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30 June 2005 Edition

Outrage as Corrib protestors are jailed

30 June 2005

There was outrage and disgust yesterday afternoon when the High Court in Dublin jailed five of the Mayo people engaged in a four-year battle to stop a Shell-led consortium robbing our natural resources - with no benefit to the Irish people. The protestors are demanding a proper evaluation of the risks to their community of the consortium's plans, which include running a huge raw gas pipeline in front of their houses and across their land, when Minister Noel Dempsey's own evaluation of the safety aspects of the unknown technology is incomplete. Free article

Listening device found in republican's home

30 June 2005

An electronic listening device was discovered in the loft of a well-known republican activist's home on Wednesday morning by an electrician making repairs. Workmen carrying out renovations to the home of Derry republican Andrew McCartney discovered an electronic device, which measured around two-and-a-half inches in diameter, planted in the kitchen ceiling cavity. It is impossible to determine how long this sophisticated device was in place, but Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney, Andrew's brother, says it has to be assumed that it was placed there with the authorisation of either British Secretary of State Peter Hain or his predecessors. Free article

Kelly jailing stupid - Adams

30 June 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has described Peter Hain's decision to incarcerate former republican POW Seán Kelly as "stupid". Kelly who had been released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement was arrested and detained after a local Shankill newspaper accused the republican of engaging in sectarian rioting and demanding his licence be revoked. Free article

Mixed messages

30 June 2005

Nationalists are getting mixed messages from the Orange Order, while in Derry Orangemen have successfully negotiated accommodation through a mechanism of engagement with their nationalist neighbours, all the signs of a standoff are emerging in Belfast. And not surprisingly Ian Paisley's DUP and UUP rivalry is playing a significant role. Free article

Rita O'Hare receives visa waiver for US

30 June 2005

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness has welcomed the approval of a visa waiver for Sinn Féin representative to the US Rita O'Hare. "There was concern at the recent refusal of a visa waiver for Rita O'Hare. Free article

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Anger over British Army South Armagh shooting

30 June 2005

Crossmaglen Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty says it is only a matter of time before the British Army murder someone at a checkpoint in the area. He made his comments last weekend after the British Army opened fire on a car in the area on Friday night, alleging that it drove through a checkpoint, a claim which many local people are dismissing. Free article

Historic Derry parades deal

30 June 2005

The agreement reached with the Bogside Residents Group and the Orange Order in Derry will see the first Orange Parade pass through Derry City centre in 13 years. The deal, struck under the auspices of the Derry City Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday 28 June, saw the Bogside Residents Group and the Orange Order come up with an agreement that will allow the 12th of July parade march through Derry City centre. Free article

Rita O'Hare receives visa waiver for US

30 June 2005

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness has welcomed the approval of a visa waiver for Sinn Féin representative to the US Rita O'Hare. "There was concern at the recent refusal of a visa waiver for Rita O'Hare. Free article


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