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6 July 2006 Edition

General Election: Sinn Féin highlights key issues

6 July 2006

The Dáil adjourns this week for its summer recess and as An Phoblacht goes to press TDs are sitting until midnight while the government forces through a range of legislation, including a Defence Bill that further erodes Irish neutrality and a Planning Bill that rides roughshod over local democracy and paves the way for waste incinerators in every region. Free article

Sinn Féin pushes All-Ireland aspect of Development Plan

6 July 2006

Sinn Féin's Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has questioned 26-County Finance Minister Brian Cowen on new measures in relation to increased all-Ireland co-operation to be included in the so-called National Development Plan (NDP) 2007-2013, currently being prepared. Free article

Equality: Sectarian inequality is additional burden on poor

6 July 2006

At the beginning of his novel 'A star called Henry' Roddy Doyle describes the brutality of poverty in Dublin before the Rising and under British rule. It's a rare acknowledgement of the corrosive violence of want and neglect. Like any other battlefield, poverty has its own casualty list of untimely death and injury. In deprived communities like West Belfast, it is a violence that is well documented but only raised in terms of the rarefied health statistics of life expectancy, infant mortality rates, rates of disability, chronic ill health, depression and suicide. Free article

Nuacht na nOibrithe

6 July 2006

Dying for their union cards, Unions lead the way against education cuts, Aer Lingus worker protests, Waterford jobs threat and SIPTU gathers to debate partnership deal Free article

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Supporting the 'undocumented Irish' in US

6 July 2006

Sinn Féin Dublin South West TD Sean Crowe visited Washington on 28 June as part of an Oireachtas delegation formed to lobby on the issue of the 'undocumented Irish'. The visit came on the back of a previous visit made to the US to lobby on the issue. Free article

Hanson pays but Orange Order calls the tune

6 July 2006

Just 48 hours after he handed £100,000 worth of taxpayers' money to the Orange Order to promote the Twelfth of July as a tourist attraction British direct rule minister David Hanson was left with egg on his face. Free article

TDs in South Armagh

6 July 2006

Sinn Féin TDs and support staff from Leinster House met last Friday, 30 June in the heart of South Armagh where, during a series of meetings, they set in place strategies for the General Election expected next spring and were briefed by Party President Gerry Adams. Free article


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