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

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue saidcandle burning

“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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Concern after car abandoned in Creggan

Speaking after a car was abandoned at the roundabout at the top of the New Road on Tuesday night Sinn Féin Councillor for the area Kevin Campbell said

“I got a phone call from a local resident to say a car had been abandoned at the roundabout. New shot of Kevin

This is a very busy route into Creggan and it was causing traffic disruption into the area.

I  spoke with the PSNI and the Council to get the car removed as quickly as possible as there was a fear it could be set on fire, with children off school there is always a fear that these situations  could escalate .Thankfully that didn’t happen and the car was removed.

Deliberate fire at Immaculate Conception College-Jackson

Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor Christopher Jackson commenting after a deliberate fire at Immaculate Conception College.waterside 2

Councillor Jackson said “There have been a number of incidents at this site over the past two weeks. A number of attempts have been made to set the old building on fire .Tools have also been stolen from the site.

I have been on the ground each night with local community workers trying to prevent this carryon. A lot of this is being carried out by a very small group aged no more than 14-15yrs old.

This is the last thing this area needs, a lot of people are working very hard to put on positive community summer schemes for our young people.

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Anderson meets leading MEPs to discuss EU referendum

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson today met with leading MEPs from across the European Union to discuss the impact of the EU referendum.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said;

“In the European Parliament in Strasbourg today I met with leading MEPs from across Europe to discuss the potential impact of the recent EU referendum result.

“I met with representatives of the main political groupings in the parliament, including MEPs from the SNP and the British Labour party.

“I also met with Dunuta Hubner, who previously served as the European Commissioner for Regional Policy and, as such, is acutely aware of what being dragged out of the EU would mean for the North.

“I made it clear to them that the majority of people in the north of Ireland voted to remain in the EU and that vote must be respected.”CWrWZ7UWUAEjEpO

Invasion of Iraq was disastrous and wrong – McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness said today the Chilcot Report has confirmed that the British government’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 was wrong and had been disastrous for the people of Iraq and the Middle East.Martin-McGuinness1

Martin McGuinness said:

“Sinn Féin opposed the war in Iraq and the subsequent occupation.

“We challenged the British in the lead up to the war and took to the streets alongside hundreds of thousands of others to oppose the war at home and abroad.

“The Chilcot report confirms Sinn Féin’s view that the war in Iraq was wrong, was not justified and should have never occurred.

“The role of the British intelligence services in the lead up to the war will come as no surprise to Nationalists and Republicans. Those same intelligence services repeatedly conspired to destroy the peace process and promote conflict in Ireland.

“During negotiations with the British government both Gerry Adams and I told the British Prime Minister Tony Blair that war would be a disaster for the people of Iraq and the region.

“We also handed a formal letter of protest against the war to US President George Bush during talks at Hillsborough in 2003.

“Today’s report confirms that the invasion of Iraq was wrong and has been disastrous for the people of Iraq and the Middle East leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of millions.”ENDS/CRÍOCH

Green Light for Bogside residents Parking scheme-Kelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly has welcomed the news that a widespread area of the Bogside is finally to get a residents parking scheme.

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“I welcome confirmation from the  Roads Minister Chris Hazzard the Bogside is finally going to get a residents parking scheme.

My party colleagues Martina Anderson and Patricia Logue have been campaigning for a residents parking scheme in the Bogside from as far back as 2007.They have met with residents from the area on many occasions over the years.

The Triax management team have also been working very hard on the issue and have collected surveys of resident’s views on any proposed scheme and facilitated a public consultation on behalf of the then DRD Roads Service.

 

This has been a very long campaign and the issue of residents parking has constantly been caught up in red tape.

I am glad that all the hard work and lobbying over the years has finally paid off.

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Duffy welcomes £43m investment in Congenital Heart Disease Network‏

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has welcomed a commitment from health ministers north and south to invest £42million in the all-Ireland Congenital Heart Disease Network.

She said; Councillor Sandra Duffy

“I welcome that my party colleague and health minister Michelle O’Neill MLA joined with her southern counterpart Simon Harris TD this week and  committed to a £42million investment in the all-island Congenital Heart Disease Network.

“The fact that they made the announcement in the new Hybrid Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, Dublin, shows what can be achieved through increased all-Ireland cooperation.

“Illness and disease do not recognise artificial borders and neither should their treatment.

“All-Ireland cooperation on health is all the more important now as we explore the potential impact of the recent EU referendum and its impact on the health service.”

McCartney welcomes pay increase for health workers‏

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed a pay increase for health and social care staff announced by the Health Minister. said; DSC_6528

“I welcome the announcement from my party colleague and Health Minister Michelle O’Neill that health and social care staff will receive a one per cent pay rise.

“More than 55,000 workers across the north will benefit from this announcement.

“Despite significant financial pressures brought about by the austerity agenda of the Tory government at Westminster, Minister O’Neill has worked hard to ensure that our health care workers are recognised.

“Health workers play a key role in our society and this pay award is fully deserved.

“It is also a further indication of Sinn Féin’s commitment to support health care workers and ensure they receive a fair wage.”

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Fleming welcomes £4Million for Western Division roads.

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming has welcomed the announcement from the Infastructure Minister Chris Hazard that £4Million has been allocated for the maintenance of rural roads in the Western Division

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming said “I welcomed the news that the Western Division has been allocated £4million funding and currently Section Engineers are assessing roads system to identify those in greatest need so that they can develop a programme of schemes for implementation.  Paul-Fleming

And that contractors have been advised of this funding and will be in readiness to commence works as soon as the programmes are completed.

It is hoped that works will be carried  out over the summer holidays.

 

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Villiers should continue to follow the lead of UKIP and resign – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said Theresa Villiers should continue to follow the lead of UKIP and resign.

Ms Anderson said; CWrWZ7UWUAEjEpO

“The latest resignation by someone who campaigned for a leave vote seems to indicate they are losing confidence in the result in the face of the growing realisation of the impact of leaving the EU.

“UKIP have set the agenda of the Tory party throughout this whole process and now Theresa Villiers should follow the lead of Nigel Farage and resign also.

“The people of the north voted in favour of remaining in the EU and that democratically expressed vote needs to be respected.

“She has no legitimate claim to represent the best interests of the people of the North on the EU and, as a result, her position has become untenable.”

Important that all-Ireland forum has wide-ranging participation – McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said it is important to have wide-ranging participation in the proposed all-Ireland forum to discuss the impact of the EU referendum.

Speaking ahead of the North South Ministerial Council meeting in Dublin today, Mr McGuinness said; 21248933615_c29bc001b5_k

“I welcome the announcement from the Taoiseach on establishing an all-Ireland forum to look into the implications of Brexit and discuss how we can move forward.

“It is clear this is not a done deal and we have yet to see how all of this will work out.

“It is incumbent on everyone attending today’s meeting to work constructively and ensure we can continue to make progress.

“It is important everyone who has in interest in protecting the rights and economic future of the people of this island contributes to the forum.”

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Forum should have island-wide participation – McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said the proposed National Forum to discuss the impact of the EU referendum should have island-wide participation. Martin-McGuinness1

Mr McGuinness said;

“I will be meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today at the North South Ministerial Council in Dublin and we will discuss the impact of the EU referendum.

“The people of the North clearly voted to remain in the European Union and that democratic vote must be respected.

“I will be making it clear to the Taoiseach that this is not a done deal and that Sinn Féin will continue to assert the rights of the people of the North of Ireland.

“I welcome the announcement, following a call from Sinn Féin, that a National Forum will be established to discuss the impact of the EU referendum.

“The Forum, similar to the New Ireland Forum and the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation, should be open to all political parties on the island.

“It should aim to have island-wide participation and involve the Assembly parties, the Oireachtas, the European Parliament and civic society.

“The democratic rights of the people of the North must be protected and respected.”

This is not a done deal – McGuinnes

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said the democratic wishes of the people of the North to remain in the EU needs to be recognised.

Mr McGuinness said; Martin-McGuinness1

“I met today with the Irish and British governments to impress on them the need for the democratic vote of the people of the North to remain in the EU to be recognised and respected.

“This is not a done deal. There is still a lot to be played for and we will be asserting the rights of those who voted to remain in Europe.

“The Irish government needs to represent the democratic will of the people of the North and to work in the best interests of all Irish citizens.

“Sinn Féin will continue with our campaign to secure and win a referendum for Irish unity

Martina Anderson MEP calls on Villiers to reconsider position

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers to reconsider her position.

Ms Anderson said,MartinaAndersonMEP

“Theresa Villiers today dismissed democratic rights and mandate of the people of the North and Scotland who voted to remain in the EU.

“The British Secretary of State is showing complete contempt for the democratic wishes of the people of the north of Ireland.

“Theresa Villiers’ first priority has always been solely on England’s national interests.

“In fact, when challengeddirectly about whether she believed a Brexit was in the interests of people in the North – she didn’t answer the question.

“The people of the north have never been, and will never be, a priority for Theresa Villiers and therefore she needs to seriously reconsider her position.” ENDS

Fleming calls for special meeting of Council following European Referendum

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming has called on the Mayor to host a special meeting of Derry City and Strabane district Council to discuss the huge implications of last Thursday’s European Referendum vote has for the North West regionPaul-Fleming

 

Councillor Paul Fleming said “We are making the call for this special meeting to be held by the Mayor.

 

There will be huge implications for the North West region and indeed the North following the European Referendum.

 

There is a lot of concern out there in the community about what all this will mean down the line for places like Derry and Strabane.

 

We made clear in our referendum campaign that a vote to leave would be bad for business, bad for citizens and bad for Ireland.

We are now witnessing the fallout of the vote in Britain to leave the European Union.

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Duffy slams Galliagh car fire

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy commenting after a car was burned out in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the Galliagh area of Derry.

Cllr Sandra Duffy said Councillor Sandra Duffy

“I was at the scene this morning and I have contacted council to have the car removed.

This is an outrage once again on our community with anti-community elements wrecking people’s hard earned property.

It absolutely  ridiculous that local children had to pass the burnt out car on their way to school .

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Campbell concerned at withdrawal of Irish language schools funding‏

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has expressed concern at the decision of the education minister to withdraw funding for nurture units at two Irish language schools.

Speaking after Sinn Féin met representatives of the schools this morning, Councillor Kevin Campbell said;colly and kevin

“I am very concerned at the decision by Education Minister Peter Weir to withdraw funding for nurture units at Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin and Bunscoil an Droichid.

“The announcement has caused considerable anger and disappointment at both schools and among the wider Irish language community.

“These schools had been told the funding was in place and had made plans on that basis.

“Studies have shown that nurture units make a huge difference to the educational outcomes of children and should be encouraged.

“Sinn Féin met  with representatives at schools following their protest at Stormont this morning to offer them our support and we will be raising this issue with the education minister.”

Major implications for the future of our young people “EU Referendum”- Duffy‏

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has said the implications of the EU Referendum result will have major implications for the future of young people.

She  said:sandra and martin mcguinness photo 1

“I can only describe the referendum result as heart wrenching.

“Thursday’s result will have a greater impact on our children and our children’s children as their opportunities to study, live, love and work in 27 other countries gaining invaluable life experiences are snatched away from them. “Linkages between universities could be severed, the Erasmus school exchange programme called into question and those young people, from our neighbouring countries, who have taken a brave step to live and work here now face huge levels of uncertainties.

“Let there be no doubt – young people will disproportionately bear the brunt and the effects will be long-lasting.

“The vast majority, 75 percent of 18-25 year olds voted to remain. This again raises the urgent need to extend the vote to 16 year olds.

“I therefore want to express solidarity with young people right across Britain who have been let down by inter party rivalry in a campaign whereby their interests were not at the heart.”

McCartney welcomes £10 million investment to improve rural roads‏

  • Sinn Féin MLA Raymond MCartney has welcomed news that Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has announced £10 million to improve rural roads.

Speaking after the announcement the Foyle MLA said:raymond mccartney

“I welcome the news that the Infrastructure Minister is to invest £10 million to improve 1000 rural roads.

“Many roads in rural areas are in urgent need of repair and resurfacing and this money will go along way to improving the condition and will also help to make a number of roads safer for motorists, pedestrians and road users.

“I am particularly pleased with the news there is to be nearly £4 million invested into the Western area.”

Political leaders have responsibility to ensure democratic decision in realised – McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said political leaders have a responsibility ensure that democratic decision of the people of the North to remain in the EU is realised.

Mr McGuinness said;1142524474

“Sinn Fein made clear in the referendum campaign that a vote to leave would be bad for business, bad for citizens and bad for Ireland.

“We are now witnessing the fallout of the vote in Britain to leave the European Union.

“We are witnessing growing economic chaos, we are witnessing the leave campaign move their away from their lies and we are witnessing political turmoil in London.

“This is very much an evolving situation which will be played out over the coming years. What is clear is that the people of the north voted to remain in the EU.

“As political leaders we have to work together to give effect to the democratically expressed decision of the people to remain in the EU and to put the needs of all our people and economy across Ireland to the fore.

“I will be meeting with political leaders including the Taoiseach, to discuss how we can give effect to the democratic wishes of the people to remain in the EU.”

Martina Anderson MEP to host Northwest Health Innovation Corridor in Brussels

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will this week host a delegation of health professionals and stakeholders from the Northwest Health Innovation Corridor (NWHIC) in Brussels.

 

Speaking ahead of the delegation, Ms Anderson said,CVXwOSAUsAAv08y.jpg large

 

“NWHIC spans the arc of the Northwest to include Sligo, Letterkenny, Derry and Coleraine and was launched in May 2013.  Their vision is that by 2020, the Northwest of Ireland will be internationally recognised as a health and social sciences research and innovation zone driving the local economy; creating sustainable growth in employment, and creating improvements in health and social well-being that will address health inequalities in the Northwest through the utilisation of the most advanced technology.

 

“We will be joined on the delegation by 20 participants, including Louise O’Reilly TD, Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson, John Farrell, Department of Health and Geraldine McCarthy, Sligo Mental Health.

 

“During the delegation we will be meeting with European Commission representatives from The Directorate for Health and Food Safety, The Directorate for Research and Innovation, and the Directorate for Communications Networks, Content & Technology, which we are confident will establish useful contacts for the Innovation Corridor, going forward.

 

“We will also be meeting with representatives from Invest NI, the Department of Health in the six counties and the Permanent Representative of the 26 counties.

 

“The NWHIC is an example of how well cross border cooperation can work and it is a positive step towards creating an island wild health care system. The result of the Brexit referendum would prevent this kind of collaboration and therefore it is vital that there is a joined up approach and the NWHIC receives all of the support it can get.” ENDS

Left wing parties should work together to create a better Europe – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said progressive and left wing parties across Europe should work together to create a better Europe.

Ms Anderson said; CWrWZ7UWUAEjEpO

“It is clear from the success of left wing parties across Europe that people are voting to oppose austerity.

“I want to congratulate left wing parties Podemos, United Left and EH Bildu on their success in the recent election.

“There is an anger across Europe at the policies of right wing elites.

“Given the result of last week’s EU referendum, where the most right wing elements of the British Tory party are attempting to drag the people of the North out of the EU against their democratically expressed wishes, it is more important than ever for left wing parties to work together.

“Working together we can create a better, more social and more democratic Europe.”

People of the north should have their say on own future – McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said leaving the European Union will be to the detriment of everyone in society.

Mr McGuinness said; Martin-McGuinness1

“This decision to drag us out of the European Union against our democratically expressed wishes, has nothing to do with issues around the European institutions and everything to do with the civil war within the British Tory party.

“The people of the north of Ireland, nationalists, republicans, unionists and others have made it clear at the polls that they wish to remain in the EU.

“The British government now need to take account of that and recognise that reality and allow the people of the north to have their say on their own future.

“Dragging us out of Europe will be to the detriment of all our citizens and will be bad for business, trade, investment, and wider society

“I, and all Sinn Féin ministers will work to ensure the political institutions remain on a stable footing but it is very difficult to put detailed contingencies in place until we know the extent of the impact of Brexit on our finances, our infrastructure and health services.

“All of that is still subject to a negotiation but the fact is that we are in unchartered waters.

“Sinn Féin will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Irish government, the European institutions and also with our counterparts in Scotland to discuss how we move forward in the best interests of all of our people.”

Anderson MEP fears for farmers after Brexit result

Following the vote to leave the European Union, farmers in the north will lose out by as much as €34,000 a year, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has warned.

“The agriculture industry, one of the most vital industries on this island, now faces serious problems.MartinaAndersonMEP

“When this referendum was called, and indeed throughout the campaign, the case of Irish farmers did not cross the mind of the British Tory party.

“The economy in the north relies heavily on EU agricultural payments and subsidies, as well as other important regional funding. Given the Tory agenda of austerity and thire cutting of the bloc grant, we in Sinn Féin have absolutely no confidence that the British government will replace these lost funds”

“In terms of the Common Agriculture Policy alone, farmers could lose in the region of €34,000 a year, which would cripple their livelihoods.

“This is not to mention the impact possible restrictions placed on cross-border trading would have.

“We in Sinn Féin fear that in future negotiations and in the eventual case of a Brexit, the British government won’t fight for farmers in the north. Sinn Féin will continue to stand up for Irish farmers and fight their case in Europe, Leinster House, the Assembly and local government.” ENDS

Duffy warns over Woodbrook – Pinetrees burglaries

Sinn Féin Councillor for the area Sandra Duffy said Councillor Sandra Duffy

“There has been a spate of burglaries around the Woodbrook and Pinetrees area over the last number of weeks.

The issue has been raised with the PSNI who are aware of the rise in criminal activity in the area.I have asked them to increase their patrols in the area and the local community safety team have delivered a leaflet  advising residents of their personal security.

A lot of these incidents are opportunistic with thieves checking for open doors, windows and cars that are unlocked. I would like to again appeal to residents to ensure that they secure their property when they are going out and at night, as these thieves will take any opportunity that presents itself.

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Work begins on old Budget site –Cooper

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed the start of major work at the old Budget and  Xtravision complex located on the Strand Road which eventually will see a new shopping units there creating up to 100 new jobs.Mickey Cooper

He was speaking after discussions with  local residents over concerns about associated work.

Councillor Cooper said

I welcome the news that work is to start on site  which will comprise of  the demolition of the ‘Xtravision’ unit and taking the former Budget unit back to the steel frame.

I have also been assured that the main contract works will then commence early August and that part of it will involve the  tidying up the existing landscaped slope and will include trimming back the trees backing onto Pennyburn Court and McCartney Park, which was a concern to local residents.

As this work progresses I will be in contact with the contractors and residents to ensure any concerns are raised  are dealt with as speedily as possible.

Duffy warns over Woodbrook – Pinetrees burglaries

Sinn Féin Councillor for the area Sandra Duffy said Councillor Sandra Duffy

“There has been a spate of burglaries around the Woodbrook and Pinetrees area over the last number of weeks, with the latest incident being on Wednesday night.

The issue has been raised with the PSNI who are aware of the rise in criminal activity in the area.I have asked them to increase their patrols in the area and the local community safety team have delivered a leaflet  advising residents of their personal security.

A lot of these incidents are opportunistic with thieves checking for open doors, windows and cars that are unlocked. I would like to again appeal to residents to ensure that they secure their property when they are going out and at night, as these thieves will take any opportunity that presents itself.

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Onus on British government to call border poll – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said there is an onus on the British government to recognise the vote in the devolved administrations and has reiterated calls for a border poll on Irish unity.

Speaking after the result was officially announced, Ms Anderson said,CWrWZ7UWUAEjEpO

“This referendum had nothing to do with the best interests of our people, our island or our economy.

“This was all about a narrow-minded Tory party and their internal ruptures.

“Therefore I am very proud of the 56% of the electorate who saw through this and voted in favour of remaining as a member of the EU.

“Unfortunately however, votes in England and Wales now mean the 440,707 people in the North who voted to Remain in the EU are being dragged unwillingly out of the EU.

“English votes have overturned the democratic will of the north.

“There is an onus on the British government to recognise the vote in the devolved administrations and there is an onus on them to provide answers for the several unanswered questions that the people of the north have.

“Sinn Féin will now be pushing for a border poll, a measure agreed upon in the Good Friday Agreement 18 years ago, to provide Irish citizens with the right to vote for an end to partition and to retain a role in the EU.

People of the north should have their say on own future – McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said leaving the European Union will be to the detriment of everyone in society.

Mr McGuinness said; Martin-McGuinness1

“This decision to drag us out of the European Union against our democratically expressed wishes, has nothing to do with issues around the European institutions and everything to do with the civil war within the British Tory party.

“The people of the north of Ireland, nationalists, republicans, unionists and others have made it clear at the polls that they wish to remain in the EU.

“The British government now need to take account of that and recognise that reality and allow the people of the north to have their say on their own future.

“Dragging us out of Europe will be to the detriment of all our citizens and will be bad for business, trade, investment, and wider society

“I, and all Sinn Féin ministers will work to ensure the political institutions remain on a stable footing but it is very difficult to put detailed contingencies in place until we know the extent of the impact of Brexit on our finances, our infrastructure and health services.

“All of that is still subject to a negotiation but the fact is that we are in unchartered waters.

“Sinn Féin will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Irish government, the European institutions and also with our counterparts in Scotland to discuss how we move forward in the best interests of all of our people.

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Electoral Offices vital for local democracy –McCartney

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said regional electoral offices provide a vital service to local communities.

He said:raymond mccartney

“The electoral offices provide a vital service for local democracy and play a vital role in rural democracy.

“At a time when it has become harder and harder to secure the right to vote this service is needed more than ever.

“This decision on local offices affecting local workers and impacting on local democracy should be taken by local politicians.

“Local electoral offices do not fall under the control of the Assembly.

“In fact the SDLP opposed a Sinn Féin amendment calling on the Executive to pursue transfer of functions from NIO.

“The decision taken by the electoral office to close regional offices is not democratic or accountable to locally elected public representatives.”

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Traffic calming measures for Springvale Park -McGinley‏

Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley has welcomed proposed traffic calming measures for the Springvale Park area of Foyle Springs.Eric new head shot 20144

Cllr. McGinley said: “Residents have expressed long standing concerns at the volume and speed of traffic using this part of Foyle Springs as a short cut between the Springtown Road and Northland Road.

In response to requests from Sinn Féin traffic assessments had been carried out by Transport NI which confirmed the need for traffic calming measures.

I welcome confirmation that design work is now taking place to determine the precise nature of the measures to be introduced and I would acknowledge Transport NI’s response to an issue which has been a source of great concern for residents for a considerable period of time.

Transport NI will publish the traffic calming proposals in the near future and the scheme will proceed from that point if there are no objections raised.”

Buncrana Road resurfacing welcomed – Hassan

Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has welcomed the news that the Buncrana Road will be resurfaced from Pennyburn Roundabout to Racecourse Road.

 

Councillor Hassan said,lg_tony_hassan_copy2

 

“While I welcome the news that the Buncrana Road will be resurfaced from the Pennyburn Roundabout to the Racecourse Road I will continue to press for the upgrading of the road to dual carriageway status.

 

“This road is a major arterial route into the city from Donegal and we need to maintain it to the highest standards.

 

“The £160k resurfacing scheme will no doubt increase the quality and safety of the roadway and is long overdue.  The work will begin at the end of June for a period of six weeks and I would ask local motorists to be patient during this period.

 

“I have recently written to the Minister requesting a meeting to discuss the long term development of the entire Buncrana Road into dual carriageway status as the volume of traffic using the road is too much for the current lay out.” 

Anderson calls for international solidarity for refugees

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for international solidarity to tackle the world’s growing refugee crisis. 

Speaking on World Refugee Day, Ms Anderson said; CjJeeajXEAEt8TX

“No one can have failed to have been moved by the images of refugees fleeing conflict and persecution and conflict around the world.

“As an MEP I have travelled to refugee camps in Jordan and visited refugees in Lampedusa and their stories are heartbreaking.

“These people are not just statistics; they are fathers, mothers, sons and daughters.

“Today on World Refugee Day I am calling for a demonstration of international solidarity to tackle the global refugee crisis.

“The international community, and the EU in particular, must step up its efforts to stop conflict, and protect those fleeing persecution.

“We also need action to stop intimidation and offensive attitudes and behaviour against those who come here seeking shelter and protection.” Ends/Críoch

Anderson and McGuinness meet Derry Islamic group

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson today led a delegation meeting with members of Derry’s Islamic community to discuss the creation of a community hub in the city.

Speaking after meeting with representatives of the Islamic community in the north west, Ms Anderson said; IMG_6612

“I met today with members of the Islamic community from the north west alongside Martin McGuinness and City Centre Manager Jim Roddy, We discussed their campaign to establish a community hub in the city and identify a facility.

“The Islamic community are involved in a range of activities in the city and wider north west and are keen to continue to contribute to our diverse society.

“At today’s meeting we discussed ways to assist the group to access external funding in order to establish a community hub in the city.

“Martin McGuinness will explore options in the Assembly, I will explore opportunities at the European Parliament and our colleagues will also make enquiries at Derry and Strabane District Council.

“Derry’s Islamic community make a valued contribution to the cultural life of our city and we will continue to support that.”

McCartney welcomes High Court ruling on ex-prisoner case

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed today’s high court ruling to quash a decision not to employ an ex-prisoner. 

Mr McCartney said;  DSC_6528

“I welcome today’s decision at the High Court to quash a decision not to employ ex-prisoner Martin Neeson.

“The court found that the decision to remove him from his job ‘flies in the face of being a rational decision’.

“It was unjust and unfair and today’s judgement is a vindication of Martin Neeson’s position.

“Ex-prisoners have and continue to make a valued contribution to many aspects of society, particularly peace building.

“Unfortunately however, many ex-prisoners still face obstacles in terms of employment, insurance and other issues.

“All remaining barriers which ex-prisoners face should be removed and we will continue to support ex-prisoners and their advocates.” Ends/Críoch

Derry to get Fanzone for the 2016 Euros

Former Mayor and Sinn Féin Councillor Elisha McCallion has welcomed Councils backing  for her proposal for a “ Fanzone”  for the remainder of the European Finals  in France.ElishaMcCallion-sm

It will cover Republic of Ireland and N. Ireland games, the semis and Final.

Councillor McCallion said “I am glad that council have backed my proposal today. There has been  a growing lobby for a Fanzone  since the tournament started.Hopefully this will go some way to encourage football fans into our city centre. The games will be shown on the big screen at Waterloo Place.

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Duffy shocked and horrified at Orlando slaughter

Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has said she is shocked and horrified at the slaughter at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida, which has claimed at least 50 lives.

Councillor Duffy said:Councillor Sandra Duffy

“Like everyone in Derry I’m shocked and horrified at this horrific and senseless act of slaughter of the innocents at the Pulse Club in Orlando.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the relatives of those killed and injured.

“This atrocity has not only stunned America, it has stunned the world.

“This attack on a group of people enjoying a Pride event is an attack on the progress that the LGBT community globally have made in the struggle for human dignity and respect.

“The world needs to show its support for the LGBT community at this time.

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Euro exit would be bad for farming and agri-food industries – Anderson

 

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said a Brexit would be bad news for our farming and agri food industries.

Ms Anderson said; Martina-2

“I have met farmers the length and breadth of Ireland and there is a great deal of concern about the impact a Brexit would have.

“There is no doubt the EU needs to reformed and Sinn Féin is committed to working for a more democratic Europe, a greener Europe and a Better Europe.

“The lion’s share of the EU budget goes to farmers and rural communities through the Common Agricultural Policy.

“That would be lost in the event of a Brexit. Local farmers would lose £236m each year in direct payments. It would also take £186 million from our Rural Development Programme.

“Sinn Féin have challenged the British government’s Secretary of State to say how this will be replaced but she has repeatedly failed to answer.

“That is why we are campaigning for farmers and rural dwellers to Put Ireland First and vote to Remain in the EU.”Ends/Críoch

McGuinness welcomes Salmond call for remain vote

Sinn Fein MLA Martin McGuinness has welcomed an impassioned plea from former SNP Leader Alex Salmond MP for a ‘Remain’ vote in the Euro referendum on June 23rd.Martin-McGuinness1
The Foyle MLA was speaking after the Scottish independence leader addressed a Chamber of Commerce event in Derry today.
Mr McGuinness said;
“Alex Salmond is someone who has been a friend to Ireland and a friend to the peace process for a very long time.
“And when someone like him warns about the negative impact of a Brexit vote on the institutions and constitutional arrangements of the various peace agreements, there is an onus on us to listen.
“The fact is that a Brexit vote would be bad for Derry and bad for Ireland, bad for business and trade, bad for our farmers and bad for human rights and workers rights.
“It would effectively turn back the clock by returning physical borders to Ireland.
“We have worked to remove borders, both physical in terms of checkpoints at border crossings, as well as others barriers to trade across the island.
“So I want to thank Alex Salmond for taking the time to come to Derry and the Chamber of Commerce for inviting him. His is a very important voice in a very important debate.” Ends/Críoch

Anderson pays tribute to the work of carers

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has paid tribute to the contribution carers make to our society. MartinaAndersonMEP

Speaking after attending a coffee morning in Derry to mark Carers’ Week, Ms Anderson said;

“Carers make an immense contribution to society but at times their hard work and dedication can go unrecognised.

“As a carer myself who looks after my mother, I know how challenging it can be but I also know how much of a rewarding experience it is.

“As our population gets older, more and more of us will become carers in the time ahead so it is important we understand and value the key role they play.

“While the vast majority carers do not do what they do for recognition or reward, we also need to care for the carers and thank them for their hard work.”

McCartney raises speed outside Groarty primary school with Minister

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney along with Councillor Eric McGinley have met with the Principal of Groarty Primary School and parents lobbying for a reduction of the speed limit on the road outside the school.

Raymond McCartney said “We met with the Principal and parents and listened to their concerns about the speed limit outside the school being far too fast for that area and the dangers this presents for pupils, parents and other users of the road.DSC_6528

The Coshquin Road is always very busy at the best of times; a lot of motorists use this road as a shortcut.

I have spoken to the Minister and he is hopeful of resolution to this problem in the coming months.

Campbell calls on RTÉ to make Irish language commentary available in North

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has called on RTÉ to make Irish language commentary on Ireland’s Euro 2016 soccer games to be available nationwide.

 

Kevin Campbell said;

 

“When it was announced that RTÉ was to make commentary available during Ireland’s soccer games in the Euros I welcomed it.

 

“Now RTÉ have confirmed that viewers in the North will be blocked from accessing the Irish language commentary.

 

“That is unacceptable and an insult to Irish speakers not only in the north, but across Ireland.

 

“Access to RTÉ services was contained in the Good Friday Agreement and this partitionist attempt to roll back on that flies in the face of the agreement.

 

“The Irish language goes beyond borders and RTÉ need to recognise that and make the commentary available throughout the 32 counties of Ireland.”

Hassan welcomes £280 Million for Housing Associations

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Councillor Tony Hassan has welcomed the news that Choice  and Apex housing associations have secured a combined £280m from the European Investment Bank to help build thousands of new social homes across the north.tony-sandra-and-elisha-shantallow-oct-2013-c-mc-menamin-pics-(72)

 

Councillor Tony Hassan said “This is good news for the thousands of people in Derry and across the six counties who are on the ever growing housing waiting lists.

Like many in the city I would hope this could unlock the potential of the H2 site on the Buncrana Road proving much needed homes and hundreds of construction jobs.

 

Concluding he said

The Housing Executive must also to be able to get the right to borrow not only to maintain property but to build. The Housing Executive must become a provider as well as just a landlord, and our party will continue to lobby for that in the times ahead.

McCallion welcomes Launchpad jobs announcement

Sinn Féin Councillor Elisha McCallion has welcomed the news that an IT company is creating 10 jobs with a new office in Derry. The London based  Launchpad, specialises in data and video software for recruitment.elisha new head shot 2014 2

Councillor McCallion said “I welcome the news that Launchpad is setting up its new European base in the city .I am pleased to have met with the company in the past year and heard their ambitious plans. To get ten highly paid IT jobs is good news and is hopefully something the company can build on in the times ahead and create more employment opportunities in Derry.

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Loughinisland collusion report will have far reaching consequences – McGuinness‏

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said today’s Police Ombudsman’s report which found there was collusion in the 1994 Loughinisland massacre will have far reaching consequences.

Mr McGuinness said; Martin McGuinness outside the Dáil giving press statement.

“My thoughts are with the families and those who lost their loved ones at Loughinisland.

“This report from the Ombudsman is a damning indictment of British state collusion in murder.

“But the fact that there was widespread collusion between the British state, the RUC and the UVF gang who carried out the killings will not come as a surprise to many.

“The fact that huge amounts of arms were being imported from South Africa by state agents for use by loyalists, many of them also state agents, is truly shocking.

“The ramifications of this are immense and today’s report will have far reaching consequences.

“We will continue to stand with the families in their campaign for truth.”

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Protecting Moore Street, the National Monument – Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has given a “cautious welcome” to the decision of the government not to appeal the High Court decision to protect the Moore Street National Monument.

The Taoiseach revealed this decision today when questioned in the Dáil by Sinn Féin leader.

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“In the course of Order of Business in the Dáil today, I asked the Taoiseach if the Minister plans to appeal the High Court judgement to protect the Moore Street National Monument. In his reply the Taoiseach said that ‘the Minister has not decided to appeal this case’.

“However, Mr. Kenny went on to say that the government will be seeking ‘clarification’ from the Judge in respect of ‘one element of the judgement, not about the State or the Minister of the day to declare an entity a National Monument, but to have clarification on the element of the judge’s finding about what the state’s rights are in terms of carrying our work on a National Monument in restoring it.

“The Taoiseach also said; ‘It’s not a case of wanting to appeal the case, there is a requirement for clarification’.

“We need to see what this means in practice.

“There is also concern that the developers may appeal. Chartered Lands is also now seeking a seven-year extension to their planning permission which would see the demolition of much of what the court wants protected.

“The High Court judgement in May against the Government and the developers was a victory for the people of Ireland, and for the concerned relatives of the 1916 leaders and their legal team, who defended the site against those who planned to demolish much of it.

“There is a clear majority in the Dáil and among the public in favour of the preservation of Moore Street and the laneways of history.

“The government needs to move speedily toward the production of a new vision for Moore Street that invests in the battlefield site and creates a national heritage monument that does justice to those who participated in the 1916 Rising.”

Anderson report on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products passes in European Parliament

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the passing of a report she authored relating to the EU signing of the World Heath’s Organisation protocol on the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.CVXwOSAUsAAv08y.jpg large

Speaking after the vote passed in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said,

“I am delighted that my report passed through the European Parliament today. I would like to thank my colleagues for assisting me in this process as well as the NGOs and organisations I met whilst drafting this report.

“This is a huge step in the right direction in the fight against smuggled and illicit tobacco products.

“The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Protocol is the first internationally drafted treaty aimed at combatting and eliminating the illicit trade in tobacco products and today the European Parliament threw its support behind it.

“Illicit trade in tobacco products is defined in the WHO Protocol as any practice or conduct related to producing, shipping, receiving, being in possession of, distributing, selling or buying tobacco products and that is prohibited by law.

“The stated objective of the Protocol is the elimination of all forms of illicit trade in tobacco products.

A member of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, MEP Anderson continued;

“Tobacco products, both illicit and legal, cause unfathomable harm to the health and well-being of citizens. Smoking has recently been identified as the single greatest cause of preventable illness and premature death in the north of Ireland.

“On top of this, the illicit market in tobacco products costs the north £450 million each year. The Irish border is cynically exploited by criminals for the smuggling of tobacco products and several other goods.

“Once enforced, this protocol will also see countries take control of vital tracking and tracing operations. This will make it more difficult for tobacco products to make their way into the hands of smugglers or to be sold illegally.

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