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Israeli aggression must be challenged (Free article)

2 July 2010

BY GERRY ADAMS YOU may recall my meeting with Caoimhe Butterly of the Free Gaza Movement. On May 17th, I dedicated my blog to the story of the MV Rachel Corrie and the flotilla to the Gaza Strip. I’m glad I did. But I never imagined what would happen to it. I was on my way to an early-morning event in Tir Éoghan when the car radio…

Economy: An unwanted leadership position ... and the alternative (Free article)

2 July 2010

FIANNA FÁIL'S economic policy is focused solely on transferring resources from the poor to bail out the formerly rich bankers and speculators BY MICHAEL BURKE IMPORTS have collapsed, foreign investment slowed to a trickle and tourism numbers plummeted, but the economic policy adopted by the Fianna Fáil-led government has gone global. It…

Mary Nelis (Free article)

2 July 2010

Making inquiries in Derry and Gaza THE world is about to witness the Israeli version of the Widgery Inquiry as the Israeli Government begins an investigation into the murders of nine peace activists on board aboard the MV Mavi Marmara, the Turkish peace ship bound for Gaza in an attempt to breach the illegal Israeli blockade. The Mavi…

The militarist campaign: 'Who’s pulling the strings?' asks ex-POW Bobby Storey (Free article)

2 July 2010

IF someone said to you, there is a small group of people whose actions are designed to: • Cause the remilitarisation of the Six Counties; • See British troops back on our streets; • See sectarian attacks carried out by loyalists; • Close the democratic space now open to republicans; • Reduce support for republican goals in Ireland and…

Tony Blair wins award for work on peace in Ireland and Middle East (Free article)

2 July 2010

TONY BLAIR has been awarded the 2010 Liberty Medal with a prize of $100,000 by the National Constitution Centre  in Philadelphia, USA, for his work towards peace in Ireland and the Middle East. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter praised Blair's "relentless pursuit of a long-elusive peace" in Ireland as British prime minister and his…

Dublin City Council's temporary reprieve for Seán MacDermott St Swimming Pool (Free article)

2 July 2010

AFTER a meeting with Sinn Féin on Thursday evening, Dublin City Council bosses confirmed that Seán MacDermott Street Swimming Pool will be kept open for the remainder of the year. But they have refused to guarantee the pool’s future for the longer term. Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald has criticised Labour, Fine Gael and…

Johnny Adair to take over English Defence League? (Free article)

2 July 2010

ANTI-FASCIST organisation Searchlight reports that former UFF leader Johnny Adair aims to seize control of the far-Right English Defence League street gangs and hooligan firms. Adair is now living in Troon, in Scotland, after being exiled by the UDA/UFF leadership in 2003 following a power struggle within the loyalist organisation.…

Drumcree & Garvaghy Road: Orange Order should accept reality (Free article)

2 July 2010

THE Orange Order should accept the reality of the situation regarding contentious parades  not wanted by local residents, play a part in the Peace Process and abandon attempts to walk down the Garvaghy Road to Drumcree, Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd said today. " Such a move by the Orange Order woud be a huge step forward not only for the people…

‘Head Shops Bill’ welcome but still short-sighted, Ó Snodaigh tells Dáil (Free article)

2 July 2010

THE Fianna Fáil/Green Party Government’s ‘Head Shops Bill’, debated in the Dáil this afternoon, is welcome but late and does not go far enough, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Justice Aengus Ó Snodaigh has told TDs. He said that although the ban introduced in May was better late than never, the Government had performed disgracefully by failing to…

Young people twice as likely to be unemployed (Free article)

3 July 2010

YOUNG people are twice as likely to be unemployed as older workers, according to new figures showing the 26 Counties  has one of the highest rate of youth unemployment in Europe. The Central Statistics Office figures also show that Dublin has been the worst region for both job losses and for businesses going bust in recent months. The news…

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