Anderson challenges Taoiseach in EU Parliament
January 16, 2013Addressing an Taoiseach, Enda Kenny during his visit to the EU Parliament as the Irish Presidency of the EU begins, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson challenged him on a number of issues affecting the people of Ireland.
Speaking directly to an Taoiseach Martina Anderson said:
“Taoiseach, the Irish Presidency Programme contains nothing socially progressive, no investment package, no concrete actions to address record unemployment figures, nothing to give hope to those thousands of young people and whole families, participating in one of the biggest forced migrations in more than a century.
“We were led to believe that there would be an all-Ireland dimension to this Presidency. But there is little evidence of it. Where is it, Taoiseach?
“Transforming the conflict in the north of Ireland is as important today as it ever was, as recent events in parts of Belfast have borne out. Your government has a key role to play. The EU still has a role to play.
“I urge you to take your responsibilities under the Good Friday Agreement seriously, particularly with regard to rights that are supplementary to the European Convention on Human Rights. One of those responsibilities is the implementation of a Bill of Rights.
“Another is to ensure that symbols and emblems are used in a manner which promotes mutual respect, not as a weapon of domination over one section of society.
“Finally I call on you to support the holding of a Border Poll as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement.”