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News Archives for July, 2009

31 July, 2009

PSNI must review use of Section 44 stop and search powers

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has called upon the PSNI in South Belfast to review its use of Section 44 stop and search powers. Alex Maskey made the call after police in Hampshire, England, suspended their use of stop and search powers under the Terrorism Act after figures showed no arrests in connection with terrorist activity were made despite a huge increase in stops. Read full article


31 July, 2009

Welcome for An Droichead Festival

Sinn Féin Representatives Alex Maskey MLA and Niall Ó Donnghaile have welcomed the launch of this years festival at An Droichead. Read full article


31 July, 2009

Fáilte curtha roimh Fhéile an Droichead

Cuireann ionadaithe Shinn Féin Alex Maskey BT agus Niall Ó Donnghaile fáilte roimh lainseáil Fhéile an Droichead san ionad cultúrtha ar Bhóthar Ormeau i mBéal Feirste ar maidin. Read full article


28 July, 2009

Sex Offender case poses questions about PSNI's ability to manage sex offenders

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the news that convicted sex offender Paul Hunter Redpath has been apprehended in Wicklow. However, he has said that this issue has raised serious questions about the large number of sex offenders who are being housed in the South Belfast area and the ability of the PSNI to manage them. Read full article


28 July, 2009

Parker calls for NI Water meeting after sewage overspill

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has requested a meeting with representative of NI Water to discuss a sewage overspill occurring at the back of homes in Orchardville Crescent. This is an ongoing problem which, most recently, has occurred 3 times in the last two weeks. Read full article


27 July, 2009

Drainage Improvements to resolve Ballynafeigh flooding problems

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking after contacting the Department for Regional Development about recent flooding in the Ballynafeigh area, has said that the Drainage Improvements Scheme currently being carried out in the area should, when completed, prevent further flooding in the Ballynafeigh area. Read full article


27 July, 2009

Parker calls on South Belfast loyalists to disassociate themselves from racist comments

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative, and member of the South Belfast DPP, Vincent Parker has called upon loyalists in South Belfast to disassociate themselves from the racist comments made justifying the recent attacks on ethnic minorities in South Belfast. The comments were made in an article in the 'Warrior' magazine which has been sold this month in Derry. Read full article


26 July, 2009

Parker calls for Clean-up

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has called upon Belfast City Council to cut the grass and empty waste bins on a more regular basis at Orchardville on Finaghy Road North. Read full article


24 July, 2009

Minister Ritchie must deliver on promises to the Market community

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has called upon Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie to deliver on her promises to the Market community. Alex's comments came after the Social Development Minister's Department received a further £20 million of funding from the Assembly Executive to fund social housing, repairs and other schemes. However, despite this additional funding being made available, Minister Margaret Ritchie is still blocking the implementation of the Environmental Improvement Scheme in the Market area, a scheme which would see improvement work carried out in the community, a scheme she had previously committed her Department to carrying out. Read full article


24 July, 2009

Parker calls for speedy completion of Myrtlefield Park traffic-calming work

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has called for work to install traffic calming measures in Myrtlefield Park to be completed as speedily as possible. Mr Parker made the call after being contacted by residents in the street who were concerned that, while a number of speed ramps had already been installed in the street, the work to install the last two speed ramps appeared to have stalled. Read full article


22 July, 2009

Maskey voices opposition to Ormeau Park stadium

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking after consultants hired by Belfast City Council recommended Ormeau Park as the site for a new sports stadium, 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 the building of a stadium in the Park. Read full article


16 July, 2009

Maskey welcomes appointment of new Chief Executive of the Consumer Council

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has wished the new Chief Executive of the Consumer Council Antoinette McKeown well on taking up her appointment Antoinette McKeown takes over the position following the departure of Eleanor Gill Read full article


16 July, 2009

Ó Donnghaile welcomes 'traffic calming' for Bryson Street

Sinn Féin representative for east Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed the news that following lobbying by Sinn Fein in the Short Strand, Roads Service are to implement traffic calming measures in the Bryson Street area. Read full article


15 July, 2009

Ó Donnghaile condemns east Belfast violence

Sinn Féin representative for east Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile has condemned the violence that broke out at the Bryson Street, Newtonards Road junction last night. Read full article


12 July, 2009

Ó Donnghaile condemns paint attack on St Matthews Chapel

Sinn Féin Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has blasted those responsible for an overnight paint attack on Saint Matthews Chapel in the Short Strand. Read full article


9 July, 2009

Óglach Joe McDonnell remembered in Short Strand

Republicans in the Short Strand area gathered last night to commemorate Volunteer Joe McDonnell who died on hunger strike in the H-Blocks 28 years ago. Read full article


9 July, 2009

Concern over letting agents report that more tenants are struggling to pay their rent

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that he is concerned after a report published this week by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) reported that letting agents are seeing a rise in the number of tenants struggling to pay their rent. Read full article


8 July, 2009

Ó Donnghaile seeks traffic calming for Bryson Street

Sinn Féin Representative for East Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile has said that residents of Bryson Street in the Short Strand are becoming increasingly concerned with the amount of traffic travelling through the street during the day. Read full article


7 July, 2009

Disappointment at refusal to extend C-Diificile inquiry to South Belfast

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has expressed his disappointment at the refusal of the Health Minister Michael McGimpsey MLA to extend the inquiry into the outbreak of C-Difficile in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust hospitals to South Belfast's Musgrave Park and Belfast City Hospital's. Read full article


3 July, 2009

Maskey responds to Holylands CCTV proposals

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, responding to news that mobile CCTV cameras could be used in the Holylands area, has said that he understands the relief felt by many residents at this news, and understands why many residents will welcome the move. However, he stated that the installation of CCTV, in itself, does not offer a long-term solution to the problems faced by the Holylands community. Read full article


2 July, 2009

Welcome for peaceful 'Mini Twelfth' - Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin's east Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has commended all those responsible for ensuring that last night's 'Mini Twelfth' parade in east Belfast passed off peacefully. Read full article


1 July, 2009

Ballynafeigh flags divisive

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that the erecting of flags in the Ballynafeigh area is divisive and will have a negative impact on community relations in the area. He also stated that a number of residents have contacted him to highlight their concerns that the PSNI have entered into an agreement with loyalists in relation to the flags issue in this area. Read full article