9 June 2005 Edition

Demilitarisation sham

9 June 2005

Sinn Féin MLA for Mid Ulster, Geraldine Dougan, says the official opening of the newly-fortified PSNI Barracks in Magherafelt shows the intentions of the PSNI and the British Government. Instead of demilitarising their military installations throughout the Six Counties they are refortifying them with high-tech surveillence equipment, she says. Free article

English cops arrested over Stanley killing

9 June 2005

The two Metropolitan police officers responsible for the shooting of Harry Stanley on a London street on 22 September 1999, Chief Inspector Neil Sharman and Constable Kevin Fagan, were arrested by officers from Surrey police force last Wednesday on suspicion of his murder. They were formally cautioned and were also questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and gross negligence. They have been bailed to report to Surrey police on 16 June, but have not been suspended from duty. Free article

Ferris calls for safeguards to protect Irish seabed rights

9 June 2005

The Irish Government has staked a claim at the United Nations over the seabed rights to oil, gas and other minerals covering an area of the Atlantic Ocean over half the size of the 26 Counties. Free article

Knocking back the nuclear option - Crucial new British energy strategy report launched

9 June 2005

One report, two conclusions; the strength of the nuclear power lobby was fully evident last week in the wake of the launch of a new report on electricity supply strategies for Britain. The Daily Telegraph proclaimed that the report was a "boost for nuclear power" and carried a headline that said "New nuclear plants backed on cost and safety grounds". Free article

Ryanair's 19% increase in profits

9 June 2005

Ireland's self-proclaimed "low cost" airline, Ryanair, recorded a 19% increase in profits last week for its 20th year in business and chief executive Michael O'Leary was as forthright as usual. But it was another airport and another second runway/terminal issue that has caught much of his attention for now. Free article

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Cancel the debt call

9 June 2005

Hundreds of people from across Belfast gathered at Custom House Square on Saturday last to send a message to the governments of the industrialised nations to get rid of world poverty. Among the crowd, which included students groups, human rights groups and organisations such as Concern and Oxfam, who work to alleviate the burden of poverty on the world's impoverished nations, was the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and party members Kathy Stanton, Paul Maskey and Fra McCann. Free article

Policing Board admission on Plastic Bullets

9 June 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on policing, Gerry Kelly, says the admission by the Policing Board last week that their new plastic bullet breaches Patten is vindication of the Sinn Féin position both on plastic bullets and on participation on the Policing Board. Free article

SF Centenary celebrated in Wexford

9 June 2005

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator and MP for Mid-Ulster, Martin McGuinness, paid an extended visit to Wexford over the past weekend as the local party organisation hosted a series of events to mark the centenary of the founding of Sinn Féin, Ireland's oldest political party. Free article

Funchion for Carlow/Kilkenny

9 June 2005

Sinn Féin in Carlow/Kilkenny launched their candidate for the next General Election at a packed convention in the Clubhouse Hotel, Kilkenny on Saturday last. Twenty-four-year-old Kathleen Funchion from Callan, who is based in Kilkenny City, was the unanimous choice. Kathleen is the Leinster Cúige's Equality Officer as well as Secretary of the local Comhairle Ceantair. Free article

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