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1 August 2017 Edition

New Taoiseach stands by Old Guard

1 August 2017

LEO VARADKAR has “failed in his duties as Taoiseach” to act decisively to deal with the litany of scandals that has engulfed An Garda Síochhána, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said. She was speaking after the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee’s first report into financial misconduct in the Garda Training College at Templemore was published on 19 July. Free article

Conservative-DUP pact is making Stormont resolution difficult

1 August 2017

Tory minister who denounced Good Friday Agreement as ‘mortal stain’ pulls out of meeting Sinn Féin but poses with DUP MPs Free article

Sinn Féin Bill to outlaw tactical insolvencies gets green light

1 August 2017

THE Dáil has agreed to allow to proceed to committee a Sinn Féin Bill I have tabled that will make tactical insolvencies a fraud on employees and therefore illegal. Free article

From Civil Rights to power-sharing – the DUP still doesn’t get it

1 August 2017

PEADAR WHELAN casts a critical eye over how the political landscape of the North has – and hasn’t – changed since the foundation of the Civil Rights movement in 1967 to demand equality and fair treatment. Free article

Unsettling silence from unionism on messages from the bonfires

1 August 2017

THE FAILURE of those at the very top of the Democratic Unionist Party in particular and the Ulster Unionist Party as well as the Orange Order to show leadership during the Eleventh Night bonfires associated with the Twelfth has been stark and is addressed elsewhere in this issue by Gerry Adams and Declan Kearney. Free article

Why do some nationalists copy loyalist bonfires?

1 August 2017

WHY do some elements within the nationalist community copy the behaviour of the Eleventh Night bonfire builders who do so much damage to their cause? Free article

What celebration should be about

1 August 2017

FOR thousands of people in the North, August means Féile an Phobail and a celebration of what is good, positive and welcoming in west Belfast – “The heart of modern Belfast, where our communities are increasingly multilingual and multicultural,” says Féile Director Kevin Gamble. Free article

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British have not met obligations – Relatives for Justice

1 August 2017

RELATIVES FOR JUSTICE (RFJ) has accused British Secretary of State James Brokenshire and his government of not meeting their obligations to victims and survivors of the conflict. Free article

Big Four audit firms ‘promote secrecy, aid tax avoidance’

1 August 2017

THE first-ever major report looking into the secretive workings of the Big Four accountancy firms that assist individuals and companies to dodge taxes has been released in Dublin by Sinn Féin MEP Carthy and colleagues from the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) European Parliament Group. Free article

The privatisation of the Irish state’s social welfare system

1 August 2017

SINCE the winding-down of the discredited JobBridge programme – which saw unemployed people being exploited to work full-time for a paltry €50 on top of their dole – a new ‘job activation’ scheme has slowly been rolled out across the state. Free article

Political unionism and Orangeism need to give decisive leadership against sectarianism

1 August 2017

MY REPUBLICANISM has been inspired by the United Irish tradition synonymous with my home area of County Antrim. So I felt particularly honoured to speak at this year’s annual Sinn Féin Bodenstown Commemoration for Wolfe Tone, the founder of Irish republicanism. Free article

Naked sectarianism at bonfire ‘hate-fests’ must be confronted by unionism, says Gerry Adams

1 August 2017

THE “nakedly sectarian strand within Orangeism” exposed during this year’s bonfire celebrations of the Battle of the Boyne must be confronted and challenged by the leaderships of the loyal orders, political unionism and civic society, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said. Free article

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