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News Archives for August, 2010

31 August, 2010

O'Leary attempts at blackmail will only hurt workers - Ó Donnghaile

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has slammed the move by Ryanair to pull their services from Belfast City Airport. Read full article


31 August, 2010

Parker welcomes Consumer Council calls on Winter Fuel Payment

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has welcomed calls from the Consumer Council which says that an urgent review of the Winter Fuel Payment is needed to ensure it adequately targets consumers in fuel poverty. The comments come amid claims that the qualifying age for the payment will rise to 66 and that the amount may be cut for some consumers. Read full article


30 August, 2010

Maskey welcomes awarding of tender for 'Strategic study of the Holyland area'

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the news that the tender for the 'Strategic Study of the Holyland and wider University Area' has been awarded by Belfast City Council. Alex Maskey said that the awarding of this tender would see the services of professional consultants engaged to develop proposals for a long-term comprehensive strategic plan for the Holyland and wider university area. Read full article


28 August, 2010

Ó Donnghaile comments after morning parade passes Short Strand

Sinn Féin representative for east Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile has said he is 'thankful' there were no incidents at this morning's Black Preceptory feeder parade but has again stressed that dialogue is 'the only way forward'. Read full article


26 August, 2010

Public urged to shape policing in South Belfast

Policing Board member and MLA for South Belfast Alex Maskey has joined his Party colleague, Balmoral Sinn Féin representative and Independent DPP member Vincent Parker, in urging the public to get involved in shaping Policing in South Belfast. They were speaking in advance of a number of public consultation events that have been organised by the South Belfast District Policing Partnership in the coming weeks. Read full article


26 August, 2010

Start of Féile An Droichead welcomed

Sinn Féin Representatives Alex Maskey MLA and Niall Ó Donnghaile, speaking today as this year's Féile An Droichead prepares to kick off, have congratulated all of those involved in bringing this festival together and said that the Féile is continuing to go from strength to strength. Read full article


26 August, 2010

Appeal to students as new academic year approaches

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking as a new academic year approaches, has appealed to students new to the South Belfast area to play a pro-active role within their communities and to treat their new neighbours 'with the same respect that they would grant their neighbours at home'. He added that the Universities have a role to play in this and also called on the parents of students take an interest in what their children are doing while they are in Belfast. Read full article


26 August, 2010

Parades Commission's overturn of determination completely unacceptable - Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin representative for east Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile has branded the decision by the Parades Commission to overturn their initial determination on Saturday's Black Preceptory Parade as 'completely unacceptable'. Read full article


25 August, 2010

Ó Donnghaile welcomes temporary ban for new 'legal highs' - must now be implemented here!

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed the recent announcement by the British Home Office that any newly developed 'legal highs' will be temporarily banned for 12 months and has called for a similar ban to be implemented here. Read full article


25 August, 2010

Examination of Figures in Audit office Report Show Unacceptable School Under-spend not only reduced but stopped!

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that recently published figures by the Audit Office show that the unacceptable practice of budget under-spending by British Direct Rule Education Ministers has been eliminated by current Education Minister Caitríona Ruane. Read full article


23 August, 2010

People here suffering at the hands of British Ministers

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said that the fact that greater fiscal powers and powers in relation to the benefits system have not been transferred to the Assembly means that the well-being of the people here in the North lies in the hands of British Ministers who do not have their best interests at heart. Alex Maskey was speaking after a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found that the poorest people cannot even achieve what most people regard as the minmum standard of living. Read full article


20 August, 2010

Finaghy Road South housing development welcomed

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking after visiting and meeting with officials at Trinity Housing Association's Finaghy Road South development, has welcomed the fact that a high standard of housing is being provided in the area. The South Belfast MLA was joined on the visit by Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker. Read full article


19 August, 2010

Hands off the Winter Fuel payment - Maskey

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has issued a 'hands off the winter Fuel payment' warning after reports in the media that the British Tory/Liberal Democrat coalition plans to make changes to the winter fuel payment scheme which could see millions of people being disenfranchised from entitlement to the benefit. Read full article


18 August, 2010

DRD Ministers Prompt Action Commended

Commenting on the suspension of the DRD Permanent Secretary Paul Priestly South Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Alex Maskey said: Read full article


16 August, 2010

SF will oppose Ritchie's plans for Special Branch Mark 2

Sinn Fein spokesperson on policing issues Alex Maskey has said that his party would actively oppose SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie's plan for a Special Branch Mark 2 to operate within the PSNI. Read full article


13 August, 2010

Welcome for resolution to prison protest

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the ending of the protest in Roe House after a deal was worked out between the Prison Administration and the prisoners. Read full article


13 August, 2010

Welcome for OFM/dFM announcement on Parades Bill

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the announcement by the First Minister and deputy First Minister that following the consultation on the Parades Bill a number of changes have been made to ensure that the primary purpose of the legislation - dealing with Loyal Order parades is guaranteed.
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13 August, 2010

Battle of St Matthews 40th Anniversary Newspaper Media file available

This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Battle of St Matthews. In order to mark this a weekend of events were held in the Short Strand area. This newspaper was published and will be delivered as an insert throughout the area in the coming weeks. Read full article


12 August, 2010

Summer 2010 constituency newspaper Media file available

South and East Belfast Sinn Féin's constituency newspaper, delivered to 15,000 homes throughout South and East Belfast keeps you up to date with news and view throughout the area as well as presenting a Republican analysis on the issues that affect you! Download the Summer 2010 edition here. Read full article


11 August, 2010

Maskey slams Tory version of Big Brother

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has said plans announced this week by the British Prime minister David Cameron to check the household bills and credit card bills of people on benefits smacks of a Tory version of Big Brother and once again is targeting the most vulnerable people in society. Read full article


11 August, 2010

Sinn Féin comment on City Airport inquiry

East Belfast Sinn Fein representative Niall Ó Donnghaile and South Belfast MLA Alex Maskey have welcomed yesterday's stand taken by the Planning Appeals Commission which has halted the public inquiry into the proposed runway extension at George Best Belfast City Airport. Read full article


11 August, 2010

Parker welcomes launch of new Consumer Council initiative

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has welcomed an initiative by the Consumer Council, which allows people to report possible scams in order to prevent others from being ripped off. Read full article


9 August, 2010

Maskey addresses Friends of Palestine event

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking at last weekend's Friends of Palestine event which was held in Belfast to raise money for the 'James Connolly Surgical Theatre' in the 'Al Awda' hospital in Gaza, congratulated all those in the city who contributed to the event and who have taken part in all forms of solidarity work with the Palestinian people. Read full article


9 August, 2010

Sinn Féin comment on Lisburn Road hoax

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board member Alex Maskey and Balmoral Sinn Féin representative and Independent member of the south Belfast DPP have hit out at those responsible for last night's hoax bomb at Lisburn Rd PSNI station. Read full article


6 August, 2010

Sinn Féin Welcome Education Minister's Commitment to Capital Build Projects

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the announcement by Education Minister Caitriona Ruane that she has secured another £13 million for new school builds across the North. Read full article


3 August, 2010

Lenders must do more to avoid repossession

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey, speaking after it was revealed that over 1,800 homes were repossessed in the North over the last year, has said that lenders must do more to accommodate those having difficulties making repayments. Read full article


3 August, 2010

'Business rates help needed' - Maskey

South Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has called for additional measures to be put in place to assist businesses to make rate payments. The South Belfast MLA was speaking after the Land & Property Services (LPS) revealed that it was owed £157 million in unpaid rates - the majority of this being owed by businesses. Read full article


3 August, 2010

Sinn Féin welcome publication of CSI consultation

Balmoral Sinn Féin representative and head of the Party's Equality and Human Rights Department, Vincent Parker, has welcomed last week's publication of the consultation on the draft CSI strategy. Read full article