22 September 2005 Edition

Minister confronted

22 September 2005

Sinn Féin Education and Library Board representatives supported a parents' protest at The Mall, Armagh on Thursday 15 September when British Minister Angela Smith attended the SELB for lunch. Protesting parents from Mullaghbawn and other areas demanded their children's right to a school bus service. Free article

Donegal crime conference

22 September 2005

Sinn Féin has rejected claims by establishment politicians that it is 'hijacking' the issue of spiralling crime in Inishowen, County Donegal. Donegal Councillor and Mayor of Buncrana Pádraig Mac Lochlainn hit out at Fianna Fáil and Fianna Gael for "failing the people of Innishowen" by not attending a meeting held in Quigley's Point on Monday 12 September to discuss the seriousness of crime in the peninsula.A Derry crime gang is alleged to have carried out a series of armed robberies and burglaries in the area. Free article

A lesson in corporate greed

22 September 2005

Over 500 jobs are under threat at Irish Ferries following the company's decision to offer workers an impossible choice between taking voluntary redundancy or lower pay, forcing SIPTU to issue immediate notice of strike action. Free article

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Bizarre Labour U-turn on Aer Lingus

22 September 2005

In a bizarre u-turn Labour councillors on Fingal County Council voted against a Sinn Féin motion opposing the privatisation of Aer Lingus that has been backed by Labour councillors in Dublin City and South Dublin Councils. The motion was passed by 13 votes to eight at the September meeting of the Council after Sinn Féin Councillor Felix Gallagher was backed by Independent, Green, Socialist and Fianna Fáil councillors. Free article

Strike at ESB

22 September 2005

Over 1,000 ESB workers are on the picketline, as An Phoblacht goes to press, in the first major strike at the company since 1991. Early reports indicate that so far the pickets have been widespread across the 26 Counties and despite earlier reports suggesting strike-breaking by ATGWU members in the South Dublin area, the situation there has now been resolved. Free article

Reclaiming Divis Tower

22 September 2005

o Gerry Adams MP and Fra McCann MLA on top of Divis Tower, the site of the former British Army base, recently dismantled. The Sinn Féin representatives reclaimed the site for the people of West Belfast on Wednesday 21 September Free article

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