Thursday, August 6, 2009

Dublin Cúige elected new chairperson

Delegates from Sinn Féin Átha Cliath met at a recent comhairle cúige meeting and elected a new cathaoirleach.
Eoin O'Broin was elected unanimously by the delegates present.
Outgoing cathaoirleach Aengus O'Snodaigh TD, stood down to concentrate on his constituency work in Dublin south central. The comhairle cúige thanked Aengus for his guidance and work to date and welcomed Eoin into the new position.

To see an article written in An Phoblacht about Eoin's election, copy and paste the link ->

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The last few days have been very busy. Since Friday 31st July, Sinn Féin activists in Dublin have been engaged in a series of protests and demonstrations supporting the brave workers of Thomas Cook.

Thomas Cook are a multi-national company. They decided to pull out of Ireland recently, leaving 70 workers unemployed. The redundancy package the company were offering the workers was dismal, it was mean. The Thomas Cook CEO Manny Fontenla-Novoa last year paid himself a handsome bonus of a mere £7,000,000. The Thomas Cook workers were seeking a lot less.

On Monday 3rd August approx 30 Sinn Féin activists descended on the Thomas Cook shop on Grafton Street, and in usual form were colourful and loud.
Councillor Dessie Ellis and TD Aengus O'Snodaigh were also present to show solidarity with the workers.

An amount of us stayed on into the night with the workers. We were inside the shop with other members of the PBP Alliance and gave assistance wherever we could, Councillor Larry O'Toole and activist Niall Connolly also paid a late night visit to offer their support, both Larry and Niall are no strangers to radical action. The mood of the staff was positive and the workers were upbeat. We spoke with the TSSA co-ordinators, Pat and Jim and then we left to dish out leaflets organising the protest for the morning ahead.

Unfortunately before the morning broke, and as we predicted, the forces of this capitalist state moved in. Approx 150 Gardai forcibly removed the protesters from outside the shop, cordoned off the street and smashed their way into the building. They arrested everyone present. Pregnant women weren't spared.

When morning did eventually break, Sinn Féin activists arrived to the Bridewell Garda station and maintained a high presence throughout the day, both inside and outside the high court. Councillor Criona Ni Dhaliagh was also in attendance, as was Sinn Féin TD Aengus O'Snodaigh.

Eventually, and after five days of protest, the workers were released under orders that they do not return to the Thomas Cook shop building.
They walked out to a tumultuous cheer from supporters from various left wing parties and groups, along with Sinn Féin stood UNITE, SIPTU,IWU SP, SWP, and friends and family of the workers.

Well done to all those activists who put in the time to campaign on behalf of those workers, who made a very principled stand against very unprincipled employers.

The left is truly awake.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

IPSC Protest Rally

An Chéadaoin 1ú lá na Iúil, Sinn Féin Átha Cliath rallied along side the Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign at the GPO i lár na gcathair.

Cen fáth?
Reports came in to IPSC that the Free Gaza boat 'Spirit of Humanity' had been boarded by the Israeli Navy, and that all passengers and crew have been arrested, and that the supplies they were bringing (medicine, toys, olive trees and cement) had been confiscated.

Among those kidnapped are two Irish citizens - Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire and the ship's first mate Derek Graham (a member of the IPSC). Also kidnapped is former US Congressperson Cynthia McKinney.

The team were kidnapped in international waters while trying to enter Gaza. There has been a lot of media coverage in the recent past about Somali Pirates - well this is an act of Israeli State Piracy, an attack on an unarmed boat of human rights advocates and the capture of urgently needed supplies.

We encourage all Republicans to keep up to date with the work of the IPSC by logging on to their website

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Dublin Sinn Féin Easter 1916 Commemorative Events 2009

Caith Lil na Cásca
in ómós do Laochra marbha na hÉireann
Honour Ireland’s Patriot Dead
Wear an Easter Lily

Dublin Easter 1916 Commemorative Events 2009

Main Dublin Easter Commemoration

Easter Sunday 12 April

Assemble 1.30pm
Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square
Parade to GPO, O’Connell St.
Main speaker: Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin.

Central events and local commemorations

Monday 6 April 7.30pm,
44 Parnell Square
Film presentation and talk on 1916 Rising

Wednesday 8 April 2pm
Gates of Leinster House, Kildare St.
South City Walking Tour & visit to Leinster House

Thursday 9 April

Public Meeting and Debate
"Happiness and prosperity of the whole nation"?
Economic Crisis – The Way Forward
7.30pm, Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey St.
Arthur Morgan TD, Sinn Féin Economy spokesperson & guest speakers

Friday 10 April 12 noon

Arbour Hill Historic Walking Tour 1pm
Commemoration Ceremony Arbour Hill,
Graves of 1916 leaders
Speaker: Sinn Féin Cllr. Séamus McGrattan

2.30pm City Centre Walking Tour
Meet Sinn Féin Shop, 58 Parnell Square

Saturday 11 April

Dublin South Central Commemorations
Ballyfermot: Assemble 11 am Sinn Féin Office,
Ballyfermot Road,
parade to Markievicz Park,
Speaker: Sinn Féin Cllr. Louise Minihan.

Crumlin: Assemble 2pm Errigal Field,
parade to Eamonn Ceannt Park,
Speaker: Sinn Féin Cllr. Ray McHugh.

Easter Sunday 12 April

Glasnevin Cemetery 1916 Plot 12 noon
Wreath-laying Ceremony

Easter Monday 13 April

Dún Laoghaire Assemble
2pm Bakers Corner
Parade to Deans Grange Cemetery

Dé Sathairn 18 Aibreán

Cuairt go dtí Scoil Éanna,
Musaem an Phiarsaigh,
Ráth Fearnáin 2.30pm

Saturday 18 April

Visit to St. Enda’s,
Pearse Museum,

“The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally.” - The 1916 Proclamation
A pdf of the Easter Commemorations in Dublin can be downloaded at

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Hands Off Dublin Bus

Saturday 28 March Dublin Sinn Féin held a protest outside Dublin Head Quarters in O'Connell Street.

The NBRU and SIPTU have voted to reject the proposals put forward by the Dublin Bus company. Members of SIPTU and the NBRU were said to be concerned about the implications of taking 120 buses out of the fleet, changes to work practices and job security.

Union sources suggest that the company is likely to implement its original cost saving measures from 29 March, including plans to make 160 newly-recruited drivers redundant.