31 July 2008 Edition

Sectarian attack on Dublin youth footballers

31 July 2008

A GROUP of young Dublin soccer players were subjected to a sectarian attack in Coleraine, County Derry this week. A sectarian mob fired stones and bottles and chanted 'Fenian bastards' at the players. The attack and its fallout have led to demands for the resignation of a public relations officer for the Milk Cup after he described the attack on the two Dublin youth teams as "drink fuelled". Free article

United Nations slams Britain's human rights record - again

31 July 2008

UNACCOUNTABLE soldiers, illegal detention, torture of detainees, shoot-to-kill cover-up, delayed inquiries and executive interference. For almost 20 years I have been writing about Britain's failure to adhere to recognised international human rights and legal standards - and it's the same old story. Free article

Serious concern at paramilitary displays at Antrim parades

31 July 2008

SINN FÉIN councillors in Moyle have met with the Parades Commission to highlight serious concerns about unionist parades in the Moyle area of County Antrim. The meeting took place following recent parades in Armoy and Ballycastle. Free article

Terrifying mob attack on home of Safer Neighbourhood worker

31 July 2008

ON Friday 25 July the Sinn Féin Mayor of Belfast Tom Hartley opened the "Kids Space" in the St James area of West Belfast. Local communty activists reclaimed what was an area of overgrown, derelict land near the Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, and transformed it into the 'Kids Space'. The activists cleared the plot then got local children involved in planting flowers and bushes. Free article

Pay talks fail to guarantee collective bargaining rights

31 July 2008

SOCIAL PARTNERS involved in pay talks in the 26 Counties have failed to reach agreement on the issue of collective bargaining, a worrying lack of development for the trade unions with the talks in their final week. If agreement on collective bargaining was reached, employers would have to recognise trade unions in workplaces where the workers want it. Although workers have a right to be represented on an individual basis by a trade union there is currently no statutory right to collective bargaining. Free article

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British Army parade 'an affront to Irish nationalists'

31 July 2008

SINN FÉIN West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has dismissed suggestions that members of the British Army's notorious Royal Irish Regiment (formerly the Ulster Defence Regiment) should be given a so-called 'homecoming parade' on return from Afghanistan. Free article

Short Strand wants 'homes not forts'

31 July 2008

'HOMES not forts' is the demand being spearheaded by Sinn Féin in East Belfast's Short Strand area. Party members have launched a drive to collect signatures from local people supporting the party's call for the dismantling of Mountpottinger barracks a symbol of division and conflict for many years in this nationalist area. Free article

Ferris welcomes collapse of WTO talks

31 July 2008

THE collapse this week of the proposed WTO deal which would have seen the decline of Irish Agriculture has been welcomed by Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Martin Ferris TD. Free article

Older people being punished by health cuts

31 July 2008

SINN FÉIN Health and Children Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has described as "a total sham" the Irish Government's claimed commitment to improved care for older people after a survey has shown that Health Services Executive (HSE) cuts are adversely affecting home help and home care packages. Free article

Internal HSE memo exposes effects

31 July 2008

A Health Executive Services (HSE) memo detailing cutbacks imposed on the Pathology department of the Mid-Western regional Hospital has come into the possession of Sinn Féin Limerick spokesperson Maurice Quinlivan. Free article

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