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News Archives for March, 2010

31 March, 2010

Reduce bills for low-income homes' - Maskey

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that energy companies are to come under renewed pressure to introduce social tariffs to reduce bills for vulnerable customers. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after the Consumer Council confirmed that in intends to commission new research on the extent of fuel poverty and the cost of implementing such tariffs where fuel companies subsidise reduced bills for low-income households. Read full article

31 March, 2010

Parker formally submits Sinn Féin response to Bill of Rights consultation

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative, and head of the Party's Equality and Human Rights Department, Vincent Parker today was today joined by Foyle MLA Martina Anderson MLA in handing over Sinn Féin's formal submission to the consultation on a Bill of Rights for the north. Read full article

30 March, 2010

'Businesses to benefit from rates rebate' - Alex Maskey MLA

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has urged businesses to ensure that they benefit from the new rates reduction which comes into effect on Thursday (April 1). Read full article

30 March, 2010

Maskey welcomes UTU support for end to academic selection

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has stated that the support from the Ulster Teachers Union for the abolition of the Eleven Plus highlights an increasing demand from teachers for the ending of any type of academic selection Read full article

30 March, 2010

Fears disabled being wrongly denied benefits

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has said he is very concerned by reports in the media that thousands of seriously ill and disabled people who are unable to work are being wrongly denied benefits and that the new system of assessing Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) was simply not working. Read full article

30 March, 2010

'New rules will guarantee fair pay for contractors' - Parker

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has welcomed confirmation that all public spending contracts must now include fair terms and conditions for sub-contractors at every level of the project. Vincent was speaking after Party colleague Martina Anderson MLA, last week, raised the matter with Finance Minister Sammy Wilson following concerns by building contractors. Read full article

30 March, 2010

Maskey comments on HET reports

Commenting on reports that the PSNI Chef Constable Matt Baggott is proposing that the HET should complete its work within three years, Sinn Féin Policing Board member Alex Maskey said that 'any proposal to wind up the HET needs to be done in a way that reassures those families who wish to use this mechanism that their particular cases will be properly dealt with first'. Read full article

29 March, 2010

Budget shows why the north needs greater economic control and tax varying powers

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that any boost to the economy in the north is welcome but that 'economic policies concocted in Whitehall are designed to benefit Whitehall.' Alex Maskey was speaking in relation to last week's budget by the British Labour Party. Read full article

26 March, 2010

Parker hits out at Finaghy robbery

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has hit out at those responsible for last night's robbery at the home of a woman in her 70's at Northlands Park in Finaghy. Read full article

24 March, 2010

Sinn Féin MLA's welcome mandatory register of landlords in the north

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Fra McCann MLA and south Belfast MLA Alex Maskey have both welcomed today's announcement that the Department for Social Development will introduce a register of private landlords in the north for the first time. Read full article

22 March, 2010

Ó Donnghaile commends those involved in new east Belfast mural

Sinn Féin's east Belfast election candidate Niall Ó Donnghaile has commended all those involved in the new mural unveiled on the lower Newtonards Road this morning entitled 'No More'. Read full article

16 March, 2010

Ó Donnghaile welcomes DOE announcement on Airport Inquiry

Sinn Féin's east Belfast Representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed today's news that the Environment Minister is to ask the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) to hold a public inquiry to consider the application from Belfast City Airport (GBBCA) to extend its runway. Read full article

15 March, 2010

Minister Right to examine future of NI Water

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the decision by colleague Conor Murphy, Minister for Regional Development to examine all options, including the option of bringing NI Water back under Central Government control. Read full article

14 March, 2010

Maskey welcomes decisive action on NIW governance failings

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the move by the Regional Development Minister Conor Murphy MP MLA in relation to the dismissal of several board members of NI Water. Read full article

14 March, 2010


South Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Alex Maskey has appealed for people to act responsibly this St Patrick's Day. Alex Maskey MLA was speaking as Sinn Féin in South Belfast prepared to deliver letters to homes in the Holyland area appealing for no repeat of last year's anti-social behaviour in the area. Read full article

9 March, 2010

Maskey disgusted at South Belfast robbery

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has expressed his disgust at last night's robbery at the Carmel Street home of a woman in her 70's. Read full article

7 March, 2010

ANC National Chair Baleka Mbete addresses Ard Fheis

The National Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa, Ms Baleka Mbete, gave a special message of support to the Sinn Féin 2010 Ard Fheis, March 2010. Ms Mbete recalled the strong relations between the ANC and Sinn Féin, born through the trenches of struggle. Read full article

6 March, 2010

Sinn Féin delivering on justice - Maskey

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey's speaking at this year's Ard Fheis on the issue of Policing and Justice. Read full article

3 March, 2010

Maskey launches "A new vision for the Holyland and University areas" Media file available

Sinn Féin south Belfast MLA Alex Maskey this morning launched Sinn Féin's document "A Community in Crisis? A new vision for the Holyland and University areas." Read full article

2 March, 2010

Maskey calls for Bill of Rights support in Assembly chamber

Speaking in support of a Sinn Féin motion in the Assembly yesterday afternoon South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey expressed concern that the British Government's proposals for a Bill of Rights ignores the advice from both the Bill of Rights Forum and the Human Rights Commission that social and economic protections must be central to any Bill of Rights. Alex Maskey reiterated the Sinn Féin call for a rejection of the NIO consultation proposals and for people to support the need to ensure that the rights of all citizens are maximised. Read full article