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1 February 2016 Edition

A republican voter’s guide

1 February 2016

FORGET the next Star Wars movie or Batman versus Superman in 2016 – a much bigger show is coming. The 32nd Dáil general election since 1918 is opening soon. Free article

Ghosts of patriots haunt Fine Gael and Labour

1 February 2016

FRANK STAGG, from Hollymount, County Mayo, was an IRA prisoner in England. When he commenced his final hunger strike in Wakefield Prison, Yorkshire, on 13 December 1975 he had already endured several prison protest fasts. He had also been forcibly fed, a brutal practice that led directly to the death of his comrade and fellow Mayo man, Michael Gaughan, on 3 June 1974. Free article

‘Ár dTeanga’: Cur i bhfeidhm nó Cur i gCéill?

1 February 2016

NÍ FADA ó shin a iarradh orm caint ag Slógadh Gaeilge Shinn Féin i nGaeláras Mhic Ardghail in Iúr Cinn Trá. Is cuimhin liom go maith ag an am mo mhachnamh a dhéanamh ar ábhar an phlé; ‘Ról and Stáit agus Ról an Phobail’ i dtaobh na Gaeilge. Ní raibh freagra na ceiste, nó fuascailt na faidhbe, agam. Ansin mhothaigh mé tuairisc RCEF (DCAL) maidir leis an chomhairliúchán ar Bhille na Gaeilge: Fuarthas 12,911 freagra don chomhairliúchán, ó eagrais agus ó dhaoine aonair, a raibh 94.7% (12,233) díobh ag tacú leis an Ghaeilge. Ardaíodh mo chroí. Bua! Ansin, thit sé arís, agus smaoinigh mé; cad is fiú seo uilig gan chur i bhfeidhm? Free article

Why is the middle class so afraid of Easter Week?

1 February 2016

THE 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising is a time of great pride for the vast majority of Irish people, yet the official ‘celebrations’ are strangely muted. Free article

‘It may look like I am free but I am still a prisoner’

1 February 2016

WHEN Gabi Basáñez spoke to An Phoblacht in Dublin two weeks before Christmas, he didn’t know if he’d be spending Christmas with his family or in prison. He still doesn’t know if he’ll be with his wife and two daughters for Easter; or for the summer; or for next Christmas. It’s been like that for five years, since he was accused of being a member of ETA, the Basque guerrilla organisation that publicly announced the end of its armed campaign in 2011, a year after Gabi’s arrest. Free article

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Delivering a united Ireland for all

1 February 2016

IRISH UNITY is a fundamental democratic choice for the people of Ireland together. It is about the power to choose who we should be governed by and how we should be governed. Uniting Ireland allows us the opportunity to build a new Irish nation that reflects all aspects of our priorities as a society and includes all of our people. Through Irish unity we will elect a government which is wholly accountable to all the people of Ireland. Free article

Time to scrap the Special Criminal Court

1 February 2016

THE SPECIAL CRIMINAL COURT in Dublin was established on 26 May 1972 under the Offences Against the State Act. It allowed courts consisting of three judges – without a jury – to try and jail individuals accused of membership of banned organisations such as the IRA. Free article

Commemorating our history with respect, generosity and inclusivity – Joe Austin

1 February 2016

THE 1916 commemorations present Irish society with a unique opportunity to reflect on and to interpret the events that shaped who we are. It is also an occasion to celebrate the lives of all Irish men and women from 1916 onwards who shared the common goal of building a new Republic, a New Ireland. Free article

The shame of Easter Week? Unionist responses to the 1916 Rising

1 February 2016

ONE of the lesser-known aspects of the 1916 Rising is the unionist response to it in Ulster. Broader unionist reaction may require little by way of imagination; nevertheless, in preparation for a lecture in March at Féile an Earraigh I have been investigating the individual reaction of various unionist figures in 1916. Here is a flavour of some of the findings. Free article

Ar fhaitíos na bhfaitíos

1 February 2016

TÁ SÉ tagtha chun solais le déanaí go bhfuil arduithe ollmhóra ag teacht ar chostas árachais cairr sa tír seo agus is cosúil gur chun sochar bunlíne brabaigh na gcomhlachtaí seo atá seo ag tarlú seachas aon athrú ollmhór i gcomhdhéanamh an mhargadh. Free article

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