The Week in Review
16 – 23 September 2016
Sinn Féin Fringe Meeting “BREXIT: The Cost of Ireland’s Partition” at Labour Party Conference 2016
On Sunday 25th September Sinn Féin will be hosting “BREXIT: The Cost of Ireland’s Partition” at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. The Fringe Meeting will take place in ‘The Quaker Meeting House’ on 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT at 18:30 on the Sunday evening of Conference. The meeting will be addressed by Mary Lou McDonald TD, Sinn Fein Vice President; Dave Anderson MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State; Simon Dubbins, Unite the Union’s Director of International & Research; and will be chaired by, Sinn Féin MP, Mickey Brady.
Further information can be found here and a Facebook Event Page can be found here.
Abolition of water charges is the loud, clear and unequivocal demand of the Irish people – Lynn Boylan MEP
Sinn Féin’s Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has told the government that nothing but the full and complete abolition of water charges, and the dismantling of Irish Water, will satisfy the democratic wishes of the Irish people.
The MEP said that a Sinn Féin motion calling for the abolition of household water charges, and co-signed by Right2Water supporting TDs, would be debated in the Dail on September 28th.
Speaking at the Right2Water’s National Demonstration ahead of the new Dáil term, Lynn Boylan said; “At demonstration after demonstration in the capital city, and in towns & villages throughout this state, the people have sent the government their message.”
She said: “The message has never been ambiguous or hard to work out. Abolition of water charges is the loud, clear and unequivocal demand of the Irish people. We have had eight marches in two years and we have delivered blow after blow to Irish Water and its supporters.”
She continued: “The pillars of the establishment have lined up to smother this movement and protect the water charges regime. Yet here we are again – undaunted, energised and continuing the fight for the right to water.”
Ms Boylan concluded by stating that: “There can be no more ifs, buts or maybes. The government must scrap water charges and abolish Irish Water.”
Time to rebuild rural Ireland – Gerry Adams TD
Gerry Adams TD has called for a change of attitude by Government and policy makers towards rural Ireland. Speaking from the National Ploughing Championships, Deputy Adams said:
“Under successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil-led Governments, a series of cuts and policy decisions have sapped the life out of many villages and small towns in rural Ireland. Local Post Offices, schools and Garda stations have been closed with devastating effects for communities. Meanwhile, rural transport networks and local health services have been decimated.”
Mr Adams continued; “Fine Gael never tire of telling us that the economy is recovering. However, this recovery is not being felt across large swathes of rural Ireland.”
The Louth TD pledged that Sinn Féin “will pursue the Government on this issue in the Dáil and we will continue to stand up for rural Ireland.”
Brexit Forum ‘must be established without delay’ – Liadh Ní Riada MEP
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has said thatvote to Remain in the North of Ireland cannot be misconstrued and the democratic wishes of the people must be respected.
The MEP for Ireland South said: “The future on Ireland depends upon an open Irish border, free trade or replacing EU funding because all of that will be subject to negotiation with the other EU states. In the event of Brexit, none of this is assured. The only way to guarantee those things is for the north to stay within the EU. That is the position of the electorate of the north, that is the Sinn Fein position and it will remain our position”
Ms Ní Riada called on the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to establish the long discussed forum on Brexit without delay. She continued that such a forum “must work collectively and substantively, this is not an exercise in spin or damage control. There is no quick-fix solution to this issue. All stakeholders must be drawn together so that we can best protect the interests of those we represent.”
Ms Ní Riada finished by saying that “Brexit represents the greatest threat to the island of Ireland in recent history, north and south. We cannot sit idly by until the wave breaks and washes over Ireland before coming together and taking action.”
Ballymurphy families walk out from meeting with Brokenshire – Jennifer McCann MLA
Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann said she will continue to challenge the British government to release funds for legacy inquests.
The party’s legacy spokesperson was speaking after representatives from the Ballymurphy Massacre Campaign walked out of a meeting with British Secretary of State James Brokenshire.
Jennifer McCann said: “The Ballymurphy families have been waiting 45 years for justice and once again they have been let down by the British government by their failure to release funds for legacy inquests. The British Government has failed to uphold commitments made in the Stormont House Agreement on how to deal with the legacy of the conflict.”
Ms McCann said: “This is the fourth British Secretary of State the families have met and their inaction has only added to the hurt of the families over four decades. The Ballymurphy families and indeed all families deserve to have full disclosure of truth in relation to the death of their loved ones. I and my colleagues will continue to challenge the British government on behalf of the Ballymurphy families, all families and victims.”
Gerry Adams responds to unsubstantiated Spotlight allegations
Speaking in response to the allegation made by an anonymous self-confessed British Agent Gerry Adams said;
“I specifically and categorically refute these unsubstantiated allegations. I will continue to support the family of Mr Donaldson to achieve truth and justice. Last night’s allegations are part of the British security agencies ongoing attempts to smear republicans and cover-up their own actions. There is a need for all these agencies to fully co-operate with the Ombudsman’s investigation into the role of the police in the events that led to the killing of Denis Donaldson and for the Gardaí to expedite their investigation to bring those responsible to justice.”
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