Results so far 14 June 2.26pm
Dublin City Council
Artane - Larry O'Toole
Ballyfermot - Tony Smithers
Ballymun - Ray Corcoran
Cabra - Nicky Kehoe
Crumlin Kimmage - Robert Sargent
Donaghmede - Killian Forde
Finglas - Dessie Ellis
North Inner City - Christy Burke
South East Inner City - Daithí Doolan
South West Inner City - Andrew O Connell
South Dublin County Council
Tallaght Central - Mark Daly
Tallaght South - Cathal King
Clondalkin - Shane O'Connor
Fingal County Council
Mulhuddart - Martin Christie
Cootehill Town Council
Cavan Town Council
Cavan County Council
Baileborough - Paddy McDonald
Ballyjamesduff – Pauline Tully McCauley
Cavan – Charlie Boylan
Mallow Town Council
Willie O Regan
Roisin O Sullivan
Bandon Town Council
Bantry Town Council
Anne O Leary
Clonakility Town Council
Cionnaith O Suilleabhain
Cobh Town Council
Skibereen Town Council
Donncha O Se
Youghal Town Council
Middleton Town Council
Cork County Council
Middleton – Martin Hallinan
Cork City Council
North East – Annette Spillane
North West - Jonathan O Brien
Ballyshannon Town Council
Buncrana Town Council
Padraig Mac Lochlainn
Bundoran Town Council
Letterkenny Town Council
Donegal County Council
Donegal - Thomas Pringle
Glenties - Pearse Doherty
Inishowen - Padraig MacLochlainn
Galway City Council
Galway County Council
Ballinasloe – Dermot Connolly
Ballinasloe Town Council
Kerry County Council
Tralee - Toireasa Ferris
Listowel - Robert Beasley
Listowel Town Council
Tralee Town Council
Athy Town Council
Laois County Council
Portlaoise Town Council
Leitrim County Council
Martin Kenny - Ballinamore
Michael Colreavey – Manorhamilton
Longford Town Council
Louth County Council
Pearse McGeough - Ardee
Tomas Sharkey - Dundalk Carlingford
Kevin Meenan - Dundalk South
Ballina Town Council
Castlebar Town Council
Westport Town Council
Mayo County Council
Swinford - Gerry Murray
Navan Town Council
Trim Town Council
Caroline Ni Laoinsigh
Meath County Council
Navan - Joe Reilly
Kells - Michael Gallagher
Ballybay Town Council
Carrickmacross Town Council
Castleblaney Town Council
Monaghan Town Council
Paidraigin Ui Mhurchadha
Monaghan County Council
Carrickmacross - Matt Carthy
Carrickmacross - Noel Keelan
Clones – Pat Treanor
Monaghan – Brenda McAnespie
Monaghan – Brian McKenna
Monaghan – Sean Conlon
Castleblaney - Jackie Crowe
Ballaghedereen Town Council
Sligo Borough Council
Sligo County Council
Strandhill – Sean MacManus
Nenagh Town Council
Carrick on Suir
Cashel Town Council
Nenagh Town Council
Thurles Town Council
Wateford City Council
Dungarvan Town Council
Waterford County Council
Dungarvan – Brendan Mansfield
Athlone Town Council
New Ross Town Council
Enniscorthy Town Council
Gorey Town Council
Wexford Borough Council
Wexford County Council
New Ross - John Dwyer
Gorey - Jimmy Fleming
Wexford - Maurice Roche
Wicklow Town Council
Responding to the Young Persons' Behaviour and Attitudes Survey, Sinn Féin health spokesperson, Upper Bann John O'Dowd MLA expressed extreme concern about the finding that over a third of pupils smoke at least once a week.
Mr. O'Dowd said:
"This is an alarming figure. Thousands of our children are being lured into this deadly habit. Meanwhile, the British government is refusing to address the problem. The British health minister, John Reid, thinks that working people should be subjected to smoke in their workplaces. The minister here, Angela Smith, is just as bad, telling workers that they will have to sue their employers if they want to have a safe, smoke-free working environment.
"What kind of messages do these responses give to children. The message coming out is that smoking really isn't that bad for you, certainly not bad enough for British ministers to do anything about it. It is time that they woke up to this deadly threat and took a lead in combating it".ENDS
Sinn Féin Director of Elections for Munster Ken O‚Connell has accused the Gardai of outrageous interference in the electoral process in Waterford City today. Mr O'Connell said:
"Throughout the day Gardaí in Waterford deliberately harassed Sinn Féin election teams and the EU Candidate David Cullinane as well as Sinn Féin members engaged in loud hailing in the city.
'It is very clear that Gardaí took a conscious decision to disrupt the Sinn Féin campaign in Waterford. This interference in the electoral process is unacceptable and unwarranted and mirrors the experience of party members in the Six Counties who yesterday had to endure similar harassment from the British Army and PSNI.
"This is a very serious matter and we will be registering our concern at the Gardai behaviour directly with the government." ENDS
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and Dublin EU candidate Mary Lou McDonald this afternoon spoke exclusively to IRM. To access further interviews go to www.irishrepublicanmedia.com
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP speaking in Dublin this morning has said that there is no excuse for the British government not to immediately initiate a public inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane. Mr Adams said:
"Judge Cory's revelations last night that he has seen documents prepared for the British cabinet linked to the murder of Pat Finucane provide compelling evidence of the need for a public inquiry.
"It is now beyond any doubt that the British government of the day colluded in the murder of citizens.
"We have raised this issue at every meeting we have had with the British government. No later than last week we raised the issue of collusion and particularly the killing of Pat Finucane with both the British and Irish governments. There can be no more excuses the British government should immediately initiate a public inquiry into the killing of Pat Finucane." ENDS
Please see below polling times and locations for the Sinn Féin EU candidates on 11th June 2004:
Mary Lou McDonald:11.30am - St Thomas‚ School, Laurel Lodge, Castleknock. Party President Gerry Adams will accompany Ms McDonald.
Pearse Doherty: 11.30am - Bunbeg National School, Gweedore, Co Donegal. Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLauglin will accompany Mr Doherty
David Cullinane: 10.30am - St Paul's Primary School, Larchville, Waterford
John Dwyer: 10.00am - Youth Centre, New Ross, Co Wexford
Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly, who is in Colombia this week as part of a Bring them Home delegation, has described as significant the announcement by the Colombian authorities that they have no problem with Martin McCauley, Niall Connolly and Jim Monaghan returning to Ireland while they are awaiting a decision in relation to an appeal of their innocent verdict.
Mr. Kelly said:
"This evening's announcement by the Colombian authorities that they have no problem with Martin McCauley, Niall Connolly and Jim Monaghan returning to Ireland while they are awaiting a decision in relation to an appeal of their innocent verdict is very significant.
"Almost two weeks ago the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern called on the Colombian President to intervene and we hope that this evening's announcement will now open the way for the men to return home to their families as quickly as possible.
"The men continue to be held in very dangerous conditions. It is obvious that there is no safe place for them to stay in Colombia. The men should be allowed home immediately."ENDS
Speaking from Colombia this evening, Caitriona Ruane of the Bring them Home campaign welcomed the announcement from the Colombians. She said:
"This evenings statement from the Colombian government is very welcome and has happened following the Irish government's intervention. The men's lawyers are now putting a petition into the magistrates asking that the men be allowed to leave Colombia and return to Ireland. We are asking them to adjudicate on this matter as quickly as possible given the urgency of the situation."
Widespread British Army intimidation of Voters - a direct interference in the democratic process Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has accused the British Army of widespread and deliberate intimidation voters at polling stations throughout the area.
Ms Gildernew said:
" Earlier this morning two British Army landrovers surrounded the Sinn Féin election caravan parked outside Saggart Polling station in Dungannon. A large number of British Army personnel then left the jeeps and began patrolling around the entrance to the polling station and harassing both election workers and voters.
"Now at polling stations in Cabragh and Galbally we see the British Army again making its presence felt. This is the deliberate and calculated intimidation of voters must end must.
"This is the British contribution to the electoral process in Ireland. The British Crown forces are clearly fearful of the continuing rise of Sinn Féin and are determined to try a prevent people exercising their franchise. The behaviour of the British Army and PSNI throughout the Six Counties is an extension of the British government strategy to disenfranchise voters here in order to influence the elections and achieve the results they want. It is a direct interference in the democratic process." ENDS
Sinn Féin Assembly member for Mid-Ulster Francie Molloy has accused the British Army of deliberately intimidating voters at a polling station in Dungannon. Mr Molloy said:
"This morning two British Army landrovers surrounded the Sinn Féin election caravan parked outside Saggart Polling station in Dungannon. A large number of British Army personnel then left the jeeps and began patrolling around the entrance to the polling station and harassing both election workers and voters.
"This is clearly the British contribution to the electoral process in Ireland. The British Crown forces are clearly fearful of the continuing rise of Sinn Féin and are determined to try a prevent people exercising their franchise.
"This sort of harassment cannot be divorced from the massive disenfranchisement exercise undertaken by the British over the past two years and the continuing problems being encountered over ID.
"It seems that certain sections of the British establishment will continue to pursue their anti-Republican and anti-United Ireland agenda by attacking the electoral process. It is therefore crucial that those who still do have a vote come out in the largest numbers possible and send the rejectionists at the heart of the British establishment a clear message by returning a Sinn Féin MEP from the six counties." ENDS
Sinn Féin Six County EU Election candidate Bairbre de Brún will be voting this morning (Thursday 10th June) at 11.30am at Saint Threasa's Primary School on the Glen Road in Belfast. She will be accompanied by the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams and both will be available to speak to the media.
Sinn Féin's candidate for Dublin in the European Elections, Mary Lou McDonald will join the party's spokesperson on Transport, Sean Crowe TD and other Sinn Féin representatives in a visit to Phibsboro and Broadstone Bus Depots today, Thursday 10th at 2.30pm. During the visit she will meet Bill McCamley, President of SIPTU's Dublin Bus branch and Willie McDermott, Chairperson of the NBRU in Dublin.
The visit is to show Sinn Féin's continuing support for workers in their campaign against the Government's proposals to needlessly break up CIE and part privatise Dublin Bus with disastrous consequences for public transport users. Sinn Féin hopes to bring this opposition to privatisation from the streets of Dublin and into the European Parliament." ENDS
Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Daithí Doolan, speaking today in Dublin's South East Inner City called on people to come out and vote for change on Friday. He said the real option before people is to return those who have been responsible for a hospital crisis, housing waiting lists or to vote for Sinn Féin, a party which will put Dublin and its people first, a party that will bring forward a new deal for Dublin.
Mr. Doolan said:
"Sinn Féin's message throughout this election campaign has been to ask people to support our agenda for change and to allow us to continue to deliver for the people of Dublin. While other parties want to maintain the status quo, Sinn Féin is working for a capital that is a clean, safe and affordable place to live in. Our candidates have a proven track record of challenging inequality and delivering for our communities. With a strengthened Sinn Féin team in City Hall we can achieve much much more.
"People are telling us on the doors that they want change. If that change is to happen they need to vote for a political party that supports housing as a right, a waste management plan based not on bin tax and incineration but on A Zero Waste Strategy and increased support and resources for communities tackling the scourge of drug addiction.
Mr. Doolan concluded by calling on people to use their vote on Friday, "to bring about a city that we all feel part of. A city that we are all proud of, a city that is reclaimed by the people that live here." ENDS
In Sinn Féin‚s final pitch on the forthcoming citizenship referendum, Sinn Féin TDs Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Martin Ferris, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Arthur Morgan and Seán Crowe called on republicans, supporters of the Good Friday Agreement, supporters of equality, and anyone who is unsure about the Government's referendum proposal to vote NO.
The TDs said:
It's official. The Government have not made their case. They have not proven systematic and widespread abuse of the constitutional right to citizenship by birth. All along they have manipulated information and misrepresented statistics. They have built their case on anecdotes and opinions informed by prejudice. They have timed the referendum to minimise public debate about a profound reversal of constitutional rights, and the introduction of inequality into the constitution. And in the process they have done inestimable damage to the peace process by unilaterally reopening a key provision of the Good Friday Agreement.
"However the Government is right about one thing. Citizenship matters. Constitutional rights also matter. The right to citizenship by birth is not a loophole, it is a republican tradition shared by more than 40 states around the world. It is a right that Irish people‚s children have claimed in countries like the United States and Canada. It is a right that a confident nation like ours can extend without fear. And it is a right that Irish people of the 32 counties overwhelmingly endorsed a mere six years ago.
"We therefore appeal to the better judgment of the Irish people. If you believe in the vision of the 1916 Proclamation and support equal rights, if you voted for the Good Friday Agreement and don‚t want to see it dismantled inch by inch, Sinn Féin asks you to vote NO to McDowell's referendum.
"If you are still unsure of your position, we urge you to vote, and to vote NO. If you stay at home and withhold your vote, your silence is consent to the agenda and the tactics of Michael McDowell. Your NO vote will send a message to the government that by rushing this referendum without adequate time for informed public debate, they have treated you the voter, and also the constitution with total disrespect. Your NO vote will show McDowell and his cabinet colleagues that this is not an acceptable way to govern in a democracy."END
Commenting on the announcement that the Review is to begin again next week Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP said that 'the Review process this time must be qualitatively different from that which went before'.
Mr McGuinness said:
" Sinn Féin have been involved in intensive discussions with the two governments aimed at breaking the current impasse. We need to put in place the modalities and timeframe which would see an early resolution of all outstanding issues.
" I welcome the announcement today that the review process is to recommence next week. These discussions need to be qualitatively different from that which went before, and to be productive they must be accompanied by an intensive effort to see the political institutions re-established and outstanding commitments honoured." ENDS
Sinn Fein raise concerns over attempts to murder Sinn Fein members in Ballymena with NIO Security Minister. Sinn Féin Assembly group leader, Newry Armagh MLA Conor Murphy has described the response of the NIO and PSNI to the attempted murder of Sinn Fein political activists in the Ballymena area as totally unacceptable. Mr Murphy said:
"In the aftermath of the attempted murder of Sinn Fein members in the Ballymena area it is clear that the PSNI and NIO response has been partial.
In lesser attacks the PSNI in particular are quick to point the finger of blame, particularly to allege republican involvement.
"Yet in Ballymena the PSNI are 'keeping an open mind' and the NIO security Minister has yet to get a briefing on a situation where it apparently unionist paramilitaries are able to engage in attempted murder with impunity.
"The difference in attitude from the NIO and PSNI to attacks on Sinn Fein, who represent the majority of nationalists, represents a wider and more deep seated ambivalence to unionist paramilitary violence directed towards the nationalist community." ENDS
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin south-west Seán Crowe said today he is "at a loss" to explain Health Minister Mícheál Martin's failure to intervene in the crisis that has reached catastrophic proportions at Tallaght hospital, adding that it was "staggering" to see how little the Government seemed to care.
Deputy Crowe said:
"The crisis at Tallaght hospital cannot continue to be ignored. We have been reacting with horror at each worsening day of the crisis - 25 people on trolleys, 35 people on trolleys?now 45 people waiting on trolleys is the latest figure. How long will it take for the Minister to intervene or even comment on this crisis? Families are looking for answers and increasingly people are becoming afraid of the possibility of being sick or seriously injured. As an elected representative, I am at a loss to explain why the people of Tallaght are being ignored and dismissed in a country which recently boasted of being the second richest country in the EU. It is quite staggering to see how little this Government prioritises what for most people is the top and often only priority - Health.
"Tallaght hospital is considered a flagship hospital of Dublin yet the numbers of people awaiting crucial healthcare is constantly climbing. Why is this?
There is no epidemic at the moment. Why has Minister Martin not intervened in some way?
"There is a glut of money flowing around in this country and it is not being spent on essential services. People are being left to suffer while politicians swan around the country with electioneering promises. The promises that this Government made regarding health over two years ago ring very hollow now. How can they justify the closing of hospital beds, citing lack of funding, in a time of plenty when the state coffers are bulging? The Minister, and his colleagues, must explain to the people of Tallaght why this is happening in one of Dublin's flagship hospitals." ENDS
Sinn Fein published its template of interface intervention today in Stormont. Speaking after meeting British NIO Security Minister Ian Pearson, East Belfast Councillor, Belfast deputy Mayor Cllr Joe O'Donnell called for the NIO to endorse the Sinn Féin template.
Cllr O'Donnell said:
"Sinn Féin have been working on the ground for a number of years now to improve the situation on the interfaces.What we have tried to do in developing this template is to provide interface communities with the practical mechanisms to deal with the various types of violence that might occurs.
"The long-term success of this initiative will be improved if it involves co-operation by representatives of the Loyalist/Unionist community.
"We made it clear to Ian Pearson that the NIO has to work with Sinn Fein in encouraging dialogue in interface areas and in particular to strong political leadership." ENDS
Responding to John Spellar's attack on the Human Rights Commission and the Childrens' Commissioner over their objections to the illegal manner in which he his handling the introduction of anti-social behaviour orders, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children's Issues, Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA Thomas
O'Reilly stated that:
"I find it astounding that John Spellar could justify dismissing the objections of the Childrens' Commissioner and the Human Rights Commission on the grounds that they weren't elected. Who here has ever cast a single vote for John Spellar? Despite the fact that he has no electoral mandate, Mr Spellar feels that he has the right to ride roughshod over the Good Friday Agreement by refusing to allow a full equality impact assessment to be made on his proposed legislation on anti-social behaviour orders.
"Mr Spellar should know that Sinn Féin, the party with the second largest electoral mandate in the six counties, objects strongly to the completely undemocratic method he is using to push this legislation through. He has cut the time for meaningful consultation; he has prejudged the outcome of that consultation in a speech to the British House of Commons; he has failed to carry out an adequate equality impact assessment; he has ignored the Human Rights Commission; he has ignored the Commissioner for Children and Young People; he has failed to consult with young people; and he has failed to make clear the role that will be expected of councils and the Housing Executive under this legislation.
"Anti-social behaviour is a grave issue for our communities and one that needs to be tackled effectively. But it will not be tackled through the introduction of New Labour gimmicks by a direct rule minister that has repeatedly shown his arrogant distain for the people of the six counties." ENDS
Sinn Fein Health spokesperson, Upper Bann MLA John O'Dowd has reacted furiously to comments from the British Health Minister John Reid about smoking in the workplace.
Mr O'Dowd said:
"These comments are a total disgrace. Mr Reid is clearly unfit to continue in his post as Health Minister. I only hope that political pressure will force local British NIO Ministers to adopt a more positive response to the right to work in a smoke-free environment.
"John Reid may think that smoking is good for working class people - the facts show otherwise. Working class people are far more likely to die from smoking related diseases than middle class people. That a 'Labour' health minister can fail to recognise this scourge and try to do something about it is astounding
"This issue is about protecting the rights of workers, particularly the low paid. Mr Reid is trying to mislead people and the suspicion is that he is acting in the interests of cigarette manufacturers, who can see the dramatic impact in reducing the level of smoking that the introduction of a workplace smoke ban is having in places like the south of Ireland.
"The extension of the smoking ban into the Six Counties would undoubtedly be as successful as it has been in the south and I urge the local British NIO Health Minster to ignore John Reid's position and introduce the workplace ban without delay.
"Poverty is not something that John Reid should rejoice in. It is a sad indictment on the policies of John Reid's government that poverty remains such a pressing issue, particularly here in the Six Counties. " ENDS
Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew has said that an interview by IMC member John Alderdice this morning on Good Morning Ulster will have done little to ally fears that the body is actively pursuing an agenda which is designed to reinvent the political vetting of community organisations seen in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Ms Gildernew said:
" Since the publication of the IMC Report the broad community and voluntary sector has raised concerns that the IMC are actively trying to reinstate the policy of political vetting which ravaged the community sector in deprived working class areas in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Given the remit and the make-up of the IMC and the content of their report Sinn Féin share these concerns.
" John Alderdice's performance this morning on Good Morning Ulster will have done little to ally these fears. It was quite obvious that he was couching a process of political vetting in soft language. John Alderdice needs to realise that local communities will not stand by and watch himself or his colleagues demonise the community sector and initiate a witch hunt against those providing vital community services.
" It is somewhat ironic that Mr Alderdice chooses to make comment on the eve of the EU election his own political analysis having been rejected on so many previous occasions by the people of the six counties. Indeed the party he is associated with could not even muster a candidate. If Alderdice was so confident of his ground then why is he not putting his view to the people?" ENDS