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14 May 1998 Edition

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It is our view that the Good Friday Agreement can be developed. It marks a phase and it is our firm intention to continue to make advances to the next phase.

Sinn Féin's Mitchel McLaughlin, Thursday 7 May.


The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle is recommending to Sunday's reconvened Ard Fheis that it support a yes vote in both states. This is in the context of our absolute rejection of partition, of the unionist veto and of British rule... It is important to realise that the document is not a political settlement and the referendums do not constitute the exercise of national self-determination.

Gerry Adams, Thursday 7 May.


The ECB (European Central Bank) would not react. It would leave it to the authorities of the member states to deal with, as long as the problems did not spill over into the wider euro area.

Head of the ECB Wim Duisenburg's warning to small countries entering monetery union that the `bigger' powers don't intend to help them if their economies get into crisis. The Examiner, Friday 8 May.


Ten people have died in the centre of Portadown over the past number of years - Adrian Lamph only a fortnight ago. Portadown is virtually a no-go area for Catholics. To go into that town centre means risking your life.

Garvaghy Road Councillor Breandán Mac Cionnaith speaking on the first anniversary of the death of Robert Hamill.


We know they'll be kicking it around town before long.

Robert Hamill's sister Diane on the wreath laid to remember her brother on the first anniversary of his death.


Whatever about the theories, the incident marks yet another depressing turn in the state of relations in Dublin. The Association of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Ireland described the charge as an ``outrage against humanity''.

Paul Cullen writing in the Irish Times on the alleged attack by Gardaí on an asylum seeker from Africa. Saturday 9 May.


And they [the politicians] will tell us: ``Won't it be great now that you won't have to pay the bank for changing your money into different currencies when you go on your holidays in Spain or Italy or other member states of the euro?'' By that time the euro may have impinged on the national consciousness anyway, because the good times enjoyed by the economically fortunate during the 1990s may have ebbed away, the dole queues may be lengthening again and the cost of buying things in the shops may be soaring. All because Ireland became a member of EMU.

Matt Cooper writing in the Sunday Tribune in an article entitled `The single currency - a bad dream come true'.


This strategy has been to confront those at every level who are opposed to self-determination for the Irish people. To stand aside at this juncture and allow no republican viewpoint to be heard, or implemented within the proposed all-Ireland structures, would be a negation of our responsibilities to those who have mandated us.

Portlaoise POWs representative Michael O'Brien at last Sunday's reconvened Ard Fheis.


They are liars. They have graduated from the devil's school. They have destroyed the Act of Union and given the title deeds of Ulster to Dublin on a plate. These people have sold out Ulster. As for me, I would rather starve than take filthy British money.

Ian Paisley on David Trimble, the two governments and nearly everyone else involved in politics in the Six Counties at a loyalist rally in Moygashel, County Tyrone. Irish Independent, Tuesday 12 May.

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