2 December 2004 Edition

Iran's nuclear threat

2 December 2004

In 2001, as part of a deal with the Iranian Government to improve relations, and at the specific request of the Mullahs, the British Government added the Iranian resistance movement, the Mujaheddin e Khalq, or People's Mujaheddin Organisation of Iran (MEK) to its list of proscribed groups, officially branding it as a terrorist organisation. Free article

Kieran Milnes released

2 December 2004

West Belfast man Kieran Milnes, sentenced last month to nine months for apprehending a teenager he believed was trying to steal his car, was released from jail on Wednesday. Free article

Collusion relatives to lobby European Parliament

2 December 2004

More than 50 relatives of people killed as a result of collusion between the British Government and unionist paramilitaries are to travel to Brussels next week to raise at the European Parliament the issue of state-sponsored killings. Free article

Finucanes reject inquiries legislation

2 December 2004

New legislation set out by the British Government on Friday 26 November "would bring an end to independent public inquiries and allow the [British] government to prevent independent scrutiny of a range of events where there are serious allegations of state misconduct", says Jane Winter, director of British Irish Rights Watch. Free article

SAS get away with murder

2 December 2004

The decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) not to prosecute members of the British Army's SAS involved in shooting dead two IRA Volunteers in Derry in 1984 was upheld in the High Court in Belfast on Wednesday 24 November. Free article

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Jordan inquest jeopardised

2 December 2004

Legal proceedings relating to the shooting dead of unarmed IRA Volunteer Pearse Jordan 12 years ago could be put in jeopardy after it was revealed that the RUC man responsible for the controversial killing has moved out of the Six Counties. Free article

UDA ceasefire questioned after five appear in court

2 December 2004

The appearance of five UDA members at a Belfast Court on attempted kidnap charges calls into question the latest UDA ceasefire. Free article

Stand and deliver: Dublin's bin tax ripoff

2 December 2004

Tens of thousands of Dublin families will face household waste charges of up to €340 a year following the imposition of a 75% increase in the charges by the City Manager in the City Council Estimates. The Estimates were passed by an alliance of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour councillors with support from lone Green and PD representatives. Free article

Refuse charge waivers under threat in Limerick

2 December 2004

Sinn Féin has called for urgent clarification from Limerick City Council of reports that the waiver system in respect of refuse charges may be discontinued. Free article

Sinn Féin councillor to stand down

2 December 2004

Sinn Féin Newry and Mourne District Councillor Elena Martin has confirmed that she will not be running again in the forthcoming local elections due early next year. The Slieve Gullion area Sinn Féin representative cited pressures as a young working mother as a major influence on her decision not to allow her name go forward for reselection. Free article

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