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5 January 2016 Edition

The times of Laura Crawford

5 January 2016

LAURA CRAWFORD AND PAUL FOX were killed on active service in Belfast on 1 December 1975. Danny Morrison – the novelist, former IRA prisoner and Editor of An Phoblacht/Republican News – was asked to speak at the commemoration for Laura at the Women’s Garden of Remembrance, Roddy McCorley Club, Glen Road, on 21 November 2015. We reproduce Danny’s tribute as it depicts the background to the conflict that these young republicans were thrust into and which cost their lives and of so many others. Free article

Agreement on a ‘Fair Recovery’ agenda would be a game-changer

5 January 2016

CUTS TO PUBLIC SERVICES, job losses, dismantling of the welfare state, and political disregard for the special circumstances of the North are the distinctive hallmarks of the present British Government’s agenda. Free article

Legal discrimination against former political prisoners must be ended

5 January 2016

LEGAL DISCRIMINATION against former political prisoners must be ended, the Director of Coiste na nIarchimí, the republican ex-prisoners’ support group, has said. Free article

War is over but equal citizenship denied to ex-prisoners

5 January 2016

“POLITICAL EX-PRISONERS face legal discrimination every day of their lives,” said Michael Culbert, Director of Coiste na nIarchimí, the republican ex-prisoners’ suport network. “The war is over yet for former political prisoners the legacy of their convictions is still being used against them.” Free article

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The Last Fisherman of Carrick-a-Rede

5 January 2016

ACKIE COLGAN of Ballintoy became the last fisherman of Carrick-a-Rede the day he took over from his uncle, Alex McNeill, in a boat that had seen better days. He was a young man in his mid-30s and fishing was in his blood. It was a natural progression and it should have continued for another 1,000 years, from one generation to the next. Instead, in September 2002 the boat was winched up from the sea onto the shore of the rock-island for the last time. After 31 years it was over. Free article

Mianta na Bliana Úire do 2016

5 January 2016

BHUEL, tá sé linn ar deireadh – 2016 – agus is fiú dúinn spleáchadh a thabhairt ar an ród seo romhainn agus na mianta gur mhaith linn a fhéiceáil curtha i gcrích faoi dheireadh na bliana. Is é sin, céard gur mhaith linn a bheith bainte amach faoin am a thagann an Nollaig seo chugainn, a dhéanfadh an saol níos fearr do chuile Éireannach. Free article

Goals win more than games

5 January 2016

CONFORMITY is a powerful social force. Come January each year, we’re exhorted to make public promises of changes we intend to keep. Media, advertising and even friends or family may all play a part in the annual exhibition of empty gestures known as New Year’s resolutions. Invisibly, imperceptibly, each of us is expected to conform with this tradition. A tradition which apparently goes as far back as the Roman Empire Free article

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