21 April 2005 Edition

Conference to probe British State violence

21 April 2005

Families affected by British state violence were joined by former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds in Belfast's Europa Hotel on Monday at the press launch of a conference on state sponsored violence spearheaded by the campaign group Relatives for Justice. Free article

Community fights back

21 April 2005

On Friday 15 April, residents of the Lower Falls area in West Belfast sent out a clear message to the thugs involved in anti-social activity in the area that their behaviour will not be tolerated, when they organised a fun day of events for all the community. Free article

Election workers harassed

21 April 2005

The PSNI has provoked outrage in Dungannon, County Tyrone, after it harassed Sinn Féin election workers last Wednesday night. A number of police vehicles circled the workers as they canvassed and puts up posters, eventually stopping to question them for a considerable period of time. Dungannon Sinn Féin Councillor Barry Monteith said the intimidation would not stop activists from carrying out their election work. Free article

TD says parents must be with children

21 April 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called on the Minister for Justice to make "an explicit commitment that no Irish child will be deprived of the care and company of their parents as the result of a deportation order made by him". Free article

Adams brands McDowell racist

21 April 2005

Gerry Adams, speaking in Belfast at the weekend ahead of a visit to the city by the PD Justice Minister, said Michael McDowell is "a racist Minister for accusations". Free article

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MEP hosts Euro childcare conference

21 April 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Mary Lou McDonald is to host a conference on childcare in Europe in Dublin next Saturday, 23 April. The conference, in the Axis Centre, Ballymun, will be addressed by speakers, childcare experts and political representatives from Ireland, Italy and Finland. Free article

Taoiseach challenged on A&E crisis

21 April 2005

The crisis in hospital Accident and Emergency units and the Irish Nurses Organisation 'Enough is Enough' campaign were raised with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern by Sinn Féin's Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin in the Dáil on Wednesday. The party's Health spokesperson challenged the Taoiseach on the report of the Health and Safety Authority that A&E units are unsafe and have been reported to fire officers. Free article

Sinn Féin publishes Equality agenda

21 April 2005

The rights of those seeking full equality in our society are being consistently undermined by policy makers and by Direct Rule British Ministers, said Sinn Féin's Caitríona Ruane at the launch of the party's Equality platform on Wednesday. Free article

Families of Hunger Strikers to speak in Dromore

21 April 2005

Families, friends and comrades of the 1981 Hunger Strikers will gather in Dromore, County Tyrone, this Saturday evening for a talk on the historic protest. The event is being organised by the Patsy Kelly Sinn Féin Cumann as part of the area's Céad Bliain celebrations. Free article

Major Sinn Féin rally in Carrickmore

21 April 2005

Hundreds of Sinn Féin supporters are expected to attend a major pre-election rally in Carrickmore this Sunday evening. The event is also aimed at celebrating the 100th anniversary of Sinn Féin's formation and will feature historical pageantry, music and song, and a keynote address from Party Vice President and West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty (above). Free article

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