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18 February 2021 Edition

Fixing a broken housing system

18 February 2021

Sinn Féin’s Deirdre Hargey writes on her housing plan that will be most radical and ambitious for 50 years in the Six-Counties Free article

The Settled Will of the Scottish People

18 February 2021

With parliamentary elections due in May, former SNP National Secretary Angus MacLeod gives a view of all things Scottish from independence to Brexit and a future on “Boris Island” Free article

Sinn Féin will lead the climate action transition

18 February 2021

2020 was an exceptional year, but, putting aside Sinn Féin’s election results, the rest of the year’s exceptionalism was less than positive.

The year started with wildfires raging in Australia and closed with four million acres of Californian forest burned. This was twice the amount of land burned than in California’s previous worst wildfire. 

2020 broke the record for the warmest... Free article

Republicanism and ecology politics

18 February 2021

Seán Fearon challenges republicans to consider incorporating a green agenda into their political activism ‘When we think of economic performance as Irish republicans, we must prioritise social and economic equality, redistribution, physical and mental wellbeing, the quality of employment, the impact on our democracy, the health of our communities, and the sanctity of the natural world’. Free article

All of us have a role in the work for a new Ireland

18 February 2021

In her book ‘The Deficit Myth’, economist Stephanie Kelton reminds us that, while public debate today is dominated by discussion of the state’s fiscal deficit, there are other deficits that we have in society which receive comparably little attention; the good jobs deficit, the healthcare deficit, the infrastructure deficit, and the climate deficit. These are the deficits that really matter, but remain marginal to the concerns of very many policy-makers. Free article

Brexit, Europe and Irish Unity

18 February 2021

As the reality of Brexit imposes a range of changes to the economic and political relationships between Ireland, Britain and the EU, along with the ongoing disputes and negotiations over the Irish Protocol Article 16 in the EU, Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus outlines the critical role the EU and its institutions will play in the steps leading to an Irish Unity referendum. Free article

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Demand for change set to grow

18 February 2021

Over a year since the most historic Irish general election in a generation, its reverberations are still being felt. Every election since the foundation of the Irish state has resulted in governments led by Fianna Fail or Fine Gael. For almost 100 years, since the Partition of Ireland, nothing like the 2020 election has ever happened.

With Sinn Féin winning a plurality of votes,... Free article

Irish history belongs to the people of Ireland

18 February 2021

The issue of remembrance has, over recent months, become the subject of political controversy. As a result, some have gone so far as to call for an end to the marking of events in Ireland’s struggle for independence in this, the decade of centenaries. Free article

Iniúchadh ar Choireanna Cogaidh Iosrael ag Cúirt Coiriúil Idirnáisiúnta

18 February 2021

Tugadh le fios go ndéanfar coireanna cogaidh Iosrael i gcríocha na Palaistíne faoi fhorghabháil a iniúchadh ag an Chúirt Coiriúil Idirnáisiúnta don chéad uair. Free article

Fullerton family’s 30 year campaign for justice

18 February 2021

Justice, to paraphrase William Butler Yeats, comes dropping slow. And especially slow for republicans. All too often, it does not come at all. That, sadly, has been the reality for the family of Eddie Fullerton, a Sinn Féin councillor in Donegal shot dead by a UDA gang 30 years ago. Free article

Moore Street - developers’ folly or 1916 Cultural Quarter?

18 February 2021

““What’s happening with Moore Street?” is a question often asked and not surprisingly as years pass and this historic area of Dublin City Centre continues to decline, seemingly stuck fast in a planning and political stalemate. Free article

Postcards from a New Republic

18 February 2021

The ‘Postcards from the New Republic’ series is a hat tip to British designer, artist, entrepreneur and Socialist William Morris’s News from Nowhere series of articles from 1890 published in the Commonweal, the newspaper of the Socialist League and set in a distant future where Morris’s socialist, and romantic, utopia has been secured. Our story’s protagonists are Willa Ní Chuairteoir and Lucy Byrne accompanied by their four children James, Afric, Banba, and Alroy who together enjoy and endure the equity and exigency of the future’s New Republic. Free article


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