17 August 2006 Edition

"Kick the US military out of Shannon"

17 August 2006

Joshua Casteel worked as a US military interrogator in the infamous Iraqi prison of Abu Ghraib between 2002 and 2005. His experiences in Iraq led him to become a conscientious objector and he was discharged from the US Army last May. Here, in the second of a two-part interview with An Phoblacht, Casteel says Shannon airport should be closed to the US military en route to the conflict zones in the Middle East. Free article

SIPTU vote clears way for Towards 2016

17 August 2006

SIPTU members have voted in favour of the Framework Agreement, Towards 2016, by a substantial margin. Following a nationwide membership ballot lasting just over four weeks, members voted by 72% percent to 28% percent to accept the proposed terms of the agreement. Free article

Call for release of Raytheon protestors

17 August 2006

Sinn Féin has called for the release of nine people arrested following protests at the Raytheon plant in Derry. Free article

Support for Miami Five

17 August 2006

A sponsored walk in support of five Cubans held in US jails was organised by the West Armagh Community Festival committee last Saturday. The 13km walk went from the Tyrone village of Moy to Armagh city. Free article

Restructuring of Sinn Féin Cúigí in Connaught and Ulster

17 August 2006

Sinn Féin's new Cúige Chonnacht held its first AGM in Moran's Hotel, Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon on 23 July. Over 50 people were in attendance. The former Connacht-Uladh Cúige has recently been restructured with counties Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan joining Cúige na Sé Chontae. This development occurred in the aftermath of a motion to the party Ard Fheis aimed at giving the best organisational advantage to the local Sinn Féin structures. Free article

Election register Many voters not on list

17 August 2006

While supporting the initiative, Sinn Féin recognises that even with such an overhaul gaps might well remain in the register. Part of the reason for this concern is that the registration overhaul is to be carried out on the initiatives of local authorities with each authority conducting the project at its own discretion. The Department of the Environment recommends that dwellings be called on as part of an intensive process of updating the Register and where no response is obtained on a first visit, a second visit is required. Registration forms are also to be handed in at every door. Free article

Women's football match to mark Hunger Strike anniversary

17 August 2006

On Saturday 19 August, women from across Ireland will converge on Loughmacrory GAA grounds in County Tyrone to take part in an all-female Gaelic football match to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike. Free article

John Joe McGirl remembered

17 August 2006

Republicans from County Leitrim and other rural border areas assembled in Ballinamore to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the death of leading republican John Joe McGirl. Free article

Hunger Strikers honoured in Lurgan

17 August 2006

A crowd of over 1,500 people turned out in Lurgan for a parade and rally on Friday 3 August in honour of the Hunger Strikers. Led by a colour party of over 30 local former republican prisoners, the parade made its way through the Taghnevan area of the town. Free article

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