Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will join other MEPs and contributors tomorrow (Friday 27th) at an EU Round Table discussion on ‘Opportunities & Priorities’ in Europe.
Pointing out that unlike her last period as an MEP she will not be a lone voice opposing austerity and bad legislation for Ireland – North and South – but will be joined by three other strong Sinn Féin MEPs – supporting that which is good for Ireland but challenging the subservience of establishment parties to bad European policies imposed on the people of Ireland.
Martina Anderson will tell the audience:
“The Sinn Féin Manifesto was an all-Ireland one returning four MEPs representing every constituency in the country. Our collective intention will be to get people back to work, protect those in work and support those out of work.
The Sinn Féin MEP said:
“Bad government, bad banks and bad decision making caused the economic crisis which devastated communities all over Ireland. And while we are told that there are signs of recovery, for most people little has changed.
“25% of workers in the North are still not making a living wage and many are on zero hour contracts –the Sinn Féin Manifesto seeks to end Zero Hour Contracts and to legislate for the right to Collective Bargaining.
“Our manifesto also called for the British Government to lift its borrowing ban on the Executive which prevents it from applying to the European Investment Bank (EIB) for much-needed funding to stimulate the economy and create jobs.
“The four Sinn Féin MEPs will be working collectively to deliver on our manifesto promises – and to that end I have already arranged a meeting with the vice President of the EIB in Luxemburg with the purpose of exploring assistance for investment possibilities.
“The focus of Team Sinn Féin in the European Parliament will be on opportunities to invest to grow - grow the economy, grow SMEs and create sustainable jobs within a society which treats people equally and with dignity.” CRÍOCH/END