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30 April 2009 Edition

Public meetings: National Conversation for a United Ireland

30 April 2009

A SERIES of 10 public meetings across the North began last week as part of Sinn Féin's programme of promoting a 'National Conversation for a United Ireland'. Addressed by representatives of the Sinn Féin leadership, the Sinn Féin Assembly and Executive teams, its Leinster House and European teams, and local government representatives, the public meetings have provided an opportunity for discussion with members of the general public on the key republican objective and on other matters of public concern. Free article

'We are not going to be intimidated' - McGuinness

30 April 2009

THE North's deputy First Minister and senior Sinn Féin figure Martin McGuinness has said he will not be intimidated or live in fear after he was warned of a plot against his life. Speaking at Free Derry Corner the leading republican said that neither he nor Sinn Féin would allow such threats to stop them representing the community and driving forward the republican agenda. Free article

Ireland's economic meltdown result of Government policy

30 April 2009

IRELAND will experience the biggest drop in economic growth experienced by any industrialised country since the Great Depression of the 1920s. This was the shocking forecast by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in a report published on Wednesday. Meanwhile the Central Statistics Office says unemployment in the 26 Counties has risen to 11.4% following another jump in the Live Register figures over the past month. Free article

Scandal as government spends €550,000 on EU propaganda campaign

30 April 2009

THE Irish Government's plans to spend €550,000 on a billboard, radio and Internet media campaign to promote Ireland's membership in the EU has been described as a 'fundamentally dishonest move by the government and a scandalous waste of taxpayers money' by Dublin MEP and Sinn Féin Vice President mary Lou McDonald. McDonald said that the Irish people's commitment to Europe is not in question and the government knows this from its own research into the Lisbon no vote. She said for the government to spend €550,000 "on a campaign to convince the electorate of something they have signed up to is scandalous waste of public monies. It is also a deeply dishonest move by a deeply dishonest government". Free article

De Brún hands in nomination papers

30 April 2009

SINN FÉIN MEP for the Six Counties Bairbre de Brún submitted her nomination papers for the European Election at the Electoral Office in Belfast City Centre On Tuesday. Speaking from Belfast she said, "Mar is eol do dhaoine tá a lán obair romhain anseo in Éirinn agus go háirithe san Eoraip. "Tá Sinn Féin ag seasamh sa toghchán ar taifead s'againn anseo agus i bParlaimint na hEorpa. Free article


Ensure that your voice is heard and respected - Kathleen Funchion

30 April 2009

SINN FÉIN EU East and local election candidate for Kilkenny City, Kathleen Funchion has said that the upcoming European elections were about securing a strong European voice for Ireland at the European parliamentary table. Kathleen who attended a recent party electoral strategy meeting along with her Sinn Féin colleague Mary Lou McDonald MEP told those present: "The European Union is a more dominant force than ever in the political, economic and social life of Ireland. Sinn Féin has a policy of critical but constructive engagement with the EU. Free article

Investigation call as workers vow to resist eviction

30 April 2009

A legal attempt by Visteon administrators KPMG to evict protesting workers from their almost month-long occupation of the west Belfast car parts factory has been delayed. The protest began after Visteon sacked the 210 workers at the plant on March 31 with five minutes notice and announced it would not honour contractual redundancy and pension payments guaranteed to staff. The administrator's High Court bid to evict the protesters has been adjourned until Friday as the workers seek more legal advice. Free article

Bord Pleanála is last line of defence for 1916 HQ

30 April 2009

AN Bord Pleanála is now the last line of defence for the last headquarters of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. So said Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan at a public hearing of an appeal against An Bord Pleanála's decision to grant permission for a highly controversial plan to develop Dublin's historic Moore Street area. Arthur Morgan was accompanied at last week's appeal hearing by a Sinn Féin public representative in Dublin's North Inner City, Ruadhán Mac Aodháin. Free article

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