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News Archives for January, 2007

31 January, 2007

Maskey comments on start of election campaign

South Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly election candidate Alex Maskey commenting today on at the start of the Assembly election campaign. Alex Maskey expressed his confidence that the electorate will endorse the Sinn Fein peace strategy and our recent initiative on policing. Read full article


30 January, 2007

Maskey welcomes start of process to remove civil service bar on non-nationals

South Belfast Sinn Féin representative Alex Maskey, has welcomed the commencement of the legislative process to remove the civil service bar on non-British nationals. Read full article


30 January, 2007

Threats to Irish schools unacceptable

South Belfast Sinn Féin representative Alex Maskey has said that any attempt to undermine the viability of Irish and Integrated schools is totally unacceptable. Read full article


30 January, 2007

Decision to cap under graduate numbers a mistake

South Belfast Sinn Féin representative Alex Maskey has challenged the decision of British direct rule Education Minister Maria Eagle to cap the number of full time undergraduate places in Higher Education - the Maximum Student Number (MaSN). Read full article


26 January, 2007

Good Relations and Flags and Emblems reports 'miss the point'

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that two reports published by OFMDFM on Good Relations and Flags, Emblems and Symbols miss the key point in working together to build community relations. Read full article


26 January, 2007

Crime figures show current policing arrangements are failing communities

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that recent crime figures which show that South Belfast has the highest serious crime rate in the North highlights the fact that policing, as it currently stands, is failing communities and shows that the task of creating an accountable and effective police service is only beginning. Read full article


25 January, 2007

East Belfast racist attack 'reprehensible'

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has hit out at those responsible for a racially motivated attack on the home of a young Lithuanian woman in the Tullycarnet area last night. Read full article


24 January, 2007

Maskey hits out at PSNI of denials of sectarian attack

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has hit out at the PSNI after they denied that the burning out of a family in the Ballynafeigh area last Sunday was motivated by sectarian hatred. Mr Maskey said that this was an example of the bad policing which Sinn Féin is intent on challenging and condemning to the past. Read full article


24 January, 2007

Maskey slams racist comments aimed at Alliance Party candidate

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has hit out at those responsible for posting racist comments aimed at the Chinese population and Alliance Party candidate Anna Lo on the internet. Read full article


23 January, 2007

SDLP hypocrisy over Flanagan resignation call

Following Mark Durkan's call for Ronnie Flanagan to go Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has accused the SDLP leader Mark Durkan of "gross opportunism and hypocrisy over his calls for the resignation of Ronnie Flanagan." Read full article


21 January, 2007

Maskey condemns sectarian petrol bomb attack

Sinn Féin South Belfast Assembly Member, Alex Maskey has condemned the sectarian petrol bomb attack which took place last night on a home in Agra Street in the Ballynafeigh area of South Belfast. Read full article


21 January, 2007

Durkan remarks on collusion attempting to re-write history

Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey has accused the SDLP leader Mark Durkan of 'insulting the intelligence of victims of collusion'. Mr Maskey, himself a victim of British Agent Brian Nelson, made his remarks after the SDLP leader claimed that the release of the Police Ombudsman report into the murder of Raymond McCord Junior would finally prove allegations of collusion where true. Mr Durkan however ignored the fact that for two decades when collusion was at its height the SDLP dismissed collusion as 'republican propaganda'. Read full article


19 January, 2007

Concern at approach of Electoral Office to putting people back on the register

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Stiofan Long has expressed concerns at the approach of the Electoral Office to people who are attempting to get onto the Electoral Register. Mr Long revealed that many people who have made the effort to get back on the register were now being further challenged by the Electoral Office to produce more forms of ID. Read full article


19 January, 2007

Maskey appeals to those opposed to Stranmillis traffic management measures

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has appealed to those who are opposed to the implementation of traffic management measures in the Stranmillis area to use the period of time in which a public consultation will be carried out to try and iron out any problems they may have, adding that, "The majority of people in this area want some form of traffic management scheme implemented in the area. Undoubtedly the implementation of such a scheme will benefit all of the people and make the area a safer place". Read full article


19 January, 2007

Progress on 'Green' development - Ó Donnghaile

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall O Donnghaile today stated that he was pleased that work was progressing well in relation to the planned recreational/leisure use of the area known locally as 'the Green' on the Mountpottinger Road. Read full article


19 January, 2007

Ó Donnghaile delighted after drugs den demolished

Sinn Fein's East Belfast representative Niall O Donnghaile has said he is delighted by the response of The Carvill Group to his concerns that a derelict hut on land at the old Sirocco site at Short Strand was being used as a drug den. Mr Ó Donnghaile was speaking after the hut was demolished by the site owners. Read full article


19 January, 2007

Cost of Residents only Parking should not be borne entirely by victims of traffic chaos

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking about the proposed residents only parking schemes, has said that the cost should be borne by the people responsible for the problem, not those who find themselves victims of the parking chaos which we see throughout South Belfast. Read full article


18 January, 2007

Maskey responds to DUP's defence of Castleragh Council's employment figures

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, responding to the DUP's defence of Catlereagh Council's employment record has said that the DUP's defence of the employment record of Castlereagh Council is baseless and devoid of facts. He also said that the DUP, and the council itself, need to accept that there is a problem and deal with it. Read full article


17 January, 2007

Concern expressed at hate crime report

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has expressed his concern at a report which revealed that new laws introduced to tackle racist and homophobic bigots is not being used by the courts. The South Belfast MLA has said that this is particularly relevant given that a racist motive is now suspected as a possible motive for an arson attack on Eglantine Avenue. Read full article


17 January, 2007

Sinn Féin join call for action on Darfur - Sudan crisis

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has added his voice to the call for action on the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan. Read full article


17 January, 2007

Maskey comments on suspected South Belfast arson

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey commenting on reports that a fire, from which six people were rescued this morning, in a block of flats on Eglantine Avenue may have been started deliberately. Read full article


16 January, 2007

Time to challenge attitudes to mental illness

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the launch of a campaign to change public attitudes towards people with Mental Illness by Rethink, the mental health advocacy group. (This campaign was officially launched at Stormont last week). Read full article


13 January, 2007

Ó Donnghaile delighted at Housing Executive's Kitchen scheme

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall O Donnghaile has said that he is delighted that the Housing Executive had decided to keep all of the planned kitchen refurbishment allocation within the Short Strand area. Read full article


10 January, 2007

Ó Donnghaile expresses concern after drugs den uncovered

Niall Ó Donnghaile with some of the uncovered paraphernalia

Sinn Fein East Belfast representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed his horror that a derelict security hut on the old Sirocco Works site is being used by young people from the Short Strand area as a haven for drug abuse. Mr Ó Donnghaile was speaking after local people discovered drug taking paraphernalia in the hut this afternoon. Read full article


9 January, 2007

Titanic Quarter Ltd. must engage with local communities over development

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on Mike Smith, the chief executive of Titanic Quarter Ltd., to engage with local communities in relation to the planned development at the Abercorn Basin. Read full article


8 January, 2007

Ó Donnghaile welcomes East Belfast recycling move

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed the inclusion of Bloomfield, Ballymacaret, Strandtown and Sydenham areas of East Belfast in the kerbside recycling scheme being operated by Bryson House. Read full article


8 January, 2007

Maskey welcomes extension of kerbside recycling service in South Belfast

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the news that a further 25,000 homes in the city are to be included in the city's kerbside recycling scheme being delivered by Bryson House. Read full article


4 January, 2007

Call to reinstate Short Strand Post-box

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on the Post Office to reinstate a post box facility in the Short Strand area of East Belfast. Read full article


4 January, 2007

Maskey welcomes introduction of Stranmillis bottle bank

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the introduction of a bottle bank in the Stranmillis area saying that in a recent survey carried out by the Party in the area recycling and the environment featured highly in the minds of residents in the area. Read full article


3 January, 2007

South Belfast Irish speakers urged to engage in consultation on Irish Language Act

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the positive tone of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) consultation document on the implementation of an Irish Language Act for the North and has called on Irish speakers and supporters of the Irish language within the South Belfast area to respond positively to the document. Read full article


3 January, 2007

Maskey calls for Council to back Lyric theatre redevelopment

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has, in his capacity as chairperson on Belfast City Council's main Policy committee, called for Belfast City Council to back the redevelopment of the Lyric theatre and make a major contribution to the Arts in the city by delivering a landmark capital investment in the theatre and other significant community based arts projects. Read full article