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4 January 2007 Edition

Policing: Transfer of powers would be advance for struggle

4 January 2007

New Year's Day 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of the deaths of IRA Volunteers Seán Sabhat and Fergal O'Hanlon following an attack on Brookeborough RUC barracks, during the IRA campaign against British occupation of the Six Counties in the 1950s. The commemoration attracted a large crowd of republicans from throughout Ireland and from the border counties in particular and was attended by the surviving members of the IRA's Pearse Column which launched the Brookeborough attack and by relatives of those participants in the operation who have since died. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP took part in the parade from Moane's Cross to Altawark and he delivered the main address at the commemoration. Below we carry an edited version of his address. Free article

Ard Chomhairle meeting: Eight years of negotiations leads to historic juncture

4 January 2007

As thousands of Irish people descended on Dublin airport to fly off on a date with the sun on the eve of the new year, a group of republicans met in the nearby Great Southern Hotel for a date with history. Not for the first time in the past decade of the peace process republicans would leave their mark on history before the day was out. Free article

The Mitchel McLaughlin Column

4 January 2007

As the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle met in Dublin to consider a momentous move on policing by republicans the DUP rejectionist wing went into full flight. The meeting had not even begun, Gerry Adams had not even presented the detail of the negotiations or his proposal to the gathered Party leadership when DUP MEP Jim Allister and fellow 'No' man Maurice Morrow joined by other DUP spokespersons were dismissing out of hand any initiative that would come out of the republican deliberations. Free article

Interview: Sinn Féin Councillor Pádraigín Uí Mhurchadha, sister of Fergal O'Hanlon

4 January 2007

Sinn Féin Councillor Pádraigín Uí Mhurchadha is a sister of IRA Volunteer Fergal O'Hanlon who, with his comrade Seán Sabhat was killed during an attack on Brookeborough RUC barracks on New Year's Day 1957 - the first republican casualties during the IRA's Operation Harvest. Fifty years after that event Uí Mhurchadha talks to ELLA O'DWYER. Free article

Energy supply: Strange things happening in electricity industry

4 January 2007

Price increases that dwarf inflation are being described as good news on the nebulous basis that they could have been worse. Viridian who supply electricity in the North, and some in the South, have been bought by an investment bank from Bahrain and ESB, who have supplied reliable and (until recently) keenly priced electricity in the South for 70 years is hoping to give away power stations, land banks and market share to competitors! Free article

Logainmneacha: Cuid dár nOidhreacht

4 January 2007

Tá sé soiléir ó na fógraí nuachtán le tithe ar díol in estáit nua i nGaillimh, Corcaigh, Loch Garman agus i gceantair eile go bhfuil méadú ar logainmneacha Gaeilge ar fud na tíre. Tá an claonadh seo ag teacht le polasaí an Rialtais agus fáiltimíd roimhe, ach ní leor é mar go bhfuil ceanntair eile ag déanamh neamh-aird ar an bpolasaí seo maidir le logainmneacha Gaeilge. Bac eile isea an drogall atá ar oifigí pleanála Comhairlí Contae an polasaí seo a chur i bhfeidhm i gceart. Tá Comhairle Cathrach agus Comhairle Contae Átha Cliath olc go leor mar atá le feiceáil ins na fógraí nuachtáin - léiriú den dearcadh Seoiníneach gan teora. Free article

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Moriarty Tribunal: Golden circle still exists

4 January 2007

No-one is surprised that the Moriarty Tribunal Report which was published just before Christmas revealed the extent of Charles Haughey's greed, his massive ego and the fiddling he did to feed both his greed and his ego. The Report in turn will feed the continuing national obsession with the personality of Haughey. This is a pity because it distracts from the real issues. Free article

International: Colombia - EU needs to have more critical view

4 January 2007

Luís Evelís Andrade is the president of ONIC, Colombia's Indigenous National Organisation, and he recently visited Ireland as part of a trip to five European countries to launch the results of the international mission that took place in Colombia last September. Here he speaks to An Phoblacht's Ignacio Irigoien. Free article

Remembering the Past

4 January 2007

The start of the Tan War is generally put down as 21 January 1919, when a group of Volunteers led by Sean Treacy, took part in an ambush in Soloheadbeg, County Tipperary. However for many years in the Rosses in West Donegal, people have believed differently as 12 months prior to the attack in Soloheadbeg, a daring ambush took place in a sleepy area nestled between Donegal's sweeping hills. Free article

Fifth Column

4 January 2007

An Phoblacht's famous weekly satirical column. Free article


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