South and East Belfast Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

News Archives for February, 2006

27 February, 2006

Equality and quangoes top of Sinn Féin RPA agenda

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Review of Public Administration, South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that a strong legal framework on equality, power-sharing and democratic accountability for the structures that arise from the Review of Public Administration will be at the top of the agenda when a Sinn Féin delegation meet with British direct rule Minster Jeff Rooker tomorrow, Monday 27th February, at 3pm at Stormont for an update on progress across a broad range of issues. Read full article


25 February, 2006

Community groups have vital role to play in implementation of EU PEACE funds -Bairbre de Brún

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today praised community groups from across Belfast for delivering 'exemplary peace and reconcilation work.' Ms de Brún made her comments as she hosted a PEACE III seminar for community organisations at the Wellington Park Hotel in South Belfast. The event was chaired by South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey and was addressed by Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive of NICVA. Read full article


25 February, 2006

Maskey comments on Burmah Street weapons find

South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey, speaking after an arms find in Burmah Street, has said that people in the area are worried about what these weapons were going to be used for given that most weapons finds in the past in this area have been attributed to unionist death squads. He also said that the find highlights the need for the DUP to set an example to their fellow unionists by working with nationalists to get the Assembly and Executive up and running. Read full article


24 February, 2006

PSNI payments to Catholic killers happening under the SDLP noses on Policing Board

Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey today said that the rewarding of Catholic killers like Torrens Knight and John White by the PSNI has been happening under the noses of the SDLP on the Policing Board. Read full article


24 February, 2006

Long discusses implications of RPA on health service

Sinn Féin Representative for the Balmoral Area and Senior Party Advisor on Health, Stiofan Long was on a party delegation that met with senior Government Health Officials on Thursday 16th February. Read full article


24 February, 2006

SINN FEIN WELCOMES HARBERTON TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURES

Balmoral Sinn Fein representative Stiofan Long has welcomed plans by the roads service to install traffic calming measures in the Harberton Park & Balmoral Avenue areas of South Belfast. Read full article


24 February, 2006

SINN FÉIN HITS OUT AT PLANNED DIAMOND GARDENS DEVELOPMENT

Sinn Féin Representative for the Balmoral Area, Stiofan Long has hit out at developers who plan to build 55 apartments in Diamond Gardens in Finaghy. Read full article


22 February, 2006

CHINESE COMMUNITY CENTRE CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO FALL VICTIM TO BUREAUCRACY

South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey has urged the Planning Service to be pro-active in helping tackle racism in the South Belfast area by ensuring that the proposed Chinese community centre on the Ormeau Road does not fall victim to bureaucracy. Alex Maskey was speaking after it was revealed that the Chinese Welfare Association (CWA) fears that the application to build the centre may be rejected by the Planning Service. Read full article


19 February, 2006

MASKEY SPEAKS IN SUPPORT OF MOTION 39 AT SINN FÉIN ARD FHEIS

South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey proposing motion 39 on behalf of the Sinn Fein leadership at the Party's Ard Fheis said, Read full article


17 February, 2006

Maskey labels recent vandalism and burglaries on the Ormeau road as attacks on the community

Cllr. Alex Maskey MLA has called for an immediate end to the vandalism and burglaries that have occurred on the Ormeau Road of late. Four businesses have been targeted, all being either robbed or vandalised. Read full article


17 February, 2006

MASKEY CALLS ON SDLP TO WORK WITH SINN FÉIN FOR NORTHERN REPRESENTATION IN LEINSTER HOUSE

South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey has called upon the SDLP Deputy leader Alastair McDonnell to ensure that his Party throws its weight behind the campaign to oppose the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern's, back tracking on Northern Representation in Leinster House, Cllr. Maskey MLA was speaking in the week that saw the SDLP publish their paper on enhanced North/South co-operation. Read full article


17 February, 2006

Privatisation of North's Water Service signalled

Cllr Maskey MLA see's the appointment of Christopher Mellor as head of the North's water service is a clear indication of the British Government's intention to privatise the service. Criticising the appointment Cllr Maskey said "it took privatisation a step closer" Read full article


15 February, 2006

Sinn Féin hits out at Finaghy robbery

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Stiofan Long has hit out at those responsible for last night's robbery at an off-license on Finaghy Road South. Read full article


15 February, 2006

MASKEY WELCOMES COUNCIL PASSING GASWORKS SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE

South Belfast Sinn Fein Fein MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed this evening's vote in Belfast City Council approving the introduction of a shuttle bus service between the Gasworks and various points throughout the city centre. Read full article


10 February, 2006

"Department of social development must come clean over blocking of social housing in the Markets area" - Maskey

South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey has called on the DSD to come clean over its car park deal with a land owner in Joy Street. This deal would allow the car park to be used solely by the management of the DSD, and prevents the development of the social housing in the area. This again highlights the facts that the owners of the site and the DSD are putting their own personal interests before the needs of the people on the local housing waiting list. Read full article


8 February, 2006

THREE MONTHS ON: LOWER ORMEAU RESIDENTS LET DOWN BY FLOODING RESPONSE

South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey has said that the situation regarding families affected by the flooding in the Lower Ormeau area almost three months ago is still totally unacceptable, saying, "While the public and Ministerial attention to the Flooding in the Lower Ormeau area has died down, residents living in the area are still faced with a situation where 25 houses are still severally damaged, 11 of which are uninhabitable, and only around half of these houses are due to finished by mid-march". Read full article