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8 January 2004 Edition

Independent Monitoring Body - Smokescreen for Exclusion

8 January 2004

The shambolic sop to unionists, otherwise known as the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC), came into effect yesterday.The body, which is entirely outside the realm and spirit of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), is the only element of the two governments' 2003 Joint Declaration that they have seen fit to implement. Free article

McDowell's role is bad news for Peace Process - Fianna Fáil/PD Government undermines Good Friday Agreement

8 January 2004

On its last day before the Christmas recess, the Dáil passed a Bill endorsing an agreement signed by Justice Minister Michael McDowell and the British ambassador. This will allow the British Secretary of State to expel a Minister from the Executive in the Six Counties without a cross-community vote in the Assembly. MÍCHEÁL MacDONNCHA reports on a debate and a serious development in the Peace Process that has received little media coverage. Free article

IRA New Year Message

8 January 2004

In its New Year message, the leadership of the IRA has again called on others, particularly the British Government, to fulfill their commitments to facilitate progress in the Peace Process. The leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann extend New Year greetings to all our Volunteers, friends and supporters at home and abroad. We send solidarity greetings to our imprisoned comrades and their families and to the families of our dead Volunteers. Free article

Review must be focused on governments' failures

8 January 2004

Following internal party discussions on Tuesday morning regarding the forthcoming Review of the Good Friday Agreement, Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin said "that the focus of the review has to be on the failure by the two governments to fully implement the Agreement. Free article

Beneath Craigavon's Shadow

8 January 2004

It was supposed to be a triumphant procession but somehow the notion of descent, of coming down a step or two, even a whiff of the abyss, accompanied Jeffrey Donaldson down Stormont's marble staircase as he and his new colleagues this week staged his defection to the DUP for the media. Free article


For a radical campaigning party - Think national, act local

8 January 2004

BY PAT TREANOR, Sinn Féin National Organiser Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir. The first edition of the paper in 2004 might be a good time to continue the debate about using strategic watersheds like the recent Assembly election results to develop and strengthen our struggle for Irish Unity and Equality. Free article

Brits proposed giving Army carte blanche - 1973 State Papers: Operation Folklore

8 January 2004

A plan to impose British control in the Six Counties through a military assault on nationalist areas has been revealed in government papers released by the British Public Records Office. The plan, codenamed Operation Folklore, was being formulated in late 1973, and envisaged allowing British soldiers to open fire, with comprehensive legal immunity, on unarmed civilians. Free article

An Phoblacht subscription rates

8 January 2004

AN Phoblacht/REPUBLICAN NEWS - Celebrating our 25th Year in 2004 Annual Subscription Rates Ireland €65 England, Scotland, Wales Stg£55 Free article

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