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Full remarks by Michelle O’Neill to Assembly sitting

We meet in a last-ditch attempt to elect a Speaker, and to form an Executive. We do so as the DUP continue their boycott, refusing to do their jobs. For two years now we have been told that the basis of their boycott is in opposition to the Brexit Protocol.

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Déjà vu all over again

The word of the week is tautology. Tautology is saying the same thing twice in different words.

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2024 is the year of momentous political change – Senator Paul Gavan

Addressing a crowd of 200 people at the annual Seán Sabhat Commemoration in Limerick Senator Gavan declared that a change of government cannot come soon enough for the people of Ireland.

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Decision time for the DUP

Speaking from Stormont on Monday, Conor Murphy MLA “It is now decision time for the DUP.

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From the Union to a new Ireland

Former British soldier and Ulster Unionist party officer Glenn Bradley spoke in the Duncairn Complex in November with senior Republican Seán Spike Murray, exploring his transition from a loyalist heartland and unionism to joining civic nationalist group Ireland’s Future and planning for a New Ireland.

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An opportunity not to be missed

Happy New Year. I hope you got a break over Christmas and returned rejuvenated and ready for action. This is going to be a busy year.

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Self-determination and unity referenda are in the national interest

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has set out the outstanding challenges for the next phase of the peace process while presenting the party’s new policy document, ‘A New Ireland for All’.

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Let’s make 2024 the year of change – Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said in her New Year’s message that the number one priority for Sinn Féin going into 2024 is Housing.

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New Year message from Michelle O’Neill

As we enter 2024, I remain absolutely determined to lead a new Executive as First Minister for All.

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Irish America responds to Irish Government’s inter-state human rights case against British Government

As news of the Irish Government’s decision to legally challenge the Northern Ireland Legacy Act under the European Convention of Human Rights, Irish American organizations who have been steadfast in their opposition to the Act welcomed and applauded the move.

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Irish Government to take interstate case against the UK over Legacy Bill “We will stand with those families as they challenge this cruel and cynical law.” – McDonald

Tánaiste Micheál Martin announced that the Irish Government had decided to take an inter-state case against the UK under the European Convention of Human Rights.

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British Government call halt to talks

The British Government today said that talks with the DUP had reached an end point. It is now decision time for the DUP. The DUP has blocked the operation of the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement for two years. This has left the people of the north without a government. Today in a meeting […]

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‘DUP blockade leaving thousands of workers high and dry’ – Murphy

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said that tens of thousands of workers have been left high and dry, facing uncertainty over pay rises as a result of a failure of leadership at the very top of the DUP. Conor Murphy said,“The DUP has today confirmed it will continue with its blockade of the political […]

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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 […]