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2 April 2009 Edition

The Mary Nelis Column

2 April 2009

I DON'T suppose many of the children from the Shankill Road or Sandy Row attend the Royal Belfast Academical Institute. The chairperson of the board of governors and former head of the Civil Service in the North, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield, this week outlined plans for the entrance tests for pupils to the Institute and to the other minority of grammar schools who have opted to retain academic selection. Free article

Sinn Féin challenges community safety proposals

2 April 2009

SINN FÉIN Policing and Justice spokesperson Alex Maskey has reiterated that the transfer of powers over policing and criminal justice offers locally-elected political representatives the opportunity to identify and agree their own community safety priorities. Free article

Another View by Eoin Ó Broin

2 April 2009

DÉIRDRE DE BÚRCA is either suffering from a bad case of amnesia or she is telling lies. In her pre-election billboard campaign, the Green Party Euro candidate tells Dublin's prospective voters "I stand for more powers for Irish voters in Europe." Unfortunately for Déirdre, this catchy little slogan is at odds with her support for the Lisbon Treaty. Free article

Scottish supporters stand up to racism

2 April 2009

SINCE its inception, Cairde na hÉireann has been campaigning to eradicate sectarianism and racism within Scottish society. It is part of our aims and objectives as set out in our constitution. Our community, the Irish Diaspora in Scotland, suffer from both sectarianism and racism on a regular basis. 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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International : Colombia

2 April 2009

AS a resurgent left continues to advance across Latin America, overturning decades of right wing dogma and threatening old bastions of privilege, only Colombia appears impervious to the lure of progressive change. If anything, Colombia seems to be regressing having twice awarded the presidency to Alvaro Uribe, in 2002 and again in 2006.In his early political life Uribe was named as an associate of the late drugs baron Pablo Escobar by US intelligence services. Free article

More than a game BY MATT TREACY

2 April 2009

IN THE COURSE of doing something else (not drinking Heino with "that shower", as my nemesis would claim!), I came across some old copies of Hot Press. As the more sophisticated among you will know, it is allegedly Ireland's Rolling Stone or New Musical Express, what verbally-challenged chaps would describe as 'the Bible of the music industry'. Free article

Remembering the Past: Republican Congress - The Athlone Manifesto

2 April 2009

AT the General Army Convention of the Irish Republican Army in Dublin on St Patrick's Day 1934, ideological and strategic differences which had been widening in the organisation for a number of years finally came to a head and resulted in the formation of the Irish Republican Congress. Free article


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