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5 February 2004 Edition

Collusion families picket MI5

5 February 2004

On Wednesday morning, a delegation of 70 relatives, representing something like 100 families and 150 victims of British collusion with loyalist death squads in Ireland, together with supporters, picketed the MI5 building, the MoD and Tory Central Office in London. It was, of course, the Tories who were the architects and enthusiastic, if secretive, advocates of the collusion policy. To date, however, the policy has not been disavowed by the present government, nor have the structures which facilitated it been dismantled. Free article

Thousands defy weather to mark Bloody Sunday

5 February 2004

It is a measure of the impact of Bloody Sunday on both a local and global scale that on a windy, rain-lashed February afternoon, 32 years after the event, thousands of people were still willing to turn out to remember the massacre of 14 innocent people by the British Army. By the time they reached Free Derry Corner, having marched the four miles from Creggan, many of the marchers were literally dripping wet but, undeterred, they stayed to listen to the speakers. Free article

Review gets underway at last

5 February 2004

The long-awaited Good Friday Agreement review kicked off on Tuesday, with each party setting out their agenda as to how the process should go. Media coverage of the day centred around the fact that Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams and the DUP's Ian: "I won't sit at a table with Sinn Féin," Paisley, were in fact sitting at the same table, only a short distance apart. Free article

Ahern defends British refusal to assist Barron

5 February 2004

"I do not think the British Prime Minister is knowingly withholding information or files which he believes we need." These were the words from Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in the Dáil on Tuesday, when asked by Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin whether there would be any further information from the British Government on the Dublin/Monaghan bombings. Free article

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Hume steps down

5 February 2004

This past Tuesday, former SDLP leader John Hume declared his intention to step down as an MEP, vacating a position he has held since 1979. Hume had previously announced that he would not stand in the next Westminster election. Citing health reasons, Hume said that while he regretted his decision, he had been "very strongly advised medically" to resign due to the "large workload and travel" that the post requires. Free article

House of Lords hears shoot-to-kill case

5 February 2004

The family of IRA Volunteer Gervaise McKerr, killed in a 1982 shoot-to-kill operation, brought their case to force the British Government to reinvestigate the circumstances of the killing to the British House of Lords this week. McKerr, along with Volunteers Seán Burns and Eugene Toman, was gunned down in an RUC ambush in which 109 rounds were fired at their car, although the trio were unarmed. Free article


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