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EU Election Manifesto 2014

Putting Ireland First - Éire Chun Cinn

Sinn Féin's bilingual election manifesto for the 2014 EU election was launched on Monday 12 May. Download Sinn Féin's EU Manifesto 2014 here.


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Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has accused Fianna Fáil of rank hypocrisy for opposing Sinn Féin’ Wind Turbine Bill in the Dáil this week.

Matt Carthy said:

“The Wind Turbine Bill brought forward by my colleague Brian Stanley TD aimed to ensure that community consultation was central to the development of wind energy in Ireland.

“It provided for minimum setback distances and optional co-ownership for local residents.

“At local level, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are calling for such measures. In many cases, councillors from these parties reject the development of any wind turbines at all.

“These parties are marked by double standards and rank hypocrisy when it comes this issue and many others affecting rural Ireland.

“Time after time, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs betray the interests of rural Ireland. This is just the latest example.

“We need a proper legal framework for wind farm development which allows for the development of this industry but which also respects the rights of residents in Rural Ireland.

“The Sinn Féin Bill offered a resolution of this contentious issue but the political hypocrisy of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs has stymied that for the time being. That is shameful.” 

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said Theresa May's comments on Brexit today are incompatible with protecting the Good Friday Agreement. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"What we heard today in Florence from Theresa May was heavy on aspiration and light on detail. 

"She did not adequately address any of the concerns around Ireland, citizen's rights and the need to protect the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts. 

"It is clear that Brexit is bad for Ireland. It is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement and nothing Theresa May said today changes that. 

"Theresa May spoke about not accepting physical infrastructure on the border but then followed it up with making it clear they intend to leave the Single Market and Customs Union and drag us out with them. That simply doesn't add up. 

"She also made it clear that the British government would not accept the European Court of Justice which would leave our rights open to attack by the Tories. 

"Our position is clear. We want to see the entire of island of Ireland remaining in the EU, including in the single market and customs union. That means securing special status for the north within the EU."

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will host a delegation of students from meánscoileanna across the north to the European Parliament next week. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"Next week I will be brining students from six meánscoileanna across the north to the European Parliament in Brussels to see at first hand the role the Irish language plays in the Parliament as an official language of the EU. 

"The pupils will get the opportunity to visit the European Parliament chamber and see the Irish language translation services, as well as visiting the Parliamentarium, an interactive interpretative centre explaining the history of the EU which for a tour conducted in Irish. 

"The group will also meet my colleague Liadh Ní Riada who will speak to them about the role of the Irish language int he European Parliament and the job opportunities that exist through Irish in the Parliament. 

"They will also learn about the Erasmus study exchange programme to learn about the opportunities of studying across the EU."

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Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that securing a referendum on a united Ireland would be a momentous and historic opportunity to build a society that served all Irish citizens.

Carthy, who was speaking last night at a meeting in NUIG on a United Ireland, said:

“Something big is happening in Ireland right now. Brexit has accelerated a debate on Irish Unity that was always inevitable.

“The prospect of the North of Ireland being removed from the European Union against the will of the people there, and a reinforcing of the border in Ireland, has raised many questions about the future.

“Most people understand that it makes no political, economic or social sense to have one part of this island inside the EU and another outside.

“Many are saying that we need to look now at how to create new political structures that will benefit all of our people North and South.

“We must protect our industry, our farmers, our workers, and our students for whom Brexit is a potential catastrophe.

“Brexit has created an entirely new dynamic for the building of a new and agreed United Ireland.

“We should all be working together with the common objective of convincing the greatest possible number of people across Ireland that Unity is in their best interest.  

“And let us convince those who think otherwise that they have nevertheless nothing to fear from the outcome of a referendum.

“Brexit, as well as demographic and political changes in the North, have demonstrated that we urgently need an inclusive, constructive debate on our future. This must include constitutional options and what a United Ireland might look like.”

Carthy says that as Britain jettisoned its previous relationship with Europe, and becomes increasingly insular and isolated, the appeal of being part of a new and outward-looking Ireland would prove ever more attractive to young people from a unionist background.

“A new, united Ireland will be pluralist, inclusive, and accommodating to all our people in all their diversity. Let’s remember that the Orange tradition is an Irish tradition.

“Unionists and nationalists, North and South, cannot continue to seek to live separately. Our futures are bound together. Economy and society across the island of Ireland are intertwined. The prospect of Brexit has merely served to highlight that reality.

“Back-to-back development and wasteful duplication serves nobody, in either jurisdiction. It is unarguable that a United Ireland will act as a spur for economic growth, job creation and a society across the whole island where all our citizens can prosper.

“Securing a referendum on Irish unity would be a momentous and historic opportunity for all the people of Ireland, allowing us to vote for the kind of government and society we wish to see.

“We now have a unique opportunity to build a future beyond Partition, sectarianism and division. It is a historic opportunity to build a society that serves the interests of all the people who share this island. It’s an opportunity to deliver a United Ireland.  Let’s seize it.” 

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Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has slammed the lack of any democratic process regarding the implementation of the highly controversial Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) today.

Speaking today at the National Ploughing Championships, Matt Carthy said:

“There has been a disgraceful departure from democratic norms in relation to this controversial and highly significant trade deal. No debate whatsoever has been allowed in the Dáil about this never mind any vote taken.

“CETA will have potentially far-reaching negative impacts for Irish farmers and small businesses. The inclusion of an investment court provision is in direct conflict with the Irish Constitution.

"Last year the Seanad rejected the ratification of CETA. The EU and the Irish Government have sidelined the Dáil to provisionally apply this agreement. That is unacceptable.

“Sinn Féin does not oppose free trade agreements, but CETA and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are about far more than removing tariffs.

“Measures such as the Investment Court System would give multinational corporations huge power over democratically elected governments and allow them to block progressive legislation that could impact on their profits. This is wrong and not in the interests of ordinary citizens.

“This Fine Gael Government has blocked any Dáil debate on CETA, despite repeated requests from Sinn Féin. 

"They have made the Dáil redundant in the face of one of the most comprehensive trade agreements ever entered into by this country and this is an extremely worrying sign of how this Government intends to pursue Ireland’s relationship with the EU.”