Issue 1 - 2023 front

27 February 1997 Edition

P r e s s u r e f o r d i a l o g u e g r o w s

27 February 1997

Public pressure is growing on the Orange Order and the Ulster Unionist Party to engage in real dialogue to avoid another Drumcree disaster this summer. But the push for a resolution has been hampered by John Major's House of Commons deal with David Trimble. Free article

Taxi firm at centre of drug network

27 February 1997

A cab company is being used as part of a drug distribution network in Dublin's southside, An Phoblacht can reveal. A co-owner of the cab firm is being accused of knowingly facilitating the supply of drugs while a number of individual drivers are also alleged to have been involved. A close relative of one of the biggest drug criminals in the capital is a driver for the firm. Another relative is understood to have leased a shop in the same building as the cab firm. Free article

Equality of treatment for the 40-year men

27 February 1997

Since 31 January the 38 republican prisoners in Portlaoise Prison have been on a non-co-operation protest. The issue of the 40-year men is not new but one which has been simmering for many years. Mícheál MacDonncha looks at the background and the demands of the prisoners which could bring a speedy resolutiion. Free article

Progress over Bloody Sunday

27 February 1997

A meeting between members of the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign and Taoiseach John Bruton, Tanaiste Dick Spring and Proinsias De Rossa in Dublin on Thursday 20 February has led to the Dublin government committing itself to assisting the relatives' campaign for a new inquiry into the killings. Free article


Pressure grows for McAliskey

27 February 1997

The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament has agreed to send a delegation to visit Roisín McAliskey after hearing pleas from Fianna Fail MEP Niall Andrews and Green Party MEP Patricia McKenna. Free article

US attorney to stage Loughgall trial

27 February 1997

RELATIVES REPRESENTING THE EIGHT IRA Volunteers and civilian Anthony Hughes shot dead by the crown forces at Loughgall in May 1987 are to travel to the United States to give evidence at a trial organised by US attorney Denis Lynch. Free article

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