1 April 1999 Edition

IRA investigation locates grave sites

1 April 1999

After an 18-month investigation to locate the graves of people executed and buried in a period from 1972 to 1981 the IRA revealed, on Monday 29 March, that it has now identified the burial places of nine of those it killed. Free article

Irish stopped by British police seven times a year

1 April 1999

A shocking survey carried out by a British criminologist has shown that Irish people living in Britain are stopped, searched and questioned by British police officers up to seven times a year. Free article

Antrim sectarian bombings

1 April 1999

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann, Dr. Dara O'Hagan, is urging nationalists to remain vigilant in the wake of another loyalist pipe bomb attack. Free article

Loyalist abduction attempt in South Belfast

1 April 1999

A 22-year-old West Belfast man has described how his mobile phone saved his life after he was abducted by loyalists in Tate's Avenue on St. Patrick's night, the third such attempt in Belfast in a week. An Phoblacht reported last week that two West Belfast youths had a lucky escape when loyalists grabbed them as they went through the Village area. If one of them had not escaped to raise the alarm, the loyalists, who were armed with knives, would almost certainly have killed them. Free article

RUC Chief covers his tracks

1 April 1999

It was 3am and just a few short hours after the brutal killing of Lurgan solicitor Rosemary Nelson when the telephone rang in the NIO Secretary of State's residence. The caller, RUC Chief Ronnie Flanagan, was seeking Mo Mowlam's endorsement of his decision to bring David Philips, Kent Chief Constable, into the murder investigation. Mowlam gave the go ahead, leaving the RUC chief to announce the assistance of the senior British police officer together with agents of the FBI. Free article

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British ban collusion book

1 April 1999

The British Ministry of Defence has banned a book on Brian Nelson, one of the British intelligence agents who colluded with the UDA in targeting nationalists. It is widely believed that the book is being suppressed because the information would support the growing calls for an independent inquiry into the 1989 assassination of solicitor Pat Finucane. Free article

Call for Six-County representation in the Oireachtas

1 April 1999

Deputy Caoimhghín O Caoláin has described as ``positive and constructive,'' the meeting between a Sinn Féin delegation and the All-Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution in Dublin Thursday, 25 March The delegation was there to discuss Sinn Féin's submission to the Committee calling for representation for citizens in the Six Counties in the Oireachtas and voting rights in presidential elections and referenda. Free article

Sunday World story slated

1 April 1999

The man injured in a loyalist bomb attack in South Down last Tuesday, has lambasted a story in the Sunday World which said the grenade may have been in Francie Trainor's scrapyard for the past ten years. Free article

Hamill independent inquiry call

1 April 1999

The British government is under increasing pressure to call an independent inquiry into the sectarian murder of Portadown Catholic Robert Hamill after a man was acquitted of murder at Belfast High Court last week. Free article

Dismay at Paras deployment

1 April 1999

Mick Murphy, Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Down, has expressed his dismay at news of the deployment of the British army's Parachute Regiment in his constituency. Free article

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