27 August 2009 Edition

Rally to mark Mountpottinger Barracks closure

27 August 2009

East Belfast Sinn Féin representative Niall Ó Donnghaile has announced a rally to mark the closure of Mountpottinger Barracks. The rally will take place on Monday 31 August at 7pm outside Mountpottinger Barracks. Niall Ó Donnghaile said: "Next Monday's rally is an opportunity for the community to come together and mark this historic event, the closure of Mountpottinger Barracks. Free article

'Still Imprisoned?' project provides support

27 August 2009

Ballymurphy Republican Ex-Prisoners presented a cheque for £450 for the "Still Imprisoned?" project to Joe Austin on Tuesday 11 August. The presentation took place in Tar Anall. Joe Austin told An Phoblacht that the "Still Imprisoned?" project came about because many republicans suffer as a result of the trauma of being involved directly or indirectly in the conflict: "These may include alcoholism, drug dependency, financial management problems, depression and anxiety. The "Still Imprisoned?" project is there to help. It provides a 24-hour help line and personal support within a short time, and is run entirely by republicans. The project has three tiers of support - those with first hand experience of traumas, another tier who raise funds and provide financial support, and a third tier of drivers and 'befrienders'. Free article

Death of Senator Edward Kennedy

27 August 2009

US Senator Edward Kennedy died this week after a long illness. He had been a member of the US Senate for 48 years and was a key legislator, a leading member of the Democratic Party and prominently active on Irish affairs, including during the nascent Peace Process. Free article

Tacaíocht le léirsiú mná tí

27 August 2009

Tá Conradh na Gaeilge ag iarraidh ar gach éinne ar mhór leis nó léi an Ghaeilge tacaíocht a léiriú do na mná tí a bheidh ag léirsiú lasmuigh d'oifigí na Roinne Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta sna Forbacha, Co. na Gaillimhe, ag 2.00in Dé Máirt, 1 Meán Fómhair 2009. Comhchoiste Náisiúnta na gColáistí Samhraidh (CONCOS) atá ag eagrú an léirsithe mar agóid in aghaidh an mholadh i dTuairisc an Ghrúpa Speisialta um Líon Fostaithe sa tSeirbhís Phoiblí agus um Chláir Chaiteachais ('An Bord Snip Nua') go ndéanfaí díothú ar Scéim na bhFoghlaimeoirí Gaeilge thar tréimhse dhá bhliain. Is cúnamh do mhná tí sa Ghaeltacht an scéim seo agus coinníonn sé costas na gcoláistí Gaeilge síos do na scoláirí. Free article

Orde leaves mixed legacy while truth still denied

27 August 2009

The departure of Hugh Orde as Chief Constable of the PSNI leaves a mixed legacy. While he presided at a time of positive transformation in policing in the Six Counties much remains to be done and his role with others in continuing to withhold the truth about killings by the crown forces was negative. Free article

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Ferris claims sugar industry sacrificed for speculators

27 August 2009

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD has claimed that the current concerns regarding Liam Carroll's 30% stake in Greencore prove that the sugar industry was sacrificed in the interests of property speculators. Carroll bought the shares with a view to acquiring the substantial land assets belonging to the company once it set about closing the remaining sugar factories at Carlow and Mallow. Free article

Nuacht na nOibrithe

27 August 2009

Element Six: 400 brave the elements, SIPTU serves strike notice on Coca Cola and 200 UPS jobs lost in Tallaght Free article

9,700 housing grants cancelled

27 August 2009

Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has written to the Housing Minister Margaret Ritchie and the Housing Executive asking why 9,700 grant applications have been cancelled by the Housing Executive. Sinn Féin have been concerned at the growing numbers of people who have been turned down for assistance for Housing Executive grants to carry out urgent works to their homes - many of which are essential either because of the poor condition of the homes or the medical condition of the applicant. Free article

Wicklow launches 'No' campaign

27 August 2009

Wicklow Sinn Fein launched its No to the Lisbon Treaty campaign on 17 August. The launch took place outside the Town Hall in Bray and it was timed to coincide with an event organised by the European Commission. Speaking after the launch Cllr. John Brady said: "We decided to launch our 'No' to the Lisbon Treaty campaign to coincide with the European commissions 'Talk to the EU' event. The last time the Irish people spoke to the EU was when we rejected the Lisbon Treaty in June 2008. It seems that when the Irish speak on issues relating to the EU in particular treaties our voice is ignored. We have seen this with the Nice Treaty and again with the Lisbon Treaty which was rejected by 53% of the Irish people." Free article

Kearney to address Gulladuff commemoration

27 August 2009

Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Declan Kearney will be the guest speaker at this weekend's annual Counties Derry and Antrim Republican Commemoration in Gulladuff. Speaking in advance of the major republican mobilisation, Magherafelt Sinn Féin Councillor Peter Bateson called on all republicans to support the event which will take place in Gulladuff on Sunday 30 August at 6pm. Free article

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