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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 the impact of the Tory Brexit agenda will limit opportunities for young people. 

Speaking to a youth council event at Queens University, Belfast, Martina Anderson said: 

"Over the course of the last year young people have become more passionate about and more involved in politics. 

"Brexit is undoubtedly one of the issues that has grabbed the attention of young people because it is their future that is being sold short by the Tories and it is they who will bear the brunt of this disastrous plan. 

"Young people are already facing huge challenges as a result of the austerity policies of the Tory government and now they are seeing their opportunities further limited by Brexit. 

"Study opportunities, employment options and travel choices will all be hit by the Tory Brexit agenda. 

"We want to see those opportunities protected and to create more opportunities within a changed, more democratic and accountable EU. 

"To retain these opportunities for young people we need to retain our EU membership through securing special designated status within the EU." 

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It is becoming increasingly obvious that Brexit is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement and the Irish Government must act to defend it, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said.

Commenting after Irish government Foreign Affairs minister Simon Coveney dismissed British claims that technology solutions could prevent a hard border, Ms. Anderson urged him to act on his words.

"In the current round of Brexit negotiations in Brussels it is crucially important that the rights of Irish citizens and the Good Friday Agreement are protected,” she commented.

"It is abundantly clear that the Tory Brexit agenda is incompatible in with the Good Friday Agreement. It isn’t just Sinn Féin saying this. The Irish Government are now saying it also.

"The Irish government, as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, must act to safeguard it and to secure the rights that it guarantees in the face of this blatant disregard from the Tories. 

"Theresa May’s government will not protect the Good Friday Agreement so it is up to the Irish government to do so. 

"In order to protect the Good Friday Agreement and the rights it guarantees, including the rights of EU citizens in the north, the Irish government must act in the national interest and make securing special status for the north within the EU its priority in these negotiations." 

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said health professionals are concerned about the impact Brexit will have on patient care and access to services. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"I met today with representatives of the British Medical Association to discuss their concerns over the impact of the Tory Brexit agenda. 

"Medical professionals are concerned that Brexit will create huge problems both for patient care and for staff. 

"They want to see increased all-Ireland co-operation on healthcare, not increased barriers or borders. 

"They are also very concerned that Brexit would reduce patient access to services and clinicians and that doctors and other health care staff will not be able to move freely or have their qualifications recognised across Europe. 

"These, along with the concerns of many other sectors, can best be addressed by securing designated special status for the north within the EU." 

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The Government’s decision to participate in operation Sophia, the European Union’s naval mission in the Mediterranean will have negative consequences for refugees, human rights and Irish neutrality.

Speaking in Brussels, the Dublin MEP said:

"The decision by the Irish Government to participate in the European Union’s attempt to find a military solution to a humanitarian problem will do little to help those dying in the Mediterranean or suffering horrendous human rights violations in Libya.

"Positive work done by the Irish navy as part of the bi-lateral search and rescue missions with Italy will not be replicated through Irish participation in operation Sophia. The EU’s naval operation is primarily focused on countering people smuggling not ensuring the safety of refugees.

"Amnesty International have highlighted the negative impact that EU policy has had on refuge safety in Libya, as part of operation Sophia the EU is attempting to trap refugees in Libya where they are kept in detention centres and suffer from various human rights abuses.

"The refugee crisis will not be solved by simply deploying an EU military mission to enforce the Mediterranean border, European nations should focus their efforts on addressing the root causes of conflict, poverty, and climate change which force refugees to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean.

"Participation in any joint EU military force will undermine Irish sovereignty. At a time when the European Union is pushing for increased militarisation. The threat to Irish neutrality posed by the potential for future ‘peace enforcement’ coercive action in Libya as part of operation Sophia has been ignored by the Irish Government.

‘’Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s decision to support Irish participation in the EU’s naval mission, operation Sophia, will undoubtedly impact on Irish neutrality, operation Sophia is not a simple search and rescue mission its stated aim is to target people smuggles in Libya and to prevent refugees from reaching European shores, saving people is a secondary concern.

"It is wholly unacceptable that the Irish Government supports the Irish navy participating in an EU mission that aids and abets human rights abuses in Libya and is involved in training the Libyan coast guard who are directly responsible for a number of human rights abuses."

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Good Friday Agreement and rights of citizens must be protected from the Tory Brexit agenda. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"The Tory Brexit agenda would lead to the erosion of citizen's rights. We cannot allow the rights guaranteed to citizens under the Good Friday Agreement to be undermined and we must ensure that it is protected in all its parts. 

"It guarantees the right for the people of the North to be Irish citizens, and as a result, EU citizens, and their rights must be protected. 

"I welcome the proposal from the European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, who I met this week, for the people of the north to be allowed to vote for MEPs post Brexit. 

"The right to be directly represented and to participate in the democratic process is a fundamental right and Britain cannot be allowed to take that away from the people of the north. 

"To date any proposal from the British government on protecting the rights of citizens have been underwhelming to say the least. 

"Securing designated special status for the north within the EU is the best way to protect citizen's rights from the Tory Brexit agenda and we are building support for that across Europe."