2019-05-10

Saoradh and the „onslaught of harassment” in Derry – the numbers

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On Thursday morning, May 9, again three houses were raided, and four people arrested under terrorism legislation in Derry. The four males, aged 15, 18, 38, 51, were taken to the Serious Crime Suite in Musgrave Station. In a statement, the Republican party Saoradh spoke of an “onslaught of harassment”. [Mehr lesen…]

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2019-04-26

Video: Saoradh Easter commemoration 2019

gpo-small.jpgI received some of the video footage removed from the internet by representatives of Saoradh. While some people will disagree with my decision, I decided to upload the video footage. Here I explain why…
 
On Thursday, May 18, activist and journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead by a masked gunman during riots residents and the PSNI in Derry’s Creggan estate. [Mehr lesen…]

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2019-02-15

Former Irish Republican prisoner receives chilling warning. Why?

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Over the past few days, graffiti emerged in parts of West Belfast, sending out a shivering message to former Irish Republican prisoner Danny McClean. One of these messages appeared on a gable wall on Lenadoon Avenue saying: “Danny McClean UDR RIP.”
 
In early January, McClean’s stood trial for IRA memberships charges, accused of being a member of the paramilitary group Óglaigh na hÉireann. However, Judge Smyth “agreed to leave the IRA charge ‘on the books and not to proceed with’ in the case of (…) Daniel Joseph Anthony McClean (52) of Lagmore Gardens”. [Mehr lesen…]

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2019-02-03

Oral History In Post-Conflict Societies: Experiences From Researching The Northern Ireland Troubles

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The past five or so years were rather difficult for those conducting interviews in Ireland. Nonetheless, interviews remain an essential source for those of us researching political violence and the Northern Irish Troubles. Since the debacle of the Belfast Oral History Project at Boston College (BC), narrators greet oral historians in the best case with increasing suspicion, in the worst case with open hostility. [Mehr lesen…]

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2018-12-30

State Papers, Sinn Féin & Federalism

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The last days of December traditionally bring the release of state papers after the 30-year embargo. Accordingly, the last couple of days saw the release of hundreds of previously secret government files dating from 1988 in Dublin and Belfast. Among the more interesting stories circulating in the Irish media is a meeting between Provisional Republicans and representatives of the Loyalist UVF. [Mehr lesen…]

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2018-12-17

Why ex-IRA bomber is wrong to take a uniform approach to PoW status

abeltel.jpgFormer Provisional Shane Paul O’Doherty argued in this newspaper last week that republican inmates didn’t qualify as prisoners of war. Here, historian Dieter Reinisch says O’Doherty’s view is at odds with British Government policy throughout the 20th century.
 
In an article published in this newspaper on January 5, Shane Paul O’Doherty argued that “captured (IRA) combatants could never qualify as prisoners of war” because they “did not conduct military operations according to the laws and customs of war”.
 
He then goes on and uses an appeal by republicans to the European Court of Human Rights as evidence that the “entire republican movement - political and militant - was effectively recognising the jurisdiction of the international humanitarian laws and associated Geneva Conventions”. [Mehr lesen…]

dieterreinisch - 19:28 @ History, Northern Ireland, Prisons | 1 comment

Radicalization in Prison: Historical Lessons for Today’s Challenges

123Maze_Prison_-_geograph_-_341034.jpgOn May 29, Benjamin H. shot four people dead in the Belgian town of Luttich. Benjamin was on day release from prison after having been sentenced as an ordinary petty criminal for robbery and possession of proscribed drugs. [Mehr lesen…]

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Irish Identity in British Prisons

identity2.jpgThe fact that Irish Republican prisoners are held in British prisons in the North of Ireland causes conflict for the Northern Ireland Prison Service. Irish Republicans are Irish Nationalists, thus, their national identity is suppressed during their imprisonment in the British State. In a recent statement, Irish Republican prisoners highlighted this discrimination of Irish identity in HMP Maghaberry.
 
Throughout the conflict in the North of Ireland, Irish Republican prisoners have demanded recognition as political prisoners. [Mehr lesen…]

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