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May 31, 2005

Table of Contents 05/05

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Monthly Table of Contents (by Subject Line):
05/31/05 - Ex-Loyalist Chief Remanded In Money Laundering Probe
05/31/05 -
Court Probes Collusion In 1974 Bombings

05/30/05 - Locals To Unite Against Joyriders
05/30/05 -
Catholics Twice As Likely To Be Jobless
05/30/05 -
Debate On EU Crucial, Says SF MEP
05/29/05 -
Finucane Hit 'Was A Mistake'
05/28/05 -
Sellafield Leak A Damning Indictment
05/27/05 -
Irish Government Obligation Is To Implement Agreement
05/27/05 –
McGuinness: SF Committed To Peace
05/26/05 -
West Belfast Tops Poverty Poll
05/26/05 -
Gerry Adams Home Attacked
05/26/05 - The Men Behind The Murals
05/25/05 -
RUC Urged To Aid Hamill Probe
05/25/05 -
Amnesty Reports on Human Rights in Ireland
05/24/05 –
05/24/05 -
Hamill Inquiry Team Visit Scene
05/24/05 -
Inquiry Opens Into Loyalist Mob Killing
05/24/05 -
5th IMC Report
05/23/05 -
Attempts To Wreck Peace Cannot Succeed
05/22/05 -
Calm Restored After Fans Riot
05/22/05 -
Action Alert: Rita O'Hare Denied Visa
05/22/05 –
Adams: Only Way Forward Is Through GFA
05/21/05 -
Republicans 'Not Behind Threats'
05/21/05 -
Robert Hamill Probe In Plea For Witnesses
05/20/05 -
SF Rep Denied Permission To Visit US
05/20/05 -
Mother's Agony Over Suicide Of 2nd Son
05/19/05 -
SF Has 'Positive' Meeting In Downing Street
05/19/05 -
Rita O'Hare's Visa Denied
05/19/05 - Sinn Fein Week in Review
05/19/05 –
Guns Seized In Loyalist Blackmail Bid
05/18/05 -
PUP Chief Says LVF Killed Lisa
05/18/05 –
Sinn Féin Determined To Make Progress
05/17/05 -
Congress Passes Real ID Act
05/17/05 –
31st Anniversary Of Dublin Bombings Marked
05/16/05 –
US Backpacker Killed In Belfast Hostel
05/15/05 –
Adams: Others Must 'Recognise Responsibility'
05/15/05 –
Adams Revews Appeal To IRA
05/14/05 –
Hain In Peace Process Storm
05/13/05 –
Ayling Heads Nelson Inquiry
05/12/05 –
SF Demands Speaking Rights For MPs
05/12/05 -
Irish Aires Continues To Need Your Support
05/11/05 –
Ahern To Raise ’74 Bombing w/ NI Secretary
05/11/05 –
Loyalists Accused of Brutal Murder
05/10/05 –
McCartney Did Not Impact SF Vote
05/09/05 –
Brits Must Move Agenda For Change Forward
05/09/05 –
Council Vote Count Under Way
05/08/05 –
Ahern To Meet Blair For NI Talks
05/08/05 –
Loyalist Attack Jr Soccer Team
05/07/05 –
UDA Exile Jailed For Bomb Hoax
05/07/05 –
Adams Humbled By Win
05/06/05 –
McGuinness Wins After Loss of Boxes
05/06/05 –
Poll May Pave Way To New Stormont Deal
05/05/05 -
Focus on Turnout In Elections
05/04/05 –
Adams Attends Hunger Striker Event in Belfast
05/04/05 –
SF Poised For Election Sweep
05/03/05 –
Brutality Claims Rock PSNI
05/02/05 –
Marathon Diverted After Bomb Find
05/02/05 -
Irish Unity Inevitable: Former Branch Chief
05/01/05 – Battling the Bombers
05/01/05 – Battle for Foyle Hots Up

Monthly Table of Contents (with Story Titles):

05/31/05 - Ex-Loyalist Chief Remanded In Money Laundering Probe
SM 05/31/05 Ex-Loyalist Chief Remanded In Money Laundering Probe
SF 05/31/05 PSNI Badge on Helicopter Makes Little Difference
SM 05/31/05 Prince To Dedicate RUC Room At Police Training College
BB 05/31/05 Illegal Dump Fight 'Not Relaxed'
IT 06/01/05 EU Treaty Faces Heavy Defeat By Dutch Electorate
IT 06/01/05 Forensic Evidence Due In Omagh Trial
IT 06/01/05 Final Stage Of M50 To Open At End Of Month
US 05/26/05 Belfast Sees Hope For Unity In Titanic Project
BT 05/31/05 Geldof Announces Five 'Live 8' Shows
IT 06/01/05 Passengers Panic As Snake Slithers Loose Aboard Train

05/31/05 - Court Probes Collusion In 1974 Bombings
BT 05/31/05 Court Probes Collusion In 1974 Bombings
BB 05/31/05 Former UDA Leader Is Refused Bail
DJ 05/31/05 Nationalists Still Getting Raw Deal
SF 05/31/05 Adams: Investment Vital Tool In Tackling Inequality
BB 05/31/05 New York Financier Invests In NI
BT 05/31/05 Terrorised Gay Man Afraid To Leave His Home
DJ 05/31/05 Derry Is Gay Bashing Capital
DJ 05/31/05 Elderly 'Terrified' Because Of Stone-Throwing Attack
SF 05/31/05 Anger At Use Of Flags And Bunting In Mixed Area
UT 05/31/05 Omagh Accused In Legal Bid
DJ 05/31/05 'Cordial' Meeting Between IRSP And PUP
BB 05/31/05 Orde Defence On PSNI Intelligence
BT 05/31/05 Brits May Scrap Referendum If Dutch Vote 'No' Tomorrow
UT 05/31/05 French Prime Minister Resigns
IO 05/31/05 Young Poor Women 'More Likely To Smoke'
BB 05/31/05 Minister 'Should Ban NI Smoking'
BB 05/31/05 Old Masters Change Murals
BB 05/31/05 Geese Contest 'Reality Survival Show'

05/30/05 -
Locals To Unite Against Joyriders
BT 05/30/05 Locals To Unite Against Joyriders
BT 05/30/05 Sympathy For Tragic Limavady Mayor
BT 05/30/05 Elderly In Fear After Home Attacked
EX 05/30/05 Constitution In Jeopardy If Dutch Vote No
IT 05/31/05 PSNI Now Believes Criminals Staged Robbery, Kidnapping
IT 05/31/05 Paisley's Wife Expected To Get Seat In House Of Lords
TH 05/30/05 Findlay Criticised For Sectarian Pope Joke
BT 05/30/05 Israeli And Arab Women In Ulster For Peace Talks
IT 05/31/05 Bewley's Back In Business Again
IT 05/31/05 Supplies Running Out As We Hope For A Sunday Summit
IT 05/31/05 New Monthly Magazine Is Launched In Clare
IT 05/31/05 Writers' Week Begins In Listowel
RE 05/30/05 Fairies, Farting Fire Irish Author's Imaginationv

05/30/05 -
Catholics Twice As Likely To Be Jobless
IO 05/30/05 Catholics Twice As Likely To Be Jobless
SF 05/30/05 Sinn Féin Challenges Irish Government Referendum Position
BT 05/30/05 Euro Constitution Is Dead, Say Ulster MEPs
BT 05/30/05 DUP Warning Over ID Cards Vote
IC 05/30/05 Family‘S Anger As Loyalist Is Charged
BT 05/30/05 Sinn Fein Calls For More Housing In The Countryside
IC 05/30/05 It's Far Safer To Live In West Belfast
BT 05/30/05 Victim's Dad Slams Lisa 'Probe'
BB 05/30/05 Crime Gang Suspected Over Robbery
NL 05/30/05 McCartney Threat Posted On Internet
UT 05/30/05 Irish Model Dies In Japan Fall
NL 05/30/05 Hunger Strike Film Likely To Cause A Row
IH 05/30/05 Obese Patients 'May Die On Waiting Lists'
IO 05/30/05 Vintners: Café Bars Will Not Reduce Binge-Drinking

05/30/05 -
Debate On EU Crucial, Says SF MEP
IT 05/30/05 Debate On EU Crucial, Says SF MEP
IT 05/30/05 Chirac Accepts Defeat As French Vote No
SF 05/29/05 French 'NON' Will Be Repeated Across European Union
RE 05/30/05 Ireland To Go Ahead With EU Referendum
IT 05/30/05 Deal With Fine Gael Would Not Be Done At All Costs
IT 05/30/05 Pearse Museum Among Recipients Of Heritage Grants
IT 05/30/05 Bewley's Grafton Street Cafe Theatre Back In Action
IT 05/30/05 Irish Singer Deported From Australia
AD 05/29/05 Catherine Lee At Irish Museum Of Modern Art

05/29/05 -
Finucane Hit 'Was A Mistake'
SL 05/29/05 Finucane Hit 'Was A Mistake'
SL 05/29/05 Wright Inquiry Set To Begin
SL 05/29/05 Snap! Shankill Bomber At Riot
SL 05/29/05 Shankill Butcher Goes Into Hiding
SL 05/29/05 Leave No Stone Unturned (Michael, That is)
SL 05/29/05 UDR Granite Memorial 'Desecrated'
SL 05/29/05 Provo Decommissioning On The Cards
SL 05/29/05 Time To Hail Gallant Unit
SL 05/29/05 Suicide Horror Is 3rd Tragedy To Strike Family
IO 05/29/05 Police Hunt Gang After £200,000 Chemist Raid
BB 05/29/05 Boots Review Security Procedures
UT 05/29/05 McCartneys:'IRA Protecting Killers'
SL 05/29/05 Couple Of McCartney Suspects Do Runner
SL 05/29/05 Mother-Of-Five Living In Fear Of More Attacks
BB 05/29/05 Scotland: Police Vow Over Marching Season
SL 05/29/05 Ghana Wear Our Sashes Proudly
SF 05/29/05 SF Conference On EU Constitution Continues In Dublin
SF 05/29/05 Ó Snodaigh - Another EU Is Possible
TO 05/29/05 Chirac Plan ‘To Shift Blame’ For EU Vote
SB 05/29/05 A New French Revolution
SB 05/29/05 Motorists 'Being Ripped Off By Soaring Petrol Prices'
TO 05/29/05 Good Friday Was Yesterday
BT 05/28/05 This Life: In The Name Of Sport
GU 05/29/05 Ireland Comment: There Goes A True Man
SL 05/29/05 Bum's Rush For Nude Statue
UT 05/29/05 Island Off Mayo Coast For Sale
SL 05/29/05 Films: Leading Role For Ireland
TO 05/29/05 War: Rules Of Engagement By Tim Collins
BT 05/29/05 Books: Hoping To Blossom On The Common Ground...
CT 05/29/05 The Birth Of A Canadian Nation
CA 05/29/05 Introduction To The Directory Of Murals
TO 05/29/05 Biography: Carson By Geoffrey Lewis

05/28/05 -
Sellafield Leak A Damning Indictment
IO 05/28/05 Sellafield Leak A Damning Indictment, Says Minister
BB 05/28/05 UUP Leadership Race 'Irrelevant'
EX 05/28/05 Rabbitte Attacks Aer Lingus Sellout Decision
UT 05/28/05 Reaction To Belfast Car Death
SF 05/28/05 Sinn Féin Conference On EU Constitution Begins In Dublin
TE 05/28/05 Elegant Equations

05/27/05 -
Irish Government Obligation Is To Implement Agreement
SF 05/27/05 Irish Government Obligation Is To Implement Agreement
DJ 05/27/05 Martin McGuinness Begins US Trip
DJ 05/27/05 Loyalist Feud Murder Accused Refused Bail
DJ 05/27/05 Creggan Quiet After Shootings Row
GU 05/27/05 Bug That Bugged Sinn Féin For Sale
DI 05/27/05 ‘Agent’ Killers
DJ 05/27/05 Limavady Unionist Councillors Walk Out In Protest
IT 05/28/05 Ahern Calls For Shared Trading Strategy
BB 05/27/05 What Does Paisley Really Want?
DJ 05/27/05 DUP Success Doesn't Indicate Hardening Of Attitudes
FA 05/27/05 Minority Rule In Northern Ireland
OD 05/27/05 Thinking Straight About Ireland
GU 05/27/05 Angry Man In The Van
AD 05/27/05 Works From The Irish Museum Of Modern Art's Collection
IT 05/28/05 Visitor Centre For Giant's Causeway

05/27/05 –
McGuinness: SF Committed To Peace
ML 05/27/05 McGuinness: SF Committed To Peace
SF 05/27/05 McGuinness: All Mandates Must Be Respected
ND 05/27/05 Peter King: IRA Expected To Disband
IO 05/27/05 Ahern: IRA Must Respond To Democracy Call
BT 05/27/05 US Wants To Be Able To Access Britons' ID Cards
BT 05/27/05 DUP Gets Belfast Lord Mayor Position
BB 05/27/05 Belfast Mayor May Visit Republican Areas
NL 05/27/05 PSNI Deny Any Role In Sinn Fein Attacks
BT 05/27/05 Inquiry Call Into Shock Level Of Army Suicides
BT 05/27/05 Ulster Beaches Stranded
BB 05/27/05 Lord 'Has No Squatter's Rights'
UT 05/27/05 McCrea Security Protection To Be Reviewed
BT 05/27/05 Heartbreak As Crash Victims Are Laid To Rest
EN 05/27/05 Ex-IRA Prisoner's Play To Get Star Billing At Fringe
UT 05/27/05 Minister Welcomes First New York Flight To Belfast
WN 05/27/05 Are You Interested In Family History Research?

05/26/05 -
West Belfast Tops Poverty Poll
UT 05/26/05 West Belfast Tops Poverty Poll
BT 05/26/05 Sinn Fein Hits Out At 'Cowardly' Laird
BT 05/26/05 DUP And Sinn Fein In Angry Claims
IT 05/27/05 NI Prisons Rebuked Over Treatment Of Women
BT 05/26/05 US Congressional Hearing Told Of Criminal Culture
BB 05/26/05 Adams' Home 'Targeted In Attack'
IT 05/27/05 McAleese Says IRA 'Really In The Way' Of Peace
BB 05/26/05 DUP Take Top Civic Position
EX 05/26/05 Kerry Has To Get Ready For Annual Traveller Influx
IO 05/56/05 Government Paves Way For EU Constitution Referendum
UT 05/26/05 Amnesty Demands Probe Into Lusk Shooting
IT 05/27/05 Five Of The Injured Are Still In Hospital
IT 05/27/05 Unveiling Of Bryan MacMahon Statue Delayed In Listowel

05/26/05 –
Gerry Adams Home Attacked

05/26/05 -
The Men Behind The Murals
BB 05/26/05 The Men Behind The Murals
IO 05/26/05 Ball Bearings Fired At Home Of SF MLA In West Belfast
IT 05/26/05 Reiss Concern At Decision To Deny Travel Visa To SF
UT 05/26/05 Man In Court Over Omagh Bomb
GV 05/26/05 Reiss Speech Before House Committee
GV 05/26/05 Statement of Chairman Elton Gallegly – House Committee
GV 05/26/05 Statement Of Congressman Wexler – House Committee
BT 05/26/05 Right To Fair Trial Under Threat
IO 05/26/05 Second Raider Dies After Lusk Post Office Shoot-Out
BB 05/26/05 Pearse Letter Sold For £500,000
BB 05/26/05 Funerals For Victims Of Bus Crash
IT 05/26/05 Arts Council To Provide €3m For Traditional Arts
IT 05/26/05 President Calls On Emigrants To Return Home
IT 05/26/05 30,000 Migrants A Year Forecast
IT 05/26/05 Diocese Reports Rise In Vocations

05/25/05 -
RUC Urged To Aid Hamill Probe
DI 05/25/05 RUC Urged To Aid Hamill Probe
SF 05/25/05 Martin McGuinness Begins US Trip
IE 05/25/05 Spicer Threatens To Sue Echo, MP
DJ 05/25/05 'UDA Responsible For Bomb Scare' - Say IRSP
DJ 05/25/05 IRA Response Not Enough, - Says Eileen McGinley
SF 05/25/05 FF & FG Run Away From Debate On European Constitution
IO 05/25/05 €700,000 For Pearse Surrender Note
BB 05/25/05 Privilege Used To Allege IRA Link
BB 05/25/05 Blair Sets Out Sinn Fein's Choice
IO 05/25/05 Unionists Welcome Possible SF Stormont 'Freeze-Out'
DJ 05/25/05 SF Opposed To ID Cards
IO 05/25/05 Councillors' Conduct Could Be Scrutinised By Watchdog
ND 05/25/05 Inequality Still Rife, Says Councillor
ND 05/25/05 Mayor Pledges To Be Uniting Force
BT 05/25/05 Viewpoint: IMC Report Does Not Inspire Confidence
BT 05/25/05 A Dark Season's Story From The Soldier's Daughter
DI 05/25/05 Support For Bereaved
IO 05/25/05 Father Praises Teenager Who Rescued Death Crash Daughter
SF 05/25/05 Sinn Féin Call For Seatbelts On All Buses

SF 05/25/05 MI5 Device @ $3,000

05/25/05 -
Amnesty Reports on Human Rights in Ireland
IO 05/25/05 Amnesty Slams Ireland's Human Rights Failures
AI 05/25/05 Amnesty – Summary of Irelands Human Rights Failures
AI 05/25/05 Amnesty – Summary of N Ireland Human Rights Failures
UT 05/25/05 Paisley Accused Over Clinton Attack
SF 05/25/05 Adams Welcome For Establishment Of Suicide Task Group
BB 05/25/05 Parties Dispute Council Positions
SF 05/25/05 SDLP In Disarray Over Approach To Council Power Sharing
BT 05/25/05 No Time Limits On IRA To Make Decision
IO 05/25/05 1916 Surrender Order To Be Auctioned In Dublin Today
BB 05/25/05 Sinn Fein 'Bug' Taken Off Auction
SF 05/25/05 MI5 Spy Device And A Letter From Gerry Adams
SF 05/25/05 French Admission On EU Constitution Should Act As Warning
BB 05/25/05 Eight Still Ill After Fatal Crash
BT 05/25/05 Town Unites In Prayer As Hundreds Attend Mass
RT 05/25/05 Beer & Cider Sales Fall By 11.5%
RE 05/25/05 Northern Ireland Polishes Tarnished Tourist Image
IO 05/25/05 Fisherman Dies After Being Swept Out To Sea

05/24/05 –
MI5 Spy Device @

05/24/05 -
Hamill Inquiry Team Visit Scene
BT 05/24/05 Hamill Inquiry Team Visit Scene
UT 05/24/05 Hamill Sister In Plea To Police
BB 05/24/05 Hamill Murder Inquiry Adjourned
UT 05/24/05 Sinn Fein 'Bug' In Ebay Sale
SF 05/24/05 Sale Of Bug Shines Light On Activities Of Securorats
IO 05/24/05 Clinton 'A Political Has-Been' Says Paisley
BT 05/24/05 Derry's New Mayor Is IRA Man's Sister
SM 05/24/05 Peer Demands 'IRA-Link' Banker Probe
SM 05/24/05 Durkan Leads Delegation To Downing St
UT 05/24/05 Hain Warning To IRA
IT 05/25/05 SF Nothing More Than IRA Subsidiary- McDowell
BB 05/24/05 Bus 'Swerved To Avoid Accident'
BB 05/24/05 Eyewitness: Country Road Tragedy
IT 05/25/05 Inquiries To Decide Bus Policy
IT 05/25/05 Victims: The Five Teenage Girls Who Died
IT 05/25/05 Late Bewley's Launch Postpones New Finnish Play

05/24/05 -
Inquiry Opens Into Loyalist Mob Killing
SM 05/24/05 Inquiry Opens Into Loyalist Mob Killing
SF 05/24/05 IMC Report Has No Credibility
IO 05/24/05 IRA Still Active - IMC Report
IO 05/24/05 Criminal Activities By Paramilitaries 'Disturbing'- Govt

05/24/05 -
5th IMC Report

05/23/05 -
Attempts To Wreck Peace Cannot Succeed
SF 05/23/05 Attempts To Wreck Peace Cannot Succeed
BT 05/23/05 US Visa Refusal Not Policy Change
BT 05/23/05 Celtic Drama Ignites Riot
BT 05/23/05 Crack Down On Rioters, MP Urges Police
IO 05/23/05 Taoiseach Urged To Stand Up To DUP
SF 05/23/05 McDonald Opens Major Homelessness Event
BT 05/23/05 Laird Vows To Upset Dublin Conference
SM 05/23/05 Racist And Gay Crimes Soar
BT 05/23/05 Appeal For Funds To Tackle Suicide
UT 05/23/05 Clinton To Address Dublin Fundraiser
BT 05/23/05 De Valera's Grandson Bans Town's Famous Name
IO 05/23/05 O'Connell Monument Refurbishment Completed
IO 05/23/05 McAleese Continues North American Tour
UT 05/23/05 Ireland To Introduce Postcodes
GM 05/23/05 Famous Gun Will Return To Scene Of Crime

05/22/05 -
Calm Restored After Fans Riot
IO 05/22/05 Calm Restored After Fans Riot
SM 05/22/05 Prove Paisley Wrong On Agreement, Ahern Urged
IT 05/23/05 Cardinal Praises Mother's Ability To Forgive
IT 05/23/05 McAleese Begins Visit To US And Canada
ML 05/22/05 Son Gets To Bottom Of 'Mysteries'
EX 05/22/05 Baptismal & Marriage Records Back Where They Belong
TE 05/22/05 Developers Threaten Joyce's Seafront

05/22/05 -
Action Alert: Rita O'Hare Denied Visa

05/22/05 – Adams: Only Way Forward Is Through GFA
SF 05/22/05 Adams: Only Way Forward Is Through GFA
DI 05/22/05 Hamill Enquiry To Get Underway At Craigavon
SL 05/22/05 Loyalist Turf War Fear
SL 05/22/05 Insight Into The World Of A UDA Terror Boss
SL 05/22/05 Orange Grand Master Faces Court Action
SL 05/22/05 LVF Shift Blame On Lisa Murder
SL 05/22/05 UFF Hitman Offers To Meet Lisa's Killers
SL 05/22/05 LVF Attack 'Smearing' Campaign
SL 05/22/05 Is Killer Heading Up UVF Probe Into Lisa Murder?
BB 05/22/05 Probe Into Reports Of Shots Fired
BB 05/22/05 Two Held After 'Sectarian' Attack
SL 05/22/05 Northern Bank-Style Raid Being Planned Say Cops
SL 05/22/05 Divisions On The Frontier
RE 05/22/05 Anglo-Irish Aristos Revel In Eccentricity
VC 05/22/05 Who Are The Irish?
EX 05/22/05 Lassie Movie To Start Shooting In Dublin, Wicklow

Republicans 'Not Behind Threats'
BB 05/21/05 Republicans 'Not Behind Threats'
SF 05/21/05 Belfast Attacks Planned By Unionist Paramilitaries
BB 05/21/05 Police Probe 'Sectarian' Attacks
BB 05/21/05 Pope Honours Maguire Seven Gran
TO 05/22/05 Whitehall Panic Over Army Dirty Tricks
SF 05/21/05 Concern At US Decision To Refuse Visa Waiver
TO 05/22/05 Priest Tackles 'Bigoted' Village
SH 05/22/05 Pro-Life Extremist To Hound Top MSPs
SB 05/22/05 McDowell: Heedless, Reckless And Wild
SB 05/22/05 Time Has Come To Beat Guns Into Ploughshares
SB 05/22/05 It's All Roses In Europe
SB 05/22/05 Cranberries' Firm In The Red

05/21/05 -
Robert Hamill Probe In Plea For Witnesses
BT 05/21/05 Robert Hamill Probe In Plea For Witnesses
BT 05/21/05 Adair Associate Has Prison Sentence Cut
BT 05/20/05 UVF Killer 'In Hunt For Missing Bangor Girl'
IO 05/21/05 Police Appeal After Sectarian Attacks
IO 05/21/05 Masked Men Hold Up Belfast Bingo Hall
DI 05/20/05 Northern Bank Cash Link Claims Disputed
IT 05/21/05 McDowell To Intro Gun Amnesty Before Clampdown
DI 05/20/05 Leaders Meet Blair In Downing Street
BT 05/20/05 'Erase Maze From Map' Call
IO 05/21/05 Sinn Féin Rep O'Hare Refused US Access
BB 05/21/05 Looking Back Into To The Future
BT 05/21/05 Baby Died After Heart Drug Error
BT 05/21/05 How Ulster Reacted To The Movie
BT 05/21/05 Ireland Has Always Had Winning Habit
BT 05/21/05 Belfast Organist To Get Honour
TA 05/21/05 Saw Doctors Wax Irish
BT 05/21/05 Doh! Liam's Crusade To Convert The Simpsons

05/20/05 -
SF Rep Denied Permission To Visit US
IT 05/21/05 SF Representative Denied Permission To Visit US
RT 05/20/05 US Congressmen Object To SF Visa Denial
IT 05/21/05 Belfast Accord Not For Renegotiation
IT 05/21/05 British-Irish Body Supports NI Devolution
BB 05/20/05 Loyalist Jailed Over Press Event
BB 05/20/05 Cleared Policeman Earns Retrial
IT 05/21/05 EU Treaty Poll Likely 'Within Next Year'
BB 05/20/05 Seeking Refuge From The Troubles
IT 05/21/05 Police Warn Family Of New Threat
DJ 05/20/05 Time To Deliver For North West – McCartney
IO 05/20/05 McDowell Launches Vitriolic Attack On Labour
SF 05/20/05 SF Opposes Aer Lingus Privatisation
SF 05/20/05 SDLP Sharing Power With SF Welcomed
IT 05/21/05 Increasing Suicides Prompts Calls For Action
SF 05/20/05 Kelly Demands Action On Suicide
IT 05/21/05 Engine Failure Forces Flights Return To Shannon
IT 05/21/05 Heritage Group Seeks To Buy Pearse Document
IT 05/21/05 Irish Arbitration History Lauded At US Meeting
IT 05/21/05 Film By Irish Film-Maker Wins Him US Award
IT 05/21/05 Bruce College In Limerick To Close Down
IT 05/21/05 Pollution Killing Bird & Plant Species

05/20/05 -
Mother's Agony Over Suicide Of 2nd Son
BT 05/20/05 Mother's Agony Over Suicide Of Second Son
BB 05/20/05 Urgent Action Call On Suicides
UT 05/20/05 Loyalist Murder Suspect Freed On Bail
IA 05/20/05 Loyalist Guilty Of Bomb Attack
BB 05/20/05 Seventh British-Irish Summit Held
IO 05/20/05 Dublin Hosts Reception For McCartney Family
NL 05/20/05 Copeland Blast For Parades Body
BM 05/20/05 Rise Of Sinn Fein
BM 05/20/05 Paisley Sweeps To Victory & Pledges To Carry On
BB 05/20/05 Sudden Death May Impact NI Water
BB 05/20/05 Ireland In Shock Eurovision Exit
IE 05/20/05 Echo Focus: A Labored Legacy (James Connolly)
IO 05/20/05 Two Women Rescued Off Dun Laoghaire Pier
IO 05/20/05 Heritage Body -Decline Of Natural Habitats
MW 05/20/05 Cathie Ryan: To Be Cherished
ZW 05/20/05 Kirkin' Culture: Church Pays Tribute To Roots

05/19/05 -
SF Has 'Positive' Meeting In Downing Street
IO 05/19/05 SF Has 'Positive' Meeting In Downing Street
GU 05/19/05 Time To Bury Good Friday, Says Paisley
IT 05/20/05 Jesuit On US Immigrant Smuggling Charge
BB 05/19/05 Cash Boost For Boyne Battle Site
IT 05/20/05 UUP May Be Forced To Close Office In Washington
IT 05/20/05 Price Of Pint May Rise By 10 Cent In June
IT 05/20/05 Neo-Nazi Spam Bombs Govt Department Network

05/19/05 -
Rita O'Hare's Visa Denied

05/19/05 -
Sinn Fein Week in Review

05/19/05 –
Guns Seized In Loyalist Blackmail Bid
IO 05/19/05 Guns Seized In Loyalist Blackmail Bid
BT 05/19/05 Police Confirm UDA Behind Brutal Murder
IO 05/19/05 US Envoy: Ulster Peace Depends On IRA Response
GU 05/19/05 Blair Holds Talks To Restart Peace Process
CN 05/19/05 Omagh: Man Faces 29 Murder Charges
BT 05/19/05 Breakthrough On McCartney Killing 'Closer'
BT 05/19/05 Viewpoint: Attacks On Brave Firemen Deplorable
NL 05/19/05 Parade Law Puts 12th Under Threat, Order Warns
IO 05/19/05 Ahern Defends Decision To Sell Aer Lingus
BT 05/19/05 Bush's Man At Integrated Schools Celebration

05/18/05 -
PUP Chief Says LVF Killed Lisa
DL 05/18/05 PUP Chief Says LVF Killed Lisa
4N 05/18/05 Adams ‘Confident’ US Committed To Peace Process
SM 05/18/05 Hain: No Deals To Hasten Power-Sharing'
RE 05/18/05 U.S. To IRA: Lay Down Your Arms Now
SF 05/18/05 Adams Welcomes Report On Poverty Eradication
IT 05/19/05 Maginnis To Stand For Leadership Of UUP
UT 05/18/05 Murder Ruled Out In U.S Woman's Death – Police
BB 05/18/05 Dublin To Sell Aer Lingus Stake
EB 05/18/05 Erin Go Girl!
IO 05/18/05 Univ Crack Down On Patrick's Day Troublemakers
IO 05/18/05 Eight Priests To Be Ordained This Year
IE 05/18/05 New Book Focuses On Irish New York

05/18/05 –
Sinn Féin Determined To Make Progress
SF 05/18/05 Sinn Féin Determined To Make Progress
BB 05/18/05 Loyalists 'May Act Over Murder'
DI 05/18/05 DUP Silent On Harryville Attacks
IO 05/18/05 MEPs Seek To Raise EU Constitution Awareness
BB 05/18/05 Bill To Address NI Parties' Funding
IO 05/18/05 Hain To Meet Dermot Ahern Today
BB 05/18/05 US Envoy To Meet McCartney Women
BT 05/18/05 Pair Released Over Attack On Team Bus
BB 05/18/05 Villagers Protest At Newspaper
DI 05/18/05 Battle Royale For Lough Ownership
DI 05/18/05 ‘Save Leitrim’ To Get Dáil Hearing
BB 05/17/05 Anger Over Irish Salmon Quotas
BB 05/17/05 Wind Farm 'Catastrophic' For Isle
WP 05/18/05 Carramore Road Race A Great Success
TE 05/18/05 A Writer's Life: Neil Belton
OI 05/18/05 Jeanie Johnston To Be Sold To DDA

NP 05/09/05 Irish Village's Push To Keep Gaelic Alive –AO

05/17/05 -
Congress Passes Real ID Act
OL 05/17/05 Congress Passes Real ID Act
BB 05/17/05 Policing Board Man Slams The DUP
UT 05/17/05 Man Jailed After SDLP Pipe Bomb Attack
IT 05/18/05 Taoiseach Welcomes Internal Debate By IRA
UT 05/17/05 SF: UK ID Cards Undermine Rights Of Irish
IO 05/17/05 SDLP Urges Govts To Lift Assembly Suspension
SM 05/17/05 Paisley Urges 'Another Road' In N Ireland
BB 05/17/05 Hermon Out Of UUP Leadership Race
IO 05/17/05 Man Released After Questioning In Omagh Probe
MN 05/17/05 Illegals Bill Offers Hope To Irish In America
IO 05/17/05 Pioneering Irish Surgeon Dies
IT 05/18/05 Call For Ancient Dublin Site To Be Saved
IT 05/18/05 RTÉ To Screen Haughey 'Biopic'
IT 05/18/05 West Belfast Plans Euro-Friendly Currency Area

05/17/05 –
31st Anniversary Of Dublin Bombings Marked
RT 05/17/05 31st Anniversary Of Dublin Bombings Marked
SF 05/16/05 Sinn Féin Launch EU Referendum Campaign
SF 05/16/05 SF Wants A Europe Of Equals Not Superstates
IO 05/17/05 Brits Continue Efforts To Restore Institutions
BB 05/17/05 BBC Spotlight On Death Of Lisa
BB 05/17/05 Lisa's Mother May Meet Loyalists
BT 05/17/05 Blair Anxious For Legacy On N Ireland
SF 05/17/05 SF To Test Brits Commitment To Progress
IO 05/17/05 Bush Envoy Pleased With Hain Talks
BB 05/17/05 America 'Powerful' Peace Partner
RE 05/17/05 Forget Rifles, Focus On Votes –Morrison
NL 05/17/05 It Is Not DUP Which Is A Brake To Progress – MP
NL 05/17/05 SF Memorial Is Powered Illegally
BT 05/17/05 Adams: Sharing Power All Down To Timing
IN 05/17/05 No Going Back In Northern Ireland
BB 05/17/05 Election Dreams Come True For DUP
BT 05/17/05 Police Investigate 'Sectarian' Assault
ST 05/17/05 London, Dublin Facing Fresh Troubles
BB 05/17/05 Orange Order Revival In Africa
IT 05/17/05 Woman From US Killed At Hostel In Belfast
IT 05/17/05 Boy (16) Rescue Man Who Jumped Into Shannon
IT 05/17/05 Irish Writers To Fore At Dublin Festival
IT 05/17/05 Synge Season: Druid Prepare To Stage Six Plays

05/16/05 –
US Backpacker Killed In Belfast Hostel
BB 05/16/05 US Backpacker Killed In Belfast Hostel
BT 05/16/05 H Block Is Granted Listed Status
BT 05/16/05 Drumcree March Talks At Standstill
UT 05/16/05 Thugs Stone Harryville Chapel
BT 05/16/05 New ID Cards Storm On Way
RE 05/16/05 "Tell Me Why" Grieving Father Asks IRA Bomber
UT 05/16/05 Health Officials Urged Over Bird Flu

05/15/05 –
Adams: Others Must 'Recognise Responsibility'
EP 05/15/05 Adams: Others Must 'Recognise Responsibility'
UT 05/15/05 Gerry Kelly Launches Attack On Irish Govt
SM 05/15/05 Hain Ducks Challenge On IRA
IT 05/16/05 Navan Rejects Dirtiest Town Label
IT 05/16/05 Free Admission To Certain Historic Sites
IT 05/16/05 Huge Liner To Arrive At Dublin Port Today
IT 05/16/05 Study Of Clare Island Wall-Paintings Launched

05/15/05 –
Adams Revews Appeal To IRA
UT 05/15/05 Adams Renews Appeal To IRA
ST 05/15/05 Protestants 'Fear Mixed Marriages'
BB 05/15/05 NI Process 'Could Move Forward'
IO 05/15/05 McCartneys Nominated For Humanitarian Award
ST 05/15/05 FARC Rebel 'Admits IRA Trained Him'
ST 05/15/05 Opin: Blair Doesn’t Get It - A Deal Isn’t What N Ireland Wants
ST 05/15/05 Gang Of Three To Run Ulster Unionists
SB 05/15/05 Green Party Means Business As It Prepares For 2007 Battle
BC 05/15/05 On 30th Of January 1972 In Derry, Northern Ireland, A March...
IO 05/15/05 Masses Mark 80th Anniversary Of St Therese Canonisation
ST 05/15/05 Irish Sea Dolphins Have Five Times EU Toxin Levels

05/14/05 –
Hain In Peace Process Storm
IO 05/13/05 Hain Sails Into Storm Over Peace Process
IO 05/13/05 SF Accused After New Threat To McCartneys
IO 05/13/05 Warplanes In Irish Airspace Costing Taxpayers Millions
SF 05/13/05 Anti-Jewish Attacks 'Sickening' Says Doolan
GU 05/13/05 Review: Ghost Portrait
BT 05/13/05 How I Got Rid Of My Old Crime Habits
SC 05/13/05 World Cup Round-Up

05/13/05 –
Ayling Heads Nelson Inquiry
UT 05/13/05 Ayling To Head Nelson Inquiry
IT 05/13/05 US Immigration Bill May Help Illegals
DJ 05/13/05 Paisley Wanted Sinn Fein-DUP Outcome
BB 05/12/05 Benn's Call For SF To Take Seats
BT 05/12/05 Drumcree Concerns
DJ 05/13/05 Editorial: Now That The Dust Has Settled
BT 05/13/05 McCartneys: We'll Burn Family Out
SF 05/13/05 Adams Condemns Threats Against McCartney's
SM 05/13/05 Security Minister Backs McCartney Family
NU 05/13/05 Excerpt From Blair’s Q&A Session
BB 05/12/05 Real IRA Chief Can Challenge Fund
SM 05/13/05 No Reverse Gear On Peace Process – Hain
BT 05/13/05 Mayoral Seat Is Our Right – DUP
BT 05/13/05 SF Calls For End To Farm Policy
BT 05/13/05 Pair Call Off Everest Climb
OD 05/12/05 Bloody Sunday/ Theatre Of Moral Corruption
BT 05/12/05 Free Derry Museum Vandals Get Invite
BM 05/13/05 Attack Condemned By DUP Colleagues
4N 05/13/05 OO Going Strong In W Africa Notes Researcher
IT 05/13/05 EU Treaty Would Be 'No Blank Cheque' – Ahern
IT 05/13/05 US Group Opposes President's Visit
IT 05/13/05 French Soldiers Honour Role Of Irish Brigade
DJ 05/13/05 Donegal Takes Golden Eagles Under Its Wing

05/12/05 –
SF Demands Speaking Rights For MPs
IO 05/12/05 SF Demands Speaking Rights Demand For North MPs
UT 05/12/05 McDowell Rejects Sinn Fein Demands
SF 05/12/05 Hain Must End Sanctions Programme
SF 05/12/05 EU Interfering In Ratification Process
EX 05/12/05 DUP - Fastest Growing Party On The Island
UT 05/12/05 Blair To Honour Bomb Squad
IO 05/12/05 Judgment Reserved In IRA Membership Trial
BT 05/12/05 DUP Assault Claim Probed
BT 05/12/05 BBC Show Blackout Looming
BT 05/12/05 Ulster Climbers Aim To On Top Of The World

05/12/05 -
Irish Aires Continues To Need Your Support

05/11/05 –
Ahern To Raise ’74 Bombing w/ NI Secretary
IT 05/12/05 Ahern To Raise ‘74 Bombings With NI Secretary
SF 05/11/05 Gerry Adams Says "Go Raibh Maith Agat"
SF 05/11/05 SF Leader Suspended After Clash With Taoiseach
BB 05/10/05 DUP Issues Warning At Westminster
IE 05/10/05 Analysis: The Challenge Ahead For SDLP
BB 05/10/05 Hermon 'Wants A More Liberal UUP'
UT 05/10/05 Man Jailed After Family Forced To Flee Home
IA 05/10/05 Scorsese Irish Casting Call Set
IT 05/11/05 Roche Paves Way For Tara Motorway
UT 05/11/05 Aer Lingus To Cancel Orlando Flights

05/11/05 –
Loyalists Accused of Brutal Murder
BT 05/11/05 Family Accuses Loyalists Of Brutal Murder
BT 05/11/05 Gentle Loner Who Fell Victim To UDA Thugs
BT 05/11/05 'DUP Can Boost Hope For Deal'
UT 05/11/05 Ó Caoláin Suspended From Dáil
BT 05/11/05 New SF Arrival Puts Out Mayor
DI 05/10/05 Lower Falls Sweep- SF Still Belfast’s Biggest
BT 05/11/05 Clear Water Between SF And The SDLP
BT 05/11/05 Alliance Holding Power Once Again
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DI 05/10/05 Hain Goes Walkabout
BT 05/11/05 Sinn Fein Slammed By MEPs Over Killing
IO 05/11/05 SF Defend Decision Not To Back McCartney Motion
BB 05/11/05 New MPs Being Sworn In At Commons
GU 05/11/05 Northern Ireland: The Other Election
BT 05/11/05 Opin: Politics Of Compromise Have Been Betrayed
BT 05/11/05 Opin: Well, Where Do We Go From Here?
BT 05/11/05 DUP Juggernaut Rolls Out Victory
BT 05/11/05 Bias Fears In Border Area
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HS 05/10/05 GAA: Rule 42
AJ 05/08/05 The Specter Of Violence In America
AF 05/10/05 Irish Fisherman Hooks Mind-Blowing Catch

QA 05/09/05 Questions & Answers –VO

05/10/05 –
McCartney Did Not Impact SF Vote
BB 05/10/05 McCartney’s Death 'Did Not Impact SF Vote'
BT 05/10/05 The Winners And Losers (so far)
WS 05/10/05 Northern Ireland Elections
BT 05/10/05 Hain Flies In As Trimble Bows Out
BT 05/10/05 Opin: Hain's New Group Of Priorities
BT 05/10/05 History Kinder To Trimble Than Contemporaries
BT 05/10/05 Opin: It's Time To Unite Unionism
BT 05/10/05 Trimble: Tears And Tributes
BB 05/10/05 Man Will Face Omagh Bomb Charges
UT 05/10/05 MEP's Back McCartney Sisters' Fight For Justice
BT 05/10/05 Roddy Doyle's Gigglers To Get Animated

05/09/05 –
Brits Must Move Agenda For Change Forward
SF 05/09/05 British Must Move Agenda For Change Forward
IT 05/10/05 DUP & SF Gain In Local Elections
IT 05/10/05 Alliance Retains Balance Of Power In Belfast
IT 05/10/05 Ken Maginnis Loses Seat
SF 05/09/05 SF Local Election Results
IT 05/10/05 MEP Says Three Men Have Information
SF 05/09/05 de Brún For McCartney Campaign For Justice
IT 05/10/05 N Ireland Junior Ministers: Who They Are
IT 05/10/05 Call For New Effort On Disappeared
IT 05/10/05 Major Radioactive Leak At Sellafield
IT 05/10/05 Highly Toxic Leak Poses No Danger To Ireland
IT 05/10/05 50-Minute Trip For Heart Attack Man
IT 05/10/05 Tourism Business Here Expected To Rise

05/09/05 –
Council Vote Count Under Way
BB 05/09/05 Council Vote Count Is Under Way
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SB 05/08/05 Moving Centre-Stage
BT 05/09/05 DUP 'Only Party To Increase Vote Share'
BT 05/09/05 Ulster's Voting Enigma
BT 05/09/05 Opin: Unionists' Frustration At Ballot Box
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SB 05/08/05 Trimble Defeat Signals Crisis For UUP
BT 05/09/05 Lords Next For Trimble?
SB 05/08/05 Peace Process To Come Dropping Slow
SB 05/08/05 Sinn Fein Scores Twice At Omagh Count
SB 05/08/05 Unionist Shift But Little Change In Natl Voting
SB 05/08/05 DUP Gains From Unionist Anti-Sinn Fein Strategy
SB 05/08/05 Opin: Trimble's Road To Nowhere
SB 05/08/05 Opin: Where Now For A Deal In The North?
SB 05/08/05 Opin: Time To Stop Babysitting The North
BB 05/09/05 MEPs Debate McCartney Legal Boost
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SB 05/08/05 Opin: Blair Majority With Only A Third Of Vote
SB 05/08/05 Tories Lick Their Wounds As Howard Steps Aside
BT 05/09/05 Poster Row Led To DUP 'Assault'
SB 05/08/05 Coroner To Re-Examine 1976 Murder
TW 05/09/05 'IRA Influence' In Farc Attacks
SB 05/08/05 Ireland Funds Target Super-Wealthy Irish
SB 05/08/05 Lord Inchiquin To Sell Part Of Dromoland Estate
SB 05/08/05 Row Erupts Over World Cup Qualifier Tickets

05/08/05 –
Ahern To Meet Blair For NI Talks
IT 05/09/05 Taoiseach To Meet Blair In Moscow For NI Talks
IO 05/08/05 Hain In New Push For Peace In Ulster
IT 05/09/05 Hain Will Bring New Impetus To NI Politics
IT 05/09/05 Deal On North Is Priority For Blair, Says Hain
SL 05/09/05 Sunday Life Comment: Party Over For Trimble
BB 05/08/05 Hermon Considers UUP Leadership
SW 05/08/05 Remembering James Connolly -LO
IT 05/09/05 Galtee Workers Asked To Work For €9 An Hour

PT 05/08/05 Coverage & Analysis Of N Ireland Election –VO

05/08/05 –
Loyalist Attack Jr Soccer Team
BB 05/08/05 Loyalist Crowd Attacks Junior Soccer Team
SL 05/08/05 'Bolton Wanderers' Hit Hard Time
SL 05/08/05 For 2 OO Members, Was It A A Sash Too Far?
UT 05/08/05 Hain Hopes For Early Ulster Talks
IO 05/08/05 Dermot Ahern To Meet Hain
IO 05/08/05 Bertie Ahern Praises Work Of Embattled Trimble
UT 05/08/05 Uncertainty Surrounds NI Politics
GU 05/08/05 No Peace In A Prize
TE 05/08/05 Fear And Loathing In Ulster … Again
SL 05/08/05 Kilclooney And Burnside Favourites To Step Up
SL 05/08/05 Eur To Be Named MEP Allister Tells McCartney Six
SL 05/08/05 Provos Free Reign In Bulgarian Bolt-Hole
SL 05/08/05 Ex-Army Sniper's 'Suicide Probe'
BB 05/08/05 Service Held To Honour War Dead
SL 05/08/05 Help!... The IRA
SL 05/08/05 Book That Brings Us Van's Hit And Myths
IO 05/08/05 Japanese Royals Arrive In Ireland

05/07/05 –
UDA Exile Jailed For Bomb Hoax
BT 05/07/05 UDA Exile Jailed For Bomb Hoax
BT 05/07/05 Loyalist Prosecution Halted Due To Missing Tape
UT 05/07/05 Man Injured In Belfast Shooting
IO 05/07/05 Cork Man Charged With IRA Membership
SM 05/07/05 New Ulster Secretary Sets To Work On Peace Agreement
BT 05/07/05 Tony's New Man In Ulster
BB 05/07/05 New NI Secretary Pledges Progress
IO 05/07/05 Give Us Seats In Lords, DUP Tells Blair
BT 05/07/05 Lollipop Patrols Are Saved From Axe
IO 05/07/05 New Belfast Newspaper Closes

05/07/05 –
Adams Humbled By Win
BT 05/07/05 Adams 'Humbled' By His West Belfast Win
SF 05/07/05 Adams: Opportunity For Progress Must Now Be Seized
BT 05/07/05 McGuinness Triumphant, But A Certain Something Missing
BT 05/07/05 Cheers And Jeers As Gildernew Wins
BT 05/07/05 SF's Newest MP Knows It's A Tough Act To Follow
BB 05/07/05 Sinn Fein Win Newry And Armagh
BT 05/07/05 Doherty Takes W Tyrone & Pledges Health A Priority
BT 05/07/05 Durkan Defies The Doubters To Coast Home
BT 05/07/05 McGrady Races Ahead Of SF In South Down
BT 05/07/05 We're Not Going To Go Away You Know
IO 05/07/05 McDonnell To Focus On Restoring Devolution
BT 05/07/05 Trimble Blame Republicans & Considers Future
BB 05/07/05 Trimble: 'No Escape For Political Houdini'
BT 05/07/05 Lone Stand For Victorious Ulster Unionist Hermon
UT 05/07/05 Burnside Unhappy At Loss
BT 05/07/05 'Big Man' Romps Home To Record Another Victory
BT 05/07/05 ’’ Trimble Toppled As Simpson Seals Upper Bann Win
BT 05/07/05 Donaldson Switch Brings A Landslide
BT 05/07/05 Iris Romps Home To Victory In Strangford
BT 05/07/05 Dodds Hails NBelfast Poll Result A Resounding Victory
BT 05/07/05 Empey Warns Triumphant Robinson Over Commons
BT 05/07/05 Campbell Makes Very Good Fist Of Defending Seat
BT 05/07/05 Burnside Falls As McCrea Triumphs In South Antrim
BT 05/07/05 Wilson On Way To Westminster
BT 05/07/05 Viewpoint: Still Only One Way Forward
BT 05/07/05 New Green Peak In Ulster
BT 05/07/05 Opin: A Vacuum Theory To Take In The Suckers?
BT 05/07/05 Analysis: The Fall Of Unionism
BT 05/07/05 Unionists Torn Apart
BT 05/07/05 How The Paisley Pattern Was To Become Fashion Of The Day
BT 05/07/05 The Winners: The New Voices At Westminster

05/06/05 –
McGuinness Wins After Loss of Boxes
UT 05/06/05 McGuinness Wins After Loss Of Boxes
SM 05/06/05 Quiet Man Murphy Makes Subdued Cabinet Exit
BB 05/06/05 Double Role For New NI Secretary
UT 05/06/05 Winners And Losers Of NI Election
GU 05/06/05 Trimble's Unionists Are Swept Away
IT 05/07/05 Durkan Pulls Through As Trimble Ponders Future
EX 05/07/05 Paisley Tells Governments To Listen Up
IT 05/07/05 Seismic Changes But Peace Accord Will Hold
EX 05/07/05 Government ‘Selling Out’ Right To Veto EU Rules
EX 05/07/05 Durkan Has Political Triumph Of His Life
IM 05/07/05 Annual Hunger Strike Rally
TO 05/07/05 Book Rev: Ghettos Of The Mind

05/06/05 –
Poll May Pave Way To New Stormont Deal
BT 05/06/05 Poll May Pave Way To A New Stormont Deal
BT 05/06/05 Tense Wait As Counting Begins
BB 05/06/05 Police Praise For Peaceful Poll
BB 05/06/05 Ahern Congratulates Blair On Win
IO 05/06/05 Concerns Expressed About Loyalist Parade In Belfast Tonight
BT 05/05/05 Crackdown On Drunken Revellers At Town March
BT 05/06/05 Father's Fury As Murder Charge Hopes Fade Again
IO 05/06/05 Politicians To Hold Talks With Emigrant Groups In US
SF 05/06/05 Government Asks People To Sign Blank Cheque
HC 05/06/05 New Dramas Offer Lessons On Human Cruelty

05/05/05 -
Focus on Turnout In Elections
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IT 05/06/05 First Results Indicate Labour Win But Majority Down
SM 05/05/05 Long Wait For Northern Ireland Candidates
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CS 05/05/05 Opin: Practical Step In N. Ireland
BL 05/05/05 Blast At NYC Building Housing U.K. Consulate Probed
BB 05/05/05 DPP Criticised Over Omagh Charges
IO 05/05/05 Govt Urged To Tackle Suicide Problem
IT 05/06/05 Russia Honours Irishmen For Wartime Arctic Convoy Role
IT 05/06/05 Coroner Criticises 'Insensitive' Cliff-Jump Advert

05/04/05 –
Adams Attends Hunger Striker Event in Belfast
SF 05/04/05 SF President Attends Hunger Strike Event In Belfast
IT 05/05/05 Voters To Decide Fates Of Trimble And Durkan Today
SM 05/04/05 MEPs Back Call For McCartney Cash
IT 05/05/05 Waterford To Cut 1,800 Jobs In Bid To Reverse Downturn
IT 05/05/05 Crystal Workers Threaten To Picket Factory
IT 05/05/05 Man To Be Charged With Omagh Bombing
BT 05/04/05 Query Over Why DUP Not Present At Gay Rights Meeting
DJ 05/04/05 Opin: Derry - Crucial Council Elections
IE 05/04/05 Spicer Speared In Scathing U.S. Report
IT 05/05/05 Database Proposed For US Illegal Irish
IT 05/05/05 Ahern Urged To Commemorate Famine With Special Day
BT 05/04/05 School Defends Changing Room Camera

05/04/05 –
SF Poised For Election Sweep
WT 05/04/05 Sinn Fein Poised For N.I. Sweep
IO 05/04/05 Adams Predicts Peace Talks Will Resume After Election
RT 05/04/05 Northern Voters Go To Polls Tomorrow
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BT 05/04/05 Odds-On Certs And Outside Chances
BT 05/04/05 Caution Over Orange Twelfth Plans
BT 05/04/05 'Family-Friendly' Look To Twelfth
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BB 05/04/05 Blair Says NI Is Still A Priority
BT 05/04/05 Police Probe Into Alleged Electoral Fraud In Foyle
IT 05/04/05 Vandals Damage Valued Sculptures In Mayo
IT 05/04/05 EUR100m Plan For New Concert Hall Unveiled
IT 05/04/05 Wicklow Mountains Park Plan Unveiled
IT 05/04/05 Waterford Crystal Set To Shut Factory With Loss Of 400 Jobs

PT 05/03/05 Elections Could See End For North's Middle Ground –VO

05/03/05 –
Brutality Claims Rock PSNI
BT 05/03/05 Brutality Claims Rock PSNI
BT 05/03/05 Orde 'Was Target Of Bombers'
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BT 05/03/05 Plea For End To Attacks On Taxi Firms
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UT 05/03/05 TDs Head To Washington To Lobby For Immigration Bill
UT 05/03/05 Belfast Bar In Centre Of Legal Row

05/02/05 –
Marathon Diverted After Bomb Find
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Ex-Loyalist Chief Remanded In Money Laundering Probe

By Alan Erwin, PA

Detectives probing an alleged money laundering racket involving
deposed loyalist terror boss Jim Gray have seized 100,000 documents,
it was revealed today.

Around 2,000 lines of inquiry are being examined by police following a
cash trail that has taken them abroad, the Northern Ireland High Court
was told.

As it emerged that a new arrest has been made in a mammoth
investigation linking Gray to a top Belfast estate agent, a judge
refused to grant bail for the ousted Ulster Defence Association

Gray, 47, was allegedly found with cash and bankers drafts totalling
£10,000 when arrested by police who stopped a southbound Mini Cooper
in Co Down in April.

He denies possessing and concealing criminal property.

Despite claims that he was simply heading on a trip with his
girlfriend, Lord Justice Campbell agreed with concerns expressed by
the Crown that he may have been attempting to flee.

The judge said: "That amount of money does seem fairly substantial to
be taking on a speculative trip."

Gray was detained days after being stood down as the UDA's so-called
brigadier in the east of the city.

Police studying his financial affairs later arrested Philip Johnston,
an estate agent who runs a network of branches in east Belfast, and
Gray's partner, Sharon Moss.

Johnston, 39, of King's Road, Belfast and Moss, from Torgrange, in
Holywood, Co Down, are both on bail charged with money laundering

During today's court hearing it was revealed that Gray was renting a
property from the estate agent, paying £400 cash per month.

Crown Barrister David Hopley told how the accused could not justify
where the money came from during police interview as it took his
minimal outgoings beyond what he had claimed to be living on.

Gray had said the cash he was allegedly found with came from the sale
of two bars he part-owned, the Avenue One and the Bunch of Grapes in
east Belfast, giving him a personal equity of around £130,000, the
court was told.

Gray claimed to have been able to save a £10,000 deposit for a loan on
the pubs eight years ago when he was earning £150 a week.

But police believe the money he was allegedly stopped with came from
the proceeds of his criminal lifestyle, the court heard.

Detectives who examined his bank accounts discovered his average
monthly outgoings for standing orders and other debits came to £1,700
a month without taking into account daily living expenses or housing

During questioning about how he financed his lifestyle, Gray claimed
he got money from "here or there" including help from his family, and
denied using any illegal means, the Crown said.

He also denied any UDA involvement during police interview.

But after his arrest, detectives launched a far-reaching investigation
under the Proceeds of Crime Act that led to the arrests of both
Johnston and Moss.

Searches carried out across Greater Belfast have resulted in around
100,000 documents being seized, including a significant amount of
financial material, Mr Hopley said.

He added that around 2,000 separate lines of inquiry were being
pursued, taking police outside the Northern Ireland jurisdiction.

Council offices, planning offices, solicitors, estate agents,
accountants and the homes and offices of politicians have all been
examined as part of the inquiry.

"Gray is central to this investigation therefore police have concerns
that, if released on bail, he may remove or destroy evidence still
being sought, or interfere with witnesses," the Crown said.

Defence Barrister Norman Hill insisted, however, that contrary to the
speculation surrounding Gray, of Knockwood Park, Belfast, everything
points to him telling the truth during police interview.

He was prepared to live at home and report twice daily if need be to
police in a bid to be granted bail.

Mr Hill, who said Gray's family were standing behind him as he faced
the charges, added that there was no evidence of him ever absconding
in the past.

But the judge pointed out that the accused had never been up on such
serious offences before.

"Careless driving is not normally something to flee the jurisdiction
over," he said.


PSNI Badge On Helicopter Will Make Little Difference To Those In
Militarised Areas

Published: 31 May, 2005

Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh Conor Murphy today said that PSNI
Chief Constable Hugh Orde was living in a cloud cuckoo land if he
seriously believes that nationalists and republicans will think that
the purchase of a helicopter indicates any progress towards an
acceptable and accountable policing service.

Mr Murphy said:

"At the launch of the PSNI helicopter this morning the PSNI Chief Hugh
Orde indicated that he believed that this was a step along the road to
normalised policing. He also hinted that the role of the British Army
in policing here would be lessened, a claim later refuted by the
British Army themselves.

"Hugh Orde is living in a cloud cuckoo land if he seriously believes
that nationalists and republicans will believe that the purchase of a
helicopter indicates any progress towards an acceptable and
accountable policing service.

"In areas like South Armagh Hugh Orde‚s force are routinely carried in
low flying helicopters causing unwarranted and unnecessary disruption
to peoples everyday lives conducting intrusive spy operations from the
air. Putting a PSNI badge on the side of the helicopter will make
little difference to life for those of us living under PSNI and
British Army militarisation every day of the week." ENDS


Prince To Dedicate Room At Police Training College

By Martin Halfpenny, PA

The Prince of Wales will dedicate a room at a historic police training
college to the Royal Ulster Constabulary today.

The Prince is visiting the Police Training College in Bramshill,
Hampshire. He will tour the mansion and plant a tree to mark its 400th
anniversary this year.

He is also to dedicate a room within the college to the Royal Ulster
Constabulary George Cross and the RUC GC Foundation.

In 2000 the Queen awarded the RUC, now named the Police Service of
Northern Ireland, with the George Cross in recognition of the bravery
of RUC officers and their families.

At that time the RUC GC Foundation was established and it maintains
the RUC GC Garden of Remembrance, officially opened by the Prince in
September 2003.

The room at Bramshill is to be dedicated to the RUC GC and the work of
the foundation.

The mansion at Bramshill was built by Lord Zouche in 1605. A manor
already existed at the site from 1598, but Zouche used the foundations
to build the existing mansion which took 20 years to complete.

The mansion and surrounding grounds are now owned by Centrex (Central
Police Training and Development Authority) for police training.


Illegal Dump Fight 'Not Relaxed'

The fight against paramilitaries and others involved in cross-border
illegal dumping will not be relaxed, the Irish government has pledged.

A recent European Court of Justice ruling condemned the Republic for
past failures to deal with illegal waste.

Fears had been expressed that illegal operators would try to dump more
waste in Northern Ireland as a result.

Irish Environment Minister Dick Roche said he was aware of that
possibility, but there would be "no relaxation".

There had been fears that resources to repair illegal sites in the
border region might be diverted.

It is estimated that the illegal waste business in the Irish Republic
is worth about £70m a year, which is about 10% of the industry's
annual turnover.

Rogue contractors have been making millions by undercutting legitimate
waste collectors.

Directive breached

The European Court of Justice ruled in April that the Irish government
had failed to meet its obligation under the Waste Directive to ensure
municipal landfills held required permits.

It ruled that Irish authorities had "tolerated unauthorised activities
in numerous places in Ireland, often over long periods, failing to
require that those activities be brought to an end".

"Such a failure to fulfil obligations is general and persistent in
nature," it added.

The court concluded that "Ireland has failed to fulfil its obligation
to ensure that only duly authorised undertakings dispose of or recover

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EU Treaty Faces Heavy Defeat By Dutch Electorate

Denis Staunton, in The Hague

Dutch voters are expected to reject the EU constitution today in a
referendum that could deliver the final blow to the treaty's prospects
of coming into force.

Final opinion polls suggested that almost 60 per cent of voters would
reject the constitution just three days after France gave the document
an emphatic No.

EU politicians and officials acknowledged yesterday that a second No
vote could derail the process of ratification in other countries.

Denmark's prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, whose country plans
to hold a referendum on September 27th, said that EU leaders must
decide at a summit this month if the process should continue.

"Our starting point is that Danes must be given the opportunity to
give their opinion, but it presupposes that the European Council
decides to continue," he said.

French president Jacques Chirac last night insisted that France's No
vote to the constitution in a referendum on Sunday was "not the
rejection of the European ideal".

He said in a televised address that the result was a demand for
"action" and "results".

"You are calling for determined, immediate action to respond as soon
as possible to the present difficulties, which are unemployment and
spending power," he said.

Earlier Mr Chirac appointed Dominique de Villepin as prime minister
following the resignation of Jean-Pierre Raffarin, as a way of
addressing voter concerns on the domestic issues in France.

Tomorrow the Taoiseach will meet Luxembourg's prime minister, Jean
Claude Juncker, whose country holds the EU presidency. The two leaders
are expected to discuss the impact of this week's referendums.

Mr Ahern will travel from Luxembourg to Berlin, where he will meet
chancellor Gerhard Schröder and deliver a speech on Europe - Our
common future - to the Humboldt University.

Irish officials said yesterday that the Taoiseach is unlikely to make
any decision to call off Ireland's referendum on the constitution
before the EU summit on June 16th.

Dutch foreign minister Ben Bot yesterday admitted that the
constitution, which has the support of all the country's main
political parties, trade unions and business organisations, is likely
to be rejected.

"We had hoped for a neck-and-neck race (but) . . . it looks as if it
is going to be a No vote," he told CNN television.

The Dutch parliament is not obliged to respect the outcome of today's
referendum but the governing Christian Democrats have promised not to
ratify the constitution if more than 55 per cent of voters reject it
on a turnout of more than 30 per cent.

Latest polls predict a turnout between 42 and 44 per cent.

The low-key campaign was dominated by public disquiet over the size of
the Netherlands' per capita contribution to the EU budget - the
highest of any member state - and anger over the decision by EU
finance ministers two years ago to allow Germany and France to break
the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact.

Far-right campaigners against the constitution also appealed to
popular hostility to immigration and to moves to start EU membership
talks with Turkey.

The Dutch EU commissioner, Neelie Kroes, told Volkskrant newspaper
that voters were unhappy with the idea of a constitution for Europe.

"I'd rather talk about a new international treaty. That we're talking
about a constitution at all . . . is because of the enthusiasm of the
chief author, Giscard d'Estaing. He put a nice title on the thing
because he was in an exultant mood. That exaggerated optimism is now
being punished," she said.

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Forensic Evidence Due In Omagh Trial

Gerry Moriarty

Lawyers representing alleged Omagh bomber Seán Gerard Hoey will
question forensic experts when the case opens next month, Belfast
Magistrates' Court heard yesterday.

The huge scale of the case, which is due to begin in preliminary
session on Monday, June 20th, was revealed when presiding magistrate
Desmond Perry said he was potentially faced with "12 boxes of papers"
to read relating to the 61 charges against Mr Hoey.

Mr Hoey, a 35-year-old electrician from Molly Road, Jonesborough in
south Armagh, appeared by video link at the court yesterday from
Maghaberry Prison, where he has been on remand since September 2003.

He faces a total of 61 charges, including charges of murdering each of
the 29 victims of the "Real IRA" Omagh bombing of August 15th, 1998.

He also faces several other serious charges, including "Real IRA"
membership and "Real IRA" bombing offences.

Mr Hoey made no comment yesterday other than to confirm his name.

He was remanded in Maghaberry to appear again before the court by
video link on Friday, June 17th, and to appear personally in the court
for a preliminary hearing of the case on the following Monday.

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Final Stage Of M50 To Open At End Of Month

Liam Reid, Political Reporter

The final stage of the M50 motorway is to open to traffic at the end
of this month after six years of legal wrangles and protests.

Although the road, known as the South Eastern Motorway, is two years
behind its original schedule, the opening date is two months ahead of
its revised schedule, which followed the last High Court challenge to
the project.

The office of Minister for Transport Martin Cullen yesterday said the
Minister would open the road officially on June 30th, two months ahead
of the planned August opening. The final stage will link up the N11
dual carriageway with the other Dublin orbital routes, allowing
traffic to avoid suburban Dublin entirely. The junction near
Carrickmines Castle, the subject of lengthy legal actions, will not be
open until October, however.

Congestion on the M50 is not expected to be greatly improved by the
new section and is likely to worsen in the coming months when
construction on new "spaghetti junction" interchanges and an upgrade
to four lanes get under way later this year.

First planned in the 1970s, the Dublin C-Ring, which became known as
the M50, has taken a long time to complete.

Plans to begin construction of the South Eastern Motorway stretch in
1999 were abandoned after Jackson Way, which owned land at
Carrickmines, took a High Court action against the road plan, bringing
it as far as the Supreme Court. It abandoned its court action in 2000.

The road was further delayed by archaeological work, especially around
Carrickmines Castle, which then became the focus of protest by
heritage activists who said the site would be virtually destroyed
unless the interchange and road were redesigned.Protesters took a
series of successful legal actions over the failure of State agencies
and the Government to adhere to heritage protection legislation in
relation to the site, which led to the introduction of new heritage
legislation last year.

A High Court challenge to parts of the legislation failed last
September, and construction on the full route recommenced.

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Belfast Sees Hope For Unity In Titanic Project

By Richard Willing, USA TODAY

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Nearly 100 years ago,
workers at the Harland and Woolf shipyards here built
the Titanic, the largest ship of its time.

Harland and Woolf stopped building ships in 2003. But
if dreamers in this still-divided city get their way,
a new Titanic will someday grace the shipyard's empty
acres along Belfast's lough. Groundbreaking is
scheduled for later this year on the Titanic Quarter,
a massive commercial and residential development that
is projected to cost $2 billion, take 20 years to
build and eventually cover 185 acres of currently
vacant waterfront. Included in the plans: a $200
million dollar Titanic museum that would open by 2011,
the centenary of the launch of the 883-foot-long ship.

If it clicks, the Titanic project could provide a home
base for Northern Ireland's growing high tech
industries and housing for a middle class that has
enjoyed increasing prosperity since warring Catholic
and Protestant factions declared cease-fires in the

But its most ambitious goal can't be measured by
construction timetables: securing peace by providing
high-paying jobs for thousands of Catholics and
Protestants, including former paramilitary members who
fought an inconclusive 25-year war over the province's
fate. On Tuesday, the province's Independent
Monitoring Commission, which oversees the cease-fires,
blamed unemployed paramilitary members for an ongoing
scourge of robbery and crimes.

Considering the namesake ship's own fate — sunk by an
iceberg on its maiden voyage, with 1,517 killed — is
the Titanic really the best symbol for redevelopment
in this war-weary city?

"There was nothing wrong with 'er when she left
Belfast," replies Sammy Douglas, a community worker in
Protestant East Belfast who is helping recruit job
applicants for the Titanic project.

Douglas, 52, comes by his feistiness naturally. In
Belfast, he's a rare species: a "Prod," in the city's
unique dialect, who has earned the trust of Catholics
with whom he works on employment projects and defusing
tensions between the city's Protestant and Catholic
neighborhoods. He walks a fragile line between the two
communities, using a constant stream of cell phone
calls to maintain his balance.

"We trust Sammy Douglas," says Frankie Brennan, 55, a
jobs counselor in the mostly Catholic Short Strand
neighborhood near the Titanic project's site. Brennan
was imprisoned — but not charged — for IRA activity in
the 1970s. "When he says something, you can believe
him, and that's something I can take back to my

30,000 people detained

From 1969 until 1994, the period of Northern Ireland's
"Troubles," about 30,000 paramilitary members were
detained or imprisoned, Douglas estimates. The mostly
Catholic Irish Republican Army, which called a
cease-fire in 1994, was fighting to unite the six
mostly Protestant counties of Northern Ireland with
the 26-county Republic of Ireland. Groups including
the Ulster Defense Association, the Ulster Volunteer
Force and the Red Hand Commandos, all mostly
Protestant, want Northern Ireland to remain within the
United Kingdom.

The "loyalist" paramilitaries fought the Irish
Republican Army and sometimes one another over
territory and power. At times, all of the paramilitary
groups fought local police and the British army.

Now, the province of 1.6 million is being governed
from London while Northern Ireland's political parties
await talks aimed at establishing a local government.

Parties associated with Protestant hard-liners and the
IRA finished first and second in races for the British
parliament and for local government councils on May 5.

While unemployment across the province was 4.5% in
January, according to the UK's Northern Ireland
Bureau, the jobs boom has not been spread equally. In
Belfast last year, joblessness was 22% in the poorest
Catholic area and nearly 20% in a nearby Protestant

"The problem of ex-prisoners is an important one
that's been too much lost sight of," Douglas says.
"When they go looking for work is when the problems

Sid Trotter, an Ulster Defense Association (UDA)
volunteer from County Fermanagh, left prison in 1993
after serving six years for raising funds for the
outlawed group by shaking down construction sites. He
earned a sociology degree after leaving prison. But
Trotter, 43, says he has been trapped in a low-paying
community organizing job. Even driving a taxi is out;
ex-prisoners can't be licensed.

Worse yet, he says, is that his daughter was rejected
for a job with Northern Ireland's new police service
when a background check uncovered her father's record.

"I'll take responsibility for what I did, and I'll try
to live with the consequences," says Trotter, a brawny
man with Ulster's traditional symbol, a blood-red
hand, tattooed on a bulky forearm. "But for our
children, where's the new beginning?"

Organized crime

Crimes such as robbery and money laundering have
continued on both sides, even during the cease-fires.

In February, the Independent Monitoring Commission
(IMC), which oversees weapons decommissioning,
reported that the IRA was responsible for a $50
million bank robbery in central Belfast last December,
as well as several smaller holdups last year.

In April, Jim Gray, a former Ulster Defense
Association leader in East Belfast was charged with
money laundering after police found about $29,000 in
the trunk of his car.

The IMC said Tuesday that the IRA is an organized
crime group and that former Protestant paramilitary
fighters remain "active, violent and ruthless"

For some, crime is an extension of paramilitary
careers, says Andy Tyrie, 65, who led the UDA from
1973 to 1988. "There may be a (political) reason to do
it, but then the money goes in the pockets."

Putting former enemies to work on the same job site
sounds risky. With Titanic Quarter's leaders, Douglas
is developing a "council of reference" in which
respected members of both communities will oversee
hiring to ensure jobs are doled out fairly to target
groups, including former prisoners. Such a council,
Douglas says, could exclude former members of
paramilitaries most likely to cause trouble, such as
those with especially violent records.

Can such a plan work in a city thoroughly soaked in
its history of sectarian bitterness and suspicion? Ian
Adamson, a Belfast City Council member and historian
of Northern Ireland's Protestants, is optimistic.

"There always will be some that won't leave off
(committing crimes), but I think the majority will
once they're shown something better," Adamson says.

"It's hard to know, though, until you truly try."
Activists on the Republican side say they're
especially hopeful the Titanic proposal will deliver
new jobs for their community. Catholics, they note,
found it difficult to get jobs in the old shipyard —
or hang onto them when times were hard.

Ironically, Douglas says, the legacy of discrimination
may have left Catholics better prepared to grasp new

"With the help of community organizations and the
Catholic Church, they got training and qualifications
and many of them are ahead (of Protestant employment
candidates)," Douglas says.

But in Belfast, politics is never far from the

Republicans, says Catholic job counselor Brennan,
support good jobs for both communities. Good paying
jobs for Protestants, Brennan says, will break down
that group's historic resistance to uniting with the
Republic of Ireland, where the economy is booming.

"They'll not resist the 'Celtic Tiger,' " he says,
referring to an Irish economic boom that has driven
employment levels and living standards to modern

From the Protestant side, the view is different. Good
jobs and peace in the neighborhoods, says Ulster
Volunteer Force member Paul Hoey, 50, decreases any
possibility that Protestants would embrace political

"We're not pushing matters, only defending our
communities and traditions," says Hoey, who describes
himself as a "player" in East Belfast street politics.
"Leave us alone, and you'll not even know that we're about."


Geldof Announces Five 'Live 8' Shows

U2 to play Hyde Park

By Gary Fennelly
31 May 2005

Bob Geldof has announced details of the follow-up to 1985's Live Aid.
Five free concerts will be held in London, Paris, Berlin, Rome and
Philadelphia, as part Live 8.

The event is aimed at raising money and awareness to fight poverty and
will coincide with the meeting of international leaders at the G8

The main concert will be held at Hyde Park in London on Saturday, July
2 with simultaneous shows at the other four venues.

Irish rockers U2, Coldplay, Robbie Williams, REM, Paul McCartney and
Madonna will play in London.

Other performers include Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band,
Stevie Wonder and P. Diddy in Philadelphia; Crosby, Stills and Nash,
Lauren Hill and Brian Wilson in Berlin; Jamiroquai, Youssou N'Dour,
Yannick Noah and Placebo in Paris; and Duran Duran in Rome.

Organisers said the Spice Girls would be invited to play, if they
reformed in time, quashing earlier rumours that they were not welcome.

Geldof, the driving force behind the Band Aid and Live Aid campaigns
for African famine relief said: "This is not Live Aid 2. These
concerts are the start point for The Long Walk To Justice, the one way
we can all make our voices heard in unison.

"This is without doubt a moment in history where ordinary people can
grasp the chance to achieve something truly monumental and demand from
the eight world leaders at G8 an end to poverty.

"The G8 leaders have it within their power to alter history. They will
only have the will to do so if tens of thousands of people show them
that enough is enough.

"By doubling aid, fully canceling debt, and delivering trade justice
for Africa, the G8 could change the future for millions of men, women
and children."

Geldof said that, following the concerts, he wants a million people to
take part in a protest in Edinburgh to coincide with G8 summit at
Gleneagles, Scotland, on July 6 and 8.

Organisers revealed there are plans for concerts in other G8
countries, but did not give further details. Canada, Russia and Japan
are the three other nations in the G8.

Getting tickets

Tickets for the LIVE 8 London concert in Hyde Park will be allocated
via a text lottery. Each person that enters the lottery can obtain 2
tickets each by texting a special number. The text number will be
announced at 8am on Monday 6 June 2005 via all UK Radio Stations & BBC

Further details available at


Passengers Panic As Snake Slithers Loose Aboard Train

Liam Horan

Commuters travelling by train from Dublin to Galway got the fright
of their lives when they saw a snake roaming loose from one carriage
to another.

Passengers jumped up on to seats and tables as the snake slid along
after escaping from the box in which a pet-shop owner was transporting

"There was complete panic. People were very frightened and they really
freaked out. It was an awful shock for us to get, I got the fright of
my life," said one passenger.

"Someone noticed the snake on the floor and then the shouting started.
People just tried to get away from the snake, because Irish people
know very little about snakes and I know I am very afraid of them."

Iarnród Éireann is investigating the incident which resulted in the
train stopping for 20 minutes in Kildare station on Monday afternoon.

"The snake escaped from the box in which the pet-shop owner was
carrying it," said a spokesperson for Iarnród Éireann. "It made its
way into the next carriage where people noticed it.

"The owner secured the snake back in its box again and the train
stopped in Kildare to ensure that everything was okay. It is not
against our bylaws to bring pets on trains provided they are safely
secured away, and don't cause annoyance or offence. We will be
investigating it fully and the pet-shop owner is co-operating."

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