4 October 2007 Edition

Gildernew updates Assembly on bluetongue threat

4 October 2007

Updating the Six County Assembly on the bluetongue disease situation in Britain, Sinn Féin Agriculture Michelle Gildernew MP MLA said she was taking all necessary precautions to help prevent the disease spreading to Ireland. These steps include testing cattle and sheep imported from continental Europe and keeping them isolated on farm until negative test results are received. Free article

Sinn Féin support motion of No Confidence in Taoiseach

4 October 2007

SPEAKING during last week's Dáil debate on the Motion of No Confidence in the Taoiseach, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said: Free article

Ahern, Harney cannot hide behind HSE

4 October 2007

TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern and Health Minister Mary Harney must bear full responsibility for the cuts being imposed by the 26-County Health Service Executive, Sinn Féin Dáil leader and Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said. Free article

Child poverty a top priority

4 October 2007

MARTIN McGuinness wants child poverty in the North halved in three years and eradicated by 2020. The Deputy First Minister told the Assembly that addressing child poverty is a "top priority" for the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister, (OFMDFM). Free article

Loyalism : Mindsets as well as guns need to be decommissioned

4 October 2007

THE last week in September was book-ended with the latest instalment in the UDA feud, a bomb attack on a house in Carrickfergus, and news of death threats being issued against leading members of Sinn Féin and a newspaper editor. Free article

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UUP and DUP attack Irish-language rights

4 October 2007

THE news that Health Minister Michael McGimpsey is to halt the use of Irish in job advertisements and press releases from his department is being described as an attack on the Irish language. Free article

Aer Lingus workers' pay freeze - Doherty hits out

4 October 2007

AER LINGUS management's pay freeze on all staff until a cost-cutting plan has been implemented has been criticised by Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty, who asked what sacrifices airline executives will make. Free article

Secret British Army document from 1971 uncovered

4 October 2007

A SECRET British Army document from September 1971 shows that military interrogators in Long Kesh wanted to continue using brutal torture methods against men who had been interned without charge or trial and later ruled by the European Court of Human Rights as "inhumane and degrading treatment". Free article

INTERNATIONAL : Oil giants under fire from 'Robin Hoods'

4 October 2007

KIDNAPPERS of oil-rig workers in Nigeria have been denounced by the authorities as criminals but some could see the organisation behind the attacks, the indigenous Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), as 'the Robin Hoods of Africa'. And MEND has just declared full-scale war on the Lagos regime and the oil giants from Nigeria's Independence Day, 1 October. Free article

Sinn Féin get highly positive response at Labour conference

4 October 2007

With rising speculation about an imminent Westminster General Election, the British Labour Party Conference took place in Bournemouth at the end of September, and saw Sinn Féin's delegation receive a highly positive response to the party's role in moving forward the political process in the Six Counties. Free article

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