20 February 1997 Edition

Keane addresses US Naval Academy

20 February 1997

Addressing a packed audience of former and serving US naval officers Sinn Féin's US representative Mairead Keane spoke of the need for Irish American organisations to give their full support to peacemakers in Ireland as they strive to rebuild the peace process wrecked by the British. Free article

Sketching a new landscape

20 February 1997

Eight nationalist MPs, unionist MPs reduced to ten, a Labour government, the bi-partisan Labour/Tory approach to the Six Counties ended, the Tories in opposition reunited with the Ulster Unionists, and an end to "a thousand years of British history". Free article

Loyalist mob run riot in Waterside

20 February 1997

Nationalists in the Waterside area of Derry say the RUC turned a blind eye to one of the worst instances of intimidation in the area in recent months. Free article

Don't negotiate, says new loyalist group

20 February 1997

The latest loyalist grouping to join the Six County fray, the County Antrim Support Movement (CASM), has called on the Orange Order not to negotiate with residents groups opposed to Orange marches. Free article

``Spotlight'' back on SDLP

20 February 1997

BBC's Spotlight current affairs programme on Tuesday of last week - which claimed to be investigating electoral malpractice in the Six Counties - ignored information from a former senior member of the SDLP that the SDLP engaged in serious malpractice in Derry. Free article

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Portlaoise prisoner denied compassionate bail

20 February 1997

Hopes that a remand prisoner in Portlaoise would be released to attend the funeral of his sister were dashed last week as Dublin's Department of Justice refused to allow his temporary release. Free article

Bid to oust Strabane Council head

20 February 1997

Nationalist councillors have tabled two motions in an attempt to have Unionist council chief Edward Turner removed from office. Local Sinn Fein councillor Ivan Barr told An Phoblacht that the first motion, to be discussed on Tuesday 25 February, will call for the removal from Turner of all responsibility for travelling abroad and seeking inward investment. The second motion, set for 11 March, will call for a vote of no confidence and request Turner's resignation. All seven Nationalist councillors, Sinn Fein, SDLP and Independent, have supported both motions. Free article

Murdered drivers remembered

20 February 1997

The eight West and North Belfast taxi drivers murdered over the past 20 years were remembered in a plaque unveiling ceremony on Sunday 9 February. Free article

MED-TV beams on

20 February 1997

The Kurdish satellite channel, MED-TV, is again coming under fire from the Turkish government. In its latest attempt to suppress the two-year old station's broadcasts, the Turkish state has banned the sale of satellite dishes. Free article

Respecting differences

20 February 1997

Another step on the road towards a pluralistic and democratic society was taken at the weekend in Derry at a conference organised by Foyle Friend, an information and befriending service for gay men, lesbian women and bisexuals in the city. Free article

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