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# Independence

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"It's about putting Scotland's future in Scotland's hand." - Yes campaign looking to close referendum gap
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond is using his party’s conference to court Labour voters.
Quebec says 'Non': Separatists who want to leave Canada handed crushing defeat
Quebec has had two referendums on sovereignty. The last such vote, in 1995, narrowly rejected independence.
Crimean lawmakers' vote for independence 'does not violate international law'
It is thought the move will lay the legal framework for joining the Russian Federation.
ETA confirms disarmament move, Spanish media calls it 'a farce'
A statement during the week has been confirmed by ETA, but the Spanish government is indifferent.
ETA hand over cache of weapons ahead of potential disarmament
International monitors have given evidence of the handover but the Spansih Government does not recognise their work.
Column: The countdown to Scotland's referendum is on – but many questions remain
The landmark referendum is to be held next September but, whatever the outcome, questions remain over how it might affect national identity and government policy in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland, writes Natalie Tennyson.
Independent Scotland would 'cut corporation tax, keep sterling, stay in EU and scrap the BBC'
The Scottish government has put forward its blueprint for independence in a white paper published this morning.
Scottish Government to reveal 'landmark' independence plan
The 670-page ‘white paper’ on independence is being unveiled today ahead of next September’s historic referendum.
Catalans make a human chain for independence
Hundreds of thousands of people in yellow t-shirts joined in yelling “Independence!”
Michael Collins' heartbreak and naivety explored in new documentary
The final journey of the ‘big fella’ is travelled by the RTÉ broadcaster John Creedon in a programme to be shown this evening.
Poll: Do you think judicial independence is being undermined?
The Government has been accused of demolishing the judiciary “brick by brick”.
Column: I cried when I heard about the mobility allowance cut - I can't take any more
The mobility grant gave me and my husband the chance to lead independent lives, with dignity, writes Miriam Murphy, who says this government are chipping away at the help for people with disabilities.
Alan Shatter criticises High Court judge comments on pay
A High Court judge had said the government was attacking the independence of the judiciary – but Shatter has hit back.
Uncovering the 'Disappeared' of Irish War of Independence and Civil War
Historian and archaeologists attempt to uncover secret history of over 180 civilians by the ‘old’ IRA between 1919 and 1923 in TV3 two-part doc.
Scotland hopes for 2016 independence day
However, the British government is ruling out ‘pre-negotiation’ of independence before 2014 referendum.
Independence drive falters for Spain's Catalonia
Voters favoured the right the decide on possible independence – but split their ballots between fractious parties.
Spain: Catalan separatist parties win election backing
Parties which back a referendum on Catalonia breaking away from Spain won strong backing in yesterday’s election.
Extract: How Eamon de Valera & the Irish rebels lived in English prisons
Drinking whiskey, cooking meals and helping their fellow-prisoners – Declan Dunne describes the lives of Dev and his fellow-rebels in an English jail.
Column: Ireland has to stay neutral on Scottish independence
We’ve always decried interference into our affairs on this island – it would serve us well to afford the same approach to the 2014 referendum in Scotland.
Thousands attend Scottish independence rally
SNP leader Alex Salmon addressed the crowd during the event.
Pakistan hit by bomb blast
At least 12 people were hurt in the blast, which came as people gathered on the eve of Pakistan’s 66th Independence Day being observed.
"But the fools, the fools, the fools!" - Pearse funeral oration re-enacted at Glasnevin
Pádraig Pearse speech at O’Donovan Rossa’s graveside ended: “Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.”
Column: Ireland needs a new political party and here’s how we do it
Ireland has reached a point where the current political establishment is not serving the interests of the people, argues Martin Critten who intends to form a new party with a Citizens’ Charter.
Explainer: Kosovo’s sovereignty… what does it mean?
What does Kosovo’s legal sovereignty mean for the territory, its people, and its sports teams?
Kosovo gains full independence
The territory will acquire full sovereignty in September.
PHOTOS: Huge demo as Hong Kong marks 15 years under China
Ten of thousands of protesters took to the streets unhappy with how China is meddling in its affairs, 15 years after independence from Britain.
Dáil proposal calls for greater protection of 1916 Rising HQ
Sinn Féin is bringing a private members’ motion calling for the protection and full preservation of the Moore Street site.
Why is George Clooney watching Sudan via satellite?
Here’s what you need to know about ongoing problems between North African states Sudan and South Sudan.
Column: Disability cuts will change my life, and they don’t make financial sense
Living with cerebral palsy, Michael McCabe relies on assistance even to lift a glass to his mouth. Here he writes about the impact of cuts on his existence.
Cameron to hold talks on Scottish independence
Cameron will travel to Scotland on Thursday for a meeting with the country’s First Minister Alex Salmond about Scottish independence.
Poll: Should Scotland leave the UK?
The Taoiseach wouldn’t answer the question yesterday so we’re asking you today…
Explainer: What's happening in Scotland?
There is a lot of talk today about a referendum on independence but what’s it all about? Here are 10 things that will help explain it all.
Disbanding Scottish Conservative Party would 'damage the union'
Proposals by the favourite to be the next leader of the Scottish Conservatives to disband the party in that country have been met with a mixed reaction.
Engaging with the EU: Why Ireland should have sympathy with Turkey
European Studies expert Kerem Oktem examines the common ground between Turkey and Ireland – and why Lucinda Creighton, who was supposed to launch his latest book, is “misguided” in her outlook on his country.
Slideshow: Auction of Independence items
Hundreds of historical items going under the hammer today included Constance Markievicz’s handgun.