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1 February 2016 Edition

1916 centenary year election milestone

1 February 2016

2016 will see elections for the Dáil and for the Assembly. It is an opportunity for real change, to have republicans in government North and South. Free article

‘It may look like I am free but I am still a prisoner’

1 February 2016

WHEN Gabi Basáñez spoke to An Phoblacht in Dublin two weeks before Christmas, he didn’t know if he’d be spending Christmas with his family or in prison. He still doesn’t know if he’ll be with his wife and two daughters for Easter; or for the summer; or for next Christmas. It’s been like that for five years, since he was accused of being a member of ETA, the Basque guerrilla organisation that publicly announced the end of its armed campaign in 2011, a year after Gabi’s arrest. Free article

Dignity, security and equality

1 February 2016

MARY LOU McDonald TD says Sinn Féin’s ‘Citizens Charter for Older People’ aims to ensure that older people live in a state where they are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve: Free article

Delivering a united Ireland for all

1 February 2016

IRISH UNITY is a fundamental democratic choice for the people of Ireland together. It is about the power to choose who we should be governed by and how we should be governed. Uniting Ireland allows us the opportunity to build a new Irish nation that reflects all aspects of our priorities as a society and includes all of our people. Through Irish unity we will elect a government which is wholly accountable to all the people of Ireland. Free article

Time to scrap the Special Criminal Court

1 February 2016

THE SPECIAL CRIMINAL COURT in Dublin was established on 26 May 1972 under the Offences Against the State Act. It allowed courts consisting of three judges – without a jury – to try and jail individuals accused of membership of banned organisations such as the IRA. Free article

Commemorating our history with respect, generosity and inclusivity – Joe Austin

1 February 2016

THE 1916 commemorations present Irish society with a unique opportunity to reflect on and to interpret the events that shaped who we are. It is also an occasion to celebrate the lives of all Irish men and women from 1916 onwards who shared the common goal of building a new Republic, a New Ireland. Free article

The shame of Easter Week? Unionist responses to the 1916 Rising

1 February 2016

ONE of the lesser-known aspects of the 1916 Rising is the unionist response to it in Ulster. Broader unionist reaction may require little by way of imagination; nevertheless, in preparation for a lecture in March at Féile an Earraigh I have been investigating the individual reaction of various unionist figures in 1916. Here is a flavour of some of the findings. Free article

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Ar fhaitíos na bhfaitíos

1 February 2016

TÁ SÉ tagtha chun solais le déanaí go bhfuil arduithe ollmhóra ag teacht ar chostas árachais cairr sa tír seo agus is cosúil gur chun sochar bunlíne brabaigh na gcomhlachtaí seo atá seo ag tarlú seachas aon athrú ollmhór i gcomhdhéanamh an mhargadh. Free article

NIO political vetting - A licence to kill?

1 February 2016

On 27 June 1985, the then British Secretary of State in the North, Douglas Hurd stood up in the British parliament to say he was satisfied that people working in certain community groups across the North had links to “paramilitary organisations” and it would be a “grave risk” to fund these groups as it would have the effect of furthering the aims of these “paramilitary organisations”. Free article

Another Europe is possible – Treo eile don Eoraip

1 February 2016

Major BREXIT conference in Belfast hosted by Martina Anderson MEP, EU Investment Court scheme likely to need Irish referendum, says Matt Carthy MEP, Twelfth trial postponement in Egypt for Dubliner – MEP renews release call and Lip service to the arts in 1916 centenary year is ‘shameful’, says European Committee on Culture MEP Free article

Sustainable food security

1 February 2016

A food harvest for 2020 is a great idea if it is produced sustainably and contributes to the nation’s health and security, argues Robert Allen Free article

Cé – is Céard- atá Freagarthach as na Tuilte?

1 February 2016

IS TRUAMHÉILEACH é gan dabht cás na ndaoine a bhfuil a gcuid tithe, feirmeacha nó gnóanna sciosta ag na tuilte. Agus tá an scéal níos measa fós ar ndóigh sna cásanna nach annamha sin nach bhfuil árachas ar fáil. Free article

Finance in trouble again?

1 February 2016

THE rates research team at the Royal Bank of Scotland issued an investment note to their clients on 8 January 2016 that contained a simple if somewhat stark message. It ran to 55 pages but can be summed up in three simple words: get out now. Free article

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