31 January 2002 Edition

Elections should be held at weekend

31 January 2002

Sinn Féin Councillor and candidate for Dublin South West, Seán Crowe, has called on the Dublin government to hold the general election at a weekend to ensure that the greatest number possible will be given an opportunity to vote. Free article

Government must implement people's decision on Nice

31 January 2002

The keynote speaker at the public meeting of the National Forum on Europe held in Monaghan town on 25 January was Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, who called upon the government to implement the people's decision in the Nice Treaty referendum. He said that the government had failed to do so and its conduct, and that of the other member state governments, proved the point made by the anti-Nice campaign that the Treaty was undemocratic. The Monaghan meeting was one of a serie that have been taking place across the state in January. Free article

Racism must be confronted

31 January 2002

Cllr Nicky Kehoe of Dublin Central Sinn Féin has offered his deepest sympathy to members of the Chinese community in Ireland and relatives of Zhao Liu Tao, who died following what Gardaí are describing as a racially motivated attack. Councillor Kehoe said the death was "a tragic waste of life" illustrating what appalling consequences racism can have. Free article

New Lodge massacre to be remembered

31 January 2002

A commemoration to remember The New Lodge Six will be held at the memorial garden in Donore Court, off the New Lodge Road in Belfast next Monday, 4 February, at 7.30pm - the 29th anniversary of their deaths. Free article

Republican involvement denied in Castlewellan incident

31 January 2002

Sinn Féin's local councillors in the Castlewellan area Frank Mc Dowell and Willie Clark have denied any republican involvement in an incident in Castlewellan that led to a prominent member of the SDLP being hospitalised. Free article

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Negative campaigning by Fine Gael

31 January 2002

Sinn Féin Waterford has accused Fine Gael's John Deasy of negative campaigning by using the detention of three Irishmen in Colombia as a stick with which to beat Sinn Féin. Free article

Embassy Sellafield picket

31 January 2002

Several hundred protestors joined a picket at the British Embassy in Dublin last Wednesday, 23 January, to demand "the complete and verifiable decommissioning" of the nuclear plant at Sellafield. Free article

MacManus slams Sligo refuse privatisation

31 January 2002

Sinn Féin Alderman Sean MacManus has described the decision by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael Councillors to privatise Sligo Corporation's domestic refuse collection as "the most cynical and the single worst decision taken by this Council". Free article

Children feature in St Pat's Day Parade

31 January 2002

The theme of this year's St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast is Páistí an Domhain/Children of the World, said Irene Sherry, chairperson of Carnabhal Naomh Pádraig, at the recent launch of plans for this year's celebrations. Free article

Boycott Turkish holidays call

31 January 2002

Picketers leafleted the Holiday World Experience travel fair at Dublin's RDS last Saturday calling on the 50,000 people who visit the fair to boycott travel to Turkey is protest at the appalling lack of human rights in that country. Free article

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