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Adams responds to Scottish referendum result

"The union is no longer fixed, it is in the ownership of the people.  It will now be up to the Westminster based parties to make good on their promises of full fiscal and policy transfer to Scotland.

“I note this morning the British Prime Minister David Cameron promised that powers to be transferred to Scotland would also be extended to the Stormont Executive." - Adams

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"Sinn Féin is opposed to Toryism, North and South. We are against austerity from David Cameron as much as we are against austerity from Enda Kenny and Joan Burton. This has nothing to do with electoralism or a failure to take difficult decisions," Gerry Adams TD said.



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Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to engage directly with British Prime Minister David Cameron in relation to the political impasse in the North.

Speaking in Dublin today to a delegation of Irish-American supporters of Sinn Féin and in advance of a trip to the United States where he will attend the Clinton Global initiative, Gerry Adams said:

“Now that the Scottish Independence referendum is over, I am calling on the Taoiseach to engage directly, as a matter of urgency, with British Prime Minister David Cameron in relation to the political impasse in the North which has resulted from the failure of unionist leaders to honour agreements reached.

“The refusal of Downing St to fulfil its obligations, which has contributed directly to the current difficulties, highlights the urgent need for the Taoiseach to hold the British Government to account.

“The Irish Government is co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements. The Taoiseach needs to be a champion for the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process.

“I believe that negotiations should be convened immediately by the two governments with the support and assistance of the US administration.

“The context for this must be the Good Friday Agreement which the Irish people democratically endorsed.

“In any negotiations Sinn Féin will defend that agreement and the all-Ireland and power-sharing institutions.”

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Speaking at a conference on the housing crisis organised by Impact trade union, Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh, chair of Dublin City Council's Housing Committee, said there must be immediate Government action. 

She said:

“Our current housing crisis is a man-made crisis. It could have been avoided had the right choices and policies been made. Instead the responsibility for providing social housing was abandoned by Government to the speculators, the private developers and unaccountable landlords.

“By drawing €1 billion from the Strategic Investment Fund an additional 6,600 local authority homes could be built within 18 months. These would be additional to the homes which the Government have already committed to providing. If 6,600 rent supplement recipients were housed it would represent a saving of €29 million on the scheme based on the average payment.”

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Sinn Féin’s newly elected Councillors from across Dublin are on the campaign trail in Tallaght today to help Cathal King become TD for Dublin South West.

Speaking from the canvas in Killinarden by-election candidate Councillor Cathal King said that the biggest issues for people in this community are housing, unemployment and water charges.

Councillor King said:

“Fine Gael and Labour don’t have a clue.  They have no idea what it is like for the vast majority of families out there who are struggling to survive.  Many are living on less than €10 a week after bills are paid, they cannot afford to pay €500 a year for water.

"Sinn Féin has made our position clear.  We are opposed to water charges and we will reverse them in government.  We have a strong track record on this issue.  It was Sinn Féin Minister Conor Murphy who blocked domestic water charges in the North.

“There is no acceptable reason for water charges to be included in this year’s budget.  The government has a choice. They can either continue to help those at the top or they can ease the burden on struggling families.  Sinn Féin has produced detailed costed proposals to prove there is an alternative to water charges.”

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Speaking in Roscommon today at a meeting of the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle, Party Leader Gerry Adams TD said;

"Despite the result, the Scottish Independence referendum will mean profound change for the Union and have major implications for the North of Ireland.

"Sinn Féin will seek to ensure that the British PM follows through on commitments to transfer significant powers to the Executive.

"We will also hold the British Government to account in relation to its obligations under the Good Friday Agreement and will defend the all-Ireland and power-sharing political institutions.”

In relation to the forthcoming by-elections Gerry Adams said:

"Sinn Féin is out to win the vacant seats in Roscommon/South Leitrim and Dublin South West.

"Voters have a clear choice between candidates that represent the 'Consensus for Cuts' of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour or the fairer alternative being put forward by Sinn Féin.

"A vote for Martin Kenny and Cathal King is a rejection of water charges, property tax and the continued penalisation of those on low and middle incomes.

"It is a vote to defend services and communities in rural Ireland.

"I believe voters in both constituencies are responding to Sinn Féin's message and that there is growing and widespread support for a fairer way of doing things."

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Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has congratulated Kevin O 'Malley on his appointment as US Ambassador to Ireland.

Gerry Adams said:

"I wish to congratulate Kevin O'Malley on his appointment as US Ambassador to Ireland.

"I look forward to welcoming Mr O'Malley in person and to working with him on the many issues of mutual interest between Ireland and the United States of America."

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Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said that the involvement of 16 and 17 year-olds in the Scottish Referendum has shown that the voting age should be lowered.

 The  Newry & Armagh MLA said; 

"It is important that the voices of young people are heard and lowering the age to sixteen would be an important step in allowing more people to participate in the democratic process.

"Scotland has shown that young people are eager to participate in the democratic process.

"In other countries, such as Austria, where younger people have the vote the indications are that they are more likely than other age groups to vote.

“It is now time that young people were given the right and responsibility to vote."

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Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said that Alex Salmond will be a loss to Scottish politics and the Scottish people after he announced his intention to stand down as First Minister.

Martin McGuinness said:

“I have been privileged to work with Alex Salmond over the last number of years.

“I found him to be a successful and inspirational leader of the people of Scotland.

“He has been a giant in the political life of Scotland and its people.

“He stood shoulder to shoulder with me in meetings with David Cameron in opposing Tory welfare cuts.

“I send my very best wishes for whatever the future holds for him.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane has urged victims of domestic abuse to report their abusers to the police or a support group.

Ms Ruane made her call after PSNI figures showed there had been 27,000 domestic abuse incidents in the last year.

Caitríona Ruane:

“Campaigners representing victims and survivors of domestic abuse believe this figure greatly under-represents the total number of cases of domestic abuse, which occur every year.

“I believe the majority of cases of domestic abuse go unreported as evidence suggests that one in three women has been a victim of abuse in their own homes.

“The only way to end this disgraceful cycle of violence is to report the offenders.

“The silent victims of domestic abuse need to be aware that there are support services available to them and should feel no fear in speaking to someone.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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