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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.

Level of Homelessness

5 July, 2017

The policy document by Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin detailing the number of adults and children in state funded emergency accommodation who are not counted in the Department of Housing’s official monthly homeless reports. The official homeless figures do not include the hundreds of adults and children living in Túsla funded domestic violence emergency and step down accommodation and they do not include the 247 adults and 152 children trapped in Direct Provision, with leave to remain but who are unable to secure housing.

Vacant Homes Strategy

7 June, 2017

The policy document by Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin outlines how up to 36,000 vacant units can be brought into use through a range of measures. Some of these initiatives include a statutory vacant homes register, a vacant homes tax and encouraging greater use of compulsory purchase orders, and the appointment of vacant homes officers.

Sinn Féin's outline of what steps the EU and Irish government must take to protect our economy,. north and south, from the worst effects of Brexit.

Census 2016 showed a huge and rapid rise in the number of people aged over 65 in Ireland. There is no doubt that this change in demographics represents one of the most significant challenges of our time.

This document outlines how Sinn Féin believe we should best respond to challenges and opportunities of an ageing population.

A strong and properly funded & resourced public sector is crucial to both social and economic progress of the nation. An integral step in achieving this goal is to ensure that those working in the sector enjoy equitable remuneration, conditions and certainty.

This policy document makes a a series of recommendations on how to increase housing supports for women and children fleeing domestic violence. The funding allocated for these services must meet the level of need required. The provision of emergency and step down accommodation units should fall within the remit of the Department of Housing with Tusla and NGOs providing support. There needs to be greater flexibility in HAP/Rent Supplement payments to help women transitioning out of abusive situations and greater flexibility with the application of council housing allocation schemes.

This policy document outlines the some of the steps required to protect the Gaeltacht and the Irish language from further erosion and begin re-establishing it as the vibrant, living language of our citizens.

Léiríotar sa bheartas polasaí seo cuid de na céimeanna de dhíth chun na Gaeltachta agus na Gaeilge a chosaint ó thuilleadh creimidh agus tús a chur le hathbhunú uirthi mar theanga bheo bheoga do shaoránaigh na hÉireann.

Towards An Agreed And Reconciled Future - Sinn Féin policy on Reconciliation and Healing.

Sinn Féin has a vision for society in which all citizens can participate fully in life without being left behind. We will further the rights of people with disabilities, not diminish them.

An audio version of this document is available here.

View and share our Prioritising Disability Inclusion document in PDF Booklet format here.

A New Deal For The West

1 February, 2016

Sinn Féin has a vision for the West of Ireland. A vision to make it a sustainable place to live and work. A place where the quality of life is matched by the quality of public services.

View and share our A New Deal For The West document in PDF Booklet format here.

Better for Childcare

22 January, 2016

Sinn Féin sees childcare as a public service for both children and parents. When it works, a State’s childcare system can be a huge employer; help with the health and mental development of our smallest children; facilitate parents, especially women, to access the workforce; and be a positive component of economic growth.

View and share our Better For Childcare document in PDF Booklet format here.

Sinn Féin wants to bring the realisation of a fair society for all citizens, young and old and at all levels of society. For that to happen we need a major change in how politics is done.

We want to ensure our older citizens are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.

We are taking this conversation to every county in Ireland in the lead up to the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising, raising the ideals of the Proclamation and asking for and listening to the views, needs and aspirations of people all over the country. It is a fitting tribute too to the memory of those selfless men and women of that period, whose children today face deprivation, poverty, homelessness and an absence of rights.

Read and share A Citizens Charter For Older People in PDF Booklet format here.

Our health system is in a state of crisis. This crisis can be boiled down to two key failings on the part of successive governments: firstly, an extreme depth of fundamental inequality in how patients are treated, differentiated on ability to pay and location; and secondly, the sheer incapacity of the system to deal with even demographic pressures, evidenced particularly in our Emergency Departments and maternity care.

Sinn Féin is committed to the realisation of a world-class system of universal health care, accessed on the basis of need, free at the point of delivery, and funded by progressive taxation for the Irish state. We believe there is no greater good worth striving for.

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Better For Housing

4 December, 2015

This document sets out a series of visionary and principled steps to deal with the housing crisis and plan strategically for the future. Proposals such as a massive social housing build programme for the state, 2030 – Project 100,000, which would increase the social and affordable housing stock and eradicate huge housing lists.

Sinn Féin is promising that, if in government, we will deliver a housing blueprint for this island that makes boom and bust property cycles, housing waiting lists, homelessness and environmentally-unsound housing, things of the past.

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Public Procurement

30 October, 2015

A driver for SMEs, growth and sustainable secure employment. Sinn Féin has long argued that public procurement acts as a critical stimulus for the domestic economy and is an important driver of Ireland’s recovery both in terms of employment and employment standards across the economy. Sinn Féin seeks a system of procurement that brings real value to the citizen and society. Government has to be more ambitious for the economic and social return of the €12bn annual public spend on goods, services and capital projects

View and share the document in PDF Booklet format here.