28 July 2005 Edition

Seán Kelly released

28 July 2005

The campaign to have North Belfast republican Seán Kelly released from Maghaberry Prison gained added momentum in the past week with a large demonstration at Dundonald House, East Belfast on Friday 22 July. Free article

Rossport 5 returned to Jail

28 July 2005

The Five Rossport men, whose imprisonment has brought to the attention of every community in Ireland, the corrupt giveaway of our national resources to the multinational corporations Shell, Marathon and the Norwegian state owned Statoil, were sent back to jail on Monday by the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Finnegan. Free article

Campaign grows across Ireland

28 July 2005

The past week has seen enormous and growing support for the Rossport 5. In a majority of Irish counties, Sinn Féin activists have turned out in great numbers, to picket oil distribution centres, Shell and Statoil petrol stations and to spread awareness with leaflets, petition signing and white line-pickets. Everywhere they have been warmly welcomed and supported. Free article

Unionist paramilitary feud escalates

28 July 2005

The feud amongst unionist paramilitary gangs intensified this week. Belfast witnessed numerous bombings and shootings, while hundreds of UVF and UDA members invaded an East Belfast housing estate. The invasion of the Garnerville Estate in East Belfast on Sunday 24 July was apparently aimed at driving out up to six LVF members using it as a base for drug-dealing. Free article

Loyalists indulged by Orange courts

28 July 2005

A leading Belfast loyalist has been released on bail for the seventh time in seven months. William 'Spud' Murphy is a close friend of ousted East Belfast UDA leader Jim Gray. He was released to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on 26 July to face two counts of possession of cocaine, one count of possession of cocaine with intent to supply and one count of possession of cannabis. Free article

Sectarian campaign in North Antrim continues

28 July 2005

Unionist paramilitaries have continued their sectarian pogrom against the nationalist population of North Antrim. The past week witnessed a series of attacks on Catholic churches in Ballymena and two nationalist-owned pubs in the early hours of Tuesday 26 July. Free article

Major new Sinn Féin book launched in Dublin

28 July 2005

A major new book on 100 years of Sinn Féin was launched in Dublin on Monday 25 July. Around 100 people attended the launch in the Irish Film Institute which was addressed by the book's editor, Dublin republican Micheál Mac Donncha and Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams. Free article

Aer Lingus dirty tricks - harrassment exposed in state company

28 July 2005

This week last year, Aer Lingus management announced its latest plan to get over 1,300 redundancies at the state-owned airline. A year later a leaked memo has exposed the dirty tricks Aer Lingus management were considering at the time to push the redundancies through. Free article


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