Issue 2 - 2024 200dpi

30 October 2003 Edition

IRA honoured its commitments

30 October 2003

In a statement received on Wednesday evening by An Phoblacht, the leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann has described the sequence of events to which the army and others agreed. It makes clear that it honoured its commitments while others did not - a clear reference to David Trimble and the Ulster Unionists - and points out that there was no credible explanation proferred. Free article

Review no substitute for political institutions

30 October 2003

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness, speaking on Wednesday at the launch of billboards for the party's election campaign, said that we need to ensure that the political institutions are re-established without delay after the elections. Free article

Ahern's leadership is a weakness in peace process

30 October 2003

In the fallout from David Trimble's latest walkout from the political process, little attention has been paid to the role of the Fianna Fáil/Progressive Democrats government. Bertie Ahern had welcomed the Sinn Féin/UUP talks but in the aftermath of the breakdown he was at pains to show that he had his doubts beforehand. It was a performance bordering on self-justification and the Taoiseach could almost be heard whispering "I told you so". Free article

Shaping up for elections

30 October 2003

There's nothing quite like unionist grandstanding and British pressure to oil the wheels of Sinn Féin's famous "electoral machine" and true to form, within 24 hours of the election announcement, party workers throughout the Six Counties were busy canvassing door to door. Free article


Belfast Community Workers furious at Trimble

30 October 2003

Community activists from across Belfast met this past week to discuss the latest crisis in the peace process and its consquences for ongoing developments within the nationalist community. Free article

IRA pledges to try to bring closure for families

30 October 2003

The following statement from the leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann was released on Friday 24 October 2003 Free article

Truth and Justice consultation launched

30 October 2003

Members of Victims groups and ex-prisoners' groups from the nationalist and republican community launched a consultation paper on truth mechanisms in Belfast this week. The paper is aimed at developing a discussion about the quest for truth and justice as part of the conflict resolution process in the North of Ireland. Free article

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