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25 May 2012 Edition

Julia Carney

25 May 2012

THE DEAD are among us. Previously thought consigned to political oblivion, they have loomed out from the dark recesses we had hoped would be their final resting places. They shuffle around, lurching uncontrollably and gibbering self-justifications to passing journalists. Premium service article

It’s Frankfurt’s way or Ballyhea’s way

25 May 2012

EVERY SUNDAY for the past 14 months – every Sunday without fail – the people of the tiny Cork townland of Ballyhea have taken to the streets and marched to voice their opposition to the bail-out of bondholders with taxpayers’ money. And they’re on their way to Frankfurt. Premium service article

A fighter like his father

25 May 2012

LEINSTER HOUSE. As I waited for Pádraig to arrive from the British/Irish Parliamentary Assembly that was taking place in Leinster House, I glanced at the items adorning the walls of his office. On one wall hangs a massive poster declaring “Donegal - Ulster Football Champions 2011”. Behind his desk is a framed, painted handkerchief of a Celtic Cross made by Irish POWs in the 1980s; it is dedicated to his late father, Volunteer Réamonn Mac Lochlainn. On the noticeboard is pinned an An Phoblacht article from February 1984 highlighting the refusal of the then Labour Environment Minister to meet with Buncrana Sinn Féin Councillor Eddie Fulletron. A poster calling for UN recognition of Palestine as a full member state hangs beside the window. Premium service article

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