9 October 1997 Edition

Bloody Sunday: response from British soon?

9 October 1997

On Tuesday, Bloody Sunday relatives meet the Taoiseach. Sources indicate that an initial response from the British Government to the dossier on Bloody Sunday compiled by the previous Dublin Government last year will be outlined. Over the past year, fresh evidence and a growing world-wide lobby for a new independent inquiry has put the British Government under increasing press. With the collapse of the Tories, an international spotlight is now focused on the Labour government's response. Free article

Pat Beag remembered

9 October 1997

150 Belfast republicans attended a commemoration for Sinn Féin councillor Pat Beag McGeown who died last year. Free article

RUC informer tactics continue

9 October 1997

Sinn Féin councillor for Torrent Michael Gillespie has criticised the RUC for their continued harassment of young nationalists in the Dungannon area. Free article

The wonderful spirit of the Cuban revolution

9 October 1997

On the 30th anniversary of Che Guevara's death, Brian Campbell - recently returned from Cuba - examines the current state of the Cuban revolution. Free article

Duffy case shows ``rotten system''

9 October 1997

The latest injustice against Lurgan republican Collie Duffy ended last Friday 3 October when he was freed from murder charges for the second time in 13 months after a crown lawyer was forced to concede ``there was no reasonable prospect of a conviction''. Free article

Progress urged on meat exports

9 October 1997

The Irish government has been urged to step up its efforts to secure the early lifting of the Russian ban on the importation of carcass beef from seven Irish counties, and to ensure the immediate full and unrestricted access for live cattle exports to Egypt and Libya. Free article

Policy not personality the priority - O Caolain

9 October 1997

Speaking on the resignation of Foreign Affairs Minister Ray Burke, Sinn Fein Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghin O Caolain said that in relation to both the peace process and the controversies which led to the resignation it was policies and not personalities which were important. O Caolain stressed the need for the government to promote the national interest at the Stormont talks: ``On behalf of Sinn Fein I would like to record our appreciation of the positive role played by Ray Burke in the peace process. He helped to steer the process towards the substantive talks which have finally come to pass. Free article

Water rates protests escalate

9 October 1997

In an unprecedented situation Clones Urban District Councillors are in dispute with the County Manager over the issuing of warrants for non-payment of water rates. The councillors voted by a 7 to 1 majority in support of a Sinn Féin motion calling on the Clones UDC to withdraw threats of court action from 30 people who have refused to pay their water rates. It is estimated that 75% of households in Clones have refused to pay water rates. Free article

Drugs fightback continues

9 October 1997

Local Sinn Féin representative Daithí Doolin has commended the Dublin communities of Ringsend and Irishtown following a successful Drug Awareness Week in the area. Free article


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