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1981 Hunger Striker and Sinn Féin MLA Pat Sheehan calls for a mass mobilisation for this year's National Hunger Strike Rally on the 3rd August in Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh. The West Belfast MLA who himself came close to death after spending 55 days on the 1981 Hunger Strike said this years rally is particularly special given the role the people of Fermanagh / South Tyrone played in the historic election of Bobby Sands as MP for the area.

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Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has condemned a vandalism attack on a church near Dungannon. 

Speaking after graffiti was daubed on the church on the Killyman Road overnight, the Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA said; 

"I condemn this attack on the Church of St Brigid in Killyman. 

"The PSNI have said they are treating this graffiti attack as hate crime. 

"All places of worship, regardless of the denomination, should be treated with respect. 

"I'm sure the entire local community will condemn this attack and I hope that it won't impact on the positive community relations in the area." 

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Speaking following the Barnardos Back to School Costs Survey published for this year, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien called on the new Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan to look at the results and address them as a matter of urgency.

Deputy O’Brien said;

“The results of this survey show that average sized families with two or three children are being hit with costs of thousands to send them to school.

“The idea we have free education in Ireland is a myth.

“Parents are either buying school books or paying for book rental schemes which charge high amounts.

“The previous Minister didn’t lift a finger to introduce rules to allow for generic school uniforms despite having the power to do so.

“Children from lower income families are missing out on school trips and extra-curricular activities that are the norm because their families simply cannot afford them.

“We have called for the regulation of voluntary contributions and the fact is, regardless of rules already in place, children are excluded when their parents can’t pay by having lockers withheld and being prevented from accessing after-school activities and so on.

“Ultimately, voluntary contributions must be eradicated; schools should not be forced to plug the funding gap from the state by pressuring parents for extra cash.

“We have previously called for the removal of 23% VAT on school ebooks and the government ignored it.

“The Minister has a responsibility to address all of these issues and I am calling upon Jan O’Sullivan to do so as a matter of urgency.”

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Sinn Féin’s deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA has called on society to stand together against those who are involved in hate crimes.

Speaking following coordinated attacks against the Romanian community in East Belfast over night and an attack on a DUP Councillors home in Coleraine Mr McGuinness said: 

“Overnight we have witnessed a number of hate crimes. These are wrong and to be condemned outright.

“The extent of the attacks in East Belfast strongly indicates a level of co-ordination targeting the Romanian community. 

“Further to this a third attack on the home of the DUP Councillor, George Duddy, is equally offensive.

“There can no room for racism or sectarianism in our society. 

“Our thoughts are with all of those who have suffered intolerance in these attacks. As a community we all must stand united against those who wish to engage in hate crimes and face these actions down.”

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Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Seán Crowe TD, has backed calls from the Palestinian Government and the UN for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. So far Israel has declined the ceasefire offers.

Speaking after one of bloodiest nights of Israeli bombings, Deputy Crowe said:

“Israel carried out 60 air strikes last night and more this morning. Since midnight over 100 Palestinians have killed by Israeli attacks, including entire families.

“Over 1,150 Palestinians have been killed, and some 6,700 have been injured, since Israel launched its brutal attacks on July 8th. According to reports over three-quarters have been innocent civilians and children.

“UNICEF’s Head of Office in Gaza, and a specialist in child protection during emergencies, Pernille Ironside, has stated that there is nowhere safe for children and their families in Gaza.

“Israel has also destroyed the power plant in Gaza and there is a severe shortage of water, oil, and gas. While residents only had a couple of hours of electricity a day before, that has now been taken from them and the humanitarian crisis is growing more and more severe by the day.

“Israel should agree to this offer of a humanitarian truce and work towards lifting the siege on Gaza so the international community can help avert this humanitarian crisis.”

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Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South Central Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said that serious questions need to be answered by the Minister for Health and National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB)  in relation to the way contracts for engineering and design of the new €650 million Children's Hospital at the St James's Hospital site have been awarded.

The latest revelation, in the Mail on Sunday at the weekend, that there were question marks over the awarding of the mechanical and electrical engineering contract, follows questions as how the contract for the architectural works was granted to the company who submitted the flawed plans for the original Mater site. 

Responding to the latest news Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Once again there seems to be chaos, incompetence or worse in the public tendering process. Given the history of this project I find it incredible that simple procedural processes such as a public tendering seem to open to question. This must be got right to ensure there are no additional costs or delays in delivering this much needed, and long-awaited, National Paediatric Hospital.

“In order for this to be the case, the Minister must step in and ask the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board (NPHDB) to substantively address any criticisms and flaws that existed in the original tendering process for contracts and, if needs be, start the tendering process again.”

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Sinn Féin councillor Sean McGlinchey has condemned those responsible for paint bomb attacks on the homes of DUP Councillor, George Duddy and others in Coleraine last night.

Councillor McGlinchey said:

"I condemn without reservation those responsible for this activity. There is no place in our society for those who attempt to intimidate others for whatever reason. 

There is no justification or excuse for such anti-community activity and I call on those involved to cease. 

"Anyone with information about any attacks whether on elected representatives - no matter their political affiliation - or on members of the public should give that information to the PSNI."

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The rules for the next round of European funding for the north and the border region must make it accessible to the most marginalised sections in society, said Sinn Féin Junior Minister Jennifer McCann MLA.

Speaking today, as she submitted Sinn Féin 's response to the consultation on the new Peace IV and Interreg V programmes, she said that the party welcomed proposals in the draft operational programme to simplify and speed up the processes of application and receipt of funds post project approval.

However Jennifer McCann also raised some serious concerns about how some sectors would be able to receive funding. 

"We are concerned that in the case of former political prisoners' groups, who have carried out sterling work funded by these programmes in the past, that - unlike in Peace III - they are not named as a target group this time around. The important work of these groups must continue to be supported and funded through the Peace IV programme."

"Similarly, despite a very positive response in the first consultation for a focus being put on the Irish language, there is no reference to an Ghaeilge at all in this latest draft.

“Irish is an important cultural symbol of identity to many here, but in addition, work ongoing in places like East Belfast show that it can be a powerful tool for cross community sharing and building mutual understanding - the exact values these programmes are about".

Ms McCann concluded:

"We will continue to raise these issues, and we look forward to the opening of the new programmes and we will work with local groups in applying for, and hopefully accessing, much needed funds to help build co-ooperation and reconciliation between all our communities.”

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