Saturday 19 April 2014

Call to end flag riots

LOYALIST paramilitary leaders have called for an end to the sectarian violence that has rocked Northern Ireland's peace process.

A statement was issued after British and Irish government officials held crunch talks with the first and deputy first ministers on the union flag crisis.

Leaflets appealing for the rioting to stop have been endorsed by 41 different organisations, including paramilitaries, church leaders and community groups.

Earlier, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore met with Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, the North's First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to discuss the loyalist violence over restrictions on the flying of the union flag at Belfast City Hall.

FF alleges jobs 'spin'

THE special cabinet meeting on jobs ended up being a damp squib with no major developments, amid accusations from Fianna Fail that it was about nothing but spin.

The Government will release an updated 'Action Plan for Jobs' in the middle of next month. But a government spokesman did not provide any specific details of what it will contain.

Irish Independent

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