West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

News Archives for April, 2009

29 April, 2009

Tesco must not succumb to sectarian hostility - McElduff

Commenting on the news that children from St Colmghalls GAA Club, taking part in a charity 'bag packing' in the Antrim branch of Tesco, were forced to remove their club kits due to complaints, Chairman of the Assembly's Culture Arts and Leisure Committee, Barry McElduff MLA said, "I have to express my utter disgust". Read full article

28 April, 2009

Sinn Féin proposal to implement d'hondt accepted.

Omagh District Council has voted to implement the d'hondt system for the next 2 years after the further extension of the council term by two years following the review of public administration. Read full article

27 April, 2009

Only 2 weeks left to secure Proxy/Postal vote in EU Election

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Claire Mc Gill has urged everyone who, whatever reason, will be unable to vote in person on the day of the European Election Thursday 4 June to apply to vote by post or by proxy before the absent voter deadline expires on the 14th May. Read full article

22 April, 2009

Emergency DPP meeting to discuss violent crime in Omagh.

Sinn Féin Omagh councillor Sean Begley has requested an urgent meeting of Omagh DPP following a number of violent crimes in the Omagh area in the recent past. Read full article

21 April, 2009

Doherty calls upon DSD Minister to clarify DHSS Office proposals

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MP MLA Pat Doherty says that DSD Minister Margaret Ritchie needs to clarify in detail her plans for the future of the Social Security Agency's local office network following her announcement yesterday that she is taking forward, in amended form, some of the proposals of the SSA Strategic Business Review to centralise DHSS benefits services under the term "Customers First." Read full article

21 April, 2009


Caitriona Ruane pictured last year during a Ministerial visit to Omagh.

Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has announced a major investment of some £2.1 million for the design of a Shared Educational Campus at the Lisanelly former military site in Omagh. Read full article

20 April, 2009

Doherty urges DSD Minister to shelve Benefits Office centralization proposals

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MP Pat Doherty has once again called upon Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie to shelve plans for the centralization of benefits office services away from frontline services and face to face contact amid speculation that she is to make an announcement on the controversial plans today (Monday). Read full article

20 April, 2009

A national conversation - SInn Fein public meetings across Ireland

West Tyrone MP MLA Pat Doherty has announced details of 10 public meetings to be held across the North in the coming weeks as part of the programme of nation building. As part of this programme public meetings are being held in the Fir Trees Hotel in Strabane on Thursday 30 April at 7.30pm and at Galbally Hall this Wednesday 22nd April at 8pm. Read full article

17 April, 2009

Electoral office move Vindicates Sinn Fein's position

Sinn Fein's Sean Begley has said a combination of pressure and lobbying from the party has paid off after the Electoral Office revealed that it will now use records from the Department of Work and Pensions database in order to verify addresses of citizens on the electoral register. Read full article

17 April, 2009

Imminent repairs for Tremoge road.

Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed confirmation from DRD Roads Service that it is to undertake an inspection of Tremoge Road just outside Carrickmore. Read full article

15 April, 2009

Large attendance at Carrickmore Easter Commemoration.

Pomeroy Accordian Band

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 30 graveside commemorations and parades in Coalisland on Easter Saturday and Ardboe on Easter Monday. Read full article

14 April, 2009

Easter commemoration in Loughmacrory.

A section of the crowd who attended the Easter commemoration in Loughmacrory.

In one of the biggest crowds witnessed in recent years, approximately 400 people attended the annual Loughmacrory commemoration at the graveside of Brothers Gerard and Martin Harte. Read full article

14 April, 2009

Easter commemoration held in Drumragh.

Veteran Republican James Mc Elduff prepares to lay a wreath on the grave of Alice Milligan.

On Saturday Republicans assembled at the graveside of poet, playwright and Republican, Alice Milligan. The commemoration was chaired by the Cathaoirleach of the Milligan/Harte Sinn Féin Cumann, Sean Donnelly. Read full article

14 April, 2009

Vol Seamus Woods remembered.

Republicans assembled at the graveside of Vol.  Seamus Woods, Pomeroy.

A crowd of approximately 200 people attended the graveside commemoration for Vol. Seamus Woods in Pomeroy on Easter Sunday. Read full article

14 April, 2009

"Republicans engaged in Nation Building phase"-Doherty

Drumboe Easter Pagent

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP MLA Pat Doherty says that "republicans are now engaged in nation building - a phase of struggle described by James Connolly described as the re-conquest of Ireland by the Irish people." Read full article

14 April, 2009

Mc Gill Addresses Cranagh and Strabane Easter Commemorations

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Claire Mc Gill addressed local republicans at commemorations at Cranagh and Strabane Cemetery on Easter Sunday. Read full article

14 April, 2009

Republicans commemorate veteran Republican, Charlie Ferris.

John Smith recites the Easter Proclamation at the graveside of Charlie Ferris.

Over 70 people attended the Easter Commemoration at the graveside of veteran Republican, Charlie Ferris in Killyclogher graveyard. Read full article

10 April, 2009

Abhaile Aris Arts and Craft shop opens

On Saturday the formal opening of Abhaile Arís Arts & Crafts shop on James Street, Omagh took place. The event was attended by Republican ex Prisoners from the local area who served time in Prisons in every decade from the 1950's until the 1990's. Read full article

7 April, 2009

If In Doubt Keep Them Out - Fitzgerald

Sinn Féin mid Tyrone councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has called upon people in the Carrickmore area to be on their guard following reports of bogus callers in the area. Read full article

6 April, 2009

Sinn Féin condemns 'provocative' march in Omagh

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Begley has condemned what he has described as a 'provocative' march organised by Omagh True blues loyalist band in Omagh on Friday evening. Read full article

6 April, 2009

Tyrone Republicans to mobilise for Easter commemorations.

The Easter Proclamation of 1916: Still relevant to today's youth. Pictured here are Kerry McColgan and Stephen McGahan

Tyrone republicans will this weekend mobilise for Easter commemorations throughout the county. This year marks the 93rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter rising in Dublin. Read full article

1 April, 2009

Sinn Fein criticises lack of notification about Strabane Electoral Registration and Electoral ID processing event.

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Michaela Boyle has moved to highlight the fact that there will be an Electoral Office Registration and Photographic Identification clinic in the Alley Theatre between 4pm and 7.30pm in the town today but has criticized the lack of pre-notification and pre-publicity about the event. Read full article

1 April, 2009

McElduff Confirmed as Main speaker at Tyrone Commemoration

Local MP Pat Doherty and Local MLA Barry McElduff launch the Easter lily at Stormont

The 93rd Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising will be remembered at a series of Commemorations and wreath-laying ceremonies in County Tyrone and throughout Ireland over the Easter weekend. Read full article