Friday, December 13, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Speaking after the event, Cllr. Paul Hogan - first elected to Athlone Town Council in 2004 at the age of 21 - said that the event was an absolute success. 'This public meeting provided an excellent opportunity for the young people of Athlone and surrounding counties to come along and hear why Sinn Féin is the only political party that has concrete, practical solutions which will radically tackle the concerns of Irish youth in today's society' said Hogan.
'Young republicans and socialists in Sinn Féin realise that our proposals can, and will, get Ireland back to work. Sinn Féin is the fastest-growing and most progressive force in Irish politics, north and south; the growing numbers and calibre of young people in our party are testament to this. Tonight's contribution's by David McWeeney, Mairéad Farrell and Brendan Killeavy, all of whom will be standing as candidates for Sinn Féin in the 2014 Local Elections, were nothing short of inspiring. It is becoming clearer every day that this country urgently needs a fresh approach to how we do politics. Inequality, corruption and the gombeen man have been a blight on our political landscape for far too long and now is the time for change. Young people remain under-represented on public forums across Ireland, they are completely disenfranchised with the political system. If you want an alternative to the failed politics of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Labour Party, you should join Sinn Féin Óige Phoblachtach.'
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
For more information or to book a place contact Barry on 07885569940 or Leanne on 07742593106.
Ná déanaigí dearmud - is é an Aoine seo, an 26ú Iúil, spriocdháta na n-earlaisí do Deireadh Seachtaine na Stailceanna Ocrais. Caithfear £15/ €20 a sheoladh ar aon le foirm áirthint.
I gcomhair tuilleadh eolais nó chun do spás a chuir san áireamh téigh i dteangmháil le Barry ar 07885569940 nó Leanne ar 07742593106.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
10am: Registration and Check In
Sunday 4th August
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams gave the main oration at Christopher's funeral, which can be found here. Sinn Féin Republican Youth activist Seán Bateson alson spoke on the day:
“It is with great sadness that I stand before you at the graveside of Christopher O’Neill to pay my respects on behalf of Sinn Féin Republican Youth.
As you are well aware coming from the many comments and remarks from everyone over the past few days, Christopher was an exceptional young lad who had his whole life ahead of him but instead it was tragically taking from him in the early hours of Saturday morning along with his close friend Declan McKenna.
I knew Christopher well, he was a comrade but also a friend of mine and it was only last Thursday that me and him sat outside the front of my house chatting about politics and this and that and the other.
Unfortunately like the rest of you it will be the last time I will ever get to speak to Chrissy again.
But that’s the type of lad Chrissy was. He was an exceptionally kind, generous, down to earth and warm hearted lad who had all the time of the day to sit and chat away to everyone regardless of who they were. These are the type of attributes which made Chrissy such a fantastic, capable and talented young Republican and he took these with him as he served the role of Chairperson of the local Sinn Féin Cumann here in Kilrea.
Coming from a large republican family with his grandfather being John Davey, a Sinn Fein Councillor from Lavey who was murdered by loyalists acting in collusion with British state forces in 1989, Christopher knew fine well about the struggle for equality, justice, unity and freedom here in Ireland and this is what propelled him to take on such a role within the republican movement.
His untimely death at such a young age is a great loss to the republican movement and of course to his family and friends and the wider community here in Kilrea and beyond.
I want to extend my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the O Neill and McKenna families on behalf of Sinn Féin Republican Youth. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time."
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Martin O Reilly SFRY, Midlands
Monday, July 08, 2013
Below is the text to Eóins' speech - very worthwhile read for any young, or indeed not so young, Irish Republican.
'As the chairperson of Mairéad Farrell Belfast Sinn Féin Youth it gives me great honour to be standing before you all here this evening - I have never done this before, so you may need to bear with me - and that's my disclaimer!
Being born some 10 or more years after the 1980/81 hunger strikes, i never had the privilege of knowing brave Volunteer Joe McDonnell. But being born and bread in west Belfast, surrounded day & daily by the republican ethos and imagery - of which I am very proud - I feel deeply inspired by his sacrifice, and deeply angered, and motivated to pick up the fight and carry on with the struggle that Joe gave his life for.
This weekend marks the 32nd anniversary of Óglach Joe McDonnell. As a young man, like myself, Joe became politicised, and indeed Republicanised, by the injustices that surrounded him day & daily. Joe, like many of his comrades at that time, probably weren't born Republicans; but Joe quickly adopted to the circumstances of the struggle at that time by joining the republican movement.
To me, Joe, along with his Belfast comrades from 1st Battalion Oglaigh na hÉierann, Kieran & Bobby, and their comrades Francis, Raymond, Patsy, Kevin, Martin, Tom & Mickey epitomise everything that it means to be a republican. What Nelson Mandela is to the open-minded free thinkers of the world, the revolutionaries of 1980/81 are to me & the scores of other young republicans across every pocket of this island.
To me, in 2013, this is very much the same struggle - a struggle for the right to national self determination of the Irish People. Granted however that yes, the circumstances are very different, we must not let this deter us from the work that still needs done. We owe our thanks to men and women like Joe McDonnell for this reality, but for me this isn't enough. The only fitting tribute that we can give to Joe and his comrades is to see the current fight right through to the very end.
Much like Joe, we need to adopt to the circumstances that suit this stage of the struggle. It is our duty as Irishmen and Irishwomen to fulfill Joe's vision of a Republic - we can make this a reality and I have never been more confident that this generation WILL deliver Irish Unity.
In my capacity as chairperson of Belfast Sinn Féin Youth I would like to take this opportunity to urge all the like minded, republican youth to join this fight and make Irish Unity more than just a dream or a fairy-tale.
We need to use the stories of Joe McDonnell and remember his sacrifice as we tackle head on the new challenges that face us. These challenges should be embraced and as Irish Republicans we need to lead by example.
I am very proud to be here today in honour of Joe McDonnell, the same sort of pride that we all know is felt by Joe's family feel in relation to his own specific contribution.
As a young republican activist i feel it is only appropriate for me to pay tribute to Fian John Dempsey. Fian John Dempsey was murdered by the brits just hours after Joe McDonnell's passing as he set about expressing his anger at this news on July 8th 1981.
It is fitting, and somewhat coincidental that merely a fortnight ago, Belfast Sinn Féin Youth occupied a once militarised stretch of land in West Belfast and set up a "Freedom Camp" in open protest and in open defiance of the G8 summit and the injustices that the 8 leaders present represent.
Fian John Dempsey was murdered less than 50 yards just over the road from where our protest took place. He was 16 years of age.
To me, this again illustrates very clearly the unbreakable bond of Irish Republicanism.
As Republicans we thrive the challenges that come to face us. And we win. In 1980/81, Thatchers government tried to criminalise our struggle. And they failed. In 2013, Stormont Ministers, Insignificant Nationalists & Unionist Dinosaurs tried to do the same. They will also fail.
Sue Ramsey often tells me about how we are all learning each and every day. Shes right. Each and every day brings its very own specific challenges. It is from these challenges that we use the determination & unquenchable thirst for freedom shown by brave Volunteer Joe McDonnell to conquer these and further our struggle as effectively, and as efficiently as possible.
At the graveside oration of Joe McDonnell, a very symbolic and relevent quote from P.H Pearse was used - "They may seem the fool who has given his all, by the wise men of the world; but it was the apparent fools who changed the course of Irish History"
Go raibh míle maith agaibh.'
Eóin also used the opportunity to offer condolences, on behalf of Belfast Sinn Féin, to the family, friends and comrades of Chrissy O Neill & Declan McKenna who tragically died in a car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Fermanagh Sinn Féin Republican Youth activist Sophie McClintock, was also in attendance, she said ‘The Guarantee our future talk really highlighted the growing problem of youth unemployment, not only in Ireland, but Portugal and Sweden also, with representatives from both countries explaining how many of their young people are neither employed nor in full time education. Youth unemployment and emigration is a serious issue in border counties such as Fermanagh with friends and family as young as 19 feeling they have no other option but to leave home to find work.’
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Monday, June 03, 2013
Senator Reilly has said:
“Over 30% of under 25s are unemployed. More than 30,000 young people are on the live register for more than 12 months. Youth emigration continues at an alarming pace. There is an urgent need for the government to invest in stemming the youth unemployment crisis. One way of doing this is to invest in a Nordic style youth guarantee scheme which would ensure than no young person was left without a job, training or education for more than four months after becoming unemployed."
The event begins at 10am & will finish with a free lunch at 1pm. There is a bus travelling from the 6 counties which will only cost £5 per person and will pick up in the following places:
7am: Belfast (Sevastopol Street)
7.30am: Lurgan (Loughview Park & Ride)
8am: Dungannon (Bus Depot)
8.15am: Ballygawley (Park & Ride)
9.00am: Lisnaskea (Bus Stop)
Please contact Barry on 07885569940 to confirm your place. Spaces limited.
All welcome to attend/ Fáilte roimh cách!
Sunday, June 02, 2013
For more information, to register or if transport from Newry or Dundalk bus/train stations is required please contact Eimear 00353879030462 or Conor 00353871458746.
Dé hAoine - 14/6/20135pm: Clarú / Registration.
Dé Sathairn - 15/6/2013
4:30pm: Turas stairiúl Ómeith trí mhéan na Gaeilge/ Irish language historical tour of Omeath.
9:30pm: Ceol Beo le Ronan
Dé Domhnaigh - 16/6/2013