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Monday, December 31

SF – rebels won't stop us backing the police: Sunday Life (Dec 30)
Brian Rowan

A New Year and a new Northern Ireland: (from the Sunday Tribune)
Suzanne Breen

A year of challenges and decisions ahead: Sunday Life (Dec 30)
Brian Rowan

Christmas debacle rooted in parading: (Dec 28)

'Gentle giant' a cop-killer thug: Sunday Life (Dec 30)
Stephen Breen

Historic year was a time of great change for churches: Belfast Telegraph (Dec 28)
Alf McCreary

Hanafin faces row over new English directive: Irish Independent
Anita Guidera

1977 State papers

Tell US we are fighting IRA and loyalist killers: Belfast Telegraph (Dec 28)
Graham Bardgett

Conservative stance on the North is wiser in hindsight: Irish Independent

Landslide winner Lynch set tone of talks on Northern stalemate: Sunday Independent (Dec 30)
Ronan Fanning

Sunday, December 30

Justice devolution 'crucial step': BBC

Ulster's politicians face policing challenges in 2008: The News Letter

New Year offers fresh hope to all:
Martin Morgan

Call for files of evidence on Omagh bombers: Sunday Independent
Alan Murray

British and Irish need to move:
Martin Morgan

Spotlight should be on Omagh: Belfast Telegraph
Lindy McDowell

Christmas tree row now leads to talks:
Áine McEntee

Timing is everything in religion and politics: (from the Irish News)
Patrick Murphy

O'Loan 'delighted' to become a Dame: Belfast Telegraph

Ulster peace process inspired aid workers: The Observer
Henry McDonald

Taliban, like IRA, can talk peace: Belfast Telegraph (Dec 28)

Catholic leader claims Poles could split Church: Sunday Telegraph
Jonathan Wynne-Jones and Vikki Miller

1977 State papers

Provos bomb the cinemas: Irish Independent (Dec 29)

British at pains to appear impartial: (from the Irish News)
Eamon Phoenix

GAA urge British troops to withdraw from club: Irish Independent (Dec 29)

IRA killing businessmen cut US investment hopes: (from the Irish News)
Eamon Phoenix

Saturday, December 29

O'Loan and Lynam receive awards in British honours list: The Irish Times
Gerry Moriarty

Police need to rebuild integrity: Belfast Telegraph
Laurence White

SDLP in no rush to align itself with a southern counterpart: (from the Irish News)
Valerie Robinson

Paisley – What a difference a year makes: Belfast Telegraph


First Ministers stay silent on victims post candidates: Belfast Telegraph
Chris Thornton

State to stake its claim in Rockall talks: Irish Independent

It's the final act of peace: Belfast Telegraph
Damon Quinn

In a few years we may have neither fish nor freedom: (from the Irish News, Dec 22)
Patrick Murphy

1977 State papers

Who errs the SAS wandered across the Irish border and caused a diplomatic uproar: Daily Mail (Dec 28)

Lynch government agreed to British Army flights: UTV Internet

Paisley's '1977 links to loyalists' discussed: (from the Irish News)
Eamon Phoenix

Policing on the border in 1970s hampered by a lack of phones: Belfast Telegraph
Brian Hutton

Stormont secret papers released: BBC
Eamon Phoenix

Dangerous times when another devastating civil war loomed: Irish Independent
James Downey

Friday, December 28

May 8 – historic day for Northern Ireland: The News Letter

Banner comes down on momentous year: BBC
Vincent Kearney

An unforgettable year which has seen political foes unite: (from the Irish News)
William Graham

Dawn of a new era – but drama isn't over: The News Letter

RM blasts Ombudsman's 'witch hunt' on police officer: Impartial Reporter

Taxpayers deserve better from the PSNI press office: (from the Irish News)
Newton Emerson

Problems in our prisons revealed: Belfast Telegraph

Ombudsman hears Stoneyford claims: (Dec 21)
Ciarán Barnes

Bishop Good asks for info on Omagh bombing: Derry Journal

Fight for justice for Omagh bombing victims continues: Tyrone Times

Peace dividend gives social centres a boost: Irish Independent
Patsy McArdle

Sectarian attack on GAA Club is universally condemned: Impartial Reporter

Aer Lingus double-speak over language: (Dec 21)
Ciarán Barnes

Language sparks debate in Kerry: BBC
Diarmaid Fleming

UUP peer praises call on tax havens: The News Letter

The message sent from London: (Dec 21)
Des Wilson

Be proud of your faith, Tony: The Sun (Dec 27)
Adrian Chiles

Why Blair had to keep his Catholicism in the closet: Irish Independent

1977 State papers

Warning of civil war if British pulled out of North: Irish Independent

State Papers – 1977: The North looms large in Anglo-Irish relations: Irish Examiner
Ryle Dwyer

Lull in Troubles following British shift in policy: Irish Independent

Queen's cousin wanted united Ireland: Irish Independent

State Papers – 1977: Consternation over who to send to queen's silver jubilee ceremonies: Irish Examiner
Juno McEnroe

Thursday, December 27

Political thaw ends NI 'Ice Age': BBC
Mark Devenport

North's prison service spends over £2m on Wright inquiry: Irish Independent
Chris Anderson

Ford condemns Orange Hall attack: Antrim Times

Dissidents have to be locked up: (from the Irish News, Dec 20)

Good to see some people still value community spirit: (from the Irish News, Dec 12)
Patrick Murphy

New Northern Ireland is drawing workers back: The News Letter (Dec 21)

Informer's tale on film: (from the Irish News, Dec 4)
Margaret Canning

Wednesday, December 26

Why am I expected to accept that we can't catch the man who blew my son apart, says father of Omagh bombing victim: Daily Mail
Becky Sheaves

The PSNI must deliver transparency: (from the Sunday Times, Dec 23)
Liam Clarke

Magistrate blasts police after acquittal: Sunday Journal (Dec 23)

PSNI acting like 'bullies in uniform' – SEA: Sunday Journal (Dec 23)

Northern Ireland crime at a five-year low: RTE (Dec 18)

Victims of Dundalk bombing honoured: (from the Irish News, Dec 19)
Valerie Robinson

Tuesday, December 25

Justice transfer 'next big thing': BBC

Durkan welcomes 'exciting' year: Sunday Journal (Dec 23)

Devolution offers best ever future – President: RTE

Primate has hope for shared future in Ulster: Belfast Telegraph (Dec 21)
Alf McCreary

Irish Royal visit is 'inevitable': BBC

The ghosts of Christmases past still stalk bright lights: Belfast Telegraph
Ed Curran

No convictions nine and a half years on: Sunday Journal (Dec 23)
Lisa Burkitt

Omagh families to ask McGuinness to help with civil action: (from the Sunday Times, Dec 23)
Liam Clarke

Dignity of Omagh relatives is a beacon of hope: (from the Irish News)
Roy Garland

Neither them nor us: Sunday Journal (Dec 23)
Eamonn McCann

Stevens wants his report published: (from the Sunday Times, Dec 23)
Liam Clarke

McDougall selection 'an abuse of power': Belfast Telegraph (Dec 19)
Chris Thornton

European aid must go to those in need: The News Letter (Dec 19)

Tony does God, finally: The Sunday Times (Dec 23)

Monday, December 24

Trimble in call over civil case by Omagh relatives: Sunday Life (Dec 23)
Alan Murray

Promises made in the wake of the bombing: (from the Irish News, Dec 22)

Will the truth ever emerge? Don't be holding your breath: Sunday Life (Dec 23)
Alan Murray

Justice slips between Ireland's north-south divide: Independent on Sunday (Dec 23)
John Ware

Omagh trial was hopeless: (from the Irish News, Dec 22)
Newton Emerson

Under-fire Omagh officer's brother was gunned down by RIRA bombers...: Sunday Life (Dec 23)

Quinns refuse to talk to SF until allegations over son withdrawn: (from the Irish News, Dec 22)

Imagination needed to match the courage: (Dec 21)

Economic reform: (Dec 21)
Martin Morgan

Brown has lost chance to get North's economy off its knees: Irish Independent
Maurice Hayes

Brown's taxing challenge: (Dec 21)

Quinn Hails North's Peaceful Holiday: Irish Voice/
Cahir O'Doherty

Hillary Had No Role in Irish Peace, Despite Bill's Claims: Fox News
Dick Morris and Eileen McGann (Dec 21)

RUC murder 'investigation' slated: (Dec 21)
Aine McEntee

Anglicans – England is not a Catholic nation: Daily Telegraph
Jonathan Petre

Blair saw the light at exactly the right time: Irish Independent
Mary Kenny

Let us rejoice at Tony Blair's conversion: Sunday Telegraph (Dec 23)
Catherine Pepinster

A Catholic tremor through Westminster: The Times
William Rees-Mogg

Sunday, December 23

McGrath calls for cross-border Omagh inquiry: Sunday Business Post
Colm Heatley

Omagh families ask Gerry Adams for answers: Daily Telegraph (Dec 21)
Tom Peterkin

Communication 'muddle' blamed for Omagh bomb: Sunday Independent
Jim Cusack

The flawed case against Hoey: The Guardian (Dec 20)
Henry McDonald

Omagh case review after verdict: BBC
Chris Buckler

Omagh families deserve answers: Sunday Independent

Power sharing brings an end to the troubles: The Observer
Tom Templeton

A Year to Remember: Irish Voice/

Irish terror plan: Sunday Express
Matt Drake

Boycott threat in rugby anthem row: Sunday Independent
Daniel McConnell

Michael Stone Claims Damage Was Art: Glasgow Daily Record (Dec 22)

Language board's expenses rocket: Irish Independent (Dec 20)
Brian McDonald

Sinn Fein slammed over Santa 'rip-off': The News Letter

People could ask the same question today: Journal Gazette & Times Courier (Dec 17)
Bill Lair

Britain has become a 'Catholic country': Sunday Telegraph
Jonathan Wynne-Jones

Blair Formally Converts to Catholicism: Washington Post
Kevin Sullivan

Why this priest keeps his doors locked: The Observer
Thomas Quinn

Saturday, December 22

Suspect acquitted in N. Ireland bombing: Los Angeles Times (Dec 21)
William Graham and Kim Murphy

Sean Hoey may sue father of bombing victim, 12: The Times
David Sharrock

Conviction 'unlikely' over Omagh: BBC

Omagh families in compensation bid: UTV Internet

Senior detective accepts the controversial verdict: Belfast Telegraph
Deborah McAleese

How the Omagh case unravelled: BBC
Kevin Connolly

I always said trial was a farce and this proved it: Belfast Telegraph
Clare Weir

Our confidence in law and order has been shattered: (from the Irish News)
Barry McCaffrey

Families are still looking for closure: The News Letter

We need a professional inquiry: Belfast Telegraph

Murphy lodges new appeal against conspiracy retrial: Irish Independent
Diarmaid Mac Dermott

Birth and rise of the IRA – the Real IRA: (from the Irish News, Dec 20) — link repaired 8:45 EST
Seamus McKinney

Police suspend use of discredited DNA test after Omagh acquittal: The Guardian
Duncan Campbell and Vikram Dodd

Justice is the casualty in this Britain of secrets: The Herald
Ian Bell

Sinn Féin part of police 'witch hunt' says 32CSM: (from the Irish News)
Claire Simpson

Policing powers transfer 'more symbolic': Belfast Telegraph
Brian Rowan

Quinn family meets NI secretary: BBC

Quinns demand SF withdraws claim:

The Army Council and the way ahead: Belfast Telegraph
Brian Rowan

Orange leaders in talks over hall attacks:

Why these attacks are out of Order: Belfast Telegraph
Laurence White

Year of outreach for Orange Order: Ballymoney Times

Garda McCabe's killers again refused parole for Christmas: Irish Independent
Tom Brady

These are taxing times, but it's Christmas: Belfast Telegraph
Eric Waugh

Irish model for Kashmir?: Kashmir Times (Dec 19)

Friday, December 21

Man Cleared in 1998 Northern Ireland Blast: New York Times
John F. Burns

NI Policing Board to meet Orde over Omagh: RTE

Omagh case review after verdict: BBC

Nine years after the blast, Omagh searches for justice: The Herald
Alan MacDermid

Judge condemns police as only man to be tried for Omagh bombing is acquitted: The Independent
David McKittrick

Devastating findings highlighted police failures: The Guardian
David Pallister

Judge accuses police of 'deception' in Omagh case: The Irish Times
Dan Keenan and Gerry Moriarty

Omagh trial farce prompts inquiry calls: The Guardian
Esther Addley

The words 'not guilty' cut through the families like a knife: Irish Independent
Chris Anderson

Anger as Omagh bomb trial man is cleared: Daily Telegraph
Tom Peterkin and Gordon Rayner

'I want everyone to know that this is not an injustice, my son is innocent': Irish Independent

Cheering Hoey supporters 'showed total disrespect': The News Letter
Patrice Dougan

The day terrorists spilt a town's blood with apparent impunity: The Times
David Sharrock

The 29 lives taken in the biggest single atrocity of the Troubles: The Guardian
Esther Addley

Ten years on, the fight for justice continues: Irish Independent
Shane Hickey

Analysis – back to square one for Omagh justice: The Times
David Sharrock

In Omagh, justice is more important than revenge: Irish Independent
Maurice Hayes

Omagh's Agony: The Times

Justice denied: The Guardian

Omagh shadow still haunts: Irish Independent

Quinns set to meet NI secretary: BBC

'No evidence RIRA are attacking solely Catholics': (from the Irish News)
Seamus McKinney

British 'lead' dissident attacks – McGuinness: Derry Journal

Durkan calls for devolution of justice powers: (from the Irish News)
Seamus McKinney

Attack on Fermanagh GAA club condemned: RTE

Orangemen angry at latest attack on hall: Impartial Reporter

The world is a poorer place when language dies: (from the Irish News)
Jim Gibney

Thursday, December 20

Quinn murder may have been work of Provos, says Lenihan: Irish Independent
Tom Brady

Hall attacks are a 'serious problem': The News Letter
Stephen Dempster

Woodward to discuss Orange attacks: Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

Incidents at 'crisis level': The News Letter

Methodist President condemns Orange hall attacks on recent return to Shankill: Belfast Telegraph
Alf McCreary

A political link behind attacks on Orange halls?: Belfast Telegraph

GAA has suffered too Mr Saulters: (from the Irish News)

Attack village 'needs protected': BBC

Murphy to be tried in Special Criminal Court: RTE

Sinn Féin back Garda-PSNI crackdown on cross-border crime: Derry Journal
Sue Doherty

Fury over grants to ex-prisoner groups: The News Letter
Sam McBride

Workforce figures 'not accurate': BBC

Sinn Fein and DUP in job figures row: The News Letter

Brown rallies behind Varney report but vows to help Ulster: Belfast Telegraph
Sam Lister

Brown defends Varney tax review: BBC

Sir David failed to rise to challenge but there is hope: (from the Irish News)
Brian Keegan

Why unionists should engage with UK, not the Republic: Belfast Telegraph
Johnny Andrews

Whole Varney review is a typical Brown ploy: (from the Irish News)
Brian Feeney

Beautiful game still struggling to get out of Ireland's ugly old divisions: Irish Examiner
Steven King

Concern at 'racism' in GAA: Irish Independent
Brian McDonald

Wednesday, December 19

Former IRA prisoner gets seat on language board: Irish Independent
Senan Molony

Ahern praises politicians for north progress: (from the Irish News)
William Graham

Orange attack claims 'need streamlined': Belfast Telegraph
Emily Moulton and Deborah McAleese

'A blatant display of sectarian hatred': The News Letter
Stephen Dempster

Hall attacks 'linked with high-profile unionists': (from the Irish News)
Rebecca Black

'Our Culture under attack': The News Letter
Stephen Dempster

Pay out to the Orange and Green: Belfast Telegraph

School targeted after Ruane visit: BBC

Family living in fear after attack:
Roisin McManus

SF councillors accused over stance on policing: Derry Journal (Dec 14)

Orde should not use Tasers: Sunday Journal (Dec 16)

Bombed bar 'symbol of savagery': BBC
Nuala McCann

Forgiveness is a gift only bestowed on chosen few: (from the Irish News)
Susan McKay

'Broken promises' on tax frustrate all sides: The News Letter

Brown 'fears Scots cuts reaction': BBC

Treasury flunked challenge posed by Ulster's economy: Belfast Telegraph
George Quigley

Taxing times for Ulster economy: Belfast Telegraph

US politician aims to put Belfast on the business map:

Football battle may end in sports court: The News Letter (Dec 17)

It's now time for one Irish football team:

Football ruling: The News Letter (Dec 17)

If you value your Irish identity then it's time to snub Europe: Irish Independent
Kevin Myers

Ireland model for Kashmir!: Kashmir Monitor

Tuesday, December 18

Ahern – No evidence Quinn was a criminal: Irish Examiner
Elaine Keogh

'Mr Ahern, please clear our son's name in the Dail': Irish Independent
Michael Brennan and Elaine Keogh

Quinns want to meet Taoiseach: (from the Sunday Tribune, Dec 16)
Suzanne Breen

Third Orange hall attacked by arsonists: The News Letter
Kate Chambré

Petrol bombs fail to set Orange Hall alight: UTV Internet

200 stage protest over Orange hall attacks: RTE

Arson at Orange Halls is orchestrated – Empey: Belfast Telegraph
Claire McNeilly

This 'flat-pack' assembly must be handled with care: Irish Independent (Dec 17)
Maurice Hayes

Army council must disband: (from the Irish News)

Loyalists Ruane-d my school after visit by minister: Belfast Telegraph
Deborah McAleese

Police operation aimed at new dissident republican group: (from the Sunday Tribune, Dec 16)
Suzanne Breen

Dissidents blamed for police station pipe bomb: Belfast Telegraph
Stephen Breen

Preserving the past won't secure our future: (from the Irish News)
Roy Garland

Judge to deliver Omagh verdict:

Forgiving McGurk's bar owner dies: BBC

First major atrocity of the Troubles claimed 15 lives: (from the Irish News)
Barry McCaffrey

FIFA asked to explain 'no change' ruling: The News Letter

Fans not clear on team's future: The News Letter

Kelly perplexed by call for apology to ex-presidents: Irish Independent

North's bid for lower corporation tax rate is rejected: The Irish Times
Frank Millar and Dan Keenan

Ulster Protestants hardest hit by manufacturing decline: Belfast Telegraph
Chris Thornton

Kosovo 'can learn from Ulster's past': The News Letter

Monday, December 17

Quinn family to meet Ahern: Irish Independent

Tragic family step up fight for justice: Sunday Life

SF accuses SDLP of manipulating Quinn campaign: (from the Irish News, Dec 15)
Suzanne McGonagle

Sinn Fein seeks to rebuild after election setback: Sunday Business Post
Colm Heatley

Second arson attack on Orange Hall:

Police probe after fire at Orange Hall: The Herald

Campaign 'waged against Orange': BBC

Arrest over 'dissident activity': BBC

Talk and you die...: Sunday Life

Sectarian attack on boy linked to loyalist threats: (from the Irish News, Dec 15)
Barry McCaffrey

PSNI – 'The thought police': Derry Journal (Dec 14)

Murder accused make secret trips: BBC

Born winners: Sunday Life
Paul Ferguson

Fifa unable to clarify Irish row: BBC

N Ireland tax cut hopes to be dashed: Financial Times
John Murray Brown

We are all better off being British: Sunday Telegraph (Dec 9)

Sunday, December 16

Orde says IRA army council "must go": The News Letter
Gemma Murray

Stormont secret gifts 'must stop': The Observer
Henry McDonald

Town tackles border violence: Sunday Independent
Patsy McArdle

Playstation needed for IRLA:
Martin Morgan

Lamppost DNA may hold key to shooting: The Observer
Henry McDonald

Arson attack on Orange hall in Portadown: UTV Internet

FAI claims victory in player row: BBC

Victim's chief row is lawsuit just waiting to happen – Long: Belfast Telegraph (Dec 14)
Chris Thornton

Cloo-ed into peace: Sunday Independent
Julia Molony

Disagreement on numerous fronts: The News Letter (Dec 14)

O'Loan wants probe into Paisley Jnr. role in Ballee deal: Ballymena Times (Dec 11)

How four little words still haunt an MLA and tycoon: Belfast Telegraph (Dec 10)
David Gordon

Scottish tax move aims to stop demands for independence vote: The Guardian (Dec 7)
Severin Carrell

40% of Scots now support independence: Sunday Herald
Paul Hutcheon


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