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16 April 2009 Edition

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16 April 2009

Easter speeches by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, Vice-President Mary Lou McDonald, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD and Gerry Kelly MLA can be read in full at Further Easter commemoration reports will be carried in next week's An Phoblacht Free article

Gerry Adams visits Gaza and Israel

16 April 2009

THE visit by Gerry Adams at the head of a Sinn Féin delegation to Gaza and Israel this month, after talks in Washington last month with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy George Mitchell about the Middle East, made headlines across the Arab world, Israel and beyond. It was a world news story. On 7 April, the Sinn Féin delegation - Richard McAuley, Ted Howell and Harry Thompson - visited the region for four days. This week, in the first of a two-part series (the second part will appear next week), Richard McAuley recounts their experience. Free article

'Toxic Government have no answers, no plan, no shame' - McDonald

16 April 2009

The emergency budget is ended, but anger at massive tax hikes and spending cuts grows, particularly as yet again there was no plan for an economic fight back by Government. Writing in the Irish Star, Sinn Féin vice-president and Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald said that the "toxic government" had "brought us to economic disaster" and "cannot lead us to recovery". It was wrong McDonald said to think we can "simply cut or tax our way out of recession" and that "The fall out from this week's emergency budget will be serious and long term. Taxpayers will take on the debts of bad banks and developers. Families will see their household incomes slashed. Workers will continue to lose their jobs". Free article

Office attack by 'cowards controlled by British intelligence'

16 April 2009

DERRY Sinn Féin Chairperson, Paul Fleming has described those responsible for the arson attack on the Party's Constituency Office on 11 April as cowards doing the work of those in the British establishment who want to see the Sinn Féin strategy for Irish unity fail. So-called 'dissident republicans' are suspected to have been behind the attack. Paul Fleming said: "If those who carried out this attack think they were striking a blow for Irish freedom then they are deluding themselves. I can best describe them as no better than counter-insurgency groups that are heavily infiltrated and controlled by British Intelligence Services. Free article


Attack condemned

16 April 2009

SINN FÉIN West Belfast MLA Paul Maskey has condemned those responsible for an overnight attack on the Connolly House advice centre on the Andersonstown Road, the third in the space of two weeks. A number of paint bombs were hurled at the property and a plaque with the names of Volunteers on the local Roll of Honour was destroyed. Free article

OPINION: Seán Ó Floinn reports from the frontline of protests at the G20 world leaders' summit in the City of London

16 April 2009

AS the G20 leaders met in London last week to resuscitate capitalism, thousands of protesters took to the streets to voice their objection to the world's dominant economic system that continues to implode and wreak social and economic havoc. On Saturday 28 March, 35,000 people marched under the slogan of 'Jobs, Justice and Climate' in a demonstration organised by Britain's Trades Union Congress. On 1 April - labelled 'Financial Fools Day' - some 5,000 protesters descended on London's Bank of England. Peaceful protestsers converged at this bastion of capitalism. Regrettably, the carnival atmosphere later turned sour as a considerable section of those in attendance, masked and intent on causing trouble, hemmed in the crowd and proceeded to engage in indiscriminate and intermittent thuggery. They were the British police. Free article

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