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30 April, 2017

Campbell congratulates St. Lawrence's P.S., Fintona following Choir Success

Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has commended St. Lawrence's Primary School in Fintona, following the school's success in the Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year competition.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has commended St. Lawrence's Primary School in Fintona, following the school's success in the Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year competition. Read full article


20 April, 2017

Campbell seeks extension of Garvaghey PS consultation deadline

Cllr Glenn Campbell is seeking an extension of Garvaghey PS consultation deadline

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has said uncertainty about the future of St. Matthew's Primary School in Garvaghey has angered local parents who feel they have, thus far, not been properly consulted or engaged with by the CCMS. Read full article


16 April, 2017

Everyone Has a Role to Play in Breaking Mental Health Stigma - Campbell

Sinn Féin Cllr Glenn Campbell says that everyone has a role to play in breaking the stigma associated with mental health.

Sinn Féin Cllr Glenn Campbell says that everyone has a role to play in breaking the stigma associated with mental health. Read full article


17 March, 2017

Special Status for North within EU Essential as Brexit fears being felt in Tyrone - Campbell

Cllr Glenn Campbell has said the local economy is already counting the cost of England and Wales' decision to leave the EU.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has said the local economy is already counting the cost of England and Wales' decision to leave the EU. Read full article


2 February, 2017

Minister confirms 2017 start date for A5

Minister Chris Hazard meeting Declan Mc Aleer to discuss progress on the A5 dual carriageway

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the firm commitment from Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazard that construction of the A5 will start in 2017 Read full article


17 January, 2017

McAleer welcomes road safety improvements for rural primary schools

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed a scheme aimed at introducing more part-time 20 mph speed limits at rural primary schools on roads where the national speed limit applies. Declan McAleer said........ Read full article


6 January, 2017

Mc Aleer encourages uptake of rural tourism funding

It is mandatory for applicants to take part in one of the workshops before submitting an application. Attendance at a workshop is the only point of entry for the scheme and attendance also includes the requirement to complete an expression of interest

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has encouraged rural businesses, individuals and groups to take part in the Rural Business Investment Scheme workshops which take place at venues throughout Fermanagh and Omagh from 11th until 23rd January. The theme of the current funding call is Tourism. Read full article


2 January, 2017

Campbell calls for Irish Passport office for the north

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor hosting Irish Passport Workshop earlier in the year

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has supported calls for the establishment of an Irish Passport office in the North of Ireland. Read full article


2 January, 2017

Campbell calls for Irish Passport office for the north

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor hosting Irish Passport Workshop earlier in the year

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has supported calls for the establishment of an Irish Passport office in the North of Ireland. Read full article


1 December, 2016

Mc Aleer encourages vulnerable NI Water customers to join the Customer Care Register

Declan Mc Aleer MLA with Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald distributing water to isolated families in Mid Tyrone in January 2015

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has called on vulnerable people to join the NI Water Customer Care Register. He was speaking after receiving a briefing from the NIW Chief Executive Sara Venning and Director of Customer Services Sean Mc Aleese. Read full article


29 November, 2016

Republicans mobilise for Tyrone Volunteers Day

Hundreds of Republicans from throughout Tyrone gathered in Loughmacrory on Sunday evening for the annual Tyrone Volunteers Day. The event, organised by Sinn Féin commemorates the lives of Republicans who lost their lives during the conflict. The torchlight procession, reminiscent of the Hunger Strike vigils, was led by a lone piper and a 24 strong colour party in 1916 attire. Read full article


28 November, 2016

McNally welcomes Carrickmore Roads Investment

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Barry McNally has welcomed an investment of £190,000 in the Termon Road, Carrickmore. The road works will take place between the junction of Quarry road and running right up to the Creggan Road turnoff in Carrickmore town. Read full article


18 November, 2016

Ian Milne MLA to address Tyrone Volunteers Day in Loughmacrory

Ian Milne MLA.  Main speaker at Tyrone Volunteers Day in Loughmacrory

South Derry MLA Ian Milne has been confirmed as the main speaker at this years Tyrone Volunteers Day in Loughmacrory on Sunday 27th November at 6pm. Read full article


10 November, 2016

Vigilance urged after reports of unwanted callers in Carrickmore

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Barry McNally has called upon people in the Mid Tyrone area to be vigilant and asked upon neighbours to look out for those who are vulnerable as the dark evenings draw in. Highlighting his concern Cllr. McNally has said in the past month he has received several reports about unwanted visitors calling at homes in the Carrickmore area. Read full article


31 October, 2016

Rural groups invited to meet Finance Minister

Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA

West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer has invited rural community groups to meet the Finance Minister, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir at a breakfast conference next Wednesday morning (9th Nov.). Read full article


31 October, 2016

Rural areas most in need of domiciliary care packages - Mc Aleer

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald who met senior Western Trust officials to discuss domiciliary care in rural areas.

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that vulnerable people in the most isolated rural areas are being hardest hit by the shortage of domiciliary care packages and urgent action must be taken to address this. Mr Mc Aleer was speaking after a meeting with senior Western Trust officials. The meeting was also attended by Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald. Read full article


28 October, 2016

McAleer welcomes 100 per cent rates relief for amateur sports clubs

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the announcement from the Finance Minister that amateur sports clubs will no longer have to pay rates. Read full article


27 October, 2016

Campbell to represent Council on Dementia Friendly Communities Western Steering Group

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell will represent Council on Dementia Friendly Communities Western Steering Group

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor, Glenn Campbell, has been nominated to represent Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on a new steering group that is being established to oversee the continued development of Dementia Friendly Communities. Read full article


17 October, 2016

Have your say in shaping our community's future - McCann

I wish to draw your attention to the Fermanagh & Omagh District Council 2030 Community Plan which was launched on 3rd October and is now open for an eight-week public consultation. Read full article


14 October, 2016

Mc Aleer encourages people to join the Rural Business Investment Scheme workshops

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has encouraged rural businesses, individuals and groups to take part in the Rural Business Investment Scheme workshops which take place at venues throughout Fermanagh and Omagh from 18th October to 2nd November. Read full article


12 October, 2016

"Nollaig Shona signs important acknowledgement of linguistic and cultural diversity in district - Mc Nally

Sinn Féin Councillor Barry Mc Nally has welcomed the decision by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to back his proposal to commission two 'Nollaig Shona Duit' signs as part of the Festive Season lighting displays in Omagh and Enniskillen town centres from this year onwards. Read full article


12 October, 2016

McAleer pledges support for Guide Dogs for the blind

Declan Mc Aleer MLA with GuidedogdNI member Debbie at the 'Blindfold Lunch'

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that society must do more to recognise and address the challenges faced by people who are blind or visually impaired. He was speaking after attending a "Blindfold Lunch" in support of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Read full article


10 October, 2016

Stigma surrounding mental health needs to be broken - Mc Aleer

Sinn Féin MLA Dclan Mc Aleer said everyone should take care of their mental health and be willing to seek help if needed. Read full article


5 October, 2016

McAleer to use Committee of the Regions role to have Remain vote respected

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said he will use his position on the EU Committee of the Regions to argue the case for the north to remain in the EU. Read full article


29 September, 2016

McAleer welcomes online blue badge applications

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed moves to reduce the backlog in applications for blue badges for people with disabilities. Read full article


23 September, 2016

Matt Carty MEP to address Brexit meeting in Tyrone

Sinn Féin MEP and member of the European Agriculture Committee Matt Carthy will address a public meeting on the impact of Brexit in Creggan Community Centre this Friday 30th Sept. at 7pm. Read full article


22 September, 2016

Mc Aleer meets taxi operators on licencing and meter issues

Declan Mc Aleer with reps of Omagh Taxi Association

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said clarity from the Infrastructure Minister on taxi meters and printers is welcome. The Sinn Féin infrastructure spokesperson said: Read full article


8 September, 2016

Council investment will see new public toilet block for Fintona

Sinn Féin Councillor Stephen Mc Cann says the decision by Council to demolish the old toilet block on Fintona's Main Street and replace it, on the existing site, with a new 'stone clad' building will be very much welcomed by the residents of Fintona. Read full article


26 August, 2016

Mc Aleer urges rural groups to attend funding workshops

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has called on rural community groups to get ready to apply to the Rural Basic Services scheme by attending mandatory workshops which are taking place across the Fermanagh-Omagh district between 25th August and 7th September. Read full article


17 August, 2016

McAleer welcomes progress on Ulster Canal

Route of the Ulster Canal

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the establishment of an all-Ireland forum to progress the Ulster Canal development. The Sinn Féin infrastructure spokesperson said; Read full article


13 August, 2016

Sinn Féin to host Irish Passport Workshop to help meet Increasing Demand

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell is hosting an Irish Passport Workshop on Friday

Sinn Féin in West Tyrone are hosting an Irish Passport workshop to accommodate the increasing number of people who are applying for an Irish Passport. Read full article


1 August, 2016

Campbell offers condolences following tragic death of Gareth Wilson

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has offered condolences to the family of Gareth Wilson from Tattyreagh who died tragically yesterday following a car accident in Cavan. Read full article


1 August, 2016

Campbell urges local businesses to apply for technical assistance funding

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has urged local businesses to apply for funding for technical assistance through the Rural Business Investment Scheme. The Rural Development Programme funding will be administered by the Fermanagh and Omagh Local Action Group (LAG). Read full article


30 July, 2016

Councillor responds to Draft Programme for Government Framework

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has responded to the recently closed consultation on the Draft Programme for Government Framework. Expressing his disappointment at the lack of focus on the Irish Language, Cllr Campbell said, "I am greatly disappointed that there is no reference to the Irish Language anywhere in the document. This omission needs to be corrected. I want to see the rights of Irish language speakers, and learners, protected within the Programme for Government. Read full article


29 July, 2016

Plumbridge residents praised for pro-actively removing UDA Graffiti

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Declan Mc Aleer has praised members of the local community in Plumbridge for taking the initiative and removing UDA graffiti from a road sign located outside the Livestock Mart on Main Street in the Co Tyrone Village. Read full article


25 July, 2016

McAleer welcomes call for all-Ireland transport planning

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the publication of a major report calling for the preparation of an all-Ireland transport strategy. Read full article


11 July, 2016

McElduff Files hate Crime Complaint

Posters of local MLAs Barry McElduff and Declan McAleer on Annadale Bonfire, in South Belfast

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has said has filed a hate crime complaint with the PSNI after his election poster appeared on a loyalist bonfire site in south Belfast. His poster is one of a number of Sinn Féin MLAs whose posters adorn the Annadale bonfire. It is understood fellow Sinn Féin MLA for West Tyrone Declan McAleer also features on the bonfire. Read full article


11 July, 2016

Mc Aleer encourages people to prepare for the Rural Business Investment Scheme

(l-r) Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Nick O Shiel CEO of Omagh Enterprise Company & Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald who facilitated a Rural Business investment seminar in 2015 to encourage interest in the RBIS

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has encouraged rural businesses, individuals and groups to get prepared for the Rural Business Investment Scheme which is expected to open for applications in the Autumn. Read full article


7 July, 2016

McAleer welcomes move to end water metering

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the move from Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard to end the installation of water meters at domestic properties. Read full article


29 June, 2016

Rural Development Programme will proceed as planned-McNally

Mid-Tyrone Sinn Fein Councillor Barry Mc Nally has moved to provide assurances that the Rural Development Programme (RDP) will be proceeding as planned following concerns and uncertainty expressed by many local stakeholders about the status of the Programme in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. Read full article


28 June, 2016

Campus progress welcomed

(l-r) Declan Mc Aleer MLA, John Smith Director of Strule Campus and Ross Hussey MLA

West Tyrone Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed confirmation that the Strule Education campus will open its doors to pupils in September 2020. Read full article


28 June, 2016

McElduff concerned at withdrawal of Irish language schools funding

Barry McElduff has expressed concern at the decision of the education minister to withdraw funding for nurture units at two Irish language schools. Read full article


28 June, 2016

Irish government has an obligation to defend interests of all the Irish people - Doherty

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty said An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Irish government have an obligation to uphold the rights of Irish citizens in the north. Read full article


28 June, 2016

Mc Aleer welcomes £10m boost for rural roads.

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Declan McAleer has given a warm welcome to the announcement by Infrastructure Minister and party colleague Chris Hazard of a £10m investment to improve rural roads. Read full article


27 June, 2016

Works begin at Mulvey House footpath to facilitate those with mobility problems.

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon says that remedial work has now begun on the footpath adjacent to Mulvey House to facilitate residents who are currently unable to get up onto and down off the path because of mobility problems. Read full article


27 June, 2016

Safety fencing erected following subsidence at Weir Walk in Sion-Mc Mahon

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon has been liaising with Derry City and Strabane District Council over the weekend to ensure the erection of safety fencing at a stretch of the Weir Walk on the River Mourne at Sion Mills after a section of the riverbank subsided in the early hours of Saturday. Read full article


25 June, 2016

'Brexit' decision could have potentially disastrous consequences for local farmers-Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin West Tyrone councillors say that 'Brexit' will have major and potentially disastrous consequences for local farmers. Read full article


21 June, 2016

Mc Hugh criticises Transport NI continued neglect of Bellspark road safety issues

Cllr Mc Hugh pictured at Dangerous Bellspark/Prospect Road junction

Sinn Féin Maoliosa McHugh Councillor has expressed disappointment that Transport NI has no plans contained within in the 2016-17 works schedule to introduce any measures to enhance road safety on the Bellspark Road. Read full article


21 June, 2016

Mc Cann welcomes Trillick footpath and road remedial works

Sinn Féin councillor Stevie Mc Cann has welcomed confirmation he has received from Transport NI that local footpath and road remedial works that he has been lobbying for have now been scheduled Read full article


20 June, 2016

Vote to Remain on Thursday - Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle is urging people not to be complacent on Thursday and to vote to remain in Europe. Read full article


17 June, 2016

Sinn Féin meets Education Authority on school transport issues.

Michaela Boyle MLA and Cllr Dan Kelly met with the Education Authority to discuss a number of rural school transport issues in the wider Glenelly valley area this morning Read full article


17 June, 2016

'Road verge grass cutting' on C and U class roads to start next week-Mc Guire

Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran McGuire has welcomed confirmation he has received that road verge grass cutting on rural C and U class roads in 'rural' Strabane will commence next week following an additional £5.3m secured by Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazard for roads maintenance and flood prevention in the June monitoring round. Read full article


17 June, 2016

Cllr Ruairi Mc Hugh Welcomes planned Ferguson Crescent Works

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairi McHugh has said he is delighted to have confirmation from Transport NI that re-surfacing works to the roadway in Ferguson Crescent, Castlederg, are scheduled to begin during the 2016-17 period of Transport NI work schedule. Read full article


13 June, 2016

Weed Spraying Programme to commence on Monday 20th June

Following sustained representations from Michaela Boyle MLA and Cllr Brian Mc Mahon have today received confirmation from Transport NI that the weed spraying programme throughout the Strabane District area will commence next Monday 20 June, commencing initially in Strabane Town Centre and then taking in local estates and outlying villages. Read full article


8 June, 2016

McMahon pressing Transport NI on Strabane town weed spraying and verge cutting programme.

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon has been pressing Transport NI (formally DRD Roads Service) of the urgent need to initiate it's 'Weed Spraying Programme' in Strabane to tackle the rampant weed and grass growth on road verges and footpaths throughout the area for which the body is responsible for maintaining Read full article


7 June, 2016

Vol Danny McCauley remembered with pride 25 years on

On Friday evening, a large crowd gathered to pay tribute to the memory of Vol. Danny Mc Cauley on the 25th Anniversary of his untimely death. Read full article


30 May, 2016

Derisory St Paddy's Day Parade funding offer being challenged-Mc Mahon

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon says that the derisory grant of £1,000 from Derry City and Strabane District Council towards the town's annual St Patricks Day Parade has been vigorously challenged and work is continuing with Council officials in an effort to ensure that the Parade is accorded a level of funding which gives due recognition to the fact that the annual event is, by far, the biggest and most successful event in the festival calendar of Strabane. Read full article


30 May, 2016

Commemoration events to mark 25th Anniversary of death of Vol Danny Mc Cauley

25 years on from the untimely death of Vol. Danny Mc Cauley, OC, West Tyrone Command Óglaigh na hÉireann, republicans will gather together this Friday evening to pay tribute to his memory. Read full article


24 May, 2016

Anger at Huge Bluebox Blackout

Sinn Féin have hit out at Satellite broadband providers, Bluebox after there was a huge outage of their service across Tyrone. West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff and local councillor Barry McNally have spoken out after many of their constituents were left without any broadband coverage. Read full article


11 May, 2016

McCann Calls for Emergency Meeting of Healthcare Committee

Sinn Féin west Tyrone councillor Stephen McCann has called an Emergency meeting of the Healthcare committee of Fermanagh and Omagh District council. His call comes after it emerged that the Western Trust had been underspending on disability services, for reportedly several years. Read full article


19 April, 2016

Any Return of Border Checkpoints 'Regressive' - Fitzgerald

Sean McAnepsie, Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald, John McAnespie, Martina Anderson MEP, joined by Assembly candidates Declan McAleer and Barry McElduff

Any return to border checkpoints would be a regressive step and should be resisted at all costs in the event of an exit from the European Union according to Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald. Read full article


12 April, 2016

Proposal for Late Night Toilets in Omagh

Sinn Féin Omagh Town councillor Marty McColgan has asked officials from Fermanagh and Omagh council to find a suitable site in Omagh town centre for public toilets which can be used by late night revellers during the weekend period. Read full article


11 April, 2016

Kelly presses TransportNI on Plumbridge footpath

Glenelly Cllr Dan Kelly pictured Declan Mc Aleer highlighting the missing footpath link on Glenelly Road, Plumbridge

Glenelly Cllr Dan Kelly has called on TransportNI to take urgent steps to address dangers due to the absence of a footpath connecting Fairview Place and Gleneden View to Plumbridge village. Read full article


8 April, 2016

Martina Anderson MEP to address BREXIT conference in Omagh

Martina Anderson MEP will address a conference on the implications of BREXIT for West Tyrone in Omagh Community House on Friday 15th April at 7pm.  Everyone welcome.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Assembly candidates Declan Mc Aleer and Barry Mc Elduff will host a conference in Omagh on the proposed British referendum on EU Membership (BREXIT). The conference will be addressed by Martina Anderson MEP. Read full article


24 March, 2016

Sinn Féin Welcome Preferred Location of Mental Health Unit

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has welcomed the announcement from Health Minister Simon Hamilton that Omagh is the preferred location for a Mental Health Inpatient Unit. Read full article


22 March, 2016

Sinn Féin delegation meet Road Service

A delegation of Sinn Féin elected representatives led by West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff met with senior Road Service officials last Friday (18th March) regarding the poor state of roads in the Omagh District. Read full article


8 March, 2016

Easter lily launched in Omagh Council Offices

Sinn Féin Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District council, Councillor Thomas O'Reilly, hosted the launch of the Easter lily Campaign in the council office in Omagh on Tuesday. Read full article


7 March, 2016

Strule Arts Centre to host JAMES CONNOLLY event

Strule Arts Centre, Omagh will this week host a major 1916 Centenary event when Dr. John Callow will launch the second edition of his major publication looking back on Ireland's revolutionary decade. Read full article


25 February, 2016

Councillor Ruairi Mc Hugh welcomes addition of Castlederg to Angling Fair venues

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has welcomed the decision to include Castlederg as a host venue for Council's Fly Fair and Angling show. The matter was discussed at a recent meeting of the Business and Culture committee with Strabane, Newtownstewart and Sion Mills being originally proposed by officers to host the two day event on an annual rotational basis. Read full article


19 February, 2016

Minister O'Neill tours new £1.5m flood scheme

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has heard how extensive consultation between Rivers Agency and a Tyrone community has helped deliver an agreed flood protection scheme. Read full article


19 February, 2016

O'Neill listens to residents' concerns on proposed gold processing plant in Co. Tyrone

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill today met with the community of Greencastle Co. Tyrone to listen to their concerns about a planned gold processing plant in the area. Read full article


16 February, 2016

Ireland is first country in Europe to enshrine rural proofing in legislation - Mc Aleer

Sinn Féin MLA for West Tyrone, Declan McAleer, has welcomed the progression of the Rural Needs Bill to the next stage. Read full article


15 February, 2016

Welcome for £2 million investment in Autism services.

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed a £2 million investment in autism services by Health Minister Simon Hamilton. The money aims to cut waiting lists for those awaiting autism assessments, the figure stood at 2,800 at the end of last year. Read full article


12 February, 2016

Arlene Arkinsons family need answers- Doherty

SINN Féin MP Pat Doherty has said he is deeply concerned that the NIO will not release files relevant to the murder of teenage girl Arlene Arkinson Read full article


10 February, 2016

Mc Aleer welcomes progress of Land Compensation Bill

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the decision of DRD Minister Michelle Mc Ilveen to introduce the Land Acquisition and Compensation (Amendment) Bill. If implemented, the new policy would entitle land owners who have their land vested to an additional 10% compensation payment. Read full article


4 February, 2016

Mc Aleer welcomes DARD Ministers decision to issue advance SFP payments from October 2016

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the announcement from the Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill that she intends to issue 50% of Single Farm Payments in October 2016. Read full article


22 January, 2016

SDLP accused of rejectionist politics on A5 and A6 roads projects

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has slammed the SDLP for engaging in 'rejectionist and negative politics' over their decision to vote against a half a billion pound investment in the A5 and A6 roads projects Read full article


15 January, 2016

Sperrins and Mid Tyrone badly affetcted by heavy snow fall

Gritter which slipped off the road outside Beragh in Co.  Tyrone

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that parts of Mid Tyrone and the Sperrins have been badly affected by overnight snowfall that has made many roads virtually impassable. Read full article


15 January, 2016

Repair work on Rylagh Road welcomed

Declan Mc Aleer MLA with local community activist Seam Harpur

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed confirmation from TransportNI that it intends to carry out maintenance work on the Rylagh Road Read full article


14 January, 2016

ANC payments to begin in March

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed confirmation that DARD will commence Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) payments in March. Read full article


12 January, 2016

RDP drives growth in rural areas - Mc Aleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said the Rural Development Programme will drive economic and social development in rural areas. Read full article


8 January, 2016

Mobile Improvement project labelled 'utter failure'

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Barry McNally has labelled the Mobile Infrastructure Programme as an utter failure after it emerged only 2 masts in the Fermanagh and Omagh District will be completed, of a proposed 16, as set out at the beginning of the project last year. Read full article


17 December, 2015

£229m funding boost for A5 is great news - Mc Aleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed a £229 million funding package for the A5 road upgrade project announced in the new Executive budget. Read full article


15 December, 2015

McCann raises concerns after Schoolboy knocked down in Fintona.

Sinn Féin West Tyrone Councillor Stephen McCann has raised safety concerns after a young schoolboy was knocked down in Fintona on Tuesday morning. Read full article


15 December, 2015

McElduff concerned at possible Homebase job losses

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has expressed concern at news that 39 jobs could be lost in Omagh with the possible closure of the town's Homebase DIY store. Read full article


9 December, 2015

Extra money for rural transport welcomed

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the announcement of an extra £600,000 earmarked for rural transport. Read full article


7 December, 2015

Report should act as wake up call to DETI

A recent report 'Connecting Nations' by Ofcom has highlighted the Fermanagh and Omagh District are as the slowest in the north for Broadband speeds. Having been named specifically in the report it tops the list followed by the Mid Ulster council area. Read full article


7 December, 2015

Spamount Recycling location a 'non-runner'- McHugh

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has said any proposal to site a new recycling facility at Spamount would be a 'non-runner' due to the site being in the wrong location and more importantly, the Spamount community do not want it. Read full article


6 December, 2015

McAleer congratulates emergency services on Flood response

Commenting on the effects of flooding across many areas of the North Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer congratulated the emergency services, particularly the Fire Service who dealt with over 30 incidents including the rescue of 10 people at a housing development in Strabane Read full article


25 November, 2015

McElduff expresses condolences following deaths in Australia

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has expressed sympathy with the families of two young men from the North who died in a construction accident in Australia. Read full article


25 November, 2015

McNally welcomes funding for Street light repairs

Barry McNally at Main Street Carrickmore, which was affected by the Street Light outages

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Barry McNally has welcomed an extra £1 million in funding to take the backlog of Broken Street Lights. The extra funding was announced by the DRD Minister Michelle McIIveen on Wednesday. Read full article


24 November, 2015

Mc Aleer welcomes £270,000 support for Rural Employment Programme

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA, Declan McAleer has welcomed Agriculture, Minister, Michelle O'Neill's commitment to tackling rural unemployment by providing £270,000 to support the Step-up to Sustainable Employment (SUSE) programme. Read full article


18 November, 2015

Mc Aleer welcomes £75m funding boost for A5 upgrade

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed a £75 million funding package for the upgrade of the A5 secured in the agreement. Mr McAleer said; Read full article


17 November, 2015

Cross border action needed to prevent further flooding

Sinn Féin representatives in Castlederg, Aghyaran, Clady, Ballybofey and Castlefinn have called for action following severe flooding across these areas over the past week. Read full article


11 November, 2015

Fitzgerald supports One Million Trees Initiative

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has called for local people and organisations to support to an ambitious tree planting project, which aims to plant 1,000,000 trees through Ireland in the space of 24 hours in the spring of 2016. Read full article


11 November, 2015

North West must be recognised as a core EU transport network

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said that the North West infrastructure needs to be included in the core network of TEN-T which has a massive £200 billion budget between 2014 and 2020. Read full article


9 November, 2015

Mc Aleer praises work of Omagh Forum for Rural Associations

Some of the delegates who attended the AGM of Omagh Forum for Rural Associations

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has paid tribute to the work of Omagh Forum for Rural Associations following their AGM which took place in Loughmacrory on Thursday evening. Read full article


4 November, 2015

McDermott calls for urgent investment in older people's care

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has called for urgent investment in caring for older people. Read full article


4 November, 2015

McDermott welcomes opening of Farm Improvement Scheme

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has called on farmers to engage with the first phase of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme which opens on 9th November. The long-awaited scheme is part of the 'Going For Growth' strategy which has set ambitious targets for the agri-food industry including increasing employment opportunities, investing the future sustainability of the industry and increasing production, sales and exports. Read full article


29 October, 2015

Mc Aleer calls for threat against 15 year old to be lifted immediately

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has called on those who issued a threat against a 15-year-old schoolboy from the Omagh area to lift it immediately. Read full article


29 October, 2015

Our Place Is In Europe

Supporters of an EU exit argue that instead of contributing to Europe that the money should instead be re-allocated across Britain and the north. Do they seriously believe that a Tory administration would allocate £97.5m per annum to farmers and rural communities in West and South Tyrone and Fermanagh? Read full article


22 October, 2015

Infrastructure key to North West future development

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and fellow members of the Assembly's DRD committee pictured at Derry port with the Chief Executive, Brian Mc Grath

West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer has said the future development of the North West hinges on the construction of key transport corridors such as the A5. Mr McAleer, who is a member of the Assembly Regional Development committee was speaking after a meeting with the Chief Executive of Derry Port and Harbour, Brian McGrath. Read full article


21 October, 2015

TTIP a danger to beef industry

Declan Mc Aleer MLA pictured with DARD Minister Michelle O Neill and Glenelly Cllr Dan Kelly.

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) poses many threats to our agriculture industry including the beef sector. Mr McAleer said, Read full article


20 October, 2015

Mc Aleer opposes plans to close Gortin Daycare Centre

Declan Mc Aleer MLA briefing the chair of the Assembly's Health Committee, Maeve Mc Laughlin MLA on the Western Trust's proposal to close Gortin day care centre

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has expressed deep concern that the Gortin Day care centre is to be closed before a proper evaluation of the services has been carried out. Following a meeting with the Western Health and Social Care Trust Mr McAleer said, Read full article


12 October, 2015

Mc Aleer welcomes £180,000 scheme for Glenpark Road

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the news that a £180,000 road-resurfacing scheme on the Glenpark Road, is due to begin next Monday 19 October. Read full article


8 October, 2015

McDermott encourages groups to apply for Rural Grants Scheme

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has called on local groups to apply for the Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme which has been launched this week by DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill. Read full article


6 October, 2015

High Speed Rural Broadband Scheme Model 'Suited to Co. Tyrone'

Local Councillors Barry McNally and Stephen McCann have recently returned from a one day visit to Aughton, in Lancashire in England where a Rural Community Broadband scheme provides high speed broadband to thousands of customers who previously were unable to avail of Broadband services due to their rural location. Read full article


6 October, 2015

Boyle raises lack of service provision in Strabane with Health Board

West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle this week met with officials from the Health and Social Care Board to push for a Health and Leisure Hub to be located in Strabane. Other items on the agenda included the lack of service provision for adults with a learning disability and supported living facilities. Read full article


6 October, 2015

McDermott calls on Health Minister to return to work urgently

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has called on Simon Hamilton and the DUP to listen to the growing concern of the public and health agencies and return to his desk as health minister. Read full article


6 October, 2015

Doherty calls on PSNI to release all files in Arlene Arkinson murder case

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has called on the PSNI to release all documents in relation to the Arlene Arkinson murder to the coroner following the death of Robert Howard so the inquest can proceed. Read full article


2 October, 2015

BT commitment to Minnadinna Road works welcomed

Flooding on the Minnadinna Rd, Mullaslin caused by damage to a storm drain

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed a commitment from BT to resolve a long running flooding issue on the Minnadinna Road, Mullaslin. Read full article


1 October, 2015

McDermott welcomes £5.1m for dairy crisis

Sinn Féin's Grace McDermott has welcomed the targeted aid package totalling £5.1 million which was secured by Sinn Féin DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill and which will be allocated to dairy farmers in the coming weeks. This package includes an additional top-up from the European Commission following recent discussions between Minister Michelle O'Neill and the European Commission. Read full article


24 September, 2015

Community groups urged to apply for council funding before Wednesdays deadline

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has urged community groups and individuals to apply for the council's capital and community support funding ahead of Wednesdays deadline. Read full article


23 September, 2015

Nurses deserve proper wage increase

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has said nurses across the North deserve the pay increase which was awarded to their colleagues in Britain. Read full article


7 September, 2015

Say "I do" to Organ Donation- Sinn Féin

A Sinn Féin delegation attended an awareness event in Stormont organised to mark the start of Transplant Awareness Week. Read full article


2 September, 2015

Ó Caoláin set to address Tyrone Volunteers Day

Pomeroy is set to play host to the annual Tyrone Volunteers Commemoration which will take place this Sunday (6th September). Organised by the Tyrone Sinn Féin Commemoration Committee, in conjunction with the local Sinn Féin cumann in Pomeroy, Tyrone Volunteers Day is held in memory of the 56 volunteers of the IRA's Tyrone Brigade and 3 Sinn Féin activists who lost their lives during the conflict and are listed on the Republican Roll of Honour. Read full article


1 September, 2015

Timely Completion of Priest's Lane Bus Shelter 'welcomed' in Castlederg

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has welcomed the construction of a new bus shelter by Derry City and Strabane District Council at Priest's Lane in Castlederg Read full article


1 September, 2015

Approval of Rural Development Programme will benefit entire rural community

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has said the approval of the Rural Development Programme by the European Commission will allow DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill to tackle inequalities throughout rural communities. Read full article


27 August, 2015

£623m Rural Development Programme receives EU approval

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said the approval of the Rural Development Programme by the European Commission will allow the Minister to tackle inequalities throughout rural communities. Read full article


25 August, 2015

Tyrone left out of 'Jobs Fair Initiative' once again - McDermott

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has said that the exclusion of Tyrone from a series of 'Four Major Jobs Fairs and Advice Forums' organised by the Department for Employment and Learning is a shameful indictment of the economic policies of both DEL and DETI and their refusal to meet the programme for government commitment of tackling regional imbalance. Read full article


20 August, 2015

Investment needed in rural roads if we are to cut road deaths

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has said she is concerned that the percentage of people killed on rural roads will increase due to the lack of investment in maintenance. Read full article


20 August, 2015

Rural Social Housing Shortage must be addressed- McDermott

Sinn Féin have called on the Social Development and Environment ministers to address the dire lack of social housing in rural areas. Read full article


17 August, 2015

Sinn Féin call on Health Minister to visit Dromore Day Care Centre

Sinn Féin representatives have written to the Minister of Health Simon Hamilton calling on him to visit the Day Care Centre in Dromore following its proposed closure. Read full article


17 August, 2015

Mc Hugh Welcomes Castlefin Road Resurfacing Works

Castlederg Sinn Fein Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has welcomed the recent work being carried out by Transport NI to a stretch of the Castlefinn Road in the town Read full article


14 July, 2015

Councillor condemns 'shameful' attack on Fintona community

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor has described as 'shameful' the actions of 'a small minority' of people who are attacking the community of Fintona.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor has described as 'shameful' the actions of 'a small minority' of people who are attacking the community of Fintona. Read full article


10 July, 2015

Tory Budget an attack on low paid workers, children & young people

Sinn Féin representative Grace McDermott has said the latest Tory budget will drive more children and young people into poverty. Read full article


10 July, 2015

Who are PSNI trying to protect in Arlene Arkinson Case?-Doherty

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has described as an "alarming development" the disclosure made at the long-delayed inquest into the disappearance of County Tyrone teenager Arlene Arkinson that the PSNI are attempting to invoke Public Interest Immunity (PII) to withhold 3 files being made available to the Coroner. The questions arises what are the PSNI trying to hide and moreover who are they trying to protect? Read full article


10 July, 2015

Local representatives welcome completion of £200,000 Ballinamullan bridge scheme

Sinn Féin representatives Anne Marie Fitzgerald, Declan Mc Aleer and Catherine Kelly at the site of the recently constructed bridge on Farmhill Road, Killyclogher.

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the completion of a £200,000 bridge realignment scheme on Farmhill Road. Read full article


7 July, 2015

Ian Milne to address Martin Hurson Commemoration

Sinn Féin has announced plans to commemorate the 34th Anniversary of the death of Tyrone Hunger Striker, Martin Hurson on Monday 13th July. Read full article


7 July, 2015

Sinn Féin supports ICTU call for living wage - Kelly

Omagh Town Sinn Féin representative and SIPTU Trade Union member Catherine Kelly has welcomed a call by the Irish Congress of Trades Unions for the introduction of a living wage. Read full article


23 June, 2015

Rural businesses urged to prepare for funding measures

Some of the participants at the rural business funding seminar.

The representatives of around 80 rural businesses attended a funding seminar in Mountfield on Saturday morning. The information session was organised by local MLA Declan Mc Aleer, who is also a member of the Assembly's DARD Read full article


17 June, 2015

We must do more to support our carer's- Boyle

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Disability and West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has this week praised the work of the 214,000 carer's throughout the north who are supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill. Read full article


16 June, 2015

DETI Minister recognises Carrickmore Mobile Coverage deficiency

The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and investment,Jonathan Bell, has acknowledged that the Carrickmore area in Mid Tyrone suffers from a Mobile Communications deficiency after being questioned on the issue by local Sinn Féin councillor, Barry McNally. The acknowledgment came after Councillor McNally had written to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) Minister. Read full article


16 June, 2015

Broadband Voucher Scheme Welcomed - Fitzgerald

Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald is calling on local businesses to take advantage of the 'Connection Voucher' initiative to upgrade to faster broadband. Read full article


12 June, 2015

Public invited to rural business funding seminar

Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Nick O Shiel CEO of Omagh Enterprise Company and Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald launching the rural business funding seminar which will take place in Mountfield on Saturday 20th June from 10am - 12.30pm

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has invited rural business owners and those interested in starting a business in rural areas to a funding seminar in Mountfield, Co. Tyrone on Saturday 20th June. Read full article


12 June, 2015

McDermott welcomes Health and Wellbeing Centre plans at Altnagelvin

Sinn Féin's Grace McDermott has welcomed plans for a new health and wellbeing campus at Altnagelvin Hospital. Read full article


12 June, 2015

McDermott welcomes consultation on postgraduate student finances

Sinn Féin's Grace McDermott has welcomed the launch of a consultation by Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry on part-time and postgraduate student finance arrangements. Read full article


11 June, 2015

Boyle welcomes progress in addressing Strabane Out of Hours problems

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the allocation of additional resources to address long-standing problems with the provision of Out of Hours which have been particularly acute in Strabane. Read full article


11 June, 2015

Beragh traffic calming scheme welcomed

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the introduction of traffic calming measures in Beragh village. Mr Mc Aleer said: Read full article


3 June, 2015

Carrickmore to benefit from increased Post office provision

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Barry McNally has welcomed confirmation that Carrickmore Post Office is set to benefit from a refurbishment as well as having longer opening hours when the changes become operational on Monday 15th June. Read full article


2 June, 2015

McDermott calls on dog owners to be vigilant following reports of suspicious activity

Sinn Féin's Grace McDermott has called on dog owners to be vigilant following reports on social media of marks being left outside the homes of dog owners across the Strabane district. Read full article


1 June, 2015

Worker's Rights must be protected- Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle said the British government is clearly signalling its intent to attack the hard-won rights of workers. Read full article


1 June, 2015

Minister's China visit will pay dividends for farming sector

Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran McGuire has welcomed the trip to China by DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill to open up new markets for farmers and the agri-food sector here in the North. Read full article


1 June, 2015

Apply for Free School Meals/Clothing Grants before summer holidays-McHugh

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairi McHugh is encouraging parents to ensure free school meals/school uniform/PE clothing grant renewal and fresh application forms are returned to the WELB as soon as possible to ensure that no eligible child loses out or has their application unduly delayed for the new term in September. Read full article


28 May, 2015

NI Water Customer Care register for elderly and vulnerable

Sinn Féin West Tyrone Councillor Stephen McCann has urged people to be aware they of the existence of an NI Water Customer Care register for elderly and vulnerable customers. The register is free to join and is open to those who have a disability, a serious medical condition, the elderly and others who may need extra help for any reason. Read full article


26 May, 2015

Motorists urged to stop parking in passing bays

Declan Mc Aleer MLA with Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald at one of the recently constructed passing bays on the Killyclogher Road.

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the decision by Roads Service to introduce 'no waiting' restrictions on newly constructed passing bays on the Omagh to Cookstown Road. Read full article


21 May, 2015

McGuire calls for Broadband & Mobile coverage to be addressed through Super councils corporate plan

Sinn Féin councillor Kieran McGuire has called for the lack of broadband and mobile phone coverage in rural areas of the district to be addressed within the council's corporate plan. Read full article


20 May, 2015

McHugh welcomes protections for Castlederg library

Sinn Féin councillor Ruairi McHugh has welcomed protections that were put in place to ensure the opening hours at Castlederg library were not reduced. Read full article


20 May, 2015

Timing of Newtownstewart parade sparks concern

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has contacted the Parades commission with concerns following on from a loyalist parade, which took place in Newtownstewart on May 1st. Read full article


20 May, 2015

Almost £200million lost to our economy annually through unclaimed elderly benefits - Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has said she is shocked that at a time when older people suffer from persistent high levels of poverty, nearly £200m of benefits are going unclaimed. Read full article


20 May, 2015

Exit from EU would cause economic devastation in Ireland

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has said an 'English decision' to leave Europe and bring the North of Ireland out of the European Union at the same time would cause 'economic devastation' on the island of Ireland. Read full article


20 May, 2015

McHugh calls for speed ramps in Lismore Grove/ Park, Sion Mills

Sinn Féin councillor Maoliosa McHugh has called for speed ramps to be installed in Lismore Grove and park following concerns raised by a number of residents over cars speeding through the park. Read full article


20 May, 2015

Boyle welcomes latest Greenfield Home reprieve

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the Western Trusts decision to reprieve Greenfield Home in Strabane from their latest list of possible closures. Read full article


6 May, 2015

Pat Doherty responds to offensive insults by SDLP

"While attacking Sinn Fein's policy of active abstentionism it speaks volumes that the local SDLP candidate, in all his glossy campaign literature, was unable to flag up even one thing they have ever achieved for the people of the north by sitting on the green benches at Westminster. Read full article


1 May, 2015

Mc Aleer opposes Western Trust proposal to close Gortin day care service

June from the Gortin day care group outlines her concerns at the proposed closure of the facility to Pat Doherty MP and Rural Development Minister Michelle O Neill.

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has expressed grave concern at the Western Trust's proposal to close Gortin day care centre and merge it with Newtownstewart. Mr Mc Aleer has written to the Trust outlining his concern as part of the consultation which closes on 22nd May. Read full article


23 April, 2015

'Our Unfinished Journey' - By Pat Fahy

"The journey which I together with many others began with the Civil Rights Movement in 1968 is an important part of our shared history. Our younger people have no personal experience of that period. But there is a clear connection between our struggle then and our struggle today. Read full article


15 April, 2015

Tyrone Republicans mobilize to commemorate 99th anniversary of the Easter Rising

The 3 MP's representing Tyrone, Fermanagh and South Derry with the irish Volunteer platform party at the Tyrone County commemoration in the Patrician Hall.

Thousands of Republicans mobilized at the weekend throughout Tyrone to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Over 40 commemorative events took place throughout the county with the main commemoration took taking place in the Patrician Hall on Sunday evening. Read full article


15 April, 2015

Grant Aid Support now open to applications - McNally

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor, Barry McNally has called upon local community groups to apply for Grant Aid Support, which opens to applications this week and is provided by Fermanagh and Omagh Council. Read full article


13 April, 2015

Mc Aleer welcomes £200,000 capital funding for rural communities

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the announcement by DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill that £200,000 will be available for Rural Micro Capital Grant Programme with applications opening from Monday 13th April. Read full article


6 April, 2015

Tyrone Hoax Device Causes Inconvenience

A hoax device discovered in the Creggan area of Tyrone on Easter Sunday evening caused inconvenience to local people and residents after the Barony Road was closed to traffic for a number of hours on Sunday night and Monday morning according to the councillor for the area, Sinn Féin's Barry McNally. Read full article


31 March, 2015

Signing lessons will help bring equality to deaf children- Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA and disability spokesperson Michaela Boyle has welcomed the announcement by Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín that signing classes for families of children suffering from deafness will begin on Sunday. Read full article


31 March, 2015

Sinn Féin delegation meets with Translink on proposed cuts to Omagh bus services

Sinn Féin's Pat Doherty led a delegation to meet with Translink on Monday to discuss proposed cuts to bus services in the Omagh area. Read full article


31 March, 2015

Animal carcass dumped in Rylagh burn, Omagh

Declan Mc Aleer MLA at the Rylagh Burn, Omagh which is partially blocked by the carcass of a calf

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has criticized those responsible for dumping the carcass of a calf in the Rylagh burn outside Omagh. Read full article


30 March, 2015

Pensioners dying unnecessarily from fuel poverty-Doherty

Sinn Féin Westminster candidate Pat Doherty has said he is angered by the figures provided by Age Sector Platform that 2,390 pensioners have died as a result of conditions related to fuel poverty over the past four years. Read full article


30 March, 2015

Boyle welcomes approval of child meningitis B vaccine

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the announcement from Health Minister Jim Wells that the potentially life-saving meningitis B vaccine programme will be introduced in the north. Read full article


30 March, 2015

New councils must become models of equality, inclusivity & partnership- Doherty

Sinn Féin's Pat Doherty has said the new councils which will come into line on April 1st present an opportunity to stand up for equality and seek progressive alliances at all times. Read full article


30 March, 2015

Whole Farm Assessment Survey a must for farmers - McGuire

Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran McGuire has called on farmers to complete the Whole Farm Needs Assessment survey which will help shape the Farm Business Improvement Scheme. Read full article


16 March, 2015

Retention of An Creagán Bus Service essential - McNally

Sinn Féin councillor Barry McNally has called upon local people in the Mid Tyrone area to respond to a consultation launched by Translink which proposes cutting the bus service from Omagh to the An Creagán visitor Centre in Creggan. As well as affecting the An Creagán Centre it will also have an impact on the pick up/drop off points in Mountfield and Greencastle. Read full article


5 March, 2015

Public meeting to discuss lack of broadband and mobile coverage in rural West Tyrone

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty and Declan Mc Aleer MLA will jointly host a public meeting on rural broadband and mobile phone coverage in Aughabrack Community Hall, County Tyrone on Thursday 19th March at 7.30pm. Read full article


4 March, 2015

Transport cuts targeting the most vulnerable - Mc Aleer

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has raised concern that cost cutting measures proposed by Transport Minister Danny Kennedy will target the most vulnerable people, particularly those living in rural areas. Read full article


4 March, 2015

Farmers urged to complete Whole Farm Needs Assessment

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has urged farmers who wish to secure funding through the £250 million Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS) to complete the Whole Farm Needs Assessment (WFNA) before the 3rd April deadline. He was speaking after members of the DARD committee received an update from department officials on the progress of the FBIS. Read full article


3 March, 2015

Mc Aleer welcomes progress on Lisanelly Shared Education campus

Martin Mc Guinness on a visit to Lisanelly pictured with Pat Doherty MP and Caitriona Ruane MLA

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed confirmation from Deputy First Minister Martin Mc Guinness that 'very good' progress is being made in the development of the Lisanelly Shared Education campus and that the project greatly assisted the securing of an additional half a billion pounds for integrated and shared education during the Stormont House negotiations. Read full article


25 February, 2015

Mc Aleer welcomes proposals for rural transportation and capital grant schemes

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the decision by DARD Minister Michelle O Neill to introduce a capital grants and transportation scheme for rural community organisations. Read full article


24 February, 2015

Mc Aleer calls for judge to apologise to O Hagan family.

Damien O Hagan looking at a picture of his murdered mother, Kathleen

West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer has expressed outrage at comments made by a District Judge to a young man who witnessed the brutal murder of his mother by Loyalists at the family home near Mountfield in 1994. Read full article


24 February, 2015

A5 public exhibitions to take place

Route of the proposed A5 Dual Carriageway

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the announcement from Roads Minister Danny Kennedy that public exhibitions on the proposed A5 dual carriageway will take place within the consultation period on the draft Orders. Read full article


20 February, 2015

Cross Party Delegation Meet Health Minister, Jim Wells

Cllr Sorcha McAnespy, as chair healthcare committee of Omagh District council, led a cross party delegation from Omagh and Strabane district council areas last week to meet minister of health Jim Wells in Belfast. Read full article


19 February, 2015

Doherty welcomes major DCAL investment to community groups in Castlederg and Strabane

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has welcomed the announcement from DCAL Minister Caral NiChuilin that she has committed to investing in a number of projects based in and around the Strabane and Castlederg area, as part of the overall commitment which was given to building on the success of the City of Culture and to create a lasting legacy for the North West. A range of projects are being supported, from arts and theatre to the purchase of outdoor and event delivery equipment. The investment will also see the purchase of high tech digital media and IT equipment for four cultural hubs such as i-pads, computers, scanners and colour printers amongst other items. Read full article


13 February, 2015

Sinn Féin welcome decision to dismiss case on Castlederg Republican parade charges

Sinn Féin have welcomed the decision not to prosecute Castlederg man Brendan Devlin over alleged breaches of a parades commission determination at the Tyrone Volunteers Day parade in Castlederg in August 2013. Mr Devlin was brought before Strabane Magistrates Court this week on charges of breaching a Parades Commission determination and claims that paramilitary style uniforms were worn. Read full article


12 February, 2015

Boyle welcomes Power NI Tariff Reduction

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the announcement by Power NI to decrease its domestic tariffs by 9.2 per cent from 01 April 2015. Power NI's 551,000 domestic customers will benefit from this reduction, with the average household bill decreasing by £53. Read full article


11 February, 2015

SDLP are a party in meltdown- Pat Doherty MP

This week's debate in the Assembly on Welfare Reform was the most disingenuous display by the SDLP and UUP I have seen of self-serving party politicking from two parties putting their electoral ambitions over the needs of the people they claim to represent. Both are members of the Executive. Both negotiated and signed up to the Stormont House Agreement (SHA). Their leaders gave commitments to implement the agreement and bring proposed amendments to the party leaders' implementation group. Read full article


10 February, 2015

Death of Canon Tom Breen a Huge Loss - Cllr Campbell

West Tyrone Sinn Féín Councillor Glenn Campbell has spoken of the huge loss felt by the Dromore community following the death of Canon Tom Breen. Read full article


10 February, 2015

Mc Aleer welcomes £100,000 watermains improvement scheme for Beragh

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the announcement from NI Water that they intend to start work on a £100,000 water mains improvement scheme in Beragh on Monday. Work is expected to last for 6 weeks Read full article


8 February, 2015

Time running out for Boiler Replacement applications.

Sinn Féin west Tyrone Councillor Stephen McCann has called on local people to avail of the Boiler Replacement Allowance before the scheme ends on 31st March. Read full article


6 February, 2015

Mc Aleer welcomes £265,000 planned road improvement in North Tyrone

Lisnarragh Road

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the announcement from Transport Minister Danny Kennedy that a £265,000 improvement scheme for the B48 Lisnarragh Road between Donemana and Plumbridge is scheduled to begin on Monday 9 February. The scheme is expected to be substantially complete by Tuesday 3rd March. Read full article


6 February, 2015

Continued improvements to A5 Welcomed - Campbell

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has welcomed news of a £120,000 major resurfacing scheme on the A5 Curr Road. Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy, made the announcement this week, stating the scheme at Kelly's Inn will start on 11 February and complete on 20 February. Read full article


6 February, 2015

Growing the Agri food sector a priority - McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has praised the Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill on exploring new markets to increase the agri food industry. Read full article


6 February, 2015

Rural Proofing Bill consultation started - McAleer

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA and DARD committee member Declan Mc Aleer has urged rural dwellers to take part in the public consultation on proposals for a new Rural Proofing Bill. Read full article


5 February, 2015

Sinn Féin MPs to raise A5 and Narrow Water Bridge at Oireachtas GFA meeting

Sinn Féin MPs Pat Doherty, Michelle Gildernew and Conor Murphy will be in Leinster House today for the Oireachtas Good Friday Agreement Committee meeting at which the A5 road and Narrow Water bridge projects will be on the Agenda for discussion. Read full article


3 February, 2015

Call for youths to desist from congregating at Killyclogher Burn

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has called on young people to avoid congregating in the vicinity of Killyclogher burn after local residents highlighted concern that youths use the area to congregate at the weekends. Read full article


27 January, 2015

All prisoners should be treated with dignity and respect - McElduff

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has said all prisoners in Maghaberry must be treated with dignity and respect. Read full article


27 January, 2015

Sinn Fein slam PSNI after Easter lily charges amounts to nothing in court

Sinn Féin has slammed the PSNI over arrests and charges for two Republicans in relation to Easter lily distribution. The charges were thrown out against one and seen one given a discharge after conclusion of the case in Omagh within the past week. Read full article


23 January, 2015

Loughmacrory to get its own Polling Station

Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald and Pat Doherty MP at the Loughview Centre in Loughmacrory.

For the first time ever, the people of Loughmacrory will be able to cast their votes in the village after the electoral office accepted local requests to use the Loughview centre as a Polling station on Election Day, which is expected to take place on 7th May. Read full article


23 January, 2015

Several successes from Polling Station review- Doherty

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has received confirmation that several proposals he submitted to the 2014 Polling Scheme Review have been accepted and will be included in the revised scheme when it is published at the end of January. The Polling station review closed in December 2014 and gave people the opportunity to express concerns or proposals around the location of specific polling stations. Read full article


22 January, 2015

Boyle welcomes announcement of £90,000 Pedestrian and cycleway improvement scheme for Strabane

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed an announcement from the DRD Minister Danny Kennedy that a £90,000 footway upgrade scheme incorporating a shared cycling path at Upper Main Street and Townsend Street, Strabane is set to begin on Wednesday 28 January. The investment will result in the construction of 280metres of shared footway and cycleway to connect a footbridge, currently being constructed by Strabane District Council to the retail area at Upper Main Street. Work is expected to last around 4 Weeks. Read full article


21 January, 2015

Doherty welcomes Ministerial sub-group on North-West

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MP Pat Doherty has welcomed the recent announcement by Martin Mc Guinness of a Ministerial taskforce to focus on redressing the economic disparities in the North West Region. Read full article


20 January, 2015

Mc Aleer welcomes LFA transition payment for DA farmers

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the decision by DARD to make a one-year LFA transition payment to approximately 7000 farmers in the current Disadvantaged Area (DA). Read full article


20 January, 2015

Local MP challenges DRD Minister on disruption to water supplies in West Tyrone

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has contacted the Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy, on behalf of the people of West Tyrone who are being hit hard by the disruption to their water supplies, urging him to redouble his efforts with NI Water and the unions to find an early resolution to this dispute so that no family is left without access to water. Read full article


20 January, 2015

Disruption to water supply hitting Aghyaran and other rural areas hard

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has said disruption to water supplies is having a particularly adverse impact on rural areas. Read full article


19 January, 2015

Doherty welcomes increase to Education budget

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed the announcement from Education Minister John O'Dowd that the Education budget is to be increased. Read full article


18 January, 2015

Water cuts having adverse impact on isolated rural communities

Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald and Declan Mc Aleer MLA help to deliver bottled water to isolated rural homes.

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that the ongoing disruption to water supplies is having an adverse impact on isolated people in rural areas after hundreds of homes in the Mid Tyrone area had their water supply cut off over the weekend. Read full article


17 January, 2015

Doherty urges resolution of NI Water dispute

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has said efforts to end the current industrial dispute, which has left 1,200 homes without water in County Tyrone this weekend must be intensified. Read full article


15 January, 2015

Sinn Féin to host Agricultural & Rural Road show

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill pictured with her Assembly Private Secretary Cathal ÓhOisín MLA and Sinn Féin's ARD Committee members, Oliver McMullan MLA, Declan McAleer MLA and Ian Milne MLA after launching details of the Sin

Sinn Féin has provided details of a series of public meetings they have planned throughout the north on the topic of CAP Reform. According to West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA and member of the DARD committee, Declan Mc Aleer "In the current round of engagements, we have held public meetings in Augher, Creggan and Draperstown. These attracted huge crowds and robust debate and discussion on the potential impact of CAP reform on rural communities. Read full article


14 January, 2015

Anger as vehicle window smashed by snowball in Clady

Derg councillor Maolíosa McHugh has called on youths to refrain from throwing snowballs at vehicles after a vehicle was damaged last night in Clady. Read full article


13 January, 2015

Doherty calls on parties to support O'Dowds call for further Education funds

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has called for all executive parties to support the Education minister John O'Dowd's call for more money for Education at Final budget stage. Read full article


12 January, 2015

Welcome for A5 Progress following meeting with DRD Minister

Sinn Féin Cllr Maolíosa Mc Hugh has described confirmation from DRD Minister Danny Kennedy that it is his intention to publish the new Environmental Statement and the Draft Vesting and Direction Orders for the A5 dual carriageway as 'significant progress'. Read full article


12 January, 2015

Don't ignore debt problems - Doherty

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has encouraged anyone experiencing financial difficulties to seek independent expert help as soon as possible. Read full article


12 January, 2015

Traffic threshold criteria 'Flawed' - Cllr R Mc Hugh

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has called on Transport NI to implement traffic calming measures at Erganagh road outside of Castlederg. Read full article


12 January, 2015

Doherty hails Tyrone school at Young Scientist Exhibition

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has congratulated pupils from St Ciarans in Ballygawley who took part in the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin. Read full article


7 January, 2015

McAleer backs call for replacement of safety barrier

Declan Mc Aleer supports the call of the replacement of the crash barrier on the Malone Rd, Belfast where Killyclogher  student, Enda Dolan was tragically killed  in October.

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has backed a call for the replacement of a crash barrier on the Malone Road where a Tyrone student was killed last year. Speaking after the Regional Development committee agreed to call on the department to replace the barrier, the West Tyrone MLA said; Read full article


6 January, 2015

Clarke welcomes start of Crockanboy Road works

Mid Tyrone SF Councillor Sean Clarke has welcomed the announcement from DRD of the start of a £190,000 major resurfacing scheme on B46 Crockanboy Road. The work is due to begin on 8 January 2015 between Greencastle Village and Rousky. Read full article


6 January, 2015

Local representatives call for more street lights in Beragh

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Cllr Sean Donnelly at the junction of Laragh and Moylagh Roads, Beragh

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer and Councillor Sean Donnelly have called on Roads Service to prioritise a street lighting scheme in Beragh. Read full article


5 January, 2015

Work to alleviate Clady flooding problems to begin late January-Mc Hugh

Sinn Féin Cllr Maolíosa Mc Hugh has welcomed confirmation he has received from the Rivers Agency that it will commence a major drainage scheme in Clady in late January/early February in an effort to alleviate a longstanding flooding problem in the Urney Road/Urney Court area of the village. Read full article


22 December, 2014

Proposed transport cuts could further isolate the Sperrins region

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Cllr Dan Kelly pictured with Rural Development Minister Michelle O Neill.  Both representatives fear that cuts to rural transport will leave the Sperrins region further isolated.

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has called on DRD to ensure that rural bus services which operate through West Tyrone do not become a victim of the cost cutting measures proposed in the DRD draft budget. Read full article


17 December, 2014

O'Dowd opens new Sure Start accommodation in Omagh

Education Minister John O'Dowd today officially opened new accommodation for crèche facilities at St Conor's Primary School, Omagh. Read full article


17 December, 2014

O'Dowd opens new facilities at St Oliver Plunkett Primary School, Beragh

Education Minister John O'Dowd today opened new facilities, funded from the minor works scheme, at St Oliver Plunkett Primary School, Beragh. Read full article


16 December, 2014

Anger at inadequate response from Ulster Bank regarding Gortin Closure

A Sinn Feín delegation led by Pat Doherty MP met this morning with senior representatives from Ulster Bank regarding the proposed closure of the Gortin branch. Read full article


12 December, 2014

McHugh welcomes launch of Google Irish language services

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Maolíosa McHugh has welcomed the announcement that Irish language speakers will now be able to use Google's email services as Gaeilge. Read full article


12 December, 2014

Savings to be made from the use of generic medicines- Boyle

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has this week called on the health minister to look into the use of generic medicines as a way of making savings. Ms Boyle made the suggestion during a debate on cuts within the Western Trust area. Read full article


12 December, 2014

CHRISTMAS CHEER DELIVERED TO POSTAL WORKERS AT STRABANE DELIVERY OFFICE

Pat Doherty MP and Michaela Boyle MLA visited Royal Mail's Strabane sorting office on Friday morning to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to the local postal workers at their busiest time of year. The Sinn Féin delegation were shown around the office by the Delivery Office Manager, Seamus Kelly, and were introduced to the postal staff who are working hard sorting and delivering mail in the run-up to Christmas. Read full article


12 December, 2014

Dublin may restore A5 funds- Doherty

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has welcomed the announcement from Martin McGuinness today that the Irish government has agreed to review its decision to withdraw £400 million funding for the A5 road expansion. Read full article


12 December, 2014

Doherty welcomes Rugby World Cup bid

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has welcomed an all-Ireland bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 Read full article


12 December, 2014

Boyle urges registration for organ donation

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has encouraged people to register to become organ donors. Read full article


12 December, 2014

McHugh calls for street lighting issue in Clady to be addressed urgently

Sinn Féin Councillor Maolíosa McHugh said that ongoing problems with street lighting in Clady need to be addressed as a matter of urgency. Read full article


12 December, 2014

Strabane district represented on SME delegation to Brussels

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has said more investment and support should be targeted towards Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) to help grow the economy. Read full article


12 December, 2014

CHRISTMAS CHEER DELIVERED TO POSTAL WORKERS AT SIXMILECROSS DELIVERY OFFICE

Declan and Sean pictured with the Post men and women at Sixmilecross sorting office on Friday morning.

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Councillor Sean Donnelly visited Royal Mail's Sixmilecross delivery office on Friday morning to pass on Christmas wishes and encouragement to postmen and women at their busiest time of year. Read full article


10 December, 2014

Outrage at arson attack at home of Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor‏

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has strongly condemned an arson attack at the home of her party colleague Strabane Sinn Féin councillor Jay McCauley. Read full article


10 December, 2014

McAleer meets Hungarian ambassadors

Declan Mc Aleer MLA pictured with the Hungarian Ambassador to Dublin, Tamas Magyarics.

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer met the Hungarian ambassadors to Ireland and Britain to discuss the current state of the political process. Read full article


9 December, 2014

Loughmacrory wins cleaner and greener community award

The community of Loughmacrory was celebrating at the weekend after winning an award for being a clean and green community. The scheme was launched in May by the Housing Executive and is aimed to reward rural communities for their environmental work. The awards were presented to 4 communities throughout the north with Loughmacrory winning the small village category. Read full article


9 December, 2014

Head of DRD Cycling Unit visits Omagh

Andrew Grieve studies the cycling master plan for Omagh with members of Omagh Cycling Initiative and Declan Mc Aleer MLA

Proposals for an Omagh cycling master plan received a boost last week when the Head of DRD's Cycling Unit, Andrew Grieve visited Omagh in response to an invite from Declan Mc Aleer MLA. Mr Grieve held a meeting with representatives of Omagh District Council, DRD Western Division and members of Omagh Cycling Initiative (OCI), where the proposed Omagh master plan was put on the table. Read full article


8 December, 2014

Action points agreed following Roads Service meeting

Sinn Féin West Tyrone councillor Stephen McCann has described as 'extremely useful' a meeting convened between himself and senior Roads Service (Transport NI) officials last week. The meeting was called to address concerns about safety in various locations across Fintona and Trillick. Read full article


5 December, 2014

DARD Minister addresses packed public meeting in Creggan

Over 400 farmers packed into Creggan Community Centre to listen to an address from DARD Minister Michelle O Neill

Speaking at a packed public meeting in Creggan, Co. Tyrone , Minister O'Neill said: "While, firstly I want to ensure that the important monies that CAP reform provides (approximately £255million per year) are more targeted, more equitable and easily accessible Read full article


4 December, 2014

Council Adopt Bilingual approach to branding

At their monthly meeting on Wednesday evening the members of the Fermanagh and Omagh Shadow Council have adopted a bilingual approach towards the main aspects of branding for the new Council area. Read full article


1 December, 2014

Omagh set to host All Ireland cycling championship

Declan Mc Aleer MLA meeting with DCAL Minister Carál Ni Chuilin to discuss the All Ireland cycling championship which is set to take place in Omagh from 25th - 28th June 2015

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the announcement that the 2015 All Ireland Cycling Championships will be held in Omagh next year. Read full article


1 December, 2014

Tory welfare policy driving more people to food banks - Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has said the dramatic increase in the numbers using food banks is an indictment of the welfare cuts agenda of the British government. Read full article


1 December, 2014

Sinn Féin host Community Engagement Event in West Tyrone

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has described the success of a Community Engagement Meeting addressed by himself, Education Minister John O'Dowd MLA and Mary Lou McDonald TD in West Tyrone this week. Read full article


1 December, 2014

DARD minister's commitment to agricultural and rural communities welcomed

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has welcomed Minister Michelle O'Neill's commitment to the agricultural and rural communities as part of her 2015/16 budget consultation draft. Read full article


28 November, 2014

Pedestrian refuge island to be installed on Kevlin Road

An example of a pedestrian refuge island

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the decision by DRD to construct a 'pedestrian refuge island' on the Kevlin Road. It is anticipated that this facility will be provided on site before the end of January 2015. Read full article


25 November, 2014

DARD Minister to address public meeting on CAP Reform

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty and Declan Mc Aleer MLA have invited the farming community to a public meeting on the implementation of CAP Pillar 1 (Single Farm Payments) and CAP Pillar 2 (Rural Development Programme). The meeting will take place in Creggan Community Centre, Co. Tyrone on Thursday 4th December 2014 at 7.30pm and will be addressed by DARD Minister Michelle O Neill and senior officials from the department. Read full article


25 November, 2014

Sinn Féin call for removal of Derg barracks after public closure announcement

Sinn Féin have this week reiterated their calls for the removal of the Castlederg barracks following the announcement that the 5 hours it is currently open per week to the public will now be ceased. Read full article


24 November, 2014

Doherty supports transgender community

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has said members of the transgender community should be free to live free from intimidation and harassment. Read full article


24 November, 2014

Doherty reiterates importance of cross border collaboration

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty this week met in Omagh with Martina Anderson MEP, Matt Carthy MEP and 3 cross border bodies to discuss the current funding situation within Europe. Read full article


24 November, 2014

Boyle challenges Health minister on autism diagnosis waiting times

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has this week challenged the Health Minister Jim Wells on the issue of waiting times faced by 1300 children in the north awaiting autism diagnosis. Read full article


24 November, 2014

McGuire encourages rural dwellers to attend Local Action Groups event

McGuire encourages rural dwellers to attend Local Action Groups event Derg Sinn Féin councillor Kieran McGuire has this week encouraged all interested parties to attend a public information event in Strabane District Council offices which will create an awareness of the new Local Action Groups which are to be formed. Read full article


24 November, 2014

Bus shelter required for Holy Cross pupils- Cllr R Mc Hugh

Castlederg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has highlighted the need for bus shelter provision for those children travelling to Holy Cross school in Strabane from the Castlederg area. Read full article


23 November, 2014

Petition launched to 'Save Gortin Bank'

Following the announcement on Friday that Ulster Bank is set to close its Gortin Branch next February, a public petition has been organised to enable the local community to vent their opposition to the plan. The petition was circulated to local businesses and public outlets by Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Cllr Sean Clarke on Saturday afternoon. Read full article


21 November, 2014

Doherty seeks urgent meeting with Ulster Bank to discuss Gortin closure plan

Ulster Banks Gortin Branch which is earmarked for closure

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has criticized the decision by Ulster Bank to close their branch in Gortin in February 2015. Gortin is one of 10 branches across the north chosen for closure. Read full article


21 November, 2014

Sinn Féin will pursue full recognition for Irish emigrants in US- Doherty

Speaking today following the announcement by American President Obama of changes in how the US Government deals with undocumented immigrants, Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty said, Read full article


18 November, 2014

Mc Cauley welcomes fairer re-distribution of non-domestic rates burden

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley hopes that the re-evaluation of non-domestic properties will lead to a fairer distribution of the non-domestic rates burden from April 1st next year. Read full article


18 November, 2014

Mc Hugh calls for end to anti-social incidents at Castlegrange Park

Sinn Féin Councillor Maolíosa Mc Hugh has received a number of complaints from residents in the Castlegrange Park area of Strabane that their houses are being pelted with eggs and stones and their letter boxes are also being banged late at night. Read full article


18 November, 2014

Mary Lou Mc Donald among speakers at West Tyrone Community Engagement event

Sinn Féin Vice-President Mary Lou Mc Donald TD will join the north's Education Minister John O Dowd MLA and local MP Pat Doherty as the panel of speakers at a public "Community Engagement" event to take place in the Mellon Country Hotel on Thursday 27th November beginning at 8pm. Read full article


18 November, 2014

McGuire welcomes roll out of External Maintenance schemes in Derg Area

Derg Sinn Féin councillor Kieran McGuire has this week welcomed the overdue External Cyclical Maintenance schemes that are taking place throughout the Derg Electoral area. Read full article


18 November, 2014

Sinn Féin delegation meet with SEUPB on funding opportunities for North West

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty and Martina Anderson MEP this week met with the Special European Programmes Body (SEUPB) in Omagh to discuss funding opportunities for the North West. Read full article


18 November, 2014

Doherty hosts EU membership seminar in Strabane

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty this week hosted a seminar in Strabane on the possible impact on Ireland of Britain leaving the EU. Read full article


18 November, 2014

Boyle concerned about autism diagnosis delays

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has expressed concerns about the number of children in the North waiting to be assessed to find out if they have autism. Read full article


18 November, 2014

New Signage for Magheralough Cemetery Welcomed

West Tyrone Sinn Fein councillor Stephen McCann has welcomed new signage directing people to Magheralough Cemetery. The issue had been one the local councillor had been working alongside with Transport NI, formerly Roads Service on behalf of the local community. Read full article


17 November, 2014

Mc Aleer welcomes progress on Beragh flood alleviation scheme

The new river wall protecting homes on Thursday evening from the Cloughfin river which burst its banks.

West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the ongoing work on the Beragh flood alleviation scheme. Read full article


14 November, 2014

Sinn Féin challenge Western trust at 'robust' meeting

Sinn Féin has challenged the Western Trust during what one of their Councillors, Anne Marie Fitzgerald, described as a 'robust, heated and tense' meeting where the trust unveiled huge spending cuts across the Health Sector on Wednesday evening. Read full article


12 November, 2014

O 'NEILL OPENS NEW £2MILLION RIVERS AGENCY OFFICE IN OMAGH

Minister O Neill officially opens the £2m Rivers Agency Western Regional office in Omagh

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill has officially opened Rivers Agency's new Western Regional office in Omagh, Co.Tyrone. Read full article


10 November, 2014

West Tyrone MLA should apologize for disrespectful comments on Irish language- McHugh

Derg Sinn Féin councillor Maolíosa McHugh, has described comments by West Tyrone DUP MLA Tom Buchanan as disgraceful and disrespectful. The DUP MLA who spoke at a 'Lets Talk' event in Omagh this week in front of students from the local schools said "People have lost their sense of humour" when questioned about his party colleague Gregory Campbells comments on the Irish language. Read full article


10 November, 2014

Killeter shortlisted for Vodafone 3G coverage programme- McGuire

Derg Sinn Féin councillor Kieran McGuire has welcomed news that Killeter has been shortlisted for Vodafones Rural Open Sure Signal programme, which would bring Vodafone 3G coverage to the local community. Read full article


10 November, 2014

Huge potential in all-Ireland student mobility- Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has said that more must be done to realise the huge potential in all-Ireland student mobility. Read full article


10 November, 2014

McHugh welcomes completion of Wheelchair access at Dergview

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has welcomed the completion of a purpose built ramp to allow for wheel chair access to a row of houses at Dergview in Castlederg. Read full article


10 November, 2014

Threat to community workers is threat to whole community - Pat Doherty MP

As the Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone I want to offer my solidarity and support for Community Workers, and condemn those behind the threats that culminated in a number of Strabane Community Workers resigning from their positions. Read full article


10 November, 2014

Doherty to host seminar on the local impact of a British referendum on EU membership

Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty will this week host a seminar in the Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane, regarding the prospect of a British Referendum on EU membership and how this would affect the island of Ireland. Read full article


7 November, 2014

DARD's Anti Poverty programme 'making a difference' in rural areas - Mc Aleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said that Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation programme is making a difference in rural communities. Read full article


5 November, 2014

Doherty welcomes £1m funding announcement for North West

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed the announcement from Culture Minister, Carál NiChuilín that a further £1 million of funding will be going towards the City of Culture legacy projects. Read full article


5 November, 2014

Frontline services protected in budget agreement- Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has praised the work of her colleagues in the Executive after the 2015/16 budget was agreed. Speaking this week the local MLA said the Executive had faced very difficult decisions because of ruthless Tory cuts year on year to the block grant. Read full article


4 November, 2014

McHugh welcomes removal of dangerous tree at Castletown Court

Derg Sinn Féin councillor Maolíosa McHugh has welcomed the removal of a dangerous tree which was situated in Castletown Court, Strabane. Read full article


3 November, 2014

British Army recruitment leaflets hugely offensive - McNally

Cllr McNally with the leaflet in question supplied by a constituent

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Barry McNally has hit out at British Army recruitment leaflets being placed in the Jobs and Benefits offices in Omagh. The councillor was speaking after he was contacted by constituents complaining about the issue. Read full article


30 October, 2014

Welcome for Dropped Kerbs in Carrickmore

Carrickmore Sinn Féin councillor Barry McNally has welcomed the installation of dropped kerbs at the entrances to McKeone Villas and Termon Crescent on Termon road in the town. Read full article


30 October, 2014

McHugh appeals for safe and responsible use of fireworks this Halloween

Derg Sinn Féin councillor Ruairi McHugh has appealed for the safe and responsible use of fireworks this Halloween. Read full article


27 October, 2014

Sinn Féin supports South West College

Sinn Féin representatives for Fermanagh and South Tyrone & West Tyrone met with the director of South West College to ensure that front line courses & student numbers will not be affected with the proposed cuts of 15% facing their institution in 2015/16. Read full article


23 October, 2014

Pat Doherty MP reselected for Westminster 2015

West Tyrone Sinn Féin have announced Pat Doherty MP as their candidate for the upcoming Westminster Election, in May 2015. Read full article


22 October, 2014

Welcome for Sixmilecross road works

Local Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed a road improvements scheme set to begin in the next week in Sixmilecross and Beragh area. The Cooley road linking the two villages is set to benefit from a £90,000 investment in resurfacing, with work to begin on Wednesday 29th October. Read full article


22 October, 2014

Mc Aleer urges communities to plan for £8m Village Renewal Scheme

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer is calling on local community groups to get their village plans prepared ahead of the new £8million Village Renewal Scheme, which will open for applications in 2015. Read full article


17 October, 2014

Ballinamullin Bridge realignment to take place this financial year - Fitzgerald

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed confirmation that the realignment of the Ballinamullin Bridge on the Farmhill road will take place in the coming months. Read full article


17 October, 2014

Local Councillor condemns Trillick Thefts

West Tyrone councillor Stephen McCann has condemned the thefts of property in Trillick in the hours of this morning (Friday 17th) when a number of vehicles were targeted in the West Tyrone town. Read full article


16 October, 2014

Clonoe to host Tyrone Volunteers Day 2014

The Tyrone Sinn Féin Commemoration Committee has this week unveiled plans for Tyrone Volunteers Day 2014, which will take place on Friday 24th October in Clonoe. Read full article


15 October, 2014

Mc Aleer welcomes progress on A5 consultation

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer and member of the Regional Development Committee has welcomed the opening of consultation on the Tully Bog Special Area of Conservation as part of the A5 Western Transport Corridor Scheme. Read full article


8 October, 2014

Sinn Féin accuses DUP of 'Political Interference'

Sinn Féin have accused the DUP of political interference in the justice system following the announcement from the Public Prosecution Service that they are to pursue a prosecution against the organiser of the Tyrone Volunteers Commemoration which took place in Castlederg last August 2013. Read full article


8 October, 2014

McAleer demands immediate Clarity from Europe

Sinn Féin's MLA Declan McAleer has called on the European Commission to provide immediate clarity for both the 'head of holding' and 'active farmer' definitions as part of the most recent changes to the Common Agricultural Policy. Read full article


8 October, 2014

Sinn Féin receive progress report from Housing executive on maintenance works backlog

Sinn Féin councillors Jay McCauley and Maolíosa McHugh this week met with the Housing executive to receive an update on the progress made on the backlog of maintenance works in the Strabane district. Read full article


8 October, 2014

Calls for removal of Derg barracks reiterated- Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has written to the Minister of Justice and the Policing Board expressing her concerns at the amount of public money being spent on the PSNI barracks in Castlederg. Read full article


8 October, 2014

McHugh raises cross border issues with Minister

Derg Sinn Féin councillor Maolíosa McHugh this week met with Joe McHugh Irish Minister of State for Gaelteacht Affairs and Natural Resources at the NWRCBG conference. Read full article


26 September, 2014

Lisanelly campus social objectives can be met

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said that he welcomes the commitment by Education Minister John O'Dowd to ensure social objectives are met on the Lisanelly Campus. Read full article


25 September, 2014

Rural entrepreneurs to benefit from £27m Rural Business Investment Scheme

West Tyrone Sinn Féin representatives Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Cllr Anne Marie Fitzgerald have called on entrepreneurs in rural areas to get ready for the new £27 million Rural Business Investment Scheme, which is expected to be open for applications in Spring 2015. Read full article


23 September, 2014

Doherty calls on Credit Union to create £100 million social fund

Pat Doherty MP has called for the Executive to work with the Credit Union movement to create a £100 million Social Fund. Read full article


23 September, 2014

Time to lower the voting age - Kelly

Omagh Sinn Fein representative Catherine Kelly has reiterated the call for 16 year-olds to be allowed to vote. Read full article


23 September, 2014

Stop Tory Cuts Day of Action in Omagh

Sinn Féin were out on the streets of Omagh on Saturday for the local launch of the party's campaign against Tory welfare cuts delivering thousands of leaflets and gathering over 500 signatures for a petition. It coincided with over 40 other similar actions taking place across the north Read full article


23 September, 2014

McHugh calls for an end to antisocial behaviour at Garag Hill

A Sinn Féin delegation this week met with the PSNI to discuss a number of recent incidents of antisocial behaviour at Garag Hill, Castlederg. Read full article


22 September, 2014

Day of Action against Tory Cuts held in Strabane town- Sinn Féin

The people of the Strabane district took part in a Day of Action against Tory welfare cuts in the town at the weekend. The Day of Action was the latest in a series of initiatives by Sinn Féin to give people an opportunity to voice their opposition to welfare cuts. Read full article


22 September, 2014

Relief no one seriously injured in school bus accident- McHugh

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairi McHugh has expressed his relief that no one was seriously injured in an accident involving a Castlederg school bus and a car this morning on the Drumquin road. Read full article


22 September, 2014

Boyle urges victims to report domestic abuse

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has urged victims of domestic abuse to report their abusers to the police or a support group. Read full article


19 September, 2014

Doherty calls for border poll

Pat Doherty MP has called for a border poll in the North following the Scottish independence referendum. Read full article


19 September, 2014

Sinn Féin delegation meet with Housing Executive officials on Strabane backlog issue

A Sinn Féin delegation met this week with the Chief Executive of the housing executive Mags Lightbody and the Director of Landlord services Gerry Flynn to get an update on the backlog of maintenance work that is outstanding in the Strabane district. They have welcomed confirmation from the Housing Executive that a new contractor has been appointed to take over maintenance works in Strabane, following the termination of their contract with Robinson and Ferry in June. Read full article


18 September, 2014

No place or no tolerance for drugs in the local community - McNally

A Sinn Féin councillor has condemned those behind a 'well planned and well financed' cannabis factory discovered in Carrickmore on Wednesday. Read full article


17 September, 2014

Young people to benefit from CAP reform - Mc Aleer

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the opportunity presented to young farmers as a result of the recent decisions made on CAP reform. Read full article


16 September, 2014

Large loyalist band parade in Castlederg a cause for concern- McHugh

Derg Sinn Fein councillor Ruairi McHugh has expressed his disappointment at a parades commission ruling which will allow a controversial loyalist band parade to take place this Saturday evening in the town of Castlederg. Read full article


15 September, 2014

Tory Cuts must be opposed - Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has called for a united opposition from all Executive Parties to welfare cuts. Read full article


15 September, 2014

Resolution of Bin collections at Garag Hill welcomed- McHugh

Castlederg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has welcomed the resolution over bin collections at the Garag Hill estate in the town Read full article


15 September, 2014

Clady representatives receive unanimous support of Stormonts DRD committee- McHugh

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Maolíosa McHugh last week led a delegation of Clady community representatives to Hillsborough Castle to lobby the DRD committee on the increasing number of articulated lorries travelling through the small village of Clady. Read full article


15 September, 2014

Farm death reduction welcomed - McGuire

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran McGuire has welcomed figures that show deaths on farms have halved over the past year. Read full article


4 September, 2014

Mullanmore Road works welcomed

Cllr McNally on the Mullanmore Road before improvements commenced

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Barry McNally has welcomed the commencement of road works on the Mullanmore road in Carrickmore. He was speaking after making representations to Roads Service on the issue a number of months ago. Read full article


2 September, 2014

Boyle welcomes enhanced bus services for the Strabane area

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the announcement that Strabane passengers are set to benefit from timetable enhancements from the first week of September. Read full article


22 August, 2014

Fitzgerald welcomes new fracture clinic for Omagh

Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed an additional weekly fracture clinic being provided in the Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh, which become operational from the 20 August. Read full article


20 August, 2014

Mc Aleer highlights pedestrian safety concerns

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed confirmation from DRD Roads Service that it intends to conduct a pedestrian survey on Kevlin Road and he has also called for pedestrian safety measures to be implemented on Brook Street. Read full article


19 August, 2014

Local people bear brunt of Danny Kennedy embargo - McNally

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Barry McNally has said local people will bear the brunt of an embargo put in place by DRD Minister Danny Kennedy of Grass Cutting, Street Lighting Maintenance and Gully emptying services. Read full article


19 August, 2014

Solution to 'Nomad' cattle welcomed

Mid Tyrone Councillor, Sean Donnelly has welcomed the new labeling system that will allow for cattle to be traded across the island of Ireland without incurring a penalty. Read full article


18 August, 2014

McHugh secures signage for Ulster Cottages, Glebe

Derg Sinn Féin councillor Maolíosa McHugh has successfully lobbied Strabane District Council for the erection of signage at Ulster Cottages in the Glebe. Read full article


18 August, 2014

Funding for cycle path extension scheme at Melmount Road welcomed- Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed news from Transport Minister Danny Kennedy that the first phase of a capital scheme for a £300,000 cycle path at Melmount Road, Strabane has begun. Read full article


1 August, 2014

£17.5 million funding for sport development welcomed

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed confirmation from the DCAL Minister that SportNI is developing a new £17.5 million programme to improve infrastructure and boost performance and participation. Read full article


31 July, 2014

Remembering Quilts to go on display for Kathleen O'Hagan Anniversary

The Relatives For Justice Remembering Quilts will be on display as a part of the programme of Events to mark the 20th Anniversary of the murder of Kathleen O'Hagan. The quilts will be on display in Greencastle Community Centre from 6pm on Friday 8th August. Read full article


29 July, 2014

Omagh Sinn Féin launch Aid appeal for Gaza

SF Reps Catherine Kelly; Declan Mc Aleer and Glenn Campbell launch the children of Gaza appeal

Sinn Féin in the Omagh District has launched an appeal for aid for the stricken children of Gaza. Members of the public can drop clothes and equipment into their office on James Street until the end of next week, Friday 8th August. These will be shipped to Gaza. Read full article


28 July, 2014

£90,000 improvement scheme for Sion Mills welcomed- Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin representatives for Sion Mills Michaela Boyle MLA and Cllr Maolíosa McHugh have welcomed Transport Minister Danny Kennedy's announcement of a £90,000 carriageway improvement scheme on the B165 Bellspark Road at Sion. Read full article


25 July, 2014

Local Community to remember Kathleen O'Hagan

Sinn Féin has this week announced plans to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the murder of local Greencastle mother of five, Kathleen O'Hagan. Kathleen, who was seven months pregnant, was shot dead in front of her children by the UVF in her Co. Tyrone home on 7th August 1994. Read full article


23 July, 2014

Omagh Cycling master plan moves a step closer

l-r) Paddy Largey secretary of OCI, Gerry Hackett DRD, Howard Rainey Chair of OCI and Declan Mc Aleer MLA stop en route to consider the OCI master plan

The creation of an Omagh cycling master plan moved a step closer during the week as members of Omagh Cycling Initiative, DRD and West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer got on their saddles for a tour of the existing network. Read full article


22 July, 2014

Mc Guire welcomes HE improvement schemes in Victoria Bridge and Killeter

Derg Sinn Fein Cllr Kieran Mc Guire has welcomed confirmation that Housing Executive homes on Fyfin Road, Victoria Bridge will be included in a wider district kitchen replacement scheme which will be undertaken later this year. He is also welcomed the announcement of an ECM scheme for Killeter which he has also been lobbying for. Read full article


18 July, 2014

Omagh extends solidarity to the people of Palestine

Palestine solidarity vigil in Omagh

Sinn Féin activists and members of the public paused on Friday afternoon for a vigil in Omagh town centre in support of the besieged people of Palestine. Read full article


18 July, 2014

LIGHT A CANDLE FOR GAZA!

Sinn Féín MLA Michaela Boyle has called on the people of the Strabane District to take part in an initiative entitled "Light for Gaza" this Friday night (tonight). Read full article


17 July, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA's take part in TB study visit

(l-r): Ian Milne, Oliver Mc Mullan & Declan Mc Aleer

Sinn Féin members of the DARD committee took part in a field study visit to Co. Down on Wednesday morning to witness at first hand DARD's 'Test, Vaccinate or Release' (TVR) pilot scheme to tackle TB. Read full article


17 July, 2014

Omagh could become a cycling hub - Mc Aleer

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that Omagh has the potential to become a cycling hub and an example for other towns. Mr Mc Aleer was speaking after organising a meeting with senior DRD and Omagh District Council officials where the Omagh Cycling Initiatives (OCI) master plan for a joined up cycling network was discussed. Read full article


9 July, 2014

Proliferation of Loyalist flags and Parades in Castlederg 'Ridiculous' - Mc Hugh

Sinn Féin has branded the amount of Loyalist parades coupled with the saturation of the town of Castlederg with loyalist flags as 'beyond ridiculous'. Read full article


8 July, 2014

Ballycolman families bear the brunt again - Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has said those responsible for a security alert in the Ballycolman area of Strabane have no regard for the community. Read full article


7 July, 2014

Sinn Féin MEP meets with Strabane Chamber of Commerce

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson accompanied by Michaela Boyle MLA, Pat Doherty MP and Cllr Jay McCauley, met this week with the Strabane Chamber of Commerce to discuss the funding and support available within the European Parliament and how Europe can benefit the people of the Strabane district. Read full article


1 July, 2014

Don't get stung by a high mobile phone bill this summer- Boyle

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has encouraged mobile phone users to take action this summer to avoid a high mobile phone bill caused by roaming charges. Read full article


25 June, 2014

Mc Guire encourages use of Post office road tax service

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor is encouraging vehicle owners to use post office services to tax vehicles following closure of motor tax offices here on July 17th. Read full article


24 June, 2014

Mc Aleer welcomes Gaelscoil Ná gCrann new build announcement

West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the announcement by Education Minister, John O Dowd of a new school build for Gaelscoil Na gCrann, Omagh. The school was one of 15 across the north included in the latest capital programme, representing an investment of £170 million. Read full article


23 June, 2014

Boyle welcomes expansion of addiction treatment services in Omagh

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed moves to increase addiction treatment services in the Western Trust area. Read full article


19 June, 2014

Apply for school meals/clothing grants before summer holidays-Boyle

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle is encouraging parents to ensure free school meals/school uniform/PE clothing grant renewal and fresh application forms are returned to the WELB as soon as possible to ensure that no eligible child looses out or has their application unduly delayed as we move into the new term in September. Read full article


13 June, 2014

Welcome for scheduled Ballinamullan Bridge works

Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has commended DRD Roads Service for including the Ballinamullan Bridge on the Farmhill Road on a major repair scheme for the year 2014/2015. Read full article


10 June, 2014

Welfare cuts agenda will hit sickness and disability claimants the hardest- Michaela Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson on disability Michaela Boyle has said it is a necessity for budgeting to change to ensure those with a disability are prioritised within local spend. Read full article


3 June, 2014

BBC Spotlight a shocking indictment of policing in Omagh - Doherty

Pat Doherty MP has referred to tonight's Spotlight programme as a shocking indictment of policing in Omagh and has called for the PSNI to act immediately following the collapse of public confidence. Read full article


28 May, 2014

Sinn Féin calls on British government to endorse Haass

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Barry McNally has called on the British government to demonstrate its commitment to dealing with the past by endorsing the Haass proposals. Read full article


27 May, 2014

Sinn Féin meet InvestNI on Strabane Business Park

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle and Pat Doherty MP met this week with the Chief Executive of Invest NI in order to obtain an update on the current status of the Strabane business park which still remains empty. Read full article


27 May, 2014

Boyle questions DRD Minister on Clady Heavy Vehicle Traffic problem

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Michaela Boyle has questioned the Minister for Regional Development on how he plans to address the ever-increasing volume of traffic going through the village of Clady, and if he has any plans to introduce weight restrictions along the main street. Read full article


27 May, 2014

Invest NI jobs creation figures welcome - Kelly

Omagh Sinn Féin representative Catherine Kelly has welcomed job creation figures recently released by Invest NI. Read full article


27 May, 2014

Sinn Féin are now Ireland's largest party - McColgan

Freshly elected Councillor and Omagh Council Chairperson Marty McColgan has thanked all those who voted for Sinn Féin in last week's local government and European elections. Read full article


21 May, 2014

Gaelscoil Na gCrann All Ireland success celebrated at Stormont

Declan McAleer presented a plaque of Padraig Pearse, poet, scholar, teacher, Gaelgeoir and revolutionary to Muinteoir Deirdre Uí Cheallaigh in recognition of Gaelscoil Na gCrann's success at the All Ireland drama championship.

The success of Gaelscoil Na gCrann in the All Ireland drama championship was marked at a special celebration in Stormont on Monday Read full article


16 May, 2014

Omagh Sinn Féin Office Attacked

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has strongly condemned the paint bombing of the Sinn Féin office in Omagh. Read full article


14 May, 2014

Investment in school estate welcomed

Sinn Féin has welcomed the £18m investment in the school estate announced by Education Minister John O'Dowd including a number of local schools in Omagh District. Read full article


14 May, 2014

Partnership approach to Youth Unemployment required - Kelly

Omagh Sinn Féin representative Catherine Kelly has called for a partnership approach between government and business to tackle youth unemployment. Read full article


14 May, 2014

Failure to investigate MRF an insult to victims - Fitzgerald

Failure to investigate MRF an insult to victims - Fitzgerald Read full article


9 May, 2014

Clarke calls for cross-border ticket booking

Councillor Sean Clarke has called on Bus Éireann to reconsider its policy of not allowing passengers to book tickets online for cross-border journeys. Read full article


7 May, 2014

Council Chairperson congratulates Strathroy Harps on Amazing Success

Omagh District Council Chairperson Marty McColgan has congratulated Strathroy Harps on their amazing run of success and will host a civic reception honour their achievements. Read full article


7 May, 2014

Donnelly expresses Condolences to family of Bridget Mullin

Mid Tyrone Councillor Sean Donnelly has extended condolences to the family of Bridget Mullin (84) who died following a car crash. Read full article


7 May, 2014

Kelly backs O'Dowd bid for free school breakfasts

Omagh Sinn Féin representative Catherine Kelly has backed Education Minister John O'Dowd's bid to access EU funds to provide free school breakfast clubs here. Read full article


6 May, 2014

Carrickmore Sinn Féin support Zambia Outreach Project

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin representative Barry McNally recently made a donation to local Carrickmore woman Colleen Conway who is travelling to Zambia in July to volunteer with SERVE. Read full article


6 May, 2014

GAA should benefit from Rural Development Funds - Sinn Féin

Martina Anderson MEP with Loughmacrory Community activists

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has paid tribute to the vital role the GAA plays in local communities. Read full article


6 May, 2014

Martina Anderson MEP visits Omagh District

Martina Anderson MEP had a busy two days of engagements throughout Omagh District on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th May. Read full article


6 May, 2014

Future of rural Ireland depends on strong network of family farms - Sean Donnelly

Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Donnelly said that the future of rural Ireland depends on a strong network of family farms. Read full article


30 April, 2014

Strabane job losses are a devastating blow- Boyle

News has emerged that jobs at Quantum Hosiery in Strabane are to go. Quantum took over 'Adria' which was once one of the Strabane Districts biggest employers. They have decided to relocate these jobs to their English offices leaving the workers from Strabane in a devastating position. Read full article


30 April, 2014

BET technology could provide rural areas with Broadband - Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has called on farmers and rural businesses to sign up to Broadband Enabling Technology, which could provide speeds of up to 2Mbps. Read full article


30 April, 2014

Mc Guire welcomes Mourne Park Improvements

Sinn Fein Cllr Kieran Mc Guire has welcomed plans by the Housing Executive to undertake landscaping improvement works in Mourne Park in Newtownstewart following representations he made on behalf of local residents about unsafe and unsightly surfaces in the estate. Read full article


30 April, 2014

Palpabale fear in Clady following vehicle thefts and burlgaries-Mc Hugh

Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, advises all in the border areas to be on full alert after a number of "creeper burglaries" in Clady and Strabane . Read full article


30 April, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA pays to James O'Kane on announcement of retirement from local govt politics

Commenting on the announcement by Independent Cllr James O Kane will not be seeking re-election to the new Derry-Strabane Council, Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle paid tribute to his contribution both Council and the people of the District since first being elected back in 1982. Read full article


30 April, 2014

Mc Guire lobbies for Victoria Bridge safe road crossing points

Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire has held a site meeting with DRD Road's Service further to representations he has been making on behalf of local residents of Victoria Bridge to have "safe road crossing points' established at the local primary school and one down closer to the shop/post office in the village. Read full article


29 April, 2014

Equal marriage debate about equality

Omagh Sinn Féin Councillor Sorcha McAnespy speaking on the party's motion to the Assembly on marriage equality, said establishing an equal society means recognising the many diverse groups and sections of Irish society that need enhanced protection from the State. Read full article


29 April, 2014

CCMS must listen to local solutions

Pat Doherty MP and Councillor Sean Clarke have called on CCMS to listen to local solutions to the future educational needs of children attending Saint Eugene's Primary School Tircur, and Gortnagarn Primary School. Read full article


29 April, 2014

More Sinn Féin election posters removed in Omagh District

Some of the Sinn Féin representatives who have had posters removed

Last weekend over two dozen Sinn Féin election posters were removed from the Clanabogan, Trillick and Omagh area. Sorcha McAnespy, Catherine Kelly, Frankie Donnelly and Stephen McCann all had posters taken. Read full article


29 April, 2014

Dromore to remember Bobby Sands and the 1981 Hungers Strikers

Bobby Sands MP and the 1981 Hunger Strikers will be remembered in Dromore, County Tyrone on Saturday 3rd May. Read full article


29 April, 2014

Mullanmore Road 'one of the poorest in Tyrone'

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin representative Barry McNally has claimed the Mullanmore Road linking Carrickmore and Loughmacrory is one of 'the poorest in Tyrone' after he raised serious concerns with Roads Service. Read full article


28 April, 2014

Opening of A5 consultation welcomed - Mc Aleer

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the announcement that the public consultation on the A5 dual carriageway will commence this week. Read full article


23 April, 2014

More needs to be done to protect our rivers

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Candidate Barry McNally has said more needs to be done in order to protect our rivers. Read full article


16 April, 2014

Donnelly welcomes decision on SFP entitlements

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed the decision by Agriculture Minister Michelle O Neill to allow SFP entitlements to be allocated in 2015 to those who never previously held Single Farm Payment entitlements. Read full article


15 April, 2014

Easter Lily launched in Omagh Council

Preparations for Easter commemorations continued apace on Tuesday 15th April as Omagh Council Chairperson, Marty McColgan hosted a local launch of the Easter lily in the Chairperson's chamber of the Council Offices. Read full article


15 April, 2014

'Formidable team' of Sinn Féin candidates nominates for Super Council

Omagh Sinn Féin's ten strong team of candidates nominated on Tuesday 15th April to contest May's election to the new Omagh-Fermanagh Council with three party candidates to each contest the West Tyrone and Omagh Town Electoral Area and four in the Mid Tyrone Electoral Area. They'll be joined by eleven Sinn Féin candidates from Fermanagh. Read full article


15 April, 2014

Mc Aleer to speak at US Easter events

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer will visit Portland, Oregon at the weekend to take part in a series of events to commemorate the Easter Rising and to recognize the strong connection between Ireland and Portland. Read full article


15 April, 2014

Bronwyn Mc Gahan to address Loughmacrory commemoration

Bronwyn McGahan pictured last August in the Sperrin mountain taking part in a 25th anniversary commemorative hike

Tyrone MLA and former Republican Prisoner Bronwyn Mc Gahan has been confirmed as the main speaker at this year's annual commemoration at the graveside of Vols. Gerard and Martin Harte in Loughmacrory on Easter Sunday. Read full article


9 April, 2014

Sinn Féin demand PSNI act following collapse of public confidence

Pat Doherty MP and Omagh Council Chairperson Marty McColgan led a Sinn Féin delegation on Friday 4th April to meet senior PSNI officers Superintendent, Alywin Barton and Omagh Area Commander, Sue Ann Steen. The meeting was demanded by Sinn Féin following growing concerns over the level of complaints about the PSNI in the Omagh District, particularly from young people. Read full article


9 April, 2014

Bridge St closure arrangement impractical and totally unnecessary

Sinn Fein Councillor Michelle Mc Mackin on the foot of a deluge of complaints from motorists and local residents/businesses, about the total traffic congestion chaos created by the decision to close off the entire "out of town" lane along Bridge Street to undertake public realm scheme work, spoke with the Roads Service District Manager this afternoon calling upon him to urgently review, along with the appointed contractor, this impractical arrangement and which was shown to be totally unnecessary arrangement that no works were being undertaken on the closed section of the road all day. Read full article


8 April, 2014

A BIG SPRING CLEAN IN STRABANE!

Councillor Karina Carlin has welcomed a local environmental initiative by local communities and the Council. Read full article


8 April, 2014

Mc Guire urges farmers to be alert following sheep thefts in Aghyaran area

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire has urged all farmers to be vigilant following the theft of sheep from farms in the Aghyaran area over recent days. Read full article


8 April, 2014

Sinn Féin gearing up for election cycle

A 60 Mile Cycle has been organised through the hills and valleys of Omagh District this coming Sunday 13th April. Read full article


7 April, 2014

Rural voice will be safe guarded in new Super Council

Strabane District Council Chairperson Ruairí Mc Hugh has said that under the Reform of Public Administration (RPA) his party will ensure the voice and needs of the rural community will be safe guarded. Read full article


7 April, 2014

Strabane Council called upon to back Irish Language Rights Motion

Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin has tabled a motion to Strabane District Council calling upon councillors to support the "Lá Dearg na Gaeilge" event in Belfast on the 12 April 2014 which is being held to demand equal rights for Irish Language speakers. Read full article


7 April, 2014

Sinn Féin welcomes Safety Improvements to Gortin Road Scheme

Declan McAleer MLA and Councillor Sean Clarke have welcomed the DRD Road Service commitment to amend the scheme on the Gortin Road at Gortnagarn to facilitate cyclists and pedestrians. Read full article


7 April, 2014

McCann successfully lobbies for Gate on Trillick Play Park

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Representative Stephen McCann has commended Omagh District Council for confirming they will install a gate at the entrance to Trillick Play Park in the coming weeks. Read full article


7 April, 2014

McNally welcomes EU Roaming Charges victory for consumers

Sinn Féin's MEP Martina Anderson voted in favour of abolishing mobile roaming charges across the EU whilst also enshrining the important principle of net neutrality in Brussels on Friday 4th April. Mid Tyrone Sinn Féín Representative Barry McNally welcomed the successful passing of new rules for digital policy legislation. Read full article


4 April, 2014

Tribute to all helped make Autism Awareness Day a success

Sinn Féin Councillor Michelle Mc Mackin has paid tribute to all those who helped make the marking of Work Autism Awareness Day locally such a resounding success. Read full article


4 April, 2014

"Pedestrian bridge perseverance pays off"-Sinn Féin

Strabane town Sinn Féin councillors says that despite many set-backs perseverance has paid off with the announcement that work to construct the Strabane Community Pedestrian Bridge is to commence this summer with a due completion date in summer 2015. Read full article


3 April, 2014

Carrier bag levy benefiting community groups in the Strabane District

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the success of the Carrier Bag Levy Challenge Fund that is benefiting community groups across the north. Read full article


2 April, 2014

Mc Mahon welcomes District's successful application for BID programme.

Strabane Sinn Féin Cllr Brian Mc Mahon Chair of Strabane Town Forum has welcomed the announcement by DSD Minister Nelson Mc Causland that the District is among seven successful applicant areas selected from areas across the north to participate in the Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) pilot programme. Read full article


2 April, 2014

"Lift it, Bag it, Bin It-Scoop a poop or face a £50 fine"

That is the stark message to dog owners who still allow their dogs to foul on pavements and green areas of our towns and villages in Strabane District warned Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin. Read full article


1 April, 2014

Mc Guire Urges Strong Rural Response to New Planning Policy Consultation

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire is urging as many stakeholder groups and individual rural dwellers as possible to respond to the Consultation into the "New Single Planning Policy Statement" to ensure that the needs of rural dwellers are fully addressed in planning policy. Read full article


1 April, 2014

Beragh/Fintona Multi Agency Flood Prevention Scheme Welcomed

Sinn Féin Councillors Glen Campbell and Sean Donnelly have welcomed news that Fintona and Beragh will be a pilot area for a multi-agency flood prevention scheme. Read full article


1 April, 2014

Sinn Féin have unveiled a new candidate to run in Omagh Town

Sinn Féin have selected Catherine Kelly to run in Omagh Town in the upcoming council elections. The 27-year-old was selected on Friday night at a local party convention. Read full article


31 March, 2014

Pat Doherty MP leading Sinn Féin delegation to meet PSNI

Pat Doherty MP will be leading a Sinn Féin delegation to meet with a senior PSNI team on Friday. The meeting has been demanded by Sinn Féin following growing concerns about the level of complaints about the PSNI in Omagh District, particularly from young people. Read full article


25 March, 2014

Union flag erected to raise tensions on Saint Patrick's Day

Declan McAleer MLA and Councillor Marty McColgan have slammed the 'provocative' erecting of a large union flag outside the Community House on Drumragh Avenue in Omagh and called for it to be taken down immediately. Read full article


24 March, 2014

McCann welcomes £160,000 Tattymoyle Road Improvement Scheme

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Representative Stephen McCann has welcomed Transport Minister Danny Kennedy's announcement of a £160,000 resurfacing scheme for Tattymoyle Road. Read full article


24 March, 2014

Castlefinn Park works welcomed - Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh

Derg Sinn féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has welcomed the beginning of work by D.O.E. Roads Service in the Castlefinn Park estate in Castlederg Read full article


24 March, 2014

Carlin welcomes PCSP meeting on Hate Crime

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin has welcomed a themed PCSP Public Meeting on Hate Crime to be held in Strabane Library (Civic Room) this Thursday, beginning at 7pm, describing it as an issue that needs to be highlighted, not only to increase further community awareness about the nature and impact on victims of this form of crime, but to increasingly find ways to combat and engender a zero tolerance approach to this form of crime and from within the community. Read full article


24 March, 2014

Request for Ballymongan Road closure postponement until after height of lambing season

Derg area Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire has been lobbying Road's Service to delay the scheduled closure to the Ballymongan Road to replace a culvert due to the severe disruption it would cause to local farmers at the height of the lambing season. Read full article


21 March, 2014

No Make-up Selfies raise £2Million for Cancer Research

Councillor McAnespy's No Make-up Selfie

Omagh Sinn Féin Councillor Sorcha McAnespy has praised everyone who has participated and donated to Cancer Research and local Cancer Charities in the recent online trend of 'No Make-up Selfies' which has so far raised £2million. Read full article


20 March, 2014

Welcome for DRD Roads Service attention to road safety concerns in Eskra

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glen Campbell has welcomed confirmation that DRD Roads Service are exploring potential ways of improving road safety close to St. Patrick's Primary School on the Newtownsaville Road in Eskra. Read full article


20 March, 2014

Sinn Féin calls for the suspension of Omagh PSNI Officers

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has called for the immediate suspension of two PSNI officers involved in a recent court case. Read full article


19 March, 2014

Equality is the bedrock of good relations - Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has said that Sinn Féin will not accept any thing less than full equality in the Local Government Bill. Read full article


19 March, 2014

Castlederg assault condemned- McHugh

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has branded an attack on a young nationalist man in Castlederg as 'vicious and blatantly sectarian'. Read full article


19 March, 2014

Local anger at desecration of memorial

Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald and Nishey Harte inspect the damage caused to the memorial.

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has condemned the desecration of a memorial to three local IRA Volunteers which was attacked at the weekend. Read full article


19 March, 2014

McNally welcomes EU vote to scrap roaming charges

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Representative Barry McNally, has welcomed a vote in an EU committee which would see the scrapping of all mobile roaming charges within the European Union. Read full article


18 March, 2014

Investment in school improvements welcomed

Omagh District Council Chairperson Marty McColgan has said that the £134 million announced today by Education Minister John O'Dowd for school improvements, including the Loreto Grammar locally, will not only help develop the school estate but will also act as an injection of confidence into the local construction industry. Read full article


18 March, 2014

PSNI involvement in 'disturbing' incidents in Mid Tyrone

Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Clarke has hit out at the PSNI after a series of incidents in Mid Tyrone in the past number of weeks where families were wrongly visited by the PSNI in the early hours of the morning. Read full article


14 March, 2014

Loughmacrory Road Park and Share Welcomed

Declan McAleer MLA and Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald have welcomed the efficient completion of the Loughmacrory Road Park and Share which they say will drastically improve road safety, reduce travel costs and cut congestion. Read full article


13 March, 2014

Sinn Féin calls for 20mph zones in residential areas

West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer has said that his party supports the call for the speed limit in built up areas to be reduced to 20mph. Read full article


11 March, 2014

High Number of Omagh Parking Tickets a Turn off for Shoppers says McColgan

Omagh Council Chairperson Marty McColgan has criticised the high number of parking tickets issued over the past year in Omagh saying that it is a turn off to shoppers. Read full article


11 March, 2014

Anti-Drugs Campaign welcomed

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Representative Barry McNally has welcomed the launch of a new hard-hitting advertising campaign aimed at tackling the scourge of drugs. Read full article


11 March, 2014

"Make use of EU contacts" MEP Anderson urges Sporting Bodies

Martina Anderson MEP pictured with Tyrone GAA Chairperson Ciaran McLaughlin and Ulster President of the GAA Martin McAviney in the European Parliament, Brussels

After hosting a delegation from the GAA, IRFU, IFA and FAI and facilitating very useful and productive meetings with influential EU Officials recently Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson MEP has urged the sporting bodies to make use of the contacts made to access available EU Funding streams. Read full article


10 March, 2014

Fitzgerald welcomes £230,000 Improvement Scheme for Drumnakilly Road

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed the announcement from Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy that a £230,000 Improvement Scheme on the Drumnakilly Road will begin on Tuesday 18th March. Read full article


10 March, 2014

Option of re-opening closed fireplaces being considered by Housing Executive- Sinn Féin

Derg Sinn Féin councillors Kieran Mc Guire and Ruairí Mc Hugh have welcomed confirmation from DSD Minister Nelson Mc Causland that the Housing Executive is currently assessing the possibility of re-opening closed fireplaces to provide a secondary heat source in response to representations he made to the Minister on the issue on behalf of residents in different areas of the wider Derg area. Read full article


10 March, 2014

International Women's Day: The struggle for equality continues - Sorcha McAnespy

Omagh Councillor Sorcha McAnespy extended solidarity greetings to women throughout Omagh District at a Council Organised Talk on Friday night titled 'Women into Politics'. The event was held to mark International Women's Day which is marked annually on the 8th March. Read full article


7 March, 2014

Trillick Decorative Street Lighting must be retained

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Representative Stephen McCann has demanded that the decorative street lighting in Trillick is retained following the replacing of a number of them with second hand plain street lights during maintenance work. Read full article


7 March, 2014

Mc Aleer urges people to join organ donor register

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has encouraged people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register. He was speaking after joining the register online. Read full article


7 March, 2014

Omagh celebrates Integrated Education week

One of the many bridges on display at Omagh Integrated PS

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has praised the pupils and staff of Omagh Integrated Primary School for their creative efforts in marking Integrated Education week. Mr Mc Aleer was speaking after paying a visit to the school where he met staff and pupils. Read full article


6 March, 2014

Congratulations on Scór Success

"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the participants who took part in the Scór 2014. I attended a number of heats including the county final in Killeeshil on Sunday and was hugely impressed at the standard of talent and entertainment." - Declan McAleer MLA Read full article


6 March, 2014

Drumquin to get Outdoor Gym

Drumquin is to get a new Outdoor Gym, West Tyrone Sinn Fein Cllr Frankie Donnelly has announced. The project will be developed in the area following a decision of Omagh District Council to work along with local people to provide the new community Gym. Read full article


4 March, 2014

Sinn Féin Councillors confident on progression of A5 after Stormont meeting with DRD Minister Danny Kennedy.

Local Sinn Féin Councillors Ruairí Mc Hugh and Kieran Mc Guire have described as 'positive and re-assuring' the meeting they attended as part of a delegation with Mr. Danny Kennedy, Minister of the Department for Regional Development last Monday February 24. The meeting focused primarily on the delayed A5 Western Transport Corridor Project. Read full article


4 March, 2014

Mairead McCallion RIP

"Mairead was a bright, intelligent and personable young woman who had her whole life in front of her, but this was violently cut short last Monday." - Declan McAleer MLA Read full article


3 March, 2014

Top Marks for Christ the King PS in School Inspection

Chairperson of Omagh District Council Martin McColgan has congratulated Christ the King Primary School on receiving top marks from the Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI). Read full article


3 March, 2014

Drumquin Sport Boost by Re-opening of Changing Rooms

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Frankie Donnelly has welcomed the essential maintenance work being carried out on Drumquin's council changing rooms which will see it re-opening for use. Read full article


28 February, 2014

Clarke welcomes Gortin Road Improvements and highlights diversions

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Clarke has welcomed a £300,000 Gortin Road Improvement scheme beginning on Monday 3rd March but has urged drivers to be aware of diversions. Read full article


26 February, 2014

McElduff host to Donegal HGV Hauliers Delegation at Stormont

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff hosted a delegation at Stormont on Tuesday 25th February of Hauliers and Public representatives from Donegal lobbying support in opposition to the imminent introduction of a HGV transport Levy by Westminster on operators from the 26 Counties. Read full article


25 February, 2014

Pat Doherty MP welcomes ruling in John Downey case

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed a court ruling in London today which ruled that the prosecution of Sinn Féin member John Downey was an abuse of process and should not continue. Read full article


25 February, 2014

Lower Student Bus Fares makes sense - Campbell

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor, Glenn Campbell, is calling on Translink to reduce student bus fares. Read full article


24 February, 2014

Road Safety Concerns Addressed by Loughmacrory Play Park Gate

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has thanked Omagh District Council for confirming the installation of a gate at the entrance to Loughmacrory Play Park in the coming weeks. Read full article


18 February, 2014

Strong turnout from the Strabane District at Lá Mór na Gaeilge

Maolíosa McHugh pictured with Gerry Adams

The Strabane District was well represented at the Lá Mór na Gaeilge march in Dublin at the weekend where it was reported that 10,000 took to the streets. Read full article


17 February, 2014

Omagh Council Delegation Press Health Minister on Retention of Acute Mental Health and Inpatient Addiction Services

Omagh District Council Chairman, Councillor Martin McColgan, led a cross-party delegation of Councillors, as well as representatives from the Trade Union UNISON, to Stormont today to bring their message that "proposals to remove acute mental health and inpatient addiction treatment services from Omagh are grossly unfair and are detrimental to health". Read full article


17 February, 2014

Dumping of dead sheep beside residential area highly irresponsible-Mc Cauley

Strabane Sinn Féin Cllr Jay Mc Cauley has described the dumping of a dead sheep at the burn walk adjacent to homes in Drumrallagh Estate in the town as highly irresponsible and is asking agriculture officials to investigate. Read full article


17 February, 2014

Work due to start to alleviate flooding on roads - Mc Guire

Derg Sinn Fein Councillor Kieran Mc Guire has welcomed the works which are due to begin to resolve flooding issues on roads in different parts of the Castlederg area. Read full article


17 February, 2014

Fintona Residents need their say on future of Super Loo

West Tyrone Councillor Glen Campbell has urged the people of Fintona to have their say on the future of the town's super loo. Read full article


17 February, 2014

Treemendous improvements for Carrickmore

Carrickmore Sinn Féin representative Barry McNally has welcomed the recent maintenance work carried out by the Housing Executive in the Mid Tyrone town, including the planting of trees, shrubbery and installing of new kerbing. Read full article


13 February, 2014

Second Opinion Piece from Derg Cllr Ruairí McHugh

Unionist politicians need to show leadership over Castlederg parading issues Read full article


12 February, 2014

Omagh meeting supports exempting Amateur Sports Clubs from rates

Daithi McKay MLA addressed a meeting in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh tonight (Wednesday 12th February) to highlight the Bill he is introducing to the Assembly to make Amateur Sports Clubs exempt from rates. Read full article


12 February, 2014

Executive remains committed to A5 Dual carriageway - Mc Aleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the latest re-assurance from the Executive that it remains committed to the A5 Dual Carriageway, and that public consultation exercises will commence in April. Read full article


11 February, 2014

Ministers must take responsibility for failure of Agri-food scheme - McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said that the both the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Arlene Foster and the Minister of Finance and Personnel Simon Hamilton must take responsibility for the complete failure of the agrifood loan scheme. Read full article


11 February, 2014

Strabane District to benefit from the Social Investment Fund

Pictured are Sean Lynch MLA and Michaela Boyle MLA both members of the SIF Western Steering Group

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed news from OFMdFM that funding has been announced for the first projects within the Social Investment Fund (SIF) programme. £33million will be invested in 12 capital projects and 11 revenue projects, aimed at tackling poverty and deprivation through improved community based services and facilities. Read full article


10 February, 2014

McCann presses Road Service over Trillick Street Lighting

Trillick Sinn Féin representative Stephen McCann has pressed Road Service to install street lighting on the path leading from the back of Woodview Crescent to the centre of Trillick, responding to the concerns of local residents. Read full article


7 February, 2014

O' Neills Sportswear 60 jobs announcement a tribute to workers and management

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says that the announcement of 60 new jobs at O'Neills Sportswear in Strabane is a tribute to the commitment and skills of the workforce and loyalty of the owners and management to this area. Read full article


7 February, 2014

55 Drumquin Homes set for new Double Glazing Windows - Donnelly

55 Drumquin homes will have new double glazing windows installed in the summer, Councillor Frankie Donnelly has announced following a meeting with the Housing Executive on Tuesday. Read full article


5 February, 2014

Mc Guire welcomes dereliction funding for Newtownstewart

Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire has welcomed confirmation from Strabane District Council that a number of properties currently in poor state in Newtown' are to benefit from the council dereliction fund. Cllr Mc Guire, who has been selected by Sinn Féin to contest the Newtownstewart area in the upcoming council elections in May 2014, has been part of the Sinn Féin team in council who have pursued this issue for a number of years now. Read full article


4 February, 2014

Sectarian targeting of Teacher Condemned

Councillor Sorcha McAnespy has slammed the sectarian targeting of Catholic School teacher and party colleague Catherine Seeley by the Protestant Coalition. Read full article


3 February, 2014

Mc Aleer praises success of Rural Development Programme

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said the Rural Development Programme has been a great success. Read full article


3 February, 2014

Neknominate deaths a wakeup call - McColgan

Following the tragic deaths of two young Irish men attributed to the viral online drinking game, NekNomination, the Chairperson of Omagh District Council Marty McColgan has made an urgent appeal to the public to not partake in the online craze and to be responsible and safe when drinking alcohol. Read full article


31 January, 2014

Campaign grows for Creggan Road Footpath - McNally

Carrickmore Sinn Féin representative Barry McNally has called on Road Service to extend the Creggan Road footpath in the Mid Tyrone town citing safety concerns for local residents and school children. Read full article


31 January, 2014

A5 Newtownsaville junction putting lives at risk - Campbell

Councillor Glen Campbell has called on Roads Service to urgently upgrade the A5 Newtownsaville junction. Read full article


31 January, 2014

Boyle highlights the need for an ASD Unit in the Strabane District

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has today announced that she is to begin an intensive period of lobbying in order for a dedicated Autistic Sensory Unit to be based in the Strabane District. Read full article


28 January, 2014

Housing Executive work Welcomed - Cllr Ruairí Mc Hugh

Derg Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has welcomed recent work by the Housing Executive to landscape an area of unsightly land in the Hillview Park estate in Castlederg Read full article


28 January, 2014

Boyle attends official launch of 'Team Ulster' for Special Olympics Ireland

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle this week attended an event organised by Special Olympics Ireland in Stormont. Participants, volunteers and families gathered with politicians and sporting organisations to officially launch 'Team Ulster' for this year's Irish Special , which will take place in Limerick in June. Read full article


26 January, 2014

Trillick Piper selected by Sinn Féin

Stephen McCann endorsed by Petey Kelly's daughter Clodagh

32 year old Stephen McCann, a sales agent for Liberty Insurance, was selected on Friday night (24th January) as the new candidate in West Tyrone. He replaces Sinn Féin stalwart Petey Kelly who will continue on in his current role as Councillor but will not contest the upcoming election due to ill health. Read full article


24 January, 2014

Illegal Rubbish Dumping Must Stop - McColgan

Omagh Town Councillor Marty McColgan has been in touch with the Housing Executive and Environmental Health to report and clear up rubbish which has been dumped in the Strathroy and Shergrim Estates. Read full article


22 January, 2014

Rural development programme is crucial for the sustainability and vitality of rural areas. - McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said that it is absolutely vital that people understand that the rural development programme is crucial for the sustainability and vitality of rural areas. Read full article


21 January, 2014

Mobile phone companies should 'unilaterally' end Roaming Charges-Doherty

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed information published by Ofcom outlining measures now being taken by the main mobile phone companies to move them towards compliance with EU legislation designed to protect customers against inadvertent roaming charges. However, he said it was now time that all mobile phone companies unilaterlay dispenced with their unjust roaming charges altogether. Read full article


21 January, 2014

Boyle meets with Commissioning Lead for the Western Trust

West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle along with Cllr Jay Mc Cauley has welcomed a very positive meeting they have held on Thursday with Mr Paul Kavanagh, Commissioning Lead for the Western Trust and Dr Ciaran Mullan, Chairperson of the Local Commissioning Group. Read full article


21 January, 2014

Mc Hugh welcomes resolving of bins issues at Garvan Court, Glebe

Sinn Féin Cllr for the Glebe area, Maolíosa Mc Hugh, has today welcomed confirmation from Strabane District Council that residents living in Garvan Court, Glebe, will soon be getting their bins lifted from outside their homes. Read full article


21 January, 2014

Non farming rural dwellers deserve equality under PPS21

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has said that non-farming rural dwellers must have greater opportunities to build a home in their own townland. Read full article


16 January, 2014

Sinn Féin welcome release of Martin Corey- McMahon

Brian Mcmahon

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian McMahon has welcomed the release of Martin Corey. Read full article


15 January, 2014

£180,000 upgrade of Dooish Road welcomed.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Frankie Donnelly has welcomed the confirmation that work is to commence imminently on a £180,000 upgrade of a section of the Dooish road between Drumquin and Dromore. Read full article


15 January, 2014

Efforts being made to ensure Strabane will benefit from the legacy of the City of Culture 2013

Michaela and Caral

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has received confirmation from DCAL Minister Caral Ní Chuilín that efforts are being made to ensure Strabane will benefit from the legacy of the City of Culture 2013. Read full article


15 January, 2014

Mc Mahon welcomes start of environmental improvements to derelict properties

brian mcmahon 2014

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon, in his capacity as Chair of Strabane Town Forum, says that the commencement of work to spruce up the landmark "King's Corner" building at the junction of Bridge Street and the Ballycolman Lane is part of a rolling programme of environmental improvement works to be undertaken at 68 derelict buildings and sites within the town and across the District. Read full article


15 January, 2014

Successful ESA Appeal claimants now being targeted

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says the many Employment and Support Allowance claimants are being subject to a 'conveyer belt of misery' by being forced to undergo further re-assessment for the benefit just three months after having successfully appealed a decision to disallow them the benefit. Read full article


14 January, 2014

Single Farm Payments early payments welcomed - McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the Minister of Agriculture efforts to ensure that Single Farm Payments are paid to farmers early. Read full article


14 January, 2014

Council Chairperson expresses sympathy as Crash victim laid to rest

SDC chairperson ruairi mchugh

Sinn Féin councillor and Chairperson of Strabane District Council Ruairi McHugh has expressed his deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the Late Patsy Mc Croary, Castlederg, who was tragically killed in a road traffic collision last Wednesday outside Sion Mills. Patsy, who lived in Castlederg was buried in Dooneyloop, in his native Co.Donegal on Monday Morning Read full article


12 January, 2014

Mc Guire Welcomes progress on Abercorn Bridge Newtownstewart

Sinn Fein Councillor Kieran Mc Guire has welcomed the news that the much needed works to the Abercorn Bridge in Newtownstewart has gone out to tender Read full article


9 January, 2014

Roads Minister must provide timeline for A5 dual carriageway

As we enter the New Year with the A5 Dual Carriageway project delayed due to environmental assessments, it is essential that DRD Minister Danny Kennedy makes a clear statement outlining his department's revised timeline for the way forward. Read full article


9 January, 2014

Joe Byrne totally confused on rural strategy - McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said that SDLP MLA Joe Byrne is attempting to ride two horses over the allocation of money to the Rural Development Programme. Read full article


7 January, 2014

Are unionist parties going to show leadership on HAAS proposals?-Doherty

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that the response of the DUP and UUP to the HAAS proposals show the need of both parties to begin to show leadership and stop continually bowing to the lowest common denominator within their political constituency Read full article


7 January, 2014

Attempted robbery condemned- McHugh

Castlederg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has condemned the attempted robbery of a financial services business in Castlederg. Read full article


3 January, 2014

Campbell hopeful for quick restoration of BT service in Eskra

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has said he is hopeful that BT service in Eskra will be quickly restored. Residents in Corbo Road, Eskra have been without phone service since Christmas Eve. Read full article


18 December, 2013

Donnelly welcomes £170,000 improvements for Sixmilecross to Carrickmore Road

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed a £170,000 major improvement and resurfacing scheme on the Tiroony Road, between Sixmilecross and Carrickmore. Read full article


18 December, 2013

CAP reform must benefit the entire rural community - Mc Aleer

I wish to respond to a recent article penned by West Tyrone MLA Joe Byrne where he outlined his party's view that the new Rural Development Programme (RDP) should be directed towards the farming community rather than community projects. Read full article


18 December, 2013

Kilskeery Road in Trillick Set to benefit from Upgrade

A stretch of the Kilskeery road in Trillick, which has been described by a local councillor as 'a hazard', is set to undergo an upgrade in the coming weeks under a package of schemes announced by the DRD minister. Read full article


5 December, 2013

Adams expresses sadness at death of Mandela

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has expressed his sadness at the death of Nelson Mandela. Read full article


3 December, 2013

Sinn Féin critical of Parades Commission determinations on Castlederg loyalist parades.

Sinn Féin has criticised the Parades Commission for granting an Apprentice Boys parade unrestricted access through the Nationalist Ferguson Crescent area of Castlederg on the morning of Saturday 7 December. Read full article


3 December, 2013

Mystery deepens over Union Flag at Strabane Social Security Office.

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says the mystery deepens as to why the Union Flag was erected at Strabane Social Security Office for the first time since 1999 last month following denials by both DSD Minister Nelson Mc Causland and by the Chief Executive of the Social Security Agency that either had issued a directive for this highly controversial departure to happen. Read full article


3 December, 2013

Protest highlights extent of opposition to planned Anaerobic digester in Sion-Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon says that the white line protest held in Sion on Saturday highlighted the extent of local opposition to the proposed development of an Anaerobic Digester at the Mill site in the village. Read full article


3 December, 2013

Mc Guire welcomes funding package for Killeter forest walking routes

Sinn Féín Councillor for the Aghyaran area, Kieran Mc Guire, has welcomed an announced by ARC North West that the DARD Rural Development Programme is to part fund the creation of 22km of walking routes in and around Killeter forest. Read full article


2 December, 2013

Sinn Féin proposing Dock Street/Scor Site location for new build Leisure Centre

Sinn Féin is proposing that the new build Leisure Centre planned by Strabane District Council be located at the town's Dock Street/Scor Site area, as part of a wider mixed use development, citing the benefits it would have for the revitalisation and regeneration of the town centre. Read full article


29 November, 2013

CAP Reform discussed at packed public meeting in Cranagh

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that a public meeting on CAP reform held in Cranagh, attended by over 350 people, was a great success. Read full article


28 November, 2013

Farmers should apply early and online for Single Farm Payment

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said the message needs to go out to the farming community that it is important to get the application forms for the Single Farm Payment in as soon as possible after the application window opens in mid-March and to apply online. Read full article


27 November, 2013

Reduction on Omagh Car Parking Charges Welcomed

Sinn Féin Omagh District Councillor Marty McColgan has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Regional Development that car parks operated by the department will have reduced rates over the Christmas period. Read full article


26 November, 2013

Mc Hugh welcomes Rivers Agency commitment to carry works of persistent flooding in Clady

Sinn Féin Councillor for the Clady area Maolíosa Mc Hugh, has welcomed a commitment he has received from Rivers Agency to take measures to alleviate a long standing flooding problem in the Urney Road/Urney Court area Clady. Read full article


22 November, 2013

Mc Aleer welcomes Single Farm Payment announcement

West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the announcement by Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill that the paying out of the Single Farm Payment will commence in December. Read full article


22 November, 2013

MRF Revelations nothing new for Republicans - Fitzgerald.

Sinn Féin chairperson of Omagh District Council Anne Marie Fitzgerald has said revelations made in relation to the murderous activities of the Military Reaction Force (MRF) are nothing new for Republicans. Read full article


22 November, 2013

Farmers to have their say at Single Farm Payment consultation

West Tyrone MLA and Glenelly Councillor Dan Kelly have invited the farming community to have their say on the future of Single Farm Payments (CAP Pillar 1). They have organized a public consultation for Thursday 28thNovember in Cranagh Community hall. The event start at 7.30pm. Read full article


21 November, 2013

Mc Aleer calls for review of deprivation measures

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that the current methodology used for measuring deprivation must be reviewed as it does not accurately assess the extent of deprivation in rural areas. Mr Mc Aleer was speaking after co-hosting a seminar entitled 'Poverty amongst Plenty' organised by RCN and the Carnegie Trust. The seminar was addressed by Dr David Marshall (NISRA) and Dr Trutz Haase. Read full article


21 November, 2013

Young Strabane Republicans attend Sinn Fein National Youth Congress

Pictured: Saorla Ní Chearúllain and Grian Ní Dhaimhín pictured with Martina Anderson MEP

Young republican activists travelled from the four corners of Ireland to Omagh last Saturday to engage in the Sinn Féin annual Youth Conference. Read full article


21 November, 2013

Storey must protect interests of pupils, not his personal agenda - Boyle

West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has responded to yesterday's announcement by the DUP's Mervyn Storey that he will veto any possibility of releasing extra money for schools. Read full article


20 November, 2013

Michaela Boyle wishes the local United Ireland-You Decide campaign group all the best of luck on polling day

Following on from the film showing of 'The Wind That Shakes the Barley, the public debate on Irish Unity, the hands across the border event and the 5k fun run through Strabane and Lifford I would just like to congratulate the peoples referendum committee in our area for taking this initiative and highlighting the very real demand for a border poll. The debate on Irish unity is now intensifying with demand for a border poll taking centre stage. Read full article


20 November, 2013

Boyle questions DRD Minister on 'bottle neck' problems of Bridge Street.

During oral question time at the Assembly on Monday 18th November Sinn Féin West Tyrone Michaela Boyle MLA had the opportunity to question the Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy, about what measures he will consider bringing forward to help alleviate the traffic bottle-neck on the Bridge Street side of Strabane's old bridge. Read full article


20 November, 2013

West Tyrone Councillor Welcomes Improvements to Tattyreagh Road

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has welcomed news that a section of the Tattyreagh Road close to Fintona will be resurfaced following the announcement of a £125,000 resurfacing scheme. Read full article


19 November, 2013

Momentum building on call for Creggan Road footpath

Momentum is building on a call by local residents and Sinn Féin in Carrickmore for an extension on a footpath on the Creggan road in the Town. Currently there is no footpath provision on the road after it passes the Primary School in the town. Read full article


18 November, 2013

Ballycolman pipe bomb a futile act

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon says the pipe bomb incident in the Ballycolman on Saturday evening was a futile act which only served to cause disruption and endangerment to the local community. Read full article


18 November, 2013

Light at the end of the tunnel over Garag Hill adoption-Mc Hugh

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh says that lobbying efforts to have the Garag Hill residential development in the town adopted have taken a major step forward after receiving both e-mail and verbal guarantees from Roads Service that work to bring the development up to the required standard will be undertaken before the end of the financial year 2013-2014. Read full article


14 November, 2013

Mc Mahon secures DRD commitment on Sion Street lighting problems at Albert Place, New Street and Main Street

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon has secured a commitment DRD Street Lighting to address the issue of multiple streets lights that have been out action in the Albert Place, New Street and Main Street areas of Sion Mills. Read full article


13 November, 2013

McNally unveiled as new Sinn Féin candidate

Sinn Féin have unveiled Carrickmore man Barry McNally as the party's new Candidate to stand in the Mid Tyrone DEA in next year's Local Government election. The 26 year old newcomer to local electoral politics was revealed as Sinn Féin launched their campaign for next Mays Local Government Elections in the Strule Arts Centre on Wednesday evening. Read full article


13 November, 2013

Boyle welcomes news that £73m North Wing Project at Altnagelvin Hospital is to Proceed

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed confirmation from the Western Health and Social Care Trust that the Department of Health has approved the business case and funding to progress the design and construction of a new 'North Wing' building at Altnagelvin Hospital. The total cost of the project is projected to be £73m. Read full article


12 November, 2013

Kelly astounded at Response to Glenelly Roads Funding Concerns

Glenelly Sinn Féin Councillor Dan Kelly has said he has no intention of allowing Roads Service personnel treat the people of Glenelly as second-class citizens when it comes to the allocation of funds or provision of services. Cllr Kelly was speaking following this week's presentation by Road Service Network Manager, Mr Sam Webb, on the Local Transport & Safety Measures Report 2014 - 2016, to Strabane District Council. That meeting came on foot of Roads Minister Danny Kennedy MLA, announcing £4million funding for roads across the district. Read full article


12 November, 2013

New Melmount Road 'box junction' to ease traffic congestion-Mc Cauley

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley has welcomed the instalment of a 'box junction' on the Melmount Road at its junction with Ballycolman Avenue after lobbying Roads Service to implement the measure. Read full article


11 November, 2013

Mc Hugh welcomes wheelchair access measures for Dergview Estate

Castlederg Sinn Féin Cllr Ruairí Mc Hugh has welcomed measures to improve wheelchair access in the local Dergview Estate in the town following a joint meeting he held with Roads Service and Housing Executive officials. Read full article


11 November, 2013

Boyle asks DRD Minister to act on Bridge Street traffic bottleneck.

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has asked the Roads Minister Danny to bring forward measures to help alleviate the traffic bottle-neck on the Bridge Street side of Strabane's old bridge and citing the pending Public Realm Scheme in the area as a golden opportunity to bring these measures forward. Read full article


28 October, 2013

Boyle praises Frylite's commitment to Strabane District

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle says that the £2.1m financial assistance granted by Invest NI towards the expansion plans by local business Frylite as a positive acknowledgment of the record of hard work and vision this indigenous business has put it to growing from what where small beginnings locally to branching out to ever-expanding areas of operation across Ireland, Britain and Europe. Read full article


22 October, 2013

Mc Mahon welcomes £2.1m DSD funding for Strabane Community pedestrian bridge

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon says the community pedestrian bridge over the River Mourne in the town is now firmly back on track with confirmation from the Department of Social Development that it has allocated £2.1m towards the long awaited project. Read full article


17 October, 2013

Mc Aleer welcomes Primark decision to locate in Omagh

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the news that Primark will soon be opening a store in Omagh. A planning application will be lodged on Monday morning for the town centre site after a deal between the owners of Supervalu (Omagh) and Primark was signed. Read full article


17 October, 2013

Sinn Féin Councillor expresses alarm at proposal for 6000 acre Windfarm in the Sperrins.

Glenelly Sinn Féin Councillor Dan Kelly has expressed his alarm at the proposal for a 6000 acre Wind Farm in the Sperrin Mountains. The proposal still at pre-application stage is being is to be brought to Strabane District Council for consideration and comment next week. The proposal for 60 wind turbines on 6000 acres of land belonging to the Blakiston-Houston Estate between Cranagh, Goles and Broughderg is one of the largest proposals to have ever come before the Planning Service. Read full article


15 October, 2013

Carrickmore to host events for young business enthusiasts

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff is encouraging young entrepreneurs in Tyrone to take part in a seminar for local young people aimed at helping them understand how to set up their own business. Read full article


11 October, 2013

Mc Aleer critical of cut to Rural Development budget

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has criticized the British government for not pursuing additional funding for the Rural Development Programme (Pillar 2) after the DARD Minister revealed that their decision will result in a 22% cut to the programme. Read full article


10 October, 2013

Welcome for Omagh Jobs announcement

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the creation of 260 local Jobs at Terex Finlay in Omagh. It is a part of a £21 million investment by the company locally. Read full article


9 October, 2013

Boyle welcomes postal service vote in Assembly

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the Assembly's backing for the Royal Mail to remain in public ownership. Read full article


8 October, 2013

Mc Hugh welcomes progress on Glebe issues

Sinn Féin Councillor Maolíosa Mc Hugh has welcomed progress on a number of issues on which he has been making representations on behalf of residents of the Glebe. Read full article


8 October, 2013

Dog owners urged to avail of free micro-chipping until end of October-Carlin

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin says that council is playing its part in encouraging responsible dog ownership citing pro-active initiatives to tackle dog fouling and the associated problem of stray dogs. Read full article


8 October, 2013

Extension of Spout Road crash barrier needed to protect against 60ft drop-Mc Cauley

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley is awaiting a response from Road's Service to representations he has been making seeking a 3 metre extension to the existing crash barrier at Spout Road to protect motorists and pedestrians from a 60ft drop down into the burn walk beside Drumrallagh Estate. Read full article


8 October, 2013

No appetite for Ballycolman graffiti-Carlin

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin says that from soundings on the ground it is clear that there is no appetite in the Ballycolman for unsightly graffiti blighting walls in the area. Read full article


7 October, 2013

Sinn Féin announces 'formidable team' for Derry-Strabane Council

Sinn Féin has announced 21 candidates to contest next May's election to the new Derry-Strabane Council with 3 party candidates to contest the new Derg Electoral Area and 4 in the new Sperrin Electoral Area. Read full article


4 October, 2013

Economy main concern at rural development consultation

The representatives of over 50 rural groups took part in a consultation on the new Rural Development programme at a seminar in Kelly's Inn on Thursday evening. The event was jointly hosted by Tyrone MLA's Bronwyn Mc Gahan and Declan Mc Aleer and was facilitated by Lorraine Lynas, Richard Leeman and Paul Donnelly from DARD's Rural Development management branch. Read full article


4 October, 2013

McAleer critical of cut to Rural Development budget

West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer has criticised the British government for not pursuing additional funding for the Rural Development Programme (Pillar 2) after the DARD Minister revealed that their decision would result in a 22% cut to the programme Read full article


25 September, 2013

SDLP Need To Explain Vote Against Targeting Social Need- Boyle

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle Sinn Féin says that the SDLP needs to explain why they voted along with the DUP in the Assembly last night to back a regressive motion designed to block the targeting of social need within our education system. Read full article


24 September, 2013

Mc Aleer calls for 'fair play' for dairy producers

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has called for dairy producers in the north to be treated on an equal basis as their counterparts in the south. Mr Mc Aleer was speaking after raising the matter of food labelling with the Enterprise & Trade Minister, Arlene Foster during question time in the Assembly on Tuesday. Read full article


24 September, 2013

Sinn Fein reacts angrily to British army recruitment plans

Sinn Féin councillor Marty McColgan has criticised the British army after it emerged they will take part in a jobs fair in Omagh on Friday. Claiming that the British army has left a 'bloody legacy' in County Tyrone Councillor McColgan said local job hunters should not be confronted with members of the British army involved in a recruitment drive. Read full article


24 September, 2013

Mc Mahon welcomes action on path between Church View/Courtrai Park

Strabane Sinn Fein Councillor Brian Mc Mahon has welcomed action taken by the Council's Technical Services Department to cut back trees and shrubbery that was covering the railings from Church View down the steep incline into Courtrai Park and also erecting a dog fouling disposal bin at the top of the much used pedestrian walkway following representation s he made on behalf of local residents. Read full article


24 September, 2013

MLA's invite the public to have their say on the new Rural Development Programme

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Bronwyn Mc Gahan MLA

Sinn Féin MLA's Bronwyn Mc Gahan and Declan Mc Aleer have called on rural stakeholders to have their say on the new Rural Development Programme. The two MLA's have organized a public consultation for next Thursday evening (3rd Oct) in Kelly's Inn, Garvaghey at 7pm. Read full article


23 September, 2013

Former Hunger Striker to address Strabane Commemoration

Former IRA Hunger Striker Raymond Mc Cartney is to the main speaker at the annual commemoration held to remember local republican dead which takes place in Strabane this Sunday with the parade to the Republican Plot at Strabane Cemetery assembling at Bridge Street at 2:30pm. An additional commemoration event will be an evening of song and story entitled "Our War 0ur Story" which will be performed by Derry singer and songwriter Danny Mc Gilloway in the Ballycolman Community Centre between 7-9pm on Saturday evening. Read full article


18 September, 2013

McHugh welcomes upgrading of Castlederg Post Office

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairi McHugh has welcomed the news that Castledergs Post Office will undergo a modernisation programme and become one of the new main style branches in West Tyrone. Read full article


17 September, 2013

Few convinced over Villier's Omagh Bomb Inquiry refusal-Doherty

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that few are convinced by British Secretary of State Teresa Villiers citing 'insufficient grounds for further inquiry' as the real reason behind the British government's refusal to hold a public inquiry into the Omagh bomb. Read full article


17 September, 2013

Extension of free school meals welcomed- Boyle

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Education committee Michaela Boyle has called for free school meals to be extended for all children attending school. Read full article


17 September, 2013

Sinn Fein pressing Housing Executive on Inisfree Gardens ECM Scheme shortcomings

Sinn Féin is pressing the Housing Executive to address shortcomings in the ECM scheme carried out at Inisfree Gardens in the town. Read full article


17 September, 2013

Privatisation of Royal Mail will impact employees and services directly - Boyle

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says that if the British Government's decision to privatise Royal Mail is allowed to proceed it will have a negative impact on its employees, the services provided and will inevitably lead to branch closures, particularly in rural communities. Read full article


17 September, 2013

Secure your right to vote- Sinn Féin

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has urged everyone, 17 years and over, to ensure they secure their right to vote by filling in and returning the 'Individual' Electoral Registration Forms which are currently being delivered to every home across the constituency in what is the first electoral canvas being undertaken by the Electoral Office in over seven years. Read full article


12 September, 2013

Fitzgerald welcomes UN Bedroom tax abolition call

Sinn Féin mid Tyrone Councillor and Chairperson of Omagh District Council, Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed a call by Raquel Rolnik, the UN Special Rapporteur on Housing to the British Government to abolish the so called bedroom tax. Read full article


10 September, 2013

Mc Hugh welcomes Minister's commitment to upgrade and maintain old Derg Valley Hospital site

Castlederg Sinn Féin Councillor has welcomed the commitment made by Health Minister Edwin Poots to upgrade and maintain the old Derg Valley hospital site which has become a cause of complaint amongst local people. Read full article


9 September, 2013

'Useful' Meeting with DSD regarding Welfare Reform

Sinn Féin councillors Anne Marie Fitzgerald and Marty McColgan have described as 'useful' a meeting with Brian Doherty, a senior official within the Department of Social Development, regarding Welfare Reform. Both Councillors were part of a cross party delegation to meet Mr Doherty on Monday. Read full article


3 September, 2013

Drumnakilly Martyrs remembered

Hundreds of Tyrone Republicans along with comrades from throughout Ireland took part in a series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the Drumnakilly Martyrs at the weekend. The weekend of events started on Friday afternoon at the ambush site where Nishey Harte, brother of Gerard and Martin gave a very emotional address to the assembled crowd. Read full article


3 September, 2013

Sperrin Hikers remember the 25th anniversary of fallen comrades

Bronwyn Mc Gahan MLA at Stroanbrack Cairn in the Sperrin Mountains

Over 100 hikers braved the elements on Saturday to climb the Sperrin Mountains in a 'Walk of Freedom' to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Republican comrades who lost their lives in 1988. Read full article


2 September, 2013

Abolition of Roaming Charges 'Common Sense'

Sinn Féin Councillor Marty McColgan has said the decision by mobile company 'Three' to abolish roaming charges across the island of Ireland is a 'common sense approach'. Read full article


28 August, 2013

Livestock and Farm Machinery Stolen in Mid Tyrone

Sinn Féins Anne Marie Fitzgerald has called upon Farmers in the Omagh District to be vigilant after it emerged over £25,000 of farm machinery was stolen over the space of a weekend in the Mid Tyrone area. The Omagh District Council Chairperson also said it had brought to her attention that livestock and machinery were stolen in a spate of robberies over the past number of weeks. Read full article


28 August, 2013

Claim Your Vote - Sinn Féin

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Sean Clarke has encouraged local people to complete the electoral registration canvass forms, which will be delivered to every household in the district over the coming weeks. Read full article


22 August, 2013

Morrison to address Drumnakilly commemoration

Danny Morrison

The former Assembly member for Mid Ulster and SF Director of publicity, Danny Morrison has been confirmed as the main speaker at a commemoration to mark the 25th anniversary of the SAS shooting of IRA volunteers Gerard and Martin Harte and Brian Mullin at Drumnakilly on Tuesday 30th August 1988 Read full article


22 August, 2013

EU funding seminar for businesses and voluntary organisations

Sinn Féin has announced details of a major seminar for local businesses and community organisations to help them maximise EU funding opportunities. The event takes place in the Mellon Country hotel on Tuesday 27th August (10.30am - 12.30pm)and will be hosted by Martina Anderson MEP. Read full article


21 August, 2013

MLA writes to Lord Chief Justice re- District Judge's Fintona 'Drugs Capital' comments

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Barry Mc Elduff has written to the Office of the Lord Chief Justice in Belfast to express his disappointment and concern at recent remarks made by the District Judge, Bernadette Kelly at Omagh Magistrates' Court where she described Fintona as 'our drugs capital'. Read full article


12 August, 2013

Republicans gather in Castlederg for Tyrone Volunteers Day

Hundreds of Republicans gathered this weekend in Castlederg for the annual Tyrone Volunteers Day commemoration, which coincided with the 40th anniversary of local Volunteers Seamus Harvey and Gerard McGlynn. Read full article


9 August, 2013

Welcome for Lisanelly Developments

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the announcement that preliminary work on phase one of the Lisanelly Shared Education Campus is scheduled to begin on-site in the autumn. Read full article


6 August, 2013

Double Standards at Play in Castlederg by Parades commission

West Tyrone Sinn Féin have made the decision to hold a counter protest at an Apprentice boys parade on Saturday 10th of August, which will be marching around Castlederg town centre, passing through Ferguson Crescent, Priests Lane and the Killeter Road. Read full article


5 August, 2013

Local people shocked after Omagh assault - McColgan

Sinn Fein Omagh District Councillor Marty McColgan has said he is shocked at an attack in Omagh town which has left an Omagh man fighting for his life. Read full article


2 August, 2013

John Downey should be released unconditionally - McColgan

Sinn Féin Omagh District councillor Marty McColgan has welcomed the decision to grant Donegal Republican, John Downey bail. Read full article


2 August, 2013

Apply for School Uniform Grant Call

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor and Chairperson of Omagh District Council Anne Marie Fitzgerald has called upon local parents to apply now for School Uniform grants. She furthermore called on those who are entitled to Free School Meals to also apply for these in time for the commencement of the new school year in September. Read full article


1 August, 2013

Fleadh Uladh in Dromore an excellent success - Campbell

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has extended his congratulations to the Dromore Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann after a very successful Ulster Fleadh held in Dromore at the weekend. Read full article


30 July, 2013

Castlederg initiative will see parade voluntarily re-routed - Cllr McHugh

In order to defuse the contentious scenario created by unionist politicians, Sinn Féin have decided to take an initiative in relation to the Tyrone Volunteers Day commemoration in Castlederg. Read full article


26 July, 2013

Taoiseach commitment to A5 welcome - McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer and Padraig MacLochlainn TD have welcomed the continued commitment from Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the A5 project. Read full article


23 July, 2013

Sympathy extended to Kincaid family

Sinn Féin councillor Maolíosa Mc Hugh has extended his sympathy to the family of James Kincaid who tragically lost his life after he and another man got into difficulties in the Strule river at Newtownstewart on Saturday. Read full article


22 July, 2013

Donnelly extends condolences to McGowan Family

Drumquin Sinn Féin councillor Frankie Donnelly has extended his condolences to the McGowan family following the discovery of Lisas body this week. Read full article


18 July, 2013

Sinn Fein comment on unionist criticism of Castlederg Republican commemoration

Barry McElduff comments on unionist criticism of Castlederg Republican commemoration Read full article


18 July, 2013

Councillor R Mc Hugh welcomes Housing Executive commitment

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has welcomed a commitment from Housing Executive officials to carry out work on a number of issues raised by him at a recent meeting with the Housing Executive Read full article


18 July, 2013

BT Response to Listymore Park customers 'Unacceptable' - R Mc Hugh

Cllr Ruairi McHugh

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has hit out at BT over a complete lack of response to their phone and broadband customers in the Listymore Park area near Castlederg. Read full article


18 July, 2013

Vigilance required following further spate of thefts-Carlin

Strabane Sinn Féin Cllr Karina Carlin says that following recent spate of thefts/attempting thefts from cars in the Carrick Strand/Ballycolman and Laurel Drive, she has now been contacted by residents in the Jefferson Court/Carricklynn Avenue area of the town about the theft of property from cars and gardens in the area over recent days. Read full article


14 July, 2013

Tyrone Volunteers Day Commemoration to be held in Castlederg

tyrone vol day launch derg

Tyrone Volunteers Day was launched this week by Republicans from throughout the county, at the spot where volunteers Seamus Harvey and Gerard mcglynn were killed 40 years ago on active service. Read full article


10 July, 2013

Road Sign Causing confusion in Mid Tyrone

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has said she is working closely with technical services of Omagh District Council to change a sign between Carrickmore and Creggan which is causing confusion for local people in the area. Read full article


9 July, 2013

Sinn Féin announce plans for Martin Hurson Commemoration

Sinn Féin has announced plans for this year's Martin Hurson Commemoration in Galbally. This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of the death of the Tyrone man on Hunger Strike as a part of the 1981 Hunger Strike. Read full article


8 July, 2013

Congratulations on hosting Tyrone County Fleadh - Cllr Ruairí Mc Hugh

The Sinn Féin Chair of Strabane District Council Cllr Ruairí Mc Hugh has extended hearty congratulations to everyone involved in the Tyrone County Fleadh which took place in Castlederg from Thursday 27 June until Sunday 30 June Read full article


8 July, 2013

Sinn Féin Invest in Tyrone GAA Garvaghey Project

Sinn Féin ministers Caral Ni Chulin and Michelle O'Neill have paid a visit to Garvaghey to the Tyrone GAA Centre of Participation alongside Sinn Féin elected representatives and party activists from the area. Read full article


5 July, 2013

DRD car parking policy criticised

The Chair of Omagh District Council, Anne Marie Fitzgerald has criticised DRD for their policy on parking which prohibits the transfer of tickets between car parks. Read full article


5 July, 2013

Republicans commemorate 40th anniversary of the 'Three Volunteers'

Republicans from throughout Ireland gathered in Tyrone last week to take part in a series of events to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Vols. Dermot Crowley, Patrick Carty and Sean Loughran. The three volunteers were killed on active service outside Omagh on 25th June 1973. Read full article


3 July, 2013

Maginnis confirms Thatcher organised executions

The ambush site at Drumnakilly following the SAS execution of Vols.  Gerard Harte, Martin Harte and Brian Mullin on Tuesday 30th August 1988

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer said former Ulster Unionist Ken Maginnis confirmed on the RTÉ programme last night 'Thatcher - Ireland and the Iron Lady' that there was a shoot-to-kill policy sanctioned by the highest level of the British Government Read full article


3 July, 2013

Omagh Band Parade Criticised

Sinn Féin Omagh Town Councillor Sean Begley has criticised an Orange Order band parade held in Omagh on Monday evening after it was revealed the parade made its way along John and James Streets in the town, stopping outside a number of premises to play sectarian music. Read full article


2 July, 2013

Seamus Woods to be Remembered 25 Years On

A Parade in 2008 marking the 20th Anniversary of Seamus Woods' death

Irish Republicans will gather in Pomeroy this weekend to remember local IRA Volunteer Seamus Woods who died on active Service 25 years ago whilst involved in an attack against the local RUC Barracks. Read full article


1 July, 2013

Trillick Leisure Centre Vandalism Condemned

West Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Peter Kelly has condemned vandalism caused to the Trillick Leisure Centre in the past number of weeks. Speaking after a considerable amount of lead was removed from the roof the local councillor, who sits on the Board of Directors for the Leisure centre, said the vandalism would have an adverse affect for those using the centre. Read full article


30 June, 2013

McColgan expresses concern over PPS rulings

Omagh Sinn Fein Councillor Marty McColgan has expressed concerns around the decision by the Public Prosecution Service not to bring charges against members of the PSNI regarding two high profile court cases in Omagh over the past number of months. Read full article


25 June, 2013

Tyrone Fleadh a great opportunity for the Derg-McHugh

Castlederg councillor and Chairperson of Strabane District Council Ruairí Mc Hugh is calling for all those taking part in or visiting the Tyrone Fleadh, which takes place in Castlederg from Thursday 27th June until Sunday 30th June, to embrace the occasion and to enjoy the events planned throughout the course of the weekend Read full article


24 June, 2013

High level of vigilance required following spate of car break-ins-Carlin

Strabane Sinn Fein Councillor Karina Carlin says that concern is growing locally that cars are being systematically targeted for robbery following reports that 6 cars alone in the one area of the town have been broken into. Read full article


24 June, 2013

Announcement to abolish roaming charges a major milestone-Doherty

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has described the announcement by the European Commission that it plans to abolish roaming charges by the summer of 2014 as a major milestone reached in the campaign to do away with this form of unjust profiteering by mobile phone companies. Read full article


24 June, 2013

Sinn Féin councillors welcome extensive remedial works to Fern Road

Sinn Féin Cllrs Kieran Mc Guire and Maoliosa Mc Hugh have welcomed the completion of extensive remedial repair works to the Fern Road between Castlederg and Clady following lobbying both DRD Road Service and Donegal County Council to undertake the work given that the road had fallen into a very bad state of repair. Read full article


20 June, 2013

A5 money needs to be spent wisely

Sinn Fein MLA Declan McAleer has said that it was important to have the A5 monies secured for projects that are shovel ready rather than lose it back to the British Treasury. Read full article


18 June, 2013

Sinn Féin Ministers discuss rural schools

DARD minister Michelle O'Neill with Michaela Boyle MLA

West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the joint discussion with Education Minister John O'Dowd and Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill on rural schools. Read full article


17 June, 2013

Apply for school meals/clothing grants before summer holidays

Michalea Boyle MLA

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle is encouraging parents to ensure free school meals/school uniform/PE clothing grant renewal and fresh application forms are returned to the WELB as soon as possible to ensure that no eligible child looses out or has their application unduly delayed as we move into the new term in September Read full article


14 June, 2013

Joint transport committees to discuss A5 and N16 proposals

Sinn Féin MLA's, Declan Mc Aleer and Sean Lynch have jointly welcomed the decision by the DRD committee to invite the Dail's Joint Committee on Transport and Communications to Stormont to discuss all island infrastructure and transport matters. Read full article


14 June, 2013

There is no 'Alternative' to the new A5

Dear Editor Through your columns I would like to address a number of issues which have been raised by previous contributors relating to the proposed A5 dual carriageway. Firstly, the proposal is not a 'road to nowhere'. It is an extremely important corridor which will connect the north west of Ireland to cities such as Belfast and Dublin. Read full article


14 June, 2013

CAP reform must deliver for the majority of farmers

West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer has said that CAP reform must introduce fairness into the system for distributing Single Farm Payments. Mr Mc Aleer said Read full article


11 June, 2013

Boyle welcomes education spending announcement

John O'dowd pictured with West Tyrone MLAs and MP

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA and Assembly Education Committee member Michaela Boyle has welcomed the statement from the Minister of Education outlining his strategy for spending within education in the coming years. Read full article


11 June, 2013

'Time for Terri' campaign comes to Stormont

The Devine family with Sinn Féin MLAs Micahela Boyle & Declan McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA's Michaela Boyle and Declan McAleer have congratulated the Devine family in bringing their campaign for a vaccine for meningitis to Stormont. Read full article


11 June, 2013

Multi-agency meeting on Barrack Street/At Anne's Congestion

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley says that he hopes constructive proposals will be forthcoming from a multi-agency site meeting he has arranged this Wednesday to help alleviate congestion in the vicinity of Barrack Street and St Anne's Primary School. Read full article


11 June, 2013

Social Housing tenants need to be protected from rent increases

Strabane Sinn Féin Cllr Brian Mc Mahon says that recently released figures revealing housing association rents have risen by 60% over the past 10 years, twice as much as those of the housing executive, shows that social housing tenants need to be protected. Read full article


6 June, 2013

Sinn Féin make History in Omagh

Sinn Féin made history on Omagh Distirct Council on Thursday night when it elected two females councillors to the top two posts on the Council. The party unveiled Mid Tyrone councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald as the Chairperson whilst Omagh Town representative Sorcha McAnespie will take the reins as Vice Chair. Read full article


6 June, 2013

Pat Doherty MP visits John Downey in Belmarsh Prison

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has visited Donegal Republican, John Downey in Belmarsh Prison. Read full article


5 June, 2013

Community Fund Worth an annual £18,000

Kieran Turbity of ESB picutred alongside Sinn Féin councillor Sean Donnelly on a recent visit to Omagh

Local Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed a Commitment by ESB to the establishment of a community fund totalling over 18,000 per year for community groups near Crockagarran wind farm in Mid Tyrone. Read full article


5 June, 2013

Strabane Business Park raised with DETI Minister- Boyle

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Michaela Boyle has this week questioned the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on her efforts to stimulate inward investment on an all-island basis, with a particular emphasis placed on Strabane Business Park. Read full article


5 June, 2013

SDLP allows passing of hardline unionist 'SPAD Bill' aimed at republican ex-prisoners

THE SDLP has allowed the passing of the controversial Bill barring ex-prisoners sentenced to five years or more during the conflict from becoming special advisers to ministers at the power-sharing Executive at Stormont even though its leader described the legislation as "flawed". Read full article


4 June, 2013

Sinn Féin to elect Chair and Vice Chair of Omagh District Council

Omagh District Council will this week elect a new Chair and Vice Chair when they meet on Thursday evening. Under the d'hondt system in operation Sinn Féin will hold the Chair and Vice Chair of the council for the incoming year. Read full article


3 June, 2013

Parades commission ruling - 'Cause for Concern'

Sinn Fein has described a parades commission ruling to allow a controversial loyalist band to parade through a contentious area of Castlederg on Tuesday evening 4th of June to Dergview Housing Estate in the town as a serious cause for concern. Read full article


31 May, 2013

Byrne Challenged to Block Allisters Bill

The British soldier who murdered Aidan Mc Anespie on his way to a football match in 1988 would be eligible to be a Special Advisor, yet under the terms of this Bill, Political Ex prisoners would be excluded.

Local Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has issued a direct challenge to SDLP MLA Joe Byrne to 'stand up and be counted' and sign a petition of concern to block Jim Allisters Special Advisers Bill. Read full article


29 May, 2013

SDLP 'cop out' will enshrine discrimination against Ex- Pows into law

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has accused the SDLP of a 'cop out' in refusing to use the only mechanism available to help block a rejectionist unionist bill aimed at discriminating against former political prisoners. Read full article


29 May, 2013

Jim Mc Ginn Cumann in Play Area clean up

On Saturday morning activists from the Jim Mc Ginn Sinn Fein Cumann helped clean up the children's play facility and adjoining areas at the bottom of the Ballycolman Estate following representations from local residents about how run down the area had become. Read full article


29 May, 2013

Sinn Fein seeking clarity from Power NI and Utility Regulator over electricity price hike

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin says that her party is concerned that the 17.8% price increase announced by Power NI today may be the first step in efforts to make domestic consumers and small businesses pay more to allow price reductions for large businesses. Read full article


24 May, 2013

O'Dowd officially re-opens Arvalee School and Resource Centre

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, today officially re-opened Arvalee School and Resource Centre in Omagh, which was largely destroyed by fire last year. Speaking during the event the Minister said: "I welcome the opportunity to be here today to meet with pupils and staff and perform the official re-opening of the school. Much hard work has gone into bringing all the pupils of the school back together on one site again Read full article


22 May, 2013

Kennedy to appear before DRD committee to discuss A5 scheme

Roads Minister Danny Kennedy has agreed to appear before the DRD committee on Wednesday to answer questions on the stalled A5 dual carriageway scheme. Read full article


22 May, 2013

Electricity Hike will hit most vulnerable

Local Sinn Féin councillor Marty McColgan has said a hike in electricity bills by Power NI will hit the most vulnerable in both the community and business sectors. Cllr McColgan was speaking as it was announced that bills are due to go up by 18% from July. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Moratorium on roadworks will leave workers in limbo - McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said that the moratorium on road works during the G8 summit will leave over 1000 workers in limbo. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Chapel Car Park to get makeover- Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin says that the car park opposite Strabane Chapel is to get a much-needed makeover following lobbying by the party. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Boyle says abolition of Computer Based Assessment Systems will be greeted with relief

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Education committee Michaela Boyle, has welcomed the Minister of Education's decision to abolish the requirement for schools to carry out Computer Based Assessments. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Sinn Féin press for additional support of Hill Farmers in Assembly

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer says that Agriculture Minister Michelle O Neill has committed to continuing to target the needs of hill farmers in response to a Sinn Fein motion debated in the Assembly yesterday. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Opportunity still exists to stop Jim Allister's discriminatory Bill- Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has called on those who state that they are now opposed to Jim Allister's Special Advisors Bill to support a Petition of Concern to ensure that there is a not a legislative process for discrimination. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Hazardous back alley in Sion Mills to be repaired

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon says that Roads Service have agreed to undertake remedial work to resurface and clean up the hazardous surface of the back alley behind homes in Garden Terrace and Park Terrace in Sion Mills. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Mc Guire calls for meeting with Donegal County Council to deal with 'Border Roads'

At last week's full council meeting, Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire asked Strabane District Council to formally convene a meeting with Donegal County Council officials, DRD Roads Service and elected councillors from the Finn Valley Electoral and Derg Electoral areas respectively to bring a focus to issues affecting communities along this Border area. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Extra £1m to address fodder shortage welcomed - Mc Aleer

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA and Assembly Agriculture Committee Member Declan Mc Aleer has described the announcement by Minister O'Neill that an extra £1m has been secured to help farmers facing fodder shortages as a timely and much needed intervention. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Education initiative will raise standards- Boyle

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA and Assembly Education Committee member Michaela Boyle says that the announcement by Education Minister John O Dowd that 230 newly qualified teachers are being recruited will not only offer new teachers much-needed experience but will impact on numeracy and literacy levels. Read full article


14 May, 2013

Doherty welcomes Allstate announcement of additional jobs

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed confirmation that Strabane will be a net beneficiary of a 450 'new jobs' announcement by Allstate which currently employs 1,900 people at its premises at Orchard Rd Industrial Estate in the town as well as in Derry and Belfast. Read full article


13 May, 2013

Mc Guire welcomes progress on Carnoughter water pressure

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire says that NI Water is to take remedial steps to resolve the ongoing issue of low water pressure that residents of the Carnoughter Road, Castlederg have been enduring for years following on from representations he has made on the matter. Read full article


13 May, 2013

Reassurances given that A5 road project remains an Executive priority - Doherty

Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone, Pat Doherty, has welcomed the confirmation the A5 road project remains an Executive priority. Read full article


10 May, 2013

Sadness at tragic death in Castlederg- McHugh

Sinn Fein Councillor Ruairi McHugh has expressed his sadness at the news of a tragic death in his home town of Castlederg. Read full article


10 May, 2013

Donnelly lobbies for Park Road Works

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Donnelly has called upon Roads Service to resurface the Park Road, at Dunmoyle. Read full article


8 May, 2013

Frustration at Roads Minister's refusal to discuss A5

West Tyrone MLA and member of the DRD committee, Declan Mc Aleer says he is frustrated at Danny Kennedy's decision not to address the issue of the stalled A5 project at Wednesdays Regional Development meeting. Read full article


8 May, 2013

Mc Hugh expresses his disappointment at the closure of the shop in Clady village

Following the recent closure of Kellys shop in Clady, local Sinn Féin councillor Maolíosa Mc Hugh hopes for the service to be restored to the village as soon as possible. Read full article


8 May, 2013

Boyle welcomes Minister's announcement that DARD Direct Office is to be located in Strabane

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed confirmation from Agriculture Minister Michelle O Neill that she intends to locate a DARD Direct Office in Strabane which will accommodate 40 staff offering a "one stop shop" service to the local farming community. Read full article


7 May, 2013

O'Dowd welcomes Lisanelly planning recommendation

L-R: John O'Dowd, Michaela Boyle MLA, Declan McAleer MLA.

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has welcomed the news that planning approval is to be recommended for a shared education campus in Omagh. Read full article


7 May, 2013

Boyle welcomes Minister's reversal decision to close Greenfield and other Care Homes

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed to the decision by Heath Minister Edwin Poots to the reverse the proposal to close Greenfield and other care homes across the north Read full article


7 May, 2013

Invest NI working with 6 businesses on Strabane Business Park location

L-R: Cllr Dan Kelly; Cllr Jay Mc Cauley; Mary Gormley, Manager of Invest NI's Western Regional Office: Alistair Hamilton CEO Invest NI; Michaela Boyle MLA; Pat Doherty MP; Cllr Maolíosa Mc Hugh; Cllr Kieran Mc Guire

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Michaela Boyle has described as 'extremely positive' confirmation that Invest NI is now working closely with 6 businesses to progress their expressions of interest in acquiring land at the new 40 acre Business Park at Melmount Road in Strabane. Read full article


6 May, 2013

McAnespy welcomes Launch of Exhibition

Omagh Town Hall on right

Omagh Town Sinn Féin Councillor Sorcha McAnespy has welcomed the launch of a new photographic exhibition looking back at the history of Omagh Town Hall which was launched on Thursday at the Strule Arts Centre. Read full article


5 May, 2013

MP Expresses Sympathy with family of young man killed at Beltany Road

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has expressed his deepest sympathy to the family of the young man who died after being struck by a vehicle on the Beltany Road, near Newtownstewart on Friday night. Read full article


3 May, 2013

Community Fund for Carrickmore, Sixmilecross and Beragh

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed the establishment of a community fund totalling £18,000 per year for community groups in the Carrickmore, Sixmilecross and Beragh areas. The fund comes from the developers of the Crockagarran windfarm on the Whitebridge road, outside Carrickmore. Read full article


1 May, 2013

Executive Commitment to A5 reaffirmed

Sinn Féin councillor Frankie Donnelly has welcomed a statement by Martin McGuinness, reaffirming the commitment of the Executive for the A5 dual carriageway project. Read full article


1 May, 2013

Assembly misses chance to back marriage equality- Michaela Boyle MLA

Michaela Boyle MLA meeting with Strabane LGBT group ahead of the debate in Stormont

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle said she is disappointed that the Assembly missed an opportunity to bring equality to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on the issue of marriage. Read full article


1 May, 2013

High profile meeting with OFMDFM on A5 scheduled-Doherty

Pat Doherty MP, Michaela Boyle MLA & party activist Grace McDermott visiting businesses to promote the A5 campaign

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty says that the A5 remains top of the political agenda and this is illustrated with a cross-party delegation of MPs, TDs and MLAs representing Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and Monaghan now scheduled to meet with Peter Robinson and Martin Mc Guinness to discuss delivery of the strategic infrastructure project on Monday 13 May. Read full article


30 April, 2013

Beragh Bridge Work nearing completion.

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty and Mid Tyrone councillor Sean Donnelly inspect the ongoing bridge works in Beragh

Road users and pedestrians alike in Beragh will soon be availing of new widened bridge and footpath, linking Beragh Main Street and Cooley Road.West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty, who had fought for the project, has welcomed progress on the scheme after visiting the site on Tuesday morning. Read full article


25 April, 2013

Political pressure mounts for progress on A5

As the fallout from the judicial decision to stall the A5 continues, political pressure is mounting for the Roads Minister to address the remaining outstanding EU Habitats directive and move ahead with the project. This was the message coming from a Sinn Féin delegation representing the west following a series of meetings with the A5 contractors and the NI Chamber of Commerce. Read full article


25 April, 2013

Sectarian Facebook messages ' cause for serious concern' - Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh

Screenshot from the facebook page.

Derg Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has described messages posted on the Castlederg Young Loyalists Flute band's facebook page as ' sickening and a cause for serious concern '. Read full article


25 April, 2013

Mc Hugh welcomes fencing and signage for Glebe

Sinn Féin Councillor Maolíosa Mc Hugh says that damaged sections of wooden fencing between the recreation/green area running alongside Garvan Road in the Glebe is to be repaired, and where necessary replaced, following representations he has been making to Strabane District Council's Technical Services Department on behalf of local residents. Read full article


25 April, 2013

Introduction of 20mph speed limits ' a welcome development' - Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has commended a Roads Service commitment to introduce 20mph speed limits throughout the Churchtown Park, Castlefin Park and Hilllview Park areas within Castlederg. Read full article


23 April, 2013

Sinn Féin calls for unity of purpose on A5

Strabane Sinn Féin Cllr Dan Kelly has called for unity of purpose on the A5 describing calls such as those from SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan in Derry for the finance allocated for the project to be now diverted to the A6 instead as ill-judged. Read full article


10 April, 2013

Farmers affected by severe storm urged to contact DARD regarding LFACA

Declan Mc Aleer MLA, Cllr Dan Kelly and Minister Michelle O Neill

West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer has urged farmers who have lost livestock as a result of the recent snowstorms to write to DARD at the earliest opportunity stating their case so that they do not lose out on their 2014 Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowances (LFACA) claim. Read full article


10 April, 2013

PSNI Condemned for Handling of Tattyreagh Raid

West Tyrone Sinn Féin representative, Councillor Glenn Campbell, has condemned PSNI handling of the search of an elderly woman's home in Tattyreagh last week. Read full article


8 April, 2013

Omagh St Endas GAC congratulated on Pitch re-opening

Sinn Féin councillor Marty McColgan has congratulated Omagh Saint Endas Gaelic Football Club upon the re-opening of Saint Patricks pitch which has undergone a refurbishment. Read full article


4 April, 2013

Council Support for OASIS Project

Sinn Féin Omagh Town Councillor Sean Begley has welcomed the council support for the OASIS project, set to rejuvenate an area of Omagh Town centre. Ambitious plans have been unveiled to transform the Drumragh Avenue car park and Old Market Place areas, with the investment of £4.5 million from the Peace 111 fund. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Mac Lochlainn delivers main oration at Tyrone County Commemoration

Martin Hurson Memorial Flute band taking part in Sundays parade

Tyrone Republicans converged in Carrickmore on Easter Sunday to commemorate Irelands patriot dead. The Commemoration was the centrepiece to a weekend that had seen over 40 commemorative events in honour of Irelands Patriot dead. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Adams Addresses Drumboe Easter Commemoration

The annual Easter Sunday Drumboe Martyrs Commemoration witnessed its largest attendance of recent years as republicans from right across Donegal and Strabane braved biting icy winds to parade through the twin towns of Stranorlar and Ballybofey Read full article


2 April, 2013

Derg, Aghyaran and Strabane remembers Republican dead

Commemoration in Aghyaran

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2 April, 2013

Sean Lynch addresses Loughmacrory commemoration

Some of those who attended the commemoration at the graveside of Vols Gerard and Martin Harte

A crowd of several hundred people attended the annual Loughmacrory commemoration at the graveside of brothers Gerard and Martin Harte. Gerard and Martin were shot while on active service with their comrade Brian Mullin on Tuesday 30th August 1988. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Mc Colgan addresses Drumragh Easter ceremony

Some of those who attended this years Easter commemoration in Drumragh graveyard

This year's Easter commemoration was held at the graveside of Colm Grimes. Also remembered were local people Kevin Kearns, Benny Livingstone, Lawrence and Mary O' Hagan, Jimmy Hynes, Liam Coyle and all other Republicans from the area. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Hurson memorial band members take part in Killyclogher commemoration

Neshey Harte, brother of Vols Gerard and Martin Harte reads the Tyrone Roll of Honour at the graveside of Charlie Ferris

Approximately 60 people attended the Easter Commemoration at the graveside of veteran Republican, Charlie Ferris in Killyclogher graveyard on Saturday evening. West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer chaired the proceedings. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Campbell delivers Easter message at Tattyreagh ceremony

Republicans Gathered at Tattyreagh Cross Roads on Easter Sunday evening for the Annual Easter Commemoration. Proceedings were chaired by Chairman of Patrick Carty Cumann, Dominic Darcy. Read full article


2 April, 2013

3 Volunteers remembered at Strathroy ceremony

Local Republicans gathered at Strathroy Republican monument on Saturday to mark the 97th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Carrickmore, Greencastle and Cranagh remembers 1920's volunteers

Cormac Mc Aleer addresses the gathering in Carrickmore

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2 April, 2013

Easter Rising commemorated at Dromore and Trillick ceremonies

Section of the crowd at the Dromore and Trillick commemorations.

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2 April, 2013

Gerard O Callaghan remembered at Tullysaran commemoration

The Easter commemoration at the graveside of Vol Gerard O'Callaghan in Tullysaran took place on Easter Sunday morning at 10.45. The Commemoration, which was attended by over 70 people, Read full article


2 April, 2013

Mc Aleer addresses Altmore Easter commemoration

Brendan Kane lowers the National flag during Sunday's ceremony

This year's annual commemoration at Altmore was held at the graveside of Vol Eugene Kelly and Vol John Quinn. Eugene was 1 of the 8 volunteers killed in an SAS ambush at Loughgall in May 1987, while John was murdered in 1991 by a pro-British death squad. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Conor Murphy MP delivers main oration at Coalisland Easter commemoration

There was a large gathering at Coalisland on Saturday for the annual Sinn Fein Easter commemoration to honour Volunteers Denis Quinn, Desmond Morgan, Colm Mc Girr, Tony Doris, Sean O'Farrell and Barry O'Donnell and all those who have given their lives in the pursuit of Irish Freedom. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Republican dead remembered at Brocagh ceremony

Cathal Og Donnelly

On Easter Sunday a crowd gathered in Brocagh graveyard to remember Volunteers William Price, Sean Campbell and Patrick McNally and to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Cllr Joe O Neill addresses Clonoe commemoration

On the 97th anniversary of the Easter Rising a large number of people gathered in Clonoe graveyard to remember Volunteers Kevin Kilpatrick, Hugh Gerard Coney, John O'Neill, Brian Campbell and Peter Clancy. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Easter Rising commemorated in Galbally, Donaghmore and Aughnagar

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2 April, 2013

Graveside commemoration at Aughnagar

A large crowd of Republicans assembled along with the Gormley family at the graveside of Tony Gormley for the annual Easter commemoration in Aughnagar. The proceedings were chaired by local Sinn Féin Councillor, Sean Mc Guigan while Tony's nieces and sister took part in the ceremony. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Sean Mc Glinchey addresses Pomeroy Easter commemoration

Cllr Sean Mc Glinchey pictured with Pomeroy Republicans at the graveside commemoration

A large crowd attended the graveside commemoration for Vol. Seamus Woods in Pomeroy on Easter Sunday. The proceedings were chaired by local Councillor, Cathal Mallaghan and the Easter Proclamation was read by Dessie Grimes. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Vol. Dan Mc Anallen commemorated at Eglish Easter commemoration

The Easter commemoration at the graveside of Vol Dan McAnallen in Eglish took place on Easter Sunday morning. Read full article


2 April, 2013

Easter Graveside Commemoration in Edendork

On Saturday evening, a graveside commemoration was held at the Republican plot in Edendork. Cllr Dominic Molloy chaired the proceedings, while Councillor, Larry Mc Lernon read the Easter Proclamation and Cllr Sean Mc Guigan read the Tyrone Roll of Honour. The main address was given by Michelle Gildernew MP. During her speech Michelle said: 'It is the task of this generation of Irish Republicans to make our vision of a United Ireland a reality. This is the best memorial to all of Ireland's Patriot Dead, and it is only through achieving this ultimate objective that we will have a true Irish Republic worthy of its name'. Read full article


27 March, 2013

Mc Elduff to host Dromore Jobs and Information Evening

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Barry Mc Elduff has announced a Jobs and Information Evening to be held in Dromore. Read full article


26 March, 2013

Sean Lynch to address Loughmacrory Easter commemoration

Fermanagh MLA and former Republican Prisoner Sean Lynch has been confirmed as the main speaker at this year's annual commemoration at the graveside of Vols. Gerard and Martin Harte in Loughmacrory on Easter Sunday. Read full article


26 March, 2013

Story of Grace to be told in Easter Street theatre

Barry Mc Nally, along with actors Brian Mc Caugherty and Bernie Mc Namee in rehearsal for the Easter street theatre which takes place in Carrickmore this Sunday at 3pm.

The story of Grace Gifford who married her fiancé, Joseph Mary Plunkett on the eve of his execution will be re-enacted in a powerful street theatre in Carrickmore on Easter Sunday afternoon. Read full article


25 March, 2013

Doherty hits out Sammy Wilson's A5 comments

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has issued a stinging rebuke to comments made by Assembly Finance Minister Sammy Wilson that the £330m allocated by the Executive for the construction A5 dual carriageway project should be allocated elsewhere. Read full article


20 March, 2013

Anger at SDLP Support for 'Discriminatory bill'.

Sinn Féin Omagh District councillor Marty McColgan has hit out at the SDLP after they supported a motion aimed at blocking ex prisoners from becoming special advisors to ministers in the Executive in Belfast. Read full article


18 March, 2013

Omagh St Patricks Day parade route changed following emergency council meeting

The Chairman of Omagh District Council's St Patricks organising committee, Cllr Sean Begley has criticised Unionist representatives for a lack of leadership following their failure to have union flags removed from the route of today's St Patrick's parade in the town. Read full article


14 March, 2013

Top American university keen to forge links with Lisanelly Campus

Artists impression of the proposed Lisanelly Education Campus

ONE of the top universities in the world is currently in talks to form links with the Shared Lisanelly Education Campus in Omagh. As part of their international outreach programme, the Boston based Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has expressed an interest in forming a 'partnership arrangement' with the School of Making facility which will be based at the campus Read full article


12 March, 2013

Mc Aleer disappointed at delay on A5 project

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA and member of the Assembly's DRD committee, Declan Mc Aleer will be seeking for an urgent meeting with the Minister Danny Kennedy to ensure that the A5 road proceeds as planned Read full article


11 March, 2013

Planned works to Clady Main Street will proceed

Following the postponement of road and footpath improvement works to Clady Main Street which were scheduled to be completed before the end of February, local Sinn Féin councillor Maolíosa Mc Hugh has been pressing Roads Service to ensure that vital works are rescheduled as quickly as possible. Read full article


6 March, 2013

£2m Omagh Roads Budget Boost

The Omagh District Roads budget has been boosted recently by an additional £2million allocated through the Executives quarterly spending reviews. Read full article


6 March, 2013

Strabane Sinn Féin meeting with Invest NI Chief constructive

A Sinn Féin delegation, led by Pat Doherty MP and Michaela Boyle MLA, held an hour-long meeting with Invest NI Chief Executive Alastair Hamilton at Strabane District Council Offices on Friday to press the body on what efforts it was making to maximize the investment potential of the new Business Park at Melmount Road and to discuss what other additional support the government development agency can provide to assist business and job creation/expansion in the district. Read full article


6 March, 2013

WELB member welcomes £92m injection into education system

Strabane Sinn Féin Cllr Maolíosa Mc Hugh has described Education Minister John O Dowd's announcement of a £92m injection into the north's education system over the next two years as a pro-active measure to help alleviate the budgetary pressures schools within all sectors have been under. Read full article


6 March, 2013

Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh secures council backing for new Erganagh Bus Shelter

At a recent meeting of the Environment Committee of Strabane District Council, Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh appealed for committee support in his request for the erection of a bus shelter at the new bus stop situated near the junction of the Erganagh Road and Strabane Road outside Castlederg. Read full article


27 February, 2013

Equality Commission Guidance sought on Increased Disabled Taxi Fares

Sinn Fein Omagh town Councillor Sorcha McAnespy has said the local council is seeking guidance from the Equality commission regarding Disabled passenger's being charged at a rate of time and a half for taxi journeys. Read full article


26 February, 2013

Plumbridge Road resurfacing scheme hit by manhole cover thefts -Kelly

Glenelly Sinn Féin Councillor Dan Kelly says that the increasing problem of scrap metal theft is amply illustrated by the theft of 4 manhole covers on a stretch of the Plumbridge Road which had been raised and moved aside the evening previously in preparation for resurfacing work the next day. Read full article


26 February, 2013

Bridgend residents' property being stolen to facilitate 'comfortable drinking sessions'-Carlin

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin says that two blue wheelie bins stolen from the front of homes of residents in O' Nolan Park were amongst a large volume of material burnt on the adjoining service lane to the NI Water Sewage Pumping Station by those engaged in a drinking session on Sunday Night. Read full article


26 February, 2013

Boyle meets officials on Dublin Road residents parking issue

West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has met with officials from the Housing Executive and Roads Service along with community representatives and residents of the Dublin Road area to discuss a serious on-going concern in relation to access to parking at the front of a number of homes in the Dublin Road, Melmount area. Read full article


25 February, 2013

Poignant commemoration marks 25 years since the murder of Aidan Mc Anespie

Aidan Mc Anespie's father, John and sister Margo take part in Thursday evenings candle lit commemoration.

On Thursday evening over 1000 people took part in a candle lit commemoration at the spot where Aidan Mc Anespie was shot dead by a British soldier 25 years ago. Read full article


25 February, 2013

Major Protest called off after Parades Commission Meeting

A large scale protest scheduled for Omagh Town centre on Friday evening has been called off following a series of meetings between Sinn Féin, the PSNI and the Parades Commission. Read full article


25 February, 2013

Boyle welcomes £9.9million boost for Post Primary Schools to help deliver 'Entitlement Framework' for all pupils

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the announcement by Education Minister John O Dowd that an additional £9.9million is to be made available to Post Primary Schools to help them meet the extra costs involved in planning and delivering the Entitlement Framework of subjects for all pupils. Read full article


21 February, 2013

Omagh Council Agricultural committee convened

Omagh District Councils Agricultural committee has been reconvened in the aftermath of the horsemeat scandal. Chairman of the Agriculture committee, Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Donnelly said he called the meeting to allay the fears of local farmers and consumers after news broke that traces of horsemeat were found in some beef products. Read full article


20 February, 2013

Mc Hugh welcomes swift action by Road's Service to repair substantial pothole outside Castlederg school

In recent weeks a fairly substantial pothole had developed outside of St Patrick's Primary School in Castlederg. Local Sinn Féin Cllr Ruairí Mc Hugh contacted Road's service to have it repaired as a matter of urgency. Read full article


20 February, 2013

Mc Guire welcomes announcement by Invest NI to improve access to finance for small businesses

As part of its Access to Finance Strategy, Invest NI has appointed Ulster Community Investment plc ("UCI") to manage and deliver the NI Small Business Loan Fund. The aim of the Fund is to ensure that businesses are not held back because they cannot access finance. Read full article


20 February, 2013

Concern of local roads highlighted

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Sean Donnelly has highlighted concerns over the poor condition of the Shane Road, outside Sixmilecross. Read full article


19 February, 2013

Doherty comments following attendance at A5 Judicial Review Hearing

Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty says the vast majority of people in West Tyrone are fully behind the A5 Dual Carriageway and do not support the Judicial Review taken by Alternative A5 Alliance to block the road proceeding. Read full article


18 February, 2013

Boyle welcomes info to 'outpatients' about direct Altnagelvin bus link

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the step by the Western Trust to enclose an information leaflet about the direct Translink bus service to and from Altnagelvin Area Hospital in all outpatient appointment letters it sends in Tyrone and Fermanagh. Read full article


14 February, 2013

DCAL Minister kick strarts Moorlough redevelopment

The Vice Chairman of Strabane District Council, Sinn Féin Cllr Dan Kelly, has spoken of his delight at the news that the DCAL Minister, Carál Ni Chuilín, has approved funding for Phase I of the redevelopment of the facilities at Moorlough. Read full article


14 February, 2013

Boyle seeking enhanced 'Eating Disorder' services for Strabane

West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has written to the Western Health and Social Care Trust requesting an update on the plans for the provision of services for people with eating disorders within the Strabane District Council Area. Read full article


14 February, 2013

Sinn Féin MLA slams police and PPS over Easter Lily charges

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has slammed the PSNI and the Public Prosecution Service for bringing him and fellow party activist Kevin McColgan to court over the distribution of Easter Lilies Read full article


14 February, 2013

Completion of Shanaragh re-alignment scheme welcomed

Roads Minister Danny Kennedy, pictured with Divisional Roads Manager, Pat Doherty officially opened the recently completed Shanaragh re-alignment scheme on the main A32 road between Omagh and Dromore on Wednesday morning. Read full article


13 February, 2013

Mc Hugh encourages local SMEs to attend conference in Strabane

Derg Sinn Fein Cllr Ruairí Mc Hugh has issued a call to all small and medium sized business in the local area to secure expert advice in developing online capacity and sales by attending a Council organised Business Support Programme Conference to be held in the Alley Theatre in Strabane (from 10am-4pm) on 22nd Feb 2013. Read full article


13 February, 2013

Mc Hugh welcomes announcement by Roads Service of planned works to Main St, Clady

Clady/Glebe Sinn Féin Councillor Maolíosa Mc Hugh has welcomed the announcement by the Roads Service of their planned works to upgrade the Main Street and footways in Clady village in the near future. Read full article


13 February, 2013

Mc Guire welcomes commitment by Donegal County Council to carry out works on the 'Dergline'

Following representations and meetings over a number of months by Aghyaran Sinn Féin councillor Kieran Mc Guire, it has now been confirmed by Donegal County Council (DCC) that works will be carried out on the road from Corgary towards Donegal Town and Ballybofey, known as the Dergline. Read full article


13 February, 2013

New Road Opened outside Dromore

Dromore Sinn Féin councillor Ann Quinn has welcomed the opening of the new road, at Shannaragh, just outside Dromore. The road is a main corridor route for ambulances and emergency vehicles going to the new Hospital in Enniskillen and has been under construction for a number of months. Read full article


12 February, 2013

Farmers urged to ensure Farm maps are accurate

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Sean Donnelly has asked farmers to be aware of an upcoming deadline of the 22nd February to submit any changes to the new LPIS mapping information which was issued to farmers over the past number of weeks. Read full article


8 February, 2013

A5 Road raised at Joint Committee Meeting -McAleer

Declan pictured with Tom Hayes TD, chair of the committee for transport and communication.

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has raised the issue of Irish governmental funding for the A5 during a meeting between the DRD Committee and the Dail's Joint Committee on Transport and Communications. Read full article


7 February, 2013

Call for Traffic Survey on Carrickmore Road

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has asked Roads Service to carry out a traffic count survey on the Quarry road to assess whether it exceeds the quota to be included on the Winter Gritting Schedule. Read full article


5 February, 2013

Councillor Calls on Public to exercise Vigilance in relation to Bank Charges

West Tyrone Councillor Glenn Campbell has urged the public to exercise vigilence in relation to bank charges.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor, Glenn Campbell, has called on people to exercise vigilance in relation to bank charges. Read full article


5 February, 2013

Mc Hugh disappointed as Derg loses out on derelict building funding as Tyrone Fleadh approaches

Following yesterday's announcement by the SDLP Minisiter Alex Attword to provide funding of £1m to over-hall local 'eyesores', Sinn Féin Cllr Ruairí Mc Hugh has questioned why the Derg has been left out of this scheme in light of the fact that it is due to host the Tír Eoghain County Fleadh at the end of June Read full article


5 February, 2013

Mc Mackin praises Roads Service on work to alleviate Conthem Road danger

Sinn Féin Glenelly Councillor Michelle Mc Mackin has praised remedial works carried out on the Conthem Road after she made representations to Roads Service on behalf of local people who were deeply concerned that run-off water constantly cascading down the surface of the road would cause a serious accident. Read full article


5 February, 2013

Ligford Road resurfacing scheme to begin on Monday

Glenelly Sinn Féin Councillor Michelle Mc Mackin has welcomed a substantial carriageway resurfacing scheme to commence on the Ligford Road from this Monday. Read full article


5 February, 2013

Disappointment as Atwood by-passes Strabane for Derelict Buildings Funding

Strabane Sinn Féin Cllr Brian Mc Mahon has expressed severe disappointment that DoE Minister Alex Atwood has by-passed Strabane District in his £1million announcement of funding to revamp derelict buildings in urban centres across the north despite the local Council having submitted a number of applications to the fund for local initiatives. Read full article


4 February, 2013

Doherty welcomes Food Standards Agency re-assurance over Mc Colgan's products

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed confirmation from the Food Standards Agency that Mc Colgan's Quality Foods Ltd has been very proactive in relation to its responsibilities and that no pork meat was found in halal products the company by supplied to Prisons in England and Wales saying that he hopes that it will re-assure costumers and consumers alike. Read full article


4 February, 2013

Woman living in fear after foiled theft

Castlederg Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairi Mc Hugh has described as 'living in absolute fear' a woman who had a close shave with would be robbers after her son foiled an attempted theft of heating oil from her Hillview Park home. Read full article


4 February, 2013

DARD mapping system updating extension welcomed - McAleer

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the ongoing progress made by DARD in updating their mapping database. Mr. Mc Aleer, who is a member of the Assembly's Agriculture committee, said Read full article


31 January, 2013

Mc Aleer calls on West Tyrone firms to tender for NIW contracts

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has called on businesses who wish to bid for NI Water contracts to register for the 'Water Suppliers Day', which will be held in NIW's Training Centre, Antrim on 14th March. According to the Mr. Mc Aleer, who sits on the Assembly's Regional Development committee: 'This is an excellent opportunity for large and small firms to make contact with NI Water and see what tendering opportunities may be available to them. Read full article


30 January, 2013

Deadline approaching for Irish Language Bursaries

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has reminded people that the deadline for applications for Irish Language Bursaries is fast approaching and will close on Friday 15th February. Read full article


29 January, 2013

Begley welcomes extension of small business rates relief scheme.

Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Begley is hopeful the sustainability of many small local businesses will be helped with the extension of the Small Business Rates Relief Scheme in April. Read full article


26 January, 2013

MLA deeply concerned over Omagh shooting incident and discovery of suspicious device

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer says he is deeply concerned following a shooting incident in Omagh on Friday night and the subsequent discovery of a suspicious object. Mr Mc Aleer was speaking after he visited the scene in Coolnagard housing development on the outskirts of Omagh where he spoke to residents and the PSNI. Read full article


25 January, 2013

Mc Hugh urges vigilance after major spate of Donegal burglaries

Derg Sinn Féin Cllr Maolíosa Mc Hugh has urged people living in the throughout the border area to be vigilant after a major spate of aggravated burglaries and thefts on the Donegal side of the border. Read full article


22 January, 2013

Boyle delighted as Minister gives green light for Strabane Academy and Gaelscoil new builds

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has described as a 'fantastic news day for Strabane' today's announcement by Education Minister John O Dowd that Strabane Academy and Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh in the town have been given the green light for new builds. Read full article


22 January, 2013

Sinn Féin raises serious concerns over 'Union Flag Protest and Parade' for Castlederg

Sinn Féin, in a written submission to the Parades Commission, has raised a number of serious concerns about a Union Flag Parade and Protest, that has been filed for in Castlederg this Friday evening. Read full article


22 January, 2013

Workers devastated as Johnston & McCrory goes into liquidation

Sinn Féin Councillor Dan Kelly says employees of Strabane based painting and decorating firm Johnston & Mc Crory have been left devastated upon being told they have lost their jobs with immediate effect with the firm being put into liquidation. Read full article


21 January, 2013

Trillick Resurfacing works welcomed

Sinn Fein councillor Peter Kelly has welcomed the confirmation that the Moorfield road in Trillick will be resurfaced in the coming days. Councillor Kelly said he had lobbied for this particular road to be resurfaced after representations made to him by local people. Read full article


21 January, 2013

Mc Cauley welcomes extension of small business rates relief scheme

Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley is hopeful the sustainability of many small local businesses will be helped with the extension of the Small Business Rates Relief Scheme in April. Read full article


18 January, 2013

Use of hospital grounds for Loyalist protests is 'totally unacceptable'

Declan Mc Aleer MLA and Cllr Marty Mc Colgan

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer and Cllr Marty Mc Colgan have voiced their concerns at the grounds of Tyrone County Hospital being used as a gathering point for illegal protests resulting in staff and visitors being intimidated. Read full article


16 January, 2013

Ballycolman residents asked to be vigilant after spate of oil thefts

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon has called upon the local community, and particularly residents in the Ballycolman Estate, to be highly vigilant after the theft of home heating oil from at least 3 homes in the Estate. Read full article


16 January, 2013

Carlin lobbying for play/recreation provision west of the by-pass

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin is lobbying within the local Council for play/recreation provision in what she describes as the area of the town most densely populated with children and teenagers yet totally bereft of such facilities. Read full article


16 January, 2013

Surprise at Ulster Bank Closure

West Tyrone councillor Ann Quinn has voiced her surprise at the closure of the Dromore branch of Ulster Bank, which was announced by the group on Wednesday as one of 22 closures across Ireland. Read full article


15 January, 2013

Skills and Expertise of Housing Executive should be maintained.

Sinn Féin representatives at the protest including Sinn Féin councillors Martin McColgan and Sean Begley

Sinn Fein representatives joined a protest at the Housing Executive sub office at Holmview Terrace in Omagh on Tuesday to show support for the local staff and to recognise the positive role played by Housing Executive staff in transforming social housing across the North over the past 40 years. Read full article


15 January, 2013

Doherty hits out at Strabane hoax

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has hit out at whoever was behind the hoax incident which caused major disruption and traffic chaos in Strabane from yesterday afternoon well into last night as having the same lack of concern for the wider community as those who continue to block roads with so-called flag protests. Read full article


13 January, 2013

Mc Aleer calls on PSNI to arrest flag protestors

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that people are completely sickened with the on-going protests in Omagh that have brought the town to a standstill over the past 2 months. Mr Mc Aleer was speaking following disturbances in the town on Friday evening when roads were blocked and a crowd of protestors entered the grounds of the Tyrone County Hospital. Read full article


11 January, 2013

£1.9 million announced for new Rivers Agency office in Omagh

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed the decision by Minister Michelle O Neill to invest £1.9 million to develop a new Rivers Agency regional office in Omagh. Enabling works to prepare the site on St Julian's Road will start this month with a completion date of September 2014. Read full article


9 January, 2013

Benefit cap will force more families into poverty trap

Strabane Sinn Fein Councillor Brian Mc Mahon has said that the decision by the British Tory government to cap all benefit increases to 1% will only force more families into the poverty trap and will have a disproportionately negative impact in areas of high multi-deprivation like Strabane District. Read full article


9 January, 2013

Boyle welcomes push to eradicate roaming charges on all-Ireland basis

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says that Sinn Féin has secured the agreement of the Assembly's Enterprise Committee to contact the Oireachtas Joint Committee for Communications & Transport seeking its support in working to eradicate roaming charges across Ireland. Read full article


7 January, 2013

Mc Mackin welcomes installation of 'grit box' at Victoria Bridge development

Glenelly Sinn Féin Councillor Michelle Mc Mackin has welcomed the instalment of a 'grit box' in the Breenvale residential development in Victoria Bridge following representations she made to Road's Service seeking the measure. Read full article


7 January, 2013

Be alert to dangers of Carbon Monoxide as pensioner has lucky escape

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley has called on people to be alert to the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning after the daughter of a pensioner found her mother passed out in her St John's Place home at the weekend with it subsequently being established that her condition was caused by the inhalation of the CO gases being omitted from her open fire. Read full article


4 January, 2013

£10,000 secured for Omagh Nightlife project

Omagh Town Sinn Féin Councillor Sorcha McAnespy announced that after a successful application about £10,000 had been secured from the Department of Justice to set up the volunteer or 'street angels' programme in the town .She was speaking after an emergency PCSP meeting in the town, which was called in the aftermath of the tragic incident where 19 Year old Jason Mc Govern lost his life. Read full article


1 January, 2013

MLA expresses sympathy with assault victims family

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has expressed sympathy with the family of the young man from Monaghan who lost his life following an assault in Omagh. Read full article


21 December, 2012

Strabane Sinn Féin accuses DUP councillor of bare faced hypocrisy over support for flag protests

Sinn Féin has accused Strabane DUP Councillor John Donnell of bare faced hypocrisy after he declared his support for those engaged in loyalist flag protests locally while at the same time seeking to have Donegal football team flags removed from the Tinnies sculptures in the town. Read full article


21 December, 2012

Mc Aleer welcomes ring fencing of £50m for A5 project

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed a commitment to ring fence £50 million of the A5 budget while a delay caused by the legal challenge is being dealt with. The assurance was given to the Finance Minister by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Read full article


18 December, 2012

Mc Aleer calls for Omagh protests to stop

West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer has expressed astonishment at the PSNI's decision to deem last week's controversial flag protest in Omagh as 'non contentious' and for failing to stop Monday nights protest which was not filed for. He was speaking after raising his concern with the Parades Commission. Read full article


17 December, 2012

Sinn Féin challenge PSNI over John Street Incident

Sinn Féin members of the Omagh Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) met with the PSNI last Thursday following concerns reported to the party's office regarding the different approach adopted by PSNI when dealing with two recent incidents in the town. One involved a group of young people in John Street and the other an illegal loyalist parade and demonstration which took place in the town. Read full article


14 December, 2012

Mc Aleer delivers festive cheer to local posties

Declan Mc Aleer MLA during his visit to Omagh postal sorting office

Declan McAleer MLA visited Omagh Delivery Office today to pass on best Christmas wishes and encouragement to the postmen and women at their busiest time of year. Read full article


13 December, 2012

Safety concerns on Abercorn Bridge to be addressed

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed a commitment from Roads Service to address safety concerns relating to the Abercorn Bridge in Newtownstewart. Read full article


12 December, 2012

Mc Aleer welcomes progress on Arvalee new build

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed a renewed commitment from Education Minister John O Dowd to advance the Arvalee school replacement as a standalone project on the Lisanelly site. The Minister was responding to an oral question from Mr Mc Aleer during question time on Monday. Read full article


11 December, 2012

Sinn Féin welcomes delay of implementation of the new 'rota system' for home care provision in the Derg

Sinn Fein MLA Michaela Boyle, Councillors Ruairí McHugh and Maolíosa McHugh met with Maureen McKeague Manager of Derg Valley Care, on 30th November 2012, to discuss the imminent introduction of a "rota system" to home care provision in the Derg area. It has been argued by Derg Valley Care that the rota system is a necessary requirement to recontracting of caring services and must be implemented by the 14th Dec 2012. Read full article


11 December, 2012

Cllr Ruairi Mc Hugh welcomes resolution to Castlederg street lighting problem

Following recent 'light upgrading' works in the Castlefin Park area of Castlederg, Sinn Féin Cllr Ruairi Mc Hugh subsequently contacted by residents in a section of the estate complaining that the quality of lighting had actually deteriorated following the upgrade. Read full article


11 December, 2012

Ensure 'new farm maps' are scrutinised in detail

Sinn Féin Cllr Kieran Mc Guire has urged local farmers to scrutinise in detail their new farm maps which will soon be released by the Department of Agriculture. In order to meet the criteria set down by the EU Commission every new map must state the Maximum Eligible Area on which the Single Farm Payment for 2013 will be based. Read full article


11 December, 2012

Ballycolman Estate back alleyways undergoing major clean up

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon says that the back alleyways in the Ballycolman Estate have been undergoing a major clean-up and de-weeding since last week and has commended Roads Service scheduling in the remedial actions in its programme of works as he says it is has been an ongoing issue of complaint for residents of the estate. Read full article


11 December, 2012

Sinn Féin in conact with statutory agencies over 'Plot Pad' issues

Strabane Councillor Karina Carlin says Sinn Féin has been making representations to various statutory agencies in relation to problems with the state of the 'Plot Pad'. Read full article


11 December, 2012

Vandalism attack on car at Kennedy's Row slammed

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley has slammed the targeting of a woman's car in a vandalism attack at the top of Kennedy's Row in the early hours of Thursday morning. Read full article


10 December, 2012

Sinn Fein support McGeough release call

Local Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Clarke has supported the call for the release of Gerry McGeough, who is currently imprisoned in Maghaberry jail. Councillor Clarkes comments come as Mr McGeough's family launched a campaign seeking his release for Christmas. Read full article


10 December, 2012

Responses sought to Public Consultation

Sinn Féin Omagh Town councillor Sorcha McAnespy has called upon local people to have their input into the 'Transforming Your Care' proposals which were put forward under the Compton review into Helath and Social Care, commissioned by DUP minister Edwin Poots. Read full article


8 December, 2012

Condolences expressed to families of crash victims

Sinn Féin representatives Declan Mc Aleer, Cathal Mallaghan and Ann Marie Fitzgerald have expressed sympathy with the families of the 2 young people who lost their lives in a road accident between Carrickmore and Pomeroy on Saturday afternoon. Read full article


7 December, 2012

Unionist Protesters block main Hospital routes

Sinn Féin Omagh District Councillor Marty McColgan has condemned those behind the blocking of traffic at the swinging bars roundabout on Thursday evening. Read full article


6 December, 2012

Omagh Council call for release of Gerry McGeough, Martin Corey and Marian Price

Omagh District Council has supported the release of Gerry McGeough, Martin Corey and Marian Price. A Sinn Féin motion was presented to, and passed, at the monthly meeting of Omagh District Council on Tuesday night. Read full article


29 November, 2012

Roads Service prepares for Winter

With temperatures dropping below zero, Roads Service is busy planning for the icy conditions as we enter into the final weeks of the year and the beginning of 2013. This was the view of West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer following a DRD committee meeting with senior officials to discuss their winter readiness programme. Read full article


23 November, 2012

Single Farm Payments/LFACA dual claims must continue

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that the Single Farm Payment / Less Favoured Areas Compensation Allowance dual use claims must continue for at least another year until CAP reform measures post 2013 are in place. Mr. Mc Aleer, who is a member of the Assembly's Agriculture committee, was speaking after the committee met with officials from DARD following the conclusion of a public consultation on the issue. Read full article


21 November, 2012

Sinn Féin supports retention of Education Maintenance Allowance

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has said today that the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) must be maintained if we are to encourage people to stay on in education. Read full article


20 November, 2012

Abercorn Bridge a matter of urgency

West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer has questioned the Minister for Regional Development on what actions he intends to take as a matter of urgency to address the safety issues on the Abercorn Bridge, Newtownstewart. Read full article


20 November, 2012

Grocery Adjudicator needs real powers

West Tyrone MLA and member of the Assembly's Agriculture committee, Declan Mc Aleer is not convinced that the proposed Groceries Adjudicator will have sufficient powers to defend the rights of small suppliers. Read full article


20 November, 2012

Support required for parents of new born children with a cleft palate

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has questioned the Health Minister on what support is given to parents of new born children with a cleft palate. Read full article


20 November, 2012

Israel needs to end its assault on Gaza

West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has called for an immediate end to hostilities between Israel and Palestine, and a peace deal to be negotiated immediately. Read full article


20 November, 2012

Boyle welcomes Fuel Saving Stamp Scheme for Strabane

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed an initiative being undertaken by Strabane Community Project to establish a "Fuel Saving Stamps Scheme" within Strabane town. Read full article


19 November, 2012

Sinn Féin raises objections to Benefit appeals location

Sinn Féin councillor Marty McColgan has raised his objection to benefit appeals sessions being held in Omagh courthouse. He described the setting of the appeals as being 'totally inappropriate'. Read full article


13 November, 2012

Inflexibility of Minister a 'recipe for disaster'.

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has criticised the inflexibility of DUP Minister Nelson McCasland in ruling out a six month delay in the implementation of the so called 'bedroom tax', which is due to be introduced next April. Read full article


12 November, 2012

MLAs Warm Up Winter for Older People on Stormont Steps!

Anne O'Reilly Chief Executive Age NI and Declan McAleer, SF launching Donate a Coat on the steps of Stormont to help raise awareness of the issues facing older people this winter.  Donate a Coat is part of Age NI's Spread the Warmth campaign, helping olde

MLAs gathered on the steps of Stormont last week to help warm up winter for older people by donating their much-loved winter coats to Age NI. Donated coats will go on sale at selected Age NI shops and on Age NI's eBay store later in the month. Read full article


12 November, 2012

A5 'essential economic lifeline for the West'

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that the construction of the A5 Western Transport Corridor is an essential economic lifeline for the west. He was speaking after the DRD Minister revealed that the financial benefits of implementing the entire A5 project would be in the region of £1.072 billion over the standard 60-year assessment period. Read full article


7 November, 2012

Sinn Féin seek legal advice on "abuse of power" by DUP Omagh Council Chairman

Sinn Fein forced the adjournment of last night's monthly meeting of Omagh District Council in protest at what they describe as an 'abuse of power' by DUP Chair Errol Thompson's over his refusal to allow debate on motions the party has submitted for consideration in the Council Chamber last night. Read full article


6 November, 2012

Sinn Féin welcome republican's release

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the release of Pádraic Wilson on bail. Read full article


2 November, 2012

Wanton Vandalism in Carrickmore Condemned

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has slammed those behind the smashing of a number of windows in the canteen of the Dean Maguirc College in Carrickmore. Read full article


1 November, 2012

Simple measures to combat farm theft.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Peter Kelly has urged farmers to take precautions to prevent thief of farm machinery and equipment after he claimed such incidents seemed to be on the increase. Read full article


25 October, 2012

PSNI accused of 'minimalist' approach.

Sinn Féin west Tyrone councillor Frankie Donnelly has accused the PSNI of adopting a minimalist approach following the first public meeting of the Policing Committee of the Omagh PCSP held on Wednesday night Read full article


23 October, 2012

Protect pipes the message as winter approaches.

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Begley has endorsed a new campaign by NI Water which urges householders to take simple measures to protect water pipes over the winter months. Read full article


22 October, 2012

Youth impatient for Lisanelly Developments

Sinn Fein councillor Glenn Campbell has said pupils of local schools in the Omagh District remain enthused by the Lisanelly Educational Campus, but are keen to see more progress made. He was speaking after hosting a workshop on the issue as a part of the Local Democracy Week, held in Omagh College last week. Read full article


15 October, 2012

Usefulness of Hospital Liaison group questioned

Sinn Fein Omagh Town councillor Sorcha McAnespy has questioned the usefulness of the hospital liaison committee, a partnership between the Western Trust and Omagh District Council. Read full article


9 October, 2012

MLA's 'Walk a mile' in the shoes of blind people

Cathal O hOisín MLA, Michaela Boyle MLA and Declan Mc Aleer MLA with their 'sighted guides' after completing a mile in the shoes of blind people.

West Tyrone MLA's Michaela Boyle and Declan Mc Aleer walked a mile in the shoes of blind people at the Assembly on Tuesday when they took part in an event to raise awareness of the obstacles faced by blind and visually impaired people in society. Read full article


9 October, 2012

Welcome for formal adoption of road name

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed the decision to allocate a road name to a road linking Altamuskin and Aghnagar roads in Mid Tyrone. Read full article


9 October, 2012

Unscrupulous individuals selling lethal fireworks to young people

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley says that those unscrupulous individuals profiting from the sale of illegal fire-works/bangers to local young people will bear ultimate responsibility if any injuries result from their reckless misuse. Read full article


9 October, 2012

Sinn Féin motion on marriage equality passed by Strabane District Council

A Sinn Féin motion was passed last night at Strabane District Council making it the latest council in Ireland to support the introduction of same-sex marriages. Read full article


8 October, 2012

Plight of local farmers raised at Stormont.

Cllrs Pete Kelly and Sean Donnelly met Minister O Neill to press the case for hard pressed farmers.

West Tyrone MLA and member of Stormont's DARD committee, Declan Mc Aleer, has welcomed the announcement by Minister Michelle O Neill that she intends to allocate an additional 19 million euros to the farming community by reducing the amount of modulation money taken from Single Farm Payment in 2013. Read full article


8 October, 2012

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP at Tory Party Conference

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP, Pat Doherty will address a fringe meeting at the British Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Read full article


5 October, 2012

Traffic calming consultation planned for Loughmacrory

Declan Mc Aleer with fellow Loughmacrory Community Development Association member, Sharon O Brien

West Tyrone MLA and Chairman of Loughmacrory Community Development Association, Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed confirmation from Roads Service that a consultation on traffic calming for the village will be carried out before the end of the year. Read full article


5 October, 2012

DUP Council Chair man retract offensive 'anti-woman' remar

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has described remarks by the DUP Chair of Strabane District Council Thomas Kerrigan in which he stated that "God made man and he made woman as a helper' as not only grossly offensive but totally inappropriate given his position as first citizen of the District with a responsibility to represent all its people equally. Read full article


4 October, 2012

The Extension date of spreading slurry will give some relief to farmers

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire has warmly welcomed the decision by Environment Minister Alex Atwood to extend the spreading of slurry past the 15th of October when there is a reasonable excuse to do so given the condition of their land. Read full article


4 October, 2012

Mc Aleer urges farmers to maximise their chances in the Farm Modernisation Programme

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has urged farmers applying for the current tranche of the Farm Modernisation Programme to consider their applications carefully to ensure that they are awarded the maximum possible points across each of the four criteria. Read full article


4 October, 2012

Large numbers attend annual republican commemorative events in Strabane

Large numbers attended commemorative events held in Strabane this weekend in memory of local republicans listed on the West Tyrone Roll of Honour and Remembrance. Read full article


4 October, 2012

Strabane Sinn Féin calls for immediate release of Marion Price, Martin Corey and Gerry Mc Geough

Sinn Féin has submitted a motion to Strabane District Council calling for the immediate release of Marion Price and Martin Corey and Gerry McGeough. Read full article


3 October, 2012

Safety Issues raised on Altamuskin Road

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Sean Donnelly has said he has serious concerns about safety issues on the Altamuskin road outside Sixmilecross. He was speaking after hosting senior Roads Service officials on the road. Read full article


28 September, 2012

Sinn Féin selects council replacement for MLA

Marty is congraulated on his co-option by Declan McAleer MLA. They are joined by fellow councillors Sean Clarke, Sean Donnelly, Frankie Donnelly, Anne Marie Fitzgerald and MLA Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin has selected former Omagh Town councillor Martin McColgan to replace Declan McAleer MLA who will step down as a Councillor in the coming weeks. The move is a part of a Sinn Féin commitment to end so-called double jobbing. Read full article


28 September, 2012

Welcome for Slurry Extension

Sinn Fein West Tyrone Councillor Peter Kelly has welcomed the decision by the Environment Minister to extend the spreading of slurry beyond the 15th of October as a 'practical decision which will aid farmers to spread slurry before the onset of winter'. Read full article


27 September, 2012

£10 million per month removed from A5 budget during delay

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has expressed his frustration that approximately £10 million each month is set to be taken from the pot earmarked for the A5 dualling project and re-profiled into other schemes. The withdrawal of the money is caused by delays to the scheme caused by a Judicial Review lodged by objectors to the plans. Read full article


25 September, 2012

Call for extension of slurry spreading deadline

Sinn Féin councillor Peter Kelly has said he will be in contact with the Environment Minister Alex Attwood to call for an extension to the deadline of October 15th for spreading slurry. Read full article


24 September, 2012

Local Towns Successful in Funding Bids

The towns of Fintona, Carrickmore and Gortin have been successful in securing significant village renewal funding. The investment of £190,000 in each town follows an application to the rural development programme to undertake various schemes in the towns involved. Read full article


21 September, 2012

Deadline approaching for community grant aid

Sinn Fein West Tyrone Councillor Ann Quinn has reminded local voluntary and community groups that Friday is the deadline for applications for the Councils capital aid and Community support grant aid. Read full article


20 September, 2012

NI Water to address Cannonhill sewage issue

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed a commitment from NI water to finally address the issue of sewage leakage onto driveways and footpaths in Cannonhill. Read full article


18 September, 2012

Rural Challenges Programme Now Open to Applications

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Sean Clarke has urged local rural community and voluntary groups to prepare now if they wish to apply for the Rural Challenges programme. Read full article


17 September, 2012

Joint Oireachtas Committee Lends Support to A5 Project

Members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee

Councils from the North West have been given a commitment by the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement that it will champion the case for a Dual Carriageway connecting the North West to Dublin. Read full article


17 September, 2012

Beragh prioritised for traffic calming measures

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed the decision of DRD Roads Service to prioritise Beragh as an area for traffic calming measures. Read full article


14 September, 2012

Fears Housing Executive Review could cost jobs

Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald said a review being carried out by the Housing Executive could see the erosion of local jobs from the Omagh Office of the executive. Read full article


11 September, 2012

Inspection of Bridge Welcomed

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed a commitment from DRD Roads Service to inspect the Bridge at Glenaness Road in Sixmilecross following serious concerns of the bridge structure, raised by Councillor Donnelly. Read full article


8 September, 2012

Omagh Traffic Lights failure could lead to serious accident - McColgan

Omagh Sinn Féin representative Marty McColgan has been in contact with DRD Road Service and the PSNI regarding the failure of the traffic lights at the County Hall junction on Saturday. Read full article


5 September, 2012

Pilot Hospital Bus Service Welcomed

Omagh Town Sinn Féin Councillor Sorcha McAnespy has welcomed a new pilot bus service servicing Altnagelvin and Enniskillen hospitals. Read full article


4 September, 2012

Minister fast tracks plans for new Arvalee School

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has welcomed a commitment by Education Minister John O Dowd to fast track a new build for Arvalee School on a section of the Lisanelly Educational campus site. Read full article


4 September, 2012

Farm Modernisation Programme Opens

Peter Kelly has reminded Farmers that Tuesday seen the re-opening of the Farm Modernisation Programme (FMP). Read full article


4 September, 2012

Welcome for Grass Cutting

Sinn Fein councillor Ann Quinn has welcomed confirmation from DRD Roads Service that Grass cutting will commence on the Verges of rural roads after the programme was initially delayed due to late growth. Read full article


3 September, 2012

Success of Strathroy Harps recognised by Council

The success of Strathroy Harps was recognised by Omagh Council when the team was hosted at a reception in the Council offices on Friday evening. Read full article


1 September, 2012

MLA expresses solidarity with Arvalee School Community

West Tyrone MLA and member of the Western Education and Library Board, Declan Mc Aleer has expressed his solidarity and support with the Arvalee school community as they begin the process of rebuilding their school after a devastating fire gutted their premises. Read full article


27 August, 2012

Successful Paintballing Fundraiser for Suicide Prevention

West Tyrone Ógra Shinn Féin raised £510 for PIPS (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide) with a Paintballing and BBQ extravaganza on Saturday past (25th August) in AWOL, County Monaghan. Proceeds from the fundraiser will aid the awareness and support work delivered by PIPS. Read full article


21 August, 2012

£5.5 Million available through Farm Modernisation Programme

Sinn Féin Councillor Peter Kelly has called on the local farming community to prepare now for the opening of the latest Farm Modernisation Programme after the Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill announced it will open on the 4th September. Read full article


15 August, 2012

Dromore CCE Congratulated on Ulster Fleadh announcement

Councillor Ann Quinn has congratulated the local Dromore branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann (CCE) after they were successful in their bid to host the Ulster Finals of the Fleadh Cheoil in 2013. Read full article


14 August, 2012

Welcome for Translink WiFi announcement

Sinn Féin councillor Sorcha McAnespy has welcomed the announcement that free Wi-Fi will soon become available on key Translink services in the north and including Bus and rail services to the capital, Dublin. The Company announced earlier this week that the service will go 'live' in the coming weeks. Read full article


31 July, 2012

Councillor Urges Motorists to be Aware of Risks Posed by Livestock on Rural Roads

West Tyrone Sinn Fein Councillor Glenn Campbell has urged motorists to be aware of the risks posed by livestock on rural roads. Read full article


31 July, 2012

Omagh District Council calls for Marriage Equality

Omagh District council have passed a motion calling for the 'same rights and entitlements to civil marriage for all citizens regardless of race, religion or sexuality'. Read full article


27 July, 2012

Sinn Féin call for retention of Strathroy Post Offices service

Sinn Fein Omagh town representative Martin McColgan has said that it is vital that services offered by the Post office are maintained in Strathroy. Read full article


27 July, 2012

Dromore Bank Closure 'devastating blow'.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Ann Quinn has said she will asking First Trust bank to reconsider their decision to close the bank in Dromore. Read full article


26 July, 2012

Welcome for planned Tummery roadworks

Councillor Ann Quinn has welcomed confirmation that Tummery Road in Dromore is due to undergo remedial works after the Department of Regional Development was successful in bidding for additional funding. Read full article


17 July, 2012

Inadequate response to safety issues at 'the Gap'

Sinn Féin has said there is an inadequate response from DRD Roads Service to a major safety issue on the Drumnakilly Road, just outside Carrickmore in Mid Tyrone. Read full article


16 July, 2012

Welcome for Sixmilecross Street Work

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed work improvements due to begin on Sixmilecross Main Street as long overdue. Read full article


4 July, 2012

Man in hospital following Fintona Crash

A 60-year-old man has been taken to hospital after an articulated lorry crashed off a bridge and into a river in Fintona.. Read full article


3 July, 2012

Immediate Action Needed to Address Safety Concerns on Tattyreagh and Altanaveragh Roads

Councillor Glenn Campbell has called on DRD Roads Service to address safety concerns on the Tattyreagh and Altanaveragh Roads

West Tyrone Sinn Fein Councillor has called on DRD Roads Service to take immediate action to improve safety at Tattyreagh cross roads. Read full article


2 July, 2012

Mc Guire welcome rewiring and refurbishment scheme for Gamble Park

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire has welcomed confirmation that Housing Executive homes at Gamble Park in Spamount are now scheduled to undergo a kitchen refurbishment and complete house rewiring scheme this November. Read full article


2 July, 2012

Mc Hugh welcomes commitment from Roads Service on Castlefin Park Footways.

Following a meeting with D.O.E. roads service officials last week Derg Sinn Féin councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has given a cautious welcome to a commitment given to him by roads service to replace the remaining flagged foot paths in the park with tarred footpaths. Read full article


29 June, 2012

Tyrone Volunteers day launched

The Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone, Phelim Gildernew hosted the launch of Tyrone Volunteers Day in the Council office on Friday evening. The programme of commemorative events takes place on 13th July coinciding with the 31st anniversary of hunger striker Martin Hurson. Read full article


29 June, 2012

Welcome for Enniskillen Hospital Bus Link

Sinn Féin Omagh town councillor and West Trust Local Commissioning Group member Sorcha McAnespy has welcomed confirmation that Omagh is going to have an enhanced bus service to the new hospital in Enniskillen Read full article


27 June, 2012

Local man alleges PSNI Harassment

Sinn Féin councillor Peter Kelly has hit out at the PSNI after they detained a local Trillick man on Tuesday. Read full article


25 June, 2012

Sewer Improvement Work continues in Omagh

Omagh Sinn Fein councillor Sean Begley has welcomed the announcement that work to repair a collapsed sewer in Scarf's Entry car park is imminent. Read full article


19 June, 2012

New Chair of Arts and Culture Committee in Council outline priorities

Sinn Féin councillor Sorcha McAnespy has become the new chairperson of the Arts and Culture committee on Omagh District Council. Read full article


18 June, 2012

Proposal to implement hospital car parking charges criticised.

Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has criticises the proposal to implement hospital car parking charges on the new hospital in Enniskillen. Read full article


12 June, 2012

Welcome as council assists in Trillick works ahead of Fleadh

The hills of Trillick will come alive to the sound of music next weekend as the Tyrone fleadh kicks off on in the town on Fri 22nd June. Local Sinn Féin councillor Peter Kelly said the event will be great boost for the village and has proved to be very popular in the area over previous years when the village hosted the Tyrone fleadh. Read full article


11 June, 2012

Sinn Féin end dual mandates

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD today announced that Sinn Féin would be bringing an end to dual mandates in the coming weeks. Read full article


8 June, 2012

Omagh Council back Sinn Féin motion on RPA Funding

Omagh District council has given its backing to a Sinn Féin motion calling for Environment Minister Alex Attwood to seek funds to aid councils implement the Review of Public Administration. Read full article


8 June, 2012

DUP Chairman snubs Sinn Fein

The newly elected DUP Chairman of Omagh District Council, Errol Thompson refused to shake the hand of Sinn Fein's Council group leader, Glenn Campbell at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday evening. Read full article


1 June, 2012

Welcome for reintroduction of Boiler Replacement Scheme.

Sinn Féin councillor Declan McAleer has welcomed the re-opening of the Boiler Replacement scheme. The scheme aims to replace old, inefficient boilers and will be open in the autumn. Owner occupiers earning less than £40,000 who have a boiler at least 15 years old can apply to have it replaced. Up to £1,000 can be granted towards the replacement. Read full article


29 May, 2012

Insurance Premiums must come down for young drivers

Sinn Fein councillor Glenn Campbell has said he hopes that new measures being brought in to improve driver safety will bring down the price of car insurance premiums, particularly for young drivers. Read full article


29 May, 2012

Public Talk on Gibraltar 3

Former Belfast City Councillor Joe Austin will be the main speaker at a talk which recalls events in March 1988 when three IRA Volunteers were killed without warning, by the British Army in Gibraltar. Read full article


22 May, 2012

Farmers still awaiting single farm payments.

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Donnelly has written to the Agricultural Minister Michelle O'Neill after he claimed some farmers in the area are still awaiting their single farm payments from 2011. Read full article


15 May, 2012

Traffic Accident highlights danger of road

Councillor Ann Quinn has extended her best wishes to a lorry driver who was hospitalised as a result of a road traffic collision just outside Dromore on Tuesday afternoon. She also said her thoughts are with the local farmer who was also involved in the accident on the A32 Dromore to Irvinestown road. Read full article


14 May, 2012

Sinn Féin delegation meets police chiefs over Tyrone arrests

Cllr Sean Clarke

A delegation from Sinn Féin met with senior PSNI commanders on Monday afternoon to highlight concerns relating to a number of search and arrest operations carried out at the weekend. Read full article


9 May, 2012

Fears over future of Omagh Jobs

There are fears that a 'review' within the Housing Executive will lead to Job losses in the Omagh area for the Housing Executive. Read full article


9 May, 2012

Sperrin Hikers salute the courage of the Loughgall Martyrs

Paul and Jay (centre) with a group of hikers who took part in Saturday's challenge.

A troupe of 150 hikers braved the elements on Saturday to climb the Sperrin Mountains in a 'Walk of Freedom' to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Loughgall Martyrs. Read full article


9 May, 2012

Mc Guinness addresses Loughgall commemoration

Platform party (l-r): seated: Alannah Campbell, Cathal Og Donnelly, Martin Mc Guinness MP, Liam Lappin, Colm Gildernew and Paul Kelly (standing)

Republicans assembled at the monument on Cappagh's Main Street on Tuesday evening to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Loughgall ambush. The commemoration was timed to coincide with the actual date and time of the ambush 25 years ago. Read full article


9 May, 2012

Memorial lecture recounts Loughgall and Clonmult ambushes

Over 250 people assembled in the Ryandale, Moy on Monday evening for the Loughgall 25th anniversary memorial lecture. Read full article


8 May, 2012

New Hospital Car Park Charge 'scandalous'

Sinn Feins Anne Marie Fitzgerald has described plans to introduce car parking fees at the new hospital in Enniskillen as 'scandalous'. Read full article


7 May, 2012

Hunger Strikers Remembered in Dromore on 31st Anniversary

Pat Doherty MP delivers main address at Hunger Strike commemoration in Dromore

Republican from across Tyrone gathered in Dromore on the 31st Anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands (Saturday 5th May) to commemorate the ten men who died on hunger strike in 1981. Read full article


7 May, 2012

New rules around licensed premises.

Sinn Féin Omagh Town councillor Sorcha McAnespy has reminded revellers that the rules around what is an acceptable form of identification has changed. Read full article


2 May, 2012

Publication of Irish language Survey welcomed

Sinn Féin Councillor Sorcha McAnespy has welcomed the publication of a new survey on attitudes towards the Irish language. The survey was carried out by the Department of Culture arts and Leisure, with respondents from across the north. Read full article


1 May, 2012

Dromore set to remember Bobby Sands.

Bobby Sands and the 1981 Hunger Strikers are set to be commemorated in Dromore on Saturday. The local Sinn Féin Cumann unveiled the plans for the annual parade earlier this week. Read full article


27 April, 2012

Dáil committee to visit West Tyrone

Members of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement will visit Omagh and Strabane on Thursday. Read full article


26 April, 2012

New DARD Telephone Numbers

Sinn Fein Mid Tyrone Councillor Sean Donnelly has said local people, particularly those involved in farming need to be aware that DARD's telephone numbers are changing. Read full article


24 April, 2012

Concern expressed over state of Mullinmore Road in Carrickmore

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has said there is considerable concern amongst local people living on the Mullinmore road in Carrickmore at the poor state of disrepair that the road has fallen into. Read full article


23 April, 2012

All Ireland Presidential Elections Call

All Ireland Presidential Elections Call Sinn Féin Omagh District Councillor Peter Kelly has said the Irish Government should revisit the issue of votes for the Irish diaspora and those from the north who wish to cast a vote in future presidential elections. He was speaking after the French Presidential elections began on Monday. French citizens in Ireland are entitled to vote in the poll. Read full article


21 April, 2012

Hikers prepare for Sperrins Challenge

Republicans are preparing to scale the highest peaks of Counties Derry and Tyrone in a 12 mile trek over the Sperrin Mountains on Saturday 5th May to mark the 25th anniversary of the Loughgall ambush. On 8th May 1987, 8 IRA men and a civilian were killed in an SAS ambush in the Co. Armagh village. Read full article


17 April, 2012

Iarnród Éireann needs to reverse competition rule

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has called on Irish rail service Iarnród Éireann to open up a competition they are holding for tickets to the European soccer championships to Irish people from all of Ireland. Read full article


17 April, 2012

Welcome for Minister action on Single Farm Payments

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the announcement by Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill that she intends to speed up Single Farm Payments. Read full article


13 April, 2012

Programme of events launched to commemorate 25th anniversary of the Loughgall Martyrs

SF members and representatives of the Loughgall Martyrs families pictured at the launch of the commemorative programme of events.

Members of Sinn Féin along with representatives of the families of the Loughgall Martyrs gathered at the Republican monument in Cappagh on Thursday evening to launch a programme of events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Loughgall ambush. Read full article


11 April, 2012

Moy Easter Commemoration

In Moy, the Easter Wreath laying cermony took place on Saturday evening. Read full article


9 April, 2012

Lynch addresses Castlederg Easter Commemoration

A strong crowd of local Republicans from the Aghyaran and Castlederg area assembled in Spring sunshine at 11am in Aghyaran graveyard on Easter Sunday for the annual commemoration of the 1916 Rising. Read full article


9 April, 2012

Easter commemoration in Killyclogher

Approximately 60 people attended the Easter Commemoration at the graveside of veteran Republican, Charlie Ferris in Killyclogher graveyard on Saturday evening. Read full article


9 April, 2012

Republicans remember Alice Milligan

On Saturday, Republicans assembled at the graveside of poet, playwright and Republican, Alice Milligan. The commemoration was convened by the Milligan/Harte Sinn Féin Cumann and was attended by Republicans from throughout the Omagh area. Read full article


9 April, 2012

Drumnakilly Martyrs remembered at Loughmacrory Easter commemoration

Several hundred people attended the annual Loughmacrory commemoration at the graveside of brothers Gerard and Martin Harte. Gerard and Martin were shot while on active service with their comrade Brian Mullin on Tuesday 30th August 1988. Read full article


9 April, 2012

Easter commemoration at Strathroy

The Easter Wreath Laying ceremony in Strathroy on Holy Saturday was the first event held at the republican monument since it underwent upgrading and maintenance recently. Read full article


9 April, 2012

Easter commemorations held in Dromore

On Easter Sunday Republicans from the Dromore and Trillick area gathered at the gravesides of Vol. Cathal Quinn and Cllr Patsy Kelly to commemorate Ireland's Patriot Dead on Easter Sunday. Read full article


9 April, 2012

Frank Ward Graveside Commemoration in Carrickmore

Report from the Carrickmore Graveside Commemoration on Easter Sunday Read full article


3 April, 2012

Young People Learn Suicide Prevention Skills

Some of the young people who completed the Mind Your Mate Training on Friday

Ógra Shinn Féin teamed up with PIPS (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide) to deliver three suicide prevention training events across Tyrone in the past month. The most recent 'Mind Your Mate' training was organised in Omagh Sinn Féin Office last Friday (30th March). Read full article


2 April, 2012

Welcome for action on mobile roaming charges.

Sinn Féins Glenn Campbell has welcomed cuts in mobile phone roaming charges which are set to be introduced before the summer. Read full article


31 March, 2012

Gerry Kelly to address Tyrone County Easter commemoration

The MLA for North Belfast and Long Kesh escapee, Gerry Kelly will be the main speaker at this year's Tyrone County commemoration in Carrickmore on Easter Sunday. The county commemoration, along with over 40 local mobilisations are being organised by the Tyrone SF Commemoration committee. Read full article


23 March, 2012

Decision to keep Barracks open a waste of public money and resources - Sinn Féin.

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed the decision to close the PSNI station in Fintona. The decision was revealed by PSNI district commander Pauline Shields at the last meeting of the Omagh DPP on Thursday. Read full article


23 March, 2012

Danny Morrison to address gathering in Greencastle

Danny Morrison pictured with local Republicans at the launch of the Hunger Strike 30th anniversary exhibition in Omagh last year.

The former Assembly member for Mid Ulster Danny Morrison will make a return journey to Greencastle on Friday evening as the guest speaker at a local launch of the book 'Tyrone's Struggle'. Morrison, who coined the phrase 'the Armalite and Ballot Box' Read full article


19 March, 2012

Sinn Féin Condemns Attack on Orange Hall

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has condemned the arson attack on Augharonan Orange Hall on Garvallagh Road, Seskinore. Read full article


14 March, 2012

Concerns raise over Post Office' centralisation'

Sinn Féin councillor Glenn Campbell has raised concerns over the 'centralisation' of postal services to larger post offices throughout the Omagh District. Read full article


12 March, 2012

Drumlister Road in poor condition.

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Donnelly has called upon Roads Service to carry out essential road works on the Drumlister road, between Carrickmore and Sixmilecross. The local councillor said he has been contacted by local residents about the poor state of the road. Read full article


12 March, 2012

Many losing Employment Support Allowance because vital GP evidence not being secured

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says that she believes that many people are losing their entitlement to Employment Support Allowance (ESA) because of the failure of Departmental decision makers to secure key GP medical evidence before making decisions. The local MLA has now written to DSD Minister Nelson Mc Causland calling upon him to investigate and address what she describes as 'a major flaw' in an ESA decision making process which is already flawed in so many other areas. Read full article


6 March, 2012

Shock following 'critical' accident

Omagh Town Sinn Féin councillor Sean Begley has said there is widespread shock after a pedestrian was knocked down on Sedan Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. Read full article


6 March, 2012

Bomb Hoax a 'moronic act'-Strabane Council Chair

Strabane Sinn Féin Council Chair Brian Mc Mahon has described the placing of an elaborate hoax device outside the local shop at the top of the Ballycolman Lane in the town earlier today as a 'moronic act' which led to widespread displacement and hardship to local residents, loss of business and wider disruption to community life in the area. Read full article


5 March, 2012

Omagh to Enniskillen Roadworks welcomed

Sinn Féin West Tyrone councillor Ann Quinn has welcomed the commencement of road Improvements on the Omagh to Enniskillen road. The roadworks, which began on Monday, are expected to take up to a year before their completion. Read full article


1 March, 2012

Farmers urged over Schmallenberg virus

West Tyrone Sinn Fein councillor Peter Kelly has urged farmers to be on alert for a new disease that can ravage sheep flocks. Read full article


29 February, 2012

Welcome for executive fuel payments.

Sinn Fein Mid Tyrone councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed a fuel payment provided by the executive in Stromont to those in receipt of benefits. The payments, which have been released within the past week, range from £75 - £100. Read full article


28 February, 2012

Representations being made following Ballycolyman issues survey-Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon has thanked residents of the old and new Ballycolman for taking the time to respond to an 'issues survey' that local party members have been conducting on a door-to-door basis in the area over the past fortnight saying that Sinn Féin has already made written representations to Roads Service, the Housing Executive and Council seeking progress on a wide variety of issues residents in both areas want to see addressed. Read full article


27 February, 2012

Post Office Outreach Proposal for Altamuskin welcomed

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed renewed efforts by the Post Office to establish an outreach service in the Altamuskin area. Read full article


26 February, 2012

Comhghairdeas Gaelphobal an tSratha Báin

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP MLA Michaela Boyle has extended a massive 'comhghairdeas' to Strabane's Irish language community in securing 1st place in the national Gór na nGael awards awarded each year to the organisation that has done most to promote and advance the Irish language. Read full article


24 February, 2012

Unadopted roads issue highlighted

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor, Declan Mc Aleer has called on Roads Service to take a more pro-active approach in dealing with housing developments and public areas which have not been adopted. Cllr Mc Aleer was speaking after figures released to West Tyrone MP, Pat Doherty in an Assembly question revealed that there are 60 unadopted roads in the Omagh District Read full article


22 February, 2012

Líofa 2015 Irish Language Campaign to be launched in Omagh

DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín will join Omagh District Council Chairperson Frankie Donnelly for the local launch of the Líofa 2015 campaign. The event will take place in Omagh District Council Offices at 7pm on Wednesday 29th February. Read full article


21 February, 2012

Councillor Highlights 'Dire Condition' of Roads Approaching Fintona

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has welcomed road works at junction of Edergoole and Loughmuck roads, but called for more improvements to roads approaching Fintona.

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has welcomed road improvements at the junction of Edergoole and Loughmuck Roads, but has called for greater improvements on these and other roads that approach Fintona. Read full article


20 February, 2012

Doherty welcomes commitments from A5 contractor that local economy will be major beneficiary of construction work

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has welcomed written commitments he has received from Farrans and Graham, the appointed joint contractors for the Ballygawley to Omagh section of the A5, that it will be sourcing equipment, materials, subcontractors and construction workers locally when work is scheduled to start later this year and that the company anticipates that the vast majority of the money spent will go back into the local economy. Read full article


14 February, 2012

Fitzgerald challenges Minister on Omagh mental health proposals

Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has lambasted Health Minister Edwin Poots after he revealed, in answer to an Assembly question from Pat Doherty MP that the provision of inpatient acute mental health care and addiction services proposed for the new Omagh hospital are currently under review by the Health and Social Care Board. Read full article


14 February, 2012

McElduff welcomes Omagh Hospital announcement

Sinn Féin's Barry McElduff MLA (West Tyrone) has welcomed the announcement today of £26 million funding for a new hospital in Omagh. Read full article


14 February, 2012

Omagh community call for progress on Derry Road development

(l-r) - Cllr Declan Mc Aleer, Siobhan Mc Dermott, Kieran Gallagher and Martin Mc Colgan

Representatives of Omagh community sector met with the Planning Minister, Alex Attwood in Stormont yesterday (Monday) to push for progress on the development of the Strathroy Link Road and the £350 million Opportunity Omagh development proposal on the town's Derry Road. The site was granted outline planning approval last year, while a reserved matters application for a Tesco store on the site is currently under consideration. Read full article


14 February, 2012

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the launch of the Children with Disabilities Strategic Alliance manifesto.

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the launch of the Children with Disabilities Strategic Alliance manifesto. Read full article


14 February, 2012

Sinn Féin MP welcomes A5 announcement

Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty today welcomed the announcement that the A5 project is to commence. Mr Doherty said that despite many people claiming the project was never going to happen, Sinn Féin never gave up on the A5 and today's announcement is a testimony to that work, particularly over recent months since the Irish government scaled back its funding. Read full article


14 February, 2012

Sinn Féin MP welcomes A5 announcement

Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty today welcomed the announcement that the A5 project is to commence. Mr Doherty said that despite many people claiming the project was never going to happen, Sinn Féin never gave up on the A5 and today's announcement is a testimony to that work, particularly over recent months since the Irish government scaled back its funding. Mr Doherty said: Read full article


13 February, 2012

Boyle questions Minister on Ballycolman sewage overflow.

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has asked DRD Minister Danny Kennedy to establish whether any underlying infrastructure problems contributed to the sewage overflow which flooded gardens at the bottom of the Ballycolman Estate in Strabane last Thursday and, if so, provide details of how his Department will address these problems. Read full article


9 February, 2012

Progress made on Bus Shelter construction

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Sean Donnelly has revealed that he is liaising closely with the Technical Service department within Omagh District Council regarding the construction of two bus shelters in the Mid Tyrone area. Read full article


8 February, 2012

Suicide Prevention Youth Events organised across Tyrone

Ógra Shinn Féin in Tyrone have teamed up with PIPS (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide) to organise three suicide prevention training programmes. The 'Mind Your Mate' programmes are aimed at 16 - 24 year olds, and equip participants with the skills to look out for each other and to look after their own personal mental health. Read full article


7 February, 2012

Doherty calls for review of Credit Union proposals

The MP for West Tyrone, Pat Doherty has said that current proposals to change the way credit unions are regulated is causing a great deal of concern among its members. Read full article


7 February, 2012

Unionist politicians 'clutching at straws' in arguing for retention of Castlederg PSNI station-Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin Councillors from the Derg Electoral Area of Strabane District Council say that the case for the closure of Castlederg PSNI station is overwhelming and have accused some unionist elected representatives, who continue to argue that it should be retained on 'security grounds,' of clutching at straws. Sinn Féin councillors Ruairí Mc Hugh, Kieran Mc Guire and Maolíosa Mc Hugh have issued a joint statement fully backing the PSNI station closure prior to the issue being discussed at a public consultation meeting in the Derg Valley Leisure Centre at 8pm next Wednesday Night. Read full article


6 February, 2012

Issue of un-adopted private developments to be subject of DRD Committee Inquiry-Doherty

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty says that the Assembly's Committee for Regional Development has initiated an inquiry into the issue of 'Un-adopted Roads' and trusts that the findings and recommendations of this inquiry will be taken on board and auctioned by the Minister especially given the continuing situation whereby many homeowners are forced to wait an unsatisfactorily long number of years before the private developments which they moved into are finally officially adopted. Read full article


3 February, 2012

Donnelly calls for closure of Beragh police station

A public consultation was held in Beragh on Thursday evening regarding the future of Beragh police station. Read full article


3 February, 2012

New Directional signage to Sixmilecross

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed a Roads Service commitment to erect new directional signage to the village of Sixmilecross. Read full article


31 January, 2012

Clarity sought on the future of mental health services in Omagh

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has said there is anger at apparent proposals to strip Mental Health services from the new Hospital in Omagh. She made the claims after meeting with Unison representatives during the week. Read full article


31 January, 2012

Caution urged over 'Pay Day Loans'

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has urged people to read small print before considering a pay day loan.

Local Sinn Féin councillor Glenn Campbell has urged the public to be cautious of money lenders offering 'Pay Day Loans'. Read full article


30 January, 2012

Boyle asks Translink to establish Strabane to Altnagelvin Hospital service

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has asked Translink to examine the case for establishing a direct bus service between Strabane and Altnagelvin hospital during a meeting held with senior company officials at its Bradley Way facility in the town last Friday. Read full article


30 January, 2012

Dromore resurfacing work 'imminent'

Sinn Féin West Tyrone councillor Ann Quinn has welcomed imminent remedial work to be carried out on Dromores Main Street. Read full article


30 January, 2012

Why are ESA benefit disallowance figures being withheld by DSD Minister?-Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle is questioning why Minister Nelson Mc Causland's DSD Department is continuing to withhold details of the number of people who have been disallowed Employment Support Allowance since the controversial private company Atos Orgin began carrying the 'Work Capability Assessment' contract on behalf of the Department as and from in June 2011. Read full article


24 January, 2012

'Fit-for work' assesment inaccuracies highlighted

Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald calls on the British Government for a suspension of the 'Fit for Work' assessment following huge inaccuracies were detailed in a recent report by the Citizens advice bureau. Read full article


20 January, 2012

Councillor moves to highlight what switchover from analogue to digital TV entails for local householders.

Strabane Sinn Fein Councillor for the Glenelly area Michelle Mc Mackin has moved to highlight what the switchover from analogue to digital television scheduled for October 2012 will entail for local householders following a meeting with the body tasked with preparing for the switchover. Read full article


18 January, 2012

Lack of water supply affecting local families in Gortin area

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Sean Clarke has said local families in Gortin and Greencastle are being put under serious pressure with water problems in the local area. Read full article


18 January, 2012

Issue of 'Uniting Ireland' centre stage in Derry next week

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that the issue of 'Uniting Ireland' will be centre stage at a major conference being organised by the party in Derry next week at which speakers will include Pearse Doherty TD, Ulster Unionist MLA Basil Mc Crea MLA, former Ulster Bank Chair George Quigley, former Donegal County Council Manager Michael Mc Loone, Martin Mc Guinness MP, and Human Rights and Equality campaigner Inez Mc Cormack and many more from public, community and civic society. Read full article


18 January, 2012

Aughabrack meeting on investment plans to extend 10Mb Wireless Broadband across Glenelly Area-Sinn Féin

Councillors Dan Kelly and Michelle Mc Mackin striving to get Glenelly online

Sinn Féin Councillors Dan Kelly and Michelle Mc Mackin are encouraging all interested parties to attend a meeting in the Community Hall in Aughabrack at 7pm on Wednesday 25th January to appraise members of the public of investment plans to extend 10Mb wireless broadband connectivity across the Glenelly Electoral Area. Read full article


17 January, 2012

Councillors meet Road Service on Health Centre Car Park 'Pay and Display' issue

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley says that local councillors expressed strong concern to Roads Service at a site meeting on Friday called to discuss the 'knock on impact' of the re-designation of 53 car parking spaces at the Health Centre Car Park at Upper Main Street as Pay and Display from April 1st. Read full article


16 January, 2012

Preventing Suicide in the Community

28 people took part in a one day training programme on Saturday (14th January) in Omagh Sinn Féin Office that empowered participants with the skills to tackle suicide in the community. The course was provided by PIPS (Public Initiative for the Prevention of Suicide) and hosted by Ógra Shinn Féin. Read full article


12 January, 2012

McAnespy 'heartened' at Omagh Jobs Boost

Sinn Féin Omagh Town councillor Sorcha McAnespy has welcomed the creation of 21 new jobs in Omagh. Read full article


11 January, 2012

Boyle welcomes the securing of additional money for school budgets by Education Minister

Sin Fein West Tyrone MLA Michaela and Assembly Education Committee member Michaela Boyle has welcomed the confirmation given by Education Minister, John O Dowd that he has successfully negotiated substantial additional funding for the Education Budget. Read full article


3 January, 2012

Remedial action taken to reduce risk of Springhill Park flooding incidents.

Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley has welcomed action taken by a local landowner, the Rivers Agency, Roads Service and Water Service to reduce the risk of flooding to homes in Springhill Park. Read full article


2 January, 2012

Anger at 'Fly-tipping' at Strabane Cemetery

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley has described a major incident of Fly tipping at Strabane Cemetery over Christmas as a totally insensitive act which distressed and angered people visiting the graves of loved ones. Read full article


1 January, 2012

NEW YEARS MESSAGE FROM WEST TYRONE MP MLA PAT DOHERTY

In a New Year's message, Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty says that in 2012 his primary focus will continue to be on delivering major strategic projects which have the potential to deliver thousands of jobs within the constituency despite facing into the most challenging economic conditions in generations. Read full article


22 December, 2011

Opening of Strabane Bus Depot facilities to be extended by 10 hours-Boyle

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says that following extensive lobbying Translink have now confirmed that it will extend the opening hours of Strabane Bus Depot as and from 3rd January. Read full article


21 December, 2011

Sinn Féin welcomes pharmacies decision

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed the decision by the High Court to reverse the cut to the North's Community Pharmacy budget. Her comments came after the Community Pharmacy Northern Ireland (CPNI) won a judicial review against the cut of £38m. Read full article


19 December, 2011

61 in Strabane face uncertain future as Housing Benefit cut by 50

Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin says that the potential for homeless crisis in the District has been further highlighted following information obtained by the party that locally 61 single people in the 25-35 age bracket will be adversely affected by a 50% reduction in their Housing Benefit Rates as and from 1st January 2012. Read full article


19 December, 2011

MAJOR 'UNITED IRELAND' CONFERENCE IN JANUARY

West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty says that a major Sinn Féin conference themed 'Towards a New Republic', is to be held in Derry in the New Year and will provide an opportunity for people from a diverse range of backgrounds to voice their ideas, proposals or opposition to a United Ireland and to building a new national democracy based on equality and justice on the island of Ireland. Read full article


16 December, 2011

EXTENSION OF RATES RELIEF WILL BE BOOST FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has welcomed the decision by the Stormont Executive to levy 76 multinational retail outlets across the north an additional 15% in rates in order to subsidize lower rate bills for smaller businesses saying, Read full article


16 December, 2011

Strabane Community in shock as young girl mugged and robbed

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says that the mugging and robbing of a young woman in Strabane yesterday afternoon has sent shockwaves through the local community. Read full article


14 December, 2011

Strabane Sinn Féin Festive Season Initiative

Sinn Féin activists are distributing thousands of leaflets throughout urban and rural areas of Strabane District highlighting contacts for relevant agencies that people may need to contact in the event of problems associated with severe weather over the Xmas and New Year holiday period as well as emergency contact numbers for local SF Elected Reps who can also be contacted to provide assistance over the period. Read full article


12 December, 2011

Call to be vigilant following attempt to gain entry to pensioners home.

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley has called for the public to be vigilant and look out for their elderly neighbours following an incident which has now come to light whereby a male caller tried to trick his way into the home of an 81 year old pensioner in the Head of the Town area of the town on the fraudulent pretext of needing to read her meter. Read full article


12 December, 2011

Welcome for range of Executive Winter Fuel Payments

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has described the range of Winter Fuel Payments announced by the Executive as a timely and welcome measure which hopefully will alleviate some of the hardship resulting from spiralling energy and home heating costs among the most vulnerable sections of our community including cancer sufferers. Read full article


12 December, 2011

Large crowd attend annual Jim Mc Ginn Commemoration

In spite of wet and bitterly cold weather a large crowd attended the annual Jim Mc Ginn Commemoration at Clady Bridge yesterday (Sunday 11 December) Led by the Strabane Memorial Flute Band, the Commemoration was addressed by local Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle. content of speech below: Read full article


9 December, 2011

Welcome for executive fuel payment

Omagh District Councillor Declan McAleer has welcomed a one-off winter fuel allowance payment funded by the executive, which is set to benefit 250,000 people throughout the north. Read full article


6 December, 2011

Support For Rural Transport Welcomed

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has welcomed cross party support for a Sinn Féin motion to the Assembly yesterday calling on the retention of transport in rural areas for people attending hospital appointments. Read full article


2 December, 2011

Help prevent suicide in the community

Ógra Shinn Féin is hosting a training programme 'Preventing Suicides in the Community.' It will take place in Omagh Sinn Féin Office from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 14th January and will be delivered by PIPS. Read full article


2 December, 2011

Sinn Féin welcomes confirmation that Castlederg PSNI Station is in firing line for closure

Sinn Féin representatives have welcomed confirmation that Castlederg PSNI station is one of the 34 across the north that has been earmarked for closure as part of a plan to save £3.5 million per year from the Policing budget. Read full article


1 December, 2011

Annual Jim Mc Ginn Commemoration on Sunday 11th December

The annual commemoration in memory of IRA Staff Captain Jim Mc Ginn will be held on Clady Bridge at 3pm on Sunday 11th of December with local Sinn Féin Michaela Boyle MLA delivering the main address at the spot where Jim was killed in a premature explosion on the 15th December 1973. Read full article


30 November, 2011

Sinn Féin Support Trade Union's action on Public Sector Pensions

Sinn Féin came out in support of the Trade Union's Day of action (Wednesday 30th November). Elected representatives and activists were out on the picket lines and attended the main local rally at Omagh Courthouse. Read full article


24 November, 2011

Glen Road to be assessed for traffic calming

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley says that the Roads Service Traffic Management Section have agreed to carry out a traffic calming assessment on the Glen Road in the town following representations he has made on behalf of local residents increasingly concerned about motorist and pedestrian safety Read full article


24 November, 2011

Three Rivers Project-Largest investment opportunity for Strabane and Lifford in generations

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has described the revised outline planning application submitted by Riverside Building & Development Limited to substantially increase the scale of the initial mixed-use development application between Strabane and Lifford with a projected investment of over £50 million as not only a major vote of confidence in the people of this area but representing the biggest opportunity for investment in this area for generations. Read full article


22 November, 2011

Council Chairs met to demand A5 project goes ahead as planned.

Strabane District Council Chairperson Brian Mc Mahon says that Mayors and Chairs of Councils along the A5 route met on Friday last to devise a lobby strategy to demand that the A5 project goes ahead as planned. Read full article


22 November, 2011

Strabane Oasis Dental Care capacity increased by 300

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says that she has been assured that Oasis Dental Care in Strabane has been permitted to open its books for an additional 300 patients. This follows last week's reports that additional 257 patients were now on a waiting list for treatment as the local Oasis providers indicated that it already reached the 3,000 registered patient capacity awarded in the initial contract in its first 18 months of operation in the town. Read full article


22 November, 2011

Anti-Bullying Week crucial in bringing issue centre stage

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA and Assembly Education Committee member Michaela Boyle has praised the efforts of pupils and staff from 650 schools across the north who undertook a wide variety of activities as part of anti-bullying week which this year had a particular focus on the scourge of 'cyber bullying.' Read full article


18 November, 2011

Councils Demand North/South talks restore Certainty to A5 project.

Omagh District Council Chairman Frankie. Donnelly has covened a joint grouping involving Chairs/ Mayors of Councils along the A5 route including Monaghan,Omagh, Strabane, Derry, letterkenny and Donegal Councils. Read full article


17 November, 2011

Omagh Council in special meeting over flooding.

Sinn Féin West Tyrone councillor and chairman of Omagh District Council, Frankie Donnelly has revealed that there is to be a special meeting of the Planning committee of the council on Monday evening. The meeting will assess, and hear an update on, the progress being made by the various agencies and the practical support offered to date for those affected by the flooding. Read full article


16 November, 2011

Right turning lane improves safety at Creggan Crossroads - Fitzgerald

Sinn Fein Mid Tyrone councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed the recent completion of a right turning lane to Carrickmore at Creggan Cross roads by DRD Roads Service. Read full article


9 November, 2011

Sinn Féin demands A5 meeting with an Taoiseach

In a joint statement following media reports that the Irish government has withdrawn funding for the A5 Aughnacloy/Derry dual carriageway, Pat Doherty MP, MLA (West Tyrone) and Sinn Féin Donegal TDs, Pearse Doherty and Padraig MacLochlainn and Cavan-Monaghan TD, Caomhghín ÓCaolain have demanded a meeting with an Taoiseach to discuss the ramifications of such a decision. Read full article


8 November, 2011

Urgent investigation call following flooding.

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has called for an urgent investigation by Planning Service following serious flooding to a local family's street after a pool at a local sand pit burst its banks. Read full article


8 November, 2011

New Year homeless crisis looming in Strabane if DSD minister doesn't act now

Sinn Féin councillor and Strabane Council Chair Brian Mc Mahon is warning of a homeless crisis in Strabane and other urban areas across the north in the new year unless DSD Minister Nelson Mc Causland acts now to introduce practical measures to counter a British government directive to implement swinging cuts to housing benefit. Read full article


8 November, 2011

Debris from drinking sessions obstructing access to vital sewage pumping station work

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley says that the debris left following weekend drinking sessions on the approach lane from O' Nolan Park to the Sewage Pumping Station in the town is frustrating the ability of NI water workers to carrying out required regular maintenance checks without incurring damage to vehicles and could even jeopardise their ability access the facility in cases of emergency. Read full article


7 November, 2011

Welcome for proposals to locate Public Sector Jobs in Omagh

Sinn Féin has welcomed proposals to develop on the former site of the PSNI site in Omagh. The proposals brought forward could see the location 150 public sector jobs on the site. Read full article


7 November, 2011

Sinn Féin supporting 'last resort' strike action by medical secretaries in Western Trust area

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle in West Tyrone has expressed her full support for strike action to be taken by medical secretaries in the Western HSC Trust area on Tuesday 8th November stating that it is fully justified as it is being undertaken as a last resort in their long running effort to secure parity of grading with other medical secretaries with comparable duties both within the Trust area and between this Trust area and other trust areas where the issue has been long addressed. Read full article


2 November, 2011

Motion Calling on Police Ombudsman's Immediate Resignation Secures Backing of Omagh District Council

At the November meeting of Omagh District Council, West Tyrone Sinn Fein Councillor Glenn Campbell proposed a Sinn Fein motion calling on Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson to immediately resign following the latest critical report of the Ombudsman's office. Read full article


1 November, 2011

Sinn Féin councillor condemns arson

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has condemned an arson attack on bins belonging to the Dean Maguirc College in Carrickmore. Read full article


1 November, 2011

MLA warns of Major Scam attempt

Sinn Féin West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Michaela Boyle is warning people to be alert to a major scam that could leave you with a telephone bill of £315. Read full article


1 November, 2011

MLA issues appeal to protect Strabane Library Opening Hours

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has called upon the community to demonstrate their support for the retention of existing level of services provided at Strabane Library by responding to an Opening Hours Review Consultation being currently undertaken by Libraries NI which is recommending the reduction of opening hours at the local facility from 52 down to 40 hours per week. Read full article


26 October, 2011

Flood Prevention is better than a cure - Donnelly

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed a £1 million package from the Department of Agriculture to help those affected by floods throughout the north within the past number of days. The local councillor was speaking after visiting residents and the local GAA Club who were affected by the flood in Beragh. Read full article


21 October, 2011

Councillor Welcomes Decision to Save Fintona Library

Fintona Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has welcomed Libraries NI's decision on Thursday (20th October) to retain Fintona Library. Read full article


18 October, 2011

Councillor calls for action in Fintona following floods

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor, Glenn Campbell has called for erection of flood barriers along the riverbank in Fintona following flooding on Monday. Read full article


18 October, 2011

Councillor expresses condolences to family of Kevan Hughes

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor, Glenn Campbell has said that the Dromore community is in a state of shock following the tragic death of Kevan Hughes. Read full article


17 October, 2011

Quinn alarmed at Flooded Roads

Dromore Sinn Féin councillor Anne Quinn has said lives are being put at risk with the flooding of a number of rural roads following large scale rainfall. Read full article


17 October, 2011

Mc Hugh encourages strong response to Clady post office re-opening consultation.

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17 October, 2011

Glebe Children's Play Area remedial work underway.

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11 October, 2011

Call for action on flooded road

Sinn Féin councillor Peter Kelly has said action must be taken to minimise flooding on the Galbally road; the main Dromore to Trillick road. He was speaking after extensive flooding on the road following heavy rain during the early part of this week. Read full article


11 October, 2011

Encouraging students to apply for Discount Card

Strabane Sinn Fein Councillor Karina Carlin has welcomed the launch of Translink's Student Discount Card. Read full article


11 October, 2011

Mc Guire welcomes temporary extension for slurry spreading‏

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire has welcomed the move by Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill to support a temporary change to the dates for spreading slurry until 31st October. Read full article


10 October, 2011

Small minority continue to show contempt for local community

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley has accused a small number of young people of showing contempt for the local community following weekend incidents in which stones, eggs and other missiles were thrown at homes in the Chesnut Park, Bridge Street and Ballycolman Lane areas and after a number of tyres were set alight at the Plot Pad up against trees bordering Mourneside Health Centre. Read full article


5 October, 2011

Urban Development Grant Applications sought

Sinn Fein Omagh town councillor Sorcha McAnespy has urged groups and companies to apply for the Urban Development grant which has just been unveiled by the Department of Social development. Read full article


4 October, 2011

Tyrone rallies for the Peoples President

County Tyrone came out in force tonight as the Peoples President tour hit the town of Omagh. Over 500 people packed into the Strule Arts Centre with another 300 unable to fit into the town centre venue. Read full article


4 October, 2011

"Abandoning Smoke Control Zone would not impact on Fuel Poverty"

Statement from Sinn Fein grouping on Strabane District Council Read full article


3 October, 2011

Women in Local Councils Event held

Local Sinn Féin Omagh town councillor Sorcha McAnespy attended a 'Women in Local Councils' event hosted in Stormont by the Local Government Staff Commission on Tuesday 27th September. Read full article


1 October, 2011

Local councillor joins LCG.

Local Sinn Féin councillor Sorcha McAnespy has joined the Western trusts Local Commissioning Group, which covers the areas of Derry City Council; Fermanagh District Council; Limavady Borough Council; Omagh District Council; and Strabane District Council. Read full article


27 September, 2011

Call for action on steps in Fairview Gardens

West Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Ann Quinn has said that broken steps in Fairview Gardens in Dromore, Co Tyrone 'constitute a serious risk to the health and safety of the residents' of the housing estate. Read full article


21 September, 2011

Calls for extention of Presidential election voting rights

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has called for the extension of voting rights in Irish Presidential Elections to all the people of Ireland. Mr McElduff was joined by an MLA from each other county in the North to call for this right. Speaking today at the Assembly Barry McElduff said: Read full article


21 September, 2011

Last call for community grant aid

The chairman of Omagh District Council's Development committee, Declan Mc Aleer has made a final call for local community and voluntary groups to apply for the Councils Community Support and Capital Grant aid. This Friday (23rd Sept) is the closing date for applications for Community Support Aid, while Capital grant applications will close at 5pm on Friday 30th September. Read full article


20 September, 2011

New Book to be officially launched

A new book 'Tyrones Struggle for Irish Freedom' is due to be officially launched in Omagh on Friday evening. Read full article


19 September, 2011

Martin McGuinness enters Presidential race

Sinn Fein councillor Ann Quinn has welcomed Martin McGuinness' entry into the presidential race in elections due to be held in October. Read full article


19 September, 2011

Doherty welcomes decision of Tesco to locate in Omagh

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed news that Tesco has agreed to take the new superstore on the Opportunity Omagh development on the town's Derry Road. Read full article


16 September, 2011

Tyrone's fighting story brought to book

A decade of painstaking research by former POW, Gerard Magee has culminated in the production of 'Tyrone's Struggle for Irish Freedom', a monumental labour of love that has materialised in a full-colour, 230mm x 297mm hard back with 688 pages. Read full article


15 September, 2011

British army homecoming parade not needed

Sinn Féin Councillor Peter Kelly said that the proposed British Army 'homecoming' parade in Belfast is not needed. He said any such parade by the British Army would cause grave offense to the relatives of those killed by British Army actions, whether it was in Afghanistan, Iraq or Ireland. Read full article


14 September, 2011

Councilor Urges Minister to Reduce Rates for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor, Glenn Campbell, has called on the Minister for Finance and Personnel Sammy Wilson to take urgent action to support small to medium sized businesses who are struggling to survive in the current harsh economic climate. Read full article


13 September, 2011

"A President for all of the Irish Nation" Opinion Piece from Michaela Boyle MLA

As the Presidential Election draws near Michaela Boyle MLA sets her views on the nature of the office and the demand for the extension of voting rights to be extended to Irish citizens in the 6 counties and the Irish diaspora wordwide. Read full article


12 September, 2011

Sinn Fein urges Strabane Council to support Employment of Former POW's

Strabane Council's eight strong Sinn Féin grouping has put forward a motion for discussion at tomorrow evening's meeting of full Council (Tuesday 13 September) seeking support from the Council to recognise the important contribution that former political prisoners have made to the peace process and to assist in the creation of a society of equals by ensuring that former political prisoners are allowed to compete for employment on exactly the same terms as every other citizen. Read full article


12 September, 2011

United community response not vigilantism should be response to anti-social behaviour problem plaguing residents of Ballycolman and Bridge Street

Sinn Féin Strabane Council Chair Brian Mc Mahon says that a 'united community response' and not vigilantism is needed to address the ongoing anti-social behaviour problem plaguing communities in the Ballycolman and Bridge Street areas of the town. Read full article


12 September, 2011

Arson attack of recovering stroke victim's taxi heartless and cowardly

Strabane Sinn Féin Council Chair Brian Mc Mahon has described the arson of the taxi belonging to recovering stroke victim Jim Mc Daid at his Mount Sion home in the Ballycolman as a heartless and cowardly act. Read full article


9 September, 2011

Sinn Féin delegation to meet WELB Chief Executive Barry Mulholland on School Transport issues in Strabane and Omagh.

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle and party councillors from Strabane and Omagh are to scheduled to meet with WELB Chief Executive Barry Mulholland at 2pm today to discuss and seek progress on a range of school transport issues affecting children in different rural parts of the constituency. Read full article


7 September, 2011

Doherty welcomes ongoing commitment of Irish government's towards A5 dual carriageway

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has welcomed confirmation that the Irish government has already committed £19 million towards the A5 dual carriageway project and that it remains firmly committed to honouring its financial contribution to the overall project Read full article


7 September, 2011

Doherty welcomes ongoing commitment of Irish government's towards A5 dual carriageway

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has welcomed confirmation that the Irish government has already committed £19 million towards the A5 dual carriageway project and that it remains firmly committed to honouring its financial contribution to the overall project. Read full article


6 September, 2011

Social tariffs needed to cushion impact of spiralling energy costs

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Michaela Boyle says that NIE plans to hike its prices by 30% and similar price hikes announced by Firmus Energy and Phoenix Gas will have serious impact on household budgets and will particularly affect the most vulnerable people in our society. Calling for the introduction of social tariffs to offset the spiralling costs of energy for hard pressed families she said, Read full article


5 September, 2011

Councillor Condemns Fly tipping in Drumannon

Sinn Fein Omagh town councillor Sorcha McAnespy has called for an end to fly tipping in Drumannon Rise in the Town. Read full article


31 August, 2011

Councillor accuses PSNI of cynical policing

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jay Mc Cauley has accused the PSNI of 'cynical policing' after the head of the town constantly saturated with jeeps from Tuesday until Saturday of last week. Read full article


30 August, 2011

DETI Minister must intervene to save Jobs

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has said the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster must intervene to save over 200 Jobs at Omagh Meats. Mr. Doherty made the call following claims that 200 jobs were under threat at the Omagh Meats plant. The revelations came as a third of the workforce, numbering 70 people were involved in a strike over restructuring. Read full article


30 August, 2011

Strabane community in shock following vicious and frenzied assault

Strabane Sinn Féin Council Chair Brian Mc Mahon says the local community remains in a state of shock following the vicious and frenzied assault in Carlton Drive at the weekend which has left a local man with serious head injuries. Read full article


24 August, 2011

Call to apply for Uniforms Grant

Sinn Fein Omagh town councillor Sorcha McAnespy has called for local families to apply for the uniform grant scheme. Additionally the scheme also includes Free School Meals. Read full article


23 August, 2011

Sinn Féin seeking concrete assurances about respite care provision at Beltany House and Shepards Way

Sinn Féin is seeking concrete assurances from the Western Health & Social Care Trust that it will not use a review of adult learning disability respite services as a mechanism to close, or reduce further, its residential respite facilities at either Beltany House in Omagh or the Shepards Way Cottages at Dungiven Road in Derry. Read full article


19 August, 2011

Electricity price increase will affect the most vulnerable in society

Omagh District Councillor Declan Mc Aleer has said that any increase in electricity prices would affect the most vulnerable in society. Read full article


19 August, 2011

£4.4 million investment in broadband

Mid Tyrone Councillor Sean Clarke has called on the British Government to increase their level of funding for broadband provision in the north of Ireland, placing priority and focussing particularly on rural areas with little to no coverage. Read full article


16 August, 2011

Exam Results due this Week

Thousands of teenagers across the North will, on Thursday receive their summer exam results. On Thursday A Level results will be revealed whilst the GCSE results are expected a week later. Read full article


15 August, 2011

Tens of Thousands March to Remember 1981 Hunger Strike

Over 20,000 people marched in Camlough on Sunday to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike. Read full article


12 August, 2011

Patrick Shanaghan remembered

The late Mary Shanaghan, mother of Patrick pictured beside Patrick's square on the Remembering Quilt, which is currently on display in Aghyaran hall.

On Friday evening, Republicans from Tyrone and Donegal assembled at the Aghyaran graveside of Sinn Féin member, Patrick Shanaghan who was ambushed and murdered by Unionist paramilitaries on 12th August 1991. Read full article


12 August, 2011

Poor condition of Dromore Roads highlighted

Ann is picture here at the junction of Dooish Road.

Sinn Fein west Tyrone Councillor Ann Quinn has written to Roads Service about the bad condition of a number of Roads in Dromore. Read full article


9 August, 2011

Fitzgerald welcomes announcement of Hospital funding

Local Sinn Fein councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has give a guarded welcome to the announcement of £75 million of funding which will be made available for the first phase of construction on a new local hospital in Omagh. Read full article


9 August, 2011

McElduff Welcomes Poots announcement on new Omagh Hospital

I welcome today's announcement by Health Minister Edwin Poots MLA on the new Local Enhanced Hospital for Omagh. I would like to see further clarification around the completion of the £190million project and crucially a commitment from Minister Poots about the range and profile of services which will be provided in the new hospital. Read full article


9 August, 2011

Safety improvements of Ligford and Spout Road-Sinn Féin

Strabane Sinn Fein Councillor Jay Mc Cauley has welcomed steps to be taken by Roads Service to introduce traffic and pedestrian warning signage and road markings on the Ligford Road and Spout Road following representations he made about safety concerns on stretches of both roads Read full article


2 August, 2011

South Armagh venue for Sunday's National Hunger Strike Commemoration

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has called upon republicans from throughout West Tyrone to attend the National Hunger Strike Commemoration being held in Camlough, South Armagh this Sunday 14 August. She said, Read full article


2 August, 2011

Pádraig Ó Seanacháin 20th Anniversary Commemorative Events

Clár Imeachtaí

In what was a one of the most glaring cases of collusion between loyalist death squads and the British Crown Forces, Sinn Féin member Paddy Shanaghan was shot dead on the 12th August 1991 a short distance from his home near Killen, outside Castlederg. So much so in fact that in May 2001, the European court indicted the British government for its role in his killing. Read full article


1 August, 2011

Apply for EMA - Fitzgerald

Local Sinn Fein councillor Anne Marie has called upon those staying on at school to post 16 level to apply for the Educational Maintenance Allowance. Read full article


31 July, 2011

Dromore and Tattyreagh in State of Shock following Tragic Death of Aidan Mullan

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Glenn Campbell has expressed his condolences to the family of Tattyreagh man Aidan Mullan who died tragically in Dublin yesterday. Read full article


30 July, 2011

Palpable sense of loss at Mill devastation

Sinn Féin Councillor and Chair of Strabane District Council Brian Mc Mahon says that there is a palpable sense of loss in the local community at the devastation caused to Herdman's Mill in Sion Mills in what is suspected to have been an arson attack early this morning. Read full article


29 July, 2011

Councillor condemns arrest of young woman

Sinn Féin Councillor Declan Mc Aleer has criticised the PSNI arrest and detention of a young woman in Mullaghmore housing estate, Killyclogher on Wednesday morning. Read full article


29 July, 2011

Fitzgerald welcomes new safety features

Sinn Fein mid Tyrone councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed the installation of new safety measures around the Dean Maguirc College. Read full article


26 July, 2011

Sinn Féin call for immediate release of Brendan Lillis

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin has called for the immediate release of seriously ill prisoner Brendan Lillis, currently being held in Maghaberry Prison. Read full article


26 July, 2011

New Build for Strabane Campus of NWIFHE is a priority for Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle says that her party is continuing to prioritize the lobby for a new build for the Strabane Campus of the North West Institute of Further and Higher Education (NWIFHE) as an expanded and vibrant FE sector is an essential building block in the regeneration of the local economy. Read full article


26 July, 2011

Community Call in Sixmilecross

Mid Tyrone Sinn Fein councillor Sean Donnelly is calling upon the local community in Sixmilecross to assist him in locating a site for a bottle bank in the village. Read full article


25 July, 2011

20mph speed limit for Lambrook and Drumannon

Omagh Town Sinn Féin councillor Sorcha McAnespy has welcomed the D.R.D.'s proposal to implement 20mph speed limit for the Drumannon and Lambrook area. Read full article


19 July, 2011

Welcome for Freeze on tuition fees

Sinn Féin councillor Glenn Campbell has welcomed the freeze on tuition freezes announced by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Stephen Farry. Councillor Campbell reiterated his party's call for the scrapping of tuition fess but said he nonetheless welcomed the freeze on current tuition fees. Read full article


14 July, 2011

Sinn Féin accuses Hussey of selective condemnation

Castlederg Sinn Fein Councillor Ruairí Mc Hugh has hit out at Ulster Unionist party Councillor Derek Hussey for engaging in 'selective condemnation' of certain incidents in the area over the 12th period while ignoring others emanating from within the community he represents. Read full article


12 July, 2011

Balanced approach needed for BBC broadcasting

Sinn Fein mid Tyrone councillor Sean Clarke has said the BBC should be more balanced in its coverage of commemoration events in the north. Read full article


12 July, 2011

Caution urged after Skimming Device discovery

Sinn Fein Omagh Town councillor Sorcha McAnespy has called upon members of the public to be cautious when using bank machines. Her call comes after it was revealed a cash machine in Omaghs market street had been fitted with a skimming device. Read full article


6 July, 2011

Station Centre a hub of the Community - McAnespy

Sinn Fein Omagh Town councillor Sorcha McAnespy has described Omagh Station centre as a hub of the community. She was speaking following a visit to the centre earlier this week when Sinn Féin Education minister John O'Dowd visited the centre on Wednesday. Read full article


6 July, 2011

Disabled Parking Provision Sixmilecross

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Donnelly has welcomed the announcement that DRD Roads Service will provide a disabled parking bay in Main Street Sixmilecross. Read full article


5 July, 2011

Sinn Fein Minister Visits Omagh Show

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill was present in Omagh on Saturday to attend the Omagh Show. Read full article


4 July, 2011

Change in Adria site planning designation now accepted -Doherty

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has welcomed the 'agreement in principle' by the Planning Service to change the designation of the Adria site in Strabane from industrial use only to enable mixed use development Read full article


4 July, 2011

Owners of girls bikes found in Sion Mills sought

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon says that for the second week running the owners of Childrens bicycles are being sought this time after two girls bikes were found abandoned and taken in for safe keeping by a resident in Sion Read full article


29 June, 2011

Strule Arts Centre lift accolade

Councillor Sorcha McAnespy has congratulated the Mangement and Staff of the Strule Arts Centre following the announcement that they had lifted their first ever charter from The Arts and Disability Forum. Read full article


28 June, 2011

Republicans to commemorate Martin Hurson's 30th Anniversary.

Republicans from Tyrone and neighbouring counties are expected to converge in Galbally on Wednesday 13th July to mark the 30th anniversary of the death on hunger strike of Martin Hurson. Read full article


28 June, 2011

Non-farming rural dwellers rights must be upheld in PPS 21 Review

Glenelly Sinn Féin Councillor Dan Kelly says that the in the long awaited review of Rural Planning Policy PPS 21 the 'unfinished business' of non-farming rural dwellers must be addressed. He said, Read full article


21 June, 2011

Crime Awareness Day due to be held in Carrickmore

Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has urged members of the mid Tyrone community to benefit from a Crime awareness day to be Held in Carrickmore Milestone Centre on Thursday 23rd June. Read full article