Near Croke Park, Dublin.
A rally to celebrate the choice of Munster MEP Liadh Ní Riada, the daughter of composer Seán Ó Riada above with Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald (right) as Sinn Féin’s candidate for the Presidential election.
Liadh Ní Riada talks Troubles, HPV vaccine and apology to Mairia Cahill in wide-ranging interview (Irish Examiner)
Austin Stack, whose father Brian died in hospital 18 months after he was shot in the neck by members of the Provisional IRA in 1983, said the MEP’s remarks about IRA atrocities and her membership of Sinn Féin made her entirely unsuitable for the role of president.
Ms Ní Riada previously caused controversy when she declined to call the IRA terrorists during an interview with ‘Hot Press’ magazine.
…Speaking last night, Mr Stack urged people to challenge her on the hustings.
Áras hopeful Liadh Ní Riada is ‘unsuitable to represent the country’ – says son of IRA victim (Independent.ie)
Irish Aviation Authority Conference Centre, Dublin
Scenes from the Sinn Féin – A New Economy for A Changing Ireland conference including Pearse Doherty TD (above), Sinn Fein finance spokesman and Dr Rory Hearne (pic 2), of Maynooth University.
As he closed the conference, Mr Doherty said:
Today I am announcing a bold and urgent policy in keeping with our priorities in the coming budget to tackle this growing cost of living crisis. Sinn Féin is proposing the introduction of a temporary tax relief for renters.
This relief will cover the price of one month’s rent for every renter in the State for a period of three years.
In other words, the relief will be 8.3% of rent paid in a year. It will be capped at €1,500 per renter, and will be refundable to ensure working families on low incomes can benefit.
“Alongside this measure, Sinn Féin is proposing a three year, emergency rent freeze.
“Existing tenancies would have their rents frozen at their current levels. All new tenancies would be pegged to the Residential Tenancies Board standardised average rent index by County and where appropriate Local Electoral Area….”
Sinn Féin proposes three year rent freeze and tax relief for renters – Donegal TD (Donegal Now)
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald
Earlier this summer, Ms McDonald said a poll on Irish unity should not be held while uncertainty around Brexit remains.
The following day, she said that in the event of a hard Brexit such a referendum would be “imperative.”
This morning, Ms McDonald said that while such a poll being held in the event of the UK “crashing out” of the European Union would not be ideal, if Britain insisted on doing so there would have to be a referendum on Irish unity because the UK could not “inflict that level of damage on the country.”
Sinn Féin consistent over holding of unity poll – McDonald (RTÉ)
Waterfront Hall, Belfast.
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.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill meet Britain’s Prince Charles during his two day visit to Cork and Kerry which concludes today.
Newtown Park Avenue, Blackrock, County Dublin.
Glass Dublin writes:
What does this mean? “SF Hoovering up votes? Christ!” Watch Out FG and PBP in DLR!
Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald with Lousie O’Reilly TD this morning
The Sunday Times/B&A poll suggests Sinn Féin are the most popular opposition party, up 3 points to 24 per cent support.
They’ve overtaken Fianna Fáil who are down 2 to 23 per cent.
New Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has a satisfaction rating of 52 per cent, one per cent behind Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
The poll also suggests a three point drop for Fine Gael who are down to 30.
That poll was done between May 3rd and 15th among 935 people.
The Sunday Business Post/Red C poll puts Fine Gael up 2 to 34 per cent, Fianna Fáil unchanged on 25 per cent support and Sinn Féin up 2 to 16 points.
Their survey of 1000 adults between May 10th and 16th suggests people are putting the blame for the CervicalCheck scandal at the feet of the HSE.
Sinn Féin see approval rating boost under new leader Mary Lou McDonald (Irish Examiner)
Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Sinn Féin launch its ‘Vote Ye’s poster campaign for forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment.
Above from left: Louise O’Reilly, TD, Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill, Deputy Dáil leader Pearse Doherty and Sinn Féin President and referendum poster woman, Mary Lou McDonald.
The eyes follow you around the room.
Meanwhile: Support for Fine Gael and Leo Varadkar falls in latest poll (Irish Times)
One is a manufactured puppet whose biggest hit went ‘bang bang’, the other is Essex-born songstress Jessie J.
Thanks Bertie Blenkinsop
The Davenport Hotel, Dublin 2
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 .
Sinn Féin proposes €400 second home tax, 7% levy on incomes above €100,000 (irish Times)