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Sinn Féin is talking
but Blair must move

Gerry Adams confirmed this week that ``Sinn Féin is engaged in intense discussions with the British and Irish governments'' on the crisis in the peace process but the Sinn Féin leader placed the onus for progress firmly at the door of the British Prime Minister. more

Adams calls for release

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP this week reiterated his call on the Dublin government to release the Castlerea Five.

Second South Armagh occupation

The South Armagh Farmers and Residents Committee organised a second peaceful mobilisation against the British military presence in the area on Sunday, 17 December.

Loyalists still threaten

Things haven't changed for Catholics in East Antrim since the IRA reinstated its cessation of military operations.

No festive cheer at Market

In an unprovoked assault three RUC members beat a stall holder in St George's Market, Belfast at 9am on Friday morning.

600 complaints against RUC in six weeks

More that 600 complaints against the RUC have been received by the Police Ombudsman's office since the post was created just six weeks ago.

Springfield residents demand protection

At a meeting with NIO security minister Adam Ingram on Monday 21 December, residents of the Springfield Road demanded better protection for their homes.

Stevens inquiry in crisis

The British don't need an inquiry into British Army collusion with loyalist death squads, writes LAURA FRIEL.

Did RUC give Finucane killers a free run?

The RUC Special Branch handlers of the self-confessed UDA quartermaster, William Stobie, have been questioned by the Stevens team.

Sectarianism in Ballynahinch

Nationalist residents in the predominently loyalist town of Ballynahinch feel their safety has been further compromised.

Humberside police retreat

The chief constable of Humberside police, David Westwood, has been forced to withdraw a memo which branded all Irish in England people as potential `terrorist' suspects.

Orangemen at Drumcree hill

Portadown Orange broke with `tradition' and organised a carol service rather than a parade or rally to mark their 900th day of siege against the nationalist Garvaghy Road community.

Sinn Féin councillor targeted by loyalist bombers

South Down Sinn Féin councillor Aidan Carlin has revealed the existence of unofficial talks to discuss sectarian parades through Downpatrick.

Where did Lawlor get the extra 2.6 million?

There was a man whom we all knew, who had so many bank accounts he didn't know what to do. Believe it or not, this is not a fairytale.

Tearing down the legal barriers facing prisoners

The growth of the Coiste na n-Iarchimí has enabled an extraordinary network of former republican prisoners' organisations to emerge.

Adams call for all-Ireland gas development

Speaking in Mayo this week, Gerry Adams MP called for the establishment of an all-Ireland gas ring and a state-owned gas and oil exploration industry.

Aengus O'Snodaigh - Making the difference

Sinn Féin's Dublin South Central representative, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, has been tipped as a hot favourite to secure a Dáil seat in the next General Election.

Rates a blunt instrument

Rates are a blunt instrument for raising taxes, according to Mid-Ulster Assembly member Francie Molloy, chair of the Assembly's Finance & Personnel Committee.

Bobby Ballagh's `Legacy'

As part of the effort to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1980/1981 hunger strikes, there has been an effort on the part of Sinn Fein to reach out to those people who played a role at the time.

Failing the `problem child'

Over 650 children in the 26-County state this year identified as seriously at risk and in need of care.

Brit-disc raised in Dáil

The proposal to levy all haulage vehicle going through the Six Counties and Britain was raised in the Dáil last week. country and would damage all-Ireland trade.

Is this the end of local government in Dublin?

Local government in Dublin City now hangs in the balance after a marathon ten-hour meeting of Dublin City Councillors on Sunday night.

Inner City youth survey shocks

Dublin Central councillor Nicky Kehoe has called for `an extensive, studied and well-funded youth policy' in Dublin's North Inner City.

Adams calls for western regeneration

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was in Mayo on Monday to receive a Civic Reception from Castlebar UDC, the first such reception in the 26 Counties.

Monument unveiled to lost youth

A sculpted monument entitled `Home' was unveiled in Seán MacDermott Street in Dublin's North East Inner City last Friday.

Nice Treaty erodes democracy and neutrality

Irish sovereignty and Irish neutrality have been damaged by the Treaty of Nice, says Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.

Does my little girl cause Irish fears?

IRINA MALENKO responds to Séamus de Búrca's letter in last week's issue.

Warning against `decommissioning' of rural phone boxes

A Sinn Féin councillo has warned communities in small villages to be vigilant against what the removal of public telephones in rural areas.

Refugee Solidarity Badge launched

Last Saturday saw the launch in Dublin of a Refugee Solidarity Badge by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson.

Scottish 1981 Committees

Under the auspices of the 1981 Hunger Strike Committee, two regional committees have been formed in Scotland.

Corpo fire hazard left 23 hospitalised

Residents were lucky to survive a major fire at a flat complex in Dublin's York Street on Thursday night.

The Republic of Free Thought

ROBBIE MacGABHANN looks at the meaning of republicanism and revolution and questions of freedom, rights and basic justice.

Challenging Northern Protestants

Cavan Sinn Féin's TINA TULLY was particularly taken this year with Susan McKay's exploration of the psyche of Six-County Protestants.

No room at the Inn

As most of us prepare to bask in the festive season and all its luxuries, An Phoblacht's MICHAEL PIERSE has been finding out that Ireland's dispossessed have little to celebrate this Christmas.

Derrig's Christmas tale

The 25th of the month has special significance if you are alone or poor.

Christmas TV crackers

Your editor, MARTIN SPAIN, has compiled a festive guide to the best and the worst of the TV on offer this Christmas.

2000's best and worst

The Boss asked me to look back at the books that I had reviewed in 2000 and to list them in order of what one's I liked, disliked, hated and/or loved. Here goes.

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