24 February 2005 Edition

Football pitches cold house for nationalist teams

24 February 2005

Sinn Féin Assembly member Fra McCann has called on Belfast City Council to review the running of Suffolk playing fields in West Belfast after it emerged that not one nationalist team has played there in the past year. Free article

Police Ombudsman to investigate PSNI handling of case

24 February 2005

An investigator from the Police Ombudsmans Office is to probe the PSNI handling of the case into the shooting of Ardoyne man Jason O'Halloran by the UDA in July 2002. Free article

British soldier at heart of collusion killings

24 February 2005

The 1973 killing of West Belfast man Patrick Eugene Heenan is to be scrutinised by the Police Ombudsman's office. The dead man's family has made a formal complaint urging it to investigate collusion between the UDA bombers and crown forces. Free article

McDowell must demand PSNI co-operation with Fullertons

24 February 2005

Speaking following the announcement on Monday at Hillsborough of an arrangement for enhanced co-operation between the PSNI and An Garda Síochána, Sinn Féin Donegal County Councillor, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on Justice Minister Michael McDowell to demand that the PSNI now fully co-operate with the family of murdered Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fullerton in their search for truth and justice. Free article

Growing frustration over special needs provision

24 February 2005

Speaking on the party's Private Members motion on Education for Special Needs in the Dáil this week, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Seán Crowe, while acknowledging the progress made in the area of special needs education, said there was "growing frustration and concern among parents, teachers and principals at the plans for future provision for those with special needs". Free article

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Elected reps rearing to go

24 February 2005

Like fish to water last weekend, a large number of Sinn Féin elected representatives gathered in Cavan from all across Ireland, from Cork, Belfast, Waterford, Wexford, Mayo, Derry and the border counties, to attend a meeting of the party's National Elected Representatives Forum (NERF). Free article

Adams urges party members to seize the initiative

24 February 2005

Gerry Adams, hotfoot from the Basque Country, with four interviews already completed that morning and followed by a host of media hacks, strode into the Dublin Sinn Féin AGM last Saturday to a prolonged standing ovation from some 150 delegates and members. Free article

Thousands attend Breslin/Devine 20th Anniversary Commemoration

24 February 2005

STRABANE witnessed its largest ever republican commemoration on Sunday as thousands turned up to remember local Volunteers Charlie Breslin, Michael Devine and David Devine, who were brutally executed by undercover British forces in the early hours of 23 February 1985. Free article

Anger as graves vandalised

24 February 2005

Councillor Jarlath McNulty, the Sinn Féin Chair of Strabane District Council, says local people are in no doubt that the PSNI was responsible for the destruction of wreaths and family floral tributes left at the graves of IRA Volunteers Charlie Breslin and Michael and David Devine. Free article

Schoolgirl scoops Donegal SF Lotto

24 February 2005

Friday 12 February was a big night for Falcarragh schoolgirl Michelle McGee, who attended the Loch Altan Hotel in Gortahork to be presented with a cheque for over two-and-a-half thousand euro. Free article

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