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Sinn Féin on Councils leads eviction ban fight

21 March 2023

Sinn Féin Councillors have been leading the fight on the Councils for the reversal of the Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael-Green Government decision to lift the ban on evictions at the end of March. In one Council the entire Sinn Féin group walked out in protest after the mayor refused to allow discussion of their emergency motion. Free article

Daring Curragh Camp prison breakout remembered 50 years on

24 October 2022

'Dogs out on Curragh after escape' was the lead headline on The Cork Examiner the day after an audacious jail break by seven republican POWs on Sunday 29 October 1972. The escape coincided with the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis which was taking place in Liberty Hall, Dublin the same day. Free article

‘She enthused and motivated us all’. Remembering Pegeen O’Sullivan

21 October 2022

Camden resident, writer, socialist, and Irish Republican, Pegeen O’Sullivan died in July this year aged 96 years old. Angie Birthill writes on Pegeen’s lifelong community activism. Free article

Sinn Féin breakthrough in October ‘82

19 October 2022

THE YEAR 1982 saw British Government strategy in Ireland in disarray. The Hunger Strike of the previous year, in which ten republican prisoners died in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh, had broken the British policy of criminalising the prisoners and, by extension, the struggle for Irish freedom. The world saw that Irish republicans had widespread community support among the nationalist population in the Six Counties. Free article

The End of Partition: Planning for Ireland’s Future by Declan Kearney

29 September 2022

Writing in his latest blog, Declan Kearney looks at the need to plan for Ireland's future. Free article

Sligo’s Noble Six

17 September 2022

By mid-September 1922 the Republican forces were on the retreat throughout Ireland and were reverting to rural guerrilla tactics while the Free State controlled the cities and towns. Free article

British government demonstrates no regard for victims and survivors with Legacy Bill

3 September 2022

Legacy, victims and dealing with the past has been a defining political issue from the Good Friday Agreement (1998).  However, it wasn’t until the negotiations at Stormont House (2014) that a comprehensive approach, and architecture, was broadly agreed to deal with the legacy of the past.

The Stormont House Agreement (2014) provided the broad political architecture on devising key... Free article

Free State atrocities begin in Dublin

23 August 2022

The day after Michael Collins was shot, Richard Mulcahy, Chief of Staff of the Free State Army, sent a message to his soldiers. He urged them to “stand calmly by your posts” and said: “Let no cruel act of reprisal blemish your bright honour.” Yet in Dublin, within days of that message, and as the body of Michael Collins lay in state in City Hall, Free State forces carried out atrocities which up to recent times were largely forgotten. Free article

The death of Michael Devine

19 August 2022

August 20 th marks the death of Michael Devine, the 10 th republican hunger striker to die in 1981. Born in Derry, Devine grew up in the tumult of the civil rights protests, internment and Bloody Sunday in January 1972. He died after 60 days on hunger strike. The same day that voters in Fermanagh and South Tyrone elected H-Block candidate Owen Carron as an MP. Free article

The tragedy of Michael Collins

18 August 2022

We are seeing a deluge of media coverage on the centenary of the death of Michael Collins. This is natural for such a towering figure in our history. It is unfortunate, though, that so much that is said and written about the Treaty and the Civil War is dominated by the figures of Collins and Dev, often to the exclusion of other key figures and usually glossing over the political issues involved. Free article

Remembering Kevin O'Reilly

17 August 2022

As we mark the 42nd anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strikes Pauline Tully remembers republican Kevin O'Reilly who died in December, and who over six decades was a key activist and organiser, and was to the forefront of H-Block campaign in Cavan. Free article

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