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13 March 1997 Edition

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News review

Thursday 6 March

In an article in the Irish News Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern calls on northern nationalists not to support Sinn Féin unless there is an IRA ceasefire.

Former Minister Micheal Lowry announces his resignation from Fine Gael amidst speculation that he may contest the next general election as an independent candidate.

Friday 7 March

Roisín McAliskey's security status is reduced from high category A to standard category A.

Two elderly women are murdered in Grangegorman in Dublin.

Leading loyalist Billy Wright is sentenced to 8 years imprisonment in Belfast High Court for threatening to kill a woman and her son in 1995.

Saturday 8 March

International Women's Day is dominated by calls for the release of Roisín McAliskey with demonstrations held across the world.

Sunday 9 March

New revelations arise regarding Baroness Denton as it comes to light that her diary secretary was appointed without a shortlist.

Former Taoiseach Albert Renolds urges the British Prime Minister to revive the peace process before the Westminster elections, stating that the break in the Stormont talks was an admission of their failure.

Monday 10 March

Spaniards are questioned over the death of an Irish trawler skipper in a collision with a Spanish vessel near Castletownbere yesterday.

Fianna Fáil clash with the Garda Comissioner over their newly proposed ``zero tolerance'' crime policy.

Tuesday 11 March

The Irish Blood Transfusion Board admits that it did not inform the relatives of at least 335 deceased people who had received potential Hepatitis C infected blood products.

Wednesday 12 March

British and Irish Government Ministers meet in Dublin to discuss the current state of the peace process.

Nationwide protests continue calling for the release of Roisín McAliskey.

Mary Robinson announces her decision not to run for a second term as Irish President.

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