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Sinn Féin TD’s call on Government to reverse inequitable changes to state pension

18 January 2018

Sinn Féin TD’s Mary Lou McDonald TD and John Brady TD have today called on the Government to reverse the discriminatory 2012 changes to the state pension, which were introduced by the Labour Party’s Joan Burton and have disproportionately impacted on women, with some losing up to €30 a week in their payment.

By changing the eligibility criteria for the higher pension rates, the... Free article

‘Kitchen press’ Bertie should give up his secretarial perks, says TD

4 October 2010

THE TAOISEACH’S PERK paid for by taxpayers which provides two salaried secretaries to former taoisigh, including Bertie Ahern, should be ended Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said after the former Taoiseach’s TV ad for his News of the World column.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh added that Mr Ahern is still a TD, takes advantage of an author's tax breaks and gets a state car and driver.

The... Free article

Budget: British Government must honour commitment to North's funding

4 October 2010

THE British Government has to honour its commitment to a ten-year capital programme for the North of Ireland, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP said before he headed to a Conservative Party Conference fringe meeting in Birmingham on Tuesday.

Martin McGuinness reaffirmed Sinn Féin’s commitment to opposing the “unfair and unjust cuts” proposed by the British... Free article

Water tax: Tap the wealthy, not low-income and middle-income earners

4 October 2010

WEEKEND media reports that the Fianna Fáil-led Government is planning a flat-rate water tax on families show Brian Cowen’s and Brian Lenihan’s “determination to keeping tapping the pockets of low-income and middle-income earners”, Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said.

This tax has nothing to do with water conservation.

The Government needs to shore up revenue from somewhere... Free article

Lisbon Treaty one year on – Mary Lou McDonald asks ‘Where are all the jobs?’

2 October 2010

TODAY marks the first anniversary of the passing of the Lisbon Treaty by the Irish people. Leading 'No' campaigner Mary Lou McDonald today said:

One year on from the passing of the Lisbon Treaty, the Government, Fine Gael and Labour’s promise that a 'Yes' vote would deliver ‘jobs and investment’ have been exposed for the sham that they were.

These parties joined forces... Free article

What kind of Ireland do we want?

1 October 2010

BY DÓNAL ÓG CUSACK

At the 1st An Phoblacht Autumn School

FIRSTLY, Id like to thank those who invited me here today. I’m honoured to be asked to share my thoughts and views with you.

Over the years I have been used to many challenges, principally those posed by my chosen sport of hurling. I believe I have been privileged to be part of something very special with the Cork... Free article

FIGHTING BACK - Assembly must have control of economy

1 October 2010

THE likely impact of the British Government’s public spending cuts on the North’s economy, the need for a united campaign of resistance against these cuts, and the need for control of the economy to be devolved to the Assembly have been outlined to An Phoblacht’s EMMA CLANCY by Sinn Féin Economy spokesperson Mitchel McLaughlin.

THE BRITISH Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition... Free article

X-Factor and 'Cementgate' are not the news

1 October 2010

SERIOUS congratulations to the inspired Sinn Féin legend who coined the term “Trucky Ár Lá” (and taken up by one of the red-top tabloids the following day).

But am I the only person nonplussed by the massive media coverage the event soaked up this week? Maybe it is a case of 'Bah, humbug' but these are serious times, with grave problems that need complex discussion about how... Free article

Pamela Kane: The fighting spirit of Tyrone and Dublin

1 October 2010

BY SORCHA BERRY

PAMELA KANE comes from a republican family. Growing up in Baldoyle, in north Dublin, her mother is from Ringsend in south inner city Dublin; her father, Albert, is from Tyrone. Her republican roots come from her father’s side of the family. His mother was in Cumann na mBan. Pamela’s own role in the republican struggle began with the 1980 Hunger Strike.

It was... Free article

FRIDAY 8pm: Belfast music night for Basque political prisoner in Maghaberry

1 October 2010

Roddy McCorley Club on Friday night from 8pm till late

A great line-up of musical acts including Gráinne Holland and Felimi O'Connor, Acoustic Dan and the Black Mountain River Dipsos, Caoimhín and Flavia, and Buddy Checker and the Smokin' Elbows

THE Belfast Basque Solidarity Committee is urging  people across Belfast to come along to a music night fund-raiser this Friday for... Free article

British Army undercover unit watched murder

1 October 2010

AN undercover unit of the British Army watched the murder of a teenager yet did nothing to intervene, a report by the Historical Enquiries Team has confirmed.
Seventeen-year-old Damien Walsh was shot dead by UDA gunmen at a coalyard in west Belfast where he worked in March 1993. The building was under surveillance by an undercover British Army unit at the time of the shooting.Free article

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