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[An Phoblacht]

Thursday 21 January, 1999

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200 days under siege

Wednesday was the 200th day of the loyalist siege of the nationalist Garvaghy Road area of Portadown. In that time there have been hundreds of demonstrations and protests designed to intimidate the nationalist people of the area. more

Republican ex-prisoners organise

This week saw the launch of a new umbrella group - Coiste na n-Iarchimí - for 17 ex prisoners' groups in the north of Ireland.

Developing a spirit of revolution

In an exclusive interview 27-year old Geraldine Ferrity, speaks on how the fight by republican women prisoners over the years for better conditions shaped her outlook on life and on struggle.

Unionist obstructionism blocking Agreement

The massive vote on the assembly departments and all-Ireland bodies confirms what Sinn Féin has been saying for months, writes Mary Maguire.

Sectarian blast bomb attack

A Catholic man was injured in the fifth sectarian attack to be claimed by a loyalist grouping calling itself the Orange Volunteers.

Vindictive RUC raid

`Vindictive vandalism' is how Sinn Fein Councillor Sean McGirr described a raid by the RUC which devastated an Armagh man's new home.

Ireland's Cassius Clay

Eoghan MacCormaic looks at the way in which the new film on the the life and times of a champion boxer from the Travelling community has been received by the broadcast media.

RUC man's award a propaganda stunt

South Belfast Sinn Fein councillor Sean Hayes has rejected the award given to an RUC man in England as a `transparent propaganda stunt'.

Glasgow police terrorise man

A 30 year old Scottish man is living in fear of his life in Belfast after the Scottish Special Branch tried to coerce him into becoming an informer.

Branch harassment

Cobh Sinn Fein Councillor Kieran McCarthy is calling on the Minister for Justice to explain if the Garda Special Branch is working to to an agenda of its own.

No easy answers to problems of landfill sites

Roisín de Rossa went to Laois to see how the County Council's lack of action is adding to this growing environmental crisis.

Hospital orderlies wrote sectarian graffiti

Orderlies working in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital wrote threatening sectarian graffiti in the reception area of the secure unit where they work.

Big strong men

The behaviour of David Trimble is reminiscent of that of another Unionist leader, Captain Terence O'Neill, argues Sean Marlow.

Will there be water left to drink in 2000?

Fears of computer shutdown in 2000 could bring disaster, reports Roisín de Rossa.

City Hall meeting `a major success'

Sinn Fein's has said a conference of elected representatives in Belfast City Hall has boosted the party for the years ahead.

Primary priorities

The 26 County Department of Education is planning a new 1 million programme for Primary schools to tackle the Country's drug problem.

Battle of the Bands in Derry

Rock bands are to fight it out in Derry over the Bloody Sunday weekend.


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