Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada in Tipperary

2016-11-21

Sinn MEP Liadh Ní Riada was in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on Friday to meet the River Shannon Protection Alliance group along with Cllr Séamie Morris. Liadh heard first hand from people who have been affected by the lowering water levels on Lough Derg among many other issues. Liadh agrees that Lough Derg is vital for the tourism prospects in the region for the future and as an economic asset for the Mid West region.

Irish Water’s preferred proposition at present is to use water from Lough Derg via a major pipe construction to supply Dublin and surrounding areas.

Irish Water have begun a public consultation process that will last until Feb 14th 2017. Councillor Morris is calling on people who feel strongly about this issue to contact him, get involved in local campaign groups, or lodge their own submission.

We already have problems arising in the Irish mushroom sector, because of the significant weakening of Sterling against the Euro over recent weeks, with plants closing down, as a result of Brexit concerns.”

Brexit is an all-island issue. So, I expect MEPs from all over Ireland to support the setting up of a Brexit working group for agriculture.

In my opinion farming and food in Tipperary are the industries that have most to lose from Brexit.”

Liadh is also concerned about rural Tipperary, A European Commission report into the Cumulative Effects of Trade Agreements which was published today proved again that deals like CETA & TTIP will have devastating consequences for agriculture.

Now Irish MEPs (Fine Gael, in particular) have a choice to make in advance of the European Parliament vote on CETA, due to take place in December.

They can either support Irish farmers or they can support regressive trade deals such as CETA & TTIP, but they can’t support both.

ENDS

2015-06-19: Cllr Séamie Morris (Sinn Féin), MEP Liadh Ní Riada (Sinn Féin) and Declan Collisson (Shannon Protection Alliance) outside The Lake Café.

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.”

Anger at Dáil failure to respect voter’s wishes

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2016-01-23: Some of the large crowd that marched against water taxes in Clonmel in January.

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Cllr. Séamie Morris of Sinn Féin has spoken of his anger at the undemocratic way that the Dáil failed to respect and act on the majority of voters concerns on Thursday 10th. The majority of TDs in the current Dáil have stated they are opposed to water taxes.

Cllr Morris said: “Sinn Féin sought to recognise and respect the will of the voters by having a debate on the scrapping of Uisce Éireann added to the agenda for the next Dáil sitting. It isn’t a surprise to anyone that Fine Gael and Labour were against this.”

“Pearse Doherty insisted on this, despite the Ceann Comhairle seeking to follow the line laid down by An Taoiseach Sealadach, Enda Kenny. A division was forced, meaning that a full vote had to be taken of the elected TDs.”

“Fianna Fáil immediately thereafter showed their true colours and voted with their Fine Gael and Labour friends. Some are impressed that Fianna Fáil took as long as they did to break their election promises, which view of their honesty I can well understand.”

“Yet this wasn’t a vote to abolish Uisce Éireann, merely an attempt to have a debate on that question. Even so, Fianna Fáil sided with their establishment colleagues rather than act on their promises, or to permit discussion of them. Tipperary TDs Jackie Cahill – who said he was against the water charges – and Alan Kelly did likewise, which isn’t unusual.”

“But we’re disappointed that Tipperary’s Mattie McGrath – a former member of Fianna Fáil – took the side of this temporary Government. It cannot have slipped Mr McGrath’s attention that anti-water taxes protests were as fiercely determined in the south of our county as they were anywhere else in the land.”

“So much for him being a TD for all of the people of Tipperary.”

Gerry Adams comments as polls close in election 2016

Speaking at the close of polls this evening Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said:

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Séamie Morris with Uactharán Sinn Féin, Gerry Adams.

“I would like to thank all the Sinn Féin candidates and their families, our canvassers and supporters who gave so generously of their time.

“In particular I would like to thank the citizens who have come out to invest their votes and their hopes in Sinn Féin.

“Sinn Féin stood in this election as the party with a plan for a fair recovery, for 250,000 jobs, for investment in health, housing and for fair taxation.

“Sinn Féin is the only party with a plan to reclaim the Republic promised in the proclamation and to deliver Irish Unity.

“In this election Sinn Féin faced the three establishment parties and sections of the media, who promoted the politics of fear and tax breaks for the better off at the cost of housing and health.

“Their only interest in the north has been to score cheap political points, rather than build on the achievements of the peace and political processes.

“Over the course of this campaign we have presented a real alternative to the failed politics of 94 years of cronyism, conservatism and inequality embodied by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

“I believe this election will see an increase in support for Sinn Féin and for progressive politics.”

 

Friday can be the people’s rising – Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has this morning said: “There is no difference between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.  Last night we got a stark reminder of the naked cronyism of these parties.

Friday can be the people’s rising. Come out and vote, vote for hope, vote for change, vote for Sinn Féin.”

See how to vote here:

Deputy Adams was speaking at his party’s final press conference of the general election campaign.

He said: “Last night during the final leaders debate, we got a stark reminder of the golden circle, Galway Tent politics of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, who have been appointing their cronies and friends to positions of influence in the State for decades.

“Enda Kenny finally admitted to appointing his party’s former Seanad nominee John McNulty to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Despite promising a democratic revolution, he has kept Fianna Fáil’s legacy of cronyism and political patronage alive and well.

“There are two Irelands out there – one for the privileged and one for the rest of us.

“As we enter the final days of the campaign it is clear that there is no difference between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour.

“Sinn Féin is clear in our vision – unlike Labour, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil we will not give tax breaks to the wealthy. Instead we will use the tax revenue to build a universal health care system, to build homes, to invest in education and protect the vulnerable.

“We will end water charges, and the family home tax, reduce class sizes, recruit more doctors, nurses, GPs, midwifes and teachers, end prescriptions charges, end student fees and cap child care costs at €150 a week.

“It is all a matter of political choices – a choice between tax breaks for the wealthy or investment in services and jobs.  Friday can be our 1916 Rising, an entirely peaceful one.  The republic should be the property of the people. I am calling on people reclaim the republic.

On Friday I’m asking citizens to seize this opportunity, to elect a new progressive government led by Sinn Féin under the Right2Change Principles.”

See Gerry Adams’ endorsement of Séamie Morris here:

 

Morris on how to vote – advice for new voters

2016-02-24

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Sinn Féin’s Tipperary General Election candidate Cllr. Séamie Morris has released a video to help new voters understand what they’ll do on Friday 26th.

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This is the ballot paper you’ll see next Friday.

Cllr Morris said: “The counting of votes is complicated, but casting your vote is not. The task for the new voter is quite simple – once they go out to vote! The real voice for change is You.”

An information card was sent to every registered voter. That states where you’ll be voting. The most important bit of information on that is where you’ll vote. In the polling station, you’ll find your polling table according the to booth number on the card, but you can ask at any table when you get there if you’re unsure.”

The staff are quite used to helping people out, so you won’t be the only person to ask.”

When you find the right table, you might be asked for ID. The information card is just to get you to the polling station, so you should have one of: passport, driving licence, employee or student card with a photograph. If you don’t have any of those, a Credit Union or bank book with your address on it will do. A Public Services card is also OK. Don’t be offended if you are asked for ID, as a percentage of people must be asked.”

After you get the ballot paper, make sure the ballot has been stamped or punched, and go to the nearest booth, where there will be pencils to mark the ballot. In the privacy of the booth you can make your choices.”

There are 13 candidates on the Tipperary ballot paper. You should start by writing ‘1’ in the box to the right of your preferred candidate. You can then write ‘2’ in the box of your second choice, ‘3’ for your third choice etc.

You don’t need to go all the way down to 13, and most people don’t, because they don’t want to give any preference to their least favourite candidate. This year, a huge number of people won’t be giving any preference to any of the three parties that wrecked our country. So just start at 1 and keep going through the numbers until

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A sample of how to fill the ballot paper.

you find the first of the candidates you just do not want to see elected, and then stop.”

Don’t write anything else on the ballot paper, because doing that will spoil your ballot and it won’t be counted.”

If you do make a mistake, and many people do, bring the folded ballot paper back to the table and ask for a new one. When you get the new one, return to the booth and try again.”

When you’re finished, fold the ballot paper and bring it back to the ballot box which is in front or beside the polling table. Do a quick check again to be sure the ballot has been stamped or punched. Put the paper in the ballot box. That’s it, now you’re a citizen!”

Cllr Martin Browne, Biddy Hayes, and Cllr Séamie Morris. Martin & Séamie are presenting a gift to Biddy, who is a long-serving Republican.
Cllr Martin Browne, Biddy Hayes, and Cllr Séamie Morris. Martin & Séamie are presenting a gift to Biddy, who is a long-serving Republican and never misses a vote.

Obviously, I’d like you to give me your number 1 preference. I want to help build a New Republic, where housing and water are rights, and emigration isn’t the main means of keeping unemployment numbers low.” 


The video below was made in the home of 92 year-old Biddy Hayes. A strong, determined, and utterly charming woman that every younger woman should aspire to be like!

Once in a lifetime opportunity is at hand – Morris

2016-02-22

Sinn Féin’s Tipperary General Election candidate Cllr. Séamie Morris has spoken of the significance of the opportunity facing the electorate on Friday. He says that after 88 years of 2½ party rule which bankrupted the nation, it’s time to change the disregard shown to the small person by the State, as demonstrated by levels of homelessness.

2015-10-10: At the homelessness sleep-out, Councillor Séamie Morris stands with some of the Tipperary Sinn Féin team, Cllr Martin Browne (L) and Cllr David Doran (R). Pictured also are Séan Harty, Siobhán Walsh, Keelan Walsh.
2015-10-10: At the homelessness sleep-out, Councillor Séamie Morris stands with some of the Tipperary Sinn Féin team, Cllr Martin Browne (L) and Cllr David Doran (R). Pictured also are Séan Harty, Siobhán Walsh, Keelan Walsh.

Cllr Morris said: “It’s as plain as the history books show, that after 88 years of 2½ party rule in the South, we cannot continue as we are. A look back even over the last few decades shows that the electorate today are faced with repeating the mistakes of their parents, and grandparents.

Since the foundation of the southern State two parties have passed the fortunes of the State and the hopes of the population between them, counting on a smaller party to prop them up when required. This is especially obvious from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, where the boom bust cycle that comes with that stands out clearly. For new voters who have no memory of that, it’s not so clear that this is the same cycle we’re in again now, but it is.

Then as now, Fianna Fáil would run up the debts, and then Fine Gael would jump in to balance the books in the unfairest way possible, selling off State assets and destroying more of the fabric of our society. The booms were artificial, and the pain of the bust the only real thing.

Younger voters must understand that a State going bankrupt isn’t normal; that Austerity isn’t normal; that people dying hungry and cold on our streets isn’t normal. But they also need to know that Austerity isn’t a new policy for Fine Gael. When they were Cumann na nGaedheal in the 1920’s they followed policies that helped the same thing to happen, but then hundreds starved to death. One hundred years on, it really is time for that to change.

Today’s levels of homelessness reflect their attitude, and are a symptom of it. There are hundreds of homeless in each of the 26 counties, and some counties have thousands. Even Tipperary has seen a spate of homelessness.”

I attended an event on October 10th last that local activists here organised a sleep-out to increase awareness about homelessness. That was here in Thurles, not somewhere remote, but here on our doorstep, where the Thurles Novas centre is full. In Nenagh last year a man died homeless on a bench. Tipperary is not immune to the homelessness crisis.

But when making a choice of who to change to, Fianna Fáil isn’t an option because they sold out the State 0219 PRINT TEAMS ARE STRONGER THAN INDIVI-TippStarto their developer friends. Labour aren’t an option because they’re just a crutch for the big two, and are so hungry for seats in Cabinet – the ‘top table’ – as Minister for Metering and Announcements Alan Kelly puts it, that they will sell out their every principle and break every promise to get there. The newer parties that have sprung up don’t have policies as advanced as those of Sinn Féin, which is the senior party on the island. Only Sinn Féin has an all-island team that can make real change.”

We need to realise that the only concrete result of 88 years of our way of governing is bankruptcy and a homelessness crisis. Every citizen has a choice to make on Friday. More of the same, or change to Sinn Féin. This is an opportune year in which to place Sinn Féin in government across the full 32 counties, and in place to bring caring and equitable prosperity to all.”

List of empty houses evidence of State policy to support landlord buddies – Morris

2016-02-22

Sinn Féin’s Tipperary General Election candidate Cllr. Séamie Morris has spoken of the significance of the opportunity facing the electorate on Friday. He says that after 95 years of 2½ party rule which bankrupted the nation, it’s time to change policy to help the small person, and to stop enriching landlords at the expense of everyone else.

2016-02-16: Cllr Séamie Morris discusses empty houses in Ardfinnan with Kevin Brunnick & Danny Carroll of Cahir Sinn Féin.
2016-02-16: Cllr Séamie Morris discusses empty houses in Ardfinnan with Kevin Brunnick & Danny Carroll of Cahir Sinn Féin.

Cllr Morris said: “During a canvass in the south of our county last week, I was unsurprised to see so many empty houses. It’s the same across Tipperary, so what I saw in Clonmel, Ardfinnan, and Carrick-on-Suir was familiar. In each town and village I saw the same thing. I saw houses empty, partly finished estates, and evidence that Fine Gael prioritise their landlord buddies.

In an estate in Carrick-on-Suir that has no street lighting, there is evidence that the quick buck is still the order of the day. Yet another location is a ghost estate, now subject to vandalism and burning. In Clonmel a whole row of empty houses faced me. Cashel and Ardfinnan have unallocated and vacant housing. There are just on 250,000 empty houses in this country, based on the 2011 census.

We are told that there is a shortage of housing, but clearly there isn’t. So who benefits from this? Landlords who keep pushing up their rents, even beyond the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) levels. The artificially low numbers of houses available is an excuse for a massive transfer of our wealth into the hands of an already wealthy elite.

Since the foundation of the southern State two parties have passed the fortunes of the State and the hopes of the population between them, counting on smaller parties to prop them up when required. This is especially obvious from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, where the boom bust cycle that comes with that stands out clearly. For new voters who have no memory of that, it’s not so clear that this is the same cycle we’re in again now, but it is.

Our housing crisis is as a direct result of this. The State policy on homelessness is simply that there should be homelessness, to keep rents high and to scare up payment of mortgages. But younger voters must understand that a State going bankrupt isn’t normal; that Austerity isn’t normal; that families living for months and years in guest houses and hostels isn’t normal.

0220 PRINT TEAMS ARE STRONGER THAN INDIVI-NationalistWe must break that cycle. But when selecting who to change to, Fianna Fáil isn’t an option because they sold out the State to their developer friends. Labour are just a crutch for the big two, and are so hungry for seats in Cabinet – the ‘top table’ – as Minister for Metering and Announcements Alan Kelly puts it, that they will sell out their every principle and break every promise to get there. The rest do not have the internal cohesion to make a difference. Only Sinn Féin have the team, from councillors to an MEP that can make a difference. Having a TD will strengthen the team even more to improve our county.

We need to realise that the only concrete result of 95 years of this way of governing is bankruptcy and a homelessness crisis. Every citizen has a choice to make on Friday. More of the same, or change to Sinn Féin. This is an opportune year in which to place Sinn Féin in government across the full 32 counties, and in place to bring caring and equitable prosperity to all.

2016-02-16 Cllr Séamie Morris canvassing in Woodview Estate, Cahir.
2016-02-16 Cllr Séamie Morris canvassing in Woodview Estate, Cahir.

Morris highly critical of Tom Hayes vandalism and damage to trees

2016-02-21

Sinn Féin’s Tipperary General Election candidate Cllr. Séamie Morris has hit2016-02-20-DSC_5112-edited-smaller out at the manner in which posters from Tom Hayes have been nailed to trees around Clonmel. He says such disregard for natural life from supporters of the outgoing Minister is particularly disappointing as the Minister has had special responsibility for Forestry, and because some of the trees are ash.

Cllr Morris said: “Nailing election posters to trees is a regressive development in a modern election. Most of us have moved beyond thinking of trees as unimportant and near-inanimate objects. We have moved to understanding that trees provide more than just visual amenity. They clean the air, provide the oxygen we breathe, and are a key component in maintaining a healthy environment.”

2016-02-19-IMG_2602-Clonmel-CahirRoadWe have come to accept and care for the natural environment and show regard for trees in particular. It was therefore a major surprise – and disappointment – to learn that so many trees have been vandalised in this way. Hammering nails into trees stopped being acceptable decades ago.”

Some of the trees are ash, an essential species for a hurling county, and a species that is already under threat from the Ash Dieback which has spread across Europe and is already in Ireland. That’s a fungus that spreads and kills the trees over time. It does this by damaging the layer of bark that transports nutrients to the rest of the tree. That’s also the layer that is most compromised by the hammering in of nails, such as Mr Hayes has done. There are 3 nails in many of the trees, and therefore 3 sites for infection.”2016-02-19-IMG_2601-Clonmel-CahirRoad

I expect of Tom Hayes that he will now publicly take responsibility the removal of these posters, and for the cost of an inspection, health-check, and treatment of the dozens of trees involved by a qualified arborist. He must take responsibility for these acts of vandalism, and for putting this right. There is also at least one tree near Kilsheelan bearing a nailed-on poster of Jackie Cahill, and I expect him to take the same responsibility.”

It may sound a little like a ‘hippy’ philosophy to have concern for trees as living creatures, but they are – no matter how it sounds – and we depend on them. The Irish people have for millennia had special respect for trees. Now there’s about a dozen trees on the Cahir road out of Clonmel that have been abused this way and have been harmed.”

As we as a people have come to a better understanding of the complexities of our environment, and the importance of all the species in it, this is a sad regression. It could be that Mr Hayes membership of a party that has shown itself immune to consideration of the well-being of their fellow man has made him immune to such considerations for all other living things.”2016-02-19-IMG_2598-Clonmel-Kilskeelan


Photographs 1-3 show posters of Tom Hayes nailed to ash trees on Cahir Road, Clonmel.

Photograph #4 shows poster of Jackie Cahill nailed to tree near Kilsheelan, Clonmel.