West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

News Archives for April, 2008

28 April, 2008

McNarry 'alternative' stadium plans 'from another planet'

Sinn Féin Assembly Member and Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee Chair, Barry McElduff has said that Sinn Fein would not support any suggestion that funding set aside for the Long Kesh/Maze project could be redirected be redirected to other sporting projects that exclude the GAA. Read full article


28 April, 2008

Sinn Fein press Minister to tackle dental care crisis for new NHS patients

Sinn Fein has tabled a motion for debate in the Assembly tomorrow calling on Health Minister Michael Mc Gimpsey to take urgent action to address the inadequacy of dental care provision for NHS patients. Read full article


28 April, 2008

Maximize co-ordination to harness Strabane's job creation potential - Doherty

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that there is a now a palpable sense of confidence that Strabane District has turned the corner economically and has called for maximum co-operation and co-ordination amongst all stakeholders in the local community to ensure that the many potential opportunities for investment and job creation that now exist are fully harnessed. Read full article


25 April, 2008

Sinn Féin MP backs Mc Ginley family protest

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has backed a Mc Ginley family protest at Altnagelvin Hospital today in support of their mother Maureen Mc Ginley. Read full article


24 April, 2008

McElduff welcomes presentation on re-opening of Ulster Canal

The Chairperson of the Assembly Committee on Culture, Arts and Leisure, Sinn Féin's Barry McElduff MLA(West Tyrone) has welcomed the presentation made to the committee by the Blackwater Regional Partnership on the potential benefits of re-opening the Ulster Canal. Read full article


24 April, 2008

Omagh Sinn Fein Office raid akin to Keystone Cops Script

Sinn Fein Councillor Sean Begley says that the comedy of errors surrounding the large scale raid by PSNI on his party's Constituency Offices at James Street in Omagh yesterday was like something you would expect to find in a script of the "Keystone Cops," and that credible answers must be forthcoming about yesterday's fiasco. Read full article


23 April, 2008

Outrage as public money used for UDR welfare scheme

Sinn Féin has hit out angrily after it was revealed a £2,000,000 welfare scheme for members of the UDR will be publicly funded. On Monday British Army chief Richard Dannett was in the north of Ireland to launch the scheme. Read full article


22 April, 2008

No room at the Inn for dental patients - Mc Aleer

Desperate times: The lack of dentists in the NHS has created a gap in provision for the most vulnerable in society.

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor, Declan Mc Aleer has added his voice to the growing lobby for proper dental provision in the area. Read full article


22 April, 2008

Begley urges clarity on Woodward Statement

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Begley has called for clarity on a statement from Sean Woodward on a scheme to befit community halls. Read full article


22 April, 2008

Omagh District Council "shows leadership in pursuit of gender equality". - Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has said she is pleased that Omagh District Council has shown leadership and set examples of good practice and sent out a strong message of their intention to pursue gender equality". Read full article


22 April, 2008

Future of Strathroy Post Office raised in Assembly debate.

'Its a bad idea at best, a dumb idea at worst' this was the phrase used by West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff in the Assembly on Monday when he raised the issue about the closure of Strathroy Post office.. Read full article


22 April, 2008

NIO bid to exclude GAA from compensation scheme 'unacceptable'

The Sinn Fein Chairperson of the DCAL Committee Barry McElduff has described the proposal by the NIO to exclude GAA halls from a compensation scheme for local halls damaged in attacks as 'yet another blatantly sectarian scheme emanating from within the NIO'. Read full article


21 April, 2008

Begley welcomes traffic calming measure for Culmore and O'Kane

Sinn Fein's Sean Begley has welcomed a commitment from DRD Roads service for the introduction of traffic calming measures in Culmore and O'Kane parks. The scheme will also see traffic calming measures on the Lambrook road and Lambrook close. Read full article


21 April, 2008

Doherty urges attendance at A5 project information days

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has urged as many people as possible to attend a series of information days about the planned upgrade of the A5 road from Derry to Aughnacloy to a dual carriageway which are to be held in four towns along the proposed route in the coming weeks. Read full article


18 April, 2008

Welcome for plans to make it easier for disabled people to vote

Sinn Fein's Sean Begley has welcomed a plan by Electoral Office which will make it easier for disabled people to vote. Read full article


18 April, 2008

Mc Guire welcomes water booster plans for homes in Upper Aghyaran

Derg Sinn Fein Councillor Kieran Mc Guire has welcomed a news that plans are now in the pipeline to have a water booster station operational by the end of 2008 to service homes in the Upper Aghyaran Road area which he represents. Read full article


18 April, 2008

Inquiry refusal in case of Maureen Mc Ginley unacceptable- Doherty

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that he is deeply disappointed that the decision by Health Minister Michael Mc Gimpsey's refusal to initiate a public inquiry into the circumstances in which Strabane pensioner Maureen Mc Ginley sustained 34 rib fractures both prior to and following her death at Altnagelvin Hospital on 3rd January last year. Read full article


17 April, 2008

Strabane must get fair share of Public Sector jobs-Doherty

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has called for Strabane District to be allocated its fair share of public sector employment in a written submission he has made to the consultation into the Public Sector Policy Review being led by George Bain. Read full article


15 April, 2008

Doherty welcomes official announcement that Altnagelvin is to be location for North West Satellite Cancer Centre

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed confirmation by Health Minister Michael Mc Gimpsey in the Assembly this afternoon that Altnagelvin is to be the location for a Satellite Cancer Centre in the North West part of Ireland but is once again questioning why the people on the region should have to wait until after 2015 before this Centre becomes operational. Read full article


15 April, 2008

Mc Nulty commends community effort in securing Fountain Street Traffic Calming.

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Jarlath Mc Nulty has praised the efforts of local people and community representatives in finally securing traffic claming measures for the Fountain St area after many years of campaigning and lobbying on the issue. Read full article


15 April, 2008

MC GILL SEEKS ANSWERS AFTER TOURIST BOARD OMITS COUNTY TYRONE

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MLA has called upon DETI Minister Nigel Dodds to detail the spend by the NI Tourist Board, in terms of advertising, on each of the six counties in the last year after it transpired that the statutory agency charged with promoting tourism here had completely omitted any mention of attractions in County Tyrone when it launched an expensive advertising campaign in Dublin based papers a fortnight ago as part of a major drive to attract visitors to the six counties. Read full article


15 April, 2008

Anti-skid surfacing for dangerous Urney Road/Great Northern Road junction

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed news that Roads Service is to treat all approach roads up to the Urney Road/Great Northern Road junction with high friction anti-skid surfacing in a measure designed to improve safety. Read full article


15 April, 2008

Large attendance expected at Sinn Fein Public meeting in Galbally

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has described the public meeting being organised by Sinn Fein at Galbally Community Centre at 8pm next Wednesday (23 April) as an opportunity for people to engage directly with senior Sinn Fein representatives on the full range of political, social, and economic issues be they at a local, regional or national level. Read full article


14 April, 2008

Lisanelly/St Lucia transfer issue centre stage following Assembly debate

Sinn Féin says that the proposal to develop a unique secondary level education village campus in Omagh received a major boost when the Assembly voted, earlier today, to accept an amended Sinn Fein motion calling on the British government to transfer lands at the vacated military sites at Lisanelly and St Lucia for the the development. Read full article


12 April, 2008

Mc Gill Highlights Concerns about New Housing Allowance

Sinn Féin MLA Claire Mc Gill has expressed concerns about a new Local Housing Allowance which has replaced Housing Benefit for private rented sector tenants who seek financial help fort he first time. Read full article


12 April, 2008

Sinn Fein motion on Lisanelly/St Lucia transfer to be debated by Assembly

A Sinn Fein motion, calling upon the British government to transfer lands at the vacated military sites at Lisanelly and St Lucia in Omagh to the Assembly Executive to facilitate the development of the Education Village as proposed by the Omagh Educational Campus Group, is to be debated by the full Assembly next Monday. Read full article


10 April, 2008

LISANELLY OFFERS VISION OF THE FUTURE FOR EDUCATION - RUANE

Education Minister, Caitri­ona Ruane, has said that the former military site at Lisanelly, Omagh, presents a unique opportunity for education. Read full article


9 April, 2008

Fitzgerald welcomes announcement on ambulance cover.

Mid Tyrone Sinn Fein Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed additional ambulance cover in the Omagh Area. Read full article


8 April, 2008

MC Hugh welcomes announcement of 24/7 ambulance cover for Castlederg

Derg Sinn Fein Councillor Charlie Mc Hugh has welcomed today's announcement by Health Minister Michael Mc Gimpsey that Castlederg is to get 24/7 ambulance service cover as a long overdue recognition that the area has not been adequately covered up until now. Read full article


8 April, 2008

Donnelly welcomes extensive resurfacing

Councillor Frankie Donnelly has said he has received assurances from DRD Roads Service that the Drumlegagh, Manse and Omagh Roads in Drumquin will undergo extensive resurfacing in the coming weeks. Read full article


8 April, 2008

Adams and Mc Guinness among platform speakers at Galbally Public Meeting

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has confirmed that both Gerry Adams and Martin Mc Guinness will be among the platform speakers at a major Sinn Féin public meeting being held at Galbally Community Centre on Wednesday 23rd April at 8pm. Read full article


8 April, 2008

Strabane Public Meeting-opportunity to engage directly with senior Sinn Fein figures

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has described the public meeting being organised by Sinn Fein at Fountain Street Community Centre at 8pm this Sunday as providing the opportunity for local people to engage directly with senior Sinn Fein representatives on the full range of political, social, and economic issues be they at a local, regional or national level. Read full article


7 April, 2008

Social Networking sites must be safe from Paedophiles- Cllr Fitzgerald

Social networking sites will remain a preying ground for sexual predators if tougher measures arent introduced according to Sinn Féin councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald. Read full article


7 April, 2008

Mc Nulty praises Water Service for a "good job well done"

Sinn Fein Councillor Jarlath Mc Nulty has praised the Water Service for its prompt response in dealing with representations about a serious sewage overspill at Inisfree Gardens in Strabane on Thursday last. Read full article


7 April, 2008

McElduff urges people to contact Pothole Hotline

Sinn Fein MLA Barry McElduff is urging local people to report potholes directly to a 'Pothole Hotline' at Omagh 82 254600 Read full article


4 April, 2008

County wide 'United stand' against post office closures

Tyrone will take a county wide 'united stand' against the closure of post offices in the county according to Councillor Sean Begley. Read full article


3 April, 2008

Anger and revulsion at brutal attack on Mountfield pensioner

Sinn Fein Councillor Declan Mc Aleer said that there is massive anger and revulsion in the local community at those who subjected an elderly woman to a brutal assault and burglary at her Killyclogher Road home in Mountfield last night. Read full article


3 April, 2008

Fitzgerald welcomes Carrickmore traffic calming measures

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed further traffic calming measures to be introduced in Carrickmore. Read full article


2 April, 2008

Be alert to Aghyaran/Castlederg oil thefts-Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein Councillor Kieran Mc Guire has called on people in the Aghyaran/Castlederg area to be alert to the fact that a spate of oil thefts have been carried out against local residents in recent days. Read full article


2 April, 2008

Adams to address Sinn Fein Public meeting in Strabane

One year on from the restoration of the political institutions and 10 years after the Good Friday Agreement Sinn Féin will be holding nine public meetings across the six counties to mark these historic events. Read full article


1 April, 2008

Mc Gill asks Ministers to explore life-line for Post Offices

West Tyrone Sinn Fein Assembly member Claire Mc Gill has submitted a written question, for an urgent response, to all Ministers in the Executive asking them to investigate the potential of enabling the public to access relevant services offered by their respective Departments at Post offices franchises so as to ensure their viability and sustainability. Read full article


1 April, 2008

Sinn Féin slams post office closures.

Sinn Fein councillor Sharon O'Brien has slammed the decision to close almost 100 post offices throughout the north of Ireland . Read full article


1 April, 2008

Post Office must be made to consider imaginative alternatives to rural closures. Begley

Omagh Sinn Fein Councillor Sean Begley says that if the Post Office proposals to close 21 branches in Tyrone are allowed to proceed the social and economic consequences for rural communities would just be as serious as the threat posed by the attempted imposition of Rural Planning Policy PPS 14 Read full article