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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).

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Martin McGuinness’s Son’s Emmett (left) and Fiachra with Michelle O’Neill and Mary Lou McDonald at the Waterfront Hall on Saturday.

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Last night.


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.




Ah here.


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)


Earlier: ‘I Asked Her To Consider Carefully’

This afternoon.

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)

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One is a manufactured puppet whose biggest hit went ‘bang bang’, the other is Essex-born songstress Jessie J.


Thanks Bertie Blenkinsop

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)


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)


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)

Pic: Sinn Fein

This morning.

City North Hotel, Gormanstown Dublin.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD, the Party’s leader in the North Michelle O Neill and Deputy Leader Mary Lou MacDonald on the last day of the Sinn Féin meeting to plan new political term.

Fight, etc.

Sinn Féin ‘ready to restart formal Stormont talks’ (BBC)

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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)

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