Edentubber Commemoration told ‘Case For United Ireland Has Never Been More Obvious And More Necessary’

Front Row: L-R Conor Murphy MLA, Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú, Cllr Charlie Casey & Cllr Antóin Watters
second Row: L-R Cllr Pearse McGeough, Cllr Oonagh Magennis, Cllr Roisin Mulgrew, Cllr Valerie Harte and Cllr Liz Kimmons
Back Row: Patrick and Joe Parle (Nephews of Edentubber Martyr Patrick Parle)

 

Speaking at the annual Edentubber Martyrs commemoration, Sinn Féin’s Mickey Brady MP told the large crowd in attendance that “the case for a United Ireland has never been more obvious and more necessary.” 

The 62nd Commemoration was chaired by Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú and was attended by well over 500 people.

Mickey Brady told the crowd that “the tide of history is with those who seek to build a united Ireland based on social justice and equality.”

In a message to Boris Johnston and the DUP, Brady sent a clear message regarding Brexit.

“During Operation Harvest in the 1950s and right up until the most recent phase of the conflict, the checkpoints, watch towers and military bases that polluted these mountain tops give evidence enough of the strategic importance of this area and of the strength of Republican resistance. 

“Those checkpoints are gone. The watchtowers and spy posts are gone. The hard border that they enforced is gone.

“And let me make this very clear, to Boris Johnston and Arlene Foster and whoever else needs to hear it.

Brexit or no Brexit, there will be no return to a hard border in Ireland.”

Brady referred to the upcoming Westminster being held next month.

“On December 12th the vote the Republican Movement gets in this election will not only be watched closely by Little Englanders in London, green Tories in Dublin and hard Brexiteers in the DUP. Be in no doubt that the eyes of the world will be on the results of these elections.

“From Brussels to Washington we must send a clear message to all the nations of the world that the Irish people have rejected Brexit, rejected Boris’ border and rejected Westminster’s influence in Irish affairs”.

Speaking about the need for real debate on a United Ireland, Mickey said,

“The case for a United Ireland has never been more obvious and more necessary. The clamour for a real debate and for real preparations for unity to begin will only get louder. Sinn Féin is calling for a representative, all-Ireland citizens’ forum to be established to begin discussions and plan for unity.

“A united Ireland makes sense; it makes sense culturally, politically, environmentally and economically.”

Omeath wastewater treatment facility vital following EPA report – Ó Murchú

Louth Sinn Féin general election candidate Ruairí Ó Murchú has said that the completion of a new wastewater treatment facility in Omeath is absolutely vital.

Councillor Ó Murchú made his remarks today following the release of the ‘Urban Wastewater Treatment Report’ by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which states that 36 towns and villages across the state are releasing untreated sewage into rivers and seas.

Councillor Ó Murchú said;

“The EPA report published this morning makes for grim reading.

“There are 6 towns in County Louth listed among 120 urban areas where improvements are needed to resolve our environmental priorities.

“Blackrock, Castlebellingham, Dundalk, Dunleer, Omeath and Tallanstown are all falling short of their environmental obligations

“This demonstrates the outworking of the state’s historic failure to invest in wastewater infrastructure.

“It is not good enough and the EU Commission has already commenced infringement proceedings against this State for urban waste water treatment infringements.

“The government must address this issue immediately.

“I have written to Irish Water regarding the progress of the new wastewater treatment facility in Omeath.

Sinn Féin councillor for the Omeath area, Antóin Watters added;

“It’s completely unacceptable that in Omeath, an area of natural beauty, with a strong tourism offering, the equivalent of 800 wheelie bins of raw sewage is being discharged into Carlingford Lough every day.

“I have supported the planning application submitted in March by Irish Water to construct a new treatment plant at Omeath.

“The application achieved planning approval in July and Irish Water have indicated that this facility should be complete by 2021.

“I will continue to monitor the progress of this essential piece of infrastructure for our area.”

 

Ó Murchú welcomes investigation by Central Bank into insurance price discrimination and calls for a ban on dualPricing

Sinn Féin general election candidate Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú has welcomed the decision by the Central Bank to investigate price discrimination within the insurance industry. 

Appearing in the Dáil Finance Committee on Tuesday, Central Bank officials confirmed that a review into the impact of dual pricing would be undertaken. 
 
Cllr Ó Murchú said,
 
“Over recent months I have successfully brought two motions to Louth County Council calling on the government to address dysfunction in the Irish Insurance industry and to end dual pricing. 
 
“I have been closely monitoring my party colleague Pearse Doherty TD and I fully support his efforts to bring this industry to book. 

“Insurance providers are targeting renewing and vulnerable customers and charging them with extortionate prices in the expectation that they will not ask questions or shop around.

“This is unfair, anti-consumer, and must be stopped. It is discriminating against vulnerable customers and another example of the industry’s unfair practices in the market.

“I am pleased that the Central Bank have agreed to Pearse Doherty’s request and will undertake a review to find out the impact this harmful practice has on consumers, with recommendations for further action.

“In the United States dual pricing has been made illegal in as many as 17 states, including California and Florida. In Britain, regulators are considering banning the practice outright. Irish consumers deserve no less.

“The Consumer Protection Code 2012 makes clear that insurance companies should act honestly and fairly in the best interests of consumers. Dual pricing is practiced without the knowledge of consumers and discriminates against vulnerable groups and loyal customers.

“While the Central Bank is able to ban pricing practices that are not compliant with the principles of fairness and transparency.

“It is clear therefore that the Central Bank has the power to ban dual pricing. Irish consumers deserve no less. 
 
“Sinn Féin will continue to push for the best outcome for those who are being ripped off by insurance costs.”

Govt responsible for ‘rent despair’ – Adams

Louth TD Gerry Adams has accused Fine Gael of failing working families and young people through its disastrous housing policies. Government policy is contributing to “rent despair” as rents continue to escalate.

On Tuesday the latest Daft.ie report was published which revealed that for the 14th Quarter in a row rents have increased.

Teachta Gerry Adams said:

“Working families and those on low incomes are facing increasing pressures from cost of living increases, including rents. Daft.ie reported that rents in Louth and Meath have doubled in the last ten years. Currently the average rent in Louth is €1,236 which is a 3.6% increase on last year.

Rental increases are impacting on families across the state and forcing increasing numbers into homelessness. Tens of thousands are trapped in rent despair as a result of government policy. In addition many others are being forced out of the rental market and out of the possibility of ever having a permanent home of their own.

The reality is that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, their partners in government, have done nothing to reduce rental costs. Micheál Martin’s adoption of Sinn Féin’s demand for a rent freeze rings hollow given that this government only survives with Fianna Fáil support.

Very clearly the government’s housing policy, including the system of rent control zones, is not working.

There is a crisis in housing. There is a crisis in the rental market. Strong and effective measures are needed. Sinn Féin believes that there should be a three-year rent freeze and a tax break equal to one month’s rent.

These are two crucial measures that would make a real, substantial difference for those struggling with sky-high rents.”

DkIT and TUI must meet to discuss strategic future of the Institute – Adams

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams and Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú have called for talks between DkIT and the TUI. 

Deputy Adams commented following recent media coverage which suggests possible industrial action by TUI members at DkIT.

Gerry Adams said;

“I have met with the President of DkIT Michael Mulvey many times.

“We have discussed a range of issues relating to the Institute, including the future status of DkIT.

“I understand that DkIT is currently involved in a strategic planning process which will explore possible future designations for the Institute.

“I know that staff have indicated their overwhelming support for the pursuance of Technological University status.

“I have written to Michael Mulvey and the TUI to request that they meet as soon as possible to find a resolution to current difficulties.”

Councillor Ó Murchú added;

“Sinn Féin supports the development of Technological University status for DkIT alongside the deepening of ties to other educational institutions across the region, including in the north. 

 

“We have written to Michael Mulvey on this matter and I will meet with him this week to discuss further.”