Sinn Féin EU candidate for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada has criticised the last Government and the current administration for their failure to properly administer vital funding for Ireland from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund.
Ní Riada was speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin’s EU manifesto today in Dublin.
“Six years of economic crisis and Government and EU imposed austerity has hurt families hard.
“1,700 people, mostly young, are leaving the state every single week. Not a family or community has been untouched by the scourge of emigration.
“Rural Ireland has been particularly devastated by unemployment and emigration.
“The response of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour has been scandalous. Five bids have been made by the last Government and the current administration to access the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund – an EU programme that supports the upskilling of those who lost their jobs due to recession and globalisation.
“More than 40% of this funding had to be returned to the European Commission because of the failure of Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour Ministers to properly administer the fund.
“Thousands of named workers, who should have benefited from these funds, never saw a cent.
“It was Pearse Doherty TD who exposed this scandal, not the MEPs from Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour. And it will be Sinn Féin MEPs, if elected, who will campaign for this funds to be improved and extended to provide greater supports to those out of work.”