Issue 2 - 2024 200dpi

1 July 2014 Edition

Politics is not a spectator sport

1 July 2014

The first in a series of opinion pieces by progressive figures on ‘What now?’ after the sensational election results Free article

Go hIfreann nó go Connacht!

1 July 2014

THUIG CROMAILL féin go raibh an dream a bhí taobh thiar d’abhann na Sionna difriúil. Is léir ó thorthaí na dtoghcháin áitiúla go bhfuil difríocht suntasach sna pátrúin vótála i gConnacht seachas an chuid eile den tír agus cé go bhfuil dul chun cinn maith déanta ar fud na tíre, is léir go bhfuil neartú le déanamh fós i gcontaetha an Iarthar ag Sinn Féin agus go gcaithfidh muid díriú ar na h-ábhair is mó atá ag dó na geirbe do na pobail sin sna blianta atá romhainn leis an dul chun cinn atá déanta againn a chuimsiú. Free article

Fermanagh & South Tyrone – crossroads in history

1 July 2014

“SANDS, BOBBY . . . Anti H-Block Armagh Political Prisoner . . . Thirty thousand, four hundred and ninety-two,” said the returning officer as he announced the result of the Fermanagh & South Tyrone by-election held on 9 April 1981. Premium service article

Does the Labour Paty have a future?

1 July 2014

DESPITE the massive electoral drubbing experienced by the Labour Party in May’s local and European elections, it would appear from the leadership election contests that no lessons whatsoever have been learned. Premium service article

God is on our side

1 July 2014

The Democratic Unionist Party: From Protest to Power has been hailed by the Belfast Telegraph as “masterly” and “the most definitive study of Northern Ireland’s most powerful political party ever undertaken”. Premium service article

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Rising to the challenge

1 July 2014

SINN FÉIN had a good election. We consolidated our position in the North and significantly increased our strength in the South. Premium service article

No news is bad news on economic data

1 July 2014

IN GENERAL, people love to convey good news and tend to hold back or even cover up anything bad. Perhaps that explains why the economic data for the economy in the North of Ireland is so poor and so sketchy. No one in London (or, specifically, Westminster) can be proud of their economic achievements in Ireland. Free article

The funniest man on two wheels

1 July 2014

THE MASTER of improvisation on the hit hidden camera TV show Naked Camera is bricking it. He’s got first-time nerves. PJ Gallagher has never spoken at a Sinn Féin Summer School before. Free article

The Boys from the Good Stuff

1 July 2014

THE SIMMERING turf cutters row may have dropped out of the mainstream media headlines in recent months but it is still very much a live issue on the ground in the Midlands and the West. Here, families have cut turf to heat their homes for generations and the move to ban cutting on certain bogs has caused deep outrage. Premium service article

Centenary of the Howth and Kilcoole gun-running

1 July 2014

SUMMER 1914: Ireland was like an armed camp but the largest military body in the country, the Irish Volunteers, were mostly unarmed. The country was occupied by the British Army and the Royal Irish Constabulary, both heavily armed with modern weaponry. The unionist Ulster Volunteer Force was equipped with 35,000 new rifles and three million rounds of ammunition brought into Larne, County Antrim, on the night of 24 April. Premium service article

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