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Maskey taking nothing for granted in carve-up

WEST Belfast MP Paul Maskey says he will not take any changes to the electoral make-up of West Belfast for granted if suggested Westminster boundary changes are given the go-ahead.

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Hunt is on for callous school copper raiders

A LOCAL councillor has hit out at “criminal elements” in the community after the theft of copper from the roof of a local primary school.

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Heartbreak and shock at sudden death of vice principal and Gael

THE sudden death of a West Belfast teacher and active member of the GAA has left the community shocked and saddened. Peter Cassidy, who was the vice principal of St Colman’s High School in Ballynahinch, died suddenly last weekend after playing squash in Belfast. The active 51-year-old father-of-two, who originally came from Riverdale, was a […]

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Mixed reaction to new changes at Mass

IF you thought your ears were deceiving you at Mass on Sunday – you weren’t the only one.

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Maximum exposure for Sinn Féin

While 2,000 Sinn Féin delgates packed into the Waterfront Hall on Saturday, over 210,000 viewers watched Gerry Adams’ address live on RTé during its peak, with an average of 180,000 viewers during the half-hour address.

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Language doesn’t decline in powerful communites

Few analysts in language, politics and sociology would query Noam Chomsky’s view that ‘questions of language are always questions of power’. Therefore language is inextricably bound with politics. This connection becomes considerably marked in the context of colonialism, where the subjugation of native cultures is both a means and an end to colonial invasion. Therefore, language decline never occurs in communities of power and privilege, but rather among the dispossessed and disempowered.

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