Issue 2 - 2024 200dpi

13 March 2017 Edition

Sharing power, equality and integrity

13 March 2017

HISTORY has been made in the Assembly election. Unionism has been shaken to it core by an election result that has rocked the foundations of its former citadel of Stormont, once a byword for sectarian domination, discrimination and oppression. Free article

‘This is not Groundhog Day’

13 March 2017

THE RETURN to Stormont by newly-elected MLAs on Monday 6 March showed Sinn Féin getting straight back down to negotiations with the other political parties and the British and Irish governments, determined to get effective and accountable institutions up and running. Free article

This is history

13 March 2017

THE RECORD PERFORMANCE of Sinn Féin in the 2017 Assembly vote marks 36 years of growth since the 1981 Ard Fheis decision to contest elections. Free article

A Tale of Two Elections

13 March 2017

WITH the political ground still reverberating with shockwaves and tremors as more and more debris from the once monolithic unionist citadel tumbles to earth in the aftermath of the North’s Assembly elections on 2 March, PEADAR WHELAN looks back on a year that has seen the electoral tide turn on the DUP and left nationalism in its strongest position ever in the gerrymandered Northern state. Free article

Tuam babies

13 March 2017

SINN FÉIN has called for a a full Garda investigation into the mass grave discovered at the Tuam Mother & Baby Home run by the Catholic Church in County Galway. Free article

Uafáis Earnáil an Fháilteachais

13 March 2017

TÁ SÁRÚ CEARTA oibrithe ag tarlú go forleathan in earnáil fháilteachais na Gaillimhe de réir taighde nua eisiach atá déanta ag Sinn Féin. Tá leibhéalacha do-ghlactha mí-úsáid o bhéal agus fisiciúil, ciapadh agus ionsaithe gnéís ag tarlú in óstáin agus bialanna i nGaillimh agus caithfear gníomhú chun athrú iomlán cultúr i chur i bhfeidhm iontu. Free article

Distraction tactics by political gossip

13 March 2017

SCANNING the front pages of the daily newspapers or listening to the morning talk-shows, your ‘average’ listener may be surprised to learn about some serious issues going on around them and their nearest and dearest. Free article

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Council of Europe’s human rights chief considering return to Belfast

13 March 2017

THE Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks, has said he is seriously considering a personal request by relatives of victims of British state forces to make a return visit to Belfast in the coming weeks to see how the British Government has failed to meet its legacy commitments under the Stormont House Agreement and international human rights legislation. Free article

Irish Government still wants full public inquiry

13 March 2017

“THE FIRM VIEW of the Irish Government remains that a satisfactory outcome to this case will best be achieved through a full public inquiry,” Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan told last month’s Pat Finucane Memorial Lecture. Free article

Unfinished business

13 March 2017

GERALDINE FINUCANE, the wife of Pat Finucane, the solicitor who was murdered by loyalists in their north Belfast home on Sunday 12 February 1989, spoke at the Pat Finucane Memorial Lecture in Belfast’s Europa Hotel on 23 February, where Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan was the keynote speaker (see report on previous page). Here is what Geraldine said. Free article

The legacy of Charles J Haughey

13 March 2017

I GREW UP in Edenmore, on Dublin’s northside, and Charles J Haughey was our local TD but the only time I saw him in the flesh was the day he shook hands with the crowds on Springdale Road when the Dublin Marathon passed by in 1982. Free article

A man of arts shaped by the conflict

13 March 2017

IN AN PHOBLACHT last month, ex-prisoner Laurence McKeown wrote about how he uses the arts to engage in the ‘difficult conversations’ around how we deal with the past. An Phoblacht talked to Laurence about his journey from the IRA and armed struggle to the 1981 Hunger Strike in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh and becoming a playwright. Free article

Making An Garda Síochána free from partisan control and serving the public

13 March 2017

POLICING in the 26 Counties has been plagued by scandal or crisis after crisis over many years due to to a failure of political leadership as well as operational command. Free article

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