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6 October 2005 Edition

Remembering the Past: Protestant and Catholic workers united

6 October 2005

In 1932 the workers of Belfast when put out of jobs quickly exhausted entitlement to the 'bureau' (dole), and were forced to turn to the Poor Law. The Belfast Board of Guardians applied the old workhouse test with rigor. Nothing was given until savings had been exhausted and relief was in the form of groceries obtained by 'chits' from named shops and successful applicants were humiliated by having their names posted on gable walls. Free article

Place, passion & politics

6 October 2005

I didn't get to see the Women's All-Ireland finals, but congratulations to the Juniors of Armagh and the Seniors of Cork on their victories over Sligo and Galway. The Cork victory was notable for the fact that four of the panel are also part of the Senior Camogie panel that won their All-Ireland two weeks ago. That makes them unique as the first women dual players to win All-Irelands in both Senior games. It would have to be Cork women of course! Free article

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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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All-Ireland approach needed

6 October 2005

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún hosted an all-Ireland delegation of families bereaved through suicide at the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday 4 October. Accompanying the delegation were community workers, Sinn Féin Health Spokespersons John O'Dowd MLA, Caoimhghín O Caoláin TD and Councillor Fra McCann MLA. Free article

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