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2 March 2006 Edition

Parades Commission: Credibility cracks as revelations mount

2 March 2006

Following revelations earlier this week that none of those selected by the Six County Direct Ruler, Peter Hain, to join the new Parades Commission had any of their references checked before being appointed, it can now be revealed that Portadown Orangeman and DUP member Don McKay was a respondent in a Fair Employment Tribunal case heard during late 1991 and 1992. Free article

Sinn Féin warns Governments in advance of discussions

2 March 2006

On Wednesday a Sinn Féin delegation including Gerry Adams MP, Martin McGuinness MP, Caitriona Ruane MLA, Michelle Gildernew MP, Dublin City Councillor Larry O'Toole and Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD met Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at Government Buildings in Dublin. The meeting was part of two days of meetings with both the Irish and British governments. Free article

Dublin Riot: Questions for Gardaí, City Council and McDowell

2 March 2006

A 'Love Ulster' march organised by the controversial unionist group FAIR in Dublin was abandoned following the eruption of serious rioting in the city centre last Saturday. also Willie Frazier, FAIR and Love Ulster Free article

New developments in bombing inquiry

2 March 2006

Patrick McAntee who heads the commission of inquiry into the Dublin Monaghan bombings this week said there has been a significant breakthrough. Free article

Inquiries Act: Canadian judge accuses British of moving goalposts

2 March 2006

Judge Peter Cory has accused the British government of 'moving the goal posts' by introducing the Inquiry Act to curtail a fully independent inquiry into British collusion with unionist death squads. Free article

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Dáil debate: Labour and Fine Gael divided on workers rights

2 March 2006

Sinn Féin used it's Dáil private members' time last week to call for the establishment of a stand alone Department of Labour Affairs. The objective was to decouple the issue of workers' rights from trade and industry, which overrides the labour element of the brief every time. Free article

Interview: Keith Kelly of the Ballybrack 3

2 March 2006

The recent jailing of Keith Kelly, Billy McLurg and Andrew Clarke arising from a picket they had attended outside a Collen Construction site in Ballybrack, County Dublin again illustrates the one-sided nature of law and it's enforcement when it comes to workers rights and the bahaviour of employers in Ireland. The case is part of a wider aasualt on the right to union membership currently being pursued by Irish capital with the full connivance of the political establishment. Along with other recent industrial disputes it represents another blow to the viability of so-called social partnership. On their release from prison last week An Phoblacht's ARAN FOLEY spoke to one of the Ballybrack Three, Keith Kelly. Free article

Interview: Eibhlin Glenholmes Sinn Féin's Co-ordinator for Gender Equality

2 March 2006

Eibhlin Glenholmes is passionate and determined. Recently appointed Sinn Féin's National Co-ordinator for Gender Equality and member of the Ard Chomhairle, she brings her history as a republican and experience as a woman to the role. Her personal warmth is underpinned by energetic determination and a clarity about what needs to be done and why. Free article

Hunger Strike Anniversary: H-Block men inspired new generation

2 March 2006

1 March marks the anniversary of the beginning of the 1981 Hunger Strike. Here Jim Gibney recalls the events leading up to that fateful anniversary. Free article


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