3 November 2005 Edition

Indictment may prove tipping point in exposing truth on Iraq - BY MICK DERRIG

3 November 2005

Historians of the Bush/Blair Iraq oil war will probably look back on recent events and find that the indictment of Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, chief of staff to Vice-President Dick Cheney, charged with two counts of perjury last week, two of making false statements and one count of obstructing justice, proved to be the tipping point in finally getting the truth about the Iraq war conspiracy. Free article

Two-tier wage and tax gap widens

3 November 2005

Congratulations if you fall into one of the following occupations, you are probably part of Ireland's super rich, high-income, tax-free elite. Figures released by Finance Minister Brian Cowen show landlords, accountants, tax and management consultants, dentists, large farmers, doctors, hospital consultants and barristers are all part of an elite group who earn over €200,000 annually. Free article

News in Brief

3 November 2005

News from around the world. Free article

Rates hike slammed

3 November 2005

British Direct Ruler, Peter Hain, was slammed last week after he announced plans to raise rates in the Six Counties by 19% in the space of one year. They will also increase by 6% in 2007-'08 as the British Government is set to introduce water charges in the North. The hike will leave householders dealing with an average annual bill of £620 as opposed to the present average rate of £546. Free article

Lisburn anti-gay policy under fire

3 November 2005

Sinn Féin held a protest outside Lisburn City Council offices on Wednesday 26 October over the decision to bar same sex couples from using the council's marriage room for civil contract ceremonies. The council ban was introduced in June after unionist councillors passed an Alliance Party motion, introduced by Séamus Close, saying unions of same sex couples should not be afforded the same recognition as heterosexual marriage. Free article

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Fógraí bháis: Daithí Forde - truly inspiring activist

3 November 2005

How do you compress into a number of lines all that an activist like Daithí Forde has achieved in a relatively short time? Daithí's most recent involvement in Sinn Féin started during the latter half of the last general election in the 26 Counties. He simply appeared into a hectic Sinn Féin centre in New Ross one day and as soon as I saw him I realised that here was a guy who was enthralled by what he was witnessing. Free article

Free Kieran Milnes campaign relaunched

3 November 2005

Protestors picketing the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Belfast on Tuesday 1 November called for the immediate release of West Belfast man Kieran Milnes. Milnes was imprisoned for assaulting a teenager who was attempting to steal his girlfriend's car in Poleglass on October 2002. He was given a nine months sentence after being found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm on the teenager. Free article

Economy news briefs

3 November 2005

A quick look at the economy this week. Free article

Fire service criticised over discrimination case

3 November 2005

Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Equality and Human rights, Caitríona Ruane MLA, has questioned the attitude of the Fire Service in the Six Counties after it was revealed that they spent £79,000 defending themselves against an allegation of discrimination. Free article

Relief at passing of 'Love Ulster' rally

3 November 2005

Nationalists at interface areas in North and West Belfast breathed a sigh of relief at the passing of the 'Love Ulster' rally held along the Shankill Road on Saturday 29 October. Media sources claim several thousand people took part in the rally at Woodvale Park organised by unionist victims' groups and supported by the Orange Order. Free article

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