9 August 2007 Edition

UDA violence : Minister under pressure to scrap funding

9 August 2007

SDLP Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie is under increasing pressure to scrap the allocation of over £1 million to the UDA. British Ministers had earmarked the million pound payoff before the restoration of the power sharing institutions at Stormont. Free article

Special Branch allowed loyalist killers free reign

9 August 2007

Special Branch officers gave their agents free reign to murder a former RUC officer, Laurence Templeton told the media last week. Templeton, who had spent 30 years as an officer including three within Special Branch, said he felt compelled to speak out to help relatives of collusion victims. Free article

Hamill Tribunal : Yet more delay

9 August 2007

There will be no anonymity for former RUC officers called to testify before the inquiry into the murder of Portadown man Robert Hamill. Last week the British House of Lords upheld the decision by inquiry chairman Edwin Jowitt that officers should attend the hearing unscreened. Free article

Derry Sinn Féin meet PSNI over Apprentice Boys Parade

9 August 2007

Derry Sinn Féin in a joint delegation with the Bogside Residents Group (BRG) met on Wednesday, 8 August with the PSNI in the city to discuss the policing operation around this weekend's Apprentice Boys Parade. Free article

Crossmaglen set for historic PSNI engagement

9 August 2007

Sinn Féin Newry/Armagh MP Conor Murphy has been asked to facilitate upfront, a meeting between community representatives and the PSNI following a public meeting in Crossmaglen on Wednesday, 1 August. The public meeting was organised by the local Community Safety group and attended by over 200 people. Free article

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Newry - Dundalk Dual Carriageway opens

9 August 2007

Sinn Féin Transport Minister in the Six Counties, Conor Murphy, MP, MLA and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, MP, MLA, last Thursday, 2 August participated in the official opening of a new 14 km (9 mile) dual carriageway between Newry and Dundalk. Dermot Ahern, TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs also took part in the event. Free article

International : Venezuela has potential to restore belief in more equal society

9 August 2007

Like many people in Ireland, I was introduced to the politics of Venezuela by the documentary The Revolution will not be Televised. Although it dealt with a far from unusual event- the overthrow of democratically elected a President by a US supported coup - it was a remarkable and powerful film. The Irish film crew captured the electric atmosphere as a show of popular support for President Chavez convinced sections of the military to end the dictatorship after only two days. Free article

Ógra Shinn Féin : Successful demilitarisation weekend

9 August 2007

Ógra Shinn Féin concluded their demilitarisation weekend in Omagh by claiming victory on the issue of British demilitarisation in the Tyrone town last weekend. Free article

PSNI double standards on flags

9 August 2007

Sinn Féin representative for Banbridge and District, Cllr Dessie Ward has accused the PSNI of double standards over the issue of flags after they removed Tricolours from the Scarva Road/Peggy's Loaning area of Banbridge last week. Free article

Nuacht na nOibrithe

9 August 2007

Bookbinding workers suspicious of employers, ESB unions discuss strike, Xerox staff to be laid off, Strike ballot for Tayto workers and 70 Layoffs in cider plant Free article

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