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2006-05-18 08:55:46

By Kerstin Gehmlich CANNES, France (Reuters) - Ken Loach's new film on the 1920 struggle for independence from Britain in rural Ireland teaches lessons on conflicts like today's war in Iraq, the director said as he showed the film in Cannes on Thursday. Loach, who has sparked controversy with his political films before, was greeted with much applause as he showed his historic tale "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" during the competition for the main Palme d'Or prize. Loach said his...

2006-04-04 13:20:48

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish Republican Army (IRA) said on Tuesday it was not involved in the death of Denis Donaldson, a former member of the guerrilla group's political ally Sinn Fein who last year admitted spying for the British. "The IRA had no involvement whatsoever in the death of Denis Donaldson," the IRA said in a brief statement.

2006-02-25 12:38:16

By Jodie Ginsberg DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish nationalists clashed with police in Dublin on Saturday as demonstrations against a planned march by Northern Irish Protestants sparked the worst rioting in the city for over a decade. Hundreds of rioters hurled bricks, fireworks and bottles at police as they waited for the "Love Ulster" rally to get underway in one of Dublin's main shopping streets. The rioters were protesting plans for relatives of people killed by the Irish Republican...

2006-02-01 09:36:21

By Paul Hoskins and Adam Pasick DUBLIN (Reuters) - Northern Ireland's ceasefire watchdog said on Wednesday the Irish Republican Army was keeping to a disarmament pledge it made last July but was still involved in spying and organized crime. The British government hailed a "sea change" by the guerrilla group which could help break political stalemate in the province. The watchdog's findings are central to building trust between opposing Northern Irish political parties to help...

2005-09-27 08:51:29

By Paul Hoskins BELFAST (Reuters) - The Irish Republican Army (IRA) is involved in a cover-up over its claim to have ditched its entire arsenal and may have handed weapons to sister organizations, a leading unionist politician said on Tuesday. "The more the search-light is put on this, the more we discover there is a cover-up," said Ian Paisley, leader of the province's main pro-British Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). He was speaking after meeting members of Northern Ireland's...

2005-09-26 10:18:30

By Paul Hoskins BELFAST (Reuters) - The Irish Republican Army has scrapped all of the weapons used to wage its 30-year armed campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland, international monitors said on Monday. The move is historic for an organization that once viewed arms disposal as akin to surrender, but its significance for Northern Ireland politics will take longer to assess, given the deep mistrust of the IRA among the main pro-British parties. "We have now reported to the...

2005-09-26 10:03:36

By Paul Hoskins BELFAST (Reuters) - The Irish Republican Army has scrapped all of the weapons used to wage its 30-year armed campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland, international monitors said on Monday. The move is historic for an organization that once viewed arms disposal as akin to surrender, but its significance for Northern Ireland politics will take longer to assess, given the deep mistrust of the IRA among the main pro-British parties. "We have now reported to the...

2005-09-26 08:17:01

By Paul Hoskins BELFAST (Reuters) - Irish nationalist guerrillas have disposed of the weapons used in a 30-year armed campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland, international monitors said on Monday. "We have now reported to the British and Irish governments that we have observed and verified events to put beyond use very large quantities of arms which we believe are all the arms in the IRA's possession," the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning said in a...

2005-09-26 08:13:45

BELFAST (Reuters) - The Irish Republican Army (IRA) has disposed of the weapons it amassed to fight British rule in Northern Ireland, independent monitors said on Monday, in a move that could revive stalled talks on a political settlement. "We have now reported to the British and Irish governments that we have observed and verified events to put beyond use very large quantities of arms which we believe are all the arms in the IRA's possession," the Independent International...

2005-09-26 07:40:08

By Paul Hoskins BELFAST (Reuters) - International monitors gave the British and Irish governments a report on Monday which is set to confirm that nationalist guerrillas have given up weapons used in a 30-year campaign against British rule in Northern Ireland. The monitoring body overseeing disarmament will publish its report on the dumping of what is believed to be one of Europe's largest guerrilla arsenals in Belfast at 1300 GMT. It comes two months after the Irish Republican Army...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'