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Gerry Adams and Micheál Martin will lead party think-ins today after Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore held their own last week. Photocall Ireland

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin to hold 'think-ins' before Dáil return

The two main opposition parties will both begin their pre-parliamentary discussions in Dublin before the Dáil comes back tomorrow.

THE TWO MAIN opposition parties are to hold their annual ‘think-in’ events in Dublin today ahead of the return of the Dáil from its summer recess tomorrow.

Both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin will convene their TDs and Senators in north Dublin to discuss the parties’ political agendas for the coming Dáil term, which will be dominated by the referendum on children’s rights and the deliberations over the 2013 Budget.

Fianna Fáil’s meeting at the Royal Marine Hotel in Sutton will be briefed this morning by former Dún Laoghaire TD Barry Andrews and UCC economist Séamus Coffey.

Later this afternoon members will hear from ISME’s Mark Fielding and Noeline Blackwell of the Free Legal Advice Centres.

Sinn Féin’s event in Clontarf will focus more directly on the party’s own internal planning, and include discussions among the party’s 14 TDs and three Senators on an alternative Budget, job creation policies and the promotion of a United Ireland.

The event will also be addressed by John Dolan, the chief executive of the Disability Federation of Ireland, and by Pat Goff of the Irish Primary Principals’ Network.

The Dáil resumes tomorrow afternoon at 2pm, and will this week debate legislation on animal welfare as well as Fianna Fáil’s motion of no confidence in health minister James Reilly.

Both Fine Gael and Labour held their think-in events last week.

Read: After two months off, TDs return to the Dáil and here’s what to expect

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