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“We must work together in a new Assembly to seize this moment.” – O’Neill

Speaking this week ahead of meetings with a delegation of some of the world’s leading business people, Sinn Féin Vice President and First Minster Elect Michelle O’Neill said, “This is an enormous opportunity for us to attract major investment, create new jobs, and better the lives of workers, families and all our communities. “We must […]

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Belfast Women’s Assembly report launched by Sinn Féin’s Commission on the Future of Ireland

The report of the Belfast Women’s Assembly was launched this week by Sinn Féin’s Commission on the Future of Ireland. Held in the Europa Hotel on June 27th, Seanadóir Lynn Boylan introduced the fifth public event hosted by the Commission and its first Women’s Assembly sayin, “Partition has disadvantaged women all over Ireland. Women continue […]

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Other parliaments should follow Dáil lead to demand ceasefires in the Middle East – Matt Carthy TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Matt Carthy TD, has called on other parliaments to follow the lead of the Dáil in demanding immediate ceasefires in the Middle East. He said that the world must demand that Israel ends the siege and attacks on Gaza. Teachta Carthy said, “Sinn Féin have been engaging with humanitarian […]

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What might Protestants bring to the Irish reunification debate?

In an edition of the Irish news this month, Claire Mitchell reflected on a question she had been asked at a panel discussion at this year’s Féile an Phobail. The question, she felt, was ‘a game changer’. The audience member said they felt republicans didn’t know enough about Protestants and asked the panel to elaborate […]

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Kearney calls for immediate restoration of power sharing to maximise economic opportunities

Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney called today for the immediate restoration of power sharing to maximise the economic opportunities of the Windsor Framework. Declan Kearney was speaking after a meeting with a delegation from the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee during a visit to Stormont. The delegation was led by Chair of the Committee on […]

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Political drift can’t continue and democracy must be respected – O’Neill

First Minister Designate Michelle O’Neill said today that political drift in the north can’t be allowed to continue and the public should get the political leadership it demands and deserves. The Sinn Féin Leas-Uachtarán also said that the democratic outcome of the Assembly election must be respected and validated. Michelle O’ Neill said, “I want […]

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“Varadkar comments highlight the need for a citizens assembly on Unity” – MacManus

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North-West has said that the comments made by an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar highlight the need for the establishment of a citizens assembly on Irish Reunification. Speaking from Donegal, where the Sinn Féin MEP was attending a number of constituency engagements MacManus said, “I listened closely to the interview with […]

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Sinn Féin will continue to stand with families in their campaigns for truth and justice – Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said the party will continue to stand with families in their campaigns for truth and justice and called on the Irish government to take an interstate case against the British government on their flawed Legacy Act. Speaking after families who lost loved ones during the conflict protested today, the North […]

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Gerry Adams expresses deep sadness at the news of the death of Chuck Feeney

Former Uachtarán Shinn Féin Gerry Adams has expressed his deep sadness and sense of personal loss at the news of the death of Chuck Feeney.n Mr. Adams said, “I am deeply saddened at the news of the death of my good friend Chuck Feeney. I want to extend my sincerest condolences and solidarity to Helga […]

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Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald says United Ireland planning should be at heart of government

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he believes we are now on ‘the path to unification’. Speaking this month he said, “I believe that there will be a united Ireland in my lifetime, and in that united Ireland there is going to be a minority, roughly a million people who are British. And you judge […]

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Rigorous impartiality and a parity of esteem

A Letter from Ireland a Chara, Sometimes I do things so you don’t have to. For instance, I read the speech that Chris Heaton-Harris delivered at his party conference last weekend. Mr. Heaton-Harris, a Tory, was elected by the good people of Daventry (you will have to google it) to represent them in the British […]

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“We may never agree on the past, but we can plan a better future together.” – Declan Kearney MLA

Sinn Féin’s Commission on the Future of Ireland held their 7th public event this month in the Verbal Arts Centre, Derry. The theme was ‘Exploring Northern Protestant Identities and Culture in a Shared Future’. Catherine Pollock, a local community and rights based activist chaired the discussion and was joined on the panel by community activists […]

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“People’s patience is worn out.” – John Finucane

Sinn Féin North Belfast MP John Finucane said today, “The deal between London & Brussels is done. There can be no more excuses for blocking an Assembly. People’s patience is worn out. The democratic outcome of the Assembly election must be respected. We need an Assembly up & running now to support workers, families & […]

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O’Neill welcomes announcement of US trade delegation

First Minister Designate Michelle O’Neill has welcomed the announcement of the delegation of influential business leaders visiting the north later in October. Speaking after US Special Envoy Joe Kennedy announced the first visit, Michelle O’Neill said: “A delegation of influential business leaders from the US will visit the north later this month led by Special […]

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Adding Insult to Injury

A Letter from Ireland a Chara, The thing about lying is that it insults the person listening. Even more so in a room full of people who know that you are lying. I felt the same insult as I read and listened to various British politicians try and explain their unilateral action to end all […]

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“Public patience has now run out.” – Michelle O’Neill

First Minister Designate Michelle O’Neill said on Thursday, “Everyone has been more than reasonable in giving space to the DUP. “Public patience has now run out. “The question for the DUP is are they prepared to accept the outcome of last May’s Assembly election and share power with others on an equal basis? “I am […]

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Chicago Remembers Hunger Strikers – Pádraig MacLochlainn delivers address at memorial in Gaelic Park

On Sunday, people from all over Chicago and the midwest gathered for a memorial remembering the hunger strikers of 1981. Hosted by Chicago Clan na Gael, Sinn Féin TD for Donegal Pádraig MacLochlainn traveled to the event to deliver the keynote address. Event organizer Vincent Casey said, “It was great to work with the folks […]

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John Finucane MP meets with New England community at public event – “Great enthusiasm in America.”

People drove to Boston from Rhode Island, New York, and from all over Massachusetts on Monday night for an opportunity to hear from Sinn Féin North Belfast MP John Finucane before his participation in Tuesday’s Edward M Kennedy Center for the United States Senate event, “25 Years of The Good Friday Agreement.” The event, hosted […]

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John Finucane MP in Boston – “The pace of change will only gather in the years ahead.”

Sinn Féin North Belfast MP John Finucane traveled to Boston this week to participate in a special event at the Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, “25 Years of The Good Friday Agreement.” The event which began with an address by Sen George Mitchell and included representatives from the Irish and British […]

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Monumental reflections

A Letter from Ireland a Chara, Well, I made it back to Ireland and back to my own bed. I want to thank all those who took the time to meet. On this trip, I met with old friends and made new ones. I am home re-energized. Before heading to the airport, I participated in […]

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Finucane calls on Irish government to take interstate case against shameful Legacy Act

Sinn Féin MP John Finucane has called on the Irish government to take an interstate case against the British government over their flawed and irredeemable Legacy Act. John Finucane said, “The British government’s fatally flawed Act of Shame recently passed through British parliament. It received Royal Assent yesterday and is now enacted into law. “This […]