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# republicans - Tuesday 3 January, 2012

5 things you should know about the Republicans running for US president US 2012 This post contains videos

5 things you should know about the Republicans running for US president

Our quick-and-easy guide to the six men and one woman hoping to be the candidate to face Barack Obama in the autumn…

# republicans - Friday 16 December, 2011

Watch: Presidential hopefuls face-off in final debate before Iowa vote Final Countdown This post contains videos

Watch: Presidential hopefuls face-off in final debate before Iowa vote

Poll frontrunners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney saw their conservative credentials questioned in a fairly low-key affair unlike previous debates.

# republicans - Thursday 15 December, 2011

From The Daily Edge Former White House hopeful Cain eyes next career move - Defence Secretary Seriously? This post contains videos

Former White House hopeful Cain eyes next career move - Defence Secretary

The former presidential candidate, who wasn’t entirely clear on Obama’s Libya policy, said if he could have any job in the cabinet it would be Defence Secretary. He also burst into song…

# republicans - Saturday 3 December, 2011

Herman Cain suspends US presidential campaign after affair allegations

The former chairman of Godfather’s Pizza and one-time poll topper has shelved his run for the White House.

# republicans - Tuesday 8 November, 2011

Massereene trial shown CCTV footage of attack

The trial of two men accused of murder and attempted murder at the Massereene army base in Antrim in March 2009 began yesterday.

# republicans - Wednesday 12 October, 2011

US senators vote down Obama's jobs bill

The demise of Obama’s jobs package was expected, despite his campaign-style efforts to swing the public behind it.

# republicans - Sunday 18 September, 2011

Obama proposes new minimum tax for the wealthy

The new tax will ensure that millionaires pay at least the same rate as middle income taxpayers.

# republicans - Wednesday 14 September, 2011

Democrats lose 'safe' Weiner seat in New York to Republicans

Anthony Weiner was forced to step down in June following a Twitter sex scandal. His seat had been held by Democrats since the 1920s.

# republicans - Tuesday 13 September, 2011

Watch: The key moments as Republican presidential hopefuls debate in Florida Republicans This post contains videos

Watch: The key moments as Republican presidential hopefuls debate in Florida

The latest frontrunner, Texas governor Rick Perry, came under attack from rivals wary of his healthy poll numbers.

# republicans - Monday 12 September, 2011

Obama not worried about polls ahead of 2012 election

But the US President says he believes Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are “credible” candidates.

# republicans - Sunday 14 August, 2011

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know this morning…

Tea Party favourite Bachmann wins Election 2012 test vote in Iowa Election 2012 This post contains videos

Tea Party favourite Bachmann wins Election 2012 test vote in Iowa

Michele Bachman has taken the top spot in the Iowa popularity contest, with Ron Paul in second place. Meanwhile Texas Governor Rick Perry has declared his intention to run.

# republicans - Saturday 13 August, 2011

Petrol bombs thown at Derry police

The main Apprentice Boys march in Derry passed off peacefully, however a car was hijacked and set alight and police were targeted with petrol bombs afterwards.

# republicans - Saturday 30 July, 2011

Default looms as US politicians fail to reach deal This post contains videos

Default looms as US politicians fail to reach deal

Obama calls for common ground as Republicans and Democrats again fail to reach an 11th hour deal on the US debt ceiling.

# republicans - Friday 29 July, 2011

Obama uses Twitter to press Republicans on the debt ceiling USA

Obama uses Twitter to press Republicans on the debt ceiling

The US president’s Twitter account is being used to ask followers to urge Republicans to reach a compromise on the debt ceiling.

# republicans - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

US is six days away from debt default USA

US is six days away from debt default

Time is running out for an agreement on lifting America’s debt ceiling…

# republicans - Wednesday 20 July, 2011

Presidential hopeful's campaign hit by 'end of world' comments and migraines

Michele Bachmann has had to deal with reports of chronic migraine problems that leave her “incapacitated”.

# republicans - Friday 15 July, 2011

Ten arrested in Balbriggan dissident swoop

The men were detained as part of an investigation into dissident activities.

# republicans - Thursday 14 July, 2011

Obama walks out of budget talks with Republicans USA

Obama walks out of budget talks with Republicans

The US president told Republicans ‘enough is enough’ over the debt ceiling, while the rating agency Moody’s has threatened to review the USA’s AAA rating.

# republicans - Monday 20 June, 2011

From The Daily Edge Watch: 'Obama' cut short at Republican conference Not Obama This post contains videos

Watch: 'Obama' cut short at Republican conference

The impersonator Reggie Brown went down a storm at first, but was then ushered off stage. See why.

# republicans - Thursday 2 June, 2011

Sarah Palin bus tour narrowly misses being hit by deadly tornado that kills four

The tornado hit western Massachusetts on Wednesday as Palin continued her East Coast bus tour, gauging the mood ahead of a possible presidential run.

# republicans - Friday 27 May, 2011

'Epic' Palin film may launch 2012 presidential bid

US media jumps on house purchase in Arizona and new doc on Sarah Palin to suggest she will take a run at the White House

# republicans - Monday 23 May, 2011

Inquiry into the death of Rosemary Nelson finds no evidence of collusion, but some failings by state agencies

A 700 page report into the murder of the prominent solicitor, who represented many high profile republicans, has been published. It has found that the RUC failed to adequately protect her.

Findings of inquiry into Rosemary Nelson murder to be published

Nelson, a prominent solicitor who represented leading republicans, died in March 1999 after a bomb exploded under her car near her home in Lurgan in Co Armagh.

# republicans - Thursday 19 May, 2011

Three arrests in Kildare in dissident inquiry

A car is seized as a number of searches are carried out in Co Kildare, as part of investigations into dissident republicanism.

# republicans - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

Mayor of Washington DC arrested protesting budget restrictions

The mayor of the United States’ capital city has been arrested for taking part in a protest against federal control of district budgets.

# republicans - Monday 11 April, 2011

Sinn Féin leader Adams offers to be a mediator with dissident republicans

Gerry Adams made the offer this morning in response to yesterday’s walk for peace in memory of murdered PSNI officer Ronan Kerr earlier this month.

# republicans - Tuesday 1 March, 2011

Environmentalists see red as Republicans scrap green initiatives

Environmentally-friendly items – including biodegradable cutlery and recyclable cups – set to be changed by Republicans.

# republicans - Wednesday 26 January, 2011

Hundreds of homes evacuated in major Belfast bomb alert

Children’s home also has to be cleared out after dissident republicans claim they left “unstable” device on Antrim Road.

# republicans - Monday 16 August, 2010

A SECOND MAN has appeared in court in connection with a car bomb outside the Strand Road PSNI station in Derry earlier this month.

Thomas Christopher Nash, 53, from Iveagh Park, Prehen, was charged with possessing weapons and intent to endanger life or property. He denies the charges.

Two men forced a taxi driver to take them and a 200lb bomb to the police station early on 3 August. The bomb exploded causing damage to a number of nearby businesses, but no one was injured.

Police discovered guns and ammunition in searches at Nash’s marital home and a second address where he lives.

Bail was refused by the judge, who said the discovery of a rifle coupled with balaclavas and a sighting scope was extremely dangerous. Nash is due to appear in court again next month.

On Friday, a 42-year-old man was remanded on charges of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property. He remains in custody and will appear in court on 2 September.

# republicans - Friday 13 August, 2010

ONE MAN HAS been remanded by a court in Derry in connection with the 200 lb bomb attack in Derry. Philip O’Donnell, 42, from Baldrick Crescent in Derry, was charged with causing an explosion likely to endanger life or damage property.

The court was heavily guarded for O’Donnell’s appearance. He faces 12 charges in total, including charges relating for hijacking a taxi and membership of a banned republican organisation.

Chief Inspector Ian Magee told the court that he believed the O’Donnell would interfere with witnesses if released on bail. O’Donnell’s legal team said he suffered from health issues which “require constant care”.

Bail was refused. O’Donnell was ordered to appear in court again on 2 September for a video link hearing. A second man in his 50s is still being questioned by police about the bombing.

Two men forced a taxi driver to take them and the device to a PSNI station on Strand Road 10 days ago. No one was injured in the ensuing explosion, but police said they believe a phone call warning them of the device was deliberately mistimed to increase the likelihood of injury.

A CCTV camera on Strand Road captured the moment of the blast:

The camera is motion-sensitive and only captures images when something moves, so the gap between the car driving away and the explosion is estimated at about 8 minutes.

A PROTEST PLANNED by dissident republicans for Derry tomorrow has been called off. The protest was linked to the Maghaberry prison dispute, which was resolved yesterday.

Dissident republican prisoners at the Derry jail had complained of excessive strip-searching and launched a ‘dirty protest’ against authorities. Prison wardens were offered protective clothing when urine was thrown at them.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Creggan Enterprises from Derry and the Dialogue Advisory Group were all involved in negotiations to end the long-running prison dispute. Agreement was reached on the three issues the prisoners felt were most important.

Northern Ireland’s justice minister David Ford welcomed the resolution of the prison dispute, saying:

A safe, secure and humane prison regime is at the heart of a ‘healthy prison’ and the full compliance of all parties with this agreement will lead to enduring stability.

Yesterday, Minister Micheál Martin appealed to dissidents in Northern Ireland to stop targeting PSNI officers.

The republican protest in Derry was due to take place at the same time as the Apprentice Boys’ parade.

Who are the Apprentice Boys?

The Apprentice Boys is a Protestant fraternal group based in Derry, but with a global membership. The organisation annually commemorates the 1689 siege of Derry.

During the siege, 13 apprentice boys closed the city gates on the army of Catholic King James II with the cry “no surrender”. The closing of the gates is marked by the Apprentice Boys in December, and their August parade celebrates the ending of the siege.

The parade was banned and limited for some years during the Troubles, but has been allowed to proceed relatively unimpeded in recent years.

[caption id="attachment_11314" align="alignnone" width="292" caption="Protestant Apprentice boys march through the streets of Ballymena in April, 2006."][/caption]

# republicans - Saturday 7 August, 2010

POLICE IN THE NORTH have arrested  a 42-year-old man in connection with the 200lb bomb which exploded outside a policy station in Derry on Tuesday morning.

The man was arrested in Derry today and taken to a police station in Antrim for questioning.

Two men were reported to have hijacked a taxi in the early hours of the morning, forcing the driver to take them to the PSNI station on Strand Road. They placed an explosive device in the vehicle before abandoning it.

Police claim that a telephone warning alerting them of the bomb was deliberately mistimed to increase the likelihood of injury.  No one was hurt in the incident.

A dissident republican group called Oglaigh na hEireann claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Yesterday, Sinn Féin announced its intentions to meet with members of the Real IRA to discuss recent violence in the North.

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