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Hypocrisy and high horses

Whatever is the truth behind the incident on Friday night, it is clear that it is a result of increased tension in republican circles in west Belfast.

Published February 25, 2004



Basis seen for public inquiry into Ludlow killing

Relatives of murder victim Seamus Ludlow have said they believe an investigation by Justice Henry Barron will form the basis for a public inquiry.

Published February 25, 2004



Colombia 3 still in danger

An intervention by the Irish Embassy in Mexico City has stopped the transfer of one of the "Colombia Three" from a remand prison to a jail for convicted prisoners, a lawyer for the three men has said.

Published February 25, 2004



DUP selects former dissident to contest Europe

Barrister Jim Allister is to succeed DUP leader Ian Paisley as the party's European Parliament candidate.

Published February 25, 2004



John Edwards's statement on Ireland

U.S. presidential contender John Edwards has pledged his support for the Good Friday Agreement in a statement ahead of next week's primaries for the candidacy of the Democratic Party.

Published February 25, 2004



ALLEGATIONS DENIED

The mainstream Provisional IRA leadership has denied it authorised the alleged abduction of a well-known Republican dissident from a Belfast pub at the weekend.

Published February 25, 2004



Orde accused of political intervention

PSNI police chief Hugh Orde has ben strongly criticised after he said that his force cannot cope with the demand to deal with outstanding murder cases of the conflict.

Published February 25, 2004



PSNI prepare to use CS gas weapons

Deployment of controversial CS gas spray by the PSNI police appears set to go ahead after the force advertised for components of the weapon.

Published February 25, 2004



Calls for exclusion of Sinn Féin

The failure to bring charges of IRA membership or arms possession against the four men involved in the incident on Friday night could ease the pressure on Sinn Féin in the current talks process.

Published February 23, 2004



Stevens urged to end Finucane murder probe

The widow of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane's widow urged British police chief John Stevens to halt his inquiry into the killing.

Published February 23, 2004



A Truth That Tells A Lie

WHEN I am teaching creative writing I often quote the oxymoron that fiction is 'a lie that tells a truth'. Writers imagine and create characters, which, hopefully, rise from the page as flesh and blood. The author will place them in challenging situations - be it a conflict, a dilemma, an issue of love or ambition - and through their experiences, adventures and decisions they emerge at the other end changed, and the reader, in turn, empathises, learns or has confirmed some philosophical truth about the meaning of life.

Published February 23, 2004



Radical change needed for SDLP

Continuing our series of feature articles on the policies of the North's various partiers, were present an abridged version of a speech by SDLP Leader Mark Durkan to his party's annual conference at the weekend.

Published February 23, 2004



SINISTER INCIDENT

Four West Belfast men have been charged with causing grievous bodily harm during an alleged attempted abduction in the city on Friday night, but none were charged with membership of the IRA.

Published February 23, 2004



New law to plug Garda leaks on peace process

Members of the South's Garda Siochana police who leak stories to the media regarding the peace process or paramilitary groups could now face up to five years in prison.

Published February 23, 2004



Inquiry into bus tragedy this week

The company which operates Dublin Bus said today said an inquiry into Saturday's accident, in which five people were killed in Dublin city centre, would begin on Friday.

Published February 23, 2004



SDLP calls for the doctor

South Belfast general practice doctor Alasdair McDonnell has been elected the new deputy leader of the nationalist SDLP in the North.

Published February 23, 2004



Ahern calls for 'partnership' and 'closure'

In what was billed as a significant speech, the Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said the 1998 Good Friday Agreement retains the capacity to "transform Northern Ireland for the better".

Published February 20, 2004



New start, not regurgitation, of policing needed

Gerry Kelly, Sinn Féin spokesman on policing and justice, has responded to a recent opinion piece by the SDLP's Joe Byrne, who argued that new policing structures would be weakened if they were burdened with reinvestigating controversial cases from the past. Mr Kelly argues that it is "not a matter of resources, it is a matter of will".

Published February 20, 2004



Cool response to Truth Commission proposal

The chairman of the North's Policing Board, Desmond Rea has proposed a truth commission be established to achieve a sense of closure for the war in Ireland.

Published February 20, 2004



A Malignant Menage d'trois

Next Monday shall see UTV's Insight, with typical investigative skill, unpick the threads that have been weaved together post-Patten to fashion a renamed garment now termed the PSNI.

Published February 20, 2004

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