Lynn Boylan MEP accuses Government of sleepwalking into loss of ECB voting rights

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Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has accused the government of ‘sleepwalking into Ireland’s loss of voting rights on the European Central Bank’s governing body.’ She also said that ‘the ending of one state one vote for smaller member states from January 2015 is an affront to democracy and fairness.' Deputy Boylan said: “In 2003 the European Council agreed to change the voting … [Read more...]

POLITICAL PROCESS IN CRISIS- GERRY ADAMS

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Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD in a keynote statement today has warned that the “political process faces its greatest challenge since the Good Friday Agreement negotiations in 1998.” The Sinn Féin leader said: ·        “the anti-Good Friday Agreement axis within unionism, the pro-unionist stance of the British secretary of state, the refusal of Downing St to honour its … [Read more...]

PUBLIC VIEWS SOUGHT ON THE LOCAL PROPERTY TAX

Council seeking views on adjustment of Local Property Tax rate in Fingal   Fingal County Council is inviting members of the public to make submissions on the potential adjustment of the Local Property Tax rate that applies in Fingal so that a report can be prepared for Councillors who will vote on the issue this coming September.  Under the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012, Fingal … [Read more...]

Discretionary Medical Card Changes

What does the Government decision on medical cards mean for me? If you have lost your card since July 2011, you may be able to get it back. The decision covers people with a lifelong medical condition, acute illness or disability who were granted a card on a discretionary basis but lost it following a review since then. You must have completed the review process by providing all the … [Read more...]

NOISE LEVELS UNACCEPTABLE IN BARNWELL SCHOOL SITE

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Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Cllr Paul Donnelly has criticised the building contractors of the new school site in Barnwell, Ongar for the unacceptable noise levels that are seriously disturbing the lives of the people living adjacent the site.   Cllr Donnelly said "I have received complaints over the past number of weeks from residents adjacent the site whose lives have been … [Read more...]

SINN FÉIN TO INSIST ON FAIRNESS ON FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL

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Cllr Paul Donnelly has said that Sinn Féin will oppose another attempt by Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour to shut out people from committee chairs at this coming Monday’s council meeting.   Cllr Donnelly said “The Sinn Féin group will not stand by and allow the cosy consensus that has existed on this council for many years to ride roughshod over local government legislation that … [Read more...]

HOUSING BILL IS AN ATTACK ON THE IDEA OF SOCIAL HOUSING

Sinn Féin Cllr Paul Donnelly has condemned Minister Jan O'Sullivan's dismissals of criticism of her Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014, stating that the Bill contained measures to turn social housing on its head and do untold damage to the campaign to provide housing.     Cllr Donnelly said   "The new scheme of Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) in this Bill … [Read more...]

Under resourced ambulance service leading deaths – Peadar Tóibín TD

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibín has said that lives are being put at risk by an ambulance service that is understaffed, under pressure and unable to provide adequate services. Speaking in the Dáil during Leaders Questions, Peadar Tóibín saidthere is deep and widespread public concern at the crisis in ambulance services as exposed most graphically in a recent RTÉ Prime Time … [Read more...]

Dáil to debate Sinn Féin legislation to protect family home

The Dáil will be debating Sinn Féin’s Land and Conveyancing Reform (Amendment) Bill 2013 tomorrow which, if enacted, would substantially enhance legal protections for pressurised mortgage holders and make it harder for the banks to repossess homes. Sinn Féin’s Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD said: “Last July the government had signed into law the Land and Conveyancing Reform … [Read more...]

DRUGS FUNDING CRISIS FORCES CLOSURE OF EDUCATION PROJECT

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Dublin West Sinn Féin representative Paul Donnelly has expressed his anger at the closure of the Greater Blanchardstown Response to Drugs (GBRD) project.   Speaking from his constituency this evening, Mr. Donnelly said “I am shocked and angry at the recently announced closure of GBRD towards the end of May. This is a project that is 22 years in existence, firstly as a voluntary group of … [Read more...]