Sinn Féin EU candidate for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada has handed in her nomination papers at the office of the Returning Officer in Cork City today.
Ms Ní Riada was accompanied by Sinn Féin TDs Jonathan O’Brien and Sandra McLellan.
Speaking afterwards, Ní Riada said:
“I am very clear about who I want to represent.
“I will be Ireland’s voice in Europe not Europe’s voice in Ireland.
“I want to represent the downtrodden ordinary people who are suffering great hardship as a result of the ruthless austerity policies and a consensus for cuts being pushed by the power-that-be in the European Union and implemented with great relish here at home by the establishment parties.
“Fianna Fáil, Labour and Fine Gael are willing partners in the cosy consensus at the heart of politics in Ireland and in the European Union.
“MEPs from these parties have gone along with the Troika’s agenda in this state. They continue to remain silent as people suffer under the burden of these cuts, stealth taxes, and a crushing debt that is not theirs.
“It is clear that the social elements of EU policy have been eroded over the last decade. Ultimately, this is now leading to the decimation of our public services including our health and education systems.
“I will fight every day to help reverse that agenda.
“The policies of the EU must be reoriented to the betterment of ordinary people, the vulnerable and those facing poverty.
“We are seeing our fair share of poverty with soup kitchens popping up all over this island. The shocking reality is that 16,000 in just one county in this constituency are going hungry.
“As an MEP for Ireland South, I will not fall silent while ordinary families bear the brunt of EU policies that are centred on the interests of the wealthy and the powerful.”