To show just the level of esteem in which this man’s life and contribution is held worldwide, here is a selection of coverage on his life and death in the international media:

  • IrishCentral.com: Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness dies after short illness 
  • The Washington Post: Martin McGuinness, former IRA commander turned statesman, dies at 66
  • The Financial Times: Martin McGuinness — from the Armalite to the ballot box
  • New York Times: Martin McGuinness, an I.R.A. Leader Turned Peacemaker, Dies at 66
  • National Post (Canada): Mandela moment: …IRA revolutionary turned peace-monger achieved his life’s desire
  • Sydney Morning Herald: Martin McGuinness, IRA commander who signed historic Northern Ireland peace, dies at 66
  • South China Morning Post: Martin McGuinness, IRA street-fighter who shook queen’s hand, dies
  • Times of India: Martin McGuinness, Irish rebel-turned-politician, dies at 66
  • The Times (South Africa): North Ireland’s former deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has died
  • Reuters America Latina: Duelo en Irlanda del Norte por muerte de ex líder del IRA y hombre de paz Martin McGuinness
  • Bloomberg: McGuinness, IRA Man Turned Northern Irish Leader, Dies at 66
  • Time Magazine: Martin McGuinness, Irish Rebel Turned Politician, Dies at 66
  • CNN: Clinton hails ‘calm and courageous’ Martin McGuinness
  • IrishCentral.com: Martin McGuinness, rebel, revolutionary and man of peace
  • The Irish Times: Gerry Adams – The Martin McGuinness I knew
  • Sunday World: Ian Paisley Jnr pays tribute to Martin McGuinness’ journey to peace 
  • An Phoblacht: ‘Our Martin’

Keep the Republican flame burning, keep passing the torch. Be a part of the movement.

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#MartinMcGuinness in Wexford: from 2011 Presidential Campaign to #GE16 (photos)

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See also: Wexford4McGuinness (Facebook 2011 Presidential campaign) Martin McGuinness at National Plowing Championship 2012 (New Ross) Ferns rally for McGuinness press release After the Presidential election press release Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2014 – Wexford Ordinary Unionists appealed to by Martin McGuinness … Continue reading

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New Ross #StPatricksDayParade 2017, Co. Wexford, Ireland (photos)

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From the viewing stand – every organisation participating…  Also, check out: Dunbrody Famine Ship & Emigrant Centre The Ros Tapestry The Norman Way The Kennedy Homestead New Ross Tourism Edit

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Passed: my County Council motion in support of common sense in Young Farmer scheme

Motion 13.4, Monday 13/February 2017

Some background and explanation to this, by Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy.


This Council calls upon the Minister of Agriculture

– to recognise the increasingly complex barriers faced by emerging young farmers;

– to recognise that under Regulation 1307/2013 on Direct Payments, It is completely up to EU Member State Governments whether and how to enforce educational criteria in the Young Farmer Scheme (only 10 of 28 have done so);

– to therefore sensibly relax the formal criteria and deadlines of the Scheme, so as to not unnecessarily exclude otherwise worthy applicants.

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Passed: my New Ross Municipal District motion – proper processing of sewage sludge

Wednsday 8/February 2017

5.1 Notice of Motion -This Municipal council calls for all processing of sewage sludge into biosolids in this County to a class A standard,

– to be done at source in wastewater processing facilities;

– with a preference for anaerobic digestion over chemical-thermal pasteurisation.


New Ross Standard

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Passed: My New Ross Municipal Motions, Wed 14/Dec (estate anti-soc behavior, & demographic policy, CCTV Taghmon):

5.1 Notice of Motion –
This municipal council requests as a matter of urgency, a briefing and explanation by the housing officials on A. Policies on dealing with anti-social behaviour in social-housing estates; B. Policies on achieving demographic and community balance within these estates; (We also invite representatives from the Gardaí and Social Work offices to attend and contribute suggestions or explain their own policies.)

5.2 Notice of Motion –                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

This municipal council requests a costing for CCTV security on the main street, and playground, in Taghmon (and any other areas of concern councillors may suggest).

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Motions: passed (@wexfordcoco ) #BCG (TB) vaccinations, & #SolarFarms

This council notes:- That as recently as the international 2005 survey, over half of European countries give BCG (TB) vaccinations to children up to 12 years old[1];

– That there is currently only one, sole, approved manufacturer & seller of BCG Vaccine in the entire EU;

– That even were a selective regime of administering to at-risk population adopted, this would comprise 13% of this state’s population[2];
This council this requests the relevant ministers, departments, and appropriate agencies:

– to update us on what steps are being taken by this state and government to secure a ready supply of BCG Vaccine – regardless of regime adopted for administration – and when this will be available again.
[1] http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=604
[2] http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=24905
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Acknowledging both the importance of renewable energy, entrepreneurial innovation, and community needs and wishes; 

This Council –

– Advises the relevant Ministers, government and state departments, that future state subsidies or special tariffs for solar energy, should only accrue to any commercial solar energy development within this County, that either 

a) Abides by a specific commercial solar-energy planning policy, to be determinedby the members of this Council; or

b) Abides by a state-wide minimum set of planning standards, that we urge the Government and Dáil to formulate;

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If you want to know how & why #Trump won, you need to read these 5 articles

Trump’s win and the challenges it poses to the Democrats
National Catholic Reporter

Myopia characterizes all subcultures, but the myopia of Washington is uniquely blinding, and nowhere more so than in the precincts of the left. 

https://www.ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/trumps-win-and-challenges-it-poses-democrats


How Half Of America Lost Its F**king Mind

Cracked.com

I was born and raised in Trump country. My family are Trump people. If I hadn’t moved away and gotten this ridiculous job, I’d be voting for him. I know I would.

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-about/
How Trump Won

Jacobin Magazine

The Democratic Party’s abandonment of the working class cleared the space for Trump.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/11/donald-trump-election-polls-whites-working-class/
The Democrats Screwed Up

New York Times

Political correctness has morphed into a moral purity that may feel exhilarating but isn’t remotely tactical. It’s a handmaiden to smugness and sanctimony, undermining its own goals.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/13/opinion/the-democrats-screwed-up.html

Trump: Tribune Of Poor White People

The American Conservative

The two political parties have offered essentially nothing to these people for a few decades. From the Left, they get some smug condescension, an exasperation that the white working class votes against their economic interests because of social issues, a la Thomas Frank (more on that below). Maybe they get a few handouts, but many don’t want handouts to begin with.  
From the Right, they’ve gotten the basic Republican policy platform of tax cuts, free trade, deregulation, and paeans to the noble businessman and economic growth. Whatever the merits of better tax policy and growth (and I believe there are many), the simple fact is that these policies have done little to address a very real social crisis. More importantly, these policies are culturally tone deaf: nobody from southern Ohio wants to hear about the nobility of the factory owner who just fired their brother.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/trump-us-politics-poor-whites/

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#MentalHealth public meeting, Tue 1/Nov, @TheRiverside Pk Hotel, Enniscorthy. W/@MaryLouMcDonald & Cllr @JohnnyMythenSF

(7pm)

Mary Lou McDonald TD:

Cllr Johnny Mythen:

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Motion – passed: calling for action on cannabidiol-based medicine

I am aware of people having to forgo paying basic utility bills, to pay exorbitant prices on the black market, for what ought to be prescribed by a doctor, or adminstered by a nurse.

This is because certain cannibidiol substances, seem to have a greatly beneficial effect on the relief of some cancer symptoms (and perhaps more than that).

If a person sees a relative suffering, and their choices are chemotherapy (a kind of chemical blanket-bombing of the body), or morphine (resulting ultimately in coma), can we blame them if they pursue another alternative? One that can remarkably seem to allow the sufferer to live out the remainder of their life consciously, relatively comfortably? (I want to point out: there may be very good reasons for choosing these options; not everyone reacts the same to any treatment; not everything is as simplistic as that sentence. It ought to be a fully-informed decision between doctor and patient). 

Codeine and Morphine are both chemical analogues of cocaine and opium. Yet people are not forced to transact with black market networks when they need them – as I didn’t have to when I tore an Achilles Tendon.

It should be a matter between a doctor and her patient. It should be something that can be properly prescribed and adminstered, if beneficial.

It is however, a matter for the Irish Medical Council to decide the efficacy of drugs. It is a matter for the Oireachtas to change law in case of a controlled substance. They have managed to do so for codeine and morphine, they should do so for cannabidiols for cancer patients if the IMC agrees.

This has already been done for Sativex (which has cannabidiols) for MS sufferers. However there was a delay of several years which I think unnecessary and inhumane.

Motion.

This council:

– requests the Irish Medical Council expeditiously examine the therapeutic, palliative and pain relief potential of Cannabidiol-type chemicals and derivatives (note: different from plant and material sources); with a view as to whether these can be recommended for licensing, import, and prescription;

– demands that the Minister of Health, and all legislators of the Oireachtas, expedite any such medical recommendations by the Irish Medical Council in future;

– request that state agencies show a common sense and compassionate attitude in any interim period.

References:

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