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Sinn Féin’s Roscommon South Leitrim by-election candidate Councillor Martin Kenny has announced that the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle will be meeting in Strokestown, County Roscommon tomorrow (Saturday 20th September).

Councillor Kenny said that he was delighted that members of the party’s leadership would be joining him on the campaign trail on Saturday afternoon.

Councillor Kenny said;

“I want to welcome the fact that the Ard Chomhairle meeting is taking place in Strokestown, County Roscommon tomorrow.

“I am delighted that members of the party leadership including Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Deputy Party Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD, Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, MEP Matt Carthy and the North’s Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill will be joining me on the campaign trail on Saturday afternoon.

“Roscommon and South Leitrim has been failed by politics in the past – failed and let down by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael led governments. Promises have been broken. The area has never been a priority for job creation or investment. People are living with second class public services and undrinkable water.

“Sinn Féin is committed to delivering real improvements to people’s standards of living and quality of life. We are putting forward an alternative based on fairness, equality and Irish Unity.

“I will be asking voters to endorse this alternative by electing a Sinn Féin TD for Roscommon South Leitrim to strengthen Sinn Féin Dáil team that is leading the way in standing up for you and holding the government to account.” ENDS

Note to editors:

The Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle will take place at the Percy French Hotel Strokestown tomorrow Saturday 20th September.


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has condemned Independent Newspapers for misrepresenting a discussion on recent statements by Dublin City Manager as Sinn Féin policy.

The discussion was relating to the City Manager recently floating the idea of using prefabricated units to deal with the high numbers of people requiring emergency accommodation due to high rents and a shortage of council housing.

Deputy Ellis said;

“The Independent has misrepresented this discussion between members as a statement of support for this idea. It was not. Sinn Féin policy on the social housing crisis is clear.

“The solution to the social housing crisis is a significant long term investment by the state into the provision of social housing. In short we need more houses because that is what has caused all these problems, a shortage of affordable and good quality homes for those who need them.

“In May we released a document detailing how we would spend 1 billion euro from the Strategic Investment Fund to build at least 6600 new homes. We would also establish arms-length housing trusts under Local Authorities in order to better access credit to build more houses.

“The construction of more homes will see rents stabilise across the board and homelessness figures drop.

“The City Manager's proposal discussed in this correspondence is not fully formed and has not been put before any council. Sinn Féin knows that emergency accommodation is at capacity.

“Homelessness groups like Focus and the Peter McVerry Trust have told us that they have never experienced such high demand for their support. We will consider and debate any policy which seeks to address this lack of emergency accommodation but always demand that any solution provides warm, spacious and secure accommodation.”



Speaking following the Scottish independence referendum, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said;

“The people of Scotland engaged in an informed and respectful debate and have made their choice.

“This decision demonstrates that the people are sovereign and that change is possible.

“The union is no longer fixed, it is in the ownership of the people.

“It will now be up to the Westminster based parties to make good on their promises of full fiscal and policy transfer to Scotland.

“I note this morning the British Prime Minister David Cameron promised that powers to be transferred to Scotland would also be extended to the Stormont Executive.

“The North faces unique economic and social challenges as it emerges from conflict, decades of under investment by successive British governments and the inter-related and independent nature of the all-Ireland economy.

“It should be noted that the imposition of Tory welfare cuts on the people of Scotland was an issue in the referendum. There is a need for the administrations in Scotland and the North to have full control over these matters and protect the most vulnerable in society.

“Sinn Féin is up to the challenge of using the full suite of fiscal powers to grow the economy and reinvest in our people, our enterprises and in our public services.

“The turnout in the referendum in Scotland demonstrated the power of engagement and democracy.

“The Good Friday Agreement provided for a Border Poll. It is time for the people who share this island to have a respectful and informed debate with regard to Irish Unity or continued partition.

“The people here, like our Scottish cousins, should be provided the opportunity in a Border Poll to determine the constitutional position. That is democratic way forward.”



Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has reiterated his call for the transfer of full fiscal powers to the North. 

Speaking after the result of the Scottish referendum, the Sinn Féin economic spokesperson said; 

"During the debate ahead of the poll there was a focus on the prospect of additional financial powers for Scotland, particularly fiscal powers. 

"It is now up to the Westminster parties to fulfil the commitments made to the Scottish people. 

"Sinn Féin will also be seeking the transfer of full fiscal powers to the Assembly. 

"We have already delivered additional powers with the transfer of policing and justice and this has been successful. 

"The next logical step is the transfer of fiscal powers. 

"We face a number of unique economic challenges in the north as we emerge from conflict and decades of underinvestment by successive British governments, and the interlinked nature of the economies across the island. 

"At present, decisions on trade, employment and investment in the North are made at Westminster to suit the needs of the British economy rather than the economy of the North. 

"We want to change that. Unionists, however, do not have the political will to take responsibility and do the right thing by our economy and communities here. 

"They want the privileges of devolution without the responsibility that power brings. 

"Sinn Féin is committed to seeing full fiscal powers in the hands of locally elected and accountable elected representatives who will make decisions for the benefit of communities."


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the revision of rules for horse identification and registration in the wake of last year’s horsemeat scandal.

A Commission proposal to revise the rules for the identification of horses was endorsed yesterday by EU Member States' experts.

Ms Anderson worked extensively during the last EU Parliamentary term for a revision of official controls and regulations in food safety to eliminate potential risks and to prevent any repeat of the horsemeat scandal.

“This revised Regulation provides a more reliable and safer European system for the registration and identification of horses in the EU. One of the basic aims is to prevent the inadvertent or fraudulent slaughter for human consumption of horses which must be excluded from the food chain.

“We have to enhance the safeguards which prevent fraudsters from damaging the excellent reputation of our food change by placing non-food quality horse meat on our plates.


Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey was selected tonight to contest the West Belfast in next year’s Westminster election. Paul Maskey succeeded party leader Gerry Adams when he won the seat in a by election in 2011. 

Paul Maskey said tonight it was vital that his party stood firm against Tory plans to impose welfare cuts on the North.

Mr Maskey said:

“We are taking the lead in challenging the Tory welfare cuts, we are the party who will block the welfare cuts, we are the party who will protect working families, the working poor, we will protect the unemployed and those with disabilities.

“Next week I will be attending the British Labour party conference and I will be making it very clear to Labour MPs and party activists that we will oppose any effort to impose welfare cuts on the people of the North.”

This is the full text of Paul Maskey’s speech to Sinn Féin activists tonight in the Felon’s Club.

It’s a great honour and a privilege to be selected to contest the West Belfast Westminster seat on behalf of Sinn Féin for a second time.

It’s also a great privilege to be a member of the most vibrant and largest party on this island and standing this evening with the hardest party workers here in west Belfast.

Tonight we are embarking on another election campaign, for an election that will take place in May. I would rather be going door to door tonight asking people to make their way to the polling station to vote for Irish independence like so many people in Scotland today but that will only happen for us with electoral strength.

That’s what we in this room are about, building that strength and building Irish unity.

As the debate in Scotland has demonstrated there is a strong and convincing argument to be made for independence, an argument that even one-time opponents of the concept of independence find they can buy into.

Therefore our party will continue to demand a border poll to put the case for Irish unity and independence to the electorate. It’s a debate we can win and it’s clear that our enemies fear us putting our case about the benefits of Irish unity to the people.

Stability and equality are today the foremost threats to Britain’s claim to this part of Ireland. Stability, because it will remove all of the distractions that prevent people from focussing on the issues that matter. Equality, because it attacks the discriminatory culture that held this state together.

When Peter Robinson complains that the Executive is not fit for purpose he of course means that it isn’t fit for any useful unionist purpose. It has been structured to prevent unionist domination and misrule. It has been designed to ensure that unionist politicians can’t buy support with the modern-day equivalent of a job in the shipyard or a council house.

And so the unionist vote has fallen into decline.

We might have expected a fightback from the unionist leadership but nothing has materialised. Unionist people, who like us, find their living standards under daily attack from millionaire London-based Tory politicians might have expected their elected representatives to stand against the austerity programme. These people will have been frustrated by the readiness of unionist politicians to support a Tory agenda.

Almost daily you can pick up a newspaper and read of a crisis pertaining to one area of government or another. It can’t all be dismissed as inept ministerial management.

At some stage even the most stubborn unionist will have to consider the possibility that the so-called union is failing us all.

Here in West Belfast it is easy for republicans to become complacent ahead of a Westminster election. Retaining the seat simply isn’t enough. In order to move matters forward we have to win in resounding fashion. We have to do what it takes to win every possible vote and that work must start immediately.

Make no mistake; we can stand before the electorate in this constituency with confidence because we have delivered on past promises.

Sinn Féin has transformed West Belfast. Where once there was a shameful lack of investment we have ensured that this constituency is moving forward.

For those that say nothing changes we should urge them to take a drive around the constituency.

Take a look at the Falls Leisure Centre after a  £6m investment. Just look at the new Dunville Park after £2m in investment.

Look at the new social houses throughout the area.

Work has begun on the new Rapid Transit system, £100m being spent between west and east Belfast.

The Social Investment Fund of over £12m will be coming on line soon and part of that is creating 200 jobs over the next two years.

St Comgall’s will be redeveloped to the value of £7m.

Colaiste Feirste has received £12m for new school buildings starting this year.

There have been road realignments and environmental projects throughout west Belfast improving the infrastructure and creating a welcome environment costing over £8m in areas such as Falls, Upper Springfield, Upper Falls and Colin areas.

A new Irish school in Twinbrook cost £1.5m plus over £2m went to St Gerard’s new school.

The finance secured for a new leisure centre in Andersonstown for £19m and £10m for a new leisure centre at the Brooke Activity Centre.

There has been over £1m secured for the Colinglen Forest Park attracting more people to the park.

Take a look at the unemployment register, 974 fewer people claiming unemployment in the last 12 months.

We are the leading party challenging the Tory welfare cuts, we are the party who will block the welfare cuts, we are the party who will protect the working families, the working poor, we will protect the unemployed and will protect those with disabilities.

These are just a few of the issues we have worked and delivered on. There are far too many for me to cover here this evening but our councillors, MLAs, the MP’s office and our activists have changed the landscape of west Belfast over many years and we like no one else will continue to do so as there is a lot more to do.

It is up to all of us between now and Election Day to make sure that not a single voter is left in any doubt as to what we have done in this constituency on their behalf.

We will ignore the small number of negative voices that complain about change and will instead point up the many benefits - to all of the things we have delivered.

We will challenge political opponents who might be critical of aspects of our work to explain how they would have done things differently. Nobody gets off the hook. We are after every vote.

There is a lot to do but the prize has never been bigger. It has been an honour and privilege to serve as Sinn Féin MP in this constituency. It is an honour to have been selected by you to run again for Westminster. It is a much greater honour though to be a republican activist at this pivotal time in our country’s history. 


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said all avenues for cross-border co-operation must be explored. 

Speaking at a conference to launch a tool-kit for cross-border co-operation at the European Parliament, Ms Anderson said; 

"Following partition we went from a single unit to two jurisdictions, two currencies and three administrations in Belfast, Dublin and London. 

"Research shows that because Ireland's natural hinterland was divided, communities living along the border are twice as likely to suffer from poverty. 

"Despite having duplication of statutory departments and agencies across the island, our economies are interlinked and interdependent. 

"Huge amounts of money, time and energy are expended as a result of this duplication. This is not in the best interests of citizens whether they live in Derry or Cork. 

"There is no advantage for an island of 6.4 million people on the edge of Europe having separate tax regimes, legal and regulatory systems, different economic development agencies and competing investment policies. 

"Co-operation is an absolute necessity for businesses and communities across the island. 

"Europe can play a key role in building capacity to deliver cross-border co-operation across a range of sectors."


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has welcomed the figures released today which show stronger than expected economic growth describing them as very impressive.

Deputy Doherty said the government should now make a commitment not to bring in water charges.

Speaking today he said;

“Today’s figures are very impressive and very welcome news.

“They provide further opportunity for the government to do the right thing.

“The Government should make the tax system fair, protect our public services and reverse the most brutal cuts they have introduced.

“A commitment should now be given that water charges will not be introduced.

“The government cannot talk of a neutral budget if it is planning to charge people hundreds of euro on another austerity tax.”


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