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14 May 2009 Edition

Catholic experience of Criminal Justice unacceptable

14 May 2009

A new report shows that Catholics in the North are more likely to face prosecution, to be remanded in custody and over-represented in the prison population and subject to discriminatory practices in prison. The report by North's Criminal Justice Inspectorate highlights institutional bias in the Criminal Justice System and confirms the belief amongst nationalists of an inherent bias that reaches across the Criminal Justice system. While the implementation of the Patten recommendations will address the situation in regards to policing, the same diligence needs to be applied across the Justice system from the PPS to the recruitment of members of the Prison Service. Free article

Oireachtas endorses Sinn Féin report on farming and fishing in west

14 May 2009

The Oireachtas All Party Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food this week endorsed a report by Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris on the Future of Farming and Fishing in the West of Ireland. The report calls for the reversal of all government budget cutbacks in the agriculture sector and complete reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. Martin Ferris travelled the length of the West Coast to carry out an extensive survey of farmers and fishermen and received hundreds of submissions from interested parties. The report will now be sent to the cabinet with a call from the committee for a full Dáil debate. Free article

An Phoblacht Magazine


  • The first edition of this new magazine will feature a 10 page special on the life and legacy of our leader Martin McGuinness to mark the first anniversary of his untimely passing.
  • It will include a personal reminiscence by Gerry Adams and contributions from the McGuinness family.
  • There will also be an exclusive interview with our new Uachtarán Mary Lou McDonald.

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