Posts Tagged ‘Sinn Fein’

Northern Ireland gets its first Catholic leader

Thursday, February 8th, 2024
Michelle O’Neill

Northern Ireland, known for its entrenched Protestant majority, saw a monumental shift as Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill secured the necessary cross-community votes to become the region’s first Catholic leader. This marked a significant departure from the past, where leaders openly identified with Protestantism. In a poignant moment at Stormont Parliament Building, O’Neill, representing the Irish Read more

Ending the Troubles: Ireland’s churches defend Agreement

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

The “Good Friday Agreement” that brought an end to the  late 20th-century Troubles in Northern Ireland needs further work. The Agreement committed Northern Ireland’s political parties to resolving political issues by democratic and peaceful methods. Speaking on the Agreement’s 20th anniversary, the Catholic Church Primates of All Ireland say it “took a great effort to Read more

Irish Church cited in IRA abuse cover-up

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

The Irish Catholic Church’s record on sex abuse has been cited in a sex scandal involving the Irish Republican Army. Irish political party Sinn Fein has been accused of covering up for IRA sex abusers by moving them from Northern Ireland to the Irish republic. Ireland’s Parliament recently debated the claims of Belfast woman Mairia Read more

Anti-Catholic politician Rev. Ian Paisley dies in Belfast

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Northern Ireland politician Rev. Ian Paisley, who was infamous for his anti-Catholic rhetoric, yet came to share power with his enemies, has died. Rev. Paisley died in Belfast on September 12, aged 88. He had a history of heart ailments. He served as First Minister of Northern Ireland for a year when power was first Read more

Church backs unionists on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The Catholic Church has backed unionist politicians’ moves to block legalised same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. A Sinn Fein motion to introduce same-sex marriage legislation is likely to be defeated in the Northern Ireland assembly next week. Unionist parties will introduce a “petition of concern” against the move. Under the rules of the Stormont assembly, Read more

Irish politicians vote for ‘Trojan horse’ abortion bill

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Irish politicians have overwhelmingly approved an abortion bill described by Cardinal Sean Brady as a legislative and political Trojan horse “which heralds a much more liberal and aggressive abortion regime in Ireland”. The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill — the first legislation allowing abortion in the Republic of Ireland — passed its second stage Read more