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This paper sets out Sinn Féin's proposals for a new economic strategy in the north that promotes good jobs, regional balance, productivity, and decarbonisation.

This policy paper shows how a new Irish Enterprise Agency could help rebalance the state’s industrial strategy by supporting and growing indigenous Irish businesses.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s policy to restore jobseekers’ payments for those aged under 26 years which has been our position since the cuts first began in 2009. Access to an adequate level of social protection should not be determined by age. Sinn Féin would end this age discrimination and bring all jobseekers onto the one payment rate.

Sinn Féin have proposed a €140 ‘Back to School Bonus’ to be paid to all families in July, to help tackle crippling back to school costs. This is accompanied by a raft of measures to reduce Back to School costs for families and ease the burden.

Sinn Féin wants Ireland to become the first state in the world to introduce a Living Wage on a legislative basis, to ensure lower paid workers earn at least enough for them to achieve a minimum acceptable standard of living.

Empowering Carers

13 June, 2019


Sinn Féin proposals to tackle issues faced by Carers in our social protection system.

This policy document outlines Sinn Féin's proposals to tackle low pay and insecure work and to promote greater workers rights in the North.

Tackling Rural Crime

3 May, 2019


Rural communities across the country have felt the impact of cutbacks in policing; families and the elderly feel isolated and in danger.

Sinn Féin commits to the introduction of statutory independent multi-agency domestic homicide reviews.

Creating Workplace Awareness of Domestic Violence Policy Paper

There is nothing natural or inevitable about poverty. It can and should be eradicated from society and that is Sinn Féin’s vision as outlined in this document ‘Prosperity and Opportunity - tackling poverty, disadvantage and social exclusion in the North'.

Defend Irish Neutrality

15 April, 2019


Sinn Féin believes that the principle of neutrality is a fundamental republican principle and was one of the cornerstones of foundation of the Irish Republic.

Climate Minority Report

30 March, 2019


Sinn Féin rejected carbon taxes and published our alternative Climate Action report. Instead of pursuing failed carbon pricing policies, we need timetabled plans to reach 100% renewable energy and a zero-carbon economy.

Ordinary people didn’t cause this crisis and should not be expected to foot the bill for the failure of big polluters and successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments.

This document outlines Sinn Féin’s plan to more effectively encourage the retrofitting of existing social, private rented and private homes and to monitor the implementation of the Near Zero Energy Building (NZEB) directive.

Hospitality workers must be given a legal right to their tips. In our submission to the Low Pay Commission we outline why hospitality workers must be protected through legislation.

An extended document for the Business, Enterprise and Innovation portfolio as part of Sinn Féin's Alternative Budget 2019. Among other things, this document sets out Sinn Féin's policies for helping Irish businesses prepare for Brexit, addressing the skills shortage, growing our indigenous co-operative sector and investing in innovation.

In this budget we ask the questions - What direction do we as a society to take? Do we want more of the same?

The wealth that this country has is not shared properly. In this budget we say stop. We say no more children in emergency accommodation, no more sick people waiting days on trolleys, no more to the rising cost of living that is crippling ordinary families.

Our alternative budget lays out a plan for a new Ireland where no one is left behind.

Powering Ireland 2030

31 July, 2018


‘Powering Ireland 2030’ outlines Sinn Féin’s vision of how Ireland can transition from being fossil fuel dependant to relying on renewable energy.

Women in Ireland have suffered many injustices throughout our history and in particular they have suffered in the field of health. This document outlines Sinn Féin’s vision for women’s health care in Ireland, a vision that is based on the principles of fairness and equality which we can all work towards together.

In this paper, Sinn Féin have outlined a number of measures that need to be addressed in the immediate future as the next steps to realise full and equal rights for the LGBTQI community ranging from civil rights to healthcare.

Sinn Féin's proposal to make the bailed out banks pay their tax.

Future of Policing

16 February, 2018


We are at a critical juncture in relation to policing and the future role of An Garda Síochána; the plan produced and implemented going forward is not something we can afford to get wrong.

A United Ireland will benefit all the people of this island including, very importantly, in economic terms. Partition has been an economic disaster for Ireland, North and South. Economy and society across the island of Ireland are intertwined. Back-to-back development and wasteful duplication serve nobody, in either jurisdiction.

Biogas in Ireland

15 January, 2018


To replace fossil fuels and to improve our environment this State needs to create a wide portfolio of diverse renewable energy sources.

Sinn Féin see biogas as forming an important part of this portfolio and we want to see an industry created. 

Tackling the Trolley Crisis

15 November, 2017


One of the recurring and most scandalous crises afflicting our health service is that of patients being left waiting on trolleys. Sinn Féin believes our policy can stabilise this situation through reopening closed beds, recruitment and retention of staff, adequate step down facilities, and proper primary and community care.

JobPath Exposed

25 October, 2017


Sinn Féin are opposed to the privatisation agenda being pursued by Government in our job activation schemes. We want to see the JobPath scheme abolished immediately.

Partition has created two different and disjointed health services across Ireland. If we build on what works in both jurisdictions then a truly national, world class and free at the point of delivery health service based on need can be delivered in the context of a united Ireland.

Sinn Féin believe that the Worker Co-operative sector has the potential to become a key pillar of our indigenous economy.

There isn't a family in Ireland currently unaffected by the crisis of hospital waiting lists - statistically speaking one in every seven Irish people is on a waiting list across the state. Sinn Féin believes the introduction of a single integrated waiting list management system can tackle the spiraling waiting.

This policy document sets out a plan to expand the number of apprenticeship places and increase the range of programmes available, to provide Ireland with the educated and skilled workers needed for growing and emerging industries. Reform of the current system will also ensure equality of opportunity and the protection of worker’s rights.