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11 December 2018

The first truly democratic election held in Ireland was the General Election of December 1918. Seismic political events, including the Home Rule crisis, the World War, the 1916 Rising and the Conscription threat had shaken the country since the last General Election in 1910. Women had the vote for the first time, other restrictions on the universal right to vote had been removed and the widening of democracy helped to ensure a stunning victory for Sinn Féin on a Republican platform. Free article

Murdoch BSkyB takeover has implications for Ireland

4 November 2010

IT WASN'T a surprise that Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable asked Ofcom, the British media super regulator, to investigate the proposed take by News Corporation of BSkyB.

At present, News Corporation owns a range of media firms including 20th Century Fox, Fox TV, My Space, Times Newspapers, the News of the World and Sun papers, The Wall Street Journal and... Free article

Closure of Britain's Monitoring Commission welcomed

4 November 2010

THE so-called Independent Monitoring Commission is to be shut down after six years. Sinn Féin Assembly member John O’Dowd said that the decision to do away with the unnecessary and expensive quango was long overdue.

The IMC should never have been formed in the first place. It was an expensive and unnecessary safety blanket for unionism and a tool of the British security services... Free article

Joe Duffy, Marian Finucane, Pat Kenny & Co setting an example

4 November 2010

WE have an awful lot of talk from our media stars – be that Messrs  Marian Finucane, Pat Kenny, Ryan Tubrity or Joe Duffy – on how we might get the country out of the mess it is in. They are all paid from the public purse. Is it right that they are paid the massive sums of money they receive?

Imagine if they were to lead the way in the public sector and say they will only take... Free article

Game is up for Government after High Court election defeat – Pearse Doherty

3 November 2010

SPEAKING today after the High Court ruled in favour of his challenge against the Government’s delay in holding the Donegal South-West by-election, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty said the game is now up for the Government and that the Taoiseach should call a general election.

Senator Doherty said today’s judgement is a victory for the people of Donegal South-West who... Free article

10,000 protest over Navan health cuts on Saturday – RTÉ / Photos

1 November 2010

RTÉ reports on Saturday:-

10,000 protestors are attending a rally in Co Meath as part of a campaign to oppose cuts in services at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan.

The thousands of people from Navan and across County Meath who marched through the town today say the recent cuts will reduce the role of Our Lady's Hospital in Navan to that of a community hospital and day care... Free article

Eamon Gilmore leading Labour Party to the Right, says Ó Snodaigh

31 October 2010

DUBLIN Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has criticised Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore for championing IBEC’s call for a three-year pay freeze for workers.

Speaking today, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said such calls are irresponsible and would further depress the economy.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

Along with championing IBEC’s call for a three-year pay freeze, Eamon Gilmore also... Free article

Sierra Maestra Walk | Blog from Cuba: Che Guevara’s final resting place

31 October 2010

Tuesday 26th October

ON OUR final day in Santa Clara we had the privilege of visiting the mausoleum which marks the final resting place of Che Guevara and the rebels who were slain with him in Bolivia.

On the surface the mausoleum is a towering tribute to Che with a huge statue of him with his rifle and in army fatigues. Part of the monument states Che's belief in the ... Free article

‘Bringing back the Christmas bonus social welfare payment’

31 October 2010

THE restoration of the Christmas bonus social welfare payment is one of the measures called for by Sinn Féin in its pre-Budget submission to be launched in Dublin tomorrow [Monday].

Social Protection spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said Sinn Féin’s pre-Budget submission will set out revenue-raising proposals to fund all current social welfare rates and to reintroduce the... Free article

Sex and drugs and markets’ role... and Ireland – Paul Krugman

30 October 2010

CELEBRATED economist and columnist Paul Krugman, a professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University, blogs this over at The New York Times and makes special mention of Ireland.

Sex and drugs and markets’ role

Kevin O’Rourke has a post, What do markets want, raising the same issues I’ve been discussing about debt, austerity, etc.

But never mind all... Free article

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