28 March 2002 Edition

Mixed responses to Parades Commission decisions

28 March 2002

Residents of the Lower Ormeau Road have welcomed the decision to reroute the Easter Monday Apprentice Boys parade away from the area. Lower Ormeau Concerned Community spokesperson Gerard Rice said that people in the area were relieved that the Parades Commission had finally acknowledged the special sensitivities in the Lower Ormeau arising out of the violence of the last 30 years. Free article

UDA behind Derry shooting

28 March 2002

UDA gunmen raked the home of a Catholic family with gunfire in the new Shepherd's Glen development in the Waterside in Derry, last Wednesday, 20 March at 10.30pm. Four people, three men and a woman, escaped injury after four shots were fired at the house. Free article

Compromised witness critical of Ombudsman's decision

28 March 2002

A witness to a loyalist killing whose life was put at serious risk when RUC officers revealed his name and address (along with the identities of a number of other nationalist witnesses) to the main murder suspect has been told by the Ombudsman's Office that no further action can be taken. Free article

Doherty slams Para harassment in Tyrone

28 March 2002

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has hit out at the antics of the Parachute Regiment at a roadblock near the village of Greencastle in County Tyrone on Tuesday 27 March. Omagh District Sinn Féin Councillros Seán Begley and Seán Clarke were among a large number of local people stopped and harassed by a large contingent of the British Army's infamous Paratroop Regiment Free article

Ó Caoláin welcomes Dáil access for Northern MPs

28 March 2002

A report from a key Oireachtas Committee has recommended access to the Dáil for MPs from the Six Counties. The development was welcomed by Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, who said if acted upon the report would lead to access to the Dáil with speaking rights for MPs from the North in special debates such as those on the Good Friday Agreement. Free article

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Sinn Féin rejects flawed policing boards

28 March 2002

Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew speaking on Wednesday after the SDLP in Fermanagh nominated members to the District Police Partnership Boards, said that Sinn Féin would not sit on the flawed boards. Free article

Bradley drugs call rejected

28 March 2002

Derry Sinn Féin Policing Spokesperson Colr Paul Fleming has slammed as ludicrous calls by the Deputy Chair of the Policing Board, Dennis Bradley, that community groups work with the PSNI to tackle the drugs issue. Free article

New anti-Traveller law passed

28 March 2002

As the Dáil met for what was one of its last sitting days before the general election last Wednesday, 27 March, the government rushed through a piece of legislation which gives sweeping new powers to gardaí and local authorities to 'move on' Travellers. Free article

MP discusses fuel poverty

28 March 2002

Michelle Gildernew, MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone and Deputy Chairperson of the Social Development Statutory Committee, last week met with Phoenix Natural Gas at their offices in Belfast to discuss the ongoing problem of fuel poverty and for an update on their work in this area. Free article

Welcome for All-Ireland health moves

28 March 2002

Sinn Féin Assmbly health spokesperson John Kelly has welcomed the recent inter-party cooperation on cross-border health initiatives as necessary to create an effective and efficient All-Ireland health service. Free article

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