Tuesday, January 26, 2010

GOAL- Haiti Earthquake Appeal





Call for City Boundary to be Extended

Speaking on the Annual Housing Report last night in Cork City Council, Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien said the council could cease to be a housing authority within years unless the city boundary is extended.

“Last year the city council constructed 218 houses and bought 47. In 2010 the local authority plans to provide 360 additional houses. This is in the context of a total housing list of 6,200 with another 1,500 waiting assessment.”

“The reality is, given the shortage of building land within the current city boundaries and the need for new housing developments to be of a mixed public-private nature, the council will never make serious inroads into the housing list unless it can access land in the county.”

“As things stand, Cork City Council is already purchasing houses in the county area. This brings its own problems however – for example the services to these houses are provided by the County Council, creating a financial and jurisdictional tangle.”

“Logic dictates that many areas like Grange, Douglas, and sections of Togher and Ballyvolane which form an integral part of Cork’s urban area should come under a single local authority with the rest of the city. The case for a city boundary extension is given added urgency by the reality that otherwise Cork City Council will in a few years be confined to managing its existing housing stock, unable to house any of the additional thousands on the housing list.”

For further information contact Cllr Jonathan O’Brien @ 086-0662877
Council needs Stronger Powers Against Problem Tenants – O’Brien

Speaking on the Annual Housing Report last night in Cork City Council, Sinn Féin Councillor Jonathan O’Brien called for changes to legislation governing anti-social behaviour orders to make it easier for the council to evict problem tenants.

“In the past twelve months, Cork City council called 239 tenants for interview about anti-social behaviour, and issued 23 verbal and written warnings. However there were only 4 notices to quit and not a single eviction. This was due to the absence of court orders.”

“The lives of many people in this city are being made hell by a small number of individuals who persistently engage in serious anti-social behaviour. However, the reality is that under the present system it is almost impossible to evict problem tenants. This is because the very neighbours whom they are terrorising can be required to testify in court.”

“There is currently a national review of the legislation under way, which is to be welcomed. If we are serious about tackling anti-social behaviour, it must be made easier for the council to secure an eviction order against persistently disruptive tenants. I believe the testimony of a senior housing officer, backed up by written and verbal evidence such as records of Garda call-outs, should be sufficient evidence to secure an eviction order.”

For further information contact Cllr Jonathan O’Brien @ 086-0662877

Thursday, January 21, 2010

UCC to host annual commemoration

The U.C.C Martin Hurson cumann will hold their annual commemoration on Wednesday the 27th of January. The commemoration was started a number of years ago, to commemorate 13 volunteers buried on campus, killed during the tan war, where Cork Gaol once was.

It has gone from strength to strength in recent years, becoming a regular fixture in the local republican calendar.
Last year’s commemoration was particularly successful, with Senator Pearse Doherty giving the oration, and a large crowd attending.

This year the oration will be given by Dr Feilim Ó hAdhmaill, lecturer in Social Science in UCC, and former political prisoner. The event will be chaired by Bandon town councillor and U.C.C. student, Cllr. Rachel McCarthy, and the commemoration will be attended by the Youghal Volunteers RFB.
The commemoration will begin in the amphitheatre on front of the student centre in U.C.C. and will proceed past the Quad, and down to gaol cross, where a wreath will be laid at the old gaol wall, where Free State soldiers shot a man attempting to aid an escape.

The commemoration will then move on to the plot in front of the science building, where the oration will be given.
The commemoration will be followed by light refreshments.

Assembly at 8.00 pm sharp - All welcome!

Beidh an comóradh bliantúil ag Cumann Máirtín Ó hUrsáin ar an gCeadaoin an 27ú lá de Eanáír. Do thosnaíodh on comóradh cúpla blian ó shin chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar 13 Óglaigh a chuireadh ann tar éis dóibh bás a fháil i bpríosún Chorcaí, in aice an láthair ar a bhfuil UCC sa lae inniu ann. Is onóir mór don chumann é go bhfuil an Dr. Féilim Ó hAdhmaill ag tabhairt an hóráide i mbliana, agus beidh Banna Poblachtánach Óglaigh Eochaill ann chomh maith, le Cllr Rachel McCarthy, mac léinn i U.C.C. ag glacadh páirt an chathaoirleach.

Tosnóidh an comóradh os chomhair Áras na Mic Léinn, agus raghaidh sé thar an quad, ag stopadh ag Crosaire an Phriosúin, áit a fágfar bláth-fhleasc i gcuimhne an fhir ar mharaigh saighdiúirí an tSaor Stát agus é ag cuidiú le éalú na bpriosúnach. As sin imeoidh an comóradh go dtí an plasóg, áit a tabharfar an t-óráid.

Cruinnigí ag 8.00 . Fáilte roimh cách.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Republican Commemoration

A Commemoration in memory of the IRA Volunteers buried in the Republican Plot at UCC will take place on Wednesday 27th January, assemble 8pm at the student centre, Youghal Vols Republican Flute band will be in attendance. Organised by the Martin Hurson Sinn Féin Cumann UCC.

Last Man Standing Competiition


Last week's results:

Saturday 16th January:

Stoke City 1 Liverpool 1
Chelsea 7 Sunderland 2
Wolves 0 Wigan 2
Spurs 0 Hull 0
Man Utd 3 Burnley 0
Everton 2 Man City 0
Portsmouth P Birmingham P

Sunday 17th January

Aston Villa 0 West Ham 0
Blackburn 2 Fulham 0
Bolton 0 Arsenal 2

Next Fixtures-
Due to Fa Cup Games this weekend the next round of games will be Jan 23-25th , thanks.

Mick Nugent.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Aid appeal for Haiti

Only a few days have passed, since the earthquake that rocked Haiti and it's people to it's very core. The death toll is unfathomable. A number will not justify the pain and suffering that the Haitian people face. It's now tipped to reach 200,000 people. To put that into context, that's nearly the entire population of Belfast - removed from the face of the earth in 60 seconds.

Haiti is now in dire need of assistance, and we ask that you put aside a few euro or pound for the Irish Red Cross or charity of your choice. You can donate by visiting the Irish Red Cross website at: http://www.redcross.ie/help/donate_now.php?appeal=98 - We ask all activists to make a special effort, to help Haiti and it's people get through these troubled times.

"Everyone, Republican or otherwise, has their own particular part to play. No part is too great or too small; no one is too old or too young to do something." - Bobby Sands

Is mise le meas,
Seán Ó Briain
Ógra WIT

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Last Man Standing

This weeks fixtures:

Saturday 16th January (All 3pm unless Stated)
Stoke City v Liverpool 12.45pm
Chelsea v Sunderland
Man Utd v Burnley
Portsmouth v Birmingham
Spurs v Hull City
Wolves v Wigan
Everton v Man City

Sunday 17th January
Aston Villa v West Ham 1.30pm
Blackburn v Fulham 3pm
Bolton v Arsenal 4pm

Prize is €450, new players can contact Mick Nugent at 087/6755793 to enter, entry is just €10.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Munster Cuige AGM

The Cuige Mumhan AGM will take place on February 7th at the Mallow GAA conference centre, for more details and the agenda contact Paul O'Connor at the Cork Sinn Féin office tel 021/4311389.

Press Release

A number of homes in Dublin Street, Blackpool are without gas supply for a second day.
Sinn Féin Cork North Central Cllr. Thomas Gould has been assured by Bord Gais that there are no safety issues with gas supply to Blackpool after they confirmed that there was only a localised problem with the supply of gas to a number of houses on Dublin Street, in Blackpool.

I was informed by Bord Gais of the problem after I contacted them yesterday evening. I was told that at 11am yesterday Bord Gais were notified that there was a problem with the gas supply to two houses in the Dublin Street area of Blackpool. After further investigation Bord Gais found that there was water in the gas pipe and the problem affected more houses than originally reported.

A Bord Gais crew spent over 14 hours working there yesterday and they have assured both myself and the residents concerned that there are no safety issues and that they will have two crews on site at 7.30am this morning to resolve the problem.
I have been informed by Bord Gais that they have supplied heaters and cooking facilities to all the residents that required them.

The Bord Gais engineers will now have to locate the source of how water is getting into the pipe, seal it and then finally remove the remaining water out of the gas pipe. I wish to congratulate Board Gais for the quick response and action taken to care for the residents’ wellbeing and safety especially during such freezing weather conditions. Having said this, I am concerned as to how the water got into the pipe initially and I await the outcome.
If I you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on my mobile 087-3021551 or email: thomasgouldsf@gmail.com

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Fianna Colour Party

Sinn Féin calls for doubling of Winter Fuel Allowance

Sinn Féin Calls for Doubling of Winter Fuel Allowance

Sinn Féin Cllr Jonathan O’Brien has called for the winter fuel allowance for the elderly to be doubled for the duration of the cold snap.

“The current severe weather conditions are putting an added burden on many elderly people who already struggle to meet the cost of heating their homes. Fuel poverty contributes to many deaths among the elderly each winter.”

“Pensioners will not have received the Christmas Bonus this year, putting their finances under additional pressure even before the extra costs of coal, gas and electricity are taken into account.”

“Doubling the winter fuel allowance for the month of January would cost the government little but would make a big difference to many elderly people struggling to heat their homes, and could even save lives.”

For further information contact Cllr Jonathan O’Brien @ 086-0662877

Delany Brothers Commemoration

On December 13th last the annual commemoration in memory of Volunteers Jeremiah, Con Delany & and their friend & comrade Sean O'Donoghue was held. A Republican colour party & the Youghal Vols.Republican Flute band led those assembled from the grotto in Blackpool to the momunment on Dublin Hill where local Cllr.Thomas Gould gave the oration, Delanys Gaa Club were also represented.

Oration By Cllr Thomas Gould:
Dia dhiabh. Tá athas orm a bheith ann inniu.
I am happy to be here today to once more honour the memory of brothers Jeremiah and Cornelius Delaney and of Commandant Sean O’ Donoghue. We are standing here today at this monument to commemorate these men who were executed in cold blood.

The Delaney Brothers were attacked in their beds in the middle of the night of the 11 of December 1920 by British forces. Jeremiah died in his bed and Cornelius died a few days later from wounds he received. That same day the Black and Tans burned down the centre of Cork city.

For Cork Republicans and in particular north side Republicans the Delaney Brother’s monument is a special place. For some people this is a source of inspiration and for others it is yet another reminder of savagery that came from British rule.
As Republicans the Delaney brothers were highly active and were close friends of Tomás Mac Curtain who had been murdered earlier the same year, again by British Forces. They also worked closely with Commandant Sean O’Donoghue who was shot dead two years later on the Delaney Brothers farm by Free State Forces.

The Delaney Brothers joined the Irish Volunteers in 1913 and were involved in every aspect of the struggle. They were first and second lieutenants of F company of the1st Battalion of the 1st Cork Brigade. They were also active members of Conradh na Gaeilge and were involved with the Gaelic revival of their time. They were GAA men playing Gaelic Football with Dublin Pike and hurling with Kilbarry and often games were played on their father’s fields when no where else was available. When this is considered it is only fitting that Delaney’s GAA club is named after them and that the new entrance to Delaney’s is only across the road from this monument.

Like many other Republicans Jeremiah, Cornelius and Sean knowingly put their lives on the line for the cause of Irish freedom. They were selfless men who put our Country and our people before their own welfare. This type of sacrifice is completely alien to most people in today and especially this state current leaders can you image any of them volunteering like Jeremiah, Cornelius and Sean these were mighty men and a lot to aspire to.

This years Cork City Local Council local election saw Sinn Féin double it representation on the council to four. By building political strength we can build the republic that was envisioned by the United Irish men and in the 1916 Proclamation - a republic built on equality, justice and freedom.

The motto of the United Irish movement, founded by Wolfe Tone, was one word - Equality. However, inequality has thrived in this state as we saw last week in the 2010 budget. The people who put the country into this crisis get away Scott free and the ordinary people must bail us out the banks and speculators once again
I and my fellow Sinn Féin councillors are trying to work for the equality and fairness but it is slow and hard to break down years of cosy cartels, jobs for boys and buddy buddy politics. But with four of us now we are a force that the other parties fear.

Some people will be frustrated and angry at the pace of progress in the occupied six counties but remember that Sinn Féin is the only all-Ireland party and we are still fighting to achieve our aim of a united Ireland but through peace full means discussion and dialogue.

So in conclusion, In commemorating and celebrating the bravery of Jeremiah and Cornelius Delaney and of Commandant Sean O’ Donoghue and our other fallen comrades since then, I want to pay tribute to the volunteers and leadership of the Republican movement because it was there pivotal role in this phase of the struggle that has got us to this point and I commend their patience and discipline.

Jeremiah, Cornelius and Sean O’ Donoghue were men of vision and belief and even though they were brutally murdered their names and memory live on long after they have gone. We hope that next years 90 anniversary of the deaths of Jeremiah and Con will be marked by the holding of a number of events to commemorate them in a proper and respectful way. Go raibh maith agaibh go leir.

Last Man Standing Competition

This weeks 'Last Man Standing' Fixtures:

Saturday 9th January (All Fixtures 3pm unless Stated)
Hull City v Chelsea 12.45pm
Aresnal v Everton
Burnley v Stoke
Fulham v Portsmouth
Sunderland v Bolton
Wigan v Aston Villa
Birmingham v Man Utd 5.30pm

Sunday 10th January
West Ham v Wolves 1.30pm
Liverpool v Spurs 4.00pm

Monday 11th January
Man City v Blackburn 8pm

New players can contact Mick Nugent 087/6755793 for more info on the game, prize is €450 and entry is only €10.

Note-This weeks 'Last Man Standing' is put off due to the bad weather affecting games.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bloody Sunday Weekend '10- Bí ann!

The annual Bloody Sunday weekend will be held in Derry from the 29th to the 31st of January, and is being organised by the Derry Na Fianna Martyrs cumann.
In encouraging maximum attendance, Derry Ógra organiser, Adrian Óg Kelly said 'As the first significant event of 2010, this is going to a great opportunity for young republicans to reconvene after the Christmas Break and to start a new year with a flourish.'

'Bloody Sunday remains a key moment in recent Irish history and we hope this weekend allows republicans from all over Ireland to remember it, and to learn more of the republican heritage of Derry, as well as the opportunity to consider our present struggle.'

The weekend will cost £30 /€35 and this includes all food, accomodation and entry to functions and museums. Bookings should be in for January the 22nd, and cheques/postal orders made out to Barry McColgan.

Address for bookings - Barry McColgan Ógra National Finance officer, 4-5 James Street,Omagh, Tyrone.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day Trip to Kilmainham & Glasnevin

The Phoenix Historical Society (Cork Republican Commemoration Committee) is organising a day trip on February 20th to visit Kilmainham jail and the Republican plot at Glasnevin cemetery Dublin, any one interested in travelling can contact the Sinn Féin office 136 Barrack street Cork Tel 021/4311389 or Mick Nugent 087/6755793.