29 May 1997 Edition

Helicopter crashes in Derry

29 May 1997

The lives of local people were endangered when a low flying British army helicopter severed a high voltage electric cable near Ivy Terrace in Derry last Thursday 22 May. Free article

Garvaghy residents have mandate

29 May 1997

Breandan MacCionnaith and Joe Duffy of the Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition (GRRC) have called on Orange Order and Unionist political representatives to recognise their democratic mandate and enter into dialogue to try and resolve the marching issue in Portadown this year. Free article

Major human rights group slams RUC

29 May 1997

Human Rights Watch/Helsinki has recommended that the RUC be reformed with a view to making it ``publicly accountable''. Free article

Violence as chapel protest hits ninth month

29 May 1997

RUC and loyalists clashed as massgoers left Our Lady's Catholic church in Harryville, Ballymena on Saturday evening 24 May, the 36th week of loyalist pickets at the Catholic church. Free article

Sinn Fein's O'Kane threatened

29 May 1997

Sinn Fein local government candidate for Limavady, Malachy O'Kane received a posted death threat from the UVF in the week that the ``Loyalist Volunteer Force'' abducted and murdered Bellaghy GAA official, and father of six, Sean Brown. Free article


29 May 1997

In the telephone claim to a Belfast newsroom last Sunday morning a loyalist saying he was speaking on behalf of the conveniently formed Loyalist Volunteer Force said a bomb placed off Clanbrassil Street in Dundalk was theirs. Free article

Mother forced to flee

29 May 1997

A young mother forced to flee her Derry home last Sunday 25 May joined a long list of those targeted by sectarian gangs. Like a north Belfast family also attacked at the weekend, 23 year old Sharon Ferguson is the victim of loyalism. She is now living at a secret location with her four year old daughter. Free article

Raymond McCreesh remembered

29 May 1997

``The name of Raymond McCreesh, IRA Volutneer, a son of Camloch and H-Block martyr, is forever etched not only in the hearts and minds of this close-knit Camloch community, but throughout South Armagh and indeed the whole of Ireland,'' said newly elected Newry and Mourne Sinn Féin councillor Breandán Lewis at the hunger striker's sixteenth anniversary ceremony in Camloch on Friday 23 May. Free article

Marching on the web

29 May 1997

This year's Orange marches will be monitored on the internet by a group called The Irish Republican Web Committee (http://www.serve.com/irwc/). They have unveiled the Orange Watch Web Site (http://www.serve.com/irwc/orange/) which is described as ``a cooperative effort between a group of online Irish Republican activists. It serves as an alternative source to the mainstream media, the government of Britain and the Six County establishment.'' Free article

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