16 June 2005 Edition

News from around the North

16 June 2005

Some of the stories making news this week across the Six Counties Free article

Moves to ease Fountain flashpoint

16 June 2005

Sinn Féin in Derry has offered its support to community leaders on both sides of the Fountain Estate interface in a bid to curtail ongoing sectarian attacks. Free article

Coiste na n-Iarchimí Youth Camp

16 June 2005

Benburb Priory in picturesque County Tyrone was the setting for this year's Coiste na n-Iarchimí organised youth camp. With over 70 young people, ranging in age from 15 to 25, attending from various parts of Ireland last weekend, the camp was a huge success. Free article

Conquering Black Mountain for the Colombia Three

16 June 2005

• Hardy walkers took advantage of the good weather last Saturday to climb Black Mountain in Belfast in a sponsored event in aid of the Bring Them Home Campaign. The campaign wants to see the safe return to Ireland of Irishmen Niall Connolly Martin McCauley and Jim Monaghan, victims of a miscarriage of justice in Colombia who have not been heard from since a Colombian appeal court overturned their acquittals on charges of aiding FARC guerrillas. Free article

Direct rule minister challenged over education cutbacks

16 June 2005

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP on Tuesday led a party delegation including Michael Ferguson MLA, Fermanagh Councillor Thomas O'Reilly and Derry Councillor Maeve McLaughlin to meet with the Direct Rule Education Minster Angela Smith in Stormont Buildings. Free article

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Council victories on Aer Lingus

16 June 2005

Sinn Féin councillors in Dublin succeeded in building a cross-party coalition to oppose the proposed sale of Aer Lingus at Dublin City and South Dublin Council meetings on Monday evening. A hat-trick was only prevented when Fingal County Council ruled a motion from local Sinn Féin Councillor Felix Gallagher out of order on the basis that the proposed sale of Aer Lingus was not an 'emergency' in the local authority that contains Dublin Airport. Free article

SF motion on bins 'out of order' says City Manager

16 June 2005

A motion on behalf of the Sinn Féin Group on Dublin City Council demanding the immediate refund of bin charges paid by householders in 2001-2002, recently declared illegal by the High Court, was ruled out of order at a meeting of the Council on Monday night. Free article

Huge turnout for Edinburgh Connolly commemoration

16 June 2005

The recent annual James Connolly commemoration in Edinburgh, organised by the James Connolly Society in the city, attracted over 1,500 supporters. The theme of this year's event was 'Make Partition History' and the guest speaker was Derry Councillor Raymond McCartney. Free article

Mountmellick honours United Irishmen

16 June 2005

On Saturday 11 June, at Graigue Cemetery, Mountmellick, County Laois, there was a considerable attendance at the Sinn Féin commemoration of the eleven United Irishmen executed by British Forces in Mountmellick in 1798. The men had been captured by crown forces after a terrible battle outside Monasterevin, after which they were brutally tortured and then hanged in Mountmellick's Wolfe Tone Street, where a monument now stands in honour of their courage and sacrifice. Free article

Fianna Fáil rejects invite to re-unification debate

16 June 2005

A debate on the re-unification of Ireland, with speakers from the SDLP and Sinn Féin, was held at Conway Mill, West Belfast on Tuesday night. Úna Gillespie of the West Belfast Economic Forum, which organised the event, criticised Fianna Fáil for refusing an invite to attend. Free article

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