“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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Vera Twomey must walk 263Km for medicine for her daughter Ava

Photographs of Vera Twomey in Cahir, County Tipperary. Vera has to walk 263Km from Cork to Dublin to get medicine for her daughter Ava. The Irish State is working against her.

The medicine isn’t expensive. It’s cannabis, to be used for medicinal purposes to control Ava’s seizures. Cannabis is legal in other parts of Europe, and in most of the United States of America. It’s non-toxic, non-lethal, non-addictive, written about in the bible, and a plant with which humans are co-evolved. Humans have used cannabis naturally for about 5,000 years. It’s good for pain relief, seizure control, and many other uses.

In the ‘Republic’ of Ireland it is illegal.

Ava has dozens of seizures a day. Vera fears they will kill the young 6 year old. And still the inexpensive and natural medicine cannot be legally used by Ava.

Tomorrow Vera starts from Cahir at 08:30 and heads via New Inn to Cashel. Please come out and support her. If you can walk a little with her or contact your TD it would help 6 year old Ava hugely.

Cahir House Hotel offered to accommodate Vera overnight at no charge; Vera is spending tonight instead with supporters she has met along the way. Similar support has already been offered in Cashel. Such is the level of generosity shown by ordinary people.

This stands in contrast with the treatment Vera and Ava have received from Minister for Health Simon Harris, and the mistreatment they have received at the hands of the HSE.

If you’re an ordinary citizen who understands that a Mum shouldn’t have to battle alone against the State, here’s how you can help:

  • Can you share this post?
  • Can you raise awareness by phoning a radio station?
  • Can you send an email to simon.harris@oir.ie to complain about both his actions and inaction?
  • Can you come out and walk with Vera?
  • Can you sign the petition?
  • Can you bother the TDs in your constituency with phone calls and emails?

Only people power can change this situation. That means you.

(You can see for yourself a video of young Ava here)

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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.

National Reserve measures do not go far enough – Martin Kenny TD

Speaking in Leinster House today, Sinn Féin’s Agriculture spokesperson, Martin Kenny TD, has said that the measures introduced by Minister Michael Creed on the National Reserve were welcome, but do not go far enough.

Deputy Kenny said:

“While I am glad that, at last, the Minister has done something to help young farmers and new entrants to farming for 2017, after leaving them in the lurch last year, these measures do not go far enough to resolve the situation.

“However, €5 million is not enough to deal with the backlog of young farmers who have completed or who are now trying to complete green cert training and who will be seeking entitlements soon.”

Social housing output remains low as approvals process stalls delivery- Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has labelled the government’s social housing delivery for 2016 as “uninspiring and wholly inadequate.” Deputy Ó Broin made the comments on foot of the publication of the Social Housing Construction Projects Status Report for 2016.

He said: “This report shows that only 652 units were delivered in 2016. This is just 8% of the overall number of units currently “in development”. This figure is spread across Local Authorities, Associated Housing Bodies, Capital Assistance projects, rapid builds, regeneration projects, Capital Advance and Leasing projects and turnkey projects.

“Another 21% of the units are on site. However, 34 of the 90 developments described as on site only commenced in the fourth quarter of 2016. The majority of the developments, over 70% of the social housing units announced, are being held up by the cumbersome approval, tendering and procurement rules that the Department of Housing imposes on local Councils. These rules can delay the delivery of social housing by up to 24 months.

“For example, the figures published in this status report worrying show that 89 of the 353 projects stuck in the bureaucratic approvals process have been at the first stage of the process, the capital appraisals stage, since the third quarter of 2015 or before. Over a quarter of the social housing projects currently under development have been stuck at stage one of the approvals and procurement process for 16 months or more.

“This is not good enough given the level of social housing need in this state. Last November I published a document as to how the approval, tendering and procurement regime for social housing could be speeded up. This would consist of a one stage approval process instead of the current four stage process.

“Sinn Féin also recommend that to enable local authorities and Associated Housing Bodies to deliver social housing programmes as quickly as possible the Department of Housing should provide them with, in principle, funding approval for six years to cover the period of the government’s Housing Plan. The Department of Housing must take the time to review its own procedures and see how it can reduce the red tape holding up the delivery of social housing.”

 

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.

 

Seán Treacy Commemoration 2016

Seán Treacy Commemoration 2016

October 16th 2016

Annual Seán Treacy Commemoration, Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary.

Cathaoirleach: Kevin Brunnick.

Guest speaker is Eóin Ó Broin.

Assemble 14:30 for 15:00.

Music provided by Carrick-on-Suir RFB.


You can read about Seán Treacy on Wikipedia here.


Annual Liam Lynch Commemoration

COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT

2016-07-17

Tipperary Republican Commemoration Committee cordially invite all to the annual General Liam Lynch commemoration:

Goatenbridge, Co. Tipperary

Pat O’Donnell will Chair the event. Guest speaker will be Kevin O’Keeffe TD of Fianna Fáil (East Cork).

Music on the day will be provided by Carrick-on-Suir Republican Flute Band.

Assemble at 13:30 for 14:00 start. Refreshments provided afterwards.

All are welcome in this Centenary Year

– Tipperary Republican Commemoration Committee

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Carrick-on-Suir band, after the 2015 commemoration.

An un-Civil War?

“Ireland unequal will never be at peace”

The recent media exchanges on the formation of a new Government have focussed on a number of items, including what will happen with Uisce Éireann. They have also focussed on small trivial issues, distracting from the more important work at hand.

Sinn Féin County PRO Fachtna Roe said: “The question of water taxes is a fundamental one for many in Ireland. Tipperary delivered a resounding blow to Fine Gael on February 26th, leaving the county without Fine Gael representation for the first time since the foundation of the State.”

“The Labour Party also found itself on the receiving of electoral wrath, with their Minister barely squeaking back to Leinster House on transfers. Like his colleagues, he is now but a place-holder, and no longer a Minister with a mandate or with authority.”

“The failure of the two large conservative parties to agree to coalesce is a failing that must be traced back to our history to be understood. These are the parties that grew from the Civil War that raged following the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921.”

“That there has been so much discussion even about who called who, and when, and how indicates that there is more that separates these two groups than mere policy; and clearly, there isn’t much of a policy divide between them anyway. What really separates them is their past animosity towards each other. That animosity is the same thing that allowed each party to define themselves best as ‘not the other’, rather than by any fundamental differences in policy.”

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Sinn Féin Cllr Martin Browne of Cashel.

Cllr Martin Browne added: “We see today a situation similar to that which prevailed in the 1930’s where two sides with not much between them are opposed on the ground that they were opposed to each other in the past, and that’s their preferred position.”

“In reality – taking water as the example – the only difference is personalities and pride.”

“Fianna Fáil began the job of bringing in the water tax, and Fine Gael with gusto implemented the Fianna Fáil policy. We shouldn’t be fooled in particular with how Fianna Fáil are saying they’ll do away with anything. They’ll flip-flop again on Uisce Éireann. They’ll always take the populist position and count on the electorate having a short memory. Fine Gael are no better because they have their own agenda of privatisation which is populist for their voters.”

Cllr David Dunne added: “The truth is that both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are driven solely to be on top of each other, to have jobs for the boys – their boys – and to maintain the status quo.”

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Cllr Davy Dunne of Sinn Féin, Carrick-on-Suir

“Neither party cares much about equality, fairness, social justice, or doing the right thing, unless that will get them votes. Let them squabble over who called who, and let them have their ’round-table’ discussion because they think that sounds more grand. In the end, they’re two sides of the one coin debating who is most valuable to themselves.”

“Both parties need to get over themselves and find a compromise, but to realise in doing so that the majority of voters want Uisce Éireann gone.”

Fachtna Roe added: “The truth of the current situation is deadlock. Fine Gael cannot hold power, and Fianna Fáil cannot take power. Both parties need to get on with the job of forming a Government, but remember as they do so that Uisce Éireann and placing a tax on life has been rejected by the electorate.”

“But they must also start to address issues of social and other inequality – to include a right to housing.”

“If this isn’t achieved, we’ll be marching again. To paraphrase Pádraig Pearse, ‘Ireland unequal shall never be at peace‘.”