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The Irish Emigrant - June 29, 1992 | Print |  Email
Monday, 02 July 2007
Politicians were being questioned at the Beef Tribunal; Ireland was one of the EU's poorer nations arguing the case for increased structural funds; there was much interest in a Green Paper on education; the Northern talks appeared to be making progress and no one died violently in the North in six weeks

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June 29, 1992 THE IRISH EMIGRANT Issue No.282

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Editor: Mike Hughes Circulation: 1,316

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No one story dominated the news for the past week. The Beef Tribunal at Dublin Castle continued to make headlines as politicians are now being called to give evidence. By the end of the week the EC summit in Lisbon was receiving most attention. The big issue there was the failure to agree on additional funding for the poorer nations. The Green Paper on education was finally published. It received a fair deal of coverage but, as a summary document had been released some weeks ago, there were no great surprises.

Farmers put themselves back in the news by driving a flock of sheep into the foyer of the Department of Agriculture. This action impressed few. It was revealed during the week that President Robinson will address both houses of the Oireachtas in the near future. This, of course, is a most unusual occurrence.

Friday's and Saturday's papers led with talks between Irish and British officials in London. These culminated in an agreement that Irish Ministers would meet the leaders of the Northern parties in London tomorrow, to discuss the Strand Three talks.

WHERE'S THE BEEF?

At the start of the week John Bruton, the leader of Fine Gael, took the stand at the Tribunal and revealed that he had received political donations from principles in the beef industry and that they were handed to a trustee of Fine Gael who was at present on holiday. The contributors were not named by Mr Bruton but he undertook to contact the persons to see if they would consent to be named to the Tribunal. On Wednesday the big story was the "significant alteration" made to a briefing document drawn up by CBF, the meat marketing board, intended for a ministerial delegation to Iraq. The alteration was made by a Department of Agriculture official. The deleted paragraph referred to intervention beef being sold to Iraq. Such beef would not have been slaughtered according to Islamic rite.

By Wednesday it was the turn of Dr Sean McCarthy, former Minister of State for Science and Technology, to appear before the Tribunal. He too admitted receiving £2,000 from Taher Meats for his constituency party organisation. Taher Meats had mentioned the sum of £5,000. Mr McCarthy told the Tribunal that a party trustee had told him it was £2,000. Mr Justice Hamilton was annoyed at the State's alteration of the paragraph on the briefing document of a day or two earlier and he called for an explanation from the State's counsel. He went on to say that the preliminaries were now over and it was time to get down to the real work of the tribunal. Minister for Industry and Commerce Des O'Malley takes the stand today.

EDUCATION SHAKE-UP

The much awaited Green Paper on Education was launched on Thursday by the Minister for Education Seamus Brennan. The paper is a discussion document which will eventually become law if enacted by the Dail. It has attracted widespread comment, most of which, but not all, has been positive.

The entire document runs to five broadsheet pages of a newspaper. Much emphasis was placed on the primary school curriculum, the management of schools, quality assurance in the management of schools, and a new subject in second level schools called technology studies. The proposals also include raising the minimum school-leaving age to 16.

Minister Brennan received criticism for proposals to close small schools in rural areas, from both teachers' unions and from the clergy who own many of the affected school buildings.

On the whole, however, the paper was greeted with interest and the minister was congratulated by some commentators who described the proposals as radical and progressive.

EC SUMMIT

By Friday Mr Reynolds was in Lisbon attending the EC summit. This was an important summit for Ireland as the proposed Delors package of assistance for poorer countries was on the agenda. The meeting was "heated" at times, with the poorer countries threatening to veto the enlargement of the EC until the question of the doubling of structural funds was agreed. The issue was unresolved, with strong opposition coming from the British, Germans and Dutch. The media circus was there in force but the flow of information was at best strained.

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

  • The decomposed remains of a married female prison officer, missing since before last Christmas, were found in the Dublin mountains by a man cutting turf. Jewellery was found beside the body which was not identified for a couple of days. Mrs. Patricia Doherty went missing on December 23rd last, while out Christmas shopping.

  • Farmers were in the news on Tuesday when they protested outside the Dail in Kildare St. They moved a pen of live sheep up the street and into the lobby of the offices of the Department of Agriculture. The sheep were allowed to run around the lobby for nearly half an hour before being removed. Needless to say this action received widespread criticism. The farmers were protesting at the reduction in headage premium for ewes, being cut by £6, in the immediate aftermath of the recent EC negotiations on farm prices.

  • Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Willie O'Dea, is heading for a dust-up with the denizens of the King's Inns, the members of Bar. The minister has attacked the practice of barristers wearing wigs and gowns and has described the practice as "comical" in some instances and as a form of "forensic condom" between barrister and client. The junior minister has described the reluctance of the Bar members to drop their accustomed costume as "natural conservatism and snobbery" and he has indicated that he will introduce legislation to ban the practice if the Bar Council does not act.

  • The new U.S. ambassador to Ireland, Mr William Fitzgerald, presented his credentials to President Robinson on Friday. Mr Fitzpatrick's appointment has been newsworthy in Irish-American circles mainly because of his uninformed statements on the Maastricht referendum and on the North, to the US senate committee which examines such appointments.

  • A small bomb went off in the financial district of London. Security in the area has been increased significantly since the huge blast on the day following the announcement of the British election results.

  • 70% of Dubliners who receive parking tickets don't bother paying the fine. A garda officer and a civilian have now been given the full-time job of pursuing defaulters.

  • A full-page advertisement in Thursday's Irish Times baffled most of us. The page was blank except for a little note in the middle which read, "Fergie, We could have a very successful marriage. Let's talk things over". It was revealed on Saturday that the ad., which cost £12,500, was placed by an advertising company in the hope of winning the Superquinn account. The supermarket chain is owned by Fergal Quinn but he was not impressed.

  • According to an article in the Irish Times the syndicate which tried to beat the National Lottery will have a modest enough profit. 14.5p in the pound is mentioned. Independent auditors had to be brought in to try and sort out the confusion and almost £70k is still not accounted for.

  • We were given detailed reports about a row in Hollywood over the film "Patriot Games", from the book by Tom Clancy. It is said that the film "portrays the Irish as caricatures from a 19th century Punch cartoon". The biggest controversy concerned Paramount Pictures taking exception to a "scathing" review by critic Joseph McBride, in Variety magazine. Paramount removed all advertising from Variety, prompting the magazine's editor to apologise and assure the film company that Mr McBride would never again be allowed to write another review of a Paramount film.

NATIONAL LOTTERY Winning Numbers:

  • Wed: 3, 6, 11, 12, 16, 21 - the jackpot of £374k was not won.
  • Sat: 10, 15, 21, 23, 29, 32 - the jackpot of £784k was won by a single lucky punter from the South-East.

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

  • Thankfully six weeks have elapsed without the loss of life in the North. The talks process was in the news with Rev. Ian Paisley blaming the Irish government for delays. He accused the Irish government of tardiness in entering the Strand Three phase with the British Government. By the end of the week Mr Reynolds had met Mr Major during the summit at Lisbon, and apparently all is well.

  • Two RUC officers were lucky to escape when a bomb was attached to the roof of their armoured car in Belfast. The incident happened in a busy shopping area and 19 people received injuries in the no-warning attack. The 2lb. device was hidden inside a radio and was attached by a magnet to the roof of the car.

  • The authorities have quietly withdrawn the Parachute Regiment from high profile duties in nationalist areas of east Tyrone. Some members of the regiment are already back in England before the end of their tour of duty, while others have been allocated less sensitive duties.

  • A husband and wife were ordained to the priesthood in the Church of Ireland at the same ceremony in St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast. The Rev Jeremy Mould, who is English, met his wife, the Rev. Jacqueline Mould, while both were studying at TCD.

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  • Kevin O'Connor (22), a factory worker from Carrick-on-Shannon, Co.Leitrim, pleaded guilty in the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Siobhan Brennan (15). He was jailed for life. Ms Brennan disappeared after leaving her part-time job in a Carrick supermarket. Her body was later found 18 miles away. She had been strangled.

  • The former RUC Chief Constable, Sir John Hermon, won agreed damages from Yorkshire Television at the Belfast High Court. He sued the television company in relation to allegations which were made in the documentary "Shoot to Kill". The amount of the damages was not disclosed but is thought to be about Stg£50k.

  • Sir John Hermon was mentioned in the court later in the week. This time he was on the other side of the fence. The former deputy head of the Stalker inquiry had taken a libel action over comments made by the former chief constable on Channel 4 television. Again the matter was settled out of court but we were not told if any money changed hands.

  • A Belfast Court ruled that a convicted killer must pay Stg£15k to the NI Office, towards the compensation which was paid to families of his victims. Kenneth McClinton (44), of the Shankill area, was convicted of two murders in the 1970s. While in prison he was attacked by republicans who threw boiling water over him. Last month he was awarded Stg£23k as compensation for this attack.

  • A former Scottish soldier was refused bail in Belfast when the court was told that he was one of four members of a UDA extortion gang. The owner of a building firm had been told to hand over Stg£10k. Police posed as employees of the firm to obtain evidence against the men.

  • Three soldiers, accused of murdering two Belfast teenagers who were driving a stolen car in 1990, were granted bail. The judge said that the three members of the Parachute Regiment should be allowed to "enjoy family life".

> > > > > > > > POLITICS & POLITICIANS < < < < < < < < <

  • President Robinson is to address the Dail in the near future. A presidential address has not occurred since the 50th anniversary of the Dail, when Eamonn De Valera, the president of the day and also incidentally the president of the first Dail, addressed the house at a special sitting in the Mansion House. The content of the presidential address will have to be cleared by the Government prior to its delivery.

  • A recent speech by a leading Sinn Fein figure at the annual commemoration at Wolf Tone's grave in Bodenstown, Co.Kildare, has been featuring in the news. The speech was short on "armed struggle" and long on "peace" and was regarded as significant by the churchmen who have been engaged in talks with Sinn Fein over the past while. An estimated 1,500 people attended the ceremony.

  • The Galway independent senator, Pol O Foighil, again made news, by being suspended from the chamber for a week. Senator O Foighil was suspended for interfering with the business of the house when he continued to disrupt the debate by referring to the earlier incident where his wearing of a báinín jacket was reported to the committee for procedure and privileges. Later the same committee met and agreed that the báinín jacket was an appropriate mode of dress for the House. The publicity, of course, was only great and no doubt will not hurt Pol in the slightest in his chosen profession.

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  • A survey of 1000 Irish business travellers has chosen Aer Lingus as the best overall airline. On the on route Aer Lingus was second behind British Midland. Delta were the front runners on the North Atlantic, with SAS being best of nine airlines on European routes. Aer Lingus was tops with business class and economy class passengers however.

  • A new treaty on air travel has been agreed by the members of the EC. This allows for open competition for all airlines operating in the community. It will be possible for airlines to compete for fares in all member states when the agreement comes into effect.

  • Translift, which recently started a new cargo service from Shannon to various European locations, has applied for a licence to run a passenger service between Shannon, Boston and Los Angeles. It has already taken delivery of a 234-seat DC8-70. Translift was started by P.J. McGoldrick, the former head of Ryanair.

  • Noel Davern and other Fianna Fail TDs have complained to the Minister for Foreign Affairs that US Embassy staff are being rude and uncivil to young people applying for holiday visas. They also said that some people were refused holiday visas for no apparent reason.

  • The company which built and operates the two toll bridges over the Liffey would now like to construct a 2-mile long tunnel between the end of the Chapelizod by-pass at Heuston Station and Dublin Docks.

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  • The Greenpeace organisation was planning a big protest concert against the opening of the second nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, and U2 was to be the star attraction. However, British Nuclear Fuels succeeded in obtaining an injunction which prevented the concert being held at Sellafield. It went ahead in Manchester but in a gesture of defiance the four members of U2 and some members of Greenpeace landed on the beach near Sellafield and left behind some barrels of "contaminated Irish mud".

  • Greenpeace was also making news with advertisements it placed in the Irish press. The main feature of the advertisements was a picture of the Taoiseach. The text claimed that during Ireland's EC presidency Mr Reynolds signed a document which made EC funds available to nuclear reprocessing plants. It then highlighted the anomalous position of the Irish Government in its frequent criticisms of the Sellafield project.

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  • The Synge Summer school was held at Rathdrum in Co.Wicklow. Synge's play, "In the Shadow of the Glen", was set in Glenmalure, Co.Wicklow, hence the location of the summer school on this occasion. The school closed on June 27th.

> > > > > > > > MUSIC < < < < < < < < <

  • Neil Diamond is back in Dublin for a concert, this time in Croke Park.

> > > > > > > > GALWAY NEWS < < < < < < < < <

  • A threat of a strike at Galway airport was the main story in this week's Connacht Tribune. Apparently 12 workers at the airport are awaiting the outcome of a Labour Court hearing before deciding on whether to go ahead with their decision to withdraw their labour. Airport management refused to comment until after the hearing.

  • Entering Galway's public library to read can be bad for your heart, if you wear a pacemaker that is. The library has installed a new security system to deter book thieves but the system can be set off by someone wearing a pacemaker. Notices have been erected to warn patrons who may be wearing these devices to beware and presumably not to die of shock if the alarms suddenly go off.

  • Galway swimming interests are staging a vigorous protest against the proposals to alter the pool at Leisureland. The proposal would reduce the pool from 33 metres to 25 metres in length. It had been hoped that the pool would be lengthened to 50 metres, making it the only one in the country meeting international competition standards.

  • Selecting a successor to the vacant see of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora is apparently going to take some time. A consultation process has begun between the local clergy and the office of the Papal Nuncio and is expected to go on well into the autumn. Various names are being mentioned but everything is speculation. It's an open secret that the local clergy would prefer to see a man from the diocese selected.

  • Staying on matters religious, the enclosed community of Poor Clare nuns based at Nun's Island in Galway recently celebrated the 350th anniversary of their order's arrival in Galway.

  • The Eyre Square Festival is in full swing this week with the most obvious item being the fun-fair, situated in the car park in front of the bank at the top of the square itself.

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  • The death has taken place of the well-known author and journalist, Des Hickey. He was aged 59. Mr Hickey spent most of his career with Independent Newspapers and was a regular columnist for the Sunday Independent.

  • Michael Dillon, the Irish Times agricultural columnist, died after a short illness at the age of 70. Mr Dillon became popular, even with the non-farming community, through his radio and television broadcasts on agriculture. He was affectionately known as "Kowjak" by those familiar with the US detective series "Kojak".

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EXCHANGE RATES:

..................IRISH POUND........ Jun 26.. Jun 19

..................Sterling............0.9151.. 0.9159

..................US Dollar.......... 1.7324.. 1.7075

..................Deutschmark........ 2.6667.. 2.6728

..................French franc........8.9785.. 9.0088

..................Dutch guilder...... 3.0047.. 3.0112

..................Belgian franc........54.89....55.02

..................Italian lira...... 2016.84..2024.34

..................Japanese Yen........217.52.. 216.53

..................Swiss franc........ 2.4101.. 2.4101

..................Swedish krone...... 9.6363.. 9.6556

..................Canadian dollar.... 2.0894.. 2.0425

..................Australian dollar.. 2.3083.. 2.2625

  • The large losses (Stg£2 billion) at Lloyds of London will affect some well known people in Ireland. These losses are borne by the "names", people who underwrite the risks quoted by Lloyds. Lord Henry Mountcharles is probably the best-known of the Irish "names" affected although it is not clear that he lost money. Belfast's Barney Eastwood agreed that he lost a "substantial" amount but he declined to be more specific..

  • The largest load ever transported in the Republic was taken to Arklow for the new Irish Fertilisers plant last weekend. The operation took over three hours and involved closing the main Dublin to Wexford road for a time.

  • Lyons Irish Holdings have announced that they will be opening a chain of Dunkin Donuts outlets in Ireland from January next.

  • GPA launched a private placing of its shares worth $250 million and the placing was completely successful. After the failed market launch of the company the previous week this news was greeted as very positive for the company.

  • The Irish print industry has grown rapidly in recent years and now has an annual output of about £500m and employs 12,000 people. Much of the growth is in support of the computer industry.

  • April was another month in the string of excellent monthly trade figures. Exports totalled £1.34bn against imports of £1.11bn, giving a trade surplus of £229m. The growth in exports for the first four months of the year was 15%. This is against record figures in the previous year.

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It has been warm and sunny in most parts except the north west for the past week. The farmers are enjoying their best season for many years at saving the winter forage. Sunday was the warmest day of the week and most people headed for the beaches. Balmy and beautiful are the only words to describe it here.

Latest temperatures: Day 23C........................Night 12C

> > > > > > > > S P O R T < < < < < < < < <

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

Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final:

........Derry 0-15..........Down 0-12

Leinster Senior Football Championship:

........Dublin 1-18........ Wexford 0-11

Connacht Senior Football Championship:

........Leitrim 1-9........ Roscommon 2-11

  • Down, the All-Ireland champions, surrendered their crown to the current National League champions. Once again the Ulster champions have failed to retain their Ulster crown but the men from Mourne will be more disconsolate over their failure to come out and defend their national title.

  • In Connacht, Leitrim should have been well ahead at half-time but for the saves of Gay Sheerin. Roscommon will now face Mayo in the Connacht final.

> > > > > > > > SPORTS SHORTS < < < < < < < < <

GOLF: Christy O'Connor Jnr and John McHenry shared the first round lead in the French Open with 67s. They slipped a little on the second day and then O'Connor fell away entirely. McHenry finished in joint sixth place and collected Stg£10.5k, probably his biggest cheque to date. Paul McGinley played steady golf throughout, returning 72, 71, 71, 70, to finish two strokes further back.

RUGBY: Ciaran Fitzgerald has been re-appointed coach to the Irish team for another year.

HORSE RACING: It was Budweiser Irish Derby weekend and the glitterati were in town for the social round. The repeat of the English Derby at Epsom was staged with that race's winner Dr. Devious installed as 8/11 favourite. The horse which came second at Epsom was Jim Bolger's St.Jovite. Christy Roche was down to ride St.Jovite but was under a cloud with the stewards, who relented and permitted him to ride on the day. And ride he did, he chased St.Jovite home to a most startling of wins, with Dr Devious trailing in his wake 10 lengths back. The old course record was smashed in the process. The Curragh was alight with this home-based winning combination in Ireland's richest racing prize, and the track came through again, as its reputation for toughness with an uphill finish told.

ATHLETICS: Frank O'Meara won the 3000 metres at a Birmingham athletics meeting (U.K. Olympic trials) on Sunday. He kicked for home 300 metres out and won in a time of 7 minutes, 59.97 seconds. Frank was happy with the time and feels that it will do nicely for his preparations for Barcelona.

Meanwhile in Holland Sonia O'Sullivan clocked a new Irish record in the women's 3000 metres of 8 minutes, 39.67 seconds, when winning the event there. Sonia smashed the old record also set by herself.

CYCLING: Sean Kelly won the seventh stage of the Tour of Switzerland in a sprint finish with a German rider. This brought him up to fifth place overall, one behind Stephen Roche who slipped from third position. A day later it all changed with Roche dropping out because of back problems and Kelly finishing down the field and dropping back to 19th overall.

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