Sinn Fein ardfheis

Full coverage of the party's annual meeting from Castebar, Co Mayo

Mary Minihan Sat, Apr 13
LIVE: Sinn Fein ardfheis

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  • 11:14
    Hi Mary Minihan here live blogging from the Sinn Fein ard fheis. The North's First Minister Martin McGuinness addressing the conference. Has said "irrational opposition" to Irish language and culture must end and claims ordinary Unionists are streets ahead of their political leadership.
    Invites people to visit his home town of Derry, which is the UK City of Culture.
    Says the British Cabinet is packed full of millionaires...

    Oh but big cheer for his criticism of dissident Republicans: "I don't recognise any of them...I wonder where they were when there was a war".
  • 11:22
    Delegate tells Ard Fheis that Darren O'Rourke, Sinn Fein's candidate in Meath East, will be a TD at the next opportunity.
  • 11:30
    Delegates at Sinn Fein ard fheis going big on the party's idea of a border poll during the live slot on RTE...
  • 11:38
    Pearse Doherty asks Sinn Fein ard fheis what kind of Govt cuts child benefit when bankers are grossly overpaid?
  • 11:40
    Pearse Doherty says the mortgage crisis can be tackled and re-iterates commitment "if elected to Govt we will abolish the family home tax" (that's what Sinn Fein calls the property tax).
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    Martina Anderson from Derry tells Ard Fheis Sinn Fein has been leading Irish opposition to EU cuts..."Sinn Fein is standing up for you in Leinster House, Assembly, Councils across Ireland"...stresses that she is an ex-prisoner...
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    Young delegate gets good reaction for his speech on emigration. Says 'our parents didn't raise us for export'.
  • 11:59
    Peadar Tóibín TD criticising Government's "oppressive" economic policies. "Credit is a pipe dream for 50% of businesses in this state".
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    Peadar Tóibín says nine people emigrate from the State every hour. Says he can't believe the "completely inadequate" response of the Government.
  • 12:04
    Young delegate gets a laugh for her jibe at Fianna Fail's "wrong time" argument on property tax: "Can we assume it would be the right time if Fianna Fail got back into Government".
  • 12:06
    Young Donegal delegate arguing for wealth tax...
  • 12:07
    Sinn Fein is not a high tax party it is a fair tax party - says Donegal delegate
  • 12:15
    Darren O'Rourke, Meath East candidate, gets a warm reaction from Sinn Fein ard fheis delegates...says it was a case of "lights, camera, inaction" for the Government parties, which waited in the wings for so long.
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    Mary Lou McDonald focuses on Croke Park II. Says it is a lie that public sector workers are protected. One-third earn the average wage "or less".
  • 12:19
    Workers on frontline taking hits and having flexible working arrangements undermined, Mary Lou McDonald says.
  • 12:20
    She focuses on special advisers pay and the breaking of pay caps for some of them. "Govt protecting the upper echelons"
  • 12:22
    Mary Lou McDonald says the Govt's message to public sector workers is: "take this deal or we'll really hurt you".
  • 12:26
    Warm response to Mary Lou McDonald's speech. She concluded by saying she wanted the message to go out from the Ard Fheis that "Republicans" were up for the fights against austerity. "Join with us," she said.
  • 12:30
    The ard fheis discussion has moved on to discussing the party's opposition to privatisation of natural resources.
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    Am heading over to speak to Claire Byrne on RTE Radio One...will come back to the blog afterwards...
  • 14:12
    Delegates are now discussing the economy, job creation and workers' rights...advocating what they see as the benefit of integrating economies of Republic and NI.
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  • 14:17
    Delegate tells conference the British Govt treats NI as second class when it comes to the Pearse Doherty is at the podium...says Sinn Fein warned the Govt it was acting in a "morally bankrupt and economically foolish" manner.
  • 14:19
    Pearse Doherty says Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour have made a "fine mess". A delegate last night described those three parties as "our own Troika".

    Delegates like Mr Doherty's description of "our Enda, our Eamon and our Micheal" as "the best boys in the class".
  • 14:21
    "It's not to late to admit that the austerity experiment has failed and failed miserably," says Pearse Doherty. He says Sinn Fein would grow the country to recovery and make tax decisions that were fair. Those earning about 100,000 would be asked to pay 7 cent more on every euro they earn above that some.

    Sinn Fein would resolve the mortgage crisis, Mr Doherty says.
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  • 15:13
    Thatcher gets a mention at Sinn Fein ard fheis from guest speaker from Mandate...her form of capitalism is a busted flush which didn't work then and didn't work now. Cue applause from delegates.
  • 15:15
    Mandate man says austerity "bloody well is working: it does exactly what it says on the tin"
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  • 22:37
    Thanks for following our coverage of the 2013 Sinn Fein ard fheis. We hope you will enjoy our detailed analysis of and reporting on the event in The Irish Times on Monday.
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