17 June 2004 Edition

Political landscape transformed by vote

17 June 2004

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has hailed Sinn Féin's massive showing throughout the island as a major advance for all of those who want to see a United Ireland based on equality and an Ireland of equals in a Europe of equals. Free article


17 June 2004

17 June 2004 Free article

Government parties suffer in EU elections - Low turnouts across enlarged EU

17 June 2004

Despite the recent expansion of the European Union, citizens across the Union appeared to take little interest in this first parliamentary election since Europe's "big boom" enlargement. On average, only 44.6% of eligible European voters turned up at their local polling stations to select the MEPs who will represent their countries. Free article

Paras were a 'death squad out to get some kills' - Bloody Sunday Inquiry

17 June 2004

The four soldiers who opened fire on Bloody Sunday victim Jim Wray were nothing less than a "death squad" who had resolved beforehand to "get some kills". That was the damning assessment of Lord Anthony Gifford QC, lawyer for the Wray family, as he made his final submission to the Saville tribunal on Monday. The soldiers he referred to are known only be the letters F, G, H and E. Free article

British soldiers charged over Iraq abuse

17 June 2004

A year after photographs depicting British troops abusing Iraqi prisoners were discovered by a shop assistant in Tamworth, Staffordshire, the British Attorney General announced this week that four soldiers are to face charges, including indecent assault, assault and failure to prevent assault, as well as the military offences of prejudicing good order and military discipline. Free article

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PSNI harass Sinn Féin members on Euro polling day

17 June 2004

Lurgan, County Armagh A Sinn Féin activist was stopped at a garage by armed members of the PSNI, who jumped from two armoured cars. The PSNI members were heavily armed and wearing bulletproof jackets Free article

Establishment parties vote to renew Offences Against the State Acts

17 June 2004

On top of massive electoral success this week, Sinn Féin has made another leap in progressing rights for all by publishing a Dáil Bill seeking to repeal that familiar piece of emergency legislation known as the Offences Against the State Acts 1939-1998. Free article

Residents escape as Brit chopper crashes in Crossmaglen

17 June 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member for Newry & Armagh, Conor Murphy, has expressed "anger and outrage" after a British Army helicopter hit a tree in the garden of a family home in Crossmaglen on Wednesday morning. Free article

Ardoyne republican receives death threats

17 June 2004

North Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Kathy Stanton on Wednesday hit out after unionist paramilitaries issued death threats to Ardoyne republican Eddie Copeland and his girlfriend. Free article

Forced out of home by unionist thugs

17 June 2004

A 32-year-old Catholic woman has been forced to leave her County Down home following weeks of loyalist intimidation. A hoax device was left outside the woman's home at Railway Street in Comber on Thursday 10 June and her car was also set alight. Free article

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