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Adams dismay as Kenny again rejects European Debt Conference

"The financial and economic crisis in this State was caused by a small, unrepresentative, wealthy elite. €62 billion in bank loans were in the hands of just 190 borrowers. 50% of the Irish loan book of Anglo Irish bank was held by just 20 individuals.  Ordinary citizens cannot understand the Taoiseach’s refusal to pursue options that could make our debt sustainable and fair." – Adams

I have been made aware of a warning put through my constituency office that stated that there is a bomb planted outside of my home. The cowards behind the threat and their accompanying actions are beyond contempt.


An increased role for pharmacists is essential for the future of Irish healthcare. The western world needs radical change in the way it deals with health care provision. We currently see up to 1 in 7 attendances at GPs and 1 in 12 at Emergency Departments that could and should be dealt with by pharmacists.



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Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has congratulated Gael-Phobal Strabane for winning the overall prize at annual All Ireland Glór na nGael awards held in Kildare at the weekend.

Gael-Phobal Strabane is a community based organisation that promotes the Irish language in the Strabane area.

Offering her congratulations to Gael-Phobal Strabane, Carál Ní Chuilín said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the Irish language community in Strabane who through all their activities promoting the Irish language through schools, with young people and families are fully deserving of this prestigious honour.

“Is bua iontach í seo do Ghaeil Phobal an tSrath Bán agus tá sé go hiomlán tuillte acu mar bíonn siad ag cur an teanga Ghaelach chun cinn sna scoileanna agus trí gníomhaíochtaí éagsúla a dhéanamh le daoine óga agus a dteaghlaigh

“It demonstrates that once again our cultural offering not only competes but wins at the highest level. Well done Strabane.

Léiríonn sé arís go mbíonn cultúr s'againne ag baint ag an léibheal is airde. Maith sibh an tSrath Bán.”

The Minister also congratulated Conradh na Gaeilge, Bóirche Iochtar in County Down and Cumann Cultúrtha an Phobail, Belfast for winning the Ulach Trust prize and Glór na Móna in Belfast for winning the Association of Irish medium primary schools prize and An Cumann Gaelach at Queens University for winning the cross border prize at the annual awards.

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Fermanagh & South Tyrone Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan said the Enterprise, Trade & Investment Minister is reaching a new low in attempting to justify imposing fracking on the community.

The Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA said:

“Arlene Foster’s attempt at imposing fracking in the North has reached a new low with this ridiculous statement.

“Responding to concerns raised by Sinn Féin about the impact fracking would have on our tourism industry here, the Minister compared Ireland with Qatar.

“She put forward the argument that because Qatar is playing host to the 2022 World Cup and is aiming to host the 2020 Olympics, that gas exploration does not damage the tourist industry.

“Her complete lack of knowledge of the impact fracking will have here astounds me and what is worse, she appears not to be able to differentiate the difference in what tourists visit Qatar and rural Ireland for.

“People go to Qatar for the high life, the good weather and to experience a different culture, whereas tourists visit places like Fermanagh and Leitrim for our quiet and scenic environment, for tranquility, to sample our clean countryside and enjoy our natural environment.

“If fracking were to be imposed here, then all this would be in serious danger.

“Arlene Foster needs to realise that people will not visit Fermanagh or Leitrim to go on tours of gas exploration pads. The landscape that was once enjoyed will have been devastated forever.”

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The Sinn Féin party president will be in the Taoiseach’s constituency this coming Friday to launch the party’s Rural Ireland campaign which will focus on:

• A fair deal for rural households – no unjust charges.
• Creating job opportunities in rural Ireland.
• Protecting rural schools.
• Ensuring equal access to health services
• Combating rural isolation.

Gerry Adams will be joined by Martin Ferris TD and Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh who will soon be embarking on a consultation process across the state, the results of which will form a new plan for rural Ireland.

The campaign launch and open forum will take place at the Harlequin Hotel in Castlebar at 11am this coming Friday 2nd March.

Local stakeholders and the media are invited to attend at this time.

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Responding to the British Secretary of State, Owen Patersons comments at the week end in relation to Welfare reform, Sinn Féin MLA and spokesperson on welfare Mickey Brady, said:

“To date the British Government, in bringing forward the Welfare reform bill have shown very little flexibility whether it be to lobby groups, political parties or right up their own House of Lords.

“However following Owen Patersons interview this weekend in which he stated that there is “considerable room for flexibility” on Welfare Reform.

“There are clearly issues here that would be extremely negatively impacted in terms of benefit delivery if a carbon copy of an ideologically led welfare reform bill would be imposed on the north.

“What we need to see developing is a united voice coming from the Assembly in order to work against the Tory cuts agenda. The fact that Owen Patterson has acceded the fact that there needs to be negotiation over this bill involving local politicians provides the chance now to shape this bill to protect the most vulnerable and mitigate against the most negative aspects of it.”

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Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast, Paul Maskey MLA, today joined with the Ballymurphy families at Stormont and has called for a full inquiry into the killings.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“On the day the the British Secretary of State, Owen Patterson, visited Stormont the Ballymurphy families have quite rightly brought there case here in order to highlight their demands for an inquiry.

“The killing of 11 people in the Ballymurphy massacre of 1971 and the inquests that followed are both a lasting injustice which, following the findings  of the Saville inquiry into the events on Bloody Sunday, must receive similar attention.

“Following the findings of Saville the British Prime Minister David Cameron stated that the actions of the British Army on that day did not define their role in Ireland. If he would meet with the families of those shot down by British soldiers in Ballymurphy he would find out how wrong he is.

“This is something that he must do. To date he has not met with the families in their search for justice. The British government know what happened. David Cameron should meet with the families as a matter of urgency.” 

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Sinn Féin Foyle MLA, Martina Anderson has said that she is somewhat encouraged about the future of Magee University Campus following an extensive meeting with University of Ulster Vice-Chancellor Richard Barnett.

Martina Anderson said:

“I met with Vice-Chancellor Richard Barnett at Magee University last week. Our discussions covered a very extensive range of subjects and the vision for the future of the Derry Campus.

“I was encouraged by what Professor Barnett had to say and the commitments and assurances that he provided on the progress of plans for both educational opportunities and infrastructural development at Magee.

“Among the assurances that Professor Barnett gave was the confirmation that all 322 additional MAsN places allocated to the University of Ulster would be located at Magee. When pressed on the possibility of developing and increasing a medical/health offering at Magee through greater partnerships with facilities such as the C-Tric and Cancer Units at Altnagelvin with the transfer of the Nursing School from Coleraine to Derry, he was non-committal but open to the idea.

“He does however, envisage research across disciplines including social work, psychology, nursing, mental health, etc. rather than the traditional separation of disciplines.  There is already a strong psychology department based at Magee, including mental health psychology, which boasts world-class researchers publishing in top academic journals.

“Professor Barnett confirmed that work is currently being carried out to profile the planned increase in numbers and expansion of Magee and what that would mean in terms of courses and research. All of this will contribute to creating and promoting a research culture in the discipline of health at Magee.

“I voiced disappointment at the removal of the History Department from Magee and received reassurances that it was their intention to have history taught through the medium of Irish as part of the Irish Department’s transfer to the Derry Campus, which means history to a certain degree would still be taught at Magee.

“I pointed out that Magee could be marketed more extensively both locally and further afield. The Vice-Chancellor conceded that this was true and that he would take it on Board. I will be monitoring progress on all the matters discussed."

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Sinn Féin Economy Spokesperson, Conor Murphy MP, MLA has called for the introduction of a uniform per litre price for home heating oil.

Conor Murphy said:

“Fuel poverty is affecting a growing number of people as family incomes fail to keep pace with increasing prices. It is unacceptable that those least able to purchase home heating oil in large quantities should then suffer the added hardship of being penalised because they can only afford small amounts.

“While not wishing to diminish competition in the industry, once a price is set, then the per litre price should be the same whether a person purchases 20 litres or 200 litres.

“I call on the Minister to explore how best people on low and fixed incomes can be protected from facing penalties when accessing a range of goods and services – not only home heating oil - because of their financial status."

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Sinn Féin Vice-President, Mary Lou McDonald and West Tyrone MP and MLA, Pat Doherty will participate in a Seminar in London tomorrow Tuesday 28th February,  titled 'Economic Crisis - Lessons from Ireland.
 
Speaking before traveling to London Pat Doherty said:
 
"I look forward to listening to a range of views from differing political perspectives on how best to get on the road to economic recovery and getting people back to work. Myself and Mary Lou McDonald will be putting forward the Sinn Féin economic and job creation analysis and will listen intently to other ideas.
 
"It is obvious that austerity is not working and that it is having a devastating effect on small to medium sized business in Britain and Ireland as well as those on low and fixed income especially those on benefit. Sinn Fein has been to the forefront of challenging the austerity policies of both the Tory/Lib. Dem government in London which impact heavily on the North of Ireland and those of the Irish government which although mainly affecting residents of the 26 counties have a knock-on effect on the island economy.
 
"What is required is efficiency and targeted capital investment in infrastructure, education, the Green economy etc to tackle unemployment, increase revenue and protect the social welfare budget to assist those who are vulnerable and in need. Sinn Féin believes that the most practical method of building for recovery in Ireland is to do so on an all-Ireland basis. Through agreement on joint planning and programmes the Executive and the Oireachteas could achieve substantial efficiencies through the elimination of duplication of services. This would then free up public finances to protect frontline services in areas such as Health and Education.  
 
"I look forward to a comprehensive debate that will hopefully produce some new thinking and ideas on how we best move forward into a more stable and productive economy."

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Culture Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has visited the Cinemobile mobile cinema in the grounds of the Belfast City Hall to launch the FILMCLUB Expansion scheme.

The expansion will see the existing scheme grow from the existing 68 participating schools to 338.

FILMCLUB is an after schools scheme that offers children and young people the opportunity to watch, debate and review the very best in cinema. Ninety local school children joined the Minister at the launch to watch a screening of the Water Horse in the grounds of Belfast City Hall.

The Minister said: “Film is a uniquely powerful medium which can introduce young people to the wider world and promote better learning.

“Making learning experiences relevant to the needs and interests of young people is often challenging. Clubs such as these help children and young people have fun while improving their social and communication skills and raising aspirations.

“Who knows we may have amongst us an Oscar star of the future just like Belfast director Terry George. Last night Terry won an Oscar in the Live Action Short Film category for his film The Shore filmed in Killough last year.

“This magnificent achievement has showcased our local film making talent on a global stage. I would like to again congratulate Terry and everyone involved. I am sure we can continue to build on this success as our Creative Industries go from strength to strength. Their achievement demonstrates the wealth of talent and experience we have in our local film industry that is now being showcased on the global stage."

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