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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 MLA Gerry Kelly said PSNI officer Peadar Heffron should receive compensation as he was attacked because of his job.

The North Belfast MLA and member of the Policing Board said:

“Peadar Heffron should receive compensation as he was attacked because of the job he does. Refusing compensation on the basis of whether he was on duty or not is totally wrong. He was targeted in the first place was because of his job.

“I have already raised the matter with the Policing Board and will be formally bringing it in front of the Policing Board meeting this Thursday.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Oliver McMullan has said that the news of 260 redundancies at FG Wilson’s is a massive blow to the economy of East Antrim.

Mr. McMullan stated,

“FG Wilsons is one of the largest employers in the East Antrim area and one of the few that had a healthy export market so this news is totally unexpected.

“The loss of 260 jobs is a terrible blow to the local economy as not only will 260 people find themselves out of work but there is always a knock on effect to the local community.

“When large amounts of people are made redundant we usually see a downturn in people visiting bars, cinemas, restaurants and other recreation venues as well as taxis and local shops showing less turn over.

“I am calling on FG Wilson to make sure that the people facing redundancy have their full entitlement and that training is put in place to reskill the workforce so that they can access alternative employment.

“It is important we protect the manufacturing industry and I am calling on the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Development Arlene Foster to move now to protect the remaining jobs at this site.”

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Tá fearadh na fáilte curtha roimh sheoladh an fheachtais “Post ar bith, Todhchaí ar bith, Seans ar bith!” de chuid Óige Phoblachtach Shinn Féin ag  an tSeanadóir Kathryn Reilly.

Seolfar an feachtas seo ar an gcéad lá de mhí Iúil agus cuirfear ar bun é fud fad an oileáin sna seachtainí atá amach romhainn. Agus an feachtas á chur ar aghaidh, beidh Sinn Féin ag tairiscint a rogha féin de pholasaithe le cur in éadan bheartais déine an Aontais Eorpaigh.

“Molaim Óige Phoblachtach as ucht an feachtas seo a sheoladh” arsa an tSeanadóir Kathryn Reilly le déanaí. “Aimsir thar a bheith deacair is ea í le bheith i d’ógánach in Éirinn an lae inniu. Tá sé ráite, fiú, gurb í seo an chéad uair ón Dara Cogadh Domhanda go mbeidh cúrsaí níos measa don ghlúin óg Eorpach atá ag teacht aníos i gcomparáid lena dtuismitheoirí. Is inghlactha é an riocht seo dar le hÓige Phoblachtach agus tá muid ag cur an fheachtais seo ar bun dá bharr ionas gur féidir linn dul i bhfeidhm ar pholasaí rialtais ó thuaidh agus ó theas chun tosaíochtaí na hÓige a chur ar an mbord go fírinneach.

“Faoin tráth seo, tá 30% d’aos óg na hÉireann ina ndaoine dí-fhostaithe agus tá a fhios ag an saol gurb i bhfad níos airde é an fíor-fhigiúr nuair a chuimhníonn muid  ar na céadta a bhfuil aghaidh tugtha acu ar an mbád bán chun na hAstráile agus Ceanada. Chuir tuairim is 70,000 duine óg an t-Ardteistiméireacht chun críche le déanaí – sin líon na ndaoine a rachaidh ar an gcoigríoch i mbliana

“Fírinne an scéil is ea é sin d’óige na hÉireann sa lá atá inniu ann agus ba ea mar gheall ar an méid úd gur shocraigh Óige Phoblachtach an feachtas seo a sheoladh ar bhonn uile-Éireann. Beidh léirsithe sráide, plé ar-líne, scaipeadh bileoga agus neart eile i gceist leis an bhfeachtas a phoibliú mar aon le moltaí fiúntacha ó Shinn Féin ag moladh athraithe suntasach i dtaca leis an gcur chuige beartais a ghlactar maidir le dí-fhostaíocht agus eisimirce i measc na n-óg. Ba mhian liom gach rath a ghuí ar Óige Phoblachtach leis an bhfeachtas agus iarraim ar gach aon ógánach agus déagóir páirt ghníomhach a ghlacadh linn chun an fhóid a sheasamh ar son chearta na hÓige.”

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Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South West Sean Crowe has congratulated Councillor Cathal King who was elected mayor of South Dublin County Council this afternoon.
Speaking from Tallaght Deputy Crowe said:
“Today is a great day for Sinn Féin in South Dublin. It is an indication of how much the party has grown in this part of Dublin.
“Since the local elections in 2009 Sinn Féin and the Labour Party have come together to form a progressive alliance on the council and we have been delivering real and positive change for the people on a daily basis.
“Cathal is an outstanding activist who works tirelessly for the people of his constituency. Now as mayor I know that he will continue to be a force for change and will represent all of the people of south Dublin in a positive and proactive way.”
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Speaking following the publication of the Personal Insolvency Bill, Sinn Féin finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty TD, welcomed the legislation which he said was long overdue, but said that it was a disappointment to the thousands of families in mortgage distress who were eagerly awaiting it.
Deputy Doherty said:
“When the Scheme of the Bill was published we said that it was essential that the proposed Insolvency Service be independent and that and that a more humane approach to bankruptcy was needed.
“It is a bitter disappointment to find that for the majority of families that are in mortgage distress, the bill provides for the banks having complete power in relation to personal insolvency arrangements.
“Sinn Féin had called for an independent agency empowered to enforce legally binding settlements on debtor and creditor. The only other option open to people in serious arrears is bankruptcy.
“While we welcome the shortening of the bankruptcy term from 12 to three years, we are mindful that anyone entering bankruptcy will lose all their assets, including their home.
“Our position has been that people should be helped to remain living in their homes and that the independent agency examine, on a case-by-case basis, how to make mortgage debt sustainable.
The legislation was published this morning and is over 200 pages long. We will be looking at the fine detail and proposing appropriate amendments.

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Sinn Féin senator, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, has accused Minister Pat Rabbitte of mistaking the demand of communities to benefit and own their natural resources for “soft-headed romanticism”.

During a debate in the Seanad on Natural Resources Minister Rabbitte stated “something about the sea brings out a soft-headed romanticism in Irish people which I find very difficult to deal with.”

The minister’s comments followed Senator Ó Clochartaigh’s raising of the campaign by rural communities such as those in North Mayo for a transparent and democratic way of exploiting our natural resources.

“The Minister’s dismissal of campaigning communities as being somehow infected with “soft-headed romanticism” shows how out-of-touch this government is with rural Ireland and how flippantly they are prepared to steamroll local concerns to facilitate multinationals who stand to potentially make billions out of Ireland’s natural resources.

“Sinn Féin will stand with communities against intimidation and harassment and will argue that the people of Ireland should benefit from Ireland’s resources. This means the state taking a 51% share in all oil and gas finds as the Norwegian government does and the establishment of a state enterprise to manage our stake and ensure that the Irish people reap the benefits of what belongs to them. That is not soft-headed nationalism - it is practical economic way of running this society.”


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Sinn Féin spokesperson on youth affairs Senator Kathryn Reilly has welcomed the launch of Sinn Féin Republican Youth’s “No Jobs, No Future, No Way!” campaign.

The campaign will be rolled out across the 32 Counties in the coming weeks. Sinn Féin will use the campaign to put forward alternatives to the policies of austerity.

Senator Reilly said:

“I commend Sinn Féin Republican Youth for launching this campaign. This is an incredibly difficult time to be young in Ireland. It has been said that for the first time since World War II this generation of Europeans will be worse off than their parents. This is an intolerable situation and Republican Youth are organising a campaign to effect change in national policy, north and south, to put the priorities of young people on the political agenda.

“30% of Irish young people are unemployed and we all know that figure is artificially low when we consider how many of our young people have left our shores for Australia and Canada. Approximately 70,000 young people have just completed their Leaving Cert. The same number of people will emigrate this year.

“This campaign will involve street demonstrations, online engagement and campaigning and concrete alternative proposals to tackle youth unemployment and emigration. I wish Republican Youth every success with the campaign and call on all young people to get involved and play their part.”

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Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has accused the Government of “overselling last night’s European Council agreement”.

Deputy Adams said:

“Sinn Féin welcomes any increase in investment in job creation and reduction in the cost of the State’s debt burden. 

“Cuirfidh Sinn Féin fáilte roimh aon athrú súntasach a thiocfaidh amach as seo.

“Before the European Council summit this week Sinn Féin recommended to the Taoiseach that he replace his policy of austerity and bank bailouts with a strategy of investment, debt write-downs and market return.

“Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore described this morning’s agreement as a ‘game changer’. He said it would lift the bank debt burden from Irish taxpayers and that the deal was retrospective and would be applied to the Irish recapitalisations.

“Tá an rialtas ag cur in iúl go bhfuil éacht déanta acú aréir leis an comhaontú Comhairle Eorpach. Níl na sonraí ar fad again go fóill.

 “However this is not what this morning’s European Council statement says. It appears that the Government is over selling the implications of the agreement for Ireland.

“It is clear that the Spanish and Italian governments have secured some movement from the German government and that this may have some positive implications for this state. However the detail of this has yet to be agreed.

“It is also clear that the agreement reached last night on the growth agenda is also being over sold.

“There is only €10 billion of new investment by the EU. Austerity remains a key pillar of the EU’s approach to the crisis. Yet the EU continues to pour billions of into the banks. It is clear that the European Council is still not serious about growth.

“Níl ach €10 billiún do infheistíocht nua a sholáthar ag an EU. Tá sé soiléar nach bhfuil an Comhairle Eorpach dáiríre faoi fás agus borradh.”

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Sinn Féin MLA Cathal Boylan has welcomed the commitment from Department of Environment Minister Alex Attwood to include councillors being part of local planning groups working on the Review of Public Administration.

Mr Boylan said,

“I have got a commitment today from the Minister Alex Attwood during a meeting of the Environmental Committee that he would look at putting councillors onto the working groups on RPA.

“These working groups were set up under the reform process to explore ways to make the implementation of RPA as smooth as possible. 

“As councillors are at the heart of local government it is important that they have an input into this process so todays decision is to be welcomed.

“I also welcome that legislation is now being brought forward that will allow the shadow councils to be in place in 2014 which will add immeasurable to the smooth transition to the new council model.”

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