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Archive for December, 2001

Those Whom We Lost

They were busboys and bankers, grandmothers and newlyweds, firefighters, soldiers, tourists and priests. More than 6,000 of them died at their desks, or running down stairs, or clearing the way for others. Maybe a couple of dozen of them, on a plane over Pennsylvania, died swinging their fists. But on that cruel morning of SeptemberRead more..

The First Word:
God Bless America

“With liberty and justice for all.” –Pledge of Allegiance ℘℘℘ This may be the most difficult editorial that I have written since the creation of the magazine 16 years ago. It is difficult not because I have nothing to say or because there is an absence of current events deserving comment. To the contrary —Read more..

IRA Dispose of Weapons

An historic breakthrough was made in the Northern Ireland peace process at the end of October when the first IRA arms were put permanently beyond use in a move monitored by the International Commission on Decommissioning. In the early hours of October 23 General John de Chastelain oversaw the disposal of what was called aRead more..

Loyalist Ceasefires
Declared Over

The Northern Secretary John Reid announced recently that he considered the ceasefires of three loyalist groups to be over. The actions of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) and the Loyalist Volunteer Force (LVF) were so blatant and persistent that they could no longer be ignored by politicians. The move came mostly in response to theRead more..

Aer Lingus Survival
Package Agreed by EU

Ireland’s national airline, Aer Lingus, has been pulled back from the brink of bankruptcy by a deal hammered out between the Irish government and the European Union transport authorities at the eleventh hour. Aer Lingus suffered massive losses in the aftermath of the Twin Towers collapse, and was no longer considered to be commercially viable.Read more..

Protests at Catholic School

North Belfast, Oct. 23 – Loyalist protestors who have spent the last eight weeks blocking Catholic children from entering their school were threatened with legal action if they do not call off their protests. The governors of the Holy Cross School in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast announced they were going to the High CourtRead more..

RUC Guilty in 1969 Attack

The family of a Derry man who died in 1969 three months after being savagely beaten in his home by the RUC have welcomed a move by the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Nuala O’Loan which upheld a complaint by the family that the RUC dealt with their concerns inappropriately at the time. While the OmbudsmanRead more..

Ireland’s National
Day of Mourning

Thousands of people queued for hours in front of the American Embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin, waiting patiently to sign one of the many books of condolences to be presented to the U.S. government in the aftermath of September 11. At John F. Kennedy’s ancestral home in Dunganstown, Co. Wexford, the U.S. flag flew at half-mastRead more..

Tourism Slump
Predicted To Hit Economy

Ireland is facing its worst tourism slump in more than ten years as a result of the attacks on the U.S. and the foot and mouth crisis which hit earlier in the year. Tourism Minister Jim McDaid promised to do whatever possible to minimize the adverse impact on the industry, as he released the statisticsRead more..

Hearts & Soles of Gold

On September 4 Collier Wimmer of Winston-Salem, North Carolina turned nine. On September 11 she was in Disneyworld to celebrate her and her little brother’s birthdays. At 8:42 a.m., 2,000 miles away, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Collier’s mother, Ashley Wimmer, wished her children hadn’t seenRead more..