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31 March 2013 Edition

We WILL scrap the Property Tax, pledges Pearse Doherty

31 March 2013

PEARSE DOHERTY says that Sinn Féin WILL repeal the Fine Gael/Labour Party Local Property Tax as a priority if it is in Government after the next general election. The Donegal TD and Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson made the commitment at the formal launch in Dublin by Sinn Féin on 25 March of the Finance (Local Property Tax Repeal) Bill. Free article

Planned robbery of Cyprus leaves euro crisis worse than ever

31 March 2013

THE planned EU robbery of Cyprus has blown back in the faces of the top Eurocrats and their political masters in Germany — firstly because of the magnificent resistance of the people of Cyprus who refused to acquiesce in this robbery, but secondly because of concern throughout Europe that the Troika proposals undermine the basis of trust on which any region’s banking system is based. Premium service article

As down the glen one Easter morn . . .

31 March 2013

THE 1916 Easter Rising holds an ever-evolving and expanding fascination. In military terms it was not a major battle, albeit in a capital city. Casualties were in the hundreds at a time when thousands were being slaughtered every day on the killing fields of Flanders. But politically the consequences of the Rising were huge – epoch-making in the history of Ireland, crucial in the history of the British Empire. Free article

Grow your Easter Lilies for 1916 centenary

31 March 2013

GREEN, WHITE AND ORANGE fingers are being encouraged to get busy and start planting Easter Lilies at home in time for the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Free article

Sinn Féin National Youth Congress 2013

31 March 2013

THE 2013 Sinn Féin National Youth Congress in the Felons’ Club in Belfast at the beginning of March attracted 200 young republicans to hear a wide range of speakers that included speakers from the Methodist Church, the SDLP, the Irish Labour Party, Alliance Party, Republican Left of Catalonia, Conradh na Gaeilge, the National Youth Council of Ireland, and youth website SpunOut.ie. Free article

Sharing the burden?

31 March 2013

SO HOW has your wage packet performed in the first three months of 2013? A bit lighter again? Maybe not if you are a Bank of Ireland CEO or one of his chums, a hospital consultant, or an RTÉ broadcaster lecturing us not to be greedy in these times of austerity. Free article

Iachall stáit le airgead a ghoid

31 March 2013

BHÍ NÓS ag muintir na tuaithe tráth, go háirithe ag seandaoine, a gcuid airgid a choinneáil sa mbaile, thíos faoin leaba is mar sin. Bhí an nós ann toisc nach raibh aon trust acu sa bainc nó taisce ar bith a mbeadh fáil ag an rialtas air. Premium service article

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Waterford fishermen’s lifeline to Gaza

31 March 2013

In November 2011, Irish Friends of Palestine activists and fishermen PAT FITZGERALD and JOHN HEARNE (both also Sinn Féin councillors in Waterford) and BILLY SMYTH were arrested as they took part in an attempt to breach the siege of Gaza onboard the MV Saoirse. The men were held in an Israeli prison for more than a week before being thrown out of the country. Free article

Taking sides in Mali’s civil war

31 March 2013

THE Irish Government has claimed the state is merely acting in accordance with a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution but Pádraig Mac Lochlainn is unconvinced. He points out a number of UNSC resolutions on Palestine calling for immediate withdrawal of Israeli forces from occupied territories and the removal of settlements. Every day these resolutions are breached by Israel, he says. “Yet we aren’t sending Irish Defence Forces personnel into Palestine to help the people there. So UNSC resolutions do not require the Government to act,” he says. Premium service article

Health protection reports look at tobacco products and GM crops

31 March 2013

THE European Parliament is considering a number of reports that that could have far-reaching effects on legislation for public health, including smoking and tobacco products, and bio-economics and GM crops. Free article

20th anniversary of Castlerock atrocity remembered

31 March 2013

THERE WAS standing room only in Gulladuff Community Centre in County Derry on Saturday night, 23 March, when 200 people gathered to remember the victims of an indiscriminate murder attack by unionist gunmen — working in direct collusion with British state forces — in Castlerock on the morning of Thursday 25 March 1993. The attack left four workmen dead and one man fighting for his life. Premium service article

South Armagh weekend tributes to ‘The Two Brendans’

31 March 2013

SOUTH ARMAGH was a hive of activity on the first weekend in March as local republicans organised a series of events to commemorate the lives of two local Volunteers who died in a premature explosion 25 years ago. Premium service article

Where now for Irish after Seachtain na Gaeilge?

31 March 2013

WITH the memory of Seachtain na Gaeilge beginning to fade away it is perhaps timely to take stock of the situation of Gaeilge — the Irish language. While Irish is undoubtedly THE national language of this nation, it has been a minority language since the end of the Great Hunger of the 1840s following centuries of violence, persecution, marginalisation and discouragement by the English colonial authorities, and then decades of lip-service, neglect and often outright hostility by the 26-county state. Free article


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