Please note this is a short supplement with mainly
time-limited information, not a full issue (the next one will appear at the
start of February)
Raytheon leaving Derry
Congratulations to all the activists in Derry and
surrounding parts, from FEIC/Foyle Ethical Investment Campaign, DAWC/Derry
Anti-War Coalition, and independents, whose perseverance and action over a
considerable number of years has seen missile-manufacturer Raytheon announce
the closure of their plant in Springtown by the end of February (announcement
13th January). This almost certainly means the end of its presence in Northern Ireland. While employment has recently been cut to single figures, and Raytheon
explains its Derry closure in terms of consolidation, it is certain that this
move would not have happened without the determined opposition to the presence
of this world-leader in weapons of death and destruction. While the plant dealt
with computer software – an essential element in any modern weapons systems -
Raytheon (and others) initially lied to the public indicating that it was only
engaged in civil, rather than military contracts; this was disproved by former
employees. Perseverance pays!
Afri Féile Bríde
Afri’s Féile Bríde 2010 takes place at Derby House Hotel, Kildare Town, on Saturday 6th February with the title ‘Awakenings’ – “The Féile
Bríde Gathering endeavours to provide … a platform to enable, facilitate and
encourage a new and urgently needed awakening.” The programme begins at
1.10 pm with the lighting of the flame, and registration is from 1.30, running
to concluding music at 6 pm, dinner at 7.30pm and céili at 9 pm. Contributors
include Nellie McLoughlin, Richard Moore, Fionnuala Gill, and Liz Madden;
sessions include ‘The evolving story of the universe’ and ‘Transcending
conflict; Freedom in forgiveness’. Conference fee is €20, concession €15,
and dinner an extra €20. Contact: Afri, 134 Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, ph 01 8827563 or 01 8827581, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
, web http://www.afri.ie or go direct to http://www.afri.ie/feile-bride-2010
Mediation Northern Ireland has a two-day course on Handling
Life’s Conflicts running on 20th and 21st January in the Belfast area,
providing the tools for handling everyday conflicts. Course fee £270. It has a
Foundation Course in Mediation, suitable for many different people, starting in
February and running over six days (10th, 11th, 18th, 25th February and 4th and
11th March); fee £795 (reduced fee for the 2 courses). The trainers involved
are Jim McGrath, Yvonne Naylor and Fred Graham. To enrol or for further
information visit the website at http://www.mediationnorthernireland.org
or e-mail email@example.com g or phone 028 – 90438614.
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