4 March 2004 Edition

Solidarity from Castlerea

4 March 2004

Tina Tully from Cavan delivered a message to the Ard Fheis on Behalf of the eight republican prisoners being held in Castlerea Prison. They sent solidarity greetings to our comrades in Sinn Féin and to fellow POWs around the world. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all those candidates and their election teams in last November's Assembly election, it was a tremendous result which consolidated Sinn Féin's position as the largest nationalist party in the Six Counties. Free article

Tragic death of Tyrone GAA captain

4 March 2004

GAA fans across the country, but particularly in Tyrone, were in shock on Tuesday as news emerged of the sudden death at his family home of Tyrone Senior Football captain Cormac McAnallen, one of the finest sportsmen in Ireland. A member of the Eglish club, Cormac had won All-Ireland honours at Minor and Under 21 levels and last year was part of Tyrone's All-Ireland winning team. He was an All-Star and a former Sigerson Cup winner. Free article

Northern News

4 March 2004

Charges against PSNI dramatically dropped - Seven PSNI officers walked free from a Belfast court after charges of perverting the course of justice and causing death by dangerous driving were dramatically dropped. Raymond Boyle (21) died in May 2001 when the stolen car in which he was travelling as a passenger was rammed by a PSNI vehicle. Free article

Martin must go: Sinn Féin TDs tackle government's shameful health record

4 March 2004

- BY CLAIRE PRENDIVILLE - Tuesday marked yet another night of Private Members' Business in the Dáil chamber. One side fiercely attacked the other's policies and in response the accused staunchly defended their role, with both sides presenting arguments and well-rounded speeches drafted by their trojan behind-the-scenes workers. The topic this week was health, or, to be more precise, the current crisis of the health services which has been a very widely-debated topic in recent months since the heavily-criticised Hanly Report was published late last year. Free article

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Doherty is Director of Elections for EU campaign

4 March 2004

Sinn Féin Vice President and West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty was announced on Wednesday as the party's Director of Elections for the upcoming elections to the European Parliament. Doherty said that his priority was "to see an all-Ireland team of Sinn Féin MEPs returned to the European Parliament where we will be a strong voice for sovereignty, neutrality and equality". Free article

St Pat's petition

4 March 2004

World renowned artist Robert Ballagh shows his support for the St Patrick's Day Carnival Committee by signing their petition calling on Belfast City Council to fund a concert at Belfast City Hall on 17 March. Tierna Cunningham of the Carnival Committee had no trouble persuading Ballagh to sign on the dotted line. Free article

Support from Friends in Canada

4 March 2004

Bairbre de Brún accepts a cheque on behalf of Sinn Féin for C$25,000 from Friends of Sinn Féin Cananda. Also pictured are n the photo are Patrick Doyle (Board Mamber), Patrick Totten (Board Member) and Alen McConnell (President). Free article

Dublin lacks commitment to Irish language

4 March 2004

Bairbre de Brún was critical of the Dublin's Government's lack of support and commitment to promoting Irish as a working language within the EU. At present there are 11 working languages within the EU, with Irish excluded. It would be a relatively straightforward matter to have Irish included as a working language of the EU, said de Brún. Free article

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