Saturday, January 31, 2009

An bhfuil Gaeilge agat??

Cen fáth nach gcuireann píosa Gaeilge ar an bhlog!!?!?

Tá altanna maidir leis an Ghaeilge agus ceisteanna tábhachtacha eile atá baint leis na daoine óga de dhíth.


  • Cearta theanga

  • Acht na Gaeilge

  • An Chéad Dáil Éireann

  • Na Fianna Éireann 100 Bliain
  • Oideachas

  • Barack Obama

  • Timpeallacht

  • Conradh Lisbon

  • Feminí agus Cearta na mban

  • Geilleagar

  • Drugaí agus alcól

  • Féinmharú
  • Bóthar Sabhailte

  • Ceartaí Oibrithe

  • Ceartas Coiriúil

  • Feachtas Éireann Aontaithe

  • Dlúthchomhar Idirnáisiúnta
Cuir do phíosa chuig !!

Go raibh maith agat agus adh mór !!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Ógra Shinn Féin calls for Solidarity with Student March Against Fees

Ógra Shinn Féin has called for Irish citizens north and south, young and old, to support students in the 26 counties in their opposition to the introduction of student fees by joining USI’s national march and rally in Dublin next Wednesday February 4th.

The march, beginning at the Garden of Remembrance at 1.30pm, is expected to mobilise thousands of students, who are opposed to the introduction of student fees.

Ógra Shinn Féin believe in free education for all, and are opposed to student fees, and this forms a key focus of the youth wing’s newly launched ‘educate to be free’ campaign.

Urging maximum attendance and solidarity for the student march, National Organiser of Ógra Shinn Fein Barry McColgan,

“It is vital that thousands mobilise onto the streets of Dublin next Wednesday to send a strong message to O’Keefe, Cowen and co that their savage attacks on the budget and attempt to introduce student fees will be resisted, opposed and they will pay for their attacks on the most vulnerable in society at the next polls.”

“Ógra Shinn Féin believes in free education for all, and believes that education should be accessible at every level for all citizens. Students are already burdened with a ridiculous cost of living, which leads to many juggling one or two jobs on top of study, this creates undue stress and hinders academic excellence. To introduce fees would not only make this situation much worse but it would also prevent and act as a deterrent to many entering further education, especially those from a working class background.”

“We abhor any move to make education a privilege and we will be on the streets next week demanding that it remain a right. We urge you to join us. Bígí Linn!”

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Che: Behind the icon

Film review Che: Part One – The ArgentineCert (15) 126 mins


AS the trailer to Steven Soderbergh’s two-part biopic on Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara states, this is “the epic story of the man behind the icon”. It has been aptly released this month to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution.As Walter Salle’s excellent Los Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) almost perfectly captured Che’s earlier years, it was a logical step for Soderbergh to follow on from there and focus on Che’s pivotal role in the Cuban Revolution and in the second part his ultimately doomed Bolivian experience. As the director says: “Somebody did Act One for us.”

The basis for this film is Che’s Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War, and after seven years of research the film is slick, entertaining and captivating.The sole criticism I would have of the film is that, for the non-political audience, it is largely bereft of background information. Unfortunately, while a lot of people are familiar with Che, the T-shirt and poster icon, they are clueless about Che the man and Marxist revolutionary.


The lead actor is Puerto Rican Benicio Del Toro, who was instrumental from the start in making this film happen. Bearing an uncanny physical likeness to Guevara, with his piercing eyes and serious countenance, he really brings Che to life. Demián Bichir has Castro down to a tee, with his charisma, gesticulation and even the famous protruding wagging finger of El Comandante en Jefe.

Soderbergh employs colourful wide-screen to portray Cuba and newsreel monochrome to cover Che’s 1964 speech to the UN in New York, which results in a feeling that you are watching genuine archive footage. Che is akin to a movie star while in the United States but never loses his revolutionary spirit, sarcastically expressing gratitude for the Bay of Pigs invasion to an American political sycophant who greets him at a party.

The first part covers the now historic initial meeting between Fidel and Che in an apartment in Mexico with not a beard between them. After the sailing of the Granma boat to Cuba, it then chronicles the three years of the Cuban Revolution.

Here Del Toro excels as Che, showing his leadership qualities commanding and disciplining his troops; his unswerving bravery leading by example from the front line; his empathy towards the plight of poor campesinos (peasants); his determination in struggling with his debilitating asthma; his passion for education and instructing companeros to learn to read and write and also his ruthlessness in executing former comrades who broke sacred revolutionary codes.


The film follows Los barbudos (the bearded ones) far up into the Sierra Maestra, through the verdant and sticky terrain of the Cuban countryside. Che’s future wife, guerrilla Aleida March, is played by Catalina Sandino Moreno and appears captivated by Che and his revolutionary zeal, persistent on helping the cause.

The first part climaxes with the defining battle at Santa Clara where the guerrillas overpower Batista’s troops to secure the success of the revolution and finally the glorious victory parade back into the capital Havana.

Even after the jubilation on the way to Cuba’s capital, Che maintains his revolutionary discipline reprimanding fellow guerrillas under his command for ‘expropriating’ a former Batista general’s flash automobile, insisting they take it back and travel in a guerrilla jeep, insisting that the revolution does not steal.Hasta la segunda parte!

• Che: Part 2 released 20 Feabhra 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ógra Shinn Féin joins National Youth Council in calling for Voting @ 16

On Tuesday 27th January, Ógra Shinn Féin joined the NYCI (National Youth Council of Ireland) outside Leinster house to demand that the voting age be lowered to 16. Sinn Féin TD Aengus O’Snodaigh was also in attendance to demonstrate his personal and party support for the initiative.

The ‘New Age to Vote’ campaign launch hopes to spark a debate on this issue among 16 and 17 year olds, with the aim of opening up discussion forums and campaign groups across Ireland that demand the voting age to be lowered, ensuring young people have a voice.

Speaking at the launch, National Organiser of Ógra Shinn Féin, Barry McColgan said,

“Ógra Shinn Féin fully supports the lowering of the voting age to 16, we have passed it at successive Ógra and Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, demanded it through successive youth election manifesto and we intend to step up the campaign in the time ahead to ensure that 16 and 17 year olds are afforded the right to vote.”

“We aim to work with the NYCI and other progressive youth groups, sporting, community and political, to ensure a broad based successful campaign emerges and the voting age is lowered in advance of the upcoming local and European elections.”

“Many 16 and 17 year olds are playing a vital role in society, through employment, studying, paying taxes and volunteering through community and charity groups, they are treated as adults in every other manner, with government quite willing and happy to accept their taxes yet will not afford them the basic democratic right to vote.”

“Young people contribute more to community and volunteer groups than any other demographic group, and should be included in the democratic processes. A dynamic could be created by more participatory democracy through lowering the voting age, sparking new found interest and engagement in politics and decision making. This could open up new ideas, and challenge old bad practice, and banish once and for all the myth that young people are not interested in politics.”

Ógra Shinn Féin Munster goes online

Seán Ó Briain
Munster Órganiser
Ógra Shinn Féin

The Munster Cúige of Ógra Shinn Féin discussed improved methods of communication at the Cúige's latest AGM. All present concurred that a website would be a great medium as a central node for the Cúige.

Speaking on behalf of Ógra Shinn Féin Munster, the Cúige's organiser and website developer Seán Ó Briain had this to say -

"Communication between members of Ógra Shinn Féin is paramount, especially as the organisation grows larger. In Munster we have decided to create a new website, specifically geared for Munster related events, protests and talks. It allows a cost-effective process for sharing information with fellow Ógra Shinn Féin members in regards to events, meetings and protests. It also re-creates a new face for Ógra Shinn Féin's Munster Cúige online, with intent to promote the Cúige and it's work around the region."

With a national web-log, and Cúige website now online - Communication at both regional and national levels are now fufilled.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Palestine Vigil on Garvaghy Road

Upper Bann Sinn Féin organised a white line vigil last weekend on the Garvaghy Road, to highlight the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Amongst those in attendance were Sinn Féin's Craigavon Council Group and the local Ógra Shinn Féin cumann..

Vigil organiser and Ógra activist Gemma McKenna said,

“On behalf of the organisers I would like to thank those who participated in the vigil and the public for their generous response. The hour-long vigil was organised to highlight the need for humanitarian aid in Gaza where thousands of people are presently displaced from their homes and left without the essential basic requirements of survival. Information on the crisis and ways to assist are available from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Committee, whose website is .Donations can also be given through the Irish Medical Aid for Palestine organisation, which can be contacted at”

Upper Bann Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd who attended the vigil commented,

“This vigil was one of a number organised by Sinn Féin to draw attention to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Tens of thousands of innocent civilians, including women and children have been left in a state of total depravation. These civilian victims need food water, medical supplies, and shelter.”
The Sinn Féin Assembly Member continued,

“The political crisis in Gaza can only be resolved by creating the conditions that bring about a permanent end to hostilities. International political leaders created the conditions that brought about this conflict and their present day successors have a moral responsibility to bring about the conditions for a permanent end to the conflict. However in the here and now thousands are suffering and are aim with this vigil is to draw attention to the need for immediate aid to relieve that suffering.”

Monday, January 26, 2009

Meath Public Showing of Award Winning 'Hunger' Film - Bígí Linn!

Senator Pearse Doherty to speak at annual U.C.C. commemoration

The U.C.C Martin Hurson cumann will hold their annual commemoration on Wednesday the 28th of January. The commemoration was started a number of years ago, to commemorate 13 volunteers buried on campus, where Cork gaol once was.

It has gone from strength to strength in recent years, becoming a regular fixture in the local republican calendar. This year the cumann has the honour of having Senator Pearse Doherty to give the oration, and Carrick on Suir RFB will be in attendance also.

The commemoration will begin in the amphitheatre on front of the student centre in U.C.C. and will proceed past the Quad, and down to gaol cross, where a wreath will be laid at the old gaol wall, where Free State soldiers shot a man attempting to aid an escape.

The commemoration will then move on to the plot in front of the science building, where the oration will be given.

Assembly at 6.45pm - All welcome!

Beidh an comóradh bliantúil ag Cumann Máirtín Ó hUrsáin ar an gCeadaoin an 28ú lá de Eanáír. Do thosnaíodh on comóradh cúpla blian ó shin chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar 13 Óglaigh a chuireadh ann tar éis dóibh bás a fháil i bpríosún Chorcaí, in aice an láthair ar a bhfuil UCC sa lae inniu ann. Is onóir mór don chumann é go bhfuil an Seanadóir Piarais Ó Dochartaigh ag tabhairt an hóráide i mbliana, agus beidh Banna Poblachtánach Carraig na Siúire ann chomh maith.

Tosnóidh an comóradh os chomhair Áras na Mic Léinn, agus raghaidh sé thar an quad, ag stopadh ag Crosaire an Phriosúin, áit a fágfar bláth-fhleasc i gcuimhne an fhir ar mharaigh saighdiúirí an tSaor Stát agus é ag cuidiú le éalú na bpriosúnach. As sin imeoidh an comóradh go dtí an plasóg, áit a tabharfar an t-óráid.

Cruinnigí ag 6.45. Fáilte roimh cách.

Munster Ógra face New Year with confidence

The Munster Cúige of Ógra Shinn Féin held their AGM on the 25th of January in Cork’s Barrack Street, and all present concurred that it was a great success.

A lively debate on the present state of Ógra Munster was had, and the future facing the organisation.

All present were agreed that the cumainn separately were operating quite well, particularly in the three colleges, but that there was a lack of cohesion at present.

Many suggestions were made to help to remedy this, and a comprehensive plan of action was put in place for the coming months, culminating in a republican youth weekend in Waterford in March.

A new officer board was elected to carry out the work necessary in bringing Munster on. John O Brien (W.I.T) was selected as the new Munster Organiser, David Collins (U.C.C. Martin Hurson) was selected as Munster Secretary, and as the co-option to the national executive.

Eoin MacCarthaigh (UCC Martin Hurson) is the new P.R. and internal communication officer, and Joe Lynch (MacCurtain/Doherty) was appointed as Gender Equality officer.

The new Ógra Shinn Féin Munster organiser, Sean ó Briain had this to say,

“I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to help bring Munster on in the new year, and after this meeting iI think that there is a great sense of purpose within Munster Ógra to try and progress. I’d like to thank Dave Collins for his great work over the last year, and i look forward to working with him and all of Munster Ógra to fulfill our potential.”

Do tharla cruinniú cinn bliana Ógra Chúige Mumhan ar an 25ú lá Eanáir i Sráid na Bearaice i gCorcaigh, agus d’aontaigh cách gur cruinniú úsáideach a bhí ann. Bhí plé cuimsitheach ann ar stáid Ógra sa chúige agus, cé go raibh gach éinne ar aon focal go raibh na cumainn ag feidhmiú go maith, glacadh leis go raibh fadhbanna ag an gcúige feidhmiú mar aonad. Bhí go leor moltaí ag daoine chun an fhadhb sin a réiteach, agus bhí plean oibre socraithe roimh deireadh an chruinnithe, plean a thiocfaidh chun críche le deireadh seachtaine poblachtánach a reachtálfar i bPort Láirge i mí Márta.

Toghadh coiste nua freisin chun dul chun forbairt an chúige a chur chun cinn. Toghadh Seán Ó Briain (W.I.T.) mar Eagraitheoir Mumhan, agus toghadh David Collins (UCC Martin Hurson) mar rúnaí agus mar theachta ar an Chomhairle Náisiúnta freisin. Is é Eoin MacCarthaigh an P.R.O. nua, agus is é Joe Lynch on oifigeach nua chomhionannas inscne.

‘Sé a dúirt Sean ó Briain, an t-eagarthóir nua ná ’Tá an-áthas orm an seans seo a bheith agam Ógra i gCúige Mumhan a thabhairt chun cinn sa bhliain nua seo, agus tá áthas orm a rá go bhfuil spiorad maith i measc na ngníomhaithe a bhí anseo tráthnóna chun feabhas a chur ar an eagras. Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil le Dave Collins as a chuid oibre sa bliain atá ‘mithe, agus táim ag súil le hoibriú leis, agus le gach éinne ar fud cúige Mumhan barr feabhas a chur ar ár ndícheall.’

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Seamus McElwain - Revolutionary Freedom Fighter

Chris Conwell

Seamus grew up in Knockcullion, County Monaghan and from a very young age was determined to play his part in the struggle for Irish freedom, at the age of 14 Seamus joined Fianna na hÉireann.

At the age of 16 a relative in America offered him the chance to study there but he refused stating that “no one could ever be able to accuse me of running away”, it was at this time he joined the ranks of Óglaigh na hÉireann and by the age of 19 was playing a leading role in the Army in Fermanagh.

His comrades recall his great leadership qualities and yet he was very unassuming to the point of being shy.

In 1981 he was arrested with a group of IRA volunteers in a house near Roslea and was sentenced to life imprisonment, while he was a POW he stood as a candidate in the Monaghan/Cavan constituency receiving 4,000 first preference votes and later went on to play a massive role in the 1983 breakout of 38 republican POWS.

He was one of the only escapees who had experience in the struggle in the country side it was this in-depth knowledge of the country side which led six of the escapees to freedom.

Once Seamus returned back to his homeland he went straight back to the armed struggle and in an IRA Easter message 1985 he stated that those of us who suffered jail and being on the run know that its only a matter of strong organisation that will get the British out.

“The Republican Movement combining Sinn Fein and the IRA is the only organisation that can do this we the active IRA volunteers will take every risk and play our part we ask you to do yours.”

On a fateful Spring night, 26 of April 1986, Seamus was murdered by the SAS in Roslea after his capture on active service he was interrogated for a couple of minutes before the thugs assassinated him with the coup de grace.

He was killed under Britain’s shoot to kill policy in Ireland, his funeral was attended by more than 3,000 people, and he was buried with full military honours

Seamus is highly thought off by all young and old republicans in the Fermanagh Monaghan area.
Currently we are setting up a Republican Youth group in Fermanagh, Seamus McElwains’ life is proof that youth have always and will continue to have a leading part to play in the struggle for Irish freedom.

Women in Struggle Interview - Laura Gildernew

Gemma McKenna
Gender Equality Officer
Uladh Ógra Shinn Féin

To continue the women in struggle interviews, I sat down with the ever present and an up and coming activist of Ógra Shinn Féin Laura Gildernew. Laura, who hails from Tullysaran, County Armagh (although she considers herself a proud Tyrone women), is a 17 year old A Level student at St Catherines, Armagh.

With a family steeped in republicanism, who led during the civil rights to leading in the Northern Assembly, the Gildernew clan, continue to provide proud and confident activists of the future as evident through Laura.

Laura speaks about her family, inspiration and aspirations for the future.

How did you get interested in politics?

I got interested in politics from hearing stories from my family about the conflict and my interest developed when I entered secondary school and I began to learn more about the history of Ireland.

Were you involved in politics before getting involved in Ógra?

Yes, I have only been involved with Ógra for a short period of time, (something which I regret) but I have been active within Sinn Fein for a number of years, helping out with canvassing and selling ‘An Phoblacht’ and then eventually joining my local cumann in the Brantry.

How did you find out or know about Ógra Shinn Fein?

I found out about Ógra Shinn Féin from being at other Sinn Féin meetings and hearing about the many activities that Ógra were involved in, so I decided to attend one of the republican youth weekends in Derry.

Has your interest in politics come your family influence? And How?

Yes very much so. My family on both parent’s sides have always been very much involved in republican politics because they, like many other nationalists, were unwilling to accept the cruel tyranny of British rule and unionist misrule.

From my great grandmother’s uncle who was on the run from the Black & Tans till he was brutally murdered by them and on many other occasions through the years including my father’s family’s stand against discrimination and repression which culminated in the Squatting in Caledon. This has certainly influenced my decision to become involved in politics.

What would you be doing if you weren’t involved in Ógra?

If I weren’t involved in Ógra, I would probably still be involved in Sinn Féin, but I would be missing out!

What actions have Ógra taken in your area (weekend’s, protests, etc)

Ógra have been very active in my area in opposing the current slaughter of hundreds of Palestinian civilians by engaging in many protests, candle lit vigils and boycotts of Israeli products. We have also been active on ‘Free all IRA prisoners’ campaign.

What do you like most about Ógra Shinn Féin?

I like Ógra Shinn Féin because they are the most active youth wing of any political party in Ireland; they campaign on issues which affect us in our day to day lives, issues which matter to the communities we live in. Ógra Shinn Féin is also a way in which young likeminded individuals can come together, share their ideas, debate and socialise.

Have you any major achievements within Ógra or things that you will remember for a long time to come?

I recently got elected onto the Cúige Uladh Ógra Shinn Féin officer board this I something which I know I will remember and I hope to do the role justice! :)
What do you enjoy doing outside of Politics?

I enjoy playing Gaelic football, Irish dancing and socialising with my friends.
How do you think you make politics relevant to young people and what are the major pressing issues for young people?

I think to make politics relevant to young people you have to get them involved, Ógra Shinn Féin are especially relevant to young people as they campaign on issues which have a direct effect on their everyday lives, issues such as suicide and drugs and alcohol awareness are relevant to young people. I also think issues like education fees and the rising price of living are pressing issues for young people.

If there was one issue you could get young people active on, what would it be?

If there was one issue which I could get young people active on it would be the issue of road safety.

What issue is your cumann active on currently?

My local Cumann is currently active on the issue of the broadband availability in rural areas. We are also active on the ‘No Pylons Here’ campaign, which aims to change proposals to erect huge pylons with extremely dangerous high Voltage cables in our area. We accept the need for and indeed the desirability of an all Ireland Electricity network but intend to move the High Voltage Cables underground where they will present less of a health hazard to people and wildlife and reduce the environmental impact of these eyesores.

Who has been a role model for you politically?

My father has been a role model for me politically and also Eibhlinn Glenhomes.

What female has most influenced you?

Both Mairead Farrell and my Great Grandmother have influenced me greatly.
Quickfire Round
Favourite Food: Chicken

Favourite Drink: Orange Juice

Favourite Music / Artist: Irish rebel and Traditional, Cara Dillon, R ‘n’ B

Favourite songs: The Ballad of Mairead Farrell, Bette Davis Eyes, Sex on Fire, Human

Favourite Films: H3, The wind that shakes the barley, Dirty dancing, Des Bishop - Tongues
Favourite Books: Bobby Sands’ Prison Poems, On The Verge, Tim Pat Coogan - The IRA

Favourite Holiday resort: Boston USA

Person most influential in your life: My Parents
Person you would like to meet (living) Fidel Castro

Person you would like to meet (deceased) Rosa Parks or Mairead Farrell
If you were President of Ireland or Taoiseach what 3 things would, you do to change Ireland?

-I would eliminate any chance of there being a re-run of the Lisbon Treaty.
-I would change the way that the Irish language is taught in our schools.
-I would officially recognise the contribution and sacrifice that Republican men and women have made during the struggle for Irish Unity and Freedom.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Educate that you may be free - WIT Ógra protest against Fees

On Wednesday 21st of January, Waterford Institute of Technology's Ógra Shinn Féin cumann took part in a 2,500 strong protest against the re-introduction of fees. Despite heavy rain, the crowd marched from the WIT Cork Road campus to John Robert's Square in the centre of the city for a rally with great numbers attending, to send a strong message to the government.

Speaking on behalf of WIT ÓSF, John O'Brien stated "This is only the first step in our protest against the re-introduction of fees. Education is a right and not a privilege, and re-introducing fees under the current economic climate is an absolute disgrace.'

''On Wednesday, February 4th - A second protest will take place in Dublin. All ÓSF members from across the 32 counties should extend their support with the student unions and show that we will not be made a scapegoat for previous Government failures. Bígí linn!!"

An Phoblacht Abú!

Wednesday 21st January 2009, witnessed throngs of republicans from across Ireland converge on Dublin as Sinn Féin hosted a commemorative celebration for the 90th Anniversary of An Chéad Dáil. The Mansion house was packed to capacity with hundreds unable to access the event.

Among the crowd was many young republican activists of Ógra Shinn Féin, some lucky enough to get into the event, while others volunteered their seats for some of the more elderly activists and joined the crowds outside.

The people outside which included MLA's, TD's and Ministers, where addressed by Gerry Adams and where visably buoyed up by the huge support for the commemorative event, despite standing in Dublin on a cold, and wet winters night.

In the mansion house, the crowd where addressed by Jack O'Connor, of SIPTU, there was historical re-enactments and speechs, outgoing Sinn Féin General Secretary Rita O'Hare made a number of emotional presentations to female activists and the Keynote Address on the night was delivered by Gerry Adams.

He oulined the historical significance and modern relevance of An Chéad Dáil and the Democratic Programme. He spoke of important International events, most notably the election of Barack Obama, and the recent slaughter in Gaza.

The speech focussed on the inspiration and vision of An Chéad Dáil and urged everyone to collectively work to end partition and implement an egalitarian system of governance as outlined in the Democratic Programme of the First Dáil.

The 90th Anniversary of An Chéad Dáil was fittingly commemorated by Sinn Féin, at the exact spot where they met many years ago.

The inspiring words from speakers, and the energy and passion of the crowd demonstrated the confidence in modern Irish republicanism and their determination to achieve our primary and ultimate objectives.

An Phoblacht abú!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

El Presidente Gerry Adams' Speech @ 90th Anniversary of An Chéad Dáil

Inspiring Women

Barry McColgan
National Organiser
Ógra Shinn Féin

When asked who is the most inspirational women in your life, I find it strange that many neglect to say their mother, grandmothers or both.

Personally it is the most obvious answer, your mother who brought you into the world, and who cared for you when you couldn’t fend for yourself, your mother who always afforded an understanding ear and guided you on your path of life.

On a personal level, my mother and grandmothers are my most inspirational women because of the help and assistance in my formative years.

However when asked who my most inspirational republican women is, I cannot pin point one, as I have many, each with a differing defiant characteristic that is utterly inspiring.

Sheena Campbell, Mairead Farrell, Patricia Black, Maire Drumm, Nora Connolly, Countess Markievicz, yet these are obvious ones, there are many more, many who are alive today, Martina Anderson, Ella O’Dwyer, and of course Eibhlinn Glenholmes, and an ever growing and constant stream of young republican woman inspiring confidence in their communities, Sinn Féin and Ógra today.

The confident young female activists of today, are who they are, because of the strong leadership and sacrifice by the women who went before them, women who have sacrificed their time, liberty and lives in pursuit of our republican objectives.

Who could fail to be inspired by Maire Drumm’s selfless and motivational words,

“The only people worthy of freedom are those who are willing to go out and fight for it everyday and die if necessary.”

These women stalwarts of republicanism have defined the confidence, the bravery and the ingenuity for the next generation of female activists.

No more is a women’s place at home, no more will a women’s voice be censored, no more will women be resigned to menial tasks, the legacy of these risen women is a confident forward looking republican women of today.

Just look around you, Toireasa Ferris, Kathleen Funchion, Charlene O’Hara, Andrea O’Kane, and Gemma McKenna, all proud, dedicated and extremely confident republican activists who will no doubt be leading republicanism in the not so distant future.

Irish Republicanism has always been a progressive force in promoting women and affording them equal rights, through the establishment of Cumann na mBan, electing Countess Markiviez as the first female TD in 1918, Sinn Féin electing Margaret Buckley as Party President in 1938, young women joining Óglaigh na hÉireann and engaged in the prison protests, and today’s strong promotion of women is ever evident by the growing number of female candidates and activists.

A lot has been achieved but now is not a time to be complacent and much more needs to be done.
Sinn Féin and Ógra need to build on their progressive gender policy and strive for the party to be a reflection of Irish society, if we ever want to challenge Ireland’s patriarchal and male dominated society; we need to ensure much more confident women recruited and many more female activists in leadership positions.

Countess Markieviczs’ election to the first Dáil Éireann some 90 years ago truly was a ground breaking feat, and that combined with her founding role of Na Fianna, makes her a very relevant historical figure as we mark the 90th anniversary of the First Dáil, and the 100th anniversary of Na Fianna.

She dedicated her life to the struggle for Irish freedom, she ensured the constant recruitment and education of new republicans through Na Fianna, and she led from the front as a women, making her voice heard, and ensuring her opinions where met, there are lessons in her life and actions for all of us.

Long live women in struggle. Beir bua!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cruinniú Cinnbhliana Ógra Laighean

Ar Sathairn, 31ú Eanair 2009, tionólfar cruinniú cinnbhliana ÓSF Cúige Laighean. Tá an cruinniú socraithe le dul ar aghaidh in Árd Oifig Shinn Féin Baile Átha Cliath. Sí feidhm an cruinniú seo ná treo agus plean a shocrú do Chúige Laighean don bhliain nua.

On Saturday, 31 January 2009, the ÓSF Cúige Laighean AGM will take place.The meeeting will be held in Árd Oifig Shinn Féin, Dublin. The main focus of the meeting on the 31st will be to map out a clear direction for Cúige Laighean for the coming year, ensuring further development for Cúige Laighean in 2009.

Urging maximum attendance for the meeting Laighean Organiser, Peadar de Bluit said,

"I would urge Ógra activists, and young republicans from across Cúige Laighean to come to Dublin on the 31st and join us for this year's Laighean AGM. The AGM is a chance to reflect on the success of the past year, as well as indentifying places where we can improve and develop in the coming year. More importantly however the AGM gives us a chance to map out where and how we want to develop in the coming year."

"Previous AGM's in Leinster have been more than successful and I hope this one will be even better. We intend to have guest speakers and a DVD showing on the day, and afterwards take off for the Youth 4 Truth weekend in Derry. So I would again urge as many Cúige Laighean activists as possible to attend on the day and take part in what is sure to be a very good day."

For more information about the meeting, or anyone not affiliated to a cumann who wishes to attend should contact Peadar on; 0851443832, or;

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bloody Sunday Youth 4 Truth National Weekend Clár – Bígí Linn!

The following is the updated clár for the upcoming National Bloody Sunday – Youth 4 Truth Weekend organized in Derry 30 Jan – 1 Feb. Please note that the clár is subject to change and that not all events are organized by Ógra Shinn Féin.

We would also encourage every one to bring a sleeping bag. See you all in Free Derry! Bígí Linn!

Friday 30th January

5-6pm - Arrival and Registration @ Rath Mór Sinn Féin Centre

7pm: Dinner

7:30: Introduction by Raymond Mc Cartney- Legacy of Bloody Sunday in Derry from Young to Old. Venue: Upstairs Telstar Bar

8pm: DVD – Bloody Sunday The Film. Venue: Upstairs The Telstar Bar

10pm: Gary Óg Downstairs in Telstar

Saturday 31st January

9-10am – Breakfast

10am – Assemble at Free Derry Museum

-Tour of the Bogside focusing on the events of Bloody Sunday

-Tour of Free Derry Museum

-Talk by John Kelly- Justice for the Families and Truth about Saville Venue: Free Derry Museum

11.45am: -Unveiling of Mural Britain and America’s Dirty War -
Venue: Bottom William Street

12pm: Lunch

1.30pm: Play - Opening the Archives the Truth in Britain’s Secret Agenda – Venue: Pilots Row

2.30pm: Talk by Venezuelan and Cuban Ambassadors - Cuban Revolution and Fifty years on. Venue: Pilots Row

Launch of Ché Guevara Exhibition – Venue: Pilots Row

5pm: Basque International Event

7:30pm: Lecture by Clifford Smith Solicitor to Guantanamo Bay Detainee’s – Venue Calgagh Centre, Butcher Street

9:30pm: Rebel Night in Tower Hotel- Shebeen and Gary Óg

Sunday 1st February

Assemble for Bloody Sunday March at 2:30pm - Creggan Shops

9:30pm: Massive Rebel Night in Nerve Centre

For more information or if you would like to come along to the weekend please contact Derry Ógra Shinn Féin on 07907570410.

Armagh Citizens Send Condolences to Beleaguered Palestinians

Armagh Ógra Shinn Féin where active last week in the cathedral city gathering signatures for a book of condolences which has been sent to the grief stricken and bombarded people of Gaza.

Armagh ÓSF spokesperson Damien White said,

“Hundreds of Armagh’s citizens signed the book in an act of solidarity with the brutally oppressed men, women and children who have endured immeasurably over the past number of years, first with an economic blockade and most recently with a genocidal military bombardment which has maimed and killed thousands.”

“While a cessation has been called, we intend to keep up solidarity acts, especially in gathering humanitarian aid for the thousands, left homeless without electricity, food and water after Israel’s tyrannical assault.”

Monday, January 19, 2009

Republican Youth – A Personal Political Journey

Barry McColgan
National Organiser
Ógra Shinn Féin

As we enter into 2009, and 100 years following the formation of the first Irish Republican Youth Organisation, Na Fianna Éireann, it is important to remember the role, and sacrifice of all young activists who give their time, their liberty and the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of Irish freedom.

The burning vision and energy behind the past 100 years of struggle have been young people and particularly youth activists trained, skilled and empowered through republican youth movements.

Whether it be revolutionary cadre like Liam Mellowes and Frank Ryan graduating through Na Fianna, or confident and astute activists like Eoin O’Broin, Pearse Doherty and Toireasa Ferris cutting their political teeth in Ógra, republican youth movements, most notably Na Fianna Éireann and Ógra Shinn Féin have proved their worth and will continue to provide a steady stream of invigorated and visionary youth.

Throughout this year we will have many actions commemorating this significant anniversary and many personal reflections from key activists involved in Ógra and Na Fianna, and so to start the ball rolling, I will begin by outlining my own personal experiences and thoughts as an Irish Republican Youth activist.

I joined Ógra Shinn Féin four years into its existence, in the summer of 2001.

I had a community conscience and was already involved in a local drugs and alcohol awareness peer leadership group, from a republican family, and like any young person living in a republican estate at that time; we would regularly come into conflict with the Brits and the RUC.

Although all these things helped politicise me, I didn’t have an interest in current affairs, and was unaware of the daily politics of the peace process and internationally.

One of the other young lads doing the peer leadership programme asked me would I be interested in helping establish a Sinn Féin Youth in Omagh, he described some of the campaigns Ógra where involved in, and the action gripped my attention. I jumped at the chance to help out.

At that time I was 16, and was still at school, interested in boxing and was always about in the community and local discos, this helped recruitment and promotion of Ógra – I remember our first meeting had about 15 people at it, largely from my local area, Strathroy.

Our first big protest was for an Ógra National Day of Action on ‘Disband the RUC’, we got 40 to 50 young people on the main street of Omagh for an hour, holding up placards and distributing leaflets.

The then, National Development Officer for Ógra, Sean Pól Begley was in attendance and I remember apologising to him because I thought protests needed hundreds of people, and we didn’t have a good turnout.

He told me to wise up and said this was a great crowd. I remember thinking he was just trying to keep my spirits up, but I now realise that it was indeed a good crowd and any area would struggle to get those sorts of numbers to any protest today.

That summer when we joined was filled with activity, an appetite to learn about the struggle, but mostly action.

We met every Saturday in the then Sinn Féin office which was aptly named the ‘Duhul’, our meetings where largely dominated around activity, organisation and campaigns and as a result, our profile was quickly raised and with that came new recruits and increasing support.

The first time we encountered young republicans from other areas was when we attended a ‘Demilitarisation Weekend’ in South Armagh in October 2001.

I’ll be honest, the two things that appealed to me on the Clár was the rebel night and the protest at the Brit Spy post, but the actual debates and discussions where an eye opener for the 8 or so that travelled from Omagh.

It broadened our perspective as it was the first time we had been asked our opinions on political issues and confidence was gained from the knowledge that we where surrounded by other young people exactly in our position.

That Sunday we assisted the local residents from South Armagh in organising a large demilitarisation rally at a local Brit Spy post, Glassdrummond. There was a great sense of empowerment as we cut away the perimeter fencing and marched towards the spy post with the aim of dismantling it.

If the Brits were not going to live up to their demilitarisation commitments, we where gonna do it for them.

The rally attracted huge publicity and similar actions clearly put the lack of demilitarisation of the British war machine in the media spotlight and public conscience.

Having lived under the shadow of a huge Brit Camp in Omagh, the experiences of South Armagh inspired the local Ógra in Omagh to step up the campaign on Demilitarisation and within a year in October 2002, we hosted a National Demilitarisation Weekend.

We hit the headlines of the media that weekend when a suspect device was planted at the venue we where using, the attention obviously highlighted the issue and also made us more resilient in our campaign.

Our campaign for Demilitarisation gathered a lot of steam following the weekend and not only did it set the backdrop for the emergence of a very active and strong West Tyrone Ógra Shinn Féin, with many Ógra cumann establishing throughout the area, but we finally got our demands met in 2006 when the British MOD announced withdrawing their war machine from the occupied prime development land in Omagh.

Although West Tyrone Ógra was going from strength to strength, the story of National Ógra was much different, with very few Ógra groups nationally and very little communication between groups.

At the beginning of January 2004, Mickey Bravender became the National Organiser of Ógra Shinn Féin and a lot of the structural and communicational problems where remedied.

The National Executive under Mickey also ensured a vibrant campaign on ‘A President for All’; the increased communication and action had the knock on effect of new Ógra cumann setting up across Ireland.

I was 6 County Organiser for Ógra Shinn Féin during this time and we too witnessed huge growth, going from 3 active cumann to 20 in the space of 18 months.

Many things made this possible, the new focus driven by a fresh National Executive and Cuige structures but also the increased importance of political struggle ensured a vibrant and motivated youth movement.

After a successful 2 year tenure, Mickey Bravender moved on from the position of National Organiser. In the summer of 2006, on my 22nd birthday and 5 years after joining Ógra Shinn Féin I was appointed National Organiser.

From that time we have continued to grow and continued to professionalise the organisation. We are building communication, activity and discussion.

We have daily actions organised throughout Ireland, continuing to engage Irish youth on republican and social issues that affect their everyday life.

We now have a daily updated website and blogspot, weekly circular, bi-weekly newsletter, constant stream of films, and are soon launching the republican youth e - zine Spark.

The past 2 years have been difficult for republicans, we have had a number of elections, the Lisbon Treaty referendum and of course the policing debate.

It was a time of high emotions, strain and doubt, but the huge level of debate that took place and the extraordinary levels of comradeship has ensured that we remained united, and focussed on the task at hand.

Ógra Shinn Féin voted in opposition to the Ard Comhairle motion and submitted an alternate document proposing municipal policing and a separation of state and policing.

The mature level of debate and confidence of Ógra was evident at the Special Ard Fheis and this was further demonstrated by the fact that the overwhelming majority of Ógra activists, while disagreeing, respected the outcome of the Special Ard Fheis and have remained committed activists since.
Despite these difficult times, Ógra continues to make huge strides forward. The young confident Ógra activists have demonstrated huge leadership, and it is this that will ensure Ógra remains the radical campaigning edge of the party.

Ógra Shinn Féin, a young political organisation, only 10 years into existence.

Over those 10 years, many significant things have happened in Irish Republicanism, from the Good Friday Agreement, to the IRA calling for an end to their armed campaign, the story of the peace process has been an interesting one and at times testing.

Ógra Shinn Féin faced these huge challenges head on, and moved forward stronger every time.
We have provided a revolutionary youthful voice from our existence, we have recruited many fine young activists who are now leadership, we have campaigned on many relevant and crucial issues, and we continue to spark and lead discussion on the future of the republican struggle.

Ógra will continue to provide the activists of tomorrow, the leadership of tomorrow and it will be this generation of Ógra activists that will ensure ‘the liberation of all and final defeat of the oppressors of our aged nation!’

Tiocfaidh ár lá!

Derry Sinn Féin Holds Candlelight Vigil In Aid of Gaza Casualties

On Friday 16th Ógra Shinn Féin activists took part in a candlelight vigil in solidarity with the Gaza victims of the recent Israeli attacks.

Speaking at the event Michael Mc Crossan said,

“It was great to see a huge turn-out once again in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Gaza, Friday marked the 22nd day of attacks on Gaza which to date has claimed over 1,300 lives the vast majority of these civilians.”

“Ógra Shinn Féin once again calls for a permanent cessation on the Israeli Government and its army to end these attacks now which are are killing and injuring so many innocent people.”

“Ógra Shinn Féin in Derry are keeping the people of Gaza and Palestine to the fore of their minds in this time of need and we stand with them as they stood with us over 27 years ago during the hunger-strikes when then the British government sanctioned and allowed Ten men to die.”
“We are once again calling on the people of Ireland to join in where the nearest protest or demonstration is and we are asking them also to boycott all Israeli goods, to show our opposition to these attacks.”
“I am also asking that anyone attending the Bloody Sunday Commemoration in Derry to bring a Palestinian Flag with them to demonstrate the warmest solidarity at the march.”

First Dáil Éireann Celebration - Bígí Linn!

A chairde,

There will be an event on the 21st January in the Mansion House to mark the 90th anniversary of the meeting of the First Dáil.

The evening’s event at 7.30pm will involve Jack O’Connor representing 100th anniversary of SIPTU and speaking on the Democratic Programme of First Dáil.

There will also be a re-enactment of First Dáil proceedings and Gerry Adams is the keynote speaker.

Is mise le meas,

Cllr Johnny McGibbon
National Secretary
Ógra Shinn Féin

Good turnout for Thought Provoking Palestine Talk in Strabane

Ógra Shinn Féin in Strabane have described Thursday night’s public talk on the Israel/Palestine conflict as very informative and thought provoking.

The event was held in Strabane library where a very in depth presentation on the history of the middle east conflict was given by Michael Duncan from Omagh, who spent ten years living and working in the region.

Speaking following the event spokesperson for the Tobias Molloy Ógra Shinn Féin cumann, Neno McFarland said;

“I think tonight’s audience will have left here very much enlightened on the roots and history behind the current conflict in the Middle East. Michael showed his extensive knowledge of the situation and expressed his points of view brilliantly.”

“From listening to this man talk of his own experience of living in the area where the current Israeli bombardment is happening, it is clear he is very passionate about this topic, and this was evident in his very informative presentation.”

“We in Ógra Shinn Féin would like to thank Michael Duncan for delivering this public presentation and to all who attended on the night. We pledge our continued support for the right of the Palestinians to have their own state free from the brutal Zionist oppression that has dominated our television screens in recent times.”

Friday, January 16, 2009

Challenging an Economic Orthodoxy

Ógra Shinn Féin

‘Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all.’ John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

To look at our present politicians, one would never guess it. But in their hands is the greatest opportunity any politician could dream of. The opportunity is there, for anyone who wants to seize it, to shape the politics of this country for the next 20 years. The question is who will seize it…

The boom times are over. Lessons are there to be learned, if we are willing to learn them, particularly in the 26 counties. We learned that low tax economies can often create wealth, at an impressive rate. But we also learned that to try and demand the very finest public services on the cheap, simply is nonsense, deeply compounded by the wasteful spending of the governments of the last 10 years.

Let’s look at where this has left us. Not only was our tax take far too low, but we have also found that what taxes were coming in, have slumped in an alarming manner, being as they quite often were, asset based taxes. Our low tax economy led to massive inequalities in society as the FF/PD government allowed their cronies to make a fortune, while our health system crashed to a halt. Then when our luck ran out, the government decided that pensioners, students, children were for the scrapheap, and that taxpayers money would be better spent feathering the beds of the banking executives.

It has become clear that sustainable growth requires an increase in the tax take. And this must be targeted at those who can afford to pay, and those who benefited during the Celtic tiger period. There are many ways to do this. A third tax band at a rate of above 50% is one option, for those earning significant sums (say €90,000) is one option.

The removal of the PRSI ceiling is another, and one which was proposed by Sinn Féin in its pre budget proposals. But whatever must be done, we must be clear to the public, that the low tax illusion is precisely that. Cervical cancer vaccines can be provided, and medical cards for over 70s, and more. But we have to pay for it, and we should be confident in the ability of the Irish people to make the right choice.

Let’s have the courage of our own convictions, and propose the measures that can provide these services.

Of course public services aren’t the only problem we face at this moment in time; job creation has to be a priority, with unemployment reaching levels not seen for many, many years. What we ought to concentrate on at this moment in time, is a large public works programme. Let’s see this crisis as an opportunity to develop.

Now is the time to build schools, social housing, invest in proper insulation, invest in green industries and renewable energy. This would provide jobs, particularly in the construction industry and related industries, and would stimulate growth. Even noted socialists such as Brown and Obama see capital spending as part of the solution, yet the political consensus here seems to revolve around slashed wages and services.

What gives?

What then of the financial institutions?

These last 12 months has seen the incredible spectacle of a number of very august building societies, banks and insurers come crashing to earth, having gambled away the very ground beneath their feet.

The survivors cling to life timidly, unwilling to lend to those who need it most, small and medium enterprises, creating major difficulties for the economy, bearing in mind that 4 out of 5 enterprises fall in to this category.

Naturally the government wishes to get the banks to lend, which leads to expensive recapitalisation schemes which places huge swathes of taxpayers money in the hands of the very same people who got us in to this mess!!!

What’s the alternative? Would it not be better value for money to simply take banks that find themselves in severe difficulty into government administration?

Given that no private investors could possibly match the level of capital that the state has, then surely this would free up credit, aiding those businesses who are at present being forced to lay off left right and centre.

As I write this, the government has indeed recognised the folly of recapitalisation in this nature, and have nationalised Anglo Irish Bank.

The way it has been done, however, leaves much to be desired. Sinn Féin claims it is the right move, but the wrong bank. This may very well prove to be the case, Anglo Irish, as was seen in the Seán Fitzpatrick farce, was clearly under regulated. It’s difficult to know whether or not this will end up being an enormous burden on the exchequer.

A full and thorough review of the banks accounts and loans should have occurred before taxpayer’s money was spent. But the basic principle remains sound. A state bank would be much better able to direct investment where it’s needed, and the precedent is there in the Swedish response to a similar banking crisis in the 1990s.

And better availability of credit would not be the only advantage. The fact is banks have been operating their businesses in a way that shows flagrant disregard for social concerns. But then, to be frank, that’s exactly what they are supposed to do.

Consider this quote from Naom Chomsky –

‘Under capitalist rules, it is not their business to consider the cost to others if their practices lead to financial crisis, as they regularly do. In economists' terms, risk is under priced, because systemic risk is not priced into decisions. That leads to repeated crisis, naturally. At that point, we turn to the IMF solution. The costs are transferred to the public, which had nothing to do with the risky choices but is now compelled to pay the costs - in the US, perhaps mounting to about $1 trillion right now. And of course the public has no voice in determining these outcomes, any more than poor peasants have a voice in being subjected to cruel structural adjustment programs. A basic principle of modern state capitalism is that cost and risk are socialized, while profit is privatized. That principle extends far beyond financial institutions.’

Now we find that the rest of us are asked to pick up the tab for the largesse of the likes of Sean Fitzpatrick formerly of Anglo Irish Bank, who treated himself to an €87m loan, while the conservative parties consider a fire sale of assets such as the ESB and Bord Gáis. Profits privatised, losses socialised.

Indeed that sacred cow of modern capitalism, the IMF has its own difficulties. It has long been an enemy of the poor and a friend of the wealthy, and clearly is in need of reform, recent attempts being totally inadequate.

It needn’t have been so.

At the Bretton Woods conference 64 years ago, economists from all over the world assembled for the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference. There they discussed the future of global economists.

One man in particular recognised the danger that international debt created for stability, but also recognised, that once in debt, debtor nations were limited in what they could do.

This man proposed a system whereby an International Clearing Bank would be established, and that debtor nations would be charged interest on their accounts if there was a large trade deficit.

More tellingly, he proposed the exact same thing for those nations who amassed large trade surpluses. This would oil the wheels of international finance, forcing the wealthy nations to plough money into the poor nations, thus clearing their debts, and creating really financial equilibrium.

But the U.S. was opposed, and so the idea fell by the way side. Ever since, the IMF has enforced strict conditions on debtor nations, often making circumstances worse through aggressive liberalisation, and none on the wealthy.

It may have become apparent to you, that what i am talking about resembles a rudimentary, and basically articulated version of Keynesianism, the school of economics based on the thoughts of John Maynard Keynes, to whom the quote opening the piece belongs, and the man who proposed the system at Bretton Woods.

This is a school of economics that has previously found favour in times of economic difficulties, particularly in post war Britain, which helped bring Britain out of depression. But perhaps this is the wrong approach, to look to the past to find our way out of the present difficulties.

I am not an economist or anything of the sort, so there is nothing I would like more than for to see these ideas ripped to pieces, and new ideas to emerge. Over to you Ógra….

Ógra Shinn Féin call on public to boycott Israeli goods

Ógra Shinn Féin in Strabane have called on people of conscience in the local community to boycott Israeli goods and companies, in protest at Israel’s murderous onslaught on the people of Gaza.

The youth movement has said that this is a practical action in which people who feel disgusted at Israeli terror can take to support the beleaguered people of the Gaza strip.

Calling on the people of Strabane to support the Palestinians in their time of strife, Chairperson of the Tobias Molloy cumann Ógra Shinn Féin Seán Mac Giolla Easpaig said;

“As people grow even more angry at Israel’s actions in Gaza, it must be stressed that the average person on the ground is not completely helpless in all of this.”

“Israeli companies operate in Ireland and Israeli goods are on sale in local shops. We call on people of conscience in Strabane to join the international boycott of Israeli goods. Goods produced in Israel bear a unique barcode starting with the digits 729. We would ask people to check their weekly shopping and refuse to purchase products carrying this barcode in protest against Israel’s murderous assault on the Palestinian people”

“Israel’s leaders will carry on their attacks with impunity if there is no economic cost to their acts of genocide. A small trade dependant nation like Israel is very vulnerable to a boycott campaign, and if enough people take part in this international action it will have a realistic chance of success. Information on what companies to boycott can be found on the following website address,”

Motion passed at Strabane District council.

Also in Strabane this week a motion was passed at a meeting of Strabane district council calling on local people to boycott Israeli goods, and vowing to write to the Israeli and American embassies to express their opposition to the latest Israeli bombardment.

The motion was tabled by Sinn Féin councillor Michaela Boyle at Tuesday night’s meeting. Councillor Boyle called for colleagues to support a boycott of Israeli goods until there is an immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza and an end to the violence being levelled against the Palestinian people.

All Nationalist councillors voted in favour whilst the unionist bloc however disagreed, claiming the issue had no relevance in local government!

Backing the motion, Sinn Féin councillor Gerard Foley told the chamber;

“To me this is about the 1000 Palestinians who have been killed, 50% of whom are women and children. People in Gaza are living without basic human needs like electric and water, and something needs to be done, I would have no problem backing this motion.”

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bloody Sunday Youth for Truth Weekend

Ógra Shinn Féin Doire have organised another weekend of events around Bloody Sunday demanding Truth for the 14 innocent civilians Killed on the 31st of January 1972.

The Youth For Truth Weekend will take place from Friday 30 - Sunday 1 February 2009.

Speaking about the weekend chairperson of Ógra Shinn Féin Doire Aoife Mc Naught said,

“On the 37th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday Ógra Shinn Féin have planned to host a Youth for Truth Weekend, we are expecting a huge turnout."

"On the Friday Night we have organised the showing of the Bloody Sunday film in the Telstar and Raymond Mc Carntey will be giving a short talk about how the events of Bloody Sunday have still an effect on people today. "

"Saturday’s Events include a tour of the Bogside and Free Derry Museum and a short talk by John Kelly around the Saville inquiry; we have also a mural unveiling."
She concluded,

"I would like to encourage as many young people to attend each event there will be a full list of events on both Ógra Shinn Féin’s site and on Derry Sinn Féin’s site "