11 June 2009 Edition

Doherty thrown out of Seanad in Foinse row

11 June 2009

The Irish language newspaper Foinse is likely cease publication unless further funding is provided by Fóras na Gaeilge - a state agency that supports Irish language groups and activities. It was announced at a meeting at the newspaper's headquarters in Carraroe this week that next Sunday's Foinse will be the final edition unless a bigger state grant is provided. Free article

Arrests over Fullerton murder

11 June 2009

TWO men arrested by the PSNI in connection with the murder of Sinn Féin councillor Eddie Fullerton in County Donegal 18 years ago were released without charge on Tuesday night. A 41-year-old man had been arrested at Drumahoe near Derry City at the request of gardaí. It has been reported that a second man, aged 45 was arrested a short time later when he presented himself to a police station in County Antrim. Free article

Sinn Féin to challenge PSNI over McDaid murder

11 June 2009

Sinn Féin Policing Board member Alex Maskey has said that his party will be using this week's meeting of the Policing Board to robustly call to account the PSNI behaviour in the lead up to and in the aftermath of the murder of Kevin McDaid in Coleraine. Mr Maskey said: "There is widespread unease within the nationalist community concerning the events in Coleraine which led to the brutal murder of Kevin McDaid and the attempted murder of another local man. Free article

Christy Burke should return Sinn Féin seat - Ó Snodaigh

11 June 2009

DUBLIN City Councillor Christy Burke has resigned from Sinn Féin just days after the results of the Dublin Central by-election and the Local Government Elections in which he stood as a Sinn Féin candidate. Free article

The rise of the Right must be resisted

11 June 2009

LAST WEEKEND, people throughout the 27 EU member states cast their votes to elect 736 Members of the European Parliament. Turn-out was a paltry 43%, the lowest in the three decades of European voting. Voter apathy was widespread with over half of the electorate choosing to stay at home, politically apathetic due to ubiquitous corruption scandals, democratic deficits and failing to see a real political alternative in their respective countries. Free article

Manhunt for mercenary leader who worked for Shell in Mayo

11 June 2009

THE head of the mercenary group intercepted in Bolivia eight weeks ago while plotting to assassinate Bolivia's Socialist President Evo Morales has been named as a Hungarian man who was a private security guard on the Shell pipeline project in Mayo. And Tibor Revesz may have been hiding out in Ireland while Bolivia launched an international manhunt for the fugitive. Free article

Don't Extradite the Basques Campaign launched

11 June 2009

THE Don't Extradite the Basques Campaign was formally launched on Wednesday 10 June against the extradition to Spain of Belfast-based Basque pro-independence activists Iñaki de Juana and Arturo 'Beñat' Villanueva at a press conference in An Chultúrlann. Civil rights activist Fearghas Ó hÍr outlined the campaign on behalf of the committee, joined by a range of supporters including prominent human rights defenders and community activists, aiming to demonstrate the broad support for the human and civil rights of the Basque people from across the Belfast community. Free article

Turn out for Bodenstown 2009 on 21 June

11 June 2009

IT'S that time of year again when republicans come together in Bodenstown to honour one of Ireland's most beloved patriots, Wolfe Tone, and after a hard-fought election campaign the event will be an appropriate venue for people to re-energise themselves. The event this year falls on Sunday 21 June. People should assemble in Sallins at 1.30pm before the march to Wolfe Tone's grave. The main speaker will be Martin McGuinness and the theme is 'Uniting people, Uniting Ireland.' Free article

Belfast hears harrowing eye-witness account of Israeli assault on Gaza

11 June 2009

IRISH human rights activist Caoimhe Butterly provided an eyewitness report from Gaza at a meeting in St Mary's University College in west Belfast on Wednesday 3 June, organised by the Irish Palestine Solidarity Committee. Butterly has been working in Jabaliya and Gaza City as a volunteer with ambulance services and as a co-ordinator for the Free Gaza Movement. She outlined an extremely harrowing account of the December-January Israeli offensive against Gaza and of the ongoing impact of the siege on Gaza's 1.5 million people. Free article

Shell settles human rights lawsuit for $15m

11 June 2009

ON MONDAY of this week, Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay $15.5m to settle a lawsuit which accused the oil multinational of complicity in rights abuses in Nigeria. The case, due for trial next week in the United States, was brought by relatives of a group of nine anti-Shell activists executed in 1995 by Nigeria's military rulers. Those hanged by the Nigerian Government included the writer and activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa, president of the opposition non-violent Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People. Free article


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