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17 November 2005 Edition

Family Unfriendly - The Irish childcare scandal

17 November 2005

Occasionally, an issue comes along that can make or break a government. Over the past few months and in the last week particularly, the areas of childcare, maternity and paternity leave, and the general attitude of the 26-County state to families, have been to the fore in public consciousness and have received much media attention. Free article

Opinion: Going for a pint? - BY MICHELLE BOYLE

17 November 2005

It is estimated, that alcohol abuse in Ireland costs the economy around €2.7 billion each year and that nearly €6 billion of personal income is spent annually on the substance. Free article

The MacBride enigma

17 November 2005

Seán MacBride had an amazing life. Son of executed 1916 leader Major John MacBride and Maud Gonne, reared in Paris, on IRA active service in the Tan War, in the Four Courts garrison in the Civil War, Chief of Staff in the '30s, barrister, founder of Clann na Poblachta, Minister for External Affairs and then an international career as a champion of human rights and peace, earning him both the Nobel and Lenin Peace Prizes. Free article

Comhaontú fágtha ar leataobh

17 November 2005

On its 20th anniversary Cathal O Murchú looks back at the Hillsborough Agreeme Free article

Na San Patricios: Gaeil Troda Mhexico

17 November 2005

The Saint Patrick's Battalion in the US-Mexican War is still celebrated, over 150 years since many of their number became known as the 'Irish Martyrs'. Today most Mexican cities bear at least one street named in honour of their exploits. Free article

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Fifth Column

17 November 2005

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

Dúirt Siad...

17 November 2005

This week they said. Free article

Provincial clash generates winter heat

17 November 2005

When St Patrick's Day was dry - as in alcohol free rather than being little more than an excuse to get publicly pissed - and the only place where you could get a pint legitimately was at the Dog Show in the RDS, the inter-provincial finals, or Railway Cup as it was then, was about the most interesting event in Dublin apart from the parade. Free article

Remembering the Past - Kilmichael Ambush

17 November 2005

On 21 November 1920 a column of 36 IRA riflemen were mobilised at Clogher, County Cork, for a week's training in advance of an attack on the Auxiliaries. At 2am the following Sunday the IRA Flying Column fell in at Ahilina. Each man was armed with a rifle and 35 rounds of ammunition. Free article

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