6 December 2001 Edition

Government must maintain campaign to close Sellafield

6 December 2001

Sinn Féin Environmental spokesperson Councillor Arthur Morgan said on Monday that people were disappointed that the Irish government have not been successful in their challenge to the opening of the MOX plant at Sellafield. "This is not the result that the Irish people wanted to hear and I would call on the government to continue the campaign to prevent the opening of the MOX plant and the closure of Sellafield itself," he said. Free article

SF TD opposes Abortion Bill

6 December 2001

Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin voted against the 25th Amendment to the Constitution (Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy) Bill 2001 in the Dáil on Wednesday. Free article

Portlaoise honours the Hunger Strikers

6 December 2001

A large crowd attended the recent unveiling of a new monument in Portlaoise in honour of ten hunger strikers who died in Long Kesh in 1981. Free article

Sectarianism rules in Newtownabbey

6 December 2001

The sectarian carve up of the top council positions in the unionist controlled Newtownabbey has been condemned by Sinn Féin's Briege Meehan. Unionist councellors are "playing games to keep non unionists out of power," said Briege, "but this sectarian politicking will have to stop if we are to provide an effective service for all the people of Newtownabbey." Free article

Cardiff Troops Out conference

6 December 2001

A first ever one day Welsh Troops Out of Ireland conference was held on Saturday 1 December in Cardiff. It was a brilliant success, despite political sabotage by officers from the Labour controlled Cardiff County Council. Rooms had been booked months earlier in South Glamorgan County Hall; but when the secretary went to finalise the details for the day she was told that because we had not complied strictly with procedures, the booking had been cancelled and the room was no longer available. Free article

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Equality concern at Invest Northern Ireland appointments

6 December 2001

Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson, Upper Bann Assembly member Dara O'Hagan, has expressed concern at the appointment of the acting chair of the IDB and the chair of LEDU as directors of Invest Northern Ireland (INI), without public advertisement. Free article

Taoiseach urged to intervene in Taxi Driver protest

6 December 2001

Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Christy Burke has called on Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to do all in his power to save the life of former taxi driver Don Flanagan from Kimmage, who is currently on his second day of a hunger and thirst strike outside Ahern's constituency office. Free article

Kelly welcomes increased health spending

6 December 2001

Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, Mid Ulster Assembly member John Kelly, has welcomed the injection of £41 million into the health service in the Six Counties but warned that to date new money has only worked to maintain the same level of service. Free article

Brits spread disease

6 December 2001

Sinn Féin councillor Terry Hearty describes British Army patrols on farmlands in South Armagh as something akin to 'bio-terrorism'. Free article

Kilmainham history video

6 December 2001

The Friends of Kilmainham Gaol have produced a history-packed video as part of their campaign against a speculative development opposite Kilmainham Gaol. Free article

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