25 February 1999 Edition

RUC attempt blackmail

25 February 1999

A 28-year-old Armagh man has claimed that the RUC have tried to blackmail him into becoming an informer. Free article

Sinn Fein Councillor welcomed in Colorado

25 February 1999

Sinn Fein Dublin City Councillor Christy Burke recently completed a successful visit to Colorado in the United States. Denver was Councillor Burke's final stop on his eagerly anticipated Irish Northern Aid Committee West Coast Tour, and Colorado supporters of the Irish Republicanism were proud to witness the historic first ever visit of a Sinn Fein Representative to the state. Free article

Calls grow for Finucane inquiry

25 February 1999

The organisation representing barristers in the Six Counties, the Northern Ireland Bar Council has added it's voice to the growing demand for an inquiry into the 1989 murder of solicitor Patrick Finucane. Free article

No democracy at Queens

25 February 1999

Members of the Sheena Campbell Sinn Fein cumann held a peaceful protest outside Queen's Student Union demanding equal rights on Friday 19 February. Free article

SF votes no confidence in Health Minister

25 February 1999

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín O Caoláin supported the motion of no confidence in the Minister for Health and Children Brian Cowen in the Dáil last week. The vote was won by the Fianna F.il/Progressive Democrats government by three votes and was followed at the weekend by the announcement of £50 million for hospital facilities in Tullamore, in the Minister's own constituency. Free article

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McAnespie family harassed

25 February 1999

The family of Aidan McAnespie, shot dead by a British soldier at a vehicle checkpoint at Aughnacloy, were harassed by paratroopers as they returned from a mass to commemorate the 11th anniversary of his death. Free article

Hamill trial begins.

25 February 1999

On the first day of the Robert Hamill trial in Armagh crown court on Monday 22 February, several witnesses described how they saw the father of two being kicked to death as four heavily armed RUC officers in a nearby Land Rover watched on and failed to intervene. Free article

US Senator makes submission to Patten commission

25 February 1999

American Senator Tom Hayden, speaking to An Phoblacht shortly after the public launch of a submission to the Patten Commission compiled by a group of American policing experts, said that cosmetic changes in the composition of the Los Angeles police had failed to bring about reforms. Free article

Garvaghy Road residents visit Dublin

25 February 1999

A delegation representing the Garvaghy Road Residents Coalition (GRRC) arrived in Dublin On Tuesday, 23 February for a day of high-profile activities organised by Dublin Sinn Fein. Free article

Row over B Specials gun club

25 February 1999

A row has erupted over plans to lease Bangor borough's gym to the Ulster Special Constabulary's gun club. Free article

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