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1 September 2013 Edition

Unionist leadership

1 September 2013

RECENT EVENTS on the streets of Belfast have been bad for politics and for the job of peace building and reconciliation on this island. Those behind the violence are fundamentally opposed to the concept of equality and a shared society. Free article

Vote ‘Yes’ to equality

1 September 2013

FOR IRISH CITIZENS who are unemployed, in debt and trying to find the money to send their children to school or college, the Seanad referendum is probably the last thing on their mind. But the referendum is important because the Seanad represents a blatant inequality at the heart of our political system. Free article

Stolen babies – The next campaign for justice

1 September 2013

Joanne Spain tells her own heart-breaking story in one of the great scandals left in the history of Catholic Church-run, state-supported institutions – the mother and baby homes Free article

Fianna Gael

1 September 2013

IT’S ALMOST TIME for the annual Budget in the 26 Counties, that time of year where Fine Gael will tell us that they are being ‘fair’ as they hack away at public services, while Fianna Fáil scream with faux outrage at any cutbacks or new taxes introduced, as if they wouldn’t do the exact same thing back in power. Free article

Equality, not elitism

1 September 2013

AS An Phoblacht goes to print, Sinn Féin is making final preparations for the launch of its campaign calling for a ‘Yes’ vote to abolish the Seanad. Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD – himself a former senator – will lead the campaing under the slogan “Equality, not elitism – abolish the Seanad.” Free article

A treasure trove of Irish political and social history

1 September 2013

THE IRISH NATION will forever owe a debt of gratitude to Jackie Clarke.

A Ballina-based fish merchant and lifelong member of Sinn Féin, Jackie amassed one of the most significant private collections of Irish political history in existence.

The huge and all-embracing historical archive is a treasure trove of Irish history packed with artefacts, photographs, books, pamphlets... Free article

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Tackling the core question

1 September 2013

QUESTIONS are asked of us all in life. Everyone has to answer. With the gaze of more than 83,000 spectators fixed upon you, millions more viewing on TV, the answer you give is not easily going to be forgotten. Every player in Croke Park this September knows this. Free article

Reigniting the flame of freedom

1 September 2013

WHO SAYS the uncensored news of An Phoblacht is no longer needed? In August, one of the largest political demonstrations of the year took place in the town of Monaghan... The event was completely ignored by RTÉ and most of the ‘national’ media. Premium service article

Don’t be fooled by Fianna Fáil, Soldiers of Austerity

1 September 2013

In Government, do you think Fianna Fáil would do anything other than what the current Government is doing in its budget submissions? Free article

Thousands of workers on call 24/7 with no guarantee of work or pay

1 September 2013

THOUSANDS of low-paid Irish employees are on call seven days a week with no guarantee of work and can have their shifts cancelled at a moment’s notice with minimal compensation. Free article

A single island economy makes sense

1 September 2013

IT’S OFTEN SAID (and often glibly without contradiction by commentators or any real analysis), ‘We just cannot afford a united Ireland.’ Really? Free article

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