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3 February 2013 Edition

Stopping the Property Tax: A tax too far

3 February 2013

THE ONLY WAY to stop the Property Tax being imposed on family homes by Fine Gael and Labour TDs is by people speaking out and making the Government and Fianna Fáil aware of the scale of public outrage, Mary Lou McDonald says. And they need to press their TD to vote for the Sinn Féin Bill to scrap the unfair tax – “a tax too far”. Premium service article

The past, reconciliation and the future of the Peace Process

3 February 2013

A SIMPLISTIC ASSESSMENT of events across the North, and Belfast especially, since the beginning of last December would be to assume nothing has changed. A ‘Groundhog Day’ scenario. That is not the case. Free article

In the eye of the flags storm

3 February 2013

ON THE NIGHT of 3 December 2012, when Belfast City councillors voted to restrict the flying of the Union flag at City Hall on designated days (the same as the Assembly at Stormont), the small nationalist neighbourhood of Short Strand was attacked by unionist gangs returning from their violent spree at City Hall. Premium service article

The challenge of uniting Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter

3 February 2013

NATIONAL LIBRARY, Dublin. 10:15am. It’s five days since Gerry Adams launched the campaign with 450 people in Dublin for a Border poll as provided for under the Good Friday Agreement. It’s the day after the Sinn Féin leader attended the funeral in Belfast of trade union and social activist Inez McCormack. Premium service article

Deis dúinne freisin ár leas féin a forbairt

3 February 2013

TÁ FAITÍOS an domhain ar bhunaíocht an stáit seo go bhféadsfaí reifreann a reachtáil sa mBreatain faoi bhallraíocht na tíre sin san Aontas Eorpach. Mar tá gach seans go mbeadh móramh i gcoinne na hEorpa - toradh a chothódh deacrachtaí do dhaoine nár sheas le neamhspleáchas na tíre seo le cianta. Free article

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‘To be terrified of your own history is not a good thing’

3 February 2013

ARTISTS need to be noticed but Longford artist SHANE CULLEN hit the headlines nationally in January when Fine Gael councillors tried to have one of his works removed from the Luan Art Gallery in Athlone because they deemed it “offensive” and politically contentious. Premium service article

Why is the Southern Establishment afraid of a Border poll?

3 February 2013

WHILE OPINION POLLS in the South indicate majorities both for Irish unity and for a Border poll as called for by Sinn Féin, the Southern Establishment remains decidedly lukewarm if not downright hostile about the idea. Premium service article

Má tá Gaeilge agat labhair í

3 February 2013

NÍ LEOR CAINT, ach gníomh a deirtear. Is amhlaidh atá ó thaobh na Gaeilge di. D’fhéadfadh na mílte straitéis, scéim agus polasaí a bheith ann ó thaobh na Gaeilge di, ach muna bhfuil daoine toilteanach ár dteanga dhúchais a úsáid, ní fiú tráithnín iad. Premium service article

Facing up to anti-Irish ‘stealth racism’

3 February 2013

THE Scottish Government has appointed a ‘bigotry czar’. Dr Duncan Morrow, of the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy at the University of Ulster, will chair a panel chosen to examine the scale and nature of religious bigotry in Scotland, assess efforts to tackle it and advise ministers on policies and initiatives to combat sectarianism. Dr Morrow is also a former chair of the Community Relations Council in the North of Ireland. Premium service article

Nelson wrong on Housing Executive

3 February 2013

NELSON McCaulsland’s Assembly statement on the future of the Housing Executive has caused a bit of a stir. Much of the debate has focused on whether the minister’s proposals have an underlying sectarian motivation. This is hardly surprising given the reasons for the establishment of the Housing Executive in 1971 and Nelson McCausland’s own dubious record on housing issues in north Belfast for over two decades. Free article

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