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19 November 2009 Edition

Sinn Féin Pre-Budget Submission...

19 November 2009

SPEAKING at the launch of Sinn Féin's Pre-Budget 2010 Submission on Monday, 16 November, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said the party is setting out costed proposals that will assist those in need, protect public services and reduce the deficit by targeting under-taxed wealth and stimulating the economy. Describing the Sinn Féin proposals as "a real alternative to the disastrous, deflationary and grossly inequitable Government strategy", Ó Caoláin said: "Sinn Féin today presents our Pre-Budget 2010 Submission as a real alternative road to recovery. "We have shown with our carefully considered and costed proposals that it is possible to raise the finance needed to maintain frontline public services, protect those in need, reduce the deficit in state finances and provide an economic stimulus package to create jobs. Free article

Securocrats say Seán Hughes raid was payback time

19 November 2009

"WHAT is certain is that scores of former RUC detectives were hand-picked - over the past 12 to 18 months - to join a new, tight-knit and tightly-run PSNI unit called REMIT. That unit is now responsible for issues of 'subversive activity' and 'national security' - or in the view of some, 'political policing'. This is the same 'remit' of activity that Special Branch is, and always has been, responsible for covering" - Jarlath Kearney writing in Daily Ireland in 2003 one year after the PSNI raided Sinn Féin's Stormont offices precipitating the fall of the power sharing executive. Free article

Harney to make the sick and the old pay for FF/PD recklessness

19 November 2009

SINN FÉIN Dáil leader and Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has condemned as "grossly hypocritical" the claim by Health Minister Mary Harney that her plan to impose prescription charges on medical card holders would be in the interest of patient safety. Free article

Basque extradition would be 'grossly inhumane'

19 November 2009

AS Iñaki de Juana's two-day extradition hearing began in Belfast on November 12, supporters rallied in a demonstration called by the Don't Extradite the Basques Campaign. Michael Culbert, director of the ex-prisoners' group Coiste na n-Iarchimí, addressed the supporters, who included republican ex-prisoners, local Sinn Féin councillors, members of Belfast's Basque community and others. Free article


Ógra Shinn Féin National Congress meets in Belfast

19 November 2009

THE Ógra Shinn Féin Comhdháil Náisiúnta (National Congress), 'A Century of Republican Youth in Struggle', attracted more than 100 delegates and young political activists to the Felons' Club in west Belfast at the weekend. The event marked the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Ireland's first republican youth organisation, Na Fianna Éireann, by Constance Markievicz and Bulmer Hobson. Free article

Women central in the struggle, central to building the peace

19 November 2009

WOMEN in Ireland continue to be poorly represented in peace-building despite international recognition of their importance in such a process, according to two leading academics. In a critique of the Eames/Bradley Report on the past (Women, Gender and Justice in the Eames/Bradley Report), Catherine O'Rouke of the Transitional Justice Institute and Margaret Ward of the Women's Resource and Development Agency accuse it of failing women on almost all levels. Free article

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