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2 July 2010

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New beginnings

WELCOME to the new-look An Phoblacht. Offering a radical republican viewpoint every month, we hope you enjoy the paper and recommend it to family, friends and work colleagues.
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Bloody Sunday and beyond

THE devastating findings of the Saville Report on the Inquiry into Bloody Sunday - something which could have been acknowledged by the British Government at any time in the last 38 years, saving not just millions of pounds but endless years of anguish for the survivors and the victims’ families - forced British Prime Minister David Cameron and the British Army Chief of Staff into making unprecedented public apologies and admissions of culpability by the British state.
And now that the British Government has finally summoned up the political courage to acknowledge the wrongs done in its name, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has called for the same to be done with regard to the Ballymurphy Massacre.
In the 36 hours after the introduction of internment in August 1971, 11 people – 10 men, including a local priest, and a mother of eight children – were killed by the British Army’s Parachute Regiment in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast.
None of those killed had any connection to any armed group. They were all innocent civilians.
How long will it take the British Government to do the right thing about Ballymurphy, 1971?

The Fine Gael farce

THE farce of the failed coup against Enda Kenny by some of the reputedly brightest brains on the Fine Gael frontbench underlined the fact that Fine Gael is not a serious opposition party.
Fianna Fáil-led governments have brought the 26 Counties to the brink of economic collapse and the Fianna Fáil/Green coalition wants ordinary people to pay the price for the greed and reckless of the elite which caused this disaster.
It is time to build a new politics in Ireland. But, as Michelle Gildernew pointed out in her speech at Bodenstown, the Labour Party putting Fine Gael into power is a not a new politics.
The 26 Counties is in urgent need of a radical republican political agenda and in communities across the state Sinn Féin is providing a real alternative to the tired politics of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.
With increasing numbers of voters turning away from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, there is a real opportunity to reshape Irish politics and Sinn Féin can lead the demand for real change.
A true transformation of the Irish political landscape must of necessity address the continued, unjust division of our country and our people.
A united Ireland makes political, social and economic sense. Now is time to build ‘A New Republic  – A United Ireland’.

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