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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.

Visit our special web section A Fair Recovery Is Possible here

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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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Responding to remarks this evening by Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan, Sinn Féin Dublin North West TD Dessie Ellis said:

“It is interesting that Fine Gael's Charlie Flanagan places such importance on the unsubstantiated claims of British intelligence – the same shadowy forces who murdered so many Irish citizens over the years.

“I'm sure that it hasn't escaped Deputy Flanagan's attention that I was cleared by a British court of these trumped up allegations which begs the question as to where he is coming from.

“Mr Flanagan mentions without any hint of irony the need for an Independent Truth & Reconciliation Commission despite the fact that it is Sinn Féin who have led such calls and despite the fact that Mr Flanagan's government has done nothing at all to support the establishment of such a process.

“I enthusiastically support the establishment of an Independent International Truth and Reconciliation Commission to deal with the legacy of conflict in Ireland. I hope Charlie Flanagan will follow up his new found support for such a process with positive action to pressurize his colleagues in government to act on this.

“Finally, let me say that I am very proud of my involvement in the republican struggle over the years and of the leadership role republicans have played in the peace process, despite the best efforts of nay-sayers such as Charlie Flanagan and his ilk.”

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Sinn Fein's spokesperson on the environment, community and local government Brian Stanley TD has today accused Minister Hogan of spinning into the New Year.

Responding to Minister Hogan's claims that 70% of eligible households have paid the Household Charge, Stanley said;

“The household charge has been a disaster for this government.

“By any standard that is a defeat for the government and in particular for Minister Hogan.

“The Minister continues to spin his way from this year into the next. A significant 30% of households have not paid this unjust charge posing a serious challenge for the government as it attempts to impose their new Fianna Fail style family home tax.

“Minister Hogan has continued in his attempts to threaten and bully the public into submission. Meanwhile he has also withheld funding to local authorities based on the level of non payment.

“Sinn Féin is on record as saying the household charge is unjust and unworkable. Our words have proven to be correct.

“We remain opposed to the household charge and Sinn Féin will redouble our efforts to over turning the family home tax which follows in the new year.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Fra McCann said this morning's attack on a family home on the Springfield Road could easily have seen someone killed or seriously injured.

 Speaking after visiting the family this morning, the West Belfast MLA said:

 "Obviously the family are shaken up after this attack and can not understand why they were targeted. Fortunately no one was hurt but the attack could easily have seen someone seriously injured or killed, including children that were in the house at the time.

 "This is a respectable family who do not understand why they have been targeted in such an attack. Those behind the attack are not representative of the West Belfast community and need to get the message that they should get off the people's backs.

 "Anyone with any information about the attack should bring it forward to the PSNI."END 

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Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Raymond McCartney MLA has called on Martin Corey to be released immediately.

 Mr. McCartney said,

 “Todays decision to continue the detention of Martin Corey undermines the justice system and is wrong.

 “Everyone is entitled to due process. The continued detention of Martin Corey without trial and on the basis of secret reports is, in my view, a clear breach of his human rights and flies in the face of natural justice.

  “Martin Corey should be released immediately.”

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Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has said he is deeply shocked to learn of the passing of Shane McEntee today.

Deputy Martin said Deputy McEntee was no nonsense type of politician with a deep commitment to rural Ireland and a love of the GAA.

He said;

“Shane was deeply respected by politicians from across the political divide. He was a no nonsense type of politician who was always friendly courteous.

“I had many dealings with him in my role as agriculture spokesperson and I always found him a pleasure to deal with.

“We shared many conversations about rural Ireland and we shared a love of the GAA.

“He will be sadly missed. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

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Deputy Peadar Tóibín has offered deepest sympathies on behalf of Sinn Féin to the family of Minister Shane McEntee.

Deputy Tóibín said;

“It’s with deep shock and sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Shane this morning. Shane was one of the most passionate politicians that I knew. He did not go through the motions. He was straight talking and you always knew where he stood on an issue. If he believed something he put every drop of energy he had into it.

“Shane was a tremendous advocate for the people of Meath most especially those from a rural and farming background. He was steeped in the culture of Fine Gael and the GAA. This is a devastating blow most especially to his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them over this extremely difficult Christmas period.

“It is also devastating for his colleagues in Fine Gael who will be left shocked and numbed by his sudden loss. Meath has lost tireless campaigner today agus ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.”

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has expresses shock and sadness at the passing of Minister of State Shane McEntee.

Deputy Adams said;

"It was with shock that I learned the sad news today of the passing of Shane McEntee.

"My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time."

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Sinn Féin MLA for South Antrim Mitchel McLaughlin has welcomed the decision by the Environment Minister to refuse permission to build an incinerator by Rose Energy outside of Glenavy.

Speaking today Mr McLaughlin said:

“The decision to refuse permission to build a chicken waste incinerator on the shores of Lough Neagh is the right one and is to be welcomed.

“This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and there are also serious concerns regarding the environmental impact that this plant would have had on the lough basin.

“The lough is not a suitable site for an incineration plant and the proposal to abstract water would have damaged the world renowned wetland ecosystem and wildlife on the Lough. Much of the ecosystem depends primarily on the water from the Lough which in turn affects the eel fisheries on Lough Neagh.

“There was also the threat of hi-tec factories in the vicinity relocating if this plant went ahead due to the possibility of air pollution from the plant which would have led to subsequent job losses in the area.

“I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the CALNI group who worked tirelessly to oppose these plans and raise awareness of the issue.”

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Commenting on the announcement by the British government of a £100 million package for Thalidomide survivors, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has called on the Irish Government to step up to the mark.

He said:

“The announcement of a £100 million compensation scheme for Thalidomide survivors by the British government stands in contrast to the unsatisfactory approach by the Irish government.

“The Fine Gael/Labour Programme for Government is committed to further compensation for victims here, yet the offer made by the government to the survivors in April 2012 was totally inadequate. Indeed it was described by the Irish Thalidomide Association as ‘derisory’.

“It is long past time for the Minister for Health James Reilly to engage realistically with the Thalidomide survivors.

“The government needs to bring forward a package that gives due acknowledgement to the victims of one of the greatest of all medical scandals and that guarantees the healthcare and personal social service needs of this limited number of people who face into later life with great uncertainty.”

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Sights and sounds from Bodenstown 2015


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Palestinian minister Mohammad Shtayyeh addressing the hearing in Brussels.