8 July 1999 Edition

U.S. politicians want unbiased Finucane probe

8 July 1999

In a recent letter signed by 26 members of the United States Congress, a broad bipartisan group of American legislators has renewed pressure on the British government to establish a public inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. Free article

Crossmaglen families under siege

8 July 1999

Following the return of the confiscated land belonging to the GAA in Crossmaglen, additional surveillance equipment has been installed in the gardens of the Quinn, McNamee and Teelan families which were confiscated in 1973, at the same time the GAA had their property confiscated. Free article

Nationalists fearful as RUC collude in loyalist checkpoint

8 July 1999

An RUC patrol stood by as loyalists set up a checkpoint and checked drivers' identification in North Belfast on Saturday 26 June. Free article

Doctors warn of herbicide cancer link

8 July 1999

Swedish cancer doctors, Lennart Hardell and Mikael Eriksson, want to see further health studies on the impact of a herbicide being used on Irish farms. Free article

Exclusion in Youghal

8 July 1999

People in Youghal, County Cork, are still scratching their heads over the discriminatory treatment meted to poll-topping Sinn Féin Councillor Martin Hallinan, who failed to even secure a place on any of the UDC committees at the first postelection meeting of the council. Free article

``Damning indictment'' of RUC from US Congress leaders

8 July 1999

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín O Caoláin has described a letter from ten leading members of the United States Congress to the Patten Commission as a ``damning indictment'' of the RUC. Free article

O Caoláin backs longer opening hours

8 July 1999

The government's Intoxicating Liquor Bill came to grief in Leinster House last week as it failed to win enough support to push it through before the summer recess. The widely criticised bill would have abolished the Sunday `Holy Hour' in pubs and allowed a one-off 24-hour opening on New Year's Eve 1999. Free article

Spend the surplus

8 July 1999

The 26-County economy generated £53 billion in wealth last year. This year the economy is set to grow even more with Dublin government surplus funds predicted to be as high as £4.5 billion. Tax receipts are over 17% higher this year than in 1998. Free article

Direct actions saves transport service

8 July 1999

Direct action by people with disabilities has saved a pioneering transport network which provides a vital service in the Greater Dublin area. Despite previous government commitments to fund the service the money ran out and a protest vigil was held outside Leinster House last week demanding action. Free article

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