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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

Standing up for Derry

27 May 2020

In recent months, there has been a rightful focus on the dealing with the COVID 19 Pandemic in order to save lives and to protect our most vulnerable. The Pandemic has underlined the effect that a decade of Tory austerity has had on the health service, and how woefully equipped those regions who suffer from increased levels of deprivation, income inequality and poorer health outcomes are in a time of crisis. Free article

The Weekly Digest from Sinn Féin

23 May 2020

Welcome to The Weekly Digest from Sinn Féin where we bring you a flavour of the work and campaigns that we have been engaged in over the past week. Free article

Volunteer Martin Doherty remembered

21 May 2020

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the killing of Volunteer Martin ‘Doco’ Doherty at the Widow Scallans pub in Dublin on May 21 st 1994. On that fateful night, a UVF gang planned to kill hundreds of friends and relatives of republican prisoners who were attending a fundraiser in the pub. The gang were armed and had a large bomb in a holdall.

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Rough sleepers must not be put back on the street after COVID lockdown

20 May 2020

Right now we have the opportunity to seriously change the quality of life of hundreds of our fellow citizens. We need to seize this opportunity and make the housing first model a permanent reality, which would see rough sleepers getting long-term accommodation so other supports can be provided to tackle some of the longer term causes and effects of homelessness. Free article

Derry medical school decision shows things have changed

19 May 2020

The announcement this week by the north’s Joint Head of government and Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill that a medical school will open at Derry’s Magee university next year is a further indication that the recently restored Executive is not a return to the status quo and is delivering for all. Free article

The Weekly Digest from Sinn Féin

16 May 2020

Welcome to The Weekly Digest from Sinn Féin where we bring you a flavour of the work and campaigns that we have been engaged in over the past week. Free article

McCreesh and O’Hara die on the same day

16 May 2020

Thursday, 21 May 1981, witnessed the deaths of two more Hunger Strikers. Raymond McCreesh passed away at 2.30am. Later that evening Patsy O’Hara died. Free article

Gerry Adams's 1970s internment was illegal, British Supreme Court rules

13 May 2020

Adams' two convictions for attempting to escape from internment camp are also quashed Free article

Legendary Volunteer dies on Hunger Strike

10 May 2020

On 12 May 1981 at 5.43 pm, just seven days after the death of Bobby Sands, Hunger Striker Francis Hughes died. The South Derry man had endured 59 days on Hunger Strike. His sisters Noreen, Maria and Vera and brother Roger were by his bedside when he passed away. Free article

The Sinn Féin Weekly Digest

9 May 2020

Welcome to The Weekly Digest from Sinn Féin where we bring you a flavour of the work and campaigns we have been involved in over the course of the previous week. Free article

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