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OPINION – GERRY ADAMS: Breaking the Falls Curfew of 1970 was a milestone

THE Falls Curfew 50 years ago  was a tipping point in modern Irish history. The previous August (1969) unionist mobs had burned out hundreds of nationalist homes in West and North Belfast, killed and maimed and forced thousands of families to become refugees living in schools, with friends and family, or strangers who opened their […]

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OPINION – GERRY ADAMS: Coalition government’s new politics is just old politics dressed up in media spin

ON Tuesday republicans buried our friend and comrade Bobby Storey. His death, after a long battle with illness, has left a void in all our lives. Big Bob was a larger than life character. For almost 50 years he was tireless in pursuit of Ireland’s long struggle for freedom. I was honoured and privileged to […]

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OPINION – JUDE COLLINS: RTÉ aping its BBC betters shows how far we have yet to travel

I READ a newspaper column by Fintan O’Toole. In it he argued that the handling of the pandemic by the southern state had been a turning point. “If Covid-19 had struck the world even five years ago, one of the first questions on the minds of Irish officials would have been: what is Britain doing?” […]

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GERRY ADAMS: Bodenstown Sunday has put down many’s the marker for republican strategy

Like the Easter commemorations earlier this year this Sunday’s Bodenstown ceremony will take place online (www.sinnfein.ie). Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD, who has previously spoken at Bodenstown on three occasions, the last in 2018, will give this year’s keynote address. The Coronavirus restrictions make it impossible to hold the normal event with its […]

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OPINION – GERRY ADAMS: Join My Midnight message to Irish America (online and tonight)

TEN years ago as part of Sinn Féin’s effort to win support for Irish unity we held a series of successful conferences across Ireland, including in Newry, Derry and Cork. We also held conferences in New York and San Francisco. Among those who participated in the US conferences were US Senator Chuck Schumer and Congress […]

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OPINION – GERRY ADAMS: In the spirit of Martin McGuinness, let’s do our best to be our best

I REMEMBER Martin McGuinness, in response to a question, telling a journalist that he expected to be dead before he was twenty five. I told the same journalist the same thing. That’s the way it was in the 1970s when Martin and I first met the British government in an effort with others to negotiate […]

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