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June 11, 1997
EVERYTHING in recent British, Irish and Northern Ireland elections has gone right for Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army's political alter ego. The British Conservatives lost power. The Irish Republic's Prime Minister John Bruton, who rebuked Sinn Fein, tumbled out of power in the election last Friday. In Belfast, a Catholic and nationalist coalition of which Sinn Fein is part will run City Hall for the first time.For the IRA "military" group and Sinn Fein, this represents a high point.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | May 17, 1996
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Prime Minister John Major of Britain said yesterday that if the IRA restored its cease-fire, the British and Irish governments would not insist on the group's immediate disarmament when a conference to discuss peace and the political future of Northern Ireland starts on June 10.The 17-month cease-fire was broken with a series of bomb attacks beginning on Feb. 9 in London.In recent weeks, Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Fein, the Irish Republican Army's political wing, has said that a new cease-fire was unlikely without assurances from Major that the talks would not focus on disarmament, thus delaying discussions of a political settlement.
NEWS
August 26, 1996
Erskine Childers,68, veteran Irish diplomat, died yesterday in Luxembourg of a heart attack.Mr. Childers, secretary-general of the World Federation of United Nations Associations, died during the federation's 50th anniversary congress. He became secretary general of the organization five months ago in a career that began in academia and included 22 years of work at various levels in the United Nations.His father, also Erskine Childers, was the fourth president of the Irish Republic.Louis Westerfield,47, the first black dean at the University of Mississippi, died Saturday in New Orleans of an apparent heart attack.
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By Gilbert A Lewthwaite and Gilbert A Lewthwaite,London Bureau of The Sun | September 18, 1990
LONDON -- The Irish Republican Army yesterday announced they had killed a Northern Ireland policeman after seizing him from a group returning from a fishing trip in the Irish Republic.Security forces were checking for booby traps before recovering a body in the border area in Northern Ireland's County Armagh, known as "bandit territory."Constable Louis Robinson, 42, was last seen when the van he was traveling in with friends was stopped Saturday night at an illegal roadblock at Killeen on the main Dublin-Belfast road, one of the most dangerous highways in Ireland.
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By Trudy Rubin | March 18, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - The Irish Republican Army has turned from fighting for a political cause to barroom brawls and bank heists. And Sinn Fein, whose leaders have been "outed" as IRA leaders, can't escape responsibility for IRA crimes. IRA "hard men" are still reluctant to give up their arms in a verifiable fashion, despite the 1998 Good Friday peace accord between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. The IRA is accused of robbing a bank in the Irish Republic of $50 million in December.
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By Los Angeles Times | July 24, 1995
LONDON -- The British government disclosed yesterday that Northern Ireland Secretary Patrick Mayhew held secret talks last week with Irish Republican leader Gerry Adams -- drawing the wrath of Protestant unionists.The meeting was held, the British government said, "to explore the way forward" in the Northern Ireland peace process.Mr. Adams -- the leader of Sinn Fein, the political arm of the Irish Republican Army -- declared yesterday that although Tuesday's talks in the Northern Ireland city of Londonderry were "businesslike," they failed to break the stalemate in the peace process.
NEWS
March 3, 1998
This is an excerpt of a recent Chicago Tribune editorial.WHEN THE British and Irish governments temporarily ousted Sinn Fein from Northern Ireland peace talks, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams said the move lacked "any sense of justice or fairness." In fact, that is what their decision was all about.Mr. Adams' protests notwithstanding, Sinn Fein is the political arm of the guerrilla Irish Republican Army, which Northern Ireland's police blame for the terrorist killings of two Protestant men in Belfast last month.
NEWS
June 1, 2000
RESTORATION of home rule for Northern Ireland brings back the provincial government that lasted a half-century until 1971. With this difference: Instead of a government vs. opposition -- as in all other regimes in the British Isles -- the parties share executive power in rough proportion to their electoral strength. This completes the grand "devolution" that is Tony Blair's British Labor government's chief achievement. Four such regimes, analogous to American states, exist in stages from embryo to infancy.
NEWS
January 25, 1996
THE COMMISSION seeking peace in Northern Ireland, headed by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, has failed where others have failed before. Confronted by a Sinn Fein refusal to accept complete disarming of the IRA as a condition for talks with Ulster Unionists, it proposed only that some arms be handed in by Catholic guerrillas as negotiations take place. British Prime Minister John Major said the Protestants would refuse such terms. He proposed immediate provincial elections.For 16 months of a cease-fire by IRA and Loyalist terrorists, this impasse has prevented negotiations by elected politicians from the Protestant and Catholic communities.
NEWS
August 21, 1998
The following editorial appeared in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times:No one expected the road to peace in Northern Ireland to be without risk, but last week's terrorist bombing in the busy market town of Omagh was unimaginably ruthless. And Tuesday's admission of guilt and an apology by the self-dubbed "Real IRA" cannot erase an inch of the horrible stain that the bombing leaves on Ulster's soil.Using a verifying code word, the group told a Belfast newspaper that "it was not our intention at any time to kill any civilians.
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