Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

DebateNI home of Northern Ireland politics

Sinn Fein Ard Fheis highlights debates on LGBT rights, the past, and economic growth

Martin McGuinness speaking at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Castlebar in 2013
Martin McGuinness speaking at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis in Castlebar in 2013

The Sinn Fein Ard Fheis takes place this Friday night and all day Saturday in the Opera House, Wexford town. It’s a beautiful conference venue.

The Ard Fheis will bring a major financial fillip for the small town, massively impacted by austerity and unemployment. Local radio estimates a turnover of up to one million euros, benefiting the local economy. All available accommodation is sold out.

Over 1500 party delegates and members will gather for this conference; the first in Leinster outside of Dublin.

The format on Friday night includes keynote addresses by Martin Mc Guinness; Mary Lou Mc Donald will speak on the economy; and, Declan Kearney on the peace process and the past. Policing and justice will also be debated.

During Saturday health, education, transport, Irish language, environmental and rural policy, and much more, will be discussed by delegates.

Policy documents will be launched on LGBT rights, workers’ rights, and political reform.

The international affairs debate is Saturday afternoon; guests from the ANC, Palestine, and Basque Country will speak. That evening Sinn Fein will hold a special tribute to Nelson Mandela.

There will be a continuous live-stream broadcast on Friday and Saturday at www.sinnfein.ie.

This Ard Fheis is an exciting political showcase before European and council elections north and south in May. Every single voter on the island will have an opportunity to vote Sinn Fein in 2014.

By April, Sinn Féin will have 10,500 members. It is the fastest growing political party among women and youth throughout Ireland.

 

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