4 March 1999 Edition

Community excluded from drugs meeting.

4 March 1999

The Falls Community Council (FCC) has expressed concern at a decision by Belfast City Council to exclude a number of prominent drug awareness community representatives from a major council meeting on the emerging drug problem, while inviting the RUC to attend the event. Free article

Judgment reserved in Meehan case

4 March 1999

On the November 17 1994, in the months following the first IRA cessation, well-known republican activist Martin Meehan was verbally abused and seriously assaulted by the RUC during a car search in the Ardoyne area. Free article

Adams completes sucessful Australian visit

4 March 1999

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams concluded a hectic nine day trip to Australia last Monday with a one hour meeting with Australian opposition Labour Leader Kim Beazley, and a fifteen minute phone conversation with Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. He then met Archbishop Hickey of Perth. Free article

Ex-prisoners arrested in Manchester

4 March 1999

Three members of Derry-based ex-prisoners group, Tar Abhaile, who were arrested and detained for three days in Manchester, are to take legal action against the British police for unlawful arrest. Free article

Conference hears that ``RUC cannot be re-packaged''

4 March 1999

Policing was the theme of a major human rights conference hosted by the Committee for the Administration of Justice over the weekend of 26, 27 February. More than 200 human rights activists, aswell as community and political representatives attended a series of lectures and workshops in the Wellington. Free article

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Restoring justice to the community

4 March 1999

The community restorative justice (CRJ) schemes being piloted in nationalist areas throughout the Six Counties have their immediate roots in efforts made by republicans to resolve the problems of crime and anti-social behaviour in nationalist districts. Free article

Residents dismay at removal of security gates

4 March 1999

The Springfield Residents Action Group has condemned a decision by the RUC to remove security gates at Colinward Street at a time of increasing loyalist attacks on nationalists in Belfast. Free article

FAIT's bogus claims

4 March 1999

The intended target of an alleged armed raid in Bessbrook, County Armagh in which it was claimed a mother of four had a death threat etched on her leg with knives has attacked FAIT spokesman Vincent McKenna for claiming that six IRA members were involved in the attack. Free article

Loyalists attack Catholic

4 March 1999

Sinn Fein councillor Sean Hayes has accused the RUC of dismissing an incident on the Ormeau Road last Monday March 1 when a Catholic family threatened by loyalists were treated with disdain by the RUC. Free article

Orange Order honours Shankill Butcher

4 March 1999

The family of Con Neeson, murdered at the hands of the Shankill Butchers has reacted angrily to the news that a Shankill Road Orange Lodge has honoured one of the gang Bobby `Basher' Bates. Free article


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