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May 31, 2006

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05/31/06 – McAllister Running Out Of Asylum Time
PB 05/31/06 Irish Ex-Convict Quickly Running Out Of Time In Asylum Quest
SF 05/30/06 McGuinness Confirms Sinn Féin Participation In Committee
BT 05/31/06 All Parties Expected To Sign Up For Committee On Devolution
BB 05/30/06 Leading Loyalist Shot In Attack
SF 05/31/06 Haddock Shooting - Who Controls Loyalist Gangs?
BN 05/31/06 Haddock Shooting 'Highlights Need For Collusion Inquiry'
BN 05/31/06 UUP Under Fresh Pressure To Sever Links With PUP
BN 05/30/06 Dublin/Monaghan Bombings Inquiry Extended
BN 05/30/06 TV Hurled At Police In Belfast Attack
BN 05/30/06 Minister Upbeat Over Sellafield Ruling
SF 05/30/06 Sinn Féin To Respond To Launch Of Long Kesh Proposals
SF 05/31/06 Government Body Accused Of Supporting Partition
NL 05/31/06 Opin: Don't Blame The DUP
BT 05/31/06 Opin: In The Dock?
BT 05/31/06 Opin: Timing Is Still A Key Devolution Factor
BB 05/31/06 Loach Rebuts 'Anti-British' Claim

05/30/06 - No Evidence For Spy Story: McGuinness
UT 05/30/06 No Evidence For Spy Story: McGuinness
BB 05/30/06 Hain Challenges March Body Ruling
BB 05/30/06 NI Parties Move On Committee Plan
BT 05/30/06 DUP To Dodge Stormont Deadline
BT 05/30/06 The Assembly: Look Who's Talking
IN 05/30/06 Convictions Quashed
BB 05/30/06 Maze 'Masterplan' Being Launched
IT 05/30/06 EU Court: Ireland’s Sellafield Challenge Was Illegal
IT 05/30/06 Sellafield Ruling Disappointing But Expected - FG
RT 05/30/06 EU Court Scraps Air Data Transfer To US
BT 05/30/06 Opin: No Light Yet On The Assembly Horizon ...
IN 05/30/06 Opin: Exposing The Myths Of Power Sharing ‘Existence’
IN 05/30/06 Opin: Stormont 2-Step A Seedy Bid To Be Lord Of The Dance
BT 05/30/06 Opin: Government Must Respond To Spy Claim
BT 05/30/06 Opin: Shadowy World
IN 05/30/06 Opin: Sir Reg’s Remarks Signify A Sea Change
BT 05/30/06 'My Anger At Pal Being Left To Die On Everest'
IN 05/30/06 Actor Plans A Hooley At Home City Premiere

05/29/06 - Sinn Fein Demands Law Change On Former RUC Detectives
SF 05/29/06 Sinn Fein Demands Law Change On Former RUC Detectives
BT 05/29/06 Is Hain Marching Into Summer Of Discontent?
GU 05/30/06 Loyalists Blamed As Racist Attacks On Migrants Double
SF 05/29/06 Tyrone Ex-Pats Hope For End To US Limbo -Mc Elduff
BN 05/29/06 IRA Accused Was Member At 15, Court Hears
CB 05/29/06 Ahern Dismisses McGuinness Spy Claim
BT 05/29/06 A Key Player In Sinn Fein And The IRA For Over 30 Years
IT 05/30/06 Motives For IRA Murders Questioned
IM 05/29/06 McDowell Attacked By AOH & Mother & Child
BT 05/29/06 Opin: IRA Hawk Or MI6 Superspy?
CB 05/29/06 Opin: Sectarianism Alive And Well In Northern Ireland
IT 05/30/06 Opin: Davitt's Land Struggle Has Finally Been Lost
IT 05/30/06 Davitt Recalled As Great Humanitarian
IT 05/30/06 Dogs Banned From Clare Beaches

05/28/06 - Parties To Decide On Key Committee Role
IT 05/29/06 Parties To Decide On Key Committee Role
IT 05/29/06 More Time For Dublin Bombings Inquiry
TE 05/28/06 SF Denies Claim That McGuinness Spied For The British
BG 05/28/06 Mitchell Reiss: Our Man In Ireland
IT 05/29/06 Tributes Paid To Land League Founder
IT 05/29/05 Irish Lead Actor 'Absolutely Thrilled'
BN 05/28/06 Minister Hails Award-Winning Film
IT 05/29/06 Huge Stalactite On View To Public In Clare
IT 05/29/06 Maps Show Emigration Patterns Before Famine
IT 05/29/06 Eyre 'Plaza' Puts Galway Back In Business
IT 05/29/06 Eyre Square: What The Public Thinks

05/28/06 - Angry McCord Vows To Shun Hain
SL 05/28/06 Angry Mccord Vows To Shun Hain
SL 05/28/06 Loyalist 'Mr Big' The Brains Behind Botched Bank Bid
SL 05/28/06 UDA on brink of civil war
SL 05/28/06 Hermon Denies Plan To Quit UUP
SL 05/28/06 £10k Contract On Pal Of Slain Gerard Devlin
SL 05/28/06 Fr Troy Supports Best Plan For Kids
BN 05/28/06 Silent Tribute To Famine Victims
GU 05/27/06 Book: Seamus Heaney - The Mythmaker

05/28/06 - Opin: DUP Lead Us Out Of This
SL 05/28/06 Opin: Lead Us Out Of This

05/28/06 - McGuinness Is Not A British Spy - Sinn Féin
BN 05/28/06 McGuinness Is Not A British Spy - Sinn Féin
IM 05/28/06 Another MI6 Agent Exposed?
SL 01/29/06 FRU Man Prepared To Out Rogue Cops
SL 01/29/06 Book: 'One In Three Provos Was A British Agent'
SL 01/29/06 Dissidents Hit By Spy Claims
AP 02/15/06 Opin: Why Ireland Is Unfree

05/28/06 - British Mole In Murder Inquiry
ST 05/28/06 British Mole In Murder Inquiry
TP 05/28/06 IRA Spy Shock
ST 05/29/06 Stormont Effort Stalls
BN 05/28/06 Adams Angered At Museum Snub
ST 05/28/06 Barrett 'Living On Benefits In UK'
SB 05/28/06 High Risk Of Irish House-Price Crash
SB 05/28/06 Ireland: A Happy Nation
SB 05/28/06 Film Aims To Teach The World About Our Troubled History

05/27/06 - DUP Attitude 'Causing Confusion'
BB 05/27/06
DUP Attitude 'Causing Confusion'
AW 05/27/06
US Ambassador Pledges Investigation Of Mercenary Videos
DI 05/26/06
PSNI Sectarianism Figures Questioned
DI 05/26/06
SF Man Angry At Canada’s Refusal To Allow Him Entry
DI 05/26/06
Convicted DUP Man To Be Fired From DPP
BT 05/27/06
Shoukri Brothers Under Pressure
BT 05/27/06
Analysis: UDA Vote To Expel Boss From 'Inner Council'
DI 05/27/06
Opin: Poor Pete Will Get His Head Round Appntmnt Rules Yet
IT 05/27/06
Opin: Enough, Enough Of Stormont
BT 05/27/06
Ships Sail In To Take Part In European Sea Festival

05/26/06 - British May Put Assembly On Hold
EX 05/26/05 British May Put Assembly On Hold
EX 05/26/06 SDLP Accuses Britain Of Pandering To DUP
BN 05/25/06 Calls For Paisley To Engage In Preparations For Government
SF 05/25/06 SF Group Will Meet To Decide On Hain Committee Proposal
SF 05/26/06 Gerry Adams - Taoiseach Must Honour Commitments
BN 05/25/06 SF Mayor's Vow Over Canada Visit
CB 05/26/06 Former IRA Member Turned Back At The Border
EX 05/26/06 Memorial Planned For Loyalist Bomb Victims
BB 05/26/06 Man Admits Banned UDA Membership
BN 05/26/06 RTE To Mark McCabe Killing With Documentary
BB 05/26/06 Soccer Passport Move Sparks Anger
BN 05/25/06 Accused 'Was Wearing Óglaigh Tee-Shirt'
BN 05/25/06 Tánaiste Hints At Government Decentralisation Backdown
SP 05/26/06 Bk Rev: Bobby Sands Nothing But An Unfinished Song

05/25/06 - Observers Critiscise ‘Grotesque Anti-Catholic Displays’
BN 05/25/06 Observers Critiscise ‘Grotesque Anti-Catholic Displays’
BN 05/24/06 Orange Order Claim To Have Letter Of Support From Adams
SF 05/25/06 Gerry Adams Confirms Loyal Order Letters
BN 05/24/06 Minister Hails US Senate's Immigration Move

IM 05/24/06 Paid For Silence - Finucane Killer Serves 3 Of 22 Yr Term
SF 05/25/06 SF Calls To Organise Summit On Collusion With British PM
SF 05/25/06 British State Protecting Handlers And Agents
SF 05/25/06 Govt Must Push DUP To Address Sctrnsm Within Its Ranks
BN 05/25/06 Knife Amnesty In The North Runs Into Problems
SF 05/25/06 SF Mayor Contacts Canadian Embassy On Return To Ireland
IT 05/25/06 Irish Anti-Smoking Laws 'Toughest In Europe'
RT 05/25/06 Council Acts Against Cliffs Of Moher Traders
BN 05/25/06 New Yeats Exhibition To Open At National Library

05/24/06 - Int'l Obervers Denounce Sectarian Displays at Orange Marches

05/24/06 - Finucane Killer 'Still A Threat'
BB 05/24/06 Finucane Killer 'Still A Threat'
PF 05/24/06 Finucanes Respond To Release Of Ken Barrett
BB 05/24/06 Parades Solution Sought For Town
BB 05/24/06 Pair Injured In Shooting Attacks In Loyalist East Belfast
BB 05/24/06 Knife Amnesty Getting Under Way
SF 05/24/06 Adams In Contact With Congress Re: US Undocumented Irish
NH 05/24/06 SF Out Of Touch With Grassroots — Ex-Prisoner
BT 05/24/06 Footballers Caught In 'Sectarian' Storm
BB 05/24/06 Goat Slaughter Alarms Neighbours

05/23/06 - Paisley Causes Stir At Stormont
BB 05/23/06 Paisley Causes Stir At Stormont
SF 05/23/06 Sinn Féin Comment On Release Of British Agent Ken Barrett
BN 05/23/06 SF & SDLP Angered By Hain’s Appeal On Commission Appntmnts
IN 05/23/06 SDLP: Human Rights Abusers Should Be Thrown Out Of Army
GU 05/23/06 Opin: The Reverend's Reason
IN 05/23/06 Opin: NIO Neglects Concepts Of Equality And Openness
IT 05/23/06 Chapter One Named Ireland's Best Restaurant
IT 05/23/06 Under-Age Sex Law 'Unconstitutional' - Supreme Court

05/23/06 - Ken Barrett is Released

05/23/06 - Hain To Fight Parade Commission Ruling
BB 05/23/06 Hain To Fight Parade Commission Ruling
SF 05/23/06 Hain Should Not Appeal & Appoint Impartial Commissioners
BT 05/23/06 Don't Blame The Referee
BT 05/23/06 They Prayed ... But Assembly Meeting Lasts Just 14 Minutes
BB 05/23/06 DUP Rejects First Minister Post
BB 05/23/06 Devolution Committee Being Set Up
SF 05/23/06 Hain’s Proposal Judged On Ability To Return Executive
SF 05/23/06 SF Will Not Take Part In Talking Shop Debates
BB 05/23/06 Settlement In Bloody Sunday Libel
BT 05/23/06 Mother Of UDA Victim Tells Of Disgust At Cemetery Thugs
BN 05/23/06 'Love Ulster' Accused Also Facing Assault Charge
IT 05/23/06 Ahern To Lobby In US Over Illegal Immigrants
IT 05/23/06 Immigration Fears May Halt March Of New York Hurlers
BT 05/23/06 Hatchet Gang In Attack On Polish Family In Unionist Area
BT 05/23/06 Homophobic Motive Suspected For Paint Attack On Man's Flat
IT 05/23/06 Guidebook Criticises Ireland As 'Backward' On Racism
IT 05/23/06 Tourism Chief Accuses Book Of 'Cheap Shot'
RT 05/23/06 Amnesty Concerns Over Use Of Shannon Airport
IC 05/23/06 Half Million Wasted: SF
IC 05/23/06 Opin: Hain Leadership Contaminated
IM 05/23/06 Memorial To Murdered Men Unveiled

05/22/06 - Adams Challenges DUP As Assembly Reconvenes
IT 05/22/06 Adams Challenges DUP As Assembly Reconvenes
SF 05/22/06 SF Accuses PSNI Of Propaganda At Commemoration
DI 05/22/06 Mr Blair, Say Sorry Before It’s Too Late
DI 05/22/06 Envoy Says US Must End Its Isolationism
RT 05/22/06 McAleese Denies Scaling Back Of Work
UN 05/22/06 Conradh Na Gaeilge Slams FG’s Irish Language Proposals
DI 05/19/06 Striker’s Activist Legacy And ‘Full Of Life’ Nature Still
DI 05/19/06 O’Hara Determined To Let The Fight Go On
DI 05/19/06 Hunger Strikes History On Sale
DI 05/19/06 Ervine Third Choice Of UUP
PL 05/22/06 “Cholly" Shields: Irish Pubs Lauded
BN 05/22/06 Belfast City Airport To Be Renamed After George Best
DI 05/22/06 Cash Machine Double Payout Leads To Chaos

05/21/06 - Death In Dublin Of Richard McIlkenny Of Birmingham Six
IT 05/22/06 Death In Dublin Of Richard McIlkenny Of Birmingham Six
SF 05/21/06 Adams Sets Out SF Plan To Elect 1st & Deputy Ministers
BB 05/21/06 DUP To Reject First Minister Vote
SF 05/21/06 Demands For Truth For Those Killed Because Of Collusion
BB 05/21/06 Parade Body 'Should Be Re-Formed'
ST 05/21/06 Devolution Committee To Be Formed
SL 05/21/06 Alliance In Sinn Fein Or Unionist Lord Mayor Dilemma
BN 05/21/06 Empey Confirms Talks On Strengthening Position
SL 05/21/06 I Understand Reg's Decision Says Trimble
SL 05/21/06 Paisley Criticised Over Refusal To Meet Father
BT 05/20/06 Jean McBride To Meet US Officials
DF 05/21/06 Immigration Activists Organize For Face-To-Face Lobbying
IP 05/21/06 INA Members Left San Diego With Renewed Confidence
SL 05/21/06 Frazer To Pursue Border Fox Case
SL 05/21/06 Scap Spied At Seaside Resort
SC 05/21/06 First Minister Visiting Northern Ireland
BB 05/21/06 Police Attacked By Stone Throwers
SL 05/21/06 Opin: Lynda Gilby - Straight Talking
SL 05/21/06 Anatomy Of A £26.5m Heist
WG 05/21/06 Black 47's Larry Kirwan
BN 05/21/06 Prof McAleese To Be Conferred With Notre Dame Degree
IM 05/21/06 Review Of "Ruairí Ó Brádaigh: Life Of A Revolutionary."

05/20/06 - O’Loan Rebuts Paisley Claims
IN 05/20/06 O’Loan Rebuts Paisley Claims
BB 05/20/06 Empey Plans More Assembly Moves
IN 05/20/06 Hain Making ‘Shambles’ Of Parades Commission
IN 05/20/06 New Boundaries Will Impact On Assembly
IN 05/20/06 Graffiti Attacks Former IRA Prisoner
IN 05/20/06 Adair Has Lucrative Five-Figure Book Deal
IT 05/20/06 Campaigners Press For Sellafield Closure
BB 05/20/06 "Tapping Up" In Halls Of Stormont
IN 05/20/06 Opin: Courageous Invitation A Challenge To Paisley
IN 05/20/06 Opin: Condemnation On Its Own Is Never Enough
IN 05/20/06 Opin: Catholic Rights Are Secondary To Unionist Needs
IN 05/20/06 Opin: Cunning Plan Is ‘Assisted Suicide’ For UUP
IN 05/20/06 Opin: Scrambled Principles Leave Egg On UUP Face
IT 05/20/06 Ireland Lays Claim To Potentially Oil-Rich Seas
IN 05/20/06 Fresh Efforts To Lure Elusive Corncrake To Rathlin Island
IN 05/20/06 Irish Civil War Flick At Cannes

05/19/06 – Jean Mc Bride To Raise Iraq Contract With US Envoy
TE 05/19/06 Jean Mc Bride To Raise Iraq Contract With US Envoy
SF 05/19/06 Republicans Mark Annvrsry Of McCreesh & O'Hara
RT 05/19/06 Soldiers Banned From Ballymena Bars

05/19/06 - Court Overturns Orangeman's Job On Parade Body
IT 05/19/06 Court Overturns Orangeman's Job On Parade Body
SF 05/19/06 Parades Judgement An Indictment On Peter Hain
IT 05/19/06 US House Of Representatives Urges Finucane Inquiry
SF 05/19/06 House Call On Pat Finucane Murder Welcomed
SF 05/19/06 Crowe Urges Support For Undocumented Irish
IT 05/19/06 Families Of Illegal Irish In US Urged To Lobby
BT 05/19/06 Relatives Of UVF Victim In Fight For Justice
BT 05/19/06 M15 Switch Won't Hinder Fight Against Crime, Says Orde
DJ 05/19/06 Sectarianism: It's Not Both Sides
IT 05/19/06 Policing Board Rejects British Proposals
BB 05/19/06 Website 'Inciting Trimble Murder'
BN 05/19/06 Ahern Pays Tribute To Spanish Civil War Hero
IT 05/19/06 Opinion Poll Shows Fine Gael Gaining Ground
IT 05/16/06 Sad Day As Fruit Of The Loom Closes Its Doors In Buncrana

05/18/06 - Text of Finucane Bill Passed by Congress

05/18/06 - Alliance Party Leader To Ask About UUP Sanctions
BN 05/18/06 Alliance Party Leader To Ask About UUP Sanctions
BB 05/18/06 UUP 'Made Right Move Over Ervine'
BN 05/18/06 Petition Seeks To Record Stories Of Illegal Irish In US
RT 05/18/06 'Seeds Of Hope' For US Undocumented
SF 05/18/06 SF Will Play No Part In Assembly Charade
BB 05/18/06 Electoral Boundaries Map Redrawn
BB 05/18/06 Orangeman Reference Move 'Naive'
SF 05/18/06 McGuinness - We Must Unite Against Sectarian Hatred
BT 05/18/06 Opin: UUP's Indecent Haste In Signing Up The PUP
BT 05/18/06 Opin: Hain Must Clean Up His Parades Mess
BN 05/18/06 Sale Could Have Galway Landmark Replaced By Mediocrity
BN 05/18/06 RTÉ Attracts Vatican Ire Over Actress In Bishop’s Clothes
RT 05/18/06 Spanish Civil War Veteran Dies Aged 88
SF 05/18/06 Adams Expresses Condolences To Family Of Micheal O'Riordan

05/17/06 - UUP’s MP 'Distressed' Over Ervine Move
BB 05/17/06 UUP’s MP 'Distressed' Over Ervine Move
BB 05/17/06 'Sectarian' Victim Laid To Rest
BT 05/17/06 Wright Probe 'May Not Open For Years'
SF 05/17/06 Funding For IMC A "Grotesque Abuse Of Taxpayers Money"
BB 05/17/06 23 Admit Parade Rioting Charges
BN 05/17/06 North: New Borders Planned For 12 Constituencies
BN 05/17/06 UN Commission Offers To Intervene In Hunger Strike Row
SF 05/17/06 UN Intervention In Afghan Hunger Strike Welcomed

05/17/06 - Mourners Attacked by Loyalists at Ballymena Funeral

05/17/06 - Sea Of Tears As Schoolboy's Funeral Takes Place
BT 05/17/06 Sea Of Tears As Schoolboy's Funeral Takes Place
BB 05/17/06 Orangeman 'Must Leave' March Body
SF 05/17/06 Pat Doherty To Hold London Briefings On Sinn Féin Approach
SF 05/17/06 SDLP In Debates Giving Comfort To DUP Rejectionists
BT 05/17/06 UUP Deny Deal To Bring Fringe Loyalist In From The Cold
BN 05/17/06 Families Mark Anniversary Of Dublin/Monaghan Bombs
IA 05/17/06 ILIR To Lobby Congress
BT 05/17/06 Opin: Big Issue Still Centres On Attitudes Towards Police
BT 05/17/06 Roads Campaign Launched
BN 05/17/06 Mini-Tornado Causes Panic In Co Donegal
BN 05/17/06 McAleese Pays Homage To First President

05/16/06 - Finucane Killer Could Be Released
BB 05/16/06 Finucane Killer Could Be Released
BB 05/16/06 Orangeman To Leave Parades Body
SF 05/16/06 Parades Commission Rapidly Descending Into A Shambles
BB 05/16/06 UVF Told To 'Catch Up' On Crime
BN 05/16/06 Lobby Group For Undocumented Irish Gets €38k Boost
NL 05/16/06 Immigration Advocates Travel To Washington
BN 05/16/06 Taoiseach: Govt Will Not Give In To Hunger-Strikers
SF 05/16/06 Retired Police Must Be Held To Account Says Sinn Féin
BN 05/16/06 Political Parties Received €12m From Taxpayers
BB 05/16/06 May 17, 1974: Dublin And Monaghan Bomb Kills 23
BT 05/16/06 Ballymena: The Town I Loved So Well
IT 05/17/06 Blair Puts Nuclear Power Plants Back On Agenda
BN 05/16/06 Group Claims Ireland Has Worst EU Poverty Rate
BB 05/16/06 Playground Named After Mo Mowlam
YA 05/16/06 And The World's Loneliest Web Users Are..
IT 05/17/06 Irish Playwrights Nominated For Tony Awards

05/16/06 - Partys Debate But Without Sinn Fein

05/16/06 - Reprisal Fears Over Boy's Murder
BB 05/16/06 Reprisal Fears Over Boy's Murder
SF 05/16/06 Nationalists Angry At Ballymena PSNI Chief Comments
SF 05/16/06 Appeal To Business To Use Influence To Return Executive
IT 05/16/06 Hain Calls For End To UVF Paramilitary Activities
BB 05/16/06 Cash To Revitalise City Streets

05/15/06 - NI Politicians Return To Stormont
BB 05/15/06 NI Politicians Return To Stormont
BT 05/15/06 Assembly Meets But Outlook Is Unsettled
IT 05/16/06 Ulster Is Saying Grow Up Or Get Off The Stage
HS 05/15/06 Can 'Dr. No' Squeeze Out A 'Yes'?
BN 05/15/06 Paisley Ultimatum As Assembly Meets
SF 05/15/06 De Brún Tells EU That SF Won't Accept Watered Down Assembly
IN 05/15/06 Collusion - Frmr Politician Talks About Life In UDA, UDR & RUC
BB 05/15/06 Crowd In Tribute To Murdered Boy
BB 05/15/06 'Tension High' After Boy's Murder
IN 05/15/06 Father Blames UDA For Beating
BB 05/15/06 SDLP Angry At Hain Over Parades
BB 05/15/06 Row As Ervine Joins UUP Grouping
SF 05/15/06 SF Welcomes That British Troops Have Vacated Mountain Post
SF 05/15/06 Sellafield - Still A Danger
IT 05/16/06 Suspected 'Real IRA'' Man Arrested In Spain
UT 05/15/06 Ahern Hopeful On US Immigration Reform
IN 05/15/06 Opin: SDLP Seems Too Eager For Government Scraps
CF 05/15/06 Opin: Theatre Of Hope
IM 05/15/06 Opin: Connolly Column 70th Anniversary
HC 05/15/06 Delta Adds 2 Trans-Atlantic Routes
BT 05/15/06 A Visit To Ireland's Ashford Castle
IT 05/16/06 Joyce Collection Among The Most Personal Yet Found

05/15/06 - Ahern Says Progress Is Essential
BB 05/14/06 Ahern Says Progress Is Essential
SF 05/14/06 McGuinness - Make Or Break Time For Political Institutions
IT 05/15/06 New Assembly Gathers For First Time
IT 05/15/06 Ahern Calls On SF To Clarify Position On Policing
BT 05/15/06 Parades Body Rocked By New Reference Scandal
SL 05/14/06 LVF Guns Could Trigger UDA Feud
SL 05/14/06 Hung Out To Die!
BT 05/15/06 Loyalist Website Revels In Abuse About Teen Murder Victim
BN 05/15/06 Two More Teens Charged In Relation To Ballymena Murder
BT 05/15/06 Car 'Hit By Debris From Helicopter'
BT 05/15/06 Opin: Our Parties Must Stand And Deliver
IT 05/15/06 Opin: The Recall Of The Assembly
SL 05/14/06 Opin: Remember Those Who Died Inside AND Outside Maze
SF 05/14/06 Gerry Adams Unveils Mural In Memory Of James Connolly
BN 05/14/06 Haughey Hailed For 'Courageous Decisions'
IT 05/15/06 War Of Indpndnce Vets & Spouses Receive 50% Pension Boost
IT 05/15/06 FF Faithful Remember Earliest Days
SL 05/14/06 Flatley's Show Accused Of Insulting Unionists

05/14/06 - DUP 'Has Hamstrung Assembly From The Outset'
SL 05/14/06 DUP 'Has Hamstrung Assembly From The Outset'
IT 05/13/06 Paisley Says Progress Hinges On SF Support For Police
BN 05/12/06 SDLP And DUP Clash Over Paisley's Legacy
BN 05/13/06 Unionist Move Robs Sinn Féin Of Ministry
BN 05/13/06 SF Anger At Unionist Moves Over Assembly
SL 05/14/06 Decision Time On Fate Of Shoukris
BB 05/14/06 Eames Says Learn To Live Together
GU 05/14/06 Hunger Strike Plates Anger Maze Families
IT 05/13/06 Two More Held In Ballymena Murder Inquiry
SL 05/14/06 Thomas Devlin's Mum Offers Support To Michael's Parents
SB 05/14/06 Where Peace Has Made No Progress
BN 05/13/06 SF Calls For Health Care Crisis Protests
NY 05/14/06 A Flag Not Everyone Is Rallying Around
IN 05/13/06 Opin: Women’s Coalition: Departing With Dignity, As Ever
NH 05/13/06 Opin: Evidence 'Final Proof' For Nationalists
NH 05/13/06 Opin: One Man's Collusion, Anothers Anti-Terror Activity
IN 05/13/06 Historic Guns Will Once Again Adorn City Walls
IT 05/13/06 Armed Robbery At Abbeyleix Jewellery Shop
IM 05/14/06 Christy Moore To Lead Annual AfriFamine Walk In Mayo

05/12/06 - No Heaven for Catholics says DUP Man

05/12/06 - New Deputy Speakers For Assembly
BB 05/11/06 New Deputy Speakers For Assembly
BT 05/12/06 Berry May Have Key Role To Play
SF 05/12/06 Concern Expressed At Apparent SDLP Assembly U-Turn
SF 05/12/06 Adams Speaks To Taoiseach In Advance Of Assembly
BB 05/12/06 Condolence Book For Murdered Teen
SF 05/12/06 Cycle Of Young Catholics Being Murdered Must End
BN 05/12/06 Teenage Girls Arrested Over Sectarian Death Threats
SF 05/11/06 Republicans Take Steps To Ease Tension In Ballymena
SF 05/12/06 Martin McGuinness Urges Support For Francis Hughes Events
BN 05/12/06 SDLP Slams UUP Peer's Outburst
SF 05/11/06 Sinn Féin Move To Reduce Sectarian Tension In Garvagh
BB 05/12/06 Checkpoint Death 'Self Defence'
BB 05/12/06 Call For Inquiry On 'Report Leak'
BB 05/11/06 Bloody Sunday Report 'Next Year'
BT 05/12/06 SDLP Referee Not A Factor In Decision: Hain
SF 05/12/06 Gerry Kelly To Meet Police Ombudsman
BB 05/11/06 US Government In Website Pledge
BN 05/12/06 IRA Members' Appeal Attempt Fails
SF 05/12/06 SF To Mark 90th Anniversary Of James Connolly's Execution
IT 05/12/06 Higgins Pays Tribute To Connolly And His Legacy In Labour
IT 05/12/06 Markievicz Group Among Objectors To Housing Plan
BN 05/12/06 High Court Considers Parades Commission Appointments
IT 05/12/06 Opin: Sectarian Divide Has Not Healed
IT 05/11/06 Opin: Hain - GFA 'Remains The Only Show In Town'
BB 05/12/06 Boy Hurt In City Pit Bull Attack
BB 05/11/06 Jason Smurfit Burnt To Death
RT 05/11/06 Actor & Broadcaster Ó Dúill Dies At 70
IT 05/12/06 Pupils Form Guard Of Honour At Teacher's Removal
IT 05/12/06 €50m Kilronan Castle Hotel & Holiday Homes Given Go-Ahead
BN 05/12/06 Tributes Paid To Former Tánaiste Michael O'Leary

05/11/06 - McAllister Family: Support, Don't Deport

05/11/06 - Grief & Fear: Ballymena Isn’t Safe For Catholics
DI 05/10/06 Grief & Fear: Ballymena Isn’t Safe For Catholics
DI 05/10/06 Loyalists Target Young
BN 05/10/06 McGuinness Makes Anti-Sectarianism Plea
BB 05/10/06 Vigil Held For Murdered Schoolboy
BB 05/10/06 Teens Charged With Murdering Boy
BN 05/10/06 Loyalists Pledge To Continue Anti-Sectarian Drive
IT 05/11/06 Man In Belfast Court After Machine-Gun Seized
BN 05/10/06 Hain: SF Face No Extra Hurdles On Policing
IT 05/11/06 Paisley Nomination By Adams Labelled 'Gimmick' By DUP
SF 05/11/06 Francie Molloy Put Forward For Deputy Speaker
BT 05/10/06 O'Loan Gets Legal Threat
IP 05/10/06 Monastery Flats To House Homeless
BB 05/10/06 Opponents Of 11-Plus Take Stand
BN 05/11/06 Omagh Victims Meet US Consul In Website Battle
IN 05/10/06 Shoukri Pockets £17k From Peace Fund
DI 05/10/06 Nationalist Fury At Land Grant For UDR Memorial
IT 05/11/06 Opin: Policing Is Capable Of Being Resolved - Adams
DI 05/10/06 Opin: Morrison - Out Of The H-Blocks Came Determination
BL 05/10/06 Opin: And Now They Come For The Irish!!!!!!
IN 05/10/06 Opin: Tragic Period Clouded By ‘Set Of Proposals’
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JW 05/10/06 90 Years Later, Life Of One Irish Jew

05/10/06 - Mother Grieves For Murdered Teenage Son
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IT 05/10/06 They Shook Their Heads As They Read The Tributes
IT 05/10/06 Bebo Website: Threats To Michael's Killers
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BB 05/10/06 House Attacked With Petrol Bomb
BB 05/10/06 Adams Backs Paisley For Top Role
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IT 05/10/06 Potential Republican Terror Attacks 'Foiled' - Conroy
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IT 05/10/06 Ahern's Views On Policing 'Bizarre', Says Rabbitte
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IT 03/10/06 Vintners Oppose Opening On Good Friday

05/09/06 - Don’t Let This Happen Again Plead Murdered Boy’s Family
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BT 05/09/06 Now It's Murder
SF 05/09/06 Ballymena Murder Motivated By Anti-Catholic Hatred
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BB 05/09/06 Murder Probe As Attacked Boy Dies
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BB 05/09/06 Shooting Findings To Be Published
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BT 05/09/06 Village Set To Undergo A 'Mural Regeneration'
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DI 05/09/06 Opin: Paying The Price Of Bitter Intolerance
IN 05/09/06 Opin: Hasten The Day When Councils Are Replaced
IN 05/09/06 Opin: Take Your Stormont Seats Now Or The Wallet Gets It
BT 05/09/06 Opin: Border Fuels The Good Life
IN 05/09/06 Opin: Time Will Judge Success Of IRA’s Search For Power
IN 05/09/06 Opin: Blanketmen Were Neither Christ-Like Or In Nazi Camp
IN 05/09/06 Opin: A Little Ask Of Those Who Have Endured The Most
IN 05/09/06 Opin: Blame Game Ends By Admitting Mistakes
DI 05/09/06 Opin: There’s A Sinister Hush Over Collusion Evidence
IN 05/09/06 Opin: Protagonists Need To Put Houses In Order
IN 05/09/06 Opin: Hub-Bub Over Illegals Is Reaching Crescendo
BN 05/09/06 Five Irish Beaches Fail To Meet Minimum EU Standards
BN 05/09/06 Ahern Has Third-Highest Salary Among EU Prime Ministers

05/08/06 - UDR Brothers Faced Previous Bombing Charge
SB 05/07/06 UDR Brothers Faced Previous Bombing Charge
SL 05/07/06 Orange Brief On Assault Charge
SF 05/08/06 DUP Cannot Ignore Responsibility For Ballymena Conditions
BN 05/08/06 Adams In Plea To Unionists Over Summer Marching Season
BB 05/08/06 Lords Pass Assembly Legislation
BN 05/08/06 North Gets New Ministers In Blair Reshuffle
IT 05/08/06 Opin: Policing Issue Will Not Be A Pre-Condition For Deal
BT 05/08/06 Belfast Safe? We've Been Robbed, Then Burgled
IT 05/08/06 Australian Prime Minister To Visit Ireland
IT 05/08/06 600 Rural Pubs Closed In Past Two Years - VFI
IT 05/08/06 15,000 Expected To Travel For Keane Testimonial
IT 05/08/06 Mystery Plaque To Be Taken Down At O'Connell Bridge
MO 05/08/06 Film: The Wind That Shakes The Barley
MN 05/08/06 Fr Mychal Judge: "The Saint Of 9/11"
CP 05/08/06 Political Prisoners' Resistance From Ireland To Gitmo

05/08/06 - Beaten Teenager Dies In Hospital
BB 05/08/06 Beaten Teenager Dies In Hospital

05/08/06 - Four Held Over Sectarian Assault
RT 05/08/06 Four Held Over Sectarian Assault
SF 05/07/06 Masonary Falls Onto Homes From British Army Helicopter
BT 05/08/06 Harryville's Red, White And Blue Kerbs Removed
BN 05/08/06 Spanish Police Arrest Suspected Real IRA Smuggling Gang
BT 05/08/06 Anger At 'Real IRA Smuggling Links'
DR 05/08/06 'Mad Dog': I'm Looking For Peace
NH 05/08/06 Protest Which Saw 65 Deaths Turning Point In Irish History
BT 05/08/06 Opin: The Telling Lesson Of The Hunger Strike

05/07/06 – British Knew Of Loyalist Collusion
SB 05/07/06 British Knew Of Loyalist Collusion
BB 05/07/06 Gang 'Should Turn Themselves In'
BB 05/07/06 Alert Fails To Halt Prison Honour
BN 05/07/06 Spanish Police Arrest Suspected Real IRA Smuggling Gang
IT 05/07/06 McDowell Confirms Suspensions About Prison Officers Suspension
IT 05/07/06 2 Irish Arrested In US Over Immigrant Ring
IE 05/07/06 Mega Moment
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BN 05/06/06 Call For Tribute For Famine Victims
IT 05/06/06 Friel's 'Faith Healer' Opens On Broadway To Standing Ovations

05/05/06 - Republicans Recall Hunger Strike
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SF 05/05/06 Dublin Gather To Mark 25th Annvrsry Of Sands’ Death
TJ 05/05/06 25 Yrs Later, Irish Hunger Strikers Deaths Still Resonate
SF 05/05/06 Irish Republicans Face The Future With Confidence
BN 05/05/06 Unionists Furious At Hunger Strike 'Jamboree'
IT 05/05/06 Shell Apologises Over Jailing Of Five Mayo Men
BB 05/05/06 Hain Unaffected By PM's Reshuffle
IT 05/05/06 McDonnell Urges Blair To Meet Father Of UVF Victim
BB 05/05/06 Ex-Wife Pays Husband's LVF Debt
BB 05/05/06 DUP: Charities 'Launder Dirty Money'
BN 05/05/06 Irish 9/11 Victim's Family Welcomes Life Sentence
BN 05/05/06 Scottish Students Flying Into Prostitution - Gardaí

05/02/06 - Injuries & Arrests After Loyalists Damage Mural
BB 05/02/06 Injuries & Arrests After Loyalists Damage Mural
IN 05/02/06 Collusion: Subversion In The UDR
BT 05/02/06 Ingram Rejects Fund To Aid UDR Families
IT 05/02/06 Day Of Protest By Illegals In US Closes Many Businesses
IT 05/02/06 Ahern Urges Sinn Féin And DUP To 'Engage'
BM 05/02/06 Ahern And Hain To Discuss Next Phase In Peace Process
BB 05/02/06 Loyal Orders And SDLP Set To Meet
BN 05/02/06 Masked Gang Shoots Man In Legs
IM 05/02/06 Remembering Bobby Sands
IM 05/02/06 Tyrone Hunger Striker To Take Part In 1981 Debate
BT 05/02/06 Opin: Truth About Hunger Strike Must Emerge
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IN 05/02/06 Opin: Potency Of Post-Conflict Policing Is Paramount
IN 05/02/06 Opin: History Will Be Truest Judge Of Peacemakers
IN 05/02/06 Opin: A Few Bad Apples Don’t Make A Bad Barrel
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BT 05/02/06 September 11: The Horror Unfolds
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IT 05/02/06 Airstrip To Be Built On Inishbofin Island
IT 05/02/06 Guinness Heir Browne To Sell Irish Art Collection

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McAllister Running Out of Asylum Time

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PB 05/31/06 Irish Ex-Convict Quickly Running Out Of Time In Asylum Quest
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Irish Ex-Convict Quickly Running Out Of Time In Asylum Quest

By Matthew Verrinder
The Associated Press May 30, 2006 4:41 PM

NEWARK, N.J. - A New Jersey stone mason branded a terrorist
by the United States government for a 25-year-old assault
on a police officer in Northern Ireland is hoping two
congressmen can help halt his impending deportation.

Malachy McAllister, 48, was imprisoned in the United
Kingdom for being a masked lookout in a 1981 ambush that
wounded a Royal Ulster Constabulary officer outside a
Belfast pub. In April, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals cited the conviction in denying the asylum plea of
McAllister and his two teen children.

On Thursday, a court-ordered delay of McAllister's
deportation expires; Homeland Security Department officials
say they will not immediately throw him out of the country.

"I'm at the mercy of Homeland Security," McAllister said
recently while attending a gathering of Irish-American
officials in New York City. "We would just like to
disappear into anonymity, but we can't. If they come for
us, they come for us. We can't do anything about that."

McAllister, a former member of the Irish National
Liberation Army, which opposed British rule in Northern
Ireland, served more than three years in prison for the

In 1988, after his release, masked British loyalists armed
with assault rifles stormed his Belfast home and fired 26
rounds, narrowly missing his mother-in-law and children.
Within weeks he took his family and fled, first to Canada
before settling in Wallington, a working-class suburb 15
miles west of New York City, in 1996.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Jamie Zuieback said the
agency won't schedule McAllister's deportation until July
10, a three-month window after the federal appeals court's
ruling so he can exhaust any appeals to the Supreme Court.

McAllister's supporters doubt an appeal to the U.S. Supreme
Court will work, and are instead seeking help through
Congress and the Bush administration.

Rep. Steve Rothman, D-N.J., is pushing a bill to allow the
family to stay. Meanwhile, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who is
chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has sent
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff a letter
lobbying for the family to stay and said they would face
harm if sent back.

"He was targeted in Northern Ireland," King said. "There is
a threat to his life and his family's if they go back."

McAllister, who admits to his crimes with the INLA but
contends they were committed during a civil war, not as an
act of terrorism, said he was considering hiring a video
company to film him in daily life - cooking dinner or
driving daughter Nicola to college classes - so he can send
it to Homeland Security to show he's not a threat.

McAllister was ordered deported in late 2003, and two days
later Homeland Security agents came for him, but he had
already left for work. The agents staked out his house for
days, but McAllister stayed away and was able to remain in
the country after the federal appeals court agreed to hear
his case.

McAllister's lawyers argued to the court that the
definition of a terrorist was unconstitutionally broad and

"The definition includes a great deal of conduct, but all
of this conduct could reasonably constitute terroristic
activities," Judge Jane R. Roth wrote in the ruling.

Given a choice of fleeing or being deported, McAllister
said he has no intention other than "obeying the law and
accepting the circumstances."

But he questions the logic of being returned to a homeland
where danger lurks.

"What does sending me back prove? My family and I are no
threat to the security of the United States," McAllister
said. "Every day my options are getting slimmer and


McGuinness Confirms Sinn Féin Participation In Committee

Published: 30 May, 2006

Speaking after a meeting of the Sinn Féin Assembly group in
Stormont this morning, the party Chief Negotiator Martin
McGuinness confirmed that his party would participate in
the committee proposed by Peter Hain to prepare for the
restoration of the Good Friday Agreement political

Mr McGuinness said:

"The only reason Sinn Féin is playing any role in the Hain
Assembly is to deliver a power-sharing Executive.

"With this as our central focus, Sinn Fein will attend the
meeting of the Preparation for Government Committee next
Tuesday. Real work needs to be done to prepare for the
restoration of the political institutions. Sinn Fein will
participate in this committee with the intention of
urgently completing this work.

"We will not be involved in a talking shop either in the
Assembly or in this committee. The key question remains
however, whether or not the DUP are prepared to engage
positively. If they are, this committee could achieve early
progress. But if the DUP remain in rejectionist mode, then
the rest of us need to move on with the implementation of
all other aspects of the Good Friday Agreement." ENDS


All Parties Expected To Sign Up For Committee On Devolution

By Noel McAdam
31 May 2006

The SDLP has warned the Government's 'set up Stormont'
committee could be used by the DUP to block devolution -
but has said it will take part. Sinn Fein said it will be
there too - but called on the DUP to attend.

Alliance will also take part in the 'task force' - but
voiced concerns the committee won't be able to do its work.
The DUP has yet to make a decision but is expected to
attend, and the UUP will almost certainly be there.

The Preparation for Government Committee, to be chaired by
Assembly speaker Eileen Bell, is to meet on Tuesday.

But SDLP leader Mark Durkan said he was concerned over
Secretary of State Peter Hain's suggestion that talks would
be with the governments and not between parties on the

He said he feared the committee could be used 'to set
preconditions for the restoration of the Agreement's


Leading Loyalist Shot In Attack

Leading Ulster Volunteer Force paramilitary Mark Haddock is
critical after being shot in County Antrim.

The attack happened just before 1600 BST near Mossley Mill
in the Doagh Road area of Newtownabbey.

It is understood Haddock, 36, has been taken to the Royal
Victoria Hospital in Belfast with multiple wounds.

He is currently on bail on a charge of attempting to murder
doorman Trevor Gowdy at a social club in Monkstown nearly
four years ago.

Haddock was named in that court case as a leading UVF
member. Judgement in the trial has been reserved.

It is understood Haddock was shot between five and eight

It is believed he then staggered out of the house and made
his way to a neighbour's house and an ambulance was called.

Part of the Doagh Road has been sealed off as police carry
out a follow up investigation.

It is understood Mr Haddock had an address in the area for
the last two-and-a-half years and had been living there on
and off. He is originally from the Mount Vernon area of
north Belfast.

BBC Northern Ireland home affairs correspondent Vincent
Kearney said Mark Haddock was accused of several murders
and membership of the UVF in the Irish Parliament last

"The claims were made by Pat Rabbitte, leader of the Irish
Labour Party, in October," he said.

"Mr Rabbitte claimed Mark Haddock ordered the murder of
Raymond McCord, 22, who was beaten to death by a UVF gang
in Newtownabbey in November 1997.

"He also claimed Haddock had been involved in eight other
murders - and said he had not been charged with any of them
because he was working as a Special Branch informer who was
allowed to act with impunity.

"Mark Haddock has not been charged in connection with any
of the killings listed by Mr Rabbitte.

"However, the Police Ombudsman, Nuala O'Loan is conducting
an investigation into the murder of Raymond McCord and that
report is expected to be completed next month."

North Belfast DUP MP Nigel Dodds said he was shocked at the

"This is an appalling incident which will be condemned by
all right thinking people," he said.

"Regardless of circumstances no one has the right to take
the law into their own hands and I would call upon anyone
with information to assist the police in order to bring
those responsible to justice."

East Antrim assembly member Roy Beggs Jnr also condemned
those behind the shooting.

"The perpetrators of this barbaric act must be swiftly
taken off the streets and subjected to the fullest rigour
of the law," he said.

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2006/05/30 19:59:36 GMT


Haddock Shooting - Who Controls Loyalist Gangs?

Published: 31 May, 2006

Sinn Féin Assembly member for North Belfast Gerry Kelly
today said that yesterdays murder bid on Special Branch
agent and senior UVF figure Mark Haddock, again raised
serious questions about who actually controlled the
loyalist gangs.

Mr Kelly said:

"It is widely accepted that Mark Haddock was a senior
figure in the UVF. The gang he was believed to be leading
carried out numerous murders. It is also widely believed
that Mark Haddock was controlled and directed by the
Special Branch throughout this period while he was engaged
in killings with the full knowledge of his handlers.

"The Police Ombudsman is currently completing an
investigation into Haddock's activities and those of the
Special Branch figures who controlled him. The attempt to
kill Haddock last night follows a long standing pattern.
Billy Stobie, another Special Branch agent and a man
involved in the murder of Pat Finucane died in similar

"Many will believe that last nights attempt to murder Mark
Haddock was an attempt to silence him and help prevent
further allegations of widespread and systematic collusion
between the Special Branch and the loyalist death squads
emerging. Those members of the Special Branch who handled
Mark Haddock would have much to gain from his death. This
reality raises serious questions about who controls these
gangs and who controlled the loyalist gang involved in
yesterday evenings murder bid." ENDS


Haddock Shooting 'Highlights Need For Collusion Inquiry'

31/05/2006 - 14:52:10

The campaign group An Fhirinne is stepping up its demands
for a full public inquiry into alleged collusion in the
North following the attempted murder of a senior loyalist
last night.

The group says the shooting of Mark Haddock makes it even
more urgent for an inquiry to be established as many
loyalists involved in collusion could be killed before it
even gets underway.

Mr Haddock, a senior member of the Ulster Volunteer Force,
is believed to have also been a police informer.

An Fhirinne spokesman Robert McLenaghan says this would
appear to show that collusion between the British security
forces and loyalist paramilitaries went deeper than
previously feared.

"It is now apparent that collusion went to the highest
levels, not only of the British government, but of the
loyalist death squads themselves," he said.

"The British government effectively took control of
organisations like the UVF, like the UDA, and turned them
into killing machines.

"They gave them information. They gave them weapons. They
ensured there'd be no prosecutions or no effective


UUP Under Fresh Pressure To Sever Links With PUP

31/05/2006 - 14:56:05

The Ulster Unionist Party is coming under pressure today to
sever its links with the Political Unionist Party.

PUP leader David Ervine joined the UUP's Assembly group
earlier this month in a move designed to ensure a unionist
majority on any future power-sharing Executive.

The UUP was widely criticised at the time because the PUP
is the political wing of the Ulster Volunteer Force, which
is still deeply involved in extortion, drug-dealing,
violence and paramilitarism.

The UUP is now coming under fresh pressure to sever its
link with Mr Ervine following the attempted murder of a
leading UVF member in north Belfast last night.

Mark Haddock is in a critical condition in hospital after
being shot a number of times near his home in Newtownabbey.

His former UVF colleagues are the prime suspects in the

The SDLP has responded by urging the UUP to reconsider its
relationship with the PUP, while Ulster Unionist MLA Esmond
Birnie has admitted that the relationship may have to be
severed if the UVF was behind the murder attempt.


Dublin/Monaghan Bombings Inquiry Extended

30/05/2006 - 19:37:17

A Government inquiry into the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan
bombings, which was due to report this month, has been
granted an extension until July 31.

The Commission of Investigation led by barrister Patrick
MacEntee needs more time to examine information provided by
an unknown individual it met outside the state a week ago.

"The Commission is satisfied that this person is the person
whom it had been seeking in relation to the outstanding and
unresolved area of its terms of reference," Mr MacEntee
said in an interim report published tonight.

The senior counsel said the May 31 deadline was no longer
adequate and the Cabinet today agreed to his request to
revise the timeframe to July 31.

Survivors and relatives of the atrocities, which killed 33,
marked the 32nd anniversary in Dublin last week.

The inquiry, which began a year ago, has previously asked
the Government for extra time to complete its

It had believed in late April that it had completed its
investigations as well as it could until it was presented
with new information by the Justice for the Forgotten group
representing victims.

"This information, when taken with the information already
available to the Commission, was sufficient to warrant one
final attempt to further the investigation of this
particular aspect of the terms of reference," Mr MacEntee

The Commission said it met this person outside the state on
May 23.

A woman who was nine months pregnant was among the victims
when loyalist paramilitaries detonated three cars bombs in
Dublin and one in Monaghan on May 17, 1974.

Speculation has since continued that British security
forces were involved in assisting the terrorists carry out
the atrocity.

No-one has ever been brought to justice and the British
government has refused to hand over some files for reasons
of national security.


TV Hurled At Police In Belfast Attack

30/05/2006 - 16:32:58

Police were attacked with a television set during mob
violence in north Belfast.

Three officers were injured as trouble flared in the New
Lodge district.

CS Spray was fired by officers who also drew batons in a
bid to disperse the crowd of up to 50 people.

Two brothers were arrested following the clashes on Monday

Sinn Féin claimed police provoked tensions by assaulting a
young man they had challenged about the dog he was walking.

Councillor Caral Ni Chuilin vowed to complain to Police
Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan over the officers' alleged

But the PSNI insisted several warnings were issued during
the confrontation on the New Lodge Road at around 8.30pm.

They had stopped a 29-year-old man, who was with a dog,
over outstanding money warrants, a spokeswoman said.

His brother, also wanted for the same reason, arrived on
the scene, she added.

"The brothers were warned several times about their

"A hostile crowd had also gathered, and when both brothers
were eventually arrested for disorderly behaviour a
struggle ensued.

"CS Spray was used on the 29-year-old."

He was charged with two counts of assault on police and
resisting arrest.

As tensions heightened, up to 10 officers were called to
the scene.

During the struggle two of them suffered bruising and
swelling to their faces, while a third was struck on the
mouth by a missile hurled from the crowd, police said.

"A television set was also thrown at officers," the
spokeswoman added.

"The brother of the 29-year-old ran off. He was stopped by
officers in the Mallusk area a short time later and
conveyed to custody.

"He was later released pending reports."

Police are understood to dispute Ms Ni Chuilin's claims
that she identified herself to officers only to be verbally

They also deny officers questioned the man about the
legality of his dog.

The Sinn Féin councillor claimed trouble started when he
sent for a relative to produce papers proving the animal's

"During this period, the PSNI became agitated and
aggressive and produced CS Spray which they sprayed on his
face," she said.

"They held him over the bonnet of a car and when I arrived
on the scene I attempted to ascertain his name and was
repeatedly verbally assaulted by PSNI officers.

"This young man was in obvious discomfort and kept saying
that he could not breathe."

Ms Ni Chuilin also alleged officers refused to tell her
where the suspect was being taken as they bundled him into
a vehicle.

"As they withdrew from the area, the PSNI threatened to
attack local people with batons," she claimed.

"The conduct of the PSNI was highly aggressive and they
have once again shown complete contempt for the people of
the New Lodge area.

"I will be contacting the Police Ombudsman's Office to
complain about the assault and their ensuing hostility to
the local community."


Minister Upbeat Over Sellafield Ruling

30/05/2006 - 16:04:44

The Minister for the Environment says a ruling by the
European Court of Justice makes it easier for Ireland to
pursue its goal of closing Sellafield.

The court says the Government acted illegally by taking a
case against the nuclear facility to the UN.

But the Government says the decision now puts the onus on
the European justice system to deal with matters like

And Minister Dick Roche said: "We'll be on much more
familiar ground when we take the case to the EU."

"What this case has done is that it's made European Law,"
the Minister said today.

"It actually makes it very clear that the European Court of
Justice can adjudicate in a case like this, and we'll be on
much firmer ground now."


Sinn Féin To Respond To Launch Of Long Kesh Proposals

Published: 30 May, 2006

Sinn Féin representatives on the Long Kesh/Maze
consultation panel Paul Butler and Raymond McCartney today
attended the launch of the proposals for the site by the
British Direct Rule Minister David Hansen.

Speaking to those assembled Cllr. Butler said:

"Sinn Fein welcomes the publication of this plan for the
future of the former Long Kesh prison. This report follows
on from the recommendations of the Maze/Long Kesh
Consultation Panel which was endorsed by Sinn Fein and the
other main political parties on how best the site could be

"Sinn Fein's primary concern has been to see the
preservation of part of the Long Kesh site because of its
historical importance not just to republicans but to the
wider community as well. We are pleased to see that the
prison hospital, where ten republican prisoners died on
hunger strike, an H Block, a cage and other prison
buildings, which make up the listed prison buildings, will
be central to the proposal for an International Centre for
Conflict Transformation.

"The history of this site has many sides and is populated
by republicans, loyalists, prison wardens, British soldiers
and politicians, Prime Ministers and Taosigh. It is a place
associated with the conflict here over the last 30 years
and it mirrored and informed the development of the
conflict outside these walls.

It housed perhaps 25,000 republican and loyalist prisoners.

15,000 prison officers worked there.

The families of all these 40,000 people were intimately
bound up with the place.

200,000 people (or 1 in 8 of the population of the 6
counties) would have a strong connection with the site.

"The International Committee of the Red Cross, which has
visited political prisons across the globe, said that Long
Kesh prison had the strongest community links of any prison
in the world.

"Long Kesh is a unique example of international prison
history. It was both an icon and a microcosm of the
conflict. It is a contested space; it has contested
histories and contested policies. However, it now provides
us with a huge opportunity to bring about a major physical
expression of the ongoing transformation from conflict to

" Much work has still to be done on how we can bring about
the vision we have for this site.

" We will study the proposals carefully and give our
considered response in due course.

"We recognise that these proposals have the potential to
bring about significant long term social and economic
benefits to the whole of the community. In particular this
report if implemented offers the chance to provide new
social and economic opportunities for the nearby deprived
communities of Old Warren, Twinbrook Seymour Hill Poleglass
Knockmore and Lagmore.

"The opportunity now exists to open a new chapter on this
site. That chapter will hopefully be an entirely different
one to that which has gone before. For our part Sinn Fein
wants to see and help bring about a new beginning to this
site whereby all of the community can reap the benefit of."


Government Body Accused Of Supporting Partition

Published: 31 May, 2006

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has accused Ordinance Survey
Ireland of supporting partition after they removed the Six
Northern Counties from a 150-year old map of Ireland.

At the beginning of the week Ordinance Survey Ireland (OSI)
launched a new website - - that
contains a series of old maps of the country. The maps were
drawn years before partition, meaning they would have
covered all 32-counties. However, OSI has removed the North
from images of the maps posted on its website. A notice on
the website reads: "Please note that currently maps
covering Northern Ireland are not contained within this

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "These maps were drawn up many
years before the partition of this nation and so Ordinance
Survey Ireland would have access to the maps of all 32
Counties. It is most unfortunate that they have developed
such a partitionist mindset. They are affectively
supporting partition. I would call on them to make all the
maps of Ireland that they have in their possesion available
to all interested parties on this island and beyond.

"It would also be beneficial for them to make contact with
their counterparts in the Six Counties to encourage All-
Ireland co-operation on these matters and on any future
projects." ENDS


Opin: Don't Blame The DUP

THE man who has accused Martin McGuinness of being a
British spy last night dismissed Sinn Fein claims that the
DUP was behind the allegations.

Former Army intelligence officer Martin Ingram told the
News Letter that he had been researching the republican
leader's alleged links to MI6 for two years.

"There's no DUP agenda," he said. "The only DUP member I
have ever met was Jeffrey Donaldson and that was to ask him
to press the case of Kevin Fulton (a former British agent
seeking Government support] with the Prime Minister.

"I'm a nationalist, for goodness' sake. I believe in a
united Ireland. I do not come from a unionist perspective.
That has been on record for years. Why would I push a DUP

agenda of some sort?"

Ingram was speaking after a political row erupted
yesterday, when Sinn Fein blamed "elements in the DUP" for
the allegations that Martin McGuinness was a British spy.

They said people in the DUP were intent on scuppering any
chance of devolution involving republicans.

Senior DUP figures dismissed the claims as a deliberate
distraction and a bid to move the focus off the spying

MP Gregory Campbell asked what benefit the DUP would gain
from Mr McGuinness being labelled a British agent?

He added: "I do not know if Martin McGuinness is or is not
an agent. I doubt we will ever know.

"But how would such allegations have any impact on the
prospects for peace?

"We are not concerned with whether McGuinness was or is a
British agent, and it does not affect our approach to Sinn
Fein and getting an Executive up and running.

"We are concerned with ending republican criminality and
paramilitarism; that's where the focus remains. That's
where the prospects for peace lie.

"Besides, if anyone was giving information to the security
forces to save lives, that would be a good thing."

The News Letter has learned that an internal Sinn Fein
briefing paper names a DUP member – with a security
background – as the person promoting the claims to unsettle
the peace process.

Mr McGuinness said some inside the DUP "were doing their
damnedest" to scupper any chance of devolution which
involves republicans.

He said it was "like deja vu" because, just as in 2004 when
the Comprehensive Agreement collapsed – in the wake of Ian
Paisley's "sackcloth and ashes" comments – there were
people in the background trying to unsettle the chances of

He claimed to have been aware for some time that the DUP or
elements of it had been pushing this story.

This was vehemently refuted by a DUP source who said the
McGuinness story was ultimately "a bit of a side show"
which had nothing to do with the real political issues.

For the DUP, he added, the claims in the McGuinness Sunday
newspaper story that MI6 had colluded in the murder of
British citizens, including soldiers and police, was more
of an issue.

But Mr McGuinness referred back to the first public
reference or claim that he may be a spy, which was made by
MP William McCrea in the House of Commons on February 8.

He suggested the DUP was being fed information, and it had
raised its head now because it was a crucial moment for the
peace process and elements in the party "absolutely and
totally oppose restoration of the political institutions".

"From information which I have, I believe we are talking
about people who have been hostile to the process from the
very beginning," he said.

"I have had information for some time which I have not
disclosed but we have been aware of this for quite some

The Sinn Fein MP said a DUP member with British
intelligence links was to blame.

31 May 2006


Opin: In The Dock?

By Lindy McDowell
31 May 2006

Martin McGuinness - the new James Bond. Can we believe it?
Like most stories, the truth of this one will come out in
the wash. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

But almost as fascinating as the allegation itself has been
the way in which the media has handled this story.

In the aftermath of the Sunday World report revealing that
the former Army intelligence officer Martin Ingram had
named McGuinness as a spy, pictures were taken of the Sinn
Fein number two at a GAA match.

He was smiling. A point which was seized upon and laboured
in several media reports as a reflection of how unfazed
Martin was by the allegations. They didn't really expect
him to be sitting there gnawing his fingernails up to the
elbows, did they?

Remaining unruffled is a spy trademark. So if this really
is Special Agent Martini McGuinness, shaken not stirred is
entirely in order.

The reporting of the story, mind you, was nowhere near as
odd as the non-reporting of the story.

By Monday, the BBC still hadn't touched it. Why?

Who do they think Martin McGuinness is? John Prescott?

And, after all, this is the same broadcasting corporation
which had no problem about reporting exactly the same claim
when it was made by exactly the same source against Freddie
Stakeknife, a member of exactly the same republican
hierarchy as Martin McGuinness. So why the decision to
ignore the allegation this time round?

That the man making the claim is the same source, Martin
Ingram, is, of course, central to this story. Whether or
not you respect his methods or his motives or share his
political views, it would be fair to say that Martin Ingram
has credibility.

He was right on Scappaticci. Is it likely he would scupper
that credibility now in order merely to take a pop at
Gerry's Derry sidekick?

As for McGuinness, himself, what do we know of him?

Again, the contribution of the media to the sum of what we
know about Martin - or more precisely what we don't know
about Martin - deserves to be examined. Along with Gerry
Adams, Martin McGuinness has played a pivotal leading role
in the terrorist organisation behind a 30 year campaign of
bloody and remorseless sectarian slaughter in Northern

Thousands of people lost their lives in that campaign. Ten
of thousands more had their lives devastated.

Yet of these two key players in that campaign we know so
very little.

We know generalities not specifics.

The media that camps en masse outside the door of a
supermodel to record sightings of her druggy boyfriend,
that will mercilessly rake through the past of a two-timing
soap star or a politician playing away from home (or
croquet at Dorneywood) - that same media seems to come over
all coy when it comes to the suits of Sinn Fein.

It would be fair to say that we know more about the past
activities of the average Big Brother star than we know
about the past activities of Messers Adams and McGuinness -
two of the most influential players in public life in
Northern Ireland.

Pertinent questions which could and should be asked
include: What precisely did you do during those years of
the Troubles?

What position did you hold?

What orders did you give?

For years these two men have spearheaded the republican
campaign aimed at uncovering 'collusion' between security
forces and loyalists. For collusion, read use of informers
and agents.

They have called for public inquiries, openness and
transparency and full and complete disclosure.

Full and complete disclosure, eh Martin?

Be careful what you wish for, the Chinese say.

Your wishes might come true.


Opin: Timing Is Still A Key Devolution Factor

31 May 2006

There was never going to be an easy way of getting the
parties at the Assembly to agree ways and means of
restoring devolution, but the creation of a 14-member
Preparation for Government committee is a useful first
step. Although opinion is divided on its remit, it should
concentrate minds, away from the public gaze, on the
remaining obstacles.

Debating the issues in the full Assembly would only
increase divisions, so the Secretary of State, Peter Hain,
has chosen a practical alternative, which all the parties
should utilise. As soon as the two Premiers, Tony Blair and
Bertie Ahern, get involved, towards the end of June, the
true negotiations can begin, but until then the politicians
can at least try to sound each other out in the all-party

So much has happened, since the election in November 2003
put the DUP and Sinn Fein in the driving seat, that old
policies must be reviewed.

A year later they almost clinched the Comprehensive
Agreement for restoration of the Assembly, until the row
over decommissioning photographs and then the bank heist
and McCartney murder intervened.

Determined pressure brought about the IRA statement,
followed by decommissioning, and now both unionists and
nationalists are agreed that devolution would be an
improvement on dictatorial direct rule.

An immediate problem is that while the DUP and UUP would
want the committee to debate the issues of the day - like
water tax and council closures - Sinn Fein and the SDLP are
wary of it becoming a mere talking shop. Their focus is on
restoration of the executive and revival of the Good Friday
institutions, fearing indefinite delaying tactics.

Both sides would have to agree, however, that there is
little enough time to reach agreement before the November
24 deadline. The Blair-Ahern visit will raise the tempo,
but even if the marching season is quiet, the holidays and
the parliamentary recess will leave only a few weeks to
hammer out what, at best, would be a conditional consensus.

Consultation, if not an election, would be essential on the
terms, which will require republican support for the police
as well as an end to DUP boycotts of north-south bodies.

Even in the best of circumstances, the obstacles are
formidable, but they have been added to by the
destabilising influence of recent events. Sinn Fein will be
in defensive mode, recovering from the sensational
allegation - hastily denied - that their chief negotiator,
Martin McGuinness was a British agent, and the DUP, already
cautious, will be pondering on the future of Peter Hain, a
possible successor to John Prescott, Tony Blair's
discredited deputy. So many issues and so little time for


Loach Rebuts 'Anti-British' Claim

Director Ken Loach has dismissed claims his award-winning
film The Wind That Shakes The Barley is anti-British.

"Nonsense," he told BBC Breakfast. "We could have shown
things that were much worse than are actually in the film."

He also said accusations that his film could be seen as a
recruiting tract for the Irish Republican Army were "a
cheap shot" and "barely worth answering".

The film, about Ireland's struggle for independence from
Britain in the 1920s, has just won the Palme d'Or at

In Tuesday's edition of the Sun, columnist Harry MacAdam
calls The Wind That Shakes The Barley the "most pro-IRA
film ever".

Its plot, he continues, is "designed to drag the reputation
of our nation through the mud".

'Legendary brutality'

In the Daily Mail, Ruth Dudley Edwards writes that Loach's
purpose is to "encourage direct comparisons between the
Ireland of 1920-22 and present-day Iraq".

"This, of course, requires the portrayal of the British as
sadists and the Irish as romantic, idealistic resistance

The film, told entirely from the perspective of its Irish
characters, shows British soldiers to be indiscriminately

Loach, however, said this was a true depiction of how the
Black and Tans and the Auxiliaries behaved.

"Their brutality is legendary - no one would question
that," he said.

He added that the film was "about a group of people, mainly
young lads, who are fighting to get an army of occupation
out of their country".

"You could compare them to the French Resistance and the
Partisans in Italy."

Before The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Loach had been
nominated for the Palme d'Or seven times.

He won the jury prize in 1990 for Hidden Agenda, a drama
about a British army shoot-to-kill policy in Northern

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Published: 2006/05/30 10:27:38 GMT

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