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7 October 2004 Edition

One small step...

7 October 2004

The fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement must stand and not be reinterpreted to suit unionism. That was the message Sinn Féin took to the Dublin Government during a week dominated, in the media at least, by DUP leader Ian Paisley's historic visit South to meet with that oft-maligned beast of his speeches, the Dublin Government. Now the DUP just has to negotiate the hurdle of face to face talks with Sinn Féin. Free article

DUP in Dublin

7 October 2004

Last week, DUP leader Ian Paisley, accompanied by his deputy Peter Robinson, travelled to Dublin to meet the 26-County Government. It had been a moment the media had been waiting for and they reported it with relish. Free article

Human rights groups sound alarm over Finucane Inquiry

7 October 2004

Human rights groups have expressed alarm at the way the British Government is handling the issue of an inquiry into the murder of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane. In a letter to Tony Blair, the Belfast-based Committee on the Administration of Justice, the London-based British Irish Rights Watch and Amnesty International raised a series of concerns. Free article

IRA statement - IRA regrets teenager's death

7 October 2004

Following a request from the family of 15-year-old Bernard Teggart from Belfast, the IRA has carried out an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death on 13 November 1973. Free article

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Dublin urged to defend Agreement

7 October 2004

The fundamentals of the Good Friday Agreement must stand and not be reinterpreted to suit unionism. That was the message Sinn Féin took to the Dublin Government this week. A delegation led by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and the party's chief negotiator, Martin McGuinness, met Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern, last Monday at the Taoiseach's constituency office in Dublin. Free article

To Blair or not to Blair...

7 October 2004

It seemed for most of last week that the most important issue in the entire world was whether Tony Blair and his Chancellor Gordon Brown are best mates. The answer is obviously no, but never mind Iraq, Sudan, Congo, Ethiopia or even Ireland, the Labour Party, and the media, were convulsed with what someone memorably labelled 'the teebeegeebees'. Free article

End the military occupation of South Armagh

7 October 2004

Last week, members of the British Army, in full camouflage gear, brought their armoured vehicle to the gates of Leinster House. This was no decisive twist in the Peace Process, however, but a protest stunt organised by the South Armagh Demilitarisation Committee to show TDs returning from their long summer break what it is like to live under constant military occupation and surveillance. Free article


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