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1 October 2015 Edition

Building a progressive alternative

1 October 2015

FOR THE FIRST TIME in the history of the 26 Counties, the political establishment (the two Civil War parties plus Labour) has been shaken to its core by a mass mobilisation of the citizenry. That the three main parties can no longer rely upon the acquiescence of the majority is clear from a series of opinion polls that put their combined support below 50%, roughly half of what they received 30, 20 or even 10 years ago. Premium service article

Scotland’s RISE – Respect, Independence, Socialism and Environmentalism

1 October 2015

A YEAR ON from Scotland’s independence referendum and the Scottish political landscape looks entirely transformed – both in terms of parliamentary representation and in the awakening of a nation. Premium service article

Banking Inquiry – What have we learnt?

1 October 2015

THE Oireachtas Banking Inquiry has finished its public hearings and is now into its report stage. Its findings will be announced sometime in January 2016. The main questions are: will we have learnt anything new; what was the point of it; and will it have achieved anything? Free article

Polasaí Oileánda thuas san Aer

1 October 2015

Tá suim náisiúnta dhá chuir san agóid atá ar bun maidir leis an tseirbhís aeir go hÁrainn. Tá feachtas den scoth dhá rith ag pobal na n-oileáin agus tá daoine as chuile cheard ag cur spéis sa mhéid atá ag tarlú. Ach, tá amhras orm, fiú má thagann siad ar réiteach ar an troid áirithe seo faoin gcóras iompar, nach bhfuil an cath ach ina thús, mar gur léiriú é ar chúlú iomlán i bpolasaithe an stáit i leith na n-oileáin. Premium service article

Partitionism key to Southern attacks on Sinn Féin

1 October 2015

WHILE political cynicism and a sordid grab for votes by even the foulest of means explains much of the hysterical assault on Sinn Féin by the Southern political Establishment in recent weeks, there are underlying issues that expose deeper motivations for Fianna Fáil, Labour and Fine Gael. Premium service article

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Seeking out unheard voices – John Loughran

1 October 2015

As republicans, we should have no issues or hang-ups acknowledging all hurt, all grief and lost lives Free article

Thomas Kent

1 October 2015

ONE SUNDAY in October 1915, the British Army was attempting to hold a recruitment meeting after Mass in the east Cork village of Dungourney. On hearing of it, Thomas and David Kent arranged for a group of Volunteers to march through the meeting. When they reached the end of the village, the Volunteers tuned to march through again but the meeting hurriedly dispersed. Free article

Casement Park redevelopment – Q&A with Michael McMonagle

1 October 2015

Carál Ní Chuilín MLA, Sinn Féin Assembly Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure says upgrade should follow the upgrades of Ravenhill and Windsor Park Free article

Never mind Spotify – Here’s my best political songs

1 October 2015

A CONFESSION. It took The Special AKA on Top of The Pops in 1984 to fully acquaint me with the plight of Nelson Mandela. Premium service article

The Mandela moment

1 October 2015

IN THE HISTORY of South Africa, Johannesburg competes for profile with the townlands and townships which encircle its urban mass. Places like Soweto, Alexandria, Rivonia, Sharpeville. Each a household name among those who stood up to the immorality and injustice of apartheid in South Africa. Free article

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