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# Sinn Féin

# Expenses
Ó Broin insists his party doesn't 'owe Donohoe apology' in wake of SF expenses revelations
Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ó Broin said there is a “world of a difference” between Sinn Féin’s situation and Donohoe’s.
Yesterday
26th January 2023
# Mental Health
'We're letting children drop off a cliff edge at age 18': Opposition hits out at CAMHS issues
Sinn Féin’s spokesperson for mental health said it is “downright scandalous” that some young people are not receiving follow-up care such as essential blood tests.
This week
22nd January 2023 - 27th January 2023
# SIPO
Sinn Féin to amend 2016 election spending returns after 'oversight' on declaring outstanding bill
A party spokesperson told RTÉ that the party was within the spending limits laid down for the 2016 general election.
Last week
15th January 2023 - 21st January 2023
# SIPO
Heather Humphreys accuses Sinn Féin of setting up 'kangaroo court' against Paschal Donohoe
The minister said that Sinn Féin wasn’t affording Donohoe due process and seeking to act as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ against him.
# Stormont
'We're on a positive trajectory': Politicians hope EU and UK talks on NI protocol can move forward
Micheál Martin has urged patience with the negotiations to resolve the Northern Ireland Protocol dispute.
# OPeration Transformation
Department of Health no longer a sponsor of RTÉ's Operation Transformation
In both 2021 and 2022, the Department spent €230,000 to sponsor the series which has come under criticism for its focus on weight loss.
# expense declaration
Sinn Féin failed to declare cost of opinion poll for 2020 election to Sipo until last year
The party amended their declarations in January 2022.
# SIPO
Explainer: Why is Paschal Donohoe in hot water over his expense declarations?
Sinn Féin have said that the Public Expenditure Minister’s explanation was “simply not credible”.
This month
January 2023
# Opinion Poll
Sinn Féin remain most popular party despite small drop in support as Fine Gael regain ground
The latest Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks poll shows the state of the parties.
# Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach claims Sinn Féin-led government would mean ‘fewer jobs and lower incomes’
Leo Varadkar said there was concern in the business community about the potential for Sinn Féin in government.
Last month
December 2022
Voices
Brian Rowan: Northern Ireland cannot continue with pantomime politics and a pretend parliament
The former BBC correspondent looks back at a year of turmoil and persistent deadlock in Northern Irish politics.
# ira bombings
Canary Wharf: Adams was glad he 'didn't know about bombing' as he couldn't report or prevent it
Gerry Adams said he would not have been able to tell people in advance, because of his republicanism.
# Interview
All sectors will get 'fair hearing' on taxation if SF gets into power, McDonald insists
If in government, Sinn Féin would reduce the inheritance tax threshold to €300,000.
# Powersharing
Sunak says he is working 'flat out' to restore the power sharing executive in Northern Ireland
Powersharing in Northern Ireland is in cold storage due to a dispute over post-Brexit trading arrangements.
# Not happening
The latest attempt to re-establish powersharing in Stormont just failed
Sinn Féin has urged the DUP to back the election of a speaker to deliver energy support payments.
# Sinn Féin
McDonald says concessions around tricolour and anthem 'will be discussed' in united Ireland
Mary Lou McDonald said concessions to Unionists will be up for discussion in reaction to a recent opinion poll.
Mary Lou McDonald says coalition deal with Fine Gael 'a long shot', but doesn't rule it out
Speaking on The Late Late Show, the Sinn Féin leader said she believed that all parties should talk to each other.
Last year
2022
# Allegations
McDonald says allegations she used Hutch family for money and votes ‘entirely wrong’
The Sinn Féin leader rejected claims made during a Special Criminal Court trial.
# Private Members Motion
Eoin Ó Broin deems housing minister 'an embarrassment' in heated debate over housing
Sinn Féin introduced a motion to the Dail tonight calling for a housing emergency to be declared.
# Arlene Foster
Calls for civility after pro-IRA chant is directed at former DUP leader Arlene Foster
The footage involving Foster emerged from the Local Women Business Awards in Belfast at the weekend.
# retained firefighters
Retained firefighters hold 'demonstration of frustration' to highlight issues facing the service
‘We need more time off, guaranteed wages, and increase of staff,’ said one protester.
# Jerry McCabe
Widow of Garda killed by IRA dismisses Sinn Fein president’s comments
Ann McCabe, whose husband Jerry McCabe was killed in 1996, said that in her view, ‘murder is murder’.
'I will speak to everyone, I'm a grown up' says Sinn Féin leader on forming a government
It comes as a Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks opinion poll revealed that support for the party remains ahead of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
# ireland thinks
Sinn Féin is still by far the most popular party (though support has slightly dropped)
The Sunday Independent / Ireland Thinks poll puts support for Sinn Féin at 34 points.
# Sinn Féin Ard Fheis
FG and FF's housing potshots at each other make it an easy win for SF's slogans and promises
While Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael take cheap potshots at one another over who is to blame, Sinn Féin only have to sit back and watch the poll numbers rise.
# Political Donations
Sinn Féin receive highest amount in disclosed political donations last year
Donations made by TDs, Senators, MEPs across six political parties amounted to €193,511.
# The North
Still no clarity on an election date in Northern Ireland, what's going on?
The NI Secretary has faced criticism for failing to provide clarity on whether he will call an election.
# Deadline Day
Bertie Ahern: ‘Sad day’ for people of Northern Ireland as they face another election
The former Taoiseach said an election will not ‘change a damn thing’ because the Northern Ireland Protocol is not even on the agenda.
# Stormont
Voters in the North set to return to the polls for second time in seven months
A deadline for forming a new powersharing executive has lapsed, with an election due in December.
# joint authority
Sinn Féin and SDLP call for joint Dublin-London rule in Northern Ireland if Executive blocked
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that there could not be a return to previous direct rule arrangements.
# Leaders' Questions
Dáil told Govt has ‘failed to match people’s efforts to provide homes for Ukrainian refugees’
Martin criticised McDonald’s commentary on the matter during Leaders’ Questions today.
# Sinn Féin
Mary Lou McDonald says every citizen has right to defend their good name
It has been reported that solicitors acting on behalf of Martin Lanigan issued a letter to Shane Ross in relation to his recently published book.
Voices
Brian Rowan: Truss' resignation and Conservative chaos spell disaster for Northern Ireland
The former BBC correspondent says the ongoing chaos in London means Stormont is again forgotten.
# Electricity
Govt will not oppose SF motion on protections for PAYG customers and banning of disconnections
Minister Eamon Ryan is understood to be working on a new action plan.
# factcheck
Debunked: Article saying Sinn Féin should apologise for the 1916 Rising was doctored
A fake article by “W Brittan” called the Easter Rising an “unprovoked attack”.
# Sinn Féin
'It's a good day when justice is served': Eoin Ó Broin responds to Dowdall sentencing
Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin says his party has been quick to distance itself from Dowdall.
# Liffey Valley
Liffey Valley staff stage protest against introduction of parking charges for workers
A People Before Profit TD says it’s ‘tantamount to a pay cut’.
# GFA
Taoiseach accuses Sinn Féin of trying to ‘close down debate’
Micheál Martin accused his political opponents of trying to avoid accountability.
Voices
Brian Rowan: Can the parties of Northern Ireland truly make it work this time?
The former BBC correspondent says the signs of compromise are not good as another deadline looms for Stormont.
# pay as you go
Taoiseach criticised for lack of clarity on disconnection moratorium for pay-as-you-go customers
Martin maintains there are extra protections in place to protect customers.