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An Chéad Dáil

Here is the much celebrated video shown at Sinn Féin's An Chéad Dáil event in the Mansion House Round Room on January 12, 2019. Sinn Féin former Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha wrote and presents this historic and inspiring reflection of the events of 100 years ago.


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A senior Sinn Féin source has this morning said that: "Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams will make a keynote speech in Belfast later today. The spokesperson said:

The peace process is at a defining point. Irish republicanism is at a defining point. There is a need to move the political situation decisively forward.

Speaking in Derry at Easter Gerry Adams told republicans that they need to strategise, plan and be prepared to act. The Sinn Féin President alerted republicans to the inevitability of more hard choices, more hard decisions as they seek to push ahead with their political project, and as republicans seek to achieve a united Ireland.

Mr. Adams urged activists and supporters to reflect on where Irish republicanism is today, how it got here and where they now need to go.

And he posed the question; are they ready to take more risks?

Gerry Adams said that he believes they are; that they must; and that it was his intention to return to this issue in the short period ahead.

He will do this in his keynote speech today.

The Sinn Féin peace strategy and the initiatives Irish republicans have taken are what have made the progress of the last 10 years possible .

It is Mr. Adams intention to map out what he believes are the necessary next steps in the process, and the central role - the historic role -republicans must play in this if the peace process is to succeed.

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Sinn Féin Westminster Candidate and Party Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin has welcomed the announcement by British Prime Minister Tony Blair that there will be a general election on May 5th.

Mr McLaughlin said,

"Sinn Fein welcomes the anticipated announcement that there will be a general election on May 5th. This announcement was the worst kept secret and Sinn Féin have been on the campaign trail for several weeks now".

"We look forward to putting our record and our policies in front of the people and are confident that we will return both more MP's and councillors across the North in these elections".

"However we have decided as a mark of respect to the Pope not to erect any election posters until after the funeral on Friday and are calling on other parties to do likewise". ENDS

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Sinn Féin Mid Ulster MLA Francie Molloy has accused direct rule Finance Minister Ian Pearson of blatant dishonesty and rejected claims that water charges are essential and fair. Mr Molloy, who heads the party anti-water charges campaign said:

"Ian Pearson can't seem to stop himself from being dishonest about water charging. The truth is that there is nothing essential about a separate water charge. There is nothing in the EU Water directive that demands it and there is no evidence to suggest that it will lead to improved investment or improved services.

"Indeed evidence from around the world shows that the introduction of a separate water charge is often a precursor to privatisation, to savage year on year inflation busting increases and to the generation of huge profits for water companies that then often use them to subsidise other business activities.

"The comparison with local taxation in England, Scotland or Wales is disingenuous because a there is no comparison between the services provided at local government level.

"The reality is that people living here are taxed by the British Exchequer at the same rate as people living in Britain yet for decades have received lower levels of investment in not just our water and sewerage infrastructure but across all public services. Just because they were stupid enough to privatise water in Britain does not mean that we have to suffer. We only have to look at the very high-energy costs that we have here in comparison with elsewhere to see what privatisation of essential utilities means for us.

"Ian Pearson is also manipulating the figures when he argues that substantial investment in water services in Britain was not met by the Exchequer because it was. If the British government stopped lying to people and got on with delivering a real peace dividend by transferring the huge subvention into maintaining the British war machine in this part of Ireland then very quickly we would see sufficient expenditure released to invest in our crumbling infrastructure.

"It is a myth that these charges will be fair, they won‚t. Those least able to afford it will be hit hardest. Pearson should stop listening to the spin doctors in Downing Street and start listening to the people here and then he would see that there are many alternatives to water charges."ENDS

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Sinn Féin General Secretary Mitchel McLaughlin has described the election of Gráinne Mhic Géidigh as Sinn Féin's first representative on the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta as an'historic breakthrough' for the party. Mr. McLaughlin is in in Dungloe this afternoon for the election count.

Mr. McLaughlin also congratulated Seán Mac Donnchadh and Colm Ó Ceannabháin who ran for the party in Meath and Galway.

Mr. McLaughlin said:

"The election of Gráinne Mhic Géidigh as Sinn Féin's first representative on the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta is an historic breakthrough for the party. Our strong showing in the three constituencies of Donegal, Galway and Meath shows that support for Sinn Féin in growing and I want to thank all those who voted for our party.

"Sinn Féin stood in this election on our agenda for change in relation to the role of Údarás na Gaeltachta, re-building the peace process and campaigning for Irish re-unification.

" Sinn Féin will use our mandate for change and our priorities on the Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta will be job creation, reform of Údarás na Gaeltachta to make it relevant, accountable and democratic and an integrated strategic plan, which would look at all the language needs of the Gaeltachtaí.

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has expressed his deep sorrow at the death of Pope John Paul 11 and has extended condolences on behalf of Sinn Féin to the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Most Rev.Dr Guiseppe Lazzarotto and to the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, Dr Seán Brady.

Paying tribute to the Holy Father Mr. Adams said:

"People throughout Ireland have had a close affinity with Pope John Paul since his historic visit here in 1979 and there will be deep sorrow across the country this evening at the news of his death.

"Although stricken with Parkinsons Disease in recent years, Pope John Paul showed huge courage and determination as he continued to travel and to lead the Catholic Church worldwide.

"I had the honour of greeting Pope John Paul briefly in the summer of 2002.

"This evening I extended the condolences of Sinn Féin, on the death of the Holy Father, to the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Most Rev.Dr Guiseppe Lazzarotto and to the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Dr Sean Brady."ENDS

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Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald will attend a rally in Dublin City Centre at lunchtime in opposition to the Government policy of deporting asylum seekers. Today's rally has been organized by Residents Against Racism.

Speaking before the event Ms McDonald said:

"Sinn Féin is utterly opposed to the deportations policy employed by this government in recent weeks. This government has reached new lows in its lack of compassion and cowardly approach to some of the most vulnerable people in Ireland.

Whilst the recent return of Leaving Cert student Olunkunle Eluhanla is to be welcomed, many other people were deported in the past fortnight who should also be allowed to return and have their cases reviewed on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. We need a full investigation and report on the human rights implications of this policy by the Human Rights Commission.

"I am calling upon the good people of Dublin to stand with asylum seekers and against the Celtic Tiger selfishness of this Fianna Fail/Progressive Democrat Government" ENDS

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GAMA contruction, currently at the centre of controversy over its treatment of Turkish workers has now been severly criticised by Sinn Fein over its treatment of the residents of Buirg an Rí estate in Balgaddy, South Dublin.

A survey conducted by local Sinn Féin members has revealed a catalogue of problems with houses built by GAMA. Sixty respondents of a possible eighty have listed individual grievances ranging from major cracks, damp, leaks, draughts, lack of water, electrical faults, heating and plumbing etc. They also identified general issues such as a lack of a safe play area, no phone lines, inadequate parking facilities, dangers to children from traffic, dust and noise from adjacent building sites.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor Shane O‚Connor said: "GAMA's treatment of Turkish workers is matched only by its contempt for residents of this estate. GAMA built the social housing estate under contract to South Dublin County Council. Occupation of the dwellings began in early 2004. Only a handful of grievances of residents has been remedied throughout this period.

"I am calling on the Council to force GAMA to respond to residents‚ concerns and to refuse to take the Estate into charge until all outstanding defects are corrected. Contractors must be made to meet appropriate standards and to observe proper procedures. GAMA construction have other works in hand and it is important that these experiences are not repeated."

Councillor O‚Connor has also asked the County Manager to meet, as a matter of urgency, with representatives of the residents and has pledged Sinn Fein‚s ongoing support to Buirg an Rí residents in their fight to end this intolerable situation."ENDS

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Speaking on today's visit by the Minister for Health Mary Harney to the IMO conference in Kerry, the North Kerry TD Martin Ferris has called on her to visit the Accident and Emergency Department at Kerry General Hospital so that "she can see at first hand the terrible situation patients and staff have to put up with on a daily basis." He also called her to deliver on promises her predecessor had made to the people of Kerry on the extension of BreastCheck.

Deputy Ferris said:

"I hope that this visit by Mary Harney will make her realise that the promises her government made to the people of Kerry had not been forgotten. Issues like cancer care, the chronic situation at the Accident and Emergency Department and the continued failure to deliver on the promise made by Micheál Martin to extend BreastCheck to the south-west still need to be addressed.

"The resignation of a leading cancer specialist at Cork University Hospital over the lack of resources should have set alarm bells ringing at the Department of Health, because it clearly signals that this government is failing to meet the needs of cancer patients in Kerry and Cork.

"While people face long waiting times, possibly on trolleys, she has said that it could take up to four years to build an extension to the A&E ward at Kerry General Hospital. I hope that Minister Harney will take time out of her schedule to visit the A&E department at Kerry General so she can see at first hand the terrible situation patients and staff have to put up with on a daily basis. ENDS

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Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan has welcomed news today that ambulances and ambulance crews in the North East are no longer being used to collect employee timesheets at 2am nightly. Deputy Morgan said the practice was "irresponsible and quite bizarre in this day and age."

Speaking this morning he said, "After discovering that ambulances and ambulance crews were being used to collect employee time sheets at 2am nightly in the HSE North East area I asked the Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, if the ambulances and crews are covered by insurance to collect these sheets and if the terms and conditions of these employees are being breached by carrying out such functions.

"This morning I received a written response to my question, which told me that the practice has now ceased. I welcome this response but have to question why this practice ever existed. Surely with today‚s communications technology these timesheets could have been sent electronically via e-mail or by fax. Using these vital resources to collect them was irresponsible and quite bizarre in this day and age.

"I would be interested to find out if this practice occurs in other HSE areas. If it does then it should be ceased immediately."ENDS

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Sinn Féin Meath County Councillor, Joe Reilly, has accused the Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche, of being prepared "to bulldoze his way through Ireland's archaeological past".

Councillor Reilly said, "The intention of the Minister to issue licences for excavation work along the proposed route of the M3 through the Tara-Skryne valley shows that he has turned a deaf ear to the protests of a wide body of public opinion. It wasn‚t only ordinary members of the public who were incensed by the proposal of the NRA and tear a motorway through the valley it was also the considered opinion of many experts in the field that this was the wrong thing to do. There were alternatives and they should have been looked at. Unfortunately this Minister is clearly prepared to bulldoze his way through Ireland‚s archaeological past at any cost.

"The M3 motorway can be accommodated - but not through the Tara and Skryne valley. The disputed section of the M3 motorway is only 3 kilometres in length out of a total of 70 kilometres. Sinn Féin is calling upon the NRA and archaeologists to come together and sort this out.

"The other thing that should be remembered is that this decision if it is pursued will not bring an end to the misery of motorists any time quick. With the amount of opposition to this proposal it is clear that there will be litigation and that court proceedings will delay the project indefinitely. It is not too late to reconsider the alternative options available." ENDS

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Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has today hosted a visit by ethnic minority community activists from Ireland, at the European Parliament in Brussels. Ms McDonald was also joined by a number of Sinn Féin elected representatives from throughout the country.

Ms McDonald said that 'Sinn Féin stands resolutely with ethnic minority communities in the face of attacks against them, discrimination and deportation'.

Speaking from Brussels Ms McDonald said:

"I am delighted to have hosted today's event at the European Parliament. I met with representatives from Travellers Action, Centre for Care of Survivors of Torture, Association of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Ireland, African Women's Group, African Cultural Centre, Residents against Racism, Black Youth Network (Belfast).

"Along with our elected representatives John O Dowd MLA, Cllr Killian Forde, Cllr Larry O Toole and Cllr Cathal King, the delegation attended a Seminar with European Social NGO's and were briefed on the work of the EU Justice Home Affairs & Civil Liberties Committee.

"We discussed a wide range of issues which affect our ethnic minority communities in modern Ireland, from the provision of amenities and services to the upsurge in violent incidents. Indeed, Racist attacks are now happening at such an alarming rate that sections of society are becoming blasé to the plight of ethnic minority communities.

"Sinn Féin stands resolutely with ethnic minority communities in the face of attacks against them, discrimination and deportation. Tackling racism has been a real priority for my party. We brought forward an anti-racist charter in Councils where we are represented, we opposed the racist citizenship referendum introduced by the Irish Government and are campaigning against the policy of forced deportation. We have been campaigning for a progressive, human rights based, anti-racist immigration policy.

"Sinn Féin is committed to tackling all forms of racism and building an inclusive and multicultural Ireland."ENDS

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Ba mhaith liom an forógra toghcháin seo a mholadh do chách a bhfuil suim acu i gcosaint agus i bhforbairt na nGaeltachtaí in Éirinn. Is le fada an lá anois a mbíonn Sinn Féin i mbun toghchán ag gach leibhéal sa tír seo, ó thuaidh agus ó dheas. Anois, sna toghcháin seo d'Udarás na Gaeltachta tá an páirtí - tríd ár dtriúr iarrthóir - ag tabhairt faoin dúshlán ionadaíocht chuí a dhéanamh ar son muintir na Gaeltachta

Ní rud nua é do phoblachtánaigh a bheith ag streachailt ar son na Gaeilge agus ní strainséirí atá ionainn sna Gaeltachtaí ach an oiread. Go deimhin tá cumainn Sinn Féin bunaithe i ngach Gaeltacht le blianta anuas. Mar sin is eol dúinn go maith na nithe a chuireann isteach ar fhorbairt na Gaeltachta agus tuigimid go maith na fadhbanna fostaíochta, oideachais, óige, eisimirce agus teanga a mbíonn muintir na Gaeltacha ag iarraidh a sharú gach lá dá saolta.

Tá ana-thaithí ag ionadaithe tofa de chuid Sinn Féin ag gach leibhéal Rialtas ó thuaidh agus ó dheas in Éirinn ag cur ár bpolasaithe chun tosaí.

Aithnítear go forleathan cé chomh éifeachtach agus díograsach a mbíonn ionadaithe tofa, agus oibrithe deonacha an pháirtí ag troid ar son a muintire. Níl aon rud difriúil ó thaobh na Gaeltachta de: beidh oibrithe agus ionadaithe Shinn Féin dílis agus dian ar bhur son agus is ar mhaitheas an phobail a fheidhmeoidh siad i gcónaí.

Tá vóta Shinn Féin ag fás. I ngach toghchán ar throid muid le blianta cuirtear na heolaithe as riocht le fás agus méadú an lín daoine a vótálann ar son Sinn Féin. Ach níl an páirtí seo ag iarraidh do vóta ar mhaithe vóta féin. Nuair a chuirtear do vóta leis na vótaí eile ar fud na hÉireann déantar sainordú poblachtach níos láidre as agus bíonn bhur n-ionadaithe níos láidre dá bharr.

Tá Sinn Féin, mar pháirtí, geallta do chearta: cearta ár vótóirí, cearta daoine ar an imeall agus cearta ár n-ionadaithe tofa ionadaíocht cuí, cothrom agus macánta a dhéanamh.

Iarraim oraibh ar fad bhur vótaí a thabhairt don iarrthóir Sinn Féin i do cheantar sna toghcháin seo.

Ní neart go cur le chéile. Cuirimis le chéile anois.

  • Aontaíonn Sinn Féin gurb í an Ghaeilge bun agus barr na Gaeltachta
  • Molann Sinn Féin go leanfar moltaí Choimisiún na Gaeltachta agus tugtar tacaíocht agus spreagadh do na ceantair laga teacht aniar
  • Molann Sinn Féin go ndéanfaí athbhreithniú gach deich mbliana ar mhionteorainneacha na Gaeltachta a cheartú agus le deis a thabhairt do cheantair nua ina bhfuil 10%-30% a labhrann Gaeilge gach lá a bheith aitheanta mar Bhreac-Ghaeltachta
  • Molann Sinn Féin gurbh fhiú fostaíocht a chruthú tríd Aonad Teangan i gcomhair Taighde agus Teagaisc a bhunú i ngach Gaeltacht
  • Éileoidh ionadaithe Shinn Féin fostaíocht nua do cheantair Ghaeltachta
  • lorgóidh Sinn Féin bealaí leis an acmhainn is luachmhaire sa Ghaeltacht, an teanga féin, a úsáid le fostaíocht a chruthú
  • beidh Sinn Féin ag éileamh go bhféachfaidh an tÚdarás ar a mhodhanna le postanna agus fostaíocht a mhealladh isteach chun an tairbhe is fearr a bhaint as an infheistíocht agus chun postanna buana le craobhaithe agus scileanna a tharraingt isteach
  • Molann Sinn Féin gur chóir go mbeadh cruinnithe agus taifead de bhreitheanna an Údaráis trédhearcach agus oscailte don phobal
  • Molann Sinn Féin gur chóir córas freagrachta agus meon freagrachta a chothú i measc fheidhmeannas an Údaráis.
  • Molann Sinn Féin go gcuirfí deireadh leis an Œdé-shainordú
  • Molann Sinn Féin go mbeadh Plean Gnímh Cuimsitheach ullmhaithe idir na páirtithe uile sna Gaeltachtaí, faoi stiúir agus faoi threoir an Údaráis
  • Molann Sinn Féin gur chóir go mbeadh tuilleadh cumhachta ag an Údarás i leith pleanála teangan
  • Molann Sinn Féin nár chóir go mbeadh breitheanna na Comhairlí Chontae ná forbairtí a cheadódh an Chomhairle Chontae ag teacht salach ar an Ghaeilge
  • Molann Sinn Féin go mbeadh an tÚdarás freagrach as Straitéis Chomhtháite Theangan a fhorbairt go práinneach a dhéanfadh freastal cuimsitheach ar riachtanais teangan pobail éagsúla na Gaeltachta
  • Molann Sinn Féin go mbeadh ról ceannaireachta ag an Údarás ar gach gné de phleanáil teangan, ar chúrsaí oideachais go háirithe
  • Ní mór coinníollacha teanga a chur ar fhorbairtí agus ar thógáil sna Gaeltachtaí. Níor mhór struchtúr tacaíochta a bheith ann chun cabhrú le hiarrthóirí an caighdeán riachtanach teanga a bhaint amach
  • Éileoidh Sinn Féin na cearta agus an meas céanna dár vótóirí sa Ghaeltacht agus sa Ghalltacht.
  • Éileoidh Sinn Féin cothromaíocht agus comhurraim dóibh.
  • Éileoidh Sinn Féin córas daonlathach, freagrach, trédhearcach a bhaint amach don Údarás

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP was in Donegal today to canvas with the party‚s candidate, Gráinne Mhic Géidigh in this weekend's Údarás na Gaeltachta elections. Sinn Féin is standing three candidates in the Údarás na Gaeltachta elections - Colm Ó Ceannabháin ˆ Galway, Seán Mac Donnchadh - Meath and Gráinne Mhic Géidigh - Donegal.

Mr. Adams said:

"Sinn Féin is on the verge of an historic breakthrough in the Údarás na Gaeltachta elections this weekend. Our candidates are Colm Ó Ceannabháin - Galway, Seán Mac Donnchadh - Meath and Gráinne Mhic Géidigh - Donegal. For the first time in the Údarás na Gaeltachta elections, following an intervention by Sinn Féin's candidates, party names will now be listed on ballot papers.

"Údarás na Gaeltachta has failed to deliver sufficiently for the Irish language or in relation to job creation. Sinn Féín believes that it has the potential to achieve much much more.

"A vote for Sinn Féin in this election is a vote for change. It is also a vote for the peace process and for Irish re-unification.

"Among Sinn Féin‚s priorities in relation to Údarás na Gaeltachta are job creation, reform of Údarás na Gaeltachta to make it relevant, accountable and democratic and an integrated Strategic Plan, which would look at all the language needs of the Gaeltachtaí.

"I want to call on people to come out this Saturday and vote for change, vote Sinn Féin."ENDS

Summary of Sinn Féin‚s manifesto for the Údarás na Gaeltachta election

Language

  • Sinn Féin agrees that the language is at the centre of the Gaeltacht.
  • Sinn Féin support the proposal of Coimisiún na Gaeltachta that support be given to weak areas to strengthen language use.
  • Sinn Féin supports a review every ten years to assess new areas coming into the Gaeltacht where 10-30% of people use Irish daily.

Employment

  • Sinn Féin proposes the creation of employment and the development of a Language Unit for research and teaching in each Gaeltacht.
  • Sinn Féin will seek new forms of employment for the Gaeltachtaí.
  • Sinn Féin will seek ways of using the Gaeltacht's most valuable resource, the language itself to create jobs.
  • Sinn Féin will seek to have the Údarás examine its own methods of creating jobs and employment so as to achieve the best from its investment.

Democracy and Accountability

  • Sinn Féin proposes the publication of Údarás minutes, in a transparent and public way.
  • Sinn Féin proposes the development of an ethos of accountability within Údarás structures..
  • Sinn Féin will support an end to the dual mandate.
  • Sinn Féin proposes a Comprehensive Action Plan with input from all the sectors of the Gaeltacht and under the direction of the Údarás.
  • Sinn Féin proposes greater Údarás powers in respect of language planning.
  • Sinn Féin proposes that statutes be effected which would ensure that no County Council decisions would work to the detriment of the Gaeltacht
  • Sinn Féin will demand the same rights for its Gaeltacht voters as for all its voters.
  • Sinn Féin will demand equality and parity for them.
  • Sinn Féin will seek a democratic accountable and transparent system for Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Planning

  • Sinn Féin proposes that the Údarás be responsible for the urgent development of an integrated Strategic Plan which would look at all the language needs of the Gaeltachtaí.
  • Sinn Féin proposes a leadership role for the Údarás in language planning and in questions of education in particular
  • Language conditions should be imposed on all building and development in the Gaeltacht. A support structure should be in place to assist applicants to meet the required language standard.

Litir ó Gearóid Mac Adaimh - Uachtarán Sinn Féin.

Ba mhaith liom an forógra toghcháin seo a mholadh do chách a bhfuil suim acu i gcosaint agus i bhforbairt na nGaeltachtaí in Éirinn. Is le fada an lá anois a mbíonn Sinn Féin i mbun toghchán ag gach leibhéal sa tír seo, ó thuaidh agus ó dheas. Anois, sna toghcháin seo d‚Udarás na Gaeltachta tá an páirtí - tríd ár dtriúr iarrthóir - ag tabhairt faoin dúshlán ionadaíocht chuí a dhéanamh ar son muintir na Gaeltachta

Ní rud nua é do phoblachtánaigh a bheith ag streachailt ar son na Gaeilge agus ní strainséirí atá ionainn sna Gaeltachtaí ach an oiread. Go deimhin tá cumainn Sinn Féin bunaithe i ngach Gaeltacht le blianta anuas. Mar sin is eol dúinn go maith na nithe a chuireann isteach ar fhorbairt na Gaeltachta agus tuigimid go maith na fadhbanna fostaíochta, oideachais, óige, eisimirce agus teanga a mbíonn muintir na Gaeltacha ag iarraidh a sharú gach lá dá saolta.

Tá ana-thaithí ag ionadaithe tofa de chuid Sinn Féin ag gach leibhéal Rialtas ó thuaidh agus ó dheas in Éirinn ag cur ár bpolasaithe chun tosaí.

Aithnítear go forleathan cé chomh éifeachtach agus díograsach a mbíonn ionadaithe tofa, agus oibrithe deonacha an pháirtí ag troid ar son a muintire. Níl aon rud difriúil ó thaobh na Gaeltachta de: beidh oibrithe agus ionadaithe Shinn Féin dílis agus dian ar bhur son agus is ar mhaitheas an phobail a fheidhmeoidh siad i gcónaí.

Tá vóta Shinn Féin ag fás. I ngach toghchán ar throid muid le blianta cuirtear na heolaithe as riocht le fás agus méadú an lín daoine a vótálann ar son Sinn Féin. Ach níl an páirtí seo ag iarraidh do vóta ar mhaithe vóta féin. Nuair a chuirtear do vóta leis na vótaí eile ar fud na hÉireann déantar sainordú poblachtach níos láidre as agus bíonn bhur n-ionadaithe níos láidre dá bharr.

Tá Sinn Féin, mar pháirtí, geallta do chearta: cearta ár vótóirí, cearta daoine ar an imeall agus cearta ár n-ionadaithe tofa ionadaíocht cuí, cothrom agus macánta a dhéanamh.

Iarraim oraibh ar fad bhur vótaí a thabhairt don iarrthóir Sinn Féin i do cheantar sna toghcháin seo.

Ní neart go cur le chéile. Cuirimis le chéile anois.

  • Aontaíonn Sinn Féin gurb í an Ghaeilge bun agus barr na Gaeltachta
  • Molann Sinn Féin go leanfar moltaí Choimisiún na Gaeltachta agus tugtar tacaíocht agus spreagadh do na ceantair laga teacht aniar
  • Molann Sinn Féin go ndéanfaí athbhreithniú gach deich mbliana ar mhionteorainneacha na Gaeltachta a cheartú agus le deis a thabhairt do cheantair nua ina bhfuil 10%-30% a labhrann Gaeilge gach lá a bheith aitheanta mar Bhreac-Ghaeltachta
  • Molann Sinn Féin gurbh fhiú fostaíocht a chruthú tríd Aonad Teangan i gcomhair Taighde agus Teagaisc a bhunú i ngach Gaeltacht
  • Éileoidh ionadaithe Shinn Féin fostaíocht nua do cheantair Ghaeltachta
  • lorgóidh Sinn Féin bealaí leis an acmhainn is luachmhaire sa Ghaeltacht, an teanga féin, a úsáid le fostaíocht a chruthú
  • beidh Sinn Féin ag éileamh go bhféachfaidh an tÚdarás ar a mhodhanna le postanna agus fostaíocht a mhealladh isteach chun an tairbhe is fearr a bhaint as an infheistíocht agus chun postanna buana le craobhaithe agus scileanna a tharraingt isteach
  • Molann Sinn Féin gur chóir go mbeadh cruinnithe agus taifead de bhreitheanna an Údaráis trédhearcach agus oscailte don phobal
  • Molann Sinn Féin gur chóir córas freagrachta agus meon freagrachta a chothú i measc fheidhmeannas an Údaráis.
  • Molann Sinn Féin go gcuirfí deireadh leis an Œdé-shainordú
  • Molann Sinn Féin go mbeadh Plean Gnímh Cuimsitheach ullmhaithe idir na páirtithe uile sna Gaeltachtaí, faoi stiúir agus faoi threoir an Údaráis
  • Molann Sinn Féin gur chóir go mbeadh tuilleadh cumhachta ag an Údarás i leith pleanála teangan
  • Molann Sinn Féin nár chóir go mbeadh breitheanna na Comhairlí Chontae ná forbairtí a cheadódh an Chomhairle Chontae ag teacht salach ar an Ghaeilge
  • Molann Sinn Féin go mbeadh an tÚdarás freagrach as Straitéis Chomhtháite Theangan a fhorbairt go práinneach a dhéanfadh freastal cuimsitheach ar riachtanais teangan pobail éagsúla na Gaeltachta
  • Molann Sinn Féin go mbeadh ról ceannaireachta ag an Údarás ar gach gné de phleanáil teangan, ar chúrsaí oideachais go háirithe
  • Ní mór coinníollacha teanga a chur ar fhorbairtí agus ar thógáil sna Gaeltachtaí. Níor mhór struchtúr tacaíochta a bheith ann chun cabhrú le hiarrthóirí an caighdeán riachtanach teanga a bhaint amach
  • Éileoidh Sinn Féin na cearta agus an meas céanna dár vótóirí sa Ghaeltacht agus sa Ghalltacht.
  • Éileoidh Sinn Féin cothromaíocht agus comhurraim dóibh.
  • Éileoidh Sinn Féin córas daonlathach, freagrach, trédhearcach a bhaint amach don Údarás

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Sinn Fein Assembly member for Newry & Armagh has demanded that all British Army helicopters in South Armagh are immediately grounded. Mr Murphy's comments come after a British Army helicopter crash landed this morning at Sturgon Bray just outside Camlough.

Mr Murphy said:

" I was contacted this morning by a local farmer in the Sturgon Bray area outside Camlough who reported that a British Army helicopter had come down close to his home. I am now at the scene and the helicopter is positioned precariously on a hillside close to a British Army spy post. This is not the first such incident of a British helcopter crashing near local homes.

" There have been serious concerns expressed over a number of years about the safety record of British military equipment in South Armagh. There is no purpose to the continuing low level flights in the area and no purpose behind the ongoing presence of British spy posts on our hillsides. Given the nature of this very serious incident this morning I am demanding that all British military helicopters in this area are immediately grounded." ENDS

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Sinn Féin MLA for South Down and Chairperson of the 'Bring Them Home Campaign', Caitriona Ruane has today called upon the Irish Government to 'intervene urgently with the Colombian Government in the case of the three Irish citizens' after Colombian Appeal Judge Jorge Torres Romero said in his signed dissenting opinion that much of the evidence brought before the court was 'questionable'.

Speaking today Ms Ruane said:

"This is a scathing indictment of the Colombian legal system and reinforces what has been said all along by those campaigning for the men's release. It is clear that the case against the men was based upon pure fantasy and that the ruling was a highly politicized decision as stated by Judge Romero.

"This Irish Government has a duty to safeguard the rights of Irish citizens at home and throughout the world. I am calling upon the Irish Government to intervene urgently to help secure the immediate return of James Monaghan, Niall Connolly and Martin McCauley whose lives remain inconstant and continuous danger.

"Whilst we are exploring all of the legal avenues available both in Colombia and internationally, the reality remains that legal procedures will take a considerable length of time. Time is against James, Niall and Martin." ENDS

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Speaking today Sinn Féin Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP called on Irish voters to reject the proposed EU Constitution in forthcoming referenda in 2005 and 2006. She said that the debate was not between 'pro and anti Europeans' but between 'different visions for the future of the EU.' Ms McDonald said:

"The debate on the EU Constitution is not between pro and anti Europeans. It is a debate over different visions for the future of the EU.

"Sinn Féin wants to see an EU that promotes sustainable growth, environmental protection, social and economic equality, human rights and global justice. Since last years EU elections Sinn Féin has been to the forefront of the ongoing campaigns for an alternative vision of the EU which is democratic, accountable and which operates in the interests of ordinary people.

"We have carefully studied the text of the proposed Constitution and have found it wanting on many grounds. It deepens the democratic deficit, further concentrating power in the hands of the few at the expense of national parliaments and ordinary people. It undermines neutrality, and seeks to transform the EU into a global superpower, with its own Foreign Minister, army and armanents agency. It copperfastens the right wing economic agenda which has dominated EU policy for over a decade and seeks to extend such policies to public services and international trade agreements, undermining welfare provision and global justice priorities.

"It offers no new or meaningful social or human rights protections to citizens of member states, yet significantly increases the power and scope for undemocratic bodies such as the EU Commission and Council, in crucial areas of policy such as International Relations, defence, criminal justice, trade, and the internal market.

"The proposed EU Constitution is not in the interests of Irish people. It is not in the interests of any member state. Indeed the Constitution is not in the interests of the EU itself.

"On this basis Sinn Féin will be vigorously opposing the Constitution in the two referenda which will take place in Ireland in 2005 and 2006. We urge all sections of public opinion, particularly those in trade unions, community organisations, human rights groups as well as supporters of other political parties to join with us in opposing this Constitution."ENDS

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Sinn Féin Education spokesperson, Seán Crowe TD has said "The inequality and overcrowding in our schools mirrors Irish society as a whole.‰"Deputy Crowe said, "We have a first class economy with a third rate attitude to investment in public services."

He said, "Ireland has the second highest class sizes in Europe despite Government promises. Other countries, inside and outside the EU and without our economic advantages seem to be miles ahead when it comes to public services and in particular education. We have a first class economy with a third rate attitude to investment in public services.

„But it is not just the education sector that is suffering. We have overcrowding in our hospitals due to a lack of investment, we have overcrowding on our buses and trains due to a lack of investment, overcrowding in the housing waiting lists are due to a lack of investment. The inequality and overcrowding in our schools mirrors Irish society as a whole.

„I welcome the recent statements from the Minister for Education and science, Mary Hanafin, regarding extra funding and teachers for disadvantaged areas and special needs. But, unfortunately this investment is not going to solve the problems of overcrowding in our schools. This will be seen by many people as a down payment. The problem will only be resolved when there is a commitment to substantially invest in the education sector as a whole.‰ ENDS

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Sinn Fein's Spokesperson on Equality, Human Rights and Women Caitriona Ruane MLA has welcomed the decision by the Fire Brigade who have been forced to scrap their 'standby map' policy.

Ms Ruane said:

"This policy was designed to include predominantly unionist towns like Craigavon and Portadown so anyone from these areas would be eligible for senior positions within the Fire Brigade yet at the same time it conveniently excluded large swathes of the nationalist population who live in places like Belfast, Downpatrick, Newcastle, Armagh and Newry. It was through the determination of people like John Allen who had been prevented from accepting a promotion because he lived in a town outside of the standby map area that the Fire Brigade have been force to abandon their policy."

"I believe this decision is a victory for equality and we are now waiting to see what the brigade comes up with and we will continue to pursue this matter with the same vigour and determination. This is a historical development because the Fire Brigade has historically been one of the public sector bodies that seem to be exempt from proper scrutiny."

"This development should serve as a warning for all public authorities in the North about the implications of them failing to embrace public equality duties. For too long the brigade has been a cold house for Catholics, particularly at a senior level, and I want to commend the bravery, determination and far-slightness of those fire-fighters who have fought against discrimination in the brigade."

"The policy of stand-by maps was an attempt to exclude members of the Catholic community yet it effectively discriminates against anyone living outside of these designated areas. I have held meetings with senior officials of the Fire Brigade but it is clear there is someway for it to go befo

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Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Cllr Sue Ramsey has said that a reconviction rate of 36% for young people going through the juvenile justice system both under estimates the true level of recidivism and points to the failure of the justice system in tackling the problem of youth offending behaviour.

Ms Ramsey said:

"The fact that over one in three young people going through the juvenile justice centres are reconvicted within 12 months points to a chronic problem with the justice system's approach to young people.

"I believe that these figures both under estimate the true level of recidivism but, more importantly, point to the failure of the justice system in tackling and providing a long term solution to the problem of youth offending behaviour.

"In comparison community based youth diversionary programmes are showing the way forward in challenging youth offending behaviour.

"Organisations such as Community Restorative Justice Ireland and in particular their schools outreach programme are not just challenging behaviour they are finding long term solution that involve not just perpetrators of crime and their victims but also the community.

"Community based initiatives such as these are important especially in dealing with the fundamental problem of re-integration and in mending relationships between persistent offenders and the communities they come from.

"The reality is that while communities have a very low level of confidence in the justice system in general, initiatives such as Community Restorative Justice Ireland are providing real alternatives yet this organisation is being cold shouldered by the NIO." ENDS

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Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has welcomed that the Minister responsible for the National Drugs Strategy appears to have taken up concerns raised by Sinn Féin. But he also warned against complacency, saying that "the Drugs Strategy Mid-Term Review should prompt us all to renew our commitment to solving this now widespread social problem."

Following the release of the Government‚s Progress Report on the National Drugs Strategy, Deputy Ó Snodaigh, who is also a member of the Ballyfermot Local Drugs Task Force, said:

"I particularly welcome reports that the Drugs Strategy Mid-Term Review will reflect many of the concerns raised by Sinn Féin in our own submission, including the proposed development of a broader range of treatment strategies, a significant increase in the number of detoxification beds, greater investment in community and residential rehabilitation, the extension of out-of-hours drug treatment, and the immediate introduction of cocaine-related services on a pilot basis. I continue to review the Progress Report in detail and I look forward to seeing the recommendations once the Mid-Term Review is published.

"But neither the Minister nor anyone else should allow themselves to get complacent. I too welcome an increase in the seizure of illegal drugs, but I ask are the Gardaí aware of the identities of the major drug traffickers in this State, and if they are, why are these people still freely managing their empires and not doing prison time? I too welcome the extension of drug education on the school curricula, but do we really know if the model being used is proven effective or not? I too welcome the reduction in waiting lists for drug treatment, but I want to know when drug treatment waiting times will be totally eliminated. I too welcome the money allocated since 2001 — but can the Minister confirm that all of these funds have actually been released, and released on time, and will he personally guarantee that this will happen in future? I welcome that rehabilitation will become a new pillar of the Strategy, but what about harm reduction? The fact is, not enough progress has been made, and it's best we all admit that openly.

"For all the fine words in the Strategy itself, we have had a problem with waning Government commitment and a significant delay in delivery. This has to end. I have no desire to score political points on this issue. I just want the revised Drugs Strategy to be as ambitious and effective as possible, and I want all parties, agencies and communities to come together to make it work." ENDS

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