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News Archives for September, 2007

30 September, 2007

Mandatory Registration of landlords key to tackling housing crisis

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking ahead of a Sinn Féin sponsored debate in the Assembly tomorrow, Monday 1st October, has said that the mandatory registration of landlords would have a huge impact on the operation of the housing market not just in tackling abusive rent practices and substandard accommodation and issues such as anti-social tenants but also on more fundamental issues relating the manipulation of the wider housing market by buy-to-let profiteers. Read full article


28 September, 2007

Short Strand Fundraiser Held For Macmillan Cancer

A succesful fundraiser has been held for Macmillan Cancer in the Short Strand Community Centre Read full article


28 September, 2007

Ó Donnghaile Gives Cautious Welcome To Sirocco Plan

Speaking ahead of todays launch of the Carvill Groups plans for development of the Sirocco site in Belfast, East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile gave the plan a cautious welcome. Read full article


27 September, 2007

Most successful Sinn Féin event at British Labour Party conference in 10 years

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that the party's Fringe Event at the British Labour Party conference was the most successful event for 10 years. Read full article


27 September, 2007

Ó Donnghaile Urges Action From Social Development Minister

East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has urged Margaret Ritchie to take action now following the revelation that 36,000 people are on housing waiting list. Read full article


26 September, 2007

Most successful Sinn Féin event at British Labour Party conference in 10 years

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that the party's Fringe Event at the British Labour Party conference was the most successful event for 10 years. Read full article


26 September, 2007

Sinn Féin support for Classroom Assistants

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said Sinn Féin fully support the Classroom Assistants and that hopefully the interventions of the Education Minister and her call for 'new and creative' thinking will lead to a resolution of the long running dispute. Read full article


26 September, 2007

Maskeys Slams Holyland Vandals As Irresponsible And Reckless

After a number of cars were set alight in the Holylands area of Belfast Cllr Alex Maskey MLA has described those involved as irresponsible and reckless. Read full article


25 September, 2007

North Belfast Sinn Fein Hold Event As Part of Macmillan Cancers Big Coffee Morning

North Belfast Sinn Féin have organised an event as part of Macmillan Cancers Big Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September. Read full article


25 September, 2007

Electoral registration forms to be made available in minority languages

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has backed the Electoral Office's efforts to make registering to vote more accessible to ethnic minorities by providing electoral registration forms in a number of languages. The South Belfast MLA also announced that the South Belfast Sinn Féin office will be providing electoral registration forms in Cantonese, Polish and Mandarin; as well as Irish and English. Read full article


25 September, 2007

Policing - Sinn Féin to withhold endorsement of Human Rights Report

Sinn Fein Policing Spokesperson, Alex Maskey MLA has outlined why the party has refused to endorse the recommendations of the 3rd Annual Human Rights Report into policing. Read full article


24 September, 2007

Ógra Shinn Féin Launch Short Film On Suicide Prevention

As part of their ongoing campaign on suicide prevention, Ógra Shinn Féin has produced a short film on the major issue which is the biggest killer of our young people in Ireland Read full article


24 September, 2007

Long Calls For Action To Improve Lives Of People Suffering From Alzheimers Disease

Baloral Sinn Fein Representative Stiofan Long has said that not enough is being done by the Health Service to improve the lives of people with Alzheimer's disease. Read full article


24 September, 2007

Maskey To Attend British Labour Party Conference

Sinn Féin Vice President Pat Doherty MP MLA and Policing and Justice Spokesperson Alex Maskey MLA will lead the party delegation to attend the British Labour Party conference in Bournemouth this week Read full article


24 September, 2007

Maskey Attends Suicide Prevention Conference

Alex Maskey MLA today attended a Conference on suicide which was hosted by Gerry Adams in the Assembly buildings. Read full article


21 September, 2007

Short Strand Festival 2007

The Short Strand annual Community Festival opened today and will run until Sunday. Read full article


21 September, 2007

EQUALITY FOR THE IRISH LANGUAGE

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has said that Sinn Féin's submission to the BBC regarding the Irish language outlines the need for parity for the language. Read full article


21 September, 2007

Ó Donnghaile Hits Out At Vandals

East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has hit out at vandals in the Short Strand who have repeatedly defaced walls in the area. Read full article


20 September, 2007

Environment Minister defeated by Committee over Pensions plan

Alex Maskey MLA, who is a member of the Assembly Environment Committee, has welcomed the defeat of Arlene Foster's proposals to remove the statutory right of local government workers to representation on the pension's body at committee stage today. Read full article


19 September, 2007

South and East Belfast Sinn Féin Urge Support for Disability Rights

Disability Petition

Sinn Féin in South and East Belfast are urging the public to support the campaign for Disability Rights Read full article


19 September, 2007

Sinn Féin welcomes Fianna Fáil announcement to 6 Counties

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the announcement from An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern that Fianna Fáil intend to develop its party within the 6-counties. Read full article


19 September, 2007

RUC did not investigate Rosemary Nelson death threats 'properly'

Sinn Féin Policing and Justice Spokesperson and Policing Board member Alex Maskey has said that today's Police Ombudsman's report into the handling of Loyalist death threats against the murdered Human Rights Lawyer Rosemary Nelson highlight failures by both the RUC and NIO to take the threats seriously or act to protect her life and called for the British Government to lift restrictions on the present Nelson Inquiry as called for by Judge Cory. Read full article


19 September, 2007

Maskey urges rethink over Belfast Aer Lingus employees conditions

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has written to An t-Áire Ian Paisley and An tÁire Martin McGuinness as well as An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Dermot Mannion (Chief Executive, Aer Lingus), to highlight his concerns that Aer Lingus staff to be based in Belfast will be employed under less advantageous terms and conditions than their counterparts in the 26 Counties. The South Belfast MLA has urged all concerned to work to ensure that this does not become the case. Read full article


18 September, 2007

Maskey Calls For Northern Representation In The Oireachtas

Alex Maskey has called on an Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to honour his commitment to representation in the Oireachtas for elected representatives from the six-counties now that he has embraced` all-Ireland politics Read full article


17 September, 2007

Ó Donnghaile Welcomes Assembly Debate on Suicide

East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile today welcomed todays debate on suicide in the Assembly Read full article


15 September, 2007

Maskey extends condolences to Whiteside family

South Belfast MLA, Alex Maskey has extended his and Sinn Féin's condolences to the Whiteside family on the tragic death of their 14 year-old daughter and sister on Finaghy Road South last night. Read full article


13 September, 2007

Sinn Féin hold first meeting with Castlereagh Council representatives

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey yesterday led a Sinn Féin delegation to meet with representatives of Castlereagh Borough Council to discuss council employment figures. Read full article


12 September, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA writes to British and Irish governments to urge compassion over deportation case

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA has written to the British Immigration Minister Jacqui Smith and the Leinster House Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan to appeal for compassion in regard to the Zimbabwean family who were removed from their home in Belfast on Sunday. Read full article


11 September, 2007

Maskey hits out after skips set on fire

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has expressed concern at the number of skips being set on fire in the Holylands area and has called on those involved in this type of anti-social activity to stop. Read full article


10 September, 2007

Grave concern over arrest of Zimbabwean family in Belfast

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has expressed his outrage at the arrest of a Zimbabwean family in Belfast by the Immigration authorities and has stated that his party will do it's utmost to free this family to allow them to remain in Ireland. Read full article


7 September, 2007

Opponents of Educational change are Scare Mongering

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has accused the opponents of the ending of the 11-plus of scare mongering. Read full article


7 September, 2007

Pressure mounts on Orde to publish Stevens Reports

Sinn Féin Policing Spokesperson, South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that there is nothing standing in the way of the publication of the Stevens Reports into collusion. Read full article


5 September, 2007

Hope's for Finaghy flag-free zone expressed

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Stiofan Long has welcomed the removal of flags from the Finaghy Crossroads area and has expressed his hope that this will be the last year that flags are erected in this area. Read full article


5 September, 2007

Minister cannot keep running from housing crisis

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that the Housing Minister must start to bring forward initiatives to tackle the housing crisis after the Federation of Housing Associations warned that demand for affordable and social housing was increasing. Read full article


4 September, 2007

Peter Weir disingenuous with RPA remarks

Responding to a statement by the DUP's Peter Weir MLA on the review of public administration (RPA), Sinn Féin local government spokesperson Alex Maskey MLA said The importance of the RPA is not the number of councils but ensuring equality. Read full article


4 September, 2007

Radical shift towards neighbourhood policing needed

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Policing, South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that there must be a radical shift in the approach to policing for our communities based on genuine partnership. Read full article


3 September, 2007

Ó Donnghaile lends his support to Lower Woodstock campaign

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile, speaking after meeting with the Lower Woodstock Community Association (LWCA), said that he shares the community's concern at the lack of play facilities in the area and supports the LWCA's campaign for a toddlers play park on Eversleigh Street. Read full article


3 September, 2007

Maskey welcomes move to increase size of bottle-banks

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed moves by Belfast City Council officials to replace the recycling bottle-banks used at Stranmillis Roundabout, Mary Peters and Lady Dixon Park with larger bottle-banks. This move comes after Sinn Féin raised the issue of overspill at the Stranmillis site. Read full article