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News Archives for January, 2013

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