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Monday, March 31

Sinn Fein 'optimistic' on devolution: Daily Telegraph
Andrew Sparrow

Clock ticking on IRA arms deal: Sunday Life (Mar. 30)
Alan Murray

SF may not sign up to new policing arrangements before May election: The Irish Times
Dan Keenan

Come on board, Brid tells Sinn Fein: Sunday Life (Mar. 30)

PSNI: Ban on Sinn Féin joining boards fails: RTE

McGuinness wary of allowing exiles to return home: The Times
David Lister

Government fails to defend rights of nationalists, claims McGuinness: Irish Examiner
Fionnán Sheahan

FF abandoning its roots to appease Britain, says Ferris: Irish Independent
Alison O'Connor

Sinn Féin árd fheis - Positive signs for peace process: Irish Examiner

New IRA bomb timers spark alarm: Sunday Life (Mar. 30)
Alan Murray

Arsonist blamed for Orange hall blaze: UTV Internet

Real IRA Massacre 'Cover-up': Sunday Life (Mar. 30)
Chris Anderson

IRA bomb plot case jury caution: UTV Internet (Mar 26)

Poppy Day bomb probe completed: Belfast Telegraph (Mar 28)
Chris Thornton

Fear of attack moves trial of UVF members: Irish Post/

Nun hailed for bridging faiths: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Mar. 28)
Bill Steigerwald

H marks the spot?: Belfast Telegraph (Mar 25)
John Laverty

Severe drop in Irish support for US action: Irish Examiner
Caroline O’Doherty

Fitting Ireland Into Foreign Moulds: The Blanket
Paul Dunne

New-style neutrality: Irish World
Tom Griffin

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

Soldier to continue evidence: BBC

Sunday, March 30

Adams: United Ireland is now unstoppable: Boston Herald
Jim Dee

Adams 'forsees future without IRA': RTE

I can see a future without IRA, Adams tells Sinn Fein: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke and Stephen O’Brien

Adams hints at move on policing: Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

Sinn Fein 'wants policing consensus': BBC

Sinn Fein attacks Ahern: BBC

Peace process assessed at Sinn Fein conference: UTV Internet

Cahill gets standing ovations: UTV Internet

The biggest prize will go to the side that knows a hammer is a blunt instrument: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

A Farewell to Arms is Overdue: Irish Echo

Police, Army and loyalists 'colluded in policy of murder': Sunday Telegraph
David Bamber and Alasdair Palmer

Collusion investigation under pressure to point the finger: Sunday Telegraph
Alasdair Palmer

Where the real soldiers go: The Observer
Henry McDonald

Reporters face death threats: The Observer
Henry McDonald

In new form of Northspeak, euphemism supplants irony: Irish Echo
Jack Holland

Provo arms find raises questions: Irish Echo
Anne Cadwallader

CIRA trial continues on Tuesday: UTV Internet (Mar 28)

Strippers in RUC uniform delight Ulster: The Observer
Henry McDonald

Councillors Clash Over Language: Derry Journal (Mar 28)

Irish leaders miss chance to speak out against war: Irish Echo
Eamon Lynch

Saturday, March 29

Sinn Féin urges unionists to accept Agreement: Irish Examiner
Michael Brennan

Sinn Féin under pressure on peace process: Financial Times
John Murray Brown

Policing tops SF conference agenda: Belfast Telegraph

Ahern hopes to publish North paper soon: RTE

Trimble warns time running out: BBC

Ahern to meet Blair before Easter: UTV Internet

Conflict hits Sinn Fein's US support base: Irish Independent
Conor Cruise O'Brien

Bombs OK in Iraq, but not in Ireland: (from the News Letter, Mar 27)
Suzanne Breen

Where Did the Protestors Go?: Irish Voice/
John Spain

New Lodge murder pardon Brits in Iraq: (from

Ulster police chief reviews unsolved murders: Daily Telegraph

Police Band's Swansong Ends Era on Sour Note: The News Letter
Stephen Dempster

Unionist Police Bill Bid Defeated: The News Letter

Policing Bill through Commons: Belfast Telegraph
Brian Walker

Protestant Support for Police Ombudsman Soars: The News Letter

Orange Order denies links to Ulster land firm: Irish Independent

Commission Set to Reject Parade: (from

Journalist defies UDA death threats: Belfast Telegraph
Maureen Coleman

No to UDA campaign: (from

Lord Laird ‘gave advice to’ Loyalist Commission: (from the Irish News)
Sharon O’Neill

Punishment-style shooting attacked: Belfast Telegraph
Ciaran O'Neill

Londonderry May Already be Changed to Derry: Derry Journal

Friday, March 28

Bertie Agrees to Sanctions Under New Name: The News Letter

Put Sinn Fein to test, says Mallon: Belfast Telegraph
Brian Walker

Timetable to recall Assembly tightening: Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

North Inches Closer to Settlement: Irish Voice/
Brendan Anderson

IRA will make move after Hillsborough declaration: (from the Irish News)
William Graham

It’ll be over by Christmas: (from

Ireland's Anti-U.S. Stance: Irish Voice/
Niall O'Dowd

Hume pays tribute to former NY senator: UTV Internet

Loyalist meeting 'positive' - Orde: BBC

Police reforms could risk investigations: UTV Internet

Orangemen move to buy 'Ulster land': Irish Independent
David Lister

No place for British at Sinn Fein's first live TV Ard Fheis: Irish Independent
Alison O'Connor

Maskey mania breaks out in U.S.: (from
Maria McCourt

High Court turns down McCabe killing appeals: RTE

Pressure on Ahern to clarify 'terror amnesty': Irish Independent
Tom Brady

Ferris urges duo to appeal to the Supreme Court: Irish Independent
Eugene Moloney & Eugene Hogan

Government ‘will not keep Ludlow secrets’: (from the Irish News)  - link repaired 10:30 GMT
Valerie Robinson

Row over anthem at soccer stadium: Irish Independent
John Devine

Anthem 'abused' at internationals: BBC

Bosses to axe National Anthem: News of the World (Mar 23)
Martin Breen

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

'We did not plan to take Bogside': Belfast Telegraph
Ciaran O'Neill

Bloody Sunday Inquiry update: UTV Internet

Thursday, March 27

Big changes needed after the election: Belfast Telegraph
Eric Waugh

Blueprint for latest deal on North due in two weeks: Irish Independent
Gene McKenna

Ahern in plea over deal: Belfast Telegraph

We're still in talks, says SF: Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

Trimble - Weapons Cache Date Crucial: The News Letter

Orde on police board representation: UTV Internet

Ministers face anger over terrorists sitting on police partnerships: UTV Internet

Nationalists clash over policing: UTV Internet

Our stability depends on prosperity: (from the Irish News, Mar 25)
Patrick Murphy

Getting value for money from police: Belfast Telegraph

New SDLP call for demilitarisation: (from the Irish News)

Dissidents 'behind arson attack': BBC

Denigration of Heroes: The Blanket
Proinsias O'Loinsaigh

It’s all about how well you plug leaks: (from the Irish News)
Brian Feeney

Two wanted suspects may gain by pact: Irish Independent

Barracks bomb suspect move approved: BBC

War Mirroring the Troubles: The News Letter
Stephen Dempster

NI Nobel laureate arrested in protest: BBC

Tributes as US Sen. Daniel P Moynihan dies: RTE

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

Officer on McGuinness claims: BBC

Bloody Sunday Inquiry testimony: UTV Internet

Wednesday, March 26

Adams boosts hopes of breaking impasse: Financial Times
Jimmy Burns and John Murray Brown

Adams in praise of PM's focus on peace process: Belfast Telegraph
Louise Nesbitt

MPs debate ex-prisoner clause: BBC

War 'Smokescreen' to Dupe Us - Paisley: The News Letter
Ann Palmer

Dublin signals time for 'a quantum leap': (from the Irish News)
William Graham

Time for action on the weapons issue: Belfast Telegraph

Only Eight Trainees to Take Police Course - Paisley: The News Letter

'Sinn Fein could have policing minister': UTV Internet

SF close to 'biting policing bullet': BBC
Brian Rowan

Chief Constable Sets Public Confidence Target: The News Letter

Don't scatter votes - peer: Belfast Telegraph
Chris Thornton

SF Undermining Community Relations - Boyd Douglas: Derry Journal

Change City Name Now - Call: Derry Journal

National Anthem 'ban' blasted: Belfast Telegraph
Kim Kelly

Planning for a change of tune: (from the Irish News)

Ireland on US war support list, says Ahern: Irish Examiner
Carl O'Brien

Not All Irishmen Hate America: National Review
David Quinn

Ulster experience may help - but only up to a point: The Guardian
Owen Bowcott

An Exhibition, Not A War: New York Newsday (Mar 22)
Jimmy Breslin

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

Colonel defends Bloody Sunday soldiers: The Scotsman
John Innes

Bloody Sunday Inquiry update: UTV Internet

Soldier Claims he May Have Shot 'Wrong Man': The News Letter

Tuesday, March 25

IRA cache contained arms 'ready for action': The Times
David Lister

Trimble demands 'weapons' explanation: UTV Internet

Unfazed Adams plays down 'ready-for-use IRA arms' find: Irish Independent
Gene McKenna, Louise McCall and Elaine Keogh

Two men on IRA arms cache charges: Irish Examiner
Neans McSweeney

Decommissioning is ever more vital: (from the Irish News)

Ex-prisoner policing clause 'likely': BBC

North deal hit by IRA killing and war in Iraq: Sunday Business Post (Mar 23)
Paul T Colgan

Time to fly the flag again says Councillor: Impartial Reporter

Airline removes 'offensive' songs: BBC

Loyalist insignia terrified worker, tribunal told: UTV Internet

Fans no longer stand for Queen: (from the Irish News)
Sharon O'Neill

Dad Forgives Loyalist Thug For Son's Murder: The News Letter

I was not the IRA super mole in the raid on Special Branch: (from the Irish News, Mar 22)
Barry McCaffrey

Cross-Party Support For UDR Widows' Fund: The News Letter
Billy Kennedy

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

Bloody Sunday Inquiry update: UTV Internet

Monday, March 24

Provisional IRA 'link to arms haul': The Times

Three arrests after large 'IRA weapons' find in North: Irish Independent
John Devine and Gene McKenna

Claims over IRA man withdrawn: UTV Internet

SF growth a banker, says Ó Caoláin: Irish Examiner

Colombian delegation to visit: Sunday Life (Mar 23)

Cross-border trade worth €3bn despite mistrust: Sunday Business Post (Mar 16)
Elaine O'Regan

Members of Ulster spending watchdog named: Financial Times
John Murray Brown

Singular Trial in Ireland Spurs Worries About Police: New York Times
Brian Lavery

Acts of 'completion': Irish Democrat
David Granville and Bobbie Heatley

Loyalist plan to curb interface violence: Sunday Life (Mar 23)

Disband plan confirmed: Sunday Life (Mar 23)

Thorn in Blair's side is proud of her south Armagh roots: Sunday Business Post (Mar 16)
Paul T Colgan

Bishops' wrong conclusion on sectarianism: The Scotsman
Katie Grant

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

Soldier to give shots evidence: BBC

Sunday, March 23

Need for acts of completion - Trimble: (from the Irish News)
William Graham

Lack of trust 'is bar to political progress': Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

Adams hardens position on police: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

Move to allow ex-prisoners to serve on police boards: (from the Irish News)
William Graham

Life sentence for killer of taxi driver: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

The citizen and the journalist fight it out: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

Three arrested following arms seizure: RTE

Troops in, troops out: BBC
Mark Devenport

Holy neutral Ireland needs to stand up and be counted: The Sunday Times
David Quinn

Bishops' PR calls for break between Catholic Church and Celtic FC: Sunday Herald
Jenifer Johnston

O’Loan drops murder inquiries for lack of funds: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

Chef says he is being framed for ‘IRA raid’: (from the Irish News)
Barry McCaffrey

Bible maps out Irish peace route: Belfast Telegraph
Emily Lea

Finucane costs nearly £4m: UTV Internet

Last ship leaves famous yard: BBC

Saturday, March 22

Plan for troop cuts in Northern Ireland: The Independent
David McKittrick

'Radical plans' for NI security: BBC
Brian Rowan

Trimble urges republicans to honour weapons pledge: UTV Internet

Bush's message on policing: Irish Echo

PSNI Interfering With Voter Registration: Derry Journal

Police in plea after Belfast disorder: Belfast Telegraph
Ashleigh Wallace

The shame game: is it ‘better than a bullet?’: (from the Irish News)
Barry McCaffrey

Land of the free, home of cowards: Belfast Telegraph
Lindy McDowell

Ironic to talk of UDA justice: (from the Irish News)

Dad Forgives Loyalist Thug For Son's Murder: The News Letter

Ireland not supporting the war, says Government: Irish Examiner
Carl O’Brien and Ann Cahill

Ireland waffle imperils vital ties with America: Irish Echo
Patrick Hurley

Won't Pay For Justice, But Will Pay For Death: Derry Journal

Witness tells of 'IRA kidnap that never was': Irish Independent
Chris Parkin

Racial prejudice 'increasing in Ulster': Belfast Telegraph
Ian Graham

Loyalist murder inquiry call renewed: (from the Irish News)
Valerie Robinson

Friday, March 21

Religious tolerance falls since GFA: UTV Internet

Lifting the veil on shameful secret: Belfast Telegraph
Brian Walker

New policing era has begun: (from the Irish News)

Mediators attempt to end border fall-out: (from
Aidan Crean

Adams hits out at attack: Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

Sinn Féin @ the Bush Party: The Blanket
John Meehan

US planes 'could use Aldergrove': Belfast Telegraph
Gary Grattan

Mob attacks soldiers and police: UTV Internet

Loyalists knock down camera: BBC

Rights activist scorns UDA humiliation move: (from the Irish News)
Barry McCaffrey

Loyalist flute band funding sparks furore: Belfast Telegraph
Brian Hutton

Supergrass found guilty of loyalist 'birthday present' murder of cabbie: Irish Independent
Michael Donnelly

St Patrick’s parade remains inoffensive: (from the Irish News)
Newton Emerson

Battle On for IFI Funds: Irish Voice/
Sean O'Driscoll

Warrington victims honoured 10 years after bomb: Irish Examiner

Thursday, March 20

More deaths feared in feud between IRA factions: The Guardian
Rosie Cowan

Republicans' Big Risk: The Blanket
Paul A. Fitzsimmons

Bush's shining star Haass moves into a new orbit: Belfast Telegraph
Steven King

Bowled over: Irish Echo
Jack Holland

Cabinet supports US using Shannon: The Irish Times
Mark Hennessy

Irish to debate use of airbase by US troops for war effort: Financial Times
John Murray Brown

Bertie’s moment of truth – but will he strike a blow for independence?: Irish Examiner

Maskey tells sectarian rioters to wise up: (from the Irish News, Mar 18)
Sharon O’Neill

PSNI, army hit in East Belfast clashes: RTE

McGuinness sanctions warning: (from the Irish News)
William Graham

North Police recruits get warm welcome in Washington visit: Irish Echo
Jack Holland

Unionists want police watchdog to face board: Belfast Telegraph

Members of police boards 'may face terrorist threats': UTV Internet

Policing body 'powerful vehicle': BBC

Paramilitary exiles 'office' is called for: (from the Irish News)
William Graham

Funeral of loyalist terror group gun-runner: Belfast Telegraph

The shipyard sinks: Irish Echo

A great sense of pride in the Irish in Britain: Irish World
Peter Kelly

Officer to give evidence to Saville Inquiry: UTV Internet

Wednesday, March 19

Adams in call on Bill of Rights: Belfast Telegraph
Sean O'Driscoll

US 'weary' at lack of closure: (from the Irish News)
William Graham

Donaldson says 'no' to package: Belfast Telegraph
Brian Walker

IRA split led to shoot-out and murder - police chief: Irish Independent

Killers running around in south Armagh - MP: Belfast Telegraph
Noel McAdam

Death of an IRA Volunteer: The Blanket
Anthony McIntyre

War splits NI parties: UTV Internet

US will be allowed to continue using Shannon: The Irish Times
Mark Hennessy and Arthur Beesley

IRA Break-In Details Must Be Made Public: The News Letter

SF - keep young Protestants here: Impartial Reporter (Mar 13)

Alleged Real IRA leader's bid for FBI documents fails: Irish Independent

Dean's call for Truth and Healing Forum: Belfast Telegraph
Alf McCreary

Smith and N. Ireland leader meet: Trenton Times (Mar 18)
Tom Hester Jr.

McGuinness at San Francisco Parade: Derry Journal

Alleged IRA tout 'moved bomb parts with gardai': Irish Independent
Chris Parkin

Saville Probe is a Lawyers' Benevolent Fund - Lamont: The News Letter (Mar 14)

Comprehension is better than condemnation: (from the Irish Times)
Suzanne Breen

McConnell rejects Catholics' criticism: The Herald (Mar 13)
Robbie Dinwoodie

Tuesday, March 18

Northern Ireland faces critical turning point: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Paul Nyhan

St. Patrick's Exiles: Washington Times (Mar 16)
Gary Kent

'Cold house' claim in UUP storm: Belfast Telegraph
David Gordon

On the political sidelines but the passion still burns: Impartial Reporter

Bill set to put back date of election: Belfast Telegraph
Brian Walker

Green Party hopes for seats in the assembly: (from the Irish News)
Valerie Robinson

Flying the flag on St Patrick's Day - Belfast comes of age: (from

IRA man suing shipyard: BBC

Shipyard era being marked: BBC (Mar 15)

Equality agenda must include ex-prisoners: (from the Irish News)
Mike Ritchie

Office call for paramilitary victims: Belfast Telegraph
Mary Fitzgerald

One For All And All For One: The Blanket
Paul Dunne

Bombed town aims for reconciliation with 'City of Peace': Financial Times
Sheila Jones

St Patrick a protestant – I don’t think so: (from the Irish News)
Roy Garland

Irish passport office opens in Derry today: Belfast Telegraph (Mar 6)
Sarah Brett

Irish sign sparks row in Crumlin village: (from
Catherine Morrison

Church of Scotland to tackle its own guilt with conference on sectarianism: The Herald (Mar 4)
Tom Gordon

Monday, March 17

Final settlement to the Northern crisis in months, says President: Irish Independent
Tom Felle

Grasp this opportunity, says Durkan: UTV Internet

Better day for N. Ireland may be surprisingly near: New York Daily News (Mar 16)
Fintan O'Toole

Shifting gears in N. Ireland: Cleveland Plain Dealer

An opportunity for Irish peace not to be squandered: Houston Chronicle

Top Provisional 'Slab' was real feud target: Sunday Life (Mar 16)

Bertie cosies up to the warmongers: Sunday Business Post (Mar 16)
Vincent Browne

Business as usual for top Ulster hood: Sunday Life (Mar 16)

UDA accusation 'could provoke rogue republicans to attack': UTV Internet

Asset busters target flash Jim: Sunday Life (Mar 16)

Body defends stance after 'gun fund' furore: (from the Irish News, Mar 15)

A year remembered - Belfast's Lord Mayor reflects on his time in office: Sunday Life (Mar 16)
Laurence White

Police pair injured in sectarian rioting: Irish Independent

Not everyone is weeping as the last ship leaves 'Titanic town': The Independent (Mar 16)
David McKittrick

No ‘commission’ for probe into collusion: (from the Irish News, Mar 15)
Steven McCaffery

Soldier is suspect in murder of solicitor: (from the Irish News, Mar 13)
Steven McCaffery

On parade: The Independent

Heard the one about oppressed Irishmen?: The Times
Patrick West

Chain of intrigue: The Sunday Times (Mar 16)

Irish teens will preach peace: Trenton Times (Mar 16)
Arnold Ropeik

McDowell orders Sinn Féin case report: Irish Examiner
Cormac O’Keeffe

Sunday, March 16

Murphy - Spring brings renewed promise of peace: Boston Herald
Jim Dee

Durkin thanks US contribution: Belfast Telegraph
Larry Deeney

Protesters want observer sent to trial of Irish trio: UTV Internet

Orde impresses in Washington: BBC
Mark Devenport

Trimble points finger at IRA: Belfast Telegraph
Sean O'Driscoll

IRA men must face up to the past and end their hypocrisy: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

Sinn Fein's Adams a 'realistic optimist': Chicago Sun Times (Mar 15)
Stephanie Zimmermann

Two-faced peaceniks: The Observer
Henry McDonald

IRA punishment squad member killed during attack on man: Sunday Independent

IRA rift led to gunfightmurder: The Observer
Henry McDonald

Killing turns up heat on Sinn Fein: Sunday Independent
Alan Murray & Sean O'Driscoll

Irish terrorist groups set up Scottish bases: The Sunday Times
Lucy Adams

Stephen is King of Kings: Sunday Independent
Eoghan Harris

Continuity rebel cell sets up in Scotland: The Sunday Times
Lucy Adams

Smith bill aiding N. Ireland faces cut: Trenton Times (Mar 13)

Sticky stories no honeypot for Tigger Bird: Sunday Independent
Eilis O'Hanlon

Defiant Laird threatens north-south council over Ulster-Scots cuts: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

Disgraced vet hints at IRA link to fraud: The Sunday Times
Dearbhail McDonald

Quest for N. Ireland peace comes to Dallas: Dallas Morning News
Katie Menzer

McGuinness fights attempt to gag ex-spy: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke

Bloody Sunday probe doomed - Orde: Belfast Telegraph
Sean O'Driscoll

Army ‘hid’ Bloody Sunday evidence: The Sunday Times
Liam Clarke


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