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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:00

‘Our Martin’

By: Dominic Doherty

Since his decision to resign as deputy First Minister and take a step back from frontline politics, the tributes flowing in from politicians, church people and citizens from across the religious and political divide and from all walks of life are testament to the stature of the man and the esteem in which he is held.

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 00:00

North of Ireland shakes up after elections

Thursday's election has significantly altered the make-up of politics in the north of Ireland as a more focussed and energised Sinn Fein enticed republican voters back to the polls and historically ended the unionist majority at Stormont.

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 00:00

North Ireland goes to the polls on March 2

On Thursday March 2, people in the North of Ireland will go to the poll to vote for the new Assembly. Following the resignation of Deputy First Minister, Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness last month, new elections have been called. The north's largest unionist party, the DUP, had refused to tackle the accusation of corruption it faced and First Minister Arlene Foster, instead of stepping down as she should have done, has preferred to wait for Sinn Fein to resign and so trigger elections. Now the DUP is increasingly fearful amid predictions that it could fall below the thirty seats it needs to hold on to its veto over political change in the north of Ireland.

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Sinn Fein has announced that Mid-Ulster Assembly member Michelle O'Neill is to lead the party into the Six County Assembly elections on 2 March.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 00:00

New elections in North Ireland

Following the resignation, last week, of Sinn Fein's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness in protest at unionist arrogance and intransigence, the Stormont Executive has collapsed and new elections will be held on 2 March.

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Friday, 23 September 2016 00:00

To Sinn Féin

Sabanas del Yarí, 23 September 2016


The X National Guerrilla Conference of the FARC-EP "For national reconciliation, peace with social justice and advanced democracy” fraternally greets our brothers and sisters from Sinn Féin, and in a special manner its President Gerry adams and leader Martin McGuinnness.

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Can you first of all introduce yourself?

My name is Ted Howell, from Belfast and I am a member of Sinn Fein Ard Chomahirle and I have been involved in the Sinn Fein negotiation team throughout negotiations and implementation of agreements over the past 20-22 years.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 00:00

Interview with Jennifer McCann

We spoke to Jennifer McCann, Sinn Fein representative for West Belfast in the Assembly, when she visited Havana as part of a delegation of women ex combatants who interchanged experiences about reincorporation with the Gender Subcommission of the Government and the FARC-EP.

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Saturday, 07 May 2016 00:00

North of Ireland election results

The final results of the election in the North of Ireland show some changes in the composition of the new Assembly. While Republican party Sinn Fein and Unionist party DUP, the two parties in government, substantially maintained the seats they had (38 the DUP, as before, 28 Sinn Fein, one less than before) there have been a few noteworthy changes. 

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Thursday, 05 May 2016 00:00

Elections in North of Ireland

Today people in the North of Ireland will be casting their vote to renew the Assembly (the parliament established under the Good Friday Agreement, signed in 1998).

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