Scenes from the Sinn Féin Ard Feis where delegates, led by Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neil voted to support the government’s position on abortion. Ceremonies were closed with a rendition of ‘Sisters, Are Doing It For Themselves ‘ which prompted dancing (above).
Martin McGuinness’s Son’s Emmett (left) and Fiachra with Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou McDonald at the Waterfront Hall on Saturday.
The launch of Sinn Féin’s alternative budget proposals . To wit:
Sinn Féin has proposed €2 billion worth of tax increases, from increasing the special VAT rate for hotels to a 7 per cent levy on incomes above €100,000, in its alternative budget.
….increases include a second home tax of €400; increasing the VAT rate for hotels from 9 per cent back to 13.5 per cent ; increases in betting tax and the bank levy; a rise in commercial stamp duty from 2 per cent to 4 per cent as well as an extra 5.75 per cent rate on employers PRSI on salaries of over €100,000…
Top, from left: Sinn Fein Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty with Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald and Party President Gerry Adams .
From the Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly…
Harry McGee, in The Irish Times, reports:
…The three have said the party has tried to browbeat them and to impose decisions and officers on them. Mr O’Neill has previously said he would not be a “nodding dog” for any party.
Speaking on the issue of Sinn Féin’s handling of such complaints – and others, some of which involve cases of alleged bullying – Mr Adams said that “if Sinn Féin is to be blamed internally for one thing, it is perhaps we have been too patient in trying to get people to deal with issues in a fraternal way and you get to the point where you realise that that is just not possible.”
“So, with great reluctance, we have expelled these three councillors, we have done it within our own rules, our own regulations and they know well that that was coming to them.”
Sinn Fein Party President Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Féin in the Northern Ireland Assembly Michelle O’Neill, and Mary Lou McDonald TD at the annual Sinn Féin away day meeting, which takes place today and tomorrow in the City North Hotel.
At a two-day internal conference in the Irish Republic, Adams told party activists he wanted to implement a “planned process of generational change”….
….There have been strong hints that Adams may seek to run for the Irish presidency when the elections are held in the autumn of 2018. The largely ceremonial post is traditionally held by people who have retired from, or are outside active politics.
If Adams stood for the position of head of state he would undoubtedly face serious questions about his alleged IRA past, including a number of atrocities during the Troubles. Adams says he has never been a member of the IRA.