1 April 2004 Edition

What we want is the truth, plain and simple

1 April 2004

BY SEÁN Mac CONMARA (TROOPS OUT MOVEMENT) - John Kelly, brother of Michael, and Mickey McKinney, brother of William, spoke in London, They were joined in Birmingham, Coventry and Preston by Cahill McElhinney, brother of Kevin. In Coventry, they spoke at a meeting arranged to discuss the 1984 Amritsar massacre when hundreds of Sikhs were killed in the Punjab province in circumstances similar to Bloody Sunday. Free article

Delay threat to Bloody Sunday Inquiry

1 April 2004

The Bloody Sunday Inquiry is facing yet more delays following an unprecedented demand for access to lawyers' files. Since March 2000, more than 900 witnesses have given evidence about the events of Bloody Sunday, when on 30 January 1972, 13 Derry civil rights marchers were shot dead by members of the British Army's Parachute Regiment. A 14th person died later from the injuries and trauma inflicted on him on the day. Free article

Ard Fheis Chonradh na Gaeilge

1 April 2004

Conradh na Gaeilge will hold its Ard Fheis in The Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, County Clare, from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 April. The theme, and what has been the most controversial campaign for the organisation this year, will be 'The Status of the Irish Language in the European Union'. Free article

Coiste na nIarchimí to host summer school

1 April 2004

Slievegullion Courtyard, nestling at the foot of Slievegullion in South Armagh, is the setting for this year's summer school organised by Coiste na nIarchimí, the umbrella organisation for republican ex-prisoner groups throughout Ireland. Based around the theme of Leadership in a Time of Change, the event will take place from 17-20 June. Conor Murphy, MLA for Newry and south Armagh, said he was delighted that the Coiste had once again chosen the locality. Free article

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Racist and homophobic attacks on increase

1 April 2004

Only hours before Belfast Mayor Martin Morgan was to host a City Hall reception to mark the UN Week of Solidarity With Peoples Struggling Against Racism and Racial Discrimination, PSNI statistics revealed that incidents of racially motivated attacks in the Six Counties have increased by 60% over the last nine months. Free article

SF Mayor defiant over flag incident

1 April 2004

Sinn Féin Mayor of Limavady Anne Brolly had to run a sectarian gauntlet after 50 loyalist protestors demonstrated outside the council offices on Wednesday night 24 March over her decision to have the Union flag removed from the Council offices during events to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Free article

Northern News

1 April 2004

UVF behind latest killing The new UVF leader in North Down is believed to have ordered the killing of 47-year-old Andrew Cully as he sat in his parked car at Beaufort Walk in the loyalist West Winds Estate in Newtownards on Wednesday night 24 March. The father of two was gunned down as part of a UVF purge of suspected PSNI informers. Cully was shot up to ten times by two gunmen and died at the scene. Free article

Tan War Volunteer honoured

1 April 2004

Denis Hegarty, a 29-year-old IRA Volunteer who was killed by British Forces at Barry's Hall, Timoleague, County Cork, on 19 January 1921, was commemorated on 21 March in a simple ceremony organised by the Clonakilty Sinn Féin Cumann. Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin explained that the Clonakilty SF Cumann had initiated a project last year to attend to the iron crosses that were erected in the 1930s to fallen republicans in West Cork, and which in recent years had fallen into disrepair or needed redecoration. Free article

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