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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 Martina Anderson has reiterated her opposition to controversial fracking and vowed to continue to campaign vigorously against its introduction to Ireland. 

Ms Anderson said;

"Sinn Féin's position on this issue is very clear; we remain solidly opposed to any form of fracking.

"Our party has continually stood with the people of Fermanagh in opposition to fracking, which would have a devastating impact on the natural environment. 

"That policy is clear and has been ratified at several party Ard Fheiseanna. 

"In every elected fora, local councils, the Assembly and the Dáil, Sinn Féin has voiced our opposition to fracking and vowed to block it at the Executive if and when a planning application is made for fracking near Belcoo. 

"In the European Parliament I have repeatedly made it clear that Sinn Féin is strongly opposed to tracking. 

"I have consistently voted in favour of mandatory Environmental Impact Assessments for both the exploitation and exploration phases. 

"I also submitted my own amendments to European Parliament reports calling for such impact assessments in order to protect our environment. 

"That stands in stark contrast to the voting record of other parties from the North in the European Parliament, who have repeatedly voted against plans for mandatory environmental impact assessments. 

"Both the DUP and UUP need to explain to the people of Fermanagh and Ireland why they do not support measures to protect our environment from fracking. 

"For my part, I will continue to strongly oppose fracking in all its forms and to stand up for the people of Fermanagh."

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on EU Foreign Ministers to act with the same resolve against Israel as they have against Russia.

Martina Anderson said:

“As a member of the European Parliament and while not questioning their actions in regard to the situation in Ukraine I find it incredulous that Member States Foreign Ministers have moved to impose stringent sanctions on Russian Officials ‘deemed’ responsible for their country’s action yet stand idly by whilst Israel is allowed to massacre hundreds of helpless Palestinian civilians, one in four of which are children with impunity. Where is the morality in this position?

“Let me be clear, the situation in Ukraine is terrible and unacceptable but when is the EU, UN and the international community going to get the courage to tell Israel – your expansionism, aggression and collective punishment of the Palestinian people is unacceptable. Tell them that unless they cease and desist and enter into meaningful negotiations with representatives of the Palestinian people chosen by the Palestinian people that the full range of sanctions being threatened against Russia – visa bans, asset freezes and a halt to all military and economic aid and cooperation – will be also be imposed on Israel.

"In the first instance the EU/Israel Association Agreement should be suspended as Israel has breached Article 2 of the Agreement with its ongoing violations of Human Rights in Gaza.

“It’s past time for world leaders including EU Foreign Ministers to stand with the oppressed against bully nations such as Israel.”

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed a call from the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council for an end to the occupation of Palestine.

Speaking after the Foreign Affairs Council called for an immediate end to the violence in Gaza; Ms Anderson said; 

"While it was selective in its condemnation of violence and legitimises the spurious claim by Israel that human shields are being used in Gaza, the Council has been forthright in its calls for the indiscriminate targeting of civilians to end. 

"The council has said it is particularly appalled by the human cost of the Israeli military onslaught and also expressed deep concern at the rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation. 

"It also called for the immediate an unconditional opening of border crossings to allow the flow of humanitarian aid and people. 

"Crucially, the council's conclusions examined the root of the problems and said the only way to end the conflict is through agreement that would end the occupation which began in 1967. 

"This is particularly welcome as it directly addresses the crux of the problems faced by the Palestinian people. 

"It also reaffirmed its commitment to to a two state solution and called for a halt on the expansion of illegal israeli settlements. 

"The conclusions of the Foreign Affairs Council go much further than the frankly weak resolution passed by the European Parliament which failed to recognise the significance of Israeli settlements in the occupied territories." 

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Sinn Féin Midlands North West MEP, Matt Carthy, has written to Klaus Regling, Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) seeking clarity regarding the potential for retrospective recapitalisation of the Irish Banks.  

Carthy, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, said:

“As a representative of the Irish people and as a member of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee I have written to Klaus Regling seeking clarity regarding the operation of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) of which he is Managing Director.

“Assertions were made by the Irish government following the June 2012 Euro Area Summit Statement regarding the separation of banking and sovereign debt raising the expectation that the banking debt relating to the Irish “pillar” banks could be alleviated through the use of the ESM.

“Sinn Féin welcomed this commitment but pointed out that we felt words alone were meaningless.  Now two years later comments made by Klaus Regling and others have seemingly pointed to this possibility being remote.

“I have asked Klaus Regling to clarify in respect of the Direct Recapitalisation Instrument of the ESM, to outline the precise mechanism by which a retrospective recapitalisation will take place if a successful application comes from Ireland and whether any retrospective recapitalisation will be subject to the same rules as any other recapitalisation.

“I have also asked Mr Regling to confirm whether Ireland would have to satisfy the four criteria for a direct recapitalisation as set out in the June 24th (2014) statement of the EU Council and how in each case that can be established retrospectively.

“Further to that I have asked him to clarify what influence the current situation of Ireland would have on any decision to retrospectively recapitalise.

“Finally, in the interests of fostering an open and fully informed debate in Ireland, I have asked Mr Regling to give the opinion of the ESM on the likelihood of any decision and consequent actual retrospective recapitalisation being taken within the next couple of years.

"I am hopeful for an early and positive response from Mr. Regling. One way or another I intend to use my position on the Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee to continually raise the need for Irish bank recapitalisation.”

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Sinn Féin’s Midlands North West MEP Matt Carthy has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny urging him to reconsider the nomination of Phil Hogan as EU Commissioner.

Carthy said:

“Phil Hogan has been a poor, ineffective Minister.  Apart from the fact that he has been responsible for implementing some of the worst policies of this government’s Austerity agenda he has actually made a mess of so many elements within his brief that regardless of one’s political viewpoint it is clear that he is not up to the job of taking Ireland’s place on the European Commission. 

“It is clear that he has been nominated because of his loyalty to Enda Kenny rather than his ability to deliver for Ireland.

“Couple that with the questions that will undoubtedly be raised by MEPs and European observers when the ratification process begins, there is no doubt that this will be a difficult sell for the government. 

“Phil Hogan can expect to be questioned about his record of appointing cronies to state boards, his boasts of preventing a travelling family accessing housing and his questionable mention in the Moriarty tribunal report.  For a government that talks so much about our international reputation does the Taoiseach believe that such questions about our Commission nominee will be good for Ireland?

 “I have listened to some commentators talk about the need for MEPs to ‘wear the green jersey’ but I contend that the government, if it insists on nominating Phil Hogan, will be putting the interests of Fine Gael ahead of those of the country.

“I am therefore calling on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to save Ireland a lot of embarrassment by nominating somebody who will inspire the confidence of not just MEPs and governments but the people of this state and across Europe.”