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31 August 2023 Edition

The power of political activism

31 August 2023

What sets Sinn Féin apart in Irish political life is the sustained activism of party members and political activists. This edition of An Phoblacht highlights some of the multiple dimensions of the effort and work undertaken by Sinn Féin’s elected representatives. It ranges from the rural communities of Galway, South Armagh, and Coleraine to Dublin’s suburbs and the European Union and issues such as ensuring energy independence and applauding the thousands who turned up for the 42nd annual Hunger Strike commemoration in Cork last month. Free article

Our moment in time to change and unite Ireland

31 August 2023

The next twelve months promise to be one of the most significant periods in the history of Irish politics. We are on our marks for a General Election that could happen at any time, the Local and European Elections take place next summer, and a Westminster Election will quickly follow. All of these campaigns represent an immense opportunity to advance the journey to a new and united Ireland; an Ireland that is stronger, fairer, and better for all our people. Free article

The change people desperately want

31 August 2023

Thousands gathered in Cork on 27 August for the 42nd annual National Hunger Strike Commemoration. Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill delivered the main address at on the city’s Grand Parade. Free article

Back to school costs – crippling families across Ireland

31 August 2023

Across Ireland, families are sending children back to school this month and worrying about the range of hidden costs in what is supposed to be a free education system. Pat Sheehan, Sinn Féin Assembly spokesperson on Education, outlines the steps that could be taken to tackle and significantly lower uniform costs in the Six Counties. He highlights the possibility of Sinn Féin legislation to reduce costs if the Assembly is restored. Sorca Clarke is Sinn Féin’s Dáil spokesperson on Education. She outlines the motions and actions the party has taken over the last two years to tackle a range of education cost issues including uniforms, school transport, and school meals. Free article

Working for you across Ireland

31 August 2023

Every day and through many evenings and weekends, Sinn Féin’s elected representatives are working in their communities. An Phoblacht asked four representatives across the island to write about an aspect of their constituency work. Paul Donnelly took us canvassing in Dublin West. Niamh Archibald, Sinn Féin’s first ever Coleraine councillor, highlighted the issues in her area. Mairéad Farrell pinpoints the local challenges from her constituency clinics in Conamara, while Aoife Finnegan writes on the cost of living crisis in South Armagh. Across all four areas, housing, the cost of living, and failing governments are key issues. In the Six Counties, communities are impacted by over a decade of Tory austerity cuts and the DUP executive blockade. In the 26 Counties, communities must cope with the shocking mismanagement of the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Green coalition. Free article

'An Cailín Ciúin' and Irish language filmmaking

31 August 2023

You can watch an Irish language film right now on the TG4 player or through the Irish Film Institute website, while more are due to be released in Irish cinemas this year. Luke Callinan explores the important reasons fuelling the growth in films as Gaeilge. Free article

Letting people have their say on Ireland’s future

31 August 2023

As the People’s Assemblies organised by the Commission on the Future of Ireland moved onto their next stage, Emma McArdle reflects on the elements that help make an excellent engaging political discussion. Free article

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Telling stories of struggle and heroes

31 August 2023

Gerry Adams outlines the thinking behind the Léargas books series calling on us all to be active citizens. Campaigning and organizing together for democratic empowerment. Free article

A game of football can go a long way

31 August 2023

Despite being a FIFA member for 25 years, no EU teams have ever played a soccer match against Palestine. Mark Ward writes on Sinn Féin’s support for a demonstration of sporting solidarity with Palestine. Free article

A golden time for women's football in Ireland

31 August 2023

This is a golden time for women’s football in Ireland. They’re playing for the top super league clubs, inspiring a new generation of football players and making history, having qualified for their first ever Women’s World Cup. The attendance and viewership of women’s games has been growing substantially in recent years and records were smashed at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Free article

The inspiring spirit of Féile 35

31 August 2023

Jim Gibney recaps the key moments from Féile 35, including standout contributions from Jeremy Corbyn, Michelle O’Neill, the ESRI’s Gerry McGuiness, Terry O’Sullivan, TDs Eoin Ó Broin and David Cullinane, and Seanadoirí Eileen Flynn and Niall Ó Donnghaile. Free article

‘Na Míorúiltí Beaga’ Ag Tógáil Clainne le Gaeilge sa Ghaeltacht

31 August 2023

Is as Rinn Ó gCuanach i nGaeltacht na nDéise, Co. Phort Láirge ó dhúchas do Shorcha Ní Chéilleachair atá ag cur fúithi ar an gCeathrú Rua i nGaeltacht Chonamara le fada, mar a bhfuil clann á tógáil aici. Is iar-leasphríomhoide bunscoile í a chaith 17 mbliana ag obair mar chlár-reachtaire in RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta agus tréimhse roimhe sin mar iriseoir leis an nuachtán Foinse. Tá sí ina ceannasaí ar Thuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta ó 2018 agus chuir Luke Callinan ó An Phoblacht roinnt cheisteanna uirthi le gairid faoi na dúshláin agus na deiseanna a bhaineann leis an ról sin. Free article

Crucial stage in campaign to save Moore Street

31 August 2023

The campaign to save the Moore Street 1916 battlefield site has reached a crucial stage. At the time of writing, we await the decision of An Bórd Pleanála on whether to confirm permission for plans that would see much of historic Moore Street and the surrounding streetscape demolished to make way for a shopping precinct to be developed by British-based property company Hammerson. Free article

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