South and East Belfast Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

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Thank you!

South and East Belfast Sinn Féin would like to thank all of the voters who helped Sinn Féin increase its mandate and representation in the area. In East Belfast Niall Ó Donnghaile won a council seat in the Pottinger ward. In South Belfast Deirdre Hargey was elected in Laganbank while Máirtín Ó Muilleoir became Sinn Féin's first ever councillor in the Balmoral Constituency. Alex Maskey retained his Assembly seat with an increased vote while James Irwin and Laura Keenan increased the Sinn Féin vote in Castlereagh.

Without you, the voter, none of this would have been possible. We now go forward with an increased mandate determined to ensure that you get the best representation possible in the Council and Assembly!

South & East Belfast Sinn Féin - Building and Ireland of Equals

The last fifteen years have witnessed the extraordinary electoral growth of Sinn Féin. We are currently the third largest political party in Ireland and the largest nationalist party in the Six Counties. As the only all-Ireland party, Sinn Féin has more than 200 elected representatives across the island - 5 MPs elected to Westminster, 4 TD's in the Irish Parliament, an MEP in the European Parliament, 28 MLAs in the Six County Assembly and over 250 representatives on local Councils.

Since 1984 when Alex Maskey became the first Sinn Féin councillor to enter City Hall the Party in Belfast has gone from strength to strength and is now the largest political party in the city.

This growth nationally and at a Belfast level has been mirrored throughout South and East Belfast with new cumainn (branches) being formed and the Party continuing to build a fresh alternative to the stale politics, corruption and mismanagement of the Establishment parties. We are committed to tackling inequality, discrimination and sectarianism from whatever quarter it may arise from; we are a Party committed to building an Ireland of Equals.

Sinn Féin is a republican and labour party, taking its inspiration from the politics of Wolfe Tone, James Connolly and the 1916 Easter Rising.

The Party itself has been active in the South and East Belfast areas since its very foundation.

In the historic 1918 elections, in which a Sinn Féin majority was elected throughout Ireland and which led the establishment of Dail Éireann, Winifred Carney, secretary to James Connolly, suffrogette, and member of the Irish Citizens Army, stood in the East Belfast constituency for Sinn Féin.

Being an extremely active area for republicans the first cumann (branch) was officially formed in 1925. This was called the Roger Casement cumann and drew its membership from the Ballymacarrett and Market areas.

1970 saw the formation of the Seán Martin/Seán Treacey Sinn Féin cumann in the Short Strand area followed by the Nolan/Downey Sinn Féin cumann in the Market and Ormeau Road area.

Since then we have continued to grow. Today, within South and East Belfast we have Six cumann and are continually expanding our support base and Party structures.

We are intent on building on this foundation in order to bring the republican message to the people of South and East Belfast and to give the people of these areas the best representation possible.

Sinn Féin is the only all-Ireland party. We are committed to ending partition and building an Ireland of Equals.

Sinn Féin is nationalist and internationalist. We are anti-imperialist, anti-fascist and anti-racist; committed to achieving real change in Irish society.

Within the South and East Belfast constituencies we are committed to actively campaigning on the issues which directly affect you:

  • HMOs
  • Opposing the rates increases and Water Tax
  • Housing
  • Environment & recycling
  • Tackling discrimination, sectarianism & Racism
  • Irish Language & culture
  • Unionist outreach & Community relations
  • Traffic calming
  • Community safety
  • Community empowerment
  • Residents only parking
  • Planning issues
  • Ensuring ethnic minorities have a voice in government.

This website is intended to keep you up date with the work that your Sinn Féin representatives are doing on your behalf in the South and East Belfast areas. It will also provide you with information on our policies, press releases, and upcoming events.

In order to allow us to best represent you we welcome any views that you may have on this site and the Party in the area.

Sinn Féin in South and East Belfast can be contacted at:

South & East Belfast Sinn Féin

Unit 3

174 Ormeau Road

Belfast BT7 2ED

Tel: (028) 90243194

e-mail: sandebelfast@sinn-fein.ie