18 April 2002 Edition


18 April 2002

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Danny Breslin has accused the RUC/PSNI of "running amok" following weekend incidents at the upper end of Railway Street in the town, in which several people were badly injured by riot clad and baton wielding officers of the force. Free article

Supreme Court Abbeylara judgement disappointing

18 April 2002

Speaking following last week's judgement in which the Supreme Court upheld the case taken by Gardaí involved in the Abbeylara killing, Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin, who was the the Longford/ Roscommon constituency, said: Free article

RUC/PSNI presence halts Derry Council meeting

18 April 2002

A meeting of the Derry City Council Environmental Services Committee has had to be adjourned for a fifth time due to the SDLP's insistence on inviting RUC/PSNI personnel into the business of the Committee. Free article

Derry man stabbed in sectarian attack

18 April 2002

A Catholic man in his early 20s was stabbed in a sectarian attack in the Waterside area of Derry last Thursday, 11 April. The man was sitting alone in his car in Victoria Road at 8.30pm, when he heard noises coming from the rear of his car. When he got out to investigate he was confronted by two masked men. The Catholic man was struck on the left shoulder with a baseball bat by one of the attackers and punched in the face. The second attacker then stabbed him in the right arm, inflicting a large wound. Free article

Derry people urged to reject incineration

18 April 2002

Sinn Féin Councillor Gerry MacLochlainn, speaking after the first Derry City Council consultation session on the Draft Waste Management Plan of the North West Region last week, called on the people of Derry to reject incineration outright as a means of waste management. Free article

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Consultants demand 20% wage rise

18 April 2002

Which group of medical professionals took on the vested interests of government, hospital managers and the medical hierarchy to win safer and saner working conditions for themselves, their co-workers and a much better deal for patients? Free article

McBride Judicial Review rejected

18 April 2002

On Wednesday morning in the High Court in Belfast, Justice Kerr ruled against the family of Belfast teenager Peter McBride, shot dead by British soldiers in 1992. The family were challenging the decision of a British Army Board to allow the two Scots Guards convicted of his murder, Mark Wright and James Fisher, to remain in the armed forces. The ruling, which Jean McBride has described as "bizarre and unbelievable", came despite an earlier ruling by the same judge that the Army Board must reconsider its decision to continue to employ the two convicted murderers. This ruling was ignored by a subsequent meeting of the army board. Free article

Sinn Féin rejects O'Malley summons

18 April 2002

Gerry Adams and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin responded strongly last Thursday, 11 April, to PD TD Dessie O'Malley, chair of the Dáil Foreign Affairs Committee, who had requested Sinn Féin to appear before the committee to answer questions relating to alleged relationship between Sinn Féin and 'international terrorism'. The Sinn Féin leaders said they were concerned that the request "may be an attempt to use the proceedings of this Committee for blatant electioneering O'Malley's motives". The full text of the letter is as follows: Free article

Omagh Council backs call for inquiry into 1974 Patsy Kelly killing

18 April 2002

A motion proposed by Sinn Féin Councillor Pat Watters calling for the establishment of a public judicial inquiry into the assassination of nationalist Councillor Patsy Kelly in 1974 received the unanimous backing of nationalist councillors on Omagh District Council and was duly carried last week. The council also backed a further motion by Watters that a plaque in memory of Councillor Kelly should be erected within the council building. Free article

Denying children's parenting rights

18 April 2002

Residents against Racism and Sinn Féin picketed the Four Courts last Friday, 12 April, in support of the application for leave to appeal last week's High Court decision that being parents of children with Irish citizenship should not entitle the parents to residence status in Ireland. Leave to appeal was granted. Free article

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