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Sinn Féin stands for equality and protecting the most vulnerable. Our progressive politics and commitment to the rights of citizens is the only alternative to the extreme austerity agenda of the British government. A vote for Sinn Féin is a vote for real and lasting positive change.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said Sinn Féin's progressive politics is the only alternative to austerity.


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Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has expressed his condolences following the death of a 59-year-old man in a road traffic crash in Rasharkin. 

The North Antrim MLA said; 

"The local community is shocked and saddened at the death of a man in a crash on the Townhill Road on Saturday evening. 

"I extend my sympathies to the man's family and friends at this sad time. 

"A man in his 20s is also in hospital following a crash in Stranocum near Ballymoney in the early hours of this morning and I hope he recovers well from his injuries. 

"Every death on our roads is one too many. I would encourage all road users to exercise care and caution on the roads at all times, particularly over this bank holiday weekend."

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has appealed to unionist voters, especially working class and low and middle-income unionists, to “seriously consider voting for Sinn Féin in the election this week.”

Speaking in Dungannon today Gerry Adams said:

“The DUP, UUP and TUV are all conservative parties. They find it very difficult to oppose austerity. The English Tories plan £12 billion more cuts. The Labour Party has also committed to more cuts. The affect of this on families and on our local economy and public services will be enormous.

“According to media reports child benefit and child tax credits will be significantly cut under the Conservatives.

“The Tory plans will mean limiting child benefit to two children; cutting £3,500 annually from a family with three children.

“The Tories plan to remove the higher rate of child benefit for the first child; means test child benefit, cutting £1,750 from the budget of a two-child family; and remove child benefit from 16 to 19 year-olds – a cut of over £1,000 for parents of a single child.

“The impact of these and other cuts to the welfare system will have a hugely damaging impact on the vast majority of citizens in the north but especially on working class and low and middle-income families whether they are nationalist or unionist.

“Voting unionist makes no sense for those who cannot afford these cuts.

“On Thursday I would appeal to unionist voters to reflect on the fact that the unionist parties do not represent their economic interests.

“I would ask unionist voters to consider voting Sinn Féin and join with us in opposing the planned cuts to public services, including health and education; all of which will hurt the unemployed, the sick, people with disabilties and the elderly; and those on low and middle incomes.

“Sinn Fein is committed to a People’s Pact, to defending jobs and public services and investing in our economy. To achieve this we need to secure the largest vote possible in this election.

“I am asking the people to give us that mandate.”

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Sinn Féin councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has said the closure of the Howden engineering factory in east Belfast will be a blow to the local economy. 

The East Belfast candidate said; 

"News that the Howden factory is to close in east Belfast with the loss of around 100 jobs is a blow to the local economy. 

"This firm has been in the area for many years, previously as the Sirocco Works and more recently as Howden. 

"I would call on management at the firm to liaise with staff and unions over the coming weeks. 

"Steps must also be taken to ensure the workers are offered the opportunity to retrain or upskill to help them in their search for new jobs."

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Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has called on the people responsible for placing a bomb in the Crumlin Road area to end their futile actions.

Gerry Kelly said:

“Thankfully no one has been injured as a result of this reckless action of placing a bomb in a busy built-up area much used by local people for shopping.

“This incident caused serious disruption all day to the lives of local people and closed off local roads. However, it could have been much worse.

“Those behind this incident have nothing to offer the people of this community other than trying to plunge us back to the past.

“The community is not prepared to let them do that.

"They need to stop these futile actions immediately and let people in the area get on with their lives in peace."  

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The Government and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar must make an urgent intervention in what Sinn Fein Health Spokesperson Caoimhghin O Caolain has described as a “disgraceful process”.

The Cavan/Monaghan TD was referring to the Maureen Harding-Clarke anchored scheme of redress for victims of symphysiotomy established by the government in the closing period of James Reilly’s tenure in the Health Portfolio.

Deputy O Caolain said;

“I am greatly concerned that elderly women who have suffered greviously throughout their lives are now being subjected to a most unreasonable process of assessment of their entitlement to redress, having being subjected to the barbarous procedures of symphysiotomy and pubiotomy in their earlier years.

“What I have been told is happening describes what I can only refer to as a disgraceful process, compounding years of hurt, both physical and mental.

“It is incumbent on this government and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to intervene immediately and to insist on a compassionate and understanding approach to every woman presenting and to examine the circumstances where aged applicants are being forced into court situations where all the weight of the State’s legal framework and supports is launched against them.

“I will be raising this wholly unacceptable situation in the Dail at the earliest opportunity,” concluded Deputy O Caolain.

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Sinn Féin’s Declan Kearney has called on environment minister Mark H Durkan to  act decisively over the application to build an incinerator at Hightown, Mallusk. 

The South Antrim candidate said; 

“I have been canvassing extensively across the Mallusk area and residents have raised genuine  concern at the lack of decisive action on the part of the Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan regarding the proposal to site an incinerator in their midst.

"Sinn Féin remains absolutely determined in our opposition to the proposal, and in our support for the No Arc21 campaign group.

“I want to pay tribute to the tenacity of those local people who have spearheaded the anti-incinerator campaign. It is only through their dignified and steadfast determination that we have arrived at the point where this plan can be stopped; it is now over to the Minister to act and finally take this planning proposal off the books.

“Any reasonable appraisal of the incinerator proposal shows that it is fundamentally flawed. On grounds of public health safety it is clearly an unacceptable high risk project; it also fails to measure up to even the most basic economic scrutiny.

"We believe there are other more sustainable, economical and practical methods of waste reduction technology available; these alternatives should be considered as a first option – not incineration. 

"The Minister needs to act now to remove the cloud of uncertainty which hangs over the greater Mallusk community, and allow those residents to move on with their lives.

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Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams today joined the picket line at the Longwalk Street, Dundalk bus station in solidarity with the workers.

The Louth TD has urged the Minister for Transport Paschal Donoghue to accept that it is the government’s plan to privatise 10 per cent of bus routes, with potentially more to follow, that has led to today’s strike action.

Teachta Adams said:

“The bus strike is about the very real concerns that workers and their unions have about working conditions and pensions; the future plans the government has for the privatisation of all bus services; and the impact of all of this on an essential public service.

“The selling off of 10% of public transport routes to private interests, and 100% of bus routes in Waterford, has heightened public concern at the government’s privatisation plans.

“The impact of these plans, especially in rural areas will be significant.

“Workers and their unions are justifiably concerned and the Minister for Transport has failed to allay their fears.” 

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Sinn Féin's Gearóid Ó hEára has described an arson attack on an election billboard in Derry as an attempt to attack the democratic process. 

Mr Ó hEára said; 

"An election billboard supporting my election campaign was destroyed by arsonists in the Buncrana Road area of the Derry overnight. 

"This was not just an attack on my election campaign but an attempt to attack the wider democratic process. 

"Election posters and billboards from all political parties should be treated with respect.

"This arson attack will not dissuade me or any other Sinn Féin activist and we will not deterred from delivering a first-class constituency service, standing up for communities, promoting equality and opposing austerity."

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Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has led a party delegation to today’s May Day Conference organised by the Trade Unions affiliated to the Right2Water Campaign.

The conference will be attended by Trade Unions, Community Organisations and parties of the left.

Speaking ahead of the conference, Deputy McDonald said:

“Sinn Féin wants to work with the Trade Unions, community organisations and other parties of the left to champion anti-austerity policies and to help deliver a fair economic recovery.

“On that basis we welcome today’s conference and look forward to contributing positively to the discussions and deliberations.

“The next general election provides the people with the opportunity, for the first time since the foundation of the state, to elect a strong, anti-austerity, progressive government that is led by neither Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael.

“It is Sinn Féin’s aim to lead such a government.” 

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