21 August 2003 Edition

Bill of Rights submissions welcomed

21 August 2003

Commenting on Tuesday's publication by the Human Rights Commission of submissions made by the public on the Bill of Rights issue, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Human Rights and Equality, Bairbre de Brún welcomed the fact that "the general public has widely and positively responded to the need to engage with the Bill of Rights as part of the Good Friday Agreement". Free article

Monaghan and neighbouring counties oppose Incinerator

21 August 2003

The people of North Monaghan and their neighbours in Border Counties are currently involved in a widespread community campaign against plans to locate an incinerator in their area. Free article

Rent supplement spending shows need for social housing

21 August 2003

Portlaoise councillor Brian Stanley says figures he has received for the cost of the rent supplement scheme, both at local and national level, indicate the government is involved in crisis management. The scheme is administered by the health boards, which pay rent supplements to tenants living on low incomes in private rented accommodation to help them with their weekly rent. Free article

Fighting for Equality or drowning in bureaucracy?

21 August 2003

In the first of two articles on the fight for equality in the Six Counties and the Equality Commission, UNA GILLESPIE of the West Belfast Economic Forum examines existing and continuing issues of discrimination and broad responses to it. Next week, Una will discuss the policy responses and the role of the Equality Commission. Free article

Peace in Palestine requires freedom, rights and dignity

21 August 2003

Osama Qashoo is a young Palestinian whose life has been transformed by the Israeli occupation of his country. Unable to finish his education in Palestine, Qashoo became a journalist in order to tell what is really happening to his people. He travelled to Ireland to highlight the situation in his country and the impact that Israeli occupation is having on Palestine social, economic and political structures. Free article

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Prisoners protesting solitary confinement close to death

21 August 2003

Palestinian political prisoners Ahmad Barghouthi (26), and Moussad Doudin (31), both being held in Ramlee prison, have now been on hunger strike for nine days. Having also refused water for the last three days, their health is in serious danger. Free article

IBEC's silence on executive wage increases deafening

21 August 2003

The publication of the Watson Wyatt Top Management Compensation Report for Western Europe shows that the wages of Irish executives will rise 5.8% in 2003, the second fastest in Europe. Sinn Féin Dáil spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs, Seán Crowe, said these figures show that "it is time for this government to stand up to the richest people in Irish society, and stand up for the poorest". Free article

Kinsealy should be public amenity

21 August 2003

Commenting on last week's sale of disgraced former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey's Abbeville Estate at Kinsealy, Sinn Féin Councillor Larry O'Toole has called on Fingal County Council not to rezone the land for housing and to ensure that it remains part of the green belt and an amenity for local people. Free article

Man warned of loyalist death threat

21 August 2003

A Poleglass man has denied he is a leading member of a dissident republican group and is fearful for his life after members of the PSNI visited his parents' home and warned him his life was under threat from the Red Hand Defenders, a cover name used by the UDA. Free article

British securocrats target Sinn Féin representative

21 August 2003

Newry Armagh Sinn Féin representative Conor Murphy has accused British securocrats of continuing their covert activities and has questioned why members of a British Army foot patrol photographed his home on Monday evening. Free article

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