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News Archives for June, 2006

28 June, 2006

Maskey Launches South Belfast Recruitment Campaign

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey today officially launched a billboard campaign in South Belfast urging people to join the party. The billboards are the first stage in a major recruitment drive being undertaken by Sinn Féin throughout Belfast in the coming months. Read full article


27 June, 2006

Rates Exemptions for private landlords a disgrace

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that proposals to allow private landlords renting out properties to students exemptions from rates is a total disgrace. Read full article


27 June, 2006

Low South Belfast DPP attendance highlights low confidence in Policing

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that the fact that only three members of the public turned up for last week's South Belfast District Policing Partnership's quarterly meeting highlights the low public confidence in policing within the area. Read full article


27 June, 2006

MOVES TO CAP NUMBERS OF HMO's WELCOMED

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking after this mornings meeting with British Direct Rule Minister David Cairns and after attending the launch of the Planning Service's Subject plan on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO's), has welcomed the report as the first step in dealing with the HMO issue and has called on more to be done to ensure that Planning and other policies do not conspire to undermine the social cohesion of communities in South Belfast. Read full article


26 June, 2006

Rise in Racist incidents - all-party working group

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that agreement among all of the political parties on Friday to establish an all-party working group to tackle racism was an important step but also called for a more substantial and credible response from both central government and local government. Read full article


26 June, 2006

"59 YEAR LIFE EXPECTANCY UNACCEPTABLE IN 21ST CENTURY" - Maskey

Speaking after attending the launch of the findings of research into men's health in the Market's area of South Belfast, Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has praised the work of the Markets Development Association in working to bring this research to light and stated that a "59 year life expectancy is unacceptable in the 21st century". Read full article


26 June, 2006

MASKEY TO MEET DIRECT RULE MINISTER ON PLANNING AND HMO's

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey will tomorrow morning, Tuesday 27th June, meet British Direct Rule Minister David Cairns. The meeting is being held to discuss the increase in property speculators engaging in 'back garden' building of apartments and the inter-related issue of Houses in Multiple Occupancy (HMO's). Read full article


20 June, 2006

MASKEY WELCOMES TRANSLINK ANNOUNCEMENT

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the announcement that Translink has reached agreement with the Roads Service and Department for Regional Development (DRD) for the creation of a major Quality Bus Corridor network for the greater Belfast area. Read full article


20 June, 2006

Maskey Lobbies for McClure Street Development

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey is to lobby Belfast City Council to have a strip of land at McClure Street, on the Lower Ormeau Road, used for social housing as opposed to private housing as it has previously been designated by the Council. As part of this process he will, this afternoon, be meeting with a team of architects to assess alternative proposals to the current ones for a high rise private apartment complex. Read full article


14 June, 2006

Maskey Lobbies City Council to Oppose Ring Road

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has held a series of meetings with senior Belfast City council officials to lobby them to oppose proposals for a Belfast City Centre Ring Road (which would see the widening of Cromac Street, the widening of the Cromac Street/Ormeau Road junction and the replacing of Ormeau Avenue with 'Bankmore Link'). Read full article


13 June, 2006

Delegation to challenge Planning Management Board over Rushmere House

South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Maskey will, this afternoon, be part of a cross-party delegation, including local residents, attending a review meeting with the Planning Management Board in support of residents objections to the Rushmere House development in South Belfast. (Cllr. Maskey MLA was one of a number of representatives nominated by Belfast City Council's Town Planning Committee to attend the review meeting). Read full article


13 June, 2006

We must do more than thank our carers - we must support them

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Stiofan Long, speaking at the start of carers' week has said that we need to do much more than recognise the invaluable role of carers in our society and called for priority resources, particular to expand and improve the provision of respite care. Read full article


8 June, 2006

How many safety breaches before Sellafield is closed?

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today demanded to know how many safety breaches will have to occur at the Sellafield plant before the British Government and the British Nuclear Group Sellafield (BNGSL) decommission the facility. Ms de Brún made her comments after BNGSL pleaded guilty in an English court to breaching its license regarding radioactive leaks last year. Read full article


6 June, 2006

Soaring house prices hinder first time buyers

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey commenting on the latest University of Ulster quarterly index produced in conjunction with the Housing Executive and the Bank of Ireland showed that house prices were increasing by £600 a week said that this means first time buyers will find it harder to get on the property ladder and warned that this was evidence of the growing impact of property speculators and the but-to-let market. Read full article


1 June, 2006

Unionists will not stop progress on education reform

South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey has said that DUP sabre rattling over the retention of academic selection should be ignored. Read full article