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Vote Patricia (Trish) Murray # 1

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Trish Murray Election Manifesto (Antrim Town Council)

The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts. Poblacht na hÉireann 1916.

Non-violent Direct Action against Drug Dealers

Trish Murray, a lifetime Irish republican is a 35 year old mother of 2 children, who has lived all her life in the Farranshane ward, Antrim Town. She is a member of the Rathenraw Community Association and a former activist in the widely admired and highly successful Rathenraw Action Group that utilized direct non violent community action to reclaim the besieged community from the scourge of drugs and drug dealers.

Upfront Direct Representation the only way acceptable

I would not accept anything less for my own vote and I am asking you the electorate to accept nothing less than direct upfront communication and information at all times from all elected representatives. I will bring community matters to your attention in an open manner at every opportunity.

Permanent Police CCTV at St Malachy's High School and Rathenraw Estate

Unionist demands for trees to be cut down in the Rathenraw estate and demands for CCTV scanning in the area most surely, adds insult to injury on a beleaguered community. Which has for many years bore the brunt of Antrim hate attacks. Many nationalists in recent years have been forced from their homes in Antrim, Crumlin and Randalstown. The vast majority of nationalists more than 80% fled homes in the Town Ward in Antrim not the Farranshane ward. Who then decided to place cameras in the ward that can be attributed with less than 1%. Did these decision makers consult the electorate in Farranshane? No they did not. Who orchestrates this secret consultation? Who decides on this CCTV and tree cutting agenda - the electorate? I want to bring this debate into the public arena. Your area could be next - your school could be next.

Vote Murray No 1

More high risk than asbestos dumped in Antrim Borough

Most human rights are formulated because there are so many human wrongs. For example, paedophiles are relocated continuously into many unsuspecting communities by the various statutory agencies in Antrim and elsewhere, who incidentally, seldom if ever at all choose their own communities to relocate high risk offenders. The community remains unsuspecting and not informed.

The Right of the Child is paramount

No member of the community should be shouted down, isolated or smeared if they ask "awkward" questions concerning their children's safety. Children's rights above all other rights supercede any Antrim Council notion of propriety or respectability. Of course, much worse is the standard polite avoidance approach by many inadequate elected party political representatives.

Dealing with the issues the others bury alive not dead

If any community matter needs aired it should be facilitated and honestly addressed by our elected representatives, not avoided. The Antrim Council has for too long conducted its business in a state of collective denial by declaring an In Confidence solution - discussed behind closed doors especially on matters concerning hate motivated violence and intimidation in Antrim, Crumlin and Randalstown.

Scapegoating All Young People - A Cover for Inept and Inadequate leaders

Youth Clubs are closing, schools are closing, community led play park progress remains idle with other much needed community facilities rapidly on the decline. However, the council district rate has gone up. Who is mismanaging your money? Who is out of touch with the people it claims to serve and who regards all young people as a threat and why? Our past and current Civic leaders do and so too does the police force and the small town media. Our young people need to be heard also - what civic leader is reaching out to them - none.

British Double Taxation of Irish Water - Just say No!

I was part of the Antrim Community delegation that recently organized and arranged the only public meeting held in the town concerning the forth coming British imposed double taxation on Irish water. All local representatives and present candidates were invited - the only other candidate in attendance was Aine Gribbon. I am urging the electorate to say No to any new Water Charges, No to Metering and No to Privatization. Don't pay twice for water services.

Independent Candidate P Murray







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Index: Current Articles

19 April 2005

Other Articles From This Issue:

Another Historic Statement, Again
Anthony McIntyre

Two Heads Better Than One?
Brian Mór

Hope for A Democractic Avenue, Not a Dead End Street
Mick Hall

Irish American Support
Niall Fennessy

Street Fighting Man
Fred A Wilcox

Revolutionaries Have Set Up Dictatorship
Margaret Quinn

The Murder of Robert McCartney
Conor Horan

The Missing Ingredient
Ruairi O’Driscoll

Re-orienting perspectives: Bob Quinn's The Atlantean Irish
Seaghán Ó Murchú

Politics of Peace at an Impasse
David Adams

* Election Coverage *

Independent Irish Republicans Standing in All 6 Counties
Sean Mc Aughey

John Coulter

Gary Donnelly, Cityside Ward, Derry City Council

Aine Gribbon, Antrim Town Council

Patricia (Trish) Murray, Antrim Town Council

The Letters page has been updated.

6 April 2005

Criminality and Public Relations
Eamon Sweeney

Truth Better than Spin
Mick Hall

The Central Issue is Justice
Catherine McCartney

Not Out of Nationalist Woods Yet
David Adams

South Down Election Play
John Coulter

Are We on the Verge of a New Political Ice Age?
Anthony McIntyre



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