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The death of Thomas McElwee

7 August 2020

THOMAS McELWEE, aged 23, was born in Bellaghy, south Derry, on 30 November 1957. Thomas was arrested following a premature explosion in an IRA operation in October 1976 in which he lost the sight of one eye. His younger brother, Benedict, was arrested in the same incident. Thomas received a 20-year sentence in September 1977.He spent 62 days on hunger strike from 8 June. He died on 8 August 1981. Free article

Navan hospital rally: 'Closure threat to patients’

5 September 2010

SINN FÉIN Deputy Mayor of Navan Councillor Peadar Tóibín has said closures of services at Our Lady’s Hospital in the town are a threat to patient safety.

Addressing a rally of over 600 people to protest at the hospital cloure, the Deputy Mayor also criticised Fianna Fáil Minister and local TD Noel Depmsey for his lack of action in relation to the issue.

Peadar Tóibín said:

“Meath... Free article

SARI (Sport Against Racism Ireland) Soccerfest 2010

5 September 2010

MEETING on Tuesday 7th September at 6.30pm in the offices of CONCERN for all Soccerfest 2010 volunteers.

Please use the entrance at 23/25 Grantham street, D2, just off Lower Camden Street. If you haven't registered yet but would like to then please come to the meeting.

Soccerfest 2010 takes place on Sat 11th and Sun 12th September at the Garda and Camogie Grounds, Phoenix... Free article

Gerry Adams on the Middle East peace talks in Washington

4 September 2010

THE Middle East peace talks, which formally opened in Washington on Thursday, have been given one year. It’s a tall order...

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PSNI raids on brothels against people traffickers

4 September 2010

BAIRBRE DE BRÚN MEP has welcomed this week's PSNI raids to free women thought to have been trafficked into Ireland and forced to work in brothels. The PSNI raided seven premises in Belfast and rescued a number of people.

The Sinn Féin MEP (right) has called on everyone to play their part in ending "this abhorrent practice".

“Up to 800,000 people are trafficked across borders... Free article

'ATM tax' for bank kidnappings withdrawn

3 September 2010

CRITICISM of Justice Minister Dermot Ahern's idea of an 'ATM tax' by banks on customers withdrawing their own money from ATM machines to cover the costs of 'tiger kidnappings' has forced the Fianna Fáil deputy to backtrack

The senior Fianna Fáil figure went public with his idea after the kidnapping of an AIB bank manager’s wife who was held hostage by an armed gang until her... Free article

Navan hospital rally Saturday 1pm – Deputy Mayor

3 September 2010

DEPUTY MAYOR PEADAR TÓIBÍN has organised a rally in support of Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan at 1pm this Saturday after this week’s revelation that surgical services are being removed.

Peadar Toíbín (left) said:

“People are rightfully angry at the closing of services. During the last general election, Minister Noel Dempsey promised to ‘go to the wire’ for the county hospital.... Free article

Govt told: ‘Move by-election writ or I'll see you in court’

3 September 2010

SINN FÉIN Senator Pearse Doherty has told the Government: “Move the writ for the Donegal by-election by October 18th or I’ll see you back in the High Court.”

The Donegal senator (right) was responding to media reports that the Government could try and dodge a High Court verdict by saying it will hold the by-election sometime next year. Senator Doherty said only moving the actual... Free article

Fianna Fáil TD’s ‘Bob Cratchit attack’ on jobs rights agency

3 September 2010

A FIANNA FÁIL TD’s ‘Bob Cratchit attack’ on the Employment Rights Agency has been lashed by Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris (right), who said the agency fights for workers denied wages and fair conditions.

Ferris, Sinn Féin’s Workers’ Rights spokesperson, said Fianna Fáil TD Frank Fahey’s call for Government funding for the Employment Rights Agency be cut or that it be ‘amalgamated’... Free article

Video: Crumlin Children's Hospital protest

3 September 2010

SINN FÉIN activists, including local TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh, stage a protest against plans close Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, in Dublin and relocate services to the northside of the city in 2014.


Don’t miss out on Winter Fuel Allowance, Derry Sinn Féin urges elderly

2 September 2010

SINN FÉIN Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has urged older people to make sure they don't miss out on the Winter Fuel Allowance (WFA). People over the age of 60 are entitled to the benefit, which helps alleviate the financial strain on older citizens during the winter period.

"There are many people over 60 who do not realise that they are entitled to claim this money. They have been... Free article

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