22 May 1997 Edition

Prisoners transferred

22 May 1997

British Labour Party Home Secretary Jack Straw has announced the transfer of two Irish political prisoners to jails in the six counties. Miscarriage of justice victim Danny McNamee and POW Liam McCotter will be transferred to Maghaberry Prison on a temporary basis for six months. Prison service officials said the length of their sentences will not be affected by the move. Free article

RUC video filmed victim's car

22 May 1997

An Phoblacht can confirm that the loyalists who kidnapped and killed Bellaghy GAA stalwart Sean Brown on Monday night 12 May drove through Toomebridge past the town's RUC barracks. We can also confirm that video cameras on the barracks that monitor every vehicle passing on the main Derry to Belfast road picked up the registration number of Brown's car as it was driven through the town to the Moneynick Road where his body was found. Free article

Mowlam meets residents groups

22 May 1997

British Direct Ruler Mo Mowlam sent a clear message on Wednesday to all concerned with contentious parades when she said, ``agreement must be sought at local level between residents and parade officials and the only way this can been done is through dialogue''. Free article

British Army invites children to base

22 May 1997

Worried nationalist parents have contacted Sinn Fein after they found out that the British army are attempting to include their children, some at primary school, in a `sports' day scheduled for Friday 23 May at Belfast's largest military base, Girdwood in North Belfast. Free article

Deportees' cases raised in US Congress

22 May 1997

During a Congressional debate last Wednesday in Washington DC the plight of seven Irish men battling the US government's efforts to deport them was raised by ten members of the House of Representatives. Free article

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Dublin Volunteer remembered

22 May 1997

A crowd of 150 people assembled for the third annual Volunteer Martin `Doco' Doherty commemoration in Finglas on Dublin's Northside last Saturday 17 May. The commemoration made its way from Finglas villlage to the graveside in Glasnevin Cemetery, led by the Volunteers Smith/Harford/Doherty RFB, Dublin and the Volunteer Martin Doherty RFB, Glasgow and Sinn Féin banners . Free article

Hugh Hehir remembered

22 May 1997

Over 200 republicans from all parts of Ireland attended the Hugh Hehir commemoration on Sunday 11 May in Clarecastle, County Clare on the 9th anniversary of the 37 year old IRA Volunteer's death. He was gunned down by Garda Special Branch detectives in County Clare while on active service on 6 May 1988. Free article

Civil rights activists to be honoured

22 May 1997

The evening of Friday 30 May will mark the fourth annual commemoration evening organised by the Antrim and Derry Sinn Féin Comhairle Ceanntair. A large attendance is expected at what has now become a popular date in the local republican calendar. Free article

Looking at the small pictures

22 May 1997

She lit one cigarette from the butt of another which she had smoked in the space of a few minutes. No doubt this was a procedure that had been repeated several times already. She offered me one but I declined saying I had given them up some years ago. ``I still like a cigar though,'' I added, ``but I don't inhale them, something Bill Clinton and I have in common.'' She stared at me for a moment obviously unaware of the story that lay behind my comment. I felt foolish for having said it. Free article

Support for Swampy

22 May 1997

As the bailiffs move in Robert Allen speaks out in support of the those campaigning to prevent a second runway at Manchester airport Free article

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