Sinn Féin raises Derry/Dublin Bus Service with Ministers

Sinn Féin Assembly Candidate for Foyle, Raymond McCartney has said that  Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport, Imelda Munster TD has raised the Derry/Dublin bus service in Dáil Éireann and Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has committed to raising the  issue with his southern counterpart Minister Shane Ross TD.

Mr McCartney said:

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“I have been in touch with our Transport Spokesperson in the Dáil, Imelda Munster TD who has raised the issue of the Derry/Dublin bus service in the Oireachtas Transport Committee with the CEO of the National Transport Authority .

I have also spoken to Minister Chris Hazzard who has assured me that he will spare no effort to assure that a first class service is maintained between Derry and Dublin.

“The Sinn Féin Infrastructure Minister is in contact with his Southern counterpart Shane Ross TD to ensure the continuance of this essential link between the North West and the National capital.”

Bank branch closures will hit rural areas hard – McCallion

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Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion has said the planned closure of half of the First Trust bank branches in the north will hit rural areas particularly hard.

She was speaking after it was announced First Trust was closing its branch at Crescent Link in Derry this summer.

She said:

“News that First Trust bank is planning to close half of its branches across the north including its branch at Crescent Link will come as a shock to many.

“Bank branches provide a key service in many local communities for both small businesses and personal banking customers.

“The loss of these branches will be particularly keenly felt in rural areas with people having to travel longer distances to access a bank.

“The news will also come as a blow to bank staff who will be facing an uncertain future following this announcement.”

Concern over anti-community activity in Ballymagroarty

Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley has called on parents to ensure children do not become involved in anti-community activity in Ballymagroarty.eric-1

Cllr. McGinley said: “Over the past couple of weeks a number of bins have been stolen and burned in Ballymagroarty whilst garden fencing has also been damaged in the same area.

The most serious disturbances took place last weekend with the PSNI intervening and arresting at least one person.

It is apparent that those responsible could be as young as thirteen or fourteen and there is a real onus on parents to ensure that their children are not involved in behaviour which is causing residents in the area serious concern.   There is no excuse for these actions which only cause worry and inconvenience for the local community.

I have been in contact with the Housing Executive in relation to repairs which are required for residents’ fencing and I am presently working to have bins replaced as quickly as possible.

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Culmore Bomb Attack

Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion has condemned those responsible for a bomb attack at the home of a PSNI officer in Derry. 

Elisha McCallion said:

“This bomb attack at the home of a PSNI office in the Culmore area of Derry was wrong and I condemn it.

“Thankfully no-one was injured in this incident but it must have been a frightening experience for people living in the area.

“Those responsible for this attack have noting to offer the people of Derry or the north.

“They do not represent the views of the city and they need to call a halt to these futile actions imediately.”

McCallion calls on Education Minister to provide certainty on Youth Work Funding

McCallion calls on Education Minister to provide certainty on Youth Work Funding

Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion has called on DUP Minister for Education Peter Weir to provide certainty to Youth Workers on programmes such as ‘Extended Provision’.

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“The Education Authority announced the reinstatement of ‘core’ funding for youth workers, but unfortunately this does not include those youth workers involved in programmes such as ‘Extended Provision’

“Therefore uncertainty still exists over these programmes and the Minister must act to give certainty to these workers.

“These essential services were put in place by then Minister for Education, John O’Dowd aimed at areas most in need. They require Ministerial approval every year and I therefore call on the present Minister to provide this approval without further delay.

“I believe that it is imperative that these jobs be mainstreamed to ensure continuity of services and programmes.

“I will do all in my power to keep everyone informed on any new developments or information as they become available.” CRÍOCH/END

Mary Lou McDonald to host positive mental health event in Derry

Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion said “We are very pleased to announce that  Mary Lou McDonald TD, Sinn Féin’s all-Ireland Spokesperson on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention is holding an event on positive mental health in our city this coming  Friday 24th February at 3.30pm in an Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin Great James Street Derry. 16797802_1915198492045845_3576471845321862694_o


The speakers for the event are Caolán Doherty ,Mickey Doherty and & Sarah Curran of Men’s Action Network. All will bring their own experiences to the event. The event is open to everyone and I would encourage as many people as possible to come along.

It has become abundantly clear to me from previous events that people clearly want to talk about and be heard on this issue.They are about listening to people, giving people a voice, and talking about issues close to their heart.

The harrowing stories we have heard time and time again across the country illustrate some harsh realities for those with mental health issues.

I would encourage all those concerned with mental health, suicide awareness or addiction to attend and we look forward to seeing you there.

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Sinn Féin committed to securing Irish language act – McCartney

Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney has said Sinn Féin is committed to securing an Irish language act.

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“Sinn Féin commends and supports Irish speakers in the long fight to secure the rights of the Irish language community. We are proud of the contribution and the efforts that our Party and our Ministers have made to promote the Irish language, and the rights of Irish speakers.

“Sinn Féin supports entirely the implementation of an Acht na Gaeilge.

“Our ministers have delivered unprecedented investment in the Irish Language in the north. Investment that has positively impacted the development of the Irish Language in our communities and in our schools.

“We have fought against bigotry in the Executive and put forward proposals and drafts for legislation on Acht na Gaeilge and for an Irish Language Strategy. We launched the first ever state-sponsored programme to attract new learners of Irish – ‘Líofa’. None of this has ever before been done before in the history of the 6 county state.

“We understand the importance of the inclusion of pobal na Gaeilge and have provided platforms in the political institutions for Irish Language organisations to be heard and to make an impact.

“There will be no retreat by Sinn Féin in terms of any of this progress.

“Campaign focus and lobbying efforts must continue to be aimed at those who oppose Acht na Gaeilge and language rights.

“Sinn Féin fully recognise that there must be a change in how the DUP in particular treat the Irish Language and Irish identity.

“No political institutions can be reformed without the fulfilment of previously agreed commitments.

“We are committed to ensuring that there will not be a return to the status quo.

McCallion welcomes reinstatement of youth worker funding

Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion  has welcomed the decision by the education authority to reinstate the funding for youth workers.

She said:

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“The process of issuing notices of intent to youth workers who are involved in essential programmes in the most socially deprived communities was wrong.

“It is essential that these jobs are be mainstreamed to ensure continuity of service and programmes.

“I would like to congratulate those who campaigned to have the funding secured. Without their participation this reversal would not have occurred.”

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Sinn Féin will continue to support Finucane family – McCartney

Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney  has said the party will continue to support the family of Pat Finucane in their campaign for truth and justice.

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“Today’s decision in the Court of Appeal in Belfast is yet another attempt to deny the Finucane family access to truth about the murder of Pat Finucane.

“The Finucane family have campaigned long and hard, in a dignified manner despite having continual obstacles being placed in front of them by the British government.

“The fact is the British government agreed to hold a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane and it has reneged on that commitment.

“The British government has failed the Finucane family and the families of so many other victims.

“Sinn Féin will continue to support the Finucane family in their campaign for truth and justice.”

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Ginley welcomes Road Safety event in the city centre organised by O W Y F.

Sinn Féin Councillor Eric McGinley has welcomed the proposed Road Safety event in the city centre organised by Outer West Youth Forum.fb_img_1486465834450

Cllr. McGinley said: “Outer West Youth Forum has been awarded funding from the PCSP to assist with the organising of a major event in Guildhall Square highlighting the dangers posed by death driving and car crime.

The event will involve the showing of a DVD prior to the staging of a mock road traffic collision highlighting an issue which directly impacts on young people and their communities.

This initiative will take place on Saturday, 25th March and I would take this opportunity to commend Outer West Youth Forum for the leadership being shown around such an important issue.”

Repairs to busy Springtown Road – Cooper

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed confirmation from Transport NI that they will be carrying repair work out on the Springtown Road next month.

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Councillor Cooper said “Transport NI will be carrying out repairs to Springtown Road in section going through the Springtown Industrial Estate .Hopefully this will address a number of sections which have become worn down and will help local businesses as well as customers visiting area.

 

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Matt Carthy MEP to speak at Derry event- Economic argument for a United Ireland

Matt Carthy MEP will hold a discussion in Derry City outlining the economic argument for a United Ireland. 31182352541_292ab82d3e_o

There is now an urgent need for an inclusive, constructive debate on the future, including how a United Ireland will be brought about and what it might look like.

The event will take place in Da Vincis Hotel on Thursday 23rd February at 1pm.

Light lunch will be provided.

All welcome.

Foyle Haven immediate future secure- McCallion

Former Mayor and Sinn Féin Assembly Candidate Elisha McCallion has said despite some negative commentary circulating regarding the future of Foyle Haven day centre for adults with acute addiction issues its immediate future is secure.

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Councillor McCallion said:

“During my term as Mayor I took particular interest in issues around addiction and people in crisis. One of those projects was the Foyle Haven which was at that time experiencing funding problems.

“I established a working group to assess the situation and seek funding that would secure its future.

“We were successful in securing a rescue package at that time and since then I have continued to meet with the working group to look at sustainability. Funding is currently in place and secure until June 2017 and we have a number of active applications which are pending decisions and I am confident that come June funding wil continue.

“I met with CEO  of De Paul Ireland who operate Foyle Haven just last Friday and she is happy with the progress to date and has assured me that she will continue to assist the working group in securing the long-term future of the facility.

“The Working Group will meet again in the coming weeks to plan a sustainable way forward. It is unhelpful and creates anxiety for those who use the facility when rumour is presented as fact and I would ask anyone with the best interests of this facility at heart to work positively for its future and refrain from uninformed negative comment.

“At every stage of this process staff have been kept informed and from my contact with them are happy with the progress being delivered by the Working Group.” CRÍOCH/END

Sinn Féin permanently closed RHI scheme – Murphy

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy said today that Sinn Féin voted for permanent closure of the RHI scheme while the SDLP and UUP voted to keep it open.

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“The Sinn Fein proposal was for urgent and permanent closure with a short two-week run down period to allow companies already in the process of installing equipment to complete their work.

“While Sinn Féin voted to close the scheme, the SDLP and the UUP voted to keep it open despite knowing the threat to public services that would result.”

McCartney calls on DUP to clarify on who funded lavish pro-Brexit campaign

Sinn Féins Raymond McCartney has called on the DUP to clarify who funded its lavish pro-Brexit advertising campaign. dsc_6528

Raymond McCartney  said;

“Revelations that the DUP received huge amounts of money from England to fund its lavish pro-Brexit advertising campaign raise serious questions.

“The DUP took hugely expensive newspaper ads in a London newspaper which is not circulated in the North and DUP campaign material was also used in other British cities where they do not stand for election.

“The DUP need to come clean and clarify who gave them the money and how much they received.

“It is vitally important in the wake of other scandals that the DUP clarify this in order to ensure integrity in the political process.

“There are strict rules around corporate sponsorship and there can be no place for anyone attempting to get around those rules.”

Bridgend rally to highlight the implications of Brexit

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Its very important that rallies such as today’s take place to highlight the implications that Brexit will have on places like Derry , Strabane and Donegal.

There is a growing sense of anger out there  in our communities as people find out the implications it will have on their daily lives.

In the years since the Good Friday Agreement, the border has become all but invisible.

Brexit seriously threatens that important progress and risks inflicting significant hardship on border communities like Derry, Donegal and the wider economy and society.

The very last thing we need to see is the re-emergence of border controls, customs posts and all the paraphernalia of Partition which had been banished with the peace process.

There is a real and deepening concern now, right across the border region, as to how Brexit will impact on businesses, tourism and on people who cross the border on a daily basis for work and education.

 

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Adams commends Brexit protesters and calls on DUP to reveal funding it received for Brexit campaign

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has praised the actions of those who  protested on the border on Saturday at the likely damaging impact of Brexit.c48uh31wiaahbe_

Gerry Adams said:

“The Irish Government needs to clarify as a matter of urgency whether it is preparing contingency plans for border posts and checkpoints as a result of Brexit. During the week, we received conflicting information on this from the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance. There is huge concern from Louth to Donegal and Derry about the impact of a hard border on local communities, jobs, and trade.”

Speaking also on the allegations from within the DUP of corruption arising from the RHI scandal, the Sinn Féin leader revealed that Sinn Féin will be publishing a document on Monday to tackle corruption, as well as the lack of accountability and transparency around party funding titled ‘Integrity in Government’.

Gerry Adams said:

“The scandal over the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme has rocked public confidence in the political institutions. Restoring that confidence must be a priority for every political party in this election. There can be no place for allegations of corruption and malpractice.

“On Monday, Sinn Féin will launch robust proposals for achieving this. They will address the issues of political donations, lobbying, conflict of interests, and whistleblowing.

“The Assembly election is an opportunity to resolve outstanding issues arising from the Good Friday and subsequent negotiations, but also to put in place legislation and mechanisms to ensure that the integrity of the political process is above reproach.”

The Sinn Féin leader today also urged the DUP to “address the widespread concerns about the funding of its Brexit campaign. The people of the North voted to remain in the referendum last June. The majority of citizens recognised the significant economic and political damage leaving the EU will create for farmers, local communities, jobs, and trade.

“In this context, citizens have a right to know who funded the DUP campaign, how and where that money was spent, and how much is involved? The DUP should not hide behind the electoral commission. The party should release this information now. The fact are strict rules around corporate sponsorship and there can be no place for anyone attempting to get around those rules.”

POC necessary safeguard to protect minorities – McCartney

Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney  said recent comments about scrapping the Petition of Concern are a further attempt by the DUP to deflect attention from the Renewable Heat Incentive scandal.

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“These comments are the latest attempt by the DUP to divert attention from the RHI scandal, the potential waste of half a billion pounds of public money and allegations of corruption.

“The Petition of Concern was put in place to protect minorities following decades of unionist misrule and discrimination.

“The DUP abused the POC to undermine the rights of minorities and used it to block for example all attempts to bring forward legislation on marriage equality.

“Their approach was unsustainable and reflected their disrespect and arrogance for whole sections of our society.

“It comes as no surprise that they want to end these protections.

“The POC is a necessary safeguard required to prevent the kind of discrimination and excesses we have seen from unionism.

“We are content to address this in any negotiations.

“What is required is an end to the abuse of the POC system and full equality and respect granted to all sections of society regardless of race, religion, sexuality or gender.”

McCallion welcomes Derry jobs boost

Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion has welcomed the news that 80 new jobs will created with the opening of a major retail store at the former B&Q site on the Buncrana Road

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Elisha McCallion said “There was much disappointment in the city last year when the former B&Q business closed down here with the loss of many local jobs.

“It’s now great to see this site coming back into use and the retail company The Range creating up to 80 jobs. This announcement comes just week weeks before Home Bargains is to open a brand new store on the Strand Road creating 100 jobs.

Hassan welcomes new safety measures at Culmore Primary School

Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has welcomed the completion of a new car park at Culmore Primary School  on the Culmore Road which the contractors have told Councillor Hassan will be open next week.

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This is good news for parent’s, children and of course the staff of the school .I commend the developers of the site on the barley field for the completion of the work.

For a long time and over many years there have been problems on the Culmore Road at the school which was a matter of health and safety for parents leaving their children off in the mornings and also collecting them  in the afternoon.

Now with the safe car parking and the new pathway into the school things are now a bit safer for very one at the school.

I would like to commend the school staff, board of governors, and the developers for making this possible.

 

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McCallion calls on all candidates to support marriage equality pledge

Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion  has called on all candidates in the upcoming Assembly election to support a pledge to work for bring marriage equality to the north.

She  said;

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“There is a growing demand for marriage equality across the north.

“Equal marriage threatens no one. It is about equal rights for everyone.

“This pledge asks all candidates to sign up to work to legislate for equal marriage and to eradicate all forms of prejudice.

“Sinn Féin is committed to seeing marriage equality extended across the island and to opposing homophobia, sectarianism, sexism and all other forms of discrimination wherever they occur.

“This is part of Sinn Féin’s commitment to equality and we are asking all other candidates to sign this pledge.”

McCartney supports Brexit Border Rally

Sinn Féin Assembly Election Candidate, Raymond McCartney has called for support for a protest rally organised by Derry based campaign group ‘Breaking Down Brexit’ at the Bridgend border crossing this Saturday 18th February at 10am to highlight the negative impact and everyday reality that Brexit will have for people crossing the border.

 

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“The organisers have assured me that while their intention is to highlight the realities that Brexit will have on day-to-day life for anyone who has to cross the border they will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum.

 

“There will be a mock custom post and older citizens will have some memory of the disruption these border checks caused but which it will be totally alien to younger generations.

 

“I believe that it is important that people are given an indication of what the reality of Brexit will have for the 30,000 people who cross the border on a daily basis to work or study. But it will also give a flavour of what it will be like for other travellers also.

 

“It is important to ensure that the democratically expressed wishes of the majority citizens in the North who voted to remain within the EU is respected and that this message is sent loud and clear to the British government at every opportunity.
“The ongoing election campaign provides every person intending to cast a vote – and I would encourage the maximum number to do so – to interrogate candidates and parties on their record and policies on protecting the rights of citizens in the North post Brexit.

 

“We have lived with the negative effects of partition in economic, social and political terms for over 90 years. The border has fractured our economy, separated communities and stunted investment and development in the general border corridor area.

 

“It is only in recent years that we have begun to surmount the obstacles in areas of health, education, food production etc caused by partition and any suggestion of a British government reimposing a visible border, hard or soft, stretching from Derry to Dundalk, is unacceptable and Sinn Féin the only party with representation in every elected fora on this island and in Europe will lead robust opposition to it.

 

“I welcome this initiative by the ‘Breaking Down Brexit’ group – a non-political broad range group – and encourage anyone who has an hour on Saturday morning to join them at Bridgend at ten o’clock.”

Fleming welcomes road improvements at accident blackspot

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming has welcomed the news that the Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has given the go ahead for a major £105,000 road resurfacing and reconstruction scheme on A2 Clooney Road at Judges Road in Maydown.Paul Fleming strathfoyle

Councillor Fleming said

“I am pleased that this vital work is taking place .We have been raising concerns about this section of road over the last number of years. Residents have also been campaigning about safety issues along it.

In November past our Sinn Féin council team held a meeting with the Transport NI Divisional Manager, and his staff.

We raised a number of important issues across the City and District .Top of our agenda was the ongoing issues with the Clooney Road Dual Carriageway.

This is a very busy road with hundreds of vehicles using it daily so on that basis  clearly something needed to be done there as a matter of urgency.

Hopefully this work will now address those concerns and improve safety.

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Legacy delegation raises British failure to deal with legacy in Strasbourg – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said relatives of victims of state violence raised concerns directly with EU officials about the British government’s failures to deal with the legacy of the past.

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“I am currently leading a legacy delegation to Strasbourg to meet senior European officials, including Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights.

“We also met with Genevieve Meyer, head of division at the Council of Europe’s Execution of Judgement Committee, who is currently preparing a report into the British government’s breach of the European Convention of Human Rights.

“These were very positive meetings. The relatives of victims of state violence on the delegation had the opportunity to raise their concerns at the British government’s failure to live up to its responsibility to deal with the legacy of the past.

“Nils Muiznieks in particular was very concerned at the British government’s failures to implement the legacy aspects of successive agreements and its refusal to release funding for the Lord Chief Justice’s plans to deal with legacy inquests.

“Europe is very concerned with the British government’s failures on legacy and we will continue to update MEPs and officials from across Europe on behalf of victims.”

Trade Union Movement has key role in effecting change – McCartney

Sinn Féins, Raymond McCartney has urged the Trade Union movement in the north to realise its potential as an agency of change in society.

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“The election to be held on March 2nd will be a watershed election for society in the north.

“Sinn Féin took decisive action in standing against political corruption and arrogance. Our decision will ensure that the electorate will have its say on these issues and the future of society.

“Sinn Féin will not return to a situation where these issues remain unresolved.

“As the largest civic organisation on the island, the trade union movement should seize this opportunity to ensure that the necessary step change in politics is enacted.

“There is agreement among progressives across a wide range of issues ranging from the rights of workers and marriage equality to tackling poverty and protection of public services, and ensuring equality and power sharing are delivered.

“Brexit poses the most serious threat to workers and human rights. It will undermine the Good Friday Agreement.

“I appeal to the trade unions and their membership in particular, to look beyond the rhetoric and to stand against corruption and the DUP, and support parties committed to equality and respect for all, for powersharing and the Good Friday Agreement.”

Sinn Féin Foyle candidates meet University Management

After meeting with the management of the University of Ulster Sinn Fein assembly candidates Raymond McCartney and Elisha McCallion said the discussions were focussed both on the opportunities provided by Magee expansion and the potential implications of BREXIT on the research activities of the UU:

 

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“We were delighted to accept Professor Paddy Nixon’s request to meet with himself and senior management to discuss their ongoing work to expand the Magee campus. Our discussions focused on a range of issues including the UU’s plans for the development of a medical school at Magee.

 

“We again reiterated Sinn Fein’s commitment to making this happen as the first step in the wider expansion of Magee through an increase in MasN student places and the development of new economically relevant courses to complement existing provision. We also expressed delight at the swift progress being made on the new teaching block which will further enhance the infrastructure on the campus.

 

“Crucially, we discussed the potential implications of BREXIT for the UU and the wider Further and Higher Education sector across the north and negative impact it will have on funding opportunities to finance research and development projects in the aftermath of BREXIT.

 

“We outlined how our colleague Martina Anderson MEP is working tirelessly to persuade the European Commission and other decision makers in Brussels that Designated Status is the only option for the north once Article 50 is invoked.

 

“We also discussed how the UU could reinforce this message by conducting their own lobby to demonstrate the importance of EU funding to their research activities and the wider activities of the UU and other educational institutions.

 

“We look forward to developing this conversation further in the weeks and months ahead to ensure that the Magee’s potential is realised and that opportunities to develop further research programmes which is a crucial area of income and activity for the UU are identified and capitalised on ” CRÍOCH/END

Sinn Féin is standing up to DUP arrogance and contempt – McCartney

Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney  has said Sinn Féin is standing up against DUP arrogance and contempt for for the public.

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“RHI should stand for Respect, Honesty and Integrity in the political process rather than being a byword for scandal and incompetence as a result of the DUP’s handling of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

“The DUP’s RHI scheme literally saw money that could be used for frontline public services going up in smoke.

“Sinn Féin is standing in this election to restore public confidence in the political institutions, which must be based on the principles of equality and respect for all.

“We are standing up against corruption, arrogance and contempt for whole sections of the public at the heart of government.

“What is won in the negotiations post election is a win for everyone.”

Nesbitt must clarify if UUP remains opposed to marriage equality – McCallion

Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion  has called on Mike Nesbitt to tell the public whether his party still opposes marriage equality.

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She  said:

“As leader of the UUP Mike Nesbitt has rejected the rights of the Irish language speaking community to legal protections under an Irish language act.

“I am calling on him to clarify if his party remains opposed to marriage equality.

“The north is now the only part of these islands which does not have marriage equality. This is shameful and unacceptable.

“There is a growing demand to see marriage equality extended across the island.

“As a party we will campaign for equal marriage rights for all.

“Sinn Fein stands for equality and respect for all citizens regardless of creed, gender, race or sexuality.”

Altnagelvin cancer centre a boost for all-Ireland healthcare – McCartney

Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney has said the official opening of the new North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin Hospital this morning is a boost for all-Ireland healthcare. dsc_5535

Speaking after attending the opening alongside Health Minister Michelle O’Neill and Elisha McCallion, Mr McCartney said;

“The opening of the North West Cancer Centre at Altnagelvin is a great addition to health provision in the north west and a boost for all-Ireland healthcare as it will provide first-class treatment for patients from Derry, Tyrone and Donegal.

“This is good news for the North West region and all those who have lobbied and campaigned hard to have the new Radiotherapy Unit located at Altnagelvin Hospital.

“This new facility will make a dramatic impact on the lives of cancer sufferers as it will mean that the vast majority of patients will be able to receive radiotherapy treatment within one hour travelling distance of their homes.

“This is further evidence of Michelle O’Neill and Sinn Féin delivering for everyone in our society.”

Sinn Féin Foyle candidates meet University Management

After meeting with the management of the University of Ulster Sinn Fein assembly candidates Raymond McCartney and Elisha McCallion said the discussions were focussed both on the opportunities provided by Magee expansion and the potential implications of BREXIT on the research activities of the UU:

 

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“We were delighted to accept Professor Paddy Nixon’s request to meet with himself and senior management to discuss their ongoing work to expand the Magee campus. Our discussions focused on a range of issues including the UU’s plans for the development of a medical school at Magee.

 

“We again reiterated Sinn Fein’s commitment to making this happen as the first step in the wider expansion of Magee through an increase in MasN student places and the development of new economically relevant courses to complement existing provision. We also expressed delight at the swift progress being made on the new teaching block which will further enhance the infrastructure on the campus.

 

“Crucially, we discussed the potential implications of BREXIT for the UU and the wider Further and Higher Education sector across the north and negative impact it will have on funding opportunities to finance research and development projects in the aftermath of BREXIT.

 

“We outlined how our colleague Martina Anderson MEP is working tirelessly to persuade the European Commission and other decision makers in Brussels that Designated Status is the only option for the north once Article 50 is invoked.

 

“We also discussed how the UU could reinforce this message by conducting their own lobby to demonstrate the importance of EU funding to their research activities and the wider activities of the UU and other educational institutions.

 

“We look forward to developing this conversation further in the weeks and months ahead to ensure that the Magee’s potential is realised and that opportunities to develop further research programmes which is a crucial area of income and activity for the UU are identified and capitalised on ” CRÍOCH/END

Mike Nesbitt will not dictate who can have rights and entitlements-McCartney

Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney said that neither the UUP or the DUP will dictate who can have rights and entitlements following his latest rejection of an Irish language act.

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He  said;

“Mike Nesbitt, the leader of the UUP, has rejected an Irish language act. This is a failure to provide positive leadership and embrace change to move society into the 21st Century.

“The north is now the only place in these islands not to have legal protection for Gaelic speakers.

“There are people right across the community calling for an Acht na Gaeilge on the basis of respect and equality for all citizens.

“However, Mike Nesbitt has chosen to firmly hitch his wagon to the British government and the DUP’s continued denial of rights and equality.

“It is not up to Mike Nesbitt or the UUP to determine who can and cannot have rights. We had 50 years of the UUP doing that. It failed.

“Mike Nesbitt needs to wake up to that reality.”

Yet another attempt by Foster to deflect from RHI scandal – McCallion

Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion  has said Arlene Foster’s criticism of a plan to reduce health service waiting lists is yet another desperate attempt by the DUP leader to distract attention from the RHI scandal.

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She  said;

“Arlene Foster’s criticism of a plan put forward by Health Minister Michelle O’Neill to reduce waiting lists is pathetic.

“It is yet another attempt by Arlene Foster to distract the public’s attention from the DUP’s botched handling of the RHI scheme.

“£30m is being lost to the public purse this year as a result of the DUP’s botched RHI scheme – that would cover the health minister’s plan to reduce waiting lists in 12 months.

“Despite these attempts to deflect attention the public can see what is really happening and will have their say on DUP arrogance and  incompetence at the pol

UUP need to set out position on marriage equality – McCallion

Sinn Féins Elisha McCallion has called on UUP leader Mike Nesbitt to set out his party’s position on marriage equality.

She  said;

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“There is a growing demand across society in the North to see marriage equality extended across the island.

“Mike Nesbitt told his party conference that he is opposed to marriage equality, even though he recognised that it put them on the wring side of history.

“A small minority of UUP MLAs have voted in favour of marriage equality but clearly there is divisions within the party on this issue.

“Mike Nesbitt needs to come out and state clearly once and for all whether the UUP are still opposed to marriage equality or not.”

Bell should make all RHI information public – McCartney

Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney has called on Jonathan Bell to put any additional information he has on the RHI scandal into the public domain.

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“There is widespread public anger about the DUP’s handling of the RHI scheme and the drip feed of information and allegations.

“If former DUP minister Jonathan Bell has more information on the RHI scheme then he should put that in the public domain and do so immediately so the public can have all the facts before they go to the polls.

“We need to know the full facts surrounding this scandal and if Jonathan Bell has any additional information he has a duty to make that public.”

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McCallion condemns security alert disruption

Sinn Féin councillor Elisha McCallion has condemned those responsible for the disruption caused by the discovery of a suspicious object in the Foyle Springs area of Derry.

Councillor McCallion said; 

“A number of residents have had to be evacuated from their homes following the discovery of a suspicious object in the Farmhill area of Foyle Springs.

“This is the last thing the local community needs, particularly on such a cold day.

“Those behind this security alert have nothing to offer the local community.

“We don’t need or want these type of incidents in the city.”

British Army Veterans march insensitive and provocative – McCartney

Commenting on a planned march by British Army veterans in Derry next month Sinn Féins Raymond McCartney has described it as insensitive and provocative.bloody_sunday

 

Mr McCartney said:

 

People have a right to protest but what they are seeking here is immunity for British soldiers who were involved in murder. That is unacceptable. There can’t be one law for British soldiers and one for everybody else.

 

“To have this protest in Derry is also deliberately provocative given it is the city where 14 innocent people were murdered by British soldiers and no one has ever been prosecuted for that crime.

 

“There have only ever been a handful of British soldiers convicted for their crimes during the conflict so there is no partisan approach. This has been confirmed by the DPP and the Lord Chief Justice.”

Taoiseach need to stop playing junior partner to Tory party and protect Good Friday Agreement – Adams

Speaking tonight after the Tory party voted down an amendment in the Brexit debate to block amendments to the Good Friday Agreement, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said it is time that the Taoiseach stopped playing junior partner to the British Government.

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“Tonight, the Tory party voted down an amendment in the Article 50 debate which would have blocked any changes to the Good Friday Agreement.

“Two weeks ago, I learned that the Good Friday Agreement will be destroyed if the north is dragged out of the EU.

“This decision confirms my worst fears. The British government does not care one iota for the people of the north.

“An Taoiseach puts great faith in statements from the British Government; he did so again in the Dáil today in response to questions from me.

“Tonight’s vote shows the short sightedness of the Taoiseach’s approach

“Mr Kenny has to stop playing junior partner to the British Government. The Good Friday Agreement must be protected. That is his duty.”

O’Neill seeks party leaders’ support for waiting list plan

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has written to all party leaders today to seek their support for the Elective Care Plan she published yesterday and for the allocation of resources to tackle waiting lists.

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“As health minister I welcomed the cross-party support for the Bengoa Report.

“For the first time we have taken the politics out of health and that is how we should take forward the essential work of transforming our health care system.

“In this context I have written to all party leaders to seek their support for the Elective Care Plan which I published yesterday and for the allocation of the required resources to tackle waiting lists.

“Political consensus on this will remove any ambiguity around this allocation of the £31.2m and provide clear political direction for the Department of Finance Permanent Secretary in the event that political agreement is not achieved before the end of March.

“It is essential that we provide the maximum protection possible for our public services despite the current political crisis.”

Go ahead for £1 Million Ballymagroarty pitch and play park – McCartney

Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney has welcomed the news today that the go ahead has been given for a £1 million pounds project which will see the construction of a pitch and play park at Shaw Court in Ballymagroarty.Raymond Brandywell Head shot

 

Raymond McCartney said “This is good news for the greater Ballymagroarty area.

 

This project is one of four across the Council area including Brandywell, Ballyarnett and Kilfennan which will be delivered in two phases.

 

Work will begin shortly on Brandywell and Ballyarnett with work on the Ballymagroaty project beginning in the early summer.

 

I am pleased to inform residents  that this investment in the area is worth over £1 million pounds and will now include the provision of changing rooms and a refurbishment of the community centre which will significantly improve the original plan.

 

We will continue to keep residents informed as the project progresses.

 

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Ballyarnett Park funding welcome – McCallion

Sinn Féin Shantallow Councillor and Assembly Candidate, Elisha McCallion has welcomed funding of £700,000 to develop a district children’s park at Ballyarnett Country Park.

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“This is very welcome news for the Greater Shantallow area and for the whole of the City. The first phase of the development of the children’s district park is due to begin at Ballyarnett within weeks.

“£700,000 investment has been secured from the Assembly Executive and the Park is due to be completed by summer of this year.  This will be a first class amenity for the enjoyment of the children and people of Greater Shantallow and the entire City.

“It is a well over due development that I and my Sinn Féin colleagues on Council have been lobbying for over many years.”

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Fantasy politics of SDLP and UUP delivers nothing – McCallion

Sinn Féin’s Elisha McCallion  described criticism of the health minister by politicians who ran away from government as fantasy politics.elisha new head shot 2014 2

She  said:

“The politicians criticising the health minister for doing her job and fulfilling her commitments are the same politicians who ran away from government last May.

“If the UUP and the SDLP were so concerned about our health service, why did they not nominate a health minister?

“Their fantasy politics promises everything and delivers nothing.

“The SDLP have never held the health department, always opting for less challenging roles.

“Their contrived concern for patients is contradicted by their record of failure in government and their decision to sit hunkered down on the sidelines.”

Sinn Féin urges support for Irish language protest meeting in Derry

Sinn Féins Raymond McCartney has given his party’s support for members of the Irish Language community in Derry who will be organising a public meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, at 1 pm. outside of Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Great James Street to demand civil rights for Irish speakers and an end to discrimination against Irish speakers.

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“There is considerable anger in the Irish language community in Derry and across the island about the DUP’s lack of respect for the Irish language.

“The DUP have continually shown disrespect to the Irish language and identity and have held up progress on both an Irish language strategy and an  Irish language act.

“We  support tomorrow’s public meeting outside Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Great James Street , Derry.

“The Irish language threatens no one and is for everyone in our society.

“I am calling on as many people as possible to come along and attend tomorrow’s public meeting which takes place at 1pm.”

McCartney calls on Nesbitt to clarify position on Irish language act

Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney has called on UUP leader Mike Nesbitt to clarify his position on an Irish language act. 20170128_154209

He  said;

“Last year, UUP leader Mike Nesbitt criticised Sinn Féin for calling for an Irish Language Act in line with the commitments made in the St Andrew’s Agreement.

“The demand for an Irish language act is entirely justified and the DUP’s disgraceful attitude toward the Irish language and identity is unacceptable.

“We now need clarity from Mike Nesbitt and the UUP on their position on an Irish language act.

“Do they accept it as part of the St Andrew’s Agreement or are they going to follow behind the DUP in attempting to deny people’s rights?”

Foster’s Irish language comments another attempt to deflect attention from RHI – McCartney

Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney  has said comments from Arlene Foster on the Irish language are another desperate attempt to deflect public attention from their incompetence and mishandling of the RHI scandal and further highlight the arrogance of the DUP.12998349_1037714449617952_1759881580700105285_o

he  said;

“These disgraceful comments from Arlene Foster about the Irish language are yet another example of the absolutely disgraceful arrogance of the DUP.

“Time and time again the DUP have shown nothing but disrespect to the Irish language and identity.

“These comments further highlight the contempt in which the DUP holds large sections of the community.

“It is also another desperate attempt by the DUP leader to deflect public attention from the DUP’s incompetence and mishandling of the RHI scandal.

“The British government committed to an Irish Language Act in the St Andrew’s Agreement and Sinn Féin is determined to see that commitment honoured.

“On March 2 the people have an opportunity to reject the DUP’s contempt for the public and put equality, respect and integrity at the heart of the political process.”

ONeill launches Foyle Sinn Féin election campaign

The new leader of Sinn Féin in the North Michelle ONeill was the guest speaker at an event in the Gasyard Centre on Saturday afternoon to officially launch the Foyle SF election campaign.

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I am delighted to be here in Derry today to launch the election campaign of both Raymond McCartney and Elisha McCallion – two fantastic candidates who I have no doubt will serve the people of Derry with distinction.
Raymond is someone I have worked with for many years. He is an inspiring figure within republicanism, someone who has committed his entire life to the struggle and a valued member of our Assembly team who we often turn to for political advice and guidance.
And in Elisha we have someone who epitomises the new generation of republican political leaders. A young mother, sitting councillor and a former mayor who made a massive impact during her year as First Citizen, she will be a huge asset to the assembly team and to the people of Derry.
I also want to take this opportunity to send solidarity to Martin McGuinness and his family. Words can’t express how much admiration I have for Martin and the leadership he has shown. It is a huge honour for me to take over the mantle from him and I am determined to do him proud. I know you will all join me in sending him our best wishes.

It is fitting that we have people of the calibre of the  team of Martin, Elisha and Raymond because we are facing into a hugely important election.

£270,000 Southway resurfacing scheme nears completion -Campbell

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has welcomed the news that resurfacing of Southway is to be finished by next week.

Councillor Kevin Campbell

Councillor Kevin Campbell

In December of last year the Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard announced the £270,000 resurfacing scheme on  Southway in the Creggan area of Derry.

Councillor Kevin Campbell said

The long battle to have Southway resurfaced is well underway. I spoke to the contractor and they have told me the bulk of the work is now almost finished. Wednesday of this week should see completion of the scheme and the road fully functioning again.

I would like to thank Minister Chris Hazzard , Transport NI for a job well done and also the residents for their patience and understanding over the last few weeks.

Adams criticises British government on legacy

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking at the commemoration today of the attack on the Sinn Féin office in 1992 in which three people – Paddy Loughran, Pat McBride and Michael O’Dwyer – were killed, has accused the British and Irish governments of failing to support victims.

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“The British government wants to cover up the actions of its agents, its informers, and its military and paramilitary apparatus. It is not interested in the truth. That is why it has obstructed the agreement reached at Stormont House two years ago into legacy cases. It is also why they want immunity for British soldiers and others who were responsible for beatings, for torture, and for murder.

James Brokenshire’s claim that there is too big a focus by the PSNI and others into the past actions of British forces is patently untrue. But Brokenshire hasn’t been alone in this the DUP and the UUP and some Conservative politicians have joined forces in attacking the Public Prosecution Service and the Lord Chief Justice.

The British government, the DUP and the UUP are only interested in protecting British soldiers, the UDR, the RUC and those surrogates they used to kill citizens. The SDLP needs to be questioned on this issue also. Because that party is calling on nationalists to transfer their votes to the UUP. The UUP says it will block investigations into British state killings.

Instead of making provocative statements James Brokenshire should implement all those outstanding elements of the Good FridayAgreement that his government is responsible for. And this includes providing the funding, requested by the Lord Chief Justice, to process the legacy inquests.

Neither can the Irish government be excused of its responsibility. It is a co-equal guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement.”

Concluding Gerry Adams said: “Today Sinn Féin remembers our friends and their families. But I accept that others can tell a similar story and I acknowledge that families who have been bereaved by republican actions have their narrative.

While I obviously disagree with the British Army and its surrogates they too have a story to tell and all these narratives must be set side by side.

However I do not give the same leeway to those who in the British government directed or condoned these strategies. The attack on the Falls Road Sinn Féin office, like other similar attacks, were part of British government counter insurgency strategies aimed at suppressing dissent to British rule.”

Additional security iaround the perimeter of the Brandywell Stadium during construction work.

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue has welcomed the news that additional security is to be placed around the perimeter of the Brandywell Stadium during construction work.Patricia Logue new pic 22

This comes after representations being made by Councillor Logue following a number of concerns being raised by residents.

Councillor Logue “ I have been dealing with a number of complaints from local residents since the work at the Stadium began.

The residents are experiencing a lot of upheaval currently which is to be expected, however they are also feeling very vulnerable and open to crime.

In the past, these residents were being tormented by youths using their back yards to gain entry to the stadium this was resolved by razor wire being installed on top of the wall.

While at the moment a lot of the annoyance seemed to be coming from the front of their homes they feel it is only a matter of time before something starts at the rear.

There are many elderly and vulnerable people living along this stretch of the development and they presently feel very fearful, not just of anti social but crime.

I have had a number of meetings with the council officials, contractors and CRJ to see if additional security could be put in place. And I am pleased that they will now be putting additional measures.

Michelle O’Neill statement on Donald Trump

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“The invitation from the Executive Office was issued immediately after Donald Trump was elected and before he took office.

“Since taking office, President Trump has pursued policies on immigration and the banning of refugees that runs counter to international standards and decency. I believe these are wrong and should not be imposed at Irish airports.

“The actions of President Trump since taking office, mean that an invitation to visit would not now be appropriate.

“If I was in the Executive Office at this time I wouldn’t issue an invitation and I’m confident that Martin McGuinness wouldn’t either.”

Absolute Green Light for new Ebrington Distillery -McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle Assembly candidate Raymond McCartney has welcomed the news that the Department of Finance has today approved the business case for the new Niche Drinks distillery at Ebrington creating at least 35 jobs.12998349_1037714449617952_1759881580700105285_o

Mr McCartney said, “As well as last nights Derry City  and Strabane District Councils’ granting of the planning permission for this excellent development, the news that the Department of Finance has now also approved the business case, means that this development has the green light to begin construction. This is excellent news and a further sign that the development of the Ebrington site is accelerating.”

Raymond McCartney continued, ” I am aware of a number of other exciting projects for this site that will be coming to fruition in the coming months, including a new hotel development and a major new build for new Grade A office accommodation. We are now finally starting to see the Ebrington site developing to its full potential”

DUP and their Tory allies cannot be allowed to drag us out of the EU – O’Neill

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill has said the DUP and their British Tory allies cannot be allowed to drag the north out of the EU against the wishes of the people.

Launching Sinn Féin’s ‘The Case for the North to achieve dedicated special status within the EU’ document , Ms O’Neill said; 20170128_154209

“Brexit is not just an issue for the north.  It will be a disaster for our economy north and south.

“Jobs are at risk, investment is under threat and our agricultural community faces new tariffs and an end to crucial subsidies.

“It is regrettable that the DUP have chosen to stand with the Tory Party against the cross-community majority who voted to remain.  In their arrogance, they have dismissed the voice of the people and the needs of our economy as ‘remoaners’.

“This is an insult to all who voted to remain.

“The Dublin Government will be at the Brexit negotiating table as an EU member state, they will have a veto on whatever emerges on the far side of those negotiations.

“They must use that position and the power of that veto to act in the best interests of all Irish citizens.”

Adams raises Trump refugee ban with Taoiseach

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has this morning written to An Taoiseach Enda Kenny in relation to the Executive Order introduced by US President Donald Trump halting the US refugee programme and the introduction of a travel ban for nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries.

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“I have written to the Taoiseach this morning to convey my deep concerns about the Executive Order by President Trump to halt the US refugee programme and the introduction of a blanket 90-day travel ban for nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

“I am of the firm view that this arbitrary ban is counterproductive in terms of improving relations between those of all faiths and nationalities throughout the world, and the refusal to offer sanctuary to refugees runs counter to international obligations, equality and decency.

“Generations of Irish fled starvation, poverty and conflict here in Ireland to make a new life and contribute to building America. Millions of them and their decedents are still there and are amongst the most outraged at these recent moves.

“I believe the Taoiseach must, in keeping with the affinity generations of Irish people have had the US, act decisively on this matter and that he should not allow Irish airports to enforce this fundamentally unjust order. I have urged him to do this without delay.

“I intend to raise these matters with the Taoiseach in the Dáil this week.”

Campbell condemns graffiti attacks on Community Centres

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell condemning the attacks on three Community Centres in the early hours of Sunday morning said:kevin-campbell

“Quite clearly this is an attack on the entire community which has caused a lot of anger at the contempt that those responsible are portraying for the essential work carried out by the staff of these centres who work for the whole community without favour.

“This is not  the first time these buildings have been targeted with similar graffiti attacks and I would like those responsible to answer the question – ‘how do you think attacking community services is going to change the face of politics’. 

“You are attacking your own community and diverting much needed funds away from essential frontline services into cleaning up your criminal damage. You will achieve nothing by this activity and I call on you to stop and desist.” CRÍOCH/END

Respect the Remain vote, North should be designated special status with the EU – Michelle O’Neill

Sinn Féin leader in the North, Minister Michelle O’Neill and Sinn Féin spokesperson on Brexit John O’Dowd met with British Prime Minister Treasa May in Cardiff for a bilateral meeting on the periphery of the Joint Ministerial Council meeting.32362197091_67cf9af83d_o

Speaking from Cardiff, following the meeting Michelle O’Neill said,

“The current crisis in the institutions arises, in part, from the approach of a Tory Government that has refused to honour the agreements, imposed harsh austerity cuts and is now hell bent on dragging the North out of the EU as part of Brexit.

“Brexit will be a disaster for the economy north and south. It will introduce a European Frontier across Ireland and fundamentally undermine the agreements and all Ireland Institutions.

“It should be remembered that in every election in north the people have rejected the Tory government and their policies. In the referendum, the majority of people opposed Brexit and voted to remain.

“I told Prime Minister May that the government at Westminster should respect the vote of the people in the north and that we should be designated special status within the EU. I will also be raising this issue with a Taoiseach and with EU political leaders.

“I reminded Theresa May of her governments responsibility to play a full role in resolving the legacy of the conflict including implementing agreements to support all victims equally.

“It is regrettable that the DUP continue to stand with the Tory Party on Brexit against the democratically expressed wishes of the cross-community majority in the North who voted to remain and against the best interest of our economy, public services and power sharing institutions.”

Taoiseach must challenge May on Brexit – Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was in Derry at the weekend  where he addressedthe annual conference of Sinn Féin Republican Youth.

Commenting on the visit on Monday of British Prime Minister Theresa May to Dublin Gerry Adams said there is an onus on the Taoiseach and Irish government to insist that the North is accorded special designated status within the EU after Brexit.dsc_4199

The Sinn Féin leader said:

“Theresa May will be in Dublin on Monday to meet the Taoiseach.

“There is an onus on Mr. Kenny to tell the British Prime Minister that the only realistic outcome from Brexit is for the North to become a specially designated region within the EU. This would not affect the constitutional issue but it would ensure that there will be no EU land frontier on the island of Ireland.

“The Taoiseach must also insist that the British government, after almost two decades, agree to the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

“The British Prime Ministers insistence that Brexit means Brexit is a threat to the entire architecture of the Agreement. Brexit is a hostile action.

“The British government stance will see the removal of the essential human rights elements of the Good Friday Agreement, which are the checks and balances needed to ensure equality, and prevent a repeat of past discriminatory policies.

“Brexit also ignores the democratic vote of the people of the North to Remain in the EU.”

New northern leader of SF speaks at Derry conference

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill has said what Sinn Féin wins in this election and any upcoming negotiations will be a win for all progressive elements in society.

The party’s new northern leader was speaking at the Sinn Féin Youth National Congress in Derry. 20170128_154209

“In this election we need to stand up for ourselves, our neighbours and communities.

“There can be no return to the status quo.

“This means that we are only interested in power sharing institutions if they deliver quality public services, investment and jobs for all of our citizens and which operate on the basis of equality, respect and integrity.

“The principles, values and the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement which is the foundation stone of the peace process must be honoured.

“The Good Friday Agreement and all subsequent political agreements must now be fully implemented – not renegotiated.

“We must defend the democratic mandate of the people to remain within the EU, through designated special status, which can secure the position of the entire island of Ireland within the European Union together.

“Sinn Fein is seeking in this election a stronger mandate to enter forthcoming political negotiations to defend your interests and put firmly the peoples social, economic and political interests first.

“What we win in this election and achieve in any negotiation is a win for everyone who considers themselves to be progressive and for the future success of this society.”

Brokenshire giving cover to DUP’s lack of respect for Irish language – Campbell

Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has criticised remarks made by British Secretary of State James Brokenshire on RTÉ Radio’s ‘Morning Ireland’ programme this week .

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“Remarks by British Secretary of State James Brokenshire this week that the introduction of an Acht na Gaeilge has to ‘command cross-community respect’ is a reckless and dangerous intervention.

 

“It runs contrary to the core principles of Agreements reached and is in real danger of providing political cover, not only for the DUP messing on this issue but also their fundamentalist opposition towards the Irish language and all expressions of Irishness.

 

“The commitment to an Irish Language Act is a core component of the St Andrew’s Agreement and is in no way conditional.

 

“There can be no DUP veto on this issue.

 

“The Irish speaking population and the many who cherish the language will be deeply concerned by the remarks from James Brokenshire.

 

“These remarks will only act to further their determination to have legislative protections and rights as guaranteed implemented.

 

“Seanadóir Niall  Ó Donnghaile raised the issue in the Seanad  where he called on the Irish Government to urgently act as the co-signatories and guarantors of these agreements to make it clear to the British Government that equality and respect in the form of Acht na Gaeilge can no longer be held to ransom by a cadre of DUP figures opposed to progress.”

“Unite for Rights” Brexit / disability rights launched in Derry by Martina Anderson


Sinn Féin Foyle MEP Martina Anderson has launched a booklet, ‘Unite for Rights,’ in Derry highlighting the impact

Ms Anderson said; dsc_3799

“As a member of the disability intergroup in the European Parliament, I know the importance of the EU in terms of disability rights. 

“I have engaged widely with the disability sector and I know there is deep concern about the British government’s Brexit agenda and their plan to drag us out of the EU against our will. 

“In particular, there is a great deal of alarm about Theresa May’s plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. 

“The Good Friday Agreement is interwoven with the EU and human rights protections and the British government cannot be allowed to undermine that. 

“The Irish government has a role to play too. It is disgraceful that the Irish government has yet to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 

“Disability rights campaigners know the value of our EU membership and Sinn Féin wants to continue with that membership by securing designated special status for the north within the EU.

“Sinn Féin is standing up for people’s rights. That is why we called time on lack of respect and equality in the local political institutions and gave the people the opportunity to have their say.” Ends/Críoch

Review of bail policy must be human rights compliant – McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle  Assembly Candidate Raymond McCartney has accused those pushing for a change in bail policy of attempting to push back on the human rights provisions which bail law is based on.

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“The logic of the UUP Assembly’s motion would undermine the core principles of bail law. The effect of that approach would be to hollow out the human rights framework of our justice system.

“Sinn Féin does not disagree with a review of bail policy. However, some prisoners have experienced inordinate and lengthy periods of remand in custody while awaiting trial, hence creating the perception of ‘legalised internment by remand’.

“Conversely, inconsistent use of bail policy and flawed monitoring of bail conditions by the PSNI has created a different perception of a revolving door system which facilitates alleged repeat offenders.

“Any review of bail policy must be premised upon the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise, and be fully compliant with human rights provisions.”

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McCallion welcomes announcement of O’Neill as New Northern Sinn Féin leader

Sinn Féin Assembly Candidate for Foyle, Elisha McCallion has welcomed the announcement that Health Minister, Michelle O Neill is the new Leader of Sinn Féin in the North.

Ms McCallion said:elisha new head shot 2014 2

“I join with my Sinn Féin colleagues in the North and across Ireland in welcoming the announcement that Health Minister Michelle O’Neill is our new Leader in the North.

“I have no doubt that Michelle is more than capable of giving us and the people of the North the kind of Leadership inspired by Martin McGuinness who she rightly described in her acceptance speech as a political giant.

“While others content themselves by shouting empty rhetorical slogans from the sidelines Sinn Féin confronted the arrogance, incompetence,inequality and perception of corruption displayed by the DUP over recent times.

“Following Martin McGuinness display of decisive leadership in tendering his resignation Michelle led from the front in making it clear that following these elections there will be no return to the status quo.

“She has articulated the standard which Sinn Féin requires of other parties if we are to form a new partnership government.

“Martin McGuinness called a halt to DUP arrogance and intolerance and we will not accept any return to a situation where one Party of government believes that it can treat certain sections of society with contempt and inequality.

“Arrogance and disrespect, financial scandal, incompetence or waste of public money are the things that will be met with intolerance by Sinn Féin.

“Sinn Féin are only interested in participating in the power sharing institutions if they deliver for all the people and not just some and they must operate on the basis of equality and respect.

“Following the election, there can and will be no return to the status quo.

“Sinn Fein is entering this election seeking a stronger mandate to enter the negotiations which will inevitably follow to defend your interests and firmly put your social, economic and political interests first. We are determined to restore integrity and respect to the political institutions.

“That is what Martin McGuinness stands for. That is what Sinn Féin stands for. That is what our new Leader, Michelle O’Neill stands for and that I can assure you is what I stand for.” 

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Irish government must fulfil duty to stand up for rights of citizens -McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has said the judgement by the British Supreme Court today requires consideration in regards to its implications for the Good Friday Agreement and the legislation which underpins it.

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“Westminster in pursuit of Brexit may well impose the amendment of the 1998 NI Act which gives legislative authority to the Good Friday Agreement. 

“That Agreement was endorsed with by an overwhelming majority of citizens across the island of Ireland, as well as the Irish and British Governments who are co-guarantors responsible for safeguarding its integrity.

“It is not the unilateral right of the British Government to interfere with the Agreement.

“The Irish government must fulfil their moral and legal duty to stand up for the rights of all citizens in the North.

“While the Supreme Court ruled against the case that the Assembly should have the right to have its say on Brexit through a legislative consent motion, no court or Government can overrule the democratically expressed wishes of the people here to remain within the EU.

“Sinn Féin want to secure the natural position of the whole island of Ireland within the EU together by designating Special Status to the North within the European Union.

“Last week’s statement by the British Prime Minister Teresa May confirmed her intention for a hard Brexit. 

“This in turn means a hard border on the island of Ireland. 

“Today’s court judgement cannot and will not prevent that. 

“The Good Friday Agreement must be protected by all those who signed up to it. 

“There is a particular onus on the Irish Government to take a stand in the forthcoming negotiations with the other EU member states.”

Appeal after Rosemount shop robbery – Kelly

Commenting after the robbery of a shop at the junction of Creggan Hill and Westway last night .COLLY

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly  said “There is only so much the owners of such premises can do to protect staff and their businesses against these criminals preying on our communities .I would urge anyone with information on this robbery to contact the police.

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Taoiseach must act in the national interests of entire Island – Adams

Speaking in Dublin, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that “this morning’s decisions by the British Supreme Court that Westminster must vote on Article 50 and the rejection of any role for the devolved governments, underlines the importance of the Irish government’s role in defending the rights of Irish citizens in the North”.

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“The Irish government needs to have as its strategic objective in its negotiations with the other 26 EU members the right of citizens in the North to a special designated status within the European Union.

“Brexit will undermine the institutional, constitutional and legal integrity of the Good Friday Agreement.

“It puts the British government is on a collision course with the EU in which our stability and economic progress are regarded as collateral damage.”

The Sinn Féin leader added:

“The Taoiseach and the Irish Government must uphold the Remain vote in the North and argue for the North to be accorded a special designated status within the EU. There are precedents for this.

“In its negotiations with the other EU states, it must act in the national interest and it has to fulfil its moral and legal duty as co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement.

“The political future, trade relationships, and prosperity of the entire Island of Ireland must be protected and enhanced together.”

Anderson seeks meeting with European Commissioner for Competition over RHI

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has requested an urgent meeting with the European Commissioner for Competition to raise concerns about the RHI scandal.

Ms Anderson said; 

“I have written today to European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, to request an urgent meeting to discuss the RHI scandal.

“In 2012 the EU Commission gave approval to the then DETI minister Arlene Foster to launch the RHI scheme.

“The Commission stated that only ‘useful heat’ will be eligible under RHI scheme and even included provision that it should not provide incentives to waste heat.

“Given the ongoing scandal over the DUP’s handling of the RHI scheme, which has been characterised by payments for wasting heat, we now need to know whether the Commission is planning to take any action.

“There are several important questions which need to be answered around whether the Commission was aware there was no cap in the north, and whether any advice or guidance was offered to the then DETI minister.

“The Commissioner has already acknowledged my letter and I look forward to the meeting to discuss these concerns.”

We stand for equality, respect and integrity – O’Neill

Sinn Féin MLA and newly announced party leader in the north Michelle O’Neill has said Sinn Féin are committed to equality, respect and integrity.

Speaking in Stormont today, Ms O’Neill said; 

“For me to be selected to lead our party in the north is truly the biggest honour and privilege of my life.

“I have no doubt that I am following in the footsteps of a political giant in Martin McGuinness. And it’s not just republicans that think that, as we have witnessed over the course of the last few weeks.

“Over the course of the last number of weeks, while others shouted from the sidelines it was Sinn Féin that stood up and confronted corruption.  It was Sinn Féin that called a halt to the arrogance and the intolerance of the DUP.

“Arrogance and disrespect has no place in society. Financial scandal, incompetence or waste of public money cannot be tolerated.

“In the aftermath of the election, there can and will be no return to the status quo.

“Sinn Féin are only interested in participating in the power sharing institutions if they deliver for all of our citizens and operate on the basis of equality and respect.

“Sinn Fein is seeking in this election a stronger mandate to enter forthcoming political negotiations come March to defend your interests and put firmly the peoples social, economic and political interests first.

“What we are seeking is respect and equality for all of the people. And what we are seeking is integrity in the political institutions.

“That is what Martin McGuinness stands for. That is what Sinn Féin stands for. That is what I stand for.”

The clock is ticking for our Youth Provision – McCallion

Former Mayor and Sinn Féin Councillor  Elisha McCallion has warned of risk to Youth Provision in Foyle and across the North.

Elisha McCallion said:elisha new head shot 2014 2

“Hundreds of Full-Time & Part-Time youth worker posts could be lost if DUP Minister Peter Weir refuses to approve the funds put in place by former Minister of Education, Sinn Féin’s John O’ Dowd to provide additional youth work support in areas of most need.

“As someone who has spent much time working with youth and who during my term as Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council put a major focus on youth provision I have first hand knowledge of the importance of this type of funding and programmes for our young people.

“If Minister Weir does not approve these funds, then we are at risk of losing a large section of our youth workers  providing the vital services that our young people are engaged in at nights, and weekends.

“It will undo all the great initiatives such as ‘Extended Provision’ and outreach work that John O’ Dowd provided for in our most deprived communities.

“I’m calling on Minister Weir to stop stalling and to sign off on these funds immediately.

“His refusal to do so will have a direct affect on 16 full time youth workers and approximately 30 part time staff. It will, most importantly have a dramatic negative impact on over 5000 young people who engage in these programmes which are offered at late nights/weekends and times of social unrest.

“It also provides funding opportunities for programmes such as inclusion schemes, targeted at section 75 groups and learning together programme aimed at decreasing the gap between the highest and lowest performers through the delivery of informal education targeted at those young people living in the most deprived areas.” CRÍOCH/END

Resurfacing of busy Rosemount Street to begin this week –Cooper

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has said that resurfacing is to begin on Argyle Street this week.

Councillor Mickey Cooper

Councillor Mickey Cooper

Councillor Cooper said “I would like to inform residents of Argyle Street that work is to begin on the resurfacing of the street on Monday 23rd January .Its anticipated that this work will take one week to complete.

As this is a very busy street connecting the Northland Road with Park Avenue I would urge motorists to avoid the area whilst this work is taking place.

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Hundreds to attend National Youth Congress/Comhdháil Náisiúnta in Derry City

Sinn Féin Republican Youth are set to hold its 2017 National Youth Congress/Comhdháil Náisiúnta in Derry City on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of January.13921044_10154471175999345_1918803967316687012_n

Hundreds of delegates and activists from across the island will gather in the Gasyard Centre to host a number of workshops and debates on a range of issues including youth and social affairs, education and international affairs.

 A number of invited guests from international youth movements such as Catalonia, Sardinia, Basque Country and Scotland will also take part in the event, participating in a number of panel discussions.

The two-day youth conference coincides with the annual Bloody Sunday weekend, this year marks the 45th anniversary of the murder of 14 innocent civilians by the British paratroopers on the streets of Derry on the 30th January,  and events will be held to commemorate the massacre.

Senator Fintan Warfield, Chairperson of Sinn Féin Republican Youth in Ireland said:

“We look forward to hosting the National Youth Congress in Derry on the back of a very successful year marking the centenary of the Easter Rising. The conference is the largest gathering of young Republicans on the island of Ireland.

“The theme of the conference is a ‘Vision for Unity’ and the role of young people in building a United Ireland based on equality as outlined in the 1916 Proclamation.

“Sinn Féin Republican Youth provides a political space for progressive young people to debate and educate themselves on our key political objectives. The youth congress gives young people a chance to have their say and help to build a young, vibrant and island wide mass movement.”

Local chairperson said Caolán McGinley

“It’s great to have the National Congress in your home city. Lasts year it was held in Cork and over the weekend hundreds of young people attended ..

Bedroom tax will not be introduced in the north – McCartney

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said the bedroom tax will not be introduced in the North.
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“Despite scaremongering by some political parties, Sinn Fein have ensured that the bedroom tax will not be introduced in the north.
“I want to reassure anyone who may have received a letter concerning the bedroom tax that it will not apply here.

“A package of mitigations, secured by Sinn Féin, is in place so that tenants here will not be penalised by this unfair Tory tax.” Ends/Críoch

Brexit risks destroying the Good Friday Agreement – Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking in Dublin today said:gerry-adams

“The Irish government doesn’t have a strategy or a plan to deal with the dire consequences of Brexit for all the people of the island of Ireland. Sinn Féin has argued for an all-island vision. This view is strengthened by the vote in the North, which is to stay within the EU.

“That has to be upheld by the Irish government and all political parties. The government refuses to take up that position at this time.

“Brexit is a hostile action – the British government’s decision to drag the North out of the EU against the wishes of the electorate is a hostile action. This and the indifference of the Tory Government in London toward Ireland, North and South, will destroy the Good Friday Agreement.

“Sinn Féin is proposing that the Taoiseach argue for a special designated status for the north within the EU.  Thus far he refuses to take up that position.

“Instead of engaging with the EU and lobbying for a special designated status for the North within the EU, the Taoiseach and the Fianna Fáil leader were asleep at the wheel, speculating about, and being mesmerised by what the British government might do after the Brexit vote.

“It was obvious what they would do. Taking the North out of the EU, against the wishes of the people, will mean that the frontier between the EU and the British state will be on the island of Ireland. It will be an economic border from Derry to Dundalk.  No one in Ireland, North or South, wants that.

“To prevent this the Taoiseach needs to win the support of the other 26 EU member states for the north to be accorded a Special Designated Status within the EU. There is precedent for this.”

Martin McGuinness not seeking reelection

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has today announced that he is not seeking reelection to the Assembly.

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Mr McGuinness said;

“Last year, Gerry Adams and I confirmed that we had a plan in place for transition to a new leadership. For my part, it was my intention to step aside in May this year which would have marked 10 years since I entered government with Ian Paisley as joint leader of the northern Executive.

“Unfortunately, my health and the current crisis have overtaken this timeframe and I am stepping down from my role to make way for a new leader of Sinn Féin in the North.

“Over the last ten years I have worked tirelessly to make power-sharing work.

“The institutions are now in a deep crisis as a result of recent events and we are facing into an election when the people will have their say.

“After long and careful consideration, I have decided that it is time for a new generation of republicans to lead us into this election and the negotiations that will follow.

“Sinn Féin is a party in constant development, renewal and evolution.

“Our struggle for freedom and equality stretches back to the United Ireland movement of the 1790s. I am deeply proud of the democratic influences that Ulster Presbyterianism contributed to the Irish republican tradition.

“It remains my own personal and political ambition to break the link with Britain and to unite all who share this island under the common banner of Irish men and women.

“I am deeply proud of the generation of Irish republicans that came before us. A generation that kept the vision of freedom alive through the difficult post-partition era when they faced unrelenting repression and persecution from the Ulster Unionist Party in an apartheid Orange state.

“I have been privileged to be part of the generation that broke that apartheid state apart and to have been part of a Sinn Féin leadership that delivered peace and radical change. There are more republicans today than at any time in my generation.

“I look across the party north and south and see energy, determination, talent and potential new leaders emerging who, I am confident, will deliver equality, respect and Irish unity.

“My obvious heath issues are being addressed by a superb team of national health service doctors and nurses.

“But I want to be open and honest with my friends and colleagues in Sinn Féin, with the electorate of Foyle and with the wider community beyond my own constituency. I also want to be fair to my family and to the teams of carers who are doing their best to provide me with the treatment I now require to deal with this very serious medical condition which I am very determined to overcome.

“Unfortunately, I am not physically able to continue in my current role and have therefore decided to make way for a new leader.

“This election is the right time for me to move aside so I will not seek re-election to the Assembly.

“I have full confidence in the strong team that we have built in the Assembly to carry forward the work of building institutions that deliver for all our people on the basis of equality, respect and integrity.

“A new leader will lead us into this Assembly election and into the negotiations that will inevitably follow on from that election.

“We need the strongest Sinn Féin team if we are to ensure the progressive change which is now an essential next step forward and our new leader will have my full and undivided support in the weeks and months ahead.

“We are on a journey to unite our people and unite our island.

“As a Sinn Féin activist I will continue to play a full and enthusiastic part in that essential process of building bridges, of dialogue and of reconciliation between our still divided people.

“Despite the current difficulties and challenges, I am confident and optimistic about the future. We have faced more difficult times and found a way forward.

“As a society we have made enormous progress.

“We must continue to move forward. Dialogue is the only option.”

Gerry Adams TD thanks his friend and comrade Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams commenting on the decision by Martin McGuinness not to stand in the Assembly election said:26634602685_4ebf00b83c_o1

“Ba mhaith liom mo bhuíochas a thabhairt do Martin McGuinness.

“I want to express my heartfelt thanks to Martin McGuinness. He and I first met over 45 years ago behind the barricades in Free Derry and we have been friends and comrades since that time.

“I also want to thank Bernie and the entire McGuinness family for the support they have given to Martin over many years and for allowing him to become the leader, the patriot, the peacemaker and poet that he is.

“We were all shocked when we saw his appearance recently. Thank God he is looking a lot better since then and responding well to the treatment he is receiving. However, he does need to take time out to get better for himself, for his family and for our struggle.

“As we now know he won’t be standing in the Assembly election. That means we have to ensure that the election works for all of the people of the North and that we succeed in building on the progress that has been made since the Good Friday Agreement.

“Martin has said he wants to come back and be part of the process to end partition, build reconciliation, unite our people and achieve Irish unity. So on behalf of Sinn Féin and republicans everywhere I want to send him our best wishes. Give him the space to get better  and increase our efforts so that when he returns the process of change has advanced.”

Community input crucial on future of Culmore Country Park development Cllr. Hassan

Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan has called on Culmore residents and other interested parties to ensure that their views on the future development of the Culmore Country Park (the old landfill site)  are heard in the upcoming public consultation.lg_tony_hassan_copy2

 

Councillor Hassan said:

“Next month we are moving to the consultation stage with views on what  facilities residents, sporting groups, schools and all other interested parties feel the Culmore Country park  area requires.

 

“I  would appeal to the greatest number of residents in particular to ensure that they have an input into what eventually emerges.

“We have  been lobbying for proper community facilities for a long number of years and it is important everyone’s views are taken on board so that we can ensure that any facilities meet the requirement of the residents in Culmore.

 

“I believe that these should incorporate, sports pitches, children’s play park, walkways or cycle track, bird hides and natural habitat. But this may not be an exhaustive list which why it is imperative that every resident and interested party contributes to the vision of the development of Culmore.”

CRÍOCH/ENDS.

 

Anderson meets EU’s chief Brexit negotiator

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has met with the European Union’s chief negotiator on Brexit to discuss its impact on Ireland.

Ms Anderson said;

“I led a Sinn Féin delegation today to meet the European Union’s chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier.

“He is acutely aware of the unique situation we face in Ireland in relation to Brexit in terms of its impact on the peace process, the Good Friday Agreement and on EU funding.

“We presented our case that the people of the north voted to remain in the EU and that we need to secure special designated status for the north within the EU.

“He made it clear to us that he is in listening mode and I look forward to continuing to engage with him on this.”

Economy Minister urged to end the cover up on RHI- McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney that Economy Minister Simon Hamilton must move immediately to publish the list of beneficiaries of theRHI scheme.

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“Following further revelations and the drip feeding of information into the public domain about the beneficiaries of the scheme it is clearly now in the public interest for the names of all the beneficiaries in the non-domestic scheme to be published.

“The public are outraged by the DUP’s handling of the RHI scheme.

“Simon Hamilton must act to end the cover-up and publish the beneficiaries of the RHI scheme.

Time for Brokenshire to stop talking and deal with legacy issue -Fleming

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Fleming  said the British Secretary of State should stop talking about dealing with the issue of legacy of the past and honour his government’s agreements.

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“James Brokenshire continues to tell all and sundry that he is tackling the issue of legacy of the past.

“However, more than two years on from the Stormont House Agreement the British government is still blocking the implementation of the agreed legacy mechanisms and hiding behind the excuse of ‘national security’.

“The Lord Chief Justice has asked repeatedly for funds for legacy inquests. James Brokenshire should release the money for these inquests immediately so victims and survivors can have the long awaited inquest into the deaths of their loved ones.

“It is well past time for the British government to honour its agreements and set up legacy mechanisms in a human rights compliant manner.”

RHI Scandal must be tackled robustly

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