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2 September 2012 Edition

Who’s leading unionism?

2 September 2012

THE LEADERS of unionism have to start showing leadership. Sinn Féin leaders have made strenuous efforts to open dialogue with unionists, reduce tensions and achieve fair compromises at ‘flashpoints’ wherever possible. Unionist leaders, on the other hand, have stood idly if not actually excused the sectarian coat trailing of ‘Kick the Pope’ loyalist bands who seem to be going out of their way to inflame sectarian tensions and provoke a violent reaction. Free article

Who’s leading unionism?

2 September 2012

THE LEADERS of unionism have to start showing leadership. Sinn Féin leaders have made strenuous efforts to open dialogue with unionists, reduce tensions and achieve fair compromises at ‘flashpoints’ wherever possible. Unionist leaders, on the other hand, have stood idly if not actually excused the sectarian coat trailing of ‘Kick the Pope’ loyalist bands who seem to be going out of their way to inflame sectarian tensions and provoke a violent reaction. Free article

Property Tax alternative

2 September 2012

WHERE ARE the Labour Party voices about their coalition government’s plans for a new value-based Property Tax to be imposed on house owners regardless of ability to pay? Free article

20,000 unionists to parade past flashpoint in September

2 September 2012

DURING the parade by the Royal Black Preceptory (also known as the Imperial Grand Black Chapter of the British Commonwealth), loyalist bands and their supporters directed what parish priest Fr Michael Sheehan described as “sectarian hatred and venom” at peaceful nationalist protesters. Free article

Firefighters’ alarm over emergency services

2 September 2012

A FAMILY WAS SAVED from a blazing house fire in Bray’s Kilbride Grove estate on Sunday 12 August by neighbours including Wicklow Sinn Féin Councillor John Brady, who was hospitalised for smoke inhalation. MARK MOLONEY met John in Bray to discuss problems affecting the local fire service, problems that have been ongoing for years and which sources within the service in County Wicklow say are putting lives at risk. Free article

Alan McBride, Brian Kennedy and ex-UTV News head among speakers

2 September 2012

ALAN McBRIDE, whose wife and father-in-law died in the IRA Shankill Road bombing in 1993, and Amanda Fullerton, whose father, Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fullerton, was assassinated by unionists in their family home in Donegal in 1991, will join Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney in a Sinn Féin Summer School panel discussion on reconciliation. Free article

Report exposes ambush plan in killing of Tyrone Volunteers

2 September 2012

A NEW REPORT by Relatives for Justice into a British Army SAS ambush in 1992 that left four Tyrone IRA Volunteers dead says the men were killed in “a premeditated and pre-planned” attack when they could have been arrested instead. Premium service article

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To Fleadh or not to Fleadh

2 September 2012

AR MHAITHE le mo chomhleacaithe as Corcaigh, is ar Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann atáim ag trácht ar agus ní haon saghas Fleadh eile! I mbliana bhí seastán Gaoluinne againn i gcomhpháirtíocht le siopa áitiúla Shinn Féin imbaile Cabhán le linn Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Caithfidh mé a rá gur chuir an cumann áitiúil taispeántais don scoth ar siúl ag díriú ar Mhná Poblachtánacha. Free article

Shadow Dancer: An MI5 v IRA thriller with the politics taken out

2 September 2012

ANY FILM financed by BBC Films and the British Film Council (with a few bob from the Irish Film Board) is unlikely to be a box office production that portrays the IRA of recent decades fairly, particularly up against Britain’s own Security Service, MI5. Free article

The regeneration game

2 September 2012

‘TOO MALE, TOO PALE AND TOO STALE’ was the quote often given about political institutions on this island and few could argue with that sentiment.  The majority of politicians in Ireland fall onto the bracket of being middle-aged or older males, but is Sinn Féin changing that perception? Premium service article

Eyewitnesses in the West Bank

2 September 2012

IN JUNE of this year, two young Sinn Féin activists, sisters Mary Kate and Mairead Quinn, travelled to the West Bank with the education charity UNIPAL to work with Palestinian children and teach English. Before their departure they talked to An Phoblacht’s PEADAR WHELAN about their hopes and fears for their six-week stay in a country under unrelenting Zionist occupation and military control. Now back in Belfast, Mary Kate spoke again to An Phoblacht, recounting her experiences in the Jalazone refugee camp near Ramallah. Premium service article

Chairman Meow

2 September 2012

New columnist ‘Chairman Meow’ gets their claws out for some political tit-bits around the house Premium service article

Sinn Féin leading the way on marriage equality

2 September 2012

SINN FÉIN is the party building support at local government level for marriage equality with six councils passing Sinn Féin motions in support of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples since July. Free article


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