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10 May 2007 Edition

General election 2007 : A view from the South

10 May 2007

This week ROBBIE SMYTH profiles constituencies in Munster and South Leinster, two regions where today there is only one Sinn Féin TD, Martin Ferris in Kerry North, but by 25 May Sinn Féin support figures will show a very different picture as the party capitalises on gains made in the 2004 local and EU elections which brought the first Sinn Féin members onto Cork, Waterford and Wexford county councils, while growing representation on Cork City and Kerry County Councils. Free article

The Mitchel McLaughlin Column

10 May 2007

In the run-up to the election Fianna Fáil, the PD's, Fine Gael and Labour have at one time or another accused each other of indulging in 'auction politics'. In an attempt to buy votes in their quest for power they have issued a string of unsustainable promises on tax cuts, abolishing stamp duty, more Gardaí on the beat, a contract with the people, promises to wipe out hospital waiting lists etc. Free article

Dáil General Election Profile : Henry Cremin, Cork South Central

10 May 2007

HENRY CREMIN is a resident of Greenfields, Model Farm Road. A married man with a grown-up family, Henry is involved in his residents' committee and is a founding member of a local fishing club and youth club. Free article

Dáil General Election Profile: Shaun Tracey, Dublin South

10 May 2007

Shaun Tracey - who is contesting Dublin South with fellow Sinn Féin candidate Sorcha Nic Cormaic - is a plumber by trade and a member of the AEEU trade union. Aged 26, he recently joined the Sinn Féin team at Leinster House as a press officer. Free article

Dáil General Election Profile: Sorcha Nic Cormaic, Dublin South

10 May 2007

Sorcha Nic Cormaic - who is contesting Dublin South with fellow Sinn Féin candidate Shaun Tracey - is a primary school teacher in Dundrum, where she has lived most of her life. Sorcha studied Classical Civilisation and Philosophy in UCG and completed a Higher Diploma in Education in UCD in 2005. The Dundrum educationalist recently met other teachers in Palestine and she got to see first-hand how their lives are affected by the Israeli occupation. Free article

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The Resistance Campaign 50 years on

10 May 2007

This week Mícheál MacDonncha continues a monthly series marking the 50th anniversary of the IRA's Resistance Campaign - more widely known as the Border Campaign - which commenced in December 1956. The series will be based on the monthly republican newspaper of the time An tÉireannach Aontaithe/The United Irishman. Free article


10 May 2007

Seoladh an leabhar dá-theangach seo le Marcus Ó Murchú ag an Oireachtas i Leitir Ceannain. Tá sé bunaithe ar léacht leis an Cairdinéal Ó Fiaich i 1972, ag comóradh imeacht na nIarlaí i 1607. Tugtar cur síos ar an long ag imeacht faoi dheifir ó Rath Maoláin le 99 ar bord, ina measc Aodh Mór Ó Néill, muintir Ui Dhónaill agus uaisle Gaelacha eile in éineacht len a bhfilí, scoláirí, lucht freastail, sagairt agus micléinn sagartóireachta. Insíonn sé scéal an turais mhaslaigh go dtí gur shroich siad an Mhór-roinn, na timpistí a thárla ó Louvain go dtín Róimh, 50 acu ag taistil de shiúl na gcos. Free article

The Matt Treacy Column

10 May 2007

As we eagerly await the start of this year's senior championship there has been some talk of whether the qualifier, or 'back door', system is working. Particularly as it applies to football. No-one seems inclined really to tamper with the hurling any more. Just content to hope that there will be a few games to remember before either Kilkenny or Cork win the All Ireland! Free article

End Of The Union?

10 May 2007

"Changed, changed utterly" was how one commentator described the state of Scotland following last weeks Holyrood election. Such hyperbole was to be expected as the Scottish National Party had emerged the largest party for the first time ever. While the system of proportional representation means it is not quite accurate to say the SNP had won the election it was clear the Labour party had lost the election. The result was only decided when the SNP took the last list seat giving them 47 MSP's and leaving Labour on 46. Following some way behind the Tories emerged with 17 and the Liberal Democrats on 16. Free article

Fifth Column

10 May 2007

Fine Gael’s bandwagon

Reminiscing on his RTÉ radio show on Monday night about memorable election campaigns in years gone by, and how large open-air meetings are indeed a thing of the past, Vincent Browne recalled the 1960s, when he was a member of Young Fine Gael in Dublin.
The Blueshirts used a flat-back lorry opposite The Oval Bar in Abbey Street, off O’Connell Street and near the... Free article

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