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Moving forward – Mary Lou McDonald on effective opposition and providing a strong political alternative

12 July 2019

As the Dáil rises for the summer, it is timely to reflect on the political year that was.

We, in Sinn Féin, have been through a tough election and with that came analysis and reflection. It is human nature to take time, to heal and to ask tough questions of ourselves.

However, it is too easy to forget and to gloss over the very many achievements that Team Sinn Féin has made over the... Free article

McGurk's Bar bombing report to be published today compounds relatives' grief

9 July 2010

FIFTEEN people, including two children, died when a UVF bomb exploded at McGurk's Bar in north Belfast in December 1971.

The bombing was initially blamed by the authorities on the IRA as a premature explosion, a so-called 'own goal'.

Relatives of the victims have expressed their upset at Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson's findings.

UTV and RTÉ news reports on the probe into... Free article

The Twelfth: Gerry Adams appeals for calm after Orange Order rejects parades plan

9 July 2010

GERRY ADAMS has appealed for calm over the Twelfth period, describing the Orange Order's rejection of draft proposals agreed by the DUP and Sinn Féin to solve the issue of controversial parades as “deeply disappointing”. He warned that unionist and nationalist fringe elements may seek to provoke trouble around the Twelfth.

The Sinn Féin president revealed that he has written to... Free article

Ex-Green Party Councillor Chris O'Leary (Independent) joins Sinn Féin

8 July 2010

PROMINENT former Green Party councillor, Independent Cork City Councillor Chris O’Leary, has today joined Sinn Féin.

Chris works full-time as a project manager in a Community Development Project on the city’s northside and has been involved in anti-poverty work for many years.

The well-known environmental activist has also spent time working on a voluntary basis in Latin America,... Free article

Taoiseach in denial on disability cuts

7 July 2010

TAOISEACH Brian Cowen is in denial on the reality of cuts to services for disabled people and carers Sinn Féin Dáil leader and Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said as families and campaign groups protested in Dublin, Galway and Mayo against cuts in disability services.

“Both yesterday and today in the Dáil, the Taoiseach has been in denial on the reality of the... Free article

Power-sharing in ESB buy-up could benefit consumers North and South

7 July 2010

THE purchase by ESB of the North’s electricity supplier, NIE, could mean lower energy prices to consumers throughout Ireland, Sinn Féin’s Mitchel McLaughlin has said.

"The benefits to consumers of one energy provider are obvious. It will assist in all-Ireland harmonisation and should deliver efficiencies through elimination of duplication of resources resulting in lower energy... Free article

Unemployment continues to rise in Tallaght

7 July 2010

SINN FÉIN Councillor Seán Crowe has said unemployment in Tallaght is spiralling out of control as new figures show that only Limerick City, Cork City and Waterford have higher numbers of unemployed in the 26 Counties.

Councillor Crowe said all the talk of emerging from recession means nothing unless the real issue of unemployment is addressed.

“The Government must bring forward a... Free article

Health Minister McGimpsey should do his job, not lecture others

6 July 2010

SINN FÉIN has said it won’t take lectures from the under-performing Health Minister Michael McGimpsey, who has accused critics of the state of the health service in the North of playing politics.

The health minister refused to attend yesterday’s North/South Ministerial Council where health and all-Ireland co-operation in the recession dominated the agenda.

MLA for mid-Ulster... Free article

Roof-top protest at Fianna Fáil TD's office wins public debate on youth unemployment

6 July 2010

FIANNA FÁIL TD Noel O’Flynn has accepted a challenge to debate the Government’s attitude to youth unemployment after five Ógra Shinn Féin activists staged a two-hour roof-top protest on his constituency office in Cork on Tuesday morning.

Gardaí were called to the premises on Old Mallow Road but no arrests were made and the protests ended after Deputy O’Flynn agreed to the... Free article

Belfast, Thursday: Eyewitness accounts to Gaza Flotilla Massacre

5 July 2010

BELFAST: Eyewitness accounts of Gaza Flotilla Massacre by ex-US Marine Ken O’Keefe (who was on the MV Mavi Marmara and clashed with Israeli commandos) and Fiachra Ó Luain.

Thursday 7:30pm, O’Donnell’s CLCG, Whiterock Road.

Talk free, social £5 or £3 unwaged/concessions. All proceeds to Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

Fine Gael Dublin lord mayor bars Sinn Féin bid to save public swimming pools

5 July 2010

SINN FÉIN Dublin North-East Councillor Larry O'Toole was ordered to leave the monthly meeting of Dublin City Council yesterday evening (Monday) after he protested over the refusal of Fine Gael Lord Mayor Gerry Breen to accept a motion designed to save three City Council swimming pools threatened with closure.

Councillor O'Toole said:

“The refusal to accept this motion was an... Free article

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