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Posts Tagged ‘ Bogside ’

Be Who You Want To Be, Not What Society Expects You To Be

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On the 2nd of November 2013, in the Lone Star State of Texas, as he has done for many years, the incredibly talented Oscar Award Winning Screen-Writer and LGBT activist Dustin Lance Black encouraged people to “tell your stories and you can change minds”. I am a heterosexual, 22 year old student from Dublin and I am ready to speak out. I am ready to express my disgust at some of my fellow citizens.

My story begins nearly 54 years to the day before I was born. On the 1st of July 1937 the people of the Irish free state decided with an
overwhelming majority to accept the provisions of a new constitution, Bunreacht na hEireann, that would set Ireland free and open up a new window of opportunity by giving Irish people the chance to succeed.

However, we are still awaiting the full enactment of the constitution. The constitution states that “all citizens, shall as human persons, be held equal before the law”. That simply is not worth the paper it’s written on. People will give me the spiel about Ireland being a democracy but I would not be writing this today if that was the case. A democracy is not just a country in which people can vote but in which people can live and not just exist. Of the group I will talk about today, the LGBT community, people, my fellow countrymen and women, find this community or group of people, hard to comprehend, hard to accept. How can people who engage in that sort of activity actually exist at all? People make choices in life and in a so called democracy they have the right to live their lives as they and only they wish to do so. Continue reading

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Bloody Sunday March Peacful

Thousands of people turned out in Derry today for what is intended to be the last ever Bloody Sunday protest march.

Many lined the route of this afternoon’s parade from the Creggan area to Guildhall Square in the city on what is the 39th anniversary of the atrocity. The march passed off peacefully.

Fourteen people were killed when British paratroopers opened fire on a civil rights march in Derry’s Bogside area on 30 January 1972.

Organisers say they believe the event should now come to an end following the publication of the Saville Report last year which exonerated those killed and injured in the shootings.

The inquiry held that the actions of British soldiers in Derry that day were ‘both unjustified and unjustifiable’.

Relatives of the victims are now considering a number of options regarding how future anniversaries should be marked.

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