Irish Unity and Brexit high on agenda as Mary Lou McDonald TD address Irish American supporters in New York

Towards a united Ireland

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD addressed a meeting of Friends of Sinn Féin in New York today. At the event she paid tribute to the former President of Friends of Sinn Féin, General Jim Cullen, who passed away in December last year. Deputy McDonald outlined a vision and pathway to achieve a new and united Ireland. She invited those who support Irish Unity to continue to work, to lobby … [Read more...]

McDonald ‘taken aback and concerned’ by Taoiseach’s comments regarding planning intervention on behalf of Donald Trump


Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that she is “taken aback and concerned” by the Taoiseach's revelation that he contacted Clare County Council on behalf of the now President of the United States Donald Trump who was unhappy about a proposal for a windfarm close to Mr Trump’s golf course in Doonbeg. Speaking from the United States this evening, Teachta McDonald … [Read more...]

Return to talks cannot be a step backwards and must be about delivery of rights – Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD, has responded to remarks made by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the United States last night in which he said he wants to see a return to talks in the North. Speaking from Washington DC, Ms McDonald said. "Last night an Taoiseach set out his wish to see a further process of talks in the North. "I welcome his acknowledgement that Marriage Equality and … [Read more...]

Mary Lou McDonald TD describes report from North-South Human Rights Committee as “an important contribution to Brexit debate”

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Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has described a report form the North-South Joint Committee on Human Rights as "an important contribution to the Brexit debate." Speaking from Washington DC this morning, Deputy McDonald said; "Essentially the report recognises the need for special arrangements for the North post-Brexit. "It addresses the threat posed to the Good Friday Agreement … [Read more...]

Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle to meet later this month to plan Ard Fheis – Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has announced that the party’s Ard Chomhairle will meet on Monday 19th of March to decide on the timing of this year’s Ard Fheis. Teachta McDonald was speaking today after a meeting of the party’s National Officer Board. Deputy McDonald said; “The priority for Sinn Féin at this time is to ensure that the 8th Amendment is … [Read more...]

Repeal of 8th Amendment ‘absolutely necessary’ to ensure women have access to vital healthcare – McDonald


Speaking in the Dáil on the Bill providing for a Referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said; “Repeal of the 8th Amendment is absolutely necessary in order to ensure that Irish women have access to proper and appropriate healthcare. “The 8th Amendment should never have been placed in our Constitution. Bitter experience over … [Read more...]

Taoiseach must scrap strategic communications unit and come before the PAC – McDonald


Speaking at Leaders’ Questions today, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to disband the Strategic Communications Unit and to come before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee. The Dublin Central TD said: “In Budget 2018, your Strategic Communications Unit was given €5 million. “To put that in context, that is a third of the additional … [Read more...]

Sinn Féin leadership holds ‘productive meeting’ with EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier


Speaking following a meeting with EU Chief Negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, today, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said; “Today’s meeting with Michel Barnier was very productive. We discussed the need to safeguard the Good Friday Agreement, our economy North and south, and the rights of citizens. “We raised our continued frustration at the failure of British government to … [Read more...]

“British Prime Minister fails to grasp the hard truths and realities of Brexit” – Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking following the speech by British Prime Minister Theresa May today, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said; “Twenty one months on from the disastrous Brexit referendum, we have no more than empty rhetoric and contradictory positions from the British Prime minster. “The British government has stated it does not want a hard border in Ireland and that it continues to support … [Read more...]

‘Leave no one in the cold’ – McDonald calls on Varadkar to explain post office closures and to ensure that no household is left without heating


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to explain why post offices were forced to close and to ensure that no household is cut off during this status red weather event. Teachta McDonald said; “I am very concerned at reports that post offices ran out of money today and had to close leaving many people with no payment. “This has caused distress for … [Read more...]