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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 MLA Pat Sheehan said thankfully no one was hurt in the reckless gun attack in the Whiterock area last night.

The West Belfast MLA said:

“Guns have no place on our streets and the fact that anyone in the house at the time could have been seriously injured or worse highlights the recklessness of this attack.   

“I have asked the PSNI about their claims that this is a hate crime when they had informed me that they do not know who was behind the attack. 

“While any attack is reprehensible we must establish the facts before claims like this are made which can stigmatise a community.

“All of the residents of the Whiterock area want to get on with their lives in peace without this type of incident.”


Sinn Féin EU candidate for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada has handed in her nomination papers at the office of the Returning Officer in Cork City today.

Ms Ní Riada was accompanied by Sinn Féin TDs Jonathan O’Brien and Sandra McLellan.

Speaking afterwards, Ní Riada said:

“I am very clear about who I want to represent.

“I will be Ireland’s voice in Europe not Europe’s voice in Ireland.

“I want to represent the downtrodden ordinary people who are suffering great hardship as a result of the ruthless austerity policies and a consensus for cuts being pushed by the power-that-be in the European Union and implemented with great relish here at home by the establishment parties.

“Fianna Fáil, Labour and Fine Gael are willing partners in the cosy consensus at the heart of politics in Ireland and in the European Union.

“MEPs from these parties have gone along with the Troika’s agenda in this state. They continue to remain silent as people suffer under the burden of these cuts, stealth taxes, and a crushing debt that is not theirs.

“It is clear that the social elements of EU policy have been eroded over the last decade. Ultimately, this is now leading to the decimation of our public services including our health and education systems.

“I will fight every day to help reverse that agenda.

“The policies of the EU must be reoriented to the betterment of ordinary people, the vulnerable and those facing poverty. 

“We are seeing our fair share of poverty with soup kitchens popping up all over this island. The shocking reality is that 16,000 in just one county in this constituency are going hungry.

“As an MEP for Ireland South, I will not fall silent while ordinary families bear the brunt of EU policies that are centred on the interests of the wealthy and the powerful.”


Sinn Féin Vice-Chair of the Assembly Enterprise Committee, Phil Flanagan MLA speaking about the latest Asda Income Tracker Report said:

“It is obvious that we must do more to lift people out of a life of poverty.

“The latest Asda Income Tracker shows that people in the north of Ireland have less disposable income than any part of Britain.

“Local families are struggling with an average disposable income of just £80 per week in comparison to £231 per household in London.

“This is the equivalent of just £11.40 to spend per day - less than the cost of a return train ticket from Belfast to Portadown (£12.50) or Derry (£17.50).

“Successive British governments have overseen the most unequal economy in Europe and families in the North of Ireland are consistently worse off than families anywhere in Britain.

“While local disposable income has begun to move in the right direction, increasing by £4 per week in comparison with last year’s figures, people still have less money in their pocket than they did in 2012. 

“In the past two years we have seen eleven food banks opened across the north and one in three people are struggling to meet housing costs. We must do more to lift people out of a life of poverty.

“Sinn Féin is seeking support from other parties for action on three areas which will increase peoples’ disposable income.

“Oppose the introduction of welfare cuts which are part of the right wing Tory/DUP austerity agenda to ensure that our welfare system protects rather than exploits the vulnerable and disadvantaged - introduce a living wage and reduce fuel and energy costs.

“The proposed welfare cuts would not only wipe out this meagre increase but would plunge people even further into abject poverty.” CRÍOCH/ENDS


Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Lynn Boylan was joined by her Campaign Manager and Deputy Leader of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald TD this morning to lodge her nomination papers in advance of the European and local elections on May 23rd.

Responding to questions put to her by the media Lynn Boylan said:

“With the local and European elections just a few weeks away government party HQs are clearly beginning to panic as their candidates are faced with real anger at the doors. Labour’s most recent lines of attack against Sinn Féin are particularly desperate reflecting their abysmal performance in government.

“Sinn Féin’s candidates if elected to the EU Parliament will stand up for Ireland in Europe. Recent polls indicate Sinn Féin’s political grouping GUE/NGL may be the third largest in the EU Parliament. Labour, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil MEPs along with their political groupings have copper fastened austerity, failed to adequately invest in real economic stimulus, are dismantling public service provision and have protected bondholders at every turn.

“Ireland, just like many other EU countries, is struggling with high levels of unemployment and low levels of investment.

“Citizens need serious parliamentarians who will fight their corner in Europe alongside progressive political parties.”

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