Issue 1 - 2023 front

25 February 2010 Edition

Did Fianna Fáil shaft Sargent?

25 February 2010

The shock resignation of Trevor Sargent on Tuesday may well have come as a result of the forced resignation of Willie O'Dea the week before. Speculation was rife in Leinster House that it was a senior figure in Fianna Fáil who leaked the information about Sargent's letter to a Garda about a constituent. If so, the future of the Fianna Fáil/Green Coalition is in grave doubt. Free article

London conference a great success

25 February 2010

Over 500 people came together last Saturday in London for what was by far the broadest and largest political event held to discuss Irish unity in Britain for many years. 'Putting Irish unity on the agenda - a conference to open the debate', was organised by Sinn Féin to open up a new national discussion in Britain on the issue, involving all points of view. Free article

Wright family responds to Price's claims in Irish News

25 February 2010

The family of West Belfast man Seamus Wright who was killed by the IRA in 1972 are challenging Dolours Price over claims she has information about his disappearance, saying, "we will be eager to hear from the Independent Commission for the Location of Victim's Remains (ICLVR) if Dolours Price has anything useful to say, or if she is motivated solely by the immunity of the ICLVR for her own ends". Free article

Walsh was never a republican

25 February 2010

SINN FÉIN TD Martin Ferris has reacted strongly to misleading articles over two days in the Irish News which attempted to portray Dublin criminal and convicted child rapist Stephen 'Rossi' Walsh as a republican activist. Free article


British government collude in MI5 torture cover up

25 February 2010

A British government attempt to interfere with a judgement highly critical of MI5 has heightened fears that the Bloody Sunday report by be doctored. Derry MLA Martina Anderson says that interference with an investigation into allegations that MI5 colluded in the torture of a detainee, Binyam Mohamed, shows that the British government will seek to do whatever it takes to cover up its own wrongdoings. Free article

Government banking policy in tatters

25 February 2010

Now we really have a banking crisis, and an investment one, as well as a job creation emergency. But for the coalition government and key parts of the Irish investment and banking community, we only have a property investment problem. Free article

What we're about, we can achieve

25 February 2010

There are four themes to this year's Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, which takes place in the RDS in Dublin on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 March. Speaking directly to the recession and government handling of the economic context in Ireland are the subjects of 'jobs' and 'fairness' and addressing the core principles of the republican struggle are the topics of 'equality' and 'unity'. Sinn Féin Leas Ard Runaí Declan Murphy is upbeat about the two-day conference, seeing this phase as a strong and successful period for Sinn Féin. "A lot of people, including myself", Murphy says, "are upbeat going into this Ard Fheis because of the success of the recent negotiations in Hillsborough. Our negotiators have shown great strength of leadership during the talks." Free article

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