5 May 2005 Edition

Colombia tramples indigenous rights

5 May 2005

Jaime Arias is a spokesperson for the Kankuamo indigenous people of Colombia, who are paying a very high price for trying to maintain their culture and identity. In 2001, Colombian right-wing paramilitaries (AUC) tortured and killed Jaime's father, Salomón Arias, a spiritual leader. In August 2004, one of his brothers, Freddy Arias, the coordinator of human rights issues in the Kankuamo Indigenous Organisation (OIK), was also killed. Free article

Leading by example on women's rights

5 May 2005

Sinn Féin Human Rights spokesperson Caitríona Ruane reiterated the party's commitment to combating gender inequality within Irish society as Sinn Féin launched its Women's mini-manifesto in Belfast last week. Free article

Rural Communities - Taking control of their future

5 May 2005

Sinn Féin agriculture spokespersons Fermanagh/South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew and North Kerry TD Martin Ferris, together with South Down Westminster candidate Caitríona Ruane MLA and Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald, launched the Sinn Féin Agriculture and Rural Development platform last week in Castlewellan. Free article

TD supports Moyle campaign against Water Tax

5 May 2005

Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan last week joined Moyle candidates Marie McKeegan, Oliver McMullan, Cara McShane, Cahal Newcombe and Maria O'Hara, in their campaign opposing the introduction of water charges. Free article

Waterford Crystal axes 485 jobs

5 May 2005

Management at Waterford Crystal has axed the jobs of 485 workers in their Dungarvan and Waterford City factories. The news is a devastating blow to the town of Dungarvan, where the factory will close and to Waterford City where the larger plant will also lose jobs. Free article

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PSNI attack caught on camera

5 May 2005

The Police Ombudsman's Office is being asked to investigate an incident involving PSNI officers punching and kicking members of the public during an arrest operation in the Waterside area of Derry last Saturday morning. Free article

PSNI victim's family seeks justice

5 May 2005

The family of 21-year-old Lurgan man Neil McConville, shot dead by the PSNI in 2003, has raised questions over the actions of the Police Ombudsman, the Policing Board and the PSNI in relation to the killing. Free article

Short Strand commemorates Hunger Strikers

5 May 2005

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris and Bernadette McAliskey were just two of the many people who travelled to the Short Strand last Sunday to speak at a Hunger Strike commemoration held in the area. Free article

Paddy Short buried in South Armagh

5 May 2005

Several hundred mourners, including high profile politicians and sports people, attended the funeral of well-known South Armagh republican and GAA man Paddy Short, who died last Saturday 30 April after a long illness. Free article

O'Rahilly honoured in Dublin

5 May 2005

Blathnaid Uí Rathille, daughter-in-law of 1916 hero Michael Joseph Rahilly, known to all as The O'Rahilly, is pictured in front of a memorial plaque dedicated to him and unveiled on Moore Lane in Dublin last Friday, 29 April. Free article

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