12 April 2001 Edition

Dail debate sought on Arms Trial revelations

12 April 2001

Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghín O Caolain has sought a special Dail debate on the revelations of RTe's Prime Time special on the Arms Trial which show that the key witness statement of Colonel Michael Hefferon was altered in the Department of Justice in order to protect the then Minister for Justice Jim Gibbons. Free article

Banks are ``arrogant and exploitative'' - O Caolain

12 April 2001

The decision of the Bank of Ireland to refuse to cash pay cheques unless the customer has an account in the branch has been described in the Dail as ``arrogant and exploitative'' by Sinn Fein's Caoimhghín O Caolain. Free article

O Caolain urges pay rise for furniture workers

12 April 2001

Workers in the furniture industry in the North East and Border region have been balloting since 2 April on industrial action in the wake of their union's rejection of a Labour Court recommendation which fell short of their claim for parity with basic rates in the construction industry. Free article

The death of Colum Marks

12 April 2001

No medical assistance was given. No ambulance was called. No one alerted the hospital that a seriously injured man was on his way. The hospital was just a minutes drive away but it was at least 30 minutes before the injured man arrived. Free article

State sponsored murder

12 April 2001

The UN Special Rapporteur tasked with protecting the rights of lawyers has called for an independent public inquiry in the killings of Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson as the only way of establishing the truth about the deaths of the two prominent human rights lawyers. Free article

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An Post delivers racist leaflets

12 April 2001

Semi-state company An Post has been delivering, door to door, Immigration Control Platform (ICP) leaflets in several areas of Dublin City. The ICP is a group which promotes anti-refugee policies and calls for an end to the internationally recognised rights of those who face persecution to seek sanctuary here in Ireland. Free article

Acquittal exposes Diplock system

12 April 2001

The acquittal of former prisoner Gerard Magee on Friday 6 April opens the way for former prisoners convicted in non-jury Diplock courts to have their convictions similarly overturned. Free article

O Caolain moves Neutrality Bill in Dail

12 April 2001

A Bill to incorporate Irish neutrality into the Constitution was moved in the Dail last week by Sinn Fein TD Caoimhghín O Caolain. The Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution Bill, 2001, seeks a referendum to amend the Constitution to include the guarantee that the State ``shall maintain a policy of non-membership of military alliances''. Free article

Open Letter to the Executive

12 April 2001

In an open letter to the Executive on 6 April, Sinn Fein Chief Whip, West Belfast Assembly member Alex Maskey has called for clarification on the issue of the continuing illegal actions of David Trimble in banning Sinn Fein ministers from North South Ministerial Council meetings. Free article

O Caolain urges action on Slane Bridge

12 April 2001

The highly dangerous northern approach to Slane Bridge on the N2 National Road was raised by Caoimhghín O Caolain with the Chief Executive of the National Roads Authority (NRA), Michael Tobin, at a special meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment and Local Government last week. Free article

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