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News Archives for July, 2008

29 July, 2008


Sinn Féin Councillor and Omagh District council chairman Martin McColgan has called on Irish Republicans in Tyrone to support the annual National Hunger Strike Commemoration being held in Derry on Sunday 17th August. Read full article

25 July, 2008

British Army parade idea insults Irish Nationalists.

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has dismissed suggestions that members of the RIR should be given a so called 'homecoming parade' on return from Afghanistan . Read full article

25 July, 2008

Sinn Fein will oppose any moves to restrict freedom on movement on the island of Ireland -Doherty

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has hit out at plans by the British and Irish Government to introduce checks at the border saying that they run counter to the rights of Irish Citizens under the terms of Good Friday Agreement Read full article

23 July, 2008

Environment minister urged to 'wake up and smell the coffee'

Councillor Sean Begley has called on Environment minister Sammy Wilson to 'wake up and smell the coffee' in relation to a replacement policy for PPS14. Councillor Begley reiterated Sinn Fein's opposition to PPS14 and called for a balanced approach to planning. Furthermore Councillor Begley said Sinn Féin would like to see a sub regional approach which would see local district councils being involved with the planning process. Read full article

22 July, 2008

Firearms Seizure in Co Tyrone

West Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Frankie Donnelly has said he is shocked by the seizure of firearms in the Drumquin. It is believed the seizure of the arms was on Monday and amounted to two firearms being recovered by the PSNI. Read full article

22 July, 2008

Orange parades issue in Omagh must be addressed.

Sinn Féin Omagh town councillor Sean Begley has said the issue of orange parades in Omagh must be addressed. He also said Orangefest have a long way to go if they are serious about trying to repackage the 12th of July marches following a number of incidents in Omagh over the 12th. Read full article

22 July, 2008

Mc Gill - Benefit changes will hit most vulnerable

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Claire Mc Gill has said proposed changes to the Benefits system announced by the Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell yesterday will hit the most vulnerable in society. Read full article

22 July, 2008

Sinn Fein restates commitments on Water and Sewerage Services issue

Sinn Fein has re-stated its commitment that no one will have to pay twice for water and sewerage services and a return to the system where water and rates form one single bill as the recommendations of the Independent Water Review Panel, led by Professor Paddy Hillyard, are scheduled to go out to public consultation in the autumn. Read full article

22 July, 2008

Continuous registration shows marked increase in electors - Cllr Begley

Sinn Féin Director of Elections and Omagh Town councillor Sean Begley has said that the continuous registration being rolled out by the electoral office is bearing fruits. He was speaking after it was revealed there was in increase of more than 300% in the number of registration applications received compared with the same period the previous year. The figures were included in the annual report 2007/08 by the chief electoral officer, Douglas Bain. Read full article

21 July, 2008

Letters to the Editor - Lets erase Partitionism

Ireland is made up of 32 counties and this country has a population approaching six million. I do not need to tell anyone that Ireland's population is becoming increasingly diverse. I think that we should welcome people to our shores and we should realise that we are all the richer for this type of diversity. Read full article

21 July, 2008

McElduff calls on Banks to get Mortgage Market Moving again.

West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has welcomed a commitment from First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness to meet with Banks and Financial Institutions 'to tackle financial hardship and to grow the economy at this difficult time.' Read full article

16 July, 2008

Woodward needs to advance Omagh Education Village Campus case now-Doherty

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty says that the British Secretary of State Shaun Woodward should stop using the issue of lack of progress on the Long Kesh/Maze site as an excuse to frustrate the transfer of lands at the vacated military sites at Lisanelly/St Lucia for the development of an Education Village Campus. Read full article

14 July, 2008

Thousands Remember Martin Hurson

Members of Ógra Shinn Féin with Martin Hursons brother, Brendan and Main Speaker, Barry McElduff MLA

Several thousand people descended in Galbally on Sunday for the annual Tyrone volunteers commemoration. Sunday 13 July marked the 27th Anniversary of Tyrone Hungerstriker Óglach Martin Hurson. Read full article

14 July, 2008

Mc Gill expresses sympathy to family of Niall O Hagan

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MLA Claire Mc Gill says that the community of Greencastle as the wider Mid Tyrone area are numb with shock and sorrow at the death of young Niall O Hagan in a motorcycle accident at Mountfield at the weekend. Read full article

10 July, 2008

Councillor alarmed at University drop out rate

Sinn Féin councillor Declan McAleer has said he is 'alarmed' by the revelation that the University of Ulster is experiencing the 10th worst drop out record of 1st year students in a study of over 150 universities throughout England, Scotland, Wales and the North of Ireland. Read full article

9 July, 2008

Omagh Report 'lacks substance' - Doherty

Commenting on the publication of the Policing Board Report into the Omagh Bomb investigation, West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty said that the report lacked substance in a number of key areas, was published without reference to other outstanding reports and left many of the questions raised by the trial judge unanswered. Read full article

8 July, 2008

British cover up to blame for investigation costs.

Sinn Fein's Declan McAleer has said that the British government policy of concealment, cover-up and suppression of the truth is to blame for the cost of holding investigations into killings during the conflict. Read full article

8 July, 2008

3% efficiency savings in Ambulance Service would create crisis in Western Division-Doherty

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MP Pat Doherty said that the Ambulance Service in the Western Division would be in thrown into a state of crisis if 3% efficiency savings over the next 3 years are introduced. Read full article

8 July, 2008

Mc Mahon calls on Sion Mills community to support efforts to improve quality of life in the village.

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon has called on the community of Sion Mills to rally around in support of the efforts of local community activist Andy Patton and his colleagues who are making progress in improving the quality of life for everyone, both young and old, in the village despite a vicious assault on a man in the village over the weekend Read full article

7 July, 2008

Large crowd expected at Galbally Commemoration.

Memorial at Cappagh Main Street

Barry McElduff MLA set to address Tyrone Volunteers Day commemoration. Read full article

4 July, 2008

Confident that Roads Service has accepted case for Castletown/Urney Improvements-Sinn Féin

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty says that he now believes that Roads Service has now accepted the case for a range of traffic calming, pedestrian safety, site line readjustments and road surfacing improvements to be introduced in the densely populated Castletown/Urney Road area of Strabane following a site meeting held in the area this morning. Read full article

3 July, 2008

Rise in Irish Passport claims come as no surprise - McElduff

Sinn Féin's West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff has welcomed the news that over 400,000 people in the North of Ireland have claimed or renewed Irish passports over the past ten years. Read full article

2 July, 2008

'Unacceptable behaviour' at Omagh Orange March

Sinn Féin councillor for Omagh Town, Sean Begley has said the behaviour of orange bands and the PSNI at an orange march in Omagh on Tuesday night was 'completely and utterly unacceptable'. According to Cllr Begley an Orange band stopped outside an established business on the nationalist John street area of Omagh and played 'The Sash'. He has also questioned the future of Orange parades in the John / James Street areas. Read full article

1 July, 2008

Doherty welcomes Health Minister move in Maureen Mc Ginley case

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has welcomed the move by Health Minister Michael Mc Gimpsey to write directly to NIO Minister Mr David Hanson MP, who has responsibility for the Coroner's Service asking him for his support in progressing efforts to establish how Strabane pensioner Maureen Mc Ginley sustained 34 rib fractures following her death at Altnagelvin hospital on the 3 January 2007. Read full article

1 July, 2008

Glenpark road works welcomed

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Clarke has welcomed recent work undertaken by Roads Service on the Glenpark road outside Gortin. Read full article

1 July, 2008

£220K Strabane Campus refurbishment to begin this month-Mc Gill

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Claire Mc Gill has received written confirmation from Department of Learning Minister Reg Empey that a £220K programme of maintenance and refurbishment works to the Strabane Campus of the North West Regional College on the Derry Road is to begin this month with a target completion date in September. Read full article

1 July, 2008

Question mark hangs over Omagh Fire Tragedy Inquiry Findings

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty says that a major question mark hangs over the conclusion of the Independent Review into the Omagh fire tragedy which claimed the lives of Lorraine Mc Govern, Arthur Mc Elhill and their five young children. Read full article