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East Derry Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Ó hOisín said Unionists know that there is no comparison between the antics of the Loyal Order parades past St Patrick’s Church and that of a republican commemoration in Dungiven.

Cathal Ó hOisín said:

“Unionists, instead of facing up to and tackling the sectarianism on display outside St Patrick’s Church, are attempting to divert attention with reference to a republican parade in Dungiven.

“There is no comparison between the republican commemoration and the sectarian behaviour by Loyal Order parades outside St Patrick’s.

“In Dungiven there was no parade determination because there had been dialogue with all concerned prior to the parade.

“There were no objections to the parade. There was no stopping outside the church to play sectarian tunes. There was no drunken supporters or bandsmen hurling abuse at residents. And contrary to reports there was no church service or mother and toddler group happening during the parade, as confirmed by the church minister.  

“Indeed the Reverend David McBeth of the Church of Ireland has already stated that there is good relationships in the town and that there has been no issue with parades.

“The reality is that Dungiven is very near 100% nationalist yet the two parades that normally take place each year are a republican one and a Loyal Order parade.  

“If the Loyal Orders followed the example set by Dungiven, then perhaps we would no longer have issues with the few remaining contentious parades or the recent sectarianism witnessed at St Patrick’s Church.”


Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson on Youth Affairs Senator Kathryn Reilly has said Minister Burton’s vague talk on a youth jobs guarantee is not enough at this time.

Senator Reilly was responding to reports that a Youth Jobs Guarantee would be launched during the Irish Presidency of the EU next year.

“Minister Burton’s vague talk of a Youth Jobs Guarantee smacks of opportunism and talk where action is needed. The fact remains that this government has been entirely inactive on a youth jobs plan as called for by Sinn Féin. In the entire 126 pages of the government’s jobs action plan young people are mentioned only twice. That is the true measure of how much emphasis this government puts on finding jobs for our young people.

“Now we hear of a plan to use the Irish Presidency to launch a youth jobs guarantee. The last time we heard of EU action on youth jobs was when President Barroso announced he was sending an action team to Ireland. The result we now know of that was very little because Ireland has already spent its structural funds allocation.

“We can only hope that this time action will result. Another press release is not what the thousand people a week emigrating need. The inability of Minister Burton to state how much this will cost and how it will be delivered can only promote scepticism among young people.”

Reilly, the youngest member of the Oireachtas, continued:

“Sinn Fein would support an ambitious and practical action plan on youth jobs but there is no evidence that this announcement by Minister Burton heralds any such action. A recent ILO report on the possibility of a youth jobs guarantee put the cost of a jobs action plan in Ireland at 435€ million.

“The European Parliament has called for 10% of the European Social Fund to be made available for such a scheme. During the period 2007-2013, €375 million was received by Ireland through the ESF.

“So how does Minister Burton propose this gap be made up when her government is hell bent on austerity? I will this week be calling on the Minister to come to Seanad Éireann to present the details of this plan and to prove that there is any substance at all to her press announcement.” ENDS


Sinn Féin MLA and Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee Sue Ramsey has welcomed the reinstatement of the Book and Uniform Allowance for Nursing and Midwifery Students.

Sue Ramsey said:

“Sinn Féin were critical when this was withdrawn and it is welcome news that the minister will continue to fund students trainees this year.

“Cuts to bursaries for student nurses would have a detrimental affect on the numbers of students entering the profession.

“There is a shortage of experienced nurses and midwifes across the medical profession and that is why it is crucial that students enrolling are given as much support as possible.

“The financial saving of roughly £700,000 per year would have been minuscule in comparison to wages paid to senior management.

 “The minister should now direct his attention to the reform of the senior management rather than attempting to take money of the most vulnerable people in the health service.

“It is crucial for the long-term excellent service provided in our hospitals and clinics across the North that students are attracted to the nursing profession.”


Sinn Féin Agriculture spokesperson Oliver McMullan is calling on Environment Minister Alex Attwood to extend the deadline for spreading slurry.

 Mr. McMullan said,

 “This has been one of the wettest years on record with the result farmers have been unable to spread slurry over the fields.

 “It has been so wet that much of the slurry has washed away within days resulting in the need to spread the fields again.

 “With the deadline of the 15th and with ground being so wet farmers are been forced to put huge amounts of slurry out with could result in major environmental implications.

 “Although there has been a slight improvement in weather conditions the overall forecast is for more wet weather putting the farmers under severe pressure of having to have slurry finished.

 “Already other jurisdictions including the South of Ireland have extended the deadline so I hope the Minister sees the benefit of this action.  I will be asking the Minister to extend the deadline to at least the end of October to give the farmers a chance of getting the slurry down.


Sinn Fein’s Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said Sinn Féin members will join workers at the Tipperary Water plant in Ballyfermot at a protest tomorrow against forced redundancies and pay cuts.

Speaking today he accused the company of using the current economic climate as an excuse to force down pay and conditions for workers.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh has urged trade unions and fellow workers to support the plight of the Tipperary Water workers and join the protest tomorrow.

Speaking today Ó Snodaigh said;

“I met with the SIPTU Shop Steward on Friday. I was shocked when he explained the work practises at the plant. Unilateral cuts in pay, temporary staff brought in to under mine the work force and finally forced redundancies.

“Staff have taken an 8% cut in pay over three years and 13 staff were made redundant in December last only to be replaced by temporary workers.

“Yet Tipperary Water had a turnover of €243m last year. These work practices are unacceptable.

“Sinn Féin fully supports these workers. We will be joining them in their protest tomorrow morning and I intend to raise the issue in the Dail on Tuesday.

“Companies like Tipperary Water are using the current economic climate to force down pay and conditions. It is wrong, it is confrontational and it will be opposed.”

Note: Protest tomorrow, Monday 24 September 2012, 9am at Tipperary Water, Unit 16, Cherry Orchard Industrial Estate, Ballyfermot.


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has announced that her party will use its private members time in the Dáil next week to move a motion on the abuses that took place in the Magdalene Laundries.

The motion has been tabled by Sinn Féin with the support of 17 independent TDs and Deputy McDonald says she hopes to receive support from the government parties.

Speaking this afternoon Deputy McDonald said:

“Sinn Féin brings forward this motion in recognition of the huge injustice done to the women and girls of the Magdalene Laundries and of the hurt and hardship caused by their exclusion from the Residential Institutional Redress Scheme.

“”The treatment of the 30,000 women and girls of the Magdalene Laundries goes to the very core of what was wrong historically in Irish society.

“To date they have not received the recognition or redress that they deserve.  The women are now predominantly aging or elderly and it is of the utmost priority and urgency that their search for justice is responded to in full by the government and the state.  Their case is unanswerable and justice must be done.

“This is not a party political issue.  Our motion is tabled with the support of 17 Independent TDs and I invite each and every member of the Dáil to support it.

“I very much hope that we can get the support of the government parties when it is voted on in the Dáil on Wednesday evening.”

Text of motion:

“That Dáil Éireann:

-          Notes that this motion has been drawn up with a survivor centred ethos

-          Agrees with the State’s position, as articulated in Dáil Eireann in February 2002, that abuse occurred  in Magdalene Laundries, that the abuse was an appalling breach of trust and that the victims of that abuse suffered and continue to suffer greatly;

-          Acknowledges the hurt and hardship caused by the exclusion of  survivors of the Magdalene Laundries in the Residential Institutional Redress Scheme;

-          Acknowledges that the Magdalene survivor population is predominantly aging and elderly

-          Acknowledges that survivor testimony records that women were made to work without pay, were kept behind locked doors and returned by Gardaí if they attempted to escape;

-          Welcomes the establishment of the Inter-Departmental Committee to clarify any State interaction with the Magdalene Laundries and to produce a narrative detailing such interaction;

-          Notes the Irish Human Rights Commission Assessment of the Human Rights Issues Arising in relation to the "Magdalene Laundries";

-          Notes the UN Committee Against Torture recommendations on the Magdalene Laundries,  its insistence that the State ensure that survivors obtain redress and its grave concern at the failure by the State  to institute prompt, independent and thorough investigations into the allegations of ill-treatment of the women;

-          Further welcomes the public statement of June 2011 by four religious congregations who ran 10 Magdalene Laundries expressing a willingness to bring greater clarity, understanding, healing and justice in the interests of all the women involved;

-          Further acknowledges that there is growing evidence of the State (a) sending women and girls to the Magdalene Laundries, (b) providing the Religious Orders with direct and indirect financial support, and (c) failing to supervise the Religious Orders operation of the Magdalene Laundries;

-          Considers most serious the allegations of forced labour in the Magdalene Laundries, noting the incarceration and use of women and children as workers without pay would constitute forced labour under the 1930 Forced Labour Convention of the International Labour Organisation which Ireland ratified in 1931, and accepts that the rejection and prohibition of slavery is a peremptory norm of international law;

-          Acknowledges the need for immediate and meaningful discussion on an apology and redress

-          Commits to providing immediate funding for and implementation of a helpline for the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries;

-          Commits to supporting survivors in accessing pensions that reflect their years of work in the Magdalene Laundries;

-          Commits to an open and meaningful debate on the issue of an apology, redress and restorative justice measures once the Inter-Departmental Committee has reported.

Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams, Michael Colreavy, Seán Crowe, Pearse Doherty, Dessie Ellis, Martin Ferris, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Sandra McLellan, Jonathan O’Brien, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Brian Stanley, Peadar Tóibín, Joe Higgins, Catherine Murphy, Finian McGrath , Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, Maureen O'Sullivan, Thomas Pringle, Seamus Healy, Clare Daly, Mattie McGrath, Tom Fleming, Joe Higgins, John Halligan, Shane Ross,  Joan Collins, Richard Boyd Barrett, Michael Healy Rae, Mick Wallace, Stephen Donnelly.


Sinn Fein's Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD today led a protest supported by SIPTU and the ‘Communities against Cuts’ campaign to Fine Gael’s Dublin South Central office where a letter was delivered to Deputy Catherine Byrne urging her not to vote for any more cuts.

Speakers at the protest from SIPTU and Communities against Cuts urged communities and trade unions to work together to oppose every cut and defend every job.

Speaking at the protest Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;

“We are here today holding this government to account. We urge local Fine Gael Deputy Catherine Byrne not to vote for any more cuts. Only last year Fine Gael and Labour promised a new style of government but all we are getting are Fianna Fáil cuts with a Fine Gael stamp of approval.

“This government is overseeing the worst economic disaster since the foundation of the state. Government TDs must be held to account by the public. Today we are giving a voice to the anger that the public feel.

“Government policies fail the people of Ireland on a daily basis. But it does not have to be this way. The government must invest in jobs so we can grow the economy. A reformed tax system, whereby those who earn more pay more will generate much needed income for the state to invest in our communities.

"Sinn Fein is commited to building alliances with SIPTU, other trade unions and communities to resist this government inside and outside of Leinster House.”



Sinn Féin Agriculture Spokesperson Oliver McMullan has welcomed the news that milk prices have recovered to October 2011 levels.

 Mr McMullan said,

“Since October 2011 farmers have been struggling to get a fair price for their milk with it falling to a level which was equivalent to cost of production.  Couple with the rising price of feed and the terrible summer dairy farmers were beginning to look into the abyss.

“Although the price for milk was on the increase over the past few months these were small and not impacting on the profitability for farmers.

 “News that todays auction price has recovered to pre October 2011 prices is a good news story for dairy farmers as diary farms make a huge contribution to the agri food sector.

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson added,

 “I will be working in Europe in trying to bring some semblance of continuity of price for milk so that dairy farmers can rely more on production as a gauge to income rather than having to face the uncertainty of the fluctuation of the markets each year.”


Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh will lead a 'Communities against Cuts' protest outside Fine Gael’s Dublin South Central office on Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, tomorrow, Saturday 22 September 2012, at noon. He will be joined by members of SIPTU.

Speaking this evening ahead of the protest Ó Snodaigh said;

“We are urging local Fine Gael Deputy Catherine Byrne not to vote for any more cuts. Only last year Fine Gael and Labour promised a new style of government but all we got was Fianna Fáil policies with a Fine Gael stamp.

“The government needs to wake up to the fact that it can not cut its way out of recession.  The government must invest in jobs so we can grow the economy.

“A reformed tax system, whereby those who earn more pay more will generate much needed income for the state to invest in our communities.

“We are delighted to have speakers from SIPTU and Communities against Cuts. We will also be taking the opportunity to hand in a letter to Deputy Byrne urging her not to vote for any more cuts.

“Deputy Byrne must take responsibility for her actions, she can no longer hide in the corridors of Leinster House.”

In conclusion Deputy Ó Snodaigh called on Deputy Byrne, “to come out and reassure her constituents that she will not support a budget that cuts funding to education, welfare or health care.”



Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD, responding to the ESRI report released today said the institute’s continued flawed and ideologically loaded analysis is contributing nothing to the debate around the state's potential recovery.

Deputy McDonald said the ESRI could clearly see no connection between its continued cuts mantra and its own statements that the economy will continue to contract.

Deputy McDonald said:

“For five years, since the beginning of this crisis, the commentary around how we get out of it has been heavily one sided and focussed on cutbacks, reducing public services and hurting low and middle income families.

“The ESRI has been part of the band wagon that continues to push the austerity agenda in face of all the facts that show austerity is lengthening the crisis and irreparably damaging the economy. So far this year we have seen 40,000 people emigrate, something which the ESRI and Government parties seem to see as acceptable collateral damage of their cuts policy.

“The ESRI report today says the Government must continue to make cuts, and then goes onto say the economy is bouncing along the bottom and will continue to contract. It either does not see or chooses not to see a connection here. It says the cuts must be made regardless of any banking debt deal. This of course is the same ESRI that said in 2010 that the banking debt was manageable.

“The ESRI is contributing nothing to this debate and will continue to contribute nothing if it does not stand back and take an objective view of the Irish economy. €25 billion has come out in budget adjustments since 2008. In 2012 we still have a €13 billion deficit, debt to GDP over 100%, 460,000 people on the live register, hundreds of businesses closing each year, thousands emigrating, a flat-lining GDP, a domestic economy on the floor – and yet nobody in the ESRI or Government thinks that warrants a change of policy direction.

“This report today is a waste of paper.”



Sinn Féin MLA for West Tyrone and member of the Regional Development Committee, Declan McAleer,  has called on the Belfast Active Travel Scheme to be as inclusive as possible in order to encourage greater uptake and increase the health benefits.

Speaking today Mr McAleer said:

“I welcome the DRD Ministers decision to roll out 4 Active Travel Demonstration Projects which are part of the Active Travel Strategy aimed at encouraging people to adopt a more healthy option in terms of travel, especially over short distances.

“The demonstration projects are being rolled out in Belfast, Craigavon, Derry and Strabane.

“The Belfast Public Bike Hire Scheme involves the development of a 3rd generation bike hire scheme similar to those already in operation in Dublin and London. 

“It will involve the locating of docking stations 350 meters apart and we heard that it has been a huge success in Dublin with approximately 1 million users in the first 15 months.

“However  there are concerns as to how to access the service. It is intended to allow users to access the bicycles by swiping credit or debit cards. This is a quite restrictive approach and may stop many people, especially those from lower income brackets, the elderly, or young people who may not have these cards to use this service.

“For such an imaginative and positive scheme we should be encouraging as many people to use these bicycles as possible ans should be exploring innovative ways to do this.

"One example would be for those wishing to use the bicycles on a regular basis to apply for a user card in conjunction with a cash payment meter. This would identify who has hired the bicycle while not restricting the bicycles to those with credit cards only.

“If we are truly intending to encourage people to have a healthy lifestyle then we need to make these schemes as open as possible.
“I conveyed this to the Head of the Active Travel Project and asked for it to be factored in to discussions with Belfast City Council before a final system is decided upon.
“I intend to pursue these projects through the DRD committee, the Minister and with my colleagues in the constituencies involved.  These are excellent projects which have the capacity to provoke a modal shift towards healthy alternative means of transport.  I hope that they are just the part of a longer term strategy which will be rolled out further across all of the council areas in the north.”


Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Chris Hazzard has welcomed the fact that the Executive has agreed on legislation to replace the North’s 5 Education Boards with a single Education and Skills Authority (ESA).

 Mr Hazzard said

 “The cross-party agreement to bring forward the ESA legislation at the Executive is to be welcomed and it is of course long overdue. Sinn Féin has longed argued that a single body would be more effective and economical that the current arrangement.

  “The legislation will now be brought before the Assembly and it will be a significant step forward in the strategic planning and delivery of our education system.

  “I would like to commend the work of all those who have worked tirelessly in the Education sector over many years in a number of fields. We now need to put in place a 21st century system that is efficient, effective and delivers educationally. In doing that however we need to ensure that this change is handled as smoothly as possible.” ENDS


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has submitted an amendment to a motion in the European Parliament calling for a halt to funding for companies, whichconducts research for the Israeli military present until Israel  complies with international human rights standards.

Ms Anderson said,

“The Palestinian people have long suffered from the Israeli occupation to a point where many people are denied basic human rights including the access to water, medical treatment and education.  Many thousands including children have died or are curtailed into communities that are often no more than open prisons.

“I have tabled an amendment calling on a halt to funding to companies who are engaged with the Israeli military until Israeli complies to international standards on human rights.

“I have also met with the National Committee of the Boycott, Divestment and Santctions against Israel (BDS) to look at how their campaign can be expanded across the European region.

“Like the Apartheid regime in South Africa a well developed boycott campaign can bring about the political pressure on the Israeli economy for poltical change in the region.

“It is important that the BDS campaign is maximised if we are to see changes in Palestine that will allow the population a proper level of human rights that many of us take for granted.

“I would urge people to look up to the BDS campaign site and boycott Israeli goods until they address the rights of the Palestinian people to a peaceful existence with the same standards that are enshrined under the UN Declaration of Human Rights. 


The widening rift between Health Minister James Reilly and Minister of State Róisín Shortall shows that there is deep dysfunction at the helm of our public health services, according to Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.

Commenting on the latest revelations regarding the row between the two Ministers on the development of primary care centres, Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The development of primary care centres is fundamental to the future of our health services and has been promised for over a decade. Now we find that the latest plan for their development is the subject of a bitter row between Health Minister James Reilly and Minister of State Róisín Shortall.

“It has emerged that there were no transparent and objective criteria for the 35 locations for primary care centres announced last July and signed off by Minister Reilly rather than by Minister of State for Primary Care Róisín Shortall.

“Clearly the relationship between the two Ministers has broken down and there is deep dysfunction at the helm of our public health services.

“We have a delusional senior Minister who maintains, against all evidence to the contrary, that the health services are now delivering more with less.

“We have a Minister of State who has challenged her senior colleague in the most public way yet who, with other Labour Party deputies, voted confidence in him in the Dáil this week. I believe many Labour TDs who voted with the Government did so knowing full well that the Minister does not deserve their confidence.

“This is not a dispute over the location of primary care centres. That need is felt in communities across the State and delivery should come first where need is greatest. This is about the effective governance of our health services and the policy approach.

“The removal of James Reilly as Minister is not enough without a change of policy. The total reliance on public-private partnerships for the delivery of primary care centres – a policy inherited from Mary Harney – is one of the policy approaches that should change.” ENDS


Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today said that people across the north who want to see a resolution to the Ulster Covenant parade will be extremely disappointed at the outcome of last night’s meeting between the Orange Order, loyalists and unionist politicians.

Speaking today Mr McGuinness said:

“In common with everyone who wants to see a resolution to the issue of the Ulster Covenant Parade in Belfast I wanted to hear a very clear indication from last night’s meeting that the Orange Order were prepared to sit down and engage with the residents of Carrickhill.

“That did not happen, instead what we got was a reiteration of the previous position refusing dialogue and an attempt to pressurise the Parades Commission in advance of their determination. This is disrespectful to both residents and parishioners.

“Yesterday I met both the Carrickhill Residents and Fr Sheehan. It is clear that they want to see a situation where St Patrick’s church and the local residents are respected and treated with dignity on the 29th. The Orange Order, who are organising the parade need to sit down directly and talk to the residents whose community they are seeking to march through.

“That is a reasonable request. We are almost 20 years into a peace process, which has been based upon dialogue and engagement with people who hold a different viewpoint. The position of refusing to talk is simply not tenable as we seek to achieve resolutions to contentious parades. The Orange Order are the only grouping in society here who consistently refuse to engage with their neighbours as a matter of policy."


Commenting on the latest figures for hospital waiting lists, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

“These figures are quite shocking but they are no surprise given the huge amount of human and financial resources that have been taken out of the public health services in the past few years.

“During this week’s Dáil debate on the motion of no confidence in Health Minister James Reilly we heard repeated assertions that more is being delivered for patients despite fewer resources – these figures give the lie to that assertion.

“113,000 patients waiting for a year or more to be seen and 16,600 waiting four years or more to be seen – these are appalling figures

“The Health Minister intends to take further hundreds of millions out of the health budget in each of the years 2013 and 2014.

“If this cuts regime continues we face melt-down in our public health services.”



Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien, TD, met today in Leinster House with John Logue, the President of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).

During the wide ranging discussion Deputy O’Brien gave assurances that Sinn Féin would oppose any attempt by the Government to introduce changes to the student grant system that would prevent people from low income backgrounds accessing higher education.

Deputy O’Brien said;

“This was a very worthwhile meeting and I am keen to work with John and his colleagues in the USI to ensure the rights’ of students are protected. As we develop our pre-budget proposals, we want to hear the views of stakeholders in the third level sector in order to present well costed progressive proposals that are an alternative to the cuts that Minister Quinn is proposing. It was therefore very interesting to hear John’s views on a range of matters.

“Minister Quinn has strongly indicated that third level fees of €3,000 per year will have to be paid by 2015 with another €250 hike in the Student Contribution Fee set to be implemented as part of December’s budget, which will be repeated in 2014 and 2015.

“Sinn Féin is determined to oppose polices that will prevent those on low incomes from accessing higher education and there can be no return to the past when attending a college or university was seen as the sole preserve of a wealthy elite.”



Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has told the Dáil that the department is refusing to make the first scheduled payment of fuel allowance to thousands of people in October due to an error that it made last April. He asked the government to intervene urgently and direct the department to reverse its decision in light of the hardship that it will cause.

Speaking in the Dáil having secured a Topical Issue Debate on the matter today deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“We understand that 60,000 families dependent on social welfare received a letter last month informing them that due to a departmental error last April in which the department paid for an extra week they will not receive any fuel allowance payment for the week of 8th October.

“The fuel allowance is a means-tested payment and by definition is only available to the people who cannot afford to pay for home heating fuel.

“The government seems determined to leave people in the cold. Following the election Minister Burton cut fuel allowance for people in smokeless zones from €23.90 to €20 (-16%). At the same time she cut the fuel components of the Household Benefits Package: Electricity (-25%), Gas (-20%). These cuts were the brainchild of FF but the Labour/FG government introduced them.

“Then in the Budget the government cut the fuel allowance season by 6 weeks. That’s a cut of €120 or 19%. This government have cut the fuel allowance already by a total of 35%.

“These cuts are all happening at a time when fuel prices are rocketing. The Commission for Energy Regulation just approved a hike of 8.5% which will add €75 to the average families’ annual gas bill – these bills have already risen by €230 over the past year. Likewise electricity hikes are set to rise by almost 5% from mid-October adding more than €50 to the average annual bill. In the year to June the price of 1,000 litres of home heating fuel rose from €800 to €940.

“120,000 Bord Gáis customers are now in arrears. Of these 83,500 are in arrears of more than €100 for more than two months.

“The government should direct the department to reverse this decision and make the fuel payment on the 8th October. To do otherwise is to condemn poor families to the cold.”

Responding to Minister Dinny McGinley who apologised for the error but refused to reverse the department’s decision, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;

“Your response is appalling and I know where my constituents would tell the government to shove its apology.”



Speaking in response to the Moody Mortgage report which predicts that mortgage distress will peak at 20% in 2013, Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has called for “urgent action by Government to assist those in mortgage distress”.
Deputy Doherty said:
“Today’s report on the mortgage crisis by Moody's makes for depressing reading. It confirms what many of us have been saying for over a year, that the mortgage crisis is getting worse.
“However the Moody report predicts a much faster rate of increase in mortgage distress that many of us thought possible.
“The reason why this problem is getting worse is very simple. Government inaction is driving more and more people into arrears.
“Fine Gael and Labour promised urgent action on mortgage distress when they took office. Yet to date almost nothing has been done to assist struggling home owners. The personal insolvency will do nothing for the vast majority of people in mortgage distress. The Keane report remains unimplemented. And worse, the Government continues to allow the banks to dictate the agenda.
“The Moody’s report argues that ‘debt forgiveness’ is now the only realistic option for people in serious mortgage distress.
“I am once again calling for the Government to introduce an independent and legally binding debt restructuring process for distressed mortgage holders to enable people to remain in their family homes were possible and where this is not possible to provide people with real pathways to alternative housing options.”


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“Mar Pháirtí tá Sinn Féin go mór i bhfabhar tacaíocht a thabhairt do Ghaeilgeoirí agus muintir na Gaeltachta chun a chinntiú go bhfuil forbairt agus borradh ar ár gcultúr chomh maith lenár n-oidhreacht teanga a chosaint.’

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