Oral histories of political movements give us glimpses of the participants who helped shape the world we know today. They often provide raw, personal first-hand accounts of peoples’ struggles. These projects also help to maintain historical truths that are often tainted by government revisionism and lost to cultural amnesia.
Tacit confidentiality agreements between historians and interviewees are naturally crucial to the birth of these histories.
So what happens when the Department of Justice...Read Full Story
A map highlighting the areas subjected to British plantations in Ulster, using modern county boundaries. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
‘For God’s sake bring me a large Scotch. What a bloody awful country.’ Visiting Northern Ireland as home secretary in 1970, Reginald Maudling, whose mellow moderation verged on a slothful desire for an easy life, was understandably exasperated by the Ulster problem – but no more so than a long line of politicians, before and since. Churchill – not so easily...Read Full Story
A map of Northern Ireland showing Londonderry, known simply as Derry by Republicans.
P0lice in Northern Ireland have arrested Dissident Republicans who they claim were within minutes of firing mortars at a Londonderry police station.
Two men, aged 35 and 37, were arrested early on Sunday evening. One of the men was driving a van loaded with mortars and with its roof cut back to allow them to be fired from the van. The second man was following behind on a motorcycle. Police believe that the...Read Full Story
Geraldine Finucane (left) is shown with her three children, Katherine, John and … more
DUBLIN — British police and army agents planted inside Northern Ireland’s major Protestant gang played a pivotal role in assassinating a Belfast attorney, a former U.N. war crimes investigator concluded in a damning report about one of the most divisive slayings of the entire four-decade conflict.
Desmond de Silva concluded in his approximately 800-page report last...Read Full Story
A fifth consecutive night of loyalist riots in Northern Ireland saw police fire rubber bullets, eight arrests, and three officers injured.
Another night of protests, against limits placed on the display of the British Union Jack flag outside council offices in Belfast, began in the early evening outside City Hall. Around 400 British loyalists gathered in a peaceful protest. Later on in the evening a group of around 250 of the protesters passed by the Short Strand on their way back to east...Read Full Story
A community portal about Northern Ireland with blogs, videos, and photos. According to Wikipedia.org: Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, and covers 5,459 square miles in the northeast of the island of Ireland, about a sixth of the total area of the island. It has a population of 1,685,000 - between a quarter and a third of the...more
A community portal about Northern Ireland with blogs, videos, and photos. According to Wikipedia.org: Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, and covers 5,459 square miles in the northeast of the island of Ireland, about a sixth of the total area of the island. It has a population of 1,685,000 - between a quarter and a third of the island's total population. It consists of six counties situated within the province of Ulster, and in the UK is generally known as one of its four Home Nations, forming a constituent country of the United Kingdom. Some of these terms have controversial implications in relation to political ideologies concerning the constitutional status of Northern Ireland.