The H-Blocks of Long Kesh represent a monument to the integrity
and courage of republican POWs and stand as testimony to the
refusal of the POWs to be regarded as anything other than
political prisoners. They are also a monument to the failure of
successive British governments to develop a political response to
Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly on the idea that the H-Blocks should be
turned into a museum.
There is also an historical significance about this trial because
we hope it brings to an end an era of judgements in the British
courts leading to gross miscarriages of justice. That is in the
spirit of the Belfast Agreement. If this appeal is successful, as
we believe it should be, it draws a line underneath the past sad
events of 30 years. But also it will bring justice to a man
wrongly accused and falsely incarcerated.
British Labour MP Kevin McNamara on the case of Danny McNamee,
whose appeal began this week.
To be drawn against the RUC in the first place put the club in an
unenviable positon in which they should not have been put. The
club and players need some space and the community should support
them in trying to find an alternative which will ensure that they
do not find themselves in this situation again.
Sinn Féin's Gerard O'Neill on Donegal Celtic's decision not to
play the RUC. Irish News, Friday 13 November.
Hague really is a terrible leader... The continual sniping from
the Tory front bench threatens to undermine the Good Friday
Agreement and the peace which is being built as a result. He was
at it again at the weekend when he called for the suspension of
prisoner releases until decommissioning had started.
Editorial in the Irish News on Conservative leader William Hague.
Monday 16 November.
It was close, very close.
US Defence Secretary William Cohen on the America's attempted
bombing of Iraq.
If they are after Saddam, why are they going after him over the
bodies of over a million Iraqis?
Iraqi citizen talking to reporters. The Examiner, Monday 16
The gist of their sentiments was as follows: ``Don't the unionists
and their fellow travellers understand the mindset of the IRA?
The ceasefire is genuine - not a stunt like the LVF, to get
prisoners out of jail - but anything that smacks of surrender
just isn't on. This is not the way to handle the issue. Look at
the South - where are the Fianna Fáil guns? What did the
``Stickies'' - new-found friends of the unionists - do with their
The Irish Times reporter Deaglán De Breadún summing up the
feeling at the SDLP's annual conference held in Newry last
The LVF have not divulged any details to anyone whatsoever
regarding what amount of weapons they are prepared to hand over.
To say that 20 weapons will be handed over within ten days is
nothing less than media speculation.
LVF `army council' member on reports that the group would be