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News Archives for August, 2008

26 August, 2008

Wanton Vandalism must end - Boyle

Sinn Féin Strabane District councillor Michaela Boyle has called upon youths to refrain from the vandalism of a Water pumping station to the rear of McGirr Park in the town. According to Councillor Boyle the pumping station was vandalised over the weekend in the latest incident of vandalism of the station. Read full article


20 August, 2008

Weekend of events to mark Drumnakilly ambush

Republicans from throughout Ireland will converge in the village of Loughmacrory and in the town land of Foremass, Sixmilecross next weekend to take part in a series of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the deaths of IRA volunteers Gerard and Martin Harte and Brian Mullin. Read full article


20 August, 2008

We won't be dragged back to the days of Shoot to Kill - Clarke

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Sean Clarke has said we will not be dragged back to the days of Shoot to Kill after comments made by Ian Paisley Junior. Read full article


19 August, 2008

Clady Bridge damage needs urgently addressed.

Sinn Fein Councillor Gerard Foley has called upon Donegal County Council to act promptly to repair damage done to Clady Bridge over the weekend. Read full article


19 August, 2008

Farmers facing uncertain future

Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Pat Doherty MP MLA speaking after visiting a number of farms in his constituency affected by the flooding has said that the Flooding Compensation Scheme being administered by the Environment Minister Sammy Wilson will do nothing to alleviate the hardship facing many farmers. Read full article


19 August, 2008

Fitzgerald welcomes flood compensation scheme

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed the announcement by Environment Minister Sammy Wilson that householders whose homes have been damaged by the weekend floods will be able to apply for a special compensation payment from the government. Read full article


19 August, 2008

'Shared Neighbourhood Programme' Welcomed

Omagh Sinn Féin councillor Sean Begley has welcomed the 'Shared Neighbourhood Programme'. The scheme, which invests in mixed religion housing estates was announced on Tuesday and aims to promote better community relations in over 30 housing estates throughout the north of Ireland. Read full article


19 August, 2008

Mc Gill welcomes expansion of Sports and Language Programmes for Primary Schools

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MLA Claire Mc Gill has welcomed news that Education Minister Caitriona Ruane is to increase investment to further expand Sports and Language Programmes for primary schools across the north. Read full article


15 August, 2008

Mortgage relief proposals must be forthcoming - Sinn Féin

Sinn Fein Omagh town councillor Sean Begley has said Social Development minister Margaret Richie must bring forward and implement proposals aimed at addressing the growing mortgage crisis. Read full article


12 August, 2008

Urgency call on Miniburns Road Works

Sinn Féin West Tyrone councillor Frankie Donnelly has called upon road service to undertake vital road works on the Minburns road as a matter of urgency. Councillor Donnelly said that urgent action must be taken at the Miniburns junction of the Omagh, Dromore, Drumquin and Lack roads if serious traffic accidents are to be averted. Read full article


11 August, 2008

Sinn Féin lobbies for improvements to Adult Special Needs provision in Strabane.

Sinn Féin representatives Claire Mc Gill MLA and Cllr Michaela Boyle met with Department of Health officials in Strabane this morning to press for progress on issues of concern expressed by parents of young adults transferring from Knockavoe Special School to Glenside Adult Training Centre as well as to lobby for much needed investment to improve the physical environment at the Glenside facility itself. Read full article


11 August, 2008

Sinn Fein hits out at graffiti attack at home of young Strabane family

Strabane Sinn Fein Cllr Michaela Boyle has registered her disgust at an incident over the weekend in which graffiti was scrawled over a home in Castlegrange Park in the town in which a couple and their four young children live. Read full article


11 August, 2008

Ambulance cuts further depletion of acute health provision in Omagh - Fitzgerald

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor and chairperson of Omagh District councils healthcare committee Anne Maire Fitzgerald has said recent cuts to ambulance provision in the north will affect many throughout the Omagh District, particularly those living in rural communities. Read full article


7 August, 2008

North West Gateway Initiative must begin to deliver

Sinn Féin says that North West Gateway Initiative (NWGI), the intergovernmental initiative originally announced in May 2005 and billed as the primary vehicle which would take forward the socio-economic regeneration of this part of Ireland, must now concentrate on delivery on the ground for areas like Strabane District and its Donegal hinterlands- areas that have bourn the brunt of marginilasation and neglect down through the years. Read full article


7 August, 2008

Lack of BBC GAA Coverage Unacceptable - Begley

Sinn Fein's Sean Begley has slammed the BBC after they revealed they would not be broadcasting any of the GAA quarter final matches due to be played over the next number of weeks. Read full article


6 August, 2008

Omagh District Chairperson attended unfurling of National Flag in Belfast.

Omagh Council Chairperson and Sinn Féin councillor Martin McColgan was in Belfast last week for the unfurling of the National flag in the office of Belfast's first citizen Tom Hartley. Mr. Hartley placed the Tricolour alongside the Union flag in his office on Tuesday. The Sinn Fein lord Mayor says the gesture will give parity of esteem to both nationalists and unionists in Belfast city. Read full article


6 August, 2008

McAleer Welcomes 'Txt 2 Join' Recruitment Drive

Sinn Féin Councillor Declan McAleer has welcomed the party's 'Text to Join' initiative. Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams launched the scheme which Sinn Féin say makes the party more accessible to more people. Read full article


6 August, 2008

Culture Minister urged to "be decisive" over Long Kesh site - McElduff MLA

Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff, who is also chair of the Assembly Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee, has urged the Culture Minister to be decisive and bring a paper to the Executive over the Long Kesh site sooner rather than late. Read full article


6 August, 2008

Deadline approaching for free transport applications

Sinn Féin councillor and Omagh District Council Chairperson Martin McColgan has urged local people to apply for the 60+ smartpass, which allows free transport on the public transport system. More than 70,000 people in the North of Ireland face missing out when free public transport is introduced unless they act quickly. The application deadline is August 29th for free travel application forms. Read full article


5 August, 2008

Anger at destruction at Burn Walk

Strabane Sinn Fein Councillor Jarlath Mc Nulty says that the small number of young people who took it upon themselves to destroy fixtures and fittings at the 'Burn Walk' in the Head of the Town have earned the wrath of the local community. Read full article


5 August, 2008

Need to empower local athletes to aim for Olympic Gold - McElduff

Barry McElduff MLA and Pat 'The Cope' Gallagher

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Barry McElduff has called for major investment in a number of sports facilities in Co Tyrone so that local athletes can aim for Olympic Gold. Read full article


5 August, 2008

Findings in Arlene Arkinson case extremely disturbing-Doherty

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has described as "disturbing in the extreme" the findings of the Police Ombudsman's Report that the then RUC failed to properly investigate the disappearance of 15 year old Castlederg teenager Arlene Arkinson in 1994. Read full article


4 August, 2008

Support Annual National Hunger Strike Commemoration

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon has called on republicans from throughout Strabane District to support the annual National Hunger Strike Commemoration being held in Derry on Sunday 17th August. Read full article


1 August, 2008

Boyle welcomes street signage progress

Sinn Fein Cllr Michaela Boyle says that the problem of missing street signage from Carricklynn Avenue, Drumman Court and Glenfinn Park areas of Strabane town will soon be resolved following representations made by the party to the Technical Services Department of Strabane Distict Council. Read full article


1 August, 2008

RTE must ensure service in North - McElduff

West Tyrone MLA, Barry McElduff has called on RTE to ensure that its service is available throughout the 32 Counties when it converts to digital in 2012. Read full article


1 August, 2008

Fitzgerald outlines priorities as chair of Health committee.

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has taken up the reigns of Omagh District Councils health care committee. At the July meeting of the healthcare committee Councillor Fitzgerald was proposed by party colleague Councillor Sean Clarke and seconded by fellow mid Tyrone Sinn Féin councillor Sharon O'Brien. Read full article


1 August, 2008

Kelly welcomes reassurance of Omagh Rural Development jobs.

Sinn Féin councillor Peter Kelly has welcomed reassurances from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) that there will be no job losses in Omagh rural development Office. Omagh District Council wrote to the department following uncertainties surrounding the future of the office. Read full article