Issue 1 - 2023 front

7 January 1999 Edition

Break Unionist veto - IRA

7 January 1999

n a New Year message the IRA has said that the Unionist leadership appears ``wedded to the politics of domination and inequality and are opposed to a democratic peace settlement''. Free article

Burntollet: a milestone on the long road to freedom

7 January 1999

30 years ago the People's Democracy marchers from Belfast to Derry were taking a step in a struggle against the unionist state that had begun with the stand taken by the Gildernews in Caledon, County Tyrone and the civil rights march batoned off the streets of Derry the previous October. Free article

An Chéad Dáil - a challenge to the British Empire

7 January 1999

The Annual Fearghal O'Hanlon Memorial Lecture was given by Mícheál MacDonncha, Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle member and Parliamentary Assistant to Caoimhghín O Caoláin TD. The event in Monaghan town on Sunday 3 January was chaired by Seán Conlon of Monaghan Sinn Féin and a short address of welcome was given by Monaghan Urban Councillor Pádraigín Uí Mhurchadha. Pádraigín is a sister of IRA Volunteer Fearghal O'Hanlon who was killed with his comrade Seán Sabhat of Limerick in the raid on Brookeborough RUC barracks, County Fermanagh, on New Year's Day 1957. Free article

City Council victory for Sinn Fein

7 January 1999

Genuine equality may at last be forced onto the Unionist bastion of Belfast City Council. On Monday night a Sinn Fein motion on the principle of proportionality, rejected by the Policy and Resources Committee before Christmas, was passed 23-21 before the full council. Free article


Belfast and Garvaghy Road community groups link-up

7 January 1999

Community groups from nationalist areas of Belfast and the Garvaghy Road have started to work on projects directed at breaking the isolation of the Portadown nationalist residents. On Tuesday, over 30 community groups from Belfast gathered at the Falls Community Council for a working group. The meeting aimed at outlining the areas where they could collaborate most effectively. Free article

Assembly departments agreed

7 January 1999

Every sheepdog in the field knew there would need to be ten departments in the new executive. It was the Sinn Fein agenda, and as such it was a victory. But unfortunately the wolf in sheep's clothing, otherwise known as the SDLP, allowed three important advances to be lost. Free article

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