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Martin McGuinness. By Sinn Féin Ireland (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia CommonsSinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has announced that he is resigning as deputy First Minister in protest at the DUP's failure to accept the principles of power sharing and parity of esteem and their handling of the RHI crisis. Mr McGuinness said: »Over the last ten years I have worked with DUP leaders and reached out to unionists on the basis of equality, respect and reconciliation. Over this period the actions of the British government and the DUP have undermined the institutions and eroded public confidence. Sinn Féin will not tolerate the arrogance of Arlene Foster and the DUP.
This year marks a notable anniversary in the history of our people’s struggle against imperialism: the Centenary of the 1916 Rising in Dublin. In the middle of the first Imperialist World War the Rising, at the heart of what was at that time the greatest empire the world had seen, sent shock waves throughout the empire “on which the sun never set” (or, as the more cynical have said, “on which the blood never dried”). A year later the Bolshevik Revolution broke the chain of imperialism at its weakest link and marked the onset of the general crisis of capitalism.
The Communist Party of Ireland welcomes the findings of the the UN Human Rights Committee, which has said that Ireland’s abortion laws violate the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on several points and has called for widespread reform.
»The State party should amend its law on voluntary termination of pregnancy, including if necessary its Constitution, to ensure compliance with the Covenant, including effective, timely and accessible procedures for pregnancy termination in Ireland, and take measures to ensure that health care providers are in a position to supply full information on safe abortion services without fearing being subjected to criminal sanctions.