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[An Phoblacht]

Thursday 17 December, 1998

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Our prisoners
come home

In this bumper Christmas edition, An Phoblacht interviews recently released Republican POWs at the end of a year of rapid change in their lives and in Irish politics.

Review of 1998

Brian Campbell looks back on a year when the political landscape changed in the Six Counties.

The man who put the `No way' in Norway

Mícheál MacDonncha casts a sharp eye over Trimble's Oslo speech

Where's the justice for Garvaghy Road?

As proximity talks got under way in Portadown, 10,000 loyalists were due back at the Drumcree church.

Helicopter goes down in S Armagh

The South Armagh Farmers and Residents Coalition has accused the crown forces of covering up the crash of a British army helicopter at the weekend.

RUC special branch target nationalist

Sinn Fein has slammed attempts to recruit a young Tyrone nationalist as an informer.

`The worst time of my life'

As the housing crisis reaches chronic levels, Tara O'Liaith speaks to one woman who faced the prospect of sleeping on the streets.

Importing bigotry

Deaglan O'Coileain knows who was responsible for the trouble when the Apprentice Boys marched through Derry last Saturday.

Shopping centre closed down

Nationalist objections to the new RUC barracks in a Belfast shopping centre reached a high point on Saturday.

Challenging the myths

Coiste Na nIarchimi, an umbrella group for republican ex-prisoners held its first national conference in Belfast last Saturday.

SF attacks British document on justice

Sinn Fein's Bairbre de Brun has warned that proposed changes to the Six County justice system may not win the support of the nationalist population.

The shameful record of British torture

Laura Friel on Britain's infamous torture of detainees in the Six Counties.

The long journey finding Big Hugh

Recently released POW Joe Doherty pays tribute to his comrade, Hugh Hehir, who died on active service ten years ago.

Rosy future for Irish language community

A West Belfast Irish language organisation has been awarded almost 100,000 by the Lottery Charities Board.

Brendan Quinn and Eddie Grant

This Christmas Eve sees the 25th anniversary of the death of two IRA Volunteers, Brendan Quinn and Eddie Grant.

Sectarian tension rises in Larne

Nationalists in the County Antrim town of Larne have told An Phoblacht of their fears of increased sectarianism this week.

Back to the Blocks

Former hunger striker Laurence McKeown, who spent sixteen years in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh, went inside the jail again this week for the first time since his release.

Hursts hurt badly by compo award

The target of a sustained campaign of sectarian harassment was last week paid one of the highest awards ever in a Fair Employment payout.

Put Thatcher with Pinochet

The Pinochet extradition has blown a large hole in the comfort of those who thought people had forgotten, writes Mary Nelis.

Seven days in April

Sinn Féin's Six County Director of Publicity, Jim Gibney, looks back at the momentous week when the Good Friday Agreement was finally negotiated.

Publicity offensive launched in Dublin

Sinn Fein kick-started launched a new Dublin newspaper in advance of next year's local and European elections.

What has Dublin done for justice?

In the wake of the Good Friday Agreement, Roisín de Rossa outlines how the human rights record of the 26 Counties has gotten worse.

Catholic church urges RUC reform

The north's Catholic bishops have told the Patten Commission that the RUC must be reformed.

Many phases of the struggle

Roisín de Rossa interviews a veteran of the Border Campaign veteran who marched to remember 1798

New Sinn Fein office in South Derry

Sinn Fein's new constituency office in South Derry was officially opened last Saturday by Mid-Ulster MP Martin McGuinness.

Pikemen lead local commemoration

A contingent of pikemen from County Fermanagh will attend this Sunday's annual counties Derry and Antrim republican commemoration.


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