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News Archives for July, 2008

29 July, 2008

Parker Extends best wishes to Belfast Pride

Sinn Féin Balmoral Representative and head of the party's Equality and Human Rights Department Vincent Parker has extended solidarity and best wishes to the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and trans-gender community who are celebrating Belfast Pride 2008 this week. Read full article


29 July, 2008

Campbell must show the same commitment to An Gaeilge as he will to Ulster Scots - Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin's Niall Ó Donnghaile has said he believes that culture Minister Gregory Campbell must show the same degree of commitment to the Irish Language as he has pledged to show to Ulster Scots. Read full article


29 July, 2008

Anger at PSNI stance on loyalist weapons

Responding to comments in today's Irish News by PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Peter Sheridan claiming that the PSNI know the location of loyalist weapons dumps, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Policing Alex Maskey said that if this is the case then it was time they went out and lifted them. Read full article


29 July, 2008

Short Strand petition says Mountpottinger must GO!

Sinn Féin's Martin/Treacy Cumann in the Short Strand area has launched a drive to collect signatures from people in the area supporting their call for 'homes not forts'. Read full article


25 July, 2008

Panic system alarms must be operational asap, whatever it takes. - Alex Maskey

Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey, South Belfast MLA and Policing Board member has condemned the attack on a young girl in the Dublin Road area of the city centre. He has further added that the panic button system in Belfast, operated and controlled by the PSNI, which has been off-line since Tuesday night, must be fixed whatever it takes, over the coming days. Of the 5 emergency contact points in the city centre, one was located on the Dublin Road, close to where the sexual assault of a women occurred last night. Read full article


25 July, 2008

Just why does the DUP want to retain a militarised base like Mountpottinger? - Ó Donnghaile

Speaking after the DUP's East Belfast MLA Robin Newton yesterday called for the retention of Mountpottinger Barracks in East Belfast, Sinn Féin's Niall Ó Donnghaile has question what the exact reasons for this position are. Read full article


25 July, 2008

Parker condemns Belfast City sex attack

Sinn Féin's Balmoral Representative and South Belfast DPP member Vincent Parker has condemned last nights sex attack on a woman in Marcus Ward Street. Read full article


23 July, 2008

Ó Donnghaile submits clear message to the consultation on the future of Mountpottinger Barracks

Niall Ó Donnghaile has formally submitted Sinn Féin's submission to the consultation on the future of Mountpottinger PSNI Barracks in the Short Strand area of East Belfast. Read full article


22 July, 2008

Iris needs to stop and think about the hurt her comments are causing - Parker

Sinn Féin's Balmoral representative and head of the party's Equality and Human Rights Department Vincent Parker has questioned the intentions of DUP MLA Iris Robinson in her latest attack against the gay community. Read full article


21 July, 2008

South Belfast News Platform 22/July/08 - Safer neighbourhoods need united community and police response

Hardly a week passes without media reports of elderly people being attacked, sexual assaults, death driving, shootings and stabbings in various parts of Belfast. Unfortunately, these are the issues that make headlines. But media reports do not paint the full picture or the full extent of damage to communities daily afflicted by the irresponsible actions of a minority. These anti-community elements are not only responsible for physical attacks, robberies and the destruction of property but for instilling fear and apprehension into the general public to the extent that people are afraid to venture into certain sections of out cities, towns and rural communities at night. Read full article


18 July, 2008

Over 60s urged to apply for free travel on public transport over summer months - Maskey

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA is encouraging everyone over 60 to ensure that they secure their entitlement to free travel on public transport, which is scheduled to be introduced as and from October, by applying for their free travel Smartpasses over the summer months. Read full article


12 July, 2008

East Belfast Bonfire vandalism hardly surprising - Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin's East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has said news that a number of derelict buildings in Ballymacarret caught fire as well as a library on the Woodstock being damaged due to heat from bonfires comes as no great surprise given the lack of management and safety measures at some of the sites. Read full article


11 July, 2008

Flag 'hate crime' complaint comes as no surprise - Ó Donnghaile

Following reports in the media today, that the PSNI have launched an investigation into the Union Jack Shop, which was selling Irish National Flags as 'Fenian Flags to Burn', East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile (who exposed the issue this week) has said the investigation is only right given the situation. Read full article


10 July, 2008

Dog walkers on Lagan Walkway need suitable bins - Ó Donnghaile

niall on the lagan walkway

Sinn Féin's East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has today said that he will be in contact with Belfast City Council following a large number of dog walkers who use the Lagan Walkway contacting him regarding the lack of bins in the vicinty. Read full article


9 July, 2008

de Brún calls for action on Palestinian prisoners, especially children

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has called for action in support of Palestinian political prisoners being held by Israel. Read full article


8 July, 2008

Sinn Féin's Balmoral Representative Vincent Parker condemns City Centre hijacking

Sinn Féin's Representative in Balmoral and South Belfast DPP member Vincent Parker has condemned the car hijacking that took place in Belfast City Centre last night. Read full article


8 July, 2008

Ó Donnghaile condemns the selling of 'Fenian Flags' on Belfast's Newtonards Road

Sinn Féin's East Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has expressed disgust and offence at the selling of what they refer to as 'Fenian Flags', which are in actual fact the Irish National Flag, in the Union Jack Shop in East Belfast. Read full article


7 July, 2008

de Brún supports "necessary" inclusion of airlines in emissions scheme

Sinn Féin MEP and climate change committee member in the European Parliament has described the inclusion of aviation in the EU's emissions trading scheme as "necessary" and says that claims about the negative effects of the measures are exaggerated. Read full article


4 July, 2008

Concern that 'Green' rates relief will increase fuel poverty

Sinn Féin South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey has said that while any proposal to introduce a rates relief for homes meeting or installing energy efficient measures or micro-generation would contribute to a sustainable energy policy that there were genuine concerns that the proposals from Finance Minister Nigel Dodds would penalise those most at risk from fuel poverty. Read full article


3 July, 2008

Buaileann Sinn Féin leis an Coimisiún um Chomhionannais máidir le cúrsaí Gaeilge

Bhuail toscaireacht de chuid Shinn Féin, faoi stiúr Bhairbre de Brún agus Francie Brolly, bhuail siad leis an Choimisiún um Chomhionannais inniu le cúrsaí Gaeilge a phlé. D'amharc an cruinniú ar ghnéithe éagsúla d'fhreagrachtaí an chomisiúin, cosaint agus soláthar do ghaelgóirí le reachtaíocht ina measc. Read full article


3 July, 2008

Sinn Féin meets with Equality Commission on Irish Language

A Sinn Féin delegation led by Bairbre de Brún MEP and Francie Brolly MLA, party spokesperson on the Irish Language, met today with the Equality Commission to discuss their role in relation to the Irish Language. Read full article


2 July, 2008

Tips for keeping your mobile phone charges down while on holiday

Ofcom has recently published ten tips for keeping mobile phone costs down whilst travelling abroad. As the summer holiday season starts, this information may be helpful to you. constituents Read full article


2 July, 2008

Niall Ó Donnghaile comments on last nights 'Mini Twelfth' in East Belfast.

Speaking after the annual Mini Twelth / Somme Commemoration Parade in East Belfast, local Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed the fact that this year no major incidents took place, but has said a lot of work still needs to be done in the time ahead. Read full article


1 July, 2008

Sinn Féin demand Public Inquiry into Invest NI

South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey speaking after DETI responded to an Assembly Question revealing that Invest NI has spent over £1.6 million renting vacant office space in South Belfast in the last four years has re-iterated the party's demand for a Public Accounts Committee and Comptroller and Auditor General Public Inquiry into Invest NI. Read full article