22 April 2010 Edition

Adams attacks unionist parties over Bill of Rights

22 April 2010

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has said that unionist opposition to a Bill of Rights is 'a symptom of a political leadership which is out of touch with many within their own community'. "Working class unionist families, the working poor and other disadvantaged sections of unionism have been very badly let down by the main unionist parties," he said. Free article

Sinn Féin comments on publication of draft Parades legislation

22 April 2010

Commenting on the publication of the draft legislation on parading which went out to consultation this week for a 12-week period, Sinn Féin Assembly member John O'Dowd said: "Central to the legislation is a legally enforceable Code of Conduct for those who parade, and the bands and supporters who take part in parades, and any hangers on. Free article

Coiste to challenge insurance discrimination against former POWs

22 April 2010

Jim McVeigh of Coiste na nÍarchimí is warning former republican POWs to check their insurance policies after it emerged that a Six County-based company refused to insure a West Belfast man. Free article

PSNI heavy handed tactics in Short Strand

22 April 2010

Sinn Féin east Belfast candidate Niall Ó Donnghaile has blasted PSNI actions in the Short Strand last Friday afternoon. He was commenting after two young residents had their car stopped and were removed from the vehicle and handcuffed on the ground with weapons pointed at them. Free article

Norfolk Shell blockade in solidarity with Rossport

22 April 2010

Around 25 activists set up two blockades around the Shell Gas terminal in Bacton, Norfolk, on Monday in solidarity with Pat O'Donnell and the community in Rossport, Mayo, and against the destruction of environment and communities by Shell worldwide. Free article

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Bolivia hosts World People's Conference

22 April 2010

More than 18,000 environmental activists, indigenous representatives and climate scientists have joined Latin American presidents for a major climate conference hosted by Bolivian President Evo Morales in Cochabamba from April 19-22. Morales called for the alternative summit - the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the rights of Mother Earth - in the aftermath of the failed Cop15 summit in Copenhagen in December. Delegations from 90 governments will also participate in the summit, which aims to give voice to the world's poor on the issue of climate change, and to influence the next United Nations climate summit, Cop16, which will be held in Mexico at the end of this year. Free article

Cumann in honour of republican stalwart launched

22 April 2010

A new Sinn Féin cumann named in honour of party stalwart Michael Ferguson was launched at the Mairéad Farrell House in Twinbrook, Belfast, on Tuesday 20 April. Free article

Campaign to save Wexford General A&E services

22 April 2010

As part of Sinn Féin's ongoing campaign to ensure there will be no downgrading of A&E services at Wexford General Hospital, a protest and petition signing will take place in Gorey on Saturday 24 April between 10 am and 12 noon and in the afternoon from 2 pm until 4 pm on the main street and in various other areas of the town. Free article

Nuacht na nOibrithe

22 April 2010

ICTU urges no pay cuts for staff stranded by volcano fall-out, Croke Park verdict not expected till mid-May at least, Saving Quinn Insurance jobs is priority, says Mary Lou as she meets workers Free article

More Catalan communities to vote on independence

22 April 2010

About 200 municipalities in Catalonia will participate on 25 April in an unofficial poll asking their citizens whether they are in favour of Catalan independence from the Spanish state. The most important cities participating in this wave of referenda are Girona, Lleida and Reus. This is the second wave of such public votes since last September, when a small town near Barcelona, Arenys de Munt, called the first one. Free article

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