The Week in Review
07-14 August 2015
Jeremy Corbyn at ‘West Belfast Talks Back’
British Labour party leadership challenger Jeremy Corbyn MP took part in the ‘West Belfast Talks Back’ political discussion event as part of Féile an Phobail 2015. During the evening Mr Corbyn called on the British Government to properly fund Northern Ireland’s welfare system and warned of increased poverty because of Tory plans. Mr Corbyn also reiterated his opposition to the use of plastic bullets and called for a standing commission to look into historical child abuse.
A video of the evening can be viewed here:
Sheehan encourages attendance at National Hunger Strike Commemoration
Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan has encouraged people to attend this year’s hunger strike commemoration in Dundalk on August 23.
The West Belfast MLA and former hunger striker said: “The 1981 hunger strike in which ten young men died in Long Kesh was a watershed moment in Irish political and social history.”
He said that “As republicans, we remember their sacrifice with pride and continue to take inspiration from their heroism. Since 1981 we have remembered the ten hunger strikers, as well as those from earlier generations, with dignity and pride.”
This year’s commemoration will be held in Dundalk, County Louth, on Sunday August 23. The assembly point is at Ballymascanlon roundabout at 2.15.
Public urged to write to Ibrahim Halawa
Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has appealed to the Irish government to take a more proactive role in seeking the release of Ibrahim Halawa from prison in Egypt where he has been detained for two years this month.
Ms Boylan also asked that people to write to Ibrahim in prison to let him know that the campaign for his release has not abated and will continue until Ibrahim is allowed to come home.
Ms Boylan said: “Ibrahim has languished in an Egyptian prison for two years. He has been refused outside medical treatment, though he still suffers from injuries sustained during his arrest and has developed breathing difficulties and chest pains due to mistreatment while in captivity.”
Ms Boylan added that: “I would ask anyone and everyone to write to Ibrahim in prison and let him know that he has not been forgotten about and there are many people who want to bring him back to the streets of Dublin. Ibrahim is a Dublin teenager who was arrested at the age of 17. The Irish Government needs to do more to secure his release.”
Mickey Brady MP calls for underground Interconnector
Sinn Féin elected representatives gathered at the historical Navan Fort to launch the party’s submission in opposition to the planning application by the north’s energy system operator, SONI, for the Tyrone to Cavan section of the cross border electricity project, the North-South Interconnector. The party reiterated its call for the project to be delivered underground.
Mickey Brady Sinn Féin MP for Newry & Armagh said at the event that: “Sinn Féin’s position has been very clear from the very start, from the time that this project was first mooted. We recognise its importance to the island economy and to the safety and security of electricity supply in the north but, without a shadow of a doubt, this project is best delivered underground.”
Mr Brady noted that “Technological advances in recent years show that undergrounding is not only feasible but cost effective over the life of the project.”
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD for Cavan/Monaghan said: “It really is a case of underground or bust.”
Cemetery bombers will not succeed
Pat Doherty, Sinn Féin MP for West Tyrone, said that he was relieved no one was injured after a mortar bomb was left in the vicinity of Strabane Cemetery.
Mr Doherty said: “This action served no purpose other than to cause widespread disruption to the local community, preventing people from visiting the graves of loved ones.”
He continued that: “At a time when thousands of Republicans, confident in their ability to deliver a new Ireland through peaceful and democratic means, took to the streets of Dublin a small minority are attempting to take us backwards. They will not succeed.”
Mr Doherty concluded that: “It’s past time for the people behind this latest action to end their activity to a halt and respect the will of the people of Ireland to bring about reunification through peaceful means.”
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