24 January 2002 Edition

Crown forces' harassment

24 January 2002

Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry McHugh has described as "disgraceful" the behaviour of British Army helicopter pilots who flew their aircraft over the house of his personal assistant Kevin Lawrenson last Tuesday night, 15 January. Free article

Cautious welcome for demil moves

24 January 2002

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Derry Mitchel McLaughlin has given a guarded welcome to the news that Ebrington Barracks in Derry's Waterside is to close. Free article

Stalling tactic rejected by collusion families

24 January 2002

Relatives of assasinated defence lawyers Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson have rejected the British and Irish governments' appointment of an international judge to review six collusion cases as a stalling tactic. Free article

Coiste welcomes NESF ex-prisoners report

24 January 2002

Coiste na n-Iarchimí, the national umbrella group for republican ex-prisoner organisations, has broadly welcomed the report on Reintegration of Prisoners published by the National Economic and Social Form in Dublin on Tuesday, 22 January. Free article

Quinlivan seeks freedom

24 January 2002

Brixton escaper Nessan Quinlivan was back in court on Monday, this time to ask District Court Judge Peter Smithwick to throw out the order for his extradition to Britain. Counsel for Quinlivan, Michael Forde, argued that a joint statement from the London and Dublin governments in October last in which the British pledged to address the question of those against whom prosecutions and extradition proceedings remained. The following day, said Forde, Secretary of State John Reid had reiterated this intention to deal with the issue by March 2002. Free article

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Ó Caoláin cancels Sellafield trip to defend Monaghan Hospital

24 January 2002

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has announced that he will not now be travelling to the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant next week. He said he had to cancel so that he could attend the meeting of the North Eastern Health Board on 28 January and support a motion in his name expressing concern at the erosion of hospital services. Free article

Sinn Féin welcomes student initiative

24 January 2002

Sinn Féin's North Antrim spokesperson, Philip McGuigan, has welcomed the initiative by Queen's University students union to encourage a greater uptake of University education by secondary school students in the North Antrim area. Free article

Sinn Féin unveils radical plan for Health

24 January 2002

The 'big issue' in the forthcoming general election in the 26 Counties is not the Coalition mating game but the need for a radical alternative to a political establishment that has failed to harness new wealth to create real equality. Nowhere is this needed more than in the Health system, and last week Sinn Féin launched its ten-point plan and detailed discussion paper 'Health for All'. Endorsed by the 2001 Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, the plan proposes a National Health Service with free care for all funded from general taxation. Free article

Irish people's Nice veto should be respected

24 January 2002

Speaking at a debate in Brussels on Monday, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Sinn Féin's representative to the National Forum on Europe said that Ireland's No vote must be respected. Free article

Care workers deserve fair pay

24 January 2002

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on the Minister for Health and Children, Mícheál Martin, to intervene in the care workers' dispute. Ó Caoláin questioned the role of the Minister in allowing a strike situation to develop. Free article


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