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16 June 2005 Edition

Seeing it for myself... SINN FÉIN TD VISITS PALESTINE

16 June 2005

As soon as you land in Tel Aviv Airport - well, a few minutes before - you know something is not right. The air stewards have handed you the Israeli equivalent of Britain's PTA form. Where are you going, who with, where are you staying, your mother's maiden name, your passport details, your mobile number and virtually everything else, stopping short of asking you what will you have for breakfast. When you stroll down the spotless corridors of the airport and approach the security/passport control, its obvious that Big Brother will be made aware of your presence and will probably track you via your mobile phone GPS for the duration of your stay in the occupied lands. Free article

A Left, Green, Republican Coalition?

16 June 2005

A 26-County general election could be called in 2006. Sinn Féin could be one of a number of parties to hold the balance of power. What should we do? asks EOIN O'BROIN. Free article

Facing up to the challenges ahead BY DOMHNALL O COBHTHAIGH

16 June 2005

At a recent meeting, someone mentioned the likely problems facing putative Sinn Féin Ministers around the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Rates issues. I silently groaned and remembered just how bad it had seemed when we had a functioning Executive. At that time, the problem was that we didn't have the fiscal or financial freedom to avoid PFI/PPPs (Public-Private Partnerships). We were trapped administering piecemeal privatisation: we wanted to deliver investment but were hamstrung in terms of getting money to pay for it. Free article

Water Rates - the true story BY JOE DOHERTY

16 June 2005

As someone who has followed, as I am sure many people have, the Water Rates campaign trickle on and off, there have been many esoteric positions or statements by various commentators on this hugely important issue. I would like to set the record straight and clear the muddied waters so to speak. Sinn Féin is opposed to the introduction of a water charge. It is our view that the imposition of this double levy bears no direct correlation on the need to modernise and develop our infrastructure, which must be guided by the need for the modernisation and transformation of our public utilities. Free article

Dúirt Siad

16 June 2005

What they said this week... Free article

An Phoblacht Magazine

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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One-way traffic at Croker

16 June 2005

According to the bookies, all of Sunday's senior hurling and football championship matches were foregone conclusions. Certainly, Wexford, Kilkenny and Cork had easy paths to their provincial de-ciders, but Leitrim battled hard to make Galway work for their victory. Free article

Obair na mBeach

16 June 2005

Summer may be a time we might be thinking of holidays but we should maybe spare a thought for the busy little bee, writes AN DRAOI RUA Free article

Remembering the Past: IRA Volunteers execute Wilson

16 June 2005

On the morning of 22 June 1922, Sir Henry Wilson was returning to his home in Easton Place in London, having just unveiled a war memorial at the city's Liverpool Rail Station. He had paid his taxi driver, and was feeling for his keys, when two IRA men came up behind him, pulled out revolvers and shot him. With an arm wounded by the first two bullets, he half drew his sword. The two IRA men fired a total of nine bullets at Wilson before attempting their escape, but they were surrounded by an angry crowd and arrested by police. Free article

Remembering the Past: IRA Volunteers execute Wilson

16 June 2005

On the morning of 22 June 1922, Sir Henry Wilson was returning to his home in Easton Place in London, having just unveiled a war memorial at the city's Liverpool Rail Station. He had paid his taxi driver, and was feeling for his keys, when two IRA men came up behind him, pulled out revolvers and shot him. With an arm wounded by the first two bullets, he half drew his sword. The two IRA men fired a total of nine bullets at Wilson before attempting their escape, but they were surrounded by an angry crowd and arrested by police. Free article


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