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2 February 2015 Edition

Success of political process more important than any selfish electoral agenda

2 February 2015

SINN FÉIN’S OBJECTIVES throughout the recent negotiations that led to the Stormont House Agreement were very clear: To agree a comprehensive deal to protect the most vulnerable in society; To safeguard the rights and entitlements of citizens; To deliver on outstanding agreements; To grow the economy; To enhance the working of the institutions. It wasn’t an easy negotiation. Premium service article

Protecting most vulnerable from ravages of Tory cuts

2 February 2015

THE Stormont House Agreement strived to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our society were protected from the ravages of British Government welfare cuts pursued by the Tories. Premium service article

Translating the state’s new-found love of press freedom into reality

2 February 2015

SO NOW we can talk about freedom of speech. It is shocking that it took the brutal, terrifying murders of 17 people (including the 11 Charlie Hebdo workers) to headline press freedom in the international news cycle. Premium service article

Noonan wanted An Phoblacht banned

2 February 2015

THE TRUMPETING by the Fine Gael/Labour Government of the right to freedom of speech in the wake of the massacre of Charlie Hebdo magazine staff stands in stark contrast with their own parties’ history of censorship and repression here in Ireland. Taoiseach Enda Kenny told reporters that the killings were an “attack on the basic values of freedom of speech and tolerance”. This was the message from all Government representatives but apparently Labour Party Dublin City Councillor and former Mayor Dermot Lacey didn’t get the message. Lacey’s democratic mask slipped when he took to Twitter to reveal that he wished the Section 31 broadcasting ban against Sinn Féin had never ended. Free article

She shoots, she scores, the media ‘phwoars’

2 February 2015

IT WAS ‘INTERESTING’ that Stephanie Roche’s second place in FIFA’s Puskás Award for 2014 Goal of the Year against competition such as Robin van Persie and James Rodriguez (an amazing achievement in itself) was celebrated in the same way on the front pages of most papers. Free article

Another Europe is possible – Treo eile don Eoraip

2 February 2015

Funded by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) – Aontas Clé na hEorpa/Na Glasaigh Chlé Nordacha Crúpa Paliminta – Parlaimimt na h Eorpa Free article


Le Chéile 2015

2 February 2015

Le Chéile, the annual event at which people’s contribution to the struggle for Irish freedom is honoured by the republican family, takes place on Saturday 7 March 2015 at 9:15pm in the City Hotel, Queen’s Quay, Derry. Free article

Whip system helps ensure electoral accountability

2 February 2015

SINN FÉIN Chief Whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has come out powerfully in favour of the party whip system. Free article

Housing crisis in the North

2 February 2015

British Government cuts to the block grant puts pressure on the Northern Executive and in the housing sector ordinary people pay the price, says Fra McCann MLA Premium service article

Ex-prisoners still marginalised, says QUB study

2 February 2015

AT A TIME when funding for groups supporting political ex-prisoners is under threat, a major new study into the experiences of republican POWs has found that they still face discrimination because of their convictions. Free article

Ballymurphy Massacre torture case for the Court of Appeal

2 February 2015

A MAN TORTURED during the Ballymurphy Massacre and who was subsequently convicted of riotous behaviour is to have his conviction referred back to the courts by the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC). Free article

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