11 March 2004 Edition

Friend of Ireland honoured in London

11 March 2004

The unfailing political and personal support that Labour MP John McDonnell has given to the Irish community in Britain, and to the republican community in the Six Counties over many years, was recognised at the inaugural Wolfe Tone Society Annual Dinner Dance in Ruislip, West London, on Friday evening last. Free article

Dublin-wide housing meetings

11 March 2004

It has been said time and time again that the local elections in June are going to come down to a handful of issues, among them housing, health and service charges. In Dublin, housing is fast becoming the most important issue, and Sinn Féin has been quick to address this crisis in the capital city. As well as a citywide campaign, the party has been focusing efforts in individual communities, by holding local housing meetings where concerned members of the public can put their questions to their Sinn Féin representatives. Free article

Post Office closures will hurt communities

11 March 2004

Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew MLA says the closure of Post Offices is ripping the heart out of rural and urban communities. She was commenting this week after an announcement that a further 21 post offices across the Six Counties face closure. Free article

SF brush up on Irish language skills

11 March 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly members and staff are attending a week-long intensive Irish language course in County Tyrone this week to brush on their language skills and focus on political terminology. Free article

Carrickmacross rejects Development Levies

11 March 2004

At the March monthly meeting of Carrickmacross Town Council, the members rejected the proposed development contribution scheme on the proposal of Sinn Féin Councillor Matt Carthy, following on decisions by other local authorities in County Monaghan. Carthy said he was delighted the council had voted to reject "these unfair charges". Free article

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Bring Them Home

11 March 2004

On Sunday 7 March, West Tyrone Ógra Shinn Féin organised a sponsored walk from Gortin village to the top of Mullacairn in aid of the Colombia 3 Bring Them Home Campaign. The walk was well attended by local Ógra activists, along with members of the Bring Them Home Campaign and local MLA Barry McElduff. Free article

RUC chief had loyalist links

11 March 2004

RUC Chief superintendent Harry Breen, who was killed by the IRA in March 1989, colluded with loyalist death squads, according to evidence given to the Oireachtas committee considering the Barron report. The revelation came as further evidence emerged of Special Branch collusion with unionist paramilitaries involved in the Dublin/Monaghan bombings. Free article

Sinn Féin submission on electoral funding

11 March 2004

Sinn Féin MLA Francie Molloy says the Electoral Commission's public hearings into the Funding of Political Parties, scheduled to take place in Belfast today, afford the opportunity to highlight serious concerns about British Government interference in the electoral and democratic process. Free article

Collusion Wall unveiled

11 March 2004

Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Bairbre de Brún officially unveiled the Collusion Wall on Beechmount Avenue in West Belfast on Wednesday. "This wall, on which is told the stories of some of the victims of collusion, is an important step in breaking the silence about the true nature of British rule in Ireland," she said. "These are the stories of some of the people targeted by the British state and killed by its agents working with loyalist death squads. Free article

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