1 July 2004 Edition
Six-County news in brief
Glengormley residents hemmed in
Nationalist residents of Glengormley on the northern outskirts of Belfast held a protest against an Orange march through the village on Tuesday.
The annual mini-12th parade was permitted to march through the Church Road area of Glengormley, a predominantly Catholic area. Among those in attendance for the annual coat-trailing exercise was South Antrim UUP MP David Burnside.
Sinn Féin meets with US Special Envoy
A Sinn Féin delegation including Gerry Adams, Michelle Gildernew, Caitríona Ruane, Mitchel McLaughlin and Martin McGuinness, met with US Special Envoy Mitchell Reiss in Belfast on Wednesday. The group raised the issue of the DUP setting the pace of the negotiations and asked for closer US involvement in the Peace Process.
Date set for IMC case
Conor Murphy MLA welcomed the High Court's decision on Tuesday to set a September date for a Judicial Review of the British Government's decision to impose sanctions on Sinn Féin, in the wake of the flawed IMC Report. Murphy said the party would now present a strong case against the sanctions.
Answers demanded from Orde after acquittals
The four men set up for arrest by the PSNI Special Branch, through missing Armagh man Gareth O'Connor, have been acquitted in Belfast High Court. Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has now called on PSNI chief Huge Orde to make an honest public statement regarding his remarks that the IRA were involved in the kidnapping of O'Connor. Murphy accused Orde of staying silent after allegations about O'Connor and the PSNI were made in court.
Outrage at RIR deployment in West Belfast spypost
West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has expressed outrage at the British Army installation of an RIR regiment in the spy post on the top of Divis Tower. McCann said residents were outraged and described the RIR as "little more than a unionist militia", who have "already provoked confrontation with people in the area". He called for the spy post to be removed.
Derry republicans honour their fallen
Derry Republicans held their annual Volunteers Commemoration March to the Republican Plot at the City Cemetery on Sunday 27 June. The march, attended by over a thousand people and accompanied by marching bands, made its way from Creggan Shops to the cemetery, where the oration was delivered by Sinn Féin's Foyle Constituency Director of Elections, Gary Fleming.
Calling on republicans to remain prepared for imminent local government and possibly Westminster and Assembly elections in the next 10 to 18 months, Fleming paid tribute to those who sacrificed all in the fight for Irish freedom and independence and who had paved the way for today's political victories.
Belfast children to meet London Mayor
London-based Irish group the Wolfe Tone Society is this Friday bringing a party of Belfast children between 12 and 14 to London for a weeklong visit. The children come mainly from Ardoyne and the Short Strand, two areas that have seen some of the worst sectarian violence directed against the nationalist community in recent years. One of the highlights of the visit will be a reception hosted by London Mayor Ken Livingstone.