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The death of Thomas McElwee

7 August 2020

THOMAS McELWEE, aged 23, was born in Bellaghy, south Derry, on 30 November 1957. Thomas was arrested following a premature explosion in an IRA operation in October 1976 in which he lost the sight of one eye. His younger brother, Benedict, was arrested in the same incident. Thomas received a 20-year sentence in September 1977.He spent 62 days on hunger strike from 8 June. He died on 8 August 1981. Free article

Cowen AND his Government should go, says Sinn Féin Dáil leader

14 September 2010

TAOISEACH Brian Cowen has denied being drunk or hungover during an interview on RTÉ's Morning Ireland but Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the issue was not the Taoiseach’s physical state but the state of the nation as a result of disastrous Fianna Fáil policies which caused the crash and are now deepening the recession.

The Sinn Féin Dáil leader said:

“The physical... Free article

Free the Miami Five vigil: US Embassy, Dublin, Wednesday 6pm

14 September 2010

THE Free the Miami Five Campaign Ireland is holding a vigil at the American Embassy from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday 15th September to mark the start of the Miami Five's 13th year as political prisoners of the USA.

Since 1959, 3,500 Cubans have died as a result of terrorist attacks directed at Cuba from groups based within the exiled community of Miami, Florida.

The Cuban Government... Free article

Bairbre de Brún encourages citizens to 'Take the Initiative' on petitions

14 September 2010

SINN FÉIN MEP Bairbre de Brún will be taking part in the prestigious European Citizens Initiative opening session alongside the Vice President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič.

Bairbre has helped organise and will address a conference in the European Parliament on Wednesday, September 15th, to tease out the possibilities of how this initiative could be used to best... Free article

US Congress to probe British stalling on Bill of Rights pledge

13 September 2010

THE failure by the British Government to uphold its Good Friday Agreement committment to introduce a Bill of Rights for the North of Ireland will be probed by a US Congressional Committee on Thursday, Sinn Féin Equality and Human Rights spokesperson Martina Anderson MLA has revealed.

“There will be a Congressional hearing on the North of Ireland this Thursday and one of the main... Free article

Budget savings: Where Sammy Wilson could start

13 September 2010

REJECTING Finance Minister Sammy Wilson's accusation that those resisting the Westminster Tory/Liberal Government's Budget axe are being irresponsible when it comes to saving money, Sinn Féin Economy spokesperson Mitchel McLaughlin MLA said Sammy should look at his DUP colleagues first.

“It’s possible that Mr Wilson was actually referring to his DUP party colleague, Edwin Poots,... Free article

Jobs top agenda in South-East visits by Martin McGuinness

13 September 2010

DEPUTY FIRST MINISTER Martin McGuinness MP, MLA
visited the south-east region today on the invitation of Waterford
by-election candidate Councillor David Cullinane.

Mr McGuinness visited Waterford City, Kilkenny City and Carlow and met
local business, trade union, community and civic leaders.

Mayor of Waterford City Councillor Mary Roche hosted a mayoral reception to mark
his... Free article

Homeless crisis could be worse than 1980s > Focus Ireland

13 September 2010

HOMELESS AGENCY Focus Ireland warns Government that its failure on housing will lead to "an entrenched homeless crisis much worse than the 1980s".

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Adams urges Spain to respond positively to ETA ceasefire

5 September 2010

GERRY ADAMS has urged a positive response from the Spanish Government to today's announcement by ETA of a ceasefire.

The Sinn Féin president and MP for West Belfast said:

“I welcome the announcement made today by ETA to pursue Basque independence through peaceful and democratic means. This is a significant statement and has the potential to bring about a permanent end to the... Free article

Hold 3 by-elections together, says Green Party minister

5 September 2010

GREEN PARTY Communications Minister Eamon Ryan says that all three long-overdue by-elections in the 26 Counties should be held at the same time.

He was commenting after newspaper reports that Fianna Fáil are planing to hold the Donegal South-West by-election in March in order to put an end to a legal challenge by Sinn Féin and Donegal Senator Pearse Doherty.  The case is due to... Free article

ETA ceasefire welcomed by Gerry Adams

5 September 2010

THE announcement by the Basque guerrilla organisation ETA of a ceasefire has been welcomed by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP.

The BBC reports:

It is unclear whether ETA is declaring a permanent or temporary ceasefire.

In the video obtained by the BBC, three hooded ETA fighters are shown sitting behind a desk with the ETA flag pinned up behind them.

The figure in the middle... Free article

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