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  • Claudy Village needs to be designated as a town

    Faughan Sinn Féin representative Conor Heaney has written to the Permanent Secretary of the Department of the Environment, Agriculture and Rural Affairs pushing for Claudy to be redesignated as a town. 


    Conor Heaney said: “Claudy has a population of 1566 which is well within the criteria to be designated as a town of over 1000. In addition almost 26% of Claudy’s population is aged under 16 so it is a growing population.


    “Designation as a town would heighten Claudy’s status in regional development planning and could lead to increased investment by government departments as well as within Council strategies. Claudy needs infrastructure and parking improvements as well as increased facilities for this growing population and being designated as a town could help deliver this.


    Conor Heaney concluded: “I have now written to the Permanent Secretary to press this case.”

  • Fleming welcomes Council intervention on Rosemount Resource Centre funding

    Sinn Féin Foyleside representative Hayleigh Fleming has welcomed confirmation that Council is to plug the funding gap needed for the rebuild of the Rosemount ResourceCentre.

    “A number of weeks ago, I called on Derry City and Strabane District Council to look at all options available to fill the reported shortfall in funding needed to help with the rebuild of Rosemount Resource Centre,” she said.

    “The rebuild will create a new modern facility right in the heart of the local community so it was extremely welcome back in October when the Department for Communities announced funding of £781,836 towards the capital costs of demolishing the old Rosemount Resource Centre and building a new modern community facility there.

    “However, there still remained a shortfall so it is equally good news that the local Council has now agreed to provide the funding required to get this project over the line.

    “It’s very important that this project proceeds to ensure we have this facility in the heart of Rosemount. It also comes at a time when massive investment has been made in Brooke Park and the Creggan Burn, adding greatly to the regeneration of the entire area.”

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  • Time for action on six county Passport Office —Duddy

    Sinn Féin Councillor Sharon Duddy  has said the Irish government should immediately open a Passport Office in the north to meet the soar in Irish passport applications. 

    Commenting on the latest figures released by the government, Sharon Duddy  said:

    “The Irish government have confirmed that already there is a 30 percent increase in passport applications, that’s over 230,000 applications and it’s only March. 

    “In 2018, record numbers of people in the north and in Britain applied for an Irish passport — that will only intensify in the coming weeks and months as Brexit uncertainty looms. 

    “The Irish Embassy in London has warned its staff are ‘stretched and working under pressure’ due to passport demand.

    “This exposes the gap in services, and undue stress on staff, through failure to open a passport office in the six counties. The government are unequipped to deal with rising figures. 

    “An Taoiseach has said the people of the north will never be left behind again – then now is the time to invest and provide the infrastructure required to meet growing demand.

    “Opening a Passport Office in the north is the practical and sensible thing to do.”

  • Progress made in Derry’s joint bid to host the U21 UEFA 2023 Championship

    Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said progress is being made to secure Derry’s involvement in the joint bid to host the U21 UEFA 2023 Championships. 


    The Foyle MP said: 


    “I met this week with the Chief Executives of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and the Irish Football Association (IFA) to discuss ways in which Derry could be included in the joint bid for Ireland to host the U2I UEFA 2023 championships. 


    “This was the latest in a series of meetings I have held with both associations to explore the potential for Derry’s involvement. 
    “It was a positive meeting with all participants agreeing to progress ways for Derry to be involved in this bid. 


    “It would be a fantastic opportunity for our young people for the city to feature in this prestigious competition. 


    “These championships would not only bring international attention to our local soccer talent but would also provide a welcome boost to the local economy. 


    “I am committed to continuing to work with both organisations and others to maximise the potential for our city to be included.” 

  • Fleming welcomes Council intervention on Rosemount Resource Centre funding

    Sinn Féin Foyleside representative Hayleigh Fleming has welcomed confirmation that Council is to plug the funding gap needed for the rebuild of the Rosemount Resource Centre.

    “A number of weeks ago, I called on Derry City and Strabane District Council to look at all options available to fill the reported shortfall in funding needed to help with the rebuild of Rosemount Resource Centre,” she said.

    “The rebuild will create a new modern facility right in the heart of the local community so it was extremely welcome back in October when the Department for Communities announced funding of £781,836 towards the capital costs of demolishing the old Rosemount Resource Centre and building a new modern community facility there.

    “However, there still remained a shortfall so it is equally good news that the local Council has now agreed to provide the funding required to get this project over the line.

    “It’s very important that this project proceeds to ensure we have this facility in the heart of Rosemount. It also comes at a time when massive investment has been made in Brooke Park and the Creggan Burn, adding greatly to the regeneration of the entire area.”

  • Foyle Springs Road works to begin on Monday – Cooper

    Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper has welcomed confirmation from the Department for Infrastructure that resurfacing works on the Foyle Springs Road will start on Monday.

    He said this would address long running concerns from local residents who have complained about potholes in the road over a long period:

    Councillor Cooper said “I have lobbied Roads Service consistently on this issue and i am delighted that they have now confirmed that the works will be taking place.

    “Obviously this will create some obstructions and delays in the area whilst the work is taking place but I am sure that residents will be happy to endure these problems in the knowledge that the works will remove the pothole issue which has dogged the area for over a year.

    “I look forward to seeing the works completed on schedule and if residents have any concerns they can contact me on 07743175709”

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  • Heaney calls on DUP and Tory Brexiteers to step back from cliff edge

    Sinn Féin Faughan Representative Conor Heaney has called on the DUP and Tory Brexiteers to step back from the cliff edge of a crash-out Brexit.

    He  said:

    “After yet another week of chaos in the British Parliament with ministerial resignations and bizarre and delusional votes, the north of Ireland is still facing the possibility of being dragged out of the EU and over an economic cliff edge in a no-deal Brexit.

    “There is no such thing as a good Brexit but crashing out with no deal would have dire economic consequences for the north.

    “It is now time for the DUP and the Tory Brexiteers to take a step back from the cliff edge, reconsider their position and listen to the genuine fears from all sectors of society in the north over the impact of a crash-out.

    “The only way to avoid a no-deal Brexit is to see the only deal on the table – the Withdrawal Agreement and the backstop it contains – receiving support next week.

    “We are looking to the EU and Irish government to stand firm, stand by the backstop and ensure the interests of Ireland are protected from the reckless Brexiteers in the DUP and British Tories.”

  • Major fire at old St Marys Youth Club in Creggan – Campbell

    Commenting on a major fire at the site of the old St Marys Youth Club in Creggan Derry on Saturday night local Sinn Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell said

    “I have been raising concerns about security around this entire site since the demolition started.

    “During the past week I spoke with all the various agencies and spoke with residents to let them know what I had been doing on the issue.

    “I also put out a number of public appeals for parents to ensure that their children were kept away from this building and the obvious dangers the site presented.

    “On Saturday night I visited the old youth club with a number of community activists around 6pm after reports that young people had been in about the building. By the time we got there the young people had ran off.

    “I am calling for a collective approach from all agencies to make sure that we get this building demolished and the site cleared as quickly as possible. This situation cannot continue over the coming weeks and months ,especially for residents whose homes are just a few yards away from this building.

  • Jackson extends condolences on behalf of Sinn Féin to victims of mosque attacks in New Zealand

    Sinn Féin’s International spokesperson  Councillor Christopher Jackson  has extended his sympathies and condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

    The Waterside Councillor said:

    “I am horrified at the massacre of Muslims worshiping in two mosques in New Zealand and the rising death toll.

    “My thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.

    “I want to extend my sympathies and condolences to these families and to the people of New Zealand.

    “This was reportedly a highly planned massacre carried out by extreme right wing militants. Fascism, Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia, bigotry, and sectarianism corrode society and dehumanise people. They must be tackled and confronted no matter where they appear in the world.” 

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  • Community shocked by Crescent Link Road death – McLaughlin

    Commenting Sinn Féin Waterside representative Sharon McLaughlin said  

    “The local community is in shock following the news of the death of a man on the Crescent Link.

    “Any death on our roads is one too many and a tragedy for all those involved.

    “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who has died at this difficult and sad time”Ends   

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