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News Archives for December, 2008

19 December, 2008

No Christmas joy for Irish Undocumented and their Families- A pathway to US Citizenship must be found

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey commenting on the continuing plight of the undocumented Irish in America has said that many Irish emigrants will not be experiencing the joy of travelling home for Christmas to visit their loved ones. Read full article


19 December, 2008

Time is running out for parents to avail of up to £1,040 of Children's Tax Allowance - Sinn Féin

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has urged people to check whether they are eligible to claim back up to £1,040 of Children's Tax Allowance as the deadline for applying is the 31st of January 2009. Read full article


19 December, 2008

Maskey welcomes Primrose Hill traffic light switch on

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the fact that new traffic light at the Primrose Hill/Saintfield Road junction, this week, became fully functional. Read full article


16 December, 2008

Ó Donnghaile supports £10m Titanic Quarter Development following Council amendments

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed Belfast City Council's move invest £10 million into the Titanic Quarter as long as certain amendments, tabled by Sinn Féin and accepted by the strategic policy and resources committee, were met. Read full article


16 December, 2008

Download our Winter 2008 newspaper Media file available

Distributed to over 15,000 homes throughout South and East Belfast our Sinn Féin newspaper keeps you up to date with the ongoing work and campaigns being carried out by Sinn Féin in South and East Belfast. Read full article


16 December, 2008

Parker and Maskey to attend official opening of Finaghy Crossroads Group Office

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has complimented the ongoing work of the Finaghy Crossroads Group and said that tonight's official opening of their new office ensures that the good work will continue in the future. Mr Parker was speaking in advance of tonight's official opening of the Group's new premises at No. 3 Finaghy Road North, and the official switch on of the areas Christmas lights. Vincent Parker will be attending along with Party colleague and South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey. Read full article


16 December, 2008

Ó Donnghaile welcomes Margaret Ritchie's social housing commitment for Sirocco site

East Belfast Sinn Féin Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed a commitment given by the Department of Social Development Minister, Margaret Ritchie, that she is fully committed to securing 20% of the residential development on the former Sirocco Works site for developing Social and Affordable Housing. This commitment was given in response to a written question submitted by Party colleague Alex Maskey MLA. Read full article


16 December, 2008

Maskey voices support for residents in stadium debate

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that Sinn Féin will continue to do all it can to support local residents in the Ballynafeigh area in their campaign to oppose proposals to site a new football stadium in Ormeau Park. Alex Maskey made the pledge of continued support after a special meeting of Belfast City Council's Parks and Leisure Committee reaffirmed its support for a report stating that Ormeau Park was the preferred site for a new multi-purpose stadium. Read full article


16 December, 2008

Maskey hits out after Newtownbreda attack

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has hit out at those responsible for attacking a man in his South Belfast home last night. The attack took place in the man's Newtownbreda Road home and the family have said that they believe that the attack was sectarian. Read full article


15 December, 2008

Cautious welcome for Environment Minister's HMO plans

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has given a cautious welcome to Environment Minister Sammy Wilson's plans to deal with HMO's but has said that the proposals do not go far enough and do not take into account the fact that many areas are already well above the proposed HMO limits. He also said that there must be a joined up approach in dealing with the issue as the Department of Social Development currently has the remit of registering HMO's, a remit that is currently not being adequately carried out, having a knock on effect in dealing with the whole issue. Read full article


12 December, 2008

Lone parents to be penalised under new DSD proposals

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has voiced his concerns at the proposals by Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie to force lone parents onto Job Seekers Allowance once their youngest child has reached the age of 12. Read full article


12 December, 2008

Worries over forecast of rise in rent arrears in 2009

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has expressed concern at news that nearly three-quarters of landlords are bracing themselves for a rise in the number of tenants falling behind with their rent. Read full article


8 December, 2008

Support for public inquiry into proposed City Airport expansion

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey and the Party's East Belfast representative Niall Ó Donnghaile have expressed their support for the call by the 'Belfast City Airport Watch' group for a public inquiry into the proposed runway extension at Belfast City Airport. Alex Maskey and Niall Ó Donnghaile made the call after Niall and Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker attended this evening's public meeting organised by the 'Belfast City Airport Watch' group held in Ballynafeigh Community House. Read full article


8 December, 2008

Challenges and opportunities in identifying new team to lead PSNI reform

Commenting on the news that PSNI Chief Constable Hugh Orde has applied to become the new Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sinn Féin Policing Board member Alex Maskey has said that changes at the top management level of the PSNI bring challenges and opportunities in identifying the new team who will drive forward the necessary changes and reforms. Read full article


6 December, 2008

East Belfast panel discussion hailed as a success

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has hailed last Wednesday's discussion entitled, "'Constitutionally Different - Politically Similar'; can Republicanism and Loyalism ever find common ground", as a huge success. The discussion took place in the East Belfast Mission hall on the Newtownards Road. Read full article


1 December, 2008

Maskey expresses support for tomorrow's University protests

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has expressed his support for students who will be protesting tomorrow throughout the North as part of the Students' Union's campaign for free education for all and to oppose the increase in fees and the removal of the cap on fees. Read full article


1 December, 2008

Increase in burglaries in Lower Ormeau and University areas

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has called on people with information on the recent spate of burglaries in the University and Lower Ormeau areas to bring this information forward to the PSNI. Read full article