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Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill MLA has expressed condolences following the tragic death of three young people in Cookstown, Co Tyrone on Sunday night.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“There is a deep sense of shock in the local community following an incident in Cookstown where three people have tragically died attending a St Patrick’s Day event.

“What is supposed to be a day of celebration has ended in heartbreak and sadness for those involved.

“My thoughts and prayers today are with the families and friends of those killed in this tragic incident.

“I also want to wish a speedy recovery to the young people injured and those who witnessed the incident, we will work to ensure they have the services and support necessary to deal with the trauma of this tragedy in the time ahead.

“I have met with the PSNI to discuss what needs to be done and while the full facts are not yet clear, police investigations to establish exactly happened are now underway.

“I would urge anyone with information to bring it forward.”

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The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has extended her deepest sympathies to the families of the young people lost at the incident in Tyrone last night.

Ms McDonald called on those with any information to help the PSNI in their investigation into what happened.

The Sinn Féin President said:

“I cannot fathom the horror that the parents of these children are going through this morning. What should have been a night of fun and celebration for young people has turned into a night of tragedy.

“I wish to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to all the families affected at this time of heartbreak, shock and loss.

“The PSNI have asked that any young people with footage of what happened do not post it on social media. I echo those calls and ask that any information or footage is given to police in order aid the investigation into this horrific tragedy.”

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Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has said the DUP need to realise that the Withdrawal Agreement is the only way to avoid a disastrous crash-out Brexit. 

The South Down MP said: 

"The reckless pursuit of a fantasy Brexit by the DUP and their Tory allies is totally out of step with the public. 

"The DUP now need to take stock, reflect and listen to the genuine fears of the business community, the farming sector and many others who are worried about the dire consequences of a crash-out Brexit. 

"The DUP is engaging in party politicking in their negotiations with the Tories over Brexit. 

"They need to realise once and for all that there is only one deal on the table; the Withdrawal Agreement and the backstop it contains. That is the only way to avoid a disastrous crash-out Brexit."

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Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile has said the Irish government should immediately open a Passport Office in the north to meet the soar in Irish passport applications. 

Commenting on the latest figures released by the government, Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:

“The government have confirmed that already there is a 30 percent increase in passport applications, that’s over 230,000 applications and it’s only March. 

“In 2018, record numbers of people in the north and in Britain applied for an Irish passport — that will only intensify in the coming weeks and months as Brexit uncertainty looms. 

“The Irish Embassy in London has warned its staff are 'stretched and working under pressure' due to passport demand.

“This exposes the gap in services, and undue stress on staff, through failure to open a passport office in the six counties. The government are unequipped to deal with rising figures. 

“An Taoiseach has said the people of the north will never be left behind again - then now is the time to invest and provide the infrastructure required to meet growing demand.

“Opening a Passport Office in the north is the practical and sensible thing to do.”

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Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Declan Kearney said today that Europe has a central role to play in developing the transition to Irish unity.

Declan Kearney was speaking at a European conference entitled 'For a New Left and Progressive Pillar: A Europe for the Many', today Saturday 16 March 2019. 

Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras is also addressing the conference along with a number of other senior representatives from the European Left.

Declan Kearney said:

“The imposition of Brexit by the British Tory government on the north of Ireland is inherently undemocratic in nature. 

“But it is also a direct by product of Ireland's undemocratic and continued partition, enforced by British colonial policy.

“Partition has been an abject failure. It was never designed to make the northern state a political or economic success.

"Brexit has created a defining moment for these islands.

“International attention has been refocused upon the democratic case for Irish unity.

“Britain's border in Ireland has now become an issue for Europe.

“The level of interest in, and support for constitutional change in Ireland is now at an all-time high across the EU.

“The European Parliament and EU institutions have become strategically important renas within which to promote the democratic aim of a united Ireland and to encourage international support for a unity referendum.

“Sinn Féin will continue lobbying and influencing to make the objective of rish reunification a priority for the progressive left and other strands of democratic opinion represented in the European Parliament.

“Brexit means that change in the political relations between Britain and Ireland is now unavoidable.

“While the partition of our country never had any democratic legitimacy, its continued imposition is no longer sustainable.

“Partition has run out of road.

“Almost 30 years ago the European landscape was changed with German reunification.

“The emerging prospect of Irish unity presents a strategic opportunity to positively transform and realign the politics of Europe.

“Irish unity is integral to the vision of a new Europe.

“Europe has a central role to play in developing the transition to Irish unity.”

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Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has said the Electoral Office ‘must do more’ to facilitate people who wish to get on the electoral register. 

The West Belfast MP was commenting after hundreds of people attended an understaffed registration clinic hosted by the Electoral Office in the Kennedy Centre on Friday night. 


Paul Maskey said:


“Hundreds of people turned up at the Kennedy Centre tonight hoping to get their name on the electoral register ahead of May’s local government election. 


“Unfortunately, the Electoral Office were unable to meet the demand as only two members of staff were made available resulting in hundreds of people leaving without getting registered. 


“The Electoral Office should have provided more resources, given that they were informed in advance that there would be high demand for the event. 


“We have asked that the Electoral Office facilitate more registration sessions in the area in the coming days to ensure everyone has an opportunity to access their democratic right to vote.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has welcomed calls from the European Committee of Ministers on the British government’s failures to deal with the legacy of the conflict. 

Linda Dillon said: 

“I welcome the comments from the European Committee of Ministers on the British government’s failures to deal with the legacy of the conflict. 

“In a week when the British government’s continuing policy of impunity has been exposed, this decision by the Committee of Minister clearly outlines Article 2 obligations on the British state to provide access to due process, truth and justice to families.

“It put on record its serious concern at the British government’s failure to implement the legacy mechanisms agreed in the Stormont House Agreement. 

“The Committee of Ministers called on the British government to produce a timeline of its next steps to implement what has already been agreed.

“The committee expressed serious regret about that investigations and litigation into the cases of McKerr, Shanaghan, Jordan, Kelly and others and McCaughey have still not been completed.

“It also gave the British government a deadline to respond to the latest judgement from the British Supreme Court in the case of Pat Finucane which found his murder had not been properly investigated to date. 

“The committee welcomed the release of funding for legacy inquests as proposed by the Lord Chief Justice but called on the British government to provide more information about the same and amount of funding. 

“There is an onus on the British government to address the legacy of the conflict as a matter of urgency by implementing what it has already agreed.” 

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Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has called on the DUP and Tory Brexiteers to step back from the cliff edge of a crash-out Brexit.

The South Down MP said:

“After yet another week of chaos in the British Parliament with ministerial resignations and bizarre and delusional votes, the north of Ireland is still facing the possibility of being dragged out of the EU and over an economic cliff edge in a no-deal Brexit.

“There is no such thing as a good Brexit but crashing out with no deal would have dire economic consequences for the north.

“It is now time for the DUP and the Tory Brexiteers to take a step back from the cliff edge, reconsider their position and listen to the genuine fears from all sectors of society in the north over the impact of a crash-out.

“The only way to avoid a no-deal Brexit is to see the only deal on the table - the Withdrawal Agreement and the backstop it contains - receiving support next week.

“We are looking to the EU and Irish government to stand firm, stand by the backstop and ensure the interests of Ireland are protected from the reckless Brexiteers in the DUP and British Tories.”

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has extended her deepest sympathies to the people of New Zealand and the families of those lost in the horrific attack in Christchurch.

Teachta McDonald said:

“The world woke in horror to the news from Christchurch this morning.

“My first thoughts are with the people of New Zealand and the families as they mourn their dead and comfort each other.

“There is no place in this world for the hatred that lead to this horrific attack. Racism and xenophobia are a stain on society and must be tackled head on.” 

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