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3 April 2003 Edition

Building an Ireland of Equals

3 April 2003

Last weekend's Sinn Féin Ard Fheis marked another watershed for republicans. It was the party's first ever annual conference to be televised live on RTE, a right won for Sinn Féin by all those who put faith in the party at the last Leinster House elections. Free article

Cancer services unacceptable

3 April 2003

Hundreds of people protested in Dublin at the weekend at the sorry state of cancer treatment services across the 26 Counties. Free article

High Court rules Castlerea 5 qualify, but no release

3 April 2003

Last Thursday, 27 March, Mr Justice Peart delivered his long awaited judgement in the High Court in Dublin on the application for early release under the Good Friday Agreement of two of the republican prisoners known as the Castlerea 5. Free article

TDs back family facing deportation

3 April 2003

Concerned citizens picketed the Dáil on Tuesday to protest the deportation of Elizabeth Onasanwo and her family to Nigeria. Elizabeth, a widow, and her five children, could face deportation to Nigeria, which they left five years ago to escape terrible conditions and human rights abuses. Free article


Orange Order's anti-Catholic land deal

3 April 2003

The Orange Order has denied that it was involved in plans to buy land and property worth £5 million by 2005 to stop it falling into the hands of Catholics. Free article

Ferris calls for demilitarisation on border visit

3 April 2003

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture and Rural Development, Martin Ferris TD met with farmers from North Louth and South Armagh on Tuesday evening, 1 April, to discuss a range of issues. The meeting, which was organised by the Sheelagh Branch of the Irish Farmers Association, was also attended by IFA National Executive member Ray O'Malley and Assembly member Conor Murphy. Among the problems addressed were the growth in the levels of TB, cross-border rural development funding and the continued heavy British military presence in the area. The latter was highlighted following the meeting when Ferris was brought to see the nearby Drumucknaval British Army spypost. Free article

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