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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

Tighter EU Parliament ‘gifts for votes’ rules needed

2 September 2012

AS A NEW MEP, one of the first things to strike me was the way in which the European Parliament is detached from the reality of people’s lives. Of course this is not the case for all MEPs but there seems to be an ‘old boys/girls’ network dedicated to protecting privilege and restricting transparency and accountability. Together with a golden circle of lobbyists they undermine public trust in the EU. Free article

Fear an Mhisnigh

2 September 2012

NÍOR CHAS mise ariamh le John Joe McGirl, ach bhí tionchar aige ar mo shaol agus mó ról mar ionadaí poiblí. Sna 1980 aí chuidigh sé leis an rún a thug cead d’ionadaithe tofa Shinn Féin glacadh lena gcuid suíocháin Dála agus Seanaid. Murach é, is dócha nach mbéinn i mo Sheanadóir inniu. Is maith a thuig mé sin nuair a fuair mé cuireadh aitheasc a thabhairt ina onóir ag an gcomóradh ar a shon ina bhaile dúchais, Béal an Átha Móir, le déanaí. Premium service article

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty visits Australia

2 September 2012

Our main priority is to engage with all those young Irish people who have been forced due to economic necessity to emigrate to Australia in their thousands Free article

Up for the challenge

2 September 2012

INSPIRATION comes in many ways. As a teenager growing up in Sinn Féin, it was through Brian Keenan that inspiration came to me. He had an air of legend about him, a man with massive presence and a glowing persistent temperament. For me he personified the age-old Irish struggle for national liberation and reunification. When Brian Keenan spoke, you listened. Not because he was one for using the latest buzzword and not because he spoke as someone at the cutting edge of the struggle ‘to keep the troops happy’. You listened because he had a remarkable talent for imparting knowledge. He was a revolutionary teacher in so many ways. Premium service article

From the Archives: One woman’s war

2 September 2012

THE collection of witness statements from the revolutionary years 1913-1921 in the Bureau of Military History in Dublin (www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie) was last month made available online for the first time. There are 36,000 pages of testimony from hundreds of witnesses, mostly members of the IRA, Cumann na mBan, Sinn Féin, the IRB and Fianna Éireann. It is an historical treasure trove. The site is fully searchable and is of special value to those researching the local history of the period. Here are excerpts from the testimony of one woman, Catherine Byrne (married name Rooney), from 17 North Richmond Street, next to Croke Park in Dublin’s north inner city. She was one of the most active members of Cumann na mBan. The family home was regularly used by the IRA during the Black and Tan War, including by the Dublin Active Service Unit, better known as ‘The Squad’. Free article

We need a state banking system . . .

2 September 2012

THE CENTRAL BANK has produced yet another a report showing that the Irish banks are unable or unwilling to perform their proper role in the Irish economy — to provide credit to keep viable business functioning. Premium service article

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Gerrymandering electoral boundaries

2 September 2012

MY FATHER, born in 1904, was a member of a Falls Road republican family. The family saw themselves as belonging to a national political majority. But my father’s status in belonging to this majority changed overnight, on 23 December 1920, as a result of the Government of Ireland Act. Free article

Inspiring a generation

2 September 2012

When new champion Chad le Clos stepped up to receive his gold medal, his eyes welled up with tears and his lips trembled as South Africa’s post-apartheid national anthem, Nkosi Sikele Afrika, played Free article

Jack Crowe Memorial Dublin Mountain Challenge

2 September 2012

THE Jack Crowe Memorial Dublin Mountain Challenge was inaugurated on 11 August in respect and remembrance of Dublin republican Jack Crowe who passed away in July 2010. Free article

Imeachtaí | Events

2 September 2012

Next issue of An Phoblacht . . . SEPTEMBER – Thursday 27th All notices should be sent to [email protected] at least 10 days in advance of publication date. There is no charge for I nDíl Chuimhne, Comhbhrón etc. There is a charge of €10 for inserts printed in our Imeachtaí/Events column you can get a €30 small box advert or €50 large box advert. Contact: [email protected] for details. Free article

I nDíl Chuimhne agus Comhbrón

2 September 2012

Next issue of An Phoblacht . . . SEPTEMBER – Thursday 27th All notices should be sent to [email protected] at least 10 days in advance of publication date. There is no charge for I nDíl Chuimhne, Comhbhrón etc. There is a charge of €10 for inserts printed in our Imeachtaí/Events column you can get a €30 small box advert or €50 large box advert. Contact: [email protected] for details. Free article


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