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In this week’s Irish Post…

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IN THIS WEEK’S IRISH POST (OUT NOW – MAY 29 in all good newsagents and supermarket stores)


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The Irish face of the EDL

The Irishman at the head of the English Defence League has vowed to take on ‘plastic paddies’ at Wembley’s England versus Ireland friendly this week.

After trawling through the Twitter account of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – the second generation Irishman who runs the EDL under the pseudonym Tommy Robinson – The Irish Post discovered a threat he issued on May 11.

“Cos of all this abuse from plastic paddys we are taking a tidy mob to England Ireland on 29th,” it reads.

The Metropolitan Police say they have been continually monitoring “open source material” in the build-up to the match.

The news comes after a week of anti-Islamic protest from the EDL in response to the violent murder of British soldier Lee Rigby in a terrorist attack last Wednesday.

In this week’s Irish Post we reveal other anti-Irish slurs posted by the leader of the far-right group.


Soccer fans urged to show respect at Wembley

The Football Association has warned England fans not to sing anti-Catholic hate songs when the two countries meet in Wembley tonight (May 29).

In a statement published on its website, the FA warns England fans that their national team faces FIFA sanctions as severe as tournament expulsion if they sing ‘No Surrender’.

The song was notoriously chanted by English fans the last time they met their opponents in Dublin, at the disastrous Ireland vs England match in February 1995, which resulted in the Lansdowne Road riots.


Family left devastated as Government rejects autistic school plan

A LONDON-IRISH family has been left “devastated” by the British Government’s rejection of their plans to create a school for autistic children.

Kevin, Toni and Stephanie Mullally, who run the Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support charity, say their proposal is essential to meet the needs of scores of children who are being failed by the education system.

But despite acknowledging that the family provided a “compelling and inspiring” vision, the Department for Education announced this week that the plans were not good enough to be taken forward.


The Irish Post goes to Africa with Concern

Concern will travel to Malawi next week with The Irish Post’s Sarah Murphy and London Irish lock forward James Sandford. Ahead of their trip, we speak to both about what they expect to learn.


Equality report slams anti-Irish workplace bullying

A British city council has had its knuckles wrapped over an unacceptable culture of harassment towards its Irish workers involving name-calling, comments linking Irish staff to alcoholism and the circulation of jokes mocking their nationality.


New home helps secure charity’s long-term future

A support group responsible for Britain’s largest Irish community has averted homelessness by moving in with another charity before being evicted from its long-time home by the local council, The Irish Post has learned.


Travellers force club to cancel charity match

A Plymouth rugby club has been forced to abandon its home grounds after a group of Travellers set up camp on its pitch


Five times more Irish bankruptcy cases since 2010

The number of people with Irish addresses applying for bankruptcy in England or Wales has increased five-fold since 2010.


Popular Harlow midwife Kit McNally dies

Catherine McNally, wife of The Irish Post’s long-serving photographer, Mel McNally, has passed away following a short battle with illness.


Artist’s brush with the past

A fine art student has brought the archives of The Irish Post to life as part of her MA project at London’s Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design.


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