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Speaking today Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus O Snodaigh TD welcomed the validation of Sinn Fein's position on the Criminal Justice Bill by the Children's Ombudsman and Human Rights Commission.

Speaking in response to the critiques of the Criminal Justice Bill
published today by the Children's Ombudsman and the Human Rights
Commission, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "I welcome the observations by the Human Rights Commission and the recommendations from the Children's Ombudsman in relation to the Criminal Justice Bill, both of which validate the position taken by Sinn Fein.

“I have already tabled some 52 amendments to the Bill aimed at addressing
many of the concerns reiterated today by the two bodies.  Sinn Féin are
trying to alleviate the worst consequences of the Criminal Justice Bill
2004 for children by proposing the exclusion of the Minister's proposals
from the Bill to: introduce ASBOs; lower the age of criminal
responsibility; lift restrictions on reporting that might identify a child;
continue using St. Patricks Institution for the detention of children and;
reduce the number and independence of inspections of child detention
centres.

“The Minister's proposed ASBOs allow for a serious and open-ended
curtailment of some of the most fundamental rights of individuals.  In my
view McDowell's legislative response to the grave problem of anti-social
behaviour is disproportionate and indeed unnecessary. It is well documented
that ASBOs are inconsistent with the European Convention on Human Rights
and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. And in the end of the day we
do not need more legislation we need the resourcing and operationalisation
of the existing provisions contained in the Children Act 2001.

“ASBOs are proven to fail at addressing their stated purpose i.e. reducing
anti-social behaviour. And the Minister has failed to produce any evidence demonstrating that ASBOs actually work.”

Deputy Ó Snodaigh went on to say, "The government are trying to roll back
on child protection. They are attempting to legislate away complex problems
that Sinn Fein recognises require the resourcing and
implementation of existing laws and investment in communities.

“The Children's Ombudsman Emily Logan has a statutory duty to protect the
interests of children in this state.  Minister McDowell already has an
established track record of ignoring the HRC's recommendations and we hope
this practice will not be repeated with regard to the Ombudsman for
Children.  The Minister should listen to and take on board the opinions of
both the HRC and Children's Ombudsman who are tasked with protecting and
enhancing human rights in this state.  Ultimately he should withdraw much
of his increasingly controversial Bill.” ENDS

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP was today joined by Martin McGuinness MP, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Caitriona Ruane MLA and Wexford Councillor John Dywer as he responded to the joint statement issued by the two governments earlier in Armagh. Mr. Adams said: "Over the coming days the Sinn Fein leadership will meet to discuss these proposals and our response to them. The Ard Chomhairle will meet on Saturday and we will be consulting with our Assembly team."

Mr. Adams said:

"Over the last number of months Sinn Féin has expressed reservations about the approach taken the British and Irish governments. It is our view that there would have been significant concessions but for

Sinn Féin's defence of the Good Friday Agreement.

"We welcome the convening of the Assembly and the clear statement that its primary role is to elect a power sharing government. Over the coming days the Sinn Fein leadership will meet to discuss these proposals and our response to them. The Ard Chomhairle will meet on Saturday and we will be consulting with our Assembly team.

"It appears that the two governments are saying to the unionists and especially the DUP, that they have to decide if they are prepared to join the rest of us in moving forward in partnership through a power sharing government.

"And if they do not do that the two governments are committed to moving ahead to implement all other elements of the Good Friday Agreement.

"Nationalists and republicans will be sceptical about this commitment and it will be tested in the period ahead.

"Sinn Fein will also be seeking assurances from the two governments about the new joint government arrangements and the accelerated all-Ireland co-operation and action, that will replace the Assembly if the DUP is not prepared to share power.

"Whatever the two governments do, there is no going back to the days of unionist domination because Sinn Féin will not allow it. I say that as a gentle reminder to the DUP that the only way they will be part of institutions is on the basis of equality and the Good Friday Agreement.

"I would appeal to unionism to see this up coming period as a positive opportunity. There are many problems - water charges, cutbacks in health and education which local politicians can straighten out better than any British Direct Rule Minister." ENDS

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A ban on all imports of poultry to the island of Ireland in light of the confirmed avian flu case in Scotland has been demanded by Sinn Féin Dáil leader and Health spokesperson Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin. He said there needed to be a much more determined and concerted approach by the Irish Government to the very real threat that avian flu now poses to the poultry industry and, if it becomes established here, to human health.

Deputy Ó Caolain said: "Confirmation of an avian flu case in Scotland requires an immediate response from both the Irish and British governments. There should be an immediate ban on the importation of poultry to the island of Ireland, regardless of its source.

"Avian flu poses a huge threat, in the first instance to our poultry industry which could be wiped out if the disease breaks out here, and secondly to human health if the human form of the virus becomes established.

"To date the Irish Government has not given this threat the urgent attention it requires. I had to wait a full month for a reply to a Dáil Question regarding the implementation by the Health Service Executive of free flu vaccination for poultry industry workers, a measure brought in last October as part of the response to the avian flu threat. I only received a reply last week and the HSE was still unable to tell me how many poultry workers have been vaccinated. It is alarming that this simple statistic cannot be given. If it is indicative of an overall lack of efficiency and co-ordination then the Government and the HSE have been guilty of negligence.

"We need a much more determined and concerted approach to meet this threat. Vigilance is required on the part of the authorities in health and in agriculture. Monitoring of wildfowl needs to be stepped up in a planned and co-ordinated manner. We need an immediate response from the Minister for Health & Children and the Minister for Agriculture and Food detailing the additional measures that will now be implemented."

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West Tyrone Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty has said that the local community will meet the announcement that all manufacturing operations at Adria's Beechmount Avenue plant in Strabane will cease within 90 days with deep anger and sadness. Adria's Beechmount Avenue plant has been the mainstay of the local economy for more than forty years,

Mr Doherty said

"Since Quantum took over Adria it has been a case of 'death by forty cuts' with the incremental running down of local operations while strengthening operations in developing and third world countries.

"The committed workforce has been treated abysmally by management. They have been kept in the dark and only told at short notice they were being laid off with only the bare minimum of redundancy packages being offered.

"Many of the workers who stayed on, because of promises from the company that there would be future employment in a smaller scale 'centre of excellence' at the Beechmount Avenue site, now feel cheated. Whatever other vacancies were available locally are now long since gone.

"The anger in the local community at Quantum is also tinged with much sadness at the ending of an era for Strabane. Thousands of local people have been employed at the factory down through the years and the realisation that this plant is all but gone will create a great sense of loss in the local community.

"The Direct Rule Administration can no longer ignore the economic plight of the District. If Direct Rule Ministers are as committed to addressing disadvantage and deprivation on the basis of need and not political expediency, as they claim, they must now respond to the demand for the area to be designated as an area of 'Special Economic Need' supported with the provision of an appropriate package of economic regeneration." ENDS

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Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today called upon the European Parliament to "thoroughly investigate allegations that airports in the North of Ireland have been used in connection with the unlawful transfer of prisoners".

Amnesty International has said it has evidence that planes which have been used to take prisoners to illegal imprisonment and torture centres in third countries landed and refuelled at both City of Derry and Belfast International Airports.

Speaking from Strasbourg Ms de Brún said:

"There has been increasing speculation for many months that a number of European countries have allowed their airport facilities to be used by the CIA for the illegal transport of prisoners to third countries. Indeed, a European Parliament Committee was recently established to ascertain whether or not this practice exists and how widespread it may be.

"The British Government must respond to the allegations that planes which have been used to take prisoners to illegal imprisonment and torture centres in third countries landed and refuelled at both City of Derry and Belfast International Airports. Equally the Irish Government also has questions to answer about the alleged use of Shannon Airport.

"The Amnesty International report entitled: Below the radar: Secret flights to torture and 'disappearance' makes chilling reading and I echo calls for an independent inquiry into any local involvement with such practices.

"I also call upon the European Parliament committee responsible for investigating this matter to take onboard the mounting evidence that two airports in my constituency have been used in connection with this abhorrent practice. This practice known as "rendition" is a clear violation of basic human rights. We must ensure that our airports and airspace are not used to support and facilitate renditions or rendition flights." ENDS

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Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has this morning called for a "stringent all Ireland response to the spread of avian flu". Michelle Gildernew MP for Fermangh and South Tyrone has also said that the "importation of poultry from Britain must stop immediately".

Ms de Brún made her comments in the light of a possible avian flu outbreak in the North and after it emerged that a swan was detected with avian flu in the East of Scotland last week, with details only emerging yesterday evening.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg Ms de Brún said:

For over a year, Sinn Féin has been consistently warning that it was only a matter of time before avian flu reaches Irish shores.

We have called for some time now for a co-ordinated all-Ireland response to any possible outbreak of bird flu on the island. Now is the time to ensure the correct measures have been put in place. We need a stringent all-Ireland response in the fight against bird flu.

An all Ireland and cross departmental working group is needed to implement a working strategy to combat bird flu across the island of Ireland and to ensure that the public has clear and precise information.

Departments of Agriculture on the island need to work together for the sake of animal health. Avian flu needs to be treated in a similar manner to the Foot and Mouth outbreak a number of years ago, as a demonstration of the need for a joined up strategy. Proper co-ordination across the island and a stringent local response was key to combating foot and mouth disease at the time of the Executive.

"Although the impact of avian flu is on birds at present, it is also necessary to have a co-ordinated public health response to deal with any possible mutation of the virus in the future.

"Both the British and Irish governments must state their intentions clearly in the light of the current outbreak.

Ms Gildernew added:

"Time is of the essence on this matter. Both departments of agriculture need to state at what stage does the free movement of poultry across the island stop. In addition, the importation of poultry from Britain must stop immediately." ENDS

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The Justice Committee of the Dáil this afternoon discussed four amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill tabled by Sinn Féin TD, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, which would introduce mandatory videotaping in all Garda Stations and sanctions for any failure by the Gardai to comply.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "There is a rogue element within the Gardai and video-recording would help to protect against them.

"Video or digital recording in Garda Stations would protect the Gardai from allegations of abuse as much as it would protect all those in Garda detention. In this day and age with the technologies available we should be looking to ensure that recording is operating in all Garda stations, in particular video-recording of witness interrogations but also of all areas in Garda stations. We are also attempting to ensure that the corridors of Garda stations be taped as well. Because it is here that beatings occur that result in vulnerable people signing confessions for crimes they didn't commit."

The Dublin South Central TD argued that, "the admissions of Detective Sgt. White to the Morris Tribunal in recent days describing the routine practices of hard and tough interrogations that disregard the manual on interrogation techniques demonstrate the urgency of Sinn Fein's proposal."

Speaking afterwards Deputy Ó Snodaigh welcomed the Ministers agreement to revisit his proposal for a new Garda power to issue their own search warrants, on foot of amendments tabled by himself and the Labour Party spokesperson Joe Costello earlier in the day.

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The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Natural Resources, Martin Ferris TD has said that the Forfás report on the implications of the future availability of oil highlights the need for this country to intensify research and development of alternative energy sources.

Deputy Ferris said: "Forfás correctly draw attention to the threats posed to the future availability of oil. However, the focus has been almost exclusively on the suggestion that nuclear energy might provide an alternative source. It is my opinion that this deflects from other suggestions regarding the possibilities of utilizing alternative sources and the priority to develop sources which are more subject to national control. In that regard it is essential, for example, that our offshore oil and gas reserves are taken away from the exclusive control of foreign corporations.

"Among the alternatives are wind and wave power. I would also urge that greater effort is put into promoting the growing and processing of energy crops for the production of biofuels. The EU has already set targets for the proportion of vehicle fuels to be supplied from that source but the concern must be that this will also be dependent on suppliers from outside the country. It is essential therefore that the Government act immediately to promote the growing of energy crops by farmers and the development of processing facilities as part of a coherent response to the problems posed in the Forfás report." ENDS

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Reacting to news that the Ryder Cup won't be added to the list of sporting events designated to be broadcast free-to-air by the Minister for Communications, Noel Dempsey, the Sinn Féin spokesperson on Sport and Tourism, Martin Ferris TD, said it was a "shameful" decision.

Deputy Ferris said, "Once again it is clear that this government is more than prepared to give in to the greedy demands and powerful lobbying of a major corporation, in this case the Rupert Murdoch owned SKY television, against the interests of ordinary people.

"All major sporting events in Ireland, especially where Irish sport stars are participating should be free-to-air. Golf should be no different than any other sport.

"There is a tremendous affinity right across all sectors of Irish society with golfing and with the performance of the top Irish golfers at home and abroad. This decision by Noel Dempsey is a shameful one, which should be reversed. In fact this decision by the Government will ensure that the perception that exists, in some minds, of golf being an exclusive sport or hobby will be reinforced by the fact that people wishing to view this massive spectacle at home will be forced to pay Sky television handsomely for the privilege." ENDS

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Today the Oireachtas Justice Committee are considering amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill from both Sinn Féin and the Labour Party that would delete proposals by the Minister to allow the Garda Siochana to issue their own search warrants.

Pointing to the activities of Gardai in Donegal that were uncovered by the Morris Tribunal Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, stressed the potential for abuse by the Gardai of the proposed new power to issue their own search warrants. Citing the recommendations of the Irish Law Society, The Human Rights Commission and the Irish Council of Civil Liberties Deputy Ó Snodaigh argued that, "the provisions should be deleted from the Bill and judicial control over the issuing of search warrants maintained."

He said, "Garda searches are essential in the fight against crime. However, because they amount to a significant interference with the right to private life as protected under Article 40.5 of the 1937 Constitution and international human rights law (including Article 8 and Article 1 Protocol 1 of the ECHR, and Article 17 of the ICCPR) they must be necessary and proportionate. Judicial oversight is crucial to ensuring that search warrants are not over-used or abused. The activities of Gardai in Donegal, uncovered by the Morris Tribunal, demonstrate the potential for abuse by the Gardai of a power to issue their own search warrants."

The Dublin South Central TD also questioned the necessity of the provision given that in practice a District Court Judge is available at all times to take requests.

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Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today called upon the European Parliament to 'thoroughly investigate allegations that airports in the North of Ireland have been used in connection with the unlawful transfer of prisoners'.

Amnesty International has said it has evidence that planes which have been used to take prisoners to illegal imprisonment and torture centres in third countries landed and refuelled at both City of Derry and Belfast International Airports.

Speaking from Strasbourg Ms de Brún said:

"There has been increasing speculation for many months that a number of European countries have allowed their airport facilities to be used by the CIA for the illegal transport of prisoners to third countries. Indeed, a European Parliament Committee was recently established to ascertain whether or not this practice exists and how widespread it may be.

"The British Government must respond to the allegations that planes which have been used to take prisoners to illegal imprisonment and torture centres in third countries landed and refuelled at both City of Derry and Belfast International Airports. Equally the Irish Government also has questions to answer about the alleged use of Shannon Airport.

"The Amnesty International report entitled: Below the radar: Secret flights to torture and 'disappearance' makes chilling reading and I echo calls for an independent inquiry into any local involvement with such practices.

"I also call upon the European Parliament committee responsible for investigating this matter to take onboard the mounting evidence that two airports in my constituency have been used in connection with this abhorrent practice. This practice known as "rendition" is a clear violation of basic human rights. We must ensure that our airports and airspace are not used to support and facilitate renditions or rendition flights." ENDS

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Speaking from Stormont today after a meeting with DRD officials heading up the controversial Rural Planning Policy (PPS14) proposals, Sinn Féin Environment spokesperson, Philip McGuigan MLA has said that it is essential that during the consultation that the Department for Regional Development and British direct rule Ministers listen to the concerns raised by the rural community.

Mr. McGuigan said:

"This meeting allowed the Party the first real opportunity to take issue with the sustainability arguments proposed in adopting the propensity against rural regeneration, and to tease out the inter-departmental approach which this consultation needs to take to ensure that the right balance of planning and meeting the needs of rural communities is found.

"The development of flexible planning regulations to create the conditions, which do not negatively impact on our unique rural character, whilst at the same time allowing the conservation of that unique rural landscape, must be the objective. Sinn Féin are totally engaged in this process, and intend to reflect and make our views known throughout the consultation process."

The North Antrim Assembly Member commented that with current planning regulation there exist huge anomalies in terms of how planning decisions are arrived at. This is particularly noticeable when current planning regulation is applied in the rural context.

" Whilst acknowledging that there are many social and indeed economic forces at work in this whole process, the move to curtail in such a drastic fashion countryside development needs balanced consideration." ENDS

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Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Michael Ferguson will join Youth Service providers outside the Belfast Education and Library Board Office in Academy Street at 2pm before the BELB Youth Services meeting.The protest comes just a week after the BELB non elected members voted through £3.6m of cuts by 1 vote.

The Members of the Committee will be presented with an Audit of youth services and an impact assessment of cuts on this provision.

Commenting on the protest Michael Ferguson said,

"The proposed cuts to youth services provision will result in the closure of all Midnight Clubs, affecting over 300 young people, a reduction of 15.000 youth work hours a week, end work with secondary schools, while impacting on cross border, cross community and IT services.

"The cuts will also adversely impact on the top 10 TSN areas; increase the number of young people on the streets by 2000 as a result of the reduction in part time hours.

"It is important that those non elected members of this Committee understand the implications of their decisions and this protest is to hold them accountable publicly and also to make them aware that we will be seeking an equality impact assessment".

"I will also be referring all decisions to the Equality Commission for assessment while at the same time asking the Office of the Children‚s Commissioner to review the loss of provision particularly in TSN areas". ENDS

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Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness, who is in Dublin today to meet with Irish government officials, said "there is a heavy responsibility on all of the parties and the two governments to move the peace process forward on the basis of the Good Friday Agreement".

Mr. McGuinness said: "Last night's killing of Denis Donaldson was a tragedy for his family and has been condemned by people the length and breadth of Ireland. While we don't yet know who was responsible, it is unfortunate that already we have seen opponents of the Good Friday Agreement try to use this death to undermine current efforts to make political progress.

"Today I am in Dublin to meet with Irish government officials. There is a heavy responsibility on all of the parties and the two governments to move the peace process forward. This is best achieved by implementing the Good Friday Agreement, not by pandering to those who are totally opposed to the power sharing institutions and political process.

"Many people are now asking - who are the governments listening to - those parties who support the Agreement and want to work together or to the DUP - a party that is isolated and clearly opposed to power-sharing.

"Sinn Féin will continue to do all in our power to get power-sharing institutions back up and running. But it must be real democracy and accountability, not a Shadow Assembly with no powers." ENDS

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Ógra Shinn Féin today held a protest to halt 'Ireland's inaugural private healthcare conference' in the Berkeley Court Hotel. They did this through direct action protest and read the following statement to the conference attendees. The action is to attempt to stop the privatisation of the Irish healthcare system by obstructing those who attempt to subvert it for profit from organising.

The statement said:

We are here to protest against those assembled here who seek to make a profit from people's pain, profit from people's suffering and profit from people's fears and their ill-health.

I refer to those in the private health industry who are here today in an attempt to further Americanise and commodify the health of the Irish people. They collude in this with our increasingly right-wing Government, which sees the enrichment of the corporate elite as preferable to the well-being of the Irish people.

We in Ógra Shinn Fein believe that health is for people - not for profit. Corporations such as GE make everything from light bulbs to cars and now they wish to treat sick Irish people; as long as they have money.

The Irish people are not only paying for their health with their taxes, they are also paying with their suffering and death at the hands of an under-funded health service.

We believe that access to health care is a universal and inalienable right for all; not a privilege for the wealthy, nor should the lack of such universal provision be punishment for the poor.

Onwards towards to Socialist Republic. ENDS

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP has this today reacted angrily to the Irish Government’s announcement that it plans to sell off the nation’s stake in Aer Lingus.

Speaking today Mr Adams said:

“The decision by the Government to break up Aer Lingus is against the wishes of the vast majority of the Irish people. This government could not wait to sell off its majority share in the company. It is intent on auctioning off a vital piece of national and strategic infrastructure to the highest private bidder.

“Sinn Féin is steadfastly opposed to the relentless privatization agenda which remains prevalent in Ireland and across the EU. Indeed, there has been widespread opposition to this move from the members of Ireland's largest union SIPTU, who represent the majority of Aer Lingus workers and also by local authorities from Dublin to Cork." ENDS

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Charlie McCreevy today told MEPs that "The European Parliament has clearly shown the way" on the controversial EU Services Directive.

Speaking in Strasbourg, Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún said:

"The fact that Commissioner Charlie McCreevy has wholeheartedly endorsed the view of the European Parliament on the controversial EU Services Directive should give the Socialist Group pause for thought.

"Let us be clear about it. The revised Commission proposal will still leave workers across Europe in competition with each other in a 'race to the bottom'.

"Apart from a certain number of exceptions the rules of the market and free and unfettered competition will take precedence over social protection.

"Fortunately the European Commission has taken on board some of the exclusions specified by the European Parliament, for example in the field of health. However, the scope of the Directive is still too broad, and leaves too much uncertainty about what is and is not included.

"The Commission's definition of Social Services is far too narrow, and needs to be broadened to cover the whole range of social services. And member states need to take a stand in defence of public services, many of which are still under threat.

"Those who are obsessed solely with cost reduction can rejoice at having such a doughty defender of their interests in Commissioner McCreevy. However, those who are interested in job security and quality public services should also take heart - the fight for a Europe of equals is far from over." ENDS

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Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has "condemned without reservation news of t he murder of Denis Donaldson".

Mr. Adams said:

"I want to condemn without reservation the murder of Denis Donaldson. I also want to extend condolences and sympathy to the Donaldson family. I want to disassociate Sinn Fein and all republicans who support the peace process from this killing.

"I have an entirely open mind as to who was responsible for this murder. Denis Donaldson worked for the Special Branch who ruthlessly used him to collapse a democratically elected government. Last year they were about to publicly expose him in a further effort to destabalise the process. It is likely that his death at this time is intended to undermine current efforts to make political progress.

"Those who carried out this murder are clearly opposed to the peace process." ENDS

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Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin has said the Fianna Fáil/PD government is "throwing Aer Lingus to the wolves" with its decision to go ahead with flotation of the national airline on the stock market. Speaking after challenging the Taoiseach in the Dáil on this issue during Leaders Questions, Ó Caoláin said the decision "makes a mockery of democratic accountability and consultation".

Comparing the Aer Lingus sell-off to the privatisation of Eircom, Ó Caoláin said the Taoiseach had "ominously" failed to acknowledge what a disaster the Eircom privatisation was.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said: "The Taoiseach's response today makes clear that the Fianna Fail/PD Government is determined to throw our national airline to the wolves. There is huge concern among Aer Lingus staff and among the wider public at the prospect of this privatisation. Local authorities around the country - including Dublin, Cork and Limerick City Councils and many more - have passed resolutions opposing the privatisation of Aer Lingus.

"The ICTU has asked the Government to acknowledge that investment in a profitable state company is not prevented by EU law. The Government has not was addressed seriously the ICTU proposal for a State Holding Company for all state-owned enterprises.

"The Oireachtas Committee on Transport is due to consider the issue of Aer Lingus this Thursday. The Cabinet has taken its decision in advance of that important engagement and this makes a mockery of democratic accountability and consultation.

"At Leaders Questions the Taoiseach did not take the opportunity to agree with the vast majority of people that the privatisation of Eircom was a disaster. The Government appointed the same international banker to advise them on Aer Lingus who also advised them on the disastrous privatisation of Eircom.

"We are told that the Government will retain strategic shares. But there will be absolutely nothing to stop multinational capitalists coming in, buying up the company and disposing of it as they please. They will not be concerned with the strategic transport needs of this country. They will not be concerned with maintaining direct routes from Ireland to destinations across Europe and the United States. They will be concerned only with the bottom line and if the short-term stripping of the company guarantees them the return they want then it is their interests, and not the long-term interests of this country, that will dictate the future of Aer Lingus." ENDS

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Friday 31st March -- Launch of 12 page Special Easter Commemorative Edition of Dublin News. 110,000 copies will be delivered door-to-door between now and Easter.

Thursday, 6th April - Relaunch of James Connolly's "Socialism Made Easy".
Cobblestone Bar, Smithfield, 8pm
Speakers -- Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, Cllr Larry O'Toole and Noel Murphy, National Secretary IWU. Traditional music and ballads and readings from Socialism Made Easy.

Friday, 7th April -- Ballymun Sinn Féin Easter Function
Penthouse Bar, Ballymun with music by the Irish Brigade
Doors open at 8.30pm and Táille - €8

Sunday, 9th April -- 1916 Historical Walking Tour As Gaeilge. Meeting at GPO @ 12.00pm.

Sunday, 9th April -- Showing of Hunger Strike film H3 to coincide with 25th anniversary of Bobby Sands' election as MP for Fermanagh -- South Tyrone
Irish Film Centre, Eustace Street, Temple Bar at 2.30pm
Former H-Block prisoners' speakers
Táille - €5

Monday 10th April -- Dublin Launch of the Easter Lily
Central plinth at the GPO, 12.00pm

Monday, 10th April -- Public Meeting -- Countess Markievicz Memorial Lecture
Theme: Women and the Irish Revolution
Madison Bar Rathmines, 8pm
Speaker: Martina Anderson ex-POW

Tuesday, 11th April -- 3rd Annual James Connolly Memorial Lecture
Theme: 1916-1981 The Unbroken Connection
Speakers: Former hunger striker Dr Laurence McKeown and Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD
Wynns Hotel, Abbey Street at 8pm

Wednesday, 12th April -- Showing of the play, "The Blanket"
Ar an Phlúid, (On The Blanket) tells the story of the Blanket protest from the perspective of one man — Kieran Nugent, the first H-Block prisoner to refuse to wear a prison uniform after the ending of political status in March 1976.
ATGWU Hall Middle Abbey Street
Táille - €10

Friday, 14th April -- 1916 Walking Tour. Meeting at GPO at 12.00pm

Friday, 14th April -- Arbour Hill Commemoration.
Assemble at 2.30pm at the gates of Arbour Hill Cemetery.

Friday, 14th April -- Annual Hunger Strike Memorial Trophy 5 a side Soccer tournament
Eamonn Ceannt Park, Sundrive Road, Crumlin at 12.00pm.
Contact 086 8694689 for further details

Saturday 15th April -- Unveiling of Plaque to Fian Seán Healy -- aged 14 killed during Easter Week 1916 -- assemble @ 11am at Doyles Corner, Phibsboro

Saturday 15th April -- Annual Ballyfermot Republican Easter Commemoration
assembling at 11am at Upper Ballyfermot Road (Sinn Féin Office) and march to Countess Markievicz Park.

Saturday, 15th April -- Annual Republican Easter Commemoration
Assemble at 1.30pm at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square
Speaker: Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP

Saturday, 15th April -- Annual Sinn Féin Átha Cliath Dinner Dance
Royal Dublin Hotel, O'Connell Street, 8pm
Contact 01-8726100 for tickets

Sunday, 16th April -- Wreath laying ceremony at Glasnevin Cemetery
Assemble at 11.00am at the gates of Glasnevin Cemetery.

Sunday, 16th April -- Annual Eamonn Ceantt Crumlin Republican Easter Commemoration
Assemble at 3.00pm at Errigal Field (back of Childrens Hospital) and march to Eamonn Ceannt Park.
Refreshments afterwards in the Transport Club.

Monday, 17th April -- Annual Dún Laoghaire Republican Easter Commemoration
Assemble at 2.30pm at Bakers Corner and march to Deansgrange Cemetery

Monday, 17th April -- Annual Asgard Howth Republican Easter Commemoration
Assemble at 3.00pm at the East Pier

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