14 February 2002 Edition

Dubin 11 in court

14 February 2002

The trial of eleven anti-racists accused under the Public Order Act in relation to a sit in at Bertie Ahern's office on 28 March 2000 was underway this week in Dublin. They were charged under the Public Order Act 1994 with refusing to obey the direction of a Garda. The maximum sentence if convicted is £500 fine or six months for each defendant. Free article

The Final Phase - Creating an Ireland of Equals

14 February 2002

Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel Mc Laughlin gave the annual Volunteers Coen and MacManus Memorial Lecture in Sligo on Sunday last. The following is an edited version of his speech. Free article

RUC/PSNI accused

14 February 2002

Sinn Féin Councillor Gerard Brophy has lodged an official complaint with the Police Ombudsman after the RUC/PSNI formally cautioned him for riotous behaviour. Brophy described the charge against him as a dangerous and malicious political stunt. Free article

Bloody Sunday families challenge RUC anonymity

14 February 2002

Madden & Finucane Solicitors, who represent the majority of the families of the deceased and wounded on Bloody Sunday, have lodged in the High Court in Belfast an application for Judicial Review of the Tribunal's decision to grant screening to the RUC witnesses due to give evidence before the Inquiry. Free article

Maghera bomb claim by UDA's new flag of convenience

14 February 2002

Commenting on the claim that it planted a bomb in Maghera by a group calling itself the 'South Londonderry Volunteers', Mid-Ulster MP Martin McGuinness said on Wednesday: Free article

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Shoot-to-kill family's court challenge to Reid

14 February 2002

The family of Gervaise McKerr, who was shot dead by the RUC in 1982 in one of a series of shoot-to-kill incidents, was granted leave in the High Court last Friday to apply for Judicial Review against Secretary of State, John Reid for his failure to provide an effective investigation into the IRA Volunteer's death. Free article

Teenager in gun threat

14 February 2002

A 16-year-old boy from Glengormley says he was lucky to escape with his life after he was confronted by a gunman in Glengormley last Saturday night, 9 February. Free article

Colombia Three walkers brave bad weather

14 February 2002

The 40 people who participated in the second Tar Isteach Bogtrotters' sponsored walk in support of the Colombia Three, held on Sunday 11 February, raised more than €3,000. The walkers braved a dreary, cold, wet day to trek the five miles from Bray to Greystones, but even with the bad weather and muddy conditions, everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon out in the sea air as it was for a worthy cause. Free article

The film that refuses to die

14 February 2002

Between 1969 and 1999, there were 1,000 deaths in police custody in prisons and mental institutions in Britain, without a single conviction against the officers involved. One of those deaths was that of Brian Douglas, who in May 1995 was stopped by police in Clapham, south London, after a night out with a friend. Two police officers, Mark Tuffy and Paul Harrison, used batons to restrain Douglas before getting him into the police van and to Kensington police station. Free article

Justice in limbo

14 February 2002

Derry filmmaker Ann Crilly launched her new film Limbo at the Bloody Sunday weekend in Derry. Introducing it, she said she hoped the film would help the relatives of those shot dead on Bloody Sunday 30 years ago. At first glance it was hard to see how the film would do that but its subject matter works on the mind and on reflection, I think it will help the relatives. Free article

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