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An Phoblacht, January / Eanáir 2012 January 9, 2012

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics, Northern Ireland, Sinn Féin, The Left.

An interesting new issue of An Phoblacht. Gerry Adams writes the New Years Message and it goes in part as follows:

The recent deal struck by 26 EU leaders in Brussels will not solve the eurozone crisis; it will make matters worse. It will mean more austerity budgets, will block economic growth, lead to greater poverty and unemployment, and continue to destabilise the single currency. Irish citizens must have their say on any agreement with such farreaching consequences. The Government must commit clearly to a referendum on this issue.

The decision by the Tory-led government in London to slash £4billion from the block grant to the North underlines the need for fiscal powers to be transferred to the Northern Executive. Sinn Féin in the Executive will continue to promote growth and jobs and to protect frontline public services.

Big challenges remain. Tackling sectarianism and building a shared future are priorities for Sinn Féin. Outstanding aspects of the Good Friday and St Andrew’s Agreements must be implemented, including a Bill of Rights. Much progress has been made on the important issue of policing in recent years. This needs to be consolidated and built upon.

Further inside Michael Burke looks at EU austerity plans, Pearse Doherty examines Budget 2012, Eoin Ó Murchu writes on Cleas an fhaitís I lámha an Rialtais, there’s an article on the history behind the Miami Showband Massacre, an interview with John O’Dowd on the Executive’s Programme for Government in the North, Brian Stanley looks at Rural Ireland, there’s material on fracking and the release of 1981 state papers and a fair bit more too. Available from usual outlets.

And as an addendum, is that a cardigan GA’s wearing on page 3 under the jacket? Very sensible. I’m moving in that direction myself!


1. irishelectionliterature - January 9, 2012

Not a word about Roddys new column?
After his performance in the Martin McGuinness Presidential campaign, and the new column ….
What chance Roddy standing in the 2014 Local Elections?


Blissett - January 9, 2012

There are few if any people whose endorsement might make me reconsider my political affiliation, but Roddy Collins is close enough…


que - January 10, 2012

For a moment I was thinking Roddy Ffin Doyle. That would make anyone reconsider political affiliation.


dilettante - January 9, 2012

Or would he have a shot in the Euros?


irishelectionliterature - January 10, 2012

With all his European experience… he might…
Sure didn’t he (Bohs) beat the Germans in Germany, beat Aberdeen …. etc etc etc


EamonnCork - January 10, 2012

It’s amazing what a move to Monaghan can do for a man. I like the line about his triumph in Germany.


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3. Paul Doran - January 10, 2012

I wrote to the Editor of An Phoblacht and copied Gerry Adams last night after I had received the paper in the post. I told them to cancell my subscription. I have been reading this for about 35 years. as I said to them Roddy Collins who is next Jimmy Carson


4. shea - January 11, 2012

all the self examining provo’s have had to do over the years, justification for the long war, long jail sentences, civilian casualties, accepting the unionist veto, supporting the police. decommissioning, standing down the army and the straw that breaks the camel’s back is an article by roddy collins.


NollaigO - January 11, 2012

Who is Roddy Collins? [It’s a serious question]


Joe - January 11, 2012

NollaigO, you’re a rebel? Did you ever hear the story of the American airman who crashlanded his plane in a bog in West Cork during the war? He climbed out and met a local on the road. “Where am I”?, he said. “You’re in Paddy Donovan’s bog”, says yer man. “And where’s that?” says the yank. “Chrisht boy”, says yer man, “do u know anything?”.


Joe - January 11, 2012

Sorry, Nollaig. Answer to your last question: Roddy Collins is a “colourful” manager in League of Ireland football (soccer). A brother of the boxer, Steve. And the fact that you didn’t know that is a badge of honour.


5. branno - January 12, 2012

Rod is God!


6. Paul Doran - January 12, 2012


The reason I asked for my subscription cancelled was the dumbing down of the paper and having R Collins giving his views(He is entitled to his views)was another step in that progression.


Shergar - January 12, 2012

I certainly do not think the paper has dumbed down at all. It seems Roddy has temporarily replaced Shaun Tracey’s GAA column. Hardly anything serious. Cancelling your subscription over that is a bit silly.


HAL - January 13, 2012

Agreed and it’s hardly a dumbing down.


Dr.Nightdub - January 13, 2012

HAL, I’ve no idea who Shaun Tracey is but that sounds harsh on him


Shergar - January 17, 2012

Seán Tracey is the GAA Correspondent so it’s not exactly like they’ve replace the economic section with “Roddy’s Rants”


Blissett - January 17, 2012

Shaun Tracey was a candidate in Dublin South, and Seán Tracey was an IRA man in Soth Tipperary. The sports columnist was Matt Treacy. The column was better as well imo


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