27 February 2003 Edition

Special Branch delivers security blow to Royal Maternity

27 February 2003

The Head of the PSNI's Special Branch has intervened in the consultation process that is to decide the location of the new Belfast maternity hospital. Free article

Brown cuts the gain and piles on the pain

27 February 2003

At last, an announcement has been made about the reform of the hospital services in the Six Counties. NIO Health Minister Des Brown made his decisions on Monday following a final round of consultation. Free article

Omagh discussion forum

27 February 2003

West Tyrone Assembly member Barry McElduff has involved young people in the Omagh area in a novel initiative by setting up a Discussion Forum at Sinn Féin's Constituency Office in Omagh, County Tyrone. Free article

Bizarre Colombia trial shifts to Medellin

27 February 2003

The latest, and most bizarre yet, stage of the trial of the three Irishmen in Colombia facing charges of assisting FARC rebels, will get under way in the country's second city, Medellin, next Tuesday. Free article

Inspiring weekend for gaeilgeoirs

27 February 2003

A very successful and enjoyable Slógadh Shinn Féin took place last weekend in South Armagh. Visitors arrived from every part of Ireland and received warm hospitality from people living locally and in the neighbouring counties of Down, Louth and Monaghan. Free article

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Maskey meets mayors of ten US cities

27 February 2003

Belfast Mayor Alex Maskey's tour of the US started in New York on the day the city and the northeast coast was hit by a snowstorm that left more than two feet of snow from Boston to Washington DC. However, only his first engagements in Boston had to be cancelled. Free article

Challenges remain for the new South Africa

27 February 2003

Recently returned from a Parades Commission-sponsored trip to South Africa, Sinn Féin Councillor EOIN Ó BROIN reflects on the state of the transition, almost nine years after the coming to power of Mandela's ANC. Free article

Taoiseach urged to act on needs of autistic children

27 February 2003

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health and Children, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD used his opportunity to question the Taoiseach in Dáil 'Leaders Questions' on Wednesday to raise the urgent need for speech and language services services for children with special needs. He raised the issue as parents and children demonstrated about the poor services for children with autism. Free article

Morgan calls for renewed campaign to shut Sellafield

27 February 2003

Maybe not a u-turn but the brakes have clearly been applied on the nuclear industry in Britain this week. The publication of the British government's White Paper on Energy failed to include the ringing endorsement sought by some within Blair's cabinet and the opposition Conservative Party for the nuclear power option. Free article

No will to tackle child poverty

27 February 2003

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social and Community Affairs Seán Crowe TD, speaking on the Social Welfare Bill yesterday, hit out at the government for its failure to address child poverty. Free article

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