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July 13, 2006

Loyalists Warn DUP on Agreement

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IT 07/14/06 Loyalists Warn DUP On Agreement
UT 07/13/06 Paisley's 'Offensive Rant' Slammed
BN 07/13/06 Loyalists: No Betrayal On Peace Process
BB 07/13/06 Ahern 'Allays Loyalist Concerns'
IC 07/13/06 Loyalists: A Law Unto Themselves
IT 07/14/06 SF Leaders Tell Of Contacts With PSNI
SF 07/13/06 Adams - Dialogue Is Key To Future Peaceful Parades
CB 07/13/06 Campbell Disputes Adams' Claims
MS 07/13/06 US-UK Extradition 'Distortions' Criticised
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Loyalists Warn DUP On Agreement

Stephen Collins, Political Correspondent

A group linked to the Ulster Defence Association warned DUP
leader Ian Paisley yesterday that if he destroyed the
Belfast Agreement they would not come to his aid.

"If there is blood to be spilled let Dr Paisley spill his
own blood because it will not be our bodies he will be
fighting over," said David Nicholl, a spokesman for the
Ulster Political Research Group, which is linked to the

He was responding to a speech made by Mr Paisley the day
before in which he said that powersharing with Sinn Féin
would be "over our dead bodies". Mr Nicholl was speaking in
Dublin after talks between a delegation from his
organisation and the Taoiseach.

He described Dr Paisley's speech rejecting powersharing on
July 12th as "much ado about nothing" saying loyalists had
been listening to this kind of rhetoric for the past 35
years. "We have been marched up the hill and down the hill
many times over that period," he said.

Mr Nicholl said his group had received assurances from the
Taoiseach that there would be no imposition of "an Anglo-
Irish agreement mark two" if the November 24th deadline for
the establishment of a powersharing executive in the North
was not met. He said they had been pleased to hear the
Taoiseach stress that "plan A" still stood and that he was
completely focused on getting the Good Friday agreement
implemented in full.

Mr Nicholl said that, like the Taoiseach, his organisation
was fully committed to the agreement because it had been
voted on by the people of the island.

He said there was no democratic mandate for joint authority
if powersharing could not be achieved. They were satisfied
that the Taoiseach accepted that the constitutional
position would remain unchanged because it had been
endorsed by the people.

Mr Nicholl also said there was an onus on republicans to
sign up to policing and to convince people that they had
put an end to criminality.

Mr Ahern later described the meeting as "positive and
focused". The group briefed him on their conflict
transformation initiative and he said he welcomed ongoing
efforts to bring about genuine transformation in loyalism.

Mr Ahern said the goal was the restoration of the Assembly
and Executive by November 24th and that this was
achievable, if the will was there to do so.

© The Irish Times


Paisley's 'Offensive Rant' Slammed

Democratic Unionist leader the Reverend Ian Paisley has
been accused of harming the prospects of political progress
at Stormont after he said Sinn Fein would be in government
over loyalists' dead bodies.

By:Press Association

Yesterday, in a hard-hitting speech to members of the
Independent Orange Order in Portrush, County Antrim, the
DUP leader said: "Compromise, accommodation and the least
surrender are the roads to final and irreversible disaster.

"There can be no compromise."

The North Antrim MP, who leads Northern Ireland`s largest
political party, insisted there could be no accommodation
or surrender.

And on the issue of power-sharing with what he called
IRA/Sinn Fein, he said: "It will be over our dead bodies.

"Ulster has surely learned that weak, pushover unionism is
a halfway house to republicanism."

His comments were criticised by Sinn Fein leader Gerry
Adams and by senior nationalist SDLP negotiator Sean

Mr Adams said the DUP leader`s remarks were offensive.

"Can anybody really be surprised?" the West Belfast MP

"They are a challenge, not to us, but to the two
Governments and a challenge particularly to the British

"What Ian Paisley has in common with us is we have
mandates. We respect his and he should respect ours."

With Prime Minister Tony Blair and Irish Taoiseach Bertie
Ahern insisting that Northern Ireland`s Assembly members
must agree to power-sharing by a deadline of November 24,
Mr Farren warned the speech may have damaged any progress
being made at Stormont.

"This rant by Paisley - and there is no other name for it -
is the politics of the roadblock once again," the North
Antrim SDLP Assembly member said.

"Phrases like `over our dead bodies` simply set everyone
back, including the elements in the DUP that are plainly
keen to see devolved government within some sort of
reasonable timetable.

"It is ultimately for the electorate and not Ian Paisley to
decide who is fit for government.

"Let us hope that when the Twelfth is behind us once more,
when the annual rush of blood to the head has worn off,
wiser counsels will prevail once more in the DUP."


Loyalists: No Betrayal On Peace Process

13/07/2006 - 22:07:53

Loyalists tonight told the Taoiseach they would work to
convince their community there would be no sell-out in the
Northern Ireland political process.

David Nicholl of the Ulster Political Research Group
(UPRG), which provides political analysis to the Ulster
Defence Association (UDA), also insisted loyalist
paramilitaries would not spill blood on any other unionist
political leader’s behalf.

After meeting in Dublin’s Government Buildings with Bertie
Ahern, Mr Nicholl said: “We told the Taoiseach that we
would work within our particular constituency of loyalism
to keep the calm, to persuade people there is no sell-out

“That there is no betrayal, that there will be no
imposition of any further agreement. There is one
agreement. People must sign up to it.”

The group was discussing current political initiatives to
restore power-sharing in the North by the stated November
24 deadline.

Mr Nicholl said the onus now lay on republicanism and Sinn
Féin to convince the unionist people of the North that they
had abandoned criminality once and for all.

Mr Nicholl, who was speaking on behalf of the UPRG
negotiation team, said DUP leader the Rev Ian Paisley’s
statement that he would never share power with Sinn Féin
should be viewed in the light that he was addressing
Orangemen at the time.

“It is the same rhetoric we have heard as loyalists for the
past 35 years. What we would say in relation to that is, we
have marched up the hill manys a time, and we have been let
down manys a time,” he said.

“But loyalism is not going to fill the grave or fill
prisons for the next 35 years on no-one’s behalf. If there
is blood to be spilled then let Dr Paisley spill his own
blood, because it will not be our bodies he is climbing


Ahern 'Allays Loyalist Concerns'

A meeting between Irish premier Bertie Ahern and a loyalist
delegation which included UDA leaders has taken place.

The meeting in Dublin was held to discuss current
initiatives to restore power-sharing by 24 November.

The Ulster Political Research Group said Mr Ahern told them
there would be no joint-governmental authority over NI if
Stormont was not reconvened.

A UPRG spokesman said they would now work within the
loyalist community to maintain calm.

David Nicholl, of the UPRG, which provides political
analysis to the UDA, said: "We told the taoiseach that we
would work within our particular constituency of loyalism
to keep the calm.

"(We want) to persuade people there is no sell-out plan,
that there is no betrayal, that there will be no imposition
of any further agreement.

"There is one agreement. People must sign up to it."

Mr Nicholl also said the taoiseach had given them
assurances there would be "no imposition of an Anglo-Irish
(Agreement) mark two".

"The Good Friday Agreement is the only way forward and we
welcome all the support that he has given us on our journey
and transformation as well and we look forward to working
with him in the future," he said.

It is understood similar concerns were expressed at a
meeting between a loyalist delegation and Secretary of
State Peter Hain at Stormont on Monday night.

DUP power-sharing

Referring to a statement made by DUP leader Ian Paisley on
Wednesday that he would never share power with Sinn Fein,
Mr Nicholl said it should be viewed in light of the fact
that he was addressing an Independent Orange Order

"It is the same rhetoric we have heard as loyalists for the
past 35 years," he said.

"What we would say in relation to that is, we have marched
up the hill manys a time, and we have been let down manys a

"But loyalism is not going to fill the grave or fill
prisons for the next 35 years on anyone's behalf.

"If there is blood to be spilled then let Dr Paisley spill
his own blood, because it will not be our bodies he is
climbing over."

Mr Ahern described the meeting as "positive and focused".

He said the goal was the restoration of the Northern
Ireland Assembly and Stormont executive by 24 November and
that this was achievable, if the will was there to do so.

The taoiseach said if this was not achieved, the Irish and
British governments would work together to move forward
with the implementation of the Agreement.

'Nothing to fear'

He stressed the two governments' purpose was to protect the
benefits of the Agreement and loyalism had nothing to fear
in this.

Mr Ahern said relationships had been twisted and blighted
for far too long and everyone had to make an effort to get
it right for the future.

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said the UPRG had "no political
mandate" and should respect his party's "huge mandate from
the unionist community".

"We would call on the UPRG, instead of attacking fellow
unionists, to use their mandate to bring about some
movement on the part of the Ulster Defence Association in
terms of ending criminality and terrorism and bringing
about the decommissioning of weapons," he said.

A Sinn Fein spokesman said the party welcomed the fact the
dialogue had taken place.

He called for the UPRG to work to bring about "an end to
attacks on Catholics, an end to drug dealing and an effort
to engage with the Independent International Commission On

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2006/07/13 20:54:37 GMT


Loyalists: A Law Unto Themselves

Outraged nationalists have slammed loyalist bonfire
organisers after signs bearing the names of hunger strikers
and Sinn Féin representatives were burnt across Belfast.

Communities in all quarters of the city were again
subjected to the spectre of sectarian Eleventh Night
shenanigans, and left to foot the bill of the wanton
destruction caused to public roads and property.

In the East Belfast interface estate of Cluan Place,
overlooking the nationalist Short Strand enclave, loyalists
erected a wooden box with the names of at least two hunger
strikers, Bobby Sands and Kevin Lynch, on top of the fire.

The sickening insult, which occurs on the 25th anniversary
of the hunger strikes, appears to be part of a coordinated
action as flags and posters with the names of republican
volunteers were also set alight on a bonfire in the

In the North of the city, motorists’ lives were put at risk
as the PSNI looked on as youths spent days casually
building a bonfire on a blind corner of the Crumlin Road.
Unsuspecting motorists were forced to swerve on to the
other side of the busy road to avoid colliding with the
bonfire which took up an entire side of the road. Youths
also erected a sign at the foot of the structure with ‘KAT’
(‘Kill All Taigs’) in large painted lettering.

In Stoneyford village loyalists had smashed open the gates
of a local reservoir to build a bonfire on land belonging
to the Water Service.

Despite the youths having broken into the site over a
fortnight ago the huge mass of tyres and wood was not
removed. A number of Sinn Féin electoral posters, including
one of party president Gerry Adams, were attached to their
bonfire, as was one SDLP poster.

The louts reserved a section at the top of the fire for an
image of Lisburn councillor Paul Butler – as well as a
large and crude painted insult to him. He has highlighted a
campaign of attacks on nationalists in the mixed community.
The bonfire came at the climax of a controversial parade in
which Cllr Butler claims leading loyalists breached a
Parades Commission ruling. He says that loyalists walked
across fields before the march started to get close to the
mixed Stonebridge Meadows in order to intimidate Catholics
with threatening gestures.

“Residents living in Stonebridge Meadows who I spoke to
felt very threatened and intimidated by the behaviour of
these bandsmen,” said Paul Butler.

“The only motive for this act can be a sectarian and
intimidatory one, and I will be calling on the Parades
Commission to take this into consideration when ruling on
any future parades by this band in the village.”

Upper Falls Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Maskey criticised the
offensive slogans and effigies attached to the sectarian
bonfires across the city and further afield.

“This is the 25th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike and
the families of these men are still alive and it must be
awful for them to hear that their sons, brothers, and
fathers’ names are on the top of bonfires.

“This shows that they are sectarian events run and
organised by bigots, and many of those who attend them are
probably bigots. They have no respect for nationalists and

“Then you look at Belfast City Council who fund a number of
bonfires and the British government who have recently given
them thousands of pounds to create an ‘Orange-fest’,” he
continued. “It’s sad that the government and council are
helping them to do this and I will be asking them to cease
until the Orange Order and bonfire organisers get their
acts in order.”

Asked why they did nothing to prevent the above bonfires, a
PSNI spokesperson said, “PSNI will fully investigate any
complaints in relation to breach of the peace, or any
allegations of law-breaking in relation to Eleventh Night

“The community and other agencies as well as police have a
duty of care to ensure the safety of those involved or
affected by the celebrations. To this end if police believe
a bonfire may have an unsafe impact they liaise with
community representatives to ensure the moving of the
bonfire to a safer distance, or indeed its entire removal."
Editorial, page 6.

Journalist:: Damien McCarney


SF Leaders Tell Of Contacts With PSNI

Gerry Moriarty, Northern Editor

Sinn Féin leaders including Gerry Adams yesterday
elaborated on why the party had direct contact with the
PSNI ahead of Wednesday night's controversial Orange Order
feeder parade in Ardoyne, north Belfast.

While Sinn Féin and DUP politicians yesterday spoke of a
new potential for nationalist/unionist accommodation over
parades based on the peaceful outcome so far this year of
the "marching season", some significance was also attached
to the fact that Sinn Féin liaised closely with the police.

On Wednesday night Mr Adams told The Irish Times that at
Ardoyne, Sinn Féin "kept very close contact" with the PSNI
to help ensure the peaceful outcome of the parade after the
serious violence at the same parade in 2004 and 2005.

It is not uncommon to witness Sinn Féin figures
communicating with police officers at such flashpoint
scenes, notwithstanding Sinn Féin's refusal to endorse the
PSNI. But what appeared notable in recent days was Sinn
Féin's willingness to talk about this contact.

In a statement following on from his Wednesday night
comments, Sinn Féin president Mr Adams said yesterday:
"Sinn Féin also took the step of speaking with the PSNI in
north Belfast before the [ Ardoyne] parade to ensure that
the violent scenes of last year, when the PSNI and British
troops attacked local residents, were not repeated. Our
party was represented by Gerry Kelly."

Mr Kelly, at a press conference in Belfast yesterday, said:
"There were a couple of meetings with senior police
officers. Our intent was to de-escalate the situation,
demilitarise it."

DUP MP Gregory Campbell also referred to the potential for
progress based on this year's calm Twelfth.

In a statement yesterday headlined "Twelfth to herald new
dawn?" he said: "Despite the minor setbacks it is just
possible that July 2006 might start to change mindsets that
will help in the longer-term goal of durable peace and real
tolerance in Northern Ireland."

© The Irish Times


Adams - Dialogue Is Key To Future Peaceful Parades

Published: 13 July, 2006

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking in Belfast this
morning said "The work of nationalist residents and
republican activists, which was crucial in ensuring that
things remained peaceful yesterday, is only sustainable in
the long term if the Loyal Orders engage and reach local
accommodations. Sinn Féin's goal is to ensure a peaceful
Orange marching season. Forcing triumphalist orange parades
through nationalist areas is wrong. That is the lesson of
yesterday's successful outcomes. Dialogue works."

Mr. Adams said:

"Yesterday dozens of Orange parades took place in towns and
villages across the Six Counties and in large part things
remained peaceful. The reason for this is the work done by
residents and the restraint shown by nationalist
communities, despite their anger that controversial orange
parades were forced through their areas. I want to commend
the efforts made by republican activists who were on the
ground in flashpoint areas throughout the last 24 hours.
Over 700 republican stewards were on the ground at
flashpoint areas across the six counties.

"Martin McGuinness was on the ground in Maghera, Philip
McGuigan in Dunloy, Pat Doherty in Castlederg, John O'Dowd
in Lurgan and myself and Gerry Kelly in Ardoyne. There was
also contact in some areas with representatives of unionism
and Protestant churchmen. I want to make it clear that the
DUP played no positive role in any of this. Sinn Féin also
took the step of speaking with the PSNI in North Belfast
before yesterdays parade to ensure that the violent scenes
of last year when the PSNI and British troops attacked
local residents were not repeated. Our party was
represented by Gerry Kelly.

"The work of nationalist residents and republican
activists, which was crucial in ensuring that things
remained peaceful yesterday, is only sustainable in the
long term if the Loyal Orders engage and reach local
accommodations. Sinn Féin's goal is to ensure a peaceful
Orange marching season. Forcing triumphalist orange parades
through nationalist areas is wrong. That is the lesson of
yesterday‚s successful outcomes. Dialogue works.

"There are also a number of very worrying trends this year.
These include the role of the Parades Commission which has
shown a very clear political bias in relation to key
determinations. Their decision to force contentious parades
through nationalist areas put a huge strain on local
communities and the political process.

"There were also a series of unacceptable sectarian
incidents including the erection of a flag in the Ballymena
area referring to Michael McIlveen, a young catholic man
killed in a sectarian attack only two months ago. Orange
bonfires across the north burned images of the 1981 Hunger
Strikers, Sinn Féin representatives and banners with
slogans such as 'Kill All Taigs'. And last night on the
Ormeau bridge members of the Orange Order, wearing sashes,
held up five finger salutes, to mock the five people
murdered by loyalists in Grahams bookies on the Ormeau Road
in 1992. The silence of unionist political leaders in
relation to the majority of these incidents speaks volumes.

"In contrast Sinn Fein has proactively condemned attacks on
Orange Order property. Such attacks are totally wrong.
Sectarianism from whatever quarter is unacceptable and
plays into the hands of the bigots.

"I believe that it is time for the Loyal Orders to review
their attitude to their nationalist neighbours and they
should be led in this effort by their political leaders in
the unionist parties. Dialogue and agreement is the only
way to resolve these issues. Sinn Féin stand ready to meet
with the representatives of the marching orders at anytime.
We uphold the right of the Orange Order to march. But
clearly they have to talk to their neighbours so that
marches are conducted in a way acceptable to everyone.

"There is a need for tolerance, we recognise that orange is
one of our national colours, but there is no longer any
space for the tolerance of bigoted, sectarian coat trailing
exercises. The quiet Twelfth was achieved through a lot of
very hard work, but it all points to the need for people to
talk." ENDS


Campbell Disputes Adams' Claims

Published on 14/07/2006

A senior Democratic Unionist tonight rejected claims by
Gerry Adams that his party did nothing to help deliver
peaceful Twelfth of July Orange Order marches.

East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell disputed Mr Adam's
claims after the Sinn Fein leader revealed his party took
part in groundbreaking discussions with the Police Service
of Northern Ireland in advance of yesterday's controversial
Orange Order parade past the Nationalist Ardoyne area of

"Over 700 republican stewards were on the ground at
flashpoint areas across the Six Counties (Northern
Ireland)," the Sinn Fein leader revealed.

"Martin McGuinness was on the ground in Maghera, Philip
McGuigan in Dunloy, Pat Doherty in Castlederg, John O'Dowd
in Lurgan and myself and Gerry Kelly in Ardoyne.

"There was also contact in some areas with representatives
of unionism and Protestant churchmen. I want to make it
clear that the DUP played no positive role in any of this."

Mr Kelly confirmed he held talks with police about the
security operation around the Ardoyne parade.

They took place despite Sinn Fein's refusal to endorse the
Police Service of Northern Ireland.

As a result there were no British Army soldiers in the area
or huge security screens erected to keep nationalist
protestors at bay from the Orange march.

Police also pulled out of the area within 20 minutes of the
Orangemen walking up the road and their supporters being
bussed up.

Mr Adams said: "I believe that it is time for the Loyal
Orders to review their attitude to their nationalist
neighbours and they should be led in this effort by their
political leaders in the unionist parties.

"Dialogue and agreement is the only to resolve these

"Sinn Fein stands ready to meet with the representatives of
the marching orders at any time.

"We uphold the right of the Orange Order to march but they
clearly have to talk to their neighbours so that marches
are conducted in a way acceptable to everyone."

The DUP's Gregory Campbell insisted his party had been
involved behind the scenes for a number of years in trying
to ensure a peaceful parading season took place.

"This contrast with Gerry Adams who has been quoted as
saying that nationalist residents groups didn't come about
by accident," the East Londonderry MP said.

"While republicans have been creating the difficulties, we
have been trying to resolve them so any criticism from that
quarter will be treated with contempt."

By Barrá Best


US-UK Extradition 'Distortions' Criticised

Financial Times
By Guy Dinmore in Washington
Updated: 25 minutes ago

"A frenzy of misunderstanding and distortion" over the
extradition of three British bankers on fraud charges
threatened to damage US-UK relations further, Baroness
Scotland, a UK Home Office minister sent to Washington on a
damage control mission, warned on Thursday.

Coming on top of public discontent over the Iraq war and
allegations of mistreatment of detainees at Guantánamo
prison, Baroness Scotland said the uproar over the "NatWest
Three" had been used to push the image of the UK as a
poodle of the US.

"We have not ever been poodles," she said. "The bulldog is
still very much there?.?.?.?and has big teeth," she added.

The three men – David Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew and Giles
Darby – appeared before a media throng outside a south
London court on Thursday morning before flying to Houston.

They will be taken into federal court in Houston today for
initial appearances that could resolve whether they receive
bail on Enron-related fraud charges.

Their extradition came a day after a body believed to be
that of a possible witness in their investigation was
discovered in east London.

Baroness Scotland is urging US senators to speed
ratification of the 2003 extradition treaty at the heart of
the controversy.

She repeated comments by Tony Blair, the UK prime minister,
that the US authorities had indicated that bail would be
given, but she expressed doubt that they would be allowed
to return to the UK while awaiting trial.

Before meeting top US senators and officials, Baroness
Scotland directed her fiercest comments at the defence
lawyers, media and opposition politicians in the UK whom
she accused of using "smoke and mirrors" to distort the
facts about the 2003 treaty.

This had become a tool to "besmirch" the good relations
between the UK and US, she said.

But she also warned that the US should have got a "wake-up
call" when such staunch allies as Margaret Thatcher, the
former Conservative UK prime minister, and Tom King, former
defence secretary, both lined up as members of the House of
Lords to vote to exclude the US from the treaty on Tuesday.

She also said she wanted a better explanation of why the US
Senate had found time to ratify treaties with other states,
but not its good ally, the UK.

Richard Lugar, the Republican chairman of the committee,
has declared his support for ratification but warned that
it may not get on to the Senate schedule this year.

Baroness Scotland dismissed as "spin" claims by Irish-
American lobbyists that the treaty would be used as a fast-
track for extradition for supporters of the Irish
nationalist cause, arguing that the UK had "moved on" with
the 1998 Good Friday agreement and releases of republican
prisoners. The UK had no outstanding extradition warrants
of related cases in the US and these were dealt with in a
separate 1986 agreement anyway, she said.

Two senior Democratic senators – Chris Dodd and John Kerry
who have strong Irish-American ties and may take a shot at
the 2008 presidential race – decided not to take up the
opportunity to meet Baroness Scotland, according to a UK
aide. Both are also on the Senate foreign relations
committee, which is due to hold a hearing on the treaty
next week.

The case is unlikely to generate the following that other
Enron trials did because the big case – against the late
Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling, Enron's former chief executives
– is over. Five years after the collapse of Enron shook
Houston to its core, resulting in job losses, business
closures and damaged reputations, the city and its
residents are ready to move on.

Additional reporting by Sheila McNulty in Houston, Ellen
Kelleher in London and Sheila McNulty in Houston


NatWest 3 Set For Bail Bid As Storm Over Extradition To US Intensifies

Gerri Peev Alex Massie In Washington

THE NatWest Three were due to apply for bail today after
spending last night in a Texas prison cell as the political
storm over their extradition to the United States refused
to subside.

Bankers Gary Mulgrew, the son of Labour MSP Trish Godman,
David Bermingham and Giles Darby were separated and flanked
by US marshals on the trans-Atlantic flight early yesterday
morning after the British government refused to intervene
in the case.

The men were banned from talking to each other or the
press. Before his departure from Gatwick airport yesterday,
Mr Bermingham said he had been let down by the government.

The row intensified after Baroness Scotland, a Home Office
minister, flew to Washington in an effort to urge Senators
to ratify the 2003 extradition treaty at the centre of the
controversy, which critics claim is skewed in favour of the

She also accused the bankers of mounting a highly skilled
PR campaign to win over the public. She said the
government's opponents were guilty of "political posturing"
while the press had "distorted" the facts of the case.

The men hope to be granted bail today, although if their
application is refused they could face up to two years in
detention until their case goes to trial.

Mark Spragg, the men's lawyer, said he did not believe the
three former bankers would get a fair trial because they
would struggle to get witnesses to travel from the UK. He

They would definitely get a fair fight in England."

The controversy took a dramatic turn on Monday when the
body of Neil Coulbeck, a former executive at the Royal Bank
of Scotland was discovered in a park in East London. Mr
Coulbeck had been interviewed by the FBI in relation to the
case and friends said he described the experience as

It was alleged yesterday that his evidence could have
helped the NatWest Three, who stand accused of an £11
million fraud connected to the collapse of Enron. Mr
Coulbeck had left a suicide note for his wife when he
disappeared last Thursday.

It emerged yesterday he had attempted suicide days before,
but on the first occasion he was apparently disturbed by
his wife at home. On 6 July, he left the house saying that
he was going for a walk. His wife found a suicide note
several hours later in which he described how he loved her
and apologised for what he was about to do.

A friend of the family said: "She knew he would not be
coming back and she told the police why. He had been put
through the wringer by the FBI and he was in a very fragile
emotional state. The family are extremely angry with the
way the FBI dealt with things. They feel he was put under
unbearable pressure."

In Washington, Baroness Scotland admitted that coverage of
the accused bankers' public relations campaign had damaged
the "special relationship" between the United States and
the United Kingdom.

The bankers, she said, have "done one of the best PR jobs I
have ever seen" helped by what she described as "a frenzy
of misunderstanding and distortion".

Her visit, she said, was an "opportunity to explain the
anger and concern that has been expressed in the UK" as
well as a chance for the government to hear a "better
explanation" for the delay in ratifying the treaty signed
three years ago.

The Irish-American lobby has expressed concerns that
updating the extradition arrangements between the two
countries could make it easier for the UK to extradite
Irish terrorist suspects. The minister dismissed those
concerns out of hand. "That's another dead duck" she said,
noting that there were no outstanding warrants to extradite
anyone for trial on terrorism charges pertaining to
Northern Ireland.

Baroness Scotland held meetings with Alberto Gonzales, the
US attorney general, and White House officials, as well as
with Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader, and five other

Other senators, including John Kerry and Connecticut's
Chris Dodd, who have helped delay the treaty's
ratification, declined the opportunity to meet the

Baroness Scotland said she would use the fact that as pro-
American a politician as Lady Thatcher had voted with the
majority in the House of Lords to suspend the treaty
pending US ratification as a way of demonstrating the depth
of feeling in Britain over the matter. "If that doesn't
concentrate minds I don't know what will," she said.


Sister Of 9/11 Victim Condemns UK-US Extradition Treaty

London, July 13, IRNA

Hannah Ali, whose sister Sarah Ali died in the 2001 attacks
on the World Trade Center in New York on Sept 11, has
condemned the UK's plans to extradite a British Muslim to
face terrorist charges in the US.

Hannah and Sarah grew up in London with Babar Ahmad, who is
currently appealing an extradition request under Britain's
controversial Extradition Act 2003. Their families lived in
the same street and have been friends for 25 years.

"Things have been done and unfair laws passed in the name
of my sister," she said in a statement obtained by IRNA.

"I am horrified at what has happened to Babar. It is like
he is being kidnapped, and our government is aiding the
process. His allegations should be tried in a British
court. I know that Babar will not receive a fair trial in

Ahmad, a computer expert from London's prestigious Imperial
College, has been accused of running websites allegedly
urging Muslims to fight a holy war.

In his appeal on Wednesday, his lawyer, Edward Fitzgerald,
warned that that there was "a real risk of fundamental
injustice and discriminatory treatment" if he was sent to
the US.

A report last month also warned that the British
government's handling of Ahmad's case "lopsided"
extradition arrangements with the US and succeeded in
"radicalizing a new generation of British Muslims."

A second British Muslim, Haroon Aswat, who was arrested in
Zambia nearly two years ago, is also appealing against
attempts to extradite him to face charges of plotting to
set up a camp in the US to train fighters for war in

Their appeal coincides with three bankers flying to the US
Thursday to face fraud charges arising from the Enron
collapse scandal under a warrant obtained under the UK's
extradition treaty with the US, which requires no prima
facie evidence.

It also comes as the British government was sending Home
Office Minister Baroness Scotland to Washington to appeal
to the US Senate to end its three-year delay and ratify the
extradition treaty.

The failure of the US to ratify its side of the deal, which
would widen the grounds on which US citizens can be
extradited to Britain, has added to the growing criticism
against the treaty.


Shankill FM In Sectarian Song Row

A Shankill Road community radio station has been slammed
for repeatedly playing an offensive sectarian song.

An angry nationalist listener contacted the Andersonstown
News this week having tuned into Shankill FM and heard the
offensive song, ‘King Billy’s on the Wall’.

The song has become a cult hit among loyalists due to its
inflammatory lyrics and has been played repeatedly on the
community radio station.

Its lyrics refer to a Sandy Row mural which tells the Pope
‘where he can go and what he can do’.

More sinisterly, it goes on to mention Lower Ormeau
Residents’ Action Group member Gerard Rice by name, saying:
‘Go take the Lower Ormeau Road and stick it up your ass’.

The radio station broadcasts on a temporary licence over
the summer and Christmas periods and finished its most
recent run on Tuesday. The station comes under the scrutiny
of the watchdog, the Office of Communications (OFCOM).
Gerard Rice said that he will be making a complaint to
OFCOM about Shankill FM playing the song.

“This is totally irresponsible, given that they are
supposed to be a community radio station.

“I am concerned that they have identified me in this song.
Everything for these people has to have a hate figure. The
Lower Ormeau has had a long history of suffering – we have
had 55 residents killed at the hands of loyalists and yet
they still target residents and make us hate figures.”

Upper Falls Sinn Féin councillor Paul Maskey said that
Shankill FM should have any future application for a
broadcasting licence refused unless they provide assurances
that they will not play sectarian songs. The song is
sectarian in nature and it is disturbing that they are
naming individuals as they may well end up being targeted
by loyalists. Licence regulators should take steps to
prevent Shankill FM from playing such music, especially as
it comes at the time of year which can only be described as
the crazy season.”

The Manager of Shankill FM, Pheme Brown, defended their
play-list and said that King Billy’s on the Wall was part
of Unionist culture.

“This is the biggest day in our cultural calendar. If
people don’t like what they hear they can turn off. This is
a cultural broadcast, we stand by anything that we say and
play. We have had umpteen complaints through people
contacting our radio station about things that have been
said on Féile FM, but we don’t run to the papers. We think
this is very petty,” she said.


Lords Move On Irish Party Money

The House of Lords has voted to prevent political donations
made to NI parties from donors in the Irish Republic.

The SDLP, which could be hardest hit by the move if it
becomes law, has described it as "mischievous".

Peers voted on the Tory amendment to the Northern Ireland
(Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill by a majority of 37.

The Bill is on matters like electoral registration,
devolved policing and justice and an extension of the
amnesty period for arms decommissioning.

A majority of 35 also backed extra parliament scrutiny of
Northern Ireland Orders if the Assembly is not back by 24

Conservative peer Lord Glentoran, who proposed the motion,
said reliance on direct rule for the foreseeable future was
"unfortunately a very real possibility".

"If it is not possible to form a stable government there,
we must stop burying our heads in the sand," he said.

"This amendment will provide the basis for a workable
procedure and allow Northern Ireland Orders to be subjected
to much more effective scrutiny than before."

During the debate, government spokesman Lord Rooker said
they were serious about the autumn deadline and the "fail-
safe will have to be looked at seriously and urgently after
that date".

After the government was defeated on the motions, he said:
"We will reflect carefully and urgently. I am advised that
the amendment needs some work done on it and we will look
urgently at it."

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2006/07/13 20:24:15 GMT


'He Is Bringing Common Sense To The Orange Order'

Reforming leader seeking a switch from siege mentality to
carnival spirit

Owen Bowcott , Ireland correspondent
Friday July 14, 2006
The Guardian

As the pacemaker leading Northern Ireland's Orange Order
down a novel political route, Drew Nelson has none of the
parade-ground swagger of a drum major. The bespectacled
solicitor from Dromore, County Down, is an articulate,
affable and thoughtful figure; there is no resort to
bombast or outraged self-righteousness.

His belief that the order must convert its "demonstrations"
into festivals if it is to flourish has been broadly
welcomed. His ambition is for an Orangefest to rival
London's Notting Hill carnival.

That this year's July 12 parades passed off without serious
incident is partially a tribute to the persuasiveness of
the grand secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland in
steering the order away from overt confrontation.

To resentful nationalists and republicans, the Orange Order
has symbolised the unionist majority asserting its
political dominance. Battles over the Drumcree parade, when
Orangemen attempted to parade along the nationalist
Garvaghy Road, epitomised that combative spirit. But those
ritualised engagements ended with the creation of the
Parades Commission to adjudicate on controversial parade
decisions. The end of the road came last September when the
Whiterock parade was blocked by police on the edge of west
Belfast. Loyalist frustration exploded. Scores of rounds
were fired at police, and cars were hijacked and torched.

Mr Nelson, 49 and a law graduate from Queen's University,
is committed to redirecting the order. He is single and
works long into the evenings on grant applications and
organising Orange lodge activities. He stood as an Ulster
Unionist party candidate and has been leader of Banbridge

He is not a stereotypical Orangeman. He says he doesn't
have a bowler hat and is not a teetotaller, enjoying a good
glass of wine. Irish history is a fascination. He has
travelled to study carnivals in the Basque country and
Notting Hill.

He is determined to abolish the Parades Commission but
accepts the need for external regulation of public events.
Through a series of ground-breaking meetings with the Roman
Catholic church, the nationalist Social Democratic and
Labour party and the Irish government, Mr Nelson has
demonstrated a refreshing willingness to engage in

Critics suspect the charm offensive is more a matter of
repackaging the Orange Order than about fundamental change.
But political opponents pay tribute to his efforts.
Alasdair McDonnell, the SDLP MP for South Belfast, said:
"He's bringing common sense to the Orange Order. I won't
always agree with him but I certainly respect what he is
trying to achieve. He has always been warm and friendly and
he's not displayed the narrowness often associated with the
Orange Order."

David Jones, district secretary of the Portadown lodge of
the Orange Order, praised Mr Nelson's role. "The order
needs to have people like him who can explain what the
institution is about to the general public. Perhaps there
was a bit of kneejerk reaction by us [in the past]. Now
people realise there's different ways of presenting an
argument ... rather than actually physically fighting."

The former UUP MP David Burnside backs Mr Nelson's drive to
modernise the order, which has drifted away from its
middle-class and professional membership. "Drew is an
experienced, bright individual and a businessman who thinks
like a lot of us that the order ... has to move with the
times. He recognises the organisation has to re-engage with
the wider community."

Mr Nelson has had significant success, helping the order to
secure a £100,000 government grant for a development
officer to promote carnival-style parades as tourist
attractions in Belfast. He maintains he wants to break the
"siege mentality" of many Protestants, a group he has
described as a distinct ethnic minority. The Orange Order,
he has said, is about demonstrating "Protestant culture".

Despite the calls to make parades more inclusive, there are
still taboos. The order refuses to talk to residents'
groups it believes are controlled by Sinn Féin. Nor can
Orange Order members be practising Catholics. Women's
lodges, Mr Nelson has also admitted, "have to ask
permission from their senior authorities" to take part in

"Paramilitary activity is incompatible with membership of
the Orange Order," Mr Nelson has insisted, although he has
also acknowledged: "We can't always tell who are
[paramilitary] members. There's moral ambiguity in all
these things throughout Northern Ireland."

The CV

:: Age 49

:: Education Law degree, Queen's University Belfast, 1979

:: Career Qualified solicitor, 1981; set up own practice,
1983. UUP parliamentary candidate for South Down, 1992; UUP
councillor, Banbridge, 1993-97. Orange district master, Co
Down; grand secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland,
2005-; member of UUP until 2004, when he moved to DUP.

He says "I would like to see the Twelfth of July become a
tourist attraction. It's one of the most colourful
spectacles. Only the Notting Hill carnival can beat it in
the British Isles."


Dublin Republicans To Mark 25th Anniversary Of The Death Of Vol. Martin Hurson

Published: 13 July, 2006

Dublin republicans will hold a vigil at the GPO on
O'Connell Street today, 13th July at 12.30pm to mark the
25th Anniversary of the death of IRA Volunteer Martin
Hurson who died after 46 days on hunger strike. Events are
also taking place today and over the weekend in Tyrone,
Belfast, Longford, Derry, Cork, Louth, Cavan and Down.

Speaking in advance Dublin Councillor Larry O'Toole said:

" Martin Hurson was from Cappagh in East Tyrone. He was
just 24 years of age when he died on July 13th after 46
days on Hunger Strike. He was a candidate in
Longford/Westmeath in 1981 General Election and received
massive support from the people of those counties.

"The events of 1981 were a watershed moment and the
sacrifices made by the men in Long Kesh and the women in
Armagh Jail remain with us to this day. I would encourage
Dubliners to get involved in the events in Dublin tomorrow
and indeed throughout the year as we seek to remember th
hunger strikers who died in 1981 and build the sort of
Ireland which is peaceful, free, united and democratic."


No Deal Reached Over Mayo Pipeline

Attempts by the Irish Government to broker a deal between
Shell and the so-called Rossport Five has failed.

Trade union official Peter Cassells, who was appointed by
Irish Minister for Natural Resources Noel Dempsey as an
independent mediator, said he could not find any agreement
between the two sides over the disputed Corrib gas pipeline
in Co Mayo.

His announcement today follows seven months of intensive
discussions between Shell and the five Co Mayo men.

The men spent more than 90 days in prison last year for
refusing to obey a court injunction ordering them to stop
obstructing work on the pipeline.

Mr Cassells is now due to deliver a report within two

The report will cover the issues raised by the parties and
make a comprehensive set of recommendations on a possible
way forward.

It will deal with safety concerns, the route of the
pipeline, and compensation for landowners among other


Morgan - SAS Revelations Raise Fundamental Questions

Published: 13 July, 2006

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Arthur Morgan has said the
revelations about the arrest and release of an SAS gang in
County Louth in 1976, which appears in this mornings Irish
News, raises fundamental questions.

Deputy Morgan said:

“These revelations raise a number of very serious
questions. At this time at least four people were murdered
in mysterious circumstances in the border area, including
Seamus Ludlow and Peter Cleary here in County Louth. Nobody
was ever charged with these killings although loyalists or
elements of the British state were always suspected.

“The confidential documents published in the Irish News
this morning also reveal an alarming attitude displayed by
the Irish government of the day and in particular the
Justice Minister of the time Paddy Cooney. They were all
too willing to play along in a cover-up being orchestrated
by Downing Street rather than standing up and demanding
answers on behalf of the Irish people. His attitude and
that of the government he was part of is disgraceful. He
even goes as far as to say that if he had heard of the
incident first he would have ensured the safe return of the
SAS gang with no questions asked.

“Paddy Cooney’s conduct and that of the Fine Gael
Administration requires close scrutiny and I believe that
these revelations will be the tip of the iceberg regarding
the shameful relationship he and the administration carried
on with the British authorities behind the backs of the
Irish people.” ENDS


Opin: Important Gestures That Show North Is Changing


The peace process has continued to make breakthroughs and
gestures that not long before were considered
impossibilities, writes Kevin Cullen

It is an extraordinary scenario: on his deathbed, a Roman
Catholic priest reaches out for the man who once loudly
denounced his leader, his Holy Father, as the antichrist.

That Mgr Denis Faul would make a deathbed plea to the Rev
Ian Paisley to stick to his guns, as it were, on the issue
of the "disappeared" is not that surprising.

Father Faul, as many of us called him long after his
elevation to Monsignor, was nothing if not shrewd. He would
have surveyed the political landscape and realised that the
only person with the political capital, and incentive, to
spend on an issue he held so fiercely was Dr Paisley.

Denis Faul and Ian Paisley dug with a different foot. But
as men of the cloth they were cut from the same cloth:
deeply conservative on social issues, deeply pious in their
religious beliefs, warm and gregarious in person in spite
of their dour public images.

And so, because of Mgr Faul's deathbed intervention, Dr
Paisley has spoken to, and will soon meet, Vera McVeigh,
whose son, Columba, was murdered and secretly buried by the
IRA in 1975. Mrs McVeigh is a sweet, lovely woman who wants
nothing more than give her son a Christian burial.

That she still sits, 30 years on, tortured by the unknown,
is one of the Trouble's cruelest legacies.

Mrs McVeigh, a Catholic, said she drew great strength from
Dr Paisley's attention. Her faith in Ian Paisley is not an
isolated case.

Earlier this year, another man I met many years ago in
Belfast, a well-known loyalist named Raymond McCord, met
Gerry Adams, saying he believed Mr Adams could help him get
answers to the 1997 unsolved murder of his son, who was
beaten to death by a UVF gang.

McCord believes his son's killers include informers who are
being protected by the police.

Mr Adams said Mr McCord was not the only person from a
unionist background who has sought him out to get to the
bottom of the unsolved murders of their loved ones.

Just a few years ago, someone from Ray McCord's background
going up to Gerry Adams's office on the Falls Road would be
dismissed as having something of a death wish.

But things change. Attitudes change. For all the talk of a
peace process in crisis, for all the angst over the
impending November 24th deadline, there has been a visceral
change in the political culture of the North, and of the
whole island.

Mr McCord didn't stop at Mr Adams. He called on the
Taoiseach, asking for support in his demand for a full

"I'm giving Bertie Ahern the opportunity to show they are
concerned about unionist victims, too," said Mr McCord.

Some might argue that Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams are using
the anguish of Vera McVeigh and Ray McCord for their own
narrow political agendas. Dr Paisley, after all, can say
the DUP won't share power with Sinn Féin because it remains
inextricably linked to an organisation that continues to
torture Vera McVeigh by refusing, or being unable, to
return her murdered son's body.

Mr Adams, after all, can point to cases like Mr McCord's
and say Sinn Féin will not join the board overseeing a
police force still peopled by the kind of officers who
would protect UVF murderers.

But, whatever Dr Paisley's or Mr Adams's motives are in
meeting with and helping those from a community not of
their own, the significance is that it is the victims'
loved ones who wanted the meeting and the help.

In keeping with his beliefs, Mgr Faul would appear to be
having an impact beyond his earthly life: the recent
controversy over the fate of Jean McConville, and the
Cabinet's expected approval of a new approach to find the
five bodies of the remaining "disappeared", whom the IRA
admit to killing but whose bodies have not yet been
recovered, suggests this is an issue that will "not go
away, you know".

A new paradigm is emerging on the island of Ireland, where
old labels don't apply. When Sinn Féin and the DUP topped
the polls a few years back, most pundits suggested the
moderates lost and the extremists gained.

But is it really accurate to still call Sinn Féin and the
DUP extremists when they are democratically chosen by
sizable majorities in their own communities?

In any post-conflict society, it is the former extremists
who cement the peace. They, after all, are the ones who
were fighting.

The DUP and Sinn Féin have supplanted more moderate rivals
within their own communities despite their inextricable
links to loyalism and the IRA, not because of them. Sinn
Féin does not canvass for votes by winking at nationalists
and saying: "If the unionists don't play ball, we'll go
back to war."

It sells itself as being better than the SDLP at getting
potholes filled and keeping the neighbourhood health clinic
open, and it has steadily attracted a growing number of
middle-class voters who once voted for the SDLP.

Both Sinn Féin and the DUP have also gained support by
portraying themselves as best suited to holding the other
accountable. They claim to be more principled than the so-
called moderates, who, they say, want peace at any cost.

Some conclude that, as a result, the two parties will
jointly create a perpetual stalemate. But such an analysis
ignores the fact that both parties' leaderships want to
wield power more than old slogans.

While Paisley thunders on, demanding the disbanding of the
IRA, other DUP officials have worked with Sinn Féin on
local councils, and presumably would work with Sinn Féin at
the Assembly level if a compromise can be reached.

None of this will be easy. But to say it is impossible
ignores the history of the peace process, which has
consistently produced breakthroughs and gestures that not
long before were considered impossibilities. Old
shibboleths die, but far fewer people do, because of an
imperfect but still viable process.

When the Belfast Agreement was reached, eight long years
ago, I wrote a piece for the Boston Globe which sought to
assess what it all meant. Not surprisingly, given his
penchant for short, trenchant verse, Michael Longley, the
Belfast poet, had one of the best, most succinct
descriptions of its significance.

"Sometimes I feel Irish. Sometimes I feel British," Longley

"Often I feel neither. The Agreement allows me to feel more
Irish, more British and, just as importantly, more

In reaching out to Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams, Vera
McVeigh and Raymond McCord feel more neither. That has to
be a good thing.

• Kevin Cullen, former Dublin bureau chief of the Boston
Globe, has covered the conflict in Northern Ireland for
more than 20 years

© The Irish Times


Ex-Priest Could Face Trial In Germany

Eccentric former Catholic priest Neil Horan could face
trial in Germany after attempting to stage a stunt praising
Adolf Hitler outside the World Cup final in Berlin.

By:Press Association

The defrocked cleric, famed for disrupting sporting events
across Europe, planned to light a candle with an
inscription that Hitler was a great leader at the front of
the Olympic Stadium as the match kicked off on July 9.

Irish-born Horan also planned to wave controversial
placards claiming Hitler helped fulfil Biblical prophecies.

It is understood he was stopped by police before he had a
chance to cause any disruption and was immediately locked

His brother Dan, from Co Kerry, said today Horan was being
held in a Berlin jail and he expected him to be charged in
the coming days.

"At the moment I`m in the dark and I`m anxious to see him
and find out what is going on and I`m considering flying
out to see him," Mr Horan said.

"It is troubling times for the family. We don`t agree with
what he has been doing but we don`t want to see him locked

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs in
Ireland confirmed embassy staff in Berlin had been in touch
with the former priest and the Horan family.

"The embassy have been in touch with the family and they
have also been in touch with Father Horan and offered him
consular assistance," the spokeswoman said.

Consular officials have also given Horan a list of English
speaking lawyers.

Horan caused havoc during the British Grand Prix at
Silverstone in 2003 when he ran out in front of a Formula
One car in a bid to get his religious message to the

And the following year, he caused a sensation when he
jumped from a crowd of spectators watching the men`s
marathon at the Athens Olympics and ran in front of the

Horan pushed Brazilian runner Vanderlei de Lima into the
crowd, causing him to lose the race. He was given a 12-
month suspended sentence and fined €3,000 for his actions.

German laws strictly prohibit the praising of Hitler, ban
Nazi symbols and limit neo-Nazi propaganda.

It is also a crime to deny the Holocaust.

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