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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.


Martin McGuinness speaking at Stormont said that Sinn Féin's conditional support for the budget bill will create the space to resolve outstanding issues and ensure the executive has workable and sustainable finances and see the full implementation of the Stormont House Agreement.



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Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin, has criticised the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs for her decision to bring about a retrospective cut in funding of ten per cent to youth projects under the remit of the Youth Work Ireland Galway Service.
The Galway West Senator was speaking during the course of Seanad debate in which he called on the Minister to reconsider the decision, and to consult with the local body. He has now called on all Galway senators and TDs to attend a meeting with Youth Work Ireland Galway this Friday to discuss their concerns over the decision.
“The work that Youth Work Ireland Galway does in supporting local community and voluntary youth groups is indispensable, and I believe that this decision is deeply regrettable. They have their roots in the voluntary sector, having grown out of the youth club movement and have been serving the people of Galway since the 70s
“The decision to cut the budget does not seem to have been thought through, or properly flagged up to the organisation. They had been led to believe that there would be a cut of 6.5% as oppose to the ten percent now being implemented. While 6.5% was a substantial cut and would create considerable difficulties for Youth Work Ireland Galway in maintaining their services, they had budgeted and allowed for it.”
“Therefore, understandably, they were shocked and dismayed by the recent news that their allocations from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs were being cut retrospectively by 10% from 1 January 2013. They believe that the 10% cut in funding will lead to a member of staff being laid off and consequently the removal of supports to 12 voluntary youth clubs, 153 youth leaders, 464 young people as well as the only child protection awareness trainer in Youth Work Ireland Galway.”
“Given the essential work that they do, they deserve better than a blunt cut such as this communicated in such a bad way.”
Senator Ó Clochartaigh also questioned the rationale for removing the administration of their funding from Youth Work Ireland national office to a Dublin VEC organisation, the City of Dublin Youth Service Board, closely linked with a body which was responsible for the SUSI fiasco.
“Throughout most of 2012, they were led to believe that if a transfer from Youth Work Ireland were to happen it would be to the local Galway city or county VEC, which again raises questions about communication with the local body and how effective the City of Dublin Youth Service Board will be in supporting the administration remains to be seen.”
“The work that these groups do with young people is, I believe, an investment in the future and I think it is very short sighted to make such a cut in funding. The Minister should reconsider this decision, and begin consultation with the Galway organisation to see whether we can avoid jeopardising any employment or the services they provide.”

Ciorruithe maoinithe do sheirbhísí óige i nGaillimh místuama agus mícheart
Tá cáineadh déanta ag an Seanadóir Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, Sinn Féin, ar Aire na Leanaí & Gnóthaí Óige mar gheall ar an gcinneadh atá glactha aici ciorrú siarghábhálach 10% a ghearradh ar na tionscnaimh atá faoi scáth seirbhís Óige na hÉireann Gaillimh.
Bhí Seanadóir Ghaillimh Thiar ag labhairt dó le linn díospóireacht Seanaid nuair a d'iarr sé ar an Aire athmhachnamh a dhéanamh faoin gcinneadh agus dul i gcomhairle leis an eagraíocht i nGaillimh. Tá sé anois ag iarraidh ar bhaill Oireachtais na Gaillimhe freastal ar chruiniú le Óige na hÉireann Gaillimh sa gcathair ar an Aoine beag seo, le n-éisteacht leis an imní atá orthu faoin athrú maoinithe seo.
“Ní féidir luach a chuir ar an obair éachtach a dhéanann Óige na hÉireann Gaillimh ag tacú le pobail agus grúpaí óige deonacha agus sílim gur céim ar gcúl atá sa gcinneadh atá fógraithe. Tá siad fréamhaithe san earnáil dheonach mar gur fhás siad as gluaiseacht na gclubanna óige agus iad ag freastal ar mhuintir na Gaillimhe ó na seachtóidí ar aghaidh"
“Ní dóigh liom gur déanadh machnamh mar is ceart ar an gcinneadh atá tógtha, ná níor cuireadh in iúl mar is ceart é don eagraíocht féin. Bhí siad den dtuiscint gur ciorrú de 6.5% a bheadh ann, seachas an 10% atá anois dhá chuir i bhfeidhm. Ba mhór an gearradh a bheadh i 6.5% féin, ach bhí an eagraíocht faoi reir le sin a iompar gan seirbhísí a ghearradh, in ainneoin na ndeacrachtaí a chruthódh sin ó thaobh buiséid di.”
“Dá bhrí sin, is furasta a thuiscint gur baineadh stangadh uafásach astu nuair a chuala siad ón Roinn Leanaí& Gnóthaí Óige go raibh gearradh siarghabhálach de 10% le cur i bhfeidhm. Creideann siad nach mbeidh de rogha anois acu ach ligean le fostaí amháin agus mar thoradh ar sin ar thacaíochtaí do dhá chlub óige déag, 153 ceannaire óige agus 464 ógánach, chomh maith leis an t-aon oiliúnaí feasacht cosanta leanaí sa chontae a chailleadh".
“Nuair a fhéachann tú ar thábhacht na hoibre atá ar bun acu tuigeann tú chomh míchóir is atá an chinneadh seo, gan trácht ar an mbealach místuama a cuireadh in iúl é".
Cheistigh an Seanadóir Ó Clochartaigh freisin an chiall atá le seirbhísí riaradh maidir le maoiniú na heagraíochta a bhaint don oifig Náisiúnta atá ag Óige na hÉireann chun é a bhronnadh ar fho-eagraiocht de chuid Coiste Gairmoideachais Átha Cliath, sin iad Bord Seirbhísí Óige Chathair Átha Cliath - a bhfuil gaol gairid acu leis an dream a rinne praiseach den chóras SUSI".
“Le linn 2012 thuigeadar dá n-aistreofaí na cúraimí seo ó Óige na hÉireann go dtabharfaí ar lámh é do Choiste Gairmoideachais Chathair nó Chontae na Gaillimhe, rud a ardaíonn arís cumas cumarsáide na Roinne sna gnóthaí seo agus beidh le feiceáil an mbeidh Bord Seirbhísí Óige Átha Cliath in ann ag an ualach breise oibre seo".
“Tá an obair a dhéanann grúpaí mar seo leis an óige mar infheistíocht sa todhchaí dar liom agus is droch bhuille iad na ciorruithe maoinithe seo. Ba chóir don Aire athmhachnamh a dhéanamh ar an gcinneadh agus comhráíii a thosú arís le heagras na Gaillimhe féachaint an bhfuil aon bhealach eile ann gan cur as d'fhostaiocht nó na seirbhísí riachtanacha a chuirtear i bhfeidhm".
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Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey said it is important that any proposed closure to homes is based upon care in the home being in place to meet the demand.

The West Belfast MLA and Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

“The announcement by Health Minister Edwin Poots that 180 beds, mainly in the care home sector, are to close needs to be balanced with the need for nurses to ensure that the standard of care is not diminished.

“Many patients in homes need reassurance that the standard of care will be available in the community.

“While I am in favour of Transforming Care strategy I am also concerned that this is not privatisation through the back door.

“Whatever changes come through this strategy the fundamental principle of the health service, healthcare free at the point of delivery, can not be altered.

“There needs to be accommodation through the NHS for care homes as we cannot have  a situation where individuals who don’t have family support fall between the cracks and are left neglected in their final years.”

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Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA has completed a round of Government meetings and events in Brazil, and the United States.

These were part of a five-day visit to Brazil to develop investment, trade and tourism opportunities as well as mutually beneficial relationships with universities in Brazil, and then developing stronger links in the United States with HBO, while attending the screening of the first episode of season 3, of "Game of Thrones", which has already brought in 43million pounds and 800 jobs to our economy.

The meetings in the United States ended with a meeting in the White House with President Obama. He has met with Trade Minister Texeira and Foreign Minister Patriota in Brasilia. 

The visit to Brazil started in Sao Paulo where he met with Marfrig, who employ over 5,000 staff in Moy Park, to strengthen the relationship and discuss their ongoing commitment to the North of Ireland.

Following the meeting with Marfrig he participated in the opening of the George Best exhibition at the Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo.  

While in Sao Paulo he addressed an audience of over 150 students at FAAP university and discussed university links with the Director and Professors from the university.  He met the Mayor of Sao Paulo, Fernando Haddad and talked about the opportunities for export and investment in the Brazilian market. 

The delegation then had a highly successful meeting with FIESP, the industrial federation in São Paulo, which represents over 150,000 companies. At this meeting, he discussed potential opportunities in life sciences, health care technologies and e-health. In particular FIESP saw opportunities for our local companies in material handling, construction and engineering in the Brazilian market.

The deputy First Minister then met the mayor and the governor of Rio de Janerio.

On Friday evening in Rio de Janiero the deputy First Minister took part in the 'greening' event at Christ the Redeemer statue, which is part of Tourism Ireland's 'global greening' initiative which aims to promote overseas tourism by using globally iconic sites.

He officially switched the iconic statue "green", with the Archbishop of Rio de Janerio. 

The trip concluded with a meeting in Washington at the White House with President Obama. The deputy first minister was accompanied by three Departmental staff on this overseas visit. Costs for the visit will be published when available. 

All Hotels used,  were booked on the advice of the embassies and consulates who availed of special government rates.

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Speaking at Leinster House before the Oireachtas Health Committee begins its debate on the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said the Bill, which facilitates the use of generic medicines, is a step forward but much more needs to be done.

He also described as ‘farcical’ the decision to rule out of order key amendments he had submitted to exempt epileptic drugs from the legislation.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said;

“The HSE and individual customers are being ripped off with the price of medicines in this State. Recent revelations have shown the HSE paying up to 24 times more than the NHS in the North & Britain for the same generic medicines, while the HSE is reimbursing pharmacists for generic drugs at inflated prices, even though it is now reported that pharmacists are receiving discounts of up to 90% from manufacturers.

“The Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill is a long overdue step forward in that it facilitates greater use of generic medicines. But if the excessive price of generics themselves is not tackled then the savings to the HSE and to patients will be minimal. Much more needs to be done and Health Minister James Reilly must revisit current agreements with the pharmaceutical manufacturers who are clearly profiteering massively in the Irish market.

“Today's Committee Stage of the Bill has been reduced to farce by the ruling out of order of key amendments that I tabled which would exclude drugs for epilepsy from the Bill. This arises out of very serious concerns raised by people with epilepsy that in the case of anti-seizure drugs there is a danger that generic substitutes do not match the precision of the original patented drugs.

“These amendments have been ruled out of order by the Oireachtas Bills Office on the grounds that they would cost the State money and thus can only be moved by a Minister. I dispute this but I will be urging Minister of State for Health Alex White to take heed of the concerns of people with epilepsy and to adopt these amendments himself.”

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 Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has welcomed the publication of draft area plans primary school for the primary school sector. 

Mr. Hazzard said,

“I welcome the publication of the draft primary school area plans by the various education and library boards and CCMS. A formal consultation is now open and that will allow everyone to make their views known on the plans before they go to the Minister for decision-making.

“The area planning process is designed to improve our educational standards and I would encourage everyone to play their part in helping to shape a first class and sustainable education estate.

“There is no doubting that change is required in the educational estate and area planning will be an evolving process over the coming years which will enable parents, teachers and communities to become involved in the debate. Area planning is a fundamental part of shaping a system founded on sustainability and a first class education for all children. Its vital that we all become involved in realising that potential."

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A Sinn Féin delegation this morning met US Secretary of State John Kerry and senior state department officials in Washington DC.

The Sinn Féin delegation included Party leader Gerry Adams TD; Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD; Rita O Hare, Sinn Fein representative to the USA and party press officer Richard McAuley.

Speaking after the meeting Gerry Adams said:

“The meeting with Secretary Kerry was very positive and constructive.

“The US Secretary of State has had a long involvement with the Irish peace process.

“Next month marks the 15th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. This morning I raised with Secretary Kerry our concerns around outstanding issues arising from the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements, including a Bill of Rights for the north; Acht na Gaeilge and a Border Poll.

“We also discussed a range of other matters including the need for an economic dividend and the continued imprisonment of Marian Price and Martin Corey.

“Our conversation also included the recent violence around the flags issue and the serious problems posed by sectarianism and segregation.

“At the end of the meeting we took the opportunity to discuss the Middle East. Secretary Kerry travels there this evening and President Obama goes tomorrow evening.”

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The Sinn Féin candidate in the Meath East by-election, Darren O’Rourke, has called on the government to implement a job creation strategy for Meath East.

O’Rourke said that Sinn Féin is the only party with the policies to get the constituency back working.

He said:

“Fianna Fáil created the jobs crisis. Fine Gael and Labour are not solving it.

“There are over 10,000 people unemployed in Meath with over 2,200 out of work in Kells alone. Emigration is at famine era levels. My own brother was recently forced to emigrate because he just couldn’t find any work. He is one of thousands of young, highly qualified, bright young people forced turn their backs on their country because the government has turned its back on them.

“With its proximity to Dublin airport and other transport links, Meath is an ideal place for businesses to locate, yet the country continues to be overlooked for jobs and investment.

“It is time for new ideas and a new plan to get Meath East back to work. I believe that Sinn Féin is the only party with the policies to get the constituency back to work. We are calling for:

·         A €13 billion statewide job stimulus plan to create 156,000 jobs and retain up to 15,000 existing jobs

·         Open up state procurement to small companies

·         Set job creation targets for regional areas like Meath

·         Develop the tourism potential of Meath East including developing the Boyne Valley as a major tourism, walking and cycling green route

·         Build on Meath’s natural strengths in agriculture and support development of agri-food business

·         Ensure every young person in Meath has access to a job, training or education and is not forced to emigrate

“These are just a few of Sinn Féin’s innovative job creation proposals. I believe that with the right policies we can get Meath East working and I believe that Sinn Féin has those policies.”

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Sinn Féin councillor Gerry O'Reilly said there is clearly a sectarian campaign ongoing within the Newtownabbey area to try and intimidate the local Catholic population.

The Newtownabbey councillor was speaking following yesterday's hoax bomb close to St Enda's GAC and this mornings alert at St Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church on the Shore Road.

The Sinn Féin councillor said.

"Clearly over the last number of weeks there has been a concerted campaign to disrupt and try to intimidate the Catholic population in the Newtownabbey area.

"This is the lowest point of sectarianism when people's place of worship is targeted. I would call on all political parties and community representatives to come out and clearly condemn this behaviour and support people's right to attend their worship free from disruption and intimidation. 

"Sectarianism is a scourge in our society and it needs to be challenged and condemned whenever or wherever it arises."

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Responding to released details of the Cypriot loan deal, Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD said the imposing of an up to 10% levy on ordinary depositors in the country would instil fear on bank depositors across Europe. He said the move made a mockery of the deal agreed last year to separate sovereign debt from banking debt. 
He added that the Irish Government needed to report what progress they have made on securing a deal on Ireland's banking debt. 

Deputy Doherty said:
"The decision last night to impose a levy of 6.75% on ordinary Cypriot deposit holders under €100,000 and a 9.9% levy on those over €100,000 is madness. From what we are hearing no bank bondholders are to suffer losses in this 'deal', but savers are going to be burnt, at a time when Europe needs depositors and needs to offer depositors real security to get them. Already there are reports of people queuing outside Cypriot banks to try to withdraw their money. Europe has caused a bank run in a eurozone country. 

"This move makes a mockery of the deal agreed last year on separating banking debt from sovereign debt. One year on, here we have a sovereign and its people again being told to pick up the tab for a banking mess. Where is the ESM and direct capitalisation of the banks in all of this? In addition, we have Europe instructing a sovereign to increase its corporation tax, something which will send a shiver throughout this state. 

"I would also like to know what progress the Irish Government has made on separating our banking debt from sovereign debt in the last 24 hours. Are we to get a banking deal, or is this Government just stringing us along and trying to distract us with other, weaker measures?"

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