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‘I will not be intimidated by dissident threat’ – Gerry Kelly

North Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has bluntly told dissidents that he will not be intimidated by their threat to him as part of the leaked PSNI documents along with a photo of Gerry were pasted on the Falls Rd library at Sevastopol Street.

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United in music and lost in the tunes

A Letter from Ireland a Chara, I have a confession to make. Last week and most of this week I’ve been in Belfast working and attending events as part of Féile an Phobail. But I also see other festivals. At the weekend I sneaked out of Belfast and headed down to Waterford for the All […]

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Bipartisan group of US Representatives write to British Gov leaders: Withdraw Legacy Legislation

A bipartisan group of Congressional Representatives sent letters to Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, Steven Baker MP, and Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the United States, and CC’d Prime Minster Rishi Sunak. The letters were signed by Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick of PA, William Keating of […]

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Ruling on fresh inquests into Mid Ulster murders ‘welcome’ – O’Neill

Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill has said news that fresh inquests will be held into the murder of five men by the UVF is a positive step in the campaign for truth and justice. Michelle O’Neill said, “I welcome the Attorney General’s announcement of fresh inquests into the murders of Sean Anderson, Thomas Armstrong, […]

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New inquests into Mid-Ulster murders – further evidence British gov should scrap flawed legacy bill

Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy has welcomed news that fresh inquests are to be held into the UVF murders of five Catholic men in Mid-Ulster more than 30 years ago. Speaking after a ruling by the Attorney General today, the Mid Ulster MP said, “Today’s announcement that new inquests will finally be held into the […]

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Reflecting on the power of the Labor Movement

A Letter from Ireland a Chara, We seldom take a step back, listen, and reflect. Yes, we think of the immediate challenges and the work at hand, but we don’t take enough time to reflect. Terry O’Sullivan, General President Emeritus of LiUNA was in Ireland this week. He met with Sinn Féin leaders, attended an […]

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Rita O’Hare – a truly extraordinary republican woman -Léargas book launch video

Rita O’Hare spent over 50 years of her life involved in the Irish struggle for freedom, first as a IRA volunteer on active service in Belfast in the early 1970s and afterwards held many senior positions within Sinn Féin. Launching a Léargas book by Gerry Adams on Rita in Arás Uí Chonghaile the James Connolly […]

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Terry O’Sullivan delivers annual James Connolly Memorial Lecture

General President Emeritus of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Terry O’Sullivan delivered the annual James Connolly Memorial Lecture on Thursday, August 3rd. To a full auditorium, he provided insight into issues which affect working classes in Ireland, the United States, and around the world. “Trade unionism is the greatest anti-poverty initiative ever […]

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Packed house remembers Rita O’Hare at celebration of her life & book release

It was a standing room only crowd at Áras Uí Chonghaile James Connolly Visitor Centre as family, friends, colleagues, and supporters gathered to remember and celebrate the life of Rita O’Hare. Gerry Adams spoke of Rita’s commitment and her extraordinary work in the United States to grow support for Sinn Féin and a new and […]

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“A Léargas Book Launch celebrating the life of Rita O’Hare”

“A Léargas Book Launch celebrating the life of Rita O’Hare” Thursday, August 3rd – 1:00 pm Belfast/8:00 am ET/5:00 am PT – Aras Uí Chonghaile will host: ‘An Bhean Dhearg: A Tribute to Rita O’Hare’ We will share a link for streaming via email. If you are not already on our email list, you can […]

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The People’s Festival

A Letter from Ireland a Chara, It’s summer in Ireland, not that you could guess by looking out the window. After a dry and sunny June, we are experiencing a very wet July. But that will not dampen our spirits. We just add a waterproof layer. This time of the year, all roads lead to […]

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Registration Now Open for 3rd Annual NYC Chieftain’s Walk – Martin McGuinness Peace Foundation

Registration is now open for the 3rd annual NYC Chieftain’s Walk being held on September 17th. The walk will begin at the Irish Hunger Memorial at North End Ave &, Vesey St. You can register here: https://raceroster.com/events/2023/78310/2023-martin-mcguinness-chieftains-walk-nyc/fundraising-organization/47380 It is a beautiful day to get out for a walk and raise money for a good cause. […]

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British travel scheme will hit all-Ireland tourism and jobs – Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin’s Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile said today that the British government’s planned introduction of electronic travel authorisation (ETA) requirements will harm all Ireland tourism. He was speaking after British minister Robert Jenrick rejected calls which would have enabled tourists to travel north south without the ETA. Sinn Féin’s Leader in the Seanad, said: “The […]

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A restored Executive is urgently needed

by Declan Kearney The Tory government’s announcement of a pay offer to public sector staff in Britain leaves workers in the six counties in limbo. Public sector pay here lags far behind wage levels in Britain, and in the south of Ireland. Our teachers and health care workers, to take two examples, are being paid […]

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Discussions on economic performance ‘key in preparing for unity referendum’ – Rose Conway Walsh

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Public Expenditure, Rose Conway Walsh TD, has highlighted the importance of discussions around the broad economic performance of Ireland’s economies – South and North, in preparation for a referendum on Irish unity. Speaking following a meeting of the Good Friday Agreement Committee, Teachta Walsh said: “I welcome the discussion arising out […]

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A Letter from America

New Executive Director for Friends of Sinn Féin USA a Chairde‎, Ciarán is away from the office for a few days searching for a little sunshine, hopefully digging through crates of vinyl records, and figuring out how to make the GAAGO app work. My name is Greg O’Loughlin, and starting on August 1st, I’ll be […]

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Sinn Féin’s Commission on the Future of Ireland Host People’s Assemblies across Ireland

Sinn Féin’s Commission on the Future of Ireland has been hosting People’s Assemblies all over the island of Ireland. The gatherings provide people to have their say on Irish Unity and the future of Ireland. All are welcome at these facilitated conversations. In recent months, Assemblies have been held in Down, Armagh, and Louth, Belfast, […]

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Now is the time to discuss & plan what a new, united Ireland would look like – Rose Conway Walsh, TD

Rose Conway Walsh, TD for Mayo and Spokesperson Public Expenditure, National Development Plan, and Reform spoke at the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement. She said, “When a referendum is called, it is too late to have the discussion, and then you have a panicked discussion, and you could end up […]

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Cruel and callous legacy bill will prolong the cover-ups – Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said the British government should end the fiction that its cruel and callous legacy bill does anything to promote reconciliation. Speaking after British Secretary of State Chris Heaton Harris said the Tory government will proceed with the fundamentally flawed bill, Gerry Kelly said, “The British Government, should scrap its […]

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Twelfth of July

A Letter from Ireland a Chara, In the North of Ireland, July 12th and 13th are public holidays to facilitate Orange Order marches. An Irish Government TD suggested that this should be extended to the rest of Ireland. I doubt that he knows his history or lived through a marching season. The Orange Order was […]

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A United Ireland Still Lies Ahead – Niall O’Dowd

On Wed, July 5, 2023, the Irish Voice newspaper, in New York, went to print for the last time. Founded 36 years ago by Niall O’Dowd and edited by Debbie McGoldrick the community’s beloved source for Irish news will be sadly missed. Well done and well said Niall O’Dowd and all at Irish Central. This […]