14 December 2006 Edition

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Mála Poist

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Remember the POWs this Christmas

A chara,
The announcement by the leadership of Óglaigh na hÉireann in July 2005 of an end to its armed campaign removed any precondition for IRA POWs to be incarcerated. History has shown that the end of any military campaign heralds the release of political hostages, why is this not the case in Ireland?
Eight years on from the signing of the GFA agreement, over 10 years on from the IRA cessation and over a year from the IRA leadership declaring an end to the armed campaign the fact still remains that IRA POWs face Christmas in the bleak setting of a prison cell. This is unacceptable
The Dublin government, in particular has yet to fulfill its part in releasing IRA POWs in Portlaoise and Castlerea.
West Tyrone Ógra Shinn Féin have been campaigning, along with other groups to ensure the prisoners do not have to spend another Christmas away from home and loved ones.
This Christmas we will again highlight their plight by having protests and vigils in the West Tyrone area in the run up to Christmas to show our support to our republican comrades who face Christmas away from home.
The onus is firmly on the London and Dublin Governments to ensure that these men are released so that they too can enjoy Christmas with friends and family.
Is mise,
Barry McNally,
West Tyrone,
Ógra Shinn Féin.

Fourth Annual Cross Border Walk

A chara,
On 27 December, republicans from Fermanagh, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan will participate in what has become a traditional event.  They will assemble at the Mountview Bar in Derrylin and at 1.30pm, make their way up Doon Mountain, across the scenic route, pass Sean Quinn’s windmills, cross the border and down into Ballyconnell where this year they will be greeted with a well-deserved bowl of stew in Dicey Fiddler’s and entertainment is by Colin Woods.  A tough walk, however, a great way to shake off the cobwebs of Christmas parties, excess turkey, trifle and pudding, while at the same time raising money for Republican projects.
This year the Organisers have decided that all proceeds will aid two local projects:
As part of the celebrations marking the 50th Anniversary of Feargal O’hAnnluain & Seán Sabhat, the monument at Altawalk, in need of essential repairs due to loyalist attempts to destroy it, will be repaired.  Many of the volunteers from the Brookeborough Raid will be attending the Commemoration on 1 January, 2007.
The second project is “A Tribute to the Border Busters”.  The aim of this project is to unveil a fitting and symbolic monument in tribute to the resourcefulness and perseverance of communities along the border in their campaign to keep their local roads open.
If anyone would like a Sponsor Card, sponsor a participant or require further information, please contact Poilin on 028 66348056, Stephen 028 677 23986 or Gerry 087 2839457.
Is mise,
Cllr. Poilin Ui Cathain,
Kinawley, Fermanagh.

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