3 February 2000 Edition

North Antrim attacks

3 February 2000

Catholic-owned shops have become the target of sectarian attacks for the second time in a month in the mainly Protestant village of Broughshane, near Ballymena. Free article

Poyntzpass killers sentenced

3 February 2000

Three loyalists have been given life sentences for their role in the killing of Poyntzpass friends Philip Allen and Damien Trainor at the Railway bar in March 1998. Free article

Self interest and sectarianism in the Assembly

3 February 2000

``Damned if she did and damned if she didn't.'' This was how Sinn Féin Assembly member John Kelly summed up the recent decision by Minister for Health Bairbre de Brún to build the new regional maternity unit at the Royal Group of Hospitals site in Belfast. Free article

RUC ``intent on starting trouble'' in Derry

3 February 2000

Numerous complaints have been made to Sinn Féin about the behaviour of the RUC, which tried to provoke trouble in Derry during the week of Bloody Sunday commemoration. Free article

Health inequality slammed

3 February 2000

The state of our public health service is an indictment of the values which imbue the Celtic Tiger economy, according to Sinn Féin's Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. The Cavan/Monaghan TD was speaking in support of a motion criticising waiting lists and the other serious problems in the health service. He urged the new minister, Mícheál Martin, to adopt a fresh approach. Free article

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We need a waste management strategy

3 February 2000

Wicklow and Louth County Councils are facing serious crises because of their respective lack of a waste management plan. Free article

Evictions threat in Fermanagh

3 February 2000

Following a forced eviction in North Belfast and the threat of more in Derry, Fermanagh Housing Executive has now warned that it is likely to use court action and forced evictions more frequently against tenants who find themselves in debt. Free article

Finucane poster campaign launched

3 February 2000

Two thousand members of the legal profession from Ireland and accross the world, including the Irish Attorney General, have put their signatures to a campaign poster supporting the UN Special Rapporteur's call for an Judicial inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane. Free article

90% rise in house prices

3 February 2000

House prices in the 26 Counties rose by 90.9% over the past four years according to new figures produced by the Irish Permanent bank and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). Free article

New councillor aims to make a difference

3 February 2000

Jonathan O'Brien was co-opted onto Cork City Corporation two weeks ago. He has taken over the Sinn Féin seat that Don O'Leary won last summer but was forced to resign due to illness. ``It's tragic, after working so hard for the people of the Northside, over the last 20 years, that Don had to resign. It won't be easy to follow him and to bring change to this area of the city, which has been entirely neglected over the years. But that is what we are committed to doing.'' Free article

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