20 May 1999 Edition

Amnesty shocked at ongoing human rights abuses

20 May 1999

After a week-long visit to the Six Counties in which they met a wide range of people, including the political parties, the RUC and the British government, an Amnesty International delegation has expressed alarm that, ``an enormous number of past and present abuses remain unresolved and are not being adequately addressed''. Free article

Working Community Restorative Justice - A case study in talking

20 May 1999

In the second of four articles examining the positive effect Community Restorative Justice (CRJ) can have in mending community relationships, Ned Kelly reports on a case in West Belfast. Free article

Orange and loyalists hand in hand

20 May 1999

The tensions that have been brewing between the Church of Ireland and the Orange Order over the Orange siege of Garvaghy Road came to a head at the last Church of Ireland Synod of the millennium in Dublin this week. Free article

Keep RUC away from schoolchildren

20 May 1999

Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Hartley is calling on the Catholic Council for Maintained Schools (CCMS) to stop giving the RUC access to Catholic schools and pupils throughout the Six Counties. Free article

Garda link to Dublin/Monaghan bombs raised

20 May 1999

Caoimhghín O Caoláin TD raised in the Dáil last week the question of alleged Garda links to the Dublin/Monaghan bombings of 17 May 1974, the 25th anniversary of which occurs next Monday. The Cavan/Monaghan TD asked the Taoiseach: Free article

Belfast Council excluding nationalists

20 May 1999

Not content with trying to destroy the St Patrick's Day carnival by withdrawing the £50,000 usually awarded, Belfast City Council has now succeeded in driving nationalists away from the Lord Mayor's Show. Free article

Referendum to be held on 11 June

20 May 1999

Voters in the 26 Counties are to be asked to endorse a constitutional amendment to give recognition to local government and to fix local government elections at five-year intervals. The referendum will be held on 11 June in conjunction with the European and local elections. Free article

Investors profit from West's impoverishment

20 May 1999

Many claim this coastline as the most beautiful of all - a mile of silver sand, a landscape dotted with the small cottages of the many sheep farmers whose flocks' hardy little black faces are on a 24-hour job culling the scant grass left to them on the bare and lonesome mountains that run down the strange cliffs to the sea. Free article

O Caoláin slams government on rural post offices

20 May 1999

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín O Caoláin has severely criticised the government for deferring until after the local elections a decision on tendering out the delivery of social welfare payments, now administered from post offices. Free article

Impartial police call

20 May 1999

``In the early 1990s, the RUC burst into my home, placed my girlfriend and myself under house arrest and began to search. They took pictures and letters as evidence and took me to Castlereagh for questioning. Free article


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