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Here is the much celebrated video shown at Sinn Féin's An Chéad Dáil event in the Mansion House Round Room on January 12, 2019. Sinn Féin former Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha wrote and presents this historic and inspiring reflection of the events of 100 years ago.


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Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald and Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill will lead party delegations in a series of meetings tomorrow with the Police Ombudsman, senior members of the Chief Constable’s team and with families of the victims of the Ormeau Road Bookies attack and other killings. 

Mary Lou McDonald said:

“These meetings come on the back on of last week’s shocking revelations that police failed to disclose key information to investigations by the Police Ombudsman into dozens of killings by loyalist death squads.

“ ‘Significant and sensitive’ information had not been made available to the Ombudsman’s Office while it was investigating the murders of five men by a loyalist death squad at Sean Graham’s bookies on the Ormeau Road in 1992. The information relates to undercover policing. That is appalling and unacceptable.

“That revelation has opened new lines of inquiry into the Ormeau Bookies killings and up to 30 killings by the UDA in south and west Belfast and the north west in the late 1980s and early 1990s and the importation of weapons from South Africa for loyalist gangs.

“Many see these latest revelations as further evidence that the cover-up of the role of British State forces in the conflict in Ireland is systemic. Confidence in policing is at its lowest level for many years. Action is needed.

“The delays in implementing the legacy structures agreed by the two governments and the political parties at Stormont House in 2014 must end.

“The British government must immediately provide funding to the Lord Chief Justice for legacy inquests and adequate funding to the Ombudsman’s Office to properly discharge its duties without further hindrance to its investigations.”

And Mary Lou McDonald said foremost in her thoughts are the families of the victims who face yet another potentially long delay in getting truth.

“It is most important to remember that It is the families of the victims who are being let down once again.

“We will be speaking to families of the victims of the Ormeau Road Bookies killings and other families hurt by this latest sickening blow.

“These families have been waiting 27 years for truth and justice.  It was heart breaking to hear the son of one of the victims saying publicly that it was ‘demoralising’ to hear that justice had been delayed once again. 

“That is wrong. Justice delayed is justice denied. And we will be meeting to update the families after our meetings with the police and the Ombudsman and discuss how Sinn Féin can best support their continued campaigns.” 

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Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on Dublin City Council CEO Owen Keegan to apologise for his “bizarre and hurtful remarks” published in today’s Sunday Business Post. 

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The comments from Owen Keegan in today’s Sunday Business Post are bizarre and hurtful. Families are not in emergency accommodation because it is ‘attractive’. They are homeless because of a lack of social and affordable homes.

“The suggestion that good quality emergency accommodation is ‘attractive’ and encouraging people into homelessness or making them reluctant to move on to permanent housing is deeply insulting to the hundreds of parents whose families have been made homeless. 

“Decades of underinvestment in public housing coupled with the anaemic social housing targets in Rebuilding Ireland is the cause of homelessness. 

“Owen Keegan should apologise for his deeply insensitive remarks and focus on the important job of delivering the homes that so many people so desperately need.” 

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Speaking at the 30th anniversary commemoration of Sinn Féin Councillor John Davey in Lavey, Co Derry today, Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill said:

 “Patriots like John Davey motivate and inspire all of us to transform and unite our country for everyone, not for ourselves alone.  

“We are in a new political era. We will continue to confront injustice, including new revelations of appalling failures by the PSNI to disclose key information to investigations by the Police Ombudsman into dozens of murders by loyalist death squads during the 1980s and ‘90s.

“This is unacceptable and deplorable and we will challenge it head-on as we seek to hold the Chief Constable and PSNI to account.

“If the DUP or anyone else wish to exercise political power in government in the north of Ireland now or in the future, then the cost is to embrace a rights-based society and openness, transparency and equal partnership government, which works for everyone.

“Sinn Féin wants to see the removal of the major obstacles to restoring the political institutions, an end to the denial of rights and the DUP’s financial scandals, and the full implementation of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements.

“We want an Assembly which operates differently from what has gone before, to usher in a new kind of politics, which is progressive, respectful, and has integrity. We will not be part of an unjust government. There will be no return to the status quo.

“As I stand in front of you today and we remember the life and commitment of John Davey, let me leave you with this thought.

“The Good Friday Agreement gave all of our people the opportunity and choice to decide our future together, how we live together, how we work together and how we share this island together. The political momentum on change is moving in that direction. Sinn Féin wants a New Ireland, a fairer Ireland, and a united Ireland.

“We are now in the midst of what is the most defining period politically, economically and constitutionally since the Good Friday Agreement 21 years ago. It is time to talk about the future of our island and people together.

“And it is time to render the British border in Ireland permanently invisible and to make the partition of this country history.” 

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Commenting on news that airline flybmi has entered administration, Sinn Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy said: 

“News that flybmi has entered administration is a huge concern, particularly for the economy in the North West as it operates daily flights to London from City of Derry Airport.

“One of the reasons cited by the airline is the uncertainty caused by Brexit - yet more evidence of the destruction and disruption that the DUP and the British government are prepared to cause to our economy with their reckless Brexit agenda. 

“This will obviously have implications for the new public service obligation (PSO) flight between Derry and London as well as the new route to Manchester, all of which flybmi was due to operate. 

“Of course, the loss of the airline does not mean the loss of the service and I have contacted the Chief Executive of Derry City & Strabane District Council to ensure every effort is made to find an alternative carrier as soon as possible so there is minimal disruption to this service.”

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Responding to comments made by the DUP’s Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill said:

“Sinn Féin wants to see the removal of the major obstacles to restoring the political institutions, an end to the denial of rights and the full implementation of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements.

“The people deserve good government which has integrity and an end to the DUP’s financial scandals. It is shameful that the DUP leadership continues to set its face against achieving this. 

“Sinn Féin has made clear the issues which need to be resolved are not going away.

“It is the responsibility of government to protect the rights of citizens not to facilitate the denial of rights.

“We want an Assembly which operates differently from what has gone before, to usher in a new kind of politics, which is progressive, respectful, and has integrity.

“Given there is no evidence of any change to the DUP positions on these matters the two governments must set out how they deliver the rights of Irish speakers, the rights of women and the LGBT community and implement the legacy structures.”

And the Sinn Féin Vice President rejected comments by Nigel Dodds that a no deal Brexit is better than a bad deal.

“The Brexit crisis is deepening. The countdown to a no-deal crash-out is fast approaching.

“The Withdrawal deal currently on the table is by no means ideal, but it is the least bad option for Ireland.

“Nigel Dodds’ comments today demonstrates once again that the DUP has nothing to offer other than more of the chaos and dysfunction they have brought to politics in Ireland and in Westminster.

“Sinn Féin along with the SDLP, Alliance and Greens want the North to remain within the customs union and single market.

“We want to preserve the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts, protect human rights and together make clear that the back stop is the bottom line to protect our future economic stability and avoid a hard border on this island.” 

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Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has called for the immediate release of Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan on the 20th anniversary of his detention. 

Speaking at a Kurdish solidarity event at Westminster on Friday, the South Down MP said: 

"As we gather in London to mark the 20th anniversary of Abdullah Öcalan’s abduction by Turkish forces in Nairobi in 1999, it's worth remembering that he has now been held in prison longer than Nelson Mandela spent on Robben Island.

"For some of that time, serving mostly in total isolation on Imrali island he has been denied visits from his family, his legal team and independent observers. 

"His continued isolation must end and he should be released immediately, along with other Kurdish political prisoners in order to advance the peace process. 

"International powers have sat back and allowed Erdogan to seize all levers of political control, imprison opponents and rule by decree. 

"A state of emergency has been normalised enabling independent voices in politics, the media and academia to be savagely suppressed.

"Kurdish political prisoners have been on hunger strike in Turkish prisoners calling for an end to the isolation of Abdullah Ocalan. 

"Sinn Féin will continue to stand up for democracy and stand with the Kurdish people in their struggle. The international community must now make its voice heard to demand the release of Abdullah Ocalan."

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Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has said that the Minister for Health Simon Harris is neither competent or capable in managing the size of the National Children’s Hospital, and that the Taoiseach must remove him from his position.

Speaking today, Deputy O’Reilly said;

“We learned absolutely nothing new from hearing the Minister on the radio today. He is out of his depth and clearly incapable of managing a project the size of the National Children’s Hospital.

“We didn’t hear any rational explanation from him as to why he knew about a massive overrun on a capital project and deliberately kept that information from the Minister for Finance during the budgetary process.

“Fianna Fáil should stop protecting Fine Gael and do the right thing in supporting our motion of no confidence in the Minister next week. 

“He has said nothing that would change our opinion of this Minister. He is not able to manage a project of this size, he is out of his depth and Minister Harris needs to go.

“The Taoiseach made remarks in the Dáil this week about the tendering process, and now BAM have issued a statement in response saying they are willing to pull out. The Taoiseach should clarify his remarks and put into the public domain what exactly it was that he was talking about.

“There is no way that Harris and or the Board of the paediatric hospital could have properly considered the offer within 24 hours. This is a Minister and a Government that is in panic mode scrambling for cover.

“We will pay dearly for this. At least €100m is going to be cut from capital projects every year for the next four years. We all want to see the Children’s Hospital built, we absolutely do, but we want value for money.

“We need a new Minister for Health to properly consider this and all other options to ensure timely delivery of the hospital while reducing the cost overrun.

“If there is a possibility of cost recovery well then I believe the Taoiseach should step in at this stage. As we have said, we believe that the Taoiseach and a new Minister for Health need to step in and start managing this project.”

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Speaking after a meeting in Belfast today between the two governments and the local political parties, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald said: 

“Sinn Féin is eager to play a part in a credible talks process to restore the political institutions, end the denial of rights and secure the full implementation of the Good Friday and subsequent agreements.

“However, this is not a credible talks process.

“There is no evidence of any change to the DUP positions on these matters;  no evidence of a political will to address the issues of rights, integrity in government and financial scandals, which Martin McGuinness outlined in his letter of resignation.

“A year on from the last talks process what we have today is a cynical exercise by the British government to buy more time and distract from the DUP’s RHI scandal ahead of local government elections.

“The British government remain in hock to the DUP as partners in the chaos that is Brexit.

“The two governments must set out how they deliver the rights of Irish speakers, the rights of women and the LGBT community and implement the legacy structures.” 

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Sinn Féin Junior Finance Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien has called on the Government to take responsibility for the deepening fiasco at the National Children’s Hospital, as the main contractor has offered to pull out of the project.

Speaking this afternoon, the Cork North-Central TD said:

“Today’s news that the main contractor, BAM, has offered to pull out of the contract to build the National Children’s Hospital is unsurprising.

“BAM issued this offer after the Taoiseach attempted to shift the blame for a €450 million overspend from his own Government to the main contractor. This was a predictably cynical move by the Taoiseach that no one buys.

“This overspend is a direct result of departmental incompetence from the procurement stage through to a cost escalation that Minister Harris has failed and refused to handle.

“It was the Health Minister who chose to adopt a two-stage procurement process despite knowing it was unprecedented and untested in the State.

“It was the Minister who chose a two-stage approach despite knowing it would place added pressure on the design team which could lead directly to significantly higher costs.

“These are the problems that have come to pass and have directly led to an overspend of €450 million.

“Despite these warnings, the two-stage process was chosen.

“This experiment was chosen, despite its risks, in order to complete the hospital as soon as possible and to offer another ribbon-cutting PR event for Fine Gael.

“It was the Taoiseach as Minister for Health who proceeded with this two-stage approach, and it was Minister Harris who failed to act as the costs continued to rise.

“In the procurement strategy report, one of the benefits of the approach chosen was to allow the State to make a strategic change if the price did not deliver value for money. 

“That strategic change required engagement and leadership from the Minister for Health. He provided neither and now we have a €450 million overrun. He should leave the stage.

“The Government should stop blaming the main contractor and acknowledge its own abject failure to deliver this project.

“I call on all of the relevant parties to come before the Public Accounts Committee, end the drip feed of vital information, and find a solution that delivers this project on time and at a value that protects the public interest.”

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Carthy to host “Stop the Vultures! Stop the Evictions!” event in Strokestown this Thursday

Midlands Northwest MEP Matt Carthy will host a “Stop the Vultures! Stop the Evictions!” event in the Percy French Hotel in Strokestown this Thursday the 21st of February at 7.30pm.

The Roscommon native has been central to the campaign against the EU directive on non-performing loans and has been a vocal opponent of the recent evictions in the Strokestown area.

Carthy was scathing of the recent evictions describing the behaviour of the private security personnel as “thuggish” when speaking at the Strokestown community rally before Christmas. “We didn’t stand for it then, we don’t stand for it now and we won’t stand for it in the future!” Carthy said ahead of Thursday’s event.

“We must stop the Vultures! It is a blight in our communities across this country. I have been working in the EU to demand the Commission withdraw its proposal on non performing loans, which aims to give free rein to the vultures and amounts to a second bailout for the banks. We have to campaign at the local level too, to demand the Irish government opposes this dangerous Directive in the Council.”

Carthy will be joined on Thursday evening in Strokestown by Sinn Fein colleague Pearse Doherty TD. The event which takes place in The Percy French Hotel will start at 7.30pm. ENDS

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Speaking this afternoon on foot of BAM writing to the Taoiseach regarding the national children’s hospital project, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has said that the Taoiseach and a new Minister for Health need to take finally control of children’s hospital project.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“The children’s hospital is long overdue and its speedy completion is paramount. However, the overrun on the hospital is extremely worrying and the State cannot have a blank cheque book for any capital project. There has to be sense and prudence.

“The current Minister for Health has shown himself to be totally incompetent in relation to this project and he needs to removed and distanced from anything to do with the new children’s hospital.

“The Taoiseach and a new Minister for Health need to finally take control of this situation and immediately call for an emergency meeting with BAM, with the Design Team, and with The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board about this project. There must be a specific focus on cost recovery and how the costs can be lowered and controlled.  Savings must be made so the mammoth cost overrun is as miniscule as possible. All options must be kept on the table.

“Furthermore, the PwC report must also assess the letter sent by BAM including an analysis of its offer and contents.

“We are also calling on BAM and the Design Team and The National Paediatric Hospital Development Board to appear before the Health Committee to discuss these matters at the earliest available opportunity.

“I have written to the chair of the Health Committee this afternoon calling for this. There are a lot of questions that need to be answered and I have no confidence in this government to take responsibility for all the mistakes made in relation to this important project.” 

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New revelations around a controversial DUP fundraising dinner raise more questions about the actions of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Sinn Féin Councillor Patrice Hardy has said.

Cllr. Hardy was commenting on reports that the Audit Office has concluded that the Council breached its own policy by paying £1500 for a table at the dinner hosted by DUP MP Ian Paisley. Currently, the policy limits spending on attending events to £500.

Cllr Hardy said: “When I first raised fears that rate payers’ money may have been used to fund the DUP through the decision to buy a table at this event, these concerns were dismissed by Mid and East Antrim Council.

“I was forced to submit Freedom of Information requests and to ask the Electoral Commission to intervene, simply to try and get answers as to how ratepayers money was being used by the Council.

“Now the latest revelations from the Audit Office raise more questions about the actions of the Council. Local authorities are not permissible donors to political parties but if it is the case that Council officers knowingly breached their own policy in order to pay this money, that is a very serious matter.

“The ratepayers of Mid and East Antrim have a right to know whether the DUP benefitted financially from the council’s money, and if so, what is going to be done about it.”

Cllr. Hardy also criticised plans by the Council to unilaterally introduce a new policy for future events.

She said: “Given the history of this Council, particularly the Paisley dinner, it seems incredible that Council officers are now attempting to bring in a new policy that would not have any spending limit in place.

“To compound matters, they are attempting to do this without seeking the approval of elected members first. That is entirely unacceptable. Elected councillors are the decision makers and I will be strongly opposing any move to subvert that principle.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has condemned those responsible for the robbery of a filling station on the outskirts of Omagh.

The West Tyrone MLA said:

“I condemn this reprehensible attack which saw a digger being used to steal the ATM, causing substantial damage to the shop building.

“Glendale shop and filling station on the outskirts of Omagh is a family owned business which provides a vital service for the community.

“This is latest attack of this kind in the community after a similar incident in nearby Killyclogher and others in recent years at Fintona, Carrickmore, Garvaghey and Greencastle.

“I would urge anyone with any information to bring it to the PSNI to help catch those responsible.”

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A multi-million distillery and visitor centre project at Ebrington Square is back on schedule after additional investment was secured, Foyle Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has revealed.

Plans for the ‘Quiet Man’ distillery project, were effectively shelved last November when a new distillery tax introduced by the British Chancellor impacted on its viability.

However, the Foyle MP said she was delighted to confirm that it is now back on track.

“This investment is a major part of the wider Ebrington regeneration project and to lose it would have been a disaster,” Elisha McCallion said.

“As soon as it became apparent that it was in difficulty, I along with Conor Heaney who previously worked on the Ebrington redevelopment as a special advisor in the Executive Office, began a series of interventions to explore other options and solutions.

“We met a number of key stakeholders involved in the project and I am delighted to confirm that the project can now proceed as planned after additional investment was secured.

“That is a fantastic result for Ebrington and the city as a whole because this will be an iconic development. It will be a signature investment, expected to create 35 jobs and a state-of-the-art tourist attraction in Ebrington.

“Planning permission has already been secured and the money is now in place so I look forward to the project getting back on track for the scheduled completion date in 2020.” 

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'Celebrating Care Day is an important way of breaking down stigmas, Sinn Féin's children and young person’s spokesperson, Catherine Kelly MLA has said.

The West Tyrone MLA commented:  “On average 16 young people in the north enter care every week. We all have a responsibility to break the stigma around care and being in care and it is for that reason that I am encouraging everyone to celebrate and support Care Day 2019.

"Young people in care face unique challenges, and are recognised as one of the most vulnerable groups in society, particularly around health inequalities, poverty, and inequality of opportunity in education, training and employment.

"Despite these challenges, young people in care have time and time again overcome these obstacles, and Care Day is a day to recognise and celebrate their achievements.

"We must do more, however, to break down these obstacles and toensure that young people in care no longer suffer disproportionately.

"Sinn Féin truly believe that every child has the right to stability, to feel protected and safe, to feel loved, and to equality of opportunity and we will work to ensure that policy reflects this vision." 

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD today addressed the ‘All-Ireland Civic Dialogue on Brexit’ at Dublin Castle.

Speaking at the event, Teachta McDonald called for an all-Ireland conversation and forum to plan for a referendum on Irish unity.

The Sinn Féin President said:

“We are six weeks out from Brexit. The British Prime Minister has effectively binned her own agreement and is counting down the clock, demanding a renegotiation in order to appease the DUP and hard-line Brexiteers.

“Ireland did not consent to Brexit. We do not consent to a hard border. We believe that the ‘backstop’ contained within the withdrawal agreement is a vital insurance policy to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland and must be upheld. It is the bare minimum that is required.

“However, it is time to look beyond Brexit and beyond partition. If the border cannot be mitigated, it must be removed.

“The demand for Irish unity is growing. Ireland north and south is changing. Now is the time to look the future.

“It is time for an all-Ireland conversation and forum to look to the future. To plan for all possible outcomes. To define a new and united Ireland.” 

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Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said figures obtained by him thorough the Budget Oversight Committee show that 346 High Income Earners have accumulated €97.8m in tax reliefs that can be carried forward to be offset against future tax liabilities.

Deputy Doherty said that the figures – the latest available, although they date from 2016 – show that reform is needed of the High Earners’ restriction.

The Donegal TD said:

“These figures are very alarming. The High Income Earners’ Restriction means anybody earning over €125,000 is subject to a regime that ultimately, as their earnings rise, restrict them to €80,000 in reliefs or 20% of their adjusted income in reliefs.

“That is a sensible policy given the ability of high income earners to minimise their tax liability, but the fact that they have built up so much ‘excess relief’ means in coming years there is a danger that they will still benefit.

“A restriction must restrict, not just delay, relief for high earners. Without reform, this small number of wealthy people has scope to write off €97.8m between them in the coming years.

“This is similar to the facility of banks to carry forward tax write offs on losses accumulated. It is a cushion for high earners to use up when they choose rather than an absolute cap.

“I will be seeking reform of this restriction to ensure its aim of restricting manipulation and abuse of reliefs by those who earn enough to play the system will be adhered to. €97.8 m of tax relief waiting to be cashed in by the wealthiest is unacceptable.

“Previous data I received showed that the top 10% of earners take home a third of all income, while the top 1% of earners now take home 11% of income.

“Overall, the highest earning 10,000 citizens in the state took home €5.6bn between them. That means that on average 10,000 people took home more than half a million euro each in gross pay.

“We know from a recent Comptroller and Auditor General report that many of the wealthiest in our country pay less tax than the average worker. Yet now we learn that 346 of these top earners have €97.8m of tax reliefs stored up. The Minister must act to clamp down.” 

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Speaking in advance of a meeting tomorrow between the five parties and the two governments, Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy said:

“There is no indication that the DUP or the British government are serious about resolving the outstanding issues and removing the obstacles to power-sharing.

“This is not a serious or credible attempt to restore the political institutions of the Good Friday Agreement.

“This is about the British government positioning themselves on Brexit and a pretence to extend their legislation (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions Bill) next month.

“Sinn Féin will not be part of a sham process to give credibility to the continued denial of rights. 

“We have no interest in talks for the sake of talking. It must be about delivery.

"Sinn Féin will attend tomorrow’s meeting, we will be seeking credible and urgent proposals to resolve the issues at the heart of this impasse.

“If the DUP is not prepared to deal with the outstanding issues then the two governments must set out how they will implement the agreements and secure the rights of citizens including women, the LGBTi Community, Irish Language speakers and victims of conflict.

“Both governments should bring forward proposals to deal with these outstanding issues.”

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Sinn Féin health spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has urged the Government to delay its plans to levy a 23 per cent VAT rate on food supplements, saying that the measure should not go ahead until there is permanent clarity on the issue including in relation to what shape future rules on food supplements will take.

The Fingal TD’s comments come amid growing opposition from both consumers and industry to the introduction of a 23pc VAT rate being applied to all food supplements, including vitamins, minerals, fish oils, and probiotics, from the 1st of March 2019.

Calling on the Minister to halt the decision, Deputy O’Reilly said:

“There are genuine concerns from consumers, retailers and manufactures that this introduction of a 23 per cent VAT rate on all food supplement products planned for March 1st will have a significant impact on not just those employed in the sector, but will also place a substantial financial burden on customers.

“When Sinn Féin raised this issue during the Finance Bill the Minister agreed to examine it in the context of the Tax Strategy Papers later this year.

“We know too that the Revenue Commissioners are sitting on an expert report one the issue.

“Yet, we have the increase going ahead in March - this is not joined up thinking.

“We have one part of the State looking at the issue later in the year and another part refusing to say what its own report tells us and yet this major change will affect many thousands of users of supplements and workers in that industry is being ploughed away with it.

“The Minister is pushing ahead with this decision despite the fact that we have not been given any clarity on what shape future rules will take in this area, nor has the Revenue Commissioners expert report yet been published.

“I and my party are therefore calling for the introduction of this 23 per cent VAT rate to be deferred until we have full clarity on future VAT treatment in this area and until we fully understand the full impact of these changes.”

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Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has said the British Home Office must clarify the nature of their proposed review into possible Good Friday Agreement violations.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:

“Currently Emma de Souza, is embroiled in a lengthy legal battle with the British Home Office.

“They refuse to recognise her as an Irish only citizen, resident in the north and have also refused to recognise the core legal components of the Good Friday Agreement.

“Emma and her husband Jake, whom she was applying for a residency visa for, have had almost a year of uncertainty and have had to proceed through the courts to clarify Emma's rights. 

“The British Home Office must acknowledge the birth right provisions of the Good Friday Agreement and allow Emma to assert her full rights as an Irish and EU citizen.

“They must clarify the nature of their proposed review into possible Good Friday Agreement violations. 

"As joint-guarantors of all aspects of the Good Friday Agreement including its nationality clause, the Irish and British governments need to defend it.”

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