18 October 2012
Hundreds of Home Help and Home Care workers along with supporters marched from the GPO in Dublin to the Dáil on Wednesday afternoon to express their disgust at the slashing of home help hours. Campaigners say that the cutbacks will force more people into care homes and have a damaging effect on the lives of disabled and elderly people who rely on such services.
15 October 2012
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson met with republican ex-prisoners grouop Tar Anall and members of the newly launched Irish Centre on Wrongful Convictions (ICWC) in Belfast on Friday. The ICWC is a grassroots human rights organisation established by a number of former prisoners, human rights lawyers and human rights activists. Martina also toured Belfast's Irish Republican History Museum at Conway Mill.
12 October 2012
A PORTRAIT of the former and youngest Mayor of Belfast, Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, was unveiled in Belfast City Hall on 5 October to mark Niall’s just-completed year in office. Painted by Belfast mural artist Danny Devenney (the first venture into portraits by the noted mural artist), the image shows a confident young republican who is proud of his working-class roots in east Belfast’s Short Strand neighbourhood.
1 October 2012
THIRTY THOUSAND UNIONISTS and 100 bands took part in the parade by eight loyal orders on a six-mile route from central Belfast to Stormont to mark the 100th anniversary of the Ulster Covenant to oppose Home Rule for Ireland in 1912. There were fears of a repeat of sectarian displays by loyalist bands at St Patrick’s Church on Donegall Street such as the playing of the anti-Catholic ‘Famine Song’ by the Young Conway Volunteers band on the Twelfth of July.
13 August 2012
The families of 11 nationalists killed by British paratroopers in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast in August 1971 continue to draw attention to their campaign for truth. A march organised by the families took place on Sunday 12 August and drew support from other campaign groups who are themselves highlighting their quest for justice. Among those to show support for the Ballymurphy campaign were the relatives of the 14 people shot dead by British paratroopers in Derry on Bloody Sunday, the families of those killed in the Springhill shootings in 1972, also carried out by paratroopers and the families of 6 men shot dead by the UVF in Loughinisland in 2004. As many as 2,000 people marched in solidarity with the families.
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