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

News Archives for July, 2007

31 July, 2007

British Military operation prevented political progress

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex maskey has said that when the British Army arrived on the streets in 1969 that it quickly became clear that it would be an oppressive force and was going to be used against one section of the community to maintain British rule. Read full article


27 July, 2007

Maskey welcomes Adams/Poots meeting on Irish Language Act

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed yesterday's meeting between Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams and Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Edwin Poots, saying, Read full article


27 July, 2007

Concern over millions paid out to private landlords

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has voiced concern at millions paid out to Private Landlords in Housing Benefit over this past year. In total £55,203,995 was paid out in the Belfast area in the past year, 70% of which went to private landlords. This is an increase almost £16 million in this past 4 years. Read full article


25 July, 2007

Sinn Féin vows to fight minimum wage cuts tooth and nail

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has pledged that the party will fight any attempts by the British government to lower the minimum wage here. Read full article


24 July, 2007

Appeal for fresh talks in postal dispute

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has appealed for Royal Mail to get into direct talks with The Communication Workers' Union (CWU) as union members step up their industrial action. Read full article


20 July, 2007

Maskey backs call for increased funding for Police Ombudsman's office

Speaking following the release of Nuala O'Loan's final report, Sinn Féin Policing and Justice spokesperson Alex Maskey reiterated the call for increased funding for the new Police ombudsman. Read full article


20 July, 2007

Sinn Féin call for publication of Stalker Report after Ombudsman asked to investigate shoot-to-kill

Sinn Féin Policing Spokesperson, South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has called for the full publication of the Stalker Report and the immediate publication for all other enquiries relating the policy of shoot-to-kill after the Police Ombudsman confirmed that she had been asked to re-open files on the killing of Gervaise McKerr, Sean Burns and Eugene Toman in North Armagh 1982 in by the RUC. Read full article


18 July, 2007

Maskey pleased to support motion highlighting Slavery

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that he was pleased to give his support to a council motion dealing with the issue of slavery. Councillor Maskey MLA was speaking after signing his name in support of the motion. Read full article


18 July, 2007

Shock at £740 million Housing Benefit expenditure

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that many people will be shocked to learn over the past 4 years that almost £740 million was paid out to the private sector, including to Private landlords. The figures released by Margaret Ritchie (AQW 1152/07) show that since 2003/04 that £738,907,030 was paid out to tenants in private rented accommodation and in non Housing Executive registered social accommodation. These figures do not include housing benefit paid to Housing Executive tenants. Read full article


10 July, 2007

Maskey stresses opposition to Ormeau stadium

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has again stressed his opposition to proposals to site a new football stadium in Ormeau Park. Read full article


8 July, 2007

DUP's Nigel Dodds remarks are "baffling"-Maskey

Responding to Nigel Dodds remarks on the timetable for transfer of policing and justice powers to the six counties, Alex Maskey MLA said, Read full article


2 July, 2007

Sinn Féin slams lack of Dental Care on NHS

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Stiofan Long has slammed the lack of dental care available on the NHS. Read full article


2 July, 2007

Sinn Féin supports Nestlé-Free Week

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking during International Nestlé-Free Week, has condemned Nestlé for continuing its practice of pushing formula milk products on vulnerable mothers in developing countries. Read full article