Northern Ireland

Field Day - The Belfast Agreement

Last year someone in Derry started painting the post-boxes green. All year they alternated from green to red and back again. It started me thinking about what a reunited Ireland would look like. Arafat reputedly returned to Gaza after the Oslo Accords saying he wouldn't stop until Palestine had its own direct dialling code. Sovereignty can come down to direct dialling codes and the colour of post-boxes; it should, however, involve much more.


Shoukri: lastest UDA man to be picked up

  • 9 November 2005
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One of the Ulster Defence Association's most high-profile and notorious leaders was arrested on Tuesday 8 November in a major police investigation into serious crime in the greater Belfast area.

Adams ban highlights police issue

  • 9 November 2005
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The US government's decision to ban Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams from attending a fundraising event in New York, over the party's refusal to support the PSNI, is an illustration of the increasingly central role policing is playing in the endgame of Northern Ireland's peace process.

Ex-RUC man's book set to life lid on collusion

  • 2 November 2005
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Jonty Brown, one of the most senior CID (Criminal Investigations Department) detectives in the RUC until his retirement in 2001, is expecting his former police colleagues to smash in his front door this week.

LVF to disband, UVF may follow

  • 26 October 2005
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The meeting between Bertie Ahern and Progressive Unionist Party leader David Ervine on Wednesday (26 October) signals a forward, and potentially significant, step towards achieving the disbandment of loyalist paramilitary groups.

Lots of hype, little substance

  • 19 October 2005
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The 250 properties allegedly connected to 'Slab' Murphy has become just seven, and the reputation of the Assets Recovery Agency now hangs in the balance. By Colm Heatley

DUP's dominance poses problems for the party

  • 12 October 2005
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The DUP rose to power by exploiting the crisis of confidence in unionism. But their critics are now questioning how effective they have been in leading the unionist cause, and whether their political agenda is outdated, writes Colm Heatley