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Tuesday, December 31

Challenge over IRA's 'arsenal for 1,500': Belfast Telegraph
Mary Fitzgerald

'Must make politics work' - McLaughlin: UTV Internet

Back battle against violence in North, mourners told: Irish Examiner
Dan McGinn

Adair faction scoffs at rumours of move: Belfast Telegraph
David Gordon

Man questioned over feud murder: BBC

Wright inquiry is set to begin in February: (from the Irish News)
William Scholes

LVF challenge: Sunday Life (Dec 29)
Stephen Gordon

IRA gunmen calendar condemned by unionists: Irish Independent

Disgruntled IRA gangsters raided Dublin arms dump: Sunday Independent (Dec 29)
Liz Walsh

Fianna Fail in Derry has a head start: (from the Irish News)
Roddy McGregor

New ideas can only be good: (from the Irish News)

Dublin 'snubs' Omagh widower: Sunday Life (Dec 29)
Chris Anderson

Monday, December 30

Bloodbath fear in loyalist feud as gangs run riot: Irish Independent
Dominic Cunningham

Adair gang takes feud to families: Sunday Life (Dec 29)

Mad Dog barks out festive greetings: Irish Examiner
Ted Oliver

Heating up N. Ireland's cold cases: Toronto Globe and Mail
Alan Freeman

Ambassador's small role shouldn't have been a shock: Boston Herald (Dec 29)
Jim Dee

Ulster at the crossroads: Sunday Life (Dec 29)

FF set for talks with SDLP that could end in a merger: Irish Independent
Senan Molony

Board 'is split' on Lowry probe: Sunday Life (Dec 29)
Alan Murray

Provos set thugs on out-of-control members in south: Sunday Independent (Dec 29)
Jimmy Guerin

Provo torture boss was ex-army!: Sunday Life (Dec 29)
Ciaran McGuigan

Push over secret organisations: UTV Internet

Sunday, December 29

All parties must work for deal, urges Hume: Belfast Telegraph
Ciaran O'Neill

When will our kindergarten politicians finally grow up?: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

Politicos waste yet another year: (from the Irish News)
James Kelly

Hope springs eternal but outlook is gloomy: Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

Battle to face over policing - Attwood: UTV Internet

Egan quits as envoy to Ireland: Boston Globe
Charles M. Sennott and Ross Kerber

New envoy to Ireland sought as Egan quits: Boston Herald
Ellen J. Silberman

Security forces on high alert as fears rise over Loyalist feud: Scotland on Sunday
Brian Brady

Does Natalie's father know who shot the boy she loved?: The Guardian
Henry McDonald

Clergy meet loyalists in bid to halt feud terror: Belfast Telegraph

Two injured 'in loyalist feud': BBC

Rearrest UDA members now: (from the Irish News)

IRA now holds enough guns for 1,500 terrorists: Sunday Independent
Jimmy Guerin, Don Lavery & Liz Walsh

Sinn Fein celebrates new year with terror calendar: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

New Labour accused of racism in refusing members from Ulster: The Observer
Henry McDonald

FF set to organise in the North and fight elections: Sunday Business Post
Sean Mac Carthaigh

Gardai allowed Strabane bomb, report alleges: Sunday Independent
Jimmy Guerin & Jim Cusack

Call to publish 1970 IRA arms trial details: (from the Irish News)
Valerie Robinson

Labour, FG seek Arms Trial review: Sunday Independent
Kevin Moore

Saturday, December 28

UK urges Dublin to join EU police deal on Border: The Irish Times
Mark Brennock

SDLP all-Ireland policing call: UTV Internet

SDLP urges new term for Patten monitor: Belfast Telegraph
Ian Graham

SDLP accuse DUP: UTV Internet

Unionists' rising star rules out deal with Sinn Fein if party triumphs at polls: The Times

Top loyalist's nephew shot dead in UDA feud: Daily Telegraph
Ted Oliver and Sandra Laville

Belfast execution heralds new war among loyalists: The Times
David Lister

No winners in the loyalist feud: Belfast Telegraph

Two injured in separate attacks: BBC

US envoy 'felt left out of peace talks': Irish Independent

Friday, December 27

Congress' Irish committees frequently on common ground: Irish Echo
Ray O'Hanlon

Census results: a blow to republican strategy?: Irish Echo
Jack Holland

Ulster's balance: Boston Globe (Dec 26)

Eames warns on lack of hope: Belfast Telegraph

Can there be 'peace on Earth'?: Chicago Tribune (Dec 25)

Trying not to back himself into a corner just yet: Fortnight
Robbie Meredith

Belfast victim 'mistaken for Catholic': The Times
David Lister

Adair sends sinister 'festive' greetings: Belfast Telegraph
David Gordon

2002 - 'ingredients of a spy thriller': BBC
Brian Rowan

Guns and Roses: Irish Echo
Jack Holland

Inquiry moves into new phase: BBC
Paul McCauley

Prosecution altered witness statement in Arms Trial: The Irish Times
Mark Brennock

Adams' Peace Hope:
Justin Cohen

Thursday, December 26

Turbulent year for politics: BBC
Mark Devenport

Divided Ulster needs a new impetus: The Times

Can Ireland Unite?: The Atlantic Monthly (April 1954)
John V. Kelleher

Provos have no intention of going away, you know: Sunday Independent (Dec 22)
John A. Murphy

Take It With A Pinch Of Salt: The Blanket
Tom Luby

Airing Adams 'boosts terror': Sunday Life (Dec 22)
Sinead McCavana

Sinn Féin threat forced Fianna Fáil about-turn: Sunday Business Post (Dec 22)
Pat Leahy

Wednesday, December 25

Time to end ‘two communities’ policy: (from the Irish News, Dec 20)

Message of hope in a world of pain: Belfast Telegraph

Talks move as loyalist feud deepens: Belfast Telegraph
David Gordon

DUP man named in Stormont raid papers: Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

Soldiers reinforce police in hotspot: (from the Irish News, Dec 18)
Sharon O’Neill

Plan now for a United Ireland: Sunday Business Post (Dec 22)

Former spy to call Orde as witness: (from the Irish News)
Barry McCaffrey

Paisley Claudy prediction: UTV Internet

Dirty Politics: The Blanket
Carrie Twomey

Equality law 'must include teachers': BBC (Dec 19)

Terrorist in line for EUR1m: The Sunday Times (Dec 22)
Maeve Sheehan

Irish claim new violence is escalating: San Francisco Examiner (Oct 1)
J. K. Dineen

Tuesday, December 24

Keep the faith with peace - Murphy: Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

Clouds on the horizon but spring is near: (from the Irish News)
Roy Garland

Details of DUP men on seized papers: Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

Stormont mole suspect released: Irish Independent

DUP demands explanation from mayor over calendar: (from the Irish News)
James Stinson

Emotions still raw over Holy Cross: BBC
Mark Simpson

IRA told to admit Claudy bombing: Belfast Telegraph
Ciaran O'Neill

Minister 'knew nothing' of cover-up: BBC

New commissioner will oversee justice reform: (from the Irish News, Dec 19)

Victim's mother tells of the agony time doesn't heal: Irish Independent (Dec 21)
David Lister

Outfoxed in a hail of bullets: Irish Independent (Dec 14)

McCabe killers refused festive parole: Irish Independent
Tom Brady

Cunning Irish republicans put a bomb under Beeb's song poll: The Sunday Times (Dec 22)

Celtic fans vote Irish song the greatest: The Herald
Ruairi O'Kane

Moves agreed to crack down on sale of sectarian football goods: The Scotsman (Dec 12)
John Staples

Monday, December 23

Donaldson calls for closer unionist links: UTV Internet

State Dept. Seeks More North Progress: Irish Voice/
Sean O'Driscoll

Revealed - the true extent of spy ring: Sunday Life (Dec 22)
Alan Murray

Victory 2016 Plus 40 - Remember To Read The Small Print: The Blanket
Anthony McIntyre

No gift-wrapped solution to political crisis: (from, Dec 20)
Monica McWilliams

Taped street violence to go on sale: Sunday Life (Dec 22)

Loyalist chief targeted again: Irish Independent

Shankill pastor calls for end to loyalist feud: Belfast Telegraph (Dec 21)
Michael McHugh

Derry families demand answers on deaths: Sunday Business Post (Dec 22)
Eamonn MacDermott

Bid to have army expel McBride killers: Belfast Telegraph (Dec 19)

SDLP push for expulsion of soldiers: UTV Internet

Who was Father James Chesney?: BBC (Dec 20)

How Whitelaw walked a political tightrope over Ulster: Daily Telegraph (Dec 21)
Mark Garnett

Labour rapped over Irish 'irony': UTV Internet (Dec 14)

Is Dessie getting like a fox again?: Sunday Independent (Dec 15)
Jim Cusack

Blue shirts turn a shade of green at FG bash: Irish Examiner (Dec 20)
Fionnán Sheahan

Fine Gael v Sons of Erin row hits low note: The Sunday Times (Dec 22)
John Lee

Gore's departure disappoints Irish Dems: Irish Echo
Ray O'Hanlon

'No alternative' to plastic bullets yet: UTV Internet (Dec 19)

Sunday, December 22

Northern parties are filled with 'peaceful' presents: Sunday Independent

Irish-Americans warn Trimble must not dictate peace strategy: (from, Dec 20)
Máirtin Ó Muilleoir

The IRA is boring us into submission: Sunday Telegraph
Kevin Myers

It is time we saw the beam in our own eye: Sunday Independent
Ruth Dudley Edwards

War of words but the real story is peace: The Sunday Times
Emily O'Reilly

Contrived crises, phoney and futile: (from the Irish News)
James Kelly

UUP-Tory pact would bring both down: Sunday Business Post
Niall Stanage

Durkan has tried to outwit Sinn Fein — and failed: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

Chance of united Ireland depends on whom you ask: Boston Herald
Jim Dee

Damned statistics: The Observer
Henry McDonald

Counting the days ahead: Belfast Telegraph
Barry White

What we have -- we share: Sunday Business Post
Tom McGurk

Questions of birth: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

Mowlam 'told of IRA's bomber priest': Sunday Herald
Susan McKay

Three more IRA priests in Claudy link: The Observer
Henry McDonald

Army accused of putting bugs in confessionals: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

Questions to be answered: (from the Irish News)

Calls for Claudy Inquiry are right: Belfast Telegraph

The forgotten massacre: Annie's Bar remembered: Derry Journal (Dec 20)

All-Ireland economy needs plan to start now: Sunday Business Post
Sean Mac Carthaigh and Eamonn Quinn

‘Accusers should come forward’ - McGuinness: Derry Journal (Dec 20)

Legal battle looming over Irish directive: (from the Irish News)
Marie Louise McCrory

Alone again, naturally: (from, Dec 19)

Saturday, December 21

Blair under new pressure over Sinn Fein: UTV Internet

Act On SF Now, Trimble Tells PM: The News Letter
Richard Sherriff and Gemma Murray

Trimble right to walk out over Farmleigh dossier leak: Irish Independent
Bruce Arnold

Mr Trimble does need some answers: Belfast Telegraph

Surprise as US Ambassador tells Bush he wants to quit: Irish Independent
Alison O'Connor

Migration key to totting up the religious headcount: Belfast Telegraph
Chris Thornton

Making sense of the Census: Belfast Telegraph
Graham Grudgin

The Union is Copper-Fastened by Census as Results Reveal the Will of the People: The News Letter

Less than a third of civil servants: (from the Irish News)
Sharon O’Neill

Cosy conspiracy between the cardinal and the cabinet minister that let an IRA priest go free: The Guardian
Rosie Cowan

The priest, the prelate, the politician and a bloody secret that festered for 30 years: The Independent
David McKittrick

Trimble demands IRA priest inquiry: The Times
David Lister

Family demand Claudy truth: UTV Internet

Campaigners now feel vindicated: (from The Irish Times)
Suzanne Breen

Bishop 'horrified' if bomb claims are proven: Irish Independent
Fergus Black

How Claudy became the 'forgotten' atrocity: Daily Telegraph
Sean O'Neill

Shedding some light on Claudy's mysteries: BBC
Kevin Connolly

Turbulent priest: Daily Telegraph

Bomb attack on loyalist leader: BBC

MP admits he was interviewed for UDA press job: (from the Irish News)
Simon Doyle

Alleged IRA man who was jailed wins cash claim: Daily Telegraph
Joshua Rozenberg

'IRA spy' accused granted bail: BBC

Elation once again as Wolfe Tones top BBC world song poll: Irish Independent
Eugene Moloney

Friday, December 20

Trimble walkout hits talks: The Scotsman
James Doherty

Unionist walk-out 'regrettable': BBC

Trimble to demand ban on SF from new executive: The Irish Times
Frank Millar, Dan Keenan, Gerry Moriarty and Suzanne Breen

The Good Friday agreement's built-in flaw: Financial Times
Richard Bourke

Real IRA Will BE the Only Winners if Politicians Fail to Re-establish Devolution: The News Letter

UUP should assert itself against DUP: Irish Examiner

President slams IRA for Bogota bombing: Belfast Telegraph
Sean O'Driscoll

Census hits republican hopes: The Guardian
Rosie Cowan

Value Hearts, Not Headcounts - Murphy: The News Letter

Unionists and nationalist clash over census: UTV Internet

Fascination of religion head count: BBC
Bob Osborne

The most historic census since 1920: (from the Irish News)
Aeneas Bonner

Lies, damned lies...and the census: (from
Des Wilson

Census highlights case for tolerance: Belfast Telegraph

Unionism rejuvenated: Daily Telegraph

DMD drums could bang louder today: (from the Irish News)
Jude Collins

50:50 police recruitment slammed: UTV Internet

Maskey Branded 'Scrooge' Over Tree: The News Letter

10-year delay on Pearse Jordan inquest: (from the Irish News)
Sharon O'Neill

McGuinness role still crucial issue: Irish Independent
George Jackson

--------- Bloody Sunday News ---------

Bloody Sunday 'plot' denied by Carrington: Daily Telegraph
Joshua Rozenberg

Bloody Sunday 'fairly disasterous': UTV Internet

Thursday, December 19

North paper's disclosure causes political storm: The Irish Times
Mark Brennock and Dan Keenan

Push to intensify talks on North: Irish Independent
Gene McKenna

Sinn Fein TD calls on British government to implement GFA: UTV Internet

Secret file reveals IRA arming and recruiting: Irish Independent
Gene McKenna

Census reveals Northern Ireland's Protestant population is at record low: The Independent
David McKittrick

North moving closer to Catholic majority: Irish Examiner
Dan Buckley

Misuse of census feared: Belfast Telegraph

Catholics are winning the numbers game in Ulster: The Independent
David McKittrick

Sectarian head-counts always important: (from The News Letter)
Suzanne Breen

Don't shout 'bingo' too soon: Belfast Telegraph
Steven King

Counting Heads And The Dangers Of Losing Them: Irish Echo
Jack Holland

As the Census Results Loom, Some Unionists are Only Just Waking Up to the 1998 Victory: The News Letter

Northern census - Talk of Irish unity must be avoided: Irish Examiner

What Cheriegate means to Ulster: Belfast Telegraph
Eric Waugh

Fresh demand for full inquiry into Nelson murder: (from the Irish News)
Steven McCaffery

Denounce Paramilitaries - Durkan: The News Letter

UDA chiefs out to isolate Adair: Belfast Telegraph
David Gordon

A message for a man of ill will: (from the Irish News)

Court moves to suppress identity of IRA mole: Irish Independent
Ivan McMichael

Time to target the crime lords: Belfast Telegraph

--------- Bloody Sunday News ---------

Inquiry told of soldiers' lack of restraint: BBC

Wednesday, December 18

Ministers to review talks progress: BBC

Call on republicans to deliver: UTV Internet

Tory slams Ulster political parties: Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

US has firm opinion on ‘Colombian farce’: (from the Irish News)
Ray O'Hanlon

The chutzpah of David Trimble: The Guardian
Niall Stanage

Our Prods get hot under the collar: Sunday Independent (Dec 15)
John O'Keeffe

UDA 'aware' of murder plot: BBC

Fir flies in UFF tree row: Belfast Telegraph
Ashleigh Wallace

Taylor backs Trimble on policing pull-out: Belfast Telegraph
Brian Walker

SDLP backs police change: (from the Irish News)
William Graham

Lawyer's 'killer will never be caught': UTV Internet

Don't Join RUC/PSNI: The Blanket (Dec 8)
Sean Matthews

Orde out of step: Belfast Telegraph
Gail Walker

Derry PSNI open discussions with Scottish league: Derry Journal

SF woman faces call to soldier's tribunal: (from the Irish News)

Mac mafia sends 'hit' warning to Adair: Sunday Life (Dec 8)

Human rights body calls for new Garda ombudsman: Irish Independent
Nicola Anderson

Majority do not feel they are British: Daily Telegraph
Sarah Womack

--------- Bloody Sunday News ---------

Soldier denies all 13 shot by army on Bloody Sunday: Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday, December 17

Protestants should have veto on united Ireland, says unionist MP: The Guardian
Rosie Cowan

A united Ireland could be a reality: (from the Irish News)
Bimpe Fatogun

Protestants drop below 50% - SF claim: Belfast Telegraph
Chris Thornton

DUP tactics are a threat to unionism: (from the Irish News)
Roy Garland

Cobain steps into Lowry row: Belfast Telegraph
David Gordon

Unionist Hits Out at 'MI5 Provo Cover-Up': The News Letter

More powers for Police Ombudsman: UTV Internet

Board to shortlist for PSNI Deputy post: RTE

Jail move fury in Colombia 3 case: Irish Independent
Tom Brady

Stevens team brief SF leadership: BBC

Fewer Murdered But 220 Paramilitary Shootings. Hardly a Perfect Peace: The News Letter (Dec 13)

Loyalists threaten southern motorists: (from the Irish News)
Bimpe Fatogun

Mad Dog Illuminations Over-Shadow Shankhill: The News Letter

Adams' loyalist target claim: UTV Internet

Wife of Stormont accused lashes bail court block: (from

Twin terror threat from Islamic and Irish groups: Daily Telegraph
John Steele

McKevitt in High Court move over documents on FBI man: Irish Independent

Ex-soldier 'abuse' case: UTV Internet

We Say: (from

--------- Bloody Sunday News ---------

Paras 'were showing example': BBC

Monday, December 16

Moves to convince unionists of peace continue: Irish Independent
Alan Murray

Positive politcs needed: UTV Internet

Bordering on the ridiculous: Sunday Life (Dec 15)
Lynda Gilby

Unionist voting habits warning: (from the Irish News, Dec 14)
William Graham

Trimble's links with Tories increase distrust on all sides: Sunday Business Post (Dec 15)
Paul T Colgan

McGimpsey on US terror view: UTV Internet

Sinn Fein leaders to meet Stevens inquiry team: RTE

Nationalist focus claim: Sunday Life (Dec 15)

EU cash boost for peace projects: BBC

Mad Dog under pressure may be looking for God: Irish Independent
David Lister

Adair's boys take a powder: Sunday Life (Dec 15)

O'Hare - 'Our 15 year nightmare': Irish Independent (Dec 14)

O'Hare claims 'war is over' for him: The Irish Times
Carol Coulter

O'Hanlon's Corner: Sunday Independent (Dec 15)
Eilis O'Hanlon

NIO attitude 'real body blow': Sunday Life (Dec 15)
Stephen Breen

Paramilitary thugs force 983 out of their homes: Belfast Telegraph
Michael McHugh

The Mob Buster: Sunday Life (Dec 15)

Forged licence scam link to IRA: Irish Independent
Elaine Keogh

Sinn Fein denies link to terror suspect: The Times
Stewart Tendler and David Lister

BBC poll to decide if Tones are No. 1: (from the Irish News, Dec 14)
William Graham


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