Tag Archives: Sinn Fein

This afternoon.

The Dáil at the Convention Centre, Dublin.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald arrives ahead of a no-confidence motion against Tanaiste Leo Varadkar for leaking confidential GP contract documents.

Watch live here.

Earlier: All Behind Him


Earlier: Leo’s High Standards 

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar (right) and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe

This morning.

The government has ‘annuled’ Sinn Féin’s motion of no-confidence in Leo Varadkar called after it emerged the Tanaiste leaked documents relating to an Irish Medical Organisation pay deal to a rival union the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP).

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said TDs would view the issue “in the round” and accept that it was a single error made by the Tánaiste.

Via Irish Examiner:

Mr Donohoe said Government TDs and those who work with the Tánaiste accept two things.

“The first thing they accept is that the way in which this particular matter was handled fell short of the standards that Leo Varadkar has for himself.

“But the second thing I think they accept is that Leo has demonstrated the highest standards in his time in public office on the management and leadership of a whole array of masters for our country.”

Good times.


Mr Donohoe denied claims made in Village magazine that he had met with former NAGP president Dr Ó Tuathail twice last year.


Paschal Donohoe: Leo Varadkar’s ‘high standards’ will ensure no-confidence motion is rejected (irish Examiner)


This morning/afternoon.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children, Kathleen Funchion (above) and and Mairéad Farrell (top right) speak to the media concerning the controversial passing of the Mother and Baby Home records bill.

Depty Funchion said she has written to the Data Protection Commissioner’s office to seek their observations on why they believe the vote last week to seal the records of the Mother and Baby Home Commission for 30 years may have contravened European and Irish law with regard to the accessibility of personal data.

Last Friday, it was revealed the DPC  was consulted by the Department of Children ahead of the drafting of the bill., with DPC Deputy commissioner Graham Doyle saying:

“It would appear to the DPC to be the case that the separate provisions of the 2004 Act in relation to the sealing of documents were not intended in the context of the amendment to the 2018 Act to provide an effective ‘blanket’ barrier to the exercise of rights

Deputy Funchion, who delivered an emotional speech during the Dáil debate on the bill, said:

“I am anxious to focus on solutions that we can bring forward now, particularly through legislation.”

Earlier: Repelled

Illegitimate History

A Higher Appeal

Last Friday: Not So Fast


This morning.

Alexandra Hotel, Dublin 2.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald (above) and party spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty launch Sinn Fein’s Alternative Budget 2021.

Sinn Féin has pledged to reverse the cuts to the pandemic unemployment payment and wage subsidy…

The party also said it would deliver 1,100 more hospital beds, 100 ICU beds, and it would recruit 2,500 additional nurses and doctors.

It also plans increases to various working-age social welfare payments by €5 per week, costing €222.5m.

The weekly pension would rise by €3 per week and €5 for those living alone…

Sinn Féin alternative Budget pledges reverse in PUP, TWSS cuts (RTÉ)

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

From left, at top: Senator Marie Sherlock, Spokesperson on Finance Ged Nash TD, Senator Rebecca Moynihan, and Party Leader Alan Kelly

This afternoon.

Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

The Labour Party launches its alternative Budget 2021. Which includes:

ObairGhearr, a short term working scheme would save jobs, provide training and restore the link to incomes.

Tax increases targeted at wealth and assets, and the ending of wasteful tax breaks would raise €1.8bn to fight the pandemic, improve services and create jobs.

Overall Labour commits to a stimulus of nearly €5bn, and a further €6.4bn Covid-19 contingency.

Social Contract would protect workers, families and communities (Labour)

Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews


At ease.

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane (above) launches the Sinn Fein Alternative Budget Proposals for Health joined by Thomas Gould TD (second right); spokesperson on Mental Health Mark Ward TD (right); and spokesperson on Climate Justice, Senator Lynn Boylan (left).

Sasko Lazarov /RollingNews

Great detective work.

Bobby Storey funeral: Mourners asked to attend police interviews (BBC)

PSNI identifies number of ‘potential’ breaches of COVID-19 regulations at veteran republican’s funeral (NewsLetter)

“Claims by Sinn Féin to be wholly committed to achieving Irish reunification through peaceful methods are brought into question on a regular basis. The continuing sale of memorabilia such as this brings further questions.

“The establishment of a United Island Unit in the Department of the Taoiseach under this Government will allow these questions to be considered with the respect they deserve.”

Fine Gael Senator Mary Seery-Kearney

Name that truck, anyone?

Sale of IRA badges on Sinn Féin Website is a glimpse behind their party mask (Fine Gael)

Thanks RanelaghPete

This afternoon.

The Dáil at the Convention Centre, Dublin.

Questioned about the public health system being possibly overwhelmed this Winter, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar adopts the traditional route and blames Sinn Féin.

Never gets old.



This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin launching his party’s bill to ban co-living.

The bill aims for people  to be able to secure good quality studio apartment of 45 square metres for €900 a month.

“People shouldn’t live in shoeboxes, ” he told Newstalk Breakfast (above) earlier.

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews