6 February 2003 Edition

Open Up the Files Campaign launched

6 February 2003

The Bloody Sunday rally in Derry on 2 February saw the launch of a campaign calling on the British government to make public what they know about state and loyalist killings in the Derry and Donegal areas. Free article

Ormeau relatives remember the dead of the Bookies Massacre.

6 February 2003

Up to 50 relatives and friends of the five men shot dead by a UDA death squad in Sean Graham's Bookies on the Ormeau Road in 1992 gathered at the commemoration plot on Wednesday 5 February for a wreathlaying ceremony. Free article

Sevastopol Street victims remembered

6 February 2003

Relatives of the three men shot dead in Sinn Féin's Belfast headquarters in 1992 by RUC man Allen Moore held a protest outside Grosvenor Road PSNI barracks on Tuesday 4 February, the 11th anniversary of the slayings. A large contingent of Sinn Féin activists from across Belfast, including former Health Minister Bairbre de Brún, joined the famiy members. Free article

Woman's home attacked

6 February 2003

A Catholic woman who is deaf and dumb has been forced to leave her home in Larne, County Antrim, after unionist paramilitaries ransacked her flat on Tuesday night 28 January. Free article

Castlerea Five campaign stepped up

6 February 2003

The Castlerea Five Campaign Support Group was set up in Strabane in November to demand that the Dublin government lives up to its responsibilities under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Free article

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Executed Civil War Volunteers honoured in Tuam

6 February 2003

On Saturday 20 January 1923, five men were taken out from Costume Barracks, Athlone, lined up by a wall and by the orders of the highest command in the Free State Forces, were executed by firing squad. Free article

Army brought in to intimidate anti-war campaigners

6 February 2003

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday organised by Ógra Shinn Féin against the war on Iraq, Sinn Féin spokesperson on International Affairs, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, slammed the use of the 26-County Army for duty at Shannon Airport as an act of "intimidation". He said the show of military strength - 120 troops are to be stationed at the airport - was designed to frustrate the anti-war effort in Ireland and to defend the breaching of Irish neutrality. Free article

Ó Caoláin challenges Taoiseach on state of schools

6 February 2003

The Taoiseach was challenged in the Dáil on Wednesday by Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD who asked if the Taoiseach was "aware that just before the last General Election the then Minister for Education published a partial list of schools with partial information, leading many people to believe that the essential works on their schools would be carried out last year or this year." Free article

Tar Isteach Bogtrotters take to the sea

6 February 2003

Two of our daring Bogtrotters exchanged walking boots for wellies recently and joined the sail training barque Jeanie Johnston on her trip from Belfast to Waterford. Free article

Need for Child Poverty coalition shows government failure

6 February 2003

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin attended the launch of the End Child Poverty Coalition on Tuesday. He said the very need for the Coalition was an indictment of the failure of the government's economic policy. Free article

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