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Moving forward – Mary Lou McDonald on effective opposition and providing a strong political alternative

12 July 2019

As the Dáil rises for the summer, it is timely to reflect on the political year that was.

We, in Sinn Féin, have been through a tough election and with that came analysis and reflection. It is human nature to take time, to heal and to ask tough questions of ourselves.

However, it is too easy to forget and to gloss over the very many achievements that Team Sinn Féin has made over the... Free article

Voting rights referendum about ‘giving practical effect to nationhood’ – Mary Lou McDonald TD

17 June 2019

Last week, in response to a question from Gerry Adams, An Taoiseach confirmed that the cabinet had agreed a Presidential Referendum Bill that would be moved in the Dáil before the summer. Free article

Sinn Féin remain determined to deliver on Tone’s vision - Carthy

16 June 2019

Pádraig Pearse called Bodenstown churchyard the ‘holiest place in Ireland.’

That was because it has been here, at the graveside of Theobald Wolfe Tone, that before, during and after Pearse’s time Irish republicans have come to take stock, to reflect and to remember; but also to set out the way forward.

Because commemorations like this are not just about the past, or even about the... Free article

Equality is the key to a new Assembly — Michelle O'Neill

15 June 2019

Writing in today's Irish News, Leas Uachtarán Shinn Féin Michelle O'Neill said the Dublin and London governments should honour their responsibilities by ensuring that no-one will be treated as a second-class citizen Free article

Sinn Féin Bill to protect workers tips passes Seanad

12 June 2019

Sinn Féin’s Protection of Employee Tips Bill has passed Report and Final stage in the Seanad, despite opposition from Fine Gael. 

The Bill, introduced by Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan, will now head to the Dáil with cross-party support. The Bill would make it illegal for an employer to withhold, deduct, or demand the return of a tip from an employee without a lawful excuse.

It would... Free article

"We must have an agreement that will deliver sustainable institutions and deliver for all" - McDonald

11 June 2019

Speaking in the Dáil on the talks in the North tonight, Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said; 

The window of opportunity is narrow - the chaos in Westminster, the British Prime Minster stepping down and the renewal of a deal between the DUP and the Tories make the process of reaching agreement difficult. 

Difficult but not impossible.

At the end of this process we must have an... Free article

James Connolly - Wrote for Today

5 June 2019

James Connolly was born 151 years ago today. Connolly's impact on political activism in Ireland, Scotland and the USA were colossal. His message of revolution and international solidarity between citizens is as relevant today as it was in Ireland just over a century ago. Sometimes overlooked are Connolly's extensive writings in newspaper articles and speeches as well as longer analytical essays and books. Today we republish a pamphlet originally edited by his daughter Nora in 1978. So why not take some time and dip into Connolly's worldview today. Free article

Michael Barrett commemoration held in London

3 June 2019

Republicans gathered in London yesterday to mark the 151st anniversary of the death of Fenian Michael Barrett, who was the last person to be publicly hanged in England. Free article

Workers’ Rights and New Employment Practices must be central to political change in Ireland - Kearney

27 May 2019

In his latest blog, Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney outlines his party's new policy document “Towards a New Employment Model – Strengthening Workers’ Rights” which was launched last week at Áras Uí Chonghaile in West Belfast. Free article

Paris Peace Conference

25 May 2019

DURING THE EARLY MONTHS of 1919, following the ending of the 1914-18 European war and the establishment of Dáil Éireann in January, Irish representatives in France attempted to secure a hearing for Ireland at the Paris Peace Conference, Free article

Loughlinisland killers still free as journalists remain on bail

23 May 2019

Such is the appalling history of Britain’s colonisation of Ireland’s Six Counties in the north that it is impossible to count the travesties of justice visited on its population. Free article

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