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News Archives for October, 2006

31 October, 2006

Homes not Forts - Call for community support for protest

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has called upon residents of the Short Strand area to show their opposition to the continued presence of Mountpottinger Barracks by attending a protest at the barracks on Friday 3rd November at 5pm. Read full article


30 October, 2006

Water Service must present flooding report to the local community

Alex Maskey with Lower Ormeau community worker Gerard Rice

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has written to the Chief Executive of the Water Service to request that they present their findings into last year's flooding in the Lower Ormeau area directly to the local community. Read full article


30 October, 2006

Maskey welcomes Rosario commitment to young people

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the recent appointment of a full-time youth worker by the Rosario Youth Club as a sign of the club's commitment to the young people of the area. Cllr. Maskey MLA was speaking after a meeting last week at which local representatives were invited to meet the new youth worker. Read full article


30 October, 2006

Maskey to lobby for Council support for Lyric Theatre

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey is to lobby Belfast City Council to back the redevelopment of South Belfast's Lyric Theatre saying the theatre "is an asset to the whole of Belfast". Read full article


29 October, 2006

Time for bunting to be removed in Ballynafeigh

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has appealed for the good work which has been done in some areas of South Belfast in ensuring that flags and bunting only remain up for a limited time to be extended to the Ballynafeigh area. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after being contacted by a number of residents concerned that bunting erected in the Ballynafeigh area over the July period is still up and littering the area. Read full article


27 October, 2006

McCarthy using policing issue to try and score cheap political points

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed the SDLP's belated support for Sinn Féin's campaign to get rid of Mountpottinger Barracks but has hit out at the SDLP's attempts to use the policing issue in the Short Strand to cover up for the fact that the SDLP accepted a police force which is less than what the people of the area deserve. Read full article


27 October, 2006

"Mobilisation of popular opinion essential in demand for return of Assembly" - Maskey

Alex Maskey with Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that the mobilisation of civic society and popular opinion is essential in the run up to the November deadlines for the return of the Assembly, power-sharing Executive and all-Ireland institutions so that local politicians can make the decisions on key issues such as Water Charges. Read full article


26 October, 2006

All-Ireland economic study an important first step

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has today described a report which endorses all-Ireland economic activity as an important first step and stressed the need for positive and pro-active steps to move this agenda forward. The South Belfast MLA also added that Sinn Féin has been to the forefront of work towards bringing about an all-Ireland economy. Read full article


25 October, 2006

Bombardier job losses highlight dangers of over dependence on Foreign Direct Investment

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has said that Bombardier's announcement of 645 redundancies will come as a body blow to the local workforce and that it will have far reaching consequences for the local economy. He also said it highlighted the dangers of having economic policy driven by an over dependence on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Read full article


25 October, 2006

Business leaders highlight need for All-Ireland economy

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the joint statement from the CBI and IBEC Joint Business Council adopting a new strategy for 2007-2013 and recognising that the 'needs of all-island economy must take centre stage'. Read full article


21 October, 2006

Sinn Féin demand closure of Mountpottinger Barracks

East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Niall O'Donnghaile today demanded the speedy closure of Mountpottinger PSNI Barracks in the Short Strand and its replacement with affordable homes. Mr O'Donnghaile's remarks came after a consultation was launched on the future of the military fortress. Read full article


19 October, 2006

Maskey & Ó Donnghaile outline five key demands on all Ireland agenda

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey and East Belfast Party representative Niall Ó Donnghaile have outlined Sinn Féin's five key demands to further the all Ireland agenda, outlining that each of the five "gives rise to many challenging issues and campaigns which Sinn Féin is prepared to work on in the immediate future." Read full article


19 October, 2006

Maskey part of delegation to meet with Church of Ireland Bishops

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will lead a party delegation including Caitriona Ruane MLA, Mary Lou McDonald MEP, Conor Murphy MP, Alex Maskey MLA and the head of the party's unionist outreach project Martina Anderson for talks with the Head of the Church of Ireland Archbishop Robin Eames and a senior Church delegation in Stormont on Monday 23rd October at 11am. This will be the first public meeting between the Sinn Féin leadership and the Church of Ireland. Read full article


16 October, 2006

MASKEY COMMENTS ON ST ANDREW'S TALKS

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey commenting after the St Andrew's talks has said that Sinn Féin will now consult with the rest of the party and with the wider republican family. He also appealed to republicans to get this document, to study it, debate it and be part of the efforts to resolve all of these matters and appealed to unionists to do the same thing.' Read full article


16 October, 2006

MASKEY REPONDS TO RATES CAP PROPOSALS

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey speaking about proposals to put cap rates in the North has said that while this will offer some respite for those living in high value properties who have low fixed incomes, the only way to truly deal with this issue is to replace the rating system with an income based approach to taxation which would be based on ability to pay. Read full article


6 October, 2006

Sinn Féin support Water Charges legal challenge

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has publicly backed the legal challenge taken by the Consumer Council against the Department for Regional Development over the imposition of water charges. Read full article


3 October, 2006

MASKEY WELCOMES £9.3m HEALTH CENTRE BUT WARNS ON PRIVATISATION

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the official opening of the new Bradbury Health and Care Centre at the Lower Lisburn Road but has stated that the British Government must not be permitted to use the need for ongoing reform and modernisation within the health service as a means to accelerate the privatisation of the service through the backdoor. Read full article