Monday, December 12, 2011

Uniting Ireland Survey

Sinn Féin Republican Youth is asking the opinion of the youth of Ireland in relation to the Uniting Ireland Project. We believe that it is integral that young people be given a voice in regards to the campaign for a united Ireland. If you would like to have your say then please follow the link to our survey

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A new drama to look at the history of the Labour Party...

Help prevent suicide in the community

Ógra Shinn Féin is hosting a training programme 'Preventing Suicides in the Community.' It will take place in Omagh Sinn Féin Office from 10am - 4pm on Saturday 14th January and will be delivered by PIPS.

This is a one day training course and is aimed at ordinary members of the community. Participants will learn how to identify signs that someone is at risk and may be considering suicide, how to engage safely and effectively with someone who you believe may be at risk of suicide. It will enhance knowledge of the wide range of support that exists for people at risk of suicide, highlight the importance of supporting someone in making a link to a source of help and demonstrate the importance of maintaining their own positive mental health.

If you would like to book a place on the course contact Barry on 07885569940.

Ógra Shinn Féin chairperson Kerry McColgan said,

"Ireland has one of the worst incidences of suicide. It is the biggest killer of young people and over the last ten years, reported suicides have risen by more than 25%.

There is no community, no family, and no section of society that has not been touched or affected by suicide which makes suicide prevention is everyone's business. We invite you to come along to the course which will equip you with the skill and know how, to spot the signs of someone contemplating taking their own life, and then being able to intervene and prevent it.

The more people involving themselves in these courses then the more lives can be saved, opening up these suicide prevention lifesaving skills to people in their own community. This literally could make all the difference in saving someone's life."

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Help stop suicide this Christmas

Ruairí McLaughlin

Ógra Shinn Féin, Doire

A Chairde,

Many of us will be settling down to our Christmas dinner with our families later this month and for many of us December can prove to be the happiest month of the year. However, this month traditionally sees a rise in suicide rates here in Ireland, particularly among young men. Just last week a young man from my own town took his life, several more people did the same in West Belfast, so many others have taken that drastic step this year.

The statistics from the National Office of Suicide Prevention says that in 2010 there were 486 deaths by suicide, 386 of these people were men, a massive percentage being young men. Although this is down from the record high of 527 in 2009, the stats are there for all to see, we have a massive issue in this country and it needs addressed immediately on an All-Ireland basis.

We must all lobby our MPs, TDs, MLAs, councillors & everyone in a position to effect positive change to adopt this as one of their key policies. Sinn Féin & Ógra Shinn Féin have long advocated this, it is up to the other parties in the Dáil & in Stormont to start pushing for this now. However, we as activists can not wait for the Government to act, we can begin to affect our own positive change. Simple things like offering a kind word, not being afraid to stand out from the crowd and stick up for a victim of bullying, even a smile can brighten up someones day. All these things can have a positive effect on a person who may be feeling there is nothing left for them to live for, it might not cure depression, but it might keep them going long enough to realise there is a way forward.

I ask my friends and comrades to join with me in 2012 to reduce the rate of suicides in Ireland and beyond. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem and for what its worth I am always available to speak to anyone who is feeling down and may want to have a chat. You could say that for someone who is contemplating suicide, life can only get better, so give life a chance.

Lets all work together to make suicide history.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Derry Ógra Shinn Féin hold 2nd annual Function and Presentation Night

Derry Ógra Shinn Féin will be hosting their annual function and presentation night in Seán Dolans GAC in Derry on Friday the 16th December.

The night will begin with support music provided by Ógra member Luke McLaughlin; this will be followed by a presentation made on behalf of Ógra Shinn Féin Doire.

The keynote address will be giving by Sinn Féin councillor and former Sinn Féin Youth member Elisha McCallion.

The Main act on the night will be Glasgow rebel band “Glasnevin”

Tickets for the event are priced at £3; anyone wishing to attend is advised to purchase tickets early. Limited ‘pay at the door’ is available. To book tickets contact Ógra Shinn Féin Doire on Facebook at

Derry Ógra Shinn Féin, chairperson, Eamon McGinley said,

“This is our second annual function and I hope we can continue the success of last year’s event. It has been a busy 12 months for Ógra activists, facing three elections with one in the 6 counties, 26 counties and Martin McGuinness’ presidential campaign and countless campaigns around EMA, Student Fees, A President for All and our work with Derry Friends of Palestine and the events surrounding the MV Saoirse/Freedom Flotilla to Gaza.”

“I would encourage young Republicans from the city and further afield to attend this function and support the Na Fianna Martyrs & Pádraig Barton cumann, it promises to be a night of fantastic music and brilliant craic, with Glasnevin being one of the finest bands on the rebel scene. I hope to see you there. Bigi Linn!”

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Sinn Féin Republican Youth support Maynooth Student's

Sinn Fein Republican Youth would like to voice it’s support for the actions of Maynooth Student’s Union and extend solidarity to the Union members who are currently peacefully occupying Fine Gael TD Anthony Lawlor’s office in Naas, County Kildare in protest of further education cuts likely to be announced in next week’s budget.

Ógra spokesperson and recent Maynooth graduate Cathal Óg Donnelly had this to say.
“It’s important to realise that many Student’s Unions shy away from even the idea of direct action of this nature, instead remaining silent on the bigger pictures prevalent in Irish society.

Maynooth students union have clearly showed leadership and courage on this issue. I hope that other Students Unions around the 26 counties follow suit and prove to the students they represent that they are fighting to save the grant and to prevent further education cuts rather than simply relying on lollypops to garner student votes in the future.

For too long the reputation of mainstream student politics has been trailed through the mud, now is the time for Irish students to play an active role in resisting the failed austerity measures of Labour and Fine Gael. While the USI seem intent on carrying out token, ineffectual actions even to the point of criticizing students attempts at direct action, it’s great to see an individual SU leading from the front on this issue. It’s about time a Student’s Union acted like a Student’s Union!”

Prisoners' Month

Prisoners' Month
Dave Barry,
Ógra Shinn Féin, Chorcaí

A chairde,

As many of you are aware the month of December has always traditionally been Prisoners' month, and this December in the year 2011 is no different from the other years gone by. As many of you are probably aware, we still have one prisoner aligned to our movement on the E2 Landing in Portlaoise Gaol. Tom Hanlon from Cork is currently serving a three year and three month sentence for IRA membership on trumped up evidence and on the word of a detective chief superintendent.

Tom is a former Sinn Féin Councillor for Passage West in Cork and also stood in the 2002 General Election. He is the only POW aligned to us in Portlaoise Gaol, so it is upto us to support him on the outside.

Write a letter of support or send christmas cards to Tom and let him know he is not forgotten by ÓSF during the festive season! It only takes a few minutes to write a letter or card and it will be greatly appreciated and will boost morale for Tom knowing that you have taken the time to think about him.

This is the address to send letters or cards to,







An Cumann Cabhrach - The Republican Prisoner's dependants fund, will be holding a christmas fundraiser for Tom and his family on Saturday 17th of December in St.Vincent's GAA club in Cork city. Music will be provided on the night by Cork's No.1 Rebel band 'Clann Eireann' and the spectacular balladeer Roger Good. Tickets will cost 10 euro and are available from the Cork Sinn Féin Síopa, 136 Barrack St. Cork city. I would urge anyone who cannot attend the fundraiser to purchase a ticket regardless, or else make a donation to An Cumann Cabhrach if possible. It is all for a good cause.

If anybody has any questions or queries they can contact myself on 00353 85 817 12 37 or alternatively email me at