In this week’s Digest – Government votes against paying student nurses, Sinn Féin introduces Bill to allow for…

Welcome to the Weekly Digest from Sinn Féin where we bring you a flavour of the work and campaigns that we have been involved in over the previous week.

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Government give pay rises to politicians and judges while voting against paying student nurses

There was widespread anger this week as the government gave large pay rises to Super-Junior Ministers, Judges and Party Whips and pension increases for former Taoisigh.

This news came just a week after the government voted against paying student nurses.

Sinn Féin Whip Padraig Mac Lochlainn immediately announced that he would not be taking a pay rise and would be gifting the money back to the state.

Mary Lou McDonald said it is always very straight forward to cough up when it comes to those at the top but there is nothing for student nurses and midwives who have given their blood, sweat and tears for the health and safety of our people.

She said this shameful and it demonstrates once again whose side Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are on.

Watch Padraig Mac Lochlainn here: https://fb.watch/2hKCoRtZ0-/

Watch Mary Lou here: https://fb.watch/2hKvP3-VYR/

Sinn Féin introduces legislation to allow for Paid Domestic Violence Leave

Sinn Féin Workers Rights spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD this week brought forward a bill to allow for Paid Domestic Violence Leave.

She said this year more than ever we need to support victims of domestic violence.

Watch a short clip about the legislation from Louise here: https://fb.watch/2hN4xhRxII/

Brexit will be hugely damaging – time to build something better

Speaking on BBC Newsnight this week Joint Head of Government in the North Michelle O’Neill said Brexit will decimate our economy and its time to build something better.

She said the fact that the EU has left the door open for the North to automatically go back into the EU in the event of a successful Irish Unity referendum means there is a big debate to be had about which union we want to be part of – an inward looking Brexit Britain or an outward looking inclusive Ireland.

Watch Michelle here: https://fb.watch/2hNUdUm8D0/

You can also watch Sinn Féin’s new Irish Unity Campaign video here: https://fb.watch/2hXs718ZjH/

Health workers in the north to be reimbursed for pay lost during strike action last year

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader and Joint Head of Government in the North, Michell O’Neill has said the decision reimburse health workers for pay lost during strike action last year vindicates their actions and Sinn Féin will continue to support our health workers.

Watch a short clip from Michelle here: https://fb.watch/2hNsqJTwfA/

Mental health and dual diagnosis services urgently needed across the North

Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has called for urgent action from the Department of Health after discovering that 33 staff have been trained to deliver addiction and mental health dual diagnosis services but no service is currently available across the North.

Watch a short clip from Órlaithí here: https://fb.watch/2hZF7QgClw/

Sinn Féin publishes proposals to tackle household debt

Sinn Féin Social Protection spokesperson Claire Kerrane TD this week published proposals to tackle the growing issue of household debt, including the establishment of a rent arrears resolution mechanism within the Residential Tenancies Board, a cap on interest rates charged by moneylenders and making MABS a one-stop shop for debt resolution.

See: https://www.sinnfein.ie/…/Dealing_with_Debt_Dec_2020.pdf

Watch a short clip from Claire here: https://fb.watch/2hX3GBgnFb/

Sinn Féin Bookshop open for business

Party members are reminded that the Sinn Féin shop at 58 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, is open for business.  So if you need last minute Christmas gifts please drop in.  The shop is also open for Click and Collect purchases.

Visit the Sinn Féin Bookshop here: www.sinnfeinbookshop.com

Signed copies of 'The Escape' by Gerry Kelly

The 1983 Escape from Long Kesh Prison Camp was the largest mass escape from a European jail since the end of the second World War. Gerry Kelly along with 37 of his comrades defied all probability using cunning, expertise and daring to smash out of what was at the time the most secure prison in Europe. This is the story.

Get your copy here:

https://www.sinnfeinbookshop.com/the-escape-the-inside-story-of-the-1983-escape-from-long-kesh-prison-by-gerry-kelly-signed-by-gerry/

Republican Resistance Calendar 2021

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike when ten young Republicans died in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh.

2021 is also the centenary of the most intense phase of the struggle for freedom when the Army of the Irish Republic fought British crown forces to a standstill and brought the British government to the negotiating table.

Our 2021 Republican Resistance Calendar salutes the struggle of the 1981 Hunger Strikers and that of their women comrades in Armagh Jail and also Volunteers of 2021.

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