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‘Make Up Your Mind’ Time

A Letter from Ireland a Chara, It is decision time for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). More than two years ago they blocked the operation of the North-South Ministerial Council, an institution that is an essential element of the Good Friday Agreement. The Council coordinates the work of all-Ireland bodies and cooperation between government departments […]

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“Revolutionaries” Shane MacGowan and Chuck Feeney both laid to rest in Ireland

This week two Irish revolutionaries were brought home to rest. One was born in New Jersey, Chuck Feeney, and the other was born in Kent, England, Shane MacGowan.  In many ways, both were polar opposites. Shane MacGowan lived in the limelight. An outspoken poet, writer, drinker, and musician. Chuck Feeney was a successful businessman, who […]

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The talks are concluding – it is decision time for the DUP

MLAs should be back to work on Monday, doing the job they’ve been elected to do. We need a pay deal for public sector workers & a properly funded budget. This must be a top priority for any Executive if it is to succeed.

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Delargy extends solidarity to Bloody Sunday families

Sinn Féin MLA Pádraig Delargy has expressed solidarity with the Bloody Sunday families following news that Soldier F will stand trial in the Crown Court. The Foyle MLA said, “My thoughts today are with the Bloody Sunday families and their ongoing efforts to achieve justice for their loved ones. “For almost 52 years they have […]

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Irish government must take inter-state case against shameful Legacy Act – Finucane

Sinn Féin MP John Finucane has said the Irish government must take an interstate case against the British government’s shameful Legacy Act. The North Belfast MP was speaking after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today told the Dáil the Irish government will decide before 17 January 2024 whether it will take an inter-state case against the British […]

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Trade Unionists for a New & United Ireland Host Conference in Belfast

Trade Unionists for a New and United Ireland (TUNUI) held a two-day conference last month in St Comgall’s, Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. The two-day conference had contributions from International Trade Unionists including Koldo Sanez from the Lab Union in the Basque country, Jamal Juma from […]

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Chaos must make way for peace and progress

A Letter from Ireland a Chara, There seems to be more chaos than progress in politics lately, both globally and locally. Speculation is mounting that the leadership of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak could be challenged. If he is replaced, the new occupant of 10 Downing Street will be the third prime minister installed without an […]

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Pulse – Life, Near Death, & A New Life

Pulse – A Memoir On Life, Near Death, And A New Life, by Mickey Coleman and Damian Harvey Reviewed by Ciarán Quinn Biographies are my favourite genre of writing. Done well, they offer all the colour, light and shade of a life lived. For full disclosure, I know Mickey Coleman. He is a dedicated supporter […]

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Oireachtas Committee request inter-state case against British government’s Legacy Act

Sinn Féin MP John Finucane has welcomed the decision of the Oireachtas Good Friday Agreement Committee to write to the Taoiseach to request that the Irish government initiate an inter-state case against the British government’s shameful Legacy Act. The North Belfast MP said, “The Oireachtas Good Friday Agreement Committee has agreed to write to an […]

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Dialogue must be concluded within days and Executive immediately restored – Michelle O’Neill

First Minister Designate Michelle O’Neill has said Sinn Féin will attend the political roundtable meeting, but said dialogue must be concluded within days and the institutions immediately restored. Michelle O’Neill said, “I wrote to the British Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris last Friday emphasising the gravity of the current situation and the imperative for him […]

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A nation of céad míle fáilte

Ireland Is Not Full A Letter from Ireland a Chara, I was driving back from Belfast when I heard the news of a knife attack in Dublin that left three children and a teacher injured. By the time I got home, there were reports of disturbances in Dublin City Centre. A racists fringe had tried […]

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‘Progress and timely action required to restore Executive’ – McDonald

Speaking in Dublin as the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference met, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD says it is clear that it is decision time and that public patience has run out with the endless two-way negotiation between the DUP and the British Government. Ms. McDonald said, “There is now an onus on Jeffrey Donaldson […]

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Shane MacGowan: “A poet, a dreamer, a dedicated Republican, and a proud Irishman.”

News of the death of Shane MacGowan, one of Ireland’s most beloved singers, has brought tributes and memories from around the world. The singer for the Pogues, and later the Popes, and an artistic collaborator with the likes of Joe Strummer, Nick Cave, Steve Earle, Sinéad O’Connor, and many others, he was a singular poet, […]

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Irish Unity is the very best opportunity for the future

The Ard Fheis was hosted this month in the Technological University of Shannon Campus in Athlone, County Westmeath. Party leadership set out the type of change that a Sinn Féin government will deliver if the people give us that opportunity in the next election. The theme of the Ard Fheis was all about the future, […]

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“Worker’s solidarity demonstration showed the best of Dublin,” Louise O’Reilly TD

Speaking after today’s solidarity demonstration by workers and the ICTU on O’Connell Street, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, Louise O’Reilly TD, said the demonstration sent a message of sympathy and support to the victims of last week’s horrific knife attack, and also denounced the violence and riotous behaviour witnessed on the streets […]

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High Hopes

A Letter from Ireland a Chairde, I like the idea of Thanksgiving although I’m not a fan of Turkey (or links to early colonialism). It is not something that we celebrate in Ireland, but we should. Taking a day to be thankful for all that we have is a good thing. Reflecting on what is […]

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Mary Lou McDonald TD responds to yesterday’s attacks and riots in Dublin city centre

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD, speaking from her Dublin Central constituency today, has said, “Friends, this community, city and country is numbed by shock, overwhelmed with sadness by the appalling events we witnessed in the centre of our capital city yesterday. “I know the school community of Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire very well. It […]

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Racist Mob Riots in Dublin.

It has been a traumatic twenty-four hours in Dublin. Yesterday afternoon a man attacked a group of children with a knife injuring three and a teacher. The suspect is under guard in hospital; is believed to be in his late 40s and is a naturalized Irish citizen. The police are examining a motive for the […]

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Mary Lou McDonald TD responds to yesterday’s attacks and riots in Dublin city centre

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD, speaking from her Dublin Central constituency today, has said, “Friends, this community, city and country is numbed by shock, overwhelmed with sadness by the appalling events we witnessed in the centre of our capital city yesterday. “I know the school community of Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire very well. It […]

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Racist Mob Riots in Dublin.

It has been a traumatic twenty-four hours in Dublin. Yesterday afternoon a man attacked a group of children with a knife injuring three and a teacher. The suspect is under guard in hospital; is believed to be in his late 40s and is a naturalized Irish citizen. The police are examining a motive for the […]

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Families challenge British government’s ‘Bill of Shame’ in court and outside

As families from South Down go into court to challenge the British governments ‘Bill of Shame’ activists from the campaigning group ‘Time for Truth’ protest outside in support and call on the Irish government to take action against Britain’s attempt to cover up their dirty war in Ireland.