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3 July 2008 Edition

Britain's Irish spying op slammed by EU court

3 July 2008

THE British Government has been slammed by the European Court of Human Rights for secretly and illegally monitoring every single telephone call, fax message and e-mail between Ireland and Britain for years. Free article

Devolution of policing and justice needs to happen quickly - McGuinness

3 July 2008

SINN FÉIN deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said that the devolution of policing and justice powers to the North's Assembly has to happen and happen quickly. McGuinness' remarks came after DUP leader and First Minister in the North's Executive Peter Robinson spoke on the on the issue on Monday. Free article

Lisbon Treaty is finished, McDonald tells French press

3 July 2008

THE Lisbon Treaty is finished, Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald declared in Paris on Monday as French President Nicolas Sarkozy took over the Presidency of the EU. Free article

McGuinness slams micro-groups over Derry killing

3 July 2008

MARTIN McGUINNESS has denounced the actions of so-called 'dissident republicans' as "a bogus, quasi-military campaign" after last week's killing in Derry City of Emmett Shiels. McGuinness launched his stinging attack on 'dissidents' at the annual Derry IRA Volunteers commemoration last Sunday. Free article

ENGLAND : Friends of Sinn Féin, London, launched

3 July 2008

LONDON was the location last week for a series of important meetings between senior figures in the Irish community, MPs, trade union leaders, key business figures and many other people including academics, human rights lawyers, grassroots activists and Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP, Party Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP and Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy MP. Free article

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INTERVIEW : The new Mayor of Belfast

3 July 2008

VETERAN republican TOM HARTLEY has just been elected Mayor of Belfast. ELLA O'DWYER took the trip up from Dublin to visit the new mayor in his Belfast offices, where he talked about his new role, his upbringing in Belfast and his life as a republican. Free article

Case collapses against Bik McFarlane

3 July 2008

PROMINENT republican Brendan 'Bik' McFarlane walked free from a Dublin court last week after a decade-long case against him finally collapsed. The trial ended after the judge ruled that contested statements alleged by gardaí to have been made by him in custody were unreliable and could not be used as evidence. Free article

Pay talks face stalemate

3 July 2008

"POOR-MOUTHING employers", "pre-emptive strikes" and pay pauses. The latest round of partnership talks are in crisis as the public air war between employers, trade unions and the Irish Government continues unabated. Free article

Internal Conference - Regaining Political Momentum: The Next Phase

3 July 2008

AN IMPORTANT internal conference for Sinn Féin members takes place in Dublin this Saturday on the exciting new opportunities opening up for republicans in the North and the South, particularly after the 'No to Lisbon Treaty' success. Free article


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