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1 December 2013 Edition

Dublin is the bag man for multinationals

1 December 2013

AT THE Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York in September, Bill Clinton raised the question of what actions companies could take to support development in Africa. Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and billionaire (no raving Marxist he), pleaded that global companies should pay their taxes in Africa. “All those big companies don’t pay taxes in Africa. That is just not acceptable,” he said. Free article

Bord Gáis privatisation

1 December 2013

THE Gas Regulation Bill 2013 now passing through the Dáil and the Seanad allows for the privatisation of Bord Gáis Energy and the risk of large price hikes with the added risk of increased fuel poverty. Free article

FF, FG and Labour fail to fight war plans

1 December 2013

FIANNA FÁIL, Labour and Fine Gael MEPs have been criticised by Sinn Féin at a Dublin conference on ‘The EU – The Military Dimension’ for failing to stand up and defend the neutrality of the Irish state at European level. Free article

Language, resistance and revival: The importance of culture in struggle

1 December 2013

PEADAR WHELAN, a former political prisoner who learned much of his Irish in Long Kesh, opens up a challenging debate on the back of the recent publication of Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh’s new book, Language, Resistance and Revival: Republican Prisoners and the Irish Language in the North of Ireland. The subject of the book is the revival of the Irish language and the importance of the republican prisoners in that revival but, Peadar Whelan argues, it develops “a polemic around resistance and revival tied into our struggle against Britain’s rule in our country over the centuries”. Premium service article

Give eels a chance

1 December 2013

Robert Allen gives us a flavour of Lough Neagh’s eels, regarded as the best in Europe Free article

Exiting the bail-out

1 December 2013

THE Irish Government’s laughable assertion that it has recovered our economic sovereignty as a result of exiting the bail-out is contradicted by two points: first, the Fiscal Treaty gives the EU permanent oversight of our budgetary and economic policy; second, our economic capacity has been savaged by austerity for a very long time into the future. Premium service article

One equal temper of heroic hearts

1 December 2013

STRANGE, how the mood-state of a nation can be affected so dramatically by sport. Ireland’s spirited defeat in rugby union by the New Zealand All Blacks in Dublin inspired an afterglow which warmed hearts (if not frozen fingers and feet) across the 32 counties. Free article

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Céard is fiú Foras na Gaeilge mura bhfuil acmhianní aige le obair a dhéanamh?

1 December 2013

BÍONN an rialtas ag maíomh i gcónaí go bhfuil siad taobh thiar den straitéis fiche bliain don Ghaeilge, ach ag an am céanna tá siad ag gearradh siar ar gach aon chaiteachas atá riachtanach don straitéis. Free article

‘Bobby Sands’s ideals and values are still alive’

1 December 2013

THE ITALIAN translation of a biography of Bobby Sands for younger readers has been named as this year’s winner of the ‘Citta’ Di Cassino: Letterature Dal Fronte’ international award. Premium service article

Philippines devastation underscores effects of climate change

1 December 2013

TYPHOON HAIYAN – and the appalling devastation it has caused in the Philippines, laying waste to entire communities and leaving 4,000 people dead and more than 1,000 missing – has been attributed to climate change by the head of the United Nations, amongst others. Free article

Sign the online petition for the Cuban Five

1 December 2013

AN ONLINE PETITION in support of the Cuban Five (sometimes known as the Miami Five) is garnering signatures from across the world of leading political, social, trade union and human rights figures as well as members of the public outraged by the jailing of Cuban anti-terrorism agents by the USA. Free article

‘Freedom Struggle by the Provisional IRA’

1 December 2013

BY the end of 1973, the armed conflict in the Six Counties had been going on for four years. British military repression in nationalist areas was intense and hundreds of Irish political prisoners were interned in Long Kesh and other prisons and hundreds more were held as convicted prisoners in the North, the 26 Counties and England. Premium service article

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