Bishops’ ‘ban plastic bullets’ call

The Statue of Our Lady being carried in the procession by members of the Legion Mary, accompanied by members of the Carmelite Order in Derry. (0507MM01)

The Statue of Our Lady being carried in the procession by members of the Legion Mary, accompanied by members of the Carmelite Order in Derry. (0507MM01)

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The Catholic Bishops of Northern dioceses have declared in a special statement that the use of plastic bullets was morally indefensible, and that re-introduction of the death penalty would be disastrous.

The statement, decided upon at a meeting of the Northern Bishops, called for the withdrawal of plastic bullets and warned that the re-introduction of the death penalty would gravely exacerbate the situation in Northern Ireland.

Two groups from the Bloomfield Park area, 'The French Connection,' and 'Mr Kimberley and his French Fancies' taking part in the Galliagh festival parade with the mayor, Len Green, alderman William O'Connell, and Charlie Nash. (0507MM02)

Two groups from the Bloomfield Park area, 'The French Connection,' and 'Mr Kimberley and his French Fancies' taking part in the Galliagh festival parade with the mayor, Len Green, alderman William O'Connell, and Charlie Nash. (0507MM02)

The statement read - “Over many years we have repeatedly pointed out the immorality of violence in all its forms. It is precisely because we reject violence and are deeply concerned to prevent anything which might lead to its increase that we feel obliged now to refer to two major issues. The first is the use of plastic bullets. Many people have been killed by these weapons, some of them very young. Each of these deaths has caused deep grief to the family of the victim.”

The Na Magha, Derry, juvenille hurlers group totalling 25 boyes who traveled for a three week tour of America, where they played a three week series of games in Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore. Pictured with teh group is the team manager, Sean Mallon and also accompanying them is Eddie McLaughlin and Danny Moore. (0507MM03 )

The Na Magha, Derry, juvenille hurlers group totalling 25 boyes who traveled for a three week tour of America, where they played a three week series of games in Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore. Pictured with teh group is the team manager, Sean Mallon and also accompanying them is Eddie McLaughlin and Danny Moore. (0507MM03 )