The cost of living crisis and housing were top of the agenda as hundreds of people turned out for a meeting with Sinn Féin leadership in Dundalk last week.
The event, which was chaired by Louth TD Imelda Munster, was attended by party leader Mary Lou McDonald, finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin, John O’Dowd MLA and Dundalk TD Ruairí Ó Murchú.
Deputy Ó Murchú said the event was “very upbeat” and “built on the events that took place after the general election and before the onset of Covid 19”.
The cost of living took centre stage and the party’s leadership team outlined the need for a mini budget, and called on the government “not to wait until the autumn.”
Housing was also another theme heard a number of times at the meeting and Deputy Ó Broin said the underlying issues with the situation will not be rectified until there is protection for renters.
He added that it was time “the government does the heavy lifting and that’s building 20,000 homes a year to include social, affordable housing and cost rental.”
Carers, and the need for them to be better supported by the government, along with disability services for children, were also aired.
Deputy Ó Murchú said: “There was also a lot of interest in the North and the latest developments there. The DUP’s, and the British government’s failure to address the cost of living are playing fast and loose with the assembly over the protocol to suit Boris Johnson.”
“The conversation is underway about Irish unity and the government has to step up and start the process of planning properly. People in Louth know very well how partition has failed utterly and there is a growing support for Irish unity.”
“It is clear that despite all the difficulties people are facing, they want change and politics that delivers for them.”