Seán Treacy Commemoration – Mary Lou McDonald

Sunday 15th October, 2017.

The text of the oration delivered by Mary Lou is here: 2017-10-15-MLMcD-TextOfSpeech

There’s video of the oration:

And photographs… lots of photographs

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Liam Lynch commemoration, 2017

On Sunday 16th July the annual Liam Lynch commemoration was held in the Knockmealdown Mountains, above Goatenbridge in County Tipperary.

Well attended, we heard a lament played by Padraig O Cadhain, a little of which is here:

The oration was delivered by Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, the final part of which is here:

Donnchadh reminded us that it is clear to all who look rationally and objectively at the present state of the ‘Republic’ of Ireland that the vision of 1916 and of 1919 has not been fulfilled.

Below are some of the photographs taken at the event, held as always in beautiful Irish July sunshine.

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Elevation of Mayor Catherine Carey of Sinn Féin Clonmel

“Fianna Fáil holds Ireland in a perpetual state of dysfunction”

PRESS RELEASE

2017-04-17

At the Easter Sunday commemoration of George Plant, Ciara McCormack of Thurles delivered a salient and strong reminder that not only do Fianna Fáil bear the responsibility for the recent financial bankruptcy of the State, but that they have a long and demonstrable history of moral bankruptcy too.

Ciara McCormack is Runaí of Sinn Féin Comhairle Ceantair, Tiobraid Árann. She is also studying Social Care in LIT Thurles where she is from, and put her research experience to good use to examine the case of George Plant, and what it teaches us about the harm that Fianna Fáil does in society.

In her oration Ciara McCormack said: “I lived by the core republican ideals of fairness, equality, and social justice before I had ever identified my views as Republican. Irish Republicanism embodies these ideals at it’s core, though most will not make that connection. This is due to the systematic vilification of Republicanism through oppression which carried from British colonialism to the Free State and on into today.”

I naively held the Department of Education view of history and so knew little of real heroes like George Plant.”

During one of the most distressing chapters of Irish legal history, the corruption, deceit and manipulation employed by a power hungry Fianna Fáil backed by an equally rotten police force to execute George Plant are as relevant today if we look at those same entities now.”

The death of George Plant shines a light on a period of history conveniently forgotten by those claiming to be the ‘real Republican party’”.

A soldier during the Tan War from 1919 to 1921, George Plant later questioned but ultimately carried out his orders during a period of high intrigue often affected by informers.”

Examining the life and suspicious death by execution of George Plant exposes the deceit and betrayal by the dark force of Fianna Fáil, which has stalked and shackled our people in often brutal repression for almost a century. Even the ‘new’ Fianna Fáil leadership forgets about testimonies extracted at gunpoint”.

Fianna Fáil collectively betrayed the Sovereign Constitution of 1919, which held sway in the Irish Republic from 1919 to 1922; the betrayal of this document has led us down the dark path we are still on today in this southern ‘Republic’”.

Fianna Fáil lambaste Sinn Féin about the horrors of armed conflict, forgetting the blood and horror of their own past. This and other behaviours are to be expected from the ever constant chameleon that holds Ireland in a perpetual state of dysfunction.”

Fine Gael are what they are and they openly destroy our country, but the willingness of Fianna Fáil to stoop to any low low to keep a grip on power still damages the working people of the State.”

It was in selfish pursuit of power that Fianna Fáil was formed, and their resultant policies ever since have morally and financially bankrupted Ireland.”

ENDS

L-R: Ciara McCormack, Cllr Martin Browne, Joanne Cleere.
At the 2017 George Plant commemoration the Oration was delivered by Ciara McCormack, in which she reminded us that “Fianna Fáil are the ever constant chameleon that holds Ireland in a perpetual state of dysfunction”.

The full oration is available in PDF format here:

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“Fianna Fáil holds Ireland in a perpetual state of dysfunction” (images)

(and forget the blood and horror of their own past)

Ciara McCormack, Cllr Martin Browne, Joanne Cleere.
At the 2017 George Plant commemoration the Oration was delivered by Ciara McCormack, in which she reminded us that “Fianna Fáil are the ever constant chameleon that holds Ireland in a perpetual state of dysfunction”.

At the Annual Easter commemoration of George Plant, Ciara McCormack delivered a powerful account of the fate of George Plant at the dishonest hands of Fianna Fáil, and the fate of the southern ‘Republic’.

The oration reminded the large crowd in attendance of the duplicity of Fianna Fáil and the harm that group have done to our State and to our Nation. As she reminded us, “while Fianna Fáil continually lament and lambast Sinn Féin about the horrors of armed conflict, they conveniently forget the blood and horror of their own past. They are the ever constant chameleon that holds Ireland in a perpetual state of dysfunction”.

The full oration is available in PDF format here:

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There are some photos available here:

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Bus route X7 to go

Meeting to discuss the cancellation of Expressway bus service between Clonmel and Dublin.
(Feel free to use photos)

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Bus Éireann – public meeting in Clonmel

There will be a public meeting held on Thursday next, 2nd March, in the Park Hotel, Clonmel at 20:00.

The meeting is organised by Dermot O’Leary of the NBRU to discuss the proposed closure of the Bus Éireann service between Dublin and Clonmel.

Councillors, TD’s, and the public are welcome.

It is hoped that Labour Councillor Maurice Shorthall will attend, and outline the unfortunate experiences of Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny, when their service was curtailed. A director of Bus Éireann is also expected to attend.

Thursday 2nd March

20:00

Park Hotel, Clonmel

Bus Éireann intend to close the service between Dublin and Clonmel.

Number of people in emergency accommodation rises yet again!

Tipperary Sinn Féin Councillors support call on Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney, to speed up the delivery of social housing to meet the growing number of people in emergency accommodation. The call comes as the Department of Housing published the December homeless figures showing yet another increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation.

Speaking on this, Councillor Martin Browne said: “The latest homeless figures published by the Department of Housing show yet another increase in the number of people in emergency accommodation. On that month, December, 4643 adults were in emergency accommodation, an increase of 207 people on November. For the first time since these figures were collated we now have more than 7000 in Department of Housing funded emergency accommodation.”

Sinn Fein Councillor Davy Dunne added: “This figure does not include adults and children in Tusla funded domestic violence emergency accommodation, non-Irish nationals in emergency accommodation funded by the New Communities Unit of the Department of Social Protection or the 400 families trapped in Direct Provision despite having their Stamp 4 visas.”

Councillor Catherine Carey stated: “The Government refuses to fully fund the purchase of up to 1000 houses offered for sale by AIB and PTSB. To date funding has only been approved for 200 of these units and contracts signed on only 30.”

Councillor Davy Doran said: “Minister Coveney keeps telling us that money is not a problem in tackling the homeless crisis. Yet houses for sale that could house homeless families are not being bought. The Minister needs to either put his money where is mouth is and buy those 1000 units Catherine mentioned or explain to the Dáil the reasons why he has chosen not to take families out of emergency accommodation and put them into houses that tonight are lying empty.”

The system is broken, and it won’t fix itself. Join Sinn Féin.

At the request of Uachtarán Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams TD, many elected Sinn Féin representatives recorded short invitations to join Sinn Féin.

Sinn Féin Tiobraid Árann were pleased top do so, as we acknowledge that the system in Ireland is broken. As it isn’t going to fix itself, we urge you to join us in fixing it, by joining Sinn Féin.

These videos were recorded at the 96th annual Seán Treacy commemoration in Kilfeakle, Co. Tipperary.

This first video features Cllr Martin Brown of Cashel/Golden local electoral area.

This video features Cllr David Dunne of the Carrick-on-Suir/Fethard local electoral area.

This video features Cllr David Doran of the Templemore-Thurles local electoral area.

 

Budget 2017 a wasted opportunity

PRESS RELEASE

2016-10-14

Sinn Féin Tipperary say that the recent budget was a wasted opportunity to end some of the austerity measures which have been piled upon the Irish public. This and previous governments have inflicted their financial philosophies on the people, and are in no rush to alleviate this.

Sinn Féin Tipperary said: “This was a chance for the coalition FG/Independents and their coalition partners on the opposition benches – Fianna Fáil – to give meaningful relief to Irish families. Instead we got a weak attempt to be seen to be helping everyone, but really it’s just widening the wealth divide.”

“Tipperary Sinn Féin point to the introduction of the €20,000 grant for first time buyers as a failed attempt to solve the housing problem, a crisis which the Government still fails to fully acknowledge. This will only worsen the crisis and looks after those who are purchasing €600,000 starter homes. Expert opinion before the budget warned the minister that this would drive up prices, but he ignored the advice.”

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Cllrs Martin Browne, Seamie Morris, Catherine Carey, Davy Dunne, David Doran.

“Sinn Féin welcomes the childcare intervention, but feel it is inadequate considering the investment required in this sector. There’s only €35.5 million provided here which will make little difference as those struggling at present will continue to do so. In Sinn Féin’s alternative budget proposals we had promised to invest €187 million in the sector and to make a real difference to struggling families.”

“The social welfare increase shows how little FF-FG and their partners care about the neediest in our society. After loss of their ESB/phone allowances over the past years, pensioners have gotten a five euro increase. This is an insult to those who have worked all their lives, paid taxes, and rebuilt this country every time FF/FG with their boom and bust policies destroyed it. We also know that the increase of €2.70 and €3.50 for the young and unemployed won’t stop thousands of them from emigrating.”

“While there are tweaks in the USC charges those make very little difference to the ordinary worker who in most cases will come out with little over €2 a week more,  barely the price of a cup of coffee.”

“All of this was done in what was described as spreading the recovery, but Sinn Féin feel the only rewards were for the high earners, and for ministers and TDs who were to receive a massive increase in their own wages. To add further insult to the electorate they had planned to bring this in on the first of January, while everyone else must wait until some time in March for their increase. New politics goes out the door when it involves their own wages. Sinn Féin were the only party to include a reduction in TDs salaries in their budget submissions. “

“This government and their FF partners have again failed to recognise or relate to the real problems which the majority are facing. We think it’s laughable that FF who last week were congratulating themselves for formulating this budget, are trying to distance themselves from the shambles they created. Public criticism and media backlash caused this change. What is clear with this budget is that there is no difference between FF or FG. It’s power – not fairness or equality – which drives them.”