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An Phoblacht August / Lúnasa edition now out… July 29, 2012

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

Interesting editorial in the above which makes a link between the Hunger Strikes and our current predicament. Available from usual stockists, here’s what’s in the issue.

ON THE EVE of the National Hunger Strike Commemoration in Dungiven, County Derry (2pm Sunday 5th August), An Phoblacht talks to the brother of H-Blocks Hunger Strike martyr Kevin Lynch from Dungiven.
Gerald Lynch talks about growing up with Kevin, the effect Bloody Sunday had on them, and how proud the family is of Kevin, standing by him after failing to persuade him not to embark on the 1981 Hunger Strike.
Gerald says:
“The British Government was attempting to criminalise the prisoners. Margaret Thatcher failed and she failed miserably . . . I think republicanism is stronger now than ever before and we are closer to achieving the goals of uniting Ireland.”
Writing in An Phoblacht for the first time since Martin McGuinness’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth, Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney says the event “made a big statement about the need for more change, greater imagination, courage, and really big thinking to bring that about . . . from everyone” – including unionists leaders.
Fianna Éireann member 18-year-old Tobias Molloy, shot dead by British soldiers at the infamous Camel’s Hump checkpoint on the Strabane/Lifford border in 1972, is remembered in a full-page commemoration report, as are Síle Fleming of Derry City and Joe D’Arcy of Galway in obituaries.
Ciarán Mac Airt reports from the Community Inquiry into the 2002 murder of north Belfast teenager Gerard Lawlor and his family’s ten-year fight for ‘Justice for Gerard’.
Marking another breakthrough for Sinn Féin, An Phoblacht interviews the new Mayor of South Dublin, Cathal King – the first Sinn Féin Mayor in Dublin since the Tan War.
Tierna Cunningham, the new Sinn Féin Deputy Mayor of Belfast, talks to Peadar Whelan about how she joined Sinn Féin at the time of the unionist siege of Holy Cross Primary School a decade ago, and what an inspiration the late Marie Moore has been to Tierna.
Peadar Whelan reports from The Twelfth and the ‘Orange Order’s conflicting ways’, including the peaceful progress in Crumlin where the Orangemen held talks with their neighbours, and the conflict in Ardoyne where the Orangemen didn’t.
Ahead of September’s anniversary of the Ulster Covenant, Tom Hartley explains the history of the Westminster Tory/Unionist alliance behind the Covenant and how the signing was ‘Underlining Partition’.
Mark Moloney interviews Palestine’s Ambassador to Ireland, Dr Hikmat Ajjuri, who says, “In my younger years I was totally against even talking to representatives from Israel. There was no difference for me between Jews and Zionists but gradually I began to realise there’s a big difference,” but adds, “Israel is a rogue country. It has breached utterly all international law. Treating Israel as above the law sends the wrong message to both sides.”
In sporting (or unsporting) matters, Matt Treacy catches up with some Olympics cheats and Ciarán Kearney gives Cavan defector Seánie Johnston a rap over his move to Kildare in ‘Hurlers Who Can Stick It Out’.
Eoin Ó Murchú finds the Fine Gael/Labour Government’s ‘jobs stimulus’ not very stimulating at all, and Eoghan Mac Cormaic goes surfing to show how social media being used by former Belfast Mayor Niall Ó Donnghaile and newly-elected Clonakilty Mayor Cionnaith Ó Súilleabhain are using Twitter and Facebook to keep people informed with real-time information.
Dublin City Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha is ‘Remembering the Past’ and 1972, ‘A Summer of Tragedy’.
And the past in IRA legend Tom Barry’s ‘Guerilla Days in Ireland’ is being brought to life in a theatre tour previewed by An Phoblacht.
As Gaeilge: ‘Todchaí na Gaeltachta’, agus ‘Gilmore ar bhóthar na Glasaigh agus na PDs?’


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