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1 July 2015 Edition

Tory assault on North’s economy has implications for everyone

1 July 2015

NEWLY-APPOINTED Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said there is a growing realisation across all sectors of society in the North of the devastating impact the Tory cuts agenda will have unless it is stopped. Free article

Stormont Budget Bill support creates space for lasting solution

1 July 2015

THE decision by Sinn Féin to support the Budget Bill in the Assembly at Stormont will create the space to resolve the current difficulties facing the Executive, Martin McGuinness MLA has said. Free article

A Fair Recovery is Possible

1 July 2015

A FAIR RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE is the first in a series of policy platforms launched by Sinn Féin in July outlining its vision for Government and addressing key issues which it says are priorities for the party. Free article

EU panic as public rejects TTIP

1 July 2015

A KEY EU VOTE on the highly controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Parntership (TTIP) free trade deal – being negotiated between the European Commission and the United States – was postponed amid dramatic scenes in the European Parliament in June. Free article

Republicans stand with Tone and the people

1 July 2015

“ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO YESTERDAY, on 20 June 1915, many of the women and men who went on to participate in the 1916 Rising were standing here where we now stand,” Mary Lou McDonald reminded the crowds gathered at Bodenstown in County Kildare for this year’s Sinn Féin Wolfe Tone Commemoration. Free article

Media billions undermining press freedom

1 July 2015

I WONDER if Denis O’Brien does reminiscence. Twenty years ago, Denis was planning a strategy to secure Ireland’s second mobile phone licence, a success that massively enriched him when it was sold to BT in 2000, earning him €317million. Free article

Irish faces extinction as a community language – unless positive action is taken now

1 July 2015

THE VERY EXISTENCE of the Irish language as a spoken community language is under real threat, according to a survey published recently by Údarás na Gaeltachta. Free article

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Labour’s new online censorship proposals

1 July 2015

TWO DÁIL BILLS proposed by the Labour Party purportedly aimed at curbing online ‘trolls’ (including provision for offenders to be locked-up for ‘offensive’ messages) are so vague that they could be used to stifle legitimate criticism of the Government or politicians across social media platforms. Free article

Don’t single out lone parents

1 July 2015

A CAMPAIGN has been launched by Sinn Féin to oppose cuts aimed at the Lone Parent Allowance due to come into effect on 2 July. This cut is the eighth time since coming into Government that Fine Gael and Labour have targeted lone parents with cuts. Free article

Housing – Fine Gael/Labour Government plans fail reality test

1 July 2015

THE Urban Regeneration and Housing Bill 2015 sounds good but, like much of this Government’s legislation, it fails ‘the Ronseal test’. Free article

Marking the places in history of Constance Markievicz

1 July 2015

A NEW CAMPAIGN has been launched to commemorate Constance Markievicz as the first woman MP elected to the Westminster Parliament from her prison cell in Holloway and the Dáil’s First Minister for Labour with two international blue plaques in Dublin and London for 2016. Free article

DUP wanted ethnic minorities chief prosecuted – for ‘hate crime’

1 July 2015

PATRICK YU, Chief Executive of the North’s Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM), was threatened with being taken to court by the DUP – for a “hate crime”. Premium service article

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