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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 […]

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Latest Polls show Sinn Féin in the lead

The latest polls conducted by Red C Research and the Business Post show that among likely voters in the south, Sinn Féin has a commanding lead over the other parties. You can read more about the polling data and the results in the story posted by the Business Post on September 17th here: https://www.businesspost.ie/politics/poll-shows-sinn-fein-still-clear-of-the-field-at-31-per-cent/

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Change that cannot be denied

A Letter from the road a Chara, I am writing from the road. Over the past 10 ten days, I have been in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York City, New Jersey, and Pearl River. The reception has been warm and welcoming, the engagements have been informative and constructive, and the craic has been good. Frustration […]

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Time to respect democracy and get back to business – O’Neill

First Minister Designate Michelle O’Neill said today that public patience with the blockade of the north’s political institutions was running out and it was time to respect the outcome of last May’s Assembly elections and get back to business. Speaking in Dublin this morning, Michelle O’Neill MLA said, “This week over 100 businesses from across […]

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Never Giving Up

A Letter from Irelandnna Chara, nnThe British Government passed legislation that ends the right of families bereaved in conflict to access the courts, inquests, and criminal investigations. It will grant immunity from prosecution. The major beneficiaries of this will be the British military, agents, and those who directed and covered up their actions. During the […]

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US Congressional and Irish American leaders respond to passage of Legacy Legislation

News of the British Government’s passage of the Legacy legislation was met with a swift response from American Congressional leaders. Congressman Richie Neal of Massachusetts said, “I am disappointed by the news that the Legacy Bill has passed through Westminster. The underlying principles of peace in the Good Friday Agreement are what have allowed us […]

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British Government Legacy Bill ‘cynical and cruel’ – Finucane

Sinn Féin MP John Finucane has branded the British Government’s decision to push through the Legacy Bill and ignore opposition from victims ‘cynical and cruel’. Speaking after the Legacy Bill passed through Westminster, the North Belfast MP said, “The British Government’s flawed and irredeemable Legacy Bill has always only been about one thing – closing […]