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No cure for ‘The Doc’ if IRA disband

By Danny Morrison

The remark at a DUP press conference that David Trimble is facing not just “the electric chair” but “the rope” was vintage Paisley. Cocky, vainglorious, petty stuff that had his merry band of followers roaring in the aisles at Trimble being ‘executed’ twice - across the North as leader of the UUP, and at a personal level at the hands of David Simpson in Upper Bann.

Published May 3, 2005



A defining point

By Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (for Irish News)

This is a crucially important election. It is about the future - the type of Ireland we want to build in the 21st century.

Published May 3, 2005



Open season on the peace process

By Jim Gibney (for the Irish News)

It is no coincidence that the nationalist turnout in the 2001 Westminster and Local Government elections was the highest in nearly a decade.

Published April 28, 2005



Sinn Féin under fire over suspensions

Gerry Adams was barracked and abused in republican south Belfast this week over Sinn Féin’s support for the McCartney sisters.

Published April 28, 2005



Investigation ordered into alleged Garda cover-up

Families of victims of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings have said they have no confidence in a new ‘Commission of Investigation’ into the police inquiry into the bombings, blamed on collusion between unionist paramilitaries and state forces.

Published April 28, 2005



Trimble will swing - Paisley

Unionist hardliner Ian Paisley has said rival unionist leader David Trimble will get “the electric chair and the rope” in regard to the May 5 elections.

Published April 28, 2005



No Pope Here

By Danny Morrison (for Daily Irelannd)

The loyalist prisoners in Crumlin Road Jail cheered and whooped with joy and we were convinced that a Catholic had probably been killed overnight. We had no radio in our cell but quickly learnt that the news had announced the death of Pope John Paul who had been Pope for just thirty-three days.

Published April 28, 2005



NATIONALISM IN TRANSITION

With just days left before elections in the North of Ireland, Sinn Féin has called for a new nationalist strategy on Irish unity.

Published April 28, 2005



PSNI chief speaks out as IMC report put on hold

The PSNI police chief has accused the Provisional IRA of continuing to recruit and target potential victims -- but added that it was not set to return to armed struggle.

Published April 28, 2005



Families seek help as suicide death-toll mounts

The soaring rate of suicides in nationalist areas of Belfast has driven relatives of the victims to picket a health trust meeting, carrying placards demanding action.

Published April 28, 2005



DUP EYES VICTORY

Ian Paisley’s DUP has formally declared the 1998 Good Friday Agreement dead and gone as the party appears set to virtually wipe out David Trimble’s Ulster Unionist Party in the May 5 British general election.

Published April 23, 2005



Hulme appeal rejected

Aiden Hulme, who is alleged to have planned a Real IRA bombing campaign in England, failed to overturn his conviction on Thursday.

Published April 23, 2005



PSNI set to allow illegal Orange march

An illegal march by the Protestant Orange Order passing a Catholic Church in east Belfast is expected to go ahead this weekend without interference from the PSNI police.

Published April 23, 2005



‘Barbaric’ strip-searching may end

Strip-searching of women prisoners at Hydebank prison in County Antrim was criticised yesterday by a High Court judge as humiliating, disproportionate and unnecessary.

Published April 23, 2005



SF calls for talks as unionists back exclusion

Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin has said that all of the parties and the two governments needed to start preparing for intensive political negotiations to take place after the election if progress was to be made before the summer months.

Published April 23, 2005



Shankill arms find

A weapons haul linked uncovered on ther Shankill Road in west Belfast has been linked to the unionist paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force.

Published April 23, 2005



Bored stiff with the same old rhetoric

By Tom McGurk (for Daily Ireland)

Watching the general election in the North has been a deeply depressing experience. Of course, the continual failure to erect the devolved governmental structures is bleeding the process dry and as each year without agreement passes the public appetite decreases accordingly.

Published April 23, 2005



Manifesto season

A summary of the election manifestos of Sinn Féin’s main opponents.

Published April 23, 2005



The Stickie business of demonisation

By Damian Kiberd (for Daily Ireland)

The greatest virtue attaching to the statement of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at the Conway Mill last Wednesday is that finally – eleven years after the IRA cessation of military actions against the British – it de-couples the process of change within Irish republicanism from the process of political negotiation and bartering, primarily with Britain but also with Ulster unionism.

Published April 11, 2005



McCartney backs down as election contest heats up

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty yesterday predicted Sinn Féin would capture 150 seats in the local council elections on May 5 — a rise of almost 50 per cent in the party’s representation.

Published April 11, 2005

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