10 September 1998 Edition

Strong protest against new laws

10 September 1998

At the same time as the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill was being forced through parliament largely unopposed - except on the grounds that MPs had not had long enough to think about rubber-stamping it - human rights campaigners, Irish groups and others concerned at its implications were cramming into the Jubilee Room just down the corridor to register their opposition to the legislation on the rather more solid grounds that it is undemocratic, racist, in contravention of international human rights laws, unnecessary and morally wrong. Free article

Informer recruitment continues

10 September 1998

A young Dungannon man has been on the receiving end of a series of four approaches from the RUC in the last six months, the most recent coming on Tuesday 25 August. In that incident, the young man claims that as he walked along the town's Ballygawley Road at about 5.30pm two men travelling in a car pulled up and told him to get in the car. The man recognised the two from past recruitment attempts as RUC Special Branch members. Free article

Portadown - a nationalist nightmare

10 September 1998

The sectarian cauldron which is loyalist Portadown, the birthplace of Orangeism two centuries ago, again erupted in violent hatred against its small nationalist community on Saturday 5 September. Free article

Orangemen ignore Drumcree appeals

10 September 1998

Drumcree Orangemen have said they are committed to maintaining their siege of the Garvaghy Road area despite repeated calls from church and political leaders on them to do so. Free article

Use people power to boost language

10 September 1998

People are being urged to flex their democratic voice in the battle for equal recognition of the Irish language. Following Belfast City Council's new commitment to provide bi-lingual signs in any street where two thirds of residents wish for them, Sinn Fein's South Belfast councillor, Sean Hayes, has urged people to take up the challenge. Free article

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Workshops on policing submissions

10 September 1998

Two workshops designed to support individuals and those from the community and voluntary sector wishing to make submissions to the Patten Commission on Policing are to be held in Derry next week. They will be held at 4pm and repeated at 7.30pm next Wednesday 16 September at the offices of the Northwest Community Network, 10-12 Bishop Street, Derry. Free article

Electoral register examined by RUC

10 September 1998

An employee of the electoral offices has been accused of passing electoral register forms to her RUC partner in Aghadowey, Co Derry. Two witnesses, who wish to remain anonymous, approached An Phoblacht with the claim, after the woman was seen handing completed forms to her partner, an RUC man. Free article

SF Councillor excluded

10 September 1998

A Sinn Féin Councillor has accused Clonakilty UDC of being ``trapped in the failed politics of the past''. Free article

Stalker payout

10 September 1998

Four English businessmen who accused the London Metropolitan police of malicious prosecution have won their case, and over ten million pounds in compensation. Free article

Tom Williams remembered

10 September 1998

The British government and its entourage ``are not mediators, facilitators, neutral parties, referees or honest brokers,`` Sinn Fein Assembly member Barry McElduff reminded republicans attending the Tom Williams Commemoration last Sunday. ``They are our political enemies and adversaries who are out to prevent `Fenianism from rearing its rebellious head',`` he said. Free article

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