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John Finucane makes a huge impression - Irish Central (US)

Patrick Finucane’s murder in 1989 will forever loom over the North’s Troubles. Now his son, Sinn Féin Member of Parliament John Finucane, is taking up his father’s causes and has become a rising star.

John Finucane, the new Westminster Member of Parliament for North Belfast, was ...

2020-01-19 20:07 open_in_new
Over 12,000 sign petition for Sinn Féin inclusion in final RTÉ election debate

OVER 12,000 people have signed a petition within 48 hours calling for Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald to be included in the final televised debate of the general election on RTÉ.

RTÉ has come in for criticism after it announced that the final debate would only include Taoiseach Leo ...

2020-01-18 15:46 open_in_new
Sinn Féin wins big in first PR contest

The 2020 General Election is happening 100 years after the first elections in Ireland held under the proportional representation/single transferable (PR/STV) voting system. The 1920 local government elections were held in two stages – city and town councils in January and county and rural ...

2020-01-16 18:37 open_in_new
The Republican Movement split of 1969/1970

Divisions within the IRA and Sinn Féin which had been deepening during the late 1960s, were widened to breaking point in the weeks and months that followed the events of August 1969 in the Six Counties. The lack of preparedness of the leadership of the IRA for those events proved to be the key ...

2020-01-08 14:16 open_in_new
Government buckles on Black & Tans commemoration after widespread opposition

The Government has announced that it will be deferring its plans to commemorate the Black & Tans and the RIC later this month after widespread opposition and outrage.

The event was set to take place in Dublin Castle, with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris and Justice Minister ...

2020-01-07 21:28 open_in_new
This week is the time for hope over fear - Michelle O'Neill

Over the past twenty two years Ireland has been transformed as a result of the peace process of which the Good Friday Agreement is the foundation stone. 

It provided a peaceful, democratic alternative to decades of conflict. 

I truly and passionately believe that we need to get ...

2020-01-06 12:55 open_in_new
Political Unionism needs to wake up to new (and old) realities

In recent weeks, both the Belfast Telegraph and the Belfast News Letter have published articles by former UUP MLA Dermot Nesbitt that take issue with the apparent tenacity of Irish Republicans to question the legitimacy of the Six County State.

Given the fundamental Republican position - ...

2020-01-05 13:49 open_in_new
Time to get behind the campaign for a four-day week

Melbourne’s eight-hour day monument stands opposite the Trades Hall – reputedly the oldest trade union building in the world. I found myself there tracing the footsteps of my granduncle Gus, a trade union activist in the city from the 1930s to 1960s. The monument honours the world’s first ...

2019-12-30 12:55 open_in_new
2020: A decade for change, solutions, progress and unity

The coming year marks the beginning of a new decade and the opportunity to write a new chapter in our country's history.

It is a decade in which to achieve an equal and fair society in which your wellbeing is prioritised over the enrichment of wealthy elites and corporate ...

2019-12-30 10:49 open_in_new
Any language is an arena of struggle

Late last year Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o spoke at the LÍON, Limerick and Languages: Revival, resurgence and new beginnings conference in Mary Immaculate College, an event organized as part of Bliain na Gaeilge. Luke Callinan of An Phoblacht spoke to Ngũgĩ about the importance of language and ...

2019-12-26 15:28 open_in_new
I’m grateful every day that I represent this party

Grace McManus has worked as an advisor with the Sinn Féin Seanad team for over two years, and was elected in the Bray East area in the last local elections. Here she gives an insight into the working life of a new Sinn Féin councillor.

It is very hard to hit the ground running. ...

2019-12-23 15:01 open_in_new