16 January 2020
The 2020 General Election is happening 100 years after the first elections in Ireland held under the proportional representation/single transferable (PR/STV) voting system. The 1920 local government elections were held in two stages – city and town councils in January and county and rural councils in June. Sinn Féin swept the boards, as the party had done in the 1918 General Election, and won majorities on most councils throughout the country. Free article
18 December 2019
In May 1918 British Army Field Marshal John French was appointed Lord Lieutenant and Supreme Commander of the British Army in Ireland. He had previously held the positions of Commander-in-Chief of the British Home Forces and, at the start of the First World War, Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force in France. Free article
17 December 2019
There is nothing inevitable about Irish unity. How many movements in history have wrongly predicted the obviousness of their desired outcome? How many political struggles end in failure? Achieving the unity of this island remains a formidable challenge; the obstacles are still huge. Free article
16 December 2019
No One Shouted Stop: Death of an Irish Town was the 1988 title of Irish Times journalist John Healy’s seminal book dealing with the decline of Charlestown, a town in East Mayo familiar to anyone who has travelled the N17 from Sligo to Galway. The book was particularly concerned with this case study of social and economic degeneration in the west, but also the destructive impact of emigration on the vitality of rural communities more generally. Free article
12 December 2019
THE month between 16 November and 17 December 1984 saw the deaths of a Sinn Féin member at the hands of unionist gunmen and of five IRA Volunteers in action against the British crown forces in Counties Antrim, Fermanagh, Derry and Armagh. It was one of the most intense and tragic months of the conflict. Free article
11 December 2019
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has published a document comprising real-life submissions from people impacted by the housing crisis. Deputy McDonald published a video on her social media accounts last week calling on people to share their lived experiences of the housing crisis.
The comments from the Dublin Central TD came shortly after a motion of no confidence in the... Free article
7 December 2019
On the 16th December, talks to re-establish the north’s political institutions resume and these talks must conclude by the 13th January at the latest.
Sinn Féin have made preparations, we have been in direct contact with both governments and our negotiators stand ready to engage in these talks. It is our view that a deal is possible and that a deal has always been possible.
In... Free article
4 December 2019
Sinn Féin MPs have been named as among the best performing members of parliament in the first 'People Power' index compiled by one of the world's leading survey sites. Free article
4 December 2019
There are serious issues facing us in this election.
Our health service is at breaking point, the Tories and DUP have conspired to inflict the most savage cuts to public services in a generation and the planet is facing a climate catastrophe that requires all of us to act.
These are where our efforts should be going but one issue continues to overshadow everything else.
Brexit, in... Free article
3 December 2019
Tá bliain chinniúnach romhainn anseo in Ollscoil na Banríona ó thaobh cearta teanga de, go háirithe i leith chomharthaíocht dhátheangach. Ach ní gan dua a tharla seo. D’ainneoin gur tháinig dlús lenár bhfeachtas sa Chumann Gaelach le cúpla bliain anuas, is féidir a rá gur thosaigh sé nuair a baineadh síos an chomharthaíocht dhátheangach a bhí ann i bhfoirgneamh Aontas na Mac... Free article
29 November 2019
'Brexit looms, and no matter what arrangements are put in place to manage it, Ireland - north and south - will suffer', writes Matt Carthy MEP Free article
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