25 September 2008 Edition

British Intelligence accused of 'playing Russian roulette' by Omagh relative

25 September 2008

A RELATIVE has said the Omagh bombing victims were "worthless in the eyes of the state". Stanley McCombe was speaking after the latest revelations about the role of British Intelligence in the Omagh bombing and his anger was echoed by other relatives' comments. Godfrey Wilson contemplated the almost unthinkable that his teenage daughter, Lorraine, and the other Omagh victims might have been "sacrificed by the state". He described his fears that there were British agents involved in the bombing, a nightmare "that there's a Mark Haddock". Free article

Farm survey results unveiled at National Ploughing Championships

25 September 2008

THE National Ploughing Championships in Kilkenny this week saw Martin Ferris TD release the initial findings of a survey on the future of farming conducted by Sinn Féin during the summer months. An analysis of the complete survey will be published later this year as part of the Oireachtas Agriculture and Fisheries report into the future of farming and fishing in the west of Ireland. Free article

Radon gas - What you don't know CAN hurt you

25 September 2008

RADON is a radioactive gas that originates from the decay of uranium in rocks so some counties produce more of the gas than others, depending on geological factors. Radon has no colour, taste or smell so your senses are blind to it and you don't know if it's there until you measure it. This gas causes lung cancer and has been linked to about 200 lung cancer deaths each year. It was while attending a conference on radon in Kerry in 2006 that Mallow Sinn Féin Councillor Willie O'Regan discovered that North Cork had one of the highest radon levels in the country. Free article

Shell to Sea hunger strike ends as Shell ship limps to Scotland

25 September 2008

RETIRED school teacher Maura Harrington's hunger strike ended last Friday, as the giant Shell pipe-laying ship, The Solitaire, finally left Irish waters and limped to Scotland for repair. Despite the best efforts of two Naval Service warships, hundreds of gardaí, a compliant court service, and a mostly hostile media and political establishment, Shell did not manage to lay even one metre of the offshore pipeline. Free article

Plaque unveiled to Ballymurphy IRA Volunteers

25 September 2008

A PLAQUE to the memory of IRA Volunteers Jim Bryson and Patrick Mulvenna was unveiled in Ballymurphy, west Belfast, at the weekend by Sinn Féin Minister Gerry Kelly, a cousin of Patrick Mulvenna's. Free article

Vol. Diarmuid O'Neill honoured in Timoleague

25 September 2008

Around 80 people attended last Sunday's annual Diarmuid O'Neill Commemoration in Timoleague Cemetery, at the graveside of the 27 year old I.R.A. Volunteer who was shot dead by British police in Hammersmith, London, when they raided his flat in the middle of the night on 23 September 1996. A republican flag bearer carrying the Tricolour led the crowd in a short parade to the grave, where proceedings were chaired by Clonakilty Sinn Féin councillor Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin. Chuir sé fáilte roimh gach duine, and especially Diarmuid O' Neill's father Eoghan and brother Shane. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the Republican Movement Cork, and Sinn Féin Cumainn in Bandon, Macroom and Clonakilty. After a minute's silence, the Cathaoirleach introduced prominent South Armagh republican, Seán Hughes who has over 30 years experience as an active Republican. Free article

West Tyrone commemoration in Strabane on Saturday

25 September 2008

THE annual West Tyrone Volunteers Commemoration will be held in Strabane this Saturday, 27 September, and organisers have urged that local people turn out in large numbers to pay a fitting tribute to all local republicans who have laid down their lives in the cause of Irish freedom. Free article

Nuacht na nOibrithe BY STEPHANIE LORD

25 September 2008

Staff shortages stalling benefit claims, New protections for migrant workers, 'World Day for Decent Work' video launch and HSE sues staff over extra wages Free article


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