Cllr Gaye Fagan & Mary Lou McDonald TD launch ‘Clean Our Streets’ Campaign

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Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD and Cllr Gaye Fagan today launched a party campaign aimed at tackling the growing levels of illegal dumping and littering across Dublin. The campaign includes a five-point action plan which will include lobbying Dublin City Council and the Government to invest greater resources into street cleaning. Ms McDonald TD was joined by Cllr Gaye Fagan and members of … [Read more...]

‘The work of reconciliation must continue and deepen’ – McDonald

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Despite frustrations with the political process, reconciliation must continue and must deepen. It must involve all in the community and every section of society, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said. Commenting after addressing a Newgate Arts Festival event in Derry where she shared a platform with the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson and Ulster Unionist Doug Beattie, she warned that … [Read more...]

Tory Brexit will not delay Irish Unity Referendum – McDonald

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Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said “the chaos of the Tory Brexit will not delay a referendum on Irish Unity”. Speaking from Leinster House today, Teachta McDonald said; “The very nature of Brexit and the blatant disregard shown to Ireland by the Tory government underscores the imperative for Irish Unity. It emphasises the need for the people, north and south, to have their … [Read more...]

‘The continued denial of marriage equality is unacceptable, unsustainable and wrong’ – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Mary Lou McDonald TD has said "the achievement of marriage equality in the North is a matter of basic human rights”. Speaking at the Pride Talks Back event in Belfast this evening, The Sinn Féin Leader added: "The denial to our LGBT+ citizens of marriage equality is unacceptable, unsustainable and wrong. Politicians must show the leadership required to bring about legislative … [Read more...]

Leo Varadkar failure to honour commitments to victims of Cervical Smear Scandal has compounded damage and hurt – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has today called the treatment of Ruth Morrissey and the other victims as a "further scandal, compounding damage and hurt". Deputy McDonald TD said; "The cervical smear scandal only came to light because of the courage and tenacity of Vicky Phelan. "The government promised that her battle through the courts would be the last; that no other victim … [Read more...]

Sinn Féin launch women’s healthcare policy document

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This morning Sinn Féin party leader Mary Lou McDonald TD along with Dáil Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD and Assembly spokesperson on Mental Health Órlaithí Flynn MLA launched Sinn Féin’s all-Ireland women’s healthcare policy document entitled ‘A Vision for Women’s Healthcare’. Speaking at the launch Teachta McDonald said: “Women in Ireland have suffered many … [Read more...]

EU should seek a special summit before October to resolve Irish issues – McDonald

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Speaking following a meeting between Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald and Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill with EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, Mary Lou McDonald TD said: “Last week’s visit by Theresa May to Belfast has raised very serious concerns over the British government’s approach to Brexit. “In December we were told that a ‘backstop’ was a cast-iron guarantee, that … [Read more...]

Theresa May ‘picking a fight’ with Ireland and the EU – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Sinn Féin Leader Mary McDonald TD said today that British Prime Minister Theresa May had visited the north to pick a fight with Ireland and the European Union. Teachta McDonald said: “We were told that the British Minister came to Ireland to listen and to reassure. It is clear that she is not listening to community and business interests and seeks only to reassure the DUP. “Her … [Read more...]

‘We will prevail, we will overcome, we will not be denied’ – McDonald

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Full text of Mary Lou McDonald’s speech at the solidarity rally with the families of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey at the Andersonstown Barracks site on Monday 16 July 2018 A chairde, Tá muid anseo anocht chun seasamh gualainn le gualainn lenár gcairde agus lenár gcomrádaithe Gerry agus Bobby agus lena gclana. Agus ba mhian liom bheith soiléir, is naimhde na síochána agus naimhde … [Read more...]

Presidential election will be about the next seven years and a national conversation about the future of our country – McDonald

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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has confirmed that “Sinn Féin will be contesting the Presidential election. The Ard Chomhairle has appointed a Presidential Election Committee to oversee the process of selecting a candidate.” Teachta McDonald said: “Ireland and the world have changed in the seven years since we last had a presidential election.  A new generation has become … [Read more...]