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28 April 2005 Edition

Gerrymandering the gender balance

28 April 2005

Dublin Cúige Chair JUSTIN MORAN argues that the quota system in place at the Ard Fheis to ensure six men and six women are elected to the Ard Chomhairle is misguided and misses the real reasons why women are under-represented in party structures Free article

Irish hero of the Spanish Civil War

28 April 2005

The first edition of this book appeared in 1979, when no Irish publisher was prepared to handle the title. This, the long awaited, new and updated version, remains utterly true to the original by republishing the main body of the text in exactly its original form. However, there is also the addition of 14 new appendices, comprising articles, obituaries and book reviews which all bring much fresh information to the reader who may already possess the original edition, notably, impressive obituaries for Maurice Levitas and Eugene Downing,and a fuller and more up to date roll of honour. Free article

Shameful era of censorship

28 April 2005

When Gerry Adams welcomed RTÉ to the democratic process at the 2003 Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, he was not merely commenting on the fact that it was the first Ard Fheis to be televised live. He was also reminding those present of a time when the republican community was censored from broadcasting in Ireland under Section 31 of the Broadcasting Act. Free article

Retelling our greatest epic

28 April 2005

When Eoin Neeson's book landed with me for review, my first reaction was that this was another novel using Celtic mythology or history as a background for an eyecatching title. But this is a well-written work that remains true to the concept of the original and to Thomas Kinsella's translation. Free article

In defence of Cork and the IRA's fight for Irish freedom - Revisionist historian Peter Hart criticised at packed Cork meeting

28 April 2005

Historian Dr Brian Murphy spoke to a packed audience recently in Cork's Imperial Hotel. Over 200 attended and heard of the non-sectarian nature of the IRA's war with Britain from 1919-'21, with particular reference to Cork. Dr Murphy said that parts of Ireland with a nationalist majority had generally good relations between Catholics and Protestants. He indicated how republican ideology was opposed to and fought sectarianism. Free article

Turas nó Oilithreacht

28 April 2005

Since many people may be thinking of holidays, AN DRAOI RUA takes the opportunity to remind folk how travel and pilgrimages have always been a great part of our psyche. Free article

Fiosrú ar fhiosrúchán - Buamáil Átha Cliath agus Mhuineacháin 1974

28 April 2005

Tá coimisiún fiosrúcháin bunaithe ag an Rialtas chun breathnú ar an bhfiosrúchán a ndearna na Gardaí ar bhuamáil Átha Cliath agus Mhuineacháin i 1974. Is é an t-abhcóide Patrick McEntee a bheidh i mbun an choimisiúin seo agus díreofar ar conas a chuaigh cáipéisí fiosrúcháin na nGardaí in easnamh agus ar cén fáth nár leanadh ar aghaidh leis an bhfiosrúchán seo in ainneoin leideanna, fianaise agus fínnéithe a bhí le fáil ach nár fuarthas. Free article

The 5th Column

28 April 2005

An Phoblacht's famous weekly satirical column. Read on... Free article

Small crowds in Croker, violence at the Oval

28 April 2005

The attendance at Croke Park last Sunday for the Division One Football Semi-Final between Armagh and Mayo, and the replayed Leinster Under-21 Final was disappointingly small at just under 20,000. One possible reason for this was that the fixture clashed with Glasgow's re-enactment of the Thirty Years' War. Apparently, the forces of the counter-reformation were triumphant. Excellent start to the new Pontificate! Free article

McGuinness wins South Longford - Remembering the Past

28 April 2005

On the 8 May 1917, 88 years ago, polling in the historic South Longford by-election took place. In 1917, the recently-released prisoners set about reorganising Sinn Féin. Their views as to future policy varied considerably. They included exponents of Arthur Griffith's dual monarchy doctrine and radical republicans who advocated an Irish republic. Free article

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