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Sinn Féin Westminster 2015 Election Broadcast

Sinn Féin stands for equality and protecting the most vulnerable. Our progressive politics and commitment to the rights of citizens is the only alternative to the extreme austerity agenda of the British government. A vote for Sinn Féin is a vote for real and lasting positive change.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said Sinn Féin's progressive politics is the only alternative to austerity.


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Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Seán Crowe TD, has stated his concern for Ibrahim Halawa after his trial in Egypt was postponed again.

Deputy Seán Crowe said:

"I am very concerned for the health and well being of Ibrahim Halawa.

"He has been in jail for over 600 days and faces no prospects of a fair trial in Egypt.

"I again call on An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to contact directly the Egyptian President with a view to securing the release of Ibrahim Halawa and allow his safe return to his family in Dublin."

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Sinn Féin's Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Seán Crowe TD, sends his condolences to those affected by Nepal's huge earthquake which has claimed the lives of over 1,900 people.

Deputy Seán Crowe said:

"The scale of the destruction and the death toll are immense.

"I send my condolences to all those affected.

"Nepal is a popular destination for Irish tourists and I know that the Department of Foreign Affairs are eagerly trying to contact any Irish people in the country.

"Aid workers are bravely working to remove rubble and save lives, including those from Irish NGOs.

"I urge people to do all they can to support these rescue efforts."

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Gerry Adams said:

"It is now clear that the Government has been involved in a cover up of the emerging IBRC scandal.

"Since 2012, Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty has raised queries regarding the various deals which saw debt write downs of debt by IBRC.

"When he asked how much IBRC had written off in debt forgiveness, he was consistently told that the overall total was commercially sensitive.

"And today, the Sunday Times reports that there was a surge in share activity a month before IBRC received the first bids in a confidential sale process for Siteserv.

"This obviously raises very serious questions for the Government. 

"The Taoiseach's response to this scandal has served to make the situation worse and to cause further concern among citizens. His  response has been to deny all knowledge of these issue.

"The decision to appoint liquidators who also acted for SiteServ to conduct a review has merely led to further cynicism about the Government's approach.

"The Taoiseach has the opportunity to redeem himself in this affair by establishing a Commission of Investigation. That remains the best way to get to the bottom of this scandal."

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Sinn Féin's Spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise Peadar Tóibin has emphasised the importance of an independent inquiry into the Siteserv scandal as futher revelations on the sale of the company to Denis O'Brien owned Milligont, at a huge loss to the Irish taxpayer, continue to emerge. 

Following revelations today of a surge in trade activity of Siteserve shares, a month prior to IBRC receiving the first bids in a confidential sale process for the company in 2011, Deputy Tóibín said;

“These revelations expose further reasons for concern in the Siteserv saga. Such an increase in trading could certainly deemed unusual, and it is imperative that this be investigated, and that all the identities of the share buyers be made public.

“This latest update serves to underline the many inconsistencies, obscurities and peculiarities that pepper the Siteserv scandal. It is increasingly obvious that an in-house investigation proposed by Minister Noonan is wholly inadequate.

“That KPMG liquidators have been appointed to conduct the review has won widespread disbelief, as the company also acted for Siteserv. This disbelief was echoed by Alan Dukes himself who expressed amusement at the choice of liquidator.

“Sinn Féin have called for a Commission of Investigation into the matter, an investigation that is not just limited to the IBRC and Siteserv. The dozens of other large debt write downs to big businesses by Nama and AIB must also be examined.

“The unusual hike in Siteserv shares must also be investigated, however this likely will not be within the remit of Minister Noonan's inquiry into IBRC, again exposing the limitations of this inquiry of convenience.

“The people of Ireland have a right to transparency and accountability, and to know whether their taxes were wisely spent or squandered as the country was reeling from the economic meltdown brought about by Fianna Fáil.”

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD was in north Belfast this morning canvassing with party candidate Gerry Kelly.

Speaking during the canvas the Sinn Féin leader said:

“This is one of the most important elections in recent years.

“Whichever party or parties make up the next British government all are committed to an intensification of austerity. The Tories have stated their intention to cut £12 billion more out of welfare and Labour have also promised more austerity.

“The next British government will seek to impose further cuts to the block grant.

“The Unionist parties have conservative policies and support the Tories.

“I would appeal to working-class unionists to reflect on the fact that the unionist parties do not represent their economic interests.

“Unionist parties all back a Tory EU referendum that could see Britain leave the European Union with disastrous consequences for jobs and for the economy. Sinn Féin is the only party in the north to have taken a clear stand against austerity.

“We are determined to oppose future cuts and to demand the restoration of the one and a half billion already taken from the block grant.

“We have a proven record of building the economy and targeting investment to frontline services and protecting the most vulnerable.

“Gerry Kelly is part of a strong Sinn Féin team. He will be relentless in seeking the best deal for all our people. This election is an opportunity to take a stand against the Westminster politics of austerity and for a vision of a united, prosperous, equal and inclusive Ireland.

“After the election we will be seeking an immediate negotiation with the incoming British Government to restore the budget and protect public services and to gain full control over our economy. 

“A vote for Sinn Féin and the election of Gerry Kelly will strengthen our hand.”

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Speaking today Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly has commented that it is bizarre that Fianna Fáil members are this weekend passing motions criticising policies and cuts which they themselves implemented before they were ignominiously forced out of office in 2011.

Senator Reilly said;

“I find it abhorrent that the Fianna Fáil membership can pass motions at their Ard Fheis this weekend criticising government policies and cuts when they themselves acted the exact same way before they were thrown out of office.”

“The first motion put to the floor criticised this government’s treatment of the elderly, the young, and the disabled. Without a doubt this government deserves to be castigated for their treatment of all these citizens, and many more, but it is the height of irony that Fianna Fáil are raising this issue when they attacked these very same groups when they were in government.”

“Such a statement highlights the absolute arrogance of a party who led the country into economic meltdown. Ironically, for a party that believe they are born to rule, the Soldiers of Destiny proved themselves incredibly bad at it when they got the chance.”

“Fianna Fáil should not be let off lightly by paying mere lip service to the people they disadvantaged and oppressed the most when they were in power. Neither should we as a nation forget the legacy of their actions when they were in power; corruption, nepotism, jobbery, clientelism, negligence of social responsibility, golden circles, and many more.”

“This weekend we have seen a party who are politically afraid and who are taking their fear out by attacking Sinn Féin. This is born of a fear of a genuine Republican party who stand up for the Irish people and have conviction in their beliefs. Fianna Fáil can attack Sinn Féin all they want in their effort to fight back against the wave of irrelevance which has overcome them; we are confident that the electorate will neither forgive nor forget what they did to this country.”

“All the while Sinn Féin will continue to grow and do right by the all people of Ireland.”

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Sinn Féin’s Workers Rights spokesperson David Cullinane has labelled Fianna Fáil’s concern about low pay and vulnerable workers as opportunist hypocrisy. Commenting on motions submitted to the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis, Senator Cullinane said:

“How could anyone take these motions on workers rights seriously?

“Are we really expected to believe Fianna Fáil is genuinely concerned about the gender pay gap, zero hour contracts, low pay and the victimization of vulnerable workers?

“This is a party that has been in power since the 1930s and never introduced collective bargaining compelling employers to recognize trade unions and to engage with them on pay and conditions.

“By calling at its Ard Fheis for an increase in the minimum wage Fianna Fáil is engaging in crude populism. This is the same party that cut the minimum wage by one euro to €7.65 in 2011 without batting an eyelid.

“While in power they could have introduced universal childcare provision which would have dramatically improved life for low paid female workers, again it chose not to.

“To be calling now for childcare provision is pure electioneering.

“Sixty percent of low-paid workers are women and while 25% of all workers earn less than the living wage of €11.45 per hour, 50% of all women workers earn €20,000 per annum or less.

“This did not happen overnight and Fianna Fáil has to take a huge amount of responsibility for this state of affairs.

“Fianna Fáil’s newfound concern for workers right just doesn’t wash, it’s populist and fake."

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Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has again criticised Taoiseach Enda Kenny's handling of the growing scandal around IBRC.

Gerry Adams said:

"The response of the Government and the Taoiseach to the growing scandal around IBRC has been weak and entirely inadequate.

"For several days this week Mr Kenny was unable to answer questions in the Dáil on this issue and his actions since have do nothing to get to grips with this issue.

"Alan Dukes' press conference yesterday merely raises further questions and concerns around IBRC and the Siteserv scandal.

"Mr Dukes said the Department of Finance was kept abreast of the sales process at all stages.

"He has said that the IRBC board never had a review of the Siteserv transaction. This contradicts Minister Noonan's claim that there was a review.

"Major questions remain for the Government. For instance, If the Department of Finance had so little confidence in IBRC, why was Mr Noonan happy to accept its assurances regarding the Siteserv transaction?

"Why were so many dissenting voices in the civil service ignored in relation to various IBRC transactions?

"There is obvious public disbelief at the fact that KPMG liquidators have been appointed to conduct review, as KPMG also acted for SiteServ.

"Let's remember this issue concerns millions of euro of public money. Citizens and taxpayers want the truth behind this scandal.

"The Taoiseach needs to establish a Commission of Investigation. That remains the only way to get to the bottom of this scandal, to answer all of the concerns that have been raised and to reassure the public."

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Responding to comments attributed to Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the US Ambassador's Residence this week, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has said that the calls for the Taoiseach for the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) to be concluded in 2015 highlights the weak approach of the Irish Government to these negotiations.

Carthy said:

“The Taoiseach’s comments clearly show the lack of any intention of the Irish Government to take any steps to protect Ireland’s interests in these negotiations.

“Instead of addressing the legitimate concerns of the Irish people, our Taoiseach has declared that he “will work with our European Colleagues and American connections to get this across the line” by the end of 2015.

“This is despite the fact that Farming organisations, Sinn Féin and even the Government’s own Report has identified a clear threat to one of Ireland’s largest indigenous industries, the Beef Sector.

“It is despite the fact that the IMO has recently argued that TTIP could give powerful lobbyists such as the tobacco industry a helping hand to interfere with the right of Governments to legislate to protect the rights of citizens.

“It is despite the fact that the hugely controversial ISDS mechanism is still under review, six out of fourteen European Parliament Committees drafted opinions rejecting the inclusion of ISDS in the deal, MEPs have submitted 898 amendments to the proposed deal and hundreds of thousands of people across Europe have taken to the streets in opposition to this deal.

“It is despite the fact that, not only has this Government failed to outline any red line issues on behalf of the Irish people in these negotiations, but the contents of this deal have not been debated in any meaningful way in Ireland and have not yet come before the Houses of the Oireachtas.

“Has our Government really got so little regard for the democratic wishes of the people of Ireland and of Europe and the institutions that give effect to those wishes?

“Once again our Government has shown itself to be more concerned with sucking up to the powers that be at any cost rather than representing the Irish people in a fitting manner on the world stage. Our Taoiseach let the Irish people down with his remarks this week; it is now time for him and his government to stand up for Ireland.”

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