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News Archives for January, 2008

31 January, 2008

de Brún backs European Parliament call on Climate Change

Sinn Féin MEP and member of the European Parliament's Climate Change committee has backed MEPs' calls for the EU to become a world leader in the fight against climate change. Read full article


31 January, 2008

Reclaim dormant bank and building society accounts

Sinn Féins East Belfast Representative, Niall Ó Donnghaile, has urged bank or building society customers to check if they have any money laying in dormant accounts and make efforts to reclaim their money via a new web site set up by a number of banks and building societies and all NS&I products, which should hopefully make it easier and quicker for consumers to reclaim lost money. Read full article


31 January, 2008

EU Directive will lead the way to privatisation of postal services - de Brún

Responding to a EU directive on opening the market in postal services, Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has said that this will be detrimental to Royal mail workers, local post offices and the public and will pave the way to privatisation in public services. Read full article


29 January, 2008

Social Housing - Time for talking over

Sinn Féin's East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has said that now the budget, along with substantial increases in the housing budget, has been agreed that we need to begin to action to tackle the housing crisis. Read full article


29 January, 2008

Alex Maskey calls on Alasdair McDonnell and Carmel Hanna to explain their "bizarre" position on the PFG and Budget to the people of South Belfast.

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA, Alex Maskey, commenting on the SDLP decision to vote against the power-sharing Executive's, (of which it is a member), Programme for Government, as "bizarre" and called on Alasdair McDonnell and Carmel Hanna to explain their position to the people of South Belfast Read full article


29 January, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP calls for a Climate Protection Bill

Speaking at a debate hosted by the organisation 'People Against Climate Change' in the Cultivate Centre in Temple Bar Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brun said, "climate change is not only the major political challenge of our time; it is also one of the greatest social, environmental and economic threats that society has experienced in recent history." Read full article


28 January, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP defends the use of the Irish language in the EU

In a response to a statement by Jim Nicholson MEP on the use of the Irish language in the European Parliament, Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún has defended the use of the Irish language in the EU. Read full article


25 January, 2008

Anger at PSNI deployment TASERS

South Belfast MLA, and Sinn Féin Policing Board Member, Alex Maskey has reiterated the party's opposition to TASERS after it emerged that the PSNI will began deploying the controversial weapons from today (Friday). Read full article


23 January, 2008

End Israeli Embargo Now - Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has called on the Israeli Government to immediately end its harsh blockade of Gaza. Read full article


23 January, 2008

Maskey Welcomes Visit By Education Minister To Scoil An Droichid

Alex Maskey today welcomed a visit by Catríona Ruane to Scoil an Droichid in South Belfast. The visit was to facilitate the launch of "Na Maceys: Turas Scoile Blianintiúil" an Irish language educational resource focused on healthy eating. Read full article


21 January, 2008

Alex Maskey, MLA for South Belfast, to attend protest by Village residents at Stormont

Alex Maskey, MLA for South Belfast, is to attend a protest by residents of the Village area of South Belfast on the steps of Stormont at 2:30 on Tuesday 22nd January. The protest has been organised by the residents of the Village area to highlight the inaction of the Department of Social Development (DSD) in dealing with the chronic housing conditions in the area. Read full article


21 January, 2008

Importance of safe usage of internet -Parents

Sinn Féin East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has called on parents whose children may have received computers as Christmas presents to ensure that there are fully aware of all aspects of the internet, chat rooms and the sites such as youtube and bebo. Read full article


21 January, 2008

Maskey Backs Ó Snodaigh On Gaza

Alex Maskey MLA has backed calls by Sinn Féin International Affairs Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD for the 26 County Government to end its policy of preferential relationship with Israel in light of its blockade of Gaza which has left the region without humanitarian aid and with dwindling energy supplies. Read full article


21 January, 2008

Minister launches new School Improvement Policy

Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane today outlined her new policy for school improvement Read full article


21 January, 2008

Orde should withdraw TASERS immediately

Sinn Féin Policing Board Member, Alex Maskey MLA has called on Hugh Orde to reconsider his position on the acquisition of TASERS in light of the death of a man in Bedford, England. Read full article


21 January, 2008

Bizarre twist in deportation case welcomed - Maskey MLA

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed a bizarre twist of fate which has resulted in a temporary reprieve for Comfort Adefowoju and her family. The family have been told they cannot fly today as a ticket was not bought for Comfort's baby. Read full article


20 January, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP to attend vigil in support of East Belfast family

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún and Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey shall attend a vigil in support of East Belfast residents Comfort Adefowoju and her family, Monday @12pm, outside Belfast City Hall. Read full article


18 January, 2008

Sinn Féin express grave concern at imminent deportation of East Belfast family

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has expressed grave concern over the news that East Belfast resident Comfort Adefowoju and her family may be deported to Nigeria on Monday. Read full article


17 January, 2008

Ógra Shinn Féin National Congress Clár

Ógra Shinn Féin National Congress Clár Ógra Shinn Féin National Congress ATGWU Hall, Middle Abbey Street Dublin 18 - 20 January Clár Read full article


16 January, 2008

Free Transport Scheme not delayed

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that SDLP MLA Mary Bradley, and many other SDLP MLA's either don't understand the workings of the Assembly or are deliberately misleading the public by claiming that free transport for the elderly was to be delayed. Read full article


16 January, 2008

MEP backs major European Road Safety initiative

Sinn Féin MEP Ms Bairbre de Brún has urged motorists to choose ESC (Electronic Stability Control), a new technology which could save hundreds of lives by preventing skids which often lead to accidents on our roads. Read full article


16 January, 2008

Sinn Féin ag seasamh an fhóid ar son na Gaeilge

Ag caint sa parlaimint inné, chuir Bairbre de Brún fáilte roimh an scéal is deanaí ó na Náisiúin Aontaithe go mbeidh an bhliain seo 2008 mar bhliain idirnáisiúnta do teangacha. Read full article


15 January, 2008

Ritchie must use new Housing money to set out strategy to tackle housing crisis

Sinn Féin's East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile, has welcomed confirmation that the Department of Social Development has been allocated an additional £45 million towards housing and an additional £2 million towards the Warm Homes Scheme. Read full article


14 January, 2008

Ógra Shinn Féin to launch Major Drug and Alcohol Campaign

Ógra Shinn Féin will launch a major National campaign on Drugs and Alcohol this coming weekend in Dublin. The launch will take place this Saturday 19th January at the youth movement's National Congress in the ATGWU Hall, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin at 2pm. Read full article


14 January, 2008

Sinn Féin support work of Victims umbrella group

Alex Maskey MLA with victims representative Mark Sykes

South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has paid tribute the contribution of an umbrella group representing over 1,100 victims of the conflict in working to find a way forward in dealing with the issue of truth and the past. Read full article


12 January, 2008

Short Strand Young Women Visit Assembly

This Saturday a number of young women from the Short Strand area of East Belfast joined Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile on a tour of Stormont and a discussion with Sinn Féin's Women Spokesperson Jennifer McCann. Read full article


11 January, 2008

Sinn Féin reject Orde response to collapse of Hoey Trial

Sinn Féin policing spokesperson, South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that Sinn Féin can not accept Hugh Orde's response to the judgement following the collapse of the Sean Hoey/Omagh trial. Read full article


10 January, 2008

Drink driving leniency granted to PSNI officer unacceptable and unsatisfactory- Maskey MLA

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board member Alex Maskey has said the leniency granted by the PSNI to a serving police officer who was convicted of drink driving is both unacceptable and unsatisfactory. Read full article


7 January, 2008

Family Support Worker to begin work with the Short Strand Drug Awareness Group

Starting from 16th January a family support worker from the Falls Community Council will be available in the Short Strand Drug Awareness Group offices from 12:30pm - 4:00pm every Wednesday. Read full article


5 January, 2008

EQuality In2 Action - EQIA campaign

Alex Maskey, South Belfast MLA, welcomes the new Sinn Fein "EQuality In2 Action - EQIA" campaign, announced today Read full article


5 January, 2008

PSNI response to suspected drugs find not up to the mark

Sinn Féin's Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed his utter dismay at the PSNI response to what local people suspect was another drugs find in the Short Strand area. Read full article


3 January, 2008

Sinn Féin welcome 11th hour temporary deportation reprieve for East Belfast residents

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed an 11th hour reversal over the deportation of East Belfast resident Comfort Adefowoju and her family to Nigeria. Read full article


2 January, 2008

Sinn Féin's engagement with policing structures is about delivering an effective policing service that works

Speaking prior to tomorrow's (Thursday January 3rd 08) Policing Board Meeting Sinn Féin Spokesperson, Alex Maskey MLA (South Belfast) has said that the recent verdict in the Omagh bomb trial was a sad indictment of policing gone wrong. Read full article