The Weekly Digest from Sinn Féin

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

The Weekly Digest from Sinn Féin

Mary Lou McDonald pays tribute to ‚great republican’ Bobby Storey

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has expressed deep sadness at the death of Belfast republican Bobby Storey.

Mary Lou said Bobby’s passing will be received with great sadness by republicans throughout Ireland.

You can read Mary Lou’s statement here:

Annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration goes online

Normally in June we gather at the grave of Wolfe Tone in Bodenstown, Co. Kildare for the annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration.

Due to the ongoing public health emergency, this year’s commemoration took place online on Sunday 21 June at 8pm with words, music and an address from Mary Lou McDonald TD.

You can watch it back here:

Gerry Adams has also published his latest podcast in which he reminisces about past Bodenstown’s as well as current political developments.

You can tune in here:

Sinn Féin National Draw

Sinn Féin’s annual National Draw will take place on Saturday, 24th October 2020.  This is a crucial funding source that allows us to deliver many campaigns throughout Ireland and to continue with our work towards building a new, peaceful and United Ireland.

With all costs covered by head office and a 50/50 split with areas (€5 for every ticket sold), we believe that the National Draw will be a vital source of funds both centrally and locally.

Tickets will be available from next week both online and from your local Sinn Féin Cumann.

We hope that all members and supporters will be able to support this important fundraising initiative.

Sinn Féin Social media sites

Members are encouraged to follow and support Sinn Féin’s official National social media sites which are listed below.

Sinn Féin Facebook

Sinn Féin Twitter

Sinn Féin Instagram

Sinn Féin Flickr

Sinn Féin YouTube

Sinn Féin SoundCloud

Sinn Féin Buzzsprout

Members and supporters are also reminded that these are the only official National sites for Sinn Féin and that there are other sites and groups out there purporting to be official Sinn Féin pages.  They are not and party members should take their lead from official party sites only.

A sad and difficult day for An Garda Síochána – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Mary Lou McDonald expresses her deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Detective Garda Colm Horkan who was shot dead in Castlerea last week.

You can read Mary Lou’s statement here:

Change cannot be stopped

Following the announcement this that a Programme for Government has been agreed by the leaders of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said this does not represent the change that people voted for in the general election in February.

Mary Lou was joined by Pearse Doherty TD and Eoin Ó Broin TD for an online meeting last Monday evening where they took questions from the public on how change cannot be stopped.

You can watch it back here:

You can also watch Mary Lou’s press conference at Leinster House last week where she gave the party’s response to the Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Green Party programme for government:

Online discussion with leading voices from disability sector on future of disability services

Mary Lou McDonald also took part in a live discussion and question and answer session last week with leading voices from the disability sector on the future of disability services.

You can watch it back here:

Michelle O’Neill welcomes school re-opening announcement

Speaking on BBC The View last week Michelle O’Neill welcomed the announcement that schools in the North will reopen in August with a one metre social distancing rule implemented.

She said the safety of parents and children is paramount and the plan can only succeed if the conversation includes parents, teachers and trade unions.

You can watch Michelle here:

Legislation published to prevent Covid-19 mortgage interest rip-off

Pearse Doherty TD has published legislation which will end the mortgage interest rip off and protect homeowners who applied for the mortgage payment break during the Covid19 pandemic.

You can watch the party’s social media clip on this legislation here:

Free school meals funding must continue over Summer months

Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has said free school meals are a lifeline for many children and families and the Education Minister must extend the payment over the summer months to the 97,000 children who receive them.

You can watch Karen here:

Fianna Fáil can’t tell us what an affordable home is and they are not planning on building any extra social homes – Pearse Doherty

Speaking on the Tonight Show on Virgin Media One last Monday evening Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty exposed the fact that the programme for government agreed by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party, does not include any additional social and affordable housing above what was already committed and that Fianna Fáil spokesperson Thomas Byrne could not even say what he thought was an affordable price for a home.

He said Sinn Féin had been very clear that we need 100,000 social an affordable homes.

You can watch Pearse here:

Speaking on the same show Pearse also pointed out that the programme for government published prioritises tax cuts for the wealthy at a cost of €600 million at a time when we are in economic crisis and that money could be spent on housing, health, childcare and rural Ireland.

Watch the clip here:

Housing crisis set to continue under Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Green Party says Eoin Ó Broin

Giving his analysis of the programme for government published by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party last week Eoin Ó Broin said if this is the basis of the future government, then the housing crisis is set to continue.

You can watch Eoin’s analysis here:

Brexit clock is ticking and we are running out of time – Michelle O’Neill

Speaking on Sunday Politics last weekend Michell O’Neill said the Brexit clock is ticking and we are running out of time.

She said Sinn Féin is working hard to ensure:

  • Protections secured for Ireland are implemented
  • The British government and EU stand by their commitments 
  • The Good Friday Agreement is protected
  • There is no hardening of the border

You can watch Michelle here:

Live online discussion and Q&A session with Carers NI

Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew last week held a live online discussion with Clare Anne Magee from Carers NI taking questions from the public on the Covid19 pandemic and what it means for our carers and the important role they play.

You can watch it back here:

Concerns raised on government’s commitment to supporting small and medium sized businesses

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Business, Enterprise and Innovation Imelda Munster TD has expressed serious concerns around the government’s commitment to supporting small and medium sized businesses in surviving the Covid-19 crisis, saying that the Programme for Government offers no firm commitments to SMEs.

You can read Imelda’s statement here:

Economy Minister urged to widen COVID-19 grant support schemes

Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald has called on the Economy Minister to provide further grant support to those who have not been able to access the COVID-19 grant schemes to date.

You can read Caoimhe’s statement here:

Sinn Féin calls for €2million kick-start grant for League of Ireland clubs

Sinn Féin has written to both the Minister for Sport Shane Ross and to the FAI seeking urgent meetings to discuss the ongoing impasse of if and when the 2020 League of Ireland season will resume.

Deputies Ruairí Ó Murchú, Chris Andrews and Darren O’Rourke are calling for a one-off €2million kick-start solidarity grant from the Department of Sport.

You can read their statement here:

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