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TD jailed after bin charge protest

An Irish parliamentarian has been jailed for a month over the escalating protests against the bin tax in Dublin.

Published September 21, 2003



Attorney General calls for Finucane inquiry

The 26-County attorney general, Rory Brady, has told a lawyers' conference in the United States that it would be "inconceivable" if the British government did not institute a public judicial inquiry into the assassination of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

Published September 21, 2003



Speculation mounts on new peace deal

Adams seeks `inclusive' united Ireland

A dramatic political breakthrough in the North could be imminent as Sinn Féin and representatives of the Irish and British governments are engaged in a series of meetings this weekend.

Published September 21, 2003



Unionist paramilitaries intensify attacks

In the wake of the UDA campaign to drive Catholic residents from the Deerpark Road in North Belfast, unionist paramilitary activity has increased across the Six Counties. A group calling itself the Loyalist Action Force issued a death threat against Glengormley priest Fr Dan Whyte. The group is more than likely a bogus cover name for the UDA.

Published September 18, 2003



Direct rule a disaster

Direct Rule is a disaster - we have part time Direct Rule Ministers with remits over multiple departmental responsibilities and have neither the time, even if they possessed the hunger, to bring forward major initiatives to better the lot of people here. Apart from attempting to use the absence of the Assembly to push Water Charges and other revenue raising measures for the Exchequer, no one can be in any doubt that the Direct Rule Ministers are merely going through the motions.

Published September 18, 2003



British govenment to defy document ruling

The British government and the PSNI police are set to defy a coroner's ruling that they hand over unedited documentation relating to the killings of ten County Tyrone nationalists during the 1990s. After a delay of two years and 12 preliminary hearings, when the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the PSNI refused to produce all relevant material, coroner Roger McLernon has now ordered the MoD and PSNI to produce all intelligence documents relevant to the killings within 21 days so the inquests of Roseanne Mallon, Jack and Kevin McKearney and of seven IRA Volunteers can go ahead.

Published September 18, 2003



Dissidents arrested over police board intimidation

Four men and a woman were arrested early this morning in Strabane, County Tyrone, in connection with attacks against nationalist members of local policing boards.

Published September 18, 2003



Ex-prisoners dismiss Donaldson criticism

In his attempts to be seen as the most hardline of hardline unionists, Ulster Unionist MP Jeffrey Donaldson has gone on the offensive over this coming Friday's commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 1983 H Block in Donegal.

Published September 18, 2003



Unionist paramilitaries intensify attacks

In the wake of the UDA campaign to drive Catholic residents from the Deerpark Road in North Belfast, unionist paramilitary activity has increased across the Six Counties.

Published September 18, 2003



Elections failure `could signal end for agreement'

Failure to hold elections soon in the Six Counties could spell the end of the Good Friday Agreement, Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness warned today. As he prepared for a meeting in Dublin with Irish Foreign Minister Brian Cowen, the Mid Ulster MP insisted the Government must set a date for an Assembly election this year if efforts to restore power-sharing were to succeed.

Published September 18, 2003



Human Rights Commission crisis puts investment at risk

Sinn Fein spokesperson on Equality and Human Rights, Bairbre de Brun, has expressed concern that the approach of the Human Rights Commission to fair employment and parity of esteem could put future investment in the North at risk.

Published September 18, 2003



Seanad reform proposals debated

The upper house of the Dublin parliament is undemocratic and elitist, according to Sinn Fein's leader in the Dail [the parliament's lower house] has claimed.

Published September 18, 2003



Govt popularity falls, Sinn Fein support surges

A poll in Saturday's Irish Independent has show that the current Irish Government's popularity is and that Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams is now the most popular party leader in the 26 Counties.

Published September 15, 2003



H-Block escape event criticised

A historic event to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1983 H-Block escape has become the subject of controversy today.

Published September 15, 2003



MI5 takeover bodes badly for policing

Speculation that `intelligence gathering'in the Six Counties will, in the near future, be handed over by the PSNI Special Branch to their superiors in MI5 offers no assurance that the policy of collusion that has operated in the state for the last two decades - and been sanctioned at the highest levels - will be abandoned.

Published September 15, 2003



Police board threats blamed on dissidents

Sinn Fein has dismissed suggestions that mainstream republicans are behind threats against nationalist district policing board members.

Published September 15, 2003



Talks intensify for deal to restore peace process

The Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, meets the Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble, for talks today in the latest round of talks aimed at rescuing the peace process and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

Published September 15, 2003



US support sought as Colombia 3 ruling awaited

The Colombia Three ordeal may be brought to a close this month, with a verdict from the trial judge due any day now.

Published September 15, 2003



Mourners attacked at church service

A mob of up to 200 loyalists disrupted a Catholic church service at a cemetery on the outskirts of Belfast on Sunday afternoon and later threw bricks and stones at service-goers.

Published September 15, 2003



British Army General forced to make new statement

As the Bloody Sunday Inquiry resumed at the Methodist Central Hall in Westminster this week, it emerged that the British Army's most senior officer, General Sir Mike Jackson, has had to make a new statement to the Bloody Sunday inquiry.

Published September 13, 2003

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