18 August 2005 Edition

News in Brief 1

18 August 2005

Wicklow commemoration

A large crowd attended the recent celebration of the 1914 Kilcoole Gun Running in County Wicklow.

Sinn Féin Councillor John Brady, who is also the party's general election candidate, was the primary speaker. Brady detailed the many chapters of Wicklow's republican history from Michael Dwyer and Anne Devlin to the current day. Referring... Free article

Zapatistas end armed struggle - New political initiative launched

18 August 2005

Mexico's indigenous rebels, the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN), have launched a new political initiative, ruling out the use of armed struggle and seeking to create a network of groups fighting to build democracy from the bottom up. Free article

News in Brief 2

18 August 2005

Israel's Gaza pullout

Israel began withdrawing settlers from the Gaza Strip this week. The withdrawal was agreed as part of the Oslo Accord of 1993 but Israel constantly blocked progress until now.

Gaza was invaded along with the West Bank, the Golan Heights and the Sinai, during the Six Day War of 1967. Massive repression was visited upon the Palestinian... Free article

PSNI not serious about unionist violence

18 August 2005

Sinn Féin has accused the PSNI of not even pretending that they are serious about dealing with ongoing unionist paramilitary violence in Belfast. Councillor Tom Hartley was speaking after the PSNI left behind valuable evidence after a loyalist pipe-bomb attack on a house in the Beechmount area of West Belfast on Friday 12 August. Free article

UTV apologises

18 August 2005

Sinn Féin's Michael Ferguson has welcomed a public apology broadcast by UTV news in which the station admitted that a statement attributed to the West Belfast MLA had been "inaccurate" while apologising "for any distress or confusion caused". Free article

Education inequality linked to health system problems

18 August 2005

Sinn Féin TDs this week highlighted the link between educational inequality with the crisis faced by the Irish health services. Unless the issue of restricted access to education and training for health professions is addressed the crisis in Irish health services is set to worsen. Free article

Dodie McGuinness in Australia

18 August 2005

Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle member and Deputy Head of the party's International Department Dodie McGuinness recently made a whirlwind tour of Australian cities where she briefed Australian and Irish-Australian audiences on the latest developments in the Irish Peace Process. The visit followed in the wake of the recent historic IRA announcement of an end to its armed campaign. Free article

Restoration of Newry monument

18 August 2005

During the early hours of Friday 20 August 2004 the Republican Memorial in St Mary's Cemetery in Newry was smashed to pieces by loyalists. It was the latest in a long history of attacks on republican monuments in the area. Free article

North Antrim hosts first Republican Youth Weekend

18 August 2005

North Antrim Ógra Shinn Féin is set to host their first ever Republican Youth Weekend on between Friday 19 and Sunday 21 August. The weekend will be based in the Ballintoy area of North Antrim and will consist of revolutionary talks, strategic reviews and social elements such as a sightseeing tour of the Giants Causeway. Free article

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