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31 March 2013 Edition

An Roinn Easláinte

31 March 2013

MÁS LÉARGAS ar chomh folláin is atá Rialtas ar bith an slí atá an Roinn Sláinte atá faoina gcúram ag feidhmiú, tá an Rialtas seo thar a bheith tinn. Premium service article

Persuaders for a New Ireland

31 March 2013

IF REPUBLICANS are to be persuaders for a New Ireland, a land of equals, we need to “respond appropriately to the fears and uncertainties of those who see us through different eyes than we see ourselves”, Martin McGuinness says. Free article

Equality, parity of esteem and developing a reconciliation process

31 March 2013

DR HEATHER MORRIS, in line to take up the post of the first female President of the Methodist Church in Ireland in June after being elected in June of last year, was an invited speaker to the Sinn Féin National Youth Congress held in Belfast on 1/2 March. The Methodist Church operates across the island of Ireland and the Methodist community in Ireland numbers about 53,000. The Director of Ministry at the Edgehill Theological College in Belfast told her audience of young republicans that “taking parity of esteem seriously rather than just nodding in its direction, doing the hard work of developing a reconciliation process, is going to take effort and it is going to cost”. This is what the President-designate of the Methodist Church in Ireland said to the Sinn Féin National Youth Congress. Free article

Unionism: 15 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement

31 March 2013

AS THE 15th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement occurs on 10 April, I am thinking of two distinctively different press conferences: one associated with the Good Friday Agreement, and both involving the former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, Ian Paisley. Premium service article

Hatred of democracy

31 March 2013

In Greece, Italy and Cyprus ‘the people’ are re-emerging as an active political player. They are refusing to play by the rules of choreographed professional politics Premium service article

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Planned robbery of Cyprus leaves euro crisis worse than ever

31 March 2013

THE planned EU robbery of Cyprus has blown back in the faces of the top Eurocrats and their political masters in Germany — firstly because of the magnificent resistance of the people of Cyprus who refused to acquiesce in this robbery, but secondly because of concern throughout Europe that the Troika proposals undermine the basis of trust on which any region’s banking system is based. Premium service article

As down the glen one Easter morn . . .

31 March 2013

THE 1916 Easter Rising holds an ever-evolving and expanding fascination. In military terms it was not a major battle, albeit in a capital city. Casualties were in the hundreds at a time when thousands were being slaughtered every day on the killing fields of Flanders. But politically the consequences of the Rising were huge – epoch-making in the history of Ireland, crucial in the history of the British Empire. Free article

Sharing the burden?

31 March 2013

SO HOW has your wage packet performed in the first three months of 2013? A bit lighter again? Maybe not if you are a Bank of Ireland CEO or one of his chums, a hospital consultant, or an RTÉ broadcaster lecturing us not to be greedy in these times of austerity. Free article

Iachall stáit le airgead a ghoid

31 March 2013

BHÍ NÓS ag muintir na tuaithe tráth, go háirithe ag seandaoine, a gcuid airgid a choinneáil sa mbaile, thíos faoin leaba is mar sin. Bhí an nós ann toisc nach raibh aon trust acu sa bainc nó taisce ar bith a mbeadh fáil ag an rialtas air. Premium service article

Waterford fishermen’s lifeline to Gaza

31 March 2013

In November 2011, Irish Friends of Palestine activists and fishermen PAT FITZGERALD and JOHN HEARNE (both also Sinn Féin councillors in Waterford) and BILLY SMYTH were arrested as they took part in an attempt to breach the siege of Gaza onboard the MV Saoirse. The men were held in an Israeli prison for more than a week before being thrown out of the country. Free article

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