Issue 2 - 2024 200dpi

23 April 2009 Edition

The Mitchel McLaughlin Column

23 April 2009

THE present economic conditions affecting this island demands a common purpose approach by Finance Ministers, North and South. Such an approach has been recommended by business organisations as the means to kick-start economic recovery and get Ireland back to work. I am of the firm opinion that our economic recovery will come more from indigenous efforts rather than a slavish expectation that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) miracles will drop out of the sky. Free article

• This news feature is funded by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL)

23 April 2009

New EU report on Lisbon most arrogant yet, EU failing to face up to failed policies, De Brún calls for local action on EU plan to boost construction industry and climate aims, Government shuts down Forum on Europe and What the EU can do for you Free article

International : Central and South America

23 April 2009

IT MAY have taken almost half a century, but it seems that the penny may have finally dropped in Washington as its most powerful inhabitants awake to a reality long understood by the rest of the world. On 17 April, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally conceded that US policy on Cuba had "failed", an admission that will doubtless feature heavily in any future academic courses on 'Geopolitics for Slow Learners'. Free article


23 April 2009

Bím in éad, caithfidh mé a admháil, le daoine a bhfuil go leor ama acu a bheith páirteach i ndrámaí agus seónna agus féilte den sort sin sna bailte beaga ar fud na tíre, nó ó mo chuimhne is minic a thógtar cairdeas agus comradaíocht idir na haisteoirí féin agus lucht 'an chompántais'. Anuraidh chaith bean an tí agus an mac (atá ina aisteoir cheart cibé scéal) cúpla mí ag cleachtadh leis an chumann drámaíocht áitiúil don ceoldráma Oliver! agus roimh deireadh coicíse bhí muintir an tí ar fad ag canadh faoi bia, bia galánta agus ag aithris na línte éagsúla a bhí á bhfoghlaim ag an bheirt theispiach. Agus, i ndiaidh na seachtainí de chleachtadh agus nuair a tháinig an chéad oíche nach iontach a bhí an claochlú ó halla paroiste go cúlsráideanna Londain sna 1800aidí. Free article

More than a game BY MATT TREACY

23 April 2009

THERE was a photograph of Dublin midfielder Joey Boland in one of the newspapers on Monday morning that captured how far the current hurling team has come. He is on his hunkers staring dejectedly at the grass. It is not so long ago that Dublin coming within two points of Kilkenny in Nowlan Park would have almost been a cause for mad jubilation. A lad might retire after such a feat. Indeed, in my lifetime, the Dublin senior hurlers have only ever beaten Kilkenny twice: once in the league in 1989 and in the Walsh Cup final in 2003. You may throw into that a draw in the league two years ago and a draw in the league in (I think) 1975 or 1976. I was at three of those momentous occasions and only service to the Republic prevented me being in Castlecomer in 1989. Free article

Remembering the Past: Austin Stack

23 April 2009

ONE of the foremost patriots in the history of County Kerry, Austin Stack, was born at Ballymullen, Tralee, in December 1879. His father was the Fenian, William Moore Stack, who served two terms of imprisonment for his political activities; his mother was active in the Ladies' Land League. Reared in a home imbued with Irish separatism, Austin Stack was to play a leading part in the republican struggle and the GAA in his native county. In 1904, he captained the Kerry team that won the All-Ireland football championship. He was president of the Kerry County Board of the GAA from 1918 to 1929. Free article

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