5 November 2009 Edition

Budget 2010 - There is another way

5 November 2009

This Friday, thousands of people are gathering across the state to oppose the savage Budget due this December that threatens public services, the vulnerable and our quality of life. For the past 18 months, the Fianna Fáil and Green Party Government has been running two economies: one for the wealthy and one for everyone else. Free article

The key elements of Sinn Féin's job-retention and job-creation proposals

5 November 2009

THE Coalition Government does not have a plan to protect or create jobs in the Irish economy. Sinn Féin does. Fianna Fáil and the Greens have spent the last 18 months protecting vested interests in the banking sector and the select 'golden circle' of builders, speculators and developers, while the economy leaked tens of thousands of jobs. Faced with an economic crisis of unprecedented magnitude, Sinn Féin set itself the task last autumn of producing a comprehensive job-creation strategy. Free article

Sinn Féin Ministers actively defending public services

5 November 2009

As working people and trade unionists from across Ireland take to the streets this week in defence of jobs and in opposition to cuts to public services, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has welcomed the emphasis being placed on defending vital health services at the rallies that are taking place in the Six Counties. Free article

PART OF THE UNION: Martin Ferris, Sinn Féin's new Workers' Rights spokesperson, urges everyone to join a trade union, especially now

5 November 2009

MARTIN FERRIS is Sinn Féin TD for Kerry North and party spokesperson on Agriculture. Last month he took on an additional new key brief as Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers' Rights. Martin Ferris has taken over as spokesperson from Arthur Morgan TD, who is focusing on his brief as party spokesperson on Finance and on completing a report for the Oireachtas Committee on Enterprise, Trade and Employment on creating jobs in the agri-food sector. Free article

Adams calls for major mobilisation in support

5 November 2009

SINN FÉIN President Gerry Adams has called for a major mobilisation of public support for ICTU-organised rallies this Friday in support of a fairer way to deal with the economic crisis. Gerry Adams said: "Sinn Féin is encouraging party members and supporters and the public to come out in solidarity with fellow trade unionists, workers in the public, private and community sector and the general public. Free article

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Open day brings vital information to ex-POWs

5 November 2009

Coiste na n-Iarchimí held a successful information day in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Belfast, on Saturday 31 October. Speakers representing a number of ex-prisoners' groups from across Belfast outlined areas of work that they are involved in as they challenge the prejudices that former prisoners still face. Free article

Scéal ar bith fós de phlean 2028

5 November 2009

AG léacht de chuid Conradh na Gaeilge ag Oireachtas na Samhna i mbliana chuir an tAire Éamon Ó Cuív síos ar an Phlean 2028 - plean straitéiseach agus oibre don Ghaeilge a cuireadh le chéile mar thoradh taighde agus éisteachtaí poiblí a reáchtáladh le linn 2008. Bhí Ó Cuív ag caint ar phainéal a raibh Uachtarán an Chonartha, Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa agus úrlabhraí an ghrúpa nua Guth na Gaeltachta, Éamonn Mac Niallais ann, chomh maith. Free article

28th annual Feargal O'Hanlon Lecture addresses 100th anniversary of founding of the Irish Transport & General Workers' Union

5 November 2009

A CAPACITY attendance at this year's Volunteer Feargal O'Hanlon Memorial Lecture in the Teach na nDaoine Family Resource Centre in Monaghan Town heard the head of the Legal Rights Unit of SIPTU, Michael Halpenny, call for underpinning legislation for collective bargaining. He also called for large turn-outs at all mobilisations called for by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to oppose cuts in public services and attacks on living standards and to demand action on job creation. Free article

Loyalist charged with sex offences

5 November 2009

PROMINENT loyalist and Orangeman Mark Harbinson has been refused bail after being charged with raping a 13-year-old girl and being in possession of indecent photographs of a child. A number of other sex offences involving children are under investigation. As a loyalist, Harbinson has been a key figure in the ongoing campaign of sectarian intimidation in the County Antrim village of Stoneyford. At the height of the campaign, the homes of Catholic families were repeatedly targeted by loyalist mobs. Free article

Concerns remain over kidnapped Irish priest

5 November 2009

CONCERN remains about Irish priest Fr Michael Sinnott despite the release of a video by his kidnappers in the Philippines in which a ransom was demanded. The footage confirmed earlier reports from Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly that Sinnott was still alive. Free article

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