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18 August 2005 Edition

High Noon at Croke Park

18 August 2005

I met a taxi driver last Sunday who was talking about some chap with an Irish surname who had a scored a goal for a soccer team from Lancashire. Had I seen it? No. Wouldn't cross the road. I was thinking of Brian Lohan and Davy Fitz; agony chiselled on their faces. And of John Gardiner and Seán Óg; happy but equally drained, and gracious. And of Paul Caffrey and Mickey Harte embracing, not for the cameras, but in mutual respect. Each will spend the next number of days plotting each other's downfall and heartbreak, but you may be certain that they won't be bickering in the press or having to excuse the loutish behaviour of their players. Free article

BA strike chaos could happen here

18 August 2005

Hundreds of flights were cancelled, 70,000 passengers left stranded, 10,000 travellers with lost luggage and British Airways facing losses of £30 million after 1,000 of its workers staged a one-day unofficial strike last week. The workers, members of the TGWU, took the sudden industrial action after Gate Gourmet, the company who supplies meals on BA planes summarily sacked 600 TGWU workers. Free article

Who wins from below cost selling?

18 August 2005

There are this summer a growing number of groups lining up to tell us that 26-County households are being ripped off. This week's entrants include the Competition Authority and the Consumers Association.

Last week's submission from the Competition Authority to Micheál Martin, Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment, argues that households are paying nearly... Free article

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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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Death of Volunteer Francie Caraher

18 August 2005

South Armagh Brigade, Óglaigh na hÉireann was dealt a severe blow when news broke of the death of their comrade and friend Volunteer Francie Caraher on 17 July 2005. Free article


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