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Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan, who is the Deputy Chair of the Assembly's Enterprise, Trade & Investment Committee, responding to the latest increase in unemployment figures, said:

“The release of the latest unemployment figures and the realisation that we are a long way from a turning point in this recession is a startling drop back to earth after the very positive mood of the last few weeks as a result of the success of our top sports competitors.

“Arlene Foster is right when she says that ‘it is time for a renewed and robust strategy to tackle unemployment.’ If she is genuine in her approach, then she will have my full support.

“However, this must include exploring any and all possibilities which are available to grow our economy and create jobs; flippantly refusing to co-operate on an all-island basis on our two key target industries, agri-food and tourism is not acceptable.

“If we are to have a renewed and robust strategy then this must include a proper economic analysis of the benefits of greater cross-border integration in these areas.”

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Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Chris Hazzard has congratulated everyone on their efforts to achieve top A-Level results. 

Mr Hazzard said, 

“I believe that we will see record grades when the A-Level results are announced and I would like to congratulate everyone who have worked hard to achieve this.

“As more and more students opt to stay and apply for Universities closer to home the number of students applying has increased immensely. 

“I would also like to say that those people who do not get the grades they were expecting not to panic but to talk to their local teachers and to the universities they have applied for in order to find the correct course or alternative option. 

“I am however concerned that although we will see more young people receive top grades less and less will be able to take up the option of third level education due to the huge costs involved.

“It is important that third level education is accessible and affordable to all members of society and Sinn Féin will continue to work to ensure that this is the case.”

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The Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West Seán Crowe has congratulated all those students who sat the Leaving Certificate and received their results today.

Deputy Crowe also commended the fall in failure rate in maths as well as the 11 per cent increase in those taking higher level Irish.

Deputy Crowe said:

“I wish to congratulate all those who sat their Leaving Certificate this year. This is a difficult and challenging time in every young person’s life and students should rightfully be commended for their hard work throughout their time in school. A whole new host of challenges now face these young people who are entering a new chapter in their lives.

“I want to draw special attention to the fall in the number of those failing maths and also the increased uptake in those taking higher level Irish.

“Last year I called on the State Examinations Commission and Education Minister Ruairí Quinn to seriously assess the criticism levelled at the maths curriculum and take steps to improve the content and fairness of the exam. The 20% fall in failure rates is to be welcomed, as is the increase in students taking the higher level maths paper. However with the number failing maths still relatively high at 4,000 it is clear that more now must be done to deal with this issue in the coming years.

“I also want to commend the increase in those taking higher level Irish. This has been attributed to the new marking scheme which awards 40 per cent for the oral exam. Sinn Féin supported this measure when it was first introduced by Mary Hanafin in 2007 and has long been supportive of measures to reform the Irish curriculum to place a greater emphasis on the spoken language.  This now seems to have paid off with an 11 per cent increase in those taking the higher level paper. This is very encouraging and should be built upon.

“With the first round of CAO offers coming out next Monday those students hoping to enter third level education will have a lot of challenges ahead of them. The points race will be difficult with points for courses such as science, technology, engineering and agriculture expected to increase.

“For now however I want to wish the class of 2012 all the very best for the road ahead which will be full of new challenges and experiences. Comhghairdeas libh uilig.”

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Tá fáilte curtha roimh Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann go Contae an Chabháin ag Teachta Dála Shinn Féin Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (An Cabhán agus Muineachán). Chuir sé fáilte chomh maith roimh an Seastán Ghaeilge atá ag Sinn Féin ag an Fleadh den chéad uair. Dúirt an Teachta Ó Caoláin:

“Arís i mbliana tá an féile cheoil is mó sa tír anseo i gContae an Chabháin agus tá fáilte mór roimh Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Molaim an Coiste as an obair iontach atá déanta acu le blianta anuas chun Fleadhanna den chéad scoth a eagrú i mBaile an Chabháin.

“Cuirim fáilte speisialta roimh Seastán Gaeilge Shinn Féin atá ag an Fleadh den chéad uair i mbliana agus go hairithe roimh Oifigeach Naisiúnta Ghaeilge an phairtí Liadh Ní Riada. Tá eolas á chur ar fáil aici roimh aidhmeanna agus spriocanna an phairtí ó thaobh na Gaeilge de. Léiríonn sé seo an obair atá ar siúl ag an páirtí chun an teanga a chur chun cinn.

“Gúim gach rath ar Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2012 agus tá a fhios agam go mbainfidh na céadta míle cuairteoirí taitneamh as.”

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North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has welcomed the additional restrictions that have been placed on the Ballymaconnolly parade in Rasharkin this Friday night. The parade has had the number of bands allowed to participate reduced for the first time from 44 down to 25 bands.

The Sinn Féin MLA said:


"Clearly the additional restrictions on the Ballymaconnolly band parade are to be welcomed and the reduction in band numbers is a step in the right direction by the Parades Commission. Ultimately though the determination should have gone further and the only way this contentious parade can be resolved is through dialogue between local residents and the Ballymaconnolly band.

“The determination issued makes a clear reference to that and also the fact that the band's stance on engaging with residents is unacceptable.

"For the first time the Commission has said that only a limited number of flags can be unfurled along the most contentious part of the route.

“While I would have preferred that UVF and UDA flags had been banned from the parade altogether, there is an onus on the organisers to ensure that these are not unfurled as the Parade Commission have specified and there is also an onus on the PSNI to ensure that this is the case.

"This parade has caused significant damage to community relations in this area and it will again cause significant disruption in the village this Friday night. The invitation of loyalist paramilitary bands into a small village like this with a mainly Catholic population is clearly sectarian and it must stop.

“The Residents Association has made it clear that they are willing to accommodate unionist parades that are of an acceptable size and which are not intimidating or sectarian in nature. That is a reasonable position. Rather than cause further division the band needs sit down and talk with the residents now."

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Sinn Féin comment on NIO consultation

Commenting on a statement from Owen Patterson announcing a public consultation into issues affecting the Assembly, Sinn Féin assembly Group leader Raymond McCartney said:

"Any agreements on the future operation of the Assembly will be reached by the local political parties.

"This is the second time in the past number of weeks that Mr Patterson has made clumsy attempts to make himself relevant to politics here.

"Sinn Féin will not tolerate any attempts by Mr Patterson or anyone else to undermine the power sharing and equality provisions which lie at the heart of the successful operation of the political institutions."

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Sinn Féin has expressed concern at the news today that an examiner has been appointed to Cappoquin Poultry Ltd. 

The chicken processing company employs 130 people in the West Waterford community. 

Sinn Féin County Councillor for the area Brendan Mansfield has stated that the examiner and local representatives must do all in their power to ensure that the jobs are maintained. 

Councillor Mansfield said:

“The news today that an examiner has been appointed to CPL is deeply worrying. Cappoquin has long been associated with the poultry business and the sector has provided much employment in the area over the course of many years.

“It is my view that this is a viable company and I would call on the examiner to ensure that the jobs are maintained. The loss of these jobs would be devastating, not only to the individual workers, but to the community in West Waterford as a whole.

“West Waterford has already been badly hit by unemployment, and as Senator David Cullinane has regularly highlighted in the Seanad, Waterford’s unemployment rate is already well in excess of the national average. Local representatives, and in particular Government representatives, need to do all in their power to ensure that these jobs are not lost.” 

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Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has demanded that the Labour Party clarify its stance in relation to comments made by the Labour Party’s former General Secretary Brendan Halligan at the Parnell Summer School.

Halligan criticised Ireland’s requirement to hold referenda on EU treaties because he feels the chances of a referenda being lost is “unacceptably high”.

The former Labour Party Oireachtas member proposed that the Constitutional Convention examine ways of “expressing Ireland’s political commitment to membership of the EU as an enduring policy choice” so as to avoid the necessity for future referenda.

Pearse Doherty described the proposal as “outrageous” and “fundamentally undemocratic.”

He said:

“That the Chairperson of the Institute of International and European Affairs and key Labour Party member would make such comments is outrageous.

“Not only are Mr Halligan’s views fundamentally undemocratic but he is also engaged in blatant scaremongering.

"Mr Halligan alleges that Ireland’s EU membership is being put ‘on the line’ by subjecting EU treaties to ratification.

“It is a fundamental democratic right for the Irish people to decide on changes to their constitution, particularly those as far reaching and significant as recent EU treaties.

“Successive governments have consistently eroded Irish sovereignty be that by surrendering key decision-making powers to the EU and IMF or by attempts to avoid referenda on EU treaties.

“The fact is that Ireland’s place in the EU is secure. Allowing the people to have their say on EU treaties does not change that. Those pretending otherwise are being mischievous.

“It has long been clear that the Labour Party is clearly more concerned with kow-towing to the diktats of an elite political group in the EU rather than listening to the views of the Irish people.

“Mr Halligan is a longstanding and key member of the Labour Party in terms of policy making. Labour now needs to make it clear to the people whether Mr Halligan’s view is also the Labour Party’s view.”

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Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe has said that the drastic cuts to ambulance services in Dublin City, County and its hinterland will inevitably put lives at risk and lead to longer response times from a vastly reduced service.

Crowe was speaking after being informed that the Tallaght area was to be short of an Ambulance at Airton Road this evening (Tuesday) between the hours of 7pm and 7am. Deputy Crowe said that this was “gambling with people’s lives.”

 Deputy Crowe said:

“Last night the Swords area was without a HSE ambulance between the hours of 7am and 7pm. This evening the traditional HSE ambulance cover from Airton Road in Tallaght will be missing.

“This reduced service is the result of official strategic decisions on the part of the HSE and is happening because of funding cutbacks. Traditional HSE ambulance service coverage in areas like Maynooth, Kildare, Balbriggan, Baltinglass and Arklow are also going to be reduced in the coming days.

“This will place additional pressure on existing services and will make response times even longer. It also comes in the wake of a reduction of the working week from 40 hours to 39 hours which has resulted in the loss of ambulance cover leaving one Dublin fire brigade ambulance operating out of the Belgard Road when normally a second ambulance is available.

“The HSE will claim that the fire brigade service or a first responder car with one individual in it can provide adequate cover.

“As an elected representative I am asking what I believe is a reasonable question - is the service that they are leaving behind sufficient or able to cover the growing population of Dublin and its hinterland?

“In my opinion the HSE are gambling with people’s lives.

“How can anyone concerned about safety claim that this policy won’t lead to seriously injured or ill people being left without assistance.

“This roster cut and the gamble involved will inevitably lead to the loss of someone’s life

“Ambulance staff are now not being covered if off sick or on annual leave. This is also putting additional pressure on the limited service.

“I have written to Health Minister James Reilly on this matter and have called on him to immediately convene a meeting of the HSE to discuss this life and death matter.”

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