2 November 2000 Edition

Cross-border celebration for council chair

2 November 2000

There was a large attendance at a special celebration evening in Monaghan town last Sunday to mark the election of the first Sinn Féin Chairperson of Monaghan County Council in 100 years of local government, Councillor Brian McKenna. The Mayor of Derry, Cathal Crumley, the Chairperson of Leitrim County Council, Michael Colreavy, the Vice-Chairperson of Cavan County Council, Charlie Boylan, a number of other Sinn Fein councillors from both sides of the border joined the Eurovision representative Eamon Toal and band. Free article

Anatomy of Racism

2 November 2000

Dr Hanan Ashrawi, a compelling and influential voice in the contemporary theatre of Middle Eastern politics, has been a central player in the struggle for a Palestinian homeland. A tireless campaigner for human rights, she has distinguished herself in both the academic and political arenas. Her academic expertise has played a vital role in the development and recognition of Palestinian culture, while her longstanding political activism on behalf of the Palestinian people has contributed greatly to the establishment of an independent and self-governing Palestine. Free article

``Make Childcare the priority'' - Ó Caoláin

2 November 2000

The entire amount of revenue due from the banks in unpaid DIRT tax should be earmarked for the provision of accessible and affordable childcare services, the Dáil was told by Cavan/Monaghan Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin last week. Free article

Corporation tenants face eviction

2 November 2000

The housing crisis is not just limited to house buyers or even to those who suffer in the private rented sector. The crisis, which arises because of the absence of will on the part of the government to address the stranglehold that a few development companies have on development land, or to impose strictures on landlords to ensure reasonable rent and security of tenure, also affects tenants in the Corporation sector. Free article

Crumley honours McSwiney in London

2 November 2000

The Sinn Féin Mayor of Derry, Councillor Cahal Crumley, was guest speaker at the Connolly Association Terence McSwiney Memorial Lecture, held in Camden Town Hall, London on Saturday 28 October. The lecture, together with a mass, is held annually in honour of McSwiney, the Lord Mayor of Cork, who died on Hunger Strike in Brixton Prison on 25 October 1920, protesting against his continued incarceration by the British authorities. Free article

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Landlord doubles rents overnight

2 November 2000

The rents of 29 families living in Dublin inner city's Enaville Avenue and St Patrick's Street have been doubled, following a protest they mounted to save their homes. Free article

De-toxing the gas works site

2 November 2000

Children and their parents protested in Pearse Street, last Thursday, 26 October, against the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA), which has the responsibility to remediate the 22-acre site where gas was produced for some 200 years. The site has to be cleaned before development can go ahead. Free article

Victory secured for home helps

2 November 2000

Four years ago, when Councillor Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin was canvassing for election, he learnt that home helps were paid by the health boards at a rate of 75p an hour. ``Following a strong campaign, especially in Cork by the AT&GWU, which enlisted the home helps into their ranks, and the work of the local union rep in Cork, Mary Arrowsmith, home helps are now on £4.50 an hour minimum, and this month the rate goes up to £5 an hour,'' Ó Súilleabháin says. Free article

Belfast Bill of Rights meeting

2 November 2000

Brice Dickson, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission (HRC), has been invited to give the main address at a forthcoming Seminar on Human Rights at St Mary's University College on Belfast's Falls Rd. The seminar, organised by the West Belfast-based victims trauma group VAST in conjunction with the HRC, will take place on Thursday 9th of November at 7pm and all are welcome. Free article

Another Council victory against incineration

2 November 2000

At last Tuesday's meeting of the Longford Council, councillors threw out the regional waste plan for the Midlands. Longford joins seven other councils, Louth, Donegal, Laois, Roscommon, Wexford, and Galway County and Corporation, which have rejected Minister Dempsey's plan for regionally based incineration. Free article

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