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27 September 2007 Edition

The Miami Showband Massacre, 1975: A survivor's search for the truth

27 September 2007

The Miami Showband massacre took place 31 July 1975, near Newry, in South Armagh, while the band was travelling home to Dublin after a gig in Banbridge, County Down. Their tour bus was stopped at a roadblock, flagged down by men who were not only serving soldiers in the British Army's Ulster Defence Regiment but active members of a unionist death squad, the Ulster Volunteer Force. ELLA O'DWYER spoke to survivor Stephen Travers about an event that shocked a nation. Free article

Suicide : Sinn Féin conference at Stormont

27 September 2007

OVER a million people die as a result of suicide worldwide every year. Suicide is now the third largest killer, trailing only behind cancer and heart disease. One person dies as a result of suicide every 40 seconds. The suicide rate on the island of Ireland has increased by 25 per cent within the last ten years. According to official records, in 2005, 645 people took their own lives. In the following year, the figures rose to almost 800 lost lives. Free article

SF in Oireachtas to lead key campaigns

27 September 2007

SPEAKING ahead of the resumption of the Dáil after its summer recess on Wednesday, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin noted that the day also marked one year exactly since the Taoiseach's infamous interview with Brian Dobson and that despite being questioned before the Tribunal for three and a half days he still has not adequately answered serious questions regarding his personal finances. Free article

Unionist paramilitaries : Fears UDA feud may spread

27 September 2007

SINN FÉIN Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has said that the refusal of the PSNI to provide information about the extent and nature of the unionist paramilitary death threats against herself and other party members in the Fermanagh area is totally unacceptable. Free article


Government plans to close Clare's sole casualty unit

27 September 2007

BREAKING a pre-election promise guaranteeing its future, the Irish Government now plans to close Clare's sole hospital casualty unit in Ennis, County Clare. Free article

Education Minister intervenes in classroom assistants' dispute

27 September 2007

SINN FÉIN Education Minister Catríona Ruane has told the Northern Assembly that she will intervene in the classroom assistants' pay dispute. Free article

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