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8 September 2005 Edition

UVF riots expose PSNI double standards

8 September 2005

THE PSNI came under increasing political pressure this week after their apparent reluctance to confront continuing violence by unionist paramilitaries. In the face of serious rioting orchestrated by the UVF, PSNI officers remained in their vehicles rather than challenge the rioters. Commenting, Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly compared the eagerness with which the PSNI deployed water cannon against North Belfast nationalists "within seconds of one golf ball being thrown" to the hours of unchallenged serious rioting by unionists. Free article

McGuinness urges support for Irish unity rally

8 September 2005

Sinn FÉin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness, speaking at the unveiling of a Make Partition History campaign banner outside the Sinn Féin Sevastopol Street Office on the Falls Road on Wednesday, said that the national rally for Irish unity on 24 September in Dublin will give people from across Ireland the opportunity to make a very strong statement in support of Irish unity. Free article

Shell digs heels in - Rossort 5 in jail 72 days

8 September 2005

The Rossport 5 issue has continued to gather more public profile following the appearance of the wives of the five men on the Late Late Show on RTÉ last Friday night. Protests have continued in various parts of the country in Dublin, Belfast, Wicklow, Waterford, Erris in Mayo and many other places. Free article

Full public inquiry needed to uncover Ludlow truth

8 September 2005

Speaking at the conclusion of the inquest into the death of Séamus Ludlow in Dundalk on Tuesday evening, Louth Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan echoed the demand of the Ludlow family for a public inquiry following the fresh inquest jury's verdict of unlawful killing.

In May 1976, Séamus Ludlow, a quiet inoffensive bachelor, was gunned down while he walked home from a... Free article

PSNI thuggery in Cushendall to be reported to Ombudsman

8 September 2005

Glens Sinn Féin Councillor Oliver McMullan has said that he found it astonishing how the PSNI could find the resources to launch a full-scale assault on local people in Cushendall on Saturday whilst they couldn't find enough personnel to protect a handful of nationalist houses in Ahoghill. Free article


Leisure complex decision branded sectarian

8 September 2005

Sinn Féin's Fra McCann has described the unionist decision to site Belfast's latest leisure centre in the Ormeau Park as sectarian. At the monthly meeting of Belfast City Council, on Thursday 1 September, unionist councillors, with the support of the Alliance Party, voted to build Belfast's newest leisure centre in Ormeau Park rather than rebuild the Maysfield complex close to the nationalist Markets and Short Strand areas. Free article

Housing Executive report reveals extent of loyalist intimidation

8 September 2005

Up to 1,000 families throughout the Six Counties, mostly nationalists, have been forced from their homes as a result of intimidation, according to Housing Executive information. The information, covering the period between April 2004 to April 2005, has only come to light in the past week and reveals that 959 householders have sought to be re-housed by the Housing Executive. Almost half the incidents, 471, occurred in the Belfast area. Free article

Doherty calls for single Garda Ombudsman

8 September 2005

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty has called for widespread Garda reform. He was speaking in Raphoe, County Donegal, last Saturday afternoon at an event organised by the McBrearty family and others who have had a similar experience at the hands of the Garda Síochána. Free article

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