Boylan calls time on Dublin City Councils plan to sell Magdalene Laundry site to Japanese Hotel


Responding to the Dublin City Council Report on the proposed development of the Seán McDermott Street Magdalene Laundry site local Sinn Féin Councillor Janice Boylan has called on Council management to withdraw its plans to sell the site to a Japanese hotel chain. Cllr Boylan said: “We are deeply disappointed with the Report published by the Deputy Chief Executive of Dublin City Council. … [Read more...]

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillors Reject Proposed Sale of Magdalene Laundry Site to Japanese Hotel Chain


Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillors submitted an amendment motion to yesterday’s full Council meeting outlining the party’s opposition the proposed sale of the Magdalene Laundry Sean McDermott Street site to a Japanese hotel chain. Speaking after the Council meeting during which a vote on the motions submitted regarding the proposed sale were deferred to next week Sinn Féin Cllr Janice … [Read more...]

McDonald addresses Sinn Féin Away Days

2018 Away Day

In her opening address to the Sinn Féin Away Days in Cavan this morning, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said: (Check against delivery) A chairde, welcome to County Cavan for Sinn Féin’s annual national away day. Sinn Féin is the all-Ireland party - the only party with representatives in the Oireachtas, the Assembly, the European Parliament and councils the length and breadth … [Read more...]

Government must lead by example on Mother and Baby Homes – Mary Lou McDonald TD

ML AV Room

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on the government to lead by example on the mother and baby homes and illegal adoption scandals. Speaking today the Sinn Féin leader said: “Minister Zappone's memo to Pope Francis is welcome. These words now must be matched with action on the part of the church and state. "Neither the state or the church should be permitted to shirk … [Read more...]

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

Dublin Litter Campaign

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


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


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

Pride Talk Back

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


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

2018July Women's Health Policy

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...]