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Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has called for bank holidays to be harmonised across the island of Ireland. 

Mr McElduff said; 

"As Irish republicans we believe there is too much duplication across the two states on the island of Ireland. Unfortunately this even extends to bank and public holidays. 

"This Monday is a bank holiday in the north but not in the 26 Counties. Next week there is a bank holiday in the 26 Counties but not in the north.

"This creates difficulties for many people across the island, particularly those in business in border areas with the closure of services on either side for two successive weeks. 

"As we move closer to the creation of an all-Ireland economy, such barriers should be removed to support businesses across the island. 

"Having the same bank holidays on the same date throughout Ireland would also benefit tourism providers North and South. 

"That is why bank holidays should be harmonised right across the island, for the benefit of business, tourism and everyone across the island."


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has commended the strides made yesterday for equality, but has highlighted the many other aspects of Irish life where inequality still exists.

Speaking today Mary Lou McDonald said,

"Yesterday the people spoke in favour of equality. It was another marker on the road to building an equal and inclusive republic.

“The campaign was supported by many working class and rural communities that have suffered and continue to suffer economic inequality and inequality in access to public services.  The social and economic rights of these communities need to recognised, respected and enacted

“Two key elements driving forward the campaign were young people and the diaspora. Yet this government has ignored recommendations to lower the voting age to 16 or to extend voting rights to the diaspora and Irish Citizens living in the north.

“Yesterday demonstrated the power of the people, the power of democracy. Sinn Féin will continue to press for extending democratic rights to our young people, to our emigrants and to our citizens in the north.

“In extending rights to everyone in the Irish nation, I am sure that we will have many more good days like yesterday.”


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Equality Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has commented on the failure of the Presidential Age Referendum, highlighting the fact that though Sinn Féin had supported the referendum, there were constitutional issues of greater significance which the Government have failed to address.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“Sinn Féin is a republican party. Equality and democracy is central to the republican vision. We supported this referendum, believing that if someone is capable of being nominated to run for President, then it should be up to the people to decide to change this arbitrarily chosen age.

“However, the people have spoken and a majority are not ready yet for constitutional change. We have to respect that.

“It must be noted that this was a referendum brought about by a government that failed to deal with bigger constitutional issues. These include the extension of voting rights to the Diaspora and Irish Citizens in the north.

“The Government has also reneged on its commitment to hold a referendum on extending the right to vote to 16 and 17 year olds by the end of 2015.

“The Presidential Age Referendum though worthy in itself, was essentially a tick boxing exercise by the government. Extending voting rights to the young, the diaspora or Irish citizens would have had a greater impact on our democracy.”


Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said the historic vote in favour of marriage equality should signal progress on other equality issues, particularly economic ones.

Gerry Adams said:

"The 'Yes' vote in the Marriage Equality referendum has been a significant advance for the cause of equality in Ireland.

"I thank everyone who voted including 'No' voters. It was great to be part of the 'Tá' campaign. Well done to everyone involved.

"While celebrating this and commending everyone who participated, this historic vote also demands that the Government makes progress on other equality issues particularly on economic issues

"Government decisions should be equality proofed. Otherwise this Coalition's Austerity strategy will continue to impoverish people.

"Funding should also be restored to NGOs and other agencies charged with tackling inequality.

"Another notable aspect of the referendum campaign was the huge desire among our diaspora for the right to vote. Many returned home to be part of this referendum.

"This was a very heartening experience but it underlines the need to end the disenfranchisement of the diaspora.

"Emigrants and citizens in the North should not be denied a voice in our democracy.  As a first step we need to extend the right to vote in Presidential elections to these Irish citizens as recommended in the Constitutional Convention."


Martin McGuinness has welcomed the emerging success of the marriage equality vote as a measure of the progress and maturity of Irish society and of the Irish people increasingly embracing equality, human rights and respect.

Martin McGuinness said:

“Today we can all rightfully be proud to be Irish and part of an increasingly tolerant, pluralist and outward-looking Ireland. 

“Politicians, particularly in the north need to reflect on this progress. 

“The world is moving on and Ireland is taking the lead. Pride in Ireland has taken on a whole new meaning.”


Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams has said it now seems clear that there will be an overwhelming 'Yes' vote in the Same Sex Marriage referendum.

He said it was a good day for equality and and a good day for Ireland.

Gerry Adams said:

"It appears to be an overwhelming 'Yes' vote across the State. This is a very good day for equality and a very good day for Ireland.

"Irish people have demonstrated that we are a decent, tolerant and compassionate people.

"I want to commend all those who took part in the campaign over recent weeks and all those who voted, especially those who voted 'Yes'.

"I want to congratulate the Sinn Féin members across the State who worked hard for a 'Yes' vote and to thank the Sinn Féin 'Yes' Campaign Director, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD.

"During the campaign we heard a lot of talk from all political parties about the need for equality. We now need to see that sentiment extended to the social and economic sphere.

"Sinn Féin will continue to demand that all Government policies and budgets are equality proofed. This is essential if we are to construct a truly equal society.

“The marriage equality rights that will now be enjoyed by citizens in the south must be available to all in the north. Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for equal rights for all.

"Another very notable aspect of the campaign was the huge desire among our diaspora for the right to vote. It underlines the case that our emigrants should no longer  be denied a voice in our democracy."


Caitríona Ruane said today Sinn Féin would continue its campaign for marriage equality for all in the north. 

The South Down MLA was speaking after early indications suggest a resounding victory for marriage equality in the referendum held in the 26 Counties yesterday.

Ms Ruane said.

“I’m delighted the people have voted overwhelmingly in favour of marriage equality for all.

“This referendum was all about equality, inclusion and respect for our LGBTI brothers and sisters.

“The campaign energised and engaged a whole new generation of young people in the democratic process. This result shows when people fully participate in the political process that change is not only possible but inevitable.

“Sinn Féin played a very positive and active role in the Yes campaign. We took our message of equality to the doors, put up posters and engaged in a very active social media campaign. 

“The fact so many of our people returned home to vote in this campaign highlighted yet again the need to tackle the issue of voting rights for the diaspora and for Irish citizens in the North. 

“The marriage equality rights that will be enjoyed by Irish citizens in the south must be shared by citizens in the north. 

“Sinn Féin will continue to campaign for marriage equality for all in the North and to end the discrimination against our LGBTI community.”


In a close of poll statement this evening, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has commended all those who voted in the Marriage Equality Referendum today and all those who campaigned over the past number of weeks.

Gerry Adams said:

"This was a positive and important referendum campaign. It was marked by compassion, idealism and active citizenship.

"It has brought the issues of inclusion and equality to the fore of public discourse in a very positive way.

"Whatever the final outcome, the issue if equality for Gay and Lesbian citizens is a live political issue.

"I want to commend all those who took part in the campaign over recent weeks and all those who voted, especially those who voted 'Yes'.

“According to one exit poll in the Louth constituency, there has been a very strong 'Yes' vote. Of course this cannot be independently verified but I certainly hope that it is accurate and that this will be reflected across the State.”


Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy has welcomed the decision by the SDLP to support a petition of concern against the final stage of the Welfare Bill being brought forward to the Assembly next Tuesday by the DUP. 

Speaking today Mr Murphy: 

"We welcome the position of the SDLP in supporting a petition of concern against the Welfare Bill being brought to the assembly on Tuesday.

"I am calling on the DUP to withdraw the bill and re-engage with the other executive parties in negotiations to achieve the welfare protections agreed at Stormont House for children with disabilities, adults with severe disabilities, the long-term sick and large families."

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