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1 April 2004 Edition

Cory report censored

1 April 2004

The families of Pat Finucane, Rosemary Nelson, Robert Hamill and Billy Wright are expected to receive copies of reports into the killings compiled by Canadian Judge Cory as An Phoblacht goes to press. Relatives received the report on Wednesday, just 24 hours before publication but after months of delay by the British Government, but full disclosure is still not expected. Free article

Conditional welcome for Dublin/Monaghan bomb report

1 April 2004

"We've won the argument, but will we be allowed reap the rewards?" These were the words of Greg O'Neill yesterday, as it became clear what is to be recommended by the Oireachtas Committee investigating the 1974 Dublin/Monaghan bombings. The Justice Sub-Committee was set up in December, after publication of Justice Henry Barron's report into the bombings. Free article

Adams concerned at lack of progress

1 April 2004

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP, in Dublin for a series of meetings with community groups and two public meetings in Tallaght and Dundrum, expressed concern this week at the "lack of progress in efforts to inject a new momentum into the peace process". He said: "Our leadership remains in contact with both governments. We have argued for a two-pronged approach. This will involve substantive efforts to restore the political institutions, alongside the two governments implementing their obligations under the Agreement. Free article

Are you registered yet?

1 April 2004

As the 8 April deadline for registering to vote in the Six Counties approaches, Sinn Féin is issuing a final appeal to all republicans to ensure that they have re-registered with the Electoral Office for the upcoming European elections. "We really need to stress the importance of people being registered," says Sinn Féin's Director of Elections, Seán Begley. Free article

An obsessional collector

1 April 2004

Belfast's Linenhall Library, a radical seat of learning and knowledge for over 200 years in the city, was the appropriate venue for a special evening of tributes last Monday to Belfast Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Hartley and to his family circle. The Library's staff and management organised the public dedication of a 30-year archive, collected by Tom over the years, to his parents Hilda and Tommy. Free article

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Victims' families lobby TDs and Senators on collusion

1 April 2004

"All I want is the truth, not so much for me but for my kids," said Theresa Slane through tears as she pleaded with TDs and Senators in Leinster House to help campaign for the truth from the British Government in relation to collusion between British state agencies and unionist death squads. Free article

EU elections come into their own

1 April 2004

Wanted, articulate advocate of the right, conservative views with racist, anti-worker undercurrents desirable, expensive business dress style a must, to run as European Parliamentary candidate for the Progressive Democrats Yes, it's election time again and with party conferences in full swing, political parties across the island are sharpening their candidates, getting the posters and leaflets ready for the printers. Free article

Mock battles and fantasy ceasefires

1 April 2004

Every 13 July in Scarva unionists stage a mock battle between Protestant William of Orange and Catholic King James. The outcome is a matter of history and the enactment predetermined before a single strike of a fancy dress sword. There was just a whiff of Scarva at the Ramada Hotel last Saturday during the meeting of the Ulster Unionist Council. Free article


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