18 | 07 | 2019
The British Government is attempting to renege on its commitment to prevent a hard border in Ireland and the EU should insist Brexit negotiations cannot move to the next phase until they do so, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said.

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs DeniseMitchell TD has called on the Government to take immediate steps to tackle thescourge of child homelessness and child poverty.

Speaking following the launch of the Children’s RightsAlliance’s annual Report Card, Deputy Mitchell said:

The SDLP Leader should be less concerned about embarrassing the British Prime Minister and more focused on the rights and entitlements of Irish citizens, Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney has said.

The Foyle MLA was commenting after Colum Eastwood complained that the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister had been left ‘embarrassed’ by the lack of a deal to restore the Executive.

The Workers’ Party have condemned Friday’s confirmation from the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) that excess water charges are to be introduced from 2019.

Speaking on the matter, Workers’ Party representative Séamus McDonagh said:

“We have to assume that this is a way of introducing water charges by the back door, plain and simple.

Speaking after meeting with the British and Irish governments today, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said this week is “decision time for the talks process”.

Mary Lou McDonald said:

“Today Michelle O’Neill, our party chair Declan Kearney and I had the opportunity to meet with both An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and with British Prime Minister Theresa May and we gave them our assessment of the talks so far.

Sinn Féin Councillor for Glencullen Sandyford, Chris Curran, has slammed both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil for refusing to allow his motion for discussion at tonight's meeting of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

The motion called on the Agriculture Minister and the Housing Minister to step in and ensure that vacant sites on outskirts of Leopardstown Racecourse are handed over to the Council.

Sinn Féin South Dublin County Cllr Sarah Holland hascondemned what she describes as “scheming against the provision of socialhousing in the Knocklyon and Firhouse areas”.

Following the tense exchanges during the planning processfor the Clonburris development, a series of residents’ associations have beguncampaigning against the provision of social housing.

Sinn Féin's Equality Spokesperson, Megan Fearon MLA, has said that relationship and sexuality education must be reformed to ensure it is effective and relevant.

The Newry & Armagh MLA was speaking following an event organised by the Family Planning Association to launch sexual health awareness week.

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Defence Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD haswelcomed the decision of the European Committee on Social Rights to uphold the rights of Irish Defence Forces to engage in collective bargaining and to have trade union recognition.

Speaking today, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

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