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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 Andersonsaid the DUP’s support for Brexit was bought and paid for by ‘dark money’ but that it will be the people of Ireland who pay.

Martina Anderson was speaking after she and Sinn Féin MEPs Matt Carthy and Liadh Ní Riada along with election candidates Paul Maskey and Mairéad O'Donnell launched a ‘BREXIT: DUP took the money, we all pay the price’ billboard in West Belfast. 

Martina Anderson said:

"The DUP signed up to the Leave campaign and accepted a donation of £425,622 from a previously unheard of shadowy group the Constitutional Research Council (CRC).

“There is serious public concern that the Leave campaign may have funneled this money through the DUP to circumvent electoral rules in Britain.

“We know that most of the money was used in newspaper advertising, posters and even t-shirts which were distributed in Britain.

“The DUP did not have the capacity to do this and have refused so far to disclose who the donors were behind the CRC. They should disclose these donors immediately and what benefits the DUP received from this funding.

“The DUP destroyed public confidence in the political institutions in the north through its involvement in the RHI scandal, NAMA and Red Sky and allegations of corruption at the heart of politics.

“The DUP took the money for its support for Brexit but it is the people of the North who will pay the price.”

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Tory Brexit agenda would jeopardise the livelihoods of many involved in the business community in the north. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"There is widespread concern across the business community, particularly among those involved in small to medium sized enterprises about the prospect of being dragged out of the EU against our will. 

"The comments from the head of Invest NI when he said said he is excited about Brexit and that it brings possibilities do not reflect of the views of business people I have met from across the north. Such remarks turn a blind eye to the fears and concerns of the business community and echoing the Tory approach to Brexit, which is also backed by the DUP.

"The fact is that the Tory Brexit agenda is bad for business in the north and across the island and the livelihoods of many involved in business would be jeopardised. 

"Claims that leaving the EU would help attract investment to the north don't stack up when taken alongside remarks from leading figures in the business world here that they are actually looking to leave the north as a result of Brexit. 

"The best way to protect our economy and our business community from Brexit is to secure designated status for the north within the EU."

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Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has said that Ireland needs a cultural change of attitude towards Travellers and Travellers' Rights.

The Ireland South MEP was speaking at the launch of the Travellers of North Cork (TNC) Accommodation Rights Charter in UCC on Wednesday,

The charter sets out a series of steps local and national government must take in order to ensure accommodation rights for Travellers.

“This is an equality issue and all this charter is demanding are the very basic rights that the rest of us take for granted,” she said.

“It is an indictment of us as a people that in 2017 there are fellow countrymen and women of ours living in the most appalling conditions.

“I have been on halting sites where children have had to crawl in and out of the windows of dilapidated caravans to sleep, where young mothers were opting to sleep with their newborns in their cars rather than in the houses they were offered by local authorities because of the dangerous state they were in.

“In Carrickmines in 2015 we saw the tragedy that can unfold when people are forced to live in unsafe conditions.

“We would not allow any other group of people to become so marginalised from society and while efforts such as this charter and Traveller Ethnicity are important steps, what is needed is a cultural change of attitude from all of us.

“Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin challenged the government on this issue last year when he put in a PQ to the Dáil which revealed that just 30% of funding available for Traveller accommodation had been drawn down by local councils,” she said.

“Earlier this month when it was further revealed that eight councils had drawn down none of the funding available we called on the Housing Minister to intervene directly and demand that councils use their allocated funding.

“There is no point in the Minister just increasing the Budget without ensuring that there is a strict process in place to ensure that Traveller accommodation is provided by all local authorities.

“Like most issues this does not stop at the border.

“We have called for the establishment of a national forum, across the island of Ireland, involving Travellers and the settled community, including representatives of all political parties, of government, local authorities, health and education sectors and representatives of media organisations to address Traveller issues.

“I have been hugely impressed by the presentations, the determination and the passion on display here today. Power comes from within communities and you harness that power by organising. You have done that here today and I would encourage you to do it right across the country to claim and safeguard your rights and Sinn Féin will stand by you. Equality cannot be selective.”

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Sinn Féin MEP Matt Matt Carthy, speaking in Fermanagh at the launch of the party’s document on Farming and Brexit has said the survival of farming and agri-food in the North is hanging in the balance as a result of Brexit.

Matt Carthy, who is a member of the European Parliament's Agriculture & Rural Development committee, said:

“Brexit will be a disaster for the people of this island and in particular those involved in farming and agri-food.

"The DUP has serious questions to answer for supporting the Tories and putting our rural communities in such a position.  Agriculture faces three key challenges as a result of Brexit:

·      Major loss of funding - £236 million a year – an average of £10,184 per farm as well the loss of £186 million from the Rural Development Programme.

·      Costly barriers – Irish agriculture operates in a highly integrated manner with many sectors completely all-island in nature.  Barriers including tariffs, origin checks, more paperwork, physical border checks and two different regulatory regimes will cause serious disruption.

·      Vulnerability to cheap imports as the Tories pursue trade deals which reflect their needs and not those of producers in the north.

“There is also uncertainty as to the future status of the many thousands of EU nationals who are a critical part of the workforce in the agri-food sector in the North.

“We can avoid all of this and continue to grow our farming communities if we achieve designated special status for the North within the EU and negotiate a free and fair trade deal with equivalence of standards in terms of food safety, traceability, animal health and welfare. 

“This will ensure continued access to essential markets and CAP farm payments and that country-of-origin labelling take account of the fact that a large number of animals are reared on one part of the island and slaughtered on the other, and another portion of products travel across the border for process.  

“There are a range of additional measures which we believe could also assist farming communities deal with the negative impact of Brexit including extending State Aid limits to protect sectors affected by currency fluctuations, the North being able to participate in the EUs quality schemes and a Mutual Recognition Agreement to allow products approved by an agency in one state to be sold in the other without additional testing.

“There is long standing recognition at EU level of the special and unique circumstances that exist in Ireland and given the different membership and associate membership models that already operate within the EU, it is possible to find a solution for Ireland.

“The next step is for all of this to be part of the negotiations when they begin in June.” 

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has the Irish government needs to demand designated special status for the north within the EU in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. 

Speaking at a meeting of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Union affairs in Leinster House today alongside MEPs and TDs from across Ireland, Martina Anderson said: 

"The British Government has ignored the electorate in the north who voted 56% to remain in the EU.

"We have no faith that Tories in London will in any way be negotiating to protect the interests of the people of this island, north or south. 

"All of us on this island need to be working together from the other side of the negotiating table, as part of the EU 27,  to ensure our citizens north and south are protected from this disastrous Tory Brexit agenda. 

"Sinn Féin has put forward a credible alternative to Brexit with our case for designated special status for the north within the EU. 

"The only ways to protect the best interests of all Irish citizens and prevent the negative impact of Brexit are achieving designated special status for the north within the EU and Irish unity. 

"It's time now for the Irish government to adopt the negotiating position, agreed by a majority in the Dáil and with a clear majority in the northern Assembly for Special Designated status for the north within the EU."