18 December 1997 Edition

Call for inquiry into shooting of Diarmuid O Neill

18 December 1997

SERIOUS questions have been raised over the shooting of Volunteer Diarmuid O Neill as the trial of three Irish republicans came to a close in London on Tuesday. Free article

Mansfield to lead private prosecution against Hamill accused

18 December 1997

TOP English barrister, Michael Mansfield has offered his services free of charge to the family of murdered Portadown man Robert Hamill. Free article

POWs in England updated

18 December 1997

REPUBLICAN prisoners in England have been given an update on the peace process during visits from a Sinn Féin delegation last week. Free article

McAliskey breakthrough

18 December 1997

Roisin McAliskey's lawyers are now free to test the evidence in her extradition case after three high court judges in London ruled that magistrate Nicholas Evans was out of order to delay hearing the case on the grounds of Roisín's inability to attend court due to ill health. Free article

Britain's Bombay Take-Away

18 December 1997

Four years ago the British Ministry of Defence rubbished Celtic League claims about deals to procure junk helicopters to support its air operations in the Six Counties - new details however have emerged which indicate that in a bizarre deal the MOD considered buying back £65 million worth of helicopters the British taxpayers had provided to India, and which Indian pilots refused to fly on safety grounds. Free article

All aboard the Saoirse train!

18 December 1997

Departing Belfast Central on 3 January 1998, calling at Lurgan, Newry and Dundalk before arriving at Connolly station in Dublin the first ever Saoirse train will set off on its historic trip. Free article

Unanswered questions over the death of Louis Leonard

18 December 1997

On 15 December 1972 the body of Louis Leonard, 26 years old, was found in a pool of blood in a fridge in his butcher shop. It was only ten days before the Fermanagh man was to celebrate his first Christmas with his wife Betty and baby son Tony. Free article

Support Binlids bid for the USA

18 December 1997

Capacity audiences and rave reviews, not only a sell-out (never say sell-out in West Belfast) but also a knock-out, Binlids, a community drama production by JustUs and Dubblejoint, took last summer's Féile an Phobail by storm. ``The most accomplished piece of community theatre yet seen in Belfast,'' said BBC Radio journalist Joe Woods. Free article

Man dies after RUC beating

18 December 1997

The mother of 37-year-old Martin Murphy believes that a severe beating by the RUC may have contributed to the untimely death of her son. Free article


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