9 February 2006 Edition

A Tale of Two Worlds

9 February 2006

This is a tale of two worlds: one, the world of exclusivity and billionaire interests met in Switzerland, a country with a per capita GDP higher than most of the big west European economies. The other world of civil society, equal development and social justice, met in Venezuela and Mali. Free article

Prison deaths expose serious failures in system

9 February 2006

Vulnerable people convicted of minor offences should not be jailed, says Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Human Rights and Equality Caitríona Ruane, following an announcement by British Minister Shaun Woodward that responsibility for prisoner health care is being transferred from the Six-County Prison Service to the Department of Health. Free article

News in Briefs

9 February 2006

News from around the world Free article

Scars of the Blanket Protest remain

9 February 2006

When Cúnamh, the Derry-based community mental health project, was discussing the possibility of carrying out research into the long-term psychological and physical effects of the Blanket Protest, something quite unexpected happened. Free article

Rossport Five back before High Court

9 February 2006

The Rossport 5 are due before the High Court on Monday 13 February to hear their final sentences. Micheál Ó Seighin, Willie Cardiff, Vincent McGrath, Philip McGrath and Brendan Philbin, spent 94 days in Dublin prisons after protesting against Shell's plans to build the controversial line through Mayo lands. Free article

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DUP forced to apologise to Sinn Féin

9 February 2006

In a head turning first for the DUP the party's Mayor of Coleraine Councillor Timothy Deans has apologised to Sinn Féin Councillor Billy Leonard. Deans was forced to apologise to Leonard and admit that he acted against the law when he refused to invite Leonard to last year's Christmas reception, paid for by the ratepayers. Free article

Man loses eye in homophobic attack

9 February 2006

A 19-year-old teenager was remanded in custody on Thursday 2 February accused of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a 20-year-old student from Donegal lost an eye in a homophobic attack in Derry on Sunday 29 January. The Donegal student, who hasn't been named, was punched in the face and knocked to the ground by two men at Clarendon Street in the city centre by two men. Free article

Antrim arson attack was attempted murder

9 February 2006

Loyalists have been accused of attempted murder by a man whose home they attacked. The man has also criticised the PSNI who refused to describe the arson attack as sectarian. "The dogs in the streets know the names of the loyalists involved but the PSNI totally ignore these details," he said . Free article

Omagh declares for Irish unity, Strabane will follow

9 February 2006

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has said that last Tuesday night, Omagh District Council officially declared for Irish Unity and that Strabane District Council is almost certain to follow suit next Tuesday. Free article

All-Ireland Regional Campaigning

9 February 2006

Over past month, the Regional Campaigning Strategy developed by Sinn Féin's All-Ireland Department was launched at venues along the border corridor, in South Derry, South Leitrim and South Armagh. Free article


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