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26 March 2020 Edition

The old order must pass

26 March 2020

These were the words of Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald, speaking in the Dáil on February 20th. In a passionate address, Mary Lou excoriated the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil parties for their refusal to accept the need for fundamental change in Ireland. Free article

‘The real winners need to be the people’ – Mary Lou McDonald

26 March 2020

The most viewed Sinn Féin online video ever is the Dáil speech of Uachtarán Shinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald on 20 February, which we carry in full here. She had been nominated for Taoiseach by Sinn Féin Teachtaí Dála Pearse Doherty (Donegal) and Claire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway). She received 45 votes in the Dáil division, beating Mícheál Martin and Leo Varadkar into second and third place. Her speech directly followed that of Mícheál Martin whose vitriolic attack on Sinn Féin backfired spectacularly. Free article

Sinn Féin – Ireland’s biggest political party

26 March 2020

There were so many firsts in the February 8th Dáil election, from the highest vote share to poll topping in 30 constituencies. There were victories across the constituencies where Sinn Féin contested seats. And in the 35 constituencies where Sinn Féin won seats there were historical record votes. Free article

A government working in everyone’s interests

26 March 2020

Sinn Féin government ministers have now been in place since January 2020 when the Northern Executive and power sharing institutions were re-established. Free article

Impacting on the lives of citizens for the better

26 March 2020

With the Northern Assembly and Executive back in operation, what are the Sinn Féin MLAs and Ministers working at? East Derry MLA Caoimhe Archibald gives a flavour of the long ‘to do’ list, from binning the bedroom tax, restoring pay parity for healthcare workers and urging the MLAs to declare a climate emergency. Free article

The voices of ordinary people will be heard in the corridors of power

26 March 2020

In the aftermath of the Leinster House elections as a shameless Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil began once again to attack Sinn Féin, Seán Mac Brádaigh sat down with Pearse Doherty, Sinn Féin’s Finance spokesperson to talk elections, government formation negotiations and Irish unity. Free article

A shadowy figure reflects

26 March 2020

Mícheál Mac Donncha reports from record breaking Dublin Bay North Free article

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Now all we need is the Sam Maguire!

26 March 2020

By noon on Sunday 9th February I knew we had succeeded in achieving what we set out to achieve twenty years ago here in Mayo; to win a Sinn Féin seat in the County. To win it in style with 14,633 first preference votes was very satisfying. Free article

Waterford Sinn Féin's 20,569 votes more than Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael combined

26 March 2020

Election 2020 was ground breaking and historic. Sinn Féin won the most first preference votes and now has a clear mandate to deliver change. The electoral progress in Waterford since 2002 is staggering. In the General Election of that year, Sinn Féin won 2,955 first preference votes. It laid the foundation for local electoral success in 2004 when the party won three council seats across the constituency. Free article

25 days for change – We won!

26 March 2020

Sinn Féin's Máire Devine writes on the three hectic weeks of the Dublin South Central election campaign Free article

Connection, disconnection and the legacy of conflict

26 March 2020

The importance of collective memory in understanding who we are as Irish people was demonstrated clearly in the uproar that followed the Fine Gael Government’s proposed RIC commemoration. The RIC and Black and Tans are remembered as a ruthless force, tasked with the violent undoing of movements toward democratic self-determination and independence. In seeking to accomplish this task they left numerous atrocities and collective traumas in their wake.  Free article

Embracing the people’s politics of the future

26 March 2020

There were some tough nights. We saw first-hand the hardships endured by families. Sinn Féin’s historic result places a heavy burden on all of us, from the leadership to the grassroots and everyone in between to deliver the change these families so desperately need Free article

Rural Ireland feels left behind

26 March 2020

For me, General Election 2020 was worlds apart from the 2016 General Election. I was just 21 years old when I was first selected to run for Sinn Féin in Roscommon/Galway in 2015. Looking back, the experience I gained between then and the 2020 election really stood to me. I stood for the party, as I did in 2016 with the aim of building the party’s vote in Roscommon/Galway, neither of which would traditionally be a stronghold for Sinn Féin. Free article

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