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international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Monday September 18, 2006 19:04 by iosaf .:. ipsiphi   text 61 comments (last - tuesday october 10, 2006 22:24)   image 8 images
Regardless of one's position on faith groups, comparatively recent concepts of world civilisation blocks, secularism, state & religious group relations - the importance of this last week's papal history can not quickly be underestimated.

Though I come to considering Ratzinger's personal apology for his anti-Islamic comments whilst on holidays in his native Bavaria from old fashioned anti-papist prejudice. Benedict XVI who wanted us all to consider his job as supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic church in the terms of the last war-time (WW1) pacifist "Benedict" has instead made history as the first pope to publically apologise.

& what a lame effort it was, as one nun lies murdered in a inter-religious sectarian attack in Africa & the Vatican city endures its highest level security alert since the mid 19th century. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / news report Friday September 15, 2006 20:52 by Fiachra Ó Luain   text 4 comments (last - wednesday march 11, 2009 15:49)
Late last Monday night I scatched together a quick notice about ceremony on the 159th anniversary of the Saint Patrick's Battalion here in Mexico. Today on the day of Mexico's Independence celebrations I'll try to give a better account of the actual event. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / news report Tuesday September 12, 2006 04:44 by Fiachra Ó Luain   text 9 comments (last - friday october 16, 2009 23:34)
The Plaza de San Jacinto in San Angel is a must see for any Irish traveller in Mexico. San Angel is one of the more attractive part of the city with its cobbled streets and colonial architecture. The best day to visit is Saturday when there is an open market in around the edges of the municipal garden. When you arrive go to the top of the Plaza and look for the plaque. Today (September 12th) at 10am there will be an official cermony. The Irish Republic will be represented by an embassy official and other Irish people living in Mexico.
(This is just a quick notice and I don't pretend to be an expert and the internet cafe is closing soon so please excuse a lack of details.)
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international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Sunday September 10, 2006 22:25 by K.T. Walsh   text 9 comments (last - thursday september 28, 2006 00:00)
Political Correctness

Could Ireland face riots like the Brixton riots in the next five years?

Why spend so much to process immigrants in such an ineffectual manner?

Acceptance and Tolerance by all...... read full story / add a comment
meath / history and heritage / press release Thursday September 07, 2006 22:27 by Helen Rose   text 1 comment (last - friday september 08, 2006 03:13)
Vigil Keepers have been asked to leave the Hill of Tara read full story / add a comment
national / history and heritage / news report Thursday September 07, 2006 19:08 by admin   text 9 comments (last - sunday september 10, 2006 20:09)
Tara Solidarity Vigil are sending out a plea for support. It reads as follows: read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Saturday September 02, 2006 21:48 by Jack Russell   text 7 comments (last - friday march 29, 2013 14:10)
Republican Sinn Fein (Saoirse) articles on Indymedia promts to examine the site further. It is is interesting reading but serious challenges lies ahead of the November deadline date. read full story / add a comment
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international / history and heritage / news report Thursday August 24, 2006 21:34 by admin   text 25 comments (last - sunday september 17, 2006 00:49)   image 2 images
Polish workers are being headhunted to help clear a path and build the road through the Tara complex. They are being headhunted by Irish-Spanish consortium, called Eurolink, with the help of Irish trade unions. The winner of the tendering process will supply half the money for the M3 but will be able to operate two toll booths on it, for 30-40 years. Most of this money will not be returned into the public purse, but will leave the country, as will many of the workers who come here to build it, along with their fat paycheques. read full story / add a comment
Quang Duc started it all off in 1963. He was a buddhist. Apparantly they treat the little kiddies very badly.
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Thursday August 24, 2006 19:56 by +   text 3 comments (last - friday august 25, 2006 21:55)   image 2 images
Suicide by dousing oneself in petrol is a relatively recent option.
Logically since refined petroleum has only been available to the mass population for a relatively short time. Just as long as Irish people have enjoyed the institution of the christian brothers they have been able to purchase parafin and diesel.

The first newspaper headline grabbing suicide with petrol was on October 5th 1963 in Saigon, a buddhist monk Quang Duc had had enough of the South Vietnamese government led by Ngo Dinh Diem.
His action was copied more times than anyone cares to remember.
In May 1966, 5 such suicides were recorded in just one week. a 17 year old girl followed a 19 year old girl who herself followed another monk.

The South Vietnamese government was unpopular, so the USA went in to sort it out. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / history and heritage / news report Monday August 14, 2006 17:47 by IRSP   text 1 comment (last - monday august 14, 2006 23:00)   image 1 image
Over 150 Members and Supporters of the IRSM attended the Dublin 1981 Commemorative function on Saturday. read full story / add a comment
Padraig Pearse at the Funeral of O'Donovan Rossa
national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Saturday August 12, 2006 02:01 by Kevin Murphy   text 19 comments (last - tuesday march 29, 2016 14:22)   image 10 images
As the hypocritical farce which was the 26 county states dishonest attempt to misrepresent and hijack the anniversary of the Easter Rising fades for another year the real work of reclaiming the republic for the people carries on in the background . The National 1916 commemoration Committee was founded in 2001 with the express purpose of commemorating and remembering the ideals , aims and sacrifice of the 1916 rising in a dignified and fitting manner as the 100th anniversary of this momentous event draws ever nearer . It is essential Irish people are made aware of the yawning gulf between the aims of 1916 and the reality of the corrupt, servile neo-colonial 26 county state , which stands in fundamental opposition to everything 1916 was about - the sovereign ownership of Ireland, its territory and resources, by the people of Ireland . With the ongoing foreign occupation of our northern territory , the theft of our national resources - gas , oil and the imminent privatisation of our water resources in the north , the use of Shannon to facilitate mass murder , kidnap and imperialist ventures throughout the globe it can be stated quite honestly that Ireland today remains a subjugated land , outside of the ownership of the Irish people . Irish sovereignty in all its forms has been cast aside by native capitalists in ignnominious servitude to foreign masters and landlords . The National 1916 Commemoration Committee urges all Irish citizens to stand against these multiple usurpations of our sovereignty , to reject the states hypocritical ceremonies in future and stand with them in commemorating the ideals and aims of 1916 . It is essential this debate is kept alive and as part of our attempts to do so we present this article examining the motivations and aims of the 1916 leaders . read full story / add a comment
a pre-embargo car in Havana. They've run so long. but can't run for ever.
international / history and heritage / news report Tuesday August 01, 2006 21:18 by iosaf   text 32 comments (last - sunday august 13, 2006 14:58)   image 9 images
From Madrid to Buenos Aires, from Caracas to la Paz, throughout the spanish speaking world - governments and political representatives send messages of "get well soon!" to Fidel Castro who has now placed the ink stamp of leadership in the hands of his younger brother Raul.

The health of Fidel Castro is intrinsically tied to the health of the state of Cuba. & he's an old man now just short of his 80th birthday. He is in fact the "grand old man".
& his death will see many changes long expected and equally as long feared. Already Cuban exile groups mostly found in Florida USA, led by the charismatic Gloria Estafan have announced plans to democratise the state when he goes, and modernise it in the best shiney way turning the clock back as far it will go. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Saturday July 29, 2006 20:48 by john throne
I am very sad to hear about Ted Grant. I met him first in the late 1960's and from him I came to understand the basics of marxism. He defended the method of marxism throughout the entire difficult period of the post war period. In particular he defended the orientation to the mass organizations of the working class and the struggle for the revolutionary program within the working class. This laid the basis for maintaining a working class orientation and analysis and program in Ireland where I lived over many of these difficult years. I have great memories of Ted explaining his ideas at meetings and conferences and in discussions.

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international / history and heritage / news report Wednesday July 26, 2006 18:58 by iosaf   text 3 comments (last - saturday july 29, 2006 20:53)   image 1 image
on the 26th of July 1956 Nassar read the proclamation in Cairo by which his popular government liberated the Suez Canal from joint Anglo-French imperialist stockholders.

It was one of the most significant nationalisation declarations of history leading to an attack by French & British troops on Egypt and then their sudden abandonment by the USA. 1956 for many proved the watershed (forgive the pun) which forever locked Britian and France out of their imperialist past and proved their inability to act "on their own" if the USA did not support their actions. read full story / add a comment
international / history and heritage / news report Tuesday July 25, 2006 20:19 by iosaf   text 3 comments (last - friday december 14, 2007 01:08)
Today those elected to the Peruvian government earlier this year to serve till 2011 must each swear an oath of allegiance. Its part of a series of constitutional rituals which will lead up to the presidential inauguration this coming Friday which is also Peru's national day.

The formula for the oath is very simple - (they often are) - each deputy takes his place in turn & recorded by stenographers and pictured on live TV recites the formula of loyalty. But already some deputies oaths have been rejected :- read full story / add a comment
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national / history and heritage / press release Tuesday July 25, 2006 17:29 by Siobhan Rice   image 1 image
The ruling in today’s third Supreme Court decision in the Carrickmines Castle saga has left the door open for a full constitutional challenge to the National Monuments Act 2004, as a whole, which will be heard by the Supreme Court in relation to the Hill of Tara and the M3 motorway on October 11. read full story / add a comment
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national / history and heritage / press release Monday July 24, 2006 21:18 by Siobhan Rice   text 3 comments (last - tuesday july 25, 2006 14:09)   image 1 image
The Supreme Court will deliver its third judgment tomorrow morning at 10.45AM in the Carrickmines Castle/M50 saga, and the decision will have a major impact on the Hill of Tara/M3 case now being appealed to the Supreme Court. A date of October 11 has been set for that Appeal. read full story / add a comment
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national / history and heritage / news report Monday July 17, 2006 16:36 by Madam K   text 9 comments (last - tuesday august 01, 2006 20:35)   image 16 images
Photo`s from Tara Solidarity Vigil ,a most pleasent and tranquil enviroment. read full story / add a comment
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international / history and heritage / press release Saturday July 15, 2006 12:26 by Siobhan Rice - Political Affairs Officer   text 2 comments (last - sunday july 16, 2006 18:24)   image 4 images
The Solidarity camp is an independent, democratic, non-hierarchical group. TaraWatch met with members on the Hill of Tara yesterday. We were asked to send out a universal call for support and issue a statement, on their behalf.

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national / history and heritage / opinion/analysis Thursday July 13, 2006 01:36 by Nick Folley   text 15 comments (last - tuesday november 13, 2012 13:59)
(Originally written in response to this article - ed)
I am one of the legion of the amused who watched as (mainly British) critics lashed "The Wind That Shakes the Barley" before they'd even seen it - a fact which in itself speaks volumes for their motives. I have seen it, and in terms of historical accuracy it seems pretty close to what I've read in IRA veterans accounts and heard from their mouths. True, in real life there were some decent individuals - there always are. There was a Black and Tan who allowed an IRA captive to nip in and see his dying brother when the Tan's officer's back was turned. Yet there were also ones like those who slit Kathleen Clarke's sister's hand from fingers to wrist with a razor. I think critics of Loach would do well for their own sakes not to make too much noise about the depiction of the Tans. read full story / add a comment
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