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An election-ready Sinn Féin wants to raise wages by €1 and cut politicians' pay

Sinn Féin is embarking on a national campaign to inform voters as it believes an election is imminent.

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams
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SINN FÉIN has outlined what it claims is ‘a vision for a fair recovery’ as it intensifies its general election preparations.

The party has selected candidates in almost all 40 Dáil constituencies and is today holding a major conference in north Dublin to outline its priorities ahead of the next election.

Party strategists believe a vote could be called before the end of the year and are therefore intensifying preparations.

As part of its latest campaign, Sinn Féin intends to deliver one million leaflets outlining its vision for the country across the state in the coming months.

In a document launched today the party has published its priorities if in government including pay increases, the gradual establishment of universal health care, the provision of affordable childcare and the construction of 10,000 social houses by 2017.

It contains a commitment to increase the minimum wage of €8.65 by €1 and move towards a so-called ‘living wage’. There is also a commitment to reduce TDs’ pay by 20% and ministerial salaries by 40%.

The policy document is largely a distillation and summary of previously announced policies and does not contain any costings. Sinn Féin said a costed pre-budget submission will be published later this year prior to the October Budget.

Party leader Gerry Adams has also said that the Sinn Féin manifesto will be published in the coming months.

Read: Why Sinn Féin is more ready than anyone else for an election

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