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7 May 2009 Edition

The Mitchel McLaughlin Column

7 May 2009

ALL nationalist political parties throughout the island have recognised that partition means that the Irish nation cannot reach its full potential, either economically or in terms of influencing international opinion on a variety of crucial matters. I believe that growing numbers from the unionist tradition, particularly in the business sector, believe likewise. There is a strong desire among the majority of Irish people for national reunification and reconciliation. Sinn Féin will continue its work to build on that desire and to persuade political unionism that it is in their interests also. Free article

Moore Street, Dublin - A hotbed of revolution

7 May 2009

AS the families of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation await the outcome of a planning appeal to reverse a decision to allow a €1.25 billion commercial shopping development to go ahead in the historical area of Moore Street, Dublin - including historic sites central to the story of the Easter Rising - the great-grandson of one of Ireland's most beloved patriots, James Connolly, looks at the options if the appeal is rejected by An Bord Pleanála. Free article

Kelly hails GAA Belfast strategy

7 May 2009

SPEAKING at the launch of the GAA's Belfast Strategy, Ardú Bhéal Feirste, last week, Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly paid tribute to the GAA for being at the heart of many communities over the 125 years of its existence. The north Belfast MLA and junior minister said the GAA brings vision and energy to those that it reaches, never more so than with the ambitious proposal for a new 40,000-capacity stadium. Free article


7 May 2009

FEWER than one in five councillors elected in 2004 and 13 per cent of TDs elected in 2007 are women. Only three of Cowen's 14 ministers are women and 100 per cent of them are called Mary. That's not statistically relevant, by the way, it just creeps me out a little. I mean, could they not have found room for a Patricia or a Susan? Free article


7 May 2009

Bhuel cuireadh tús cuí leis an fheachtas toghchánaíochta an tseachtain seo agus mar a bheifeá ag dual, bhí sé ag cur báistí. Caithfidh go bhfuil coibhneas idir canbhasáil agus báisteach. Smaoin aer te (á labhairt ar thairseach), comhiompar, frasaíocht agus báisteach agus tagann soiléiriú ar chúrsaí aimsire le linn toghchán. Cosúil le leabhar Miles na gCopaleen bíonn sé ag cur i gcónaí anseo san iarthar (ach go háirithe le linn na dtoghchán). Cibé scéal níor mharaigh braon baistí aon duine riamh agus ar aghaidh liom an oíche arú mar a gheall mé go ndéanfainn, le beart bileoga faoi mo chóta agus liosta vótóirí i mo lámh. Free article

More than a game BY MATT TREACY

7 May 2009

LAST SUNDAY, having once again barely survived Ciara's assault on our golfing status, we decided to repair for dinner and watch Wexford and Offaly in the Division Two hurling league final. Well, that was the plan. The four screens, however, were busy: 'The Pool' and 'The Toon' on two of them, the 'vital' Championship (i.e. Second Division) clash between Birmingham City and Reading on another, and the absolutely riveting pre-match analysis of Leicester's Heineken Cup semi-final on the other. Free article

Remembering the Past: Con Colbert and Seán Heuston

7 May 2009

This year marks the centenary of the republican youth organisation, Fianna Éireann, which played a key role in the struggle for Irish freedom. The importance of that role is emphasised by the fact that two of its founders and leaders, Con Colbert and Seán Heuston, were executed on the same day for their part in the 1916 Easter Rising. Free article

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