12 May 2005 Edition

SF MEPs support GUE/NGL resolution on McCartney

12 May 2005

Sinn Féin MEPs Bairbre de Brún and Mary Lou McDonald on Tuesday supported a GUE/NGL resolution in the European Parliament supporting the McCartney family's campaign for justice. That motion was rejected by the parliament, which backed a motion on the issue that Sinn Féin could not support. The Sinn Féin MEPs abstained on the motion that was passed, which decided to allocate EU funds to the McCartneys to take a civil action should the PSNI criminal investigation not result in charges. Free article

Roma and Travellers face discrimination across Europe - Damning Council of Europe report cites government inaction

12 May 2005

On 4 May, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Alvaro Gil-Robles, published his preliminary report on the human rights situation of the Roma and Travellers of Europe. The report is damning of the treatment that Travellers and Roma receive all over Europe, and Ireland is reprimanded for the discriminatory treatment of the Traveller Community. Free article

The passage of time will not diminish our demand for truth

12 May 2005

"PSNI and former RUC members and British Army undercover intelligence agents are increasingly in a battle with each other, as each revelation about the dirty war threatens to expose the extent of the role played by the British in state-sponsored killings throughout the North," says Robert McClenaghan of An Fhírinne. Free article

SF Dáil leader suspended after clash with Taoiseach - Ó Caoláin challenges Taoiseach on

12 May 2005

The Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been challenged by Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin to change the "fundamentally flawed" Disability Bill. The Disability Legislation Consultation Group, representing disability organisations, is threatening to pull out of the process and oppose the Bill. Deputy Ó Caoláin urged the Taoiseach to meet the Group and adopt their five minimum demands to salvage the Bill. Free article

Taoiseach challenged on housing

12 May 2005

Sinn Féin Dáil Leader, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said he is "appaled" that the Taoiseach seems to be satisfied that the 10,000 affordable houses promised under the Sustaining Progress Agreement will be delivered "whenever". Free article

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Doherty welcomes driving test backlog measures

12 May 2005

Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse Doherty has welcomed reports that the government has agreed a package of measures designed to reduce the backlog of learner drivers waiting for full licences. Free article

Soccer team pulls out after sectarian attack

12 May 2005

A nationalist soccer team based in Carnlough, County Antrim, has pulled out of the junior league after a loyalist mob attacked their bus, breaking windows and injuring some of the players as they left a football tournament in Ballymena on Saturday 7 May. Free article

Ógra on the move

12 May 2005

All roads led North through the last number of weeks as Ógra and Sinn Féin members in the 26 Counties came to give local Sinn Féin cumainn a helping hand in the run up to the 5 May elections. Free article

Management at Sellafield in "cover-up" mode

12 May 2005

Sinn Féin Dáil spokesperson on the Environment, Arthur Morgan, has slammed as unacceptable the three-day delay by BNFL in notifying Irish authorities of a leak of some 20 tonnes of a highly dangerous mixture, containing uranium and plutonium, which occurred at the plant on 18 April. The Louth TD said the delay in notifying Irish authorities confirms that management at Sellafield remain in "cover-up" mode, adding that they would "happily have covered-up this incident, given half a chance". Free article

Court victory for bin tax campaign

12 May 2005

Councillor Daithí Doolan has welcomed Tuesday's Circuit Court ruling against Dublin City Council's bin charges as a victory for justice. "Now we must step up the campaign and bury the tax once and for all," he says. Free article

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