16 March 2005 Edition

Two-tier Ireland - Tax, childcare and education policies favour the rich

16 March 2005

So which Ireland do you live in? Are you a single male with parents from a professional family or just a high income earner? Well then, the chances are that you can benefit from living in the better of the two Irelands on this island today. However, if you are a woman, married with children, you might have to settle for a considerably less comfortable existence. Free article

Reilly increases vote

16 March 2005

While admitting there was no doubt that the Sinn Féin vote had increased, Labour leader Pat Rabbitte bemoaned, "I don't know what that says about us as a people". Free article

Nationalist anger as PSNI block marathon route

16 March 2005

Nationalists, angry at the decision by the Belfast City Marathon Committee to drop the West Belfast section from this year's race, say the group bowed to PSNI pressure. Free article

Getting the vote out in Navan

16 March 2005

"Numbers 120, 121, 123, 124, not 125, and the rest to 130," called local party activist Sinéad Maguire to the small group of Sinn Féin canvassers knocking doors in the dark last Friday night. Free article

Sinn Féin will deliver change

16 March 2005

With the Údaras Na Gaeltacht elections little over three weeks away, candidates contesting the election are on the campaign trail drumming up support. Sinn Féin's Údaras candidate in Donegal, Gráinne Mhic Géidigh, travelled to Letterkenny on Friday to lodge her nomination papers. Free article

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Newry and Mourne objects to incinerator

16 March 2005

Newry and Mourne District Council has objected in the strongest terms to the planned incinerator for Carronstown near Drogheda. Earlier this month, Environmental Department Director Hugh O'Neill and Sinn Féin Councillor Pat McGinn made a presentation at the official hearing of objectors in the Boyne Valley Hotel. Free article

Loyalists plan another contentious march

16 March 2005

Two weeks after it broke a Parades Commission determination on the Whitewell Road, the UDA-aligned North Belfast Whitewell Defenders Flute Band has again applied to parade along the contested route, including the nationalist Whitewell Road. Free article

An Phoblacht to be relaunched

16 March 2005

This year's Ard Fheis credited the importance of An Phoblacht today in the Republican family. The session was introduced by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, who spoke of the importance of having our own paper. Free article

Service charges debate stirs Ard Fheis

16 March 2005

Over 30 motions were taken during the wideranging Environment, Local Govern-ment, Energy and Natural Resources debate on the first evening of the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis. The debate saw the Ard Chomhairle seek approval for the proposed Towards Zero Waste policy document and a thoughtful debate on tactics and principles around the controversial issue of bin charges. Free article

Ógra to remember foundation of Sinn Féin

16 March 2005

On Saturday 19 March, Ógra Shinn Féin will mark the 100th Anniversary of the formation of Sinn Féin by planting a liberty tree in the Tyrone Garden of Remembrance in Carrickmore. It is the second such event in West Tyrone Sinn Féin's calendar in the local area. Free article

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