14 April 2005 Edition

South Armagh Paras told to get out

14 April 2005

Sinn Féin South Armagh local election candidates Mary Campbell and Anthony Flynn are pictured at a demonstration last Saturday evening outside Forkhill Barracks in South Armagh, where they served an eviction notice on the PSNI and unwelcome British paratroopers inside. Free article

Ahern refuses to rule out re-run of EU referendum

14 April 2005

Speaking on Wednesday after the Taoiseach confirmed that a referendum on the EU Constitution will be held in 2006, Sinn Féin Dáil leader, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláín TD expressed concern over the Taoiseach's unwillingness to rule out a second referendum if the people vote against the Constitution. Free article

Polish workers down tools over anti-Catholic abuse

14 April 2005

Polish workers downed tools and walked out of a Derry meat plant after they were racially abused by colleagues during the Pope's funeral on Friday last. The 30 Polish employees at Foyle Meats met with the Derry Trades Council at the weekend. The migrant workers said the abuse had been happening all week but came to a head during the funeral, when they were subjected to catcalls of "Polish bastards" and "f*** the Pope". Free article

Unite to fight education cuts

14 April 2005

Omagh District Council is to embark on a major consultation exercise with local school Principals and with the Trade Unions to assess the prospective impact of extensive cuts in front line education services. Free article

Two senior UUP figures back DUP candidate

14 April 2005

In a surprise move, former leader of the UUP James Molyneaux and South Belfast MP Martin Smyth have endorsed the DUP candidate in South Belfast, Jimmy Spratt. The two men appeared in an election leaflet for the DUP man and Smyth said he would would "make an excellent member for Parliament". Free article

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Candidate under loyalist threat

14 April 2005

Upper Bann Sinn Féin MLA and Westminster election candidate John O'Dowd has been warned by the PSNI to review his personal security arrangements after they told him that his details had been found in the possession of a loyalist paramilitary who was recently arrested. Free article

Only Sinn Féin can challenge DUP in North Belfast

14 April 2005

Sinn FÉin Westminster candidate for North Belfast Gerry Kelly says he is the only nationalist in the field who can challenge the current DUP MP. Free article

South Down campaign launched in Newcastle

14 April 2005

At a packed meeting in the Shimna Suite of the Slieve Donard Hotel on Wednesday night, 6 April, Sinn Féin formally launched its Westminster campaign in South Down. To a standing ovation, Caitríona Ruane MLA, the party's Westminster candidate, was joined on stage by 15 council candidates standing for Down District, Newry and Mourne and Banbridge District Councils in May's local government elections. Free article

Murphy confident in Newry and Armagh

14 April 2005

At the launch of his Westminster election campaign in the Armagh City Hotel on Tuesday, Sinn Féin MLA for Newry and Armagh, Conor Murphy, told a packed hall of supporters that community, business and sporting organisations the length and breadth of the constituency "want an MP who will provide active, effective representation. Free article

Foyle Sinn Féin manifesto launched

14 April 2005

Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin launched his Westminster election manifesto for Foyle on Wednesday. Free article

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