6 July 2006 Edition
British warship gets frosty welcome
Ógra Shinn Féin held a day of action against the arrival of British warship HMS Ocean in Dublin Port on 3 July.
Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said the Irish government's invitation for the vessel was shameful adding that the HMS Ocean played a significant role in the illegal occupation of Iraq. Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald said the visit "comes against the backdrop of Ireland's complicity in CIA rendition flights, continued use of Shannon Airport for foreign troop movement to the Middle East and the Irish Government's plans to incorporate Ireland into European Union Battle Groups."
Brian Stanley - Mayor of Portlaoise
The first Sinn Féin Mayor of Portlaoise was elected last week at the AGM of the Town Council. Councillor Brian Stanley was elected to the position, supported by two independent and three Fine Gael councillors.
Stanley said, his election was a great honour and that he would do everything possible to ensure he carried out his duties in a fair and equitable manner.
He thanked local party members who he said worked hard to make the result possible and his partner Caroline, son Mark, daughter Laura and his family for their support and encouragement.
Feile goes ahead despite funding crisis
Feile an Phobail, the popular West Belfast festival was launched in St Mary's College on the Falls Road on Tuesday 4 July. And despite the funding crisis faced by Feile organisers this year's cultural extravaganza will go ahead with a packed programme between 6 and 13 August.
Meanwhile the Ardoyne Fleadh has also been launched. It is Set to run between 5 and 13 August.