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Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that rural post offices must be protected and their services enhanced. Mr Carthy also indicated that he would be contacting the government and other members of the European Parliament to secure support to minimise the impact of the Postal Services Directive.

The Midlands Northwest representative was speaking after he attended a packed public meeting in Cappataggle, County Galway last night (Monday) where the community is campaigning for the retention of their local postal services. He was joined by local Councillor Dermot Connelly.

He said:

“As with local Garda stations and small rural schools, rural post offices are another service that has come under sustained attack from this government. Hundreds of local post offices across rural Ireland are threatened with closure.

“What is going in places like Cappataggle provides a snapshot of what hundreds of communities the length and breadth of this state are also going through. Residents are listening to political representatives claiming that they support local postal services. But the fact is that Irish government representatives and MEPs, including those based in the Midlands Northwest constituency, failed to stand up for the interests of Irish people in the face of liberalisation directives from the EU which are now posing the threat to the post office network.

“The EU Postal Services Directive which Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Marian Harkin supported, forces the state to open up postal services to competition. This is the central issue that is likely to have serious long term detrimental consequences, particularly for the postal network in areas with a low population density. I intend to seek support from across the political spectrum to attempt to revoke, or at lease minimise, this directive.

“The post office is central to local communities and it is necessary to ensure that the service is protected. In many rural communities the post office is a focal point for social interaction and closures are regarded as increasing the level of isolation and loneliness.

“Sinn Féin supports the campaign to retain local postal services in Cappataggle and across the state. We also support the retention of social welfare payments in post offices, as part of a wide suite of financial services, to help ensure their viability.

“Rural communities have taken about as much as they can manage. Vital services are being stripped day and daily from rural Ireland. We cannot allow the vital services provided by rural post offices to fall foul of this government’s austerity agenda.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín and Gerry Kelly have welcomed a commitment from Education Minister John O’Dowd to resolve the transport needs of North Belfast students attending Coláiste Feirste. 

Speaking after a number of parents took part in a walk from North Belfast to Coláiste Feirste to highlight the need for dedicated transport to the school, Gerry Kelly said:

“Carál Ní Chuilín and I told those parents we would bring their concerns straight to the minister and I am pleased to say we had a very positive discussion with him. 

"The Minister fully recognises the concerns of parents and gave a firm commitment to work towards a satisfactory resolution.

“The Minister also stressed that he is very aware of his duties to promote and facilitate Irish medium education. Indeed, this has been demonstrated by the fact that he recently put in place a greatly enhanced transport package for a significant number of Colaiste Feirste pupils. 

"We would now like to see a similar initiative for pupils who live in North Belfast. 

“We are aware that this issue is currently being explored by the Department of Education’s Transport Review which is due to conclude in the coming weeks and Sinn Féin will be making a submission to the review team in support of the North Belfast pupils.

“We believe the conclusion of the review can provide the impetus to reach a satisfactory resolution which meets the needs of the pupils and we will continue to work closely with parents, the minister and his department in order to achieve that." 

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Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that the Government’s u-turn on medical cards is welcome but long overdue.

He said;

“The effective removal of discretion as a category of medical card has had a devastating impact on many families, especially those with seriously ill or disabled children. During the final week of the last Dáil sitting before the elections Sinn Féin tabled a Private Members' motion calling on the Government to reverse the cuts to discretionary medical cards. With a much stronger mandate from the people, we made that call again after the elections.

“That the Government has finally yielded is welcome, if long overdue. We await to see the precise outworking of this decision.

“The Government must ensure that the HSE treats with due respect, consideration and compassion, all applicants for medical cards, taking fully into consideration not only incomes but the burdens imposed by medical conditions, illnesses and disabilities. It should extend free general practitioner care to all on a programmed, timetabled and transparent basis.”

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Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín TD has described today’s action by Greyhound Recycling as extremely regrettable and has urged the company to return to the Labour Court so that an alternative to slashing workers’ wages by a third can be found.

The Sinn Fein Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Spokesperson said:

“It appears Greyhound Recycling has decided to unilaterally cut the wages of its staff by a whopping third, despite being currently engaged in an industrial relations mechanism.

“Workers having already conceded to a number of enhanced productivity measures over the last number of months, including increased hours with no additional pay.

“Sinn Féin Councillors warned of a race to the bottom in terms of employees’ terms of conditions when Dublin City Council decided to privatise the city’s waste collection services.

“There is no doubt that there is a need now for a review of waste management services and the sharp practices that accompany those private operators who currently deliver the service.

“Greyhound Recycling’s actions are extremely regrettable and have only served to escalate the dispute. The owners of the company and union representatives need to return to the Labour Court so that a solution can be found.”

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Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh has said the Fine Gael/Labour Coalition Government is making the housing crisis worse. She said the Housing Bill, by putting recipients of Housing Assistance (formerly Rent Supplement) at the back of the queue for social housing would "add to the growing misery caused by the housing shortage. She said:

"The Fine Gael/Labour Government is making the housing crisis worse. It continues to rely on the private rented sector to meet the needs of tens of thousands of families who need social housing. This has been a total failure, especially in Dublin.

"As rents rise and as landlords exclude people on Rent Supplement, more and more people are being forced into homelessness. Families are being put up in totally unsuitable hotels and hostels. We now find that the Government's Housing Bill will see recipients of the Housing Assistance payment (formerly Rent Supplement) taken off the housing list as they will be deemed 'adequately housed'. This can only be described as a blatant attempt to disguise the true level of housing need. While the transfer of housing payments to local authorities is welcome, this discriminatory element of the Bill must be stopped.

"The bottom line is that the housing crisis can only be effectively addressed by the immediate commencement of construction of social housing on a large scale across the State."

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Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South Central Aengus Ó Snodaigh has expressed his concern for all 'locked-out' Greyhound workers after one of their colleagues was knocked down by a company truck while on the picket line earlier today. The worker was subsequently rushed to hospital.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh, who was at the scene supporting the workers when the incident happened, said:

“This was a deeply distressing incident for all those workers standing on the picket line campaigning for fair pay and conditions.

“It was clear that the person wasn't used to the truck and it struck the worker who was sitting on the footpath.

“He has been rushed to hospital.

Firstly, I want to express my hope that he will be okay. I also want to impress upon the management of the company that as long as they prolong the dispute with workers they need to ensure that workers 'locked out' and other road users are safe."

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Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, responding to the report from the Fiscal Advisory Council, which advised the Government to stick to its €2 billion budget adjustment target this year, said today that the Government must take less in October’s budget.

Deputy Doherty said:

“The Fiscal Advisory Council has done what it was asked to do, and that is to look purely at figures, not impacts. So there is nothing new in them calling for the Government to make a higher than necessary adjustment. However, the Government needs to look at the impact of austerity on ordinary people and €2 billion in taxes and cuts are not needed to meet the target this year, so they should not be imposed.

“The Council is right to point out that the Government’s plans for future budgets exceed the requirements of even the austerity treaty, and that the Government shouldn’t follow that course. The Government must also explain how it plans to further reduce expenditure by a further 8% over the next number of years, bringing it to an historical low. If the Government proceeds with that policy, it will make the austerity people have seen to date, with the cuts in health, education and other areas, pale in significance.

“I do believe tax cuts should be made in this budget, but not where the Government suggests, which would not benefit nearly 1 million taxpayers. Tax cuts should be given in the form of the abolition of the property tax, and no water charges should be introduced. These two measures will benefit a much wider tax group.

“Sinn Féin will set out its budget proposals later in the year and we will be focusing on this budget alleviating the stress that has been placed on ordinary families over the last number of years.”

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Sinn Féin MEPS Martina Anderson an Matt Carthy have written to the Secretary General of the Health Department in Dublin requesting that they match funding already committed by the Department in the North for the establishment of a Northwest Health Innovation Corridor (NWHIC).

Martina Anderson MEP said:

“At my invitation the NWHIC was launched in May 2013 by Massachusetts State Senate President, Senator Therese Murray. NWHIC is a health innovation partnership between industry and health related statutory bodies with its focus on job creation on a cross border basis.

“The Corridor spans the Northwest Region from Sligo through Letterkenny to Derry and Coleraine. With members from across the region it is unquestionably a cross-border initiative.  I have enlisted the support of my recently elected Party colleague Matt Carthy MEP who represents the Donegal/Sligo section of the project to present a joint initiative to have the Department of Health in Dublin match funding already committed by the Assembly Department. I believe that this is a tangible example of a project where the Team Ireland approach of Sinn Féin MEPs can come into play.”

Matt Carthy MEP added:

“This project launched in Derry last year by Martina Anderson MEP is a very ambitious one which deserves the support of every elected representative in the Northwest Region. This project has the potential to create hundreds of high end graduate and R&D jobs in an area that has traditionally been starved of investment.

“I have, along with Martina Anderson MEP written to Ambrose McLaughlin, Secretary General, Department of Health in Dublin requesting that he follow the example of his counterpart in Belfast, Andrew McCormick and secure the support of the Minister and a match funding commitment for this initiative. I also call on all Northwest elected representatives regardless of political affiliation to throw their weight behind this job creation initiative which is as important to Sligo/Donegal as it is to Derry/Tyrone.” END/CRÍOCH

 

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Sinn Fein vice-Chair of the Enterprise Committee, Phil Flanagan has said that the findings by the Centre for Economic Policy that wages in the North of Ireland lag far behind those in Britain is unacceptable.

Phil Flanagan said:

“Sinn Féin has consistently pointed out the discrepancies in the level of disposable income here in comparison to that in Britain or the South of Ireland.

“Local families are struggling with an average disposable income of just £80 per week as opposed to £231 per household in London.

“Successive British governments have overseen the most unequal economy in Europe and families in the North of Ireland are consistently bearing the brunt of these economic policies designed for the island of Britain.

“Without control of the necessary economic levers to address our unique situation the Assembly is hamstrung in its attempts to address the situation.

“While local disposable income has increased by approximately £4 per week in the last year the proposed welfare cuts would not only wipe out this meagre increase but plunge people even further into abject poverty.

“This is why Sinn Féin will continue to oppose the introduction of welfare cuts which are part of the right wing Tory/DUP austerity agenda. 

“We will do our utmost to protect the vulnerable and disadvantaged against exploitation, introduce a living wage and reduce fuel and energy costs.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed a £2.2 million funding package for the redevelopment of the Museum of Free Derry. 

Speaking after plans for the redesign of the Bogside museum were unveiled, the Foyle MLA said; 

"The Museum of Free Derry is instrumental in telling the story of our recent history in Derry, particularly the events from the start of the civil rights era through to Bloody Sunday. 

"Countless visitors from across the world have come to the current museum at Glenfada Park, the scene of a number of the murders carried out on Bloody Sunday, and have been hugely impressed by the facility. 

"This funding will allow the museum to grow and develop to meet the rising demand from international and local visitors. 

"The Museum of Free Derry is an important facility in the city as it tells the story of the community.

"It is also a key to attracting tourists to the city, and the Bogside area in particular, and the redevelopment of the museum will help draw even more visitors." 

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Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that transport infrastructure on the north coast needs to match the quality of the tourist package on offer there.

Speaking on a debate in the Assembly this afternoon, the North Antrim MLA said;

"A political decision many decades ago has resulted in the situation today where places like Ballycastle, unlike Portrush and Portstewart, does not have a link to the train network.

"That being the case it is all the more frustrating that there is a lack of meaningful investment in the bus service in Ballycastle and the north east coast. 

"At the moment we have an Antrim Coaster service that only goes through this area twice a day during the peak tourism period.

"This is along a route that is being justifiably promoted as 'one of the world's great road journeys'.

“There is no doubt there is a demand for better public transport here and agencies need to stop looking at these areas as an easy target for cuts in service provision.

"The minister needs to act in conjunction with the Executive aims of increasing the number of tourists to our shores.

“We need to see Ballycastle and the north east being treated equally as well as other areas of the north coast in terms of public transport provision." 

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Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has encouraged people to have their say on proposals to protect coasts and waterways across the North. 

Speaking following the launch of a consultation on Marine Conservation Zones, the Newry and Armagh MLA said; 

"Last year we brought forward proposals for the creation of Marine Consultation Zones to protect our loughs, coastlines and other waterways. 

"We are fortunate to have some of the most beautiful loughs and stretches of coastline anywhere in the world and it is important they are protected. 

"But it should also be recognised that our loughs and coastlines also form part of our unique selling point for tourists. 

"We need to strike a balance between ensuring our marine environment is protected and that it can be used for recreation in a responsible manner.

"One of the proposals being considered is the issuing of fixed monetary penalties for activities which are damaging to the marine environment. 

"I would encourage people to take part in the consultation and make their views known." 

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Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has called for Derry to be designated as an enterprise zone. 

Speaking after raising the matter in the Assembly, the Foyle MLA said; 

"Invest NI is supporting a new integrated economic development plan for the north west.  So I asked the minister if consideration would be given to supporting an enterprise zone for the area. 

"Minister Simon Hamilton, who was answering on behalf of Arlene Foster, said there might be opportunities for additional enterprise zones. 

"Derry is an obvious location for an enterprise zone given the legacy of underinvestment in the area for decades. 

"Creating an enterprise zone in the city would help create much-needed employment and help foster a climate of entrepreneurship." 

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Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said the relatives of those killed in the Loughinisland massacre are entitled to know the truth about the death of their loved ones. 

Speaking ahead of the 20th anniversary of the massacre in which six men were shot dead by loyalists while watching Ireland play in the World Cup, the South Down MLA said; 

"On June 18, 1994, loyalist gunmen burst into the Heights Bar in Loughinisland and indiscriminately opened fire killing six men who were watching Ireland play Italy in the World Cup. 

"This disgraceful attack not only shocked people in the local area, but throughout Ireland and across the world. 

"To compound the awful brutality of the attack, it soon emerged that the UVF gunmen responsible for the murders were linked to British security forces.

"There was clear collusion in the planning and carrying out of the attack. The RUC also attempted to deny justice to the relatives of those killed by destroying evidence and covering up the truth. 

"Twenty years on the families are still campaigning for truth and are still being frustrated. 

"The families took their concerns to the Police Ombudsman in 2006 and, despite the publication of the Ombudsman's report in 2011, they still have not got to the truth. 

"In fact, the Police Ombudsman has now been forced to take legal action against the PSNI over withholding information on 60 killings, including the Loughinisland massacre. 

"The families of those killed at Loughinisland deserve justice and we will continue to support them in their campaign."


Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said the relatives of those killed in the Loughinisland massacre are entitled to know the truth about the death of their loved ones. 

Speaking ahead of the 20th anniversary of the massacre in which six men were shot dead by loyalists while watching Ireland play in the World Cup, the South Down MLA said; 

"On June 18, 1994, loyalist gunmen burst into the Heights Bar in Loughinisland and indiscriminately opened fire killing six men who were watching Ireland play Italy in the World Cup. 

"This disgraceful attack not only shocked people in the local area, but throughout Ireland and across the world. 

"To compound the awful brutality of the attack, it soon emerged that the UVF gunmen responsible for the murders were linked to British security forces.

"There was clear collusion in the planning and carrying out of the attack. The RUC also attempted to deny justice to the relatives of those killed by destroying evidence and covering up the truth. 

"Twenty years on the families are still campaigning for truth and are still being frustrated. 

"The families took their concerns to the Police Ombudsman in 2006 and, despite the publication of the Ombudsman's report in 2011, they still have not got to the truth. 

"In fact, the Police Ombudsman has now been forced to take legal action against the PSNI over withholding information on 60 killings, including the Loughinisland massacre. 

"The families of those killed at Loughinisland deserve justice and we will continue to support them in their campaign."

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Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan has called for the draft Racial Equality Strategy to be signed off by the DUP as quickly as possible.

Bronwyn McGahan said:

“Sinn Féin ministers in OFMdFM have signed off on the draft strategy and I would urge the DUP to get the outline of this vital piece of legislation out into the public domain.

“There isn’t much point in marking Refugee and Community Relations Week unless we act to ensure that foreign nationals are treated with equality and dignity.

“While it is fine to mark both Refugee and Community Relations Week we must demonstrate by actions that we are sincere in developing strategies, which make a difference.

“Refugees come here not out of choice but because they have been forced out of their own countries for many different reasons including social, political and economic.

“These refugees face many problems including racism, isolation and getting information for many things we all take for granted like medical treatment or how to get children enrolled in schools.

‘Sectarianism ranks alongside racism as a hate crime that we must eradicate. Again we need to demonstrate through actions that we are sincere in tackling this scourge on our communities.

“Community relations week provides us with an opportunity to take stock and renew our efforts in developing better relations through the programme of events organised this week.

“The DUP should sign off on the draft Racial Equality Strategy immediately so that it can go out for consultation.

“We must look at how to implement the strategy to improve the lives of all the people who make this place their home.” 

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“HAP is not a solution and if the government succeeds in passing it into law, it will have wide ranging negative effects on the future of housing in Ireland and our ability to tackle housing need in the years to come.”

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Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty TD, has today called on Senator Susan O'Keeffe and Senator Michael D'Arcy to resign from the banking inquiry. 

Speaking today, Deputy Doherty said:

"The recent controversies surrounding the membership of the banking inquiry have caused significant damage to the prospect of it enjoying the full confidence of the Irish public.

“Today, in light of this, I wrote to both Senator O'Keeffe and Senator D'Arcy asking them to resign their positions to help restore public confidence in the work of the inquiry.

"The most important challenge facing the Oireachtas members nominated to the inquiry is ensuring it is an inquiry which, is viewed by the public as worthwhile, fair and impartial. The unfortunate comments by An Taoiseach last week means the nomination of Senator O’Keeffe and Senator D’Arcy has become associated with the government insisting on its way for the proceedings.

"The work of the banking inquiry has already been undermined and it is important for this to be rectified. 

“There is a great desire among the Irish people for a proper inquiry into the role of developers, banks, politicians and others in the banking collapse and aftermath which, has so damaged our country and society.

"I urged Senator O'Keeffe and Senator D'Arcy to do the right thing and to step down with immediate effect.

"I believe that this is the only means by which the public can see that their concerns are being addressed.

“We must show the Irish people, who have burdened the debt of the banking collapse, that the Oireacthas is fully capable of carrying out an in depth and robust inquiry on their behalf.”

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Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams delivered the annual address at the Wolfe Tone Commemoration at Bodenstown, Co. Kildare today.

In the course of a wide ranging speech Gerry Adams said that Sinn Féin wants to be in government to change Ireland for the better:

"We want to tackle disadvantage, unemployment and inequality and improve the quality of life and standards of living for people across Ireland – particularly those people who are today struggling under the burden of austerity. We want to deliver on issues such as housing, health and jobs. Sinn Féin is deeply committed to the peaceful and democratic ending of Partition to a new agreed Ireland.

"But Sinn Fein will not do is what the Labour Party has done —go into office to give cover to the agenda of conservative parties, repeating again the failed political history of this State over the past 80 years."

On the Labour leadership contest he said:

"The Labour Party’s internal debate is focused on Sinn Féin, rather than on its disastrous colonisation by Fine Gael.

"Labour still doesn’t get it. The contenders for the Labour leadership don’t get it.

"Labour – God’s gift to Fine Gael — are so busy debating whether or not they would allow Sinn Féin be in government with them, that it hasn’t dawned on them that after the General Election there may not be enough Labour TDs to be in government with anyone!"

On the recent scandal surrounding Mother and Baby homes Mr Adams said it was:

"Further evidence that after partition a conservative, mean spirited, narrow minded political and business elite in this state, in alliance with the Catholic Church hierarchy, put in place laws and institutions and censorship restrictions, which were intolerant, chauvinistic, prejudiced and anti-women and anti-working class.

Unmarried mothers were held for years in institutions.

"Sex was deemed a crime. Babies were taken from their mothers, alive and dead. They had broken no laws.

"The thousands of mothers and children who endured unbelievable hardship were denied everything by the state.

"For some commentators, the responsibility and blame for this is being laid at the door of society.

"I have been trying to understand this. In this version of events everybody is to blame and everybody is at fault.

"However, everybody is not to blame. The victims are not to blame. It is as if the virtual imprisonment of unmarried girls and women and the theft of their children were a natural outworking of Irish society in that period of our history.

"However, that is too simplistic a picture. It seeks benignly or inadvertently to excuse the decisions that were taken by the elites in the State and church.

"As Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin told the Dáil this week, this can be too easily twisted into a view that since everyone was to blame, nobody was to blame. That is not good enough.

"We extend love and respect to the survivors of abuse and we thank them and their supporters for their struggle."

The Sinn Féin Leader criticised the performance of the Government saying:

"This Fine Gael/Labour government has betrayed the electorate.

"It promised a ‘democratic revolution’ but has delivered the same stale, old politics of previous governments.

"We see them appointing cronies to state boards, and Ministers favouring their own constituencies for funding.

"They seek to retain control over the banking inquiry by stuffing it with government TDs and Senators.

"They defend the indefensible in a failed effort to save Ministers such as Alan Shatter.

"They ignore the real hardship being endured by the most vulnerable citizens as a result of austerity.

"This isn’t a democratic revolution – it is an act of subversion."

Addressing the political situation in the North, Mr Adams said:

"Two weeks ago party leaders in the North agreed to re-engage in intensive talks around these issues.

"Since then, however we see no evidence that the DUP is willing to approach this process in a positive, constructive way.

"This is all to do with what is happening within political unionism.

"Both the DUP and UUP signed up to the St Andrews and Hillsborough Agreements but are now being challenged by those on the more extreme right such as the TUV and UKIP.

"This is a consequence of the huge failure by the UUP and the DUP to face down these rejectionists in the same way as Sinn Fein has done with anti-Agreement elements on the fringes of republicanism.

"Let me be clear Sinn Féin will continue to stretch out the hand of friendship to our unionist neighbours. We will uphold everyone’s civil and religious rights.

"But we will also stand firmly and robustly against the bigots, the racists and the sectarian fundamentalists. They and their political cheer leaders are on the wrong side of history.

"Change may be delayed but it cannot be stopped."

On criticism of Sinn Féin policy by the Government and Fianna Fáil, Gerry Adams said:

"Since the elections, Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fáil and media commentators say they will subject Sinn Féin’s economic policies to greater scrutiny.

"Sinn Féin welcomes this. It would be great to have a real discussion about the need for a different economic approach.

"It would be wonderful to have a scrutiny of the policies of Fianna Fáil and the PDs – remember the PDs? – and of Fine Gael and the Labour Party.

"During the Bertie Ahern era Sinn Féin TDs were vocal in pointing out the dangers of the developing property bubble and the growing potential for an economic crash.

"Sinn Fein warned of the dangers in over-reliance on taxes from the property sector.

"We warned of the over dependency on the construction sector and we highlighted the danger of auction politics as other parties tried to outdo each other with promises of tax cuts.

"Sinn Féin was also almost a lone political voice against a drive to reduce regulation across the economy.

"We were right then. We are right now. Sinn Féin has put forward costed, alternative policies that are about fairness. Let all parties in this state do the same."

The Sinn Féin Leader concluded his address by saying Sinn Féin is committed to is the radical republican politics of Wolfe Tone:

"We are about creating a New Republic, with new politics and a new way of doing things that puts fairness and equality at the heart of how this country is governed."

Please find full text of speech below:

Gerry Adams TD

Address to Wolfe Tone Commemoration,

Bodenstown, Co. Kildare

2014

Fellow republicans,

Táimid cruinnithe anseo inniu, mar a dhéanann muid gach bliain, in aice le reilig Theobold Wolfe Tone, athair an Phoblachtach in Éirinn agus ceannaire Cumann na nÉireannach Aontaithe.

Two-hundred-and-sixteen years ago the United Irish rebellion sought to end British rule in this country and establish an independent republic based on the principles of equality for all citizens, and the unity of Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter.

Today, we honour Tone, the men and women of 1798, and subsequent generations of Irish republicans. Just as importantly, we rededicate ourselves to the fulfilment of Tone’s objectives.

Election results

Ba mhaith liom mo chomhghairdeas a dhéanamh le na ceathrar MEP’s, nua tofa atá ag Sinn Féin– Martina Anderson, Lynn Boylan, Matt Carthy agus Liadh Ní Riada, agus na dhá céad seasca is a ceathar (264) comhairleoirí Sinn Fein a raibh tofa sa Thuaisceart agus sa Dheisceart ar an darna lá is fiche (22ú) agus tríú lá is fiche 23ú Bealtaine.

Almost half a million voters have now made Sinn Féin the biggest party on this island.

Mission Statement

Sinn Fein’s philosophy is about putting the interests of citizens, as opposed to elites, at the centre of political considerations.

We seek a New Republic with equality and social justice at its core.

Our watchword is equality.

We stand for a basic threshold of economic justice — the right to a home, to an education, to a job, to healthcare, to the pursuit of happiness.

Our mandate is for social justice and against unfairness and austerity.

It is a mandate for the promotion of the Irish language as the common heritage of all on this island.

It is for the peaceful unity of Orange and Green, with tolerance and respect for all people.

Republicanism is a European philosophy and Sinn Féin’s mandate is also to pursue an independent Ireland in a Europe that respects the rights of nation states and is based on principles of social solidarity.

Tá polasaithe Sinn Féin bunaithe ar na bunluachanna poblachtach seo.

1916 anniversary

Because Sinn Féin challenges the privilege of the elites, we are often vilified by the conservative parties and the establishment media.

They were at it 100 years ago.

The Irish Times and Irish Independent condemned the 1916 Rising.

The Irish Times referred to it, incorrectly, as the ‘Sinn Féin rebellion’.

But last Tuesday the Irish Times accused Sinn Féin of seeking to hijack the Rising’s centenary.

Interestingly, one hundred years ago, at this very spot, the forces that would make the 1916 Rising were coming together to honour Wolfe Tone.

The Irish Volunteers were joined by the Irish Citizen Army and Tom Clarke chaired the commemoration.

The trade union leader Jim Larkin was in attendance.

This was in the wake of the Great Lockout and Larkin was cheered by the crowds showing the solidarity between republicans and the labour movement.

Leaders of the trade union movement need to think of this.

They need to decide whether their loyalty is to the trade union membership – working people – or the Labour Party.

Trade union members also need to consider whether they should pay a stipend to the Labour Party to be insulted by its leaders.

The Rising belongs to the people of Ireland, not any single party.

But let me be clear, Sinn Féin won’t take lectures on 1916 from those revisionists and other slibhiní who abandoned its ideals many decades ago and who sought to prevent its commemoration.

The 1916 Proclamation remains unfinished business.

Partition stunts Ireland’s potential — politically, socially and economically.

There is now a peaceful way to end Partition.

This is a work in progress and there is an onus on nationalist Ireland to persuade our unionist neighbours that their interests lie in a new, agreed Ireland.

The Good Friday Agreement provides for a referendum on Irish unity.

A Border Poll provides an opportunity to begin building a new, united Ireland.

Sinn Féin believes it is time to let the people have their say.

The North

While the North has been transformed in recent years, many issues remain outstanding.

The British Government is refusing to keep agreements made since 1998.

Sixteen years after the Good Friday Agreement it has failed to implement important elements, such as a Bill of Rights and Acht na Gaeilge.

When taken with its decision to unilaterally end its Weston Park commitments to resolve the OTR issue, and its refusal to establish an inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane, the British Government strategy is undermining the political process.

Encouraged by this, there has been an effort by unionist parties to reverse progress made since 1998.

This cannot be allowed.

Issues of the past, flags and parades must be addressed.

The Haass compromise proposals provide a clear way forward.

They must have the unambiguous support of the Irish and British governments.

Two weeks ago party leaders in the North agreed to re-engage in intensive talks around these issues.

Since then, however we see no evidence that the DUP is willing to approach this process in a positive, constructive way.

This is all to do with what is happening within political unionism.

Both the DUP and UUP signed up to the St Andrews and Hillsborough Agreements but are now being challenged by those on the more extreme right such as the TUV and UKIP.

This is a consequence of the huge failure by the UUP and the DUP to face down these rejectionists in the same way as Sinn Fein has done with anti-Agreement elements on the fringes of republicanism.

Let me be clear Sinn Féin will continue to stretch out the hand of friendship to our unionist neighbours.

We will uphold everyone’s civil and religious rights.

But we will also stand firmly and robustly against the bigots, the racists and the sectarian fundamentalists.

They and their political cheer leaders are on the wrong side of history.

Change may be delayed. It cannot be stopped.

The views, ambitions and goodwill of the vast majority of citizens, and Sinn Féin’s focus for the future, is the guarantee that change is irreversible.

Economic policy

Since the elections, Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fáil and media commentators say they will subject Sinn Féin’s economic policies to greater scrutiny.

Tá muid an sasta faoi sin.

It would be great to have a real discussion about the need for a different economic approach.

It would be wonderful to have a scrutiny of the policies of Fianna Fáil and the PDs – remember the PDs? – and of Fine Gael and the Labour Party.

During the Bertie Ahern era Sinn Féin TDs were vocal in pointing out the dangers of the developing property bubble and the growing potential for an economic crash.

Sinn Fein warned of the dangers of over-reliance on taxes from the property sector.

We warned of the over dependency on the construction sector and we highlighted the danger of auction politics as other parties tried to outdo each other with promises of tax cuts.

Sinn Féin was also almost a lone political voice against a drive to reduce regulation across the economy.

We were right then.

We are right now.

Sinn Féin has put forward costed, alternative policies that are about fairness.

Let all parties in this state do the same.

Sinn Féin’s focus is on job creation, stimulating the economy, fair taxes, debt restructuring, and protecting public services.

It is about making the necessary deficit adjustment without harming families or frontline services, by asking the wealthiest to pay more and cutting waste from public spending.

Citizens understand the challenges and are prepared to shoulder their share of the burden of readjustment.

An rud nach taitníonn leo ná an dóigh go bhfuil sé chomh éagórach.

The Property Tax, Water tax, removal of medical cards, cuts to social supports, mortgage distress and lack of social housing or adequate health services, including mental health services, have pushed working people to the limit.

As Bobby Sands wrote; ‘there is no equality in a society that stands upon the economic bog, if only the strongest make it good or survive.’

Let’s see some scrutiny of the policy of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil which says that for many years to come, Irish citizens should carry an unsustainable bank debt burden, and an economically and socially destructive austerity agenda.

Changing the political landscape

Recent years have witnessed scandals in all the major institutions of Irish life – politics, planning, business, banking, the Church, charities, the justice system and the Gardai.

These scandals have their roots in the toxic political culture, which arose from the counter-revolution that followed the 1916 period.

A conservative elite - politically represented by the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil leaderships, often supported by Labour - oversaw this corrupt culture.

Bhí seo, agus tá seo, an mhalairt le cad atá i gceist le fíor poblachtachas.

Tá éileamh mór ann d’athrú mór inár sochaí, an geilleagar agus i bpolaitíocht.

Some combination of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil has been in government since the foundation of this state.

But just as one-party Orange rule in the North is gone, the failed two-and-a-half party system in this state is going also.

Sinn Féin is now a major player in both states with policies and an expanding organization, which transcend partition.

That means we must prepare for government.

We must prepare to become a government of national unity and recovery.

In his day Wolfe Tone clearly identified the connection with Britain and Ireland’s lack of independence and sovereignty, with the depressing state of the economy and the appalling conditions in which citizens lived.

A similar clear headed analysis must be brought to bear today so that Connolly’s reconquest of Ireland by the Irish people can be advanced.

Sinn Féin wants to be in government because we want to change Ireland for the better.

We want to tackle disadvantage, unemployment and inequality and improve the quality of life and standards of living for people across Ireland – particularly those people who are today struggling under the burden of austerity.

We want to deliver on issues such as housing, health and jobs.

We want to end partition.

But Sinn Fein will not do is what the Labour Party has done — we will not give cover to the agenda of conservative parties, repeating again the failed political history of this State over the past 80 years.

The Labour Party’s internal debate is focused on Sinn Féin, rather than on its disastrous colonisation by Fine Gael.

Labour still doesn’t get it.

The contenders for the Labour leadership don’t get it.

Labour – God’s gift to Fine Gael — are so busy debating whether or not they would allow Sinn Féin be in government with them, that it hasn’t dawned on them that after the General Election there may not be enough Labour TDs to be in government with anyone!

This Fine Gael/Labour government has betrayed the electorate.

It promised a ‘democratic revolution’ but has delivered the same stale, old politics of previous governments.

We see them appointing cronies to state boards, and Ministers favouring their own constituencies for funding.

They seek to retain control over the banking inquiry by stuffing it with government TDs and Senators.

They defend the indefensible in a failed effort to save Ministers such as Alan Shatter.

They ignore the real hardship being endured by the most vulnerable citizens as a result of austerity.

This isn’t a democratic revolution – it is an act of subversion.

What
Sinn Féin is committed to is the radical republican politics of Wolfe Tone.
We are about creating a New Republic, with new politics and a new way of doing things that puts fairness and equality at the heart of how this country is governed.

Conclusion

As Sinn Féin builds a real political alternative throughout this island, we must remain radical, rooted, relevant and republican.

People are increasingly looking to us for leadership and to provide hope for the future.

We have a political vision for this country and its people that involves building the type of society Wolfe Tone envisioned - a republic that the citizens of this country deserve but have never had.

The recent scandalous revelations of the Mother and baby homes is further evidence that after partition a conservative, mean spirited, narrow minded political and business elite in this state, in alliance with the Catholic Church hierarchy, put in place laws and institutions and censorship restrictions, which were intolerant, chauvinistic, prejudiced and anti-women and anti-working class.

Unmarried mothers were held for years in institutions.

Sex was deemed a crime.

Babies were taken from their mothers, alive and dead.

They had broken no laws.

The thousands of mothers and children who endured unbelievable hardship were denied everything by the state.

For some commentators, the responsibility and blame for this is being laid at the door of society.

I have been trying to understand this.

In this version of events everybody is to blame and everybody is at fault.

However, everybody is not to blame.

The victims are not to blame.

It is as if the virtual imprisonment of unmarried girls and women and the theft of their children were a natural outworking of Irish society in that period of our history.

However, that is too simplistic a picture.

It seeks benignly or inadvertently to excuse the decisions that were taken by the elites in the State and church.

As Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin told the Dáil this week, this can be too easily twisted into a view that since everyone was to blame, nobody was to blame.

That is not good enough.

We extend love and respect to the survivors of abuse and we thank them and their supporters for their struggle.

Sinn Féin is already bringing about a realignment of politics. In Councils across this state, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, on an unprecedented scale, have coalesced to exclude Sinn Féin.

Some of them may think this is the smart thing to do.

It’s not. It is a stupid thing to do.

It is the wrong thing to do.

And it will not succeed. We are very good at not being excluded.

So, let Fine Gael, and Fianna Fáil and the others take not.

Bobby Sands spelt it out in the last entry of his hunger strike diary.

‘The mind is the most important.’ He wrote:, ‘If they aren’t able to destroy the desire for freedom, they won’t break you... the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people, is in my heart.

The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show.

It is then we’ll see the rising of the moon’.

Tá ceart ag Bobby. Tiochfaid lá eigean nuair a bheidh an fonn saoirse seo le taispeáint ag daoine go léir na hEireann.

Ansin tchífidh muid éirí na gealaí.

Until them let it be clear. Sinn Féin isn’t going away, you know.

We are going to grow and grow.

As for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáikl? They are ideologically indistinguishable.

They should unite.

For our part Sinn Féin will continue to bring the message of equality into councils and to replace party pacts and exclusion with power-sharing and inclusion.

For Sinn Féin politics is not a mere game or career choice.

We have important work to do on behalf of Ireland and its people.

Let’s leave here today, ever more determined to do it.

Ar aghaigh linn le cheile.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

Fellow republicans,

Táimid cruinnithe anseo inniu, mar a dhéanann muid gach bliain, in aice le reilig Theobold Wolfe Tone, athair an Phoblachtach in Éirinn agus ceannaire Cumann na nÉireannach Aontaithe.

Two-hundred-and-sixteen years ago the United Irish rebellion sought to end British rule in this country and establish an independent republic based on the principles of equality for all citizens, and the unity of Catholic, Protestant and Dissenter.

Today, we honour Tone, the men and women of 1798, and subsequent generations of Irish republicans. Just as importantly, we rededicate ourselves to the fulfilment of Tone’s objectives.

Election results

Ba mhaith liom mo chomhghairdeas a dhéanamh le na ceathrar MEP’s, nua tofa atá ag Sinn Féin– Martina Anderson, Lynn Boylan, Matt Carthy agus Liadh Ní Riada, agus na dhá céad seasca is a ceathar (264) comhairleoirí Sinn Fein a raibh tofa sa Thuaisceart agus sa Dheisceart ar an darna lá is fiche (22ú) agus tríú lá is fiche 23ú Bealtaine.

Almost half a million voters have now made Sinn Féin the biggest party on this island.

Mission Statement

Sinn Fein’s philosophy is about putting the interests of citizens, as opposed to elites, at the centre of political considerations.

We seek a New Republic with equality and social justice at its core.

Our watchword is equality.

We stand for a basic threshold of economic justice — the right to a home, to an education, to a job, to healthcare, to the pursuit of happiness.

Our mandate is for social justice and against unfairness and austerity.

It is a mandate for the promotion of the Irish language as the common heritage of all on this island.

It is for the peaceful unity of Orange and Green, with tolerance and respect for all people.

Republicanism is a European philosophy and Sinn Féin’s mandate is also to pursue an independent Ireland in a Europe that respects the rights of nation states and is based on principles of social solidarity.

Tá polasaithe Sinn Féin bunaithe ar na bunluachanna poblachtach seo.

1916 anniversary

Because Sinn Féin challenges the privilege of the elites, we are often vilified by the conservative parties and the establishment media.

They were at it 100 years ago.

The Irish Times and Irish Independent condemned the 1916 Rising.

The Irish Times referred to it, incorrectly, as the ‘Sinn Féin rebellion’.

But last Tuesday the Irish Times accused Sinn Féin of seeking to hijack the Rising’s centenary.

Interestingly, one hundred years ago, at this very spot, the forces that would make the 1916 Rising were coming together to honour Wolfe Tone.

The Irish Volunteers were joined by the Irish Citizen Army and Tom Clarke chaired the commemoration.

The trade union leader Jim Larkin was in attendance.

This was in the wake of the Great Lockout and Larkin was cheered by the crowds showing the solidarity between republicans and the labour movement.

Leaders of the trade union movement need to think of this.

They need to decide whether their loyalty is to the trade union membership – working people – or the Labour Party.

Trade union members also need to consider whether they should pay a stipend to the Labour Party to be insulted by its leaders.

The Rising belongs to the people of Ireland, not any single party.

But let me be clear, Sinn Féin won’t take lectures on 1916 from those revisionists and other slibhiní who abandoned its ideals many decades ago and who sought to prevent its commemoration.

The 1916 Proclamation remains unfinished business.

Partition stunts Ireland’s potential — politically, socially and economically.

There is now a peaceful way to end Partition.

This is a work in progress and there is an onus on nationalist Ireland to persuade our unionist neighbours that their interests lie in a new, agreed Ireland.

The Good Friday Agreement provides for a referendum on Irish unity.

A Border Poll provides an opportunity to begin building a new, united Ireland.

Sinn Féin believes it is time to let the people have their say.

The North

While the North has been transformed in recent years, many issues remain outstanding.

The British Government is refusing to keep agreements made since 1998.

Sixteen years after the Good Friday Agreement it has failed to implement important elements, such as a Bill of Rights and Acht na Gaeilge.

When taken with its decision to unilaterally end its Weston Park commitments to resolve the OTR issue, and its refusal to establish an inquiry into the murder of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane, the British Government strategy is undermining the political process.

Encouraged by this, there has been an effort by unionist parties to reverse progress made since 1998.

This cannot be allowed.

Issues of the past, flags and parades must be addressed.

The Haass compromise proposals provide a clear way forward.

They must have the unambiguous support of the Irish and British governments.

Two weeks ago party leaders in the North agreed to re-engage in intensive talks around these issues.

Since then, however we see no evidence that the DUP is willing to approach this process in a positive, constructive way.

This is all to do with what is happening within political unionism.

Both the DUP and UUP signed up to the St Andrews and Hillsborough Agreements but are now being challenged by those on the more extreme right such as the TUV and UKIP.

This is a consequence of the huge failure by the UUP and the DUP to face down these rejectionists in the same way as Sinn Fein has done with anti-Agreement elements on the fringes of republicanism.

Let me be clear Sinn Féin will continue to stretch out the hand of friendship to our unionist neighbours.

We will uphold everyone’s civil and religious rights.

But we will also stand firmly and robustly against the bigots, the racists and the sectarian fundamentalists.

They and their political cheer leaders are on the wrong side of history.

Change may be delayed. It cannot be stopped.

The views, ambitions and goodwill of the vast majority of citizens, and Sinn Féin’s focus for the future, is the guarantee that change is irreversible.

Economic policy

Since the elections, Fine Gael, Labour, Fianna Fáil and media commentators say they will subject Sinn Féin’s economic policies to greater scrutiny.

Tá muid an sasta faoi sin.

It would be great to have a real discussion about the need for a different economic approach.

It would be wonderful to have a scrutiny of the policies of Fianna Fáil and the PDs – remember the PDs? – and of Fine Gael and the Labour Party.

During the Bertie Ahern era Sinn Féin TDs were vocal in pointing out the dangers of the developing property bubble and the growing potential for an economic crash.

Sinn Fein warned of the dangers of over-reliance on taxes from the property sector.

We warned of the over dependency on the construction sector and we highlighted the danger of auction politics as other parties tried to outdo each other with promises of tax cuts.

Sinn Féin was also almost a lone political voice against a drive to reduce regulation across the economy.

We were right then.

We are right now.

Sinn Féin has put forward costed, alternative policies that are about fairness.

Let all parties in this state do the same.

Sinn Féin’s focus is on job creation, stimulating the economy, fair taxes, debt restructuring, and protecting public services.

It is about making the necessary deficit adjustment without harming families or frontline services, by asking the wealthiest to pay more and cutting waste from public spending.

Citizens understand the challenges and are prepared to shoulder their share of the burden of readjustment.

An rud nach taitníonn leo ná an dóigh go bhfuil sé chomh éagórach.

The Property Tax, Water tax, removal of medical cards, cuts to social supports, mortgage distress and lack of social housing or adequate health services, including mental health services, have pushed working people to the limit.

As Bobby Sands wrote; ‘there is no equality in a society that stands upon the economic bog, if only the strongest make it good or survive.’

Let’s see some scrutiny of the policy of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil which says that for many years to come, Irish citizens should carry an unsustainable bank debt burden, and an economically and socially destructive austerity agenda.

Changing the political landscape

Recent years have witnessed scandals in all the major institutions of Irish life – politics, planning, business, banking, the Church, charities, the justice system and the Gardai.

These scandals have their roots in the toxic political culture, which arose from the counter-revolution that followed the 1916 period.

A conservative elite - politically represented by the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil leaderships, often supported by Labour - oversaw this corrupt culture.

Bhí seo, agus tá seo, an mhalairt le cad atá i gceist le fíor poblachtachas.

Tá éileamh mór ann d’athrú mór inár sochaí, an geilleagar agus i bpolaitíocht.

Some combination of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil has been in government since the foundation of this state.

But just as one-party Orange rule in the North is gone, the failed two-and-a-half party system in this state is going also.

Sinn Féin is now a major player in both states with policies and an expanding organization, which transcend partition.

That means we must prepare for government.

We must prepare to become a government of national unity and recovery.

In his day Wolfe Tone clearly identified the connection with Britain and Ireland’s lack of independence and sovereignty, with the depressing state of the economy and the appalling conditions in which citizens lived.

A similar clear headed analysis must be brought to bear today so that Connolly’s reconquest of Ireland by the Irish people can be advanced.

Sinn Féin wants to be in government because we want to change Ireland for the better.

We want to tackle disadvantage, unemployment and inequality and improve the quality of life and standards of living for people across Ireland – particularly those people who are today struggling under the burden of austerity.

We want to deliver on issues such as housing, health and jobs.

We want to end partition.

But Sinn Fein will not do is what the Labour Party has done — we will not give cover to the agenda of conservative parties, repeating again the failed political history of this State over the past 80 years.

The Labour Party’s internal debate is focused on Sinn Féin, rather than on its disastrous colonisation by Fine Gael.

Labour still doesn’t get it.

The contenders for the Labour leadership don’t get it.

Labour – God’s gift to Fine Gael — are so busy debating whether or not they would allow Sinn Féin be in government with them, that it hasn’t dawned on them that after the General Election there may not be enough Labour TDs to be in government with anyone!

This Fine Gael/Labour government has betrayed the electorate.

It promised a ‘democratic revolution’ but has delivered the same stale, old politics of previous governments.

We see them appointing cronies to state boards, and Ministers favouring their own constituencies for funding.

They seek to retain control over the banking inquiry by stuffing it with government TDs and Senators.

They defend the indefensible in a failed effort to save Ministers such as Alan Shatter.

They ignore the real hardship being endured by the most vulnerable citizens as a result of austerity.

This isn’t a democratic revolution – it is an act of subversion.

What
Sinn Féin is committed to is the radical republican politics of Wolfe Tone.
We are about creating a New Republic, with new politics and a new way of doing things that puts fairness and equality at the heart of how this country is governed.

Conclusion

As Sinn Féin builds a real political alternative throughout this island, we must remain radical, rooted, relevant and republican.

People are increasingly looking to us for leadership and to provide hope for the future.

We have a political vision for this country and its people that involves building the type of society Wolfe Tone envisioned - a republic that the citizens of this country deserve but have never had.

The recent scandalous revelations of the Mother and baby homes is further evidence that after partition a conservative, mean spirited, narrow minded political and business elite in this state, in alliance with the Catholic Church hierarchy, put in place laws and institutions and censorship restrictions, which were intolerant, chauvinistic, prejudiced and anti-women and anti-working class.

Unmarried mothers were held for years in institutions.

Sex was deemed a crime.

Babies were taken from their mothers, alive and dead.

They had broken no laws.

The thousands of mothers and children who endured unbelievable hardship were denied everything by the state.

For some commentators, the responsibility and blame for this is being laid at the door of society.

I have been trying to understand this.

In this version of events everybody is to blame and everybody is at fault.

However, everybody is not to blame.

The victims are not to blame.

It is as if the virtual imprisonment of unmarried girls and women and the theft of their children were a natural outworking of Irish society in that period of our history.

However, that is too simplistic a picture.

It seeks benignly or inadvertently to excuse the decisions that were taken by the elites in the State and church.

As Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin told the Dáil this week, this can be too easily twisted into a view that since everyone was to blame, nobody was to blame.

That is not good enough.

We extend love and respect to the survivors of abuse and we thank them and their supporters for their struggle.

Sinn Féin is already bringing about a realignment of politics. In Councils across this state, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, on an unprecedented scale, have coalesced to exclude Sinn Féin.

Some of them may think this is the smart thing to do.

It’s not. It is a stupid thing to do.

It is the wrong thing to do.

And it will not succeed. We are very good at not being excluded.

So, let Fine Gael, and Fianna Fáil and the others take not.

Bobby Sands spelt it out in the last entry of his hunger strike diary.

‘The mind is the most important.’ He wrote:, ‘If they aren’t able to destroy the desire for freedom, they won’t break you... the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people, is in my heart.

The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show.

It is then we’ll see the rising of the moon’.

Tá ceart ag Bobby. Tiochfaid lá eigean nuair a bheidh an fonn saoirse seo le taispeáint ag daoine go léir na hEireann.

Ansin tchífidh muid éirí na gealaí.

Until them let it be clear. Sinn Féin isn’t going away, you know.

We are going to grow and grow.

As for Fine Gael and Fianna Fáikl? They are ideologically indistinguishable.

They should unite.

For our part Sinn Féin will continue to bring the message of equality into councils and to replace party pacts and exclusion with power-sharing and inclusion.

For Sinn Féin politics is not a mere game or career choice.

We have important work to do on behalf of Ireland and its people.

Let’s leave here today, ever more determined to do it.

Ar aghaigh linn le cheile.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh.

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Sinn Fein's Aengus O'Snodaigh TD has called for an urgent meeting with senior Gardaí and the Minister for Justice to discuss the shooting of a young child in Ballyfermot last night.

Deputy Ó'Snodaigh said:

"I condemn last night's shooting in the strongest possible terms. I hope the boy makes a full and speedy recovery. I would encourage anyone with any information to give it to the Gardaí.

"I have written to the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, urging her to meet with politicians of all parties to discuss what can be done. It is vital that we ensure last night’s events do not undo all of the good work in our community.

"I am also seeking a meeting with the Superintendent. It is important that Gardaí receive all the resources necessary to make Ballyfermot a safe place to live, work and play in."

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The ministerial car used by the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness was vandalised in an attack last night outside his home.

 Martin McGuinness said:

 “These type of attacks are pointless. I won’t be deflected from carrying out my responsibilities and my work to build peace and reconciliation.” ENDS/CRÍOCH

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