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Westminster Election Manifesto 2015


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This manifesto represents Sinn Féin's commitment to the electorate. It is our vow to continue to resist the disastrous agenda of Tory austerity in Ireland. It is our pledge to defend the most vulnerable, to protect public services and deliver a new and better future for this society.

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Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin said today that Jim Wells has made the right decision in stepping down as Minister for Health.

Maeve McLaughlin said:

“Mr Wells has clearly been under increased pressure as a result of his wife’s serious illness and his decision to step down was the right thing to do.

“However, his position as Health Minister was clearly untenable after his attack on the LGBT community which was completely unacceptable from someone holding the position of Health Minister. 

“The public wants equality in health provision. They want a health minister who will leave their religious beliefs at the door and run the health service for all.

“Outdated and discriminatory practices are not acceptable. 

The DUP should end its opposition immediately to marriage equality blood donations from gay men and to adoption by gay couples.”

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‎Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has called for cross party support for marriage equality ahead of a debate in the Assembly tomorrow. 

Ms Fearon said;

"Marriage equality threatens no one. 

"It gives gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people equal rights under the law in relation to marriage. 

"Sinn Féin is currently campaigning for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum in the South.

“Giving all couples equal marriage rights under the law does not threaten anyone’s beliefs, religious or otherwise. 

"Churches are free to define marriage as they wish but the state has a duty to treat all citizens equally.

“The Assembly needs to send out a clear message to the LGB&T community that it will support their rights particularly  in the light of the disgraceful comments by the health minister in South Down on Thursday night. 

"This is an equality issue and Sinn Féin is calling on all the local parties to support our motion on marriage equality which will be debated in the Assembly on Monday."

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Sinn Féin councillor Gemma McKenna has called on the IFA to investigate an alleged sectarian attack involving football supporters on a bar in Portadown.

‎Speaking after an incident at a bar in Portadown where customers and staff were allegedly attacked by Linfield fans and windows broken, councillor McKenna said;

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‎"This attack was shocking and disgraceful. 

"It is the second such incident in Portadown in less than 12 months. 

"Following a previous incident my party colleagues and I raised concerns with the PSNI over policing around matches and how fans were policed travelling to and from the ground.  

"We will also be raising this latest incident with the PSNI to discuss what measures can be put in place to prevent a repeat of such attacks in the future.

"I would also call on the IFA to investigate the matter, as they have done on previous occasions when fans have been involved in allegedly sectarian incidents." ‎ 

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Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Seán Crowe TD, has stated his concern for Ibrahim Halawa after his trial in Egypt was postponed again.

Deputy Seán Crowe said:

"I am very concerned for the health and well being of Ibrahim Halawa.

"He has been in jail for over 600 days and faces no prospects of a fair trial in Egypt.

"I again call on An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to contact directly the Egyptian President with a view to securing the release of Ibrahim Halawa and allow his safe return to his family in Dublin."

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Sinn Féin's Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Seán Crowe TD, sends his condolences to those affected by Nepal's huge earthquake which has claimed the lives of over 1,900 people.

Deputy Seán Crowe said:

"The scale of the destruction and the death toll are immense.

"I send my condolences to all those affected.

"Nepal is a popular destination for Irish tourists and I know that the Department of Foreign Affairs are eagerly trying to contact any Irish people in the country.

"Aid workers are bravely working to remove rubble and save lives, including those from Irish NGOs.

"I urge people to do all they can to support these rescue efforts."

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Gerry Adams said:

"It is now clear that the Government has been involved in a cover up of the emerging IBRC scandal.

"Since 2012, Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty has raised queries regarding the various deals which saw debt write downs of debt by IBRC.

"When he asked how much IBRC had written off in debt forgiveness, he was consistently told that the overall total was commercially sensitive.

"And today, the Sunday Times reports that there was a surge in share activity a month before IBRC received the first bids in a confidential sale process for Siteserv.

"This obviously raises very serious questions for the Government. 

"The Taoiseach's response to this scandal has served to make the situation worse and to cause further concern among citizens. His  response has been to deny all knowledge of these issue.

"The decision to appoint liquidators who also acted for SiteServ to conduct a review has merely led to further cynicism about the Government's approach.

"The Taoiseach has the opportunity to redeem himself in this affair by establishing a Commission of Investigation. That remains the best way to get to the bottom of this scandal."

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Sinn Féin's Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise Peadar Tóibin has emphasised the importance of an independent inquiry into the Siteserv scandal as futher revelations on the sale of the company to Denis O'Brien owned Milligont, at a huge loss to the Irish taxpayer, continue to emerge. 

Following revelations today of a surge in trade activity of Siteserve shares, a month prior to IBRC receiving the first bids in a confidential sale process for the company in 2011, Deputy Tóibín said;

“These revelations expose further reasons for concern in the Siteserv saga. Such an increase in trading could certainly deemed unusual, and it is imperative that this be investigated, and that all the identities of the share buyers be made public.

“This latest update serves to underline the many inconsistencies, obscurities and peculiarities that pepper the Siteserv scandal. It is increasingly obvious that an in-house investigation proposed by Minister Noonan is wholly inadequate.

“That KPMG liquidators have been appointed to conduct the review has won widespread disbelief, as the company also acted for Siteserv. This disbelief was echoed by Alan Dukes himself who expressed amusement at the choice of liquidator.

“Sinn Féin have called for a Commission of Investigation into the matter, an investigation that is not just limited to the IBRC and Siteserv. The dozens of other large debt write downs to big businesses by Nama and AIB must also be examined.

“The unusual hike in Siteserv shares must also be investigated, however this likely will not be within the remit of Minister Noonan's inquiry into IBRC, again exposing the limitations of this inquiry of convenience.

“The people of Ireland have a right to transparency and accountability, and to know whether their taxes were wisely spent or squandered as the country was reeling from the economic meltdown brought about by Fianna Fáil.”

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD was in north Belfast this morning canvassing with party candidate Gerry Kelly.

Speaking during the canvas the Sinn Féin leader said:

“This is one of the most important elections in recent years.

“Whichever party or parties make up the next British government all are committed to an intensification of austerity. The Tories have stated their intention to cut £12 billion more out of welfare and Labour have also promised more austerity.

“The next British government will seek to impose further cuts to the block grant.

“The Unionist parties have conservative policies and support the Tories.

“I would appeal to working-class unionists to reflect on the fact that the unionist parties do not represent their economic interests.

“Unionist parties all back a Tory EU referendum that could see Britain leave the European Union with disastrous consequences for jobs and for the economy. Sinn Féin is the only party in the north to have taken a clear stand against austerity.

“We are determined to oppose future cuts and to demand the restoration of the one and a half billion already taken from the block grant.

“We have a proven record of building the economy and targeting investment to frontline services and protecting the most vulnerable.

“Gerry Kelly is part of a strong Sinn Féin team. He will be relentless in seeking the best deal for all our people. This election is an opportunity to take a stand against the Westminster politics of austerity and for a vision of a united, prosperous, equal and inclusive Ireland.

“After the election we will be seeking an immediate negotiation with the incoming British Government to restore the budget and protect public services and to gain full control over our economy. 

“A vote for Sinn Féin and the election of Gerry Kelly will strengthen our hand.”

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Speaking today Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly has commented that it is bizarre that Fianna Fáil members are this weekend passing motions criticising policies and cuts which they themselves implemented before they were ignominiously forced out of office in 2011.

Senator Reilly said;

“I find it abhorrent that the Fianna Fáil membership can pass motions at their Ard Fheis this weekend criticising government policies and cuts when they themselves acted the exact same way before they were thrown out of office.”

“The first motion put to the floor criticised this government’s treatment of the elderly, the young, and the disabled. Without a doubt this government deserves to be castigated for their treatment of all these citizens, and many more, but it is the height of irony that Fianna Fáil are raising this issue when they attacked these very same groups when they were in government.”

“Such a statement highlights the absolute arrogance of a party who led the country into economic meltdown. Ironically, for a party that believe they are born to rule, the Soldiers of Destiny proved themselves incredibly bad at it when they got the chance.”

“Fianna Fáil should not be let off lightly by paying mere lip service to the people they disadvantaged and oppressed the most when they were in power. Neither should we as a nation forget the legacy of their actions when they were in power; corruption, nepotism, jobbery, clientelism, negligence of social responsibility, golden circles, and many more.”

“This weekend we have seen a party who are politically afraid and who are taking their fear out by attacking Sinn Féin. This is born of a fear of a genuine Republican party who stand up for the Irish people and have conviction in their beliefs. Fianna Fáil can attack Sinn Féin all they want in their effort to fight back against the wave of irrelevance which has overcome them; we are confident that the electorate will neither forgive nor forget what they did to this country.”

“All the while Sinn Féin will continue to grow and do right by the all people of Ireland.”

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