11 August 2005 Edition

News in Brief 1

11 August 2005

Sinn Féin Banbridge Councillor Dessie Ward escaped serious injury after a unionist petrol bomber tried to torch his Scarva Road home on Monday 8 August Ward said that the attack will not stop him from representing the people who elected him to Banbridge Council. Free article

GM food fears highlighted again

11 August 2005

Do you read the contents of the tin of sweet corn you are adding to your salad or sandwich? What is in that soy milk you are drinking? Or on that American-produced salad dressing? Well, those are questions we should all be asking ourselves since the European Union decided earlier this year to lift import bans on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). The opening of the borders has also meant increased scrutiny of commonly used GMO crops in the US, which is revealing new information about the safety of the consumption of foods produced by these crops. US consumers are discovering that many products they use everyday are deemed unsafe in Europe. Free article

News in Brief 2

11 August 2005

Children and staff from the Balata Refugee Camp in the Palestinian West Bank have been visiting Ireland at the invitation of support groups in Derry and Belfast. The Palestinian delegation was hosted by Derry Mayor Lynn Fleming at the city's Guildhall on Friday 5 August. Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney presented a friendship plaque to Walid Abdelhadi who accompanied the Palestinian children to Derry. Free article

British u-turn on electoral register

11 August 2005

Sinn Féin's Director of Elections Pat Doherty MP has welcomed a consultation paper from the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) on it's plans to scrap annual voter registration in the Six Counties. Doherty said the British Government U-turn came about, "thanks to the efforts of Sinn Féin who campaigned long and hard for this". Free article

Youth in Struggle

11 August 2005

The annual Ógra Shinn Féin Youth in Struggle weekend was held on Thursday 4 August, with activists attending the Youth for Truth conference in St Mary's College, Belfast. The panel of speakers included Ógra Shinn Féin speaker, Caolan Campbell, as well as John Finucane, Deirdre McAliskey, Paul Brennan, Gerry Adams and Alex Maskey. The highly informative event was chaired by Sharon Pickering from the anti-collusion campaign, An Fhirinne. Free article

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Crowe briefs Canadians

11 August 2005

Sinn Féin Dublin Southwest TD Seán Crowe returned this week from a whistle-stop tour of Canadian cities where he briefed Canadian audiences on the latest dramatic developments in the Irish Peace Process. The visit came in the wake of the recent historic IRA statement announcing an end to its armed campaign and was sponsored by Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada). Free article

Brave Kerry Volunteer remembered

11 August 2005

A large crowd turned out in the seaside village of Ballyheigue, County Kerry on Bank Holiday Monday 1 August, to remember a brave local Volunteer, Jack Lawlor, who was executed by Free State forces in 1922. Free article

Joe Cahill memorial

11 August 2005

A monument to the late Joe Cahill, former Honourary Sinn Féin Vice President and lifelong republican, will be unveiled at Milltown Cemetery, Belfast on Sunday 21 August at 1.30pm. Free article

Notes for Revolutionaries re-launched

11 August 2005

The launch on Friday 5 August of the republished booklet Notes for Revolutionaries saw a large crowd enjoy an occasion marked with revolutionary songs, poetry and political readings. Notes for Revolutionaries was first published in August 1982. More than 20 years later An Glór Gafa have decided to carry on the idea envisaged by the original authors. Free article

Laois backs Fullerton inquiry

11 August 2005

Laois County Council has passed a motion in support of the campaign for an independent public inquiry into the murder of Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fullerton. The motion, proposed at the recent monthly meeting by Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Stanley, received cross-party support. Speaking after the meeting Stanley thanked the other councillors for their support for an independent inquiry and for not allowing the issue to be used as a political football. Free article

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