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Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada will welcome the annual Sinn Féin Summer School to her hometown of Bháile Mhúirne next weekend.

The event, now in its seventh year, will take in the Mills Inn on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of July. The theme of this year's school is "Democracy, equality, and the nation state – 100 years of struggle”.

Speakers at this year's event include John Connors (Love/Hate Actor and traveller activist), Frank Gaffney (Author), Kitty Holland (Irish Times Journalist), Tom Healy (Director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute) and Mary Lou McDonald TD (Sinn Féin Deputy Leader).

Liadh Ní Riada MEP said;

"I am delighted to welcome the seventh instalment of the Sinn Féin Summer School to Bháile Mhúirne, particularly in the centenary of the 1916 Rising. The area makes an ideal setting for the event and the Summer School has become one of the most anticipated events in the republican calendar.

"I am looking forward to the lively debates and conversations that will arise over the course of the two days. 

"It is extremely important, as we imagine the next hundred years, to discuss the nature of democracy on this island, visions and perspectives about how we can bring about genuine social justice, and the future of our society given the immense, and often coercive, pressures placed upon the nations states by the forces of global capitalism, political deficits and the privatisation agenda of neoliberalism.

"I have no doubt that this years speakers will not attract only political activists but also those with a keen interest in the arts, culture and history.

"The Summer School provides people with a forum to discuss and debate ideas in a relaxed setting. It also an excellent opportunity for writers, academics, artists and activists, campaigners, some of whom may not necessarily be supporters of the party, to come and engage with Sinn Féin on crucial matters of interest and concern to the public.

"I am honoured as an MEP, but also as a proud Bháile Mhúirne woman, to invite everybody to come to Mills Inn and take part in the discussions over the course of the two days.

"This is truly a platform for the airing and debating of progressive ideas on building a better Ireland."

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers to reconsider her position.

Ms Anderson said,

“Theresa Villiers today dismissed democratic rights and mandate of the people of the North and Scotland who voted to remain in the EU.

“The British Secretary of State is showing complete contempt for the democratic wishes of the people of the north of Ireland.

“Theresa Villiers’ first priority has always been solely on England's national interests.

“In fact, when challengeddirectly about whether she believed a Brexit was in the interests of people in the North – she didn't answer the question.

“The people of the north have never been, and will never be, a priority for Theresa Villiers and therefore she needs to seriously reconsider her position." ENDS

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Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called for the safeguarding of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and has asked for a commitment that no more cuts would be implemented.

Speaking after a meeting of the Budget committee this week, Ms Ní Riada said,

“The Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) mid-term review, which the Commission must prepare before the end of 2016, should acknowledge that the MFF has been pushed to its limits over the past two years, and its size should match the challenges facing the EU.

“The EU needs to update its long-term spending plan to cope with unforeseen crises such as mass migration, youth unemployment and now Brexit. In addition, the crisis faced by the agricultural industry highlights that any funds allocated to the fishing industry cannot afford to face any threats or cuts.

“Therefore, I called for the protection of the EMFF and I was the only MEP to do so. I am not prepared to sit back and see the EU walk blindfolded into the years ahead, at the expense of our indigenous industries.

“In addition to this, in the wake of the results of the Brexit referendum, I submitted an amendment noting that the result of the referendum creates grave problems for the peace process and undermines the Good Friday Agreement.

“The EU has made an important contribution to encouraging peace and reconciliation in Ireland, in particular through these PEACE programmes which are targeted at the north of Ireland and border counties in the south. In saying that, I called on the Commission to carry on with its support for the peace process through the continued funding of the PEACE programme.

“Throughout the MFF mid-term review I will be raising these, and other concerns, to ensure the recurring backlog of overdue EU payments is tackled and the Commission looks beyond 2020, in terms of its budget.” ENDS

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Responding to the shocking news that Ibrahim Halawa’s trial has been postponed for a fourteenth time until October 2nd, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has urged the Irish government to act immediately for the sake of Ibrahim’s mental health.

Speaking from Brussels, the MEP said:

“I, along with Ibrahim’s family, have pleaded for some time with the Irish government to apply for the Presidential Decree on Ibrahim’s behalf. The Presidential Decree has always been available to the Irish Government pre-sentencing.  It would allow Ibrahim to return to Ireland before a final ruling has been made in his case, and it is used in cases where a deportation or extradition would serve the ‘higher interest’ of the Egyptian state. 

“Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has always refused to do so until the trial has been completed.  We had been led to believe that a verdict would be issued today but we now hear that Ibrahim’s trial has been postponed until October.   Minster Flanagan and the Irish government must surely now accept that their strategy is failing. They need to follow the example of the Australian Government and apply for the Decree pre-sentencing.

“Australian journalist Peter Greste, a former cell mate of Ibrahim’s, was released and back home with his family before his trial concluded.

“For the sake of Ibrahim’s mental health, the Irish government must act now. News of such decisive action would give some comfort to the young man.

“I believe this must now be Minister Charlie Flanagan’s sole urgent plan of action.

“How much longer will the Irish government stand idly by as trial after trial is postponed? Enough is enough. Please act now and apply for the presidential Decree.” 

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Sinn Féin MEP has raised the prospect of English being dropped as an official language of the EU following a British exit from the EU.

Speaking from Brussels Liadh Ní Riada said:

“I am more used to defending the status of the Irish language than arguing for protections for the English language, and I am enjoying the irony of this moment. This is a seriousissue however. English is an official language of Ireland, and a language used by a great many people in Ireland and throughout the EU, and its position must not be altered.

“It is unthinkable that English would cease to be an official language of the EU in the event of Brexit, and its knock on effect on employment, on services, and crucially on the ability of many Irish people to engage with the EU, cannot be overstated.

“English is not a language in danger of extinction, Nor in need of any special protection or promotion. That said, it is important for Ireland that it remains an official language in Europe, alongside Gaeilge.

“I want to say very clearly, however, that English remaining an official language of the EU cannot be at the expense of Irish. There is room in Europe for both, and I am calling for a commitment from the Irish Government that it will advocate for English to remain on as an official language of the EU alongside Irish and the other official languages.” ENDS

Ní cóir fáil réidh le Béarla mar teanga oifigiúl an AE – Ní Riada

Labhair an Feisire Eorpach de chuid Shinn Féin Liadh Ní Riada inniu mar gheall ar an moladh chun fáil réid leis an mBéarla mar teanga oifigiúl san AE i ndiaidh Brexit.

Ag labhairt sa Bhruiséil duairt Liadh Ní Riada:

“Tá níos mó taithí agam ag déanamh cosaint ar stádas na Gaeilge ná ar bheith ag tacú leis an mBéarla. Mar sin táim ag bain taitneamh as an íoróin seo. É sin ráite is ceist dáiríre é seo. Is teanga oifigiúil dár dtír é an Béarla, agus príomh teanga a lán daoine anseo in Éirinn agus ar fud na hEorpa. Níor chóir stádas an Bhéarla a athrú.

“Tá sé doshamhlaithe nach mbeadh Béarla mar teanga oifigiúil an Aontais Eorpach i ndiaidh Brexit, agus is léir go mbeadh drochtionchar ar fostaíocht, soláthar seirbhisí agus go mórmhór ar féidireacht a lán chuid Éireannach plé le institiúidí na hEorpa.

“Níl an Béarla i mbaol báis nó níl cosaint nó cuir chun cinn ag teastáil ón Béarla, ach é sin ráite tá sé tabhachtach dár dtír go gcoimeadfaí Béarla mar teanga oifigiúil san Eorap, taobh leis an nGaeilge.

“Teastaíonn uaim bheith an-shoiléir mar gheall ar seo; ní féidir le caomhnú an Bhéarla bheith ar chostas na Gaeilge. Ta spás san Eorap don dhá teanga, agus táim ag glaoch ar rialtas na hÉireann bheith gníomhach ar son Béarla agus Gaeilge a choimead, ar chomh-chéim, mar teangacha oifigiúla den AE.” ENDS