Ap Aug front 2017

Michael Devine – Died 20 August 1981 after 60 days on hunger strike in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh

20 August 2017

On the death of INLA Volunteer Michael Devine at 12 minutes to eight on Thursday 20 August 1981, his brother-in-law, Frankie McCauley, said: “One thinks, ‘Ten men, how many more have to die? We have ours now over us. Next week it will be big Laurence’s people waiting for the same thing. Then the Devlins after that and another boy will go on hunger strike and another. They’ll never break them.’” Free article

Brian Cowen in the dock

30 July 2010

By-election bid at the High Court

BY ELLA O’DWYER

IF Brian Cowen really does believe in democracy then he should not have had to be dragged into the High Court to try and force him to hold the South-West Donegal by-election more than a year after a Fianna Fáil seat became vacant. Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty was talking to me as he awaited a High Court ruling on the very... Free article

The ‘Glorious’ Twelfth?

30 July 2010

Parading, policing and protest gone riot Ella O’Dwyer talks to Sinn Féin Cuige Úladh Chair Seán Murray about the ongoing parades issues

THE violence that captured news headlines on the Twelfth were caused primarily by the insistence by the Orange Order on riding roughshod over the wishes of the nationalist community, according to a leading republican who has been trying to... Free article

Government policy and HSE mismanagement – a fatal combination

30 July 2010

WHEN the Health Service Executive (HSE) was established in January 2005 by the Fianna Fáil/Progressive Democrats Government we were promised that a new era in Irish healthcare was beginning. The old health boards were abolished and the new structure was supposed to deliver the Government’s commitment to a “world-class health service”.
The Government Health Strategy had promised... Free article

Volunteers Michael Gaughan & Frank Stagg Commemoration County Mayo

30 July 2010

THE annual Gaughan/Stagg Commemoration took place in Ballina, County Mayo, on Sunday, June 27th.
Mayo men Michael Gaughan and Frank Stagg died on hunger strike in English prisons in 1974 and 1976 respectively.
The heroes who took up the fight in England were paid tribute to in a parade from Ballina Cathedral to their graves in Leigue Cemetery, where West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty... Free article

Losing their heads

30 July 2010

BY THE TIME you read this, you may have become gay. So too might your children. And their friends. And possibly your pet dog. Not your cat, though - he was gay to begin with.
I’m writing this on the day the Civil Partnership Bill passed the final stage in the Seanad. One small step towards equality for same-sex people in Ireland; one giant leap into a world of disgusting, sordid... Free article

Fighting back against Tory cuts

30 July 2010

BY EMMA CLANCY

ORGANISING a united and effective challenge to the British Conservative/Liberal Democrats coalition government’s cuts to public spending and the block grant to the Executive is an urgent priority for Sinn Féin and all progressives in the Six Counties.
The spending cuts announced in the British Emergency Budget on June 22nd will have a disastrous impact on... Free article

Tyrone IRA Volunteers honoured

30 July 2010

TYRONE VOLUNTEERS DAY was marked by republicans assembling on Main Street, Cappagh, County Tyrone on July 13th. The annual commemoration coincides with the anniversary of the death of Tyrone Volunteer Martin Hurson, who died on hunger strike on July 13th 1981.
The main commemoration was preceded by the finals of the Martin Hurson Memorial Gaelic football tournament. The men’s... Free article

Why Sinn Féin?

30 July 2010

Ex-Green Party and Independent Cork City Councillor Chris O’Leary on joining Sinn Féin

ON JULY 8th I publicly announced my decision to join Sinn Féin. It was a step I was glad to take and one which had been coming for some time. The reaction to my decision since from people in all walks of life has been overwhelmingly positive. Nonetheless, some may ask “Why Sinn Féin?”
I became... Free article

Remembering the Past BY MÍCHEÁL Mac DONNCHA

30 July 2010

Internment and resistance

NO single decision by the British Government in Ireland did more to violate human rights and to escalate the conflict than the decision to impose internment without trial in the Six Counties. Detention without charge was in force between August 1971 and December 1975 and during that time nearly 2,000 people were interned.
The significance of internment... Free article

Around the Oireachtas

30 July 2010

Ó Snodaigh slams FF/Green masquerade, ‘Mad-cap road toll unworkable’ – Ferris, Pearse Doherty supports ABA schools and ‘Where were Public Interest Directors?’ asks Arthur Morgan Free article

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