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3 July 1997 Edition

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News review

Thursday 26 June

Caoimhghín O Caoláin becomes the first Sinn Féin TD to sit in Leinster House since 1922.

Bertie Ahern is elected Taoiseach of the 26 Counties, winning the vote 85 to 78.

An RUC patrol comes under rocket attack in the Limestone Road area of Belfast.


Friday 27 June

Proximity talks aimed at bringing about a resolution of the marching problems take place in Hillsborough Castle, involving the Orange Order and residents' groups.

US President Bill Clinton promises one billion dollars in aid to reverse the effects of global warming.


Saturday 28 June

Unionist councillors boycotts the installation dinner for Belfast's first nationalist mayor, Alban Maginness, because of the presence of Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams.


Sunday 29 June

The RUC block an Orange Order march from proceeding down the Ormeau Road. Gerry Adams appeals for calm prior to the 12th marching season.


Monday 30 June

At the Dunnes tribunal in Dublin it is reported that former Taoiseach Charles Haughey did receive money from Ben Dunne.

The final ceremonies prior to the handover of Hong Kong take place on the island. China sends in 4,000 troops at dawn on Tuesday.

A petrol-bomb attack takes place on the offices of The Irish News newspaper.


Tuesday 1 July

Bertie Ahern makes his first trip to the Six Counties as Taoiseach to meet Mo Mowlam. Later in Dublin he meets the residents' groups from the Garvaghy and Ormeau Roads.

The 26-County Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ray Burke, urges Mo Mowlam not to force next Sunday's Orange parade down the Garvaghy Road.


Wednesday 2 July

The RUC warns the Garvaghy Road residents that their planned festival on Sunday would be an ``obstruction''.

The Loyalist Volunteer Force threatens to strike in the 26 Counties if the Orange march is not let down the Garvaghy Road.

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