18 July 2002 Edition

PD 'mud flap' takes Ansbacher heat for Fianna Fáil

18 July 2002

"We now know why Fianna Fáil went into coalition with the PDs", the Sinn Féin TD for Louth said in the Dáil during the special one-day debate on Ansbacher on Thursday last. Arthur Morgan was pointing to the fact that during questions there were no Fianna Fáil members present and instead Mary Harney was put forward to bat for the government. "He said you were the government's mud flap", responded Joe Higgins to Harney's retort that she didn't hear and wasn't going to be "tempted by the Deputy for Louth". Free article

SDLP accused of 'spinning' Ballymena trouble

18 July 2002

Sinn Féin's Ballymoney Councillor Philip McGuigan has accused the SDLP's Declan O'Loan of "sacrificing the truth to partake in their favourite pastime at the minute - blaming Sinn Féin and republicans for everything that happens in Ballymena". Free article

Preventable floods ruin homes

18 July 2002

Sinn Féin Mayor of Belfast Alex Maskey has criticised the Water Service in the North over its failure to prevent flooding in the Lower Ormeau Road area of Belfast on Friday 12 July. Free article

Doherty accuses British of passport delays

18 July 2002

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty says that the British Foreign Office is holding up the implementation of the British government's commitment to access Irish passports from post offices in the Six Counties. Free article

Enclave turf wars

18 July 2002

The British government has confirmed that it has agreed in principle to share sovereignty of Gibraltar with Spain. The announcement came from the foreign secretary Jack Straw in the House of Commons on 12 July, although final negotiations have been delayed until the autumn over Britain's insistence that it retains a military base on the Rock and that any eventual deal would be permanent. Free article

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'Joyrider' released on continuing bail

18 July 2002

A number of children had a lucky escape on the Nursery Road in Armagh last week when a stolen car was crashed. The car had been stolen by two thieves earlier and driven at high speed through a number of areas. Free article

Kilmainham planning victory

18 July 2002

An Bord Pleanála's decision on Friday 12 July to refuse planning permission for a massive office development opposite Kilmainham Gaol has been welcomed by Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South-Central. Free article

McNamara calls for curbs on MI5

18 July 2002

British Labour MP and former Opposition Six-County spokesperson Kevin McNamara has hit out at unlawful activities of intelligence agencies in Ireland and called for a new regime to bring agents within the rule of law. Free article

Large attendance at commemoration for Tobias Molloy

18 July 2002

On the 30th anniversary of the British Army killing of Fian Tobias Molloy by a rubber bullet at the 'Camel's Hump' checkpoint between Strabane and Lifford, upwards on 300 republicans from Tyrone and Donegal gathered in glorious sunshine in Clady last Sunday to pay tribute to his memory. Free article

Medicine subsidy cuts a "tax on the sick"

18 July 2002

Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has called on the Minister for Health to reverse his decision to cut costs by increasing the monthly maximum non-medical card holders must pay for medication. Free article

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