27 May 2010 Edition

Bloody Sunday report for June?

27 May 2010

Speculation is mounting that the Bloody Sunday Inquiry report will be published in June. The relatives of those killed and injured have been engaged in meetings with NIO Secretary Owen Paterson is recent weeks and have been assured of a speedy publication date. This was echoed by British Prime Minister David Cameron when he met with Martin McGuinness last week. Free article

Lifford March 'only the beginning'

27 May 2010

Thousands of people turned up at a Save Lifford Hospital rally in Donegal on Sunday. Speaking in front of a crowd of 3,500 people Senator Pearse Doherty said a concerted campaign would be needed to keep Lifford Hospital open. Free article

Dublin's Dolphin House breaches UN standards

27 May 2010

A meeting of residents at Dolphin House, organised to highlight the living conditions in Dublin Corporation flats, was told this week that that UN standards on housing are being breached in Dolphin House. Free article

Where's the 'free' education?

27 May 2010

A proposal to charge a Û500 annual fee for school transport makes a mockery of the notion of free education in the 26 Counties. So said Senator Pearse Doherty, the Sinn Féin education spokesperson, as the news was announced this week. Doherty described the proposal to introduce a Û500 annual fee for primary school children and increase the current fee for secondary students from Û300 to Û500 annually as an insult added to the injury of overcrowded classrooms and dilapidated schools. Free article

Dáil debates possibility of by-elections

27 May 2010

As An Phoblacht goes to print, Leinster House faces a vote about the three outstanding by-elections due in the 26 Counties. Speaking during the debate this week, Minister for the Environment John Gormley said he may fast-track the proposed Commission that would oversee elections . Free article

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Councils owed millions in unpaid levies

27 May 2010

The Sinn Féin Spokesper-son on Local Government Martin Ferris TD has demanded that local authorities pursue property developers who owe more than €420 million in unpaid levies. Free article

IMC waste of public money

27 May 2010

Commenting as the latest IMC Report published on Wednesday, Sinn Féin Assembly member John O'Dowd said that the body should be abolished and the money being wasted put into frontline services. Free article

Mixed messages from confused party

27 May 2010

The SDLP publicly aired its identity crisis again this week when North Antrim Assembly member, Declan O'Loan suggested forming a single nationalist party in the Six Counties but then withdrew it after criticism from other party members. Free article

Fair Hotels campaign launched

27 May 2010

The Fair Hotels campaign to support and promote quality jobs in the hotel industry was launched by SIPTU in Liberty Hall, Dublin on Tuesday. The campaign is based on the principle that hotels that treat staff fairly should be supported by consumers who care about workers' rights. It introduces a new ethical choice for consumers via the website www.fairhotels.ie. Free article

Reilly won't contest next general election

27 May 2010

Sinn Féin Mayor of Navan and County Councillor Joe Reilly has announced his intention not to seek the party nomination for the Meath West general election constituency. Cllr Reilly has been the Sinn Féin candidate for the last five general elections, during that time his vote grew from just a few hundred votes to over 6,000. Free article

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