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31 August 2006 Edition

Equality redistributative tax system needed

31 August 2006

Poverty and inequality are a way of life in modern Ireland with nearly 20% of the population suffering deprivation on a daily basis. Yet as Fianna Fail and the Progressive Democrats prepare for their 11th consecutive budget is the coalition government really concerned about the poor in Ireland today? Free article

The Mitchel McLaughlin Column

31 August 2006

The Good Friday Agreement is about changing the ethos of the North to one based on the principle of equality. Both governments and all parties - with the exception of the DUP - claim a commitment to the Agreement. On that basis, we are continually being told: "The two governments have a common strategy. It is the Good Friday Agreement. The governments are as one on this issue." Free article

Remembering 1981: Prisoners highlight attempts to undermine support

31 August 2006

British 'only interested in a total surrender' and 20th man joins Hunger Strike Free article

OPINION: Political opportunities

31 August 2006

Sinn Féin attracts attention. Both our detractors in the media (of which there are many) and those who are at least neutral (of which there are fewer!) continue to fill column inches with real or perceived views on our policies and personalities. It is a rare enough phenomenon for a socialist party to attract the coverage we do and it presents both an opportunity to us - and, it has to be said, a responsibility on us - to lead the way in changing the political complexion of this island. Free article


31 August 2006

The Republican - An Irish Civil War story and Ó Cadhain's Cré na Cille - Now available on CD Free article


31 August 2006

Mhúscail mé an dara oíche sa phoball ar bharr na sléibhte agus mé ag caoineadh agus ag crith le galar de shaghas éigin (tá mo fhoclóir caillte anocht agus beidh orm focail nua a chumadh); bhí sé sioctha lasmuigh agus mé ag eascanaí cén fath gur ól mé an seacht phionta sin sa síbín le muintir na cnoic. Free article

Tinneas an Tíogair Cheiltigh

31 August 2006

Táthar fós ag leanacht ar aghaidh le díospóireacht na ndrugaí agus tá daoine fós ag fáil bás de dheasca thógáil na ndrugaí. Níl aon amhras ann ach go bhfuil fáil ar drugaí go forleathan ar fud an oileáin - ó Lárchathair Bhaile Átha Cliath agus cathracha agus mórbhailte eile go sráidbhailte ó bhun go barr na tíre seo, sa Tuaisceart agus sa Deisceart. Leis na blianta beaga anuas, méadú mór tagtha ar fháil na ndrugaí agus ar ghlacadh na ndrugaí agus is cosúil go bhfuil méadú mór tagtha ar an ólachán chomh maith, go háirithe i measc an aosa óig. Gan amhras, is cúis imní í an méadú ar glacadh drugaí agus óil, agus léirionn sé seo tinneas bunúsach a ghabhann leis an sochaí ina mairimid ann. In ainneoin an t-saibhris, tá sochaí an Tíogair Cheiltigh tinn! Free article

The Matt Treacy Column

31 August 2006

On a dark Dublin morning on a bus enveloped in my gloom - and silent but for one chap telling someone on the phone that he is too depressed to go to work and is heading instead for the 'early house' - the words of another Dub are apt. Free article

Remembering the Past

31 August 2006

The day after Michael Collins was shot, Richard Mulcahy, Chief of Staff of the Free State Army, sent a message to his soldiers. He urged them to "stand calmly by your posts" and said: "Let no cruel act of reprisal blemish your bright honour." Yet in Dublin, within days of that message, and as the body of Michael Collins lay in state in City Hall, Free State forces carried out atrocities which have been almost totally forgotten. Free article

Fifth Column

31 August 2006

An Phoblacht's famous weekly satirical column. Free article

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