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A Fair Recovery Is Possible

Sinn Féin has launched a state wide campaign for a Fair Recovery. The campaign will involve a series of public meetings and the distribution of close to one million leaflets door to door.

This campaign is about setting out some of Sinn Féin’s priorities and to start a debate about the future, about what type of country and society we want to live in, about equality, and the type of recovery we want.

Visit our special web section A Fair Recovery Is Possible here

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Some sights and sounds from the Annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration in Bodenstown, Co. Kildare on June 21, 2015. Main speaker Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD. During the course of her speech she talked about the need for a fair economic recovery north and south; demanded the British to come clean about collusion; and expressed solidarity with the people of Greece.



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North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has condemned the daubing of graffiti on Rasharkin Orange Hall.

He said:

"This was a mindless attack on the Orange Hall in Rasharkin and in no way represents the views of the people that live here.

"A lot of work takes place to ensure that tensions are not raised here over the summer period and this will continue regardless.

"This attack does nothing but bring the name of the village down. Those who carry out these attacks represent nobody."

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Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has called on the Government to amend the terms of reference of the Fennelly Commission, as the current terms of reference prevent the examination of allegations concerning the bugging of conversations in some Garda stations by Gardaí. 

Responding to the revelations which were published in the Sunday Business Post today, Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

"Following these revelations, it is clear that the Government must amend the terms of reference of the Fennelly Commission.

"It would be farcical for the Commission to only examine tapes of recorded phone conversations at some Garda stations and not examine allegations of bugging at Garda stations.

"This latest development demonstrates again the problems with the Commission, from the decision by the Government to instigate the Commission and its terms of reference in an environment of political panic, to the outrageous length of time it has taken for the public to learn the Commission's findings on the circumstances leading to the sudden retirement of the Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan.

"It is long past time that the Fennelly Commission's interim report on those circumstances was published."

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Gerry Adams TD, President of Sinn Féin has written to the Minister Finance seeking that a full statement is made to the Dáil on the sale of the NAMA northern loan book.

Teachta Adams said:

“Over the past number of days we have had a series of allegations relating to the sale of the NAMA loan book in the North. We have also had a number of statements from NAMA and others. The Minister for Finance has yet to make a full statement on the sale.

“It should be remembered that this sale was the largest by NAMA in which loans with a par value of £4.5billion was sold at a huge discount for £1.3billion.

“I have now written to the Minister requesting that he seeks the permission of Ceann Comhairle to make a full statement on this sale.

“It is not good enough that the Government remains silent on this issue which has handed on a massive loss to citizens.”

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Sinn Féin has launched a state wide campaign for a Fair Recovery. The campaign will involve a series of public meetings and the distribution of close to one million leaflets door to door.

This campaign is about setting out some of Sinn Féin’s priorities and to start a debate about the future, about what type of country and society we want to live in, about equality, and the type of recovery we want.

Visit our special web section A Fair Recovery Is Possible here

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Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD today launched a state wide campaign by Sinn Féin for a Fair Recovery. The campaign will involve a series of public meetings and the distribution of close to one million leaflets door to door.

Speaking at a party conference in the Communications Workers Union in Dublin today the Sinn Féin leader said:

“The coming election will be about who can deliver a fair recovery for all our citizens.

At present we have parties that imposed austerity, punished those most in need and are now claiming a one sided and unfair recovery.

There is no difference in policy between Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Labour. They will not deliver a fair recovery but more of the same old cronyism and clienteles

Sinn Féin offers a republican vision of Ireland, deliverable policies for a fair recovery and a new form of politics.

We are asking citizens to make the change, to vote out for hope rather than out of fear.”

Commenting on the current controversy around the sale of NAMAs northern loan book Gerry Adams called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to ensure that the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan “comes into the Dáil on Tuesday and makes a full statement on the handling of the sale by NAMA and states whether he is assured that the sale was value for money and not open to abuse.”

Teachta Adams added:

“The disclosures around this latest controversy involving NAMA underlines the need for a Commission of Investigation to be established into the management and decisions of NAMA.”

Gerry Adams said:

“The experience of the recent marriage equality referendum, in which many people with no previous experience of political activism, became actively involved in campaigning for equality, must be built upon in the coming months.

"We need to seize upon that spirit of hope and active citizenship to build support for equality in other aspects of Irish life.

"We need economic and social equality. That too must be fought for, campaigned for.

"In the way that ordinary people convinced their neighbours, workmates and family members of the desirability and justice of equality for LGBT citizens, we must convince ever greater numbers of people of the desirability of economic equality.

"In the coming months Sinn Féin will set out our manifesto and a range of detailed, costed policies.

"Today is about setting out some of Sinn Féin’s priorities and to start a debate about the future, about what type of country and society we want to live in, about equality, and the type of recovery we want.

"The type of country Sinn Féin wants to see is based on the right to:

Decent work for decent pay.
Access to first class public services.
Affordable childcare.
Abolition of water charges and making the tax system fair.
Addressing the housing crisis.
Advancing the all-Ireland economy for all
our benefit.

"There are big decisions facing the Irish people in the immediate period ahead and we need an honest, open, inclusive discussion."

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Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD is travelling to Greece tomorrow on the invite of the Syriza Government as the Greek people make a historic decision on an austerity package linked to a Troika bailout programme.

Speaking as he prepared to travel Deputy Doherty said:

“Sinn Féin stands in solidarity with the people of Greece and firmly against austerity.  The actions of the Troika in relation to Greece in recent months have been akin to those of the schoolboy bully.

“Unfortunately, our own government and Michael Noonan in particular has not only stood with the bullyboys but actually put the boot in himself when the opportunity arose.

“I am happy to be travelling to Greece this week as the Greek people make a historic decision this austerity bailout package.

“Two rounds of severe austerity linked to previous bailout deals have not worked for Greece and it is clear that debt relief is needed.

“While other European leaders are trying to paint this as an in out referendum the truth is that this is a choice voting accepting a bailout package that will further damage the Greek economy or on the other hand strengthening the hand of the Greek government in further negotiations.

“That is a decision for the people of Greece to make but if I had a vote it would certainly be a strong no.”

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Writing in a blog this evening Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD called on the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to make a Dáil statement next week on the sale by NAMA of its northern loan portfolio to US vulture capital firm Cerberus in April 2014.

Mr Adams' call follows long running concerns by Sinn Féin about NAMA and the Cerberus deal operations and new allegations made in the Dáil on Thursday by Independent TD Mick Wallace.

The full text of Gerry Adams blog can be accessed on Gerry’s blog at largesse.blogspot.com

Writing in his blog Gerry Adams said:

“Last month the Government was forced to establish a Commission of Investigation into IBRC following widespread concerns about its activities.  At the time I said similar concerns surround the operation of NAMA. NAMA has been ordered to wind up faster than its 2020 remit demands. 

"Sinn Féin is concerned this may result in a firesale of assets and a failure to get full value for the taxpayer.  NAMA is in the news again this week, this time over the sale of its northern loan portfolio to US vulture capital firm Cerberus in April 2014.

"The value of these loans had a value of £4.5 billion.

"The purpose of NAMA selling this loan portfolio was to recoup the losses to the Irish taxpayer who were forced to bailout the banks who lent the money in the first place. But NAMA sold the £4.5 billion of loans to Cerberus - it is alleged for only £1.5 billion. Even before this sale took place, Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty raised serious concerns about it in the Dáil with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

"Cerberus got a bargain and the people got taken for fools by the Government and the golden-circle again.

"One year on we are being told of serious concerns being experienced by local businesses in the north, many of whom were in fact ‘good’ borrowers, who agreed their repayments with NAMA before it sold off the northern portfolio, and who have yet to miss a repayment.

"Sinn Féin warned of this at the time and Cerberus promised to work with local business and gave assurances, to act in the best interests of the local economy. They also pledged not to seek quick fixes or embark on a fire sale.

"Despite these promises, Cerberus are seeking quick fixes and have embarked on a fire sale to secure the par value of the loans of £4.5 billion. This has been to the detriment of the local economy.

"Cerberus cannot come to Ireland as profiteers and not be scrutinised or held to account.

"Further allegations raised by Deputy Mick Wallace TD in the Dáil on Thursday suggest a cabal involved in insider trading and political cronyism.

"I welcome the statement from the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who has called for an intensive investigation into these allegations. 

"I also welcome the decision by Daithi McKay, Sinn Féin Chair of the Assembly Finance Committee, to seek an emergency meeting of the committee to consider its response to the NAMA allegations.

"Cerberus was previously invited by the Assembly Committee to give evidence but didn’t. Daithi intends calling them again.

"He also plans to call NAMA officials and the Law Firm mentioned in the current controversy to speak to the committee, and I understand that he intends inviting Mick Wallace to appear before the committee also.

"This latest NAMA controversy underlines the need for a Commission of Investigation into the operation of NAMA.

"As a first step, and in light of the revelations and allegations over the last 24 hours it is imperative that the Minister of Finance Michael Noonan comes into the Dáil on Tuesday and makes a full statement on the handling of this sale by NAMA and states whether he is assured that the sale was value for money and not open to abuse."

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Speaking in advance of a vote of the European Parliament on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), due to take place during the plenary session in Strasbourg this Wednesday, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has called on Irish MEPs to reject the report coming before the European Parliament.

Carthy said:

“The vote due to take place next Wednesday provides the first opportunity for MEPs to make a clear stand on TTIP.

“It invites MEPs to make a clear choice between the wishes of the people of Europe and the interests of the corporate elite.

“All across Europe, citizens have campaigned tirelessly to voice their huge and growing opposition to TTIP while powerful lobbyists have manoeuvred behind closed doors to influence the powers that be at European level.

“TTIP is not a good deal for Irish citizens. It threatens our environment, our workers, our standards and our democracy.

“The Irish Government has unfortunately failed to make even the most feeble of attempts to defend our interests during these negotiations.

“It has failed to take heed of the report commissioned by Copenhagen Economics, flawed as it is, which clearly states that TTIP is a threat to Irish businesses and Irish agriculture.

“Sinn Féin will not accept a deal which places the interests of corporations and investors ahead of Irish citizens and I am urging fellow Irish MEPs to stand up for Ireland’s interests and reject the report due before the Parliament on Wednesday.


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Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has taken a swipe at the EU and the Irish government’s ongoing reactions to the crisis in Greece.

Speaking in Dublin prior to Saturday’s protest in support of Greece, the Dublin MEP said:

“Every mainstream economist and even the IMF has quite clearly stated that Greek debt is unsustainable. And yet we have Enda Kenny, Joan Burton et al rigidly following the pro-austerity line pushed by their European masters in Brussels. 

“While our government is clearly locked in that familiar position of kowtowing to Brussels, it is clear to those outside the bubble of establishment politics in Ireland that the bitterness Europe’s elite have towards Syriza stems from the Greek government being a dissenting voice to the EU’s failed austerity agenda while standing up for its people.

“Never has that fact been more clearly demonstrated than in the recent comments made by the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz who said that negotiations with Greece should continue but only with an appointed technocratic government should the Greek people vote Yes in Sunday’s referendum.

“This is an example of the President of the European Parliament interfering in the internal politics of a member state. Europe’s dislike of Tsipras and Syriza has no boundaries.

“I am asking the Irish people to demonstrate support for the Greek people tomorrow. Please join us at 12 noon at the Central Bank and let Kenny & Co know that the Irish people will not stand idly by and watch Europe’s puppeteers quietly pull the strings of a political coup in a fellow member state.”  

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