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30 November 2023 Edition

A new Ireland that all of us could call home

30 November 2023

Over 2000 Sinn Féin delegates packed into the Athlone campus of the Technological University of the Shannon on 11 November. Over the two days, delegates debated and discussed the role that Sinn Féin can play across the island in building a new Ireland for all. The Ard Fheis was capped off with a live TV address by Sinn Féin President Mary Lou MacDonald. Here, we carry the full text of Mary Lou’s speech. Free article

We are bearing witness to war crimes

30 November 2023

All across Ireland, republican activists and political representatives have been participating in the ongoing solidarity protests with the people of Palestine. Here, we focus on two just aspects in a range of actions in support of Palestine. We carry the address made by Sinn Féin President Mary Lou MacDonald at the 18 November rally in Dublin and an edited version of the contributions made by Sinn Féin TDs in the Dáil on Tuesday 14 November. Free article

Gerry Adams elected president of Sinn Féin

30 November 2023

We asked Jim Gibney to reflect on the 40th anniversary of Gerry Adams's election as Sinn Féin President in November 1983. He talked with two other republican veterans, Danny Morrison and Richard McAuley. Here is Jim’s personal insight, with the input of those two lifelong activists who were there for the key events over the last 40 years. Free article

Budget 2024 doesn't add up

30 November 2023

Rose Conway-Walsh, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform takes us through the many failings of the Coalition government's Budget 2024 Free article

Affordable childcare is a key equality issue

30 November 2023

Delivering affordable childcare is fundamental to building a fairer and more prosperous society. Free article

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Robert Ballagh at 80

30 November 2023

‘Greatest living’ is a phrase we should use with extreme caution. However, Robert Ballagh’s contribution to Irish art over nearly six decades of creativity is unsurpassed in Ireland and internationally. Initially associated with being a founder of Irish Pop Art, Ballagh has moved way beyond designations like this. Free article

Moore Street is the great survivor of the 1916 Rising

30 November 2023

The Moore Street Preservation Trust recently marked the 23rd anniversary of the campaign to save the historic buildings on this street with the unveiling of a depiction of the final meeting of the Provisional Government in 16 Moore Street by Robert Ballagh. Here, we carry an edited version of the speech made by James Connolly Heron at the launch. Free article

A shared history of resilience

30 November 2023

By June 2023, there were over 83,000 Ukrainian refugees spread in communities all across Ireland. Karina Savchuk is Ukrainian and lives in Ireland. Here, she gives an insight into the experience of recently arrived refugees from the war in Ukraine. Free article

Hidden treasures of republican prison history

30 November 2023

There were more than 50 different republican prison papers published across 130 years of incarceration in jails spread across Ireland and Britain from 1867 to 1999. Eoghan Mac Cormaic sheds a light on this aspect of prison life from the Wild Goose to the Captive Voice. Free article

The stories we must never forget

30 November 2023

Peadar Whelan rediscovered his reading bug this year and, with the countdown to Christmas well started, he makes recommendations for a range of books that could just be the stocking filler for the aspiring republican historian in your life. Free article

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