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1 July 2015 Edition

mNa déan dearam ar do shluasaid

1 July 2015

TÁ AN Scéim Sóisialta Tuaithe ag feidhmiú sna ceantair tuaithe ó bhí 2004 ann. Tá 2,600 duine páirteach sna scéimeanna ar fud na tíre. Oibríonn siad faoi scáth 130 saoiste agus go minic oibríonn siad i gcomhair leis na scéimeanna fostaíochta pobail & scéimeanna ‘TÚS’ áitiúla ar oibreacha chomh maith. Ach, tá aighneas idir iad féin agus an Roinn Coimirce Sóisialaí mar gheall ar théamaí, coinníollacha oibre agus todhchaí na scéimeanna féin. Premium service article

O’Donovan Rossa – Unrepentant Fenian bomber

1 July 2015

IN 1856, O’Donovan Rossa began a revolutionary career that would span over 50 years when he became a founding member of the Phoenix Society in west Cork. Those who had joined the society were frightened by the state of Ireland in the aftermath of the Famine and the disastrous failure of the 1848 rebellion. Premium service article

Media billions undermining press freedom

1 July 2015

I WONDER if Denis O’Brien does reminiscence. Twenty years ago, Denis was planning a strategy to secure Ireland’s second mobile phone licence, a success that massively enriched him when it was sold to BT in 2000, earning him €317million. Premium service article

Irish faces extinction as a community language – unless positive action is taken now

1 July 2015

THE VERY EXISTENCE of the Irish language as a spoken community language is under real threat, according to a survey published recently by Údarás na Gaeltachta. Free article

Labour’s new online censorship proposals

1 July 2015

TWO DÁIL BILLS proposed by the Labour Party purportedly aimed at curbing online ‘trolls’ (including provision for offenders to be locked-up for ‘offensive’ messages) are so vague that they could be used to stifle legitimate criticism of the Government or politicians across social media platforms. Free article

H-Blocks TD PADDY AGNEW looks back on the epic 1980/1981 Hunger Strikes in Long Kesh

1 July 2015

THIS YEAR marks the 34th anniversary of the National Hunger Strike Commemoration which will be held in Dundalk, County Louth, on 23 August. Free article

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DUP wanted ethnic minorities chief prosecuted – for ‘hate crime’

1 July 2015

PATRICK YU, Chief Executive of the North’s Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM), was threatened with being taken to court by the DUP – for a “hate crime”. Premium service article

We need a new vision of the future

1 July 2015

PAINFULLY, fitfully, we are witnessing the early signs of a new politics being born across the periphery of Europe and in the wave of new Left governments in Latin America. SYRIZA in Greece, Podemos in Spain, the Scottish National Party breakthrough in Scotland and now the colourful victory of the marriage equality referendum in Ireland show the eruption of grassroots discontent and aspiration within the political system. Free article

Reconciliation? We need genuine words of ‘abject and true remorse’ demonstrated in action

1 July 2015

IN EVERY SOCIETY there is a need for”Uncomfortable Conversations. Sometimes this need is ignored, like the proverbial ‘elephant in the room’. The issues, however, do not go away by being ignored. Others seek to address the discordant issues by ‘constructive ambiguity’ which, as we know from experience, only leads to further confusion. Free article

Looking forward with pride after the Marriage Equality Referendum

1 July 2015

KIERAN ROSE sat down with An Phoblacht in Sinn Féin’s Head Office in Parnell Square in Dublin a couple of weeks after the Marriage Equality Referendum. He hadn’t been there since the 1980s but he paid tribute to Sinn Féin and republicans for being “critical” in their support of and advocacy for the LGBT community and marriage equality. Sinn Féin “hasn’t played politics” with the issue of equal rights for the gay community, he said. Free article


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