Wednesday 26 June 2019

Sinn Fein votes that no member of royal family should be invited to 1916 commemorations

Queen Elizabth meets martin McGuinness in June.
Queen Elizabth meets martin McGuinness in June.
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

SINN Fein has voted that no member of the royal family should be invited to Ireland for the 1916 Rising centenary.

Sinn Fein Limerick City Councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh received a round of applause when he insisted the British royal family should not be invited to any of the 1916 commemorations.

Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy earlier asked for the issue to be referred to the party's governing body.

However the matter was put to a vote and passed.

Earlier, the party passed a motion allowing the party to cut corporation tax in Northern Ireland - despite vocal opposition from one branch of the party.

The Northern Ireland Executive was given the power to control its 20pc rate of corporation tax following intense negotiations with the British government.

Sinn Fein’s power sharing partners, the Democratic Unionist Party, favour reducing the North’s corporation tax to 12.5pc - in line with Ireland’s rate.

A Limerick branch of Sinn Fein put a motion before the party’s Ard Fheis calling for a ban on cutting corporation tax in either the North or South.

Speaking to members, Sinn Fein Limerick City Councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh said he did not join the party to be a “cheerleader” for the interests of international corporations that make multimillion euro profits.

“I don’t believe anyone in this hall joined Sinn Fein to campaign for cuts to corporation tax - yet it appears this is what we are about to implement in the six counties,” Mr Ó Ceallaigh said.

“Republican politics and republican ideals work best when they come from the left. Surely we can all agree we should not be signing up to be cheerleaders to the halving of corporation tax in the six counties for the benefit of a handful of the richest corporations operating here, while public service jobs are being lost due to the savage Tory cuts,” he added.

The Clancy/O’Callaghan Cumann motion called for more “effective implementation” of current corporation tax rates in the North and South, while also rejecting any cut that would “increase the profits of global corporations”.

A separate motion, which was voted on directly before the Limerick motion, called on the party’s governing body to “carefully consider” any change to the tax rate and ensure any additional revenue would benefit ordinary citizens.

Supporting this motion, Sinn Fein MLA Daithi McKay said it would give the party the “flexibility” to achieve an all-Ireland corporation tax rate.

The party voted in favour of this motion

The motion prohibiting a cut to the corporation tax rate went to the floor and was opposed by some members, including Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald.

However, the vote was subsequently deemed void as the previous motion had cancelled it out.

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