18 February 2010 Edition

Taxi driver's miraculous escape

18 February 2010

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has said it's only a matter of time before there is a fatality or a serious injury due to continued sectarian attacks in and around the Bishop Gate area of Derry's city centre. Her comments follow an attack on Saturday night around 8.45pm when a large rock was dropped from Bishop's Gate onto a taxi as it travelled into the city centre and follows a number of similar incidents there in recent months Free article

Government failed thousands of Fruit of the Loom workers

18 February 2010

Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has again demanded that An Tánaiste, Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, Mary Coughlan explain why the government she was a minister in, failed to deliver millions of European funding from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to Fruit of the Loom workers in North Donegal who had lost their jobs in 2006 and the years prior. He described the government's failure at the time as a "scandal" and repeated his call for a special fund from government to compensate the affected Donegal workers for their loss. Free article

Report into suspicious death imminent

18 February 2010

A report into the mysterious death of loyalist Stephen McCullough is expected to be released by the Police Ombudsman later this week. The body of the 39-year-old UDA member was discovered just hours after he offered to give information regarding the sectarian killing of Catholic postal worker Daniel McColgan. Free article

Colette Adams has treatment for cancer

18 February 2010

Republican activist Colette Adams, wife of Gerry Adams, was recently diagnosed with cancer. She made the following statement on Wednesday. "A month ago the results of tests I had undertaken revealed I had cancer. It was a great shock but I was told by my doctor and consultant that my cancer was treatable and that I would very quickly be taken into hospital for an operation and to determine what further treatment I might require. Free article

Sinn Féin Ard Fheis Live

18 February 2010

The 2010 Sinn Féin Ard Fheis will be broadcast live on TV on Saturday 6 March. Free article

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Ritchie taken to task

18 February 2010

Sinn Féin west Belfast MLA Paul Maskey has launched a scathing attack on the SDLP leader and Department for Social Development (DSD) Minister Margaret Ritchie after her criticism of a £20,000 advertisement campaign on the agreement made at Hillsborough. Free article

Sinn Féin backs call for Children's Referendum

18 February 2010

Speaking following the publication of the final report of the Joint Committee on the Constitutional Amendment on Children, on Tuesday, Sinn Féin Dáil spokesperson on children, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, said that the report presented an important opportunity to strengthen children's rights in the state. Free article

Operation PR

18 February 2010

After just three days of Operation Moshtarak there were already 20 civilians dead in Afghanistan - and those are just the deaths that we know about. They were killed in the name of a 'coalition' military offensive that is designed less to wrest territory from Taliban control, than to convince the Western public that this is a war that can be won and is being won. Free article

United Ireland strategy outlined

18 February 2010

Last year, Sinn Féin appointed Conor Murphy and Pearse Doherty to jointly head up the party's United Ireland Task Force. They have a responsibility to roll a series of events throughout every Irish county and to mainstream their work into every elected forum on the island of Ireland. Free article

Belfast hosts Basque solidarity dinner

18 February 2010

More than 100 people packed into Belfast's Cultúrlann on Saturday 13 February for a fundraising dinner in solidarity with the Basque political prisoners. The dinner was organised by the Belfast Basque Solidarity Committee as part of the International Week of Solidarity with the Basque Country. It followed a white-line picket and a mural unveiling at the former Andersonstown barracks site earlier in the day. Free article

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