Irish TribesmanVictims of loyalists complain of McCartney media bias (9.12.2005, 15:12 UTC)
Irish Independent:CATHOLIC victims of loyalist death squads complained of a "media bias" in favour of the family of Robert McCartney yesterday, writes Conor Sweeney. In Brussels to launch a campaign to get an international inquiry into loyalist murders, the group Relatives for Justice said their voices are being ignored. "If it's not an IRA victim, no one wants to know. If it's not one of the McCartney sisters speaking, the media aren't interested," claimed Robert McClenaghan, whose grandfather ...
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Irish TribesmanSharp eye needed on bank arrests (9.12.2005, 14:59 UTC)
Daily Ireland:And so the farce goes on. The latest round of arrests in the investigation into the Northern Bank robbery have seen media-friendly raids in all parts of Belfast as well as in those well-known republican redoubts of Castlereagh and Carrickfergus.All those arrested, with the exception of Northern Bank employee and robbery victim Chris Ward, have been released with nary a word of apology.Similarly, there has been no explanation forthcoming from the PSNI for the offensive search of Cas...
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Irish TribesmanStormont case - Ruling ends claims of spying ring (9.12.2005, 14:52 UTC)
Irish Examiner:In Belfast Crown Court yesterday, during a surprise and unscheduled hearing, charges were quietly dropped against three men arrested, over an alleged IRA spy ring at Stormont. When the three were dramatically arrested in a police raid on Sinn Féin offices, three years ago, it was sufficient to result in a political row that led to the collapse of the Northern Executive. Mr Justice Hart was informed that the DPP was offering no further evidence in the case, which saw the three...
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Irish TribesmanA man accused of running brothels in Belfast is a former SDLP council election candidate (7.12.2005, 21:37 UTC)
Ciarán Barnes:Dominic Marsella, from Chichester Avenue in the north of the city, appeared in Belfast Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with two counts of controlled prostitution and one of trafficking people.The PSNI shut down suspected brothels he had allegedly been running at the Lucas Building on Ormeau Avenue and Margarita Plaza on Adelaide Street on September 24. A defence solicitor said all the charges would be contested.The case was adjourned until January 9, with Mr Marsell...
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Irish TribesmanUS white supremacists distance themselves from Northern racists (30.11.2005, 21:49 UTC)
Ciarán Barnes:The Ku Klux Klan yesterday distanced itself from a group of right-wing fanatics who have been holding white supremacist meetings in Co Antrim.In a statement released to Daily Ireland, the United States-based Klan claimed it had nothing to do with the group that has been holding regular get-togethers in Ballyclare, Ballymena, Ballymoney and Coleraine.A Klan spokesman said: “We have members in foreign countries but we do not attempt to organise in foreign lands because we ...
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Irish TribesmanIreland's job growth still steaming ahead (30.11.2005, 17:59 UTC)
RTE News:The country's labour force grew by 99,000 - or 5% - in the year to the third quarter of 2005 to a total of 2,086,500, while the number of people in employment also grew by 5%, or 96,200, to just under two million.According to the Quarterly National Household survey from the Central Statistics Office, the labour force now accounts for 63.2% of all persons aged 15 and over. This compares with 61.8% in the third quarter of 2004.The CSO says there were 96,700 people unemployed in the third ...
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Irish TribesmanMarching towards end of partition (30.11.2005, 14:49 UTC)
Daily Ireland:In recent times justice minister Michael McDowell has joined the chorus of the various parties in proclaiming his republican credentials on several occasions.Now he appears to have gone somewhat further and declared the reunification is inevitable at some time in the not too distant future.Republicans will no doubt be reassured by Mr McDowell’s prediction, as they have been certain of the same outcome for quite some time, and been working hard to make sure this inevitable ste...
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Irish TribesmanIrish economy to grow by 5% in 2006 (29.11.2005, 15:12 UTC)
BizWorld: Ireland's GDP is expected to grow at a steady rate of 5pc over the next two years, according to an OECD report published today. The OECD said in its latest global economic outlook that the expansion will be driven by continued income growth and sustained government spending. The removal of the Groceries Order was welcomed by the OECD who said that intense competition was needed to counter short-term inflationary pressures and to boost long-term growth. The OECD report warns that, "...
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Irish TribesmanTwo people arrested by police investigating the £26.5m Northern Bank robbery are understood to be employees (29.11.2005, 14:54 UTC)
BBC News: A 24-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were arrested on Tuesday morning, said a PSNI spokesman. It is understood Northern Bank employee Chris Ward is one of the two people detained in the latest arrests over the December 2004 raid. After the bank robbery, Chris Ward described how he had been held captive in the run-up to the raid. The details were given in an interview with BBC's Spotlight programme. He described in detail how he and a colleague were forced to facilitate the th...
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Irish TribesmanTop economist backs all-Ireland economy (28.11.2005, 18:07 UTC)
BizWorld: Stephen Kingon, managing partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Northern Ireland, told a meeting of the British-Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body today said that he believes that better co-operation between North and South would benefit both economies. The comments come just weeks after Northern Secretary Peter Hain outraged Unionists by saying that the North's economy was not sustainable in the long run. The DUP called for Hain's resignation following his recent suggestion that the Nort...
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Irish TribesmanCloud over North of Ireland investment conference (28.11.2005, 15:22 UTC)
Irish Echo:The child-like outbursts of some Irish unionists in response to this newspaper's interview with Peter Hain, Britain's Secretary of State for the Northern Ireland, have astonished many Irish-Americans. Hain announced a major international conference designed to encourage U.S. companies to take a fresh look at investing in the North. He pointed out that the North, which receives massive subsidies from Britain, was not economically sustainable. He said its future lay in an all-Ireland ec...
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Irish TribesmanIreland reverses the story of ages and puts an end to its diaspora (23.11.2005, 15:04 UTC)
Philip Hopkins: JUST four years ago, only about 19 Irish companies were operating in Australia. Now there are more like 50 — and many of them are companies involved in high-tech areas such as software. As Micheal Martin, Ireland's visiting Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment noted, the change is testimony to the growing trade and investment ties between the two countries. It is also indicative of Ireland's economic dynamism. Economically, the country is at an historical peak. ...
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Irish TribesmanIrish top Christmas-spending poll (23.11.2005, 14:54 UTC)
Ireland Online:Irish people are in line to become the biggest spenders in Europe this Christmas season as festive fever takes over, a new survey has revealed.As other European nations tighten their belts, spending by Irish consumers on Christmas gifts is set to increase by 8%.The research from financial consultants Deloitte showed it was the largest increase across the nine European countries surveyed, placing Irish consumers in position to become the biggest spenders across the region.Cormac Hu...
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Irish TribesmanDUP talks with Loyalist Commission will show British terrorists’ role in peace process (23.11.2005, 14:46 UTC)
Ciaran Barnes:“A huge shift in Democratic Unionist Party thinking” was one of the phrases used yesterday to describe the party’s decision to sanction talks with the Loyalist Commission.For years, the party vowed never to get involved with the commission because it includes Ulster Defence Association and Ulster Volunteer Force members.The DUP insisted in public that paramilitaries should be locked up and not talked to. However, the party has been actively enaging with loyalist p...
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Irish TribesmanThe British Government has dismissed the first minister's call for Scotland to be given special treatment regarding the removal of asylum seekers (22.11.2005, 16:32 UTC)
BBC News: Immigration Minister Tony McNulty said no concessions could be made for Scotland, despite the Scottish Executive's unease at the system. Jack McConnell had hoped that the executive would be consulted before failed asylum seekers were removed. But Mr McNulty said there could not be different arrangements around the UK. Mr McConnell has repeatedly called for Scotland to be made a special case in relation to asylum, particularly over the use of dawn raids to remove families from the...
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Irish TribesmanHain was simply stating the truth (22.11.2005, 15:16 UTC)
Daily Ireland:The hapless Peter Hain finds himself under fire again from the DUP for restating the old Charlie Haughey dictum that Northern Ireland is a failed entity.Ian Paisley now demands the Secretary of State’s head on a platter for his unguarded comments to the Irish Echo in New York — despite the fact that Mr Hain has behaved in an insufferably unctuous manner to the DUP boss since his arrival here.Peter Hain doesn’t do “tough” very well but in recent weeks h...
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Irish TribesmanFourteen warnings of loyalist threats in two years (22.11.2005, 15:07 UTC)
Connla Young:A Belfast man has been warned 14 times in the past two years by the PSNI that his life is under threat from loyalists.Seán Hayes, a former Sinn Féin councillor in Belfast, was visited by the PSNI last week and advised to step up his personal security after intelligence files went missing from a PSNI station in east Belfast in July 2004. Mr Hayes is among an estimated 400 people across the North whose personal details were contained in files removed from Castlereagh barrack...
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Irish TribesmanMcCartney sisters allege "smear campaign" (22.11.2005, 14:58 UTC)
Sean O'Driscoll: Repulicans are using a "smear campaign" to distort the McCartney sisters' message to Irish Americans, one of the sisters has said at the end of a week-long visit to Washington. Catherine McCartney, who travelled with her sisters last week to meet with US politicians, including senators Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy, said that many Irish Americans were living in the past and looked at the IRA too favourably. She said that there was a "whispering campaign" against the siste...
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Irish TribesmanUnionists say no to nationalist housing plan (21.11.2005, 15:11 UTC)
Andrea McKernon:A "unionist line" has been drawn through proposals to build 70 homes for nationalists in the Oldpark, say housing campaigners. Plans for the site at Hillview, behind Dunnes Stores, were opposed at a recent meeting attended by members of the unionist community and politicians in the Avoca Street Community Centre. But the St Patrick's and St Joseph's Housing Committee this morning demanded answers from the Housing Executive over its housing policy in North Belfast where nationalist...
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Irish TribesmanSecurity cameras have been erected around a Catholic Church in County Derry in a bid to ward off loyalist attacks (18.11.2005, 14:49 UTC)
Connla Young:Magherafelt parish priest Peter Murphy says the decision to install the cameras was unfortunate but necessary. The security move came just weeks after Saint John’s Church, which is located between Castledawson and Magherafelt, was targeted in a loyalist graffiti attack. During the September incident a number of graves were desecrated after loyalist vandals attacked headstones with paint and scrawled obscene sectarian graffiti on the church walls. St John’s was reopened j...
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Irish TribesmanHard political truth is tough to swallow (17.11.2005, 14:59 UTC)
Brian Feeney:The events of the weekend are a sure sign that the Republic's general election campaign has kicked off: the Fine Gael conference with shiny new policies, the PD's 20th anniversary jamboree and Bertie Ahern's statement about Sinn Féin in government brilliantly timed to wipe both PDs and Fine Gael off Monday's front pages. Next up is Brian Cowen's budget which will tell us by the size of its giveaways when the election is, 2006 or 2007. We've come a long way since October 2004 wh...
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Irish TribesmanBush’s big mistake and Sinn Fein (15.11.2005, 14:49 UTC)
Irish Voice:IT is impossible to understand the latest Bush administration move on Northern Ireland.Restricting Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams from fundraising in the U.S. is a clear attempt to bully him into accepting the new Northern Ireland police force, the PSNI.The timing is truly remarkable, just weeks after Adams delivered on the seemingly impossible, a full decommissioning of IRA arms.One would expect that after that truly historic event the U.S. government, which has played an overwhelm...
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Irish TribesmanSinn Féin fundraising drive in US nets €400k (14.11.2005, 15:08 UTC)
Paul T Colgan: Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams addressed Irish-American supporters by video link in the Sheraton Hotel in New York last week at a dinner that raised about $400,000 for the party. Adams cancelled a planned visit to the US following a State Department decision prohibiting him from raising funds during the trip. He had been invited as guest of honour to an event hosted by
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Irish TribesmanAll to play for in changes to council boundaries (11.11.2005, 15:13 UTC)
Jude Collins:By general agreement we’re over-governed: too many MLAs for a non-existent Assembly, too many district councillors for too many district councils. But while the British government isn’t going to start shouting for fewer MLAs at the same time as it’s trying to coax all parties back into the Assembly, it is gearing up to do something radical with local councils. One thing we know: there’ll be fewer councils. The body charged with the review of public administra...
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Irish TribesmanSSIAs to drive Irish economic growth by 5% (10.11.2005, 15:07 UTC)
Conor Keane: THE Irish economy will grow by an extra 5% a year in 2006 and 2007 as consumer spending accelerates by up to 7%, funded by the release of €16 billion from Special Savings Incentive Accounts (SSIA). A study by Davy Stockbrokers into the impact of SSIAs on the Irish economy and financial institutions estimates the funds saved will come to almost €16bn, factoring in likely investment returns, and not €15bn as is commonly thought. The report’s authors, analy...
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Irish TribesmanIt's a bit late for SDLP's 'principled' stand (10.11.2005, 15:03 UTC)
Brian Feeney:The SDLP have set out six 'principles' for dealing with on-the-runs or OTRs. They're not principles at all of course, they're conditions but the word 'principles' always sounds much grander and more important. It's a bit late though for either principles or conditions. Why demand trials now for OTRs when both the SDLP and UUP were happily urging voters to support the Good Friday Agreement which guaranteed release of any prisoner as long as he or she belonged to an illegal paramilita...
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Irish TribesmanNIHE failing to home in on Catholics (7.11.2005, 15:03 UTC)
Brian Feeney:Recently you might have read an item in this paper about a new housing development in Belfast's former docklands, known locally as Sailortown. To most readers it would have been a minor good news story. In reality the announcement was a triumph for the efforts of the few individuals heading the St Patrick's & St Joseph's Housing Committee who have struggled for years to have housing put back into a district the DOE has left derelict and dilapidated for a generation. However the hous...
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Irish TribesmanA Basque radical has been sentenced to a year in prison for saying the King of Spain was "in charge of torturers" (4.11.2005, 17:34 UTC)
BBC News: Arnaldo Otegi, spokesman for the banned Basque nationalist party Batasuna, was charged with slandering King Juan Carlos during a 2003 news conference. The Supreme Court's decision overturns a ruling by the Basque Superior Tribunal, which cleared Otegi in March on grounds of freedom of expression. Batasuna was banned for allegedly being part of the Basque militant group Eta. The slander charges related to a visit to the Basque region by the King of Spain in 2003. Otegi told a news...
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Irish TribesmanSense of Déjà vu over PSNI raids (4.11.2005, 14:57 UTC)
Maria McCourt:With Halloween out of the way and the countdown to the Christmas season now under way, it was almost with a sense of inevitability that we were asked to ponder the possibility of a breakthrough in the most controversial Christmas crime of them all – the robbery of £26.5m from the Northern Bank in Belfast last December. Perish the thought that we should go a full year without a single breakthrough of any significance in the investigation into a crime of such magnitude.The...
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Irish TribesmanTime for an end to loyalist threats (2.11.2005, 14:51 UTC)
Daily Ireland:Quite what ‘operations’ the LVF ceased last midnight is not entirely clear, because it’s evident to observers of loyalist paramilitaries that the terror group was in business not to save Ulster or to protect Protestants, but to make money from drugs and extortion and to target anyone who stood in the way of their dirty business.That said, an announcement by any of the armed groups in Ireland that it is to stand down is to be welcomed, but given that the LVF, uniqu...
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