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17 July 2003 Edition

BBC must be equality proofed

17 July 2003

Sinn Féin representative Gerry Kelly has demanded that the BBC be designated as a public body and therefore subject to equality proofing. Free article

Tragic death of Derry republican

17 July 2003

Mid-Ulster MP Martin McGuinness has expressed his shock and sadness at the tragic death of a lifelong friend Paddy Mullan in a fishing accident. Free article

Bastille Day celebrated in Dublin for first time since 1803

17 July 2003

On Sunday 13 July the people of Dublin were treated to an impressive parade of hundreds of marching Pikepeople who were commemorating both Bastille Day (albeit a day early) and the 1803 Robert Emmet Rising. The last time Bastille Day was publicly celebrated in Dublin was in 1803, when the United Irishmen gathered in Smock Alley and Coal Quay (now Wood Quay). This was seen as subversive by the crown forces and a major riot followed, alerting the authorities to the possibility of further unrest. At the time, Emmet was finalising his plans for his abortive Rising, which he launched on 23 July 1803. Free article

EU Constitution - yes or no?

17 July 2003

In their quest to create a United States of Europe, the powers that be have come up with a new EU Constitution - in draft form at the moment - aimed at finally putting the nail in the coffin of its members' national sovereignty. Free article

Funding crisis for summer festivals

17 July 2003

For the first time in nine years, the New Lodge and Ardoyne Festivals in North Belfast have been refused funding. Free article

Putting private property rights first

17 July 2003

We at An Phoblacht's Parnell Square HQ had new neighbours this week, albeit very briefly, when a group of squatting anarchists with a point to make about the housing crisis moved into a building several doors down. Free article

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£20,000 for the Colombia 3 campaign

17 July 2003

The Bring them Home campaign, organised to secure the release of Niall Connolly, Martin McCauley and Jim Monaghan, who are currently held in a Colombian prison, has raised £20,000 during a series of fundraisers held in Dungiven and East Derry. Free article

Kieran Doherty commemoration weekend

17 July 2003

It's time once again for the annual Kieran Doherty commemoration weekend. The celebrations, in memory of H-Block martyr Kieran Doherty, are set to begin in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan, at the start of August, with all the proceeds going to the Footsteps Down's Syndrome Ireland Charity. Free article

New Sinn Féin office in Galway city

17 July 2003

Sinn Féin last Friday formally opened its new office in Galway City. The official opening was performed by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, who said Sinn Féin is the fastest growing party in the West of Ireland and "offers the only real alternative to the failed polices of the establishment parties who have let down the people of the West". Free article

Tribute to Paddy Douglas

17 July 2003

Paying tribute to Civil Rights veteran Paddy Douglas, who has died, West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty extended his sympathy to his immediate family and extended family circle in the Castlederg area. Free article


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