8 October 2009 Edition

TURF WAR: Leitrim County Council unanimously backs Sinn Féin appeal to Environment Minister

8 October 2009

THE October meeting of Leitrim County Council saw unanimous support for a call by Sinn Féin Councillor Martin Kenny to Environment Minister John Gormley not to implement the proposed ban on turf cutting by farmers on their own bogland. At the moment, the controversial proposal covers boglands that are in Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), of which there are nine in Leitrim, mainly in the north of the county, but there are fears that it will be extended to all boglands in the future. Free article

Maskey to meet PSNI and Queens Students Union to discuss Holyland problems

8 October 2009

SOUTH Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey will next week meet with senior officers from the PSNI in South Belfast to discuss the need for the PSNI to develop a strategy which adequately deals with the ongoing problems caused by anti-social behaviour in the Holyland area. He will also, in the same week, meet with representative of Queen's University's Students Union to discuss the ongoing problems in the Holyland area. Free article

Boycott Coca-Cola call on Dublin City Council blocked by Fine Gael

8 October 2009

FINE GAEL members on Dublin City Council blocked an emergency motion tabled by Sinn Féin in support of striking workers at Coca-Cola at this week's meeting on Monday night of the capital's local government. The workers are fighting to prevent 130 jobs cuts to 'out-sourcing' by the hugely profitable global leader in soft drink sales. The company made €200 million profits in the first six months of this year. On Tuesday, SIPTU, which respresents the 130 staff, called for an international campaign in support of the sacked workers. The Dublin City Council motion, tabled by Councillors Larry O'Toole and Dessie Ellis, called for a boycott of Coca-Cola products Free article

GLASNEVIN CEMETERY: Council supports Sinn Féin emergency motion

8 October 2009

DUBLIN City Council's passing this week of a Sinn Féin emergency motion calling for a halt to work on the old and new 'Angels' plots at Glasnevin Cemetery to allow for consultations with bereaved parents of children buried there has been welcomed by Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. McDonald said there is widespread anger among parents of children buried at these plots as plans were made without their consultation. Free article

Mother and baby attacked after British Army parade

8 October 2009

LOYALISTS attending a so-called 'homecoming' parade in Antrim last Saturday for British soldiers returning from Afghanistan attacked a young mother and her baby. Antrim Sinn Féin Councillor Anthony Brady said a group of sectarian thugs attacked the woman's car with her child on board and added: "I am disgusted at hearing that a car containing a child was attacked by a bunch of sectarian thugs. Free article

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Protest demands rejection of Basque extraditions

8 October 2009

THE Don't Extradite the Basques Campaign has welcomed the display of public support for the two Basque men fighting extradition from Belfast to Spain as Arturo Beñat Villanueva's hearing began in the High Court on Monday, 5 October. Villanueva is accused of being a member of Basque pro-independence youth organisation Jarrai from 1994-2000. However, the youth movement was not criminalised until 2005 and it was declared 'terrorist' in 2007. Free article

Fermanagh co-option agreed

8 October 2009

SINN FÉIN Fermanagh Council Group Leader Cllr Thomas O'Reilly has congratulated Phil Flanagan after he was co-opted onto the Council to replace Domhnaill O Cobhthaigh who resigned from the council recently. Phil Flanagan, whose family is from the area originally, is married and runs a small business. Free article

New Councillor for Andersonstown

8 October 2009

Andersonstown republican Caoimhín Mac Giolla Mhín has been co-opted to Belfast City Council to replace Paul Maskey who will concentrate on his role as an MLA for West Belfast. A member of the West Belfast Comhairle Ceantair officer board for several years, Caoimhín initiated the West Belfast Sinn Féin newspaper which is distributed quarterly to homes in the constituency. He stood as a candidate in the Upper Falls area for the council elections in May 2005. Free article

Antrim Borough 'cold house for nationalists'

8 October 2009

A LOCAL Councillor has raised concerns about increased anti-nationalist activity in Antrim and the perceived institutionalised bias in local government policy. Speaking on Wednesday, Antrim Borough Councillor Anthony Brady said that in the past week alone he had highlighted a sectarian attack carried out by a group of thugs who attacked a car carrying a child and a woman wearing an Antrim GAA top in Antrim on Saturday. Free article

Nuacht na nOibrithe

8 October 2009

Aer Lingus jettisons 676 jobs and cuts pay, 67 paper jobs shredded, Taxi drivers halt two-day gridlock, Green Isle Foods bins Labour Court invite and ISME calls health workers 'economic saboteurs' Free article

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