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No consensus reached on final set of proposals to deal with flags, disputed parades and the legacy of the Troubles

Blair and Bruton put the onus on IRA

Tony Blair and John Bruton, the Irish Prime Minister, united last night in demanding a "quality ceasefire" by the IRA before Sinn Fein can enter the resumed peace talks in Ulster by the democratic parties.

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Hume attacks 'vote-stealing' by Sinn Fein

The SDLP leader John Hume yesterday launched an unusually scathing attack on Sinn Fein and the IRA, questioning their good faith and warning the electorate that a vote for Sinn Fein was in effect a vote for violence.

Discipline code for Labour MPs

Labour MPs could be disciplined for consistently criticising their party leaders under a new code of conduct which was approved yesterday.

Loyal support for Sinn Fein

Ulster Loyalist leaders yesterday urged the Prime Minister at a meeting in Downing Street to bring Sinn Fein into all-party peace talks in Northern Ireland.

Long-distance peace message

The British Government and Sinn Fein have struck up a long-distance public dialogue as the Northern Ireland Secretary, Sir Patrick Mayhew, responded directly yesterday to a speech given by Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness on Thursday.

Blair hands olive branch to old guard

Labour leader Tony Blair last night offered his party's old guard a firm reassurance that there was no question of democratic socialism being dumped as part of his New Labour modernisation project.

Prescott comes out fighting for socialism

The `S' word - socialism - was revived last night by John Prescott in a barnstorming speech challenging modernisers in the party who were prepared to the drop the word from Labour's dictionary.

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Secret IRA talks denied

The Government and the Irish republican movement both denied yesterday that two meetings between a former minister and Sinn Fein amounted to "a secret new channel of communication with the IRA".

Major pulled back from Irish peace

PM was initially hostile to Dublin moves

Adams says Sinn Fein may take part in poll

GERRY ADAMS yesterday held out the prospect that Sinn Fein would participate in the May elections to the Northern Ireland forum proposed by John Major. He also called on a more active role from the Dublin government in "upholding the rights of citizens in the North".

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