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2 December 2012 Edition

‘There is no room for grey areas here – women die in those grey areas’

2 December 2012

THE DEATH of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar has brought the world’s media attention on Ireland and has highlighted the dangerous reality that the ambiguity of the law has created. Premium service article

A fair Budget is possible

2 December 2012

FAMILIES across the 26 Counties are struggling to survive. Many are in personal economic crisis. People are angry and frightened at the prospect of yet another Budget that is shaping up once again to target the least-well-off in society. Free article

Palaistínigh á marú ar mhaithe le brabúis chomhlachtaí ola

2 December 2012

BHÍ AN-SPÉIS sa tír seo i bhfeachtas toghchánaíochta Uachtarán Mheiriocá, agus cosúil liom féin is dócha gur theastaigh ó fhormhor an phobail go mbeadh an bua ag Obama thar Romney. Free article

Understanding opinion polls

2 December 2012

NEVER BELIEVE a politician who tells you they don’t pay attention to opinion polls. We all do. Premium service article

MEP wants ratification of EU convention on domestic violence

2 December 2012

MARTINA ANDERSON MEP has signed a declaration calling on the EU to ratify the Council of Europe’s convention on domestic violence. Free article

Gaza in 2020 – A liveable place?

2 December 2012

Just before Israel’s ‘Operation Pillar of Cloud’ offensive, An Phoblacht’s Editor JOHN HEDGES met DR MOHAMMAD EL MAQADMA, Chief of the Field Health Programme in Gaza, in Dublin during a brief and busy visit hosted by SIPTU and co-ordinated by Paul Bell of SIPTU’s Health Division. He was here to meet the Irish Government, political figures, health professionals and trade unionists about UNRWA’s work and how much Ireland’s aid means to Palestinian refugees in Gaza, who constitute two thirds of Gaza inhabitants. Premium service article

End Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza

2 December 2012

ISRAEL has repeatedly said that it never targets civilians but when your warplanes are bombing and warships shelling an area that is 360km and has a population of over 1.65million, civilians are always going to be casualties. Free article

When sport speaks louder than words

2 December 2012

MAYBE IT WAS the neon signs which festooned Belfast City Hall. Maybe it was the huge Christmas tree behind the platform. Maybe it was just because it’s one of few seasonal songs to which I know the lyrics. Premium service article

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Stop the poppy bullying

2 December 2012

THE POPPY, its advocates never tire telling us, is about respect and freedom. So where’s the respect for the freedom of conscience of those of us who choose not to wear the poppy? Where’s the respect for Derry-born Ireland soccer star James McClean’s decision not to wear the poppy? Free article

A referendum for Catalonia and Caledonia

2 December 2012

An Phoblacht Editor JOHN HEDGES caught up with Alfred again in Barcelona prior to November’s regional elections, when Alfred was again standing for the Republican Left of Catalonia. Free article

Cover-up and lies at heart of the British Establishment

2 December 2012

The revelations around Jimmy Savile and the suspicions that people in authority knew about and covered up his abuse have clear echoes of the scandal surrounding the Kincora Boys’ Home in Belfast in the 1980s Free article

The Liberty Hall and Sackville Place bombs

2 December 2012

ON 1 DECEMBER 1972, the first unionist car bomb exploded in the 26 Counties during ‘The Troubles’ – at Liberty Hall, then the headquarters of the Irish Transport & General Workers’ Union. In a second bomb near O’Connell Street, two bus workers were killed. MARGARET URWIN of the Justice for the Forgotten campaign group looks back, 40 years on. Premium service article

Partitionist states established

2 December 2012

FOUR DAYS in December 1922 saw tragic events that were the working out of the British Government’s plan to divide and rule Ireland. Partition had been legislated for under the 1920 Government of Ireland Act. At the time of its passing, that Act was a dead letter throughout most of the country, where the Republic had the allegiance of the majority of the people. But in north-east Ulster, the Act led to the establishment of a sectarian Orange state. Partition and the creation of a Six-County state were confirmed in the Treaty that now divided nationalist Ireland. Free article

Irish Bulletin republished

2 December 2012

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, the official newspaper of Dáil Éireann, the Irish Bulletin, has been republished. This is a hugely important historical document, chronicling many of the events of the Black and Tan War. Premium service article


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