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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.

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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.

Latest Statements


Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said that the threats to party colleague Barry McElduff will not deter him from representing Sinn Féin or the people of Tyrone.

 Mr McAleer said,

 “Barry McElduff is the latest in a line of Sinn Féin representatives who received a warning today that bombs had been left at their home and at their offices.

 “The caller also warned that Barry McElduff was to be shot dead and these threats have now been passed on the PSNI to investigate.

 “If this attempt is to raise tensions or to scare off Sinn Féin representatives then it has failed miserably.

 “Anyone who knows Barry McElduff will realise he will not be deterred from representing the electorate of West Tyrone regardless of creed colour or religious orientation.”


Sinn Féin MLA Caitriona Ruane spoke at the ‘Women in Leadership’ conference held today at the European Parliament Office in Dublin.

 Ms Ruane said,

 “I am delighted to have been invited to speak at the Women In Leadership conference.

 “I spoke on the imbalance in the number of women in leadership positions in public and private life across the island of Ireland.

 “Despite 52% of the population of Ireland being made up of women their participation in politics is around only 18%. While the number of women in leadership positions in areas like banking, judiciary and other areas of influence is also extremely low.

 “I have recently returned from a conference in Sweden on gender equality and I brought some of the experiences I learnt there to this seminar.

 “It is important woman play a major role in society and that we change attitudes and remove glass ceilings so we encourage more young women into worthwhile careers.

 “This will only happen if they have confidence that promotion prospects are on an equal basis as men.”


Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has stated that Wednesday’s European Parliament vote on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) provides an opportunity for MEPs to support the wishes of the people of Europe rather than defending the interests of corporate lobbyists.

Carthy said:

“The vote by the Greek people yesterday and the growing support of progressive parties across Europe shows the growing disillusionment of the people with the direction of the European Union.

“It is becoming increasingly apparent that European leaders and institutions are more concerned with giving effect to the wishes of the corporate elite to the detriment of the core values on which the European Union is founded.

“Those same leaders who underestimated the strength of opposition of the Greek people to further austerity measures have, in my view, also underestimated the strength of the opposition across Europe to the terms of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“This Wednesday, MEPs will be given the opportunity to send a strong signal to the commission to address the concerns of people right across Europe who have campaigned in their hundreds of thousands to highlight the impact of TTIP on their communities.

“MEPs will be given an opportunity to make a clear stand in favour of democracy and the rule of law, cherished principles that cannot be sold off to the highest bidder.

“TTIP presents a threat to the environment, public services, workers' rights, agriculture and democracy. It is not a good deal for Ireland nor is it a good deal for the people of Europe.

“I am calling on fellow MEPs to reject the Report coming before Parliament and send a clear message to trade negotiators that we will not accept any deal which is not in the best interests of our people.”


Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast Fra McCann has called for the PSNI to investigate a sinister picture of up to 12 masked men posing with baseball bats and cudgels beside graffiti stating “Taigs will be crucified”.

Speaking today Mr McCann said:

“The appearance of an image on social media with up to 12 masked loyalists armed with cudgels and baseball bats standing beside graffiti stating that “Taigs will be crucified” is extremely sinister.


“The picture was clearly taken at Broadway roundabout and will only heighten tensions as we approach the 12th of July. 

“I will be forwarding this picture to the PSNI and reporting it as a sectarian hate crime. They need to investigate this image given the seriousness of the threat and appearance of masked men.

“I would urge everybody in the vicinity to be vigilant. I would also urge loyalist and unionist political and community leaders to condemn this publically and to do whatever they can to help any investigation into this.”


Speaking today in the wake of the Greek referendum result, Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly stated that debt relief for Greece and a European debt conference are now needed in order to tackle Europe’s debt problem.

Senator Reilly said:

“It is clear that debt relief is absolutely necessary for Greece. The country needs genuine measures that will facilitate growth rather than imprison the Greek people with further economic turmoil.

“Any pragmatic person has realised that Greece’s debts are unpayable and that debt relief and restructuring are needed. The foremost economists in the world have realised and articulated this reality, and the Greek people showed that they also know that after the referendum result yesterday.

 “The International Monetary Fund only last week acknowledged that Greece will need debt restructuring, and a possible debt write-down, if it is to tackle its unsustainable debt.

“The juxtaposition between the position of the Greek government and the IMF on debt relief and that of the German government and the ECB is disconcerting.

 “There is also a need for a European debt conference in order to have a mature and rational debate on the debts of European member states. Not only would this be beneficial to Greece, but it would also be extremely favourable for Ireland and many other European countries as the restructuring of debt would be the inevitable outcome.

“The comments from certain EU leaders and MEPs throughout the past week about the Greek situation have been extremely unhelpful with some of them bordering on shameful. Their resistance to a deal for Greece including debt relief is driven by a fear of a political revolution throughout Europe once people see that there is an alternative to austerity.” 


Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has called on anyone with information on the allegations made by Mick Wallace TD last week in Leinster House to come before the Assembly’s Finance Committee.

Speaking ahead of a special meeting of the committee tomorrow, the Finance Committee chair said; 

"Given the serious nature of the allegations made in Leinster House, I called for an emergency meeting of the Finance Committee to be convened to consider its response. 

"The committee will now meet tomorrow morning to discuss these allegations. 

"It is important the committee looks into these claims given the significance of the sale of the NAMA assets for the local economy. 

"As part of this examination I would expect Cerberus to appear before the committee.

"I would intend to call on NAMA officials and Mick Wallace to appear before the committee as well as the law firm involved to elaborate on their recent statement on the matter.

"However, I am also calling on anyone who has any information which would shed any light on these transactions to come forward to the committee.

"These allegations need to be explored as soon as possible in the interests of transparency and accountability."


Sinn Féin MP for West Belfast has stated that the members of Sinn Féin including Gerry Adams have received threats of explosive devices being left at their homes and offices. 

Speaking today Mr Maskey said: 

“Several Sinn Féin members today were informed by the PSNI of threats made against them. The threats indicated that devices were left at the homes of Gerry Adams and Cllr Jim McVeigh along with a device being left at my office on the Falls Road. 

“No matter what the intentions of whoever who made the threats those behind them will achieve nothing. They will not deter us from our work and they will not stop us delivering for those who elect us.” 


Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West and member of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee Matt Carthy has said that the Emergency Summit of Eurozone leaders scheduled for tomorrow evening provides an opportunity for the Irish Government to show solidarity with the Greek people.

Carthy said:

“The bravery and overwhelming democratic wishes of the people of Greece as expressed in yesterday’s referendum result must now be acknowledged and respected by European Leaders.

 “The Greek people have resolutely rejected the approach of Europe to the financial crisis to date and a new way forward must now be found.

“The world is watching for the response of European Leaders to the message given by the Greek people yesterday. This response will be viewed by many as a clear indication of the direction and values of the EU.

“Now is the time to reaffirm the founding principles of the European Union – solidarity, democracy and equality. The treatment of Greece and other peripheral countries during the financial crisis in particular has demonstrated a growing shift away from these core values.

“The Emergency summit called tomorrow provides an opportunity for the Irish Government in particular to place itself on the right side of history.

“It provides an opportunity to stand in solidarity with the Greek Government and make a strong case for the debt relief that is required in order to ensure the recovery of Greece within the EU.

"I am calling on our Taoiseach and our Finance Minister to support the efforts of Greece at tomorrow's meeting."


Speaking today in response to the Nevin Economic Research Institute’s (NERI) report into the levels of emigration amongst young people since the start of the economic crisis, Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly agreed with NERI director Tom Healy in his analysis that “were it not for emigration, unemployment today might be only moderately less – if at all – than what it was at its peak in 2012”.

Senator Reilly said:

“I have said for some time now that the youth unemployment crisis in Ireland is far more pronounced than this government wants to admit. Only last week, I stressed the seriousness of the youth crisis here with the European Commission in Brussels.”

“Emigration has led to reduced youth unemployment levels in Ireland, and it has also led to drops in the number of young people in the labour force and the number of young people in employment.”  

“We have seen a slight pick-up in employment levels over the past few years but this has mainly been amongst older workers, over the age of 35. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for younger workers; in fact there are now 29,800 less young people, under the age of 24, in-employment since this government took office.

“If we are serious about keeping our young people at home, and enticing our emigrant’s back, it is crucial that we move towards investing in our young people, in the creation of quality jobs in a long-term perspective.”

“A genuine effort should be immediately made to encourage young entrepreneurs and provide easier access to credit, a focus on further funding emerging and potential employment sectors, and adequate investment in the public sector and state services, these are just some of the areas which Fine Gael and Labour should be looking at to address the current youth crisis in Ireland.

“In order to create quality jobs and genuinely reduce youth unemployment levels, we need to have intelligent investment in our young people. The failure to do so, as I have previously stated, will be more emigration and less people in-employment, and that outcome will have severely adverse effects on the Irish economy and Irish society in the future.” 


Sights and sounds from Bodenstown 2015


Palestinian minister Mohammad Shtayyeh addressing the hearing in Brussels.