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12 May 2021

Bobby Sands - Nothing but an Unfinished Song

Forty years ago in May, Bobby Sands, provisional IRA prisoner and an MP, died on hunger strike in the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland

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12 May 2021

British state absolves itself from killings during 'the Troubles'

Family of Joe McCann continues to fight for justice: Two unnamed former British paratroopers, accused of the 1972 murder of Joe McCann, an Official Irish Republican Army (IRA) leader, were formally acquitted on 4 May

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28 April 2021

How partition of Ireland derailed a revolutionary struggle for national and social liberation

The recent street disturbances in Northern Ireland, albeit on a far smaller scale compared to the decades of the 'Troubles', showed that the 'power sharing' arrangements of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement have failed to bring about a resolution of the 'Irish national question' or end the sectar

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12 February 2020

Sinn Fein harnesses working-class anger to top poll

The general election in Ireland saw a seismic change in the electoral landscape, with a big surge in support for Sinn Féin.

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28 August 2019

Brexit and the border in Northern Ireland - will there be a return to the 'Troubles'?

Brexit has started a hare running over the consequences for the integrity of the UK.

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14 August 2019

Northern Ireland, August '69: 'Battle of the Bogside' and British troops on the streets

Fifty years ago this month, troops were deployed on the streets of Derry and Belfast by the British Labour government of PM Harold Wilson.

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24 April 2019

Northern Ireland: killing of Lyra McKee

Trade union movement must act: A mass, trade union-led campaign must oppose both the repression and the dire social conditions which drive young people into armed groups

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29 March 2017

Martin McGuinness: from IRA leader to Stormont minister

The funeral of Martin McGuinness, Irish republican and former deputy first minister of Northern Ireland's power-sharing executive, took place on 23 March

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9 December 2015

Quiz of the year

It's the quiz of 2015, compiled by the Socialist. The questions are drawn from articles covering events in the UK and internationally during the last year. Good luck and season's greetings.

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16 September 2015

Northern Ireland Executive crisis

The devolved government administration in Northern Ireland is in danger of total collapse. A crisis erupted in the aftermath of the killing of ex-IRA member Kevin McGuigan in Belfast on 13 August

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The British army was sent to Northern Ireland, not to defend beleaguered Catholics but to defend private property and British imperialism

The British army was sent to Northern Ireland, not to defend beleaguered Catholics but to defend private property and British imperialism

29 October 2014

Film review: On the streets of Belfast in 1971

This film, on general release, shows what it was like for a newly sent over British soldier during a few days in Belfast in 1971

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25 June 2014

Gerry Conlon: Fighter against state injustice

The death of Gerry Conlon in Belfast has been met with mass sympathy across the world as people are reminded of the British capitalist state's vile injustice against the Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven

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18 January 2012

1972 Derry - "this was murder"

Forty years ago, on Sunday 30 January 1972, members of the Parachute Regiment (the Paras) shot 27 unarmed civilians, (14 of whom died) on a protest through the barricaded Bogside area of Derry in Northern Ireland...

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12 August 2009

August 1969: Northern Ireland explodes - 'the troubles' begin

THE EVENTS of August 1969 were an historical turning point for Northern Ireland that echo down to this day. The first deaths of 'the troubles' occurred in 1969.

Ciaran Mulholland of the Socialist Party in Northern Ireland explains how the situation rapidly escalated to the brink of civil war and what lessons can be learnt from these events.

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6 October 2005

Why the IRA campaign failed to defeat the British state

Lessons of Northern Ireland: AFTER THE recent report confirming that the IRA has 'decommissioned' its arms, NIALL MULHOLLAND looks at the approach taken by socialists to the IRA's campaign after the 'Troubles' re-emerged in the late 1960s...

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22 September 2005

Terror laws threaten democratic rights

WITH OVER 200 'anti-terrorism' legal measures already in existence, Tony Blair was coming under widespread criticism from civil rights campaigners and others for planning more...

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11 August 2005

Northern Ireland after the IRA statement: Why the 'peace process' continues to flounder

THE REACTION within Northern Ireland to the IRA statement ordering its units to "dump arms" says a lot more about the current state of the 'peace process' than the statement itself...

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12 March 2005

Crisis for republicans in Northern Ireland - political alternative needed

THE NORTHERN Bank robbery in Belfast, Robert McCartney's killing and the attempt to cover it up, and then the allegations about the multi-million pound criminal empire run by the IRA have put the leadership of the repub...

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5 March 2005

Northern Ireland: Horrific murder enrages local community

THOUSANDS OF people have attended protest vigils in Catholic working-class areas of Belfast over the last two weeks...

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12 February 2005

Northern Ireland decommissioning crisis: The failure of sectarian politics

THE IRA announced on 2 February that it had withdrawn its offer to complete the process of arms decommissioning in Northern Ireland...

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