5 July 2001 Edition

When is an employee not an employee?

5 July 2001

A recent case taken by a motorbike courier has raised serious questions about taxation in the courier industry, which could have implications for a range of workers denied their rights because they are treated by their employers as contractors. MICHAEL PIERSE investigates. Free article

Donegal pylon campaigners win case

5 July 2001

An Bord Pleanála has given anti-pylon campaigners in Donegal a great boost by deciding to refuse the ESB planning permission for a 110kv power line that would have been a blight on the face of the county and a potential health hazard. The proposed route, overland from Letterkenny to Binbane near Ardara via Creeslough and Gortahork, takes in some of the finest scenery in Ireland. Free article

Joe McDonnell anniversary to be marked

5 July 2001

This weekend sees the anniversary of the death on hunger strike of Joe McDonnell, the fifth hunger striker to die in 1981. To mark his death the Lenadoon 1981 Committee have organised a weekend of events to commemorate the death. Free article

Jackie Griffith commemoration

5 July 2001

Martin Ferris addressed a commemoration held in Dublin last weekend to commemorate the death of Volunteer Jackie Griffith, shot down by Special Branch detectives on 4 July 1943 as he cycled past the junction of Merrion Square and Holles Street. Free article

Economic Slowdown

5 July 2001

Clear evidence of a slowdown in the 26-County economy was presented this week in jobs data published by IDA Ireland and tax returns released by the Department of Finance. Free article

Illegal Orange Arches challenged

5 July 2001

The Department of Regional Development, run by DUP Minister Gregory Campbell, is to face legal action over the erection of Orange Arches in Magherafelt in County Derry and Glengormley, County Antrim. Free article

RUC block compensation

5 July 2001

A North Belfast family whose home and belongings were destroyed in a loyalist blast incendiary bomb attack in February are being blocked from receiving compesation by the RUC. Free article

Turkish hunger strike raised in Dáil

5 July 2001

As the death toll in the hunger strike in Turkey reached 26 last week, Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin raised the issue in the Dáil and called on the Irish government to protest in the strongest terms to the Turkish government. Free article

Waste Bill is ``totally anti-democratic''

5 July 2001

``Totally anti-democratic'' was how Cavan/Monaghan Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin described government legislation which takes powers over waste management away from the elected members of local authorities in order to push through government plans for waste incinerators around the country. Free article

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