Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2010

Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis is now over. Our live blog coverage can be read below – commenting has been reopened.

  • Paddy

    Let’s hope the audio stays off and that Gerry mentions former colleagues now wanted for abusing children. Let’s also hope the Sunday papers rain on their parade.

  • joeCanuck

    oh no. The securocrats have sabotaged the sound.

  • old school

    Looks like a fun place.
    Let me know when does Gerry gets his spontaneous, after speech,standing ovation.
    And why do they always put a pretty young thing just behind the speakers for the cameras backdrop??

  • Paddy

    Some of the babes, icnluding that one married to the Ardoyne guy, are old puppets. The pretty young thing you refer to is probably in awe of “the big guns”. I am sure she will sing from the right hymn sheet.

    They should get Gerry to lead them in prayer.

  • Paddy

    Mary Lou is up fron, twiddling with a pencil. Good to see her doing something useful. Is Liam Adams a delegate this year?

  • Liam should go on a dirty protest AND a hunger strike. That would get everyone all nostalgic and excited and it would really kick off some vintage Brit-bashing and similar fun. At least it would be more fun than discussing the economy.

  • John O’Connell

    They should get Gerry to lead them in prayer.

    I’ll light a candle to that, Paddy. Its time to get the Rosary beads out when Sinn Fein gather in force.

  • iluvni

    Is the Sinn Fein representative on Newtownabbey Borough Council in attendance today?

  • british citizen

    “Is the Sinn Fein representative on Newtownabbey Borough Council in attendance today?”

    Posted by iluvni on Mar 06, 2010 @ 10:25 AM

    My insider information tells me that two of her most ardent supporters from the Newtownabbey area (who have also had children removed from their care in the past over suspicions of abuse) are in attendance.

    The sooner this story makes the front pages too the better.

  • Alias

    “Its time to get the Rosary beads out when Sinn Fein gather in force.”

    Well, it’s time to get the Dettol out anyway. By the way, I see that as part of the new era of cross-border co-operation, MI5 have opened a ‘helpdesk’ at the Ard Fheis – it’s their version of The Galway Tent.

  • sdelaneys

    Gerry was heavy on the rhetoric but very light on detail or facts.

  • Coll Ciotach

    That was a good speech on the whole – he was hitting the govt hard and it will go down well – he bit the hand that feeds him with reference to Tony O’Reilly (although I agree with the sentiment). On the whole a good performance by a man who looked very tired

  • John O’Connell

    Gerry was spitting anger in that speech. There was no love in it. But the problem is that Gerry doesn’t know how angry he really is after his abusive childhood. But how do you motivate a nation such as Ireland without real love and not phoney love with a stronmg element of pure hate for those who are trying to make things better.

  • I thought he did alright. Must have been tough with all the allegations hanging over S/F.

    He mentioned children a lot, or maybe I noticed it more, whatever it sounded odd.

  • joeCanuck

    I didn’t watch any of it. Can anyone tell me what new happened, in 20 words or less.

  • sdelaneys

    Little of substance new, Joe , although S.F want to nationalise the debt caused by falling house prices. If someone paid, say, £250.000 for a house now only worth £150.000 they want the state to take over the loss! Would cost about 120 billion according to guesstimates. Gerry says protection of children is paramount. They will go into coalition but won’t. that’s about it. Oh, and they are still united Irelanders, no matter how it appears otherwise and each one of them thinks the other one is beautiful, clever and doing a very good job.

  • Joe

    RTE have a write up on Google front page, havent checked but its probably on BBC site too.

    S/F perfect doing great job in the north, can work with DUP, have delivered P&J, children paramount importance. W Odea tripped on his own mustache. Lots of LOL.

  • Kathy C

    posted by Kathleen Collins

    I read gerry adam’s speech and I found one part especially interesting,

    “The Proclamation speaks to ALL the children of the Nation. It doesn’t say – unless you are poor or elderly…. The protection of children is the responsibility of all of us….”

    And how did he protect his niece? Actions speak louder than words…and I find gerry’s actions of going out on a political canvass tour with his brother whom he beleived had raped his daughter thus giving his seal of approval on his brother…a rather twisted sense of protection of a child.

  • joeCanuck

    Thanks sdelaneys and pippakin.

  • west belfast

    How it must pain you all that SF receives so many votes!

    Great speech!

  • West Belfast

    Not great but good, certainly, especially as I said earlier, considering the allegations, but then, it would not be the first time GA had stood in front of cameras and said the earth is flat, and expected to be believed!

    The trial of his brother is very unlikely to take place before the UK GE and many S/F supporters in the north will wait for the result of that and any other trials before we see the real damage, if any, that has been done.

  • Kathy C

    posted by Kathleen Collins,

    Hi pippakin, I agree it will be interesting to see the extent of the damage done…. What will also be interesting to see the damage done by Brendan Hughes book that is coming out either this month or next. That should be an eye popper for some and feared by others.

  • Paddy

    http://tinyurl.com/yk7vma8

    This book is due out on April Fool’s Day. So if someone says Gerry was in the ‘Ra, maybe it is only an April Fool’s joke, which given our penchant for black humour, might be ok.
    Let’s se the great Houdini who was never in the ‘Ra get out of this latest trap.

  • Kathy C

    I agree, Brendan Hughes was greatly respected in some republican circles.

    Some people will be worried about disclosures, but if S/F can shrug off child abuse, which we have yet to see, they can shrug off anything.

  • Kathy C

    posted by Kathleen Collins

    Hi pippakin, if Brendan gives names and dates…and details–it might prove difficult to shrug off especially if what is disclosed makes it difficult for those in the leadership. I’m looking forward to the book coming out.
    Hi Paddy, thanks for the date of the big outing!

  • Kathy C

    So am I. I have a feeling everything is going to go very quiet while we all settle down with a good book and a large drink!

    It is difficult to say what will happen, these guys, get immunity from the state and their communities think they are little tin gods we would all tell any lie to incriminate

  • lamhdearg

    Late to post so forgive me if i am a little obscure, If sf had been muslim and britain been isreal or the usa would the RDS (or before 1995 the mansion house) been hit buy a cruise/type missile.

  • Having subjected the live blog to my thoughts during Saturday, I’ve posted a slightly more coherent view of my trip to the RDS over on my blog.