13 November 1997 Edition

TD ``alarmed'' at conditions for Irish prisoners in USA

13 November 1997

``I came away alarmed and dismayed at their conditions.'' This was how Cavan/Monaghan Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghin O Caoláin reacted to the plight of three Irish prisoners currently on remand in jails in California. The TD visited Kevin Barry Artt, Terry Kirby and Pól Brennan last weekend and on his return to Ireland on Monday called for urgent action on their cases. Free article

RUC supports Whitewell `Berlin Wall'

13 November 1997

Nationalist residents in North Belfast are furious that the RUC is backing plans for a wall to be built for several hundred yards behind Serpentine Gardens. Free article

McHugh brutalised again

13 November 1997

Irish republican POW Brian McHugh has been subjected to a reign of brutality in England's Belmarsh prison for the past eight months. In that time he has been strip-searched 96 times. In the latest in a long series of vindictive attacks by prison staff McHugh was handcuffed, beaten then dragged along the ground before being left in an Old Bailey cell where he is currently on trial. He had to be treated by a doctor and was unable to attend the court that day. Free article

SF members held

13 November 1997

THREE MEMBERS OF SINN FEIN WERE stopped and held by the RIR on two separate occasions last weekend. On 1 November as they travelled to Newry to attend a Saoirse demonstration the RIR stopped and held them for 25 minutes during which time the men were searched and P checked. Free article

Celtic Tiger ignores homeless

13 November 1997

Three generations of the Glyn family share a two bedroom flat in Canon Mooney Gardens, Ringsend, Dublin. Free article

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RUC beat up Coalisland woman

13 November 1997

A young Coalisland woman was stopped and seriously assaulted by the RUC as she returned from shops in Dungannon on Friday 7 November. Free article

Charter for Change

13 November 1997

A new group, Cearta, will be launching their charter this week in an initative designed to ``stimulate debate and encourage ownership of the peace process''. Free article

RUC lie about bus incident

13 November 1997

A minibus carrying 12 nursery children from Naiscoil Breandan on Belfast's Shaw's Road was stopped and held by an armed RUC patrol in Poleglass as it dropped the children off. The bus containing children whose ages range from three and four was detained for to 20 minutes. Free article

POW issue highlighted in Belgium

13 November 1997

Britain's Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), Emergency Powers Act, the detention of Roisin McAliskey, conspiracy charges in Britain, the role of lawyers and arrest procedures, the 22-year men in England, the death of Paddy Kelly, length of sentences, conditions of imprisonment including the SSUs, transfer and repatriation, the 40-year men in Portlaoise, extradition and fundamental legal principles regarding prisoners were all discussed at a press conference in the International Press Centre in Brussels on Monday 3 November. Free article

Pollution case adjourned

13 November 1997

The prosecution of Procter and Gamble by the Environmental Protection Agency on charges of polluting the water supply in Nenagh, Co Tipperary has been adjourned until 6 February 1998 following doubts about the validity of appointments of District Court clerks. This follows a ruling of the High Court that such appointments should be made personally by the Minster for Justice. Free article

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