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Despite overwhelming evidence there is still continuing reluctance from politicians to accept just how useless short prison sentences are

State will be `mis-selling pensions'

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IRA dissident abducted and beaten by gang

POLICE ON both sides of the Irish border are investigating an incident in which a republican critic of the IRA was abducted and held for some hours early yesterday.

IRA dissident is seized by gang

POLICE ON both sides of the Irish border are investigating an incident in which a republican critic of the IRA was abducted and held for some hours early yesterday.

Personal finance: It's time we end this annuity woe

AS PART of the unending search to remove barriers to long-term savings I believe the time has come to abolish the compulsory retirement annuity pensioners buy with the proceeds of their accumulated pension funds when they retire.

Obituary: Cathal Goulding

THE DUBLIN playwright Brendan Behan once quipped that at IRA meetings the first item on the agenda was very often "the split". The remark, though meant to raise a smile, aptly sums up much of the career of Cathal Goulding, Behan's old IRA colleague.

Personal Finance: Money Q 7 A -No such thing as a children's account

I am thinking of giving my two grandchildren (aged 8 and 11) Christmas gifts of pounds 100 each to put in a savings account. I would also like them to have details of an account where I suggest they put the money. Are some accounts more suited to children than others?

IRA finally admits killing mother of ten

AFTER MORE than a quarter of a century, the IRA has finally admitted that it was responsible for the abduction and murder of a mother of ten children in the early years of the troubles.

IRA may take more flexible view on arms

NEITHER SECURITY nor republican sources would yesterday confirm a newspaper report that a high-level IRA meeting was held at the weekend to consider greater flexibility on the issue of arms decommissioning.

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Outlook: B squared equals nothing new

SHOULD we call it B two, B to the power of two, or B squared? B two it is, but apparently the name has to be written in the logo as b2, since Budgens has already rechristened as b2 its 7-Eleven chain of convenience stores. The fact that this should be more of a talking point than the product itself tells you all you need to know about it.

Paper pays for killer's memoirs

THE memoirs of a former IRA terrorist, who has admitted at least two murders and was given two life sentences, are to be serialised in a national newspaper later this month. The revelation will fuel the controversy over convicted killers profiting from books about their crimes.

Yorkshire moves to deter carpetbaggers

YORKSHIRE Building Society is looking at introducing a new scheme to beat off carpetbaggers which aims to turn all new savers into long- term account holders.

Chancellor to back down over plan to curb Peps

The Chancellor is prepared to make concessions in his plans to introduce new Individual Savings Accounts following a storm of controversy over the proposals. Diane Coyle, Economics Editor, reports on a partial victory for critics of the planned accounts.

Extreme loyalists who have chosen to let their guns do the talking

David McKittrick on the savagery of the paramilitaries and the dilemma over keeping their 'leaders' in the peace process
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