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News Archives for May, 2013

31 May, 2013

Byrne Challenged to Block Allisters Bill

The British soldier who murdered Aidan Mc Anespie on his way to a football match in 1988 would be eligible to be a Special Advisor, yet under the terms of this Bill, Political Ex prisoners would be excluded.

Local Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has issued a direct challenge to SDLP MLA Joe Byrne to 'stand up and be counted' and sign a petition of concern to block Jim Allisters Special Advisers Bill. Read full article


29 May, 2013

SDLP 'cop out' will enshrine discrimination against Ex- Pows into law

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has accused the SDLP of a 'cop out' in refusing to use the only mechanism available to help block a rejectionist unionist bill aimed at discriminating against former political prisoners. Read full article


29 May, 2013

Jim Mc Ginn Cumann in Play Area clean up

On Saturday morning activists from the Jim Mc Ginn Sinn Fein Cumann helped clean up the children's play facility and adjoining areas at the bottom of the Ballycolman Estate following representations from local residents about how run down the area had become. Read full article


29 May, 2013

Sinn Fein seeking clarity from Power NI and Utility Regulator over electricity price hike

Strabane Sinn Féin Councillor Karina Carlin says that her party is concerned that the 17.8% price increase announced by Power NI today may be the first step in efforts to make domestic consumers and small businesses pay more to allow price reductions for large businesses. Read full article


24 May, 2013

O'Dowd officially re-opens Arvalee School and Resource Centre

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, today officially re-opened Arvalee School and Resource Centre in Omagh, which was largely destroyed by fire last year. Speaking during the event the Minister said: "I welcome the opportunity to be here today to meet with pupils and staff and perform the official re-opening of the school. Much hard work has gone into bringing all the pupils of the school back together on one site again Read full article


22 May, 2013

Kennedy to appear before DRD committee to discuss A5 scheme

Roads Minister Danny Kennedy has agreed to appear before the DRD committee on Wednesday to answer questions on the stalled A5 dual carriageway scheme. Read full article


22 May, 2013

Electricity Hike will hit most vulnerable

Local Sinn Féin councillor Marty McColgan has said a hike in electricity bills by Power NI will hit the most vulnerable in both the community and business sectors. Cllr McColgan was speaking as it was announced that bills are due to go up by 18% from July. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Moratorium on roadworks will leave workers in limbo - McAleer

Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said that the moratorium on road works during the G8 summit will leave over 1000 workers in limbo. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Chapel Car Park to get makeover- Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin says that the car park opposite Strabane Chapel is to get a much-needed makeover following lobbying by the party. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Boyle says abolition of Computer Based Assessment Systems will be greeted with relief

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Education committee Michaela Boyle, has welcomed the Minister of Education's decision to abolish the requirement for schools to carry out Computer Based Assessments. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Sinn Féin press for additional support of Hill Farmers in Assembly

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer says that Agriculture Minister Michelle O Neill has committed to continuing to target the needs of hill farmers in response to a Sinn Fein motion debated in the Assembly yesterday. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Opportunity still exists to stop Jim Allister's discriminatory Bill- Boyle

Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle has called on those who state that they are now opposed to Jim Allister's Special Advisors Bill to support a Petition of Concern to ensure that there is a not a legislative process for discrimination. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Hazardous back alley in Sion Mills to be repaired

Sinn Féin Councillor Brian Mc Mahon says that Roads Service have agreed to undertake remedial work to resurface and clean up the hazardous surface of the back alley behind homes in Garden Terrace and Park Terrace in Sion Mills. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Mc Guire calls for meeting with Donegal County Council to deal with 'Border Roads'

At last week's full council meeting, Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire asked Strabane District Council to formally convene a meeting with Donegal County Council officials, DRD Roads Service and elected councillors from the Finn Valley Electoral and Derg Electoral areas respectively to bring a focus to issues affecting communities along this Border area. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Extra £1m to address fodder shortage welcomed - Mc Aleer

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA and Assembly Agriculture Committee Member Declan Mc Aleer has described the announcement by Minister O'Neill that an extra £1m has been secured to help farmers facing fodder shortages as a timely and much needed intervention. Read full article


21 May, 2013

Education initiative will raise standards- Boyle

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA and Assembly Education Committee member Michaela Boyle says that the announcement by Education Minister John O Dowd that 230 newly qualified teachers are being recruited will not only offer new teachers much-needed experience but will impact on numeracy and literacy levels. Read full article


14 May, 2013

Doherty welcomes Allstate announcement of additional jobs

Sinn Fein West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has welcomed confirmation that Strabane will be a net beneficiary of a 450 'new jobs' announcement by Allstate which currently employs 1,900 people at its premises at Orchard Rd Industrial Estate in the town as well as in Derry and Belfast. Read full article


13 May, 2013

Mc Guire welcomes progress on Carnoughter water pressure

Derg Sinn Féin Councillor Kieran Mc Guire says that NI Water is to take remedial steps to resolve the ongoing issue of low water pressure that residents of the Carnoughter Road, Castlederg have been enduring for years following on from representations he has made on the matter. Read full article


13 May, 2013

Reassurances given that A5 road project remains an Executive priority - Doherty

Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone, Pat Doherty, has welcomed the confirmation the A5 road project remains an Executive priority. Read full article


10 May, 2013

Sadness at tragic death in Castlederg- McHugh

Sinn Fein Councillor Ruairi McHugh has expressed his sadness at the news of a tragic death in his home town of Castlederg. Read full article


10 May, 2013

Donnelly lobbies for Park Road Works

Sinn Féin councillor Sean Donnelly has called upon Roads Service to resurface the Park Road, at Dunmoyle. Read full article


8 May, 2013

Frustration at Roads Minister's refusal to discuss A5

West Tyrone MLA and member of the DRD committee, Declan Mc Aleer says he is frustrated at Danny Kennedy's decision not to address the issue of the stalled A5 project at Wednesdays Regional Development meeting. Read full article


8 May, 2013

Mc Hugh expresses his disappointment at the closure of the shop in Clady village

Following the recent closure of Kellys shop in Clady, local Sinn Féin councillor Maolíosa Mc Hugh hopes for the service to be restored to the village as soon as possible. Read full article


8 May, 2013

Boyle welcomes Minister's announcement that DARD Direct Office is to be located in Strabane

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed confirmation from Agriculture Minister Michelle O Neill that she intends to locate a DARD Direct Office in Strabane which will accommodate 40 staff offering a "one stop shop" service to the local farming community. Read full article


7 May, 2013

O'Dowd welcomes Lisanelly planning recommendation

L-R: John O'Dowd, Michaela Boyle MLA, Declan McAleer MLA.

Education Minister, John O'Dowd, has welcomed the news that planning approval is to be recommended for a shared education campus in Omagh. Read full article


7 May, 2013

Boyle welcomes Minister's reversal decision to close Greenfield and other Care Homes

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle has welcomed to the decision by Heath Minister Edwin Poots to the reverse the proposal to close Greenfield and other care homes across the north Read full article


7 May, 2013

Invest NI working with 6 businesses on Strabane Business Park location

L-R: Cllr Dan Kelly; Cllr Jay Mc Cauley; Mary Gormley, Manager of Invest NI's Western Regional Office: Alistair Hamilton CEO Invest NI; Michaela Boyle MLA; Pat Doherty MP; Cllr Maolíosa Mc Hugh; Cllr Kieran Mc Guire

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Michaela Boyle has described as 'extremely positive' confirmation that Invest NI is now working closely with 6 businesses to progress their expressions of interest in acquiring land at the new 40 acre Business Park at Melmount Road in Strabane. Read full article


6 May, 2013

McAnespy welcomes Launch of Exhibition

Omagh Town Hall on right

Omagh Town Sinn Féin Councillor Sorcha McAnespy has welcomed the launch of a new photographic exhibition looking back at the history of Omagh Town Hall which was launched on Thursday at the Strule Arts Centre. Read full article


5 May, 2013

MP Expresses Sympathy with family of young man killed at Beltany Road

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has expressed his deepest sympathy to the family of the young man who died after being struck by a vehicle on the Beltany Road, near Newtownstewart on Friday night. Read full article


3 May, 2013

Community Fund for Carrickmore, Sixmilecross and Beragh

Mid Tyrone Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has welcomed the establishment of a community fund totalling £18,000 per year for community groups in the Carrickmore, Sixmilecross and Beragh areas. The fund comes from the developers of the Crockagarran windfarm on the Whitebridge road, outside Carrickmore. Read full article


1 May, 2013

Executive Commitment to A5 reaffirmed

Sinn Féin councillor Frankie Donnelly has welcomed a statement by Martin McGuinness, reaffirming the commitment of the Executive for the A5 dual carriageway project. Read full article


1 May, 2013

Assembly misses chance to back marriage equality- Michaela Boyle MLA

Michaela Boyle MLA meeting with Strabane LGBT group ahead of the debate in Stormont

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Michaela Boyle said she is disappointed that the Assembly missed an opportunity to bring equality to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on the issue of marriage. Read full article


1 May, 2013

High profile meeting with OFMDFM on A5 scheduled-Doherty

Pat Doherty MP, Michaela Boyle MLA & party activist Grace McDermott visiting businesses to promote the A5 campaign

West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty says that the A5 remains top of the political agenda and this is illustrated with a cross-party delegation of MPs, TDs and MLAs representing Donegal, Derry, Tyrone and Monaghan now scheduled to meet with Peter Robinson and Martin Mc Guinness to discuss delivery of the strategic infrastructure project on Monday 13 May. Read full article