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Liadh Ní Riada highlights Irish Language Derogation in Brussels

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada highlights Irish Language derogation in the the European Parliament while on language strike in Brussels.

The Minister has acknowledged the negative impact of zero hour contracts for workers, yet his proposals to address this are totally inadequate.  Sinn Féin's position on zero hour contracts is that they should be banned.

Sinn Féin TD and Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has welcomed the climb down from Minister Michael Noonan on the introduction of a Mortgage Insurance scheme. The dropping of the proposal was confirmed to Deputy Doherty in a parliamentary reply.



Sheol Feisire Parlaiminte Iarthair Bhéal Feirste Paul Maskey comhghairdeas mór d’Chultúrlann Mac Adaim, Ó Fiaich as an chéad áit a bhaint amach ar liosta ‘Rudaí le Déanamh’ ar an suíomh idirlínne turasóireachta ‘Tripadvisor’.

Dúirt an t’Uasal Maskey

“Níl aon dabht ann gurbh é An Chultúrlann ceann de na hionaid turasóireachta agus cultúrtha i mBéal Feirste – is léiriú eile an moladh seo ó leitheóirí ‘Tripadvisor’.

Tá Iarthair Bhéal Feirste a cur le branda turasóireacht s’acu an tam ar fad agus tá áiseanna cosúil leis An Chultúrlann ag croí lár an dul chun chinn seo.

Comhghairdeas leis an fhoireann ar fad a dhéanann sár-oibre achan lá le eispéireas sultmhar, Ghaelach, Feirsteach a chur ar fáil do thurasóirí agus daoine áitiúla fosta.” CRÍOCH

Nótaí d’Eagarthóraí: Is féidir na sonraí a léamh anseo


Speaking during the Report Stage debate in the Dáil on the Residential Redress Statutory Fund Bill, Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Seán Crowe, TD, has described the government’s refusal to provide separate redress schemes for the women of the Magdalene Laundries and former residents of Bethany Home as “disgraceful and indefensible”.

The Dublin South West TD was speaking after his amendment seeking separate Redress Boards for the survivors of both these institutions was ruled out of order.

Deputy Seán Crowe said: “There is a wealth of evidence which shows the extent of the abuse inflicted on people who were unfortunate enough to find themselves in the Magdalene Laundries or in Bethany Home.

“Despite the past statements of Labour and Fine Gael TDs in support of the Magdalene women and the survivors of Bethany when in opposition they now remain silent and do nothing. In the case of Bethany, they have failed to even consider those past residents for any form of redress, and the Magdalene women have been denied their basis right to a pension.

“The government has refused to address this issue by using the excuse that the laundries were privately owned and operated and that the State was not complicit in referring individuals to them. Similarly, the excuse used by Minister Quinn and his predecessor not to include Bethany Home in the schedule of redress for survivors of abuse was because it was a privately run mother and baby institution. This is not good enough and contradicts what Labour was saying when in opposition.

“Bethany Home represents the abandonment of the State’s duty of care to women and children in institutions run with a supposed religious ethos which in reality was more about regulating sectarian segregation than providing adequate healthcare provision in places that were supposed to be safe havens for some of our most vulnerable citizens. We know that large numbers of children died in Bethany home while others suffered illness and abuse.

“One year on from the United Nations Convention Against Torture recommending the Magdalene women receive a formal apology from the State, and proper redress the government fails to act. The women and children held in these institutions suffered the most degrading and appalling treatment and deprivations imaginable under the State’s watch. It is simply unacceptable that they are denied any form of acknowledgement for their suffering.”



Sinn Féin representatives, Pat Doherty MP and Raymond McCartney MLA today met with British Secretary of State, Owen Paterson to discuss a range of issues of concern.

Following the meeting Raymond McCartney said:

“Pat Doherty and myself participated in a frank discussion with the British Secretary of State today. Among the contentious issues that we raised were the continued imprisonment of Marian Price, Martin Corey and Gerry McGeough.

“Mr Paterson is under no illusions as to our outright opposition to his undemocratic and vindictive actions in imprisoning these individuals. If Mr Paterson or the British government have evidence of what they believe is unlawful activity by any person then it is incumbent on them to put it before the courts in an open and transparent manner.

“Every citizen, regardless of political opinion or persuasion is entitled to test the veracity of any allegations or charges brought against them. Detaining anyone at the whim of a bureaucrat or securocrat flies in the face of natural justice and should be opposed by everyone who cherishes freedom.

Pat Doherty MP added:

“Among the other issues that we discussed was parades and their effects on host communities. We relayed in very concise terms the concerns expressed by residents in relation to contentious parades and how they negatively impact on efforts to build good community relations.” CRÍOCH


Dúirt Uachtarán Shinn Féin agus TD an Lú Gerry Adams go bhfuil an rialtas ag déanamh “neamhaird iomlán ar imní phobail na Gaeltachta agus ar imní eagraíochtaí Gaeilge trí an Bille Gaeltachta atá thar a bheith lochtach a bhrostú tríd an Oireachtas”

Thóg ceannaire Shinn Féin an cheist seo le linn Ceisteanna na nAirí sa Dáil ar maidín inniu agus ghlaoigh sé ar an Taoiseach bille aon-líne a chuir tríd a chuirfeadh toghchán an Údaráis siar ar feadh sé mhí sa dóigh is go mbeadh faill díospóireacht níos doimhne a bheith déanta ar an Bhille Gaeltachta féin i ndiaidh briseadh an tSamhraidh. Dhiúltaigh an Taoiseach seo a dhéanamh.

Dúirt an Teachta Adams:

“Tá an Bille a bhfuil sé beartaithe ag an rialtas glacadh leis tráthnóna amárach cáinte go forleathan ag grúpaí Gaeilge agus ag páirtithe an fhreasúra. Tá siadsan ag iarraidh an bille a tharraingt siar sa dóigh is gur féidir proiséis cheart chomhairliúchán a bheith ann chun leasuithe thomhaiste agus chiallmhara a dhéanamh air.

Tá cuir chuige an Rialtais i dtabhairt isteach an Bhille seo trom-lámhach agus constaiceach.

Teipeann ar an Bhille seo an Ghaeilge a chosaint nó straitéis dhearfach a chinntiú do fhás na Gaeilge sa todhchaí. Má dhaingnítear é san fhoirm ina bhfuil sé faoi láthair cuirfidh sé dlús le meath na Gaeltachta.

Cuirfidh sé deireadh go háirithe le cearta phobail na Gaeltachta ionadaíocht dhaonlathach a bheith acu ar Údarás na Gaeltachta agus cruthóidh sé Quango eile nach mbeidh ionadaíoch ar mhuintir na Gaeltachta.


Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has accused the government of “showing a complete disregard to the concerns of Gaeltacht communities and Irish language organisations, by rushing a highly deficient Gaeltacht Bill through the Oireachtas”.
The Sinn Féin leader raised this matter during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this morning and called on the Taoiseach to produce a one line bill to postpone the Údaras elections for six months and allow for a more detailed discussion on the substantive bill after the recess. The Taoiseach refused.
Teachta Adams said:
“The Bill which the government intends to pass by tomorrow evening has been widely criticised by Irish language groups and opposition parties who have called for its withdrawal in order that a proper process of consultation can be held and considered and constructive amendments made to it. The Government approach to the introduction and passing of the Bill has been heavy handed and obstructive. The Bill fails to protect the language or provide a positive and constructive strategy for its future growth. If passed in its current form it will contribute to the continuing decline of the Gaeltacht areas.
In particular it will strip Gaeltacht communities of their right to democratic representation on Údaras Na Gaeltachta and create another quango that is unrepresentative of the people in the Gaeltacht areas”.

Note to Editor: In 2008 University of Galway and Maynooth University produced a report on the use of the Irish language in Gaeltacht area; Titled ‘An Staidéar Cuimsitheach Teangeolaíoch ar Úsáid na Gaeilge sa Ghaeltacht’ (Comprehensive Linguistic study on the use of Irish in the Gaeltacht: Principle Findings and Recommendations). The report warned that there was only 15 to 20 years left for the Irish language to survive in heartland Gaeltacht areas if the ongoing pattern didn’t change. Regrettably the government’s Gaeltacht Bill will only make the current situation worse. The Irish language deserves and requires a better Bill than that produced by Minster McGinley.


Sinn Féin Councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has encouraged Belfast Gaels to enjoy Sunday’s Ulster Senior Football Final by watching the game live on City Hall’s Big Screen.

Speaking today Cllr Ó Donnghaile said;

“The Big Screen has proven a popular draw for people for all kinds of important sporting events in recent times, whether the Golf or the European Soccer Championships, and of course the Ulster Senior Football Final is the most important fixture in the province for Gaelic Football fans.

I would encourage people to get out of the house and enjoy a sporting day in Belfast City Centre.

I would also encouraged local sports fans who may not have had the opportunity to experience the GAA before to avail of this fantastic opportunity.

There will no doubt be much interest in the fortunes of Down and Donegal this Sunday and if you can’t make it to Clones for the game itself then where better to be than watching the final in the heart of Belfast.” CRÍOCH


Commenting on the publication of the HSE Governance Bill, Sinn Féin Health & Children spokesperson, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, said the Bill represents bureaucratic change while cuts to public health services worsen and while the inequitable two-tier structure of the health system remains in place. He said the departure of Cathal Magee raised serious concern.
“The departure of HSE CEO Cathal Magee raises serious concern. He was an able administrator and engaged openly with the Oireachtas. It is very significant that Minister of State Róisín Shortall has expressed regret at the departure and has said she learned of it from the media. What prompted Cathal Magee to resign? What is going on between Minister Reilly and his Ministers of State?
“Few people will lament the departure of the HSE Board. It was established by the last Government and was used to abdicate Government responsibility and accountability for the delivery of public healthcare.
“We said at the time of the establishment of the HSE that it represented bureaucratic change while the inequitable two-tier public-private health system remained in place. The replacement of the HSE Board with a HSE Directorate does the same. Governance of the HSE is changing but the system remains the same.
“The Minister’s promised reforms based on universal health insurance have yet to be set out in detail. All the indications are that this will mean more privatisation and a further winding down of publicly delivered healthcare.
“Last year when the Minister called on the then HSE Board to resign there were some 1,500 public hospital beds closed at that stage. As he makes his announcement today there are over 2,400 public beds closed.
“As the Minister announces these changes he is presiding over severe cuts in our public health services with more to follow. The Department of Health is planning to take a further €2 billion out of the public health services up to 2014. The expected €500 million shortfall in the health budget this year was entirely predictable as the cuts imposed in budget 2012 were unsustainable.
“Sinn Féin has called for the restoration of direct ministerial and departmental responsibility for health services which are funded by public money. We have urged the removal of the top heavy bureaucracy of the HSE and a review of managerial and administrative posts within the health service and the Department of Health & Children, eliminating those positions that are surplus to requirements and using the money saved to hire more front line health professionals.
“The Minister should cap salaries in public health services at €100,000 per annum. 110 HSE staff receive more than €100,000 per year.” ENDS


Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Maeve McLaughlin commenting after it was revealed that 2,308 people applied for 14 jobs at a new DFS Furniture Store in Derry said:“I think the figure of 2,308 applying for just 14 jobs at a new furniture store in Derry is quite staggering. It also dispels the propaganda from the Tory led attack on the benefits system claiming hat people are work shy."The length and breadth of Ireland, working class people are suffering as a result of this economic crisis, which is not of their making. The latest employment figures in the North show that there are currently 62,900 people unemployed representing 6.9per cent of the population."The main item on most people’s agenda I speak too, particularly amongst young people in Derry is the lack of jobs. In the last number of weeks thousands of young people who have graduated from our University will now be looking for jobs."Sadly in many cases the only job prospects in the future for graduates are in far off places such as Australia and Canada. We need to see a refocusing of efforts on job creation to include not only foreign direct investment but also in helping small and medium size indigenous businesses to develop in terms of export and innovation. "When the large companies choose to invest here they should also be encouraged to locate their companies in areas of social and economic deprivation like Derry and Donegal .And where the long term unemployed, graduates and those in most need can have an opportunity to access those jobs.  "Educational and training facilities also have a role to play to ensure that people are skilled in the evolving technologies required by the modern workforce. "Creating the conditions where everyone has the same opportunity to get a job not only makes good business sense but in the longer term creates the equal society we are all pledged to deliver. " CRÍOCH


This morning Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD exposed the government’s plan to cut contributory state pensions over the summer and challenged the Taoiseach to halt the cuts.
Speaking directly to the Taoiseach in the Dáil, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Since taking office, this government has relentlessly targeted older people. You cut the Household Benefits Package, raised the pension age by three years, doubled the number of contributions necessary for certain state pensions and now you are cutting the contributory pension for thousands of people from September.
“A worker retiring from September onwards who would have expected a state pension of €225 will now get €30 less each week. That’s an annual loss of €1,500. In the case of a couple this loss will be €51 or €2,650 annually.
“These significant cuts are being snuck in over the summer by Ministerial Order and they will take effect from September.
“There is very little public awareness of this. And there is no lead in time. Older workers on the brink of retirement will have zero opportunity to make alternative provisions for themselves.
Taoiseach, I am calling on you to protect pensioners, call off your minister and put a halt to these cuts”.


Liadh Ní Riada highlights Irish Language Derogation in Brussels


Mary Lou McDonald TD, Cllr Catherine Seeley & Francie Molloy MP