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This morning.

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)

Rollingnews

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, centre, at the Ploughing Championships earlier today

RTE reports:

A Wicklow councillor expelled from Sinn Féin has said the party did not even have the courtesy to tell him about the expulsion.

Councillor Gerry O’Neill said he, along with fellow councillors John Snell and Oliver O’Brien, had previously lost the party whip.

This follows a dispute over the appointment of Councillor Nicola Lawless as Sinn Féin group leader on Wicklow County Council.

Cllr O’Neill said the move was part of a wider bid by the party to control councillors and make them “nodding dogs.”

Sinn Féin expels three members in Wicklow council dispute (RTE)

Meanwhile…

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 Féin expels three Wicklow councillors (The Irish Times)

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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.

Gerry Adams signals intention to stand down as Sinn Féin leader (Guardian)

Yesterday: Derek Mooney On The Provo Liability

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This afternoon.

Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Sinn Féin member Paddy Maloney (top) hangs a black flag outside Sinn Féin’s bookshop on the day Martin McGuinness died.

Earlier: ‘A Passionate Republican’

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This afternoon.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Sinn Féin deputy president Mary Lou McDonald and fellow party TDs react to the death of Martin McGuinness.

Sinn Féin also announced it is to table a motion calling for the formation of a Truth Commission to establish the facts about Mother and Baby Homes.

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From top: the count centre in Ballymena this morning; Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill

With reports indicating turnout in yesterday’s Northern Ireland Assembly elections “may exceed 60%”- the highest in 10 years…

…the proportion of registered voters casting their ballots was even higher in the Mid Ulster stronghold of Michelle O’Neill, the new Sinn Féin leader in Northern Ireland, with 80% of the electorate going to polling stations.

The key electoral battle will be between Foster and O’Neill. The DUP won 38 seats in the Stormont parliament last year and was therefore able to elect Foster as first minister.

The main unionist party is expected to lose seats in an assembly cut from 108 members overall last May to 90 this time round. If Sinn Féin emerge as the largest political party, O’Neill could become the new first minister….

FIGHT!

Northern Ireland assembly poll turnout ‘highest in a decade’ (Henry McDonald, Guardian)

Pics: RTÉ, Rollingnews.

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Above from left: Mary Lou McDonald, Michelle O’Neill, Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams

This afternoon.

Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast

Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness joins the health minister, Michelle O Neill, who will take over from former deputy first minister Martin McGuinness who has retired due to illness.

Ms O Neill paid a warm tribute to Mr McGuinness and said she was “following in the footsteps of a political giant”. She said “no-one can replace Martin” but said she would continue the work he started…

Fight!

Michelle O’Neill is Sinn Féin’s new leader north of the border (BBC)

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This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

Sinn Fein TDs, including Mary Lou McDonald and Pearse Doherty, address reporters about the surprise resignation of Martin McGuinness and the forthcoming Northern Ireland Assembly election.

Mr McGuinness resigned in protest at the Democratic Unionist Party’s handling of a botched renewable energy scheme.

Arlene Foster says she is open for discussions with Sinn Féin (Irish Times)

Meanwhile…

Yesterday: Martin McGuinness Resigns