4 October 2001 Edition

Spring abortion poll likely

4 October 2001

Sinn FÈin is studying proposed legislative changes to the 26-County Constitution regarding abortion following the publication this week of proposals for a referendum on the issue. Free article

Bank manager tells of "wanton murder"

4 October 2001

A senior manager of First Trust Bank has told the Bloody Sunday Inquiry that what happened on 30 January 1972 was "wanton murder". Michael Hegaty told the inquiry that, as a teenager, he had defied his parents' instruction to stay away from the civil rights march and had climbed out of a bathroom window, carrying a cine camera. Free article

British Army harassment

4 October 2001

Down Sinn FÈin councillor Frank McDowell has hit out at the increased British Army activity in the Newcastle area after British soldiers spent a number of hours setting up checkpoints and harassing people. Free article

Sinn FÈin councillors accuse GardaÌ of malicious arrests

4 October 2001

Two Belfast-based Sinn FÈin councillors and a teenager, also from Belfast, are accusing the GardaÌ of overreacting and maliciousness after the trio were arrested in Dublin in the early hours of Saturday morning 29 September. While in custody, one of the councillors and the teenager say they were assaulted by GardaÌ. Free article

Lignite fears raised

4 October 2001

At a public meeting organised by Cookstown and Western Shores (CWSAN) in Kinturk Cultural Centre on 26 September, local people voiced their concerns at the prospect of open-cast mining in the area to officials of the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) and a representative of Anglo Pacific Group. Free article

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