Press Release/Preas Ráiteas
“Speaking prior to a ceremony on the hallowed ground of Glasnevin Cemetery on March 31st, Teresa Villiers, UK Secretary of State for the Occupied Six Counties delivered what can only be described as a finite, carefully calculated insult to those buried in that cemetery who gave their lives for Irish Freedom. In her statement she said;
“Soon people from both Northern and Southern Ireland will have a place to come together in quiet contemplation to pay tribute to the memory of those, from across the whole island of Ireland, who gave so much for our freedom.”
What exactly does “our freedom” mean? It’s certainly not Irish Freedom she was referring too as Martin Corey and others know only too well.
Her attendance along with Deidre Mills, Director of UK Operations with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the 26-County Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs, Jimmy…
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Aberdeen South MP, Dame Anne Begg, has called on the Government to save the Independent Living Fund (ILF) and allow the most disabled people to continue to live independently in their homes. She has also called on the Scottish Government to clarify what they will do to protect the independence of those living with a severe disability in Scotland.
To show her support for the retention of ILF, which is relied upon by over 18,000 severely disabled, Dame Anne is the primary sponsor an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to reverse their decision to close the fund in June 2015. You can view the EDM here: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/1234
The Independent Living Fund (ILF) provides discretionary cash payments directly to disabled people so they can purchase care from an agency or pay the wages of a privately employed Personal Assistant (PA). This support enables disabled people to choose to live in their communities rather than…
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A group of independent Dublin republicans have organised the meeting below for Carrie Twomey, author of 55 Hours, a step by step account of the negotiations between Brenday Duddy “Mountain Climber”, Margaret Thatcher and Gerry Adams during of the Long Kesh 1981 Hunger Strikes. Her talk will be followed by a Q & A.
Using the timeline created with documents from ‘Mountain Climber’ Brendan Duddy’s diary of ‘channel’ communications, official papers from the Thatcher Foundation Archive, excerpts from former Taoiseach Garrett Fitzgerald’s autobiography, David Beresford’s Ten Men Dead, Padraig O’Malley’s book Biting at the Grave, and INLA: Deadly Divisions by Jack Holland and Henry McDonald, Danny Morrison’s published time lines, as well as first person accounts and the books of Richard O’Rawe and Gerry Adams, the fifty-five hours of secret negotiations between British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Gerry Adams’ emerging IRA leadership group are examined day by day.
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The BBC reports,
MPs have overwhelmingly backed plans to introduce an overall cap on the amount the UK spends on welfare each year.
Welfare spending, excluding the state pension and some unemployment benefits, will be capped next year at £119.5bn.
The idea, put forward by Chancellor George Osborne in last week’s Budget, would in future see limits set at the beginning of each Parliament.
With Labour supporting the idea, the measure was approved in the House of Commons by 520 to 22 votes.
However, eleven Labour backbenchers defied their leadership by voting against the plan.
The rebels included former shadow ministers Diane Abbott and Tom Watson.
The cap will include spending on the vast majority of benefits, including pension credits, severe disablement allowance, incapacity benefits, child benefit, both maternity and paternity pay, universal credit and housing benefit.
It is not necessary to listen to the gibberish on the…
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