Voices

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

Drifting towards an IRA victory

THE COMING weekend will be exceedingly tense, at best, in Northern Ireland. After the week's devastation by the IRA of the centre of Newtownards, the Protestant fury that fuelled last weekend's Belfast riots will be running higher than ever. And it is understandable.

Bottom Line: Accruals may be better for age of full disclosure

PRUDENTIAL'S Mick Newmarch yesterday called upon rival life insurers to rally round the flag of accruals accounting. For all the Pru's enthusiasm for this arcane crusade, some of the potential recruits are sceptical or unwilling.

IRA charges

A 21-year-old man was charged last night with the murder of four soldiers in an IRA landmine attack near Downpatrick, Co Down, in 1990. He is due to appear at a court in Newtownards, Co Down today, police said. He has also been charged with being a member of the IRA and causing an explosion at a bank in Downpatrick last November. The man is one of two to appear in court. They were arrested after a missile attack on a police patrol near Downpatrick a week ago.

Policeman becomes third victim of IRA sniper

A ROYAL Ulster Constabulary officer who was killed yesterday by a single shot is believed to be the third victim of an IRA sniper using a high-powered, long-range rifle.

Taxi-driver jailed for IRA tip-off

A TAXI-DRIVER was yesterday jailed for 12 years for supplying information on a paratrooper murdered by the IRA as he visited his fiancee to make final preparations for their wedding.

IRA bomb attack

A civilian worker was in a 'serious but stable' condition in hospital last night after being injured in an IRA bomb attack on the joint police and army post at Crossmaglen, south Armagh. The base in the village centre was badly damaged. The IRA later said it used a new type of cylinder bomb.

Woman, 60, in IRA trial 'terrified of reprisals'

A WOMAN accused of being part of an IRA bombing campaign has told the police all she knows and is terrified of reprisals, an Old Bailey jury was told yesterday.

Government restricts military evidence in inquest on IRA gunman

The Government has acted to restrict the evidence of SAS soldiers at an inquest into the death of an IRA gunman who was ambushed and shot dead by undercover soldiers in 1986.

Briefly: Investment trust guides

TWO NEW free guides to investment trusts have been launched by the Association of Investment Trusts (AITC). Shares for Everyone is a general introduction to the use of investment trusts in financial planning. Investing for Children explains how investment trusts can be used for long-term saving and in inheritance planning. Both are available from the AITC, Park House (6th floor), 16 Finsbury Circus, London EC2M 7JJ.

IRA man's family to sue Annesley

The family of an IRA man shot dead by police in Belfast last month is to take legal action against the RUC Chief Constable, Sir Hugh Annesley, the terrorist organisation's political wing, Sinn Fein, said yesterday. A writ would be issued tomorrow by lawyers acting for the family of Pearse Jordan.

'Despicable' theft

Police in Manchester described as 'despicable' the actions of a robber who conned his way into the home of Ethel Branford, 102, who is deaf and going blind, and stole pounds 500, the remainder of her life savings after a previous thief had taken pounds 1,000.

Chronology of the years of violence: Ulster killings

1966: Loyalist gang kills three people in Belfast.

Flyover repair

The A5 flyover at Staples Corner, north London, closed after an IRA bomb blast three months ago, will be restored by autumn 1993, Steven Norris, the transport minister, announced. It was feared it would have to be demolished.

Bodies of shot IRA men recovered

SECURITY forces in Northern Ireland yesterday recovered the naked bodies of three IRA men who were shot after being accused of being British intelligence and RUC informers.
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