Sinn FŽin sets the pace
Sinn FŽin workers, activists, party members and voters throughout
the island can this week take heart. The MRBI/Irish Times opinion
poll results will have been an encouraging sign for Sinn FŽin
activists across the island. Sinn FŽin was the only party that
showed a growth in voter support.
Outside of Belfast, there has been and continues to be an active
loyalist campaign of violence against nationalists and
republicans in many country areas, writes LAURA FRIEL.
A Sinn FŽin motion to Derry City Council calling on the British
Queen to apologise to the people of Derry for pinning medals on
those responsible for the murders on Bloody Sunday was passed.
Crown forces personnel involved in fatal shooting incidents in
the Six Counties will be compelled to give evidence at inquests,
it emerged this week.
Coleraine students' union leader Colum Delaney is facing
criticism for his decision to ignore a mandate from students
rejecting cooperation with the PSNI/RUC.
A respected British forensics expert has concluded that there is
no forensic evidence that any of the three Irishmen currently
being held in Colombia had any contact with explosives.
Sinn FŽin's Pat Doherty warned RUC/PSNI Chief Ronnie Flanagan would ignore the
recommendations of the Police Ombudsman on the Special Branch in her Omagh report.
Sinn FŽin Councillor and candidate for Dublin South West, Se‡n
Crowe, has said a weekend poll would ensure that the greatest number possible
will be given an opportunity to vote.
The keynote speaker at the public meeting of the National Forum
on Europe held in Monaghan town on 25 January was Sinn FŽin TD
Caoimhgh’n î Caol‡in.
JAMIL DAKWAR is a lawyer working for the Legal Centre for Arab
Minority Rights in Israel. On a recent visit to Ireland, he spoke to An
Phoblacht's SOLEDAD GALIANA.
Cllr Nicky Kehoe of Dublin Central Sinn FŽin has offered his
deepest sympathy to relatives of race-murder victim Zhao Liu Tao.
On 17 January 1972, seven republican prisoners detained on the
Maidstone ship took their
lives in their hands and swam to freedom.
JIM GIBNEY spoke to one of those who took part.
A law is going before Environment minister Noel Dempsey that
would allow the mobile phone companies to put up microwave masts
anywhere they want, writes UALTAR î GRƒACHçIN.
ROISIN DE ROSA looks at how the 26-County state
routinely fails vulnerable people suffering mental illness.
A commemoration to remember The New Lodge Six will be held
next Monday, 4 February - the 29th anniversary
of their deaths.
Sinn FŽin Waterford has accused Fine Gael's John Deasy of
negative campaigning by using the detention of three Irishmen in
Colombia as a stick with which to beat Sinn FŽin.
Several hundred protestors joined a picket at the British Embassy
in Dublin last Wednesday, 23 January, to demand "the complete and
verifiable decommissioning" of the nuclear plant at
Sinn FŽin Alderman Sean MacManus has described a decision to privatise Sligo
Corporation's domestic refuse collection as "the most cynical and
the single worst decision taken by this Council".
The theme of this year's St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast is
P‡ist’ an Domhain/Children of the World.
Picketers leafleted the Holiday World Experience travel fair
calling for a boycott on travel to Turkey in protest at
human rights abuses in that country.
Dublin îgra Shinn FŽin protesters provided a British naval
frigate with a warm welcome to the capital city last weekend.
Finglas residents received a surprise on Thursday 24 Jnauary when
Sinn FŽin's Martin McGuinness paid a visit to the area.
Derry Sinn FŽin Council leader Gerry î hEara has welcomed the
announcement by Derry Comhairle Cheantair that Gerry
MacLochlainn will be replacing Mary Nelis on Derry City Council.
Poll results will spur activists and scare opponents
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