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26 May 2005 Edition

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This report, like the previous reports, is based solely on the information provided to the IMC by the securocrats. It, like previous reports, has little or no credibility and is neither impartial, fair nor balanced.

Sinn Féin's Alex Maskey on the latest offering from the IMC, Tuesday 24 February.

It is a sad day for true democracy when a system which ignores so many of the electorate is used as a template for deciding which party becomes mayor.

UUP Councillor Danny Kennedy bemoans the use of the democratic D'Hondt system in Newry and Mourne, which has a majority of nationalist councillors. Kennedy made no reference to councils where unionists refuse Sinn Féin councillors any posts. UTV, Tuesday 24 May.

I am going to fight for equality and parity of esteem. At the minute there is none in Ballymena and one of the most prominent signs of this is the flying of the Union Jack in council.

A brave Monica Digney, recently elected the first Sinn Féin councillor in Ballymena, tables a motion at her first meeting calling for the removal of the Unionist flag from the council chamber. Irelandclick.com, Tuesday 24 May.

The British Government has been backing down in the face of the unionist veto for the past eight or nine decades and that has led to the bloody history of Ireland in the 20th and now in the 21st Century.

British MP George Galloway. RTÉ Radio 1, Monday 3 May.

The real challenge for Mr Woodward and the British Government is to deliver genuine progress on state murder. The murder of North Belfast father-of-two Peter McBride and the subsequent decision of the British Army to retain these killers in their ranks can and should be overturned.

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly challenges the new British Direct Rule Security Minister Shaun Woodward, whose visit to North Belfast last week was met with protests. Irelandclick.com, Saturday 21 May.

As David Trimble's biographer, Dean Godson, points out, "as far back as 1972 British Intelligence thought Adams had potential". And they were right. Adams had the potential to abort an armed struggle aimed at the British mainland and morph it into a political-cum-criminal conspiracy aimed at the Irish Republic.

Eoin 'Paranoid' Harris. The Sunday Independent, 22 May.

I have a job to do. I'm on a contract.

Terry Wogan crosses a picket line at the BBC, where workers are striking to protest plans to cut 4,000 jobs and slash 15% from the station's budget. The Guardian, Tuesday 24 May.

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