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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget for 2016 proposes to pursue a very different economic policy to Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail, one that reflects the principles and vision of the 1916 leaders. Sinn Féin want a recovery that is fair and that benefits all sections of Irish society. A fair recovery requires an investment led strategy to grow the economy and address the crises in health and housing.
The coming election will be about who can deliver a fair recovery for all our citizens. At present we have parties that imposed austerity, punished those most in need and are now claiming a one sided and unfair recovery. Sinn Féin offers a republican vision of Ireland, deliverable policies for a fair recovery and a new form of politics. An Irish language version of this document is also available here.
Since 2007, successive Sinn Féin agriculture ministers have recognised the vital role of agriculture in the economic and community life of this island with our commitment to supporting all farmers and our rural citizens.
We continue to lead the way by delivering sustainability for our rural communities, viability for our family farms and developing basic services across rural Ireland.
Sinn Féin believes that it is imperative people with disabilities are not left behind as the labour market begins to recover. In this 2015 document we propose a series of actions that could be undertaken immediately to support people with disabilities who wish to work to overcome some of the barriers to employment that they face.
The Tory government’s austerity agenda is the single greatest threat to the people and political institutions of the North. In this 2015 Westminster Election Manifesto we set out our economic and social priorities.
Despite all the rhetoric of recovery there is crisis of low pay and underemployment on this island. Growing numbers of workers are facing poverty and homelessness despite having a job. In this 2015 document we propose to tackle this crisis trough a five pillar approach including pay rates, taxation, social welfare, public services and industrial relations mechanisms.
The Westminster government are attempting to cut social welfare payments to children and adults with disabilities and the long term sick. This dossier demonstrates how in December 2014, at Stormont House, we secured agreement to protect the vulnerable and safeguard current and future claimants under the control of the Executive. This agreement was reneged upon by other parties. Sinn Féin continues to campaign against Tory cuts to social welfare in order to protect against poverty and in the interests of our local economy.
The JobBridge internship scheme displaces paid work, depresses job creation, facilitates wage avoidance, puts good employers at a competitive disadvantage and normalises work for little or no pay. In this 2015 document, we propose to end JobBridge and set out viable and achievable alternatives.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) may have significant implications for Ireland. Sinn Féin has huge concerns regarding TTIP from the manner in which it is being secretly negotiated to elements within the mandate which have been forced public through leaks. This is a discussion document on its potential impact.
Budget 2015 provided an opportunity to begin building a fair recovery. Here we set out a plan to maximise growth in the economy, protect and improve public services and balance the tax system.
Sinn Féin has committed to abolish domestic water charges in Government, and we would not pursue arrears for these same charges. Sinn Féin has published two pieces of legislation to both abolish water charges and enshrine in the Constitution the right of the people to the retention of water services and infrastructure in public ownership.
Sinn Féin has a longstanding position of support for LGBT equality in all dimensions of life and law. This includes the equal right to legal recognition of same-sex marriage – a right for which Sinn Féin campaigned passionately and successfully in the 2015 referendum - and the equal right to found a family, including by adoption. It also includes full legal recognition of the preferred/acquired gender of transgender people. In this 2014 document we make 10 key proposals for LGBT equality.
Sinn Féin support policing north and south and the operational independence of both the PSNI and An Garda Síochána. Pivotal to this is to have accountability mechanisms in place which command public confidence in how these public services are delivered. In this 2014 submission to the Dublin Government we made the case for reforms to bring about a new beginning to policing in the South including the introduction of an Independent Policing Authority.
The State can tackle housing need but this requires political will and investment. In this 2014 document on social housing in the 26 counties Sinn Féin advocates investment in a programme of house building, reform of rental assistance, the introduction of rent controls, greater provision for people with disabilities, travellers and those leaving situations of domestic violence, and more resources to address homelessness and rough sleeping.
Young people across Europe were hit hardest by the economic crisis. If young people are to be given a fighting chance to remain in this state and attain decent work for decent pay there needs to be better cross- sectoral co-operation between departments. This requires political will and imagination. This 2014 document makes a series of proposals to tackle youth unemployment and face down emigration.