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6 January 2013 Edition

2013 – Time for a new direction

6 January 2013

Bliain úr faoi mhaise daoibh go léir. Our country is undergoing huge changes. The Peace Process has allowed an entire generation live without conflict. This generation should now be playing its part in developing the Irish nation as we approach the centenary of 1916. Free article

Pat Finucane assassination: Who did know in Whitehall?

6 January 2013

DID British Prime Minister David Cameron really think the report by Sir Desmond de Silva QC into the killing of Belfast defence lawyer Pat Finucane on Sunday 12 February 1989 would satisfy the family’s demand for the independent, public inquiry they have sought throughout the two decades since his murder by agents of the RUC Special Branch and the British Army? Premium service article

Cruel cut to Respite Care Grant ‘indefensible’

6 January 2013

THE Fine Gael/Labour Government cutting of the Respite Care Grant by 19% has caused public outrage, turmoil within the Labour Party and provoked heated exchanges and passionate speeches in the Dáil chamber. Free article

Flags furore: If it wasn’t so serious it would be laughable

6 January 2013

Masked gangs are erecting flags outside Catholic churches. And interface areas where people have worked so hard to make life better for the inhabitants are now being marked out as ‘unionist areas’ as flag after flag (including UVF flags) is strung up. Premium service article

Why won’t Irish Government release files on fatal loyalist bombing?

6 January 2013

QUESTIONS have been raised over why the Irish Government has rejected a Freedom of Information request by RTÉ’s This Week programme to release Department of Justice files on the December 1972 loyalist bombing of Belturbet in County Cavan in which two teenagers were killed. Free article

Stamping out domestic violence

6 January 2013

Women’s Aid’s latest figures show that 13,000 people called the organisation’s helpline last year. Some 2,000 of those calls disclosed emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children in their homes and this represented a 25% increase on the previous year. Some 3,000 callers said that children were witnessing first-hand the abuse and violence perpetrated against their mothers. Premium service article

Sinn Féin launches campaign against ‘Family Home Tax’

6 January 2013

THE new Property Tax the Fine Gael/Labour Government wants to bring into effect in July has been described by Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams in the Dáil as a “Family Home Tax”. Free article

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Francie Molloy selected for Mid-Ulster by-election

6 January 2013

IT WAS a proud moment for Francie Molloy when he was selected by Sinn Féin as the party’s candidate to contest the by-election for the soon-to-be vacant Mid-Ulster Westminster seat. Free article

Tide of protests against Dublin Bay oil rig

6 January 2013

PLANS to plant an oil rig near Dalkey Island in scenic Dublin Bay are being energetically opposed by a raft of campaigners ranging from residents to fishermen, environmentalists and local elected politicians. Premium service article

Michael Mansfield: Forensic radical lawyer

6 January 2013

MICHAEL MANSFIELD QC is Britain’s top international human rights lawyer. Born in 1941 into a staunchly Tory family in Margaret Thatcher’s heartland in the north London suburb of Finchley (as a teenager, Michael even delivered leaflets for Thatcher!), his mother’s innate sense of justice and his own education and experiences led to him becoming a radical defender in that most conservative and repressive bastion of the Establishment, the courts. Premium service article

Oideachas Ghaeilge le fágáil ar an ngannchuid?

6 January 2013

MÁS MAITH is mithid gan dabht go bhfuil an tAire Oideachais, Ruairí Quinn, ag iarraidh go gcuirfeadh an Eaglais Chaitliceach roinnt mhaith dena scoileanna atá faoina gcúram ar fáil le haghaidh oideachas gan creideamh i bhfianaise an líon tuismitheóirí a bhíonn ag iarraidh a leithéid. Premium service article

Act against bullying

6 January 2013

NEW MEASURES to help schools combat bullying have been put to the Dáil and Education Minister Ruairí Quinn by Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD. Free article


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