2006 marks the 350th anniversary of the re-admission of the Jews into England. They were expelled in 1290 in the reign of King Edward Ist. Their re-admission in 1656 under the Cromwellian Protectorate is interpreted by some as evidence of Cromwell’s toleration and compassion. This is open to challenge on several points.
Although the Jewish community at the end of the 19th century highlighted the anniversary, and linked it particularly to the mission of an Amsterdam based Rabbi, Menasseh ben Israel, there is evidence of an established Jewish community in London before 1655. Fearful of persecution they did not declare their identity, living as Spanish merchants. Whilst their commercial affairs were public their religion was private.
Adult poverty levels in Northern Ireland have soared to their highest rate since the official deprivation measurement was introduced 10 years ago, new figures have revealed.
The number of working age people considered to be in absolute poverty – those whose income is below 60 per cent of an inflation adjusted bench-marked average – stood at 235,000 (22 per cent) last year, Department of Social Development data found.
BIRDS OF PREY in Ireland are at risk warns BirdWatch Ireland, who says die to the bad weather in spring and other factors some of Ireland’s most common birds are seeing a fall in numbers.
The conservation charity says that birds such as barn owls, hen harriers, buzzards, long-eared owls and kestrels are in a crisis situation because prolonged spells of heavy rainfall in the spring have damaged food stock.
DAMASCUS: A senior Iranian official warned in Damascus on Sunday that US interests in the region would be at risk if Washington launched a military strike against his country’s ally Syria.
Iranian officials have issued stern warnings against US-led military action targeting Syria and the latest came from the chairman of the foreign policy committee of Iran’s parliament.
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Scottish island council leaders and Local Government Minister Derek Mackay have agreed a plan to secure more powers for the isles.
Shetland, Orkney and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar want islanders to have more control over resources.
“Cashel Man”, the “bog body” found in a County Laois bog was so perfectly preserved by Ireland’s bog peat that his skin is intact.
Archaeologists believe that this “bog body” is the oldest found in Europe. The cool, waterlogged conditions in Northern Europe’s wetlands, known in Ireland as bogs, create the perfect preserve. The bog peat is low in oxygen and highly acidic. However most bodies found are skeletons and usually around 2,000 years old, according to LifeScience.
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