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October 31, 2005

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10/31/05 - Will Dublin Love Ulster?

10/31/05 - Bruce Morrison Moderates Talks on Ireland's Future
10/31/05 - DUP: Other Loyalists Should Follow LVF
10/30/05 - LVF Stands Down
10/30/05 - Loyalist Feud 'Comes To An End'
10/30/05 - UVF Killers Named As Informers
10/29/05 - Adams: The War Is Over
10/28/05 - Weapons Also An Issue For DUP: Adams
10/27/05 - Move On Dáil Participation Is Progress -SF
10/26/05 - Dozens Of Fugitives Could Return
10/26/05 - Meeting Fails to break Finucane Logjam
10/25/05 - Stark Choice Facing DUP – McGuinness
10/24/05 - 1916 Announcement Welcomed By Sinn Féin
10/24/05 - William Flynn Speaks on Peace Process @ UST on 10/25/05
10/24/05 - DUP Demands Challenged
10/23/05 - US Urged To Allow SF Raise Funds
10/23/05 - Loyalist Stone Praises London Bombers As Noble Men
10/22/05 - Lee Clegg Is Put Back Into Front Line Duty
10/22/05 - Finucane Probe Delayed By Lack Of Inquiry Judge
10/21/05 - Parliament Convenes For Adams
10/20/05 - Kidnap Ordeal Ends For Irish Journalist In Iraq
10/20/05 - Catholics 'Aren't Safe In Own Homes'
10/19/05 - Irish Journalist 'Kidnapped In Iraq'
10/19/05 - Irish Peace Process Panel in Washington, DC
10/19/05 - Jnt British-Irish Communique
10/19/05 - IRA Making 'Encouraging' Progress, IMC Reports
10/18/05 - Blast Bomb Defused In Loyalist Belfast
10/18/05 - 'Delivery Team' To Aid Loyalist Communities
10/17/05 - IAUC Action Alert: SF Denied US Fundraising
10/17/05 - Ervine: Loyalist Need Time After IRA Moves
10/17/05 - Anger At PSNI Investigation Into Fr. Reid
10/16/05 - Fr Reid Is A Great Man, Says Ahern
10/16/05 - Ex-Cop Tells Adair: 'UDA's Stalking You'
10/16/05 - Fr Reid Faces 'Incitement To Hatred' Probe
10/15/05 - PUP To Keep Links With UVF
10/15/05 - UVF: Hooked On 'Bloodthirsty Thuggery'
10/15/05 - DUP Need To Stop Looking For Excuses
10/14/05 - IAUC Opposed British Job Discrimination
10/14/05 - IMC Report Handed to Governments
10/14/05 - 44% Increase In Complaints Against PSNI
10/13/05 - Priest: IRA Had No Truck With Bank Robbery
10/13/05 - Hain Confirms Police Board Membership
10/12/05 - Hain To Add More DUP Members To Policing Board
10/12/05 - Family Of Teenager Murdered By UVF Get Support
10/11/05 - ARA Mess
10/11/05 - Catholic School Evacuated Amid Bomb Alert
10/10/05 - Report Claims LVF May Disband Soon
10/10/05 - Brady Tells Pope Of 'Historic' Arms Move
10/09/05 - EU Cash May Help Peace Process
10/09/05 - Four Freed In Gray Murder Inquiry
10/09/05 - IRA 'Inactive' Since July
10/08/05 - Lack Of Saville Inquiry Info Frustrates Families
10/07/05 - Loyalist Charged Over Sectarian Murder
10/07/05 - McGuinness Describes Talks As 'Positive'
10/07/05 - Support the Pat Finucane Centre Today
10/06/05 - Dáil Support For Bill To Aid Illegal Irish In US
10/06/05 - Adams & Paisley Holding Talks With Blair
10/05/05 - Cory Was Shadowed, Even In The Loo
10/05/05 - Six Held Over Loyalist's Killing
10/04/05 - Loyalist 'Doris Day' Gunned Down Outside Home
10/04/05 - Police Arrest Two Over McCartney Murder
10/03/05 - Judge Cory Speaks To Irish America
10/03/05 - Loyalists Threaten Catholic’s Graves
10/02/05 - Loyalists Rule Out Surrender of Arms
10/01/05 - Focus Switches To Loyalist Arms
10/01/05 - DUP Running From Reality

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Current Month Table of Contents (with Story Titles):
10/31/05 - Will Dublin Love Ulster?
DI 10/31/05 Will Dublin Love Ulster?
BB 10/31/05 'Cautious Welcome' For LVF Move
UT 10/31/05 Hain Welcomes Paramilitaries' Stand Down
BB 10/31/05 LVF's Short But Turbulent History
NL 10/31/05 Priest's 'Nazi' Remark Down For Debate
NL 10/31/05 Ahern Is 'Not Being A Good Neighbour'
NL 10/31/05 Colombia Three Top Of Agenda For Paisley Jnr
NL 10/31/05 Former Uda Leader Heads For Scotland
BB 10/31/05 Policing Parade Trouble Cost £3m
IN 10/31/05 You Never Know Who You're Related To
IN 10/31/05 Opin: Hateful New World Is Not Ireland Of Old
IN 10/31/05 Opin: The Compromise Of Good Friday
IN 10/31/05 Loyalist Working Class Lost Cause For UUP
DE 10/31/05 A Woman Who Found A Way To Write
AL 10/31/05 Interview With Maura Conlon-Mcivor
IT 11/01/05 Luas Derailment Adds To The Marathon Disruption
IT 11/01/05 Kilmainham Chairman Wants ‘16 Relic Returned

10/31/05 - Bruce Morrison Moderates Talks on Ireland's Future

10/31/05 - DUP: Other Loyalists Should Follow LVF
UT 10/31/05 DUP: Other Loyalists Should Follow LVF
UU 10/31/05 UUP: LVF Breakthrough We’ve Been Waiting For
BT 10/31/05 LVF Is Ready To Destroy Weapons
BT 10/31/05 MPs Debate 'Final Renewal' Of Diplock Powers
BT 10/31/05 McCord Raps Unionists Over Quest For Justice
IO 10/31/05 Belfast Murder Victim Named
UT 10/31/05 Device Found Outside Antrim House
BT 10/31/05 Kincaid Retirement To Launch PSNI Shake-Up
GA 10/31/05 Number Of Gay Attacks Fall
II 10/31/05 'Scary' Irish-American Has Bush In His Sights
UT 10/31/05 Threats Against Priest Condemned
UT 10/31/05 Best Still Has 'Long Way To Go'
IO 10/31/05 10,000 Take To The Streets For Dublin Marathon

10/30/05 - LVF Stands Down
IT 10/31/05 Loyalist Feud Ends As LVF Stands Down
UT 10/30/05 Bid To Help Irish In The US
IT 10/31/05 Ferns Report Fallout (Links to 7 Articles)
IT 10/31/05 SF Review Plans 50% Tax Rate For Top Earners
GU 10/31/05 Rafferty: Wall Of Silence
IT 10/31/05 Crucial Records On Form And Racing Survive
IT 10/31/05 GPO To Become 1916 Monument

10/30/05 - Loyalist Feud 'Comes To An End'
BB 10/30/05 Loyalist Feud 'Comes To An End'
BB 10/30/05 'On The Run' Plan Welcomed By MP
OS 10/30/05 Irish Eyes Are Smiling More
SG 10/30/05 On The Record: John Bruton
GU 10/30/05 Non-Sectarian Strippers Decommission
GU 10/30/05 Angry Fans Are Refused Maze Stadium Facts
IT 10/30/05 McGinley Wins, Monty Secures Order Of Merit

10/30/05 - UVF Killers Named As Informers
DI 10/30/05 UVF Killers Named As Informers
SL 10/30/05 UFF Killer Stone Meets Tutu
SL 10/30/05 Cops Offer £10,000 In UVF Double-Murder Hunt
SL 10/30/05 Feuding Loyalists Call A Halt To Slaughter
BB 10/30/05 UDA Meets Decommissioning Body
SL 10/30/05 Loyalist Women To Bring City To A Standstill
SL 10/30/05 Thousands Turn Out For Love Ulster Rally
SL 10/30/05 Into The Dark: Tommy, The Catholic UVF Man!
SL 10/30/05 £4.6 Million Spent Last Year Re-Hiring RUC Men
SF 10/30/05 Sorrow Expressed At The Death Of Daithí Forde
SL 10/30/05 Arlene Files Are Taken From Top Former Cop
DI 10/30/05 Frmr Prisoners' Anger After Support Group Raids
SB 10/30/05 Catholic Church Faces Major Sex Abuse Bill
IE 10/30/05 PDs Accused Of Doing U-Turn On Colombia Three
ST 10/30/05 McCabe Suspects Excluded From Irish Amnesty
DI 10/30/05 Stabbing Motive Angers SF
SB 10/30/05 Liam Lawlor And The Story That Never Was
SB 10/30/05 Opin: Council Vital To Put Manners On Media
BB 10/30/05 Irish Turf Club HQ Ruined In Fire
SL 10/30/05 Keenan Sister Fights For Life
SL 10/30/05 Tory Golden Boy Cameron Supports Review Motion
NH 10/30/05 Opin: The Past Is Not Done With Us
ST 10/30/05 Opin: DUP Should Emulate SF & Play Smarter Game
TS 10/30/05 Diplomat From N Ireland Speaks At MU
GU 10/30/05 Bk Rev: Mae West - Come Up And See Her

10/29/05 - Adams: The War Is Over
BT 10/29/05 Adams: The War Is Over
BB 10/29/05 Thousands Join In Unionist Rally
BT 10/29/05 Catholic Jobs Shortfall Fear
BT 10/29/05 Cemetery Sunday Row Talks Offered
DI 10/29/05 Collusion Report For '06
SF 10/29/05 Questioning Those Opposing Rep In Oireachtas
BB 10/29/05 'Optimism Over End Of Loyalist Feud'
BT 10/29/05 Adair Walks Free Despite Beating Gina
UT 10/29/05 Larne DPP Member's Car Vandalised
DI 10/29/05 Victims' Fund Boost Welcomed
BT 10/29/05 McCord: What Are You Hiding?
BT 10/29/05 McCausland: The Mother And Son Murder Hunt
BT 10/29/05 Backing In Search For Lisa's Body
BT 10/29/05 Opin: Adams, Rebecca Loos Of World Statesmen?
DI 10/29/05 Opin: Bertie Can Stick His Military Two-Step
BT 10/29/05 Iraq War Critic To Speak At Derry Gasyard Feile
BT 10/29/05 Books: Stevens Still Has Much More To Reveal
BT 10/29/05 Dancing To The Tune Of Hayes And Cahill

10/28/05 - Weapons Also An Issue For DUP: Adams
BT 10/28/05 Weapons Also An Issue For DUP: Adams
NH 10/28/05 Special Branch Officers Linked To UVF Murders
IT 10/28/05 Rabbitte Wants Inquiry Into Loyalist Killings
UT 10/28/05 Loyalist Bandsman Jailed For Rape Attempt
BT 10/28/05 Loyalist Is Refused Bail Over Murder Bid Charge
BT 10/28/05 UVF Boss 'Linked To String Of Murders'
UT 10/28/05 Loyalist Adair Admits Assaulting His Wife
DU 10/28/05 Strangford MP Strongly Condemns Shootings
UU 10/27/05 UUP: Which Wing Of Party Is Paisley On?
BT 10/28/05 PSNI Tactics During Riots Are Defended
BT 10/28/05 Victims Of Troubles Fund To Get £1.5m
BT 10/28/05 Fraud Squad Search Police Offices
EX 10/28/05 Coalition Clashes Over Dáil Plan For North MPs
IT 10/29/05 SF Criticises Parties For Bar On MPs Speaking
4N 10/28/05 Orange Hall Damaged In Arson Attack
UT 10/28/05 Paisley Speaks Out On Fugitives
BT 10/28/05 Assembly Members Set To Meet
TE 10/28/05 Waterspout Taps Into Spring Of Republicanism
GI 10/28/05 Opin: Ireland Should Forget Its Violent Past
UT 10/28/05 Dog Survives 150ft Cliff Plunge
NN 10/28/05 O'Flaherty Returns To Newport For Nov. 11 Show
BT 10/28/05 Satirical Paper Loses President's Approval

10/27/05 - Move On Dáil Participation Is Progress -SF
SF 10/27/05 Move On Dáil Participation Is Progress
BT 10/27/05 Northern Bank - No Arrests After 10 Months
UT 10/27/05 Policewoman Attacked In Belfast
BT 10/27/05 Youths Knife Man In Stomach
UT 10/27/05 Blair To Meet Omagh Relatives
BT 10/27/05 The Redemptorist And The Jews
BT 10/27/05 No Ireland Coach Role For O'Neill

10/26/05 - Dozens Of Fugitives Could Return
BB 10/26/05 Dozens Of Fugitives Could Return
IE 10/26/05 Adams Has Two Dates To Keep
IE 10/26/05 Reps. Back Adams Right To Fundraise
UT 10/26/05 Restore Power-Sharing – Ervine
UT 10/26/05 Dublin Considers Court Action Over ‘74 Bombings
UT 10/26/05 Cowen: North And South Must Work Together More
IT 10/26/05 DUP Positive On Proposal For More Co-Operation
DU 10/26/05 N Ireland A Cold House For Paramilitaries
DU 10/26/05 Discrimination In Police Recruitment
BB 10/26/05 George Best's Condition 'Deteriorates'
IT 10/27/05 Irish-Style Beer Turned Into Cheap Fuel In US

10/26/05 – Meeting Fails to break Finucane Logjam
BT 10/26/05 Finucane Family Locked In Wrangle
DI 10/26/05 New Victims' Commissioner Gets Cool Reception
BB 10/26/05 What Defines A Victim In NI?
UT 10/26/05 Boy, 13, 'Targeted Catholic School'
NI 10/26/05 Opportunity For Peaceful & Democratic Future
DI 10/26/05 Ahern: Onus On British Over Omagh
DI 10/26/05 Brady Says Church Should Be Ashamed Over Abuse
SF 10/26/05 Ferns Report Shows Church & State Delinquency
UT 10/26/05 First Moves Towards LVF Group Disbandment
DI 10/26/05 United In Struggle
UT 10/26/05 Hain Rules Out Paramilitaries In Police
IO 10/26/05 Ahern Calls For Stability In Communities
IO 10/26/05 Way Cleared For McBrearty To Travel To US
BT 10/26/05 Irish Hits The Streets In Big Ian's Backyard
BT 10/26/05 McAleese Opens Disability Conference In Armagh
CT 10/26/05 Mayo People Of The Year Recipients Are Named

10/25/05 - Stark Choice Facing DUP – McGuinness
SF 10/25/05 Stark Choice Facing DUP – McGuinness
UT 10/25/05 Councillors Expected To Challenge Possible Ban
IT 10/26/05 18 Extradition Requests By US 'Declined' Here
DJ 10/25/05 Renewed Calls For Fullerton Inquiry
BB 10/25/05 Army Post Demolition Continuing
UT 10/25/05 Mo Courtney Trial Latest
IT 10/26/05 McBrearty Jnr Refused Entry To US
ND 10/25/05 Mr. Kasrils To Visit Newry And Mourne
IT 10/26/05 History Of Kerry Diocese's 53 Parishes

10/24/05 - 1916 Announcement Welcomed By Sinn Féin
SF 10/25/05 1916 Announcement Welcomed By Sinn Féin
SF 10/25/05 Adams Launches Republican Vision For The Future
IT 10/26/05 S African Intelligence Minister Defends SF
BB 10/25/05 Commissioner Promises 'Fairness'
UT 10/25/05 Loyalist Accused Of Murdering Adair Supporter
BB 10/25/05 Watchtower Demolition Is Halted
UT 10/25/05 Omagh Probe Must Wait, Says Irish Government
UT 10/25/05 New Name For Knock Airport
TB 10/25/05 Tx Ren Fest: Going Medieval

10/24/05 -

10/24/05 - DUP Demands Challenged
NH 10/24/05 DUP Demands Challenged
DU 10/24/05 Dodds Says DUP Will Set Its Own Agenda
NI 10/24/05 Hain Announces Interim Commissioner For Victims
BT 10/24/05 Political Storm As Victims' Advocate Is Named
SF 10/24/05 UFU Delegation Succumbs To DUP Blackmail
DU 10/24/05 Allister Rebuffs Sinn Fein PR Stunt
BT 10/24/05 Arnie Empey Tells UUP Delegates: We'll Be Back
BT 10/24/05 Action Plan To Combat UUP Six-Figure Debt
BT 10/24/05 Lawlor Crash Woman Was Secretary & Interpreter
II 10/24/05 Cunning 'Farmer' Bertie Stays On Message
BB 10/24/05 Omagh Relatives Lobby For Inquiry
BT 10/24/05 Sir Bob In Top 10 Men Of The Decade
UT 10/24/05 Shannon Celebrates Transatlantic 60th Annvrsry

10/23/05 - US Urged To Allow SF Raise Funds
IT 10/24/05 US Urged To Allow SF Raise Funds
EX 10/23/05 Ahern Rules Out Sinn Féin Coalition
IO 10/23/05 Irish-Born Film Producer Adams Dies
II 10/23/05 Life & Times Of Liam Lawlor: Story Of Ireland
IT 10/24/05 Moscow Police Open Inquiry Into Death Of Lawlor
IT 10/24/05 Commissioner For Victims Is Named By Hain
EP 10/23/05 Hain Angers Nationalists With Appointment
IT 10/24/05 Strong Media Presence In Iraq Vital- Carroll
IT 10/24/05 Opin: Sir Reg Highlights Contrasts With DUP
IT 10/24/05 Listowel Bar Closes-Refusing To Serve Traveller
IT 10/24/05 Mourne Mountains Becomea North's 1st Nt’l Park
IT 10/24/05 Medieval Sites On Motorway Route

10/23/05 –Loyalist Stone Praises Bombers As Noble Men
SL 10/23/05 Stone Praises 7/7 Bombers As 'Noble Men'
SL 10/23/05 UDA Death Threats Were Never Going To Stop Me
SL 10/23/05 Bertie Ahern To Be Told Of Loyalists Concerns
UT 10/23/05 Derry Masonic Army Base Demolished
IO 10/23/05 Lawlor Family Furious At Prostitution Claims
DU 10/23/05 Peter Robinson Comments On UUP Leader's Speech
TC 10/21/05 Paisley Visits Catholic School
SL 10/23/05 Into The Dark: 30 Years In The RUC
II 10/23/05 IRA's Intelligence-Gathering Hasn't Gone Away
II 10/23/05 £300k Cost To Move McCartneys To Safety
II 10/23/05 Hain: A Great Job, Great People, A Great Place'
SL 10/23/05 Protestant Teen: Lucky To Be Alive After Attack
TB 10/23/05 Repeal Anti-Catholic Section Of Settlement Act
SL 10/23/05 DUP: Straight Talking: Ssshh... It's Safe
BT 10/23/05 Opin: SF Need To Practise Before Dail
BG 10/23/05 A Rock Pillar Gives Bush A Good Rap
SL 10/23/05 Sunday Life Comment: New Terror On Our Streets
IO 10/23/05 Rory Carroll Due Back Home Today
SL 10/23/05 Tall Ships: Belfast Set To Billow...

10/22/05 - Lee Clegg Is Put Back Into Front Line Duty
TE 10/22/05 Lee Clegg Is Put Back Into Front Line Duty
GU 10/22/05 Let RIR Battalions Go, Says Collins To UUP
ST 10/23/05 Empey Says IRA 'A Failed Force'
BT 10/22/05 Analysis: Empey's Big Ask
SB 10/23/05 Irish Cool Saved Carroll's Life
ST 10/23/05 Ex-RUC Man To Name Police Informants
ST 10/23/05 RUC Widow New Victims' Champion
ST 10/23/05 Bogota Blames IRA For Rockets
SB 10/23/05 Liam Lawlor Killed In Moscow Car Crash
ST 10/23/05 Opin: Time To Ditch Street Corner Politics
ST 10/23/05 Opin: Leading Article: 1916 March A Gimmick
SB 10/23/05 Protestant Schools Are Bursting At The Seams
SB 10/23/05 Saddam Trial Breaches International Law
BT 10/22/05 Ltr: Act's Practical Consequences Still Evident

10/22/05 - Finucane Probe Delayed By Lack Of Inquiry Judge
BT 10/22/05 Finucane Probe Delayed By Lack Of Inquiry Judge
IT 10/22/05 Taoiseach Reinstates 1916 Parade Past The GPO
SF 10/21/05 Gerry Adams In South Africa
SF 10/21/05 SDLP Attempting To Stop Further Policing Change
DJ 10/21/05 SF Mayor Gets Summons For Illegal March
UT 10/21/05 Hain Under Fire From Allister
BT 10/22/05 Shoukri Allowed To Return To Belfast
BT 10/22/05 PSNI Man Studies Peace In South Africa
BT 10/22/05 Final McCartney Sister Moves Out
BB 10/22/05 Loyalists 'Must Follow' IRA Move
BT 10/22/05 Empey Warns Of A Threat To Unionism
BT 10/22/05 Sir Reg To Meet Loyalists
BT 10/22/05 Flags Still An Issue, Claims Councillor
DJ 10/21/05 Coshquin: A Father's Story
TH 10/21/05 Hume: A Towering Pillar Of Peace
NH 10/21/05 Opin: Unionist State Brought About The Troubles
NH 10/15/05 Opin: Same Old Story?
NH 10/22/05 Opin: Gerry Kelly - Make Process A Success
BT 10/21/05 Opin: Ntnlsts S/B Slow To Use Nazi Analogy
IO 10/22/05 Young People Unite To Discuss Peaceful Ireland
IT 10/22/05 Joint Website Aims To Encourage Dialogue
BB 10/22/05 New Rathmore School Has Touch Of The Past
TO 10/21/05 Aoife Clancy Plays First Encounter

10/21/05 – Parliament Convenes For Adams
DI 10/21/05 Parliament Convenes For Adams
BT 10/21/05 Loyalists 'Avoiding Prison In Gun Cases'
BT 10/21/05 Company Reveals Police Phone Tapping Concerns
IV 10/21/05 Former SF Leader Wants Name Cleared
BT 10/21/05 Monastery Speaks Out In Defence Of Fr Reid
DI 10/21/05 Priests Reject FAIR Statement On Monastery
BT 10/21/05 Rodgers' Regret At PSNI 'Scum' Remark
BT 10/21/05 Aldergrove Watchtower Faces Chop
DI 10/21/05 Opin: Patronising Report
UT 10/21/05 Paisley Appointed To Privy Council

10/20/05 - Kidnap Ordeal Ends For Irish Journalist In Iraq
IT 10/21/05 Kidnap Ordeal Ends For Irish Journalist In Iraq
IO 10/20/05 Adams In Equality Pledge To Unionists
DI 10/20/05 Africans Offer Support
BB 10/20/05 Board Briefed On Corruption Probe
IT 10/21/05 Partition's Legacy Of Red Tape
IT 10/21/05 Board Urges Meeting With Hain Over SF Talks
RE 10/20/05 Police Arrest Man Linked To N.Irish Loyalism
BB 10/20/05 'Confidence Lacking' In IRA Move
DU 10/20/05 DUP Deputy Leader Sends Blunt Message To HMG
IO 10/20/05 We'll Pursue IRA's Illegal Assets – McDowell
GA 10/20/05 Appeal For Council To Commemorate SF's Birthday

10/20/05 - Catholics 'Aren't Safe In Own Homes'
NH 10/20/05 Catholics 'Aren't Safe In Own Homes'
IE 10/20/05 Adair Quizzed Over Assassination
BT 10/20/05 Stobie Ignored Police Warning On Life
UT 10/20/05 Loyalist McCreery Denies Catholic Murder Links
NL 10/20/05 Loyalist: We'll Bring Ulster To A Standstill
BT 10/20/05 Hain Urged To Meet UVF Victim's Family
UT 10/20/05 Gvnt Must Address Unionist Concerns- Robinson
UT 10/20/05 Unionist Need More Positive Leadership
BT 10/20/05 Explanation Over Lost Contracts Called For
DL 10/20/05 Morrison: There Is A Nazi Analogy To Be Made
DL 10/20/05 South Africa Hails Adams
BD 10/20/05 IRA Intends Keeping Peace Pact, Says Adams
UT 10/20/05 Dail Unites To Condemn Carroll Kidnap
UT 10/20/05 Loyalist Terror Suspect Detained In Liverpool
UT 10/20/05 Young Irish Are Biggest Binge Drinkers
BT 10/20/05 Sir James Galway And His Famous Flute

10/19/05 - Irish Journalist 'Kidnapped In Iraq'
UT 10/19/05 Irish Journalist 'Kidnapped In Iraq'
UT 10/19/05 Politicians Call For Carroll's Release
SF 10/19/05 Time For DUP To Come On Board Peace Process
SF 10/19/05 British End To Discrimination Against SF
UT 10/19/05 IRA 'Still Involved In Criminal Activities'
IO 10/19/05 Sinn Féin Seats Row 'Could Wreck Police Board'
UT 10/19/05 Anger After Hain Restores SF Allowances
BB 10/19/05 Fermanagh Councillors Guilty Of Misconduct
UT 10/19/05 Mbeki: South Africa An Inspiration For NIreland

10/19/05 - Irish Peace Process Panel in Washington, DC

10/19/05 – Jnt British-Irish Communique
NI 10/19/05 Jnt Communiqué Brit-Irish Intergovntal Conf
NI 10/19/05 Pub Of IMC’s Report On Paramilitary Activity

10/19/05 - IRA Making 'Encouraging' Progress, IMC Reports
UT 10/19/05 IRA Making 'Encouraging' Progress, IMC Reports
UT 10/19/05 Sinn Fein Gets Back Government Allowances
UT 10/19/05 Loyalist Feud 'Could Erupt Again'
UT 10/19/05 Hardliners 'Tried To Get IRA Weapons'
BT 10/19/05 'Love Ulster' Rally Is Given A Green Light
UT 10/19/05 Adair Investigated Over Stobie Killing
IO 10/19/05 Hopes Resurface That LVF Will Disband
DI 10/19/05 Opin: Ian Knows A Thing Or Two About Fascism
BT 10/19/05 Hain Quashes Talk Of IRA Policing Role
BT 10/19/05 Limavady Signs Up For Peace
BT 10/19/05 Election Of UUP Officers Attacked
MG 10/19/05 Sinn Fein Leader Bemoans Colonialism
CT 10/19/05 Gerry Adams Encounters The Ancestors In SA
WT 10/19/05 Cúpla Focal - Oíche Shamhra

10/18/05 - Blast Bomb Defused In Loyalist Belfast
IO 10/18/05 Blast Bomb Defused In Loyalist Belfast
IO 10/18/05 Two More Loyalists Charged Over Ulster Violence
BB 10/18/05 PUP Funds Continue Despite Report
IO 10/18/05 Hain Makes Pledge Over Restorative Justice
UT 10/18/08 Murder Suspect May Have Been Informer - Claim
IO 10/18/05 IRA Kidnap Victim Gives Papers To University
BB 10/18/05 Report Due On NI Paramilitaries
SF 10/18/05 Ireland Can Learn From South African Experience
TS 10/18/05 Gerry Adams In SA To Say Thank-You
AA 10/18/05 SA Icon Of Freedom& Democracy In The World
BB 10/18/05 24-Hour Pub Opening 'A Disaster'
IT 10/19/05 Conan Doyle Letters To Shackleton's Wife

10/18/05 – 'Delivery Team' To Aid Loyalist Communities
IO 10/18/05 'Delivery Team' To Aid Loyalist Communities
BB 10/18/05 Ceasefire Body To Focus On IRA Status
IO 10/18/05 SDLP Pressures Blair On Peace Process
IO 10/18/05 Taoiseach And SDLP Clash Over UVF
BT 10/18/05 Opin: Reaching Out Hand Of Friendshipv
IT 10/15/05 Physical Force Can’t Solve Problems Of Society
DJ 10/18/05 'We Have Been Let Down' - Claims Pub Owner
PJ 10/18/05 Newport's Irish History Talk On Irish Civil War
BB 10/18/05 Ocean Reclaiming Titanic Liner
UT 10/18/05 NI National Park A Step Closer
BW 10/18/05 Delta In Major Irish/US Route Expansion

10/17/05 - IAUC Action Alert: SF Denied US Fundraising

10/17/05 – Ervine: Loyalist Need Time After IRA Moves
UT 10/17/05 Ervine: Loyalist Need Time After IRA Moves
IO 10/17/05 Dissident Republicans Abandoned Bombs In Hedge
EX 10/17/05 Ferris: We Believe MPs Should Address The Dáil
EX 10/17/05 Dingle Or An Daingean? Only A Third To Decide
UT 10/17/05 Police Board Chief's Plea To Attackers
DI 10/17/05 Collins Has Been 'Airburshed Out Of History'

10/17/05 – Anger At PSNI Investigation Into Fr. Reid
SF 10/17/05 Anger At PSNI Investigation Into Fr. Reid
DI 10/17/05 Support Voiced For Peace-Making Priest
DI 10/17/05 'A Brighter And Better Reality'
BT 10/17/05 Report Will Verify IRA's Inactivity
SA 10/17/05 Dlamini-Zuma (South Africa) To Host Adams
SF 10/17/05 SF Meet Ombudsman On Anderson File Scandal
BT 10/17/05 Durkan In 'Don't Indulge DUP' Warning To Blair
BB 10/17/05 Bradley Pledge After Bar Assault
NH 10/17/05 RIRA 'War' Must End Says Senior Dissident
IO 10/17/05 Liam Cosgrave Appears In Court
BT 10/17/05 Ulster Judicial Reform Is 'Too Slow'
DI 10/17/05 Opin: Some Of My Best Friends Are Nationalists
DI 10/17/05 Opin: Comparing Nazi Germany To No. Is Bizarre
DI 10/17/05 Opin Biting Tongues
BT 10/17/05 Opin: Mass Attendances Drop, SF Support Grows
BT 10/17/05 Opin: Scales Of Justice Can Not Be Tilted
EP 10/17/05 Ltr From Newspaper Publisher’s Ireland Visit
BB 10/17/05 A Titanic Dive To Remember
ST 10/17/05 Flatley: Feet Don't Fail Him
UT 10/17/05 Lansdowne Stadium Plans Unveiled
TO 10/16/05 Michael Collins Whiskey For US

10/16/05 - Fr Reid Is A Great Man, Says Ahern
EX 10/16/05 Fr Reid Is A Great Man, Says Ahern
IT 10/17/05 Taoiseach Makes Overture To Loyalists
IT 10/17/05 Gardaí To Review Death Of Mary Reid
BB 10/16/05 Pictures Of Riot Suspects Issued
BB 10/16/05 Money 'Linked To Northern Raid'
IT 10/17/05 Minister Rejects 'Slab' Murphy Denial
EX 10/16/05 Ltr:Govts Must End Loyalist Attcks On Catholics
IT 10/17/05 Fine Gael To Reclaim Its Sinn Féin Roots
IT 10/17/05 Respiratory Illness Decreases Since Smoke Ban
TE 10/16/05 Ban On Smoking In N Ireland Bars & Restaurants
IT 10/17/05 Historic Lissadell House Damaged By Vandals
IT 10/17/05 Last Roll Taken At Pembroke School
IT 10/17/05 President Receives Veterans Of Intn’l Brigade

10/16/05 - Ex-Cop Tells Adair: 'UDA's Stalking You'
SL 10/16/05 Ex-Cop Tells Adair: 'UDA's Stalking You'
SL 10/16/05 UVF-LVF Fury At Leak Leads To Truce Setback
II 10/16/05 Loyalists Attack Young Man
SL 10/16/05 DUP Anger As RIR Base Faces The Axe
LL 10/15/05 CIRA Warning: No Ceasefire Or Sellout
BB 10/16/05 PUP 'To Maintain Links With UVF'
LA 10/16/05 N. Ireland's Protestants Feeling Slighted
SL 10/16/05 Councillor Blasts 'Over-The-Top' Cops
II 10/16/05 Garland Planned A Global Revolution
TP 10/16/05 Garland: Stickie Wicket
BB 10/16/05 Ruling Due On Total Smoking Ban
SL 10/16/05 Ulster Case Dismissed In Irish
ES 10/16/05 Flatley: Sizzle Over The Top

10/16/05 – Fr Reid Faces 'Incitement To Hatred' Probe
IO 10/16/05 Fr Reid Faces 'Incitement To Hatred' Probe
BT 10/15/05 Reid’s Contribution Must Not Be Denigrated
II 10/16/05 Reid Has No Gift For Diplomacy
GU 10/16/05 Opin: This False Martyrdom
II 10/16/05 When The Naked Hate Is Publicly Exposed
II 10/16/05 Silence In South Feeds Fr Reid's Nazi Fantasy
II 10/16/05 Priest In 'Nazi' Row Briefed On IRA Criminality

10/15/05 - PUP To Keep Links With UVF
IO 10/15/05 PUP To Keep Links With UVF
ST 10/16/05 Ervine Keeps Grant In Last Bid To Woo UVF
SB 10/16/05 LVF To Stand Down In The Coming Weeks
GU 10/16/05 Ex-Soldier Says Missing Gun Was 'Seized By RUC'
SB 10/16/05 Ahern: FF In North Would Split Nationalist Vote
ST 10/16/05 Ireland Under Fire Over Extradition
SB 10/16/05 Opin: Legacy Of Sectarianism Is Enemy Within
SB 10/16/05 RTE Calls For Ex-Pat Channel

10/15/05 - UVF: Hooked On 'Bloodthirsty Thuggery'
BT 10/15/05 UVF: Hooked On 'Bloodthirsty Thuggery'
NH 10/15/05 Interface Attacks On Catholic Homes Increase
BT 10/15/05 Sectarian Thugs (UDA) Hit Football Matches
BT 10/15/05 Man Shot And Left To Die (In Loyalist Estate)
IO 10/15/05 Unionists To Discuss Paramilitary Links
BT 10/15/05 PUP 'Must Deal With UVF Killing'
BT 10/15/05 Bail Is Refused On Loyalist Guns Charge
NH 10/15/05 Frazer 'Flew Off Handle Over Lies'
BT 10/15/05 Ulster's Jews Urge Us To Mind Our Language
DI 10/15/05 Opin: The Pot Calling The Kettle Black
NH 10/15/05 'Catholics Forced To Live In Squalor
DJ 10/15/05 Priest's Nazi Comments Were 'Horrendous Drivel'
BT 10/15/05 Opin: Just How Can This Be Compared To Ulster?
BT 10/15/05 Brother Lashes Out Over Suicide Websites
BT 10/15/05 Opin: Fr Mc Manus's Blog On Act Of Settlement
BT 10/15/05 Ltr: Reason For Act Of Settlement Still Stands
BT 10/15/05 Opin: Fear Of SF Coup Stalks Corridors Of Power
BT 10/15/05 Opin: Assembly's Days Look Numbered
TA 10/15/05 The Art Of Terror
GM 10/15/05 Book: How Television Saved The Irish
BT 10/15/05 Book: Old Bones And Shallow Graves
JA 10/15/05 Flatley Missteps With Celtic Tiger
ES 10/15/05 Eat, Drink And Be Irish
BB 10/15/05 Roy Keane Ends International Career (Again)
IO 10/15/05 Veteran GAA Broadcaster Praises Power Of Radio

10/15/05 - DUP Need To Stop Looking For Excuses
SF 10/14/05 DUP Need To Stop Looking For Excuses
BB 10/14/05 UUP Threaten Police Board Boycott
DI 10/14/05 Fr Reid Reveals Final Act Of Decommissioning
DI 10/14/05 Fr Reid: 'I'm Sorry'
IT 10/15/05 Unionists In Fresh Attack On Priest
SF 10/14/05 Brits Need To Make Statement On Anderson Affair
IT 10/15/05 IMC Gives Report To Dublin & London
IT 10/15/05 IMC Meets Family Of Dublin Murder Victim
BB 10/14/05 DUP Is Set To Join Ranks Of Lords
BB 10/14/05 Intriguing Time For Policing Board
UT 10/14/05 Two In Court Over Short Strand Attack
BT 10/14/05 Opin: Need Protection From Vigilante Policing
IT 10/15/05 Surprise As Son Joins Saddam's Defence Team
TS 10/14/05 Cheney: IRAN & IRAQ Spelling Similar To IRA

10/14/05 - IAUC Opposed British Job Discrimination

10/14/05 - IMC Report Handed to Governments

10/14/05 - 44% Increase In Complaints Against PSNI
NH 10/14/05 44% Increase In Complaints Against PSNI
BT 10/14/05 Clergy Meet To Tackle Sectarianism
BT 10/14/05 Family Of UDA Victim Appeal For Information
NH 10/14/05 Hiding Good News In The Name Of Bad Politics
IO 10/14/05 DUP Warns Against Devolution 'Incentives'
II 10/14/05 I Know Them – No Wonder Reid Lost His Temper
BT 10/14/05 Viewpoint: Sending Out Wrong Message
BT 10/14/05 Assembly Runs Up A £70m Bill For Taxpayers
BT 10/14/05 Opin: Who'll Lead Us In Settling Differences?
BB 10/14/05 NI Lawyer Defends Saddam Hussein
ST 10/14/05 Muslims No Longer Strangers In Ireland

10/13/05 - Priest: IRA Had No Truck With Bank Robbery
IO 10/13/05 Priest: IRA Had No Truck With Bank Robbery
IT 10/14/05 Fr Alec Reid: How The Belfast Meeting Unfolded
BB 10/13/05 Opin: If You Ask Me
UT 10/13/05 Priest's Apology Falls On Deaf Ears
SF 10/13/05 UTV Expose Special Branch Files Scandal
IO 10/13/05 Irish Americans Want End To IRA Criminality
IO 10/13/05 'Moment Of Truth' For SF Over Bank Robbery
DI 10/13/05 'No Foundation' To Property Allegations
II 10/13/05 SF Launches Campaign Against EU Constitution
CD 10/13/05 Evening Of Playlets A Comical Look @ Irish Life

10/13/05 - Hain Confirms Police Board Membership
NI 10/13/05 Hain Confirms Police Board Membership
SF 10/13/05 Policing Board Will Not Impact New Beginning
NH 10/13/05 Imminent Changes To Policing Board — Hain
NI 10/13/05 Hain’s Statement To The House Of Commons
BB 10/13/05 Hain Report On NI Summer Events
IO 10/13/05 Methodist Defends Priest Over Nazi Jibe
BB 10/13/05 Unionist Anger Over Nazi Remarks
NH 10/13/05 Opin: Commission Still Has A Role
SF 10/13/05 Maskey - Sectarianism Can’t Be Ignored
IE 10/13/05 Reiss Can Still Do The Job, And Well
BT 10/13/05 Govt: To Beat Bird Flu: Wash Your Hands
BB 10/13/05 Mural Giving Shankill A New Image
BT 10/13/05 Brisk Demand For Irish Passports
HA 10/13/05 HSO Pops Concert Features Eileen Ivers

10/12/05 - Hain To Add More DUP Members To Policing Board
IT 10/13/05 Hain To Add More DUP Members To Policing Board
DI 10/12/05 Loyalists Put Kids In The Line Of Fire .. Again
IN 10/12/05 Untimely Death Of Brian Campbell
DI 10/12/05 Large Crowd At Esteemed Colleague's Funeral
BB 10/12/05 Witness Likens Unionists To Nazis
IO 10/12/05 Raids Cash Linked To IRA Robbery – Conroy
UT 10/12/05 Police Target Cross-Border Gangs
IT 10/13/05 Murphy Denies Any Links With Manchester Firm
IT 10/13/05 Statement: By Solicitors, Madden & Finucane
UT 10/12/05 2 Questioned Over Attack On IRA Victim's Friend
IE 10/12/05 Peter King's Rocky Road To Capitol Hill
IT 10/13/05 Ireland Bows Out Of World Cup With A Whimper

10/12/05 - Family Of Teenager Murdered By UVF Get Support
DI 10/12/05 Family Of Teenager Murdered By UVF Get Support
DI 10/12/05 Doubt LVF Is Being 'Pushed Off Stage'
NH 10/12/05 Unionist Leaders Endorse Violence
NH 10/12/05 Unionist Argument Is Hard One To Sustain
DI 10/12/05 Ombudsman Asked To Investigate Minister’s Death
IO 10/12/05 Irish Passports Issued To 25,000 In The North
II 10/12/05 Paisley Handshake 'Next Milestone’
BB 10/12/05 Gray Gunmen 'Endangered' Children
GU 10/12/05 The Death Of Doris Day
BT 10/12/05 Terror Bill 'Not Like Internment'
BT 10/12/05 DUP Query Funding For Bloody Sunday Play
DI 10/12/05 Growing Up W/ The IRA; It's Good Enough For Me
IO 10/12/05 Dublin: 5 Newborn Babies With MRSA Infections
GT 10/12/05 OSU Hosts Conference On Irish Studies
BB 10/12/05 Belfast To Bloom With New Artwork
BB 10/12/05 Causeway Visitor Centre Unveiled

10/11/05 - ARA Mess
DI 10/11/05 ARA Mess
DI 10/11/05 IRA Decommissioning Has Freed Our Future
IT 10/12/05 Ahern & Blair Move To Reduce Obstacles To Deal
SF 10/11/05 Harryville Primary School Targeted
BT 10/11/05 Wife-Beater Adair Could Face ASBO
UT 10/11/05 SDLP: 'SF Must Choose - Crime Or The Law'
SF 10/11/05 Durkan An Apologist For British Securocrats
NE 10/11/05 The War Is Over - Is Coalition Next?
OD 09/28/05 Mad Dogs &Ulstermen: Crisis Of Loyalism (Pt I)
OD 09/30/05 Mad Dogs &Ulstermen: Crisis Of Loyalism (Pt II)
OD 10/11/05 Loyalist Culture, Unionist Politics: A Response
UT 09/28/05 BNP Ditches NI Election Plans

10/11/05 - Catholic School Evacuated Amid Bomb Alert
UN 10/11/05 Catholic School Evacuated Amid Bomb Alert
BB 10/11/05 Head 'Furious' Over School Bombv
BB 10/11/05 Funeral Is Held For Loyalist Gray
NH 10/11/05 Wright's Father To Meet British Government
UT 10/11/05 IRA Plans To Top Blair-Ahern Talks Agenda
EX 10/11/05 McDowell Denies 'Nod And Wink' Deal With IRA
NL 10/11/05 PSNI Warned Against IRA Recruitment
NH 10/11/05 Provos Threaten West Belfast Family
WT 10/11/05 Irish Workers Party Leader Faces US Charges
NH 10/11/05 Wales Game Blighted By Sectarian Abuse
BT 10/11/05 Troubles, Hurricanes, Just Have To Laugh
BT 10/11/05 Mummers The Word As Culture Centre Is Born
BT 10/11/05 Fury Over Sex Shop Opening
BT 10/11/05 Is Bushmills Inn Ireland's Most Romantic Hotel?

10/10/05 - Report Claims LVF May Disband Soon
IT 10/11/05 Report Claims LVF May Disband Soon
UT 10/10/05 Gun Attack 'Linked To Drug Crime'
SF 10/10/05 Test Of Govt Commitment To Peace Process
UT 10/10/05 Live Ammunition Threat Ahead Of DPP Meeting
SF 10/10/05 Govts Must Remove Securocrats From ARA
BB 10/10/05 Businessman Denies IRA Asset Link
IA 10/10/05 IAUC Response to “Protestants Feeling Slighted”
IT 10/11/05 Banville Wins Booker & £50,000 For The Sea

10/10/05 - Brady Tells Pope Of 'Historic' Arms Move
BT 10/10/05 Brady Tells Pope Of 'Historic' Arms Move
BT 10/10/05 Police Searches In Area Close To Devlin Murder
UT 10/10/05 Disturbances 'Sparked By Gang Attack'
SF 10/10/05 Adams Steps Up Pressure On Irish And British
BB 10/10/05 Police Officers Switching Forces
BT 10/10/05 IMC Briefed About Provos' Deadly Cache
DI 10/10/05 INLA Won't Dump Arms
UT 10/10/05 I Was Duped - Assets Raids Businessman
BT 10/10/05 Premier To Discuss Manchester Raids
UN 10/10/05 Mad Dog And Englishmen In New Court Fight
GU 10/10/05 Opin:Loyalisms Rage Fading Light Of Britishness
NH 10/10/05 Opin: Don’t Tell - Loyalism's Going Bonkers
UT 10/10/05 Walmart Arrives In Northern Ireland
MC 10/10/05 Film: Reel Advice: Irish American Ninja
BT 10/10/05 Ulster's Oldest Exile Dies After Arrival In US

10/09/05 - EU Cash May Help Peace Process
IC 10/09/05 EU Cash May Help Peace Process
CM 10/09/05 Protestants Feel Abandoned
IT 10/10/05 PSNI Arrests Garland At WP Ardfheis
IT 10/10/05 Ahern To Lobby For US Bill To Help Irish
IT 10/10/05 Festival Looks Back On 50 Years Of Movies

10/09/05 - Four Freed In Gray Murder Inquiry
BB 10/09/05 Four Freed In Gray Murder Inquiry
SL 10/09/05 Funeral Plans A Mystery
SL 10/09/05 No Flood Of Grief At Death Of Brigadier
TP 10/09/05 UDA Sends Out Strong Message With Gray Murder
SL 10/09/05 Hunt For Jim's Bling
II 10/09/05 UDA Leader 'Doris' And The €30,000 Dublin Party
SL 10/09/05 Death Of A Crime Lord: Bully In A Pink Pully
BT 10/09/05 The Rise And Fall Of The Celebrity Godfathers
BT 10/09/05 Adair: He Will Be Back, Says Ex-RUC Man

10/09/05 - IRA 'Inactive' Since July
ST 10/09/05 IRA 'Inactive' Since July
DI 10/09/05 Irish Calls For Restored Cross Border Bodies
SL 10/09/05 UDA Drug Dealers Target Village Catholics
SL 10/09/05 Special Tsar To Rule On IRA Fugitives' Future
SB 10/09/05 Felon Club Owner Wins Damages From Government
SL 10/09/05 Huge Increase In Petrol Bombings
SL 10/09/05 Belfast Has Double Crime Rate Of Rest Of Ulster
SL 10/09/05 Hunt On For New Caches Of LVF Arms
SL 10/09/05 Loyalist Flees UVF After Bath Torture
SL 10/09/05 Violent Lives And Deaths Of UDA Leaders
SL 10/02/05 Smyth Shoots Himself In Foot
SB 10/09/05 Raids Allow Paisley More Wriggle Room
SL 10/09/05 Wright's Dad To Quiz Hain On Inquiry
ST 10/09/05 Empey Handbagged Over Links To Paisley & OO
SL 10/09/05 RIR Cash Deal Is To Be Announced
GU 10/09/05 Ex-Soldier Fights To Clear His Name
SB 10/09/05 Microsoft Chief's Advice For Ireland Inc
LL 10/09/05 Herrema Recalls Kidnap That Shocked City
BT 10/09/05 Ltr: Fr McManus Should Re-Direct Reforming Zeal
PA 10/09/05 Bill O'Reilly's Racist Distortion Of History
SL 10/09/05 Breakfast On Pluto Is A Bit Of A Dog's Dinner

10/08/05 - Lack Of Saville Inquiry Info Frustrates Families
NH 10/08/05 Lack Of BS Inquiry Info Frustrates Families
BT 10/08/05 Police Quiz Suspect Over Murder Bid Of Catholic
BT 10/08/05 Mob In Attack On Police
BB 10/08/05 Parties Seek Presents From Number 10
BT 10/08/05 Provo Quizzed Over Murder Returned To Jail
BB 10/08/05 Irish Workers Party Leader On Fake Cash Charges
IA 10/08/05 Opin; Mistakes By The White House
BB 10/08/05 Three Freed In Gray Killing Probe
BT 10/08/05 Opin: Gray: Caricature, Cartoon & Total Goon
UT 10/08/05 Republican 'Instigated' Riot, Court Told
BT 10/08/05 Workers Left Reeling At Factory Jobs Bombshell
BT 10/08/05 Victims' Centre Plan A Test For The Government
BT 10/08/05 Ex-Ulster Scots Chief Slams Irish Bias Rule

10/07/05 - Loyalist Charged Over Sectarian Murder
IO 10/07/05 Loyalist Charged Over Sectarian Murder
SF 10/07/05 Working Together For Irish Unity
SF 10/07/05 Time To Tell Shell To Put Pipeline Off-Shore
BB 10/07/05 Solicitor Says Clients Astounded
IT 10/08/05 Methods Of Assets Team Criticised By SF
DJ 10/07/05 Dissidents Could Put Back Policing By Ten Years
IT 10/08/05 Ceasefire Body To Meet Rafferty Family
DJ 10/07/05 BS Relatives Still Tortured By Anger, Pain
EX 10/07/05 Opin: Should Be Slow When US Comes Calling Us
IT 10/08/05 Ennis Water Ban To Stay For Old, Young And Sick

10/07/05 - McGuinness Describes Talks As 'Positive'
DJ 10/07/05 McGuinness Describes Talks As 'Positive'
NH 10/07/05 Loyalists Hold On To Weaponry
DI 10/07/05 Detective Refuses To Deny Gray Was An Informant
DI 10/07/05 Loyalist – Gray Murder Was By A Close Friend
BB 10/07/05 IMC Will 'Judge IRA's Commitment'
DI 10/07/05 Armagh Real IRA And CIRA In Merger Plan
BB 10/07/05 Orange Halls Get Rates Exemption
BT 10/07/05 Adams Hits Out At Assets Swoop
BT 10/07/05 We Won't Be Distracted: Adams
BT 10/07/05 Quiet Farmer Calmly Looks After IRA's Millions
BT 10/07/05 Bid To Break IRA Money Laundering
DJ 10/07/05 Blair Should Tell Dup Where To Go - Says Durkan
PD 10/07/05 Coiste Spokesman Speaks in Cleveland

10/07/05 - Support The Pat Finucane Centre Today

10/06/05 - Dáil Support For Bill To Aid Illegal Irish In US
EX 10/06/05 Dáil Support To Aid Illegal Irish In US
SF 10/06/05 SF Describe Talks At Downing Street As Positive
IA 10/06/05 Collusion In Ireland Highlighted @ IAUC Meeting
IN 10/06/05 Action Alert: US Banns Sinn Fein Fundraising
IT 10/07/05 DUP To Be Given More Seats On Policing Board
IT 10/07/05 Support For PSNI Vital For Peace, Says Ahern
UT 10/06/05 'IRA Property' Raids May Endanger Peace Process
IT 10/07/05 Anti-Racket Agencies Close On Alleged IRA Chief
IT 10/07/05 Swoop On Offices Yields Vanload Of Documents
IT 10/07/05 Authorities Pursue Assets To Get Their Man
IT 10/07/05 Extent Of Craven Involvement In Property Firms
IT 10/07/05 No Sign Of Fuss Down On The Murphy Farm
IT 10/07/05 Cab Raid Financial Firms In Dundalk
SP 10/07/05 Why IRA Failed To Defeat The British State
IA 10/06/05 IAUC National Convention In Pittsburgh
IT 10/07/05 Pedestrians Face More Danger From SUVs- Study

10/06/05 – Adams & Paisley Holding Talks With Blair
BB 10/06/05 Adams & Paisley Holding Talks With Blair
BB 10/06/05 Asset Raids On 'IRA Properties'
UT 10/06/05 Minister Pledges To Strip Illegal Wealth
SF 10/06/05 SF Supports US Immigration Reform Bill
EX 10/06/05 Nationalists Forced To Fund July 12 Events
BT 10/06/05 Pressure Mounts Against 'Amnesty' Plan For OTRs
EX 10/06/05 Adams Denies SF Role In Rafferty Death
IO 10/06/05 Government Must Not Let DUP Delay, Says Durkan
UT 10/06/05 Government Warned Over DUP Demands
BT 10/06/05 Gray Was A Tout, Says Killer Stone
NL 10/06/05 Murder Of Gray Was 'Internal Matter' – Source
NY 10/04/05 IAUC Response To NY Times Editorial Re: IRA
BT 10/06/05 Opin: Loyalist: Police Must Regain Initiative
IA 10/06/05 McGuinness In D.C.
GA 10/06/05 Galway To Celebrate Sinn Féin's Centenary?
RE 10/06/05 Neil Jordan Grapples With The New Ireland

10/05/05 - Cory Was Shadowed, Even In The Loo
IE 10/05/05 Cory Was Shadowed, Even In The Loo
IO 10/05/05 Women Quizzed Over Gray Killing
TO 10/05/05 Few Tears As Loyalist Thugs Kill Their Own
IT 10/06/05 Paramilitary-Linked Murders: 2005 Victims
IO 10/05/05 Two Held In McCartney Probe Are Released
IO 10/05/05 TDs Get First Hand Account Of Sectarian Attacks
IT 10/06/05 Loyalist Attack Victims Ask TDs For Help
DI 10/05/05 Time For War Is Over: IRSP
DI 10/05/05 Opin: INLA On The Verge
IE 10/05/05 No Funds Raised At McGuinness Events
UT 10/05/05 Orde Slams 'Mafia State' Predictions
EP 10/05/05 EU Can Not Solve Ulster Troubles
DI 10/05/05 Bairbre De Brún: European Support For IRA Move
BB 10/05/05 Guidelines On Justice In N Ireland By New Year
UT 10/05/05 Bradley 'Committed To Job Despite Attack'
IE 10/05/05 Opin: Disarmament Intensifies FF/SF Rivalry
DI 10/05/05 Christy: Live At The Hostel
WG 09/18/05 'The Fighting 69th' Makes History, Yet Again

10/05/05 - Six Held Over Loyalist's Killing
BB 10/05/05 Six Held Over Loyalist's Killing
BT 10/05/05 Gray: Did He Know Too Much?
BT 10/05/05 Death Sparks Feud Fears
BT 10/05/05 The Bling Brigadier And His Fallen Empire
TO 10/05/05 Time Runs Out For UDA's 'Doris Day'
TO 10/05/05 Politicians Condemn Murder Of Jim Gray
BB 10/05/05 Women Escape Harm In Orange Hall Attack
BB 10/05/05 Man Injured In Petrol Bomb Attack
IO 10/05/05 Adams Dismisses Nonsense Of Retained Guns Claim
BB 10/05/05 Adams Briefs MEPs On Developments
SF 10/05/05 Adams Calls For EU Support For Peace Process
TL 10/05/05 MEPs To Quiz Adams On IRA Arms Move
SM 10/05/05 Adams Urges EU To Approve Funds
UT 10/05/05 Brits Govt Warned Over Amnesty Fear
SO 10/05/05 Opin: Precedent For Release Of Prisoners
UT 10/05/05 Tourism Industry Urged To Grab Growth Potential

10/04/05 – Loyalist 'Doris Day' Gunned Down Outside Home
SM 10/04/05 Loyalist 'Doris Day' Gunned Down Outside Home
IO 10/04/05 Gray Murder Thought To Be UDA Housekeeping Act
SF 10/04/05 Murphy Tells Tories Irish Unity Is Legitimate
RE 10/04/05 Murphy Tells Tories He Didn't Regret Bomb
DI 10/04/05 Let The Dead Rest In Peace
DI 10/04/05 Opin: The Sectarian Hydra Grows Another Head
DI 10/04/05 Opin: Pete's Patronising Lessons In Parsimony
IT 10/05/05 Ahern To Meet Blair For Talks On North
IO 10/04/05 Taoiseach Rules Out Release For McCabe Killers
UT 10/04/05 'IRA Fugitives Must Face Courts', Say Tories
IO 10/04/05 Brits Urged To Push Ahead With Policing Reforms
IT 10/05/05 North Bank Raid Inquiry Intense, Says Taoiseach
IT 10/05/05 Human Rights Revolution Needed In Garda
MN 10/04/05 Murray Attacks Kenny Over Disgraceful Comments
BT 10/04/05 400 New Jobs In Pipeline For Derry
TO 10/04/05 Faith Schools Put To The Test
SW 10/04/05 Belfast: The Real Divide
HC 10/04/05 Bog Of Cats Demands Attention

10/04/05 - Police Arrest Two Over McCartney Murder
FT 10/04/05 Police Arrest Two Over McCartney Murder
BT 10/04/05 Unionists Urged To Act Over Sectarian Protests
BT 10/04/05 Petrol Bomb Attack On Home
SF 10/04/05 Equality Can Deliver For Everyone
UT 10/04/05 'IRA Fugitives Must Face Courts', Say Tories
NL 10/04/05 Councillors Clash Over Riots
IE 10/04/05 SF Denies Exploiting Rossport 5 For Politics
BT 10/04/05 Ireland Faces Rural Crisis: SF
UT 10/04/05 Paisley Meets Catholic Schoolchildren
BB 10/04/05 Loyalists 'Must End All Violence'
DI 10/04/05 Children As A Political Backdrop
BB 10/04/05 Jobs Boost For Ballymena Bus Firm
TM 10/04/05 Turning Tragedy Into A Tourist Industryv
BB 10/04/05 BBC: What The Papers Say

10/03/05 – Judge Cory Speaks Irish America
DI 10/03/05 Judge Cory Speaks Irish America
DI 10/03/05 Congress Members To Visit North
DI 10/03/05 Catholics Forced To Endure Gauntlet Of Abuse
IT 10/03/05 Loyalists Threaten To Exhume Bodies In Cemetery
UT 10/03/05 Cemetery Challenge To Unionist Leaders
SF 10/03/05 Residents Seek Support From Loyalist Attacks
BT 10/03/05 Sinn Fein To Talk At Tory Conference
IO 10/03/05 Fitt Memorial Service Decision Overturned
BT 10/03/05 Adams Urges Priority Over Powers
BT 10/03/05 Scripts Already Written Over IRA: Dodds
IT 10/04/05 US Military Use Of Shannon Now At Its Highest
BB 10/03/05 Belfast Council Condemn Loyalist Violence
DI 10/03/05 Opin: Old Patterns Of Discrimination
IA 10/03/05 Gov't Increases Grants For Immigrant Groups
GG 10/03/05 How The Irish Built An American Icon
IT 10/04/05 Malin Head Records Warmest September Since 1971
IT 10/04/05 Tributes Paid For Fr Fergal O'Connor
IT 10/04/05 Work Restarts On Eyre Square
IA 10/04/05 Danny O’Flaherty Evacuates Twice

10/03/05 – Loyalists Threaten Catholic’s Graves
BB 10/03/05 Loyalist Desecration Threats To Catholic Graves
BB 10/03/05 Hain: IRA 'Delivering On Peace Promise'
ND 10/03/05 IAUC Letter: Rationale Wrong On IRA Initiative
NH 10/03/05 Naysayer Paisley Is Holding North Back
UN 10/03/05 Ex-Soldier Seeks Help In Gun Theft Case
NH 10/03/05 Council's £100k For 'Sectarian' Bonfires
SL 10/03/05 Heat Turned Up Over Cash For Bonfire Deal
UN 10/03/05 A Coalition With SF 'Wouldn't Last Five Days
UT 10/03/05 Award For McCartney Sisters

10/02/05 –
Loyalists Rule Out Surrender of Arms
GU 10/02/05 Loyalists Rule Out Surrender Of Arms
NH 10/02/05 McGuinness Willing To Talk To Loyalist
SB 10/02/05 DUP Needs To Decommission Its Scepticism
SB 10/02/05 Opin: Paisley Left Perplexed & Wrong-Footed
II 10/02/05 Two Cheers For Disarmament
II 10/02/05 We Share An Island, And Must Share Our Future
DI 10/02/05 EDITORIAL: Victim Vindicated
II 10/02/05 IRA Never Had Need Of Huge Arsenal
II 10/02/05 SF No Different Than Other Politicians

10/01/05 –
Focus Switches To Loyalist Arms
ST 10/02/05 Focus Switches To Loyalist Arms
GU 10/02/05 Vast Extent Of IRA Arsenal Revealed
SF 10/01/05 Adams-Get Political Institutions Back & Running
UN 10/01/05 Ahern's Fears Over Frank Connolly Links
SB 10/02/05 DUP Found Wanting In Leadership Stakes
SB 10/02/05 SF In Coalition A Live Issue
SB 10/02/05 FF Dismisses SF Coalition Due To Econ Policy
SB 10/02/05 No Shame For FF In Wanting A United Ireland
BT 10/01/05 This Life: The Question Of Trust
UN 10/01/05 SF In Coalition A Live Issue
ST 10/02/05 Focus: 'The IRA Is Gone'
ST 10/02/05 Comment: Disarmed And Dangerous
IS 10/01/05 Condi Speaks About Hamas (& Sinn Fein)
ST 10/02/05 Shell Hints At Moving Pipeline To End Dispute
ST 10/02/05 Flatley Steps Out Of Line On History

DUP Running From Reality
DJ 10/01/05 DUP Running From Reality – McGuinness
NH 10/01/05 358 Attacks On Nationalists Since Start Of Year
BB 10/01/05 Witness 'Not Offended By Paisley'
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Will Dublin Love Ulster?

After weekend gathering in Belfast loyalists plan protest
rallies across the North and in capital city

Ciarán O'Neill

"We will wait to see how
the British government reacts to our campaign
but we aim to keep the pressure and the rally in Dublin is
a definite goer"
- Willie Frazer

Organisers of the controversial Love Ulster campaign are
planning to stage a rally in Dublin in the New Year.

Willie Frazer, one of the main organisers behind the
campaign, last night told Daily Ireland that the "wheels
are in motion" to hold a protest in Dublin.

The Love Ulster campaign was recently launched by unionists
who claimed that the British government was ignoring their

Several thousand people took part in the campaign's first
parade in Belfast on Saturday, although organisers had
originally predicted that up to 30,000 people would turn

Mr Frazer last night said plans were underway to extend the
campaign to other areas of the North and Dublin.

"We have not set a date for the Dublin rally but it will
probably be after Christmas," he said.

"We believe that many people there are unaware of the
reality of the situation in Ulster and we believe it is
important to take our message to them."

Mr Frazer said the proposed rally would be made up of a
number of bands and people who have suffered during the
conflict in the North.

"The rally held in the Belfast will not be a one-off," he

"We will wait to see how the British government reacts to
our campaign but we aim to keep the pressure and the rally
in Dublin is a definite goer."

Concern was raised yesterday about the cost of policing the
weekend parade after it was revealed that £2.2 million
(€3.2 million) was spent policing another recent loyalist
parade in Belfast, which erupted in violence.

Loyalists rioted for several days after a controversial
Orange Order parade was prevented from marching through the
nationalist Springfield area of west Belfast on September

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood last night said money spent on
policing the parade and subsequent violence would have been
much better spent on improving essential services.

"The SDLP has been informed that the cost of policing the
Whiterock parade and the rioting and disorder that followed
was £2.2 million," he said.

"Furthermore, the repair bill for police vehicles damaged
in the rioting was £900,000 [€1.3 million]. These figures
are shocking.

"The violence that followed the Whiterock parade made no
sense and only damaged community relations. Now, these
figures highlight the staggering cost to the taxpayer of
policing parades in Northern Ireland."

Mr Attwood said the money could have been used to provide
more nurses, schools and efforts to tackle crime.

"How much more money was wasted on policing the Love Ulster
rally yesterday?" he added.

"It is time for people to get sense and ensure that limited
financial resources are not wasted on parades but properly
invested in our community."

The Love Ulster rally heard speakers from Protestant
church, Orange Order and victims' groups criticise British
prime minister Tony Blair, secretary of state Peter Hain
and the PSNI.


'Cautious Welcome' For LVF Move

Sinn Fein has given "a cautious welcome" to the Loyalist
Volunteer Force move to stand down.

The splinter loyalist paramilitary group said the decision
was taken in response to IRA arms decommissioning.

The LVF has been blamed for more than a dozen sectarian
killings since it was founded in mid-Ulster in 1996.

SF's Gerry Kelly said: "Given the LVF's history,
nationalists and republicans will of course be cautious of
anything being said or promised by them."

He added: "This grouping has a history of sectarian
violence, murders and widespread drug dealing, so with
relation to the LVF, it is very much wait and see."

On Sunday, a group of church and community figures said a
loyalist feud between the LVF and the rival UVF was over.

A statement by the LVF said that the move to stand down its
so-called military units would take effect from midnight on

The LVF was formed by Portadown loyalist Billy Wright after
the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) leadership stood down his
unit in 1996.

Wright was shot dead in the Maze prison by republicans in
December 1997.

On Sunday, the Reverend Mervyn Gibson said the loyalist
feud, which claimed four lives in Belfast in July and
August, had "permanently ended".

He said the group of church and community figures had been
holding mediation talks "for some time".

Two murder bids

The end of the feud had been widely expected, with no fresh
violence happening since August.

The Independent Monitoring Commission had blamed the UVF
for the four summer murders.

A special report in September by the ceasefire watchdog
said the LVF carried out two murder bids, but their
violence was mainly a response to UVF attacks.

The report on the loyalist paramilitary feud led Northern
Ireland Secretary Peter Hain to declare the UVF ceasefire
had broken down.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Mr Hain said he welcomed
the LVF move.

He said there should be a complete and permanent end to all
paramilitary activity and also welcomed Sinn Fein President
Gerry Adams using the phrase "the war is over" - saying it
was a further sign that things were moving in the right

Ann Trainor, whose son Damien and his best friend Philip
Allen were murdered by LVF gunmen in County Armagh in 1998,
said she found the move hard to believe.

"Both sides are just as bad," she said.

"There is a lot of evil and jealousy. It is hard to
believe. The evil will never quit - you can see it every

The mother of Catholic taxi driver Michael McGoldrick
murdered in 1996 said she believed the move offered some
glimmer of hope for a better future.

"It is a wonderful day. It is a start and we should really
grasp it," said Bridie McGoldrick.

She added: "That is not just from the people on the ground
- I think the politicians have to grasp it as well and we
have to sit down and talk."

DUP North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds said he "warmly welcomed"
the end of the feud.

"Communities have been set on edge and put into turmoil. I
pay tribute to those who have worked so hard to bring this
resolution about," he added.

Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey said the move was
another positive development in the political process.

"Yesterday's announcement that the feud is over, last week
the UDA sent a delegation to see the decommissioning body
and Gerry Adams, for the first time allowed the words 'the
war is over' to pass his lips," he said.

The SDLP's former assembly member, Brid Rogers, said many
people in the Upper Bann constituency had been murdered by
the LVF.

"The litany of atrocities in this area is awful and it is
too late for all those people too late for them, too late
for their families."

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2005/10/31 15:56:36 GMT


Hain Welcomes Paramilitaries' Stand Down

A paramilitary group's decision to stand down its military
units was welcomed as a "step forward", by Northern Ireland
Secretary Peter Hain today.

The Loyalist Volunteer Force took the step in direct
response to the IRA`s decision to decommission its weapons

It also followed a formal end to a feud between the LVF and
the rival Ulster Volunteer Force.

"I welcome any move which brings such murderous violence to
an end," Mr Hain told MPs.

"The statement is therefore a step forward and one that I
hope will give encouragement to those who are working to
establish the primacy of politics in their communities.

"Of course, words must also be matched by deeds from all
loyalist groups. What we need to see is the full
decommissioning of all paramilitary arsenals and the
complete and permanent end to all paramilitary and criminal
activity from all paramilitary groups."

He also welcomed last week`s declaration from Gerry Adams
that the IRA`s war was "over".

"Hearing the President of Sinn Fein use the words `the war
is over`, words we have wanted to hear for such a long
time, is also a further sign that we are continuing to move
in the right direction," he added.

Mr Hain made his comments as he introduced legislation to
extend the life of anti-terrorism measures for the province
which would otherwise expire in February 2006.

The Terrorism (Northern Ireland) Bill means the powers,
exclusive to Ulster, will stay in place for at least an
extra year, with a further 12-month extension available if

While the security situation had been "changed
fundamentally" by the IRA`s actions over the summer, the
measures remained necessary for the moment, he insisted.

He said Lord Carlile of Berriew, the independent reviewer
of the operation of anti-terror legislation, had ruled the
extension was "justified on the merits and proportional".

"These provisions have been on a temporary footing since
1973 but have been necessary to tackle the security
situation," Mr Hain said.

"They were never intended to be permanent. We`ve always
remained committed to their ultimate removal when the
security situation allowed."

But he faced criticism from Unionist MPs who questioned why
the British government believed the situation had changed
enough to restore allowances to Sinn Fein but not to repeal
the anti-terror measures.

Democratic Unionist leader the Rev Ian Paisley told him:
"Surely there`s a contradiction? You cannot have it both

"Either things are not good in Northern Ireland or else
things are good in Northern Ireland. Those of us who live
there know exactly what the answer to that is."

Mr Hain retorted: "We are absolutely right to do this as a
prudent safety mechanism just in case there were to be a
repeat, perhaps by a dissident republican group, perhaps by
one of the loyalist groups that`s not yet announced that
it`s disarming and standing down, that we are in a position
to meet that threat.

"I am sure that every citizen in Northern Ireland will be
reassured that as the normalisation measures are taken
forward in terms of reductions in the armed forces numbers
and so on, that they are absolutely sure that we have as a
fall back, the legislation necessary."

Mr Hain said the Bill created a power to make "any
necessary interim provisions to ensure a smooth transition
to normalised arrangements".

But he said it could only occur if conditions were right
and promised: "We will not take chances with the safety of
the people of Northern Ireland or the effective operation
of the justice system."

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary David Lidington said he
agreed with the Government that it was right to extend
these "exceptional" powers because of the gravity of the
security situation.

But it was also right they should continue to be subject to
a time limit and the need for regular parliamentary

Mr Lidington welcomed the LVF move but said the
organisation must be judged on its actions, rather than its
words in the weeks and months ahead.

Of the IRA`s decommissioning, he said it should be
decommissioning its command structure as well.

"If the republican movement has fundamentally changed and
it is permanent and irreversible, it can have no need for a
private army."

A "profound ideological change" was required, showing it
had changed to democratic methods with support for the
police and the rule of law.

Emphasising the need for caution, Mr Lidington said he
found it impossible to believe that by 2008 none of the
powers would be needed.

Mr Lidington hailed the British government for showing
"good sense and proper caution" in renewing the anti-
terrorism powers.

"I hope they will show the same good sense and proper
caution when they approach the question of people who are
on the run from justice," he added.

Mr Liddington called for an early debate on the
Government`s proposals in this area.

Labour`s Tom Harris (Glasgow S) dubbed the legislation
"cautious", but said the Government`s priority must always
be public safety.

He continued: "This could well be a historic moment. I am
cautious in saying that because so often in Northern
Ireland historic moments turn out to be nothing more than a

"It could well be that today for the very last time we are
going to renew these powers in a debate on the floor of the

"If that is the case then I think everyone involved in
Northern Ireland matters, everyone in Northern Ireland,
should be celebrating."

Liberal Democrat Northern Ireland spokesman Lembit Opik
said that his party would support the British government if
the measures went to a vote.

But he expressed concern about some areas of the
legislation including Diplock trials, which he said should
be adjudicated by three judges, not just one.

And he added that there was an "inconsistency" between how
the British government dealt with terrorism which
originated in Northern Ireland and globally.

"There are so many people now, in these debates, who feel
that the Government somehow delineates between good and
sane terrorists in Northern Ireland but bad and insane
terrorists from elsewhere," he said.

" the Government obsessed with negotiating on
problems in Northern Ireland, and on many occasions I agree
with them, but simply seeking to incarcerate suspected
terrorists on the mainland?"

Mr Harris intervened to make a distinction between
republican terrorists who had clear political aims which
allowed for the possibility of negotiation, while with
Islamic terrorism, "there is no negotiation since the death
of innocent people is the aim".

Mr Opik said that his point underlined the "frustration"
felt by many over the Government`s position.

Jeffrey Donaldson (DUP Lagan Valley) said that an example
of this alleged distinction would be on-the-runs
legislation which is expected to give a "de facto amnesty
to terrorists".

Mr Opik said that this was one example of many which "serve
to undermine our confidence at times that the Government
really does have a joined-up understanding of the problems
of terrorism".


LVF's Short But Turbulent History

Kevin Connolly
BBC Ireland Correspondent

A loyalist paramilitary group, the Loyalist Volunteer
Force, says it is to stand down in response to the IRA move
to decommission arms in September. Kevin Connolly examines
the background and implications.

The short but turbulent history of the Loyalist Volunteer
Force mixed bouts of savage blood-letting with bizarre and
unpredictable political gestures.

The organisation was created when a faction of the UVF in
Portadown rejected the decision of their leaders in Belfast
to declare a ceasefire in 1994.

Under the leadership of the local paramilitary warlord
Billy Wright, the LVF committed itself to the traditional
loyalist belief that the nationalist community could be
terrified into demanding an end to IRA violence by a
campaign of random murder directed against it.

UVF 'wary'

The UVF leadership was furious at Billy Wright's act of
rebellion - but they were wary of his reputation for
savage, clinical efficiency as a killer and also of his

When the UVF tried to order him out of Ulster, thousands of
Protestants turned out at a rally called to support him.
The seeds were laid for future conflict between the UVF and
the LVF.

Few take the statement at face value - it's much more
likely that the LVF was forced to disband to secure the
UVF's agreement to a truce

BBC's Kevin Connolly

Billy Wright was killed in 1997 - shot dead inside the Maze
prison by republican paramilitaries armed with a smuggled
handgun - and the LVF lost the focus which his cold-eyed
fanaticism had given it.

But it remained an unpredictable and dangerous

Even though it had no political wing, and no clear
political agenda, it became the first paramilitary group to
decommission any weapons late in 1998.

The gesture was meaningless - the guns it handed in for
destruction were old, and formed only a small part of its
arsenal; the LVF remained armed and ready for violence and
no convincing explanation for its act of decommissioning
was ever offered.

It did not confine itself to killing Catholics either.
There were feuds with both of the two larger and older
loyalist organisations, the UVF and the UDA.

Often it seemed that disputes over the proceeds of drug-
dealing or racketeering lay behind these bouts of violence,
but always in the background was the ill-feeling between
the UVF and the smaller, more violent grouping which had
broken away in the original dispute.

This summer that ill-feeling boiled over into a new feud
and this time the whisper was that the UVF was determined
to wipe out its smaller rival once and for all.

There were four killings - all by the UVF - and twice UVF
gangs moved into loyalist estates and forced families
associated with the LVF to leave their homes.

The LVF tried but failed to kill in retaliation, a telling
indication of where the balance of power between the two
organisations now lay.

The last of the killings was carried out in mid-August and,
since then, Protestant churchmen and community leaders have
been conducting secret talks aimed at finding some sort of

Political gesture

When the breakthrough came, it brought with it another of
those bizarre political gestures from the LVF.

Within hours of the news that the loyalist feud was over
came an LVF statement that it was "standing down" its
"military units" in response to a similar move made over
the course of the summer by the IRA.

Few take the statement at face value - it's much more
likely that the LVF was forced to disband to secure the
UVF's agreement to a truce and is simply trying to cloak a
moment of humiliation in the language of grand strategy.

So it would be a mistake to expect any direct or immediate
political movement to follow the LVF's gesture, although
that doesn't mean that its statement has no meaning.

In referring to the IRA statement, the LVF is providing a
reminder that if the main republican paramilitary grouping
really has given up political violence for good then it
will have changed the rules of the political game in
Northern Ireland, and changed them permanently.

Loyalist groups after all have always argued that their
very existence was justified by the threat of IRA violence
and, if that threat is gone for good, they are either going
to have to come up with some new justifications or in some
way match the IRA's move.

The LVF statement brings to an end another of those
familiar rounds of murderous instability with which
loyalists are so familiar - it also leads us to an
intriguing question about just what we can expect from the
other, larger loyalist groups in the coming weeks and

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2005/10/31 16:12:17 GMT


Priest's 'Nazi' Remark Down For Debate

By Joanne Lowry
Monday 31st October 2005

Comments made by Fr Alec Reid which compared unionists to
Nazis will be debated at tomorrow night's meeting of
Belfast City Council.

The DUP has tabled a motion condemning the remarks made by
the priest during a public meeting in south Belfast earlier
this month.

Fr Reid, who was one of the clerical witnesses to the IRA's
decommissioning, has since apologised for his remarks.

He had said Catholics hadn't been treated like human
beings. "It was like the Nazis' treatment of the Jews," he

Fr Reid's remarks sparked outrage among unionists and
Willie Frazer of the victims' group FAIR has lodged a
formal complaint with the PSNI.

Belfast DUP councillor Nelson McCausland has tabled a
motion stating: "This council deplores the recent attack by
Fr Alec Reid in which he compared the unionist community to

"It believes that this unjustified and very public
demonisation of an entire community has caused immense hurt
among unionists and has increased sectarianism and damaged
community relations.

"It also expresses its sympathy to the Jewish community in
Belfast, who were clearly offended by this comparison, in
that it so grossly diminished the immensity of the


Ahern Is 'Not Being A Good Neighbour'

By Alistair Bushe
Monday 31st October 2005

Sir Reg Empey last night re-opened the war of words between
the DUP and Ulster Unionists on possible speaking rights
for Ulster MPs and MEPs in the Dail.

The UUP leader said he found the comments of DUP deputy
leader Peter Robinson on a proposal from Bertie Ahern
"profoundly worrying".

Mr Ahern had suggested that Ulster MPs and MEPs be invited
to attend and speak at meetings of the Dail in committee
when matters of the Agreement or Northern Ireland would be

"While these proposals may fall far short of Sinn Fein's
demands, to lightly brush this off as little consequence is
reckless," said Mr Empey.

"This could be the foot in the door that republicans have
been craving for years and the reaction from the DUP to
date has shown no sign that they recognise the full
implications of what is being proposed.

"Peter [Robinson] indicated that if it transpired that
Northern Ireland MPs are to become members of this
committee as of right instead of invitees and are treated
on an equal basis with those members of the southern
parliament then he would consider this to be a quasi-
constitutional claim on Northern Ireland."

But Mr Empey said Mr Ahern had "made it clear that our MPs
will not be members of this Dail committee by right" and
would not be treated on an "equal basis" as members of the
southern parliament.

He continued: "The implication of what Peter is saying it
that provided neither of those two qualifications is
violated, he will be content for the Ahern proposal to

"I hope this is not the case, because while it may seem a
minor proposal at present, it can grow and be developed in
the years ahead."

Mr Empey said the proposals violated the "norms of
democracy throughout Europe" and claimed Mr Ahern was "not
acting as a good neighbour" towards Northern Ireland.

He added: "If this speaking rights issue proceeds then the
UUP will consider itself relived of its obligation to the
strand two section of the Belfast Agreement.

"What is being proposed is the Belfast Agreement plus. As
usual republicans are trying to have their cake and eat it
at the same time. I hope all unionists oppose these


Colombia Three Top Of Agenda For Paisley Jnr

By Alistair Bushe
Monday 31st October 2005

Ian Paisley Jnr said he will put the Colombia Three at the
top of the agenda when he attends a policing conference in
Colombia this week.

The DUP MLA is a special guest of the Colombian president
at the launch of the conference tonight, when terrorism and
fighting crime are expected to be significant talking

Mr Paisley said he would speak on countering terrorism and
the role of the Policing Board and District Policing
Partnerships in Northern Ireland.

He said he will also reiterate his support for the Colombia
government's bid to extradite the three Irish men convicted
of training Marxist rebels.

"I am certain that, given that the subject matter for
discussion will be countering terrorism, the subject of the
Colombia Three will be discussed," said Mr Paisley.

"I will certainly be indicating my support for the
authorities there to pursue these fugitives and to seek
from the Dublin government the extradition of these on-the-
run terrorists.

"I understand from my colleague that the Colombian
authorities could request the European Community to require
that its member state (Republic of Ireland) make these
fugitives amenable to the Colombian authorities."

Mr Paisley said he will also have the chance to speak about
the Policing Board's role and democratic accountability in

He added: "The Government's handling of the appointment of
a new Policing Board will be aired to an international

"The importance of the Government ensuring that the
Policing Board retains its unionist majority and that the
10 political members are not downgraded to eight is

"I will be stressing the importance of the role of the
Policing Board to hold the police to account.

"UUP spokesman Tom Elliot has proposed that the Policing
Board and the DPPs should tell the police what to do -
though I notice he is now retracing his steps on this - I
will demonstrate how inappropriate it would be for any
Policing Board or local DPP to instruct police officers,
especially in a society that has been tortured by


Former Uda Leader Heads For Scotland

Monday 31st October 2005

Former UDA leader Johnny Adair has fled Bolton after a
court conviction on Friday for assaulting his wife.

It was claimed yesterday that the 42-year-old has moved his
family and friends to Scotland, with Glasgow believed to be
their intended destination.

Adair, formerly of Chorley New Road, Horwich, was sentenced
to a 12-month supervision order at Bolton Magistrates

The court heard that he attacked his wife Gina in a park in
the town on September 26, hours after being released from

Adair was seen kneeling on his wife and "punching her
repeatedly with both arms".

He walked free from jail, but was ordered to pay her £250

Gina Adair suffered bruising to her face and cuts but did
not require hospital treatment. The couple have been
married for 23 years and have four children.

Adair originally moved to Bolton, Greater Manchester, after
an internal feud in the UDA.

He had been released from jail on the day of the attack
after serving 39 days for harassment.

A group of children and their parents reported the incident
to police after they saw him drag his wife by the hair as
she tried to run away.


Policing Parade Trouble Cost £3m

The cost of policing September's Whiterock parade and
subsequent rioting was £3m, the police have confirmed.

They also said that damage and repairs to police vehicles
over the summer period totalled £938,000.

Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde said the costs were
unacceptable not only in financial terms but in the human
cost to the police and local communities.

Officers were attacked with petrol bombs and blast bombs,
as well as live rounds during the trouble.

The violence started after an Orange Order march was barred
from going through security gates on west Belfast's
Springfield Road, and had to use a former factory site.

"My officers, as I have said before, acted like heroes in
the face of the worst public disorder this police service
has ever witnessed," Sir Hugh said.

"It gives us no pleasure to stand in numbers between
communities who refuse to engage with each other to resolve
their differences but until they do we will continue to do
our job and it will continue to cost money on this scale."

Police also revealed that from 10 - 17 September 82 people
were arrested, 12 weapons recovered and 93 police officers
were injured.

One hundred and fifty live rounds were fired at police, 167
blast bombs were thrown at police lines, 167 vehicles were
hijacked and over 1,000 petrol bombs were thrown. Police
fired 216 impact rounds.


Meanwhile, police probing the disturbances have again
appealed for information.

A PSNI spokesperson appealed to those involved to "come
forward and to speak to police directly".

Chief Superintendent David Boultwood said the perpetrators
of the violence had been clearly and extensively shown on

"We are asking them to come forward before our officers
have to knock on their doors," he said.

"I would appeal to the community to work with us to
prosecute anyone involved in public disorder."

Meanwhile, two men have been charged with riotous assembly
and petrol bombing relating to the trouble after the
Whiterock parade.

They are expected to appear in court in Belfast on Tuesday.

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2005/10/31 22:35:47 GMT


You Never Know Who You're Related To

The Monday Column

IN the 1950s my dad told me there was an IRA man who bore
our surname. This was Dublin born Sean Garland who became
president of the Workers Party and was arrested at their
party conference to face possible extradition to the USA on
charges related to counterfeiting – which he denies.

I first saw Sean Garland during the 1960s when I went to a
rally in Milltown Cemetery on the Falls Road. As a fairly
militant unionist standing at the edge of the crowd I felt
uneasy and began thinking, "What if they sing the Soldier's
Song?" I foolishly thought I could not honour the Irish
National Anthem and imagined taking to my heels but then I
wisely moved on.

Later while working in a store in Aberdeen Street on the
Shankill I noticed a republican newspaper – United Irishman
– had blown in and was lying at my feet. My eyes fell on
the name Sean Garland and the speech he gave at a Wolfe
Tone Rally at Bodenstown in June 1968. This confirmed the
IRA's move to the left and Sean Garland's efforts to
initiate change. A few years later he helped bring about
the Official IRA's ceasefire but in the article Sean said
"no longer would the army of the Irish revolution stand
idly by". This seemed ominous but it is said, Sean was
reassuring the faithful while trying to take the gun out of
Irish politics. In the 1990s I contacted him through the
Workers Party in Dublin hoping to discuss family history.
He knew little beyond the fact that his family hailed from
near Dublin. However both families appear to stem from a
certain Roger Garland/Gernon who came from Essex with
Strongbow in the 12th century and settled mainly near

During the conversation Sean spoke about his time in
Belfast's Crumlin Road Prison in the 1950s. On Sunday
afternoons he would listen to evangelical mission choirs
singing hymns. This was a means of getting a break from
prison routine but he was deeply impressed by these people.
They gave their time freely and while observing their
demeanour Sean was struck by their sincerity. Something
about them challenged him deeply, "they were so committed
to what they were doing" he realised the Irish problem was
not a "simplistic question of freeing territory".

He went on to question many things, to digest new ideas and
was influenced by Cathal Goulding, the IRA's radical chief
of staff in Dublin.

Some years later I met Sean again this time at
Castlebellingham – in Irish Baile anGhearlanaigh –
Garlandstown. There his wife Mary shared vivid memories of
a day in 1975 when he was nearly taken from her by extreme
left nationalists. I could almost feel the pain her story
was so vivid. It was as if it had only happened yesterday.

Walking home they noticed men loitering near their home and
Sean began to run. It was too late, he was hit in the leg
and as he lay on the ground they pumped 15 bullets into his
arms, legs and abdomen. Mary was literally knocked against
a wall and then ran forward screaming at Sean's attackers.
He managed to whisper to her, "get word to Cathal and the
others" knowing there would be further attacks. When the
Garda arrived they wanted to interview Mary right away but
she demanded they take Sean to hospital first. There Sean's
health deteriorated as he underwent major surgery. When he
regained consciousness he noticed there was nothing in a
vital tube going into his body. There was no one available
to help and so, despite his weakened condition, he managed
to free up the drip himself and save his own life. Sean
Garland survived and with others who believed in Wolfe
Tone's message about replacing Catholic, Protestant and
Dissenter with the common name of Irishman, he rejected
narrow nationalism, supported peace-making and encouraged
others to move towards socialist politics. Attempts were
made to influence loyalists and although there was no
meeting of minds, some were attracted by non-sectarianism
and the willingness to put working class interests before
the holy grail of Irish nationalism. Other lessons were
learned and Sean Garland and his Workers Party helped to
humanise nationalists and to move people beyond the morass
of a deeply flawed sectarian conflict.


Opin: Hateful New World Is Not The Ireland Of Old

By James KELLY

Romantic Ireland is dead and gone, said the poet WB Yeats
away back in 1914 and later he cautioned us to tread softly
because you tread on his dreams. I thought of his wise
words that "peace comes dropping slowly like great black
oxen tread the world. And God the Herdsman goads them on
behind and I am broken by their passing feet".

I felt that was prophetic as we all gazed at the week's
shocking headlines of child abuse from the Diocese of Ferns
over 40 years and the awful story of the cover-up revealed
in all its nakedness in a judicial report which an Irish
cabinet minister said would "make the hair on your neck

stand up".

Yes, all part of a worldwide disease of sex and perversion
but this is not the Ireland of our young days. This is the
hateful new world of murder, rape, crime, drugs and
paedophile priests, the rotten apples in the barrel of our
beloved saints and scholars. The story has even overtaken
the other malicious character assassination of the heroic
peacemaker Fr Alec Reid by loud-mouthed, bigoted, partisans
now threatening a mob 'Love Ulster' of thousands close to
the Shankill scenes of violence a few weeks ago.

The motive behind this dangerous gathering is obscure and
dangerous in the present political vacuum and breakdown in
unionist political leadership.

In the House of Commons secretary of state Peter Hain told
SDLP leader Mark Durkan that if the IMC Report, due in
January, is positive there will be no excuse not to engage
in discussions towards the resumption of power sharing.

Meantime, using the big stick he is on record telling
northern politicians that if they don't like the coming
shock increase in rates bills of 19 per cent it's up to
them to form a power sharing executive and make the tough
budgetary decisions themselves.

But neither the DUP nor unionists led by Sir Reg Empey seem
worried about the cost to the electors of the Brits' threat
to put them on par with the better-off taxpayers across the

Michael McGimpsey, Empey's sidekick in his latest
'platform' says devolution with Sinn Fein in government
would be rejected, adding: "Unionists would rather embrace
direct rule with all its faults and inherent dangers."

How's that for a kick in the teeth to its unionist
householders worried about up coming demands for rates and
water charges?

It's ironic that the only sympathy for the hard-pressed
northern householders should come from the tiny Progressive
Unionist Party which still links itself with the UVF
paramilitary. David Ervine, its leader, stepped out of line
with the other unionist groupings when he led a four-member
deputation – including chairman Dawn Purvis – to government
buildings, Dublin, to meet Taoseach Bertie Ahern.

He said his party was worried about water charges and other
issues. There was no excuse, he said, not to have the
Northern Assembly by this time next year.

They had no right to be involved in politics if they
allowed themselves to drift into another summer without
doing some practical work on the restoration of devolution.

Mr Ervine said the taoseach agreed with him that attempts
to begin power sharing should start as soon as possible. He
insisted that the UVF loyalist paramilitary group would
remain in support of any exploratory talks on power

David Ervine is the mystery man of northern politics.
Despite the PUP link with the paramilitary group he remains
one of the most articulate spokesmen on the loyalist side
and has surprised Dublin politicians with his readiness to
engage in dialogue.

Here is his definition of the loyalist paramilitaries:
"They are citizens of society who genuinely recognise that
the only way that we are ever going to enjoy the space that
we've got is to share it."

The voice of reason coming from a strange quarter.


Opin: The Compromise Of Good Friday

By Staff Reporter

The 1998 Good Friday Agreement was essentially a series of
trade-offs, whereby both main traditions had to accept what
were perceived as some negative proposals in order to gain
a range of strongly positive developments.

This meant abandoning the Irish government's constitutional
claim to the entire island, as well as the key provisions
of the 1985 Hillsborough treaty and all reservations over a
return to devolved government at Stormont, in return for

cross-border bodies and a new era of

political equality.

The deal also meant that a promised end to all paramilitary
campaigns had to be balanced against a phased system of
prisoner releases.

Perhaps predictably, the jails were emptied by the British
government long before loyalist and republican groups got
round to honouring their side of the bargain.

Unionist public opinion found the freeing of convicted
prisoners under licence hard to swallow, although every
subsequent official statistic has confirmed that
paramilitary activity, which has been significantly reduced
overall, is now largely confined to the loyalist sector.

While republicans took a considerable period to face up to
their responsibilities under the spirit of the agreement,
both the decommissioning witnesses and the Independent
Monitoring Commission have indicated that the IRA has
either already been stood down or is about to reach such a

The weekend UTV interview in which Gerry Adams finally used
the phrase 'the war is over' was another important piece of
symbolism in this regard.

If any settlement was ever to be reached, it was obvious
that the issue of prisoner releases would have to be

Ian Paisley certainly admitted as much in a letter to the
convicted loyalist murderer and former RUC officer William
McCaughey long before the Good Friday Agreement was

Northern Ireland had the highest pro rata jail population
in Europe before the agreement, and the majority of inmates
were not hardened offenders but individuals who would never
have found themselves behind bars in normal circumstances.

Although many undoubtedly perpetrated heinous crimes,
others were found guilty in dubious circumstances before
courts which had dispensed with the services of juries.

Despite predictions to the contrary, the overwhelming
number of released prisoners have either gone quietly home
to their families or managed, in one form or another, to
make contributions to the search for progress.

Remarkably, only a tiny handful, including Stephen Irwin,
who shot dead eight innocent people in a Catholic-owned bar
at Greysteel, Co Derry, almost exactly 12 years ago, have
brazenly returned to the path of violence.

Irwin was granted early release, but was last Friday jailed
for four years after carrying out a brutal knife attack
when a loyalist feud lead to fighting during the 2004 Irish
cup final at Windsor Park.

The sentence review commissioners must now decide whether
or not he should additionally complete his outstanding
punishment for the Greysteel atrocity.

Their decision should be straightforward and immediate.
Irwin is a dangerous thug, who was given a second chance
and threw it back in the face of society.

He must serve the remainder of his life sentence, plus four
consecutive years and any loyalist or republican who is
convicted of following his example should suffer a similar


Loyalist Working Class Lost Cause For UUP

The Wednesday Column
By Brian Feeney

Sir Reg Empey made an effort to tell his dwindling band of
supporters the truth in his conference speech at the
weekend. It was the least he could do after an abysmal
first 100 days as UUP leader being led by the nose by Ian

Empey told his audience that the mistake the UUP made was
to allow the DUP to sell the lie that the Good Friday
Agreement was all pain for unionists and all gain for

Unfortunately it's about seven years too late for that to
dawn on a unionist leader. His predecessor, unmentioned,
unlamented, soon to be kicked upstairs into the Lords,
never sold the agreement in any shape or form.

On the contrary, he spent so much time denigrating his
partners in the administration that the DUP didn't have to
do anything except ask, if it was so bad, why was he still
in the executive?

Empey also acknowledged, in a rare admission for a unionist
of his vintage, that "political unionism cannot wash its
hands of what happened 20 or 30 years ago". He referred to
"blood-curdling speeches in the Ulster Hall", "the days of
Ulster Resistance and middle-of-the-night mountainside
adventures". No need to mention the name of the culprit

And yet, he couldn't resist one wee slip. Calling on
loyalist paramilitaries to pack it in, he told them "they
need to recognise that they no longer have any reason to
maintain their structures".

So what was the reason for 'their structures' they no
longer need?

To defend the sick counties against the IRA?

To terrorise ordinary Catholics?

To carry out murders on behalf of the security forces?

Surely we should be told.

Are we still so far from the day any unionist can say there
was never any need or justification for loyalist
terrorists? Can no unionist admit the UVF began its murder
campaign four years before the Provisional IRA existed and
began its bombing campaign six months before loyalist mobs
torched Bombay Street?

It's a pity Sir Reg couldn't have included some reference
to the loyalist onslaught on vulnerable Catholics this year
or condemned the series of UVF murders during the summer.

Still, he's not alone. Our present proconsul remained
equally silent during the campaign of sectarian attacks in
north Antrim but worst of all, continued to pay the PUP its
assembly allowances monthly while their UVF mates were
carrying out savage murders.

As Newton Emerson calculated in this paper, the NIO was
paying the PUP at the rate of £1,350 a murder. Even so,
unionists are up in arms that the same proconsul has
decided to reinstate Sinn Fein's allowances because they
haven't been killing anyone. Have you noticed that not one
unionist has objected to the PUP receiving money while
their UVF mates carried out four murders and 15 attempted

Here's the really interesting point. No unionist has
noticed that either. They just can't see how sectarian
their position about loyalist terrorism is. It doesn't even
occur to them that there are double standards. Then why
should they, when the NIO gives the lead?

It's the one item where the British administration has been
consistent for 33 years. Their attitude and response to
loyalist terrorism has been to regard it as understandable,
misguided, a reaction to the IRA. This toleration of
loyalists is perhaps explicable because the UDA was largely
a creation of British intelligence which sustained it,
armed it, guided it and scandalously kept it legal until

Now that its creature has split into a monster with
multiple heads the NIO is at a loss what to do with it. Try
to pay it to go away?

Try to cultivate 'good' UDA leaders and jail 'bad' ones?

No chance.

Not with the judges we have who share the NIO's benign view
of loyalism.

What, then?

The NIO seems to have decided to contain them in the
districts they've already ruined and where they can only
turn on each other. Despite the DUP playing footsie with
these gangsters, anyone who votes there, votes DUP

Sir Reg has at last apparently copped on to that and
accepted Belfast's loyalist working class is a lost cause
for the UUP.


A Woman Who Found A Way To Write

By Maureen Dowd

MY mom always wanted to be a writer. In 1926, when she was
18, she applied for a job at The Washington Post. An editor
there told her that the characters she'd meet as a reporter
were far too shady for a nice young lady.

But someone who wants to write will find a way to write.
And someone who wants to change the world can do it without
a big platform or high-profile byline.

Besides raising five kids in high heels, my mom wrote with
a prolific verve that would have impressed one of her
idols, Abigail Adams.

In her distinct looping penmanship, learned from the nuns
at Holy Cross Academy in Washington, she regularly dashed
off missives to politicians. I'd often see form-letter
responses on her table from the White House or Congress.

She loved Ronald Reagan and when he landed in a firestorm,
she'd write to tell him to buck up. She also appreciated
Bill Clinton - his sunny style, his self-wounding
insecurity and his work on the Ireland peace process - and
would write to compliment him as well. (Literally catholic,
she liked both Monica and Hillary.)

She wrote to any member of Congress who made what she
considered the cardinal sin of referring to Edmund Burke as
a British, rather than Irish, statesman.

In 1995, after reading a newspaper analysis suggesting that
Al Gore was not sexy enough to run for president, Mom
swiftly dashed off a note reassuring the vice president
that he was sexy and that he'd done a great job as host of
Pope John Paul II's visit to Baltimore.

She carefully addressed it, "The Honorable Albert Gore Jr.,
Home of the Vice President, Observatory Circle; 37th Street
and Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C." The
letter was returned a few days later, stamped "Addressee

It was an omen.

She wrote her last name in black marker on the bottom of
the Tupperware she used to bring food to anyone in her
building or sodality or family who was under the weather or
having a party. On holidays, plates of food were always
handed out to those in the building who had to work or
might be lonely before she served her family.

When her dinner rolls stuffed with turkey and ham were
snapped up at my first cocktail party, as the expensive
catered cheese wheel and goose pâtés went untouched, she
told me with a smug smile: "Simplicity pays."

Mom - a woman who always carried a small bottle of Tabasco
in her purse - wrote out hundreds of recipes, adding
notations of her own, including Mamie Eisenhower's Million
Dollar Fudge (1955), which she deemed "Rich as Croesus, but
oh so good," Mrs. Nixon's Hot Chicken Salad and Barbara
Bush's High Fiber Bran Muffins.

In the middle of her recipe cards, she wrote down a quote
that appealed to her: "The Talmud says, If I am not for
myself, who will be? If I am only for myself, who am I? If
not now, when?"

When my mom still hoped I would transcend takeout, she'd
write away for booklets for me: "150 Favorite Pickle
Recipes From Iowa," "Confessions of a Kraut Lover" from
Empire State Pickling and "How to Cook With Budweiser,"
including a chocolate beer cake.

Without ever mentioning it to anyone, she constantly wrote
out a stream of very small checks from her police widow's
pension for children who were sick and poor.

She didn't limit her charity to poor kids. When 6-year-old
Al Gore III was struck by a car in 1989, she sent him a
get-well card and a crisp dollar bill. "Children like
getting a little treat when they're not feeling well," she

She had a column, "Under the Capitol Dome," in the National
Hibernian Digest. In 1972, she chronicled her debut, at 63,
as a protester.

After Bloody Sunday, when British soldiers fired on a
Catholic demonstration in Londonderry, Northern Ireland,
killing 13 people, Mom went to the Kennedy Center in
Washington to picket the British ambassador, who was going
to a performance of the Royal Scots Guards. She proudly
wore her green Irish tweed cape and waved a placard
reading, "Stop killing innocent civilians."

"The triumph of the evening," she wrote in her column, "was
when the British ambassador had to be taken in through a
basement door."

She wrote me relentlessly when I moved to New York in 1981
with everything from fashion tips ("Hang your necklaces
inside your blouse so your bra will catch them if the clasp
breaks") to strategy on breakups ("Put all his pictures in
a place you won't see them, preferably the trash") to
health tips ("I hope you will never take a drink when you
are unhappy. It would break my heart to think you had
become a jobless derelict, an easy prey for unscrupulous
men, me dead, and a family who held you in contempt because
you had tossed aside your beauty, youth and talent.").

Mom was not famous, but she was remarkable. Her library
included Oscar Wilde, Civil War chronicles, Irish history
and poetry books, as well as "Writing to the Point: Six
Basic Steps," and the 1979 "Ever Since Adam and Eve: The
Satisfactions of Housewifery and Motherhood in the Age of

As her friend Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor of The
New Republic, eulogized her last week: "She was venerable
without any of the fuss of venerability; worldly, but
thoroughly incorruptible; hilarious, but ruthlessly in
earnest; unexpected, but magnificently consistent; wicked,
but good. She could be skeptical and sentimental in the
very same moment. She set things right just by being in the
midst of them."

When I told her I was thinking of writing a memoir, she
dryly remarked, "Of whom?" And when reporters just starting
out asked her for advice about journalism, she replied
sagely: "Get on the front page a lot and use the word
'allegedly' a lot." The daughter of a manager of an Irish
bar named Meenehan's, with a side entrance marked Ladies'
Only, she grew up in a Washington that was still a small
Southern village with horses and carriages. As a child she
saw the last of the Civil War veterans marching in Memorial
Day parades, and as the wife of a D.C. police inspector she
made friends with her neighbor, Pop Seymour, the last
person alive who saw Lincoln shot at Ford's Theater. (He
was 5 and saw the president slump in his box.)

Intensely patriotic, a politics and history buff, in her
life she spanned the crash of the Titanic to the crash of
the twin towers, Teddy Roosevelt to W. One of her big
thrills came in 1990 when she went to the White House
Christmas party with me and President Bush gave her a kiss.
On the way home, she said to me in a steely voice, "I don't
ever want you to be mean to that man again."

As my mom lay in pain, at 97 her organs finally shutting
down, my sister asked her if she would like a highball.
Over the last six years, Mom had managed to get through
going into a wheelchair and losing her sight, all without
painkillers or antidepressants - just her usual evening
glass of bourbon and soda.

Her sense of taste was gone, and she could no longer speak,
but she nodded, game as ever, just to show us you can have
life even in death. We flavored her spoonful of ice chips
with bourbon, soon followed by a morphine chaser.

Peggy Dowd died last Sunday at 6:30 a.m. I'm not sure if
she was trying to keep breathing until the 8:30 a.m. Mass
for shut-ins or Tim Russert's "Meet the Press."

I just know that I will follow the advice she gave me in a
letter while I was in college, after I didn't get asked to
a Valentine's Day dance. She sent me a check for $15 and
told me to always buy something red if you're blue - a
lipstick, a dress.

"It will be your 'Red Badge of Courage,' " she wrote. And
courage was a subject the lady knew something about.

(Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for
distinguished commentary, became a columnist on The New
York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 after having served as a
correspondent in the paper's Washington bureau since 1986.
The above article first appeared in The New York Times )


She's All Eyes Brings
Fresh Approach to Memoirs

An exclusive Authorlink Interview
With Maura Conlon-Mcivor
author of She's All Eyes (Warner Books, 2005, previously
published as FBI Girl)

by Ellen Birkett Morris
November 2005

Writing a fresh, engaging memoir in an age of memoir is no
easy task, but Maura Conlon-McIvor makes it look easy.

She's All Eyes: Memoirs of an Irish-American Daughter
(Warner Books, 2005, previously published as FBI Girl)
tells the story of young Maura's attempt to understand her
silent father, FBI Special Agent Joe Conlon, and crack the
"code" he used to communicate with the family.

"The fact that my father was a secretive FBI agent lent
such an air of mystery to my childhood home. Yet, it was as
if he left crumbs for me to follow," said Conlon-McIvor.

The coming of age story paints a vivid picture of a young
girl growing up in suburban Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s.
Though outwardly quiet, Maura is full of curiosity that she
channels into reading Nancy Drew mysteries, devising
special agent wardrobes, and keeping a log for spying on
neighborhood vehicles. The story is made richer by turning
points that include the birth of her brother, Joey, whose
Down syndrome allows her father to find his affectionate
side, Maura's theater debut, which helps her find her own
voice, and the murder of a family member.

"As writers we do an archeological dig of sorts to find the
true story behind the silence. I learned that silence is
often a mask for trauma, the lack of ability to express
deep emotion. Silence was our family's code—all families
have their code," said Conlon-McIvor.

She began writing the book around five years ago, after her
father's death. She struggled with the first 100 pages. She
was writing the story in omniscient voice until the voice
of "child as narrator" emerged. "Bang. Bang. Bang. Strike
three. You're dead." She'd found her opening lines, her
narrator, and tapped into a font of material that fueled
her writing from that point forward.

"Writers need to realize that there is so much available to
us at those deeper levels of the mind. I realized that the
young girl was going to be our guide in that journey
(through childhood). She was going to take our hand and
lead us down the rabbit hole. The words came like a geyser
after that," said Conlon-McIvor.

She discovered the lure of writing at an early age. "I've
been writing since I was eight. I had an uncle, a
stereographer at the New York Post, who typeset a poem of
mine. I realized then the magic of words printed on the
page," said Conlon-McIvor.

Her personal turning point was when a drama teacher
encouraged her to act and she "found her own voice." As she
grew, Conlon-McIvor pursued studies that would give her the
tools needed to understand her family dynamic and to write
about it in an interesting way.

She received her B.A. in Communication Studies from The
University of Iowa, and her M.A. in Literature from Wake
Forest University, where she wrote on the Irish poets. She
holds a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate
Institute in Santa Barbara, California.

As a freelance journalist, she interviewed authors
including Alice Walker, Ernest Gaines and Leo Buscaglia, in
addition to writing features on issues such as drug and
alcohol abuse in professional sports and of her experience
teaching poetry to the chronically ill.

Though known for being shy as a child, she had found her
own voice and went from writing about others to writing
about her own experience.

"My silence as a child was synonymous with a burgeoning
curiosity. I was a sponge listening to the words, listening
between the sentences. I've found the quietest people often
have the most to say," said Conlon-McIvor. Her
observational skills are evident in scenes from She's All
Eyes, such as one at the dinner table where the effects of
her father's "hard edged silence" are palpable.

Her book was spurred by a gift her father gave her before
his death, his correspondence from bureau chief J. Edgar
Hoover. "Dad was a special agent for 27 years in the Los
Angeles area. And that's about all we knew growing up. When
I sat down and read his stash of letters, I found scribbled
all over them his wry observations about being in the FBI,
or his reflections about life in general. This gift was
typical of what he and I had shared all our lives—
communication wrapped in code. It was always my job to read
between the lines and uncover the real meaning. Perhaps my
father was like many of our fathers in that respect," said

A proponent of the work of psychologist Carl Jung, Conlon-
McIvor believes that the child archetype is a compelling
one for many people. "I believe the first fourteen years
are critical. That is when you experience so much of life
for the first time. I hope the child narrator in my She's
All Eyes reaches out to the child in all of us and connects
us to our own story," she noted.

Finding the right narrative voice made the writing "a
delight." Conlon-McIvor writes around twenty to twenty-five
hours a week and works without a written outline. It was a
process she described as following the images that led her
to the larger story.

She found having a critique group was helpful for "getting
out of a place of isolation, getting constructive feedback
from the group, and setting a deadline for myself."

"It is important to know when to join a group and when to
leave the group and trust your own inner eye," she noted.
She also suggests that all writers find a third party to
give their manuscripts a close read before sending them on
to an agent or editor.

"My best advice is to have your work be a work of art
before you worry about finding an agent," said Conlon-

She found her agent, Stephanie Kip Rostan of the Levine
Greenberg Literary Agency, through an editor friend who
served on a panel with Rostan at a literary conference.
Once the book sold to Warner Books, she worked with Editor
Beth DeGuzman, who suggested the book feature photographs
of the Conlon family. "Readers develop such intimate
relationships with the characters," Conlon quipped. "So
including photos made sense."

The silence now broken, Conlon-McIvor recalls the words of
Alice Walker, who she once interviewed. "She said the
mission of a writer is to go back and give voice to those
who are deemed irrelevant or nonproductive. There is a
sense of mission to all art."

Maura Conlon-McIvor is the author of the L.A. Times
bestseller She's All Eyes: Memoirs of an Irish-American
Daughter (previously published as FBI Girl). She is
currently working on a follow-up memoir. For more
information, visit:

Ellen Birkett Morris is an award-winning writer whose work
has appeared in national print and online publications
including The New York Times. She also writes for a number
of literary, regional, trade, and business publications,
and she has contributed to six published nonfiction books
in the trade press. Ellen is a regular contributor to
Authorlink, assigned to interview various New York Times
bestselling authors and first-time novelists.


Luas Derailment Adds To The Marathon Disruption

Joe Humphreys

Shoppers, bank holiday staff and city-dwellers struggling
to get around Dublin amid the marathon runners yesterday
suffered additional disruption due to a derailment on the
green Luas line.

A tram came off the tracks around Sandyford just after
11am, causing extensive delays for part of the afternoon.

Commuters were stranded at Luas stations for up to half an
hour at lunchtime, and when services resumed they were
limited to the route between Balally and St Stephen's

Extensive road closures and diversions left the city centre
largely traffic free for the day.

As ever, some city-dwellers complained about the disruption
caused by the marathon, citing the smaller than average
attendance in the city centre as evidence of an error in

However, a spokeswoman for the race organisers said the
drop in spectator numbers early yesterday was "completely
down to the weather".

Dismissing suggestions that the road closures had deterred
spectators from coming into the city, she said numbers had
increased in the afternoon when the sun came out.

"You will always get some people complaining but we would
direct them to the likes of London and New York, which are
much bigger cities, and their major thoroughfares are all
cut off for their marathons."

She said "a lot of the route" had been decided by the Garda
and Dublin City Council, and the latter had ruled O'Connell
Street off-limits for this year's race due to road works

She added: "It's just one day of the year and we would hope
most Dubliners would embrace it as a special occasion, and
an opportunity to showcase their city to the world."

Conor Faughnan, public affairs spokesman with the
Automobile Association, was also somewhat dismissive of
complainants - and not just because he had twice run the
marathon "many moons ago".

"We do need roads and transportation, but we have to
reflect on why we want to live in the city," he said.

"Yes, the marathon is inconvenient to an extent, but it's
very much part of the sporting and cultural fabric of the
city. And, if you think about it, a bank holiday Monday is
the ideal time for it."

Dublin Chamber of Commerce said it was also "very
supportive" of the event, not least because it brought
6,000 overseas runners to the city this year, along with
countless supporters.

A spokesman for the chamber said: "We did not get any
complaints from any of the stores around the city centre. I
don't think any of the retailers have been particularly put
out. And if they have, the bars and hotels will have
benefited instead."

© The Irish Times


Kilmainham Gaol Chairman Wants 1916 Relic Returned

Olivia Kelly

A relic of the 1916 Rising, expected to fetch more than
€20,000 at auction in Britain next month, should be donated
to Kilmainham Gaol Museum, the chairman of the museum has

The item, a finger-printing machine used to take prints
from the leaders of the Rising in Kilmainham Gaol before
their execution, is in private ownership and is due to be
auctioned at Ludlow Racecourse in England on December 14th.

Chairman of the museum's board of trustees Damien Cassidy
is calling on the owner, who is remaining anonymous, not to
go ahead with the auction and to give the machine back.
"This is an item of great historical importance and it
should not be anywhere other than the museum," he said.

The printing machine is contained within a wooden box
inscribed with the names of the 14 volunteers executed
after the Rising. In the centre of the box is a 70mm
calibre British shell engraved with a harp emblem. There is
also a dedication to all those who were killed during the

The machine was given to Rev Fr Augustine for safekeeping
after the War of Independence but later fell into private
hands. It is being auctioned by Mullock Madeley auctioneers
with a guide price of €20,000. A surrender letter
handwritten by Pádraig Pearse at the time of the rising
sold for €700,000 at auction in Dublin last May. It had a
guide price of €50,000 to €80,000.

Mr Cassidy, who unsuccessfully petitioned the State to buy
the Pearse letter, said the finger-printing machine was of
"at least equal importance to the Pearse letter". He said
"this haemorrhaging of our national treasures" had to stop.

© The Irish Times

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