Issue 2 - 2024 200dpi

February 2013 Edition photographs

3 February 2013

Photographs from the February 2013 edition of An Phoblacht

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Martin McGuinness visits Short Strand

16 January 2013

Martin McGuinness visited the nationalist Short Strand neighbourhood in east Belfast on Wednesday 16 January. The deputy First Minister was there to meet with residents of the small nationalist enclave that has been under constant attack most recently from loyalists since early December 2012. While in the district, McGuinness spoke with residents and community representatives in the local community centre before he visited families living in the Strand Walk whose homes have been targeted by pro-UVF mobs throwing petrol and paint bombs. Tommy McNulty, who lives at the top of Strand Walk, explained how he is constantly under threat and keeps a number of fire extinguishers to hand as a precaution. On the night of Monday 14 January, loyalist mobs bombarded the nearby St Matthew’s Church in a sustained attack that also saw attacks on homes on Strand Walk, at the interface with the Newtownards Road.

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Priory Hall candlelight vigil

18 December 2012

More than 150 former Priory Hall residents took part in a candlelight vigil outside their homes on Monday 17th December 2012

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Property Tax protest at Dáil hears loanshark warning

14 December 2012

GOVERNMENT TDs debating the Property Tax Bill on Friday afternoon heard opposition to the tax on family homes when more than a hundred members and supporters of Sinn Féin turned up to demand that Fine Gael and Labour abandon yet another unfair tax. Speaking at the demonstration, Sinn Féin Environment, Community and Local Government spokesperson Brian Stanley TD told demonstrators this Bill will drive even more hard-pressed families into the arms of loansharks. Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD described the bill as a “Family Home Tax”. She told supporters Sinn Féin will resist the Property Tax “every step of the way”.

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Bumper night for Children’s Hospice

14 December 2012

IN JUST OVER an hour the staff and elected representatives based in Sinn Féin’s Connolly House offices on the Andersonstown Road in Belfast raised £350 in aid of the Children’s Hospice. Organised around the switching on of the Christmas tree lights on Thursday 13 December, the annual fund-raiser has become very popular with party activists and supporters. Sinn Féin Deputy Mayor of Belfast Tierna Cunningham had the honour of switching on the lights but the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for Santa – and the children were glad to see him too!

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Mid-Ulster by-election convention

13 December 2012

Francie Molloy selected to contest Mid-Ulster by-election for Sinn Féin, 12th December 2012

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Civil War martyr Joe McKelvey tribute in Belfast

10 December 2012

JOE McKELVEY, one of the ‘Four Martyrs’ executed by the Free State Government on 8 December 1922, was remembered in Belfast at the weekend, on the 90th anniversary of his death.

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Geraldine Finucane unveils new mural to civil rights lawyer Pat Finucane

10 December 2012

A NEW MURAL was unveiled in Beechmount Drive, west Belfast, at the weekend ahead of British Government report into the killing of solicitor Pat Finucane, who was shot dead at home, in front of his family, in February 1989.

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