29 January 2009 Edition

Embarrassing DUP u-turn on Causeway Centre complete

29 January 2009

SINN FÉIN MLA for North Antrim, Daithí McKay, an ardent campaigner on the issue of a public visitor centre for the Giants Causeway has welcomed a decision by the North's Environment Minister, Sammy Wilson, to approve the National Trust application. Free article

Coalition and IBEC slated over 'tunnel vision' on cuts

29 January 2009

THE Fianna Fáil/Green Party Government has been accused by Sinn Féin of having "tunnel vision" in focusing on cutting wages and service as a way out of the economic crisis. "This is costing jobs and hampering Ireland's chances of economic recovery," Workers' Rights spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD said this week. Free article

Interview: Le Chéile Munster Honouree Eddie Butler

29 January 2009

EDDIE BUTLER (59), from County Limerick, is the Munster honouree for next month's Le Chéile celebration. He talks to ELLA O'DWYER about his republican activism, his 23 years in English jails, and about the bonds of friendship and comradeship that grew out of those years. Free article

INTERNATIONAL: US President Barack Obama and Guantánamo Bay

29 January 2009

JUST HOURS after taking the presidential reins last week, new United States President Barack Obama ordered a 120-day halt in all pending cases in the highly-controversial war crimes tribunals in the Guantánamo Bay detention camp. This first measure is highly significant and Obama has since confirmed that he intends to fulfill his pre-election promise of closing Guantánamo within the year. During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama labelled Guantánamo as "a sad chapter in American history" and now he has the power not only to close this tragic chapter but return the whole Guantánamo 'book' back to its rightful owner, Cuba. Free article

Bloody Sunday Massacre: 30 January 1972

29 January 2009

AS the 37th anniversary occurs this week of the Bloody Sunday massacre on 30 January 1972, when British paratroopers shot dead 14 Civil Rights marchers in Derry City and wounded up to 14 others, the British Government has still to publish its latest report into the killings. Free article

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'New strategy must be founded on Equality' - Anderson

29 January 2009

EQUALITY must be the foundation of any new strategy to end sectarianism and racism in the North, Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has insisted. The party's Equality and Human rights spokesperson was speaking following an Assembly debate on Tuesday on the proposed new strategy for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration to tackle sectarianism and racism. Free article

Cuige Uladh AGM

29 January 2009

IN HIS ADDRESS to the Cuige Uladh AGM on Saturday, 18 January, leading republican Seán 'Spike' Murray, the Cúige Chairperson, urged the hundreds of party activists gathered in the Felons' Club in west Belfast to recognise that "the cutting edge of the struggle is now located in the party". Free article

Tree Planting ceremony in remembrance of British Army massacre

29 January 2009

A TREE planting ceremony in remembrance of the massacre of 11 civilians by British soldiers in Ballymurphy in 1971 took place at the Ballymurphy Memorial Garden in West Belfast on Sunday, 25 January. Free article

Nuacht na nOibrithe BY STEPHANIE LORD

29 January 2009

CIÉ chiefs cut drivers but book executive box and Taxi protest in Galway Free article

Candidates selected for Mid Monaghan

29 January 2009

At the third of its County Monaghan election conventions last week Sinn Féin selected its team to contest the June local elections for Castleblayney and Ballybay Town Councils and the Mid-Monaghan electoral area of the County Council. Free article

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