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30 June 2005 Edition

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If the British Government does not re-affirm its commitment to equality through the Belfast Agreement, and if the Irish Government does not play its part by keeping a focus on the Peace Process, rather than on the perceived threat posed by Sinn Féin, we are facing a very risky situation.

Fr Alex Reid. Daily Ireland, Tuesday 28 June

Obviously our hope is that the British Government will do what is necessary, but if there is no satisfaction then he [Ahern] will set about exploring the legal route immediately. This really is the end of it for us.

The Dublin Government reveals plans to take the British Government to the European Court of Human Rights after it failed to hand over files on the Dublin/Monaghan bombings during Monday's British-Irish Intergovernmental conference. The Sunday Business Post, 26 June.

I do not intend to leave the fate of the Union in the hands of Ian Paisley — that's just too big a risk.

Newly-elected UUP leader Reg Empey. The Sunday Life, 26 June.

That's what the Orange Order need to do — stop the play acting, using other people as a smokescreen, go and talk to people, it's growing up time.

Sinn Féin's Alex Maskey speaking after the Parade Commission refused the Order permission to march through Workman Avenue, off the Springfield Road. The Order refused to meet residents and protested the decision. Saturday 25 June.

We are very disappointed with the level of disorder and drunkenness.

Scottish police commander Kenny Scott, after 74 people were arrested at an Orange Order march in Glasgow last weekend. Scotland on Sunday 26 June.

The arrest of Seán Kelly is one of the most stupid things that I have heard of in quite a long time.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams. UTV Internet, Friday 24 June.

...a systematic pattern of domestic violence, rape, physical assault and human trafficking in this State which is both culpably under-reported and scandalously unpunished.

The Irish Times highlights the findings of Amnesty International's latest report on women and violence in Ireland

Judge Morris seems to be convinced that this was a motor vehicle accident but this is not in keeping with the forensic evidence.

Fiann Fáil TD Jim McDaid got into trouble this week when he tried to shed doubt on the accepted theory that Donegal cattle dealer Richie Barron died in a hit-and-run accident. The Irish Times, Saturday 25 June.

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