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Senator Pearse Doherty welcomed today the setting of the Donegal South West by election date but said it was a disgrace that the Government would proceed to appeal the ruling of Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns to the Supreme Court.

Commenting this morning after the announcement that the by election is planned to take place on Thursday the 25th of November, Senator Doherty said:

It is an outrage that following the President of the High Court Judge Kearn’s clear ruling that this government would have the audacity to challenge the recommendations of that ruling.


The government should accept the court’s judgement and proceed accordingly. The decision to take the case to the Supreme Court will cost additional expense to the taxpayer in the government’s attempt to obstruct the democratic rights of the people in Dublin South, Waterford and Donegal North East. Let’s call a spade a spade. This move is about keeping the present government in power.

Thursday the 25th is the date set for the Donegal South West by election. Unfortunately the government has chosen a day that will discommode many students studying away from home and those who are working outside of Donegal. Given that, I would urge people to get registered as soon as possible. The election is only 3 weeks away. In order that we get the best possible turnout on the day, all those who want to change the pattern of politics in this country and have their voice heard via the polling stations should waste no time in registering. ENDS

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Commenting on the trial of Vincent McAnespie and Gerry McGeough which continues in Belfast this week, Sinn Féin Dáil leader and Cavan-Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

“It is now over three and a half years since the arrest of Vincent McAnespie and Gerry McGeough and their subsequent charging. As I stated at the time, this caused justifiable outrage among republicans throughout the border counties and beyond. These arrests came on the very day of the count in the Six-County Assembly elections. Both men had lived and travelled openly in the Six Counties for years, yet elements within the PSNI chose to haul them before the courts.

“These arrests and prosecutions should not have taken place. Former prisoners convicted for actions which took place long after those for which these two men have been charged have long since been released under the Good Friday Agreement.

“Vincent McAnespie is a highly respected member of the community in Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone. He is the father of six children and his wife is former Monaghan Sinn Féin County Councillor Brenda McAnespie, a valued colleague of mine. Their home was raided and extensively searched by members of the PSNI on the evening of 8 March 2007 when Vincent was arrested. This brought further distress to a family that suffered the loss of Vincent's brother Aidan McAnespie who was murdered by a British Army sniper at Aughnacloy in 1988.

“The arrest of Gerry McGeough, a candidate in the Assembly elections, at the count centre, was equally outrageous. Like Vincent McAnespie, Gerry McGeough had lived openly in Co. Tyrone for years.

“Whatever the outcome of this case, its prosecution is indicative of a residual securocrat influence which should be ended.” ENDS

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Speaking in the Dáil today on the motion to move the writ for the Donegal South West by-election Sinn Féin Dáil Leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said he believes the motive behind the Government’s decision to appeal yesterday’s High Court decision is to delay further the by-elections that are due in Dublin South, Waterford and Donegal North East.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“We have a situation, with four by-elections now pending, where the Government’s majority of three is less than the number of vacant Dáil seats.

“We can now dispense with the Government claim that they could not hold the by-election because it would have distracted them from the economy.

“That’s nonsense. Is democracy and giving the people their rightful say a distraction? That’s an insult to the people.

“The Government should have held this by-election within a few months of the vacancy, in autumn 2009. It could have held it in early 2010, in spring 2010, in summer 2010. But no. It chose to delay and delay.

“It could have held the by-election when Pearse Doherty first took the case. Again, no. It decided to fight the case all the way using taxpayers’ money.
“So let there be no nonsense about this being a distraction or a drain on Government at a crucial time. This by-election could have been out of the way long ago.

“This Government has no mandate for what it has done – the bank bailout, NAMA, the savage cuts, the doomed budgetary approach that is going to further depress the economy. It has been desperately trying to avoid any chance for the people to deliver their verdict.

“The Government claims to want to appeal this case in order to clarify the issues. That is nonsense. The issues could not be clearer. The judgement is crystal clear.

“The reality is that the Government wants to appeal this in order to forestall citizens in Waterford and Dublin South from taking the same course as Senator Pearse Doherty.

“The Government should proceed now, not only with the Donegal South-West by-election, but with those in Dublin South, Waterford and Donegal North-East.” ENDS


Full text of Deputy Ó Caoláin’s contribution follows:

As soon as the High Court issued its judgement yesterday the Sinn Féin Deputies tabled this motion for the Ceann Comhairle to direct the Clerk of the Dáil to issue his writ for the Donegal South-West by-election.

A Government doing its democratic duty and abiding by the High Court direction would have indicated straight away that it would not oppose the motion and would allow the by-election to proceed.

Let me quote some of Justice Kearns judgement:

“This applicant’s case relates to the effects of delay on his right to be represented by the number of members laid down by law, and the right to equality of political representation.”

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“I conclude ..... that by well settled principles of constitutional and statutory construction, section 39(2) of the Electoral Act 1992 is to be construed as incorporating a requirement that the discretion reserved thereunder be exercised within a reasonable time.”

The justice stated that while he did not propose to make a declaration that the Government is obliged to set down and support the motion for the issue of the writ or at least not impede or oppose such a motion “I would hope, however, that any clarification provided by this judgement would have that effect.”

The judge went further. He said that the court might in another case following on from this one take a more serious view “if any Government was seen by the courts to be acting in clear disregard of the applicant’s constitutional rights in continually refusing over an unreasonable period of time to move the writ for a by-election”. The judge said the court could intervene in such a case.

So little confidence has the Green Party in their Fianna Fáil partners in Government that they lost no time in rushing to the media yesterday to state that the Donegal South-West by-election should be held as soon as possible.

The Greens may now present themselves as the watchdogs who got Fianna Fail to abide by the court decision. But what does that say about Fianna Fail and what does it say about the Greens who failed to press for the holding of the by-elections and actually voted against the moving of the writs on three occasions?

We have a situation, with four by-elections now pending, where the Government’s majority of three is less than the number of vacant Dáil seats.

We can now dispense with the Government claim that they could not hold the by-election because it would have distracted them from the economy.

That’s nonsense. Is democracy and giving the people their rightful say a distraction? That’s an insult to the people.

The Government should have held this by-election within a few months of the vacancy, in autumn 2009. It could have held it in early 2010, in spring 2010, in summer 2010. But no. It chose to delay and delay.

It could have held the by-election when Pearse Doherty first took the case. Again, no. It decided to fight the case all the way using taxpayers’ money.

So let there be no nonsense about this being a distraction or a drain on Government at a crucial time. This by-election could have been out of the way long ago.

This Government has no mandate for what it has done – the bank bailout, NAMA, the savage cuts, the doomed budgetary approach that is going to further depress the economy. It has been desperately trying to avoid any chance for the people to deliver their verdict.

Senator Pearse Doherty deserves congratulation for taking this case as a representative citizen of County Donegal.

The Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution, chaired by a member Fianna Fáil, in July 2010, recommended a change in the law so that Dáil vacancies must be filled within six months. Let me quote it:
Filling of Casual Vacancies in Dáil Éireann
Recommendation 18
That whenever a casual vacancy occurs in the membership of Dáil Éireann, legislation would require that a by-election be held to fill the vacancy within six months of the vacancy occurring.

In 1996 the Constitution Review Group proposed a change to Article 16.7 of the Constitution so as to require the holding of a by-election within 90 days of the vacancy occurring.

Instead of wasting more taxpayers’ money in an appeal to the Supreme Court the Government should implement the recommendations of these reports.

The Government claims to want to appeal this case in order to clarify the issues. That is nonsense. The issues could not be clearer. The judgement is crystal clear.

The reality is that the Government wants to appeal this in order to forestall citizens in Waterford and Dublin South from taking the same course as Senator Pearse Doherty.

The Government should proceed now, not only with the Donegal South-West by-election, but with those in Dublin South, Waterford and Donegal North-East.

This is not about a Government limping to get across the finish line of a Budget vote on 7 December.

This is about the future of Ireland in the next five, ten, fifteen and 20 years. This is about the future of our children.

A Government with no mandate is about to impose not only a savage Budget but also a four-year budgetary plan – an attempt to tie the hands of a future Government and rigidly set our economic direction. And all before the people have the chance to give their verdict in a General Election.

What a tragedy that the Government has been facilitated in this by the so-called main Opposition parties, Fine Gael and Labour, who have joined the Consensus for Cuts and signed up for a deficit reduction of 3% by 2014 regardless of the consequences.

Savage cuts have not turned the economy around in the last three years and they will not do it in the next four.

We need a programme of economic stimulus, revenue saving and raising to address the deficit, the protection of people on low to middle incomes, the safeguarding of social supports and the preservation of essential public services.

Instead the Government is set on a path of destruction – destruction of the income of low to middle income families, demolition of essential public services like health and education, removal of social supports and the deepening of the recession.

No county in Ireland has experienced more emigration than Donegal, both historically and in our own time.

Recently, when we in Sinn Féin spoke of making the wealthy pay their fair share in taxation, the Minister for Finance spoke of people “fleeing the jurisdiction”.

The Minister and this Government care little for the young people forced to leave this jurisdiction and wholly and solely because of the destruction this Government has inflicted on our economy, resulting in 450,000 people on the dole and a renewed exodus of young Irish men and women.

I am reminded of what Peadar O’Donnell said when he challenged De Valera on the rate of emigration. De Valera asked him would there not be people emigrating if O’Donnell was in power and O’Donnell replied yes but they would be different people.

I don’t necessarily want the members of this Government to emigrate - well, maybe some of them might like to consider it – but I do want and the overwhelming number of people want them to get the hell out of office as the people will demonstrate in the General Election when it occurs.

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Speaking during statements on the European Council in the Dáil today Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said there must be a referendum in Ireland if there are to be amendments to EU Treaties.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said Ireland’s economic sovereignty has been seriously undermined.

He said:

“The key focus of last week’s European Council were the moves by France and Germany to further amend the EU Treaties and this coming little over a year following the passing of the Lisbon Treaty in this state, albeit at the second attempt.

“The two member states in question sought reform of the Treaties to provide for a permanent crisis resolution mechanism within the Eurozone as well as a desire to punish countries which breach the Stability and Growth Pact including proposals that these countries would be deprived of voting rights in the Council.

“What I want to know is what kind of stand did our Government take to oppose these further attempts to limit the economic and political sovereignty of member states, did they seek allies, did they make arguments or did they simply capitulate?

“The reality that has become all the clearer as this crisis has unfolded is that Irelands Economic Sovereignty has been seriously undermined by this, as well as successive Irish Governments. The policies of this current Government risk confining Irish Economic Sovereignty to the dustbin of history.

“It is incumbent on this Government to uphold the longstanding tradition in this country as set down by the Supreme Court in the Crotty case that where there is to be a further transfer of sovereignty from Ireland to the EU then this need to be done by referendum and in no other way.

“It is completely unacceptable that this Government would seek to agree to changes in EU treaties which have the effect of further eroding Irish Sovereignty by any other mechanism. It is crucial that this message is delivered clearly and concisely by the Government to Mr Von Rompuy when he consults the Government in relation to this matter.” ENDS

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Dublin South Central Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has welcomed the seizure of €100,000 worth of heroin in Rialto last night and the arrest of three men.

Speaking this morning Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“I welcome this major drug seizure and congratulate the Gardaí involved.

“The recent surge in the heroin trade can be directly linked to the current economic climate. It is imperative that resources for Garda drug squads are not cut in the upcoming budget.

“It is equally important that all pillars of the fight against drugs are provided with adequate resources at this time.” ENDS

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Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has welcomed the statement of support for an immediate by-election in Donegal South West from the Green Party but has called on them to back up their words with votes in the Dáil tomorrow.

Speaking directly after a Green Party press doorstep Senator Doherty said:

“The commitment from the Green Party for an immediate by-election in Donegal South West is welcome. Sinn Féin has tabled a motion to have the writ moved.

“This will be voted on in the Dáil tomorrow.

“The Green Party must now back up their words with actions by voting for the moving of the writ.” ENDS

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Speaking today after the release of the Live Register figures for October, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Innovation Arthur Morgan the Government is relying on emigration to mask unemployment figures.

“The Government are heartedly congratulating themselves for a hefty reduction in the live register that has materialised from their indifference to the plight of youth unemployment.

“5,741 young people under 25 have left the live register within the last month and make no mistake, these young people were not flowing into jobs. Emigration is a scourge on this State and it is a mask which the Government’s failed labour market policies are hiding behind.

“We will be left with an economic wasteland next month unless the Government stimulates the economy, creates jobs and retains our young people. This Government is trying to gut the economy and this will kill all future economic growth, with the loss of these highly skilled young people from our shores.” ENDS

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Sinn Féin Coucillor Tom Hartley has stated that the community are deeply shocked following the news that a 75 year old man, from Cavendish Street, Sammy Crawford had passed away.

Speaking today Cllr Hartley said:

“The news that Sammy Crawford has died has left this community numb and angered.

 “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Crawford and in particular his wife Cathleen and his son Gerard. I am sure that the local community will rally around them to provide whatever support they may need in the coming days.”

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Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast, Gerry Adams MLA, has expressed his sympathies to the family of Sammy Crawford. Mr Crawford, from Cavendish Street, was caught up the events surrounding a robbery at a shop in Cavendish Street, just off the Falls Road, on Monday afternoon.

Speaking today Mr Adams said:

“It is deeply regrettable that Mr Crawford has passed away following the robbery in Cavendish Street and the horrific events that have surrounded it. 

“I offer my sincerest sympathies to his family at this time and my thoughts and prayers and those of the local community are with them at this time.”

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Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s launch of a report on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, the Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture Martin Ferris TD stressed the need for the interests of family farming to be protected. The Oireachtas Agriculture Committee, of which Deputy Ferris is a member, is making a series of detailed recommendations on the proposed reform.

Deputy Ferris said: “While Commissioner Ciolos has stated that the forthcoming reform will retain a ‘safety net’ to safeguard against market failure and that there will be no threat to the current payment system, Irish farmers can also not continue simply to survive under the current system.

“Even with the introduction of the Single Farm Payment farm incomes have continued to fall, by 30% last year alone. It is clear then that more needs to be done in order to protect family farms and this is indeed crucial to maintaining the food security that the Commissioner also referred to as a key priority.

“The only way for this country to bring about the innovation and market reorientation which he referred to is through developing our own strengths and advantages. That lies in focusing on the agri food sector as an engine of growth. That is a matter for domestic policy but in relation to the CAP it is absolutely essential that the position of Irish farmers is strengthened as part of any reform. There is broad agreement among members of the Committee and I along with Northern Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew will also be pushing that on an all Ireland basis during the forthcoming debate and negotiations.” ENDS

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Speaking today after the High Court ruled in favour of his challenge against the Government’s delay in holding the Donegal South West by-election, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty said the game is now up for the Government and that the Taoiseach should call a General Election.

Senator Doherty said today’s judgement is a victory for the people of Donegal South West who have been politically underrepresented for the past year-and-a-half.

Pearse Doherty said:

“I was forced to bring the Government kicking and screaming before the courts over its denial of democracy.

“Today’s decision is a great victory for the people of Donegal South West who have been politically underrepresented for the past year-and-a-half.

“It is a victory for democracy itself.

“That the Government chose to waste taxpayers’ money fighting this case is a disgrace.

“Today’s court decision has struck a fatal blow to the life of this Government.

“With three other by-elections now due, the Government has little if any prospect of survival. The game is now up.

“The Taoiseach should now do the right thing and call a General Election.

“I want to thank my legal team and everyone who sent messages of support particularly those from my own constituency who have been suffering from the dreadful policies of this Government.” ENDS

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Speaking today after the release of the October Exchequer figures, Sinn Fein Spokesperson for Finance Arthur Morgan the Government needs to learn that the absence of jobs leads to tax shortfalls.

“Once again the Government’s income tax projections for the State fall short of what has actually been taken in and the tax revenues are down by 5.4% on the same period last year.

“We all know that the Government are good at fiscal consolidation but the main challenge for Ireland is whether it can deliver growth. Clearly the warped priorities of Government of cutting the economy to encourage growth have failed. The Government needs to learn that the absence of jobs translates to tax shortfalls.

“The Governments unfettered allegiance to an orthodoxy of austerity has demonstrated that they are incapable of delivering Ireland from the clutches of recession.

“This crisis is so severe that we cannot cut our way out. The core of a strategy has to be investment in growth. This Government are driven by a malign orthodoxy which has imposed damaging and counterproductive ‘cuts’ as a substitute for the kind of supply-side and capacity building strategy that is needed.

“Sinn Féin has proposed an alternative. One that will reduce the deficit while simultaneously stimulating the economy and creating jobs, which will boost the income tax revenues this Government has so incompetently let slide.” ENDS

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Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that the Government’s redundancy plan for staff in the HSE shows a dire lack of planning and will see patients suffer.

He said:

“Minister Mary Harney and her Fianna Fáil/Green colleagues plan to take 5,000 staff out of the HSE by the end of 2010. The implementation of the redundancy plan in such a short-timeframe shows a dire lack of planning for our public health services by this Minister and Government.

“The HSE is going to be faced with an exodus of staff with no proper plan in place to re-allocate their work. This is not just a cull of excess management and administrative staff. It affects front-line care with patients facing longer delays in the making of hospital appointments and other such essential tasks. The staff at whom the package is aimed have very little time to decide if they will accept it, while remaining staff are expected to take up the slack in a matter of weeks.

“But there is a far bigger issue here. It was generally agreed that employment in the HSE needed to be re-balanced with fewer people in management and administration and more in front-line care. Money saved in reducing staff in management and administration should have been used to employ more on the front line.

“But Minister Harney and her colleagues have dismally failed to achieve that balance. Instead they are carrying out this cull now while at the same time front-line staff are also being reduced, slashing vital services for patients. And worse is promised with up to €1 billion in cuts in Budget 2011.

“All of this emphasises that a General Election is essential to remove this Government which is a public health hazard.” ENDS

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Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said funding for mental health services should be retained at its current level next year.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said it is unacceptable for the Government to claim to be protecting the vulnerable on the one hand while claiming that everything is on the table in their consideration of cuts on the other.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The Government must recognise that it is not acceptable to claim to be interested in protecting the vulnerable on the one hand while stating on the other that everything is on the table in their consideration of cuts.

“There should be an acknowledgement that there are areas of public service provision that have been chronically under-funded for decades and which should be off the table from the outset such as for example mental health services where spending is now at its lowest level in modern history.

“More than half of all staff cut from the HSE in 2009 came from mental health services despite mental health representing just 9% of the HSE workforce, residential conditions in some centres are inhumane, 200 children were admitted to adult centres due to the dearth of appropriate facilities and people with intellectual disabilities are inappropriately placed in psychiatric institutions in large numbers.

“There is an urgent need for the Government to, at a minimum, hold funding for mental health at its current level next year.” ENDS

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Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy and MLA for Foyle Raymond McCartney will, tomorrow, accompany the Bloody Sunday families to London as the families travel to observe the debate on the Saville inquiry in Westminster.

Speaking today Mr McCartney said:

“The families will be traveling to London to observe the proceedings and the debate to be held in Westminster in relation to what happened their loved ones at the hands of the British army in 1972 in Derry.

“Certainly from our point of view the truth about what happened at Bloody Sunday has come out and the 14 innocent victims have been shown to be just that, innocent.

“However there remains questions as to the decisions the British crown prosecution service now have to make which remains of interest to the families.

“Further to this we would wish to see full independent inquiries into other instances such as the strong campaign, currently being brought to the fore by the families, to access the truth with regards to the Ballymurphy Massacre of August 1971.”

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Commenting on media reports that remains have been discovered at the site where the Commission have been searching in Waterfoot for St James man Peter Wilson, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

“The reports that remains have been found at Waterfoot, County Antrim, where the Commission have been searching for St James man, Peter Wilson, is welcome news.

“My thoughts are with the Wilson family at this time and I would hope that confirmation would be speedy to ease the burden of the final wait the family will endure.

“I again would repeat my appeal that anyone with any information which might help other families locate remains and find closure should bring that information forward.” CRÍOCH

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Sinn Féin Representative for Pottinger Niall Ó Donnghaile this morning joined other community and political representatives in objecting to a planning application for 32 apartments on the Mountpottinger Road.

Niall, who is also a member of the Short Strand Partnership Board said;

“The application for 32 high density and five storey apartments to be crammed onto such a sparse piece of land is totally opposed by the community in the Short Strand. Yes, we need more housing in the area but we need homes that will add to the community, homes that are suitable for families.

The Short Strand Partnership Board has a strategic overview for the development of this area; if allowed to be developed these apartments would fly in the face of those plans, which are about utilising existing and potential sites for greater community cohesion and sustainability, better housing, improving community safety as well as physical and environmental regeneration throughout the Short Strand.

Much of those plans are beginning to be realised with, for example, the ongoing demolition of Mountpottinger Barracks, the recent site visit by and support from the DRD Minister Conor Murphy for development at the Translink Bus Depot site and ongoing work with Belfast City Council and the Housing Executive to improve the physical appearance of the area.

It is generally accepted by local community organisations that this application is simply about the owners maximising profit at such a difficult economic time and that the building of these apartments is highly unlikely; this may well be the case but the reality is that the threat of a development like this will still hang over the Short Strand people.

I commit myself to working with all the stakeholders, but in particular Saint Matthews Housing Association, to ensure that this site, like others in the district, will in the future be used for suitable, community orientated development.” CRÍOCH

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Reacting to news that Jim McDaid has resigned his Dáil seat today Sinn Féin Councillor Padraig MacLochlainn has called on the Government to call a general election.

Councillor MacLochlainn said County Donegal is now short two TDs which must be replaced at the earliest opportunity. However, he went on to say that, with four by-elections now outstanding, it is clear that the Government is falling apart at the seams and a general election should be called.

Councillor MacLochlainn said:

“The Government has left the people of Donegal South West without proper representation for eighteen months up to now. This must not be allowed to happen again in Donegal North East. Donegal is now short two TDs and any notion that the Donegal South West by-election would be held in isolation cannot now be taken seriously.

“Both these seats, along with the seats in Dublin South and Waterford must be filled at the earliest opportunity.

“It is clear to me that the Government is now on its last legs. With four outstanding by-elections, none of which are likely to be won by the Government, the Dáil majority will be stripped to the thinnest of margins. Jim McDaid’s resignation is a signal that time is now up for this Government and a general election should be called.

“This Government has no mandate for the savage cuts they are about to impose on people in the upcoming budget, they had no mandate for the billions they put into zombie banks and it had no mandate for NAMA. The Government was elected on a promise of economic growth which turned out to be a farce and it is now politically bankrupt.

“It is now time for a general election to be called.” ENDS

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Commenting on Firmus Energy now supplying to Domestic Customers in Greater Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann said;

"I welcome the potential for more competition within the domestic gas industy and hope that this will lead to lower gas prices for customers throughout Belfast.

“The high costs of energy right across the North is resulting in more and more people either facing the threat of fuel poverty or indeed an increasing amount actually living in fuel poverty.

“While I welcome this move by Firmus I would however ask that the switching mechanism which enables customers to have a choice of gas suppliers be made available to all customers immediately including those on pre paid meters.

“Currently only 300 people a week will be able to transfer and the utility regulator must address this.

“I would also ask Firmus to ensure that all customers including those who do not have access to on line payment or Direct Debit be given access to the same discount as other customers are."

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Sinn Féin Councillor for West Belfast Briege Brownlee has slammed those behind the leaving of two devices in the St James area. One of the devices, a pipe  bomb that was attached to a gallon of petrol, exploded around 8pm tonight.

Speaking tonight Cllr Brownlee said:

“Whoever is behind these devices has shown absolute disregard for this community.

“These are viable and dangerous devices. The first pipe bomb went of around 8pm and was attached to a gallon drum of petrol. The second, which was discovered only minutes later, was outside the home of another resident and is of a similar design.

“Anybody could have been passing these devices when they went off and this could had serious consequences with injuries or death. There are families with children in and about this community who are now rightly concerned at these events.

“Those responsible for the leaving of these pipe bombs must seriously consider their actions. They have attacked this entire community. The need now to come forward and explain what warped logic they had for these actions.

“St James have suffered enough over the period of the conflict without reckless actions such as this causing distress and upset.”

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