22 January 2004 Edition

60% of disabled workers jobless

22 January 2004

A 27-year-old missed target, serious shortfalls in education provision and labour force participation rates that effectively mean a life time of unemployment; this is the situation facing the majority of disabled workers in Ireland. Free article

McDowell's prison plans should be scrapped

22 January 2004

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has criticised the closure of the Curragh Place of Detention as part of the Minister for Justice's prison restructuring plans. The party's Dáil spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, says that Michael McDowell's plans should be scrapped because they "do not tackle the real sources of overspending on the prison service and bear no relation to the need for comprehensive reform". Free article

Ó Caoláin slams centralisation of radiation services

22 January 2004

Speaking in the Dáil on Tuesday, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin criticised the delay it took for statements to be heard on Radiation Oncology Services since the Health Minister's report was published on 9 October last year. He was also highly critical of the decision to centralise these services, vital for cancer patients, in just three cities in the state. Free article

Planning Tribunal report confirms litany of corruption

22 January 2004

The latest Planning Tribunal interim report is a further indictment of the corrupt and criminal actions of officials and developers involved in the planning process, says Arthur Morgan TD. Free article

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EU Presidency plans disappointing

22 January 2004

Speaking during Dáil statements on the Irish EU Presidency, Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said that many in the political establishment are "more concerned with creating a United States of Europe than about achieving a United Ireland". Free article

Dáil motion tabled on EU recognition of Irish

22 January 2004

Sinn Féin's five TDs tabled a Dáil motion on Tuesday asking that Irish be included as one of the official working languages of the European Union to coincide with the accession on May Day of the new states and their corresponding official languages. Free article

McGuinness slams attacks on DPP members

22 January 2004

Sinn Féin MP for Mid-Ulster, Martin McGuinness, has called on those behind an attack on the car of a DPP member in Cookstown to stop their activities immediately. Free article

Derry needs full-time jobs

22 January 2004

Speaking following the announcement on Tuesday of a potential 400 call centre jobs in Derry, Foyle Assembly member Mary Nelis warned that Derry City and the Northwest need a balanced approach to economic development if the area is to achieve sustainable economic growth. Free article

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