15 February 2001 Edition

Memories of `81 stirred

15 February 2001

Two women whose names are synonymous with the battle for political status in the 1970s and 1980s, Marie Moore and Lily Fitzsimmons, accompanied Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly at the opening of the National `81 Hunger Strike Commemoration Committee's office in Belfast last Friday, 9 February. Free article

Over the top RUC

15 February 2001

Sinn Féin has described an RUC operation in Armagh City in which one man and four children were arrested as a complete `over the top response' and has accused the RUC of brutality towards the youths. The party says that the manner in which the RUC behaved was absolutely disgraceful. Free article

Dublin Sinn Féin against bin charges

15 February 2001

A public meeting in Dublin's south-east inner city on Tuesday night, 13 February, heard Sinn Féin support for a campaign of opposition to Dublin Corporation's new bin collection charges Free article

Carpenters strike challenges PPF

15 February 2001

The Building and Allied Trades Union (BATU) has been accused of breaching the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness (PPF), as an unnoficial strike by carpenters in Dublin enters its second week. Free article

Large crowd hears hunger strikers

15 February 2001

The inhumane conditions in the H Blocks of Long Kesh 20 years ago were recalled at a public meeting in Clonakilty last week by two republican ex-prisoners who were on the 1981 Hunger Strike. Around 70 people attended the meeting, organised by the local 1981 Hunger Strike Commemoration Committee. Free article

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Dump unfair 11+

15 February 2001

Sinn Féin Assembly Education spokesperson Barry McElduff said this week that the marketplace or selective mechanisms have no place in the future development of the education system. Free article

St Patrick's auction raises £28,000

15 February 2001

Last weekend's fundraising events in aid of the St Patrick's Day Carnival raised thousands of pounds and far exceeded the expectations of the organisers. ``It was brilliant, a real boost,'' organiser Irene Sherry told An Phoblacht. Free article

350 held at anti-nuclear demo

15 February 2001

350 protestors were arrested at an anti-nuclear protest held at the Faslane Trident submarine base at Clyde in Scotland on Monday, 12 February. Free article

UVF pipe bomb factory discovered

15 February 2001

A bomb factory found in a block of flats off Belfast's Shore Road has been linked to the UVF. Recent sectarian pipe bomb attacks against Catholic families were believed to be the work of the UDA. Now northern nationalists are asking just why were the UVF stockpiling this kind of weaponry and what was its intended use. The find comes amidst fears of escalating sectarian attacks on Catholic families throughout the North. Free article

Long-term solutions to anti-social behaviour

15 February 2001

``People talk of anti-social behaviour as a new problem. It is not. It just appears new because it is currently the focus of attention. In fact, anti-social behaviour arises from the same causes that gave rise to the conflict, and remain unresolved. But such behaviour has the potential to tear our communities apart. What the Brits and RUC have failed to do in 30 years - the destruction of the structure, the fabric, the integrity of our community - we weren't going to let happen now, in the new Free article


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