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Speaking at a public meeting in Cork City this evening, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada described The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as "a serious threat to the rights of ordinary citizens and the future of democracy within the European Union".

She said that the TTIP legislation contains many destructive elements that will impact negatively on workers rights, agriculture and the environment in a very profound way. She stated that the legislation, particularly the controversial ISDS mechanism, was akin to the underpinnings of a dystopian society.

Ni Riada said;

"TTIP is perhaps the most destructive legislation to ever come through the European Institutions in terms of its potential to erode the rights of ordinary citizens and the very real threat that it poses to democracy in the EU.

"The ISDS mechanism is a shady, behind-closed-doors forum for corporations to sue governments. The mechanism basically undermines the democratic right of parliaments to legislate in the best interests of their people. It turns the legislative focus to the interests of multinational companies and private investors. It would undermine democracy by allowing major international companies to ride roughshod over the democratic decision of the EU.

"TTIP will have a destructive influence on every aspect of our lives and this includes agriculture. Ireland as an island is export-led in terms of agriculture. 90% of our beef is exported while 85% of our dairy produce is exported. The US is attempting to use TTIP as a Trojan Horse in order to gain access to this market. This will be a disaster for Irish beef producers because, to the unregulated environment across the Atlantic, their US counterparts do not have to bear the same costs of production.

“Ireland’s beef sector is expected to contract by a value of between €25-45 million as a result of TTIP. This would be a nightmare when you consider that the Irish Beef Sector supports 100,000 family farms.

“The erosion of the right to work is also a very alarming aspect of TTIP. The European Commission has estimated that TTIP will bring about the displacement of between 600,000 to 1 million jobs across the EU. Furthermore. The agreement will allow companies to sue states in relation to aspects of workers’ rights legislation that they want to see erased.

“It is not unreasonable to argue that TTIP represents the underpinnings of a dystopian society.

"Sinn Féin has been to the fore of the campaign against TTIP in Europe and we will continue to oppose any moves which threaten workers rights, agriculture, food safety and potentially people's health."


Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said there should be no barriers for people with disabilities participating in sport. 

Mr McMullan said; 

"I met with representatives of Sport NI to discuss the involvement of people with disabilities and special needs in sport. 

"It was a positive meeting and I outlined the importance of involvement in sport for everyone in society, including people with disabilities. 

"Sport NI agreed the new council structures will have a lead role in providing increased access to sport for people with disabilities and that measures to improve accessibility will be integrated into sports development plans. 

"These plans will also include specialist training for coaches and equipment to allow as many people as possible to participate in sport, regardless of their abilities. 

"There should be no barriers in place preventing people with disabilities participating in sport." 


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said the British and Irish governments need to change their position on the current talks and honour commitments made in previous agreements. 

Mr Adams said; 

"We are facing in to a period of major political challenge in the coming weeks. 

"Meaningful negotiations have yet to get underway due to the lack of engagement or leadership by the British Government and Unionist political leaders.

"The British government has been attempting to present themselves as a neutral broker and unionists have once again demonstrated they are not fully committed to power sharing and equality. 

"For their part, the British government needs to honour its commitments made in previous agreements. 

"It also has to provide a workable and sustainable budget for the Executive in order for it to deliver public services and protect the vulnerable. 

"The continuing Lanigan's Ball approach by unionists to taking their ministerial seats does little to convince nationalists and republicans they are serious about power sharing and making the institutions work. 

"We need to see a change in approach from both the British government and political unionism in the negotiations."


Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency Matt Carthy has welcomed the positive vote on the Payment Services Directive in the European Parliament last week.

The Payment Services Directive creates new prospects for SMEs and budding start-ups by opening up the banking industry to what are known as Third Party Providers (TPPs). Not only does this opening create more employment and business opportunities but it also allows for more consumer choice.

Carthy stated;

"As a member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee I have been working on this dossier on behalf of the GUE/NGL group for a number of months and I have been proactively involved in the ongoing negotiations leading up to this vote. 

"My role was to engage in trialogues to ensure that sustainable economic growth and growth friendly fiscal measures were centrefold.

“During discussions at ECON preparatory meetings I highlighted the need to break the dominance of the big banks who currently control the payments market to the detriment of small businesses and budding entrepreneurs.

"Moreover, I sought to ensure that the Regulation would strengthen consumer protection and regulate operators who previously functioned with no regulatory or supervisory framework. All competitors will now be forced to comply with financial regulation which is crucial for any economy.

"I welcome this positive vote and I will be monitoring this matter closely in order to ensure that this legislation is enacted as swiftly as possible".


Sinn Féin councillor Gemma McKenna has said the growth of foodbanks is a damning indictment of the impact of the Tory government's austerity agenda. 

Speaking after leading a Sinn Féin delegation to meet volunteers at Craigavon food bank, councillor McKenna said; 

"The food bank has been in operation for two and a half years and is getting busier due to the harsh circumstances people find themselves in. 

"Those who are doing this work at Craigavon Food Bank should be praised enormously for their efforts, but it cannot be ignored that the austerity policies of the Tory Government will continue to lead people in to poverty.

"In the year April 2013 to March 2014 the food bank was used 2,432 times and for the same period this year it was used 3,682 times. 

"This is a growing problem the Tory government continues to ignore. The continuation of the Tory austerity agenda would lead to organisations like the food bank being overrun. 

"We need to have a united voice from all political parties and wider civic society opposing Tory austerity policies." 


 Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has said the loss of evidence inthe Miami Showband Massacre case has raised more questions than answers.

 Mr Brady said,

 “This is the second case in a matter of weeks in which evidence has been lost. In both these cases it is highly likely that collusion between British state forces and Unionists paramilitaries played a major part in the killings.

 “I wrote to the PSNI asking about the whereabouts of the instruments after being approached by surviving members of the band at a memorial service held on the 40th anniversary of the attack.

 “Last month I received a reply from Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr stating the instruments had been lost.

 “I again wrote requesting more information and have a received a reply stating the items were sent to a police officer at Newry RUC Station who has since died.

 “This has raised serious questions as was it normal practice for one person to be in charge of evidence or did nobody take over the role when he died or left the police?

 "I am also deeply concerned that had members of the band not raised this issue with me we may never have known about the missing evidence.

 “In an unsettling coincidence I received the letter from Mr Kerr explaining there was no hope of finding the instruments in the same week the Coroner expressed his incredulity at the loss of evidence in the Daniel McColgan case.

 “It is of grave concern that two cases, separated by almost 30 years, could exhibit so many of the same worrying trends.

 “The PSNI need to produce the paper trial on the missing evidence so we can be content that everything is being done to retrieve the missing material.”


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson is set to speak at a public meeting in Craigavon tonight on opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. 

Speaking ahead of a public meeting in Craigavon, Ms Anderson said; 

"The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is one of the largest and most controversial pieces of legislation to ever come through the European Parliament. 

"It would undermine democracy by allowing major international companies to ride roughshod over the democratic decision of the EU. 

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to address a meeting of the Craigavon and District Council of Trade Unions alongside Rev Chris Hudson to discuss our opposition to TTIP. 

"This legislation is causing anger across Europe as more and more people realise how far reaching the implications of TTIP could be. 

"In recent days we saw tens of thousands of people taking to the streets of Berlin to protest against this unfair legislation. 

"Sinn Féin have been to the fore of the campaign against TTIP in Europe and we will continue to oppose any moves which threaten workers rights, agriculture, food safety and potentially people's health."


Deputy Martin Ferris has expressed his sympathy on the tragic death of Fr. Gearoid O'Donnchada in Fenit this morning.

Deputy Ferris said:

"The people of the parish of Fenit and the wider community are horrified at the tragic death of Fr. O'Donnchada this morning. Fr. O'Donnchada served his parish faithfully for many years and he had a deep affection for Fenit and it's people. This affection was reciprocated by the people of the area towards him.

"He was involved in many projects in the area over the years, none so much as the St. Brendan the Navigator statue on Samphire Island at Fenit pier which he spearheaded and will forever be connected with him. His historical knowledge will be impossible to replace and to his family and many friends

"I express my deepest sympathy.His passing has left a deep void and sense of bewilderment in the area which has suffered many tragedies over the years, people like Fr. O'Donnchada were always there to help in these situations and I know the parish of Fenit will rally around to help his family at this terrible time. Ar dheis Dé a raibh a anam dílis."


Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane has extended her sympathies to the family of Garda officer Tony Golden who was killed in Omeath yesterday. 

Ms Ruane said; 

"This incident has caused widespread shock in the local community. 

"I knew Garda Tony Golden personally and he was extremely well known and well liked in the area. 

"He was part of a team of Gardaí who worked with me when threats were made against my life and he visited my home a number of times. 

"He worked closely with the local community, particularly with the Community Alert schemes. 

"My thoughts are with his family at this very sad time."


Sinn Féin Leader and Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed shock at the news of a fatal multiple shooting incident in Omeath, County Louth.

Gerry Adams said:

"I am shocked at the news that two people including a member of An Garda Síochána have died in a shooting incident in Omeath this evening.

"My thoughts and sympathies are with the families of those who have died and have been injured.”


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said today that the behaviour of unionist leaders was helping no one and that “nationalists and republicans need certainty that unionism genuinely wants to participate in power sharing; and will do so constructively. Unionism must prove that it wants the institutions to work for every citizen and all sections of our society.”

Mr Adams said:

“It is expected that the report by the British government appointed commission into ‘paramilitaries’ will be published shortly. Whatever its conclusions Sinn Féin will not tolerate any erosion of the rights of citizens to vote for Sinn Féin and to be represented by Sinn Féin.

“The cynical exploitation by unionist political leaders, in particular Mike Nesbitt of the Ulster Unionist party, of the murders of Jock Davison and Kevin McGuigan, has brought the political institutions in the north to the point of collapse and significantly undermined public confidence in the political system and parties. Mr Nesbitt saw an opportunity to electioneer on this issue and has put nearly two decades of relative peace and progress at risk because he seeks more votes than the DUP.

“The behaviour of unionist leaders helps no one. On the contrary their damaging approach to resolving difficulties in the political process has created huge frustration among Sinn Féin activists, and the wider republican and nationalist community, who don’t believe that unionist leaders are serious about making politics work.

“In the weeks ahead there are major political challenges facing the current negotiations.

“Firstly the British and Irish governments must honour their commitments. They have failed to do this thus far.

“The British government has to provide a viable, workable sustainable budget, which allows the Executive to deliver public services and proper protections for the most vulnerable in our society.

“The commitment to address legacy issues agreed in the Haass talks and in the Stormont House Agreement must be reflected in any final legislation produced by the British government.

“Nationalists and republicans need certainty that unionism genuinely wants to participate in power sharing; and will do so constructively. Unionism must prove that it wants the institutions to work for every citizen and all sections of our society. The deliberately slow and damaging approach of unionist leaders is no longer tolerable or acceptable.

“After nearly 18 years of the Good Friday Agreement and eight years of a working Executive and Assembly, and all-island institutions, there are increasing numbers of citizens who seriously doubt the capacity of political unionism to ever share power in good faith and consequently for the institutions to work.”


Sinn Féin Leader, Gerry Adams TD, has commented today on the decision made by Sandra McLellan TD not to run in the General Election.

Teachta Adams said:

"I was sorry to hear that Sandra McLellan decided not to contest the selection convention for Cork East.

"Sandra is a valued member of the Sinn Féin Oireachtas team and no doubt that this was a difficult decision for her. I wish her and her family well and I thank Sandra for her contribution to Sinn Féin. 

"Sandra can be extremely proud of her work over the past four-and-half years as TD for Cork East and I hope that she will continue to make an important contribution over the remainder of this Dáil term.

"The life of a public representative can be very difficult at times but I am pleased, despite her decision not to stand again, that Sandra has expressed her support for Councillor Pat Buckley who has been selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for Cork East.

"Sinn Féin's focus now returns to the important job of articulating our political message of equality and fairness throughout East Cork.

"Our aim is to retain this Sinn Féin seat and to continue the work Sandra did for Sinn Féin and the people of Cork East.”


Sinn Féin has selected Cllr Pat Buckley to contest the General Election in the constituency of Cork East.

Cllr Buckley was selected at a party convention held in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island this afternoon. Sinn Féin representatives Liadh Ní Riada MEP and Jonathan O’Brien TD also addressed proceedings.

Speaking following his selection, he said;

“Firstly, I want to pay sincere tribute to Deputy Sandra McLellan for her years of hard work as a TD for the people of Cork East. She remains a valued member of Sinn Féin and our party’s team in the Oireachtas.

“I am honoured to be selected as the Sinn Féin candidate to contest this general election. I want to thank the membership of the party for putting their faith and trust in me. I believe that the people of this constituency will return a Sinn Féin TD and we will now busy ourselves with the work of continuing to articulate the republican message in the towns and villages throughout East Cork.

“The Fine Gael and Labour Party government have subjected ordinary people to extremely harsh austerity since 2011.This has resulted in a national housing emergency on an unprecedented scale. We have a crisis in our health system where people are left to languish on trolleys in our A&Es rather than getting access to the treatment they deserve. Unemployment remains a scourge that has not yet been dealt with effectively. We have levels of poverty and deprivation that are fighting.

“Rural Ireland has been decimated by this government. Those living in our towns and villages have been marginalised and isolated by the policies of Fine Gael and the Labour Party. Rural dwellers have had enough of being reduced to second class citizens due to a scandalous level of underinvestment and the destruction of our public services.

“Sinn Féin has a vision for a real republic. One in which citizens have real rights that cannot be discarded by an arrogant and detached government. We want to bring about the vision of equality and fairness as contained in the 1916 proclamation.

“That is the platform upon which I will be seeking election to the next Dáil.

“The people of East Cork would be far better of with a Sinn Féin government and by once again electing a Sinn Féin TD to represent their interests in Leinster House.”


Commenting on today's RTÉ interview with the Taoiseach, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said:

"In his interview today, the Taoiseach made it very clear that he has every intention of continuing with policies that have resulted an increasingly polarised and unequal society over the past five years.

"He gave no hope for those suffering from the chaos in our A&E departments or of dealing in any serious way with the spiralling housing crisis. These problems are a direct result of the policies of Mr Kenny's Government.

"The Taoiseach's remarks also perpetuated the falsehood that it is possible to reduce the overall tax take while increasing investment in frontline services.

"This approach means that high-earners will be the winners while average families and those citizens most dependent on public services will lose out yet again.

"Mr Kenny has characterised the forthcoming election as a choice between stability and chaos.

"However his own refusal over the past week to deal with the issue of the election date to the obvious discomfort of the Tánaiste, further exposed the chaos at the heart of this Government.

"Mr Kenny should stop the silly game-playing of recent days, resign and call a General Election now.

"Sinn Féin is ready for that and confident in our proposals to invest twice as much as the government in public services and the economy and to deliver a fair tax policy that benefits the majority in society."


Responding to reports that a homeless man has been found dead on Dublin's Westmoreland Street, Sinn Féin's Cllr. Daithí Doolan, has expressed, 'deep sympathy to the man's friends and family’.

Speaking today, Cllr. Doolan, chair of Dublin City Council's housing committee, said:

“This death is a human tragedy that demands political solutions. Each homeless person who dies on our streets underpins the need for immediate action. We must all redouble our efforts to ensure this never happens again. 

“Minister Kelly, city council and homeless agencies must work together to provide solutions to the growing crisis in housing. This tragedy proves that the blame game clearly costs lives. That is unacceptable and must immediately stop. 

“We must see immediate action on department of environment funding for homeless services and building of social housing.”


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said the Irish government needs to live up to its responsibilities as co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement and make supporting the peace process a priority. 

Mr Adams said; 

"Since the Irish government came to power progress in the north has not been a priority and their policy is dictated by Fine Gael and Labour opposition to Sinn Féin.

"The Taoiseach has failed to uphold the agreement the Irish government has signed up to. Instead agreements have stalled and been unpicked.

"He has failed to challenge the British government on their refusal to provide information on the Dublin and Monaghan bombings. 

"The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have supported the Tory party cuts to welfare and to public services. They supported them because it is also their policy.

"The Taoiseach and Tánaiste need to be on the side of the Good Friday and other Agreements.

“Progress can be made, but we need the Irish Government to make the north a priority." 


Sinn Féin Councillor Chris Curran has said books of condolences for the Carrickmines Tragedy will be open across the community tomorrow.

The books will be available to sign at Leopardstown Shopping Centre, Centra Stepaside, The Market Belarmine and at Customer Services in Dundrum Shopping Centre.

Speaking this evening Councillor Curran said;

“The events of early this morning have well and truly shocked this community and this evening the is a real sense of grief in the area.

“Tomorrow the books of condolences will open and I expect the community to come out in big numbers to express our heartfelt condolences to the family.”



Commenting this evening on a bomb attack in the Turkish capital Ankara, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said:

"People in Ireland and across the world have been horrified at the scenes of devastation following today's bomb attack in Ankara.

"That these bombs targeted a rally for peace is particularly horrific.

"I wish to express my condolences to the families of those killed in today's dreadful attack."


Dublin Sinn Féin today announced its priorities in an effort to achieve a cultural landscape that is equitable and fair for all of Ireland’s artists, encouraging to its future artists and immersive for all of its patrons and citizens.

Speaking from the Sinn Féin policy conference in Dublin, Cllr. Fintan Warfield said;

“Sinn Féin take pride in Ireland’s vibrant artistic history – across myriad art forms – and will campaign to ensure that such a record is upheld and added to into the future.

“The Creative Communities document is underpinned by republican values, proclaimed by the leaders of 1916, who were cultural as much as political activists.

“A republican understanding of the arts is one that champions accessibility for all, in both creation and consumption.”

“The Creative Communities document outlines a number of key proposals, including the reinstatement of funding for the arts, and for public expenditure to be brought into line with European Member State GDP average.

“Other proposals call for the overhaul of state boards, safeguarding the right of every young person to explore their creative potential and challenging in order to broaden our own perceptions of what constitutes ‘art’ in an effort to bring more voices into discourse and practice.”

Warfield concluded;

“Policies adopted and cuts imposed by Government do a disservice to our vibrant legacy and create a cultural atmosphere that is inert rather than dynamic.”

Read Dublin Sinn Féin’s Creative Communities document here:


Sinn Fein MLA Raymond McCartney has condemned those responsible for leaving a bomb in the grounds of a Derry hotel. 

Mr McCartney said; 

"Those responsible for this bomb have nothing whatsoever to offer the people of Derry. 

"Not only have they brought disruption to the city, they have also endangered the safety of hotel staff, guests, customers and passers by. 

"Their reckless actions are so far out of touch with the views of the vast majority of the people of Derry. 

"They need to listen to the voice of the people and end these futile actions immediately. 

"These actions will not stop Sinn Féin from continuing to work to deliver transparent and accountable policing for the entire community."

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