9 April 1998 Edition

Extradition destabilising peace process

9 April 1998

The continuing efforts by both the British and Irish governments to extradite republicans has become an increasingly destabilising force to the current peace process. Free article

INC campaign gathers steam

9 April 1998

On Wednesday in the Royal Dublin Hotel the Irish National Congress kick-started a campaign to defend Articles 2 and 3. Chairperson Robert Ballagh starkly conveyed the nature of the proposed referendum in his opening speech to a packed hall: ``I am being asked to give my consent to a constitutional change which would evict northern nationalists from Ireland.'' Free article

Apprentice Boys barred

9 April 1998

In the first use of its statutory powers the Parades Commission has ordered that the Apprentice Boys parade due to march down the Lower Ormeau Road on Easter Monday be re-routed away from the area. Free article

Sectarian attack

9 April 1998

Catholic couple Martin and Mary Stevenson and their three children, including a four month old infant in a pram, were attacked by a sectarian gang as they did their shopping in the County Down village of Annalong last Saturday, 4 April. Free article

Killing not an accident

9 April 1998

Around 100 supporters of Scots Guardsmen Mark Wright and Jim Fisher marched through Arbroath, Scotland last Saturday calling for the pair to be released early from Maghaberry jail. Free article

Black Watch sent home from US

9 April 1998

Six soldiers from the notorious Black Watch regiment have been sent home from a tour of the United States. Three were sent home after failing random drug tests, the other three were found guilty of other crimes and a seventh remains in prison after allegedly stealing a gun. The trouble flared when the soldiers were in Seattle in February for a British army exercise called ``Trumpetdance''. Free article

Castlewellan recruitment

9 April 1998

Frank McDowell, Sinn Fein Councillor for South Down, has accused the RUC of trying to recruit informers in the Castlewellan area and advised nationalists not to attend RUC barracks alone. Free article

Extra tax revenue not available to tackle poverty

9 April 1998

In the same week that Dublin Government Exchequer figures showed a £500 million increase in tax revenue, Combat Poverty's acting Director Helen Johnston called for ``a stronger commitment to anti-poverty action''. Free article

Whirlwind tour

9 April 1998

Eoin O Broin reports from the SF Youth delegation in the Basque Country Free article

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