19 October 2000 Edition

Finucane confession suppressed by RUC

19 October 2000

It has been revealed that the RUC had a detailed verbal confession to the killing of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane two years after his assassination but the Special Branch stopped the pursuit of a prosecution to protect British military intelligence agent Brian Nelson and other RUC informers. Free article

Adams urges fightback against corruption

19 October 2000

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams officially opens the Sinn Féin Sligo/Leitrim Constituency Office and Advice Centre in Sligo last weekend at the conclusion of an extremely successful two-day trip to the constituency. Adams said that ``while people are extremely concerned over growing crises in matters such as housing, health, education, farming incomes and inflation, possibly the biggest issue for most at this time is the question of sleaze and corruption and whether people can actually trust many of their elected representatives any more''. Free article

Kelly rejects Castlerea sentence review

19 October 2000

Reacting to a ruling in the High Court in Dublin setting a 22 January 2001 date for the State's appeal to increase the sentences of republican prisoners Kevin Walsh and Pearse McAuley, Sinn Féin spokesperson Gerry Kelly said it ``makes no difference to the essential fact that these men, and those held with them in Castlerea, were and still are entitled to early release under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. Free article

Fluoridation - Mandatory Medication of the people

19 October 2000

Could it be true that phosphate fertiliser has a byproduct, so serious a carcinogen that it cannot be released into the air or water, that is disposed of by pumping it into the drinking water supply, at 1 to 4 parts per million rate? It's called fluoridation of water. And, in the 26 Counties, fluoridation of drinking water is mandatory. Free article

Barnes and McCormack remembered

19 October 2000

There was a large attendance outside the gates of Winson Green Prision, Birmingham, for the Barnes/McCormack Commemoration on Saturday 7 October. The two republicans were hanged in the prision in 1940. The event, organised by the Phoenix Society, also remembered Volunteer James McDade. Free article

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INOU demands real increases

19 October 2000

In its pre-Budget submission launched on Friday 13 October, the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed (INOU) called for an increase of £14 in Unemployment Assistance ``instead of the slap in the face handed out by McCreevy last year of a £4 increase, with £40 going to those in the top tax bracket''. Free article

Yes, Minister McGuinness

19 October 2000

In an exclusive interview with An Phoblacht's PEADAR WHELAN, Sinn Féin Six-County Minister for Education, Martin McGuinness, discusses his brief and issues including the impact of Sinn Féin's equality agenda on his work, measures to assist Irish-language and integrated schools, the 11+ exam, discrimination against the Travelling community, and how he dealt with the DUP-led protests that greeted his initial appointment. The Mid-Ulster MP also highlights Sinn Féin's all-Ireland vision for education. Free article

McLaughlin briefs British trade unionists on policing

19 October 2000

Sinn Féin's Mitchell McLaughlin was in London on Thursday 12 October in response to an invitation from British trades union activists to provide an unpdate on the current state of the policing issue, particulary in respect of the title and symbols of the RUC. The meeting at Hammersmith Irish Centre was organised by the Hammersmith and Fulham Trades Union Council and the Connolly Association with the support the Acton Trade Union Club. It was chaired by Gwen Cook and also on the platform were Daltún Ó Ceallaigh from Trade Unionists for Irish Unity, Dublin, and Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn. Free article

Fine Gael motion plays games with peace

19 October 2000

In his first major Dáil outing as Fine Gael spokeperson on the North, Brian Hayes TD sponsored a motion this week which called on ``all members of Dáil Éireann'' to support the call for the public to assist the RUC and the gardai in relation to the 1998 Omagh bombing. The motion was a transparent attempt to target Sinn Féin, as was clear from the commentary of a number of Fine Gael speakers. Free article

Summit deal but Palestinians are still dying

19 October 2000

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat reached an agreement to end Israeli-Palestinian violence this week, but it initially looked increasingly irrelevant as the violence continued. The agreement for an end to violence, concrete steps to eliminate friction and a joint effort to prevent a recurrence of the last 20 days' bloodshed, was reached at the Sharm al-Shaykh Egyptian Summit. Free article

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