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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, during a keynote speech to party activists in Belfast, slammed the actions of the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the leader of Fianna Fáil for showing callous disregard for the facts around the Maíria Cahill case and of turning the Dáil chamber into an episode of reality TV.

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Speaking on the eve of mass regional protests against the introduction of water charges, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said:

“This government, like it’s predecessor, has embraced the policies of austerity and sought to place additional costs on struggling workers, families and communities.

“It is clear that citizens across the state cannot afford to pay these water charges. Yet the government is pressing ahead with their plan. However the government must listen to its citizens. I believe that people power can and will end water charges.

“Tonight I am calling on people to join their local Right2Water protests tomorrow. Together we can end these charges.”

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Ireland to lose significant Power at EU Level as QMV element of Lisbon Treaty comes into effect Tomorrow – Carthy

Speaking in advance of the coming into effect of Lisbon Treaty provisions tomorrow 1st November, which will reduce Ireland’s voting weight at EU level, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midland’s North West Constituency Matt Carthy said:

“From tomorrow 1st November 2014, Ireland’s voting weight in EU law making will be reduced by 150% from 2% to 0.8%.

“Under qualified majority rules, agreement of 55% or 15 members of the 28 strong European Council representing 65% of the European Union population is sufficient for a legislative proposal by the commission to pass.

“In order to block a proposal, at least four council members, constituting over 35% of the population of the European Union must constitute a blocking minority otherwise a qualified majority will deem to be attained.

“Larger countries, with larger populations, have been given larger weights under the Qualified majority procedure – for example France, German, Britain and Ireland have 45% between them. This means that the Lisbon treaty has disproportionately increased the power of the largest states in decision making power while diminishing the power of the smaller states.

“Significantly, the Lisbon treaty also extended Qualified Voting Majority to areas previously covered by unanimity including areas of international trade. Effectively, this means that Ireland has lost its veto in such matters and, as concern around the implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Partnership (TTIP) negotiations continues to grow among sections of civil society, our power to influence the outcome is severely diminished.

“This is what transpires when bad Governments negotiate bad treaties on behalf of the Irish people. People will remember clearly the promise of jobs and investment made by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour party during the second Lisbon treaty campaign but instead all they got was a weaker voice within the European institutions.

“For our part Sinn Féin MEPs will be actively working to ensure that Ireland’s voice is not lost particularly during the ongoing TTIP talks and other critical decisions that will be made in coming years”.

“From tomorrow 1st November 2014, Ireland’s voting weight in EU law making will be reduced by 150% from 2% to 0.8%.

“Under qualified majority rules, agreement of 55% or 15 members of the 28 strong European Council representing 65% of the European Union population is sufficient for a legislative proposal by the commission to pass.

“In order to block a proposal, at least four council members, constituting over 35% of the population of the European Union must constitute a blocking minority otherwise a qualified majority will deem to be attained.

“Larger countries, with larger populations, have been given larger weights under the Qualified majority procedure – for example France, German, Britain and Ireland have 45% between them. This means that the Lisbon treaty has disproportionately increased the power of the largest states in decision making power while diminishing the power of the smaller states.

“Significantly, the Lisbon treaty also extended Qualified Voting Majority to areas previously covered by unanimity including areas of international trade. Effectively, this means that Ireland has lost its veto in such matters and, as concern around the implications of the Transatlantic Trade and Partnership (TTIP) negotiations continues to grow among sections of civil society, our power to influence the outcome is severely diminished.

“This is what transpires when bad Governments negotiate bad treaties on behalf of the Irish people. People will remember clearly the promise of jobs and investment made by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour party during the second Lisbon treaty campaign but instead all they got was a weaker voice within the European institutions.

“For our part Sinn Féin MEPs will be actively working to ensure that Ireland’s voice is not lost particularly during the ongoing TTIP talks and other critical decisions that will be made in coming years”.

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Sinn Féin's Dublin City Councillor Daithí Doolan urges people to come out in their thousands tomorrow for Right2Water's day of action against the water charges.

Speaking this evening, Doolan said:

"Tomorrow's Right2Water day of action is set to become an even bigger success than our demonstration on October 11th where we had 100,000 out on the streets in Dublin. We have over 70 marches right across the state. From Donegal to Tralee, from Ballyfermot to Galway we will have thousands of people marching demanding that the government scrap the water charges. The feed back from local areas has been very good with new events being added to list by the hour.

"The marches will be positive, family friendly events. We will have music, drama and plenty of colour. The government is grasping at straws with its concessions. People are not fooled by these concessions; they want the water charges scrapped. This government must put the charges in the rubbish bin of history where they belong never to be resurrected again.

"Right2Water are confident that we are winning the battle against the charges. The government have totally underestimated the level of public anger and determination.  We are absolutely committed to seeing this campaign through to a successful conclusion. Tomorrow is only another event in our campaign. If Fine Gael and Labour continue to ignore our demands then we will get louder and louder until they can ignore us no longer.”

"Sinn Féin will continue to play a central role in the Right2Water campaign. We are encouraging all our supporters and their families to turn out in their thousands tomorrow and show this government exactly what we think of their water charges.

"If this government does not act now then they will be going down the drain along with their water charges at the next election."

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Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the announcement today of the signing of agreements on a Strategic Banking Corporation cannot hide the reality that the government’s promise to establish a Strategic Investment Bank has been broken.

Speaking today Deputy Doherty said:

“Despite the fanfare today, what we have is a broken promise dressed up as good news. This new facility is not a bank and will not be enough to provide a stimulus to our real economy.

“The government rushed through the Strategic Banking Corporation Ireland Act earlier this year. The name of the Act gives the game away; we will have a Banking Corporation, not a bank. The new body won’t have a banking licence. The government’s promise to set up a Strategic Investment Bank has been dropped.

“This proposal is a shadow of what Sinn Fein has argued for – a State Bank that invests in the real economy. The SME sector is crying out for investment and for credit. The banks the people bailed out are not lending in a fair way to Irish businesses.

“This new company will not lend directly to businesses. Instead it will lend to the banks in the hope that they will pass on the cheaper credit to the real economy. There is no trust in the banks and they must be forced to lend to SMEs and others.

 The Programme for Government’s commitment to establish a Strategic Investment Bank has now been discarded, another broken promise to Small and Medium Enterprises. I hope this new facility is availed off by SMEs and not simply soaked up by the banks.”

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Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has called for people to come out in their droves in support of tomorrow’s Right 2 Water demonstrations.

Deputy McDonald said;

“I am urging people, from every community throughout the state, to come out in their droves in support of the Right 2 Water demonstrations tomorrow.

“We have an opportunity to send this government the loudest message to date that water charges are a step too far. People will not be silenced as they are pushed into poverty by this charge.

“The sharp reality that Fine Gael and the Labour Party fail to grasp is that many people simply do not have the money to pay water charges. For a great number of families it will come down to deciding between putting food on the table or paying for water charges.

“This is happening in backdrop of the news that 28.6% of children in this state are now living in poverty. How many more children will be pushed over the poverty line as a result of their parents being forced to pay for water?

“The establishment of Irish Water and the imposition of water charges has been a fiasco from the start. Now the people are standing up and saying enough is enough.

“We in Sinn Féin believe that the right to water is one of the most basic of human rights. We are committed to abolishing water charges.

“I am calling on everybody, young and old, to come out tomorrow and stand up for their right to water.”

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The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has announced that Sinn Féin will use its Dáil time in the next number of weeks to propose that a referendum be held to ensure that control over the water services remains in public ownership. He was speaking ahead of the countrywide mass protests planned for tomorrow, Saturday November 1st to protest against the imposition of water charges.

Deputy Stanley said:

“Our Bill proposes that a referendum be put to the citizens to amend Article 40 of Bunreacht na hÉireann in order to ensure the right of the people to water by retaining public ownership of water services and infrastructure. I attempted to have this included in the legislation which established Irish Water and introduced water charges, but that was opposed by all of the parties; Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil, which supported the establishment of Irish Water.

“We believe that a constitutional guarantee is needed as the current structure and legislation governing the water services would as they stand allow for a future privatisation of the water services in the future, as has happened in other European states with detrimental consequences for domestic users of water.

“This government or a future one could simply pass legislation to allow for privatisation. The only way to prevent this is to change the constitution by referendum. This puts control of this vital resource into the hands of the people.

“Sinn Féin continues to actively oppose water charges. We are central to the Right2Water campaign. If the Government fails to scrap the charge then we will ensure that it is a key issue in the next general election.”

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Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Arts and Heritage, Sandra McLellan TD, has today expressed her serious concern regarding reports that the National Museum of Ireland is considering cutting its services and introducing fees to make up for the massive cuts imposed on the institution since 2008.

Deputy McLellan said:

“Reports that The National Museum of Ireland is considering closing some of its sites from January or introducing entry charges to deal with its funding crisis are alarming.

“This is an invaluable educational and historical resource that is pivotal to attracting tourists to Ireland.

“We cannot risk making these institutions less accessible. We should be proud of the fact that important historical and cultural artefacts and exhibitions are available free to the public.

 “The introduction of fees would be a retrograde step that would restrict access for citizens and tourists alike.

“The museum, which received €11.3million in 2015, has had a 40% reduction in its budget since 2008.

“I fail to see how any organisation could be expected to continue providing the same level of services with such a massive decrease in funding.

“Does this government have no respect for the importance of The National Museum and its position in society as culturally, artistically and historically rich as our own?

“I am calling on Minister Heather Humphreys to immediately begin addressing this issue by ensuring that the necessary funding and resources are made available without delay.

“As we lead into the 1916 Centenary, the government must begin taking our history and culture more seriously and reverse the disgraceful cuts made to institutions of vital importance.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has condemned Jim Wells’ approach to managing the Health budget as the South Down area faces further cuts at the Downe Hospital and in the community. 

Speaking after South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust (SEHSCT) announced cuts, including the closure of 9 beds at the Downe, Mr Hazzard said:

“Yet again we are witnessing the slicing of services from the Downe to the benefit of the Ulster Hospital in Belfast. Yet again the people of South Down are being told to stomach bed closures whilst the Ulster Hospital escapes unscathed. 

“We’ve also learnt that domiciliary care is to be cut by a third. This is a serious blow to care services in our community. 

"Everyone acknowledged that Health Department must look to make savings in the months ahead, but they need to do more to protect beds, nursing and elective care. 

“In his last act as Minister, Edwin Poots admitted to the Health Committee that there was considerable waste in the Health system - yet his successor seems to have decided not to target this waste. 

“We know that more than £60million is being gifted to the private sector for elective care waiting lists - surely this is an area where savings could be made, surely the SEHSCT could make better use of these funds in-house?

“We know that a scandalous amount of money - more than £30million - has been paid out in bonuses to senior staff within the Health system in recent years. Surely this is an area where the Minister could explore the potential for savings? 

“Instead we have a local South Down Minister who is not prepared to stand-up for local frontline services.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay said tonight that a proposal by the Northern Trust to close beds at a North Antrim hospital would end generations of care at Dalriada.

The North Antrim MLA said:

“There has been a hospital on this site for generations and if the proposal to close beds is adopted it will be the end of the road for Dalriada.

“It has been proposed that staff be moved out of Dalriada in four weeks time. We need to challenge this.

“In my view there are only four weeks to save the hospital from closure. Local politicians and the local community must now put pressure on the DUP and its health minister to prevent what will be a devastating blow to Ballycastle.

“The DUP is targeting frontline services in the health service, and that is shameful.

“Rural services are often seen as a soft target in terms of departmental cuts and that has certainly influenced those who have drawn up this proposal.

“We need to oppose this agenda and do all we can over the next number of weeks to save Dalriada.” 

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