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To coincide with the English Queen’s visit to the Garden of Remembrance, Sinn Féin today released black balloons in the sky over Dublin City to remember those who have given their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom.

Speaking from Parnell Square, Sinn Féin Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said:

“Sinn Féin believes the English Queen’s visit is premature and will cause offence to many Irish citizens, particularly victims of British rule.

“During Elizabeth Windsor’s 60 year reign almost 400 people have been killed in Ireland by the forces of which she is Commander and Chief – this figure does not include the many Irish people killed as a result of collusion between her forces and loyalist death squads.

“Today marks the 37th anniversary of the Dublin Monaghan bombings, in which 33 people died. It is widely believed that this attack was carried out with the involvement of British military intelligence. The British government are still refusing to hand over their secret files in relation to these deaths. It's time for the truth.

“We are living in changed and changing times but the fact that €30 million is being spent on security surrounding this visit and Dublin City is on lockdown for the week makes it clear that the relationship between the two islands is still not ‘normal’.

“Sinn Féin wants to have good relations with all our neighbours but that can only happen in an atmosphere of equality and mutual respect and with the reunification of our country. Republicans have been to the forefront in working to bring this about and we will continue to do so.”



Newly elected Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said he ‘will not be intimidated by sectarian thugs’ after he received a bullet in the post this morning.

Speaking from his constituency office, where the bullet was sent, Mr McMullan said;

“This is another in a series of death threats sent to democratically elected Sinn Féin representatives.
A bullet was posted to our office with a card reading “Loyalist Action Force”.

I am honoured and privileged to be elected by the people of East Antrim to serve them in the Assembly and no amount of threats from sectarian thugs will intimidate me from carrying out my work on their behalf.” CRÍOCH


Sinn Féin will use its Private Members’ Time this evening to debate the Dublin-Monaghan Bombings and anticipates the support of the house on the issue.

The debate will be concluded tomorrow.

Cavan-Monaghan Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

“This motion reiterates the all-party resolution of 10th July 2008 which called on the British Government to release all files relating to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings.

“To date no action has been taken despite the motion receiving unanimous backing from all parties and it is for this reason that we are taking the opportunity to restate that call and are urging An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to press this matter directly with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

“Today is the anniversary of those bombings which many believe were carried out with the involvement of British intelligence. Today is also the first day of the queen of England’s state visit, a visit which we in Sinn Féin oppose.


Sinn Féin deputy Chair of the Justice Committee Raymond McCartney MLA has condemned the move by the British Secretary of State Owen Patterson to revoke the licence of Marian Price.

Speaking this evening Mr McCartney said;

“Marian Price is entitled to due process and the revoking of her licence is completely unacceptable.

The move by Owen Patterson amounts to detention without trial; this runs contrary to natural justice. The justice system needs to be based on human rights protection; the revoking of Marian Price’s licence runs contrary to that.

We have already raised our concerns on this issue with the British Secretary of State and will do the same with the Justice Minister as a matter of urgency.” CRÍOCH


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today announced the party’s Ministerial appointments to the Northern Executive. The party leader thanked all the outgoing Sinn Féin Ministers and wished the new team well.

The appointments are as follows:

Sinn Féin Ministers

Deputy First Minister – Martin McGuinness

Department of Education (DE) – John O’Dowd
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) – Michelle O’Neill
Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) – Carál Ní Chuilín

Junior Minister OFMDFM – Martina Anderson

Parliamentary Under Secretaries

DCAL – Barry McElduff

Education – Mitchel McLaughlin

DARD – Pat Doherty

SF Committee Chairs

Finance and Personnel – Conor Murphy

Health – Michelle Gildernew

Social Development  – Alex Maskey

Public Accounts Committee – Paul Maskey

Committee on Procedures – Sue Ramsey

SF Vice Chairs

Justice – Raymond McCartney

Regional Development – Pat Doherty

Social Development – Micky Brady

Enterprise, Trade and Investment – Daithí McKay

Assembly Executive Review Committee –  Alex Maskey

Policing Board representatives

Gerry Kelly

Caitríona Ruane

Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin Assembly group appointments

Assembly Group leader – Raymond McCartney

Whip – Jennifer McCann

Deputy Whip – Paul Maskey


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, TD, has condemned today’s attacks by the Israeli Army on peaceful Palestinian protesters marking the 63rd anniversary of Al-Nakba Day (when Palestinians mourn the foundation of the state of Israel and the displacement of the Palestinian people throughout the region).

Dozens of Palestinians were injured with bullet and shrapnel wounds in an attack on Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border with Egypt and latest reports suggest some protesters may have been killed. In separate attacks, it is reported that at least eight more protesters have been killed on the Israeli borders with Syria and the Lebanon.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“I condemn today’s murderous attacks by the Israeli army on Palestinian protesters. For too long, the Palestinian people have had to endure the occupation of their territories and oppression of their people while the world looks on and fails to intervene”.

“The recent resignation of George Mitchell as the US Middle East Peace Envoy was deeply worrying and his departure must not mark a further period of inaction by the US and the European Union. Today’s attacks demonstrate once again the urgent need for a real resolution to the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict with dignity and equality for all the people of the region”.

“The recent Palestinian unity agreement between Fatah and Hamas can make a positive contribution to a lasting peace. Today’s attacks must not be the start of attempts by Israel to provoke a Palestinian response and disrupt that agreement. The US, EU, and international community need to immediately intervene after today’s actions”.


Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Séan Crowe has commended the organisers of the An Gorta Mór Commemorative Famine Walk that was held in Dublin today saying “it is important that this tragic event is remembered.”

Deputy Crowe, who took part in the march that started from the bottom of O'Connell Street to the Famine Memorial on the Quays said:

“An Gorta Mór (the Great Hunger) as it is more commonly referred to today, ranks among the worst tragedies in all of our collective human history.

“Between 1845 and 1850, approximately 1.5 million Irish men, women and children died of starvation or related diseases. By 1855, more than two million more fled Ireland to avoid a similar fate. This decimation of our population makes Ireland’s Great Hunger the worst chapter in the country’s history.

“We are still living with the legacy of this terrible tragedy and today’s event is a fitting tribute to those who died or were forced to emigrate. It is also a reminder that in many parts of the developing world millions of people are still dying from famine and drought.

“This event takes place two days before the English queen’s visit to Ireland and because of the paranoia and hype surrounding this visit the original starting point for the march, the Garden of Remembrance had to be changed.

Deputy Crowe concluded

"It is right and fitting that we recall that An Gorta Mór happened as a direct result of British misrule in Ireland and it is shameful that this commemorative march was forced to change its route because the head of the English royal family is visiting our Capital City.

"Today’s event is also happening at a time when increasingly more and more Irish people are being forced to emigrate and start a new life far from their families, their loved ones and their homeland."


Speaking from Dublin City Centre today, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West Seán Crowe described the disruption that will be caused to Dubliners during the visit of the English queen as “unacceptable”.

Deputy Crowe said the fact that the city will be practically on lockdown for the best part of a week proves that this visit is premature.

He continued:

“Today's An Górta Mór Commemorative Walk had to be moved from its proper starting point at the Garden of Remembrance because of the security paranoia that is part and parcel of this visit.

“Many Dubliners are reeling at the degree of disruption that the City is dealing with over the course of the visit of the English monarch.

“A ban on on-street parking in many areas of Dublin will mean serious inconvenience to members of the public, in particular around Parnell Square where there is a busy Maternity Hospital. It is an absolute scandal that pregnant women may just have to be quickly dropped off or even walk to the hospital to give birth. 

“This situation is totally unacceptable, as are the other restrictions in place across hospitals in Dublin.

“This sort of disruption proves that this visit is indeed premature.

“The amount of taxpayers’ money being spent, coupled with the degree of disruption and inconvenience to ordinary people's work and personal lives is just wrong.

 “What normal relationship entails large parts of a Capital City being put on lockdown?

 “Sinn Féin looks forward to the day when there are normal relationships between our two countries - that will put an end to division, partition and lead to the reunification of our country.

"Clearly we have still a long way to go before our relationship can come close to being described as normal.”


Speaking after the publication of the European Commission Spring Economic Forecast Sinn Féin’s Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD said that, ‘once again official figures demonstrate that the states growing debt is unsustainable’ and called on the Government to put ‘investment in jobs’ and ‘loss sharing with the European Central Bank’ on the agenda of next week’s European Council Economic and Financial Affairs (Ecofin) meeting.

Deputy Doherty said:

“The European Commission’s Spring Economic Forecast is bad news for the Governments current economic strategy.

“The Commission believe that GDP growth will be lower than the Government’s projections of 0.75%, reaching only 0.6% this year. They also expect unemployment to continue rising hitting 14.6% by years end.  As a result, while predicting that the deficit will narrow to 10.5%, it is still higher than the Government’s hoped for targets.

“It is hardly surprising, given these depressing figures that our public debt is also expected to  rise to 118% of GDP by 2012,

“While the Commission predicts that the level of public debt will start to fall from 2012, it is hard to see how this is possible in the absence of any meaningful growth in employment.

“The absence of investment in job creation in last weeks Jobs Initiative suggests that the Commission’s forecasts beyond 2012 are as optimistic as the Government’s forecasts for 2011.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that our debt to GDP ratio will continue to grow post 2012 unless there is a dramatic shift in policy from both the Government and the European Commission.

“Once again official figures demonstrate that the state’s growing debt is unsustainable. The only solution is for the EU/IMF austerity programme to be scrapped and for a new deal to be negotiated, based on investment in jobs to generate economic growth and loss sharing with the European Central Bank to reduce the debt. This is the only way that our deficit can be reduced enabling the state to return to the international bond markets to resume normal lending.

“Sinn Féin is calling on the government to put investment in jobs and loss sharing with the ECB on the agenda of the European Council Economic and Financial Affairs meeting next week. Failure to do so will condemn Irish society to a lost decade of unemployment, rising debt and declining living standards.”


Demand for Israeli ambassador to Ireland to be expelled reiterated


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