30 November 2006 Edition

International: Deep divisions in México

30 November 2006

On 20 November, left-wing presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, took the oath as Mexico's alternative president. On 1 December, Felipe Calderon, who the electoral court declared had won the controversial election by less than one percentage point, will take up his position as official President. The presence of 'two presidents' symbolises the deep divisions existing in México. Free article

Loughinisland Justice Group in Brussels

30 November 2006

Members of the Loughinisland Justice Group visited the European Parliament in Brussels this week to seek the support of MEPs and EU officials in relation to their complaint to the Police Ombudsman in relation to the role of police informers and the failure to investigate the Loughinisland atrocity and bring the murderers before a court. Free article

International News in Brief

30 November 2006

Gaza, Female genital mutilation and Ecuador Free article

Manchester Martyrs: Possibility of state funeral

30 November 2006

William Allen, Michael Larkin and William O'Brien were hanged in Manchester, England November 23, 1867. The men had been captured and convicted for their part in the rescue of Fenian prisoners Thomas J. Kelly and Timothy Deasy who had played important roles in the Fenian Rising of that year. Free article

Shell to Sea: RTÉ programme 'excluded vital information'

30 November 2006

The Shell to Sea campaign this week welcomed the support of Norwegian Trade Union SAFE while condemning RTE's biased coverage of the Corrib pipeline dispute. Terje Nustad, leader of SAFE, the main confederation of oil and gas industry workers in Norway representing 7,000 industry personnel in Norway carried out a three-day fact finding visit to North Mayo and addressed Shell to Sea's national meeting on Saturday and a local community meeting on Sunday. He was accompanied by Helga Ryggvik, a leading Norwegian historian and expert on Statoil Free article

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Private health insurance: VHI's flawed victory

30 November 2006

VHI's victory in the High Court in Dublin last week over BUPA is a welcome slowing of private sector entry into Irish healthcare but it does little for customers of VHI. Even with the High Court decision in its favour VHI premiums are still set to rise by 15% annually for the next three years. VHI subscriptions will rise 12.5% in 2006. Free article

US visit: Commitment of Irish Americans an important part of our struggle

30 November 2006

'A visitor from the Emerald Isle' was the headline from an article in New Jersey's Trenton Times, covering my recent visit to the United States but the sub-title - 'Renewed push for Irish unity in US' more accurately captured the purpose and the politics of the two-week tour of the east coast region. Free article

Nuacht na nOibrithe

30 November 2006

Seafarers earn €2 per hour on the Irish Sea and Former Clubmab Omega employees picket premises Free article

Republicans up for challenge, Morgan tells Ardee commemoration

30 November 2006

The annual parade and commemoration in honour of Séan O'Carroll and Patrick Tierney, two young IRA volunteers killed by Black and Tans in 1920, was held on Sunday 26 November in Ardee, County Louth. Free article

SF growing in Wexford

30 November 2006

Despite the inclement weather a large number of people turned out for the launch of a new Sinn Féin Cumann in Camolin, County Wexford on Sunday 19 November. The launch was combined with a commemoration ceremony to honour Volunteer Dick Humes after whom the Cumann is named. Humes fought on the anti Treaty side during the civil war. Two of his nieces Rita Henshaw and Henrietta Prickat nee Hume, travelled over from Manchester for the event. His niece Eileen Conway nee Hume is a resident of Camolin. Free article

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