16 March 2006 Edition

International: Colombia - Victory for the right

16 March 2006

The parties backing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe won the general election that took place on Sunday 12 March. The results present Uribe with a convincing possibility of winning the presidential election in May, in which he is now candidate after a controversial constitutional change. The electoral turnout was less than 50%. Free article

Mahon Tribunal: Politicians' tall tales

16 March 2006

The Flood/Mahon tribunal into corruption in the planning process in the 26 Counties is trudging into its ninth year of sittings and has for the most part disappeared from public view, but the current module of investigation dealing with the relatively small issue of the rezoning of lands in Ballycullen, South Dublin has thrown up an incredulous story of conflicting testimonies by serving Fianna Fáil and Progressive Democrat ministers, and the leader of the Labour party Pat Rabbitte. Free article

International: News in Brief

16 March 2006

Italy, Bolivia, France and Brazil Free article

Comóradh ar Bhreithlá Sands: 1916 agus an Ghaeilge

16 March 2006

In Stormont last Thursday 9 March Irish language activists gathered in Stormont to mark the occasion of the birthday of Bobby Sands MP, who would have been 50 had he survived the war against republican POWs waged by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981. At the Irish language event chaired by Sinn Féin Údarás member Gráinne Nic Éidigh, language activist and former POW Gearóid Mac Siacais outlined the atmosphere in the H-Blocks at the time and the importance of the Irish language in the republican struggle inside and outside the jail. Janet Muller of the Irish language rights campaign group spoke of the challenges ahead for the Irish language and for activists. Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD spoke of the link between republicanism and the language revolution around the time of the 1916 Rising 90 years ago. Here we reprint his address. Free article

Annual Feargal O'Hanlon memorial lecture

16 March 2006

A large gathering attended the Feargal O'Hanlon memorial lecture in the Four Seasons hotel in Monaghan on Sunday 5 March. The lecture has been held annually since 1982 as a commemoration for IRA Volunteer Feargal O'Hanlon, killed in action during an attack on Brookeborough British Army barracks on 1 January 1957. Free article

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The Matt Treacy Column

16 March 2006

It was a good weekend for Cork. On Saturday, Derval O'Rourke became the first Irish woman to win a gold medal in the World indoor athletics championships. Also on Saturday evening the Cork footballers continued their long sequence of wins over Dublin in Cork. Free article

Political bias surrounds loyalist museum

16 March 2006

The 'irregular payments' made to a loyalist museum are clear evidence of, "political bais" by British government departments, says Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams. Adams says civil servants cleared the funding because they feared a refusal would provoke, "significant political fallout". Free article

Nuacht na nOibrithe

16 March 2006

Home helps take to the streets, ASTI vote to rejoin Congress and NASUWT demand restoration of Assembly Free article


16 March 2006

Tá Slobodan marbh sa deireadh agus é fós "neamh cionntach"- tá go leor caint faoi conas a fuair sé bás ach d'éalaigh sé ón breitheamh sular bhfuair an domhan seans é a chionntú faoin dúnmharú sna Balkans sna nochoidí. Free article

Neamhchiontach nó nimhchiontach?

16 March 2006

Sna tuairiscí atá tagtha amach maidir le bás Slobodan Milosevic in ionad géibhinn an Bínse Idirnáisiúnta Coireanna Cogaidh i Háig na hÍsiltíre, tá meáin chumarsáide bunaithe san Iarthar ag tabhairt faoi ar nós go raibh sé ciontaithe mar choiriúlaí cogaidh. Cé gur chaith sé cúig bliana i ngéibheann na Náisiún Aontaithe (nó na Stát Aontaithe más dual duit!), ní soiléir go raibh cás láidir ina choinne. Free article

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