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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 Daithí McKay has said the Finance Committee investigation into allegations made by Mick Wallace in Leinster House last week has started to contact those involved in the transactions. 

Speaking after a meeting of the Assembly's Finance Committee, the committee chair said; 

"At today's emergency meeting of the Finance Committee it was agreed to begin the process of investigating the claims made by independent TD Mick Wallace in Leinster House last week. 

"All parties at the meeting were in agreement on the need to get to the bottom of this issue as soon as possible. 

"We have already started contacting all of those involved in this transaction to come before the committee. 

"That includes NAMA officials, Mick Wallace, Tughans as well as others who may have information on the transactions. 

"I am hopeful that committee will meet again next week. 

"It is important the committee looks into these claims as soon as possible given the significance of the sale of the NAMA asserts for the local economy.  

"I would urge anyone with information on these transactions to make themselves available to come before the committee." 

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has made an appeal to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Finance Minister Michael Noonan to support the constructive efforts of the Greek Government at today’s Emergency Summit meeting to reach deal that must include debt relief.

Speaking from Leinster House this afternoon Teachta Adams said;

“On Sunday, the people of Greece made an historic decision against austerity and an unsustainable austerity package.

“The democratic decision of Greek citizens must now be fully respected by all EU leaders.

“The EU must now make clear its desire to keep Greece in the Eurozone by negotiating a solution that doesn’t impose years of economic depression on the Greek people.

“As far as the Irish Government is concerned, this means Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Finance Minister Michael Noonan supporting the constructive efforts of Greece at today's Emergency Summit meeting.

“I am appealing to them to make a strong case for debt relief for the people of Greece. That is what is required to ensure the recovery of Greece within the European Union.

“Now is the time to stand up for a European Union based on solidarity, democracy, and equality.

“A big question facing citizens of the European Union today, including Irish citizens, is whether the democratic decision of a member state on issues that affect the daily lives of its citizens will be respected by our European partners.

“That is at the heart of the crisis in Greece. It is also a huge issue in Ireland.” 

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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.”

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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.”

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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.”

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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.

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“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.”

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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.” 

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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."

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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.” 

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Sights and sounds from Bodenstown 2015


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Palestinian minister Mohammad Shtayyeh addressing the hearing in Brussels.