13 August 2009 Edition
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Expose Orange Order bigotry
In my opinion the only way to make Ireland a normal society is to unite the country. The main obstacle to this happening is institutional racism and bigotry, at the heart of which is the Orange Order.
The main task then is to reduce the power of the Orange Order. We must remove the notion that the Order is a respectable organisation. To do this we must stop the 12 and 13 of July being held as a paid public holiday. If people must parade their bigotry and backwardness then they should not be paid for the privilege
Hanafin targets the poor
Social and family Affairs Minister Mary Hanafin has said that child and social welfare benefits will be slashed.
A survey this week has just shown that the 26 Counties is the second most expensive state in Europe. Social welfare cuts will hit those families already finding it difficult to make ends meet.
Apart from being totally unfair, such cuts will simply take more money out of the economy, doing nothing to stem the downturn or get people back to work.
There can now be no doubt that this government’s response to the current economic crisis will be the continuing targeting of the poor. For the sake of this country they must go now.
Baile Atha Cliath 3.
People power delivers new Gaelscoil in Clondalkin
FRIDAY 7 August was a great day here in Clondalkin Village for people power. For many years the people have been campaigning for a new school to replace the ramshackle huts that children had been taught in for the last 16 years and on Friday word came though that we were to have new school buildings and services to be put in place for the new school term beginning in late August.
To those, and there are many many people, I would personally want to say Go raith maith agat for their hard work and committment. The Irish Culture and language is extremely important to us and something worth fighting for.
My children can look forward to better educational environment something that we are entitled to free of charge.
PÓL Ó DEORAIN,
Baile Átha Cliath