28 April 2005 Edition

We need solutions, not gimmicks - Establishment parties rally around ASBOs

28 April 2005

Both the Labour Party and Fine Gael showed the true vote-grabbing motivation behind their party policies once again this week, by coming out in support of Minister for Justice Michael McDowell's plans to introduce ASBOs into the 26 Counties. Free article

Republicans optimistic as campaign gears up

28 April 2005

Newry/Armagh Sunshine and showers might be the weather forecast but nothing can dent the optimism of Sinn Féin canvassers in Newry and Armagh. Candidate in the Westminster elections, Conor Murphy's profile as a top rank politician, together with his record of effective local representation, leaves him well placed to secure the seat for Sinn Féin. Free article

Ecuador ousts corrupt President

28 April 2005

ON 24 November 2002, former army coroner, Lucio Gutiérrez, was elected President of Ecuador, with the support of indigenous and left-wing groups. Today, Gutiérrez is a political refugee in Brazil, and the same indigenous groups, trade unions and left-wing organisations that hailed his election, were responsible for his ousting after days of protests and demonstrators which forced Ecuador's MPs to withdraw their support for the president. Free article

Zero knowledge - Taoiseach boasts of zero persons on trolleys in Monaghan Hospital - which has no A&E!

28 April 2005

The Taoiseach has listed Monaghan General Hospital - a facility that has no Accident and Emergency unit - among hospitals with nobody on trolleys in A&E. Sinn Féin Health spokesperson and Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said Bertie Ahern's reply showed that he "doesn't have a clue what he's talking about". Free article

British Ministers putting children's services at risk

28 April 2005

There should be universally available, publicly funded pre-school education for all children from the age of three to five years, Sinn Féin MP Martin McGuinness said, as he launched the party's Children's Charter in Belfast on Tuesday. Free article

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Childcare needs sustained investment

28 April 2005

"While doing some research for this conference I came across a series of recommendations on childcare made by the ICTU 25 years ago this month," reported Barbara Keogh of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. "There have been improvements since then, but affordable and accessible childcare is still a major problem for thousands in Irish society." Free article

Loyalists and PSNI target Sinn Féin election workers

28 April 2005

Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has said he is gravely concerned that unionist paramilitaries are targeting Sinn Féin election workers in the Lurgan area. He said that last Friday, party workers who were erecting election posters in the North Lurgan area became aware that they were being monitored by the occupants of a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle's occupants were identified as two well known LVF members. Free article

Ag cur Gaeilge ar ais i mbéal an phobail - Irish language manifesto launched

28 April 2005

"Is gné bhunúsach dár gcultúr agus d'oidhreacht mhuintir na hÉireann í an Ghaeilge agus is gá a chothú," arsa Mitchel McLaughlin. The Sinn Féin candidate for Foyle was launching the party's Irish language election manifesto in Derry on Tuesday Free article

Homeless forced on hunger strike

28 April 2005

A young homeless couple from Dublin have been forced to go on hunger strike in an attempt to get accommodation for themselves and their two young children. Roisín O'Callaghan (25) and David Glover (24) started their strike outside the South Dublin County Council offices in Clondalkin at 8am on Tuesday morning. They and their daughters, six-year-old Caitlin and four-year-old Tiana, have been on the council's housing waiting list for six years. Free article

Sinn Féin challenges IMC members to resign

28 April 2005

A Sinn Féin delegation met with the Independent Monitoring Commission in Belfast on Tuesday and challenged the body's members to resign and set aside their four reports to date. Free article

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