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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said Sinn Féin's progressive politics is the only alternative to austerity.


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Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers’ Rights, Senator David Cullinane has today responded with concern to the news that up to 800 jobs could be at risk at the waste disposal company Greenstar, which has been placed in receivership.

Speaking from Leinster House today, Senator Cullinane has stated that every effort must now be made to ensure that the jobs are saved.

He said:

“The news today that some 800 jobs nationwide are at risk must come as a shock to the workers involved, and to their families. Every effort must be made by the receiver to protect the jobs, and to ensure that the company remains a going concern.

“Sinn Féin has consistently warned that privatisation of waste collections services and the presence of multiple operators was unsustainable, and would likely lead to a deterioration of services, and ultimately jobs.

“Our focus now must be to ensure that the provision of waste disposal services to the 80,000 domestic and 12,000 business customers is not disrupted, but more crucially, to protect the 800 jobs.”

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Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Chris Hazzard MLA said that while the GCSE pass results across the North have increased slightly there is still a major problem of young people leaving without 5 good GCSE's.

Mr. Hazzard said,

“I would like to congratulate all the young people today who received their results. However while we see another rise in grades across the North we cannot negate the fact that a large percentage of our young people leave education without 5 or more GCSE’s.

“Those young people who feel disappointed today because they didn’t achieve their desired results shouldn’t panic but should speak to their school and careers teachers as there are now many paths to their chosen career.

“I have no doubt that those people who advocate the education system here as world class and are opposed to change will ignore the figure that there has been an increase in the number of young people leaving school without any qualifications whatsoever.

“It is important that we look at changing our education system so that all pupils have the opportunity to reach their potential. We need to recognise the fact that in global terms, unless we bring about this change, we will continue to fall down the league table of educational achievement.”
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The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Workers’ Rights, Senator David Cullinane, has called on all sides involved in the dispute to ensure that dialogue continues.

Speaking from Leinster House today, Senator Cullinane said “We are calling on the DAA, and the taxi drivers to continue dialogue, to ensure that this dispute is resolved and to ensure services can be resumed in a manner acceptable to all parties.

“Sinn Féin has long been of the view that the conditions of taxi drivers in this state are very difficult, and that the working hours of full time taxi drivers can be punishing, and often, financially unrewarding. In that context I believe that they would not have taken the decision to begin industrial action lightly.

“It is regrettable that this dispute has arisen during the height of the tourist season, however, that is all the more reason why the dispute should be resolved as soon as is possible.

“In my view, it is clear that agreement between workers and the company is within reach, and both sides should do their utmost to bring this dispute to a conclusion.”

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Sinn Féin Energy spokesperson, Phil Flanagan MLA (Fermanagh/South Tyrone) has welcomed the consumer price reduction announced by Power NI.

Phil Flanagan said:

"The announcement by Power NI this morning of a reduction in its electricity prices for both domestic and business consumers is very welcome.

"Although it does not reflect the massive above inflation increase of last year it will nonetheless represent a welcome reduction in overheads for SME's, farmers and other commercial users as well as struggling households.

“It is particularly welcome that it will be introduced in time for the winter months, when usage patterns tend to change and more electricity is used by both business and households.


“While Power NI is the largest suppliers of electricity in the North and this is obviously good news for the majority of consumers, people should be aware of the availability of alternative suppliers and shop around for price comparisons to ensure maximum savings on their energy bills.”

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Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe has welcomed the prompt response from South Dublin County Council who removed racist graffiti which appeared on the walls of Tallaght Stadium yesterday.

Crowe urged local residents to contact and inform the Garda Authorities or South Dublin County Council if they notice any more racist graffiti appearing in their neighbourhoods.

Deputy Crowe said:

“I was notified yesterday that racist graffiti was drawn onto the exterior walls of Tallaght Stadium and I informed the Environment Department of South Dublin County Council of the exact nature of these slogans.

 “I welcome the prompt response of South Dublin County Council who sent out a team to immediately remove this offensive graffiti.

“I encourage all residents to be vigilant against all forms of racism in Tallaght and to inform South Dublin County Council and An Garda Síochána if they notice any more racist graffiti. We must all work together to ensure Tallaght continues to be a safe and welcoming area to people of all ethnicities, races and religions.”

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Sinn Féin President and TD for Louth Gerry Adams has called on the Minister for Health to give an assurance to the people of Louth and Meath that patient safety in the counties will not be compromised.

Teachta Adams was speaking following the publication of a leaked HSE document by Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín which revealed that up to 174 agency staff jobs could go from hospitals in Louth and Meath under proposals being drawn up by the HSE.

“The reality is that the loss of such a large amount of staff will compromise patient safety, lead to reductions in surgery, longer waiting lists and bed closures.

“Louth County Hospital in Dundalk and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda are clearly under-resourced at present. The loss of further resources would be disastrous.

“This is simply unacceptable from a Government that promised radical reform of the health services.

“These proposals should be scrapped immediately and the use of agency staff should be replaced by full time HSE staff. We need clarity from the Minister that patient safety will not be compromised rather than more management gobbledygook from the HSE.”

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Dublin South West TD Seán Crowe has condemned racist graffiti which has appeared on the walls of Tallaght Stadium.

Deputy Crowe informed South Dublin County Council about the graffiti and they have given insurances that it will be removed today.

Deputy Crowe said:

“I today noticed that racist graffiti was drawn onto the exterior walls of Tallaght Stadium and I condemn this anti-social behaviour in the strongest way possible. Tallaght is a vibrant multi-cultural area and any form of racism will not be tolerated. Every resident of the area has a right to live and work in peace, and to go about their lives free from racism, or any form of discriminatory abuse.

“I informed South Dublin County Council of the graffiti and they will send a team to remove it today.

“It is not yet clear who carried out this deplorable act, but their choice of Tallaght Stadium is particularly appalling. Since the stadium opened its doors to the public in 2009 it has been a fantastic amenity for all residents of Tallaght and South Dublin County in general.  Members from every ethnic, racial and religious background have been welcomed into the stadium to enjoy all the sporting and cultural events which have been hosted there.

“I personally know that Shamrock Rovers Football Club have been to the forefront of campaigns to remove all forms of racism from sport and within the Tallaght community, and is an active member in the Show Racism The Red Card campaign.

“I encourage all residents to be vigilant against all forms of racism in Tallaght and to inform South Dublin County Council and An Garda Siochana if they notice anymore racist graffiti. We must all work together to ensure Tallaght continues to be a safe and welcoming area to people of all ethnicities, races and religions.”

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West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has written to all the Executive Ministers as well as Belfast City Council to ask what if anything they have in their procurement procedures to ensure the inclusion of Local Labour Clauses in any construction projects.

The West Belfast MLA has said:

“It has long been a source of contention that contractors come into the West Belfast area, bring their work force with them and then leave when the work is completed without the area having any real financial benefit from the project.

“For this past number of years there has been much talk from departments about social clauses in contracts and what I would like to determine is, are they working? Who oversees the implementation of these? Are they in existence at all in our departments?

“West Belfast has huge levels of unemployment and social exclusion. Using major construction programmes to help tackle local unemployment would undoubtedly prove an important element in providing long-term regeneration and employment opportunities.

“We need answers and actions from government departments to ensure my constituents in West Belfast and constituents in other areas of high deprivation have a fair chance of being employed and not ignored when contractors come into their area.”

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Peadar Tóibín TD, Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation speaking on the reports of the Central Bank findings on loan refusals to SME’s said;

“The reports of the findings of the Central Bank report entitled, ‘Irish SME Credit Supply and Demand: Comparisons across the Surveys and Countries’ confirm what Sinn Féin has consistently claimed. Despite the huge investment of public money into the banking system, despite the facts that the government is the major shareholder in the banking system, the banks continue to fail businesses and homeowners.

“While we have supported the government’s proposals on credit guarantees and microenterprises these are tinkering around the fundamental market failure of banks to support local enterprise and give value for public investment.

“The government has claimed that jobs and enterprise are at the centre of all government policy, yet the Minister for Jobs and Enterprise does not sit on the Economic Management Council, the body that meets with the banks. Despite the rhetoric it is clear that jobs and business are not on the agenda for these meetings.

“The banking policy is being directed by the ECB forcing massive deleveraging and reducing investment. The government is again slavishly following the direction of the EU and failing to stand up for the needs of local enterprise or of tax payers.

“It is time that the government realised its position of major shareholder and ensured that public money invested to date in the banking sector is used for the public good, for investment in our enterprises and investment in jobs.”

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