The Rock Post Office set for major revamp – Cooper

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper  has welcomed the news that the Rock Post Office in Derry  has been chosen to be one of the Post Offices new main style branches.

 

Councillor Cooper  said

Councillor Mickey Cooper

Councillor Mickey Cooper

 

“It is welcome news for residents of the lower Strand Road area, that the long established Rock Post Office  will now get a revamp to make it one of the new main style branches.

 

The change is part of a major investment and support programme, the largest undertaken in the history of the Post Office, which will see 8,000 branches converting to new style branches. And an additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.

 

Consumers can expect a newly refurbished branch providing a modern environment for customers, the same products and services and longer opening hours.

 

The new look Post Office on the Strand Road   is expected to open on Friday 23rd September  2016 at 13:00.

 

Customers should be aware that the office will close  on the 13th September so the refurbishment can take place.

 

 

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Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will not be stepping aside as Finance Minister – McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will not be standing aside as Finance Minister.

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“Máirtín Ó Muilleoir enjoys my full support as Finance Minister and he will not be stepping aside on the basis of calls from opposition parties, much less calls from the DUP.”

Huge concern among farmers over Brexit – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said farmers and agricultural producers are becoming increasingly concerned about the prospect of being dragged out the EU.

Ms Anderson said;

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson.

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson.

“I met today with representatives of the North’s Agricultural Producers’ Association in Cookstown to discuss the huge concern that exists in the farming community over the impact of the EU referendum.

“I have met farmers and agricultural producers across the North and it is clear that there is huge levels of uncertainty about what impact that being dragged out of the EU would have on the sector.

“Much of our excellent agricultural produce is exported to other EU states and, as such would be particularly vulnerable to any additional trade barriers.

“The reality is that the majority of people in the North voted to remain in the EU and that democratically expressed view must be acknowledged and respected.”

Cooper welcomes Rosemount improvement schemes

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the news that a number of improvement schemes are to take place in the Rosemount area in the  weeks and months ahead.

 

Councillor Cooper said

Councillor Mickey Cooper

Councillor Mickey Cooper

 

“I have been dealing with a number of issues in the Rosemount area over recent weeks. The lane at the rear of Baldrick Crescent is in a bad state so I have asked the Housing Executive to send in the Ground Maintenance team to look at the lanes and get them cleaned as required. There is also a problem with weeds growing from Housing Executive properties but this is a  tenant’s responsibility, and I am looking at various option to see something can be done in this regard . A number of damaged walls in the area which were very unsightly will also be restored by the Housing Executive  in the coming weeks’

 

I welcome the news that subject to funding there is an External Cyclical Maintenance Scheme planned for Rosemount area (Academy Rd, Daly Cres, Forest Park, Meadowview Crescent, Rosemount Gardens) for April 2017.  This scheme will include the cleaning of roofs/ gutters and other  painting, fencing, replacement of external doors etc.  This scheme will be surveyed a couple of months before it goes on site by the consultant’s office and work will be carried out dependent on the condition of the properties’

Brokenshire needs to look no further than Remain vote – McCartney‏

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney  has said if British Secretary of State James Brokenshire wants to canvas public opinion in the North on Brexit then he should look at the results of the referendum.Raymond McCartney  said:raymond mccartney

“The people of the North have spoken and they have clearly stated at the ballot box that they want to stay in the European Union.

“Before embarking on his grand tour Mr Brokenshire needs to acknowledge and respect that vote.

“We have heard much about the British Government’s wish to consult and listen to the devolved administration.

“However, if you want proof of what value they actually put on consultation you only have to look at the announcement by the Chancellor at the weekend, there was zero consultation and no attempt to ensure the needs of the people of the North were being met.

“James Brokenshire needs to understand the damage his party’s ego trip has already caused to the local economy. This exercise will not undo that damage.

“He needs to respect the democratic wish of the people expressed through the ballot box and start organising how the North stays in the European Union.”

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Loss of EU funding could have negative impact on cancer research – Anderson‏

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the loss of EU funding could have a disastrous impact on cancer research. CWrWZ7UWUAEjEpO

Ms Anderson said;

“I visited Queen’s University this week to meet staff to discuss the potential impact of Brexit and it is clear that there is great deal of concern.

“The global research initiatives at Queens have benefitted from EU funds which have supported excellent research projects.

“During the visit I was shown a piece of medical equipment, developed at Queens, which is assisting in reducing rates of secondary surgery following breast cancer.

“Such vital research could be jeopardised by any loss of key EU research funding.

“It is not only the people of the North who would lose out if funding for cancer research projects is lost but cancer patients all across the world.

“The people of the North voted to the remain in the EU and the British government should respect and recognise that.”

Duffy encourages people in Derry to donate blood‏

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has encouraged more people to become blood donors.

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“In the summer months the demand for blood products traditionally rises.

“Now the Blood Transfusion has said it needs 8,000 new donors to meet the demand.

“It has now launched a campaign to get one new donor to sign up every hour in the North.

“Giving blood is easy, quick and, most importantly, can literally save lives.

“I would encourage as many people as possible in Derry  to sign up to become blood donors and donate blood often to help save even more lives each year.” 

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Logue congratulates students who received results

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue  has congratulated all those who received A-Level and AS-Level exam results today.

The Sinn Féin education spokesperson said; Patricia Logue new pic 22

“I want to congratulate everyone who received A-Level and AS-level results today on their efforts and successes. And also all of the students who received Leaving Cert results in recent days.

“I would also like to reassure those who may have been disappointed by their results that support and guidance is available as they look at their options and plan their next move.

“There are many options and paths open to students such as vocational training, further education, and apprenticeships.

“Sitting exams and receiving results can be a daunting experience at any stage but for students and young people today there are added complications.

“The uncertainty caused by the recent EU referendum has the potential to limit the opportunities for today’s students in terms of European studies projects such as Erasmus.

“The people of the North voted to remain in the EU with its opportunities for students and young people and that should be respected.”

Official homeless figures must present a true reflection of the current realities-Hassan‏

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Councillor Tony Hassan  has said that housing statistics released by the Department of Communities is not accurately reflecting the levels of homelessness in the north.

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“The statistics point out that 18,628 people have presented as homeless, which is 1,000 down on the same period as last year.

“On the face of it this would be welcome news.

“My concern is this is more to do with people being directed away from going through with their homeless application by the new Housing Solutions team set up by the Housing Executive.

“This I believe has more to do with statistics than providing a long-term solution in dealing with homelessness.

“Many of those coming forward are being encouraged to move into unregulated private rented housing,

convinced that they will wait years to be housed and therefore they withdraw their application. The new system also takes away contact and decisions from local Housing Executive offices.

“I believe an urgent review of how this new system is working is required. The full scale roll out should be stalled until we establish if this new system is working or is just another move to hide the true figures of people declaring themselves as homeless.

“I have in the past also raised concerns about those who are not accepted as being homeless, the 7,426 who are left to their own devices.

“The vast majority of these are young people who are being told that the Housing Executive has no responsibility to house them.

“Many of these are vulnerable young people who are sleeping on sofas, floors or end up in shared rented accommodation totally unsuitable for their needs.”

Petrol bomb attack on Dove House

 

 

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has condemned a petrol bomb attack on Dove House tonight the second attack in 48 hours.

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Councillor Logue said “ It’s very sad that I am once again having to comment on an  attack on Dove House,the second  in less than 48 hours.

As well as attacking this vital community building those responsible have also put the lives of people living in the vicinity in danger.

I am making it clear to those responsible that the community does not want this, and those behind it need to stop.

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McCartney welcomes announcement on A6 dualling scheme

Sinn Féin MLA and Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced his decision to proceed with the A6 Randalstown to Castledawson Dualling Scheme, which represents an investment of £160million. raymond mccartney

The scheme will provide approximately 14.7km of new dual carriageway: 7.3km between Randalstown and Toome and 7.4km between Toome and Castledawson.

 

Commenting Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney said

“I welcome this announcement by the Minister. Anyone who travels on this section of road on a daily basis knows it is one of the biggest traffic bottle necks on the A6 causing tailbacks for miles at peak times of the day. This work will go a long way in addressing that.

He went on to say

 “The dualling of the main Derry to Belfast road will also be a major factor in improving the economic fortunes of the region and the bypass of Dungiven will have a major environmental impact on the town.

Minister Chris Hazzard said: “One of my key priorities over the next five years is redressing the North’s infrastructure deficit, particularly west of the Bann.

“I am determined to contribute towards economy growth in a regionally balanced way and I believe it is vital that infrastructure projects such as this are prioritized.

“My commitment to this area in delivering this £160million flagship investment will strengthen the links between Belfast and Derry and positively develop the A6 as a key transport route into the wider North West area.

“Road users and the local community will directly benefit from this new all-purpose dual carriageway as it will reduce journey times and improve road safety.

“I am confident that my decision to proceed with the scheme will come as welcome news for the construction industry and I look forward to continuing work to deliver the project with the Joint Venture contractor for the project Grahams/Farrans.”

Anderson meets women’s groups to discuss Brexit

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said being dragged out of the European Union will have a particularly negative impact on women. CWrWZ7UWUAEjEpO

Ms Anderson said;

“I met this morning with a group of women involved in the women’s sector in Derry to discuss the impact of Brexit.

“There are serious concerns among many sectors, including women’s groups about what will happen if the British government succeeds in its plans to drag us out of the EU.

“That would allow the British government to roll back on rights and equality legislation and that would have a particularly negative impact on women.

“The reality is that the majority of people in the North voted to remain in the EU and that democratically expressed view must be recognised and respected.”

McCartney condemns bonfire disturbances and security alert

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has condemned the disturbances and security alert, which arose from a bonfire in the Bogside area of Derry last night. 

The Foyle MLA said;

“The damage, disturbances and disruption, which arose from last night’s bonfire in the Bogside must be condemned.

“Several families, including elderly people, had to be evacuated from their homes due to a security alert on Charlotte Street.

“This situation was dictated by a tiny group of young people who are being exploited by more sinister elements who are clearly determined to act against the wishes of the local community.

“The scenes around the bonfire were in stark contrast with the excellent finale to this year’s Féile which showed the positive community spirit of the people in this area who want nothing to do with the bonfire.

“There was an opportunity to avoid all of these problems through dialogue. Unfortunately that failed because people absented themselves from that process or effectively scuppered it by acting as cheerleaders for anti-community behaviour.

“That process was an opportunity lost and we need to see renewed efforts to avoid a repeat of this situation in the future so the local residents can live in peace.”

Duffy welcomes HPV vaccination investment

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has welcomed news that men in the north will be eligible to receive the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.Sandra Duffy Head shot 1

She said:

“I welcome the news that my colleague Michelle O’Neill has announced an investment of over £100k into the HPV vaccination programme.

“It is great news that men in the north of Ireland will be eligible to receive the HPV vaccine.

“Investment in this programme will help to provide protection for men under the age of 45 against HPV which can cause a range of cancers.”

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McCartney welcomes the HMIC report on vulnerable people

Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle and Member of the Policing Board, Raymond McCartney  has welcomed recommendations made in the HMIC report on the need for the PSNI to improve its protection and support for vulnerable victims.DSC_6528

He  said:

“This report stated the PSNI were not dealing with vulnerable people.

“This incudes areas such as cases of domestic violence, young people who have gone missing or those who have experienced sexual exploitation.

“I welcome the report and its recommendations. It points out the inadequacies of the approach by the PSNI but it also clearly highlights a way forward to rectify these failings.

“The Chief Constable has accepted the report’s recommendations in full and Sinn Féin will be closely monitoring the implementation of this report.”

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Anger after Parachute Regiment flags erected in Waterside –Jackson

Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson has said that Unionist leaders need to address erection of Parachute flags in the Waterside area erected to coincide with the funeral of Bishop Daly.

Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor  Christopher Jackson

Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor Christopher Jackson

 

Councillor Jackson said.

 

 

“I have received a number of complaints in the last 24 hours about a Parachute Regiment flag being erected at Dales Corner; this comes on top of other flags being erected in the area over the past month.

 

“We had a similar number of incidents in Derry last year as well. Given the history of the Parachute Regiment in this city and coming in the week of the passing of Bishop Edward Daly the erection of these flags is being seen as provocation in an effort to raise tensions in the Waterside.

 

 “We now need to see leadership from within Unionism to ensure that these flags are taken down as those who have erected them obviously did so to create a reaction from within the Nationalist community.

 

 “The people who erected these flags are only serving the interests of those opposed to the peace process and heightening community tensions in the city.

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Brexit would be hugely detrimental to the north of Ireland- McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA and deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness has stated that Brexit would be hugely detrimental to the north of Ireland.Martin-McGuinness1

Speaking today Mr McGuinness said:

“The referendum result posed huge and unprecedented challenges. In the up-coming negotiations we need to ensure that we defend and protect, to the best of our ability, the interests of the people we represent.

“Brexit is bad for business, bad for our agricultural and argi-food industries, bad for our young people, our universities, our community and voluntary sector and all Ireland development to name a few examples.

“The Sinn Féin position is clear – the democratic decision of the people of the north should be respected.”

Fire at Good Shepherd School tonight – Jackson

Speaking after a fire at the Good Shepherd Primary School and Nursery School on Dungiven Road tonight Waterside Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson said

“It’s very worrying that this fire has taken place just a few weeks before the new school term starts.

Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor  Christopher Jackson

Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor Christopher Jackson

“I visited the scene tonight and I would like to commend the work of the Fire Service who dealt with this fire .And would appeal to anyone in the community who has any information on how this fire started  to bring it forward to the investigations team”

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Campbell condemns Creggan shooting‏

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell commenting following the news that a man has been injured in a shooting incident in the Rinmore Drive  area of Creggan last night .kevin

 

Speaking after visting the scene he said

 

“The people of this city do not want these actions taking place on our streets and those behind them need to stop.

 

I would urge anyone with any information to bring it forward to the PSNI straight away.

 

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McGuinness saddened at the death of Bishop Edward Daly

Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MLA said today he is deeply saddened to learn of the death this morning of former Bishop Edward Daly.

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“It was with deep sadness that I learned of the death this morning of the much-loved former Bishop of Derry Edward Daly.

“Bishop Daly is remembered internationally for the iconic image from Bloody Sunday when he was waving a white handkerchief to British soldiers while aiding the dying Jackie Duddy.

“But he was also an immense figure in the city.

“He was very forthright in his views at a time when a war was raging in the city but thankfully he also lived to see the peace.

“I met with him on a number of occasions in 1992 and 1993 about the developing peace process and he was always compassionate, honest and backed the efforts of me and others to help bring the conflict to an end.

“He is a huge loss to the city and its people and I extend my sincerest condolences and those of my party to his family at this very sad time.”

Duffy condemns weekend incidents in Galliagh

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy commenting after a number of incidents in the Galliagh area during which wheelies bins were burned ,as well as anti-community activity taking place.

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“I would make an urgent appeal for this nonsense to stop immediately .The people who live in Moss Park and Collon Lane do not deserve this happening in their area. A handful of young people cannot be allowed to hold an area to ransom like this. They cannot be allowed to undermine all the good work that goes  here over the summer months.

“The one thing that I am sure of is that they didn’t burn their own wheelie bins but have subjected others to a financial burden of having to replace their household bin. As an area of high deprivation people can ill afford to be spending money on continually replacing their bins.

I would like to thank the community activists who helped last night. And call on the parents in  Galliagh  to ensure that their sons or daughters do not get involved in this activity.

Logue slams weekend vandalism attack on Dove House‏‎

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue commenting on a vandalism attack at Dove House in the Bogside.Patricia Logue new pic 22

said “This is a disgraceful attack and has happened as Dove House and other community groups in the area get ready for the Gasyard Féile providing dozens of events for local people young and old.

“The continued attacks on this vital community facility just seem to be relentless and are having a terrible impact on the staff there being able to provide the many services they do.

There is also a cost to each time these acts of criminal damage are carried out and that cannot go on indefinitely without impacting on the budgets of the services provided.

McCartney meets WHSCT on medical school for Derry

Sinn Féin Foyle  MLA Raymond McCartney speaking following a meeting with party colleague Maeve McLaughlin and members of the Western Health & Social Care Trust in relation to a medical school for Derry and the Northwest region. raymond mccartney
 
The Foyle MLA said “We welcome the news that there is  progression in terms of  provision for a Medical School and that the University have a steering group to take this forward.
 
This will be important in terms of University expansion and in bringing down the cost of locums which was £16m this year.


Derry is ideally placed for a Graduate Entry Medical School as we have a state of the art hospital, including the new cancer centre, on our doorstep in Altnagelvin.

Magee also has already established a reputation for medical innovation through its relationship with C-TRIC and the opportunities presented with the roll out of the North West Health Innovation Corridor.

There is a clear lack of doctors in the Western Trust area and across the North generally and a new medical school would help address that and reduce locum costs.

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Duffy welcomes move on living wage for Health and Social Care staff

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has welcomed the commitment by the Sinn Féin Health Minister to examine pay reform for health and social care staff including the issue of the living wage.

Councillor Duffy  said: Sandra Duffy Head shot 1

“Our health workers are the core of our health service. The contribution they make in challenging circumstances cannot be underestimated.

“As such we need to respect and listen to their concerns. The health Minister, Michelle O’Neill has already began this process in terms of not removing weekly and fortnightly payments  to health staff.

“I welcome the Minister’s commitment that she will give serious consideration to the implementation of a real living wage, as defined by the Living Wage Foundation of £8.25, for our health and social care staff.”

Collective approach for the upkeep / appearance of streets in Ballymagroarty-McGinley

Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley has called a collective approach from all agencies for the upkeep and appearance of streets in Ballymagroarty area following complaints about overgrown weeds, vegetation and blocked drains.Eric new head shot 20144

Councillor McGinley said   “A number of residents have contacted me about the appearance of the streets throughout the area. Some of the streets and laneways are in a bad state .There is a lot of overgrown weeds, vegetation and a number of drains are blocked. It’s clear there needs to be a systematic programme by the statutory agencies to do a massive clean up before the winter months.

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Action plan needed for Irish Language-Campbell

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell  has said an action plan is needed to promote and preserve the Irish language in the north.kevin

He made the call after the Welsh government unveiled a plan to double the number of Welsh speakers to one million by 2050.

Cllr Kevin Campbell  said:

“The rights of Irish speakers and the Irish community need to be met.

“There is a growing demand for Irish especially in the education sector so an action plan needs to be drafted and put in place to protect and promote the language in the north and across the island.

“As Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure my colleague Carál Ní Chuilín launched the Líofa project, which was the first government-sponsored programme that encouraged people in the North to learn, teach and speak Irish.

“In the 26 counties a 20-year Strategy for Irish Language was introduced and has started to be rolled out.

“The progress made needs to be built on and new policies implemented.

“As part of the St Andrew’s Agreement the British and Irish governments signed up to support the introduction of legislation to protect the rights of Irish language speakers but Acht na Gaeilge has not been implemented.

“Sinn Féin remains committed to protecting and promoting the Irish language and the rights of the Irish speaking community.”

Turkey’s reassurances on human rights worthless – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has branded Turkish assurances on the protection of the rights of refugees as “worthless and hollow” and urged the European Union to change its approach to the refugee crisis. 

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson.

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson.

The Sinn Féin MEP was reacting to an answer given by the European Commission to a question asked by Sinn Féin MEPs and colleagues on the left in Europe. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“The response of the European Commission to our question is alarming. 

“When pressed on reports that Turkey are returning desperate refugees to war-torn Syria, the Commission simply states it has received written assurances from Turkey that this is not the case. 

“Turkey’s assurances are worthless and hollow, they are not worth the paper they are written on.

“Events in recent days and weeks show categorically that Turkey is neither a safe country nor a good partner for the EU in dealing with the refugee crisis.

“The current Turkish regime is both brutal and authoritarian.

 “The state is at war with its own Kurdish citizens and President Erdogan has used the recent ‘coup’ to clamp down ruthlessly on perceived opponents. Tens of thousands of journalists, academics, soldiers and civil servants have been interned in what is reported to be terrible conditions.

“The EU-Turkey deal needs to be immediately scrapped. The horse-trading of suffering people cannot continue and the vital principle of not returning refugees to danger must be completely respected and upheld to the highest of standards.

“The EU cannot shirk its responsibilities in this humanitarian crisis. If member states cooperated and did their fair share, this crisis could be resolved. A humanitarian crisis requires a humanitarian response.” Ends/Críoch

Bins torched at Lower Nassau Street –Cooper

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has urged parents in the Rosemount area to ensure their children do not get caught up in anti community activity .He was speaking after  a number of wheelie bins were burned and damaged caused to the wall of a house in Lower Nassau Street .

Councillor Mickey Cooper

Councillor Mickey Cooper

Councillor Cooper said “It would appear that those responsible are intent on nothing more than causing mischief in the area. On this occasion blue bins were destroyed with the residents then left with the inconvenience and cost of replacing them. There was also fire damage to the wall of a house.

This is totally unacceptable and the inconvenience and distress caused to residents cannot be underestimated.  I’ve been in touch with the council to see if these bins could be replaced.

I would also appeal to parents to be aware of what their children are doing and to intervene immediately if they believe their child is involved in this activity. ”

Logue commends emergency work to resolve raw sewage problems

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has thanked NI Water for their quick response in dealing with a raw sewage problem effecting homes in the Mary Street and Fergusons Lane area of Bishop Street.Patricia Logue new pic 22

Councillor Logue said “I was contacted by residents from Mary Street and Fergusons Lane concerned that raw sewage had entered the backyards of their homes .

There was sewage in the yards, on the footpaths and road .I don’t need to tell anyone the health concerns this brings never mind the mess.

I would like to thank NI Water for their quick response in dealing with the matter. It turned out a much bigger job than was first expected, a lot of digging was needed to get to the root of the problem.

Its hoped that this work will resolve the issue.The pathways and the road will be disinfected once the work is finished.

Action on Faughan fish-kill – Fleming

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming commenting following the news that hundreds of fish have been  killed by pollution in the River Faughan near Claudy.Paul-Fleming

Councillor Fleming  said “It’s important that a full investigation is carried out to find the source of this pollution.

 Sinn Féin is committed to the prevention of pollution of Ireland’s water systems and rivers.

Concluding he said

Anyone who is found to  be in breach of operational standards and environmental regulation must be investigated and prosecuted.”

Car fire could have spread to homes –Hassan

Derry Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has said the quick actions of the Fire Service prevented a car fire spreading to homes in Elmgrove tonight.lg_tony_hassan_copy2

He speaking after a car was set on fire on the Beragh Hill Road just after 8pm.

Councillor Hassan said “I received a call to say a car was on fire at the Beragh Hill Road.

I went to the scene and I would say we are very lucky once again as this situation could have been much worse . It’s important  to commend the quick actions of the Fire Service in preventing the fire from a burning car spread from the bushes to local homes in Elmgrove.

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Hassan welcomes weekend policing operations to curb underage drinking

Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has welcomed the news that patrols by the PSNI  local policing team and a neighbourhood policing team,  found underage drinkers at Culmore point the  subsequent seizure of a quantity of alcohol. And the use of helicopter  in efforts to stop car crime in the city.lg_tony_hassan_copy2

Councillor Tony Hassan said “I welcome a number of policing operations at the weekend to curb underage drinking in the Culmore area and the use of the helicopter in efforts to target car rime in the city.

There is no one single solution to the issue of underage drinking across all districts of our city but we need to come at the problem in a variety of ways. On this occasion it was the intervention of the local policing team and a neighbourhood policing team.It also means looking at how people purchase alcohol. Looking at how alcohol is sold and marketed; and it means supporting vital community based initiatives that provide education, advice, counselling and intervention.”

Concluding he said

The move by the PSNI against car crime is to be welcomed. It’s an issue Sinn Féin has been highlighting for some time and will remain high on our agenda in the times ahead.

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Concern over door to door sales of high end goods –Logue

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has urged people in  Derry who feel under pressure to sign up to contracts to buy high end electrical goods being offered  by door to door sales persons to  ensure that they seek advice straight away ,find out the full details ,payments costs and check the cooling off period before the contract starts.Patricia Logue new pic 22

She said “I was contacted by residents in the Bogside concerned about high end electrical goods being offered by door to door sale persons and being asked to sign up to contracts  to pay for the goods over a number of years.

They have claimed  that the process involved the sales person being in their home for a number of hours and they felt under pressure to sign up to contracts to buy goods and didn’t fully understand the outworkings of it.

We are not talking about small priced items but items costing thousands of pounds which I believe are well out of the  reach for people living in the area. In fact I was quite shocked when I heard the price of some of the goods on offer.

I would urge anyone who finds themselves or a family member in a similar situation to check all the small print straight away and if they are not satisfied by what they have signed up to, to immediately contact the Consumer Council and the Councils trading standards officer straight away.

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Brexit would cause serious damage to agri-food industry – Fleming‏

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming has said leaving the European Union would cause serious damage to the agri-food industry.

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“Key players from within the sector have expressed their concern about the impact that Brexit will have on the agri-food sector.

“They have expressed concern about their workers, many of whom are from European countries and play a pivotal role in the success of the industry.

“They have also expressed concern over funding for the industry and the trading implications that may be put in place as a result of Brexit.

“Many businesses are struggling to survive and are looking for guidance.

“The Brexiteers never had a plan and have offered no long-term or short-term guidance to people within the industry.

“We will continue to meet with people from within the agri-food regarding their concerns.And will continue to fight to have the decision of the people North to remain in the EU respected.”

McCartney encourages men to get checked for prostate cancer

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has encouraged men over 50 to make sure they get checked for prostate cancer.

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“Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men but still some men are reluctant to seek treatment if they are concerned.

“Men over 50 years old are most at risk from prostate cancer and it is this group who should make sure they speak to their doctor and get checked.

“In the North more than one thousand men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.

“Sadly more than 250 men a year die in the north each year from prostate cancer. However it can be treated successfully if diagnosed early so it is vitally important to talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.

I would encourage men to talk about prostate cancer and raise awareness of it.”

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Campbell condemns attack on Creggan homes

Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Campbell has condemned a number of incidents  in Creggan during which windows were broken in a number of houses.kevin

Councillor Campbell said;

“These attacks  are wrong and I utterly condemn them.

“Everyone should have the right to live free from fear of intimidation or attack in their own home.

“I would call on anyone with information on these incidents to bring it forward to the PSNI.”

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McGuinness reiterates call for Taylor release

Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA has reiterated his call for the immediate release of Derry republican Tony Taylor.

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Speaking after meeting with Mr Taylor’s wife Lorraine, the Foyle MLA commented:

“Tony Taylor was returned to prison on the word of previous British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers without any evidence being presented.

“I have raised this matter directly with Theresa Villiers and her successor James Brokenshire.

“I will continue to do so because his arrest and imprisonment without recourse to due process is totally unacceptable and he should either be released immediately or brought before a court and given due process.

“Lorraine Taylor also urged people to attend a public rally, which is taking place in the city this week.

“She said: “It’s crucial that we send a strong message that Tony’s illegal imprisonment is unacceptable so I am calling on people to attend the rally which takes place on August 6 at 3pm in Guildhall Square.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

McCartney announces venue of 2016 National Hunger Strike Commemoration

The National Hunger Strike Commemoration will this year take place in Belfast .In recent years it has happened in Derry, Dungiven and Bellaghy.raymond mccartney

Encouraging people from Derry to attend Foyle MLA and former hunger striker Raymond McCartney said

The march to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike will take place in Belfast on Sunday August 14th at 2pm .The assembly point is Divis Tower and is easy access just off the Westlink to proceed up the Falls Road.

The prison struggle of the late 1970s and early 1980s were without any doubt a key moment in the Irish struggle for freedom and justice. And within that period the Hunger Strike of 1981 is of course the defining moment.

The National commemoration in Belfast is one of the biggest events on the Republican calendar and I appeal to the wider Republican community in Derry , to the people of Ireland and international sympathisers to mobilise and show support for the ideals for which the Hunger Strikers gave their all.

There will be a number of buses travelling up from Derry ,for seats call 02871 377551.

Kelly welcomes upgrade at one of the city’s busiest junctions

Sinn Féin Councillor for the Bogside Colly Kelly  has urged motorists to take due care and attention as upgrade work has taken place at one of the busiest road junctions in the city located at Elmwood Terrace /Westland Street and Laburnum TerraceCOLLY

Councillor Colly Kelly said “This is a very busy road junction which sees hundreds of vehicles travel through it every day. Over the years this junction has seen its fair share of accidents and near misses.

In 2010 double mini roundabouts were introduced at this junction to slow traffic down due to the high volume of traffic.

Work this week has seen the upgrade of all the road markings and with  the pedestrian crossing also getting an upgrade.

I would appeal for motorists to take due care and attention until such times as the system has bedded.

 

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Hassan welcomes plans for 1,500 new dwellings at Skeoge

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Councillor Tony Hassan has welcomed the news that  Derry City and Strabane District Council has issued Outline Planning Approval for up to 1,500 new dwellings and associated facilities for an exciting new residential neighbourhood on the Skeoge lands.lg_tony_hassan_copy2

Councillor Hassan said “This is good news for the city. I have long campaigned for full usage of the Skeoge lands and the underutilised H2 site on the Buncrana Road. These plans will also see land earmarked for much needed facilities such as a school, shops,neighbourhood centre  and play areas. I look forward to seeing these plans being put into action.

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New film 66 days on Bobby Sands to get Derry showing at Féile

The Film 66 days on Bobby Sands  is be shown shown as part of  Gasyard Féile on the 4th Aug tickets on 02871 262812Gasyard_66days

It will be introduced by Raymond McCartney who himself spent 53 days on hungerstrike

Raymond McCartney said “There have been many different angles you can take when addressing the story of the hunger strike but I think the way in which the facts leave people  feeling tends to be universal.

There have been many films and documentaries made in the past and I think people can see how utterly unjustified and wrong it was for the British government to criminialise republican prisoners .

I think prisoners in Armagh and Long Kesh were epitomised by the 10 men who gave their lives and I think anyone seeing this for the first time will agree that republicans were first and foremost political prison

Taoiseach must ensure democratic rights of all citizens are protected- McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said the Taoiseach should ensure the democratic rights of the people of Ireland are respected.

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“It has been disappointing that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been flip flopping in his comments over Irish unity.

“Enda Kenny has an obligation to defend the rights of Irish citizens regardless of where they live in the island.

“He also has a responsibility to defend the Good Friday Agreement and to ensure it is not undermined by the votes of people in England.

“Regardless of whether he is in a meeting in Leinster House, Stormont, or Downing Street the Taoiseach needs to put the democratic rights of the people of Ireland first and ensure their vote to remain in the EU is respected.”

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Jackson welcomes update on Ballyoan Cemetery‏

Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor Christopher Jackson has today welcomed confirmation from the Council and PSNI that there has been no vandalism at Ballyoan Cemetery. And that a number of relics and momentums were removed from a small number of graves there due to maintenance work. CIS9L8pWwAQ4Ale

Councillor Christopher Jackson “I welcome todays news from the council in relation to concerns over Ballyoan Cemetery.

I hope this news will put the relatives of those buried in the cemetery minds at ease

McGuinness calls on Brokenshire to release legacy inquest funding

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has called on British Secretary of State James Brokenshire to release funding for legacy inquests. 21132301229_42a8a1c516_k

Mr McGuinness said:

“James Brokenshire has made positive comments in Derry today on dealing with the legacy of the past following his meeting with the Pat Finucane Centre, including the family of Paul Whitters, who was 15 years-old when he was killed by a plastic bullet.

“Now it is incumbent on James Brokenshire to follow these words up with positive actions and for his government to provide funding for legacy inquests.

“James Brokenshire has said it is important to instil confidence in all victims.

“He can do that by changing the policy of his predecessor and putting the needs of grieving families ahead of bogus national security concerns by immediately approving the Lord Chief Justice’s request for funding to enable him to fast-track some 56 inquests involving up to 100 deaths.”

Democratic wishes of people of the North should be respected – McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said the British Prime Minister should respect the democratic wishes of the people in the North to remain in the EU. Martin-McGuinness1

Speaking after meeting Theresa May to discuss the implications of Brexit, Mr McGuinness said;

“I made it clear to the British Prime Minister that the democratically expressed wishes of the people of the North who see their future in Europe and voted to remain in Europe should be respected.

“The Tories have no mandate here in the North and I made it clear to Theresa May that I will continue to advocate for the majority of people in the North who voted to remain in the EU.

“There is no good news whatsoever about Brexit. Billions of pounds would be lost to the people of the North as a result of Brexit and I raised that directly with the British Prime Minister.

cleardot.gif“I also raised the issue of a border and made it clear that we are totally opposed to any border of any description whether it is for trade or the free movement of people.”There are special circumstances in the North and the British Prime Minister has a responsibility to recognise that and respect the democratic wishes of the people.”

Cooper raises concerns over underage drinking in Rosemount

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has asked parents in the Rosemount area to be on the  alert after he received complaints that young people were gathering and involved in underage drinking in the vicinity of St Anne’s Primary school at the weekends.

Councillor Mickey Cooper

Councillor Mickey Cooper

 

Councillor Cooper said

“I received several complaints about a number of incidents there on Friday night. Sadly at this time of year we always see an upsurge in this type of activity. Not only is there a nuisance factor for local residents but there is also serious health and safety concerns about young people getting intoxicated. There is also a heavy responsibility on parents to ensure that their children are not getting caught up in this.

I have been in contact with the PSNI and raised residents’ concerns and asked for increased patrols in the area.

 

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Support for mothers who breastfeed – Duffy

Derry Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has said there is a need for support for mothers who breastfeed.Sandra Duffy Head shot 1

She said:

“As a mother of two young children I am well aware of the benefits of breastfeeding and that breast milk is the best form of nutrients for babies.

“In many cases there is a social stigma attached to breastfeeding. Many mothers feel uncomfortable feeding their babies in public, and this is a situation that we must address. Mothers should be able to feel relaxed when feeding their babies, not made to feel that this is a socially unacceptable practice.

“Much good work is being done to remove the barriers associated with breast feeding in public. It’s important that we support ongoing campaigns which raise awareness of this issue and promotes the benefits of breastfeeding to mothers and their families.

 

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Logue slams vandalism attack on Dove House

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue commenting on a vandalism attack at Dove House in recent days Patricia Logue new pic 22

She said “The continued attacks on this vital community facility just seem to be relentless and are having a terrible impact on the staff there being able to provide the many services they do.

There is also a cost to each time these acts of criminal damage are carried out and that cannot go on indefinitely without impacting on the budgets of the services provided.

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‘North to lose billions from Brexit’ – McGuinness

The North stands to lose billions from its economy if we are forced out of the European Union, Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said.

The Deputy First Minister was speaking following a major British Irish Council summit in Cardiff today to discuss the implications of the Brexit referendum.

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“It is absolutely clear from the various briefings and discussions today that leaving the EU would be economically, socially and politically disastrous for the North of Ireland.

“The meeting heard how our economy was set to receive €3.5 billion in European funds between 2014 and 2020. A sizeable portion of that will be at risk if we are forced out of Europe. Such funds will, of course, not be available at all in the years following 2020 and I don’t think anyone seriously believes that the British Government will reimburse these losses.

“As well as these direct European funds, we are already losing an unquantifiable amount of private investment as foreign direct investors turn their attention to regions which can guarantee access to the European market.

“There are many more implications for the common travel area, for the free movement of people, goods and services which all add up to a disastrous situation. Potentially, we are looking at tens of billions being taken out of our economy over the coming decade.”

Martin McGuinness also criticised the British Government’s handling of the situation.

He said:

“We are in this mess because the previous British Government called the referendum in a foolish attempt to placate racist and loony right wing elements within both UKIP and the Tory Party. And, rather than respect the democratic wishes of the people here who voted to remain in the EU, it seems the new British Government is determined to drag us out against our will.”

Hassan welcomes recovery of stolen cars in Culmore

Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has welcomed the news that the PSNI have recovered two stolen cars  in the Culmore area  .

Councillor Hassan  said “I welcome the recovery of these  cars.lg_tony_hassan_copy2

There have been a number of problems highlighted in recent weeks in regards to the theft and burning of cars, run-arounds, death riding.

All of this is having a negative impact on the local community at a time when so much positive work is happening in the districts.

Concluding he said

I would urge anyone who has information on those involved in such criminality to bring it forward.

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Don’t leave family pet in cars during hot weather – Duffy

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has urged pet owners in Derry not to leave their animals in parked cars during hot weather.

Councillor Sandra Duffy said Sandra Duffy Head shot 1

In recent years there have been some horrific stories about family pets dying after being locked in cars during high temperatures.

People may think a similar incident couldn’t happen in Derry but it could very easily as many of  this week’s temperatures have been very high. Can you imagine being locked in your car for even ten minutes and not being able to open the window or turn on the air conditioning on.

Leaving a window open is not enough to prevent heatstroke under intense sunshine which can have fatal consequences. Heat stroke, also known as hyperthermia, means that body temperatures can reach an abnormal high and can result in damaging effects.

 

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Irish unity referendum needs to be on the agenda –McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said  that the proposal for a referendum on Irish unity needs to be on the agenda of any negotiations between the British and Irish governments and the EU.DSC_6528

He was responding to comments by British Secretary of State James Brokenshire on a unity referendum.

Raymond McCartney said:

“James Brokenshire represents no one in Ireland.

“The Tory party has no mandate in the north and in the last election they received only 2,554 votes here.

“With the prospect of the North being dragged out of the EU by England, more and more people are open to the idea of exploring new relationships on this island in the context of remaining in the EU.

“Sinn Féin has urged the Taoiseach to push ahead with an island-wide dialogue to discuss how the remain vote in the North can be respected.

“The proposal for a referendum on Irish unity needs to be part of that dialogue and on the agenda of any negotiations between the British and Irish governments and the EU.”

Huge concerns within farming community over potential of Brexit – Fleming‏

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming has said there is huge concern within the farming community about the potential of a Brexit.

He said  Paul-Fleming

“Sinn Féin representatives have been speaking to a wide range of farmers and people working in the agri-food industry over recent weeks.

“There are serious concerns about the potential loss of access to a vital EU funding such as Single Farm Payments and other funding opportunities.

“Without EU support, many farm businesses would not survive.

“Farmers and the agri-food industry are worried too about the impact trade barriers and tariffs could have particularly on cross border trade.

“It is vital that locally elected politicians work together in the best interests of the farming and agricultural community.

“The people of the north voted to remain in the EU and that mandate must be respected.

Previous messageNext messageBack to messages McGuinness to push British government to fund conflict-related inquests‏

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness is to make a renewed push for the British government to release funds to allow scores of conflict-related inquests to go ahead.Martin McGuinness outside the Dáil giving press statement.

The proposal first emerged in February when the Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan put forward a plan to establish a special unit to fast-track some 56 cases involving up to 100 deaths.

The North’s most senior judge also called for the British government to resource it from funds, which were earmarked for legacy issues in the Fresh Start Agreement.

Martin McGuinness said:

“This issue will be at the top of the agenda when I meet the new British Prime Minister, Theresa May, and the new British Secretary of State.

“Sinn Féin fully endorsed these proposals from the beginning and it is an absolute disgrace that families who have been waiting for justice for decades are still being kept waiting by the current British government.

“We want to see the funds released and the inquests taking place so the families can begin to get some answers about what happened their loved ones.

“To date, the DUP has refused to discuss the issue at the Executive but this should not stop the British Government releasing the funds. It is their decision but so far they have refused to do so.

“These families have a right to inquests and the British government need to facilitate that by releasing the necessary funds.

“There is now a new British Prime Minister and Secretary of State in place, both of whom I will be meeting over the coming days. I will be pressing them to release the funds immediately to enable the Lord Chief Justice to get on with his work.”

Be part of consultation over Culmore Post Office – Hassan

Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan  has called on the residents in the Culmore area to make their views known on proposed plans for the local Post Officelg_tony_hassan_copy2

Councillor Hassan  said 

I have been contacted by Royal Mail to inform me that they are currently undertaking a programme of investment and transformation  across the Post Office network which they said would make their branches more modern and convenient. And that they are talking to Postmaster at the Culmore office about changing it to one of their new –style local branches.

One of the changes would be extended opening hours .It’s important that if anyone has views on this to make it known.

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McCartney welcomes Health Minister’s announcement of new drugs

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the announcement from health minister Michelle O’Neill that new drugs for rare conditions will be available for eligible patients in the North.

The Foyle MLA  said; raymond mccartney

“I welcome today’s announcement from my party colleague and Health Minister Michelle O’Neill that new and innovative drugs for the treatment of rare diseases will be made available to eligible patients in the North.

“Minister O’Neill has approved these drugs to treat conditions such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in children and that will make a huge difference to people’s lives.

“Everyone acknowledges there are financial pressures on the health system and that these drugs are expensive and I congratulate Minister O’Neill for engaging with the public and making these drugs available.”

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Duffy welcomes pay move for health workers

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has  welcomed the decision by Health Minister Michelle O’Neill not to implement a change in how some workers in the health service are paid.

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“Sinn Féin has been  lobbied by staff members and trade unionists about the decision to move some staff members from weekly and fortnightly payments and met with the Health Minister to discuss the matter.

“The simple reality is some staff members cannot afford to manage their money on a monthly basis as they do not earn enough.

“I am delighted the Minister has listened to the concerns of the workers and that she has agreed not to implement the change.

Anderson welcomes moves to improve access to EU funds

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed moves by Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir to speed up access to EU funding.

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson.

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson.

Ms Anderson said;

“I am pleased that my party colleague and Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has taken steps to sped up access to Peace IV and Interreg funding.

“As an MEP I regularly meet with groups who access these funding streams and one of their major concerns is the level of bureaucracy around accessing funding.

“By increasing the delegated authority level from £2million to £5million, the Finance Minister has shortened the approval process.

“Access to EU funding is vital for many groups across the North and it is essential we improve access to and retain this key opportunity.

“The people of the North made it clear that they want to remain in the EU and that vote must be recognised.”

Trident spending exposes hypocrisy of Tories -McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney  has said the British government’s planned spending on Trident nuclear submarines exposes the hypocrisy of their austerity agenda.

Raymond McCartney  said;  DSC_6528“Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the British government’s plans to spend billions on replacing Trident submarines and on the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

“For years the Tories have slashed spending on frontline public services and on welfare supports for those most in need in our society while they pursued their punishing austerity agenda.

“Yet now they have chosen to spend billions on weapons of mass destruction.

“It shows the complete and total disdain the Tories have for ordinary people.

“The money is there to support first-class public services but the war mongers of the Tory party choose instead to waste billions on weapons instead of helping those struggling under their austerity policies.

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A step change toward unity is now possible – Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the comments last night by the Taoiseach about “the potential for a referendum on Irish unity arising from the Brexit decision in Britain.”

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“In the wake of the Brexit vote Sinn Féin said that an opportunity existed for the referendum on Irish unity contained in the Good Friday Agreement.

“I welcome the fact that after some initial criticism of our proposal the Fianna Fáil leader and the Taoiseach have come around to this position also.

“On 23rd June the overwhelming majority of citizens in the north voted to remain within the EU.

“I was in Stormont yesterday and it is clear that there is widespread concern within the business community, the voluntary and community sector, within the agriculture and tourism sectors that Brexit will adversely impact on the North’s economy.

“The Good Friday Agreement allows for national reunification if a majority in the North consent to that.

“In the context of the North being dragged out of the EU by England, there is now a greater opportunity to achieve this.

“In the time ahead more and more people, who would have either opposed Irish unity or would have been dubious of it, will be open to the idea of exploring new relationships on this island in the context of remaining in the EU.

“To make best use of this opportunity all of those parties on the island which support reunification need to discuss how best this can be achieved.

“There is a need to be open and imaginative about the possible new constitutional arrangements and political structures that might be needed.

“Last week at a meeting of party leaders I urged the Taoiseach to push ahead with an island-wide dialogue to discuss how the remain vote in the North can be respected; what agreed strategy can be put in place to minimise the impact of Brexit; and how we can make progress on reunification through a referendum.

“That project needs to move ahead speedily so that in any negotiations involving the EU, Britain and the Irish government, the proposal for a referendum on Irish unity is on the agenda.”

Moss Road /Sandale to get new street lights

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy welcoming the news that the Moss Road and Sandale Park are on the new schedule of streets that are listed for replacement lights in 2016/17.Sandra Duffy Head shot 1

 

Councillor Sandra  Duffy said

 

There have been ongoing problems with the lights in both areas for some time but I anticipate that the new lighting will provide an improvement for road users and pedestrians alike.

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Being dragged out of the EU would harm universities – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said being dragged out of the EU would have a serious impact on the North’s universities.

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson.

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson.

Also funding which has supported important projects such as cancer treatment breakthroughs and the advances made by CTRIC in Derry could be lost.

Ms Anderson said; 

“Huge opportunities exist in the European Union for our universities, particularly through the Horizon 2020 funding programme.

“This funding stream supports research and development initiatives and universities across the island have benefited from it.

“Many of the funding opportunities require partnership working with other institutions across the EU and there is a growing reluctance to enter into such arrangements as a result of the EU referendum result.

“If we are dragged out of the EU by the British government then funding which has supported important projects such as cancer treatment breakthroughs and the advances made by CTRIC in Derry could be lost.

“The people of the North voted to remain in the EU and that must be recognised and respected.”

Matt Carthy MEP meets Fáilte Ireland to discuss tourism potential of Malin Head

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy was back in Donegal to hold what he described as a “constructive and positive meeting” with Fáilte Ireland.Carthy & Fáilte Ireland

 
The meeting included discussions about the overall strategic plan for developing tourism across the region with particular emphasis on the ongoing success of the Wild Atlantic Way.

There was a specific conversation on the need to develop the tourist potential of Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point.
Carthy, who previously visited Malin Head and met with local community representatives in the area, has confirmed that he is seeking national and European support for the development of services and facilities in the Donegal beauty spot.

The MEP was accompanied at the meeting with Fáilte Ireland’s Joan Crawford by Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn and Cllr Albert Doherty.
Afterwards Matt Carthy said:

“I want to thank Joan Crawford and Failte Ireland for meeting with our Sinn Féin delegation and updating us on their overall strategy for developing tourism across the region.

“Our conversation regarding the tourist potential of Malin Head was a constructive and positive engagement.

“Malin Head Community Development Association is doing great work in seeking to promote the area, to develop tourism and to increase local employment opportunities.

“But the area, which has suffered from high unemployment and emigration, needs increased infrastructure and accessibility to exploit its obvious tourist potential as Ireland’s most northern point.
“I have confirmed that I will work at a European level to support local efforts to develop this area sensitively and for the benefit of the community and the local environment.

 
“Fáilte Ireland today confirmed that the next phase of development, which involves the installation of public toilet facilities will commence in the autumn.
“There will then follow a comprehensive technical phase which will, hopefully, lead to the planning, designing and development of tourist amenity which will make Malin Head as attractive as possible for visitors and residents alike.
“Everyone appears to be in agreement that the most important element of this is to ensure maximum local input and consultation. Any development must compliment rather than impinge on the outstanding natural beauty of the area.
“I will continue to support each phase of development at Malin Head in whatever way I can and I will continue to liaise with my Donegal Sinn Féin colleagues and the local community in this regard”.
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Community in shock following Lonemoor Rd accident -Logue

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“I want to express my sympathy to the family and friends of this young boy.It is a tragic and very personal loss for them. They are in our thoughts and prayers at this time, as they are trying to come to terms with such dreadful news.”

 

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Campbell slams Derry City Cemetery vandals

Commenting on yet another act of vandalism in the City Cemetery Derry on Friday night by a group of teenagers.20160716_124408(1)

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell said   “I went to the Cemetery this morning after being contacted by concerned relatives of those buried in this section after reports of damage there.

There was damage to a number of holy ornaments, flower pots and other bits and pieces that families had placed on graves.

I spoke to council staff who have done a good job in clearing up some of the mess and also spoke to a number of relatives who were very upset by this.

It’s been just a month since the last incident there.

There is a mounting catalogue of vandalism incidents of graves in the City Cemetery over the past year and that’s not including the burning of a car in the grounds.kevin

I would once again appeal for these senseless actions to stop and if anyone knows the culprits to contact the PSNI.

Anger after Parachute Regiment flags erected in Waterside –Jackson

Waterside Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson saidChristopher TOH 1

“I have received a number of complaints  about Parachute Regiment flags erected in the Glendermot Road area.

We had a similar number of incidents in Derry last year as well. Given the history of the Parachute Regiment in this city the erection of these flags is being seen as provocation in an effort to raise tensions in the Waterside.

 

“We now need to see leadership from within Unionism to ensure that such flags are taken down as those who have erected them obviously did so to create a reaction from within the Nationalist community.

 

“The people who erected these flags are only serving the interests of those opposed to the peace process and heightening community tensions in the city.

 

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McGuinness expresses sympathy following Nice attack

Sinn Fein MLA Martin McGuinness has expressed his condolences following last night’s deadly attack in Nice.

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“Last night’s attack in Nice has shocked the world.

“The fact that so many people died while out enjoying celebrations for a national holiday makes it all the more tragic.

“I am conscious of the fact that people from so many countries , including some of our own citizens and those from my own city were caught up in this horrific attack.

“The scale of the loss of life is heartbreaking and my thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of all those killed and injured.

“We must all stand together in the face of hate and intolerance and show solidarity with the people of France at this time.”

Van set on fire in Bogside – Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly commenting after a van was set on fire at Westland Street on Tuesday night.COLLY

He said “Residents are sick ,sore and tired of this nonsense.

This is an absolutely disgraceful act and should not have happened. Once again someone is left without a vehicle along with all the hassle and expense of getting another replacement one.

Those involved in actions like this have only succeeded in terrorising their own communities by inflicting inconveniences upon them.

I would appeal to anyone with even the slightest piece of information in regards to those behind this criminal act to bring it forward straight away.

Rights of people with disabilities must be protected – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the rights and entitlements of people with disabilities must be protected. CVXwOSAUsAAv08y.jpg large

Ms Anderson said;

“I was disappointed today that the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture voted for a legislative opinion which is bad for the rights of people with disabilities in terms of accessing audiovisual media services.

“It is unacceptable that the European People’s Party and the Socialists & Democrats voted in favour of this.

“We need to ensure the rights of people with disabilities are safeguarded at all costs.

“I have brought campaigners for disability rights to the European Parliament and the EU has been good for people with disabilities.

“Sinn Féin will continue to champion the rights of people with disabilities in the EU.”

Previous messageNext messageBack to messages New British Prime Minister must recognise North’s vote to remain – McGuinness‏

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said the incoming British Prime Minister must recognise that the majority of people in the north voted to remain in the EU.

Mr McGuinness said; Martin-McGuinness1

“In the recent EU referendum the majority of voters in the North clearly voted to remain in the EU.

“When I spoke to David Cameron in the aftermath of the vote I made it clear to him that vote must be recognised and respected.

“Theresa May as incoming British Prime Minister needs to respect the democratic views of the people of the north to remain in the EU.”

Campbell condemns attack on Creggan home

Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Campbell has condemned a paint bomb attack on a house in Creggan.
Councillor Campbell said; New shot of Kevin
“This attack on a family home in the Creggan area of the city last night was wrong and I utterly condemn it.
“Everyone should have the right to live free from fear of intimidation or attack in their own home.
“I would call on anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI.” Ends/Críoch

Continued access to EU funding vital for rural communities in Derry- Anderson‏

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said continued access to European Union funding is vital for rural communities.

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson.

Sinn Fein Member of the European Parliament Martina Anderson.

Speaking at the opening of the Mullabouy community centre outside Derry, Ms Anderson said; 

“In the current uncertainty we are faced with following the EU referendum groups are left in a position that they don’t know if future funding will be available if the people of the north are dragged out of Europe against our will.

“Rural communities in particular have benefited from access to EU funding. It is vital that access continues and the democratic rights of the people of the North are respected.

“A collective partnership approach to developing and supporting rural communities, tackling rural isolation and promoting the rural economy is required.

“I want to congratulate the Lettershandoney and District Development Group for their approach to partnership with Derry and Strabane District Council, the Housing Executive, DARD and now DAERA that has resulted in this wonderful new centre which will be a real asset to the community.”

Anderson meets European Parliament president to discuss referendum

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson met today with the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz to discuss the impact of the EU referendum.

Ms Anderson said; MartinaAndersonMEP

“I met today with the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz to talk about the potential impact of the EU referendum on Ireland.

“I made it clear to President Schulz that the majority of people in the north voted to remain in the EU and that must be respected.

“We also discussed the impact being dragged out of the EU by the right wing of the British Tory party would have on our universities, small businesses, infrastructure, agriculture and continuing efforts to build the all-Ireland economy.

“We also discussed the need for reform of the EU institutions.

“President Schulz and I agreed to keep in touch over this important issue and I will be endeavouring to meet other EU leaders in the time ahead.”

Rosemount Buisnesses avail of Restore project -Cooper

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the news that a number of business premises along a section of Park Ave and Rosemount Ave  can avail of the Restore scheme.

Councillor Mickey Cooper

Councillor Mickey Cooper

The restore project will have made available over £170,000 before the end of the project in March 2017

Councillor Cooper said “I am glad that a number of businesses  along Park Ave have availed of this scheme and that it will now be extended to another seven premises along Park Ave and Rosemount Ave.

These schemes help small businesses improve the appearance of their premises.

Its also coming at a good time as the multi million pound revamp of Brooke Park is underway and i am currently involved in arranging a number of environmental improvement schemes for the rosemount area which will also compliment the Restore project. I would encourage any business in the area who wishes to find out more about the scheme to contact me.

Creggan play park to reopen after vandalism attack-Campbell

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Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell said

The weekend damage caused to Oakland Play Park is now getting sorted after I lobbied council for the work to take place. It will be open today thanks to council staff.

I would urge people please be vigilant and keep a eye on the park, the children in that area have suffered because of the mindless few.

Creggan car fire –Campbell

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“I was contacted by residents of Iniscarn Road  to say that someone set fire to a car in the lay-by there. I visited the scene myself and will be in contact with the council to try and get the car  removed as quickly as possible.

 

Let’s hope this isn’t going to be a regular occurrence over the summer.

Vandals target children’s play park in Creggan

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell commenting after a childrens play park was targeted by vandals in CregganNew shot of Kevin

I was contacted by a number of residents from Oakland Park on Friday about the damage caused  to the local play park. Sadly this isn’t the first time this park has been targeted.

When I visited the area I could see that the rubber safety matting was ripped up. The park warden had no choice  but to keep it locked to avoid further damage.

I have spoken to council officers who have assured me they will have it fixed as soon as possible. And I would appeal to parents to be mindful of where their children are at and ask  them to respect the park facilities as we had to fight long and hard to get them.

Viable explosive device find

Commenting on the news that a viable explosive device was found in the greater Galliagh area of Derry today.

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy said Councillor Sandra Duffy

The actions of those involved in leaving this device are to be “condemned outright”.

There is no logic to this act and those behind it need to realise there is no support for this type of action.

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Car burnt out at Ballyarnett Country -Duffy

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy said Councillor Sandra Duffy

Another bad night for our community .A car has been stolen and  burnt out at Ballyarnett Country Park, with much of the green around the park destroyed with it rallying thought it.

This all took place as Na Magha GAC were holding a competition on their newly built site.

Speaking to parents they said it was  very lucky no one was hurt as this car was driven through the park.

The police have been informed and the neighbourhood team are following up on information.

A bad news story we could be doing without.

McCartney condemns racist attack

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has condemned a racially motivated attack in Derry city centre.

The Foyle MLA said; DSC_6528

“Reports of a racially motivated attack in Derry city centre are very concerning.

“There can be no place for racism, sexism, sectarianism, homophobia or any form of discrimination in our society.

“Derry is known across the world for its friendly welcome for everyone and this is not reflective of the city.

“I would call on anyone with information on this incident to bring it forward to the PSNI.”

McCartney welcomes UN decision to appoint LGBT expert‏

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the move by the United Nations to appoint an independent expert to investigate discrimination against the LGBT community.

Raymond McCartney  said; Strabane saturday

“I welcome the resolution from the United Nations condemning discrimination and violence against the LGBT community.

“There can be no place in our society for discrimination and no one should have to face violence as a result of their sexuality.

“The UN has also agreed to appoint an independent expert to compile annual reports on the discrimination faced by the LGBT community around the the world.

“The European Union has been good for LGBT rights and it simply does not make sense to abandon that at the behest of the most right wing and reactionary wing of the British Tory party which is determined to demolish human rights and equality legislation.

“The people of the North of Ireland voted to remain in the EU and that should be respected.”

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Roaming charges will continue if North is dragged out of EU – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said mobile phone users will continue to face unfair roaming charges if the North is dragged out of the EU.

Ms Anderson said; CWrWZ7UWUAEjEpO

“Mobile phone roaming charges are set to be abolished across the European Union next year but customers in the North may not feel the benefit of it.

“If Britain succeeds in dragging the North out of the EU against the democratic wishes of the people we will continue to be faced with these unfair charges.

“Roaming charges are one of the negative realities of partition faced by thousands of people who live along the border and who travel across the border every day to work and study.

“We have suffered as a result of partition and we should not be punished further as a result of the votes of English Tories.

“The people of the North voted to remain in the EU and that must be respected.”

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