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16 September 2004 Edition

British bad faith on eve of talks

16 September 2004

A serious act of bad faith is how Gerry Adams has described the British bugging of Sinn Féin's Belfast headquarters, Connolly House. Adams said he will be returning the bugging device to Tony Blair this weekend. Free article

Talks team fly out

16 September 2004

"Sinn Féin has repeatedly said in our recent discussions with the governments that if Leeds Castle is to have any hope of success closure was needed on many of the key outstanding issues. In our view, as we prepare to fly to England, the work that needed to be done has not been done." Free article

RUC agent pleads guilty to Finucane murder:Family demands public inquiry

16 September 2004

The family of the murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane has reiterated their demand for a fully independent judicial public inquiry following the conviction of Ken Barrett. Free article

£100,000 golden handshake for ex-RUC reservists: PSNI Reserve to stay in breach of Patten

16 September 2004

PSNI Chief Hugh Orde announced on 9 September that the force's full-time Reserve is to be retained, a decision that is in breach of the Patten Report recommendations. While the force will be cut by 55% its retention marks yet another dilution of the Good Friday Agreement. Free article

Sinn Féin stops Poolbeg incinerator

16 September 2004

There was a significant setback for the FF/PD government's strategy of imposing incinerators on communities throughout the country when on Tuesday night Sinn Féin's motion to keep the Poolbeg Peninsula incinerator-free won cross-party support. Free article

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'Occupation of Iraq must end' - Sinn Féin MEPs

16 September 2004

Sinn Féin MEPs Bairbre de Brún (Six Counties) and Mary Lou McDonald (Dublin) have called on the EU to focus all its energies on securing an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq and for the UN to oversee a speedy return of sovereignty to the Iraqi people. Free article

Sinn Féin All-Ireland education team pledges opposition to fees

16 September 2004

Reports this week clearly indicate that Education Minister Noel Dempsey intends to introduce third-level student fees in the 26 Counties, mimicking the highly discriminatory loan scheme which the British have applied across the Six Counties. Free article

MEP launches waste strategy for Dublin

16 September 2004

"The campaign for a zero waste strategy, for an EU-wide ban on incinerators and against the privatisation of public services, are three of the most important issues for us in Europe," said Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald as she launched the party's waste strategy for the region. Free article

PSNI raid on SF member's home

16 September 2004

West Belfast Sinn Féin activist Kevin O'Leary has lodged a complaint to the Police Ombudsman's Office after members of the PSNI stormed into his house and demanded personal information from his 17 year old son on Thursday 9 September. Free article


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