The PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton has been the focus of some media attention recently over allegations that alongside others in the top brass of the PSNI, he has been involved in corruption and a cover up, relating to an investigation in 2014 about bribery and misconduct. The Police ombudsman is leading an inquiry into the matter.
Gerry Carroll says The PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton has been the focus of some media attention recently over allegations that alongside others in the top brass of the PSNI, he has been involved in corruption and a cover up, relating to an investigation in 2014 about bribery and misconduct. The Police ombudsman is leading […]
Sean Egan interviews repeal activist Aislinn Shanahan Daly
1.How did you get involved with pro-choice activism? The first social movement I ever engaged with was the abortion rights movement. I attended the march for choice in 2014, and it played a huge role in my politicization. I felt like those affected by a lack of access to abortion deserved justice, and as a […]
The latest raft of Tory benefit cuts is hitting the most vulnerable very hard across the North. The role-out of ‘Universal Credit’ is being geographically staggered but has already begun in Limavady and Ballymoney.
By Shaun Harkin Universal Credit replaces different benefits but will mean a reduction in what many people can receive. People moving onto Universal Credit are being left without benefits or any form of income for six weeks. As a result, already overwhelmed food banks are preparing for a surge in requests. The so-called ‘benefit cap’ […]
The North appears to be moving closer to direct rule from London. No official reports of the talks between the DUP and Sinn Fein on restoring the Assembly are publicly available but it should be assumed the DUP are refusing to budge on an Irish Language Act and other equality issues.
Pic: Michelle O’Neill and Arlene Foster By Shaun Harkin In the absence of a functioning Stormont Executive, James Brokenshire, the Tory Northern Ireland Secretary of State, legislated for a financial budget. Since the Assembly collapsed over the RHI ‘cash for ash’ scandal last January civil servants have been running government departments. Though unelected, they have […]
The North has been without governing institutions since the Assembly was collapsed in January in a crisis that began with the nearly £500 million Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scandal involving the former DUP First Minister Arlene Foster.
pic: Royal Victoria Hospital ; Belfast Health Trust set to make £26.3 million savings out of £70 million cuts in the North No functioning Executive means unelected civil servants under the direction of James Brokenshire, the Tory secretary of state for Northern Ireland, are running government departments and with no budget in place they are imposing […]
The recent DUP decision to vote with Corbyn’s Labour opposition in the House of Commons against the Tories to end the pay cap for NHS workers and to oppose the proposal to increase student fees by £250 has underscored the weakness of Theresa May’s Tory/DUP government. It also underscores the chasm between the DUP and […]
Cllr. Matt Collins (People Before Profit, Belfast City Council) This summer the issue of bonfires was at the centre of politics in the North, with tension increasing after it emerged that Belfast City Council effectively colluded in the storing of large amount of material for loyalist bonfires, and then some weeks later when sporadic violence […]
Sean Egan writes: In March 2016, leading republican activist Tony Taylor had his licence revoked and was remanded in Maghaberry prison, a facility notorious for human rights abuses including violent searches and prolonged solitary confinement.
Taylor had been convicted of a firearms offense in 2011 but had received parole. To this day, no justification for the revocation of his parole has been given. As this goes to print Taylor will have spent more than 550 days interned without facing any charges or evidence. In his native Derry, a campaign for […]
Michael Collins, People Before Profit, analyses the results of the recent Westminster election.
The recent Westminster election saw a massive surge of support for Jeremy Corbyn. Labour gained 30 seats and ten percentage points in its total vote , representing the biggest swing from the Tories to Labour since Clement Atlee in the 1945.
The election smashed the myth that left wing policies are unpopular. Corbyn’s manifesto attracted huge support from working people. His campaign was based on the many not the few. Plans to tax the big corporations, to challenge the power of the elites, and invest in jobs and services were a relief from the years of […]
Shaun Harkin, People Before Profit candidate in Foyle
Theresa May’s disastrous election has forced her to look to the DUP to form a coalition government. The Tories and the DUP are said to be negotiating a ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement to allow May to form a government. However, a firm agreement has still not been reached as we go to press.
May called the snap June 8 election believing the Tories could expand their Westminster dominance and win a mandate for their Brexit negotiation strategy. This has spectacularly backfired, forcing them to rely on the DUP to govern. The DUP are without doubt one of the most reactionary parties in Europe. As a result of the […]