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21 October 2004 Edition

DUP must get real

21 October 2004

The DUP must get real if there is to be progress in the ongoing talks process, Gerry Adams said this week. The Sinn Féin President pointed out that the problem with the discussions is the DUP's inability to face up to the fact that they won't get the changes to the Good Friday Agreement that they are demanding. Free article

"We'll bleed for the next ten years"

21 October 2004

Brutal, systematic and relentless. This is how former Mayor of Belfast, Sinn Féin's Alex Maskey, describes the ongoing Israeli offensive against the Palestinian people. The South Belfast MLA has just returned from a week-long visit to the country, where he attended a conference organised by non-governmental organisation, Passia, based in Ramallah and Jerusalem. Free article

Morgan predicts United Ireland before Tories regain power

21 October 2004

Louth TD Arthur Morgan set veteran Tory MP Michael Mates' veins popping at the British Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body meeting on Monday, when he told him that Ireland will be united before there is a Tory government in Britain. The Sinn Féin TD told the meeting in Wales that he was pessimistic about the Conservative Party's chances in future general elections. Free article

UDA 'Orange line' threat exposes fascist agenda

21 October 2004

"For years the UDA has engaged in sectarianism and racism and now it is imposing physical apartheid," said Sinn Féin's Joe O'Donnell, responding to a UDA statement that unionist paramilitaries had drawn an "orange line" around Protestant areas, beyond which Catholics would not be permitted. Free article


Attacks follow UDA declaration of "Orange Line"

21 October 2004

In the days after the UDA released a statement on Thursday 14 October declaring they had drawn an "Orange Line" around all Protestant areas throughout the Six Counties, a series of sectarian attacks were launched by loyalists against the nationalist community. Free article

Cold, hungry and in fear - Irish children today

21 October 2004

Damp houses, cold children living in fear, with communities struggling to respond to the challenges of deprivation and a lack of resources while the state fails to act. These were just some of the findings of three reports published in the last week. The studies demonstrated not just the reality of poverty and deprivation for thousands of Irish families and the communities they live in, but also the appalling gaps in how effective government policy is in dealing with the economically marginalised in Irish society. Free article

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