9 December 2004 Edition

The right to strike

9 December 2004

With two significant disputes this week in An Post and Irish Ferries, where nearly a thousand workers have been laid off by management and where government is failing to accept its responsibilities, how should we write about strikes and industrial relations conflicts in the Irish economy? Free article

They are still dying in Bhopal

9 December 2004

20 years on - Multinational still refuses to accept liability On 3 December, BBC World and BBC News 24 ran an interview with a Jude Finisterra, identified as a spokesperson for Dow Chemical, the multinational that incorporates Union Carbide, which was responsible for the 1984 Bhopal tragedy in India. Free article

Sinn Fein TDs back the postal workers - Government has its head in the sand - Ó Caoláin

9 December 2004

Sinn Féin TDs Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Sean Crowe and Martin Ferris have all called for support his week for the postal workers. Ó Caoláin said that Bertie Ahern's response to the dispute showed the Government "had its head in the sand as a vital State service is downgraded". Free article

SIPTU rep's solidarity visit to Colombia

9 December 2004

Anne Speed, Branch Secretary of SIPTU's Drinks and Wholesale Distribution branch, returned recently from a fact-finding trip to Colombia. An Phoblacht interviewed her on Tuesday last on her experiences. Free article

Ahern admits British Inquiries Bill must be changed

9 December 2004

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has admitted that the British Government's new Inquiries Bill, which will have an impact on how inquiries, like the one into Patrick Finucane's death, will be held, is inadequate and must be changed. Free article

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MEPs address underinvestment in Northwest

9 December 2004

Sinn Féin MEPs Bairbre de Brún and Mary Lou McDonald addressed an audience of almost 100 representatives of the business, community, trades union and civic sectors of society throughout Derry and Donegal at Da Vinci's Hotel, Derry on Monday. Free article

Home Rule or the Republic?

9 December 2004

The offices of the European Parliament on Molesworth Street in Dublin's city centre are rarely seen as a centre for Euro-critical thought, but last Saturday this was the venue for a half-day seminar organised by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) on the proposed EU Constitution. Free article

Prisoner community's story of conflict - Donegal project launches video

9 December 2004

A large gathering of around 200 people were in the Holiday Inn, Letterkenny, on Tuesday evening 30 November for the launch of a video documenting stories from republican ex-prisoners and displaced people living in Donegal. Free article

Nationalist teen attacked with hammer and knife

9 December 2004

A teenager escaped with his life after a loyalist gang attacked him as he walked home along the Antrim Road, North Belfast, at around 12.30am on Sunday morning 5 December. Free article

PSNI abuse Turkish man

9 December 2004

A Turkish national is accusing the PSNI of racially abusing and assaulting him in Belfast city centre on Saturday 27 November. Musa Gulusen (36), who has lived in Belfast for more than a decade, said he was called a "kebab boy" during PSNI raids on unlicensed stalls in Belfast's Royal Avenue and claimed he was surrounded by PSNI men who forced him to the ground and held his arms behind his back. Free article

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