again,” Lord Mayor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir told Politicker this morning, as he posed for photographs with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn by his side. While Mr. Ó Muilleoir didn’t mention...
  • Bid to legalize same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland fails

    04/30/2013 10:03:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 30 April 2013
    A bid to legalize same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has failed. Unionists voted down a motion at Stormont’s Assembly which called on the power-sharing ministerial Executive to legislate. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK without marriage rights for gay couples. The issue sparked impassioned debate, with protests outside the legislature and verbal clashes between campaigners in favor of or opposed to the change. Amnesty International has warned of a likely legal challenge. … Church leaders had urged Assembly members to vote against the legislation, with the Catholic church asserting marriage was between a man and a woman....
  • Belfast's Flag Riots Are Setting It On Fire Again

    01/15/2013 6:04:25 AM PST · by Abiotic · 4 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | 15/1/2013 | Matthew Francey
    Being born and raised in Belfast, I’m used to hearing about terrorists, bombs and shootings on the local news, but I can honestly say that despite all that, I considered my hometown a pretty safe place to grow up. I moved to London a year ago, and while Northern Ireland is by no means front-page news here, I couldn’t help but notice that for the past month rioting in Belfast has been featured in almost every news bulletin. The rioting began when Belfast City Council voted to end the continuous flying of the Union Flag from City Hall and hasn’t...
  • MP says Bloody Sunday murder inquiry is “misguided” (Northern Ireland)

    12/22/2012 3:41:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21 December 2012 | Last updated at 05:10 ET
    A Conservative MP who served as a soldier in Northern Ireland has questioned the need for prosecutions in the Bloody Sunday killings. On Thursday, it was revealed that a team of 15 detectives will head up a murder investigation into the 1972 shootings. They will be led by a senior investigating officer who will be based in Londonderry. Patrick Mercer said he is “confused” by this latest development and does not know what prosecutions will achieve. …
  • Hillary Clinton “distressed” by Northern Ireland tensions as two bombs found

    12/07/2012 11:30:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:15PM GMT 07 Dec 2012 | Rowena Mason
    Hillary Clinton has called for an end to “unacceptable” violence in Northern Ireland as she visited the region amid a revival of sectarian tensions. The US Secretary of State said she was “distressed” to hear about a death threat to Naomi Long, the East Belfast MP, and the discovery of two unexploded bombs. … Mrs. Clinton landed in Belfast as part of four-day European trip, just hours after police seized an unexploded bomb from suspected Republican dissidents in Londonderry. A second device was found in a postbox. …
  • Presbyterian Church minister defends anti-gay protest at Belfast Pride

    08/01/2011 10:38:45 PM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Pink Paper ^ | 2 August 2011 | Jamie Fisher
    A Free Presbyterian Church minister who sparked protest at Belfast Pride on Saturday has defended his actions, calling the parade “a very unpleasant experience”. Rev David McIlveen, of Sandown Free Presbyterian Church, amassed a crowd of protesters at the corner of Waring Street and North Street on the parade route. He criticized the Pride event claiming: “I certainly do not see it as an asset to Belfast in any way. It is something that is grieving to a good number of people”. The Irish Times report that McIlveen, who organizes an annual anti-Pride protest, did not see his actions as...
  • Policeman killed in Omagh car bomb attack (Northern Ireland)

    04/02/2011 10:25:45 AM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | April 2, 2011 | Unknown
    A 25-year-old police officer has been killed after a bomb exploded under his car in Omagh, County Tyrone.The device exploded under the vehicle outside his home in Highfield Close, off the Gortin Road, just before 1600 BST on Saturday. He is the second policeman to be killed since PSNI was formed out of the RUC. Since 2007, dissident republicans have planted dozens of booby-trap bombs under the private cars of police officers. The bombs have failed to detonate, but two policemen lost their legs in attacks in May 2008 and January 2010.
  • 54,000 too long on NHS waiting list

    03/03/2011 6:23:19 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    More than 54,000 people in Northern Ireland were waiting more than nine weeks for their first outpatient appointment, it has been revealed. The total number of people waiting for a first outpatient appointment at the end of December was 124,589. This represented a decrease of 4,246 on the number waiting at the end of September 2010 and an increase of 42,019 on the number waiting at the same time last year. At the end of December, there were 54,472 patients waiting more than nine weeks for a first outpatient appointment, of whom 37,655 were waiting more than 13 weeks. Mr...
  • 82 police injured in Northern Ireland's 2 nights of Catholic riots; politicians plead for calm

    07/13/2010 10:24:53 AM PDT · by Stayfrosty · 276 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | July 13, 2010 | NA
    BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Northern Ireland leaders condemned Irish nationalist rioters Tuesday who wounded 82 police officers during two nights of street clashes sparked by the province's annual parades by the British Protestant majority.
  • Northern Ireland police shot in wave of Belfast violence

    07/12/2010 1:25:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 12 July 2010 | Henry McDonald
    Tensions remained high in Northern Ireland after a wave of sectarian violence and republican protests during the Ulster loyalist marching season. Sinn Féin and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) blamed republican dissidents for orchestrating trouble in north and west Belfast in which three police officers were shot and 24 others also injured. In west Belfast, two armed and masked men also hijacked a bus this afternoon and forced its driver to drive to the local PSNI station in Woodburn. The men said they had left an explosive device on the bus, which the driver was forced to abandon...
  • Car Bomb At Barracks In Belfast - Police

    04/11/2010 5:59:11 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 50 replies · 1,146+ views
    Sky News ^ | April 11, 2010 | Andy Jack
    Police say a car bomb has exploded outside a British Army barracks in Northern Ireland. The blast was behind Palace Barracks in Holywood, Belfast, at 12.24am and is described as "ongoing". Reporting from the scene, Sky's Ireland correspondent Vicky Hawthorne said: "Police are not confirming this but there are unconfirmed reports of some injuries on the ground.
  • Murphy acquitted over Omagh bombing (Real IRA)

    03/03/2010 2:53:39 PM PST · by happinesswithoutpeace · 7 replies · 355+ views
    The Irish Times ^ | Thursday, February 25, 2010 | The Irish Times
    Murphy acquitted over Omagh bombing COLM MURPHY walked free from the Special Criminal Court in Dublin yesterday after he was cleared at a retrial of a conspiracy charge in relation to the 1998 Omagh bombing which killed 29 people and injured more than 300. Mr Murphy said after being acquitted of the charge: “I am glad to see it’s all over. Find out who was behind it – MI5 agents setting people up.” The three-judge non-jury court ruled that there was no evidence upon which the court could have convicted Mr Murphy after it ruled that all the evidence of...
  • Northern Ireland In Uproar Over Lawmaker's Secret Affair With Teen

    01/10/2010 1:47:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies · 1,060+ views
    LATimes ^ | January 10th 2010 | Henry Chu
    Northern Ireland In Uproar Over Lawmaker's Secret Affair With Teen Iris Robinson, [Pic in URL] family-values advocate and wife of First Minister Peter Robinson, not only carried on a sexual liaison with a 19-year-old but also allegedly helped funnel money his way. By Henry Chu January 10, 2010 Reporting from London - The threat of renewed sectarian violence is at its highest in years. But it's a seamy affair between Northern Ireland's most famous female politician and a man nearly 40 years her junior that has put the province's fragile peace pact between Roman Catholics and Protestants in danger of...
  • Mrs. Robinson's affair with teen rocks N Ireland

    01/09/2010 9:06:10 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 43 replies · 2,259+ views
    Time ^ | January 6, 2010 | David Morgan
    A political scandal riveting Northern Ireland has a certain cinematic feel: an affair by 58-year-old woman named Mrs. Robinson with a 19-year-old male lover. Five separate Facebook groups with hundreds of followers have sprung up, lampooning the affair and comparing it to the 1967 film, "The Graduate." But there is a serious side to the story of Iris Robinson, who also happens to be a member of Parliament and the wife of Peter Robinson — Northern Ireland's government leader. The BBC reported that Iris Robinson allegedly solicited 50,000 pounds ($80,000) from businessmen so her young lover could open a restaurant...
  • Mrs (Iris) Robinson spoof (FULL VERSION)

    01/09/2010 10:44:52 PM PST · by tlb · 7 replies · 876+ views
    youtube ^ | January 08, 2010 | nidaleks
    Full version parody of Simon and Garfunkel's famous tune. Based on recent events in Northern Ireland
  • Disgraced wife of N Ireland leader to step down.(The Graduate alert)

    01/09/2010 5:54:04 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 15 replies · 990+ views
    AP ^ | Sat Jan 9 | AP
    LONDON – The wife of Northern Ireland's leader will step down as a lawmaker within days, British media reported Saturday, as pressure mounted on Peter Robinson's shaky coalition government over her admissions of an affair with a far-younger man. Iris Robinson was 58 at the time, and the man, Kirk McCambley, was 19.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Northern Ireland's Own Sex Scandal (First Minister's Wife Cuckolded Him...)

    01/08/2010 9:04:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies · 2,219+ views
    Time ^ | Friday, Jan. 08, 2010 | Bryan Coll
    The Lock Keeper's Inn outside Belfast is an attractive but otherwise unremarkable café. Serving up the usual Northern Irish fare of sausage rolls and stew, it's a place to stop for a quiet coffee after walking along the nearby riverbank. A world away, it would seem, from the bitter feuds of Northern Irish politics. But following a series of remarkable revelations this week, the inn is at the center of a scandal that could threaten the career of Northern Ireland's top politician. On Thursday, a BBC television program called Spotlight issued a report accusing First Minister Peter Robinson's wife Iris...