False assertions from No campaign designed to whip up fear – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said “false assertions from the No campaign are designed to whip up fear and distract from the facts relating to the Eighth Amendment.” Speaking after raising the issue with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Leaders Questions today, Deputy McDonald said; “I have heard assertions from the NO campaign and its spokespeople that what they call “hard … [Read more...]

We cannot help women facing tragedy unless we vote YES – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald has responded to false assertions from the NO campaign that so-called “hard-cases” can still be dealt with in the event of a NO vote. The Dublin-Central TD pointed out that many of those making such assertions campaigned against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill which allowed doctors to intervene when a woman’s life is at … [Read more...]

British government’s ‘do-nothing’ plan is unacceptable – McDonald

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Sinn Féin Leader Mary McDonald TD said today it’s increasingly clear that the British government’s only plan in the north is to do nothing. The Sinn Féin Leader was speaking in Belfast today before meeting with the party’s six-county council group. Mary Lou McDonald said: “Sinn Féin is working for a new society, an inclusive society, a prosperous society, a new and agreed … [Read more...]

Vote yes to support women facing fatal foetal abnormalities – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the status quo is no longer tenable when it comes to women and families being forced to travel for care in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities. Speaking this morning at Together For Yes event in supporting families bereaved by fatal foetal abnormalities, Teachta McDonald said: “Over the next week people will be considering their approach … [Read more...]

Recognition of the Palestinian state ‘an essential display of solidarity’ – McDonald

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said today that the Irish Government must condemn the actions of Israel today and the murder of dozen of Palestinian protesters in the strongest possible way. Teachta McDonald said that the expulsion of Israeli diplomats and the recognition of the Palestinian state are measure that the government must consider this week. Teachta McDonald … [Read more...]

‘DUP betraying the public over Brexit’ – McDonald

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Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused the DUP of betraying the public by pursuing a Tory-led Brexit at any cost. Speaking at Stormont today, she criticised the ‘playground rhetoric’ of the DUP after MP Sammy Wilson accused the Irish Government of ‘Brit-bashing’. Mary-Lou McDonald said: “The DUP are on the wrong side of the Brexit argument and every time they argue for it, … [Read more...]

Varadkar got it wrong in 2016; now Sinn Féin Dáil motion seeks mandatory open disclosure in the HSE

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has published a Dáil motion which calls on the government to legislate for mandatory open disclosure in the HSE. Teachta McDonald also said there are further questions to answer in relation to the cervical check scandal and that the process of accountability needs to continue as more information comes into the public domain. Speaking in advance of a … [Read more...]

British government must stop stalling and implement the agreements in the North – McDonald

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peaking today, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the denial of rights and the stalling, delaying, and refusing to implement agreements, until the point of crisis, is the reason that the institutions in the north have not been re-established. The Dublin Central TD said also that the British government is more fixated with their deal with the DUP than progress in the … [Read more...]

Sinn Féin expects motion of no confidence to pass through Dail next week – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said this evening that her party’s motion of no confidence in HSE Director General Tony O’Brien will go ahead next week and that she expects support from Fianna Fáil and others in light of today’s events at the Public Accounts Committee. Speaking tonight Deputy McDonald said; “Over the past two weeks we have been dealing with fall out of … [Read more...]

McDonald welcomes O’Brien resignation

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Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has welcomed the news that Tony O’Brien is to resign as Director General of the HSE tomorrow. Teachta McDonald said; “Tony O’Brien’s resignation is a necessary first step in achieving accountability for this scandal. “It is regrettable that it ultimately took terminally ill women taking to the national airwaves to demand that Mr O’Brien … [Read more...]