2017 has been an impressive year for Loughshore Boxing Club. Established only a year ago, the club has got off to a great start with a number of awards in junior categories, and most recently three All Ireland medals in the Seniors.
The achievements of the club were recognised tonight by the Mid Ulster District Council who now plan to invite the three All Ireland champions to a Civic Reception.
Sinn Féin’s Ronan McGinley nominated the boxers for their awards, and after the meeting said:
“Boxing has had a proud history around the shores of Lough Neagh. For a period there was no local club, but Loughshore ABC has filled that gap. Not only have the committee and volunteers worked hard to get the premises and club up to scratch, they have helped bring home the silverware.
Most recently, Kayleigh Magee, Brian Cassidy and Dean Scullion brought home All Ireland medals, a wonderful personal achievement, and they are great role models and ambassadors for the club”.
Cllr McGinley, himself a club member and member of its committee, continued:
“I asked my colleagues on the council to recognise Lougshore ABC as it’s hard to believe the achievements of the club and its Boxers in just under a year. Keep your eyes out for this club in the future, more champions are on the way”.
A cross party delegation from Mid Ulster District Council met with the Under Secretary of State Kris Hopkins following a debate in the chamber regarding Brexit.In July of this year, Sinn Féin brought a motion raising concerns of the negative impact Brexit will have on the people of Mid Ulster. The meeting yesterday was a follow up to this discussion and took place in the Mid Ulster District Council offices in Dungannon.
The Sinn Féin council group leader for Mid Ulster, Ronan McGinley, led the delegation made up of two Sinn Féin and two SDLP representatives. Representatives from the DUP and UUP failed to attend the meeting.
Cllr McGinley said:
“56% of the people of the North, Nationalists, Unionists and others voted to remain in the EU. The British and Irish government must respect and give expression to that mandate. The damage that the imposition of an EU border will cause on the entire island of Ireland is clear for all to see and has been well articulated by respected academics, economists and politicians. It is clear that the British government cannot guarantee there will be no return to a hard border and the Irish Government cannot guarantee it either”.
Cllr Niamh Doris, who also attended the meeting said:
“It was good to see that Kris Hopkins attended the meeting as requested by the council in July, and that he was engaged in the conversation with us. However, I stated to him that Martin McGuinness was correct to criticise Theresa May for not attending the meeting of the British Irish Council last Friday, it was the first meeting of the British-Irish Council that British Prime Minister Theresa May had the opportunity to attend and she did not show up. We fear this is further evidence that this British government doesn’t know what it’s doing and has no plan or strategy in terms of Brexit. The people of Mid Ulster share this concern and are anxious about the negative impacts Brexit will have locally”.
The Mid Ulster delegation argued that more needs to be done to explore special status for the North, reiterated the need for the Irish Government to act in the interests of the entire island of Ireland, and raised real concerns around how Brexit will impact Mid Ulster socially, culturally and economically.
Cllr McGinley finished by saying:
“Sinn Féin make no apology for our continued stand that the best way forward for Ireland is through reunification. We will continue to work for and campaign for that legitimate goal. Those who argue now is not the right time for a border poll are wrong”.
The Mid Ulster District Council has passed a motion calling for the right to vote in the next, and all future presidential elections.
Sinn Féin’s group leader Ronan McGinley proposed the motion during the November meeting of council after the Taoiseach refused to act on the recommendation made by the Constitutional Convention.
Sinn Féin argued that the franchise should be extended to include all Irish citizens, regardless of their place of residency, in order to vote in the next, and all future presidential elections.
Cllr Ronan McGinley said,
“It is understandable that people had an expectation that a referendum would be held following the conventions recommendation . A lot of people have been looking forward to the day that they will be able to vote for their President. The Taoiseach’s decision not to hold a referendum is completely unacceptable”.
“The people of the north and the Irish Diaspora are part of this nation. They should be included in it, not excluded which is what is happening due to the Taoiseach’s decision”.
“I am delighted that the council endorsed the motion tonight, I think it’s appropriate that this council communicates the anger and disappointment felt by the people of Mid Ulster by being denied this right.
“The Taoiseach should reconsider, we have been excluded from the rest of this nation for too long”.
Check out the YouTube link for more info:
Mid Ulster Sinn Féin call for right to vote for President
Sinn Féin are calling for the Mid Ulster District Council to support the recommendation made by the Constitutional Convention to extend the right to vote in Presidential elections to all Irish citizens regardless of their place of residency.
There is a mixture of deep disappointment and anger among the broad nationalist family in the north at the decision of the Taoiseach not to hold a referendum to change the constitution to allow the people of the north and the Irish diaspora the opportunity to vote for our president in the 2018 election.
Sinn Féin’s council group leader Ronan McGinley said,
“It is understandable that people had an expectation that a referendum would be held following the conventions recommendation . A lot of people are looking forward to the day that they will be able to vote for their President. The Taoiseach’s decision not to hold a referendum is unacceptable”.
“The people of the north and the Irish Diaspora are part of this nation. They should be included in it and not excluded as the Taoiseach is trying to do with this decision. Sinn Féin are calling on the broad nationalist community to unite and lobby the Taoiseach to reverse his decision, which is why I am bringing this motion to the council.
I am asking the council to make its voice heard to the Taoiseach, we have been excluded from the rest of this nation for too long, it has to end”.
The Department of Communities has implemented a consultation which may result in the loss of jobs and much needed services in Cookstown and Magherafelt.
At tonight’s meeting of the Mid Ulster District Council, the decision was taken to communicate with the Minister and the Department in opposition to the potential job losses.
Sinn Féin Councillor Peter Bateson supported the decision of Mid Ulster council this evening stating,
“We would like to see an immediate suspension of the consultation in order to ensure the Department carry out necessary rural proofing. We cannot stand by and see jobs and services leave the area”.
Cllr Bateson’s remarks were supported by party colleague Ronan McGinley who highlighted,
“Sinn Féin have been proactive on challenging the Department regarding the alleged issue of little or no communication with staff, and if this is the case it needs rectified. We have written to the Minister and made the case that front line services in the area need to be protected, especially in the midst of massive changes to welfare. We have sought a meeting with the Minister to discuss our concerns with this consultation
The Mid Ulster District Council have voted in support of the Sinn Féin motion calling for the view of the majority of people in the north to be respected in relation to ‘Brexit’.
Group leader for Sinn Féin, Cllr Ronan McGinley, brought the motion to the chamber for discussion after the overwhelming majority of citizens in the north voted to remain in the EU.
Cllr McGinley said:
“I’m happy the Council supported my motion in the July meeting. I asked for the motion to be heard as Sinn Féin are aware that local people are still concerned and anxious about what the future may bring. If Article 50 is triggered and the north of this island is dragged out of Europe against its will, I believe the massive void which will be left will only be filled by the empty promises of the leave campaigners’.
“People are worried about the impact it will have on our economy, and are angry about the way the DUP and others continue to ignore the will of the majority of the people in the North”.
When asked about the outcome of the meeting, Cllr McGinley replied,
“I’m glad Sinn Féin were supported by the majority of this council. Sinn Féin have been strong campaigners for remaining in Europe and have ensured the Mid Ulster residents point of view will be respected and advocated to the office of First and Deputy First Minister.
I have to say I’m disappointed that not everyone supported the motion. Some Councillors feel that it’s ok to ignore the majority of people from this part of the island, I’m glad that Sinn Féin do not. The decision of our citizens needs to be respected. We have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of the people of Mid Ulster. We need to challenge those who can make a difference, and we need to highlight the fact that the people of Mid Ulster spoke, as did the majority of people who live in the North, and they should not be ignored”.
Sinn Féin have brought forward a motion to be heard at the July meeting of the Mid Ulster District Council. The meeting will take place on Thursday night.
Group leader for Sinn Féin, Cllr Ronan McGinley, asked for the motion to be discussed after the overwhelming majority of citizens in the north voted to remain in the EU.
Cllr McGinley said:
“Right across the 6 counties, the majority of people voted to remain within Europe. It is clear from speaking to local people that there is concern across Mid Ulster within our business community, the voluntary and community sector, the private sector and within agriculture”.
“People are worried about the impact it will have on our economy, and are angry about being dragged out of Europe against the will of the majority. It is imperative that the council discuss this in detail to assess what impact it will have on our area, and to advocate the view of the majority”.
Commenting on what Cllr McGinley believed the outcome of the meeting would be, he said:
“The decision of our citizens needs to be respected. We have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of the people of Mid Ulster. We need to challenge those who can make a difference, and we need to highlight the fact that the people of Mid Ulster spoke, as did the majority of people who live in the North, and they should not be ignored”.