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The abortion debate was still dominating the news as politicians tried to agree an addendum to the Maastricht protocol; the neurosurgery department at Beaumont Hospital experienced more problems; a bank dispute escalated; a former priest pleaded guilty to importing cannabis valued at £700k; Sharon Shannon was making a name for herself; and the film "Hear My Song" opened in Dublin.


April 6, 1992 THE IRISH EMIGRANT Issue No.270


Editor: Liam Ferrie.................................Circulation: 1,150


The abortion debate continues to dominate the news. It was at the top of the Irish Times' front page on four occasions during the week. What is causing the interest is the attempt by the Government to obtain consensus on the wording of an addendum to the protocol in the Maastricht Treaty. Fine Gael, who disagreed with the text proposed by the Government, eventually put forward an alternative. A composite wording may end the impasse, but there is still a lobby looking for a new referendum to ensure that abortion is not available under any circumstances.

The worsening bank dispute grabbed the headlines on the other two days. Weekend talks failed to resolve anything and the IBOA is threatening an all-out strike from today.

A further rise in the number of people out of work at the end of March received a few column inches on the front page of the Irish Times. I think we have thrown up our hands in despair at this problem.

Another two people died in the North's violence.


MONDAY: Former Minister for Justice Vincent Brady became the first Fianna Fail TD to call for a referendum on the abortion issue.

With Fine Gael refusing to accept the wording of the addendum to the Maastricht protocol the other opposition leaders appear to be having second thoughts. Labour and the Democratic Left had earlier said they were satisfied with the wording. Now Dick Spring wants a meeting of party leaders and Proinsias de Rossa is looking for two referenda, one on the Maastricht Treaty and the other on the addendum.

TUESDAY: Fine Gael is preparing alternative wording for the protocol. Former Fianna Fail Minister Michael Noonan joins in the call for a referendum. The Taoiseach points out that another referendum is futile as the Maastricht treaty takes precedence over everything other than the Eighth Amendment.

WEDNESDAY: The Fianna Fail parliamentary party meets to discuss the situation. The meeting is asked to support the call for a further referendum. A counter-motion welcomes the Government's efforts to date in finding a solution and asks that this continue. No vote is taken, as a compromise proposal suggests that a "wait and see" position be adopted. The meeting lasts five hours. The proposers of the original motion can raise the matter again, if they are not satisfied with the Government's final proposals.

Five leading obstetricians, four of them professors, issue a joint statement calling for a referendum, and a change to the Maastricht protocol which would place the result of the referendum above European law.

THURSDAY: Fine Gael releases its alternative wording for the addendum to the protocol in the Maastricht Treaty. Dick Spring finds this "a worthwhile contribution" to the debate. The Taoiseach believes that it can lead to consensus. The original protocol used a lot of words to say that the Treaty would not overrule the Eighth Amendment (Article 40.3.3), and Fine Gael would like to add "save that neither that Article nor this Protocol shall limit freedom to travel between Member States, or from a Member State to another State, or to obtain information relating to services lawfully available in Member States, or to disseminate in Ireland such information subject to such laws as may be enacted by the National Parliament.

The Church of Ireland says that the Constitution should not be used to legislate for moral issues such as abortion and urges that legislation be passed to make abortion available in limited cases.

FRIDAY: The Taoiseach discusses the situation with John Bruton, Des O'Malley, Proinsias de Rossa and Ruairi Quinn (Dick Spring was sorting out Britain's problems - see political news). Based on these talks the Attorney General starts to draft a new set of words which will capture the best of the texts proposed by the Government and Fine Gael. There is continued speculation that the other EC States will resist any change to the Protocol as it is feared that such a move will generate similar requests.

SUNDAY: The Sunday Tribune's top story is an interview with High Court Judge Rory O'Hanlon. In it he says that the EC is "not worth it" if it means that abortion is introduced here. As happened a week ago there is no shortage of people ready to say that he should not speak publicly on such matters.

Late in the day the Taoiseach obtains agreement on revised wording from all the party leaders except John Bruton. It seems that the latest wording will be presented to EC Foreign Ministers by David Andrews, tomorrow.


Ciaran Ryan and Bill Browne have suddenly become well-known names as the two main spokesmen for both sides in the bank dispute. Mr Ryan is general secretary of the Irish Bank Officials Association and Mr Browne is secretary of the Bank Staff Relations Committee. Both men regularly appear on television giving their side of the story.

The IBOA vote on the recent Labour Court ruling opened last Monday but the final ballot papers will not be returned until today. The outcome will be known tomorrow. However, events have overtaken the ballot and as the week progressed the situation deteriorated. On Tuesday the four main banks announced that they were going to introduce longer opening hours on a phased basis from May 4. This move did not please the IBOA. Thursday saw the situation take a further turn for the worse. The National Irish Bank and the Bank of Ireland changed tactics. They demanded that, by 4:00pm on Friday, their staff should sign an undertaking to collect bank charges and commit to co-operating on the longer opening hours. In return those who signed would receive the increases recommended by the Labour Court and those who failed to sign would be suspended. This prompted the IBOA to withdraw a guarantee that we would not have an all-out strike and we were promised pickets on all branches from today.

This new situation, it seemed, might bring the whole matter to a head. The Labour Relations Commission again offered to act as intermediary between the two sides. Talks started on Saturday but by the end of the day there did not appear to be any sign of a breakthrough. They resumed on Sunday and broke down that evening. This time the IBOA appeared to be making real concessions. They said that they had finally dropped the 6.5% pay claim and were prepared to accept lunch-time opening. In return they wanted an increase, due under the PESP, brought forward by four months. The banks did not see the offer in that light. They said that it was just juggling with figures and that it would cost £5m extra to implement. A few hours later the chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission called both sides back for more talks but these ended in stalemate a short time later.

In the event of a strike the banks are confident that they can continue to provide a service. Computerisation creates a totally different scenario from the last strike in 1976. The banks also insist that many members of staff will not support a strike. The B of I says that 47% of its staff are working normally.

If there is any beneficiary in this dispute it is the newspapers. The banks are spending a considerable sum in advertisements which explain their position. The building societies are also investing heavily in advertising as they try to get the message across that they can meet the needs of anyone requiring a traditional banking service, and are already open for much longer hours than the banks.


Back in September 1989 I wrote of Beaumont Hospital's decision to terminate the employment of Mr Patrick O'Neill, one of the world's leading neurosurgeons. Since then another senior neurosurgeon has been dismissed, although with much less publicity. This week Mr Sean O Laoire, yet another leading consultant neurosurgeon, has been suspended by the board of Beaumont Hospital. In between times the board commenced a major inquiry into the operation of the Department of Neurosurgery. So far this has cost £1.3m and is likely to cost as much again before it is complete.

The sequence of events is causing considerable concern among the general public and particularly among the families of those who are being treated at the Department. The Minister for Health, Dr John O'Connell, has ordered an inquiry into the alleged behaviour of Mr O Laoire. The whole argument appears to centre on what constitutes good standards in neurosurgery. Mr O Laoire claims that the standards in the department fall short of what is necessary.

The Beaumont Hospital in North Dublin is probably the most modern in the country. The neurosurgery department is superbly equipped and four of the five other consultants appear to be quite happy with everything except Mr O Laoire.

> > > > > > > > BITS AND PIECES < < < < < < < < <

  • Speaking to young members of the Church of Ireland, Dr Garret FitzGerald had harsh words for sections of the press which promoted false values. He cited gossip columnists as an example. What he found more disconcerting was that fear of being damned as "self-righteous" had "silenced all but the most foolhardy critics of this new value system".

  • The UVF claimed it was responsible for the incendiary device which damaged Guiney's department store in Dublin last weekend.

  • The Government donated £200k to the UN agency which is repatriating Cambodian refugees from Thailand while Concern, the voluntary agency, is spending more than £1m.

  • Road deaths increased from 29 in January 1991 to 38 in the same month this year.

  • Some time ago the Tribune newspaper group announced a new share issue. This was to be taken up by Independent Newspapers, bringing its stake in the company to over 50%. As the Independent already owns two of the country's four Sunday newspapers the matter was referred to the Competition Authority. Acting on the Authority's advice, the Minister for Industry and Commerce issued an order preventing the Independent increasing its stake in the Tribune. The Minister, Des O'Malley, said that putting one publisher in such a dominant position would "operate against the common good". This puts the future of the Tribune Group in serious doubt. The Sunday Tribune is the nearest we have to a quality Sunday paper and would be quite successful if management's ambition had been more restrained. £3m has been lost in the last two years by starting a free newspaper known as the Dublin Tribune.

  • The National Breast Cancer Institute in Galway believes it has made a major breakthrough in identifying those most at risk of developing breast cancer. A simple blood test identifies a genetic component which is present in 25% of those who contract the illness.

  • RTE announced that Today Tonight will not return to our screens in the autumn. Instead the current affairs programme will be replaced by three weekly programmes. One will focus on investigations, one on highlighting major issues and the third will analyse ongoing stories. Twenty-one members of the staff of Today Tonight issued a statement describing the move as a retrograde step. Nighthawks is another series which will come to an end this year. Presenter Shay Healy says that the programme was not axed, rather it had established a new format and was making way for further similar developments.

  • President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was here on a private visit during the week. He had a meeting with the Taoiseach on Wednesday.

  • The Tribunal of Inquiry into the Beef Processing Industry spent most of the week considering the administration of export credit insurance. It seemed that the Fianna Fail Government, elected in 1987, and the Fine Gael/Labour coalition which preceded it, made up the rules as they went along. The amount of insurance available increased rapidly with little discussion or consideration of expert advice. When Des O'Malley came along in 1989 he discovered that the Goodman Group was using the insurance to cover beef of foreign origin. He appears to have put a stop to this after a number of meetings with Larry Goodman. It emerged that a leaked letter, which Mr Goodman was able to use in negotiations with Iraqi officials, had come from Seamus Brennan, who was a junior minister at the time. Mr Brennan is being criticised, not for leaking the letter, but for staying quiet while a departmental inquiry took place.

  • Cocaine with a street value of £300,000 has been found in Co.Kerry. A man walking on a beach at Castlegregory found the cocaine in a package which he handed to Gardai. It is thought that the drug came from a Korean ship which sank in the Atlantic a couple of years ago. Another package was found in the same area a few days later but analysis will not be complete until later today.

  • There were no significant developments in the UMP crisis. April 10 is the final day for the submission of tenders for the company's meat processing plants. Farmers continue to lobby for the early payment of debts arising during the examinership of the company. Threats of legal action or a boycott were made against the examiner, the Government, the Receiver and prospective purchasers of the plants. Farmers are expected to be paid this week.

  • £250,000 was raised at an auction in Limerick. The items on offer belonged to the Maxwell Communications Corporation and were shipped over from Britain. It was agreed with the liquidator that the auction should take place in Ireland lest it cause offence to the many employees and pensioners who lost out due to the strange financial manoeuvres of Robert Maxwell.

  • The Inspector into the Telecom affair is having difficulty in interviewing one of his key witnesses. He wishes to meet Gerald Walsh, a Cork surveyor who founded United Property Holdings, the company which first purchased the Johnston, Mooney and O'Brien site. Mr Walsh has been charged in a London court with conspiracy to defraud an English woman of Stg£1.2. This seems to be connected with a court case here involving a Cork garage and a number of Lamborghini cars.

NATIONAL LOTTERY winning numbers:

  • Wed: 4, 12, 13, 15, 28, 29 - there was one winner of the jackpot of £406k.
  • Sat: 10, 21, 25, 28, 29, 32 - there was one winner of the jackpot of £530k

> > > > > > > > NORTHERN NEWS < < < < < < < < <

  • A number of articles were written about the type of mortar used to kill Constable Colleen McMurray in Newry last weekend. The weapon is known as the Mark 12 rocket and is manufactured by the IRA. It is fired horizontally, usually by remote control, and can pierce armour plating. The device used in Newry was mounted in a parked car and triggered by a camera flash, aimed at a photo-electric cell in the car.

  • An estimated 4,000 second-level students held a peace march through a cold and very wet Belfast on Tuesday. The rally was initiated by pupils of Grosvenor High School and was supported by all denominations.

  • The UVF claimed that it shot and killed Peter McClements outside his home in Lurgan on Wednesday night. It said that he was one of its members and that he had been killed for "acts of treason".

  • On Thursday Danny Cassidy (40) was shot dead as he sat in his car talking to a friend in Kilrea, Co.Derry. Mr Cassidy was described as a Sinn Fein election worker but his wife denied this. His death was claimed by the UFF. There were a number of complaints that Mr Cassidy had been the subject of harassment by the RUC. At the funeral on Sunday Bishop Daly of Derry repeated these accusations. He said that there was clear evidence that elements within the RUC had subjected Mr Cassidy to constant "cruel, public harassment" and that this was almost certainly a contributory factor in him being targeted by the UFF.

  • The Court of Appeal in Belfast is currently hearing Danny Morrison's appeal against conviction and sentence for aiding and abetting in the false imprisonment of an RUC informer.

  • A fire, which appears to have been started maliciously, badly damaged St Saviour's Church of Ireland church in Craigavon early on Sunday. There was a similar attack on the church four years ago.

  • It seems to be a relatively quiet election campaign in the North. Commentators seem to be unanimous in the view that there will be no change in the representation of any of the seventeen seats. There is some ill-feeling between the UUP and the DUP. John Taylor called for support for an independent Unionist as she takes on Peter Robinson in East Belfast. The DUP was further annoyed with the UUP when it made it clear that it preferred the outgoing Populist Unionist, Jim Kilfedder, to a DUP candidate in North Down. Conor Cruise O'Brien was in the North canvassing for the Conservative Party, which has a number of candidates standing this time round.

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  • John Lawrence (49) of Wales was sentenced to eight years in prison for importing cannabis with a street value of almost £1m. The drug was found in his Dutch-registered car at Rosslare last October.

  • A former priest pleaded guilty to importing cannabis valued at £700,000. John McCarthy (52) of Cork was found to have the drug at Rosslare in March 1990. He was remanded in custody for sentence on April 24.

  • We continue to have a disquieting number of unsavoury sex cases before the courts. On Tuesday, Patrick Harmon (33) was sentenced to seven years for indecently assaulting a mildly mentally retarded man last October. Throughout the week we were also given details of a case in which six Donegal men are charged with having unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl while she was aged between twelve and fourteen. The girl gave birth shortly after her fourteenth birthday. On Wednesday, two of the men changed their plea to guilty.

  • A Dublin man who bought a new Ford car a year ago discovered that it had various problems, including rust and leaks. Attempts by the garage to fix the problems turned out to be less than satisfactory. Eventually he left the car with the dealer, demanding a replacement or his money back. The dealer refused and the matter ended in the courts. This week a judge ordered the dealer to return the purchase price of the car plus about £500.

  • The Supreme Court ruled that an unemployed man with a criminal record should receive £20,000 compensation from Dublin Corporation in respect of furniture and appliances which were destroyed in a malicious fire at his home. The Corporation claimed that the goods had been purchased with the proceeds of crime. The five judges gave various convoluted reasons for allowing the claim.

  • Judge Gillian Hussey attacked a system which saw a man appear before her on a burglary charge on Thursday, although the same man was jailed for 14 months at the end of January. The latest burglary was committed on March 22 while the man was on temporary release.


  • The recession in Britain was blamed for the loss of 140 jobs at the Munekata plant in Finglas. The company manufactures plastic cases for the consumer electronic sector and 80% of output goes to the UK. 197 people will continue to be employed at the plant.

  • The jobless total at the end of March stood at 279,200. an increase of 800 over the February figure. Seasonally adjusted the increase was 2,400.

  • Our politicians continue to argue over the role of the joint Oireachtas Committee on unemployment. Fine Gael is still refusing to participate and it appears, after all, that the Committee will be set up without Fine Gael participation.

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  • Emmet Stagg's disenchantment with the leadership of the Labour Party was short-lived. He re-applied for membership of the parliamentary party and was accepted.

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  • Mary O'Rourke, Minister of State for Trade and Marketing, led a trade delegation to Russia and the Ukraine. The group arrived in Moscow last Sunday night and Mrs O'Rourke stayed with it until midweek. She then decided that it was more important that she be in Dublin for the meeting of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party on Wednesday. One outcome of the visit is that two Russian officials will visit this country to consider what types of expertise we can offer under the EC technical aid programme.

  • Irish Times' Moscow correspondent Seamus Martin reports that a Bewley's cafe is being planned for the Russian capital.

  • Dick Spring spent Thursday in London canvassing for the British Labour Party in the UK General Election. I am not sure that a similar attempt by Neil Kinnock to influence the outcome of an Irish election would be appreciated here. The Labour Lord Mayor of Dublin decided to follow Mr Spring's example.

  • Ireland has established diplomatic relations with the Ukraine although our representative will be the Ambassador to Russia. This is the fifth former Soviet republic with which we now have formal links. Our Ambassador to Poland is responsible for Lithuania and Latvia, while Estonia is served from the Embassy in Sweden.

  • Garda Inspector P.J. McGowan will head the 540-strong police force which will be a part of the UN peace-keeping operation in Yugoslavia. A total of 20 garda officers will join the force.

  • A three-day Irish music festival in the Netherlands ran into a spot of bother when the Dutch promoters produced a poster with a map of Ireland which excluded the North. Members of the Irish community in Holland protested and some handed back their tickets. The organisers are now withdrawing the poster and producing a replacement.

> > > > > > > > TRAVEL AND TOURISM < < < < < < < < <

  • Budget Travel has obtained exclusive rights to book Irish passengers from Shannon to Florida on Aeroflot Moscow Airlines. It expects that 100,000 will use the service over the five years of the contract, with 12,000 this travelling year.

  • Aer Lingus is to offer an additional service between Galway and Dublin. From June 1 there will be a 6:30am flight from Galway and a 10:00pm flight from Dublin. The Galway business community has been pressing for these flights for some time as it will allow travellers to catch early morning connections to all European destinations served by Aer Lingus and, if desired, return home the same day.

  • The Right Reverend Edward Darling, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, has joined his Catholic colleague, Dr Jeremiah Newman, in calling for the retention of the Shannon stop-over.

  • Aeroflot Moscow Airways has been granted the right to pick up and set down passengers at Shannon on its Moscow-Chicago service. The service will operate on a weekly basis starting on May 15.


  • We have another mini-Woodquay controversy on our hands. The Jurys Hotel Group has commenced work on a new hotel at Christchurch Place in Dublin. The site is said to contain as many important Viking remains as nearby Woodquay. A team of archaeologists had just ten days to examine the site before work started. The hotel site was used as a carpark for the last three years and no satisfactory explanation has been offered for not excavating it during that period. Calls for time to examine it in more detail have been dismissed. The Jurys Group say that the hotel is being built on concrete piles and that a full excavation has taken place where the piles are to be sunk. The remainder of the site, we are told, will not be disturbed. The Office of Public Works supports Jurys' position.

  • The Nuclear Energy Board, which was set up 21 years ago to investigate the possible use of nuclear power in Ireland, has been disbanded. It is replaced by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland.

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  • The summer has become so crowded that we are already in the season in which literary and other festivals take place. Cuirt 92, Galway's International Poetry Festival opened on Monday and ended yesterday. The season started with the Kate O'Brien Weekend, in February.

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  • The smiling face of Sharon Shannon is almost as well known as the scowls of some of our politicians. Photographs of her feature regularly in the press and on Tuesday the Irish Times carried a feature article on the Clare accordionist. I presume it was prompted by the "Bringing it all back home" tour which opened in Galway on Wednesday. So far the musicians have played to full houses in Galway, Sligo, Ennis, Baltimore and Cork.

  • None of you will admit to being interested but I will, nevertheless, record that this year's Irish entry in the Eurovision Song Contest will be "Why Me". It was written by Johnny Logan and sung by Linda Martin.

  • On its nightly traditional music programme Clare FM frequently plays music by a group calling itself "Four Men and a Dog". As I tend to listen to the music more than the talk I don't know too much about the group. I believe they are from Newry but, whatever their origins, they certainly enjoy their music. Some of it would delight any company while other tracks would not meet with the approval of the purists, being distinctly country and western. I can offer no indication of the role played by the dog.

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  • "Hear My Song", the film based on the life of Josef Locke, opened in Dublin on Friday.

  • "Moving", a new play by Hugh Leonard, opens at the Abbey on April 21. This is the third in a series, following "Da" and "A Life".

  • The National Library gave the public its first view of a major collection of letters by James Joyce, yesterday. Some scholars expressed outrage at a decision to return a few letters to the Joyce family because it was was felt that they might cause hurt or embarrassment to the family.

> > > > > > > > BOOKS < < < < < < < < <

Bestsellers - Irish Published:

1. A Place of Stones, by Deirdre Purcell (Town House)

2. Simply Delicious in France and Italy, by Darina Allen (RTE/Gill and MacMillan)

3. Maamtrasna: The Murders and the Mystery, by Jarlath Waldron (Edmund Burke)

4. The 1992-93 Money, PAYE and Tax Guide (Taxation Advice Bureau)

5. Family Finance 1992-93, by Colm Rapple (Squirrel Press)

  • "A Place of Stones" was previously in the bestsellers list when it was first published in hardback. Jarlath Waldron's book is about a murder case in Connemara in the last century. It casts doubt on the guilt of those who were convicted and executed for the crimes.

  • Other books with an Irish connection in the various bestseller lists are "The Burren", by Nelson and Walsh (Boethius Press) and "An Irish Moment", by T. Sheehy (John Hinde). I think that is the first time I have reproduced a bestsellers list which did not include the names of Maeve Binchy and Roddy Doyle.

  • "Oh really O'Reilly", by Harry Walsh is an unofficial biography of Dr Tony O'Reilly. It appeared in the bookshops on Friday but the author claims that, having printed it himself, he now has to distribute it with the help of friends. He says that no one in the business will touch it for fear of incurring the wrath of Dr O'Reilly.

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  • The death has occurred of Fr Michael Doheny Cssp, a founder member of the relief agency, Concern.

  • Mrs Mary Ann Henthorne of Caulfield, Tullco, Cootehill has died at the age of 108. Earlier in the week a Co. Galway woman who was living in Dublin died aged 107.

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..................IRISH POUND......... Apr 3...Mar 27


..................US Dollar......... 1.6311...1.6196


..................French franc...... 9.0022...9.0341

..................Dutch guilder...... 2.9916...2.9995

..................Belgian franc...... 54.67... 54.83

..................Italian lira...... 2006.25 2005.87

..................Spanish Peseta......169.05...168.44

..................Japanese Yen...... 217.87...215.44

..................Swiss franc.........2.4352...2.4221

..................Canadian dollar... 1.9435...1.9270

..................Australian dollar...2.1266...2.1149

  • Jefferson Smurfit Corp, the 50%-owned US affiliate of the Smurfit Group, reported a net loss of $77.1m in its fourth quarter. This caused the group's stock price to close the week at 645p, a drop of about 50p.

  • Avonmore Foods announced annual pre-tax profits of £16.3m, up 22.6% on the previous year. Turnover was up from £500m to £575m.

  • Government borrowing for the first three months of the year was 85% of the target for the full year. As the Government traditionally incurs most of its borrowing in the first quarter this was considered positive. It is less than the proportion borrowed in the same period last year. The figure to date was £509m against a budget for the year of £592m. Revenue for the period was higher than expected with taxes up 9%. Income tax alone was up 13%. This is seen as a further indication that the numbers at work remain constant despite the increase in the number of unemployed.

  • P.J. Mara, the former government press secretary, has landed on his feet by being appointed media relations advisor to GPA. It is thought that his salary will be about double that which he received from the State.

  • It will come as no surprise to hear that Professor Richard Conroy is back on the board of Conroy Petroleum, after Tony O'Reilly increased his holding in the company. The extent to which he has rebounded must have intrigued most onlookers. Three other directors who were removed from the board with him are also back and four directors representing Outokumpo have resigned. It was the Finnish company, Outokumpo, which led the original coup against Professor Conroy and the others.

  • Inishtech reported a 14% increase in profits to £7.1m, but its share price remained unchanged at 365p.

  • Presumably the current industrial relations difficulties caused the share price of both the major banks to hit lows for the year. AIB was down to 166p and B of I to 144p.

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It was a very cold week for the time of year but here in the West we did not get the same heavy rainfall experienced in the East, and that was far short of that which fell in parts of Scotland and North-east England. Temperatures fell as low as -3C in parts of the Midlands on at least one night.

Latest temperatures: Day 8C........................Night 3C

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> > > > > > > > G.A.A. < < < < < < < < <

National Football League:

.................. Roscommon 1-10......Tyrone 1-15

.................. Dublin 3-6......... Donegal 1-10

.................. Cavan 0-7......... Derry 1-11

.................. Clare 0-6......... Meath 0-8

  • Donegal must have got stage fright against Dublin. They were deservedly leading by four points with about two minutes remaining and then allowed Dublin to score two goals.

  • Clifden GAA had its wrists slapped for allowing it rugby playing neighbours to use the local GAA field when the rugby pitch was water-logged.

> > > > > > > > SOCCER < < < < < < < < <

FAI Cup - replay:

Shelbourne 0 Bohemians 1

FAI Cup - Semi-final draw:

Cork v St Pats

Bohs v St James' Gate

Premier Division:

.................. Athlone 1......... Sligo 1

.................. Bohs 1............ Drogheda 1

.................. Cork 2............ St Pats 1

.................. Dundalk 1......... Shelbourne 3

.................. Galway 1............Derry 1

.................. Shamrock R. 1...... Bray 1

Premier Division Table:...... P W D L Pts

...............Shelbourne.........31 20 7 4...47

...............Derry City.........32 16 10 6...42

...............Cork C.............31 15 11 5...41

...............Dundalk............32 14 11 7...39

...............Bohemians......... 31 13 9 9...35

...............Shamrock R....... 31 9 15 7...33

...............St Pats Ath...... 31 8 11 12...27

...............Drogheda U....... 32 6 13 13...24

...............Sligo R.......... 32 6 11 15...23

...............Athlone T..........32 6 11 15...23

...............Bray W.............31 6 10 15...22

...............Galway U.......... 32 7 7 18...21

  • That win clinches the League Championship for Shelbourne for the first time since 1962.

First Division:

.................. Finn Harps 0...... UCD 1

.................. Home Farm 0.........Cobh 1

.................. Limerick 1......... Kilkenny 1

.................. St James G. 3...... Monaghan 3

.................. Waterford 2.........Longford 1

  • Limerick, who were already assured of promotion, are now First Division Champions.

Irish Cup - Semi-final:

.................. Crusaders 0.........Linfield 2

  • Linfield meet Glenavon in the final of the Irish Cup. I never did find out who won the quarter-final tie between Ballymena and Oxford United Stars. It matters little now as the winners were in turn defeated by Glenavon, and that score does not appear to have been reported down here either.

  • After all the good results of recent weeks Liam Brady must have been bitterly disappointed to see Celtic lose 1-0 to Rangers in the Semi-final of the Scottish Cup. Rangers had a player sent off after seven minutes but still managed to take the lead on half-time. An effective Rangers defence contained constant Celtic pressure, although it had to rely on the woodwork on three occasions and was fortunate not to concede a penalty. Hearts and Airdrie drew 0-0 in the other Semi-final. Celtic returned to their winning league form on Saturday with a 0-3 win at Falkirk. Dundee Utd won 2-1 against St Johnstone while no goals were scored in the other two games, Dunfermline v Aberdeen and Hibs v Motherwell.

  • Irish players played an important part in the semi-finals of the English cup. A John Byrne goal against Norwich put second division Sunderland into the final. His was the only goal of the game. Ronnie Whelan scored the equaliser for Liverpool in their 1-1 draw with Portsmouth. Both goals came in extra-time.

> > > > > > > > RUGBY < < < < < < < < <

Ulster Senior Cup:

.................. Collegians 15...... Ballyclare 7

.................. Malone 18......... Dungannon 6

.................. Ballymena 22...... Bangor 6

.................. Ards 9............ NIFC 24

Munster Senior Cup:

.................. Bohemians 4.........UCC 7

.................. Dolphin 36......... Waterpark 6

.................. Highfield 3.........Young Munster 22

.................. Shannon 22......... Garryowen 6

Leinster Senior Cup:

.................. Clontarf 6......... Blackrock 25

.................. DLSP 0............ Lansdowne 13

.................. Greystones 6...... Terenure 22

.................. UCD 6...............Old Belvedere 3

Connacht Senior Cup:

.................. Sligo 9............ Athlone 6

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SNOOKER: Ken Doherty had an excellent run in the Irish Masters at Goffs. He reached the final only to go down 9-6 to World Number One, Stephen Hendry, last night. Only a few of the very top snooker players, plus one or two of the best Irish players are invited to take part in the Irish Masters. To reach the final Doherty eliminated Alex Higgins, Steve Davis and John Parrot. Dennis Taylor failed to pass the first hurdle, going down 5-1 to John Parrot.

A week earlier Ken Doherty surprisingly failed to qualify for the final stages of the World Championship. He was eliminated by Peter Francisco, who won 10-7. Doherty got off to a disastrous start and trailed by 5-0. At the same time his fellow Dubliner Stephen Murphy had better luck and qualified with a 10-8 win over Wayne Jones. He now must face Stephen Hendry in the first round proper.

GOLF: Des Smyth was the best placed Irish player in the Rome Open but he was way down the field. In Japan Ronan Rafferty was eight strokes behind the winner of a major tournament. A third round 76 put him out of contention.

GRAND PRIX RACING: Neither of the Jordan cars managed to finish in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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