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Talks for pre-election deal go `down to the wire'

The Sinn Féin president, Mr Gerry Adams, has warned that unionists and the two governments ``have set the bar too high'' for republicans.

Published October 8, 2003



Ombudsman urged to investigate O'Hara killing

The family of a Catholic student who was shot dead by unionist paramilitaries 11 years ago is to ask the Police Ombudsman to investigate allegations that the RUC police colluded in the killing.

Published October 6, 2003



UDA plotted to kill Kennedys

Unionist paramilitaries planned to assassinate members of America's most famous family nearly a decade ago when they attended a miscarriage of justice hearing at a Belfast court.

Published October 6, 2003



Belfast man denied bail seven times

The Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams has expressed concern at the mistreatment of John O'Hagan by the North's still unreformed judicial system.

Published October 6, 2003



Book Review - Hope and History

Hope and History: Making Peace in Ireland
By Gerry Adams
Brandon, €25

Gerry Adams has come a long way since the 1993 publication of The Street and Other Stories. Just ten short years ago, RTE refused to carry a 20-second ad for the book of stories penned by Adams, about Belfast and the people he had met there over the years.

Published October 6, 2003



Call for end to `spy ring' prosecutions

The families of four people accused of operating an `IRA spy ring' at the Belfast Assembly have called for the charges against their relatives to be dropped.

Published October 6, 2003



Celtic supporter survives serious assault

A 21-year-old North Belfast man had his skull fractured in a sectarian attack yesterday morning.

Published October 6, 2003



Irish children facing exile

They came in their hundreds. There were the anti bin charge protestors. There were the little children from Drogheda, who, amongst so many in the state, want a decent school. There were the people who wanted Ireland to have no part in the warmongering that is happening around the world. There were the people who were abused as children in state and Church run institutions, who have been treated with disdain and contempt by the government, which wants to talk of `sample cases' in place of justice and full disclosure of the terrible things that happened to these people as children when they were `sentenced' to be incarcerated.

Published October 6, 2003



Arms move could bolster 'progressive unionism'

Sinn Fein's chief negotiator Martin McGuinness has suggested that any future IRA move on arms should be more convincing for unionists.

Published October 6, 2003



Blame game over growing abuse scandal

A scandal over a controversial backroom deal with the religious orders over compensation for child abuse victims continues to grow following efforts by the former Attorney General, Michael McDowell to distance himself and his office from the deal.

Published October 3, 2003



Unionist bitterness over Tyrone victory

Fair play to Tyrone, who showed they have just what it takes to win the All-Ireland in Croke Park on Sunday last. Armagh proved themselves worthy champions and took their defeat with immense dignity.

Published October 3, 2003



British Labour party to organise in Ireland

At its annual conference in Bournemouth, delegates of the British Labour party, led by Tony Blair, have backed a change to the party's rules which now allow people in the North of Ireland to join.

Published October 3, 2003



Even the dead can't rest in peace

``I smelt the smoke and started to panic. I was crying, most in my class were crying.'' These are the words of an 11-year-old pupil of Our Lady of Mercy girls secondary school in North Belfast. The child was describing the latest in a spate of attacks against Catholic schools throughout the north.

Published October 3, 2003



Bloody Sunday para admits killing four

A former British soldier yesterday admitted he was responsible for killing four civil rights demonstrators in Derry on Bloody Sunday.

Published October 3, 2003



One week left for talks breakthrough - Trimble

The British Secretary of State has said an election in the North of Ireland would lead to a ``dysfunctional assembly'' in Belfast without a move by the IRA.

Published October 3, 2003



Gunmen vent sectarian rage at Gaelic supporters

Loyalist gunmen opened fire on a family's home in County Derry because they flew a Gaelic football flag yesterday. Three people escaped injury in the early hours attack in Coleraine.

Published October 3, 2003



Spy-ring prosecutions `politically motivated'

Prosecutions arising out of an alleged IRA spy ring at the Belfast Assembly were politically motivated, it was alleged in court yesterday.

Published October 3, 2003



SF leaders address Labour conference meetings

As Tony Blair woos the Labour party faithful in Bournemouth with his mutually incompatible promise of both a wide ranging listening and consultation process and a blank refusal to change any actual policy, especially those the people most want him to change -- namely Iraq, foundation hospitals and student fees -- senior members of Sinn Féin have also been engaging the party membership on issues which affect the day-to-day lives of those living in the Six Counties, not least the denial of their democratic right to choose their own political representatives.

Published October 1, 2003



Sinn Féin office attacked by arsonists

Republicans battled to put out a fire after arsonists struck at Sinn Féin offices in County Tyrone on Monday. Bins were set alight at the back of the building on James Street, Omagh overnight. Flames destroyed an emergency rear entrance and scorched the carpet before the blaze was put out.

Published October 1, 2003



Leaders must earn accolades

An American university is giving a peace prize to two very deserving citizens, one English, the other Irish. ``In recognition of their work for peace in Ireland''.

Published October 1, 2003

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