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This morning/afternoon.

Parnell Square, Dublin 1

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty talking to the media as he published Sinn Féin’s proposals to ‘put money back in the pockets of workers and families’ including a €1.2bn pledge to exempt anyone earning under €30,000 from paying Universal Social Charge.

Via The Irish Independent:

The party is also proposing to reduce the retirement age from 66 to 65 and increase the State pension by €20.

Combined these two measures will cost over €1.1bn. Sinn Féin is also again pledging to abolish the local property tax in this general election at a cost of nearly €500m.

“That shows the quantum of money that we’re talking about putting back into people’s pockets, but there’s other measures as well,” he said.

Mr Doherty also highlighted Sinn Féiin’s plan to abolish levies on non-life insurance policies at a cost of €630m per year. The party claims this will reduce premiums by around 5pc….

‘It’s up to them to do that’ – Sinn Féin won’t ask retiring TDs to give back some of their pension pots (Independent.ie)

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This afternoon.

Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

A traditional arrival to Sinn Féin’s General Election candidate launch in the Round Room of the Mansion House on the 101st anniversary of the meeting of the First Dáil.

Top from left:  Connor Murphy, Sinn Féin politician from Northern Ireland, Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Féin Leader, actress Fionnula Flanagan, Michelle O’Neill, Sinn Fein leader in Northern  Ireland and Pearse Doherty TD for Donegal.

Earlier: “If All [Sinn Féin Candidates] Were Elected They Still Wouldn’t Be In Government”


Sinn Fein TD Eoin Ó Broin

This morning.

At  launch of Sinn Féin’s policy on housing Eoin Ó Broin said despite FF and FG ruling out his party as coalition partners in favour of an amalgam of smaller parties….

…the only opinion poll of the campaign so far – the Behaviour and Attitudes Poll in the Sunday Times which suggests Sinn Fein is at 19% is just one point behind Fine Gael on 20% – “does not show that we are being squeezed in that way.”

Rather, he says, it shows that Sinn Féin is in a “key position” in terms of the potential composition of the next government.

“We know what happens when you put the Labour and Green Party in Government. They break their promises and they allow Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to do exactly what they would do when they are left to their own devices. Sinn Féin is different.

Sinn Féin pitches itself as the only real alternative (RTÉ)



Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Paddy Holohan on his No Shame podcast; Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald speaking to journalists in Bray this afternoon

This afternoon.

In Bray, Co Wicklow.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has responded to comments made by Sinn Féin councillor Paddy Holohan on his No Shame podcast.

Mr Holohan made comments about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Indian heritage on the podcast and subsequently apologised yesterday saying his comments had been misinterpreted.

This morning Joe.ie reported that on the same podcast, he suggested underage girls were having sex with men and then blackmailing them for sums of money up to €10,000.

Ms McDonald told journalists in Bray:

“A matter came to my attention just over the last 40 minutes or so that we had to deal with which I imagine you will have questions on.

“And that is comments made by Councillor Paddy Holohan on his podcast. I have moved immediately to the party’s disciplinary procedures, all of that matter is now in hand.

“And disciplinary action will be taken.

“Obviously, the comments themselves are offensive, they’re beyond offensive. I actually find them upsetting.

“I’m very, very shocked at the comments made and the party’s disciplinary procedure is now activated as we speak.

“And it involves, we have procedures within the party to deal with circumstances where there has been a gross breach of the code of ethics.

“That is what I regard this to be.

“But obviously I have to allow that procedure now to continue. And we will make a further statement in the course of today.”

Asked by Hugh O’Connell, of the Irish Independent, if Cllr Holohan has been suspended, Ms McDonald said:

“The procedure has to be gone through. I don’t have the authority, nor should I, to just arbitrarily suspend or expel anyone. So I have moved immediately to ask the party to trigger that procedure and that is now in train.

“It’s only come to my attention literally in the last 40 minutes, so I am as shocked to see this commentary as anybody else.”

Paddy Holohan is now facing disciplinary action from Sinn Féin over his claims that “scum” underage girls were having sex with men and blackmailing them (Ellen Coyne, Joe.ie)

Via Hugh O’Connell

Pic: Shane Beatty

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald (top centre) talking to the media on the start of General Election 2020.


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This afternoon.

Labour Party HQ, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin (centre) and Director of Elections Ivana Bacik (left) speaking to the about the forthcoming General Election.

  Sam Boal/RollingNews

This evening.

Now get back to work for pity’s sake.


Earlier: Meanwhile, In Belfast

Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien

Yesterday evening.

Sinn Féin announced that Cork North Central TD Jonathan O’Brien will not contest the next general election.

In a statement, Mr O’Brien said:

“I am announcing today that I will not be contesting the next General Election.

“This has been a difficult decision for me to make and it is one that I have made after several months of consideration.

“I have had the great privilege and honour to serve the people of Cork for twenty years as a Sinn Féin elected representative, first as a member of Cork City Council for 11 years and the last 9 years as a TD.

“In that time I have contested seven elections on behalf of Sinn Féin and I want to thank the voters for giving me the opportunity to represent them. I have always served in public office to the best of my ability as a proud member of Sinn Féin, as an Irish Republican and a socialist.

“After two decades, I feel the time is right to pursue new personal challenges and opportunities, and to step down knowing I have played a part over many years in ensuring Sinn Féin is in a very strong position in Cork North Central.

“I believe it is crucial that the people of Cork North Central continue to be represented by a Sinn Féin TD and I will play my part in making sure that we retain this seat by remaining an active member of Sinn Féin, and assisting the party in whatever way I can into the future.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family first and foremost; as well as my fellow party members in Cork and throughout the country for their years of comradeship and support.

“I will see out the remainder of my term in the Dáil and I will continue to serve the people of Cork North Central as a TD as best I can until a general election is held.”

Statement by Jonathan O’Brien TD in relation to the next General Election (Sinn Féin)

From top: the price of shares in Ires REIT have fallen following an emergency rent freeze proposal by Sinn Fein’s Housing Spokesman Eoin Ó Broin in the Dáil yesterday

Further to a Sinn Féin proposal that would freeze rents on existing and new tenancies for three years.

This morning.

Shares in the State’s largest landlord, Ires Reit, slipped more than 5.5 per cent on Wednesday morning after Sinn Féin introduced a Bill providing for a three-year rent freeze across the private rental market.

Ires, which had 2,771 residential properties as of the end of June, with more in development, could suffer the most of the listed property entities given its exposure to the rental market.

As much as €53 million was cut from the company’s market value as its shares dipped to €1.72.

*scrapes tiny violin”

Ires shares slip on Sinn Féin proposal for rent freeze (Irish Times)

Dáil debating Sinn Féin bill to introduce emergency rent freeze (RTÉ)

This morning.

St. Cronan’s National School, Swords, County Dublin.

Sinn Fein candidate Anne Graves with Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Fein TD Louise O’Reilly a polling station where Ms Graves voted in the Dublin Fingal constituency for a by- election, among four taking place today around the country.

Early turnout low as ballots cast in four by-elections (RTÉ)

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This morning.

Alex Hotel, Dublin 2.

Sinn Féin’s deputy leader in the Dáil Pearse Doherty – joined by TD for Carlow/Kilkenny Kathleen Funchion (above right) and MP for Fermanagh/Tyrone Michelle Gildernew (above centre) speaking to the media during the Publication of Sinn Féin’s 2019 Ard Fheis Clár (motions) ahead of its ard fheis in Derry this weekend.

Sinn Fein

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