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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 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.


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.”



Speaking following the events of the teacher conferences over the past few days, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD said it was clear that there is now a massive gulf between the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn and the teachers expected to deliver the Minister’s reforms.

The Cork North Central TD said:

“Having attended the teacher conferences over the past few days, it is now very clear that there is a massive gulf between the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn and the teachers expected to deliver the Minister’s reforms.

“Given the pressure teachers are under to deliver for students while facing increasing cutbacks to the education sector, it is not surprising that they would have a fairly strong reaction to the Minister’s contributions.

“I am very concerned that the Minister has floated the idea that Higher Level Maths should be made a requirement for teaching at primary level.

“The students who study for primary teaching degrees come from the top 15% of Leaving Cert students and the work that they put in should not be undermined or diminished by an ill-thought out notion that that their 460 or 550 points don’t have the same value because they didn’t take honours maths.

“The Minister hasn’t stated what this is based on and I would call on the Government to ensure that education policy is based on evidence and best practice and I am unconvinced that teachers taking honours maths at Leaving Cert is an antidote to the deficiencies in teacher training or the lack of additional learning support for maths that are intensive and individualised.

“Last year teachers were forced to accept Haddington Road and now between this proposal and the Minister continuing to push through Junior Cert reforms without the necessary resources and training, I am very concerned as to how this is going to play out.

“I am calling on the Minister to set aside his differences with the unions and sit down and talk with the teachers who he is expecting to deliver his reforms.”


Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has called on farmers and rural businesses to sign up to Broadband Enabling Technology, which could provide speeds of up to 2Mbps.

 Ms. McGahan said,

 “At present there is no high speed broadband in rural areas and while it is imperative that we continue to campaign to have it implemented I welcome the latest initiative from BT. 

 “Using Broadband Enabling Technology (BET) BT may be able to provide a broadband service of 2Mbps over their existing line for farmers or other registered businesses.

 “While these speeds are not as fast as high end speeds currently experienced elsewhere they do offer a broadband service to areas where none currently exist.

 “I would urge farmers and rural businesses to check out if they are eligible to access the service by completing the eligibility form on

 “I have also contacted BT and asked them to provide an alternative application method as many people looking to apply don’t have Internet to download the application.

 “This stopgap cannot be a substitute for proper high speed broadband that rural communities deserve and Sinn Féin will continue to work until these communities get equality in infrastructure to attract inward investment and give householders the same access to the Internet as everyone else.”

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