Republican News · Thursday 20 September 2000

[An Phoblacht]

We will be in contact with the British Government to demand this man's immediate release and to find out exactly why the RUC invaded his home last night. We will also be contacting the electoral office to inform them of the removal of election material so close to the date of the by-election. As the debate on policing moves on this is a timely reminder of the sectarian contribution of the RUC.

Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin on the arrest of a Sinn Féin election worker in South Antrim last week by the RUC

To insist that only the union flag appears is to engage in an unnerving form of reality denial.

Jude Collins writing in last Thursday's Irish News on unionist attitudes to the flags issue

As part of a process of building community-based partnerships we have designed this charter containing what, in our view, are essential points for addressing this problem. The charter will be used as a lobbying and education platform and we will be looking for support from across the community.

Sinn Féin's Alex Maskey on the launch of the party's Anti-Joyriding Charter last week

I am very aware of an increase in RUC and army troop levels in the Dromintee area. I have been trying to monitor this on the ground through local activists. It does not surprise me that the British Army is engaged in this type of harassment.

Newry/South Armagh Sinn Féin rep Conor Murphy on harassment of residents by the British crown forces

The sudden escalation of violence will heighten tension and spark fears of more violence. Thankfully, the combatants have so far not targeted Catholics but it would be a grave error to underestimate the threat to the wider peace process. Tragically, more lives will be lost unless this bloody affray is brought to an end soon and calm restored to the North's divided loyalist family.

Editorial in last Tuesday's Irish Examiner on the escalation of the loyalist feud

There has been an enormous rise in costs while fish prices are static. This has created enormous hardship for fishermen who are trying to make an honourable living. The Minister for Finance, Mr McCreevy, has to show imagination and flexibility for people whose livelihoods depend on fuel but are being hit by spiralling costs.

Sinn Féin's Martin Ferris backs the fishermen's 24-hour protest on Tuesday

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