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Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA has met local European Parliament members (MEPs), Bairbre de Brún and Diane Dodds.

This was the second in a series of now regular meetings aimed at fostering good working relationships between local MEPs and DARD in order to maximize the benefit to all constituents in the north of Ireland.

During the meeting the Minister discussed a number of key strategic issues with a European dimension including the new EU Commissioners and structures, CAP, the Broiler Directive, Sheep EID and fishing matters.

Speaking afterwards the Minister said: “This was an extremely useful meeting. Given the new institutions and personnel assuming key portfolios, I am keen to ensure we build positive relationships with the EU institutions from the outset.

“Continued close co-operation between our MEPs and my department can ensure a strong and coherent voice is heard that will be of practical benefit to all our constituents.”

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Commenting on the outcome of the negotiations between public service unions and Government, Sinn Féin Workers’ Rights spokesperson Martin Ferris said the deal was flawed in that pay cuts for lowest paid public service workers were not being reversed. He said the other elements of the deal so far outlined raise more questions than answers.

He said:

“While there are, apparently, to be no further pay cuts, the deal is flawed in failing to reverse the pay cuts for even the lowest paid public service workers. It is ambiguous, to say the least, on whether any of the pay cuts will ever be reversed.

“Public service workers and their families struggling to live on lower incomes, some of them having lost their homes or facing re-possession, will look askance at a deal that will leave them not one cent better off.

“Where is the guarantee that there will be no more cuts for people on social welfare? Where is the commitment to no more cuts in the public services provided by public servants?

“Changes in work practices which allow for more flexibility and help provide improved services to the public are welcome. However, if this is done in the context of a continuing recruitment embargo and ongoing cutbacks then the positive changes will be wiped out. In the area of health, for example, the recruitment embargo is deepening the crisis in our hospitals. In local authorities it is reducing services all the time.

“The deal as so far outlined raises more questions than answers. Public service workers and the wider public will need to know a lot more about how this agreement is to be interpreted and implemented before giving a final verdict.” ENDS

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 Sinn Féin MLA for South Antrim, Mitchel McLaughlin has voiced disappointment at a report produced by AFBI on the Rose Energy proposal for an incinerator in Glenavy.

Mitchel McLaughlin said:

“I am disappointed at the report provided by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute for into the proposed construction of a chicken waste incinerator in Glenavy.

“I challenge AFBI to clarify whether or not this report was based AFBI’s own research or on data that was provided by the proposers of the incinerator?

"I would also point out that it would appear that there has been no focus on alternative methods of disposal of this waste. I believe that it is incumbent on Environment Minister Poots to ensure that equal resources and effort are put into identifying alternative methods that may gain the approval of local people.” ENDS

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Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Arthur Morgan has said the Government has no authority to further re-capitalise the banks today. Deputy Morgan said the Government is making a decision today that will impact hugely on generations to come at a time when their support levels are at a record low and it is clear that the people do not support their economic strategy.

Speaking today Deputy Morgan said, “The Government should not proceed today with the measures they are due to announce as they have no mandate to do so. We are calling on the Government to give the people their say. The people are the largest stakeholders in this decision yet they have been given no say.

“The Government is making a decision today that will impact hugely on generations to come at a time when their support levels are at a record low and it is clear that the people do not support their economic strategy.

“I am therefore calling for an immediate General Election to let all the respective parties put forward their economic plans and let the people have their say on the way out of this mess.” ENDS

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Commenting on reports that the PSNI Chef Constable Matt Baggott is proposing that the HET should complete its work within three years, Sinn Féin Policing Board member Alex Maskey said that ‘any proposal to wind up the HET needs to be done in a way that reassures those families who wish to use this mechanism that their particular cases will be properly dealt with first’.

 

Mr Maskey said:

 

“When the HET was first formed we voiced concerns about its ability to get to the core of the issue around collusion. The evidence of the intervening years would appear to back those concerns up. Like other efforts in the past it seems that those at the top of the chain, the handlers and their superiors have been exempt from investigation.

 

However some families who have gone down the route of the HET have got some comfort others have not. The decision of the PSNI to take the investigation into the Mount Vernon UVF back under its control and away from the HET has in some peoples eyes undermined the operational integrity of the unit.

 

The reality is the important people here are the families who are seeking the truth. Political squabbling at the Policing Board is not what they want. While the HET has delivered for some families to date it has failed in many other cases. Alone it was never intended to be the mechanism to deal with the past and should not be judged against that benchmark.

 

If political parties are serious about the issue of dealing with the past and delivering for families then let us have that debate. Sinn Féin are the only party to publish any detailed proposals in this area. We were only party to publicly and comprehensively respond to Eames/Bradley.

 

If Matt Baggott is setting out a timeframe to wind up the HET then it needs to be done in a way that reassures those families who wish to use this mechanism that their particular cases will be properly dealt with first.” ENDS

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP commenting today on claims made in Ed Moloney’s book said:

“This book appears to be a reprint of Moloney’s previous book with the addition of interviews with Brendan Hughes.

Mr. Moloney and his colleague Anthony McIntyre have a long history of opposing the Sinn Fein peace strategy.

They have written books and countless articles attacking me the Sinn Féin leadership, and in its time the IRA leadership, for taking political initiatives and charting a path out of conflict to peace.

I knew Brendan Hughes well. Better than Ed Moloney or Anthony McIntyre.

He wasn’t well and hadn’t been for a very long time, including during the time he did these interviews.

He also carried with him an enormous sense of guilt over events surrounding the first hunger strike. However, that is no excuse for his involvement in this book.

Brendan also opposed the IRA cessations and the peace process. That was his right.

The fact is that the decisions taken collectively by republicans in recent years have improved the quality of life for people across this island; have ensured the growth of republican politics and created a new and dynamic context in which republicans have the potential to achieve our primary goal of Irish reunification and independence.

Brendan could and should have been part of this. For a mixture of reasons he wasn’t.

I reject any suggestion that I have ever sought to distance myself from the IRA. Anyone who recalls the years of conflict and the countless interviews I gave and still give, in which this issue is raised, will know that I was the person most frequently interviewed about the IRA and who defended the right of the IRA to engage in armed struggle during the time of war.

I also praised the IRA for its courageous decisions to accept a political alternative and to sue for peace.

I reject absolutely any accusation that I had any hand or part in the killing and disappearing of Jean McConville or in any of the other allegations that are being promoted by Ed Moloney.

The issue of the disappeared is a terrible legacy of the conflict. A grievous wrong has been done to these families. Republicans working with the Commission have being trying to right this wrong for some years.

The proposal to do this was initiated by me after I was approached by some of the families involved." ENDS

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Sinn Féin Economic Spokesperson Mitchel McLaughlin MLA (South Antrim) has urged businesses to ensure that they benefit from the new rates reduction which comes into effect on Thursday (April 1).

 

Mitchel McLaughlin said: “I have long advocated a small business rates relief scheme and I am delighted that the Executive took the decision to introduce one from April 1st,” .

“Small family-owned and home-grown businesses are the bedrock of our economy and the Executive should take positive steps in order to support them through the recession.

“The introduction of the Small Business rates relief scheme is just one such step and it is expected to benefit around 16,000 smaller businesses across the North.

“Qualifying firms should notice the reduction in their bill for April but I am calling on all small local businesses to check that they qualify.

“Eligibility is based on the net annual value (NAV) of each business property. Properties with an NAV of £2,000 or less will receive a reduction of 50% relief while those with an NAV of more than £2,000 but not more than £5,000 will receive 25% relief.

“Anyone who feels they should have received this relief and do not receive it in April’s bill should contact the Land & Property Services immediately.”

 

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  • Qualifying businesses will receive the relief on their April 2010 bill and each subsequent annual bill during the life of the scheme. It is initially intended that the scheme will have a life of 5 years when it will be reviewed before then to establish its effectiveness and value for money.

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Ballymoney Sinn Féin Councillor Anita Cavlan has slammed DUP Councillors John Finlay and Frank Campbell for their continuing efforts to deny local communities the right to erect Irish streetsigns and for going against the Council’s own policy. Cllr Cavlan said that some of those affected are now taking legal advice and said that the council should brace itself for such a challenge. She labelled both DUP Councillors as ‘sectarian bigots’.

Ms Cavlan said

“Ballymoney Council has in place a policy for the erection of street nameplates in a language other than English. This policy accommodates those who want their street or road names displayed in the Irish language.

“For the past year the DUP has deferred the decision to erect Irish street-signage even though those who have requested it have abided by the Council’s policy to the letter. For the council to continue to defy its own policy is an untenable position and has left the council open to legal challenge.

“I believe that given the length of time that these decisions have been deferred that a legal challenge is much more likely to succeed and I hope that the sectarian bigots who made these decisions, chiefly Frank Campbell and John Finlay, will pay the legal costs themselves rather than forcing ratepayers to foot the bill.

“John Finlay proposed that the council write to the Equality Commission about the matter and their response has strengthened the argument that I have already put forward that the Council must abide by its own policies. The Commission has recommended consistency with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages which was signed up to by the British Government. It also states that Irish street names “should be provided where there is a local demand”.

“I will be flagging up to the Equality Commission that this policy isn’t being applied because the council is discriminating against those who made the applications because of their religious and political background – an extremely serious breach of the Section 75 equality legislation. As a result of the council’s stance of not implementing its own policy community relations are being damaged further in the district, something the Equality Commission also refers to. No-one in this council has interfered with council policy when it comes to Ulster Scots and they probably never will. The likes of Frank Campbell and John Finlay have interfered however in the councils policies when it involves members of the Irish language community and they have left this council wide open to legal action by their foolish decisions. It is the height of stupidity.” ENDS

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Minister Michelle Gildernew MP MLA, formally met with new Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) President, John Bryan.

Speaking after the meeting in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, the Minister said: “We had a detailed discussion on issues of common interest north and south. This included the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post 2013 and in particular the size of the CAP budget and the future basis for the Single Farm Payment Scheme. It was good to hear the IFA perspective on these issues as they will feature prominently in the forthcoming CAP debate.”

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North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that the PSNI has ‘more to do’ to gain the confidence of people living in Rasharkin. Mr McKay was speaking after attending a meeting held by the PSNI in the village which was attended by 30-40 local people.

 

Mr McKay said

“The public meeting in Rasharkin last week went on for over two hours and members of the public spoke to the police concerning a variety of matters, chiefly parades, incidents involving the police in Kilrea on St Patricks Day and the PSNI’s relationship with young people and the nationalist community in general. The behaviour of TSG units and a perceived lack of ability to deal with and speak to local people with respect also remains an issue of concern.

“During the meeting a number of speakers highlighted the fact that no-one in Rasharkin supports attacks on places of worship, Orange halls, AOH halls and GAA property. The majority of people there also thought that the police had to date not dealt with a number of officers who had engaged in physical abuse, verbal abuse and undermined community relations. The fact that an officer has been reported for punching a young person in Kilrea recently by other officers was welcomed but that needs to become the norm in all situations of that nature if the police are to gain the confidence of people living here.

“For their part the police recognised that relations between the public here and the police are not what they should be and listened to all the concerns that were outlined. The litmus test for the police, in the eyes of the public here, will be in how they respond to the community’s concerns over the next number of months and that changes are made to their approach to this community.” ENDS

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Minister Michelle Gildernew MP, MLA addressed members of the Ulster Farmers’ Union at their annual dinner in the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle.


The Minister took the opportunity to highlight the £20million fund availableto farm families for farm diversification projects under Axis 3 of the Rural Development Programme.

Encouraging farm family members, with a well thought out business idea, to investigate this opportunity and discuss it with their Local Action Group, the Minister said: “I have seen many excellent diversification businesses undertaken under previous programmes which didn’t have a dedicated farm diversification measure. Indeed it is the success of such businesses that has led to the establishment of a specific farm diversification measure within the current programme with its ring-fenced budget.

“I firmly believe that opportunities such as this will enable families to generate new income streams that will strengthen the overall farm business and help secure their future on the land.”

In her address to UFU members, the Minister also spoke about the Farm Modernisation Programme and the Rural White Paper.

Minister Gildernew also paid tribute to the ongoing work of the UFU President and board, and the significant contribution their efforts were making to the benefit of farming families in the north.

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Sinn Féin MLA for South Down Caitriona Ruane has stated that the birth of the first baby at the new purpose built midwifery unit at Downe Hospital in Downpatrick is a sign of the times and that it will be the first of many happy moment in the unit.

 

Speaking today Ms Ruane said:

 

“The birth of the first baby at the new midwifery unit is fantastic news. Everyone is glad to hear that both mother and baby are doing well and I’d like to commend the staff of the unit for their tremendous work.

 

“This unit, which was pioneered by Bairbre de Brún when she was health minister, is a sign of the times and a first class service for people in south Down and the surrounding area. This unit has provided, proven high quality care that should alleviate much of the inconvenience for expectant mothers who might otherwise have travel to Belfast.

 

“Midwifery led units are examples of how medical staff with acute knowledge can empower new mothers in giving birth naturally and without intervention. This is an innovative approach to childbirth that will hopefully in the future, be replicated in many other areas.”

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Sinn Féin MLA for South Down Caitriona Ruane has stated that the birth of the first baby at the new purpose built midwifery unit at Downe Hospital in Downpatrick is a sign of the times and that it will be the first of many happy moment in the unit.

Speaking today Ms Ruane said:

“The birth of the first baby at the new midwifery unit is fantastic news. Everyone is glad to hear that both mother and baby are doing well and I’d like to commend the staff of the unit for their tremendous work.

“This unit, which was pioneered by Bairbre de Brún when she was health minister, is a sign of the times and a first class service for people in south Down and the surrounding area. This unit has provided, proven high quality care that should alleviate much of the inconvenience for expectant mothers who might otherwise have travel to Belfast.

“Midwifery led units are examples of how medical staff with acute knowledge can empower new mothers in giving birth naturally and without intervention. This is an innovative approach to childbirth that will hopefully in the future, be replicated in many other areas.”

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Balmoral Sinn Féin representative Vincent Parker has hit out at those responsible for last night’s robbery at the home of a woman in her 70’s at Northlands Park in Finaghy.

Mr Parker said,
"For any victim, a robbery is undoubtedly a very traumatic event. This has been made all the worse by the fact that this woman was physically assaulted.

"No doubt, the two men responsible for this reprehensible act will take no time to reflect on this; their only interest is their own self-aggrandisement".

He concluded,
"Those who would carry out such actions have no place in our community. I would call on anybody with any information on this crime to bring it forward to the PSNI and ensure that those who would carry out such robberies cannot continue with their activities".

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Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh has exposed government duplicity and accused the Taoiseach of "playing a deadly game of chess with the National Drugs Strategy".

The Dublin South Central TD sought and secured an adjournment debate last night with the Tánaiste and Minister for Education Mary Coughlan which was taken on her behalf by new Junior Minister Seán Connick.

Citing a variety of evidence which suggests the government have abandoned the National Drugs Strategy Deputy Ó Snodaigh focused on cuts in the field of education.

“I want to highlight the effect of Budget cuts, a 33% fatal cut in funding, to 38 Young People at Risk Mainstreamed Projects many of which are in my own constituency of Dublin South Central. Not only is there a 33% cut this year but all funding will cease next year.

“These projects employ 64 people delivering vital services targeting young people at risk from drugs including diversionary activities, one-to-one supports and supports to remain in education. These projects have all been evaluated, proven effective and mainstreamed. But they are being closed now by government without so much as a second thought.

“In my own area Ballyfermot Youth Service Peer Education is being hit with the 33% cut now and the loss of all funding at the end of the year as is Familiscope. The Ballyfermot Advance after school grants scheme has been abolished outright already. The BRU Youth Club, Dublin12 Youth Service and CLAY Youth Project in Crumlin and Drimnagh are also experiencing great difficulties as a result of major funding cuts.”

Speaking after last night’s debate Ó Snodaigh said “The Tánaiste's response to me was duplicitous in the extreme. She attempted to justify these unjustifiable cuts to schemes aimed at preventing drug abuse amongst young people by saying her department supports the Walk Tall Support Service which is delivered in primary schools. However just two days earlier her predecessor Batt O’Keefe informed me by way of response to a parliamentary question that the Walk Tall Support Service will no longer exist.

“Reversing the 33% budget cut would cost just €1 million. Securing the projects’ future next year just €3 million. Contrast that against the €7 million of Seán Ftizpatrick's debt which the government are allowing Anglo Irish Bank to write off.

“There is much to be concerned about following the re-shuffle. The government are playing a deadly game of political chess with the national drugs strategy. First Pat Carey was part-time Minister for Drugs then he was bumped to the chief whip position and John Curran took over. Now they’ve swapped back with Curran becoming whip and Carey having responsibility for drugs though not as a priority amongst the multitude of other briefs.

“This is on top of the dismantling of the National Drugs Strategy Team. That was done on the premise that a super junior ministry for drugs was to be created in its place. This is yet another broken promise.” ENDS

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Sinn Féin Vice President Mary Lou McDonald has said anyone found to be guilty of corrupt planning decisions as a result of the publication to the reports on the Dublin Docklands Development Authority must be made to face the full rigours of the law.

Ms. McDonald said the reality is that the authority was in bed with Anglo Irish Bank to line the pockets of the fat cats while the return for local communities was very minimal.

Speaking today Ms. McDonald said:

“The reports on the Dublin Docklands Development Authority should have been published immediately by the Minister. It was quite obvious that sections of the media had hold of the documents and they should rightly have been be made available to the general public and their representatives.

“Anybody found to be guilty of corrupt planning decisions must be made to face the full rigours of the law regardless of the political implications for any politician or political party.

“The reality of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority is quite different to the spin that was used at the time of its establishment. Communities in the inner city such as Sheriff Street, North Wall and East Wall were all to benefit from its establishment. However, it turned out the authority was in bed with Anglo Irish Bank to line the pockets of the fat cats and the return to the local community was minimal.

“And now, as a result of this whole mess, the state may well be faced with substantial costs for damages the bill for which will of course have to be picked up by the taxpayer once again.” ENDS

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Sinn Fein MLA and vice chair of the health committee in the Assembly Michelle O’Neill has spoken of her surprise that both the Department of Health’s website and that of the Public Health Agency’s have no information on them regarding mephedrone. This is in comparison to a Google search revealing that the first ten websites are suppliers of this lethal drug.

 

Ms O’Neill raised this at today’s Health Committee meeting.

 

Speaking after the committee meeting Ms O’Neill said:

 

“The current debate surrounding the death of young people through the use of mephadone is startling but also very revealing.

 

“After doing a search for mephedrone on Google the first ten sites are all concerning the sale and availability of the substance. There are however even more sites than this.

 

“The extreme ease of young people being able to access this is worrying however what is more worrying is that following this a search of both the Department of Health and the Public Health agencies, two agencies who are tasked as the main drivers for information into health matters both returned no results for mephadrone.

 

“This is wholly unacceptable. One would think that following the tragic deaths of young people at the hands of this substance there would be advice on the dangers and signs of use of mephedrone on these websites.

 

“We need to see a much more hands on and forthright approach from these two agencies against the usage and availability of so called legal highs.

 

“However there is always a danger that, if and when mephadrone is illegalised and removed form supply another substance will fill this gap.

 

“What we need is a regulatory body that can keep pace with the market for substances that are harmful, one that is both proactive in identifying and stopping those substances that could fill mephadrones place and indeed reactive to examine and move against existing substances that are currently available.”

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Reacting to the comments made by Fine Gael Deputy Alan Shatter on the public sector strike action being taken by officials in the Passport Office, where he encouraged the Government to sue the unions, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has asked the Labour party to confirm their intentions to enter coalition with Fine Gael.

Senator Doherty said Fine Gael’s focus on the Union and the Workers rather than the Government shows that they are no different than the Government and that industrial disputes are likely to continue under a Fine Gael led Government.

Senator Doherty went on to describe Dinny McGinley’s call on Irish people born before 1949 to apply for British passports as more nonsense from Fine Gael.

“Workers on this island have the right to engage in industrial action to pursue equitable working pay and conditions for themselves. It is a right that has been fought hard for. What the public are suffering as a result of the passport office action is unacceptable, but the fault for it lies with solely the government.

“If proper leadership was given by both the Government and the Unions then this issue could be resolved without delay. This needs to happen as a matter of priority.

“Sinn Fein has called on the unions to refine their actions to ensure the discomfort is focussed at the government and not the public, by doing things such as refusing to take payment for passports issued – but we support the union workers’ right to take action.

“Fine Gael’s focus on the Union and the Workers rather than the Government shows that they are no different than the Government and that industrial disputes are likely to continue under a Fine Gael led Government.

“Alan Shatter’s comments urging people to sue the state and the state to sue unions are to be expected from a party that said it would fire 15,000 public sector workers when it enters government, but there is now an onus on the Labour Party to come out and state their intentions on whether they are willing to go into coalition with such a party.

“Are the Labour Party willing to prop up such an obvious vehemently anti-worker party? Are they willing to jump into bed once again with a party that opposes the fundamental right of a worker to strike? These are the hard questions the Labour Party needs to give answers to. How can a party, funded through a political fund of a trade union, with good conscience forgo a political partnership with a party that undermines their entire constituency?”

Responding to Fine Gael’s call on people born before 1949 to apply for a British passport Senator Doherty said:

“This is yet more nonsense from Fine Gael. Rather than tackle the Government on the policies that have caused the industrial action at the passport office they would rather call on Irish people to declare themselves as British subjects undoing Irish history in the process.” ENDS

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Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said the need for a new health policy, a new Health Minister and a new Government has been clearly shown just two days after the Cabinet ‘reshuffle’.

He pointed to record numbers of patients on trolleys in key A&E units around the country as well as confirmation from the Tánaiste Mary Coughlan in the Dáil this morning that the Government will proceed with its plan to impose prescription charges on medical card holders.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Two days after the so-called reshuffle of the Cabinet which left Health Minister Harney and her policies firmly in place it is business as usual in our chaotic health service.

“There is a record number of 51 patients on trolleys and chairs in the A&E unit of Galway University Hospital today. This morning my office was contacted by a man whose elderly father has asbestosis and who last week had to spend two days on a trolley in Galway before he was admitted to an acute hospital bed.

“Of the hospitals outside the Dublin region, Galway, Cork University Hospital and Cavan General Hospital in my own constituency are currently experiencing the highest numbers of patients on trolleys. In the case of Cavan, with 23 on trolleys today, this pressure on an under-resourced hospital has been entirely predictable given the axing of acute hospital services in Monaghan.

“To add to the anxiety and the financial burden on patients, the Tánaiste Mary Coughlan confirmed to me in the Dáil this morning that the Government is to proceed with its plan for legislation to impose prescription charges on medical card patients. This will be an attack on low income families who are more vulnerable to ill heath. It is a further blow following the Social Welfare cuts imposed in Budget 2010.

“The need for a new health policy, a new Health Minister and a new Government has been clearly shown just two days after the sham reshuffle of the Fianna Fáil/Green Government.” ENDS

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West Belfast MP Gerry Adams has commended the family of Frank ‘bap’ McGreevy for their dignity and resolve as the man convicted of murdering him was sentenced in court today.

 

Mr Adams said that the extent of community support for the McGreevy family and for the PSNI investigation ensured that the matter was brought before the courts. Mr. Adams said:

 

"The PSNI murder investigation has been successful. The PSNI investigators at an early stage of the investigation indicated to me that they had never undertaken a murder investigation with such widespread community support. Although the McGreevy family has raised concerns about the possible involvement of other people alleged to have been involved, the conviction of Thomas Valliday is something they have welcomed."

 

"There are also questions that need to be asked about Thomas Valliday; who approved his release from prison in the days before the murder of ‘Bap’ McGreevy ; what assessment of risk was made to support his release ; on what basis did the courts approve his release; what safeguards were put in place upon his release, including supervision; and what interactions took place between the criminal justice agencies after he was known to have absconded; and with what urgency was he pursued."

 

"Those questions were not asked during this trial. Those questions still need to be answered, not only for the sake of the McGreevy family but also in the interests of public safety."

 

"One positive legacy in the aftermath of Frank McGreevy's murder and the previous murders of Harry Holland and John Mongan, has been the formation of the West Belfast Community Safety Forum. That Forum has recently received an impeccable report from the Criminal Justice Inspectorate and   NIO Minister Paul Goggins has agreed to contribute funding towards the continuation of the Forum for the next year. I hope that is something we can build on for the future, to esnure that the citizens of west Belfast are free to live in peace and safety, free from harm and crime."

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