26 April 2001 Edition

Derryman accuses RUC of brutality after attack on family

26 April 2001

Derryman John Deery is accusing the RUC of brutality after an incident in the city last Monday 16 April when the RUC arrested him. The man's 18-year-old son Sean and 16-year-old daughter Tina were also attacked and arrested by the RUC. Free article

The Laughter of our Children

26 April 2001

With rehearsals in full swing for The Laughter of Our Children, a new play about the 1981 hunger strike, director Pam Brighton of the Dubbeljoint Theatre Company spoke to An Phoblacht about the production and its importance in this, the 20th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike. Free article

Hunger Strike play to tour Ireland

26 April 2001

The H-Block hunger strike is brought to vivid life in Peter Sheridan's controversial play, Dialann Ocrais/Diary of a Hunger Strike, which goes on national tour from 4 May until 19 June. Free article

Portlaoise Sinn Féin highlights housing crisis

26 April 2001

``You could scarcely credit it, that in these days of a booming economy, I have people coming to my door every week looking for a place to live,'' says Brian Stanley, a town commissioner in Portlaoise. ``There are people who are working two or three jobs, yet who cannot afford a house. People have been on the council housing list for years and have no immediate prospect of getting housed. Some are living in really appalling conditions, paying exorbitant rents. It is a scandal. Free article

Cowen pressed on Leinster House rights

26 April 2001

Sinn Féin assembly members Pat Doherty and Barry McElduff, in a meeting with the Dublin government's Foreign Affairs Minister Brian Cowen, called for elected representatives from the Six Counties to be allowed speaking and voting rights in Leinster House debates. Free article

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Sean MacDiarmada commemoration postponed

26 April 2001

The Sean MacDiarmada march and commemoration due to be held on 13 May in Kiltyclogher has been postponed due to the continuing risks associated with spread of Foot and Mouth disease. The organising committee will monitor the situation and hope to arrange a suitable alternative event later this year in the North Leitrim village. Free article

Sinn Féin Mayor lashes Taoiseach over Tory slur

26 April 2001

Mayor of Sligo and Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Nice Treaty, Sean McManus, slammed Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on Tuesday for trying to whip up hysteria around the Nice Treaty referendum with a suggestion that British Tories are financing the `No' campaign in Ireland. Free article

McDonnell's heroism marked in Slate Street

26 April 2001

A memorial to hunger striker Joe McDonnell was unveiled in Slate Street in the Lower Falls on Sunday last. Slate Street was where McDonnell was born and reared. Free article

McLaughlin opposes North West incinerator

26 April 2001

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Foyle, Mitchel McLaughlin, has called on Derry City Council as well as Donegal, Limavady, Strabane and Coleraine Councils to make it clear to the residents of the North West Region that they are not contemplating a waste incinerator in the North West. Free article

RUC exacerbate Lurgan trouble

26 April 2001

``The RUC only made the situation worse'', said Sinn Féin councillor John O'Dowd commenting on rioting in Lurgan's Kilwilkie estate on Tuesday 24 April. Free article

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