30 June 2005 Edition

Demil case brought to Europe

30 June 2005

Members of the South Armagh Demilitarisation Committee addressed a meeting of the European Parliament's "Intergroup For Peace Initiatives" in Brussels earlier this month. In a statement, Sinn Féin's Terry Hearty welcomed the opportunity afforded to the SADC to take the campaign onto the floor of the European Parliament. Free article

Attacks and assaults

30 June 2005

A Catholic mother of two who was punched by a member of the PSNI as she took her four-year-old son into her Carrickhill home on Friday 17 June said she has lodged a complaint through her solicitor with the Police Ombudsmans. Gráinne Doyle was struck on the shoulder by the PSNI member just hours after the loyalist 'Tour of the North' Orange parade. Free article

Black Mountain conservation victory

30 June 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was among several dozen people who turned up on Monday morning for the official opening of the Divis and Black Mountains as a conservation area under the ownership of the National Trust. Along with local community organisations and environmental campaigners Sinn Féin has worked for many years for the conservation of the Belfast Hills, including Divis Mountain and Black Mountain. Free article

Protest over Army band in Belfast

30 June 2005

Relatives of victims of state violence will protest at the inclusion of a Royal Marines band at an event organised by Belfast City Council on Thursday 30 June at Botanic Gardens in Belfast. The picket is being organised by the anti collusion group An Fhírinne and is supported by Sinn Féin. The event was initially scheduled to provide a live open air screening of La Boheme from the Royal Opera House in London, but following intervention by council officers a Royal Marine Band will take part to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the ending of World War II. Free article

Lisburn inequality challenged

30 June 2005

Sinn Féin is to explore the possibility of challenging Lisburn Council under section 75 of the equality legislation. Paul Butler, Angela Nelson and Jacqui Currie met on Tuesday with the Equality Commission to discuss the decision by the council to fly the Union flag. Also on the agenda was fair employment practices, the Irish language and the allocation of chairs/vice chairs of council committees. Free article

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Former UDR commander to train PSNI

30 June 2005

Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly has said the appointment of former British Army Brigadier David Strudley to head up the PSNI's training programme is sending out the wrong signal to those in the community seeking an acceptable policing service. Strudley, who commanded a battalion of the sectarian Ulster Defence Regiment in County Armagh from 1986 to 1988, takes charge of PSNI training in September. Free article

IRA apologises to Feeney family

30 June 2005

The IRA in Derry has apologised 'unreservedly' to the family of 14-year-old schoolgirl Kathleen Feeney for her death in a shooting incident in Derry in November 1973. In a statement released to a Derry newspaper the IRA accepted responsibility for Feeney's death. Free article

PSNI slammed over Ballymena Orange march

30 June 2005

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has told An Phoblacht that he will be writing to the Dublin Government and the Police Ombudsman after nationalist residents in Ballymena were subjected to sectarian harassment and abuse at the hands of the PSNI as an Orange Parade made its way through the nationalist Market Street area of the town on Monday 27 June. Free article

Tensions high on Springfield

30 June 2005

Residents of the nationalist Springfield Road in West Belfast are worried that a concerted campaign by Orangemen to march on the road will raise tensions during the summer months. Following a Parades Commission determination, banning the annual Whiterock Orange march from going on to Springfield Road via Workman Avenue on Saturday 25 June, the contentious march was postponed on Friday night after a meeting between representatives of the Orange Order, loyalist paramilitary groups and unionist politicians. Free article

Tensions high on Springfield

30 June 2005

Residents of the nationalist Springfield Road in West Belfast are worried that a concerted campaign by Orangemen to march on the road will raise tensions during the summer months. Following a Parades Commission determination, banning the annual Whiterock Orange march from going on to Springfield Road via Workman Avenue on Saturday 25 June, the contentious march was postponed on Friday night after a meeting between representatives of the Orange Order, loyalist paramilitary groups and unionist politicians. Free article


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