27 November 2003 Edition

Former IRA Volunteer gives evidence - Bloody Sunday Inquiry

27 November 2003

A former member of the Derry IRA, Gerry Doherty, told the Saville Inquiry on Monday this week that on Bloody Sunday, IRA Volunteers were under orders not to take any action on the day. Free article

Irish Coca-Cola bottling workers say yes to Colombia solidarity, no to boycott

27 November 2003

Last week, An Phoblacht published an interview with Colombian trade union activist Luis Eduardo García, calling for people and organisations to join the boycott against Coca-Cola products pioneered in Ireland by the Latin America Solidarity Centre. Since then, students in UCD have voted to maintain their boycott of Coca-Cola. Here, trade union representatives of Coca-Cola workers in Ireland respond and explain why they believe the boycott tactic is divisive and counterproductive. Free article

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27 November 2003

Sectarian attacks on Catholic taxi drivers in Derry

27 November 2003

Catholic taxi drivers are being singled out for attack by a loyalist gang in the Waterside area of Derry. In the latest in a series of eight recent attacks, a woman driver was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning 23 November. Free article

Greeks back down as hunger strikers near death

27 November 2003

Five anti-globalisation activists in the advanced stages of a hunger strike to protest their incarceration in Greece have been given assurances that they will be released on bail. The decision came after doctors this week refused the state prosecutor's demand to start force feeding. Free article

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Lessons not learned from Prestige disaster

27 November 2003

Thursday 13 November marked the first anniversary of one of Europe's worst ecological disasters. One year beforehand, the Greek oil tanker Prestige - under a Bahamas flag and officially owned by a Liberian company - sank in the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean, a few miles of the coast of Galiza and released its deadly cargo into the sea. Free article

Suspended sentence for possessing bullets

27 November 2003

Despite pleading guilty to possessing ammunition in suspicious circumstances, a former Chairperson of the Carrickfergus Police Liaison Committee and member of the Ulster Political Research Group has walked free from a Belfast court. Free article

Brit choppers disrupt 11-plus exams

27 November 2003

British Army helicopters have disrupted pupils sitting their 11+ Transfer Tests in Belfast for the second time in two weeks. Last Friday 21 November, pupils at St John the Baptist Boys PS in Finaghy Road North were interrupted at the start of their 11+ test as a low-flying British Army helicopter circled the school for almost half of the one-hour test. Free article

Minister urged to halt deportations

27 November 2003

Last week, CADIC - the Coalition against the Deportation of Irish Children - held a press conference to highlight the need for the rights of Irish children (born here to non-national parents) to be upheld and to call on the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell, to halt deportations. Free article

Hospital waiting list management deeply flawed

27 November 2003

The management of the waiting lists is still deeply flawed and reflects lack of real reform in the health services, says Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. The party's Dáil Health spokesperson was responding on Wednesday to the Comptroller and Auditor General's Report on the Waiting List Initiative. Free article


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