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April 21, 2007

New Appeal Over 1998 Gun Murder by Loyalist

News about Ireland & the Irish

BB 04/21/07 New Appeal Over 1998 Gun Murder By Loyalist
SF 04/21/07 Sinn Féin Election Campaign Steps Up A Gear
SF 04/21/07 59% Opposed To Use Of Shannon By US Military
BB 04/21/07 Orange Hall Is Damaged In Attack
IT 04/21/07 Opin: Memorabilia
RT 04/20/07 Museum Acquires 'Independence' Manuscripts
IT 04/21/07 Taoiseach Becomes Grandad To Twin Boys
IT 04/21/07 Rossport Five Man Wins 'Nobel' Prize For Environment
IT 04/21/07 Irish Firm Behind World's Tallest Residential Project


New Appeal Over 1998 Gun Murder

Police investigating the murder of a 29-year-old man in County
Armagh nine years ago have made a new appeal for help to find his

Father-of-one Adrian Lamph, a council worker, was shot dead by
loyalists as he worked in Fair Green, Portadown, on 21 April

One woman has been convicted of assisting offenders, but Mr
Lamph's killer has not been caught.

Detective Inspector Michael Irwin said public assistance was

"We want to hear from anyone who was in the Church Street, Fair
Green, West Street, Jervis Street, Alexander Gardens vicintiy and
saw any suspicious activity around the time of the murder which
took place at 1540 BST.

"The gunman was described as wearing dark clothing, a baseball
cap and a scarf, believed to be a football type scarf, which was
red and blue. He was riding a mountain bike.

"We think this gunman changed clothing and handed over a gun to a
male and female in Fox Street, shortly after the Mr Irwin said.

He also asked any cyclists who lived in the area, or used the
area at the time of Mr Lamph's killing, to contact police.

"Anyone who may have lost or had a bicycle stolen and not yet
reported it to police should also make contact," the detective

Police can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2007/04/21 07:30:39 GMT


Sinn Fein Election Campaign Steps Up A Gear

Published: 21 April, 2007

Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald speaking in Howth this morning said
"Sinn Fein is stepping its election campaign up a gear this
weekend with the distribution of a 12 page special election
newspaper to 200,000 homes across Dublin and Martin McGuinness on
the campaign trail in Waterford and Wexford ." Mary Lou, Cllr
Larry O'Toole, Peter Lawlor and Matt McCormack arrived into the
West Pier in Howth by boat with thousands of Dublin News on board
and were met by party activists.

Ms. McDonald said:

"This weekend the election campaign steps up a gear with Dublin
Sinn Fein distributing a special 12 page election newspaper to
200,000 homes across Dublin and Martin McGuinness on the campaign
trail in Waterford and Wexford. On Monday and Tuesday Gerry
Adams will visit Meath, Dublin North East, Dublin North West and
Dublin Mid West.

"Our message to the electorate is simple. We will not engage in
auction politics or make reckless promises. If you put Sinn Fein
into government our priority will be building a strong economy,
ending the crisis in the health service, providing social and
affordable housing and reducing class room sizes in primary


59% Opposed To Use Of Shannon By US Military

Published: 21 April, 2007

Responding to research that shows 59% of the population are
against the use of Shannon Airport by the US military for their
war in Iraq, Sinn Fein International Affairs spokesperson Aengus
O Snodaigh TD said the information confirms that the war in Iraq
is an election issue.

Deputy O Snodaigh said, "The Fianna F il/PD Government has
facilitated the US led illegal war in Iraq by providing the use
of Shannon Airport to its military. Many suspect that Shannon
has also been used to transfer prisoners illegally detained on
extraordinary rendition flights. Sinn Fein has consistently
opposed the use of Shannon by any foreign military not only
because we oppose the war in Iraq but because our neutrality is
being compromised.

"The results of a new poll, commissioned by the Peace and
Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and conducted by the Lansdowne Market
Research group, shows that 59% of the population do not support
the use of Shannon by the US which is a popular endorsement of
Sinn Fein's position. The poll also shows that only 17% of the
people are in favour of its use with 24% unsure. This poll shows
clearly that the war in Iraq is an election issue.

"Sinn Fein will continue its strong opposition to the use of
Shannon for the war in Iraq and will ensure that it is an
election issue." ENDS


Orange Hall Is Damaged In Attack

Police are investigating the cause of an early morning fire at an
Orange hall in north Belfast.

It was started outside the building on the Whitewell Road, and
reported shortly before 0500 BST on Saturday.

The fire resulted in what a PSNI spokeswoman described as "minor
damage" to the front door of the hall and some smoke damage to
its interior.

North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds described the incident as "an
attempt to burn down the Orange hall".

"Tyres were stacked against the building and were then lit in a
clearly well prepared and organised effort to destroy the hall,"
he said.

"This is totally unacceptable and must be condemned in the
strongest possible terms."

Mr Dodds called upon anyone with influence in the local
nationalist community to "make it clear that the people involved
should be brought to justice".

Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2007/04/21 11:47:57 GMT


Opin: Memorabilia

Sat, Apr 21, 2007

This week, when Adam's auctioneers held a major sale of historic
memorabilia, the provenance of at least two of the items sold was
unclear. One of the last letters of Patrick Pearse, which happily
was bought by an anonymous benefactor and given to the National
Museum, belonged to Senator Margaret Pearse, who left the
manuscripts in her possession to the State.

Though there was no question of dishonesty on anyone's part, the
identity of the seller was not revealed and the provenance of the
letter was not made public. In the same sale, a rare Blueshirt
uniform was put up for auction even though the 90 year-old sister
of the man who had worn it told the Enniscorthy Echo that she had
never sold it and was unaware that it was being auctioned. Again,
there is no question of anyone acting in bad faith, but the lack
of transparency in this case further highlights the need for a
clear public policy on the sale of items that form an important
part of the historic record.

Of its nature, much of this kind of material is dispersed in
family homes all over Ireland. Its owners, many of them now
elderly, are usually well aware of its personal and historical
value. They may not be aware, however, that a very lucrative
market for historic memorabilia has developed in recent years.
(The Blueshirt uniform alone sold for ?14,000.) The potential for
abuse, as well as the public interest in the proper management of
a significant part of the national heritage, argues for the
development of a legislative framework. In the run-up to the
centenary of the 1916 Rising, there is an opportunity, as well as
a necessity, for the State to adopt a structured approach to this

One arm of State policy in this area should be a review of the
incentives and other mechanisms that may help to encourage
donations. Given the current upsurge of interest, it would be
timely for the major State institutions in the field to begin a
systematic search for significant material and launch a campaign
urging members of the public to present or lend historic relics
to museums and libraries.

At the same time, however, there is a need for regulation to
create greater transparency in the marketplace. There should be a
central database of historic documents and artefacts, and changes
of ownership should be registered. Institutions such as the
National Archives, National Museum and National Library should
have the right to be informed of the intended sale of such items.
Above all, it should be a requirement that the provenance of all
artefacts be established and revealed before any sale takes

c 2007 The Irish Times


Museum Acquires 'Independence' Manuscripts

Friday, 20 April 2007 17:14

The National Library has announced its acquisition of a number of
manuscripts following the recent Adams & Mealy's 'Independence'

They include a series of 14 letters from Moya Llewelyn Davies,
which feature personal reminiscences of Michael Collins and his
contemporaries, along with unflattering comments on Lady Lavery
and Kitty Kiernan.

Other documents include correspondence between Cecil Rhodes and
Charles Stewart Parnell, dated 1888, concerning Irish Home Rule,
and an original letter in French from James II of England, dated

The latter makes reference to a recent naval engagement between
the English and French fleets off Bantry Bay, the final outcome
of which the king is still awaiting.


Taoiseach Becomes Grandad To Twin Boys

Kitty Holland and Patsy McGarry
Sat, Apr 21, 2007

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern expressed his delight yesterday after his
daughter Georgina gave birth to his first two grandchildren at
the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin.

Georgina and her husband Nicky Byrne of Westlife welcomed their
twin sons, Rocco and Jay, who were two months premature, into the
world just before 10am. The couple issued a statement expressing
their joy that the baby boys were safe and thanked "Professor [
Fionnuala] McAuliffe and all the wonderful staff" at the

In Dunboyne, Co Meath, yesterday Mr Ahern said he was "delighted"
for the new parents. They were "a great couple" and though they
spent "most of the year away" they made a particular effort to
keep in touch with him, he said.

He had been speaking to Georgina who was "in good form, obviously
a little bit under the weather". He hoped to visit her last night
or this morning.

Jay is an abbreviation of James while Rocco is the Italian form
of the name of St Roch, born in Montpellier, France, in 1295. He
is patron saint of dogs, dog lovers and invalids, and is
venerated as a protector against knee problems, epidemics, plague
/pestilence and all contagious diseases.

A St Rocco procession is featured in The Godfather - Part II. It
has been said that in Poland he is prayed to in order to ward off
vampire attacks.

Georgina and Nicky were married at Wicklow Register Office in
August 2003.

Their union was blessed four days later at the church of St
Pierre et St Paul in Gallardon, Eure-et-Loir, France.

c 2007 The Irish Times


Ian Paisley talks to Ken Reid

In three week's time the leader of the DUP Ian Paisley will
become Northern Ireland's First Minister.


In an extensive interview with UTV`s Political Editor Ken Reid he
describes his working relationship with Sinn Fein`s Martin
McGuiness, the man who will become the Deputy First Minister, and
he says he believes there will never be a united Ireland.

Watch UTV`s Ken Reid interview Ian Paisley: Click


Baroness Paisley talks to UTV

Throughout Ian Paisley's political career he has relied on the
advice and wise counsel of one woman in particular - his wife.

Eileen Paisley, now a Baroness with a seat in the House of Lords,
speaks exclusively to UTV`s Jane Loughrey about the historic
decision by the leader of the DUP to press ahead with devolved
government for Northern Ireland and her role in that decision.

Baroness Paisley explains that as the years have passed change
has come to Northern Ireland and if it is for the benefit of the
people of Northern Ireland then it is a good thing.

Watch UTV`s Jane Loughrey interview Eileen Paisley: Click


Rossport Five Man Wins 'Nobel' Prize For Environment

Lorna Siggins
Sat, Apr 21, 2007

A north Mayo farmer who was jailed over his opposition to the
Corrib gas pipeline and an Icelandic businessman who lobbied the
Government to implement the new ban on driftnetting for salmon
are among six winners of the Goldman Environmental Prize.

Willie Corduff, one of the "Rossport five", and Orri Vigfusson of
the North Atlantic Salmon Fund have been selected for Europe and
for the islands and island nations respectively - the first time
that the award has gone to Ireland, or an Irish-related campaign.

Along with winners from Peru, Mongolia, Zambia and Canada, they
will be celebrated in San Francisco Opera House on Monday and
will meet US congressional leaders as part of a series of
functions in Washington DC next week.

Each winner of the prize, known as the "Nobel" of the
environment, is awarded $125,000 (?92,000). It is endorsed by
more than 100 heads of state and eight previous winners have been
appointed to or elected to national office in their countries.
The 1991 winner for Africa, Wangari Maathai, was also awarded the
Nobel peace prize in 2004, and the late Nigerian writer, Ken
Saro-Wiwa, who was executed with compatriots over his opposition
to Shell's activities in Ogoniland in the Niger delta, received
the award in 1995.

Mr Corduff said he did not start objecting to the Corrib gas
pipeline to win prizes.

"It isn't about the money, it is about our health and safety and
that of our children," the father of six, who is being
accompanied by his wife, Mary, said.

He added that he hoped to use the money to help further the
campaign, while acknowledging that his family had undergone
considerable hardship since the Corrib gas developers - Shell,
Statoil and Marathon - sought access to the couple's land.

Mr Corduff, and fellow landowners Philip McGrath, Br¡d McGarry
and Brendan Philbin were permitted by the High Court earlier this
week to continue their counter-claims against Shell E&P Ireland,
and the consents held by the project for the existing pipeline
route must now be dropped.

The company, which says it is working on a modified pipeline
route, must also pay legal costs associated with the injunctions
which led to Mr Corduff's jailings.

Shell says it is studying the judgment.

c 2007 The Irish Times


Irish Firm Behind World's Tallest Residential Project

Fiona Gartland
Sat, Apr 21, 2007

An Irish company is to develop the world's tallest residential
building in Chicago.Shelbourne Development was given planning
permission by the City of Chicago Planning Commission to
construct a 2,000ft high twisting tower at the mouth of the
Chicago river on the shores of Lake Michigan.

The Chicago Spire, designed by award-winning Spanish architect
Santiago Calatrava, will be the tallest building in the US or
Europe and the tallest residential building in the world.

It will house 1,200 apartments on 150 floors and will feature a
four-storey transparent lobby and underground parking for 1,350

The 3,000,000sq ft tower will be surrounded by a one-acre plaza,
designed by Calatrava, which will be open to the public and will
connect to Du Sable Park, a three-acre city park also being
created by the developers to honour Chicago's founder, Jean
Baptiste Pointe Du Sable.

Work on the project is expected to begin next month with a
completion date in 2010. The apartments will begin to go on sale
this summer for prices yet to be finalised.

The estimated cost of the project is thought to be in excess of
?800 million.

Shelbourne Development, with headquarters in Dublin, was
established by Garrett Kelleher, now chairman of the company, in
1987. It is a major residential and commercial property developer
in Ireland and is pursuing projects in the UK, France, Belgium
and the US.

The company took over the development of the Chicago Spire in
July last year after a previous developer failed to acquire the
necessary financing for the project.

Mr Kelleher said the spire represented a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity in the home of high-rise and the mecca of modern

"This is probably the best residential site in North America," he
said. "There will be unobstructed views of lake from the building

He said the engineering challenges represented by the development
would be met by a team of international specialists. "I've got
the best global team of engineers in the world," he said.

The project's architect is known in Dublin for his design of the
James Joyce Bridge, which opened in 2003 and he has been
commissioned to design the Beckett Bridge at Macken Street.

c 2007 The Irish Times

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