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4 May 2000 Edition

New ploy to block Finucane inquiry

4 May 2000

The third John Stevens inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the 1989 killing of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane is turning into a Stevens Watergate, according to the late solicitor's brother. Free article

Loyalists develop more deadly bomb

4 May 2000

A more lethal pipe bomb has been developed by loyalists. A bomb in South Down discovered last month was the first of a new type of loyalist pipe bomb to be found in the Six Counties. The bomb was discovered outside the loyalist village of Clough. It is believed loyalists intended to use the device in an attack on a republican commemoration in Castlewellan on Easter Sunday. Free article

Senior officers offered killer soldiers promotion

4 May 2000

The spurned lover of convicted Scots Guard James Fisher has released a number of controversial letters to a Scottish newspaper revealing that senior British Army officers visited the convicted murderer in jail promising that he would be promoted upon release. The letters go on to reveal why the soldier who searched victim Peter McBride was not called as a witness, Fisher's disdain for his co-accused Mark Wright and an incident when members of the Scots Guards snubbed then Secretary of State Mo Mowlam on a visit to the regiment. Free article

Dangerous aircraft withdrawn

4 May 2000

The British Army has withdrawn eight Lynx helicopters from service in the Six Counties after a problem was identified in the rotor system. Free article

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Orange alliance with UDA

4 May 2000

Portadown Orangemen have entered a secret alliance with Johnny ``Mad Dog'' Adair. The ex-loyalist prisoner will join the Orange Order's standoff in Drumcree if their march is re-routed away from the Garvaghy Road this July in Portadown. Free article

Orange Order cancels Dublin march

4 May 2000

The Dublin and Wicklow Lodge of the Orange Order has abandoned plans to hold an Orange march in Dublin city centre later this month, making bitter assertions that members had been intimidated. Free article


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