Issue 2 - 2024 200dpi

7 April 2022 Edition

We will not let the Tories dismantle the Good Friday Agreement

7 April 2022

It has been a hectic 2022 for Michelle O’Neill so far. With the Executive stalled, a long Assembly election campaign, and now with Sinn Féin as the largest party in vote share and Assembly seats, the Sinn Féin Vice President is the First Minister in waiting. An Phoblacht caught up with the new First Minister in between meetings with Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. O’Neill talked about all of this as well as her experience of the election campaign, her plans as the new First Minster, the cost of living crisis, citizen assemblies, and the border poll. Free article

Michelle O'Neill – First Minister for all

7 April 2022

When the news spectacularly confirmed that Michelle O’Neill was to be the North’s First Minister, I went to the republican graves in Milltown Cemetery in Belfast. Free article

People heard the clear positive message

7 April 2022

Naoise Ó Cuilín is a 24-year-old North Belfast republican from New Lodge. Here, he gives an impression of the Sinn Féin election result from the view of a young activist. Free article

'This is the big one'

7 April 2022

Emma McArdle, Sinn Féin campaign and policy manager, reports from out on the canvas leading up to the historic vote. Free article

Donaldson's dilemma

7 April 2022

In the aftermath of an indifferent performance by Unionism of all shades in the Assembly elections, Conor Keenan floats the potential of positive and progressive forces within the Unionist community emerging to bring about a different future for the North Free article

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People are being pushed to breaking point

7 April 2022

The scale of the cost of living crisis across the whole of Ireland is addressed by Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane, who reports on Sinn Féin’s recent survey completed by 10,000 respondents. She highlights the Coalition government’s inaction and complacency, as well as the implications for cash strapped families in the North because of the DUP stalling on forming the Executive. Free article

A national maternity hospital built, managed and owned by the state

7 April 2022

On Wednesday 18 May, a Sinn Féin motion calling for the Dublin Government to secure full public ownership of the proposed site of the National Maternity Hospital site was passed in the Dáil. Below, we carry an edited version of Waterford Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane’s speech. David is the Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health and brought this motion before the Dáil. Free article

Geilleagar na Gaeltachta sa lá atá inniu ann

7 April 2022

Iarradh orm cuntas a scríobh ar chúrsaí eacnamaíochta sa nGaeltacht inniu. Is éasca é a rá ná a dhéanamh. Tá an oiread sin éagsúlachta sa nGaeltacht ó cheantar go ceantar go dteastódh foireann taighdeoirí uait le léirmheas cruinn a thabhairt ar an scéal ar fad. Free article

The mandate that never was

7 April 2022

It has long been argued that the General Election of June 1922 was a ringing endorsement by voters in the 26 Counties for the Treaty and the Free State. But was that really the case, and did the election give the Free State government what it later claimed as a mandate to forcibly suppress their Republican opponents? Free article

Operation Motorman – Another failed British strategy

7 April 2022

One of the largest military operations undertaken by the British Army since the end of the Second World War was mounted across the Six Counties on 31 July 1972. Danny Morrison writes 50 years after on the both the background to and days of what British military commanders codenamed ‘Operation Motorman’. Free article

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