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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.



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 Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said that questions need to be answered by the PSNI about the use of British soldiers today during searches in the Galliagh area of Derry.

 Gerry Kelly said:

 “I intend to raise the use of British soldiers’ in house searches in Derry with the Chief Constable at the earliest opportunity.

 “The Good Friday Agreement and the promise of a new dispensation for policing was about making policing accountable to the community and did not include the British army.

 “I want to know at what level in the PSNI was the request made to bring in the presence of the British army.

 “The use of British soldiers in house searches is unacceptable and only makes it more difficult for political leaders and others to achieve genuine policing with the community.”  

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Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Daithí Doolan has said that the report released by the Housing Agency today further highlights the need for major investment in the building, purchasing and renovation of social housing. He also noted that the report showed that there was sufficient land available for development to meet demand.

Cllr. Doolan, Chair of the Dublin City Council’s Housing SPC, said:

“I welcome the release of this report, the Housing Agency's ‘National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014 and Outlook for 2015-17’. It is a good initiative for the Housing Agency to take and will add to our understanding of housing need in the state. It will strengthen our demand for social and affordable housing.

“The report clearly shows that there is a very serious need to increase investment in social housing and the time for that investment is now. This need is underlined by the report’s conclusion that the construction of housing is relatively affordable at this time and there is sufficient land available for development.

“Dublin City Council in particular has sufficient land at present to provide thousands of homes while there is space for a total over 400,000 on currently zoned land throughout the state. Trends show that cost will likely only increase so swift action to provide housing is needed.

“The report lays out clearly the very high demand for housing at all levels from low to middle income families. This demand is not being met currently, so rents have risen beyond the reach of many workers and well over 100,000 people are on housing waiting lists across the state, while 1,000 children sleep in emergency accommodation each night. The report also finds this demand shows no signs of decreasing and so housing must be provided as a matter of priority.

“It is important that we take the time to review our housing system, to determine demand and to help us to plan for the future but this information cannot be allowed to simply gather dust. It is the responsibility for the government to act now on the clear conclusions to be drawn from this document. That is that we need to immediately begin large scale social housing investment to build, buy and renovate thousands of homes each year.

“Current government targets are hopelessly inadequate with plans to only build 167 homes by the end of 2017.

“The government must step up annual capital funding and front the money laid out for its housing strategy which concludes in 2020. They must also look to make an immediate investment of 1 billion euro from the Strategic Investment Fund.” 

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Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh today criticised the Government’s controversial JobPath programme in a week which sees the two Government-contracted private ‘welfare to work’ companies for the activation of the long-term unemployed.  

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“This is another privatisation of government services. It is a regrettable day that another section of the social protection services in Ireland is being privatised. This is an utterly regressive step. Major questions have been raised regarding the effectiveness of job placement privatisation and the abuse of this scheme by British companies.

“In Britain, these ‘payment by results’ companies have only placed around 4% of their long-term unemployed clients in secure employment.”

“The use of these private third party providers and the outsourcing of frontline Department services undermine the logic behind the Intreo offices that the Minister has been rolling out throughout the country.

“Large portions of their work will now be outsourced to the two private companies contracted to deliver JobPath. Turas Nua ,which comprises Irish recruiter FRS and Working Links, a UK  company, who just opened their first centre in Bray on Monday and Seetec Ltd, who also opened their doors to up to 70,000 long-term unemployed clients in their Longford office.

“They have the potential to further undermine Local Employment Services (LES) providers that are dotted around the country and who often deal with the most challenging cases of long -term unemployed.” 

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Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said those responsible for a pipe bomb attack in north Belfast will not succeed in dragging society back to the past. 

Mr Kelly said; 

"This pipe bomb attack in the Oldpark area of north Belfast should be condemned by everyone in our community. 

"There is no rationale or justification for such actions and the sooner those behind this incident realise that the better. 

"Those responsible for this pipe bomb are attempting to drag us back to the past but they will not succeed. 

"Thankfully no one was injured in this incident but it did bring considerable disruption to the area as a number of homes and businesses had to be evacuated. 

"Whoever was behind this attack needs to realise that they do not have the support of the local community and they should stop these pointless actions immediately."

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Sinn Féin health spokesperson Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin today chaired a session of the Think Tank on the National Drug Problem in the Mansion House, entitled “The Viability of Medically Supervised Injecting Rooms in an Irish Context”.

Deputy O Caoláin said:

“I have previously stated that I welcomed the announcement by Minister for Drugs Aodhán Ó Ríordáin that he would seek to evaluate and address the introduction of injection centres for addicts.

“Medically supervised injecting centres are professionally supervised healthcare facilities where drug injection occurs in a health service under the supervision of registered nurses and counsellors/drug workers. Their aim is to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with drug use, in particular those using drugs on the streets, and they link drug users with social, health and drug treatment services. 

“Today’s session included a presentation by Marcus Keane of the Ana Liffey Drugs Project. I have also met personally with representatives of this project and I was again impressed by the points raised. If injecting centres have a valuable role to play in combating ill-health issues and the many social problems that arise from drug use, then I believe that they may well have an important contribution to make. I feel we must all be open to discussing the proposition, its benefits and downsides, and ultimately make an informed decision based on all the facts.

“I welcome and encourage the discussion around creating such centres. The alternative is sadly a continuation of the current dangers and problems that we are all too familiar with, especially on the streets of our capital and in other large urban centres. These include the dangers of carelessly disposed needles and the health risks of injection in non-clinical settings. I commend the Minister for arranging this Think Tank and I look forward to seeing what proposals will be brought to Government. I wish to also commend Ardmhéara Átha Cliath Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh for hosting today’s proceedings.” 

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Sinn Féin councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile has welcomed funding to support the continued growth of Belfast's Gaeltacht Quarter. 

Councillor Ó Donnghaile said; 

"Belfast's Gaeltacht Quarter has grown dramatically in recent years and is now at the heart of the cultural life of the city. 

"I welcome the fact that its continued growth is being supported by major investment with up to £30 million in capital funding pledged by 2018. 

"£21 million of that is already been secured or offered to fund major projects throughout the Gaeltacht Quarter including sports buildings, Áras na bhFál, new buildings for Coláiste Feirste and Raidió Fáilte and a new centre for handball.

"And we are hopeful of further major projects in the future. 

"This is part of Sinn Féin's wider commitment to supporting arts, education and leisure throughout the Gaeltacht Quarter to provide services for the Irish language community and enhance the cultural life of the city."

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Mayor of South Dublin County Council Sarah Holland has extended her warmest congratulations to Kilnamanagh Olympian Gary McEnroe who bagged a bronze medal in the 25m backstroke on the first day of the Summer Games.

Mayor Holland said

“Everyone here in South Dublin County is thrilled with Gary’s win.  We have a rich diversity of sports clubs here in the county and Gary is one of our top athletes.

 We take our health and wellbeing seriously here and have a full week of activities planned for Health and Wellbeing week which takes place from 14th to 19th September this year.”

Congratulations were also extended from Sean Crowe TD who said

“Gary McEnroe is a bright young star from Kilnamanagh and has done us all proud in Los Angeles this year.  Well done to Gary and to all of the Special Olympics team who are bringing home a treasure hoard of medals this year.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has condemned those responsible for a security alert in the Oldpark area of north Belfast. 

Mr Kelly said; 

"This security alert following the discovery of a suspicious object at the junction of Rosapenna Street and Oldpark has brought nothing but disruption to the area. 

"A number of businesses have had to be evacuated while the device is examined. 

"Incidents like this serve no purpose whatsoever and need to stop immediately. 

"Hopefully the area can get back to normal soon so that everyone can get on with their lives free from disruption."

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Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has expressed relief that no one was injured during an incident where two fishing boats collided off the coast of Ardglass this morning. 

The South Down MLA said; 

"Thankfully no one was injured in this incident off the coast of Ardglass this morning when two fishing boats collided. 

"It must have been a very frightening experience for those on board both fishing boats. 

"Luckily the crew of the vessel which sank were rescued by the other boat and tragedy was avoided. 

"This incident once again highlights the dangers faced by our fishing fleets on a daily basis. 

"I would also pay tribute to the crew of the Newcastle lifeboat who responded to this incident and helped bring both crews safely to shore." 

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Sights and sounds from Bodenstown 2015


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Gerry Adams