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27 May 2004 Edition

The history makers

27 May 2004

Sinn Féin's All-Ireland team of candidates for the EU elections are instantly recognisable to every party activist across the country, but more importantly, they have now become household names to voters, North, South, East and West. Recent polls have shown that Sinn Féin is on the cusp of massive electoral success. And given that polls normally underestimate the party's vote - even the most cautious among us are increasingly optimistic. Free article

Working to build an Ireland of equals

27 May 2004

Sinn Féin EU candidate for the Northwest, Pearse Doherty, speaking at the launch of the party's EU candidates in Dublin on Monday said that Sinn Féin is for engagement with the EU and has supported many EU measures that promote and enhance human rights, equality and the all-Ireland agenda. "But unlike other establishment parties in this state," he emphasised, "we will not adopt a wholly uncritical attitude to any and all developments in the EU, regardless of their impact on Ireland. Free article

Where will the Sinn Féin gains be made?

27 May 2004

With just two weeks to go to polling day and with a growing number of polls and political pundits predicting gains for Sinn Féin in the EU and local elections, the question is where can the party's gains be realistically made. An Phoblacht's ROBBIE SMYTH looks at the EU constituencies of East, South and West tracking the growth in Sinn Féin vote share over the last ten years. Free article

Polls put Pearse in contention

27 May 2004

At 26 years of age, Pearse Doherty is not only the youngest Sinn Féin candidate to run in the European Union Parliament elections in June, but the youngest candidate on the whole island overall. Pearse has been making his mark on the political stage for the last few years, and as well as running for Europe, he is also contesting the local elections in Donegal. Free article

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Neglected North West

27 May 2004

The Hanly Report, a lack of infrastructure, unemployment and unfulfilled promises - these are just some of the issues Sinn Féin local election candidates throughout the Northwest are hearing on the doorsteps as polling day draws closer. Fianna Fáil may be expecting losses throughout the entire 26 Counties in this election, but even they might not be prepared for the anger on the ground in the nine counties that make up Pearse Doherty's EU constituency. Free article

Ahern confirms reactionary position of FF/PDs in talks

27 May 2004

The reactionary position being adopted by the FF/PD Government in the current talks on the revival of the Good Friday Agreement was confirmed in the Dáil by the Taoiseach on Tuesday. While less strident than his Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell, Bertie Ahern was on the same agenda and again attempted to pin all the responsibility for the breakdown in the process on republicans. Free article

Unlawful killing verdict in Dublin/Monaghan inquest

27 May 2004

Relatives of the victims of the 1974 Dublin/Monaghan bombings have demanded a full public inquiry into the blasts, following the conclusion of the inquests into the deaths of their loved ones. Last Thursday, the ten-member jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing by person or persons unknown. Free article


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