Sinn Féin has launched the clár for the party's Ard Fheis, which takes place next weekend.

A total of 176 motions will be tabled at the event from members on a wide range of issues covering the economy, environment, education and international affairs.

A number of fringe meetings will be held at the Ard Fheis with campaign groups opposed to the erection of pylons.

Sinn Féin's Matt Carthy said the level of opposition to high voltage networks was unprecedented.

Responding to one motion that called on Sinn Féin members to be allowed to articulate and vote on the issue of abortion according to their conscience, deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald said she would oppose the motion.

She said that Sinn Féin had a set policy on this for around 20 years, but added that it was entirely proper to have a debate on the issue.

A speaker from the African National Congress and the Palestinian and Cuban ambassadors are expected at the Ard Fheis.