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

News Archives for December, 2006

30 December, 2006

Cautious welcome for transfer of land at former Sirocco works site

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile today gave a cautious welcome to this weekend's news that the formal transfer of ownership of the 16 acre former Sirocco works site on the east bank of the river Lagan from Williams Ewart properties to the Carvill Group has taken place. Read full article


29 December, 2006

Anger expressed at Short Strand robbery attempt

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has said that the Short Strand community is extremely angry at last night's attempted robbery at a bookmakers in the area. Read full article


27 December, 2006

Ó Donnghaile responds to Richardson's compensation scheme announcement

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile responding to the news that a number of former employees at Richardson's fertiliser plant will benefit from a compensation scheme has said that the news, while not completely satisfactory, may give closure to some of those former employees who lost out on their pensions. Read full article


27 December, 2006

Maskey confident of cross-party Council support to protect health & education service

Laganbank Sinn Féin councillor and South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that he is confident that he will receive cross-party support for his motion, to be discussed in Belfast City Council on the 3rd of January, calling for "the Eastern Health and Social Services Council and the Belfast Education and Library Board to take all the necessary steps - including the undertaking of meaningful discussions with the Trades Unions and all other affected parties - to ensure the protection of service standards in Health and Education in Belfast". Cllr. Maskey MLA is moving this motion because of concerns highlighted by staff and Unions that PFI schemes will see the privatisation of front-line staff, and in the longer term, impact on front line service provision. Read full article


24 December, 2006

Maskey hits out at Racist attack

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has hit out at those involved in a racist attack on a Ugandan man on Christmas Eve in the Lower Ormeau area. The man was struck in the face and attacked by a dog during an assault at his home. Read full article


20 December, 2006

Peace Dividend not Water Charges must pay for Infrastructure deficit - Maskey

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that, during the ongoing discussions with the British government, Sinn Féin are continuing to argue that the cost of the much-needed overhaul to our water and sewerage infrastructure be met through the Peace Dividend Package and not through Double Taxation Water Charges. Read full article


20 December, 2006

MASKEY DISAPPOINTED AT KNOCKBREDA PRIMARY DECISION

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that he is deeply disappointed at today's decision by British Direct Rule Minister Maria Eagle to refuse to allow the Knockbreda Primary School to transfer to integrated status. Read full article


19 December, 2006

Sinn Féin request meeting to discuss Catholic under-representation in Castlereagh council workforce

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey and East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile have revealed that they have written to the Chief Executive of Castlereagh Borough Council requesting a meeting to discuss the recent CAJ report (Equality in Northern Ireland: the rhetoric and the reality). The report has highlighted Castlereagh Borough Council as having the second worst employment record for Catholics in the North; with Catholic under representation on in the council workforce standing at over 35%. Read full article


19 December, 2006

Maskey meets British Minister to discuss RPA

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey yesterday led a party delegation to meet with British Direct Rule Minister David Hanson to discuss the Review of Public Administration (RPA). The South Belfast MLA, accompanied by Foyle MLA Mitchel McLaughlin, used the meeting to call upon the British Government to move ahead with the RPA and also to reaffirm our position that the equality agenda must be at the heart of the Review. Read full article


15 December, 2006

Maskey welcomes South Belfast News electoral registration drive

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has praised the recent initiative taken by the South Belfast News after they provided an electoral registration form inside the paper in an attempt to address the shortfall of almost 8,000 people who have been wiped of the most recent electoral register. Read full article


15 December, 2006

Maskey & Ó Donnghaile Selected to stand in South & East Belfast

Sitting South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey and East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile were last night selected to stand as candidates in South and East Belfast respectively in the upcoming Assembly elections. Read full article


14 December, 2006

Housing Executive urged to continue kitchen scheme in the Short Strand

East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed concerns that around 40 new kitchens which were promised to the Short Strand area at the beginning of November by the Housing Executive may not now be allocated to the area Read full article


14 December, 2006

"Only minimal progress on tackling fuel poverty" - Ó Donnghaile

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has criticised the approach of British direct rule ministers to tackling the issue of fuel poverty and has suggested investing in renewable energy options for fuel for poor households that will help deliver sustainable costs. Read full article


14 December, 2006

Affordability Review must confront property speculation

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey commenting on the interim recommendations of the Housing Affordability Review has that said housing is a right and government has a responsibility to eradicate homelessness and confront the current manipulation of the housing market by property speculators. Read full article


12 December, 2006

Sinn Féin welcome for Bill of Rights announcement

South Belfast Sinn Féin representative Alex Maskey has welcomed the announcement from the British government that they are to convene the roundtable meeting on a Bill of Rights. The South Belfast MLA said that a Bill of Rights is a key demand of the Good Friday Agreement and that Sinn Féin had been pressing for the convening of this meeting in recent negotiations with the British government. Read full article


11 December, 2006

Sinn Féin challenge DUP homophobia

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey commenting on the debate in the Assembly today on the rights of people to protection against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation has said that 'everyone should have the same rights and legal protections, there is no half way house - you cannot have equality for some'. Read full article


11 December, 2006

Response to Equality figures expose sectarian ethos of Castlereagh Council

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that the response by Castlereagh Council to recently published equality figures betrays a 'bury their head in the sand attitude'. Read full article


11 December, 2006

No evidence offered against 7 council model

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Review of Public Administration, Alex Maskey has said that political parties opposed to the 7 council model have failed to produce any evidence of note to support their position and said that all parties need to commit themselves to strong and effective local government underpinned by power-sharing, equality and social inclusion. Read full article


6 December, 2006

Maskey Welcomes Ulster Museum Roadshow

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed today's announcement that the Ulster Museum is to run a Reaching Out Roadshow tour of its exhibits throughout the North during the two year period of it's closure for a £12 million upgrade. Read full article


5 December, 2006

Sinn Féin launch Registration Drive

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey and East Belfast representative Niall Ó Donnghaile have today launched a registration drive to tackle the disenfranchisement of 5,478 voters in South Belfast and 4,606 voters in East Belfast. Read full article


2 December, 2006

Maskey challenges SDLP over local government reform

Senior Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey today addressed a meeting of the party's National Elected Representatives Forum in Dublin. The group comprises Sinn Féin elected representatives at all levels from across the island. As part of a wide ranging address Mr Maskey accused the SDLP of becoming obsessed by a numbers game in relation to plans for future local government in the six counties and of taking their eye of the real battle which is to ensure that equality provisions are at the heart of any new arrangements. Read full article