Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín, from Meath, has resigned from the party.
He has tweeted:
It is with a heavy heart that I resign from Sinn Féin today. I have been a member of the party for 21 years. In that time I poured all my efforts into achieving Irish Unity & Economic Justice. This clearly is no longer enough. I will now help to build a new 32 County movement.
We’re going to be rich.
The launch of ‘The Cost of Non Unification – Brexit and the Reunification of Ireland’ by Dr Kurt Hübner, Director of the Institute for European Studies, University of British Columbia.
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill said
“Dr. Hübner and his team bring a wealth of experience to this debate and their conclusions are crystal clear – reunification would lead to a massive €23.5 billion increase in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) across the island by 2025.
The vast majority of these economic benefits would be in the North, where GDP would increase by 17.9 billion, that equates to over €9000 for every citizen.
“That is in stark contrast to the economic devastation identified in the report of a no-deal Brexit which would lead to a slump in GDP of over €10 billion. Even in a post Brexit scenario where the North remains in the European Single Market, we would still face a GDP decline of almost €4.5 billion.”
‘Report confirms massive economic windfall from reunification’ – O’Neill (Sinn Féin)
Spokeperson on Finance Pearse Doherty (left) with Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald speaking to the media on the plinth of Leinister House on the Brexit Crisis this afternoon
Speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil, Leo Varadkar said he was open to considering the idea of review clause and added that there has to be creative solutions and creative language sometimes to get an agreement.
…Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald accused the Taoiseach of shifting the Government’s position at the most sensitive time in the negotiations.
“I think your announcement yesterday was a cock up plain and simple,” she said.
The Taoiseach said it was a good thing that Ms McDonald was not handling the negotiations because she was too “bullying” and would turn this country’s friends into enemies within months….
Taoiseach rules out exit clause on backstop (RTÉ)
Earlier: Penny For Your Thoughts
Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane introduced a bill in the Dáil to extend Freedom of Information law to include the Office of the President.
“There’s absolutely, in my view, no impediment to the Office of the President and all of the spending that goes with that, being subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
“I don’t know why Minister [Brendan] Howlin exempted the president’s office at that time. Maybe it was advice from the Attorney General or not, I don’t know. But I believe it was wrong and I simply believe it should be corrected and here’s an opportunity to correct it.
“I’m appealing to parties across all, across this House, all parties to support this Bill. We believe it’s important. It has been an issue in terms of public scrutiny that people believe it should be subject to FOI in my view. I believe it’s the right thing to do.
“And as I said, I’m appealing for support for the Bill and I formally move the Bill at first stage.”
Watch Dáil proceedings live here
Earlier: How Was It For You?
Pic: Richie McCann via President.ie
Presidential hopeful Gemma O’Doherty (top right) is seeking the votes of 20 members of the Oireachtas to secure a nomination to contest the Presidency of Ireland before tomorrow’s deadline, including from Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (above left with her party’s Presidential candidate Liadh Ní Riada).
More as we get it.
Earlier: Going Forward
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.