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28 January 2010 Edition

DUP play Orange card

28 January 2010

Sinn Féin chief negotiator Martin McGuinness, speaking on Wednesday afternoon after discussions at Hillsborough Castle ended without agreement, said the party is "deeply disappointed" with the outcome of the talks aimed at securing devolution of justice and policing powers. He said that DUP demands for a concession on Orange parades had blocked agreement. Free article

Department of Finance fought revealing minutes of €440 billion bank bailout scheme meeting

28 January 2010

What is with Ireland that when it comes to regulating business and politics we can't do the simplest things? For some reason we can't be like Britain, where bank chief executives can be questioned before a House of Commons Select Committee, in public, live on TV about their role in the economic collapse, their obscene salaries and lavish bonuses. Free article

Sunday Tribune's treatment of abuse allegations deplorable

28 January 2010

During an interview on RTE radio with Pat Kenny last week, the Sunday Tribune's Northern editor, Suzanne Breen, complained that Sinn Féin's public release of the details of the extent of Liam Adams' involvement in the party had "spoiled her story" - perfectly summing up the newspaper's approach to the recent abuse allegations. Free article

Victims Commission snubs Ballymurphy Massacre families

28 January 2010

The RELATIVES of 11 civilians killed by the Parachute Regiment in Ballymurphy, Belfast, between 9-11 August 1971, emerged from a meeting with the Victims Commission on Tuesday night feeling "let down, insulted and dismissed". The families, accompanied by Relatives for Justice, local representatives from the SDLP and Sinn Féin, had met with Brendan McAllister and Mike Nesbitt to hear what they will do to support these families. Free article

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There can be no preconditions

28 January 2010

Writing in his online blog on 21 January, Sinn Féin President GERRY ADAMS addressed the ongoing impasse in the talks process Free article

25 TDs & Senators oppose destruction of National Monument

28 January 2010

The battle to save 14-17 Moore Street, the historic battle site and final meeting place of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic at Easter 1916, is far from over. While the site has been designated a National Monument, a developer plans to level most of it apart from some outer walls of the four buildings. 25 members of the Oireachtas have now lodged with An Bórd Pleanála a formal objection to the revised planning application from Chartered Land for a major shopping mall development in the Moore St./O'Connell St. area. Free article

Arrest of PSNI man highlights collusion

28 January 2010

The news that a serving PSNI officer was questioned about the UVF attack on the Heights Bar, Loughinisland in June 1994 - in which six nationalists were shot dead and five wounded - has raised fresh concerns about crown forces collusion with the killers. The serving PSNI member, named as Reserve Constable William Patterson, was arrested last Thursday 21 January. Free article


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