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/ 7 April 2005

IRA giving ‘due consideration’ to Sinn Fein plea

The Irish Republican Army said on Thursday it was giving ”due consideration” to an appeal from its political wing Sinn Fein to fully embrace politics and abandon its armed struggle in Northern Ireland. On Wednesday, Gerry Adams said he had supported the IRA in the past because there had been no choice, but that now there was an ”alternative”.

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/ 14 March 2005

US gives Sinn Fein the cold shoulder

Leaders of the Irish Republican Army’s (IRA) political wing head to St Patrick’s Day events in the United States this week battered by a furore over IRA crime, shut out of talks in Washington and banned from its annual fund-raising drive among Irish-Americans. Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has been omitted from official events hosted by US President George Bush.

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/ 21 September 2004

Paisley’s health overshadows talks

The most important political talks in the recent history of Northern Ireland, which began on Thursday last week, appear to hang on the uncertain health of the 78-year-old Ian Paisley. Paisley, the undisputed leader of unionism, resolved to make the 640km journey to Leeds Castle in Kent, south-east England — where British Prime Minister Tony Blair hosted the talks — by car and ferry after doctors banned him from flying.

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/ 19 January 2004

Racist war of the Irish gangs

Not far from the red, white and blue paving stones, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) graffiti and the ”Chinks out” notices scratched outside Chinese takeaway restaurants in south Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, Hua Long Lin was at home watching TV when a man burst in and smashed a brick into his face.