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Below you find older articles from 2012 in chronological order.

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Not the truth

14.12.2012 | Irish Republican News, An Phoblacht, Press Association

Cameron admits collusion, but denies conspiracy in the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. His widow has dismissed the report into Pat Finucanes death by Sir Desmond de Silva as "a sham... a whitewash... a confidence trick", telling a press conference: "This report is not the truth."

The British Prime Minister has admitted the assassination of Pat Finucane was "an appalling crime" which involved three state agents, the RUC police and the British Army, but he has stopped short of ordering a public inquiry. In a statement to the Westminster parliament this afternoon Mr Cameron said there had been "shocking" levels of state collusion read more >>

Grasping the opportunity for Peace

20.11.2012 | Basque Peace Process

Gerry Adams' prologue to the book of Arnaldo Otegi "The time of the lights"

A year ago I took part in a conference in Donostia – San Sebastian in Euskal Herria entitled; ‘International conference to promote the resolution of the conflict in the Basque County’. The event was organised by a range of groups, including the Basque Citizen Network for Agreement and Consultation, Lokarri, the International Contact Group (GIC) led by South African lawyer Brian Currin, and four other international foundations.

Along with myself five other international participants contributed to the conference; read more >>

Sinn Féin demands release of Pádraic Wilson – Charges 'politically motivated'

4.11.2012 | An Phoblacht

It is my firm view that these charges are politically motivated and driven by an old agenda within the PSNI fighting against policing change. Those behind this agenda need to be removed from policing before they inflict further damage on the peace process." Gerry Kelly

THE remanding in custody in Belfast today of Pádraic Wilson on a charge of IRA membership and organising meetings has been described by Sinn Féin’s Policing & Justice spokesperson as “bizarre” read more >>

Maghaberry prison warder shot dead

1.11.2012 | Irish Republican News

The "Northern Ireland Office", which is run by the British state and which still holds the power in many areas of life in the North of Ireland, especially in everything related to "national security" or "terrorism", has been using massive human right violations against against some activists of the so called Irish Republican dissidents, several micro groups who work against the peace process. The ongoing internment of Marion Price is an example of this British policy. Prison conditions and human rights violations against prisoners have also been a matter of concern. A report which has been conducted recently still needs to be acted upon.

Against this background the Irish Republican News reports today the killing of a prison warder: read more >>

Dublin government has no apologies to make over IRA

25.9.2012 | John Hedges & Mark Moloney (An Phoblacht, 18.9.2012)

'The IRA was not the creation of any Dublin government'

UNIONISTS are wrong in seeking an official apology from the Dublin government for the Irish Republican Army’s campaign, Gerry Adams said yesterday as the Northern Assembly passed a unionist motion by just one vote calling on Dublin government to apologise.

“The IRA was not the creation of any Dublin government,” the Sinn Féin president said.

The unionist motion argued that the 26-County state failed to clamp down on IRA activity and was somehow responsible for its regeneration. read more >>

Peter Mc Bride deceased September 4 1992 - 20 years on killer remains in British Army

5.9.2012 | Pat Finucane Centre

September 4, marks the 20th anniversary of the murder of Peter Mc Bride in Belfast by two members of the Scots Guards Regiment, James Fisher and Mark Wright.

Despite their convictions for the murder of the unarmed teenager in broad daylight both soldiers were allowed to rejoin their regiment having served only three years of their life sentences. One, Mark Wright, was discharged for medical reasons following a shooting injury sustained in Iraq. The other, James Fisher, remains a serving soldier in the British Army. read more >>

Consequences of the Penitentiary Policy: “Three Cases that Sum up Penitentiary Cruelty”

16.8.2012 | Ramón SOLA (GARA, 14.8.2012, in Spanish language)

Iosu Uribetxeberria hospitalized in a terminal state, on hunger strike and being harassed; Mikel Egibar, unable to hug his wife and two kids seriously injured in two hospitals; Iñigo Erro, also ill and with the “Parot Doctrine” applied to him and on Friday sent to Almeria without even waiting for his mother to die. Three cases in one week, three vertices of a triangle of extreme and gratuitous cruelty. read more >>

Dissident groups cannot achieve united Ireland

27.7.2012 | Sinn Féin News

Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast, Gerry Kelly, has stated that the reported coming together of the Real IRA, RAAD and a number of other micro-factions will not achieve anything.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

“The coming together of several dissident groups is not surprising given the fractious nature of those who are behind such groupings. They have over the past number of years come and gone, split and reformed on an ongoing basis. read more >>

Members of the German Deutsche Bundestag and the European Parliament support peace efforts in the Basque Country

20.7.2012 | Press release baskenland-friedensprozess.de

15 German Members of Parliament of different parties, members of the Deutsche Bundestag or the European Parliament, the Minister for Finance in Brandenburg (one of the German counties) and former Member of the European Parliament Dr. Markov, as well as the former judge of the German Constitutional Court, Prof. Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, signed the "Declaration of Aiete". read more >>


13.7.2012 | Troops Out Movement

Martin died on 13th July in 1981 after 40 days on Hunger Strike Aged 24. He was the 6nd of 10 prisoners to die on Hunger Strike campaigning for recognition as political prisoners.

See Martin’s full story at
Bobby Sands Trust - Martin Hurson

The Troops Out Movement is based in England and campaigns for British Withdrawal from Ireland

Martin McGuinness will meet Queen of England

22.6.2012 | Interview with Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin leader Martin McGuinness will officially meet Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday of next week in the North of Ireland. The North's Deputy First Minister becomes the first Sinn Féin leader ever to meet a British monarch. The following interview with Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams was conducted last Friday, after the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle endorsed the meeting:

Legalisation of Sortu positive step in Basque peace process

22.6.2012 | Basque Peace Process

Sinn Féin MLA Gery Kelly has welcomed the legalisation of the Basque political part Sortu. Sortu, when founded in February of 2011 was declared illegal under the draconian Party's Law with the Spanish Government stating that it was linked to ETA.

Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

"The legalisation of Sortu is a positive move for the Peace Process and is to be welcomed. The right of the electorate to vote for representatives of their choice is paramount in any democratic system. read more >>

Austerity Treaty passes

1.6.2012 | Irish Republican News

The Austerity Treaty referendum has been passed in the official result at Dublin Castle this afternoon with a total of 955,091 (60.3%) in favour of the treaty and 629,088 (39.7%) against it. Five constituencies said No - Donegal South West and Donegal North East, and three in Dublin, North West, South West and South Central.

In his first response, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland's bank debt must be included in future discussions to revive the wider European economy.

Speaking at Dublin Castle, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said he accepted the outcome of the referendum. "In the course of the campaign the Government made a number of very firm commitments in terms of removing the burden of the bank bailout from people and also of growth and job incentive initiatives and we will be holding [them] to those commitments," he said.

Poignant gesture for Loughinisland victims at European Soccer Championship

18.5.2012 | Irish Republican News

Irish national soccer squad will wear armbands to mark the 18th anniversary of the Loughinisland massacre. Six Catholics were shot dead in Loughinisland, County Down, on June 18, 1994, by Loyalist death squad as they watched the Irish team playing Italy in the World Cup. Families demand the truth about involvement of the British state in the massacre. read more >>

Anniversary of the Death of Bobby Sands


On May 5th, 1981 Bobby Sands died in Long Kesh after 66 days of hungerstrike for political status. He was the first of ten Irish Republican prisoners whose lifes were taken during this prison struggle. Shortly before his death he was elected member of the British Parliament in Fermanagh/South Tyrone.

See also our background in the Irish Hungerstrikes of 1980 and 1981: read more >>

Justice for Iñigo Cabacas

22.4.2012 | International Fans of Athletic Bilbao

Fans of the Basque futball club Athletic Bilbao started a campaign for the truth about the death of Iñigo Cabacas and the dismissal of the Home Secretary of the Basque Autonomous Community Rodolfo Ares. We support their call:

What started as a celebration of a football victory, ended with tears and chaos when the Ertzaintza, the Basque police force, interrupted pushing the situation out of control. Iñigo Cabacas, a 28 year old supporter of Athletic Club Bilbao, was shot in the head with a rubber bullet by riot police after last week´s Europa League game against Schalke 04. read more >>

A United Ireland and a New Republic!

"We need a mighty movement across this land to reach our goal of freedom and unity." (Martin McGuinness)

8.4.2012 | Sinn Féin News

Martin McGuinness Easter Sunday address 2012 – Drumboe, Co. Donegal:

"I thank the Republicans of County Donegal for the opportunity to address you on this the 96th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916. It is a privilege to join with you as we recall the Proclamation of the Irish Republic and pay tribute to all those who have given their lives in the cause of Irish freedom. We make no distinction between the men and women of 1916 and the men and women of 1981. We honour equally the Republicans who fell in the years of struggle 1916 to 1923 and those who gave their lives in our own era since 1969. read more >>

International Women's Day

8.3.2012 |

On this International Women's Day, let us remember the three women who went on Hunger Strike in 1980, Mairéad Farrell, Mary Doyle and Mairéad Nugent.

Ballade von Mairéad Farrell (Youtube, Seanchai & The Unity Squad, Sängerin: Rachel):
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Irish Government forced to hold Treaty referendum

28.2.2012 | Irish Republican News

The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, has just confirmed in the Dáil that the people of the 26 Counties will be asked in a referendum to ratify the Brussels Treaty. read more >>

Bloody Sunday Families: no further annual march

18.1.2012 |

"The Bloody Sunday families, who are the moral authority on Bloody Sunday issues, are not organising or supporting a march in January 2012. This is in line with their decision in January 2011 that, given that ...their long campaign had been successfully concluded, there would be no further annual marches, though the annual commemoration would continue in all other respects. This was supported by the people of Derry at the last march in January 2011. We ask those who have supported us in the past to now give their active support, as we do, to others still fighting their campaigns for justice by, for instance, supporting the Ballymurphy families’ march in August. Others may organise a march on Sunday 29 January, but we have no involvement in that and it is not led by the Bloody Sunday families.”

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