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Speaking in Dundalk this afternoon, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has described Joan Burton's latest bout of policy doublespeak as “embarrassing” and has said Labour have abandoned working families.

Deputy Adams said:

“In Labour’s pre-budget submission before the last election, Joan Burton, as Labour Finance Spokesperson, favoured exactly the same income tax reforms for the top six percent of earners which Sinn Féin are proposing. Not content with being caught out with dodgy fiscal space calculations, the fact she is now an advocate for the highest paid earners to the detriment of ordinary working families is quite frankly embarrassing for a party that purports to stand for a fairer society.

“Today, Sinn Féin have set out our proposals to deliver affordable childcare that will ensure the cost of childcare does not exceed €180 per week in year one of a Sinn Féin led government, and will be reduced progressively to €150 per week by the end of a five-year term. Under Fine Gael and Labour, the cost of childcare is currently costing upwards of €275 per week.

“Labour want to perpetuate that unfairness. They want to ensure the tax system remains unfair and regressive, and as a consequence maintain the chaos they have created in health and refuse to address the housing crisis. We know their record when it comes to standing up for families. They promised before the last election not to introduce water charges and cut child benefit. In practice, they did both.

“Sinn Féin have a different vision. Tomorrow, we will set out our plan for universal healthcare, including delivering free GP care for all citizens at a rate of quarter of a million people a year, guarantee free prescriptions and end the two-tier access to healthcare.

“We are only party with a plan for fair recovery that will give working families a break by scrapping water charges and the property tax and take 277,000 workers out of the USC net, and the only party with credible costed policies to deal with the housing crises, to deliver affordable childcare and to deliver quality public services.” 


Cllr Sarah Holland has welcomed the support for her motion in the South County Dublin Development Plan on increasing minimum build sizes by 15 sq metres.

She said:

“The minimum build sizes laid down by the Minister of Environment have been deemed unworkable by some professional bodies.  Further to this, they would represent a coup for developers, who would have free rein is squeezing high density units into our county.

Having rented myself for years, living in a shoebox size apartment is no walk in the park.

Do we really want to live in a society where we force people to live in tiny spaces?

We here in South County Dublin had to move families out of tiny two bed units in some parts of the county because they proved to be unliveable.

We need to look to the future of this county, and make sure it is the best place in Ireland to live & work.

Squeezing people into homes like sardines will not facilitate that.”

The motion was passed successfully.

Cllr Holland went on to say:

“Minister Kelly’s directive will override our Development Plan, but I wanted it to be on record that his minimum size requirements are not satisfactory.”


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said this morning that revelations in this morning’s Irish Examiner that senior government officials removed warnings made by the HSE Director General in the HSE’s 2016 plan that the health service is facing its most difficult year in a decade due to a chronic lack of money are “utterly shocking” and that Fine Gael has been caught once again trying to hoodwink the electorate.

Deputy Adams said:

“It is utterly shocking that senior government officials removed warnings from the HSE Director General that the health service is facing its most difficult year in a decade due to a chronic lack of funding.  

“On the first day of the campaign, Fine Gael were exposed as having cooked the books in relation to the fiscal space and today they have been caught out once again trying to hoodwink the electorate. It is clear that Fine Gael’s 2016 health plan is not worth the paper it’s written on.

“Fine Gael have failed to deliver on their election promise to deliver a completely new health service. We have had the highest numbers on trolleys since records began, the longest A&E waiting times in Europe, their universal health insurance plan ended in disaster and they failed to deliver free GP care.

“Tomorrow, Sinn Féin will set out a fully costed, detailed plan to end the chaos in our hospitals and deliver universal health care.” 


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking in Cabra this morning said “Sinn Féin’s priority in government is to give working families a break. Childcare costs have gone through the roof over the last five years and Sinn Féin has a fully costed plan to deliver affordable, accessible and quality childcare.”  She went on to say “It is clear from recent days that the manifestos of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour need to be put in the bin as they have cooked the books and they do not have the money to deliver what they are promising.  We need an honest debate in this election.”

 Deputy McDonald said;

 “Sinn Féin’s priority in government is to give working families a break and our fully costed policies have been designed with that in mind.

 “Childcare costs have gone through the roof over the last five years and Sinn Féin has a fully costed plan to deliver affordable, accessible and quality childcare.

 “Unlike Labour’s childcare plan, ours is fully costed and workable. For too long governments have paid lip service to the notion of affordable childcare. After five years of Fine Gael and Labour in government we have yet to see them produce a plan which is realistic, affordable and accessible to all.

 “Sinn Féin will improve the childcare system in a number of different ways. We will make childcare more affordable by introducing a cap on fees at €180 a week, dropping down in time to €150.  As the current average cost of childcare per month is €1,100 this means that families will save up to €4,560 a year per child.

 “We would also introduce a six week extension to maternity leave, eventually increasing parental leave to 52 weeks over the government term.  We would also increase the rate of maternity benefit to paid mothers beginning with a use to €260 a week.

 “We wish to improve the quality of care also, to enable the progression of current childcare workers to level seven and eight qualifications.  This would be achieved by extending the learner fund by €80million over five years with the aim of having a 60% degree led workforce by 2025.

 “We will increase the capitation grants of the free pre-school year by €5 a week and we will provide an additional 1,000 Special Needs Assistants in Early Childhood Care and Education.  We will also extend the ECCE scheme to 48 weeks which means a further reduction the childcare bill as well as greater security to childcare workers on short contracts.

“We are serious about our commitments and we will deliver on them if we are given a mandate to do so.

“It is clear from recent days that the manifestos of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour need to be put in the bin as they have cooked the books and they do not have the money to deliver what they are promising.  We need an honest debate in this election.” 


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said that “Fine Gael has been caught out cooking the books to inflate their spending plans”. The Donegal candidate went on to say that it is not good enough for Fine Gael to force our public services to rely upon a gamble that the EU will grant Ireland additional funding.

Pearse Doherty said:

“It is clear that Fine Gael has been caught out cooking the books to inflate their spending plans.

“Fine Gael are clinging to the hope that the EU will change their rules and provide an additional €1.5 billion spending power.  

“This from a government that was confident that EU would agree their plans to have Irish Water off balance sheet. Fine Gael and Labour were wrong then.

“Our public finances cannot be reliant on a bet on the EU. This is not good enough for our economy and our public services.

“There is a hole in the Fine Gael manifesto they need to make clear will they continue with tax breaks for the wealthy or cut funding for health and housing.

“Sinn Fein plans for a fair recovery are fully costed and not reliant on additional funding arising from the EU. That is the only financially prudent and responsible position to take.” 


Sinn Féin Councillor and candidate for Dublin West Paul Donnelly has accused Tánaiste Joan Burton of making bizarre attacks on Sinn Féin as she becomes increasingly desperate to save her seat.

Speaking in response to Joan Burton’s comments today, Cllr. Donnelly said:

“Yesterday, Labour was exposed as getting their figures wrong on the economy and making promises that they could not deliver. While this approach may have worked in the last election, it is clear that electorate now see through labour.

“In a bizarre attack, the leader of the Labour criticised Sinn Féin proposals for greater tax fairness and stood up for high earners. This is the same party that supported the introduction of water charges and the family home tax.

“It is clear that the Labour leader is becoming increasingly desperate to save her seat.” 


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs and Enterprise, Peadar Tóibín TD has criticised Fine Gael’s Job Document for failing to present the true extent of joblessness, which is 18% when those who are underemployed and on job activation schemes are taken into account. 

Deputy Tóibín said:

“Fine Gael's job document is high on verbiage and low on action. Once we get behind the melee of management speak we see that it is little more than a strategy of bargain basement Corporation Taxes. When the positive tide of the external economic factors recedes the Irish economy will again be left exposed.

“The Fine Gael document is not honest about the figures and does not address the underlying issues. The broad jobless rate which includes those underemployed and those on activation programmes is 18%, compared with the narrow rate of 8.6% based on the definition of employment as paid work of at least one hour per week. 

“Add to this the 140,000 people net who have left Ireland due to lack of work opportunities and we see that Fine Gael’s legacy is almost 500,000 people, or nearly 25% of the workforce who are the collateral damage of FG policies.

“Ireland has a significant imbalance in terms of jobs policy. 90% of exports are from FDI and Ireland’s indigenous enterprise sector is significantly smaller and less export able than comparable EU nations. This leaves Ireland dangerously exposed to external shocks.  

“In EU terms, the government is divesting from communications, transport and educational infrastructure. Key success factors in any competitive economy.  

“There needs to be a greater emphasis on indigenous SMEs by opening up procurement to small businesses, and maximising this annual €12 billion stimulus for domestic businesses. This should be part of a long-term commitment to building up Ireland's business environment through broadening Ireland’s narrow credit sector and reforming sheltered sectors such as legal services and upward only rent.”


Deputy Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Catherine Seeley has commented after a shooting incident in Dill Ave, in Lurgan. 

Cllr Seeley said,

"Whatever the motivation behind this incident the is no justification for taking guns onto our streets. I condemn this outright.  

“This no doubt echoes the voice of the local community. Those responsible have endangered life in a built up residential area.

"I would call on anyone with any information or who saw anything suspicious to bring it to the PSNI. Those behind this attack need to be taken off our streets."


Cllr Sarah Holland has pointed out that Fine Gael and Labour have been responsible for widening the gap between rich and poor in Ireland, and entrenching inequality into our health, housing and education systems.

She said:

“Fine Gael and Labour have effectively divorced social recovery from economic recovery.

The reason no one feels this recovery is directly because of the lack of investment into our public services.

The health service is in chaos, with people waiting months and years on surgeries, diabetes clinic appointments, occupational therapies.

Homelessness is now well beyond crisis point and the Minister for Environment has spectacularly failed to even stem the tide of families being shunted into emergency accommodation.”

Referring to the quarterly Dublin Economic Monitor report, Cllr Holland said:

“We can see a decrease in unemployment levels and correspondingly, more public transport journeys.

What we are not seeing is a reduction in rents or completion of new homes for employees to live in.

Many working families are faced with a huge cost of living in rent, childcare and bills and none of the effective public services which should be freely available in a rich country such as Ireland.

We are experiencing a two tier recovery, and we need to end Fine Gael and Labour misrule.”


Speaking during a television interview for Near FM today, Sinn Féin candidate for Dublin Bay North, said that his priority for this election is the scrapping of water charges.

Cllr MacDonncha said:

“It is my priority and Sinn Féin’s priority to see the end to water charges. They simply are an unfair tax on people and should be abolished. That is what a Sinn Féin government would do and that is what I and my running mate Cllr Denise Mitchell stand for.

 “After that, my priority is to tackle the housing crisis. Sinn Fein’s housing policy envisages the provision of 100,000 social houses over the next 15 years. The answer to the housing crisis is to provide housing. It is very simple.

 “As a councillor I am dealing with people every day who are living in hotels or packed into small houses with family or friends. I find it hard to make representation on behalf of people and then go back to them and tell them that there are over 1,000 people ahead of them on the housing list.

“The reality is that this government does not have people as their priority, they have profit as their priority on behalf of the rich people they represent. I want to get elected to represent the people of this area properly.”


Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has said Sinn Féin will put forward amendments to the Employment Bill which ban the use of zero hour contracts. 
Mr Flanagan said; 
"Zero hour contracts have a deeply negative impact on workers’ rights, protections and employment practices. They are bad for the 28,000 workers who have them, bad for their families and bad for society.


"They also disproportionately affect women and unskilled workers, negatively impacting on individual human dignity and self-esteem.

"During a recent public consultation, the DEL Minister Stephen Farry acknowledged the negative impact of zero hour contracts for workers, yet his proposals to address this issue were totally inadequate. Sinn Féin believes that zero hour contracts need to be banned".

"The passage of the Employment Bill is an opportunity to address this abuse of workers’ rights and Sinn Féin have tabled amendments, which would prohibit the use of zero hour contracts. Inaction on this issue would be a massive missed opportunity.”


Speaking at the formal launch of the Sinn Féin election campaign today, party president Gerry Adams TD said:

“Tá mé lán-sásta bheith libh go leir anseo i mBaile Átha Cliath inniú. Tá muid cruinnithe anseo chun tús a chur leis an bhfeachtas seo. Tá mé sásta go bhfuil an toghchán linn ar deireadh agus anois is faoi na daoine rialtas nua a roghnú. Bhí na cúig bliana deireadh an-chrua ar na daoine agus ní dhéanfaidh siad dearmad ar sin.

"Dúirt an Taoiseach nach bhfuil Sinn Féin in ann na figiúirí a chur le chéile ach inné thaispeáin sé nach dtuigeann sé a phlean féin fiú, mar níl plean aige. Tá sé ag cur an dalla mullóg ar dhaoine.

"Agus muid anois i mbliain cuimhneacháin 1916 tá seans ag gach saoránach sa toghchán seo athrú ollmhór a dhéanamh cosúil le céad bliain ó shin. Tá Sinn Féin ag iarraidh níos mó suíochán mar go bhfuil muid ag iarraidh athrú ceart a dhéanamh i saol na ndaoine.

"This in the first opportunity since the foundation of this state to elect a Sinn Féin-led, progressive, republican government, a government that will end inequality and unfairness. A government that will put the rights of citizens above the wants of the elites. A government that will work to unite the country, and deliver the promise of the 1916 Proclamation.

"Sinn Féin is fielding 50 candidates across the 40 constituencies. From Mizen Head to Malin Head, each one is fighting to win. Our candidates are representative of the communities we serve.

"I am proud to see women candidates and hope to see many returned as TDs. It is not enough for political parties to run women candidates. They also need to be contesting for winnable seats.

"Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil have tried to dismiss Sinn Féin but they - the parties of broken promises - have been caught out at the very beginning of this campaign.

"They have tried to buy the election with election promises. Their sums don’t add up. They have been caught cooking the books. Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil should withdraw their manifestos. They are based on a lie.

"They are trying to claim credit for an economic recovery for which they were not responsible and the Taoiseach refuses to answer questions on this because, he claims, and I quote, “I am not going to get into economic jargon which the vast majority of people do not understand.”

"So there you have it. According to the Taoiseach the people are stupid.

"The reality is that the economy is benefitting at this time from global factors such as favourable interest rates, low oil prices and a weak euro compared to the Dollar and Sterling. Real economic growth has been driven by Irish SMEs and by Irish workers.

"Unlike Sinn Féin, Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour have no real, long term plan for a sustainable recovery. Their political opportunism is based on boom and bust economics. Their election promise to end the USC wil disproportionately benefit the well off. The Taoiseach himself will be better off by around €12,000.

"They would give away half the money that should go to ending the chaos in health, introducing free GP care and prescriptions and building homes.

"Sinn Féin will secure a sustainable recovery and make it fair and equitable. We will support jobs growth across the regions including rural Ireland, support young people into work, SMEs and FDI and invest in the economy.

"Sinn Féin will deliver a fair recovery by scrapping Water Charges, the Family Home Tax and by taking 277,000 low-paid workers out of USC. We will build a universal health care system for all and invest properly in Housing and Childcare. Our proposals are prudent and responsible.

"We will use the current fiscal space to invest in health, housing and childcare. This will promote and sustain growth. Sinn Féin will secure a sustainable recovery and make it a fair one.

“We will also work with the British Government and with our Unionist partners in the North in a strategic and consistent way to implement the Good Friday and other Agreements, to consolidate the peace and to end divisions on this island.”


Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada is calling on companies, SMEs and midcaps to make applications to the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI).

Ms Ní Riada said,

"EFSI is an initiative to boost jobs and growth in the EU. It is based on a close partnership between the European Commission and the European Investment Bank Group. It is expected to mobilise at least EUR 315 billion overall in private and public investments across the 28 member states of the EU.

"EFSI has the potential to support a number of Irish projects in areas such as broadband; renewable energy/energy efficiency; transport infrastructure; social infrastructure; and support for SMEs/commercial enterprises.

A member of the EU Committee on Budgets, Ms Ní Riada added,

"On 22 September last the European Investment Bank board approved an Irish Infrastructure fund targeting renewable energy projects in Europe with a focus on solar, onshore and offshore wind as being a project which could benefit from the EFSI guarantee.

"The fund seeks to invest in renewable energy projects with a focus on projects ready for construction or in early operation phase. The fund's strategy is to generate stable and predictable yields over its 20-year lifetime.

"Entities of all sizes, including utilities, special purpose vehicles or project companies, small and medium-sized enterprises (with up to 250 employees) and midcaps (with up to 3,000 employees) are eligible to apply and I would encourage those interested to contact me on [email protected]." ENDS


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will lead an EU cross-party delegation of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Palestine to the West Bank and Gaza from 8th to 12th February 2016.

Martina Anderson said:

“As part of its mandate of democratic scrutiny of the EU policies and budget the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Palestine will travel to the region from 8th to 12th February

“EU support to the Palestinians amounts to 300 million euros per annumand the delegation will assess the situation on the ground and the impact EU policies and assistance programmes are having on the lives of Palestinians.

“In all of our engagements we will be empathising the EU support of a two-state solution that will meet the security requirements of both Palestine and Israel.

“Reciprocal recognition of Palestinian and Israeli security needs, Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty and an end to the occupation that began in 1967, should form the basis of a conflict resolution process to resolve all permanent status issues in order to end the conflict.

“The implementation of the EU guidelines on the indication of origin of settlement products will also feature in our discussions. The delegation also intends to address the issue of the EU support to the rebuilding of Gaza, the illegal Israeli demolitions of EU-funded structures and the overall cost-effectiveness of EU assistance to the Palestinians.

“Last but not least, it will alsoassess human rights and democratic developments, including the need for the holding of the long-overdue elections to thePalestinian Legislative Council.


The group will be led by Delegation Chair Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL, Irish) and composed of 6 other Members: Margrete Auken (Vice-Chair of Delegation, Greens, Denmark), Roza Thun (EPP, Poland), Eugen Freund (S&D, Austria), Patrick Le Hyaric (GUE/NGL, France), Rosa D’Amato (EFDD, Italy) and Konstantinos Papadakis (NI, Greece).


Speaking this morning on an Bord Pleanála’s decision to deny permission to grant plans for wind farms in Emlagh, County Meath, Darren O'Rourke, candidate for East Meath said:

"This is of course a welcome decision. The people in the area have expressed their disdain at these proposals for quite a while now. It's fantastic to see the will of the people in the local community being listened to."

The proposals consisted of 46 wind turbines across the north of County Meath.


Sinn Féin councillor Máire Devine and general election candidate for Dublin South Central has called on Greyhound to clarify its recycling collection policy.

Speaking from the South Circular Road, Cllr Devine said:

“Residents are not getting their recycling collected along the South Circular Road.

Greyhound is now requiring them to register and pay for their green bin.

Residents have, until now, been using clear bags and they have been collected no problem”

Cllr Devine continued:

“Greyhound has allegedly been unhelpful in its responses.

“Residents are growing increasingly frustrated.

“Sinn Féin already flagged that the new government policy of charging families for recycling waste would be a mistake.

“This additional charge is another tax on working families and it will also increase the rate of illegal dumping.

“I am calling on Greyhound to engage with residents in the area and clarify its own collection policy”.


Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said that the election campaigns of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail are in tatters after they have all been caught spoofing on their figures and were exposed by Sinn Féin.

Deputy Doherty said each of these parties have made election promises that they clearly cannot keep and their manifestos will be completely undeliverable.

Speaking this evening after RTE’s Primetime programme confirmed Sinn Féin’s contention that the other parties had all got their figures wrong Deputy Doherty said;

“This evening the election campaigns of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail all lie in tatters after Primetime confirmed what we have been saying all week - that each of those party’s have been cooking the books in order to beef up their election promises.

“We made it clear that this was dishonest politics and that massive tax breaks could not be given to the super wealthy while at the same time investing adequately in public services to deal with the crisis in health and housing.

“These parties have been caught spoofing and it is clear that their election manifestos are now undeliverable.

“Sinn Féin is the only party that has got it right.

“We are also the only party with a credible plan to give working families a break by scrapping water charges and the property tax and taking 277,000 workers out of the USC and a credible plan to deal with the health and housing crises and to deliver quality public services.”



Sinn Féin General Election candidate for Cork North Central Cllr Thomas Gould has strongly criticised Fine Gael and the Labour Party for “peddling spin about the recovery” as 37 patients lie on trolleys in Cork University Hospital this evening.

Councillor Gould said;

“The fact that 37 patients are lying on trolleys in Cork University Hospital this evening is a disgrace and it exposes the spin that Fine Gael and the Labour Party are peddling about the nature of the recovery.

“A lot of these patients are elderly people who are being denied their dignity and privacy. I honestly believe that Fine Gael and the Labour Party don’t give a damn about these patients because they know that anybody who has had the misfortune to experience the chaos currently gripping our A&E departments will never vote for them.

“Government party TDs in Cork City should be apologising to the people of this city for decimating our health service.

“Make no mistake, a vote for TDs from the parties of Kathleen Lynch or Dara Murphy is a vote for continued crisis in hospitals and emergency departments. They will continue to gut the public health service by starving it of vital staff, resources and vital funding. The situation at Cork University Hospital tonight has come about because of government policy. That is the reality from which they cannot hide while they repeat their mantra of ‘keeping the recovery going.’”

“Who in their right mind would want to keep a government in power that tolerates the sick and elderly being left on hospital trolleys day in, day out?

“Sinn Féin has a plan for healthcare that is based on the fundamental belief that you should be able to access healthcare on the basis of need alone.

“We will increase spending on healthcare by €3.3 billion to move from a failing, two tier health system towards universal health care.

“Sinn Féin in government will reduce waiting times and deal with the trolley crisis by increasing funding for acute hospitals by €238 million and eliminating private activity from public hospitals.

“We have committed to the recruitment 6,600 additional frontline health workers including consultants, nurses, midwives, dentists and allied health professionals.

“The future of our health service will either be one of continued chaos under Fine Gael and the Labour Party or one of investment, equality of access, and stability under Sinn Féin.”


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said Micheal Martin and Fianna Fail have also got their figures wrong in relation to the fiscal space.

Deputy Doherty cited yesterday’s interview on Six One where the Fianna Fáil leader made a major error.  While accepting that fiscal space is €8.6bn he went on to claim that the non indexation of tax bands would add a further €2bn.

In fact, as clearly stated to Sinn Fein by the Chief Economist in the Department of Finance that is not the case.

Pearse Doherty said:

“We now have two men who want to be Taoiseach who clearly haven’t grasped how the fiscal space works. That is simply not good enough.

“The lack of understanding shown by Kenny and Martin raises major questions about whether Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have any realistic plan based on real figures.

“Michael Martin is as clueless as Enda Kenny on the question of how much is available for spending on our public services yet he is throwing out promises of tax cuts and spending nevertheless. That is not good enough for the Irish people.

“Only Sinn Féin can be trusted with the economy. Only Sinn Féin have a costed plan based on reality, not on guesses.”

Below find correspondence from the Department of Finance’s Chief Economist John McCarthy in which Mr McCarthy confirms Sinn Féin’s analysis that the non-indexation of taxes would not affect the net fiscal space of €8.6bn.

Hi Eolan,

The position you have set out below is correct on both counts. 


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From: Eolan de Burca [mailto:[email protected]

Sent: 02 February 2016 09:31
To: John McCarthy (Finance)
Subject: Fwd: Fiscal Space

Hi John 

I would be much obliged if you could confirm that my understanding below is correct:

The potential additional revenue that would be generated from a political decision not to proceed with indexation is approximately €2 billion. This additional revenue from not indexing is included in the net fiscal space figure of €8.6 billion.  Conversely, the net fiscal space of €8.6 billion cannot be increased from non indexation. 

Also, were a government to introduce a new tax raising measure, that the first and full year effects of any such measure would cumulatively increase the fiscal space.


First year

Full year


€200 million

€450 million

Increase fiscal space by

€200 million

Further €250 million

Many thanks 



Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has welcomed a £1.5 million investment in Roddensvale School in Larne. 

The East Antrim MLA said; 

"I visited Roddensvale School in Larne alongside Education Minister John O'Dowd for the official opening of a new extension and the announcement of further expansion plans. 

"The new £578,000 extension, delivered by Minister O'Dowd, will house classrooms, a dining area, a hygiene room and other new facilities. 

"This new extension will add to the excellent facilities and enhance the high quality of education in Roddensvale. 

"During our visit to the school, Minister O'Dowd also cut the sod to begin work on the schools' new hydrotherapy pool. 

"When completed, this will help improve the quality of life of pupils at the school. 

"I have been campaigning for more facilities for this school for many years and I’m pleased to see this funding from the minister in place. 

"I want to commend Principal John Madden for his dedicated work to deliver a first-class education for all pupils at the school and wish him and all the staff and pupils every success in the future."

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