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

News Archives for April, 2007

30 April, 2007

Maskey discusses housing at former North Cricket ground site

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey this morning met with representatives of the Clanmill Housing Association to discuss the ongoing development at the former North Cricket ground on the Ormeau Road. Read full article


27 April, 2007

Maskey raises Markets Youth Centre concerns with Department of Social Development

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has raised concerns that there appears to be no clarity as to if and when the project to develop a Youth Centre in the Markets area of South Belfast will secure the necessary funding to become a reality. The South Belfast MLA has raised these concerns with the Department of Social Development. Read full article


27 April, 2007

Maskey lobbies Arts Council over An Droichead funding cuts

Alex Maskey MLA, Niall Ó Donnghaile and Martin McGuinness MP on a recent visit to the An Droichead centre.

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has written to the Chief Executive of the Arts Council in support of staff at An Droichead cultural centre who are facing job losses due to a cut in funding from the Arts Council. Read full article


27 April, 2007

Planning refused for Shaftesbury Avenue Hotel plan

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that the news that the proposal for a five story hotel complex to be built at the top of Shaftesbury Avenue on the Lower Ormeau Road has been refused will come as a relief to many of those residents who live in the immediate vicinity of this site. Read full article


25 April, 2007

Schools Inspectors Report gives insight into priorities

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the publication of the Chief Inspector of Schools' report into 1500 schools across the north which says that vulnerable and low achieving pupils need more help in schools. Read full article


23 April, 2007

Sinn Féin announce Policing Board nominees

Sinn Féin today announced that it would be nominating Assembly members Alex Maskey, Martina Anderson and Daithí McKay to the Policing Board once the Board was reconstituted after the political institutions go live on May 8th. Read full article


20 April, 2007

Review of current Rating system must be a priority for Department of Finance and Personnel

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that the only way to truly deal with the rates issue in the North is to replace the current rating system with an income based approach to taxation which would be based on ability to pay and has called upon Department of Finance and Personnel Minister Designate, Peter Robinson, to make a review of the current rating system a priority for his department. Read full article


19 April, 2007

Ó Donnghaile to challenge Post Box decision

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has criticised the Post Office's decision to refuse the installation of Post box facilities which would be accessible to the people of the Short Strand. Mr Ó Donnghaile has also said that he will be appealing the decision and will be taking the case to both Postcomm and Postwatch which act as a watchdog and regulator for the postal service. Read full article


19 April, 2007

Fair pay for nurses

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Stiofan Long has said the British Government should deliver on its 2.5% pay rise for nurses immediately rather than it being done in stages. Mr Long went on to say that the pay increase still falls short of level of pay nurses should receive. Read full article


18 April, 2007

Sinn Féin comment on new Parades Review Body

Commenting on the announcement of the make-up of the Strategic Review of Parades Body, Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Belfast Alex Maskey said that he had reservations about the appointment of Paddy Ashdown as Chairperson given his military and political involvement in Ireland in the past but that Sinn Féin would engage with any group who were prepared to press forward on the basis of local dialogue and accommodation to resolve contentious parades. Read full article


18 April, 2007

PUBLIC URGED TO KEEP CHECK ON BANK CHARGES

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Stiofan Long has urged bank customers to check the charges their banks levy after its was discovered bank customers in the North could have paid out up to £210m in unauthorised overdraft charges in the past six years Read full article


17 April, 2007

DPP failing prosecute members of the Crown Forces

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice issues Alex Maskey today said that there was a clear problem within the Office of the DPP when it came to prosecuting members of British State Forces who have been involved in killing citizens here. Read full article


17 April, 2007

Sinn Féin Meet Policing Board Chairperson

A Sinn Féin delegation led by the party President Gerry Adams MP and including Assembly member Jennifer McCann, Dublin Mid-West Representative Joanne Spain and the party spokesperson on Policing issues Alex Maskey met with the Chairperson of the Policing Board Des Rea in Stormont yesterday morning morning. Speaking after the meeting South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey said that Gerry Adams would propose to the party Ard Chomhairle, after the political institutions went live on May 8th, that Sinn Féin would participate in the reconstituted Policing Board and DPPs. Read full article


16 April, 2007

Serious Questions Raised After PSNI Staff Member Charged

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing issues Alex Maskey has demanded that the British Secretary of State Peter Hain make an urgent statement after a PSNI Administrative worker was charged with possessing documents and of illegally accessing the PSNI computer system. Read full article


16 April, 2007

Maskey to meet An Droichead management to discuss funding cuts

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking ahead of tomorrow's meeting with management at the award winning South Belfast cultural centre An Droichead, has hit out at Arts Council plans to cut funding to the centre. Read full article


15 April, 2007

TÁCAÍONN UÍ DHONNGHAILE LE FEACHTAIS ÓGRA SHINN FÉIN - UACHTARÁIN DO CHÁCH

Tá Ógra Shinn Féin ag éiliú go dtugtar vóta do phobal na Sé contae ins na toghchán d'Uachtarán na hÉireann. Iarrann Ógra Shinn Féin go mbeidh na toghchán d'Uachtarán na hÉireann atá le teacht, na céad toghchán uile-Éireann ó 1918. Read full article


13 April, 2007

Maskey welcomes City Council moves to crackdown on slum properties

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed moves by Belfast City Council to crack down on slum properties in the area but has said that much more needs to be done in areas such as the Village and Greater Donegall Road if housing is to be brought up to standard. Read full article


13 April, 2007

Maskey supports family calls for investigation after Special Branch Agent claims

Sinn Féin Assembly member for South Belfast Alex Maskey has added his voice to calls made by families of those killed by the UDA in the area for the Police Ombudsman to carry out an investigation into the activities of Special Branch Agent 'Inch' McFerron who was a leading UDA figure in the area for many years and is linked to many murders. Mr Maskey's remarks come after fresh claims about McFerron are made in today's Irish News. Read full article


12 April, 2007

Advertising Standards Body move on loan adverts

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Stiofan Long has welcomed a ruling by The Advertising Standards Authority against several companies who advertised Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) for people in debt and told them to stop making exaggerated claims in adverts. Read full article


11 April, 2007

Ó Donnghaile hits out at East Belfast anti-social elements

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has said that those involved in a second night of trouble in East Belfast are an anti-social element and has labelled their actions as 'reprehensible'. Read full article


11 April, 2007

EAST BELFAST VIOLENCE 'REPREHENSIBLE'

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has hit out at those responsible for last night's trouble in the area. Read full article


7 April, 2007

Maskey meets with senior US Congressional Delegation

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, yesterday afternoon, took part in a Sinn Féin delegation led by the party's nominee for the post of Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and including Bairbre deBrún MEP, Gerry Kelly MLA and Jennifer McCann MLA which met with a senior US Congressional delegation at the party's offices in Sevastopol Street, Belfast. Read full article


6 April, 2007

Ó DONNGHAILE WELCOMES CHURCH OF IRELAND BISHOP'S VISIT TO THE SHORT STRAND

Speaking after yesterday's visit to the Short Strand area by the Church of Ireland Bishop for Down and Dromore, East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile said he welcomed Bishop Miller and looked forward to continued co-operation between community leaders in East Belfast. Read full article


4 April, 2007

Housing Developers Need Challenged

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that there can be no equivocation on the need to challenge property developers and the impact they are having on the housing market. Read full article


3 April, 2007

Ó DONNGHAILE CONGRATULATES ST. MATTHEWS SCHOOL FOOTBALLERS ON CUMANN NA mBUNSCOIL WIN

Speaking after the children from St Matthews Primary School won the third division Antrim Cup, East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile congratulated the victorious side. Read full article


2 April, 2007

Maskey urges caution on 40 year mortgages

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has urged people to think strongly before embarking on a 40 year mortgage with a Bank or Building Society and called for the British Government to produce more affordable social housing. Read full article


2 April, 2007

EDUCATION ON FINANCES NEEDED

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Stiofan Long has called for more to be done to help young people understand money management. Mr Long made the call after a recent survey carried out for the Department for Education and Skills (DFES) found that 40% of 16-21 year olds did not know what APR stood for and the basic aspects of money and finance are still baffling to many young people. Read full article


2 April, 2007

All Ireland Transport for Pensioners Welcomed

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the long-overdue introduction of free travel for elderly people on an all-Ireland basis which begins today. Read full article