23 July 2009 Edition

Concern over PSNI's use of plastic bullets

23 July 2009

RELATIVES for Justice (RFJ ) have expressed "deep concern" at the firing of numerous plastic bullets in north Belfast on Monday 13 July. RFJ also urged anyone who sustained injuries to seek medical attention, particularly young people. The Police Ombudsman is reported to be investigating the use of plastic bullets by the PSNI that night. Deputy Director of Relatives for Justice Andrée Murphy said: "It is our understanding that there are a number of injuries sustained, and that there may be a 12-year-old injured Free article

HEALTHCARE: Latin lessons for Irish health chiefs, says top kidney specialist

23 July 2009

DUBLIN GAA three-times All-Ireland finalist Dr David Hickey, top kidney specialist at Beaumont Hospital, thinks that Department of Health chiefs should visit Cuba to learn from the Cuban health system. "How can it be," David asks, "that Cuba, an island of 11 million people, could be operating its health system on a budget of €300 million, the equivalent of the budget for Beaumont Hospital and deliver a world-class medical service?" Free article

'An Bord Snip' threatens rural economy - Morgan

23 July 2009

SINN FÉIN Economic Spokesperson and Louth TD Arthur Morgan has said that the government had to recognise the real and damaging implications for rural Ireland of implementing large parts of the McCarthy report. Morgan, who is drafting a report on creating jobs in the agri-food sector on behalf of the Oireachtas Enterprise and Employment Committee, dubbed the report a book-keeping exercise that took no account of what was needed to ensure a sustainable economic future for rural Ireland. Free article

McCarthy must meet INOU and MABS - Ó Snodaigh

23 July 2009

SINN FÉIN Dublin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on Colm McCarthy and his co-authors of the Report of the Special Group on Public Services Numbers and Expenditure to meet with organisations such as the Irish National organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) and Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) to discuss the impact of his proposed cuts on the most vulnerable. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Colm McCarthy has proposed a series of cuts that are socially reckless and economically unwarranted." Free article

British cover-ups increase inquiry costs

23 July 2009

RESPONDING to reports that the Inquiries into the murders of Robert Hamill, Rosemary Nelson and Billy Wright have so far cost £95m, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Truth issues Francie Molloy said that 'it is not the inquiries themselves which have cost money, it is the British government policy of concealment and cover-up which gave rise to them which has caused these costs'. Free article

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Ó Broin new Dublin Sinn Féin Chairperson

23 July 2009

THE Dublin Sinn Féin Cuige unanimously elected Eoin Ó Broin as their new chairperson last week. The election came following the decision of current chair, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, to stand down to focus on his constituency and the forthcoming general election. Free article

Ó Snodaigh expresses disappointment at Councillor's action

23 July 2009

Commenting on reports that recently elected Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan has resigned from Sinn Féin, Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said: "There is deep disappointment among all those who worked closely with Louise, since she was co-opted to the council two years ago, that she chose to wait until after she was elected as a Sinn Féin councillor to take this course of action." Free article

O'Dowd concern after PSNI shoot man in stolen car

23 July 2009

SINN FÉIN Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd has expressed serious concerns after the PSNI shot the occupant of a stolen range rover in Gilford on Friday night/Saturday morning 18 July. It is reported that the range rover was stolen from a house in Craigavon. Free article

Local government review refuses to recognise Irish-language rights

23 July 2009

THE refusal of the Local Government Boundaries Commissioner (LGBC) in the Six Counties to consider recognition of bilingual English and Irish ward names in his report to the Department of the Environment has been criticised by Sinn Féin as showing complete disregard for the wishes of the Irish-speaking community in the North. Free article

COMMEMORATION: IRA Chief of Staff Liam Lynch honoured in Knockmealdown Mountains

23 July 2009

NEWLY-ELECTED Sinn Féin Cllr Maurice Quinlivan was the main speaker at last weekend's Liam Lynch Commemoration in the Knockmealdown Mountains in County Tipperary, where the Chief of Staff of the anti-Treaty IRA forces met his death on 10 Aprl 1923. Free article

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