7 April 2005 Edition

Man attacked with hockey sticks in sectarian assault

7 April 2005

A Catholic man was severely beaten in a sectarian attack as he walked along the Whitewell Road on the outskirts of North Belfast in the early hours of Saturday 2 April. He is the latest resident from the area to be targeted by loyalists in the past month. Free article

UDA gang leader ousted

7 April 2005

As infighting continues within the ranks of the UDA, East Belfast's so-called brigadier, Jim Gray, has been ousted by the loyalist paramilitary organisation. Gray was one of six brigadiers running the North's largest loyalist grouping. It is believed he took control of the UDA in East Belfast in the mid-1990s, after its then leader became a recluse due to alcoholism. Free article

Portadown man launches proceedings against Orde

7 April 2005

A Portadown man who was almost kicked to death by loyalists on 24 March 2002 has launched legal proceedings against PSNI supremo Hugh Orde for negligence and breach of duty. Free article

Gama tackled over shoddy work

7 April 2005

Gama Construction, which has been in the headlines recently for cheating its foreign workforce, has come under attack for what residents say is its shoddy work in a County Dublin housing estate. Free article

Gama workers protest pay and conditions

7 April 2005

Hundreds of Turkish workers at Gama Construction walked off sites at Ballymun and Balgaddy in Dublin on Monday to take part in a city centre protest to Leinster House. A smaller protest was held in Galway on Tuesday. Free article

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1916 Easter commemorations 2005

7 April 2005

A follow-up report on some of last week's Easter commemorations. Read on... Free article

Rasharkin Volunteer honoured

7 April 2005

Hundreds gathered in Rasharkin on Sunday to mark the 16th anniversary of the death of local IRA Volunteer Gerard Casey. The commemoration was the conclusion of a weekend of events to celebrate the life of the Rosnashane man. On Friday night, leading Sinn Féin member Martina Anderson held a talk in the village on A Hundred Years of Sinn Féin. Free article

Margaret McCauley

7 April 2005

Margaret McCauley, sister of 1981 Hunger Striker Michael Devine, died suddenly last week. Margaret's life was a personification of the poem I am of Ireland and Margaret in every sense of the word was an Irishwoman. Free article

Sinn Féin selects 11 for Omagh District Council

7 April 2005

Sinn Féin has selected eleven candidates to contest next month's Council elections in the Omagh District. The party has set the objective of increasing its representation on the Council this time around, having secured eight seats in 2001. Sinn Féin plans to further strengthen its mandate and to consolidate its position as the largest party grouping on the Council. Free article

Nine for Strabane District Council

7 April 2005

Sinn Féin has selected nine candidates to contest the Derg, Glenelly and Mourne Electoral Areas of Strabane District Council in the local elections. In 2001, Sinn Féin secured seven seats and became the largest party grouping on the council and is confident of building upon this success this time around. Free article

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