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Party Election Broadcast 2014

On our travels across Ireland last week we met an eclectic bunch of people (supporters and members) – all sharing Sinn Féin’s vision for a new republic based on equality and justice for all. Real people who believe there is an alternative to austerity and partition. Real people who believe in putting Ireland and her people first and who believe that Sinn Féin has the policies to deliver.

From fishermen to farmers, from students to teachers, from artists to community activists, from emergency workers to construction workers and even a surfer – we filmed people on location in their places of work, recreation or in their home towns.  The result is our 2014 Party Political Broadcast. Hope you like it.   If you do then please 'like' and 'share' as far and wide as possible.

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Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy has accused the government of “doing nothing” to alleviate economic and social deprivation in the border region.

 The Midlands Northwest candidate was reacting to new figures produced by the Central Statistics Office which show that the border counties of Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Sligo, Leitrim and Louth represent the lowest earning region in the state, with average disposable income of €16,894, nearly 11pc lower than the average.

 Cllr Carthy, who is in Donegal today, said:

 “Decades of underinvestment by successive governments, particularly in strategic infrastructure, have left the borderlands struggling to survive. The austerity policies imposed by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour have also had a devastating impact on the region. This can be plainly seen in the CSO figures published today which that disposable income in the border region is nearly 11pc lower than average.

 “This region also has the highest rates of unemployment, empty homes, medical card holders, voter apathy and emigration and lower levels of investment than anywhere else in this state. This is further evidence of the negative impact of partition, and the neglect of successive governments, on this region.

“Clearly Fine Gael and Labour are doing nothing to alleviate economic deprivation in border counties.

“I am calling for an intensive job creation strategy for the border region. Without significant job creation this part of the country will continue to be left behind.”

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Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said people will see through Fine Gael's cynical electioneering on reducing the Family Home Tax in some areas.

Deputy Doherty said Sinn Féin Councillors have been mandated to vote for the maximum decrease since the tax was first mooted.

Deputy Doherty said:

“This electioneering will be seen by the people for what it is – a cynical ploy. Sinn Féin’s long standing position is that all our councillors in all areas will vote for the maximum reduction in the Family Home Tax.

“If elected to government after the next election Sinn Féin will scrap the tax. That is a 100% reduction in all counties.

“The Fine Gael source is clear that those in the wealthiest areas will be prioritised for this reduction.

“Last month I showed that the so-called ‘mansion tax’ element of the tax had brought in a tiny amount of only €2.5m. Clearly the lie that the Family Home Tax is in any way a progressive tax has been well and truly rubbished.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann described the annual Iveagh House lecture delivered tonight by US Congressman John Lewis in Dublin as ‘inspirational’.

The US Congressman was speaking to an audience, invited by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, about the US Civil Rights movement and its impact around the globe.

Former leader of the People’s Democracy movement in the North, Michael Farrell, also addressed the audience of human and civil rights activists, political activists, lawyers and academics.

Jennifer McCann said the lecture had been ‘hugely enjoyable and informative’.

“Congressman Lewis brought a wealth of information and personal experience to the lecture on the US Civil Rights movement and its struggle for equality,” she said.

“He emphasised the absolute need for equality and human rights for all to underpin society.

“He made the connections between the demands of the civil rights movements in the US and in Ireland.

“The audience included Geraldine and John Finucane, the wife and son of murdered human rights lawyer Pat Finucane, and the Congressman’s contribution on the importance of human rights was inspiring.”

Congressman Lewis is due to travel to the North later this week to meet with political parties and the priests of Clonard monastery.

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Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Lynn Boylan has today criticised Labour’s Education Minister for picking a fight with teachers this week instead of taking the conferences as an opportunity to learn about the negative impact of his budget decisions on the education system.

Lynn Boylan said:

“Building a positive relationship with teachers during a time of recession is a challenging prospect for any Education Minister. Over the last number of years teachers like all public sector workers have had their wages significantly reduced and those coming into the system are faced with short term contracts and lower rates of pay than their colleagues.

“That is the context against which this week’s teacher conferences have taken place. The Labour Minister’s response has been to pick a fight with teachers instead of taking the conferences as an opportunity to learn about the negative impact of his budget decisions on the education system.

“Teaching hours have increased as has the demand on teachers dealing with the fall out of Labour and Fine Gael’s socially regressive right wing austerity policies. Year after year Sinn Féin has published detailed and costed alternative budgets which met the government’s deficit reduction targets and sought to protect critical frontline services like education.

“Sinn Fein is fully committed to the delivery of an education system that serves all children equally and that is why we have chosen the Department of Education in the Assembly for three consecutive terms since 1998. We have worked hard to close the performance gap, increasing access and equality and transforming education management and resourcing frontline services and delivery.

“Despite £4 billion of cuts imposed by the British Tory government on the Executive and Assembly budget Sinn Fein in government identified expenditure savings which minimised cuts to education. Sinn Féin Education Minister John O’Dowd has, during his in term in office, secured substantial additional resources to reduce pressures on schools budgets.

“Politics and government is all about choices and as Social Justice Ireland and the OECD have shown it is the most vulnerable who have been targeted time and again by Labour and Fine Gael’s right wing austerity policies. Policies let’s not forget that were first set out by Fianna Fáil and adopted by the current government on taking up office in 2011.”

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