14 April 2005 Edition

Basque election candidates banned

14 April 2005

A violent police assault on the leaders and supporters of Batasuna during a pro-independence rally on Basque National Day (Easter Sunday) in Iruña, the capital of the Basques, was not an isolated incident or down to overzealous police officers. Free article

If you stand for nothing, you'll fall for anything

14 April 2005

The SDLP is a party in crisis and, literally, it doesn't know which way to turn. One moment it is declaring its republican credentials, the next it is courting Ulster Unionist votes. One moment, it's throwing in the towel to promote an independent candidate, the next declaring its intention to contest every seat; one moment post-nationalist, the next the unacknowledged true heirs of Irish republicanism. Free article

Fullerton case raised in Dáil

14 April 2005

Sinn Féin TDs in Leinster House raised the case of Donegal Sinn Féin County Councillor Eddie Fullerton in the Dáil last Tuesday, with a series of questions to Justice Minister Michael McDowell. Free article

Nurses protest A&E overcrowding

14 April 2005

A series of protests by the Irish Nurses' Organisation began on Tuesday, with action taken at Dublin's Mater Hospital, Cork University Hospital and Roscommon General. The protests are part of a campaign to highlight the continuing problem of overcrowding, which Minister for Health Mary Harney promised would be improved by March. Free article

Gama workers protest

14 April 2005

Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan (pictured) joined over 300 Gama employees, who have been on work stoppage for over a week, as they protested outside the Dáil on Tuesday. The men are demanding government intervention in their dispute with Gama, which is accused of systematically underpaying and exploiting its workers, and the publication of a Department of Enterprise report on their working conditions. Free article

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We will not be criminalised

14 April 2005

Hundreds of former republican political prisoners and their families gathered in the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Monday evening 11 April, for an anti-criminalisation rally organised by Coiste na nIarchimí. Free article

Callanan calls on people to join trade unions - BY RAY O'REILLY

14 April 2005

Speaking at the Independent Workers' Union annual conference in Galway last week, Sinn Féin Councillor Daniel Callanan called on people to join trade unions and protect their rights. Free article

UDA internal feud escalates

14 April 2005

Sources close to the UDA are warning of an internal power struggle within the loyalist paramilitary organisation. East Belfast UDA boss Jim Gray was ousted from his position last week and there is now speculation that UDA leaders in North and West Belfast, Andre Shoukri (pictured) and Jim Spence, are also under threat. Free article

Bradley and Attwood ignore resign calls

14 April 2005

Policing Board vice chair Denis Bradley and the SDLP's Alex Attwood have said they will not resign from the Policing Board, despite a number of human rights groups expressing anger at the decision of the board to approve the PSNI's purchase of a new model of plastic bullet. Free article

Ógra day of protest

14 April 2005

Republicans from all over Ireland took part in a nationwide day of action last Saturday. Members of Ógra Shinn Féin took to the streets in Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Omagh, Strabane, South Armagh, Down, Cork, Galway and Leitrim. The purpose of the protest was to remember the election of Bobby Sands MP in the constituency of Fermanagh/South Tyrone. Free article

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