26 July 2001 Edition

Puerto Rico meets Garvaghy

26 July 2001

Puerto Rico, La Isla del Encanto - the Enchanted Island - as it is referred to by its people, has a 500-year history of colonialism; 400 years under Spanish rule, when the native Taino people were wiped out and a subsequent 100 years under the rule of the world's last great empire, the United States. Free article

Colombia's unreported killing fields

26 July 2001

At the end of June, a leading Colombian trade unionist, Luis Hernández, vice-president of the public services union SINTRAEMCALI, was invited to Belfast by the recently elected Sinn Féin councillor Eoin O'Broin. He met with Joan O'Connor of Sinn Féin's International Department, with trade unions and the One World Centre, highlighting the horrific nature of workers' struggle in Colombia. Last year alone, 136 trade unionists were assassinated by government-backed paramilitaries, with a further 54 killed this year. Free article

Crossbarry 2001: McGuinness praises unionist courage

26 July 2001

Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness told a gathering in County Cork at the weekend that he wanted to pay tribute to the courage of the majority of unionists who had recognised that there could be no return to the days of unionist domination. Free article

IRA rubbishes drugs stories

26 July 2001

The following statement from the leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann was received by An Phoblacht on Wednesday, 25 July: Free article

Drogheda protest rejects incineration

26 July 2001

The decision by Dublin Environment Minister, Noel Dempsey, to take decision-making powers on waste management away from local authorities, has continued to provoke anger throughout the country, this time in Drogheda. Free article

Farnham Estate should be acquired for the people

26 July 2001

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has joined his Cavan County Council colleagues Charlie Boylan and Pauline Tully in a joint call for the Farnham Estate in County Cavan to be acquired for the people. The magnificent 18th century house and 1,200-acre estate near Cavan town went on the open market last week. The Sinn Féin TD and councillors said: Free article

Ferris slams vessel arrest

26 July 2001

In a statement issued this week, North Kerry Sinn Féin councillor Martin Ferris has slammed Monday's arrest by the 26-County Navy of an Irish fishing vessel. Free article

Angry meeting in Cavan on gas exploration

26 July 2001

Evergreen Resources Inc, the multinational energy company which has just begun exploratory drilling in Fermanagh and Leitrim to assess the potential profitability of gas production, got a rough ride at the meeting the company hosted on behalf of the West Cavan Community Council last Friday. Free article

Fógraí bháis

26 July 2001

Volunteer Tommy O'Neill (1911-2001) Free article

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