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7 January 2010 Edition

The Mitchel McLaughlin Column

7 January 2010

DIALOGUE between republicanism and unionism has always been difficult but it was only through dialogue that we were able to foster and develop the present peace and political process, however fragile that may be. Genuine dialogue based on respect and equality still remains critical to progress the overall situation but particularly to resolve the current difficulties threatening political stability. Free article

Remembering the Past: Green Street - Two centuries of political trials

7 January 2010

GREEN STREET Courthouse in Dublin is no longer to be used for trials, thus ending a two-century history during which hundreds of republicans stood in its dock, some of them facing execution and many receiving long prison sentences. Since 1972, Green Street was the venue for the no-jury Special 'Criminal' Court but its history stretches much further back. Free article

Another View by Eoin Ó Broin

7 January 2010

2009 was an interesting year for the Left in the 26 Counties. We suffered significant defeats with the passing of two right-wing Budgets and the Lisbon Treaty. But a series of developments throughout the year should give hope to those of us who want to see a better 2010. In the political, trade union and civic society spheres there were developments and initiatives that have greatly strengthened the Left and, if used wisely in the months ahead, could become important building blocks for a politics of change. Free article

The new decade will be what we make it

7 January 2010

WE are entering a new decade. It is the centenary of a decade of revolution. In three years it will be the centenary of the 1913 Lock-Out. In six years it will be the centenary of the 1916 Rising. These anniversaries will create a space in public discourse that will enable Irish republicans to advance our vision for Ireland - we will have to be ready to grasp the opportunities that will be presented. As we enter this new decade, Sinn Féin needs to project a course for ourselves - clearly seeing where we want to be at the end of the decade. This is something that is crucial, particularly for the party's project in the 26 Counties. While we have to focus on elections (and in the year ahead we face, at a minimum, a by-election in Donegal South-West and a Westminster general election), we have to remember to look beyond simply focusing on the next election. Free article

Ógra Shinn Féin: Young republicans growing stronger

7 January 2010

FIANNA ÉIREANN, the original republican youth movement, was founded in 1909. So it is fitting that a hundred years on, we see republican youth still vibrant and growing, with Ógra Shinn Féin continuing to thrive and develop. Here are the highlights of a very active year in 2009. Free article


7 January 2010

PLUS ça change, plus la même chose, mar a deir na Francaigh agus an tseachtain seo cheap mé gurbh fhiú amharc siar deich mbliana go tús an chéid seo, agus muid ar tí deichniúr nua a thosú. Déanann gach nuachtán eile é agus cad chuige nach mbeadh An Phoblacht ag déanamh macnaimh ar na rudaí a bhí ar intinn phoblachtach deich mbliana ó shin. Free article


7 January 2010

MELANIE stared pensively at her two children playing in her sumptuous heated, indoor, 50-metre swimming pool for some time and tried to resist chewing on fingernails that only yesterday had been treated to a €300 manicure. Before Christmas, things had seemed so bright. Free article

OPINION: Engaging Eamon Gilmore's Labour Party: A response to Eoin Ó Broin

7 January 2010

I HAVE to say from the outset I do enjoy reading Eoin Ó Broin's articles in 'Another View'. I find them incisive, fresh and challenging. I found his last article on 'Engaging Labour' so challenging that I feel compelled to write a response. Knowing Eoin, I am sure he'll appreciate that. So I'll start with the first part of his conclusion. Eoin wrote: "Those of us who believe that a better, fairer Ireland is possible have a responsibility to engage and convince those who share our broad values and aspirations that an alliance for change is the best way forward. Free article

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