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Sinn Féin’s Caring for Communities policy document sets out our plan to improve local GP and health services, ensuring patients can have timely access to the healthcare they need locally. The plan sets out concrete measures which can be taken to improve access to local services. This includes supporting General Practice, delivering a Pharmacy First model, and providing more care in the community in general.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s plan to deliver sustainable public sector broadcasting and an independent media sector. Our proposals would abolish the outdated and regressive TV licence fee with immediate effect and put in place a new public funding model for RTÉ and other public service media based on direct Exchequer funding.

Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget for Housing 2024 outlines the party’s detailed proposals to address the deepening housing crisis by focussing on the delivery of affordable homes. This includes provision for an additional €1.4bn of capital expenditure and €300m Approved Housing Body borrowing to deliver 21,000 social, affordable-rental and affordable-purchase homes next year. Our Alternative Budget would deliver the radical change of direction needed to address a housing crisis that has gone from bad to worse under this government. It is time for a change of housing plan and a change of Government.

The priority for Sinn Féin's Budget 2024 is to build homes; support workers and families through the cost of living crisis; and invest in the future.

Ending the housing crisis is Sinn Féin’s number one priority. After housing, health and climate action are our biggest areas of investment.

Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget for Health 2024 outlines the party’s multi-year plan to fix the health service, which would start with a ‘Year 1’ investment of €1.3 billion in capacity, workforce training, and cutting the cost of healthcare. Our proposals would see a significant reduction in the cost of healthcare, major investment in additional hospital beds, investment to deliver the world-leading child and youth mental health service that our children deserve and to deliver for people with disabilities by funding the recommendations of the Disability Capacity Review. These measures are part of a multi-year plan to deliver an Irish National Health Service which ends the two-tier health system and removes cost barriers to healthcare.

This Consultation Document focuses on the key priorities and policies which are needed to deliver real change. Its purpose is to build on the more than three years of engagement which David Cullinane has led as Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health. This document is written to enable these conversations on the specifics, to learn and develop ideas, rather than setting out to be prescriptive on all solutions from the outset.

Sinn Féin’s submission to the consultation on the private residential rental sector sets out our view that the private rental sector is ‘broken’ and needs a change in policy to protect renters and meet peoples long term housing needs. This submission outlines Sinn Féin’s key priorities for the sector, including emergency measures that are required to protect renters from rising rents and the threat of homelessness and a wider set of reforms to address the structural weaknesses of the private rental sector caused by decades of bad housing policy.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s proposals for tackling crime in Dublin, including through reforms to invest in Gardaí, recruit more staff and to improve the safety and security of communities across Dublin. Our proposals include reforming Templemore’s training processes to address the crisis in recruitment and retention, establishing a dedicated public transport policing division to ensure the safety of passengers and drivers, and tackling organised crime by investing in community development and in rehabilitation within prisons among other reforms.

Sinn Féin’s submission to the Consultative Forum on International Security Policy outlines our vision for Ireland – as a neutral and independent state – to play a constructive role in the wider world: committed to diplomacy, humanitarianism, peace-building and co-operation with other states on global challenges including poverty, world hunger, climate change, conflict resolution and migration. Our submission outlines our vision to enshrine the principle of neutrality within the Irish Constitution and EU treaties; to ensure Ireland can adapt to a changed Global Security Environment; to address the historic underinvestment in the Defence Forces; our approach to international and EU arrangements and organisations, underpinned by the Triple Lock and the United Nations; and Ireland’s opportunity to be a positive force for conflict-resolution across the globe.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s vision for transformative change in child and youth mental health services. Our youth mental health services are in crisis with waiting lists for CAMHS increasing by 112% since 2020. There is also a cliff-edge in our mental health services for young people at 18, with inconsistent continuity of care and inadequate accessibility to services. We are committed to developing a Child and Youth Mental Health Service to deliver high quality care for children and young people up to the age of 25, through the prioritisation of multiannual workforce planning, capital investment, and accountability reforms.

Leagtar amach 7 mórathruithe pholasaí maidir le stádas agus úsáid na Gaeilge, bunaithe ar dheachleachtais idirnáisiúnta, sa cháipéis “Ár Seacht nDícheall don Ghaeilge” a chuirfeadh Rialtas Shinn Féin i bhfeidhm thar céad téarma in oifig. Chomh maith le húsáid na Gaeilge a chosaint mar cheart sa dlí, dhaingneodh na polasaithe seo dualgais maidir le húsáid na Gaeilge ar phacáistiú, eolas sa siopa, agus fógraíocht pobail. Chinnteodh siad freisin úsáid na Gaeilge amháin chun críocha oifigiúil i gcás logainmneacha agus brandáil.

“Ár Seacht nDícheall don Ghaeilge” sets out 7 major policy changes for the 26 Counties with regard the status and use of Irish, based on international best practice, that a Sinn Féin Government would implement over the course of a first term in office. As well as enshrining in law the right to use Irish, these policies would also introduce requirements for the use of Irish on packaging, in-store information, and advertising in public places. They would also require Irish only to be used for official purposes in the case of place names and branding.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s proposed reforms to the social welfare system, which would ensure that it is fairer for all, and that people are protected from poverty. We are calling for three key reforms to the social welfare system, including the establishment of a Social Welfare Adequacy Commission to monitor and advise on social welfare rates annually, ensuring that rates are evidence-based and fair; the transition of social insurance payments from a flat rate to a percentage of previous earnings to ensure that workers who have paid into the system are treated fairly and protected from a sudden push towards poverty; and the benchmarking of rates for social assistance payments to a Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL) to ensure people are not at risk of poverty. These proposals would deliver significant and beneficial changes to our Social Protection system.

Next year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, an agreement that provides for referenda on Irish Unity, which we believe will happen this decade. This is an important time in the shaping of Ireland’s future. It is an exciting and positive time, full of potential. Irish Unity is about opportunity. The social and economic opportunities are immense.

Is é an bhliain seo chugainn 25ú Comóradh Chomhaontú Aoine an Chéasta, comhaontú a dhéanann foráil do reifreann ar Aontacht na hÉireann, agus creidimid go dtarlóidh sé sin sna deich mbliana atá amach romhainn. Is tráth tábhachtach é seo maidir le todhchaí na hÉireann a mhúnlú. Am spreagúil agus dearfach atá ann, lán féidearthachtaí. Baineann Aontacht na hÉireann le deis. Tá na deiseanna sóisialta agus eacnamaíocha ollmhór.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s renewable energy vision which aims to accelerate the transition to renewables while ensuring that our renewable resources are harnessed in a manner which maximises long-term social and economic benefits for Irish society. Our proposals aim to expedite the delivery of renewable energy projects and protect our energy security by better resourcing and streamlining our environmental planning system; to transition to a more ambitious, democratic and diverse renewable energy system while protecting energy affordability by reforming the PSO and expanding the role of general taxation in funding renewable supports and to transform our renewable resources into national wealth for all by expanding the proportion of state, community and domestic owned renewables.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s plan to invest significantly in our public transport system in order to help to drive down carbon emissions and create a safer, affordable, more accessible public transport network. Addressing the underlying problems of cost, accessibility and safety is crucial to encouraging more people onto public transport. Among our proposals to do this include making the 20% fare reduction permanent and cutting the cost of tickets for under 18s by 50%; accelerating the delivery of the Connecting Ireland rural bus plan, to give rural communities more transport options and delivering the total investment needed to make our train stations, bus stations and bus stops fully wheelchair accessible over 5 years.

A Fairer Retrofit Plan

19 October, 2022

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s plan to overhaul the national retrofit plan to ensure resources are rapidly deployed and targeted at those living in energy poverty and in greatest need of energy efficiency upgrades. The government’s retrofit plan is not working. It is deeply inequitable. And it prioritises those with the greatest means over those in greatest need – excluding a huge cohort of households. In our plan, we would significantly increase the retrofitting budget for 2023, and completely overhaul the system so that funding is targeted at the poorest, coldest, and most carbon intensive homes. Crucially, the area-based component of our schemes will expediate delivery of retrofits, helping to reduce wait times, labour intensity and deliver cost savings.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget social protection proposals to support workers and families. Our measures include increasing core social welfare rates by €17.50 per week, introduced across two phases in 2022 and 2023; increasing payment rates for disability-related supports to €20 per week; increasing the Carer’s Support Grant to €2,000 per year and introducing a State Pension for Longstanding Carers among others. In addition to our proposed measures for 2023, we are putting forward a cost-of-living package which would take effect from Budget day, and which would provide a range of immediate supports for households across the State.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s proposals for Budget 2023 that prioritises giving workers and families a break in the face of an unprecedented cost of living crisis. Our proposals would support households through the winter months by reducing electricity prices; rolling out cost of living payments to assist with other energy costs; protecting the most vulnerable; reducing the cost of fuel; cutting childcare fees and supporting renters. While supporting households through the cost of living crisis, our proposals also aim to address the failures in housing, health, climate, disability services and supports by delivering genuinely affordable homes; putting dignity, respect and fairness at the heart of our healthcare service; implementing a fair plan to tackle climate change and ensuring that people with disabilities and those who care for them are no longer treated as an afterthought.

Delivering Affordable Homes

19 September, 2022

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s 2023 Alternative Budget for Housing that aims to fix our broken housing system and deliver affordable housing. A change of government is needed to reverse decades of bad housing policy. Our priority measures include delivering 20,000 public homes to meet social and affordable housing need; putting one month’s rent back into renters’ pockets and banning rent increases for three years; introducing an emergency package of measures to reduce homelessness and measures to improve housing standards; a greater focus on reducing carbon emissions in the built environment; 100% redress for those living with defective block and in defective buildings and a more participative and efficient planning system.

Funding Fairer Healthcare

16 September, 2022

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s €1.1 billion Alternative Budget for Health, which would kickstart a 10-year strategy to deliver an Irish National Health Service, end the two-tier health system and deliver timely health and social care on the basis of need, not ability to pay. The wide-ranging package of measures includes €150 million for reducing the cost of healthcare; €391 million for expanding hospital capacity to tackle waiting times; €82 million for mental health services and €153 million for disability services among others.

Sinn Féin’s childcare policy sets out how childcare fees can be cut by two thirds for families. It is a plan that will deliver affordable, good quality childcare, well paid careers for highly qualified professionals and sustainable services, delivered through €270m additional public investment. The government has failed to act on spiralling fees. Sinn Féin will invest in services so that fees can be cut considerably and ensure families hit by the cost-of-living crisis get a much-needed break.

Sinn Féin’s Gaeltacht Housing & Planning Policy outlines the party’s comprehensive proposals to preserve and rebuild our Gaeltacht. This document outlines Sinn Féin’s key recommendations to protect against the further erosion of the language and the Gaeltacht as we know it, including the provision of social and affordable housing for Irish speakers in the Gaeltacht, the requirement for Linguistic Impact Assessments on proposed developments and setting a national standard of competency at B2+ for language conditions among others.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s proposals for the establishment of a Child Maintenance Service (CMS) in the State which supports lone parents and their children. The current situation as regards seeking child maintenance in the State is costly, complex and time consuming for lone parents. Sinn Féin want to take child maintenance out of the courts and instead, see a statutory agency step in when it comes to the arrangement, calculation and payment of child maintenance rather than leaving it up to the lone parent alone. We know that child maintenance, where paid, can play a key role in reducing child poverty. This is one reason why having a robust system in place is so important.

Sinn Féin’s Women’s Voices in Menopause document outlines vital policies needed to ensure that women receive necessary healthcare and workplace supports during menopause, including the need for a focus on primary and community care, knowledge and education, workplace policies and an all-island approach. Menopause care is a major issue affecting thousands of women across Ireland, yet it is clear that not enough attention is being paid within politics to this important issue. Our document outlines our commitment to challenging this taboo and delivering these much-needed changes.

This report reflects observations on creating efficiencies in the health service and opportunities for policy development gleaned from a series of engagements by Sinn Féin over three months across 14 hospitals and 14 constituencies across the island. These engagements have revealed that there is a real appetite and vision for change right across the health service and the health and social care workforce. This report outlines the findings from this series of engagements and lays out, in broad terms, the root causes of ever-expanding hospital waiting lists alongside a series of practical, realistic, and deliverable solutions to make the health service work better.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s strategy for an ambitious decarbonisation of the energy system in the North of Ireland which underpins the party’s ambition to lead a Just Transition to a net zero carbon society on the island of Ireland by at least 2050. Sinn Féin’s strategy is one of advancing social and economic justice side-by-side with climate justice, ensuring that the transition towards a carbon neutral society is accompanied by a reshaping of the economy to create a more democratic, equal, and sustainable society. This document lays out in broad terms Sinn Féin’s approach to beginning a just energy transition, that will create warmer homes, good green collar jobs, healthier and more efficient means of travel, cleaner and cheaper energy, and decent public transport for all.

This document outlines the findings of Sinn Féin’s survey regarding access to GP services across the north. Responses to the survey revealed that pressures on GP surgeries and shortages of healthcare staff have resulted in patients not getting access to the care they need. Sinn Féin therefore advocate that the Department of Health provide for more staff to meet the needs of patients in the community by accelerating plans to put more mental health professionals, nurses and physiotherapists in GP practices and by recruiting and training additional vaccinators to work alongside GPs to alleviate the additional pressures currently being felt in GP surgeries.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s plan for tourism which would create jobs, help rebuild the economy and put money in people’s pockets by making sure tourism thrives in the north and across the island. Sinn Féin’s plan would develop tourism on an all-island basis, extending the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and Ireland’s Ancient East into the north to attract even more visitors, boost the all-island economy and create jobs.

Quality Care for All

9 September, 2021

This document outlines a series of policy and legislative reforms to strengthen regulation and clinical governance in nursing homes and the social care sector as the pandemic revealed that regulation in sector is not up to standard. Sinn Féin aims to redress the shortcomings within the sector by calling for an inquiry to examine neglect, abuse, and deaths in nursing homes during the pandemic, enacting new adult safeguarding and safety legislation, empowering HIQA to improve standards and accountability in the sector and establishing a new Office of the Chief Health and Social Care Professional to better regulate and devise policy for social care professions.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s proposals to invest in future generations of Irish sports stars by ensuring that sporting and recreational facilities are delivered into communities in a way which is fairer, more targeted and more efficient. Too often, the clubs which are bigger, more affluent and more established have a major advantage over smaller, new clubs. Fairer processes would ensure that an audit is done on facilities and then based on need and demand, resources would be allocated. Sinn Féin’s proposals will ensure that everyone gets a fair chance and a fair opportunity to reach their full potential.