7 August 2008 Edition

Haddock gang to be investigated by specialist HET unit

7 August 2008

Nationalists are treating with scepticism the news that NIO Security Minister Paul Goggins is to set aside £1million for the Historical Enquiries Team (HET) to investigate the activities of the UVF's Mount Vernon killer gang. The gang, responsible for up to 16 killings, was led by Special Branch informer Mark Haddock. Free article

SF MLA and Councillor assaulted in Ballymena

7 August 2008

Sinn Féin Assembly Member for North Antrim, Daithí McKay, has described the people behind a plan to build a bonfire in Ballymena this coming Friday night, 8 August as "an anti-social and criminal element". Free article

All roads lead to Derry on 17 August

7 August 2008

Preparations are well advanced for the National Hunger Strike Commemoration in Derry on 17 August. As well as the march which assembles at Creggan Shops at 2.30pm on Sunday 17 August, a number of other events have been organised in Derry. Free article

Anger at nature of South Armagh raids

7 August 2008

Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy has branded raids on a number of homes in South Armagh over the past week, including one on the home of two 80 year old pensioners, as 'heavy handed and unacceptable'. Free article

Celebration and remembrance at Féile

7 August 2008

THE 27th anniversary of the death on hunger strike of Kieran Doherty coincided this year with the 20th anniversary of West Belfast's Féile an Phobail. Free article

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Health Minister must act to tackle C-Difficile outbreak

7 August 2008

West Belfast MLA Sue Ramsey has challenged Health Minister Michael McGimpsey to act decisively in challenging the outbreak of the clostridium difficile (c-diff) virus within the Belfast Trust area. The spread of this hospital-based infection is causing concern throughout Ireland and attention this week focused on its prevalence in the North. Free article

Hunger Strike memorial vandalised

7 August 2008

Sinn Féin MLA and former Hunger Striker Raymond McCartney has said that the people who vandalised the Hunger Strike memorial acted against the whole community. McCartney said, Free article

'Protect low-paid workers' - Morgan

7 August 2008

SINN FÉIN spokesperson on the Economy Arthur Morgan TD has demanded that the Government immediately reconvene the collapsed pay talks between unions and employers. The protection of low paid workers and alternative support and growth mechanisms for the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector must be the central focus of the Government's role in the negotiations. Free article

Pay talks collapse and industrial action looms

7 August 2008

AS THE social partnership pay talks in the 26 Counties collapsed at the weekend, SIPTU, the largest union in the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, has warned of possible strike action if the employers' representative body, IBEC, attempts to block pay claims for SIPTU members. Free article

UN criticises human rights failures

7 August 2008

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has identified a number of areas in which the 26-County state is failing to meet its obligations under the UN International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Free article

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