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14 December 2006 Edition

Border campaign - '50s republicans deserve recognition and gratitude

14 December 2006

Fifty years ago this week the IRA began its Border Campaign which was to last from December 1956 to February 1962. Here, MÍCHEÁL Mac DONNCHA writes on the background to the campaign and its first year. Free article

Interview - Author Danny Morrison

14 December 2006

Author Danny Morrison is a former editor of An Phoblacht and a former Director of Publicity for Sinn Féin. He was elected to the Six County Assembly in 1982 as an abstentionist Sinn Féin member for the constituency of Mid-Ulster and missed out in the 1983 Westminster Election by 78 votes. He was also a candidate for Sinn Féin in EU elections in 1984. Free article

Interview - Francie Molloy MLA, Six County Assembly Deputy Speaker

14 December 2006

Sinn Féin MLA Francie Molloy is a joint Deputy Speaker of the Six County Assembly. In that role he also alternately chairs the Programme for Government Committee with the DUP's Jim Wells. Here he speaks to ARAN FOLEY about the work of the committee, his own role and how he sees things progressing in the time ahead. Free article

Remembering 1981 - Paddy Agnew interviewed

14 December 2006

As a republican POW, Paddy Agnew topped the poll as a H-Block candidate in the historic 26 County general election during the Hunger Strike of 1981. Here, Agnew talks to ELLA O'DWYER about his imprisonment, memories of the Hunger Strikers and the support he received from the people of his native Louth when they went to the polls 25 years ago. Free article

Interview - Sinn Féin TD for Louth, Arthur Morgan

14 December 2006

Arthur Morgan is the Sinn Féin TD for Louth and party Spokesperson on Enterprise and Employment. A republican activist from the age of 17, he participated in the IRA's armed struggle against the crown forces in the Louth/South Armagh area in the 1970s. Following his arrest by the British Army aboard a boat in Carlingford Lough, he served seven years as a political prisoner in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh and was there during the historic 1981 Hunger Strike. Twenty-five years after that momentous event, Morgan speaks to ELLA O'DWYER about his experiences of struggle and his fascinating journey from Long Kesh to Leinster House. Free article

Interview - Larry Kirwan, lead singer with Black 47

14 December 2006

Irish-American band Black 47 were in Ireland recently for a short tour covering Dublin, Galway and Wexford. Lead singer Larry Kirwan took time out to speak to MICHAEL DIXON about the band, his own writing and politics and plans for the future. 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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14 December 2006

Na rudaí is fearr faoin Nollaig: Free article

Mary Nelis Column

14 December 2006

Even by Six Counties standards, it was an extraordinary incident. A high profile woman holding down one of the most powerful positions in the North and a man, son of one of the most powerful politicians around, almost coming to blows in a coffee shop. Free article

Interview - Republican veteran, Marian Steenson

14 December 2006

Dublin woman Marian Steenson (neé Murphy) is a lifelong republican and next February marks her 80th birthday. Here she talks to ELLA O'DWYER about her life, the republican home into which she was born and growing up in the 1930s and '40s. Free article

Nollaig 2006 - Republican reminiscences of a Christmas in Portlaoise Jail

14 December 2006

Christmas Eve 1990. I had just been interned by The Man on foot of my progressive views and was being marched through the grey stone corridors of the nether regions of the Big House. Between the Victorian appearance of the screws uniforms and everything else I would not have been surprised had I met 'Skin the Goat' Fitzharris on his way back from breaking rocks in the yard. Free article

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