1 October 2009 Edition

McGuinness speaks at British Labour Party Conference

1 October 2009

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness this week addressed a fringe event at the British Labour Party Conference in Brighton. As part of a wide ranging speech McGuinness challenged the rejectionists on all sides and warned that progress on transferring powers on policing and justice was crucial in the time ahead. Free article

Slógadh Shinn Féin 2009

1 October 2009

Bhí Slógadh Sinn Féin i mbliana lonnaithe san fhoirgneamh Gaelach is nua aimseartha ar an oileán seo - Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. Ainmníodh an áit in ómós do Sheán Ó Canáin, sean phoblachtach, nach maireann, a tháinig amach as imtheorannú sna daichidí agus a bhí gníomhach le saol na Gaeilge sa chathair go bhfuair sé bás agus na pleananna réabhlóideach don áras úr na Gaeilge ag teacht i dtír. Free article

RUC Special Branch failed to stop killing

1 October 2009

RUC Special Branch officers who did not prevent the murder of 26-year-old Margaret Perry in order to protect an informer have escaped prosecution despite a damning report by former Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan. The body of the Portadown woman was discovered in a shallow grave in a County Sligo forest in 1992, a year after she had gone missing. Perry was abducted and murdered by three British agents within the IRA after she discovered they had been involved in a criminal robbery. The three agents were subsequently exposed and executed as informers by the IRA. Free article

Trade unions launch fightback against cuts

1 October 2009

THE Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has announced a rolling campaign of resistance to cuts in workers' wages, conditions and jobs as some of the country's largest unions ballot their members on industrial action as part of a campaign to defend jobs and services. ICTU leaders met in Dublin on Wednesday as An Phoblacht went to press (details of the ICTU campaign of protests and political lobbying can be seen on www.ictu.ie). Free article

Cuimhní ar an Ghaeilge i nDoire

1 October 2009

Ba gnáthach le muintir na cathrach seo, Béarlóirí, 'the creeve' a ghlaoch ar na ranganna Gaeilge a bhíodh ar siúl. Bhí ranganna sna 1930í ar Shráid an Fheabhail, Conlon's Rooms, agus ansin bhog siad go Halla Naomh Cholm. Faoin am sin bhí an-bhaint ag cléir na cathrach leis an Chonradh ach laghdaigh sin sna 50í. Luaigh Séan Ó Canainn go ndeachaigh sé chuig a chéad rang Gaeilge in Halla Naomh Choilm Cille sa bhliain 1940, chuig rang a ghlac Séamas Ó Dochartaigh, búistéir, a bhí i ndiaidh theacht amach ón Ollscoil i mBaile Átha Claith. Dúirt sé gur fhág sé an rang de thairbhe barraíocht béime ar an ghramadach. Ina dhiaidh sin eagraíodh na ranganna in halla beag ar Shráid an Easpaig, áit a bhfuil Bunscoil an Túir Fhada anois. Free article

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Concern for safety of 3,500 Iranians in Camp Ashraf

1 October 2009

IRANIAN EXILES in cities across the world are continuing their protests aimed at highlighting the plight of members of the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), besieged in Camp Ashraf, Iraq, since 28 July. Concern for the safety of the 3,500 inhabitants of the camp arose after the attack carried out on Ashraf by the Iraqi armed forces on Tuesday 28 July which led to the killing of 11 Iranian exiles and the wounding of many more. Free article

Nuacht na nOibrithe

1 October 2009

Labour Court backs Coca-Cola workers, Worldwide dockers back Dublin Port strikers and Bank staff strike Free article

Battle for the Americas in Honduras

1 October 2009

THE daring return of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, deposed in a military coup on 28 June, to the capital Tegucigalpa on 21 September has galvanised the country's resistance movement and prompted the coup leaders to unleash a fierce wave of military repression. Zelaya remains under siege in the Brazilian embassy with his family and dozens of his supporters. The coup regime, headed by Roberto Micheletti who installed himself as "president" after organising the kidnapping at gunpoint and exile to Costa Rica of the country's elected president, responded to Zelaya's return by deploying the police and military against thousands of protesters, resulting in an unknown number of deaths and thousands of detentions. Free article

Conquering Misery - Mountain Challenge 2009

1 October 2009

A BIG congratulations to all those who stepped up to the mark for the Brian Keenan Annual Mountain Challenge on Saturday 5 September. Out of 186 participants, 183 completed the challenge from Bloody Bridge, Newcastle, Co. Down right over Donard Mountain, the highest peak in the Six Counties and on to Deer's Meadow which was a gruelling 16.5 kilometres. Free article

Bogside and Brandywell Republican Monument rededicated

1 October 2009

A large crowd attended the unveiling of a new commemorative stone and rededication ceremony at the Bogside and Brandywell Republican Monument on Sunday last organised by the Derry Republican Graves Association. The ceremony started with young republicans from the area carrying portraits of the 16 local members of 1st Battalion of Derry Brigade Óglaigh na hÉireann across the hill which overlooks the Lecky Road against the backdrop of a haunting ballad sung by Sarah Griffin Free article

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