Sinn Féin MEPs have today voted against the EU Presidency bid of Jean-Claude Juncker.
Speaking after the vote, Sinn Féin’s Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan said:
“Jean-Claude Juncker appeared before the GUE/NGL group in which Sinn Féin is a member and offered no indication of a change of direction of the European Union’s austerity driven agenda.
“It is our belief in Sinn Féin that his candidacy represents a ‘business as usual’ approach to the future of the EU.
“The electorate in Dublin voted for me on the basis of change and a new, fresh approach to the stale and failed politics of old.
“During Juncker’s appearance before the GUE/NGL group he did not respond to questions on Ireland’s legacy debt and he continued to call for budget discipline which is further indication of his commitment to austerity.
“It is for this reason that my party colleagues and I have decided to vote against his bid for presidency. We also opposed having a secret ballot as it is our firm belief that MEPs should be held accountable to the people who elected them.
“It is time for real, lasting and effective change for the ordinary people in Ireland and all across the European Union.
“Sinn Féin is committed to the delivery of such change.”