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17 September 2009 Edition

Sinn Féin TD halts Dáil in NAMA row

17 September 2009

Sinn Féin's Finance spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD was kicked out of the Dáil on Wednesday as he voiced Sinn Féin's opposition to the governments proposed National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) legislation. Morgan challenged An Taoiseach Brian Cowen to apologise to the Irish people for lying about the causes of the current economic crisis and for claiming that he was wasn't warned about the dangers of Ireland's property bubble. Morgan also said that the Taoiseach was also lying when he claimed NAMA was the only option for addressing the banking crisis. Dáil proceedings were suspended twice as Morgan repeatedly challenged the Taoiseach over the government's handling of the economy and NAMA. Free article

Sinn Féin submission to the Government on the banking crisis and NAMA

17 September 2009

SINN FÉIN has been consistent in its call for banking sector reform. For over a decade now, we have called for a state bank, which would play a dual role of stimulating enterprise through credit provision and investment, and providing secure and affordable mortgages and loans for ordinary customers. Sinn Féin played a central role in the 2005 Oireachtas Committee Report into malpractice in the banking sector and has repeatedly called for a strict regulatory regime for the sector. Free article

Sinn Féin unveils 'No to Lisbon' poster campaign

17 September 2009

LAUNCHING Sinn Féin's Lisbon Treaty referendum poster campaign on Tuesday, Sinn Féin Vice-President Mary Lou McDonald said the Lisbon Treaty was a bad deal for Ireland and the EU in 2008 and the unchanged treaty is still a bad deal a year later. "The Government has not secured a single change to the treaty since the Irish people voted No. It remains a bad deal for Ireland and the EU. As it is exactly the same treaty, Sinn Féin is urging people to give it the same answer and vote No on 2 October." Free article

English workers praise Gerry Adams for trying to save their pensions

17 September 2009

WORKERS in England previously employed by car parts manufacturer Visteon have praised Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams for demanding a full investigation into the firm's pension crisis. Visteon went into administration in April, leaving more than 600 people out of work when its factories closed in Basildon and Enfield, in England, and Belfast. Free article

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Where was the Fine Gael 'good bank' proposal in 1984?

17 September 2009

SO WHAT would Fine Gael and Labour do in power? Will there really be a 'good bank' policy from Fine Gael in government that can save the economy? And what about former Fine Gael leader Garret FitzGerald's trenchant support of the NAMA proposals; how do we assess his bona fides? A quick trip through the last two periods of Fine Gael and Labour in office throws up a starkly contrasting party machine in power from the earnest activists in opposition. In particular, the actions of Garret FitzGerald as Taoiseach in the 1982 to 1987 period show a very different reality of Fine Gael. Free article

Collusion and cover-up in Loughinisland massacre

17 September 2009

A Police Ombudsman report is expected to confirm state collusion and cover-up in the Loughinisland massacre, in which six Catholic men were killed by a UVF death squad as they watched Ireland play Italy in the World Cup on 18 June, 1994, in the Heights bar in the small Co Down village. It is expected that in addition to confirming "major failings" by the police to properly investigate the Loughinisland attack, the report will reveal that four RUC Special Branch agents were aware that the UVF was planning the massacre. Free article

Sympathy and solidarity on death of Juan Almeida Bosque

17 September 2009

Sinn FÉIN wishes to extend deepest sympathies to the family, friends and compatriots of comandante Juan Almeida Bosque, Vice-President of the Council of State of Ministers in the Cuban Government who died on Friday, 11 September. Free article


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