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In light of today's vote in Strasbourg on Arms Exports, Sinn Féin's Lynn Boylan MEP, has called on the Irish Government to radically revise its arms policy.

Ms Boylan, MEP for Dublin, said: "I welcome the Parliament’s vote today, which calls on Member States to report licences granted for arms exports and sets minimum criteria for export controls.

"The report, which was overwhelmingly endorsed by the European Parliament, also calls for more transparency in reporting the sale of arms to authoritarian regimes and war zones."

Ms Boylan continued,

"It is unacceptable that the EU is currently the second largest arms exporter in the world, after the US, with these weapons ending up in war zones like Yemen. 

"I am calling on the Irish Government to own up to its responsibilities and change its current arms policy.

“The Irish government must confirm that it will no longer issue export licences for weapons to Turkey, the UAE or Saudi Arabia, as it has done for the past five years.

"Also, the Irish government should confirm that it will no longer issue licenses for exports to authoritarian governments and active participants in ongoing wars.

“With this vote, the Parliament calls for Member States like Ireland to update reports and record all data on their arms exports.

"It is also the first time the EU has been called upon to put in place sanctions for those Member States that decide to flout the rules, acknowledging that European weapons are fundamentally responsible for conflicts, such as in Yemen.”

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Sinn Féin Dublin Central TD Mary Lou McDonald today warned that the limited ambition and scope of the Dublin North Inner City Authority proposed by Fianna Fáil could result in the delivery of another under-performing state quango that fails to deliver for the long term.
 
Speaking in the Dáil the Sinn Féin leader said:
 
“Fianna Fáil’s legislation is a welcome recognition by the party of its historic failure to grip the declining fortunes of the inner city and hopefully signals a new and long-term commitment to transforming the lives of those who live there.

"Their party leader spent twenty consecutive years in cabinet yet did little to advance social and economic progress in this historically deprived area of the city.
 
“Sinn Féin will enable this legislation move to the next stage but we do so on the basis that if it is to progress through the Oireachtas we will submit significant changes to the Bill.

"We are concerned that its limited provisions mirror those of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority Act. Repeating the mistakes of the past cannot be accepted.
 
“The Bill enables the Authority to dispose of land that is in the ownership of the state.

"Sinn Féin cannot accept conferring such a right on the Authority.  Even if the Bill could bypass existing legislation that governs the disposal of public land I would be surprised if Fianna Fáil Dublin City Councillors would support a legal mechanism that would in effect strip them of their democratic powers.
 
“It is also disappointing to note that the legislation side-lines community representation on the Authority’s Board.

"It provides for nine government and state agency officials but just three community representatives.
 
“Another glaring omission is the absence of an official from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, and the provision of an independent Chairperson.
 
“The Authority’s Board does not include local elected representatives or indeed experts in the various fields necessary to deliver the transformative public policy needed to address the community’s embedded challenges.
 
“The deliverables from an Authority of this nature must be properly resourced. That’s means real investment in infrastructure, in personnel and the supports necessary to eradicate poverty within this community.
 
“In short my ambition for this community is much greater than what is outlined in Fianna Fáil’s legislation.

"Regeneration is just one component of the objective to build a safe, sustainable, vibrant and hopeful community in the north inner city.”

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the rights of the people of the north must not be sacrificed to the Tory Brexit agenda. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"I met today with the European Union Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, in Strasbourg today to discuss the impact of Brexit on rights in the north.

"In particular, we discussed the fact that she has previously turned down a complaint from human rights organisations in the north about how the issue of rights and the Good Friday Agreement has been handled in the Brexit negotiations. 

"I have met with the human rights organisations involved and they were very concerns at that decision and I am pleased that today Emily O'Reilly signalled that she would be open to reviewing that decision. 

"I also raised my concerns about the impact of Brexit on the rights of people in the north and reiterated the need for those rights to be protected. 

"We cannot allow our rights to be sacrificed to the Tory Brexit agenda and we need to see the Irish government standing up and acting to ensure rights are protected in line with its public commitments."

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Sinn Féin spokesperson for carers Colm Gildernew has accused the Belfast Health Trust of a lack of transparency over its response to allegations of abuse of vulnerable adults at Muckamore Abbey Hospital.

Speaking after the Belfast Trust issues notification of a cross-party briefing tomorrow on the situation at the Muckamore site, the Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA commented: 

“The response from the Belfast Trust to my efforts seeking clarity on the issues at Muckamore is simply unacceptable.

"There is little clarity from the Trust as to what information will be shared with the families or the public, about how the abuse of adults with learning disability took place.

"The Belfast Trust has responded to our insistence in recent weeks for transparency on this matter by calling a meeting tomorrow morning.

"Families deserve answers. They have already waited a year for the Serious Adverse Incident (SAI) report to be completed but as yet have not been given copies of the report.

"There are clearly issues with how the SAI process functions, particularly how it involves patients and their families and how it demonstrates learning to those within the system and the wider public.

 "Oversight and management structures must involve families and carers more actively across residential and nursing home settings moving forward.

"Furthermore the lack of transparency in the Belfast Trust's response to what happened in Muckamore Abbey requires consideration to be given to other ways of getting to the truth and implementing learning to improve safeguarding.

"This is no more than patients and families in Muckamore deserve.

"Its also important in ensuring this situation does not happen again.

"I will be pushing the Belfast Trust on the need for transparency very strongly tomorrow.” 

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Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy has reiterated calls for the immediate release of Abdullah Öcalan to advance peace in the region. 

The Mid Ulster MP was speaking after addressing a rally outside Westminster calling for the Kurdish leader to be released. 

Francie Molloy said:

“Sinn Féin have always been a party of international solidarity and know from our own political struggle the value and strength that international solidarity can provide.

“We have always held the cause of the Kurdish people close to us and we believe they have a right to self-determination and to democratically decide their own future.

“The ongoing conflict in Syria has been used by opposition to wage an onslaught against the Kurdish people, who are defending their autonomy and their rights. 

“Kurdish fighters in the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are the biggest bulwark against the spread of ISIS. They have fought bravely, relying on their own meagre resources, to protect civilians in northern Syria and Iraq.

“In order to achieve a just and lasting peace, the Turkish government must release Kurdish leader, Abdullah Öcalan, a firm supporter and main architect of peace initiatives.

“The Turkish government needs to restart the peace process with the Kurds and respect the rights of all its people as a matter of urgency.”

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Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has described the government’s response to the escalating criminal violence in Louth as “not good enough”. The Louth TD was speaking in the Dáil today on the recent violence in Drogheda and Dundalk related to drug crime.

Teachta Adams accused the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan of failing to answer pertinent questions relating to the resourcing of the Gardaí in Louth and for local community youth diversionary projects.

Teachta Adams said:

“Incidents of drug related crime in Dundalk and Drogheda have escalated to an intolerable level. Since I was first elected as a TD I and other Sinn Féin representatives have worked closely with An Garda Síochána.

Those who are the target of such attacks are victim of unscrupulous and dangerous drug pushers who are targeting them for drug debts that are not theirs. In one particular case one family had eleven thousand euro demanded from it.

I wrote to the Minister about this. I also spoke to senior Garda about this. In his response the Minister said that An Garda Síochána was reviewing its ‘Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme’.

When I asked the Minister to tell us if that review is complete he refused to respond. I told him that was not good enough.

When I asked the Minister if he accepted that additional resources are needed for projects like the Garda Youth Diversionary Projects; High Voltage and Team in Dundalk, the Boyne and Cable in Drogheda, and the Family Resource Network, he refused to respond. I told him that was not good enough.

According to a PQ response I received in the summer there are currently only 5 Community Gardaí in Drogheda and 6 in Dundalk. That figure has not increased since 2013. This too is not good enough.

And the vacancy for a junior liaison officer in Dundalk has not been filled. This is not good enough.

An Garda Síochána deserves our fullest support and Sinn Féin will continue to seek from the Minister the additional resources that are needed including the creation of a specialised drugs unit for Louth, which the Justice Minister has previously promised.”

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Threats will not deter Sinn Féin from representing the people of South Down, the party's MP Chris Hazzard has said. 

Chris Hazzard commented:

“Today the party made a complaint to police about threats to kill a local representative.

“These threats were made in a Sinn Féin office in the constituency. 

“They will certainly not deter our staff from providing a first-class service and continuing to stand up for the rights and entitlements of all the people of South Down.”

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Sinn Féin spokesperson on Water Eoin Ó Broin TD has stated that the collection of charges for so-called excessive water use will cost more than it will raise in revenue.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Irish Water have secured approval from government for their funding plan to 2024. Included in the plan is €39m over five years to be raised via a charge on so called excessive use by domestic customers. 

“It is clear that it will cost Irish Water more to collect this charge than the charge will raise. This makes no sense.

“There is also no evidence that many of the households that will be charges are excessively using water. Many will be pensioners living in older properties who do not have the money to fix leaks. This is not fair.

“According to Irish Water’s own data household water consumption in this state is one of the lowest in the OECD.

"Irish citizens use an average of 123 litres per person per day, compared to England where people use on average 140 litres, in Italy its 250 litres, while in Sweden its 200 litres.

“Sinn Féin from the outset has opposed the charge for so called excessive use on these grounds. We also believe it is the thin end of the wedge for the future introduction of universal metered domestic water charges.

“The government should focus on assisting households in reducing leaks rather than punishing people with an expensive charge. 

"However the biggest waster of water is Irish Water itself with 47% percent of water is wasted through leaks in the public system.

"Rather than wasting money collecting an unfair charge the government should be increasing investment in reducing leakage in the public system."

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Sinn Féin TD for Limerick City Maurice Quinlivan today said that over 10,000 people have now waited on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick so far this year and this shameful record high represents a new low in our health service.

Speaking today, the Limerick City TD said;

“The severe overcrowding crisis in University Hospital Limerick continues unabated with 56 people waiting on trolleys in UHL this morning.

“This is an extremely high number of people on trolleys in one hospital in any given day, but what is even more shocking is that this number now means 10,028 people have waited on trolleys at UHL so far this year.

“This is a disgraceful situation and this record high represents a new low in our health service.

“I am constantly raising the issues facing University Hospital Limerick in the Dáil, but this government is not listening.

“Our local hospital is in a state of constant crisis; the full capacity protocol, a supposed emergency measure, is being used every single day, despite its function to be for emergencies only.

“At the beginning of 2018, Senator Paul Gavan and I wrote to Minister Harris to seek an urgent meeting to discuss the crisis situation in UHL and bring forward solutions to help. We are yet to hear from the Minister regarding this meeting.

“We have already surpassed the total number of people that were on trollies last year by 1,159 with 6 more weeks to go until the end of the year this should no longer be tolerated.

“The people of Limerick City deserve quality healthcare like every other citizen across the state, yet the trolley crisis at UHL is being completely ignored by Minister Simon Harris, and as a result has escalated to a completely unacceptable level."

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