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A Fair Recovery Is Possible

Sinn Féin has launched a state wide campaign for a Fair Recovery. The campaign will involve a series of public meetings and the distribution of close to one million leaflets door to door.

This campaign is about setting out some of Sinn Féin’s priorities and to start a debate about the future, about what type of country and society we want to live in, about equality, and the type of recovery we want.

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Some sights and sounds from the Annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown, Co. Kildare on June 21, 2015. Main speaker Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD. During the course of her speech she talked about the need for a fair economic recovery north and south; demanded the British to come clean about collusion; and expressed solidarity with the people of Greece.

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Speaking today in response to the Nevin Economic Research Institute’s (NERI) report into the levels of emigration amongst young people since the start of the economic crisis, Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly agreed with NERI director Tom Healy in his analysis that “were it not for emigration, unemployment today might be only moderately less – if at all – than what it was at its peak in 2012”.

Senator Reilly said:

“I have said for some time now that the youth unemployment crisis in Ireland is far more pronounced than this government wants to admit. Only last week, I stressed the seriousness of the youth crisis here with the European Commission in Brussels.”

“Emigration has led to reduced youth unemployment levels in Ireland, and it has also led to drops in the number of young people in the labour force and the number of young people in employment.”  

“We have seen a slight pick-up in employment levels over the past few years but this has mainly been amongst older workers, over the age of 35. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for younger workers; in fact there are now 29,800 less young people, under the age of 24, in-employment since this government took office.

“If we are serious about keeping our young people at home, and enticing our emigrant’s back, it is crucial that we move towards investing in our young people, in the creation of quality jobs in a long-term perspective.”

“A genuine effort should be immediately made to encourage young entrepreneurs and provide easier access to credit, a focus on further funding emerging and potential employment sectors, and adequate investment in the public sector and state services, these are just some of the areas which Fine Gael and Labour should be looking at to address the current youth crisis in Ireland.

“In order to create quality jobs and genuinely reduce youth unemployment levels, we need to have intelligent investment in our young people. The failure to do so, as I have previously stated, will be more emigration and less people in-employment, and that outcome will have severely adverse effects on the Irish economy and Irish society in the future.” 


Reacting to emails obtained by the Corporate Europe Observatory, Sinn Feín MEP, Lynn Boylan today said,

‘In spite of the European Commission’s many attempts to play down the TTIP threat to EU regulation of GM products, these emails reveal that meetings between GM lobbyists and the Commission reps have taken place and ‘seed trade issues’ were discussed.

‘The US has been crystal clear in its intentions to weaken GMO laws in Europe and these revelations merely confirm citizens’ fears that the Commission’s actions in the TTIP negotiations are at the behest of corporate influence rather than representing their views.

‘The Commission’s claims that EU laws on GMOs will not be touched are increasingly looking deceiving and weak and it should come clean on what exactly was discussed or promised in these meetings.

‘As the European Parliament prepares to vote on TTIP this week, this is yet another reason why I will be voting no to a trade deal which is being negotiated on behalf of industries and not the people of Europe.’


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has slammed news that retired senior politicians and civil servants will be receiving increases in their pensions, many of which are already in excess of €100,000, in a side deal stemming from the Lansdowne Road public-sector pay deal.

Reacting to Minister Brendan Howlin’s claims yesterday, that he was powerless to stop the increases from taking effect, Deputy McDonald said:

“It is disgraceful that a side deal like this has been agreed. It is a side deal away from the Lansdowne Road Agreement. It puts a different complexion on what has been agreed in total by the government. While there has been modest relief on low and middle incomes, there are much greater rewards for those on the top of the tree.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that former ministers and taoisigh will get an increase on what are already excessive and indefensible pension payments. Minister Howlin needs to get the finger out and he needs to do something about it.

“As Minister Howlin has been very quick to introduce emergency legislation to take money from those earning very little, there is nothing to say to say that he can’t stop these increases on what are already huge state pensions. He needs to tell us what he is going to do to sort out this intolerable position. He can’t stand over this.”


Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has welcomed the Parades Commission decision on a contentious section of an Orange Order parade past Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales. 

Mr Kelly said; 

"I welcome this determination from the Parades Commission on the evening leg of the July 12th parade which passes though Ardoyne, Mountainview and the Dales. It is the right decision and is consistent with determinations from recent years. 

"The Orange Order's refusal to accept a similar determination from 2013 and the ongoing presence of Camp Twaddell has exacerbated tensions in the area. 

"The continuation of that protest, combined with the nightly parades all contributed to this determination. 

"The Parades Commission have now made their determination and that should be respected by all. 

"All elected representatives and community leaders should be working towards a peaceful summer for all the people of the Greater Ardoyne and Woodvale areas."


Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has said Tory plans to cut Working and Child Tax Credits would have devastating consequences for local families and the economy. 

The West Tyrone MP said; 

"The Tories are likely to cut tax credits as part of the further cuts expected in this week's budget. 

"The vast majority of people who receive these credits are working families with low incomes which would be yet another example of the Tories targeting the poor. 

"Wednesday’s Budget is likely cut tax credits back to 2003 levels, which would result in families seeing a reduction in their income by an average of £1,400 per year. 

"In terms of my own constituency of West Tyrone, an average cut of £1,400 per year in the income of the 9,100 families in receipt of Tax Credits would see a reduction of £12,700,000 in the combined income of these families. 

"This would not only increase financial hardship to those families but would also have a knock-on impact on the local economy. 

"Sinn Féin is engaging intensively with progressive forces both locally and in Britain to build an effective campaign of opposition and to force a change in the trajectory of this Tory policy.” 


Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has said that the “government’s strategy for tackling trolley waiting numbers is failing patients and putting enormous stress on staff. Last Friday Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda had the highest waiting numbers in the state with 46 patients on trolleys. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation in its monthly report assessing trolley waits, ranks OLOL second only behind Beaumont hospital for the worst trolley numbers for the 12 months between June 2014 and June 2015.”

Teachta Adams said:

“There is a consistent pattern which emerges clearly in the INMO’s figures. In June 7,775 citizens waited on trolleys. This is the highest ever number of trolley waits in the last 12 years and a 51% increase over last year.

Despite claims by the government that it is tackling this issue and investing more money in health care June 2015 was the 12th month in a row which saw an increase in the level of overcrowding. At 728 the figures for patients on trolley between June 2014-15 in OLOL was up 42% on the previous year.

Last October the government provided an additional €635 million to the HSE. This was less than half of what it had asked for. Minister Varadkar is now talking about the HSE needing an additional one billion.

Despite the hard work of staff, Our Lady of Lourdes continues to have numbers in the Emergency department that are close to those normally seen in winter time.

Clearly the statistics released by the INMO confirm that the strategy adopted by the Minister for Health is not working. More investment is needed. I support the INMO view that ‘what is now required is emergency, sustained additional, funding for our health service’.

Urgent action is needed. It should include:

  • Immediate steps to recruit the required additional staff.

  • the re-opening of long stay and continuing care beds.

  • Additional resources to expand the role of the nurse in the acute care and in enhanced community services.

  • More acute beds and step down facilities must be established.”


Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has said that the rise in calls to the Free Legal Advice Centre regarding concerns about rights in housing underlines the failure of the government to tackle the housing crisis or even the distress caused by their inaction. He made his comments following the release of figures by FLAC which show an increase of 82% in the number of calls to their service regarding housing issues.

Deputy Ellis said:

“For four years, the government has failed to tackle the shortage in affordable private rental properties and social housing. They have pursued policies which have actually increase hardship for renters and even pushed people into homelessness. We have over 1000 children in emergency accommodation today because of the government’s cuts to rent supplement and other vital social welfare payments coupled with a failure to tackle exorbitant rent rates.

“The government has also failed to bring in necessary reforms to provide tenants with the support they need when at risk of losing their home. The Threshold-run support for tenants at risk has helped, but the approach by the government has been too disjointed and many tenants simply do not know their rights or how to find out about their options. There is not even any legal requirement for landlords to notify local authorities of impending evictions and the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) has had to cut spending as they receive no government funding at all.

“We need a strengthened PRTB with annual funding that manages a deposit retention scheme and rent tribunals to bring rent levels under control. This needs to happen in conjunction with the building, refurbishing and purchase of thousands of social housing units is the only way to end the crisis.

“The government, and in particular the Labour Party, have failed to deliver on a promise to bring in Rent Certainty before the summer, and with less than a fortnight until the Dáil rises for the summer, no such legislation has been published.” 


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‘There isn’t much use in the Taoiseach coming on a propaganda visit to Rossaveal, when his government’s policies are driving fishermen out of the industry’ according to Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

The Galway West/South Mayo Sinn Féin spokesperson made these remarks as the Taoiseach prepares to visit Rossaveal harbour today:

‘We’ll be hearing a lot of pre-election promises from the government over the next couple of months, but why hasn’t he visited Rossaveal in the last four and a half years?

‘It is ironic that he is coming now in the week when another boat, the Maggie C, is being sold off and leaving the port and as local fishermen are leaving the industry in their droves.

‘Fishermen are telling me that they are not getting any fair play from the state and that as a result very few younger fishermen are entering the profession as many more are retiring, or giving up. They are not getting a fair deal in relation to quotas, tonnage and regulation in a European context.

‘The criminal penalties, which this government promised to address, are still in place and are making criminals of fishermen and women who have only had minor administrative infringements. That is wrong and the Taoiseach should have ensured that something was done about them.

‘We have a brand spanking new pier in Inishmore with no fishing boats pulling up there because of the high landing charges. And, even though this is an island where every family was involved in fishing in the past, only two young people have entered the industry in recent years.

‘When a boat leaves a harbour they take with them five or six direct jobs. But the tens of thousands of euro they spend annually in local shops is also lost, the fish they provided to local processors is gone, the people who fix their nets lose another vital customer and there are serious implications for the local co-operative and the wider industry as well.

‘Instead of speaking out of both sides of his mouth the Taoiseach should be taking action to ensures these fishermen have an sustainable income and that younger fishermen are encouraged to come into the industry.’

Gníomh ar son iascairí ag teastáil seachas deá-chaint ón dTaoiseach – Ó Clochartaigh

‘Tá sé fánach an ag Taoiseach a bheith ag teacht ar thuras bolscaireachta go Ros a’Mhíl nuair atá polasaithe an rialtais ag díbirt iascairí áitiúla amach as an tionscal’, a deir an Seanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

Deir urlabhraí Shinn Féin i nGaillimh Thiar/Maigh Eo theas an méid seo agus an Taoiseach le cuairt a thabhairt ar chalafort Ros a’Mhíl inniu:

‘Beidh cuid mhaith gealluntais réamhthoghcháin againn anois ón rialtas, ach nach maith nár tháinig sé ar chuairt go Ros a ‘Mhíl le cheithre bliana go leith?

‘Tá sé íorónach go bhfuil sé ag teacht anois agus bád eile, an Maggie C, dhá díol agus ag fágáil an chalafoirt an tseachtain seo agus iascairí go h-áitiúil ag fágáil an tionscal as éadan’.

‘Deireann na h-iascairí liomsa nach bhfuil siad ag fáil cothrom na féinne ón stát agus dá bharr sin gur beag iascaire óg atá ag teacht isteach sa tionscal agus cuid mhaith eile ag eirí as. Tá leatrom dhá dhéanamh orthu ó thaobh cuótaí, tonnáiste agus rialacháin di i gcomhthéacs na hEorpa.

‘Tá na pionóis choiriúla, ar gheall an rialtas seo go gcuirfí deire leo, fós ann agus muid ag déanamh coirpigh d’iascairí as faillí bheaga riaracháin a bheith déanta acu. Nil sé sin ceart na cóir agus ba chóir don dTaoiseach rud éicint a bheith déanta aige faoi seo.

‘Tá céibh bhreá nua in Inis Mór ach níl aon bhád iascaigh ag tarraingt suas inti mar gheall ar na táillí arda. Agus cé go mbíodh bunadh an oileán sin i mbun iascaireachta go traidisiúnta, níl ach beirt tagtha isteach sa tionscal sin as Inis Mór le blianta beaga anuas.

‘Nuair a imíonn bád ón gcalafort, imíonn cúig nó sé phost don dream a oibríonn uirthi freisin. Ach, imíonn na scórtha mílte euro sa bhliain a chaitheann siad sna siopaí áitiúla, bíonn an tsoláthar éisc do na monarchain laghdaithe, cailleann lucht deisithe eangaigh custaiméir eile agus bíonn impleachtaí tromchúiseacha aige don gcomharchumann agus an tionscal tré chéile chomh maith’.

‘Seachas a bheith ag teacht ag labhairt amach as an dá thaobh dhá bhéal, ba chóir don dTaoiseach rud éicint a dhéanamh faoi shlí bheatha na h-iascairí seo a shábháil agus iascairí óga, áitiúla a mhealladh isteach sa tionscal.’


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said Greece is a beacon of hope in the campaign against austerity. 

Speaking from Athens, Ms Anderson said; 

"The resounding 'no' vote from the people of Greece to reject austerity is a victory for democracy. 

"Throughout the evening there was a palpable sense of optimism as the results came in from all parts of the country. 

"Greece is now a beacon of hope in the wider campaign against austerity. it was an honour and a privilege to stand with Syriza and the people of Greece tonight. 

"I joined the Greek people on the streets of Athens to celebrate their rejection of austerity. At the same time republicans were on the streets of Derry and elsewhere standing in solidarity with the people of Greece. 

"The Greek people have made their voices heard loud and clear in this referendum. 

"Their voices must be listened to by the neoliberal elites who attempted to impose further austerity on Greece. 

"Fresh negotiations are needed to secure a fair and sustainable resolution to the Greek debt crisis in line with the democratic will expressed by the people of Greece." 

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