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February 06, 2005

02/06/05 – SF Tells IRA Not To Break Ceasefire

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RE 02/06/05 Sinn Fein Tells IRA Not To Break Ceasefire
BB 02/06/05 Bank Raid 'Hurt Political Trust'
BB 02/06/05 Family's Home In Block Attack
UT 02/06/05 Boy Rescued From Cliff Face
NH 02/06/05 Kathleen (Hagan) Hammond


Sinn Fein Tells IRA Not To Break Ceasefire

Sun Feb 6, 2005 1:45 PM GMT

LONDON (Reuters) - The IRA's political ally Sinn Fein has urged the paramilitary group not to return to violence after its withdrawal of a conditional offer to put its weapons beyond use.

"Sinn Fein is totally and absolutely opposed to any return to conflict," deputy leader Martin McGuinness told Sky Television on Sunday.

When pressed on whether he would "categorically" tell Republican paramilitaries and the Provisional IRA not to break the ceasefire, McGuinness said he would tell all parties to avoid violence:

"That is very strongly my position. Not just to people on the Republican side, but to people on the loyalist side, to undercover elements within the British military and to the British Army in South Armagh."

Efforts to forge a political settlement between the British-ruled province's feuding Catholic and Protestant communities ground to a halt in December after a 26.5 million pounds bank heist Britain and Ireland blamed on the IRA.

Last week the outlawed group withdrew a conditional offer to put its weapons beyond use, although the statement did not explicitly threaten to end its 1997 ceasefire.

McGuinness said the political stalemate would not be broken by fresh unrest.

"We believe the peace process is the best way forward," said McGuinness, who along with leader Gerry Adams is regularly accused of being a member of the IRA's ruling seven-man "Army Council". Sinn Fein has always denied this.

The British and Irish governments have said they do not believe the withdrawal means the IRA is preparing to plunge the province back into the violence that has cost 3,600 lives over 30 years.

Although the killings have largely stopped in Northern Ireland, politics have been deadlocked since 2002 when a regional government set up to share power between Protestants, who mainly support British rule, and Catholics, who mostly want a united Ireland, broke down.

Britain and Ireland have heaped criticism on the IRA, saying its refusal to give up paramilitarisim and crime are to blame for the failure in efforts to return the province to self-rule.

© Reuters 2005. All Rights Reserved.


Bank Raid 'Hurt Political Trust'

The £26.5m Belfast bank robbery has severely damaged trust between political parties, the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland has warned.

The Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Sean Brady, made his comments while speaking on BBC Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence.

"I believe that that robbery has done huge damage to the trust that was being built up, and perhaps that was the intention," he said.

"But my concern is to limit that damage for the sake of peace."

'Rebuild trust'

Dr Brady added: "The challenge is to rebuild the trust and to rebuild it more securely maybe than ever."

The IRA denies claims it was behind the £26.5m Belfast bank raid in December, and earlier this week, it withdrew its offer of complete decommissioning.

Gerry Adams said on Saturday that Sinn Fein was totally opposed to any return to conflict.

The Sinn Fein president said it would have "devastating consequences for everyone on the island".

Mr Adams was speaking after the IRA issued two statements warning of the serious state of the political process.

The IRA's latest statement said: "The two governments are trying to play down the importance of our statement because they are making a mess of the peace process.

"Do not underestimate the seriousness of the situation."

Unionist politicians have described the statement as "sinister".

The Independent Monitoring Commission has presented its report on the robbery to the British and Irish governments.

The report is not expected to be published until next week.

It is thought it will concur with the police assessment that the IRA was to blame for the bank raid and to suggest sanctions against Sinn Fein.

On Saturday, Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell ruled out imposing any political sanctions against Sinn Fein.

"Anything that could assist them to characterise themselves as victims in a process where they are in fact causing all the major problems for themselves, is in our view counter-productive," he said.

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2005/02/06 12:52:53 GMT


Family's Home In Block Attack

The home of a Catholic family on the outskirts of north Belfast has been attacked.

A concrete building block was hurled through the window of the house at Mill Road in Newtownabbey shortly after 0600 GMT on Sunday.

Police investigating the attack say they have not ruled out a sectarian motive.

A woman living in the house said a man got out of a car and threw the block at a window several times.

She said her house has been attacked before.

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2005/02/06 09:46:48 GMT


Boy Rescued From Cliff Face

A teenage boy was recovering in hospital today after being airlifted off a cliff face in Northern Ireland, after becoming trapped while trying to rescue his dog.

By:Press Association

The 16-year-old went down the cliffs at Islandmagee, County Antrim, last night in a bid to save his pet.

When he became stuck his father, who was waiting at the top of the cliffs, used his mobile phone to call the emergency services.

A rescue helicopter was flown over from Prestwick in Scotland and managed to winch the boy to safety and deliver him to a waiting ambulance which took him to the Mater Hospital in Belfast, suffering from mild hypothermia.

A Coastguard spokesman said that the helicopter crew had been unable to get to the dog because it was too dangerous in the dark.

However, two Coastguard cliff rescue teams went back to the scene and, working from the foot of the cliffs, managed to get the dog to safety.

The pet was later reunited with the grateful family.


Kathleen (Hagan) Hammond


Funeral mass for Kathleen (Hagan) Hammond, 83, of Willoughby, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Church, 37950 Euclid Ave., Willoughby.

Kathleen (Hagan) Hammond

Funeral mass for Kathleen (Hagan) Hammond, 83, of Willoughby, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Church, 37950 Euclid Ave., Willoughby.

Mrs. Hammond died Feb. 4, 2005, at Heartland of Mentor Nursing Facility in Mentor.

Born Aug. 14, 1921, in Ballygawly, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, she moved to American in 1948 and was a Lake County resident for 58 years, living in Willoughby.

She was the first Catholic to win a Northern Ireland regional scholarship for secondary school to attend St. Joseph's Boarding School, where she achieved the highest honors ever achieved at the school. Mrs. Hammond attended St. Mary's College in Belfast, where she received her teaching degree. Her first teaching job was at Stewart Hall in Northern Ireland, teaching evacuees from Belfast during World War II. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Willoughby for 56 years, where she was a member of the Court of Mary. Mrs. Hammond was also a member of the Cleveland Gaelic Society, the West Side Irish American Club, the East Side Irish American Club, the Hibernian Society, and an active member of Al-Anon for 28 years. She taught at Immaculate Conception Elementary School and in the Willoughby-Eastlake School System for 30 years. She was a member of the State Teachers' Union of Ohio.

Survivors are her children, Michael A. Hammond of Willoughby, Patrick A. (Melissa) Hammond of Kirtland Hills, Josanne Kovaleik of Mentor, Kevin E. (Cynthia) Hammond of Willoughby Hills, Mary Brigid (Susan Radbourne) Hammond of Cleveland Heights, and Timothy J. (Betsy) Hammond of Leroy Township; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings, Anna Casey Clark of Walton-on-Thames, England, Eileen "Sr. Mary Eugene F.C." Hagan of Tracy, Calif., Sr. Margaret Hagan R.H.S. of Co. Cavan, Ireland, Vera Madigan of Lurgan, Northern Ireland, Ena Duffy of Lurgan, Northern Ireland, Bernadette Kelly of Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, and Isabelle McKenna of Dungannon, Northern Ireland; sisters-in-law, Marie Hammond of Willoughby, Grace Hammond of Willoughby, and Josie Hagan of Dundalk, Ireland; and many nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Murray Hammond, died in 2003. Her parents, John and Anna (Dugan) Hagan; brother, Michael Hagan; sister, Josephine Hagan; grandson, Bob Hammond; brothers-in-law, Bill Hammond, Hubert Hammond, Gerard Hammond, Gerard Madigan, Patrick Duffy, Malachi Kelly, and John McKenna; and sisters-in-law, Mary Francis (Hammond) Shirilla and Monica (Hammond) Spence, are also deceased.

Friends may call from 1 to 3 and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home, 38001 Euclid Ave., Willoughby. Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township.

©The News-Herald 2005

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