23 March 2000 Edition

Orange Hall ``celebration'' ends in tragedy

23 March 2000

Last year's St. Patrick's Day fell on the eve of Rosemary Nelson's funeral. The Lurgan defence lawyer died as a result of a loyalist car bomb attack just two days earlier. As a mark of respect, nationalist residents of the Garvaghy Road, many of whom knew Rosemary personally, cancelled their planned celebrations. Free article

RUC behind sinister calls

23 March 2000

RUC officers based at Lurgan RUC barracks were behind a series of anonymous, malicious phone calls aimed at destroying a business belonging to the partner of republican Colin Duffy, it has emerged. Upper Bann Sinn Féin Assembly member Dara O'Hagan is now calling for an independent public inquiry into the RUC's actions. Free article

RUC officer charged

23 March 2000

An RUC officer is to be charged with assault after an incident in Derry last August 14. Free article

Dublin eviction resisted

23 March 2000

At least 30 people, local supporters, members of the Housing Action Campaign and of Sinn Féin, gathered on Tuesday morning, 21 March, to greet the Dublin city sheriff, who was due to evict tenants from two flats in Crumlin - Brendan and Nicola and their four-month-old baby, and Bernice and her daughter from another flat. Free article

Belfast Carnival fun

23 March 2000

A bit of rain fell just as the St Patrick's Day revellers gathered on Belfast's Falls Road last Friday, but it didn't seem to dampen the spirits of those gathering there before their departure to City Hall. Free article

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Tom Smith remembered, 25 years on

23 March 2000

The largest crowd in recent memory turned out on St Patrick's Day in Dublin to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of IRA Volunteer Tom Smith, who was shot dead during an escape attempt from Portlaoise Prison in 1975. Free article

League under fire as RUC match goes ahead

23 March 2000

Kathleen Duffy, whose 15-year-old son Seamus was shot dead by the RUC, has reacted angrily to the decision of Newington FC to play a controversial soccer match against the RUC last Saturday, 18 March. Free article

Fusco gets bail

23 March 2000

Angelo Fusco, who was arrested near his home in Tralee, County Kerry, in January and served with British extradition warrants, was finally granted bail by the High Court in Dublin on Tuesday, 21 March. Free article

Garda intimidation in Galway

23 March 2000

Alan Ó Cléirigh, a 20-year-old commerce student at NUI Galway, has the latest target of Garda harassment and intimidation of Sinn Féin members. Free article

Public meeting in Ballinamore

23 March 2000

The implications of the suspension of the Good Friday Agreement Free article


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