25 March 2004 Edition

PSNI and media slated over 'race attack'

25 March 2004

West Belfast community workers and Sinn Féin activists have reacted angrily to the PSNI and sections of media after they claimed that an attack carried out on a man in the Lower Falls area last week was racially motivated. Free article

Call for UVF bomb case to be re-examined

25 March 2004

The only person to be charged in a loyalist "attempt at mass murder" walked free from court last week after a Belfast judge accepted his claim that he did not know that the car he was driving contained a bomb. Reacting to the acquittal, Sinn Féin's North Antrim Assembly member Philip McGuigan called for an inquiry into the judgement. Free article

Drunken Royal Irish Regiment soldier attacked student

25 March 2004

An off-duty Royal Irish Regiment (RIR) soldier who, along with a colleague, attacked a student in a drunken brawl, leaving him with a brain haemorrhage, was jailed for a year last Friday 19 March at a court in Portrush in County Antrim. Free article

Cullinane criticises Charles Windsor visit

25 March 2004

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin EU candidate for the South constituency, criticised last weekend's visit by Charles Windsor, heir to the British throne, to a party in Lismore as grossly offensive. The Waterford-based party representative said that the visit to the Duke of Devonshire, who still claims to own vast swathes of East Cork and West Waterford, was an insult to the people there and a display of the British royal family's arrogance. Free article

McDonald welcomes Cullen to the real world

25 March 2004

Sinn Féin candidate for the European Elections in Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has welcomed Minister Martin Cullen to the 'real world' following his decision to introduce a 'pay-by-use' scheme for waste collection. Free article

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Crowe questions commitment to public transport

25 March 2004

The €3.5 billion public transport investment package announced on Monday by Minister Brennan is less than half the amount pledged for new roads, said Sinn Féin Dáil spokesperson on Transport, Seán Crowe. Free article

Minister must prevent Peamount TB unit closure

25 March 2004

Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has urged the Minister for Health and Children, Mícheál Martin, to intervene directly to prevent the closure of the specialist TB unit at Peamount Hospital in Dublin. Free article

Eircom Lotto winners cash in

25 March 2004

There was no winner to last Saturday's lotto, however for the directors of Eircom and some of its largest shareholders, it was one weekend they didn't have to worry about quick picks. They took home lotto-like payoffs as Eircom, the former state-owned, then public, then private company, returned to the stock market. Free article

Support for Drogheda postal workers

25 March 2004

Sinn Féin European election candidate John Dwyer was in Drogheda on Friday last giving support to the postal workers in the town. Louth TD Arthur Morgan and local election candidate Tom Cunningham joined him this week in urging people to post their mail at Drogheda Post Office despite management of An Post saying they can't deal with the present backlog. Free article

Louth Sinn Féin launches election candidates

25 March 2004

A total of 15 candidates will be contesting the local elections in Louth on behalf of Sinn Féin. This is a significant increase on last time and is a sign of the growth of Sinn Féin throughout the County and the Country overall. Free article

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