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

News Archives for July, 2006

31 July, 2006

LORAG funding welcomed

Alex Maskey with LORAG's Gedrard Rice

South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the awarding of £94,735 for the Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group's (LORAG) 'Young Peoples' Project" by the Department of Social Development. Read full article


30 July, 2006

Israeli onslaught in Lebanon must be brought to an end

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has reiterated the call by Party colleague Martin McGuinness on the White House and the British government to use their influence with the Israelis to secure an immediate ceasefire. He was speaking after the killing of 54 Lebanese civilians, including 37 children, by Israeli forces in the southern village of Qana. Read full article


29 July, 2006

UNIONIST THUGS FORCE FAMILIES FROM SOUTH BELFAST HOMES

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has expressed his concern at the recent upsurge in sectarian intimidation being carried out by Unionist death squads within the South Belfast area. He was speaking after his South Belfast office was contacted by four different families who have been forced from their homes because of intimidation and attacks in recent weeks. Read full article


26 July, 2006

World's gaze on Lebanon, but we must not forget Palestinian plight - Bairbre de Brún

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today called upon the international community to stand by the people of Gaza in their hour of need. Ms de Brún urged people to 'remember that attacks on Gaza are continuing unabated'. Read full article


26 July, 2006

SDLP's McDonnell must stop telling lies

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has called upon the SDLP Deputy Leader Alasdair McDonnell to stop telling lies in relation to Sinn Féin's position on the Review of Public Administration (RPA), and has called upon Mr McDonnell's Party colleagues, Councillor's John O'Kane and Dermot Curran, to verify that Sinn Féin has opposed the current RPA proposals in relation to minority protection on councils. Read full article


25 July, 2006

Housing Executive spin cannot explain away housing strategy failures

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that 'Housing Executive spin cannot explain away housing strategy failures'. He was responding to Housing Executive denials that the current housing policy is of more benefit to private landlords and developers as opposed to those on the housing waiting list. Read full article


24 July, 2006

MASKEY CALLS FOR BILINGUAL ATM SERVICE

South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey, as part of a campaign to make the Irish language a living language in the Lower Ormeau area, has joined a number of cultural and community groups in writing to the Ulster Bank asking them to offer the ATM service on the Lower Ormeau in both English and Irish. Read full article


21 July, 2006

Redundancy letters received by MLA's

Commenting on the receipt by MLA's yesterday of instructions to prepare support staff for redundancy South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey said, Read full article


19 July, 2006

Court Case Demonstrates Need For Irish Language Act

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking after party activists attended a protest outside the Laganside courts on Belfast organised by Irish language activists, said that the fact that Máire Nic an Bhaird has to put forward arguments in order to obtain court services in Irish shows the need for an Irish language act. Read full article


15 July, 2006

DUP 'appealing to lowest common denominator'

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has accused the DUP of failing to show political leadership by "appealing to the lowest common denominator within unionism", and said that Ian Paisley's 12th July speech proved that the DUP were intent on blocking political progress. Read full article


13 July, 2006

Maskey calls for review of alternative recycling measures

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has formally asked Belfast City Council to carry out a review of the alternative measures put in place to cover for the temporary closure of the Park Road recycling depot. This formal request comes after a number of people contacted Sinn Féin to express their concerns that the current measures in place are inadequate. Read full article


12 July, 2006

MASKEY HITS OUT AT 'THUGS' AFTER CAR IS BURNT OUT

South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey has labelled as 'thugs' those responsible for burning a car on the Lower Ormeau Road this morning. Read full article


8 July, 2006

Unionists and Loyalists challenged over South Belfast Flags

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that if areas in South Belfast are to be truly regarded as 'mixed' areas then unionists and loyalists need to show political leadership and face up to the challenge of the flags issue. Read full article


7 July, 2006

Maskey comments on SEELB appointments

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has ridiculed the British Government's appointment of four Commissioners to carry out their dirty work on the SEELB and also claimed that the DUP now need to take up the challenge and appoint their own Education Minister at the Assembly. Read full article


4 July, 2006

VANDALISM MUST NOT BE USED AS EXCUSE TO CLOSE PLAY-PARK

Alex Maskey with Lower Ormeau community worker Gerard Rice

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that last weekends vandalism in the Lower Ormeau area must not be used as an excuse to close a local play-park. Read full article


3 July, 2006

Sinn Féin make submission on Housing Executive study

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking about the party's submission on the Housing Executive's 'South Belfast Sector Study' has labelled the Study "a missed opportunity in terms of setting the Housing agenda for South Belfast". Read full article


2 July, 2006

South Belfast Housing Policy Designed to Benefit Private Landlords and Developers

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has hit out at the current housing policy saying that it seems designed to benefit private landlords and developers rather than those who have been waiting years on housing waiting lists. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after it was revealed that within the Housing Executive's Belfast District 7 catchment area there has been less money spent on new build programs than has been spent on Private sector housing benefits and Private sector grants. Read full article