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Backstop is the bottom line and must be maintained - McDonald tells Juncker

21 June 2018

The Brexit backstop agreed in December is the bottom line and must remain in place, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou has told the President of the EU Commission, Jean Claude Juncker. Free article

Dáil Economy debate: Sinn Féin seeks real recovery and a fair way forward

27 October 2010

SPEAKING in the Dáil debate on the Economy today, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin (right) said savage cuts in Budget 2011 would prevent recovery and that a better, fairer approach is possible.

He said:

Sinn Féin stands as the real opposition in this debate.

Deputy John Gormley’s call for talks between party leaders and all that followed served one very useful purpose... Free article

The exports factor

27 October 2010

TWO cheers for RTÉ, Today FM and Newstalk this morning for not jumping too much on the 'exports growth' bandwagon.

RTÉ, like many other news media outlets, have reported on Irish Exporters’ Association (IEA) figures which show a 9.3% increase in exports in the months July to September 2010. Exports for the first nine months of 2010 are 4.4% ahead of the same period in 2009. So... Free article

‘We Are Where We Are’ and other political pop 'favourites'

26 October 2010

PICKETS outside the Dáil are fairly commonplace these days so it was no surprise to see a small but determined-looking group waving placards as I pulled in last week.

The protester in chief – dressed in what can best be described as a Fidel Castro outfit – approached. He started to sing “Hello, Mary Lou” (I know, I know) through a loudhailer and handed me a CD. I took a closer... Free article

Twitter: Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews says FF merger with Fine Gael makes sense

24 October 2010

SINN FÉIN TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has welcomed a tweet from Fianna Fáil TD Chris Andrews in which the Fianna Fáil TD says:

FG are not getting the traction in the polls because people see little difference between FF and FG. A merger makes sense to me.

Sinn Féin Deputy Ó Snodaigh said in response that such a merger would bring about a real Left/Right divide in Irish politics... Free article

Ministers’ pay to be cut by 40% and TDs’ pay by 20% in Sinn Féin Budget plan

24 October 2010

MINISTERS' PAY will be cut by 40% and TDs' salaries by 20% in Sinn Féin's Budget plan, Mary Lou McDonald has announced.

The Sinn Féin deputy leader said in Dublin:

It is simply unacceptable for the Government – or indeed the ‘government in waiting’ – to advocate massive cuts and a scaling down of public services to meet their 2014 Budget deficit reduction deadline without... Free article

Sierra Maestra Walk | Blog from Cuba: Meeting an old friend, Noelle Carrillo

22 October 2010

THE delegation was delighted on Monday to get up early for an appointment with the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba.

We were met at party headquarters in the Palace of the Revolution by Noelle Carrillo, former Cuban Ambassador to Ireland. Noelle explained the current economic situation in Cuba and spoke passionately about the socialist ideals of the country.

The... Free article

VIDEO: Alex Maskey on his 27 years as first republican on Belfast City Council

21 October 2010

'First Among Equals'

SINN FÉIN'S longest-serving and first-ever councillor on Belfast City Council talks about his 27 years there as he steps down to focus on his role as a Sinn Féin MLA for South Belfast.

Sierra Maestra Walk | Blog from Cuba: 'We've arrived – at the English Hotel'

21 October 2010

WE arrived in Cuba late last Friday night following a long flight. Our guide for the trip, Jobel, met us at the airport and brought us to our hotel in Havana – ironically named Hotel Inglaterra (English Hotel)!  We had a late dinner and went to bed.

On Saturday morning we got up, early and refreshed, to the beautiful 28 degrees Cuban sunshine. Jobel met us and we departed on a... Free article

Sinn Féin National Draw Results 2010

21 October 2010

Sinn Féin National Draw Results 2010

Prize Name Townland County £15,000 45353 Shane McGirr Eskra Co.Tyrone £5,000 27554 Brendan McBride Draperstown Co. Derry €1,000 436 Joe Reilly Mooncoin Kilkenny £500 21582 Catherine Murphy Newry Co. Armagh €350 3262 Patrick Kavanagh Dublin South East Dublin £200 21855 Paul Quinn Newry Co. Down Free article

China copies of Alastair Campbell; Bertie’s blunder again; a miner miracle

18 October 2010

Alastair Campbell China plated

ALASTAIR CAMPBELL was a star turn in a Q&A at the Ilkley Literary Festival in Yorkshire on Saturday.

He reported that the best audience question was how he felt about China’s Communist Party basing its communications strategy on New Labour’s model.

Tony Blair’s fearsome spinmeister says he assumed it was a joke. He was assured that it’s true. I... Free article

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