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27 July 2000 Edition

RUC trap exposed

27 July 2000

A West Belfast man has revealed an RUC attempt to recruit him as an informer by offering him £25,000. The plan to entrap the man was exposed on Wednesday at a press conference called by Sinn Féin. The elaborate plot entailed the RUC Special Branch placing advertisements for joiners in the West Belfast newspaper Andersonstown News. Free article

RUC - the status quo is not an option

27 July 2000

``It is clear that the British government and the Unionists must reject out of hand any notion of the new policing service being a `Continuity' RUC,'' he said. Free article

British say Diplock courts to stay

27 July 2000

The British government is likely to come under severe criticism once more on its human rights record after a government Review Group, consisting soley of representatives from the Northern Ireland Office, the Home Office, the Six-County judiciary and the RUC recommended to Peter Mandelson that the Diplock non-jury trial system be retained in the six counties for the foreseeable future, a recommendation which was this week accepted by the Secretary of State. NIO Minister Adam Ingram made the announcement in Parliament in response to a written question from Labour MP Kevin McNamara. The Review Group said it was ``not persuaded'' to recommend the reintroduction of trial by jury. Free article

Loyalist gang attacks elderly Catholic

27 July 2000

An elderly Catholic man was viciously beaten in a sectarian attack in Ballynahinch last week.The 64 year old was attacked by a crowd of around 12 loyalists as he was making his way home after leaving a bar on Windmill Street on Friday night. Free article

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Incinerator plans in trouble

27 July 2000

Government plans to introduce incineration as a method of waste disposal are not going smoothly. After the reversals last week where Louth deferred a decision, and Monaghan County Councillors radically amended the regional draft plan, Galway Corporation this week threw the plan out altogether. Free article

Need for grassroots debate on drugs

27 July 2000

The National Chairperson of Ireland's biggest anti-drugs organisation, the Coalition of Communities Against Drugs (COCAD), has called for a widespread debate about drugs policy in Ireland. Free article


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