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6 February 1997 Edition

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News review

Thursday 30 January

North report published. It recommends that an independant commission should be set up to rule on contentious parades. Patrick Mayhew immediately responded by announcing a further period of consultation over the report's proposals.

Friday 31 January

John Major told the Taoiseach John Bruton in a telephone conversation that if there was any new evidence about Bloody Sunday, he would look at it.

Loyalist Dennis Lindop of Hollywood, Co Down was sentenced to 10 years in jail for possessing 68 guns, 11,000 rounds of amunition and over 7,000 primers. and for manufacturing the weapons.

Saturday 1 February

The Irish rugby team hang on to record a one point victory over Wales in Cardiff.

Sunday 2 February

Over 40,000 at Bloody Sunday march. Gerry Adams renewed a challenge to John Major to mount a fresh inquiry. He also said that the onus was on John Bruton to work on an international inquiry.

Monday 3 February

The British government formally refuses to apologise for or hold an inquiry into the events of Bloody Sunday

Tuesday 4 February

Five RUC men, one an Inspector, are among 12 men arrested over a car scam.

Ulster Unionist Ken Maginnis agrees that there should be an apology from the British government over Bloody Sunday but he does not believe there should be a fresh inquiry.

Wednesday 5 February

The new Moderator of the Prebyterian Church in Ireland, Reverend Sam Hutchinson, comes out strongly against loyalist plans to hold a band parade past the Catholic Church in Harryville, Co Antrim on Saturday night.

There is a radioactive leak from Sellafield for the second time in four days.

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