Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 08:18 AM

 Independent Newry City Councillor Kevin McAteer has commended Glen Electric workers as they took to the picket line in a day of strike action over pay. 

Speaking on the issue the Independent Councillor stated:

“I want to commend the workers of Glen Electric for taking a stand in this pay dispute. We can’t ignore the fact that 93% of SIPTU members in the factory voted in favour of strike action and we must respect that democratic process.

There have been extensive talks as of late between workers and management, however as no agreement could be reached members voted overwhelmingly to strike and they should be commended for that.

However what has worried me is the behaviour of management as I have been told by workers that management have been extremely disrespectful towards the strike and have also threatened to phone the police during the strike itself.

I hope that a peaceful solution can be found soon.”

Post Date : Fri 19 Aug 2016 08:00 AM

 The fifth Annual Pride in Newry Festival is under starter’s orders with a week of events beginning Sunday 27th August and culminating in the Pride In Newry Parade and Concert on Saturday 3rd September!

This year’s Pride in Newry Parade begins at 2pm at McClelland Park - and with the involvement of more local community groups and businesses than ever, together with lgb&t organisations from throughout Ireland, a massive Pride Flag and lots of colourful floats it promises to be spectacular!

Please see attached poster and detailed list of all events and activities in the week leading up to the Pride In Newry parade and free outdoor concert - headlined by the brilliant Boyband Union J!

Post Date : Thu 18 Aug 2016 11:50 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has said that Daithí McKay has resigned as MLA for North Antrim with immediate effect.  

The Sinn Féin Chief Whip said;  

"Daithí McKay has resigned as MLA for North Antrim with immediate effect and has been suspended from Sinn Féin.  

"His letter of resignation has been submitted to the Speaker\'s office." 

Post Date : Thu 18 Aug 2016 11:24 AM

 Sinn Fein MLA Martin McGuinness has said Sinn Féin did not have any knowledge of any alleged contact with witnesses appearing before the Assembly\\s NAMA inquiry. 

Mr McGuinness said; 

"The allegations surrounding North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay are profoundly disturbing.

"If the allegations of inappropriate contact prove to be true, then Daithí McKay needs to seriously consider his position as an MLA.

"I want to state categorically that I had absolutely no knowledge of this exchange or contact.

"And having spoken to all relevant personnel in the Assembly I am now entirely satisfied that Sinn Féin had no knowledge of any such contact." 

Post Date : Thu 18 Aug 2016 08:25 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has congratulated all those who received A-Level and AS-Level exam results today. 

The Sinn Féin education spokesperson said; 

"I want to congratulate everyone who received A-Level and AS-level results today on their efforts and successes. And also all of the students who received Leaving Cert results in recent days. 

"I would also like to reassure those who may have been disappointed by their results that support and guidance is available as they look at their options and plan their next move. 

"There are many options and paths open to students such as vocational training, further education, and apprenticeships. 

"Sitting exams and receiving results can be a daunting experience at any stage but for students and young people today there are added complications. 

"The uncertainty caused by the recent EU referendum has the potential to limit the opportunities for today\'s students in terms of European studies projects such as Erasmus. 

"The people of the North voted to remain in the EU with its opportunities for students and young people and that should be respected."

Post Date : Thu 18 Aug 2016 08:20 AM

 Greenfield Park FC to Wear Eamonn Morgan Trust Logo On Their Strip This Season 

Greenfield Park FC will wear the Eamonn Morgan trust logo on their new strip this season to raise awareness for the local charity. 

Speaking about the decision Greenfield Park FC manager Anthony Harkin said:

"Greenfield Park football club are honoured to be associated with the Eamonn Morgan Trust. Sport funding isn\'t exactly plentiful and the help that does exist isn\'t easy to access. The Trust is a very welcome organization for those involved in sport especially at grass roots level. It’s a cause that really does deserve support both with funds and to increase its growing presence in the community.

Post Date : Thu 18 Aug 2016 08:11 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has welcomed the establishment of an all-Ireland forum to progress the Ulster Canal development. 

The Sinn Féin infrastructure spokesperson said; 

"The Ulster Canal development has the potential to transform tourism in Armagh, Tyrone, Cavan, Fermanagh, and Monaghan 

"The setting up of an all-Ireland forum to help take this forward is a welcome development that will hopefully see it progress quicker. 

"Sinn Féin has raised this important issue at the North South Ministerial Council and in both the Assembly and the Dáil. 

"Partnership working is the best way to take this project forward in order to help continue to develop the tourism economies in border counties." 

Post Date : Wed 17 Aug 2016 08:13 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has encouraged more people to become blood donors.  

The Sinn Féin health spokesperson said;  

"In the summer months the demand for blood products traditionally rises. 

"Now the Blood Transfusion has said it needs 8,000 new donors to meet the demand. 

"It has now launched a campaign to get one new donor to sign up every hour in the North. 

"Giving blood is easy, quick and, most importantly, can literally save lives.  

"I would encourage as many people as possible to sign up to become blood donors and donate blood often to help save even more lives each year." 

Post Date : Tue 16 Aug 2016 12:47 PM

 Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said today that Republican dissidents have upped their campaign against the community.

And he said that Sinn Féin has consistently called on these groups to stop their actions and enter into dialogue.

Gerry Adams said: 

“Over the past week Féile an Phobail has showcased the very best of the community of West Belfast. There have been concerts, sports events and exhibitions. There has been considerable debate on our past, our present and our future. I commend the Féile and congratulate them on their success.

“West Belfast also hosted the National Hunger Strike Commemoration, which brought thousands of Republicans from across Ireland and abroad to remember and celebrate the sacrifice and vision of the hunger strikers. 

“Over the same period people associated with dissident Republican groups have sought to intimidate community workers and mural artists, have picketed the Féile office and defaced Hunger Strike Commemoration posters. 

“Some of those involved in these groups are heavily involved in criminality. And while the majority of their attacks and threats have been against members of the nationalist community they have also killed and injured police and prison officers. 

“Recently they have sought to promote confrontation at interfaces and on the issue of marching.

“It now appears they are also seeking to heighten confrontation with the community.

“These groups are entitled to oppose Sinn Féin, however their campaign against the community must end.

“I would appeal to those involved to end their futile violent campaign, which is going nowhere. It causes hardship and loss for families, including prisoners’ families.

“Sinn Féin believes in the centrality and importance of dialogue. We are willing to meet with these groups and lay out our strategy and vision for the future. If these groups had any integrity they would enter into dialogue with us.” 

Post Date : Tue 16 Aug 2016 10:14 AM

 Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has condemned the disturbances and security alert, which arose from a bonfire in the Bogside area of Derry last night. 

The Foyle MLA said; 

"The damage, disturbances and disruption, which arose from last night\'s bonfire in the Bogside must be condemned. 

"Several families, including elderly people, had to be evacuated from their homes due to a security alert on Charlotte Street. 

"This situation was dictated by a tiny group of young people who are being exploited by more sinister elements who are clearly determined to act against the wishes of the local community. 

"The scenes around the bonfire were in stark contrast with the excellent finale to this year\'s Féile which showed the positive community spirit of the people in this area who want nothing to do with the bonfire. 

"There was an opportunity to avoid all of these problems through dialogue. Unfortunately that failed because people absented themselves from that process or effectively scuppered it by acting as cheerleaders for anti-community behaviour.

"That process was an opportunity lost and we need to see renewed efforts to avoid a repeat of this situation in the future so the local residents can live in peace.”