“I’ll finish as I started”
7 June 2023
At a recent lecture on Ernie O’Malley by the historian and Sinn Féin Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha, I was chatting with Belinda Nugent from the O’Malley/Russell Cumann and I mentioned that my Granda Michael Smyth knew Ernie O’Malley and was instrumental in his famous escape from Kilmainham Gaol in 1921 along with Simon Donnelly and Frank Teeling. Free article
Dublin High Court rejects electrical bosses' challenge to pay agreement
1 July 2010
THE High Court in Dublin has rejected on all counts a legal challenge on constitutional grounds by a group of electrical contractors to the Registered Employment Agreement (REA) on workers’ pay and conditions and a Labour Court ruling on the REA.
Technical Engineering & Electrical Union General Secretary Eamon Devoy, whose "Power Union" represents 10,000 members in the electrical... Free article
Sinn Féin raises prison conditions and Orange marches with Justice Minister David Ford
30 June 2010
A SINN FÉIN delegation led by party President Gerry Adams and including Justice spokesperson Alex Maskey and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness met with Justice Minister David Ford on Wednesday on issues including the ongoing situation in Maghaberry Prison and a number of upcoming contentious Orange parades.
Alex Maskey said after the meeting:
“We made it clear to Mr Ford our... Free article
Clondalkin double murders: Extra Garda resources wanted
30 June 2010
CLONDALKIN Sinn Féin Councillor Matthew McDonagh has renewed his call for a significant increase in Garda resources for the Garda Drugs Squad after the double murder of two brothers in Neilstown, Dublin West, this week.
They came on the same day that the Garda seized 14kg of cocaine along with two semi-automatic handguns in Terenure.
“We have gardaí fully trained to fight crime... Free article
28 June 2010
THE annual Ballykissane commemoration took place in Killorglin, County Kerry, on May 29th.
The opening address was given by Mairéad Ní Mhaoláin at the event in which Conn Keating, Donal Sheahan and Charlie Monaghan, the first casualties of the 1916 Rising, were commemorated.
These Volunteers met a tragic death as they attempted to assist the importation of arms on board The Aud... Free article
Harrison Ford and saving Seán Mac Dermott Street Swimming Pool – The Mary Lou McDonald Column
24 June 2010
THINGS got controversial at the Save Our Swimming Pool campaign fund-raising quiz the other night. It was the picture round. No one could figure out who the angry-looking man in the grainy photograph was. One person – who I will not name (yet) – swore that it was Harrison Ford. It wasn’t.
It was Ivor Callely.
Fianna Fáil Senator Callely is one of the politicians in the headlines... Free article
Dublin's Dolphin House breaches UN standards
23 June 2010
A meeting of residents at Dolphin House, organised to highlight the living conditions in Dublin Corporation flats, was told this week that that UN standards on housing are being breached in Dolphin House.
Councillor Criona Ní Dhálaigh attended and spoke at the meeting, and said Dolphin House is by no means unique in these living conditions. She pointed out that only ten minutes... Free article
Rejuvenated and re-energised - An Phoblacht monthly new prices
23 June 2010
By now, many of our readers will know that An Phoblacht will launch as a new monthly on 24 June. The paper is adapting, like most print media, to the phenomena of online media and is also changing its format - the new monthly edition will be crammed with interesting features, interviews and analysis. This edition will complement the vastly improved, dynamic web presence.
The... Free article
Cuban delegation meets Sinn Féin in Belfast and Dublin
23 June 2010
Sinn Fein hosted a delegation from Cuba at the annual Cairde Sinn Fein in Belfast at the weekend. The delegation joined over a thousand guests at the Europa Hotel for the evening event.
The group had met the Sinn Féin TDs in Leinster House earlier in the week.
The Cuban Ambassador to Dublin Terecita Trujillo accompanied government representatives, Angel Arzuaga from Cuba’s... Free article
Where are the Luddites when you need them?
7 June 2010
'AN PHOBLACHT' began publishing as a monthly, I think, in 1970, around the same time that the Belfast-based 'Republican News' came on the streets.
My mate Peter and I in our teens, and just after the Falls Curfew, used to sell Rep News from under our coats as people came out of St Paul’s Mass. It’s hard to believe, given the public display of support for Sinn Féin today, that back... Free article
16,000 'Greetings from the dole' postcards delivered to Dublin Government
7 June 2010
Sinn Féin’s ‘Jobs for the Unemployed’ campaign saw the delivery of over 16,000 postcards to Government buildings in Dublin on Wednesday. The postcards demand action on creating jobs and were launched by the party earlier this year as part of an extensive campaign on unemployment.
The party’s elected representatives arrived in Dublin with sacks of the postcards and described the... Free article
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