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9 March 2006 Edition

Political impasse: Governments need to face down DUP

9 March 2006

At a press conference on Tuesday, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP, joined by party colleagues Caitriona Ruane MLA and Conor Murphy MP said he had written to the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair outlining a strategy for ending the current political impasse. Free article

Murder attempt: DUP contributing to loyalist violence

9 March 2006

Claiming repsonsibility for a murder attempt on a Belfast taxi driver last weekend, The Red Hand Defenders, a cover name used by the UDA, has issued a blanket death threat against republican ex-prisoners. Free article

Housing: Government policy in tatters

9 March 2006

Social housing statistics, released this week by the Department of the Environment, bear out Sinn Féin's opposition to the 2002 amendment to Part Five of the Housing and Development act. This allows builders to buy their way out of the 20% social housing quota under the original legislation. Free article

Sinn Féin President launches Easter Lily campaign

9 March 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was in Dublin on Wednesday last to launch the annual Easter Lily campaign. The event took place on International Women's Day to honour the women of Cumann na mBan who first introduced the Easter Lily and to celebrate the activism of women involved in political activity in communities across Ireland. Free article

Neary report "damning indictment"

9 March 2006

"A damning indictment" was how the Sinn Féin leader in the Dáil and the party's spokesperson on Health, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin described the report of Judge Maureen Harding Clark in to the actions of former consultant Michael Neary at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda. Free article

National Hunger Strike Commemoration

9 March 2006

Interview with Jim McVeigh of National Hunger Strike Commemoration Committee, Denis O'Hearn's biography of Bobby Sands and Vigils mark Hunger Strike anniversary. Free article

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Ending sectarianism requires leadership

9 March 2006

Sinn Féin' s Martin McGuinness has described Irish government proposals for an anti-sectarianism pledge as ''a good start', He said " If sectarianism is to be eradicated, we need to see an end not just to blatant sectarianism on our streets but the implementation of policies to address deep-rooted sectarianism and discrimination in employment and job creation, to end bigotry on some unionist dominated councils, to end all sectarian attacks wherever they occur and to completely end the activities of unionist paramilitaries. The key to all of this is political leadership." Free article

Asylum seekers: Policy change feared as racist attacks continue

9 March 2006

British government plans to send asylum seekers in the Six Counties to holding centres in Scotland and England without access to legal advice, have been slammed by human rights groups. Amnesty International and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have expressed concern at an apparent change in British government policy. Free article

Dublin murder: Call for NUJ to investigate tabloid

9 March 2006

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillors, Dessie Ellis and Larry O'Toole extended condolences to the family and friends of Dublin woman Donna Cleary, brutally murdered in the city last Saturday night. They described as absolutely "malicious" and "highly insensitive" a front page story in Tuesday morning's edition of the so-called 'Irish' Daily Mirror, which ludicrously attempted to blame republicans for the shooting dead of Donna Cleary in the northside suburb of Coolock. Free article

Féile under threat

9 March 2006

Féile an Phobail, the popular West Belfast community festival, has found itself under financial pressure due to new funding regulations introduced by British Direct Rule minister David Hanson. Free article


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