Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson says President Barroso "needs too give his head a good shake"
Following President Barroso's speech in the European Parliament Ms Anderson said:
"President Barroso needs to give his head a good shake. Where I come from if something doesn't work then you don't carry on doing it and expect it to work the next time. Mr Barroso is proposing a continuation of the same failed policies that haven't worked in recent years.
"The problem he hasn't addressed is the failure of the policy of chasing after third world conditions in employment and public services. We will not get out of the crisis by lowering wages and destroying jobs and public services, by cutting spending and pouring billions into the banks.
"And now Mr Barroso wants to change the EU Treaties to create a 'federation of nation states'. What he is really about is taking more power away from local, regional and national democratic institutions and putting it in the hands of remote and unaccountable institutions. He wants more power to impose the failed policies of austerity on reluctant peoples
"I agree with Mr Barroso that we need a debate on the proposals the Commission will be coming forward with. I agree that the elections to the European Parliament in 2014 will be an important part of that debate. He can rest assured that Sinn Féin will take the lead across Ireland in promoting a real debate and in promoting a European Union which genuinely serves the interests of its peoples.
"And I can assure him that the sort of EU that people want is not the EU that he and his golden circle of friends want."