26 November 2012
An estimated 18,000 people marched through the streets of Dublin on Saturday 24 November calling for a fair budget and demanding an end to the government's austerity policies which have unfairly targeted the least well-off in society. Speaking at the rally Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said: "The government can continue to target low and middle income earners or it can implement the right policies which would ensure that those who have more pay more."
22 November 2012
Relatives of people killed by British Army paratroopers in Ballymurphy in August 1971 picketed the office of the North’s Senior Coroner John Leckey on Wednesday 21 November.
21 November 2012
HUNDREDS of people from across Belfast gathered at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday 20 November to send a message of support for the beleaguered people of Gaza and to call on the Zionist regime led by Binyamin Netanyahu to stop the slaughter of Palestinian people. Senior members of Sinn Féin, including Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill and Middle East spokesperson Pat Sheehan were amongst the crowd. Patricia McKeown of the trade union UNISON spoke at the rally and urged people to boycott Israeli goods. To loud applause from the crowd she castigated the British state-controlled broadcaster, the BBC, for its biased coverage of the latest round of Zionist aggression against the people of Gaza.
21 November 2012
More than 150 protesters take part in a Palestine solidarity demonstration in Dublin, Saturday 17 November
Combating Child Poverty and Social Exclusion: Promoting children’s well-being in times of austerity conference
19 November 2012
‘Combating Child Poverty and Social Exclusion: Promoting Children’s Well-being in Times of Austerity’ was the title of a well-attended conference in Belfast on Friday 16 November hosted by Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson and the GUE/NGL (European United Left/Nordic Green Left) Group in the European Parliament. The audience included many agencies working in the child welfare sector as well as women’s groups and others key to children’s welfare. Alex Maskey MLA and Paul Maskey MP chaired discussions.
16 November 2012
Gardaí attacked peaceful demonstrators with batons outside the Israeli Embassy in Dublin on Thursday night during a protest against the ongoing Israeli bombing campaign in Gaza. At least 19 people have been killed and up to two hundred wounded in the ongoing Israeli offensive against the besieged coastal territory which has seen Israeli forces fire rockets, missiles and heavy artillery into densely populated areas. In response Gaza militant groups have fired more than 400 rockets and missiles towards Israel, killing three people. There are reports that Israel is stepping up preparations for a full-scale ground invasion. Around 100 people gathered outside the Israeli embassy on Pembroke Road on Thursday night to show their opposition to the slaughter. The embassy was enveloped in a massive Palestinian flag by members of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) while the crowd, including a number of Palestinian residents of Dublin, chanted pro-Palestinian slogans. During the protest a group of activists carrying a banner reading “Stop the Slaughter, End the Siege” began a sit-down protest on the road outside the building. A short time later, as protesters were standing up to leave the road, gardaí moved in and attempted to make a number of arrests, detaining two protesters. The arrests further inflamed tensions and there were scuffles between protesters and gardaí with some members of the gardaí using batons against the crowd. Both protesters, who are members of Sinn Féin Republican Youth were released without charge a short time later.
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