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Putting Ireland First - Éire Chun Cinn

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has encouraged people to attend the Foyle Pride Festival parade on Saturday. 

Speaking ahead of the parade through the city centre, Ms Anderson said; 

"The annual Foyle Pride parade is a fantastic occasion that has become a real fixture in the city's calendar. 

"It is a great celebration of equality, tolerance and diversity. 

"The Foyle Pride Festival recognises the huge contribution the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community make to our society. 

"Over the last few days it has included a wide range of events raising awareness of many important issues. 

"Unfortunately, homophobia still exists in our society and the Foyle Pride Festival offers everyone an opportunity to show solidarity with the LGBTQ&I community and demonstrate our rejection of such narrow-mindedness. 

"I would encourage as many people as possible to come along and take part in this fantastic event on Saturday at 2pm from the Waterside train station to the Guildhall."

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said homophobia must be tackled in all its forms. 

Speaking before taking part in a panel discussion on Derry as part of the Foyle Pride celebrations, Ms Anderson said; 

"The Foyle Pride festival is a fantastic occasion as it gives us the opportunity to stand in solidarity with the LBGTQ&I community and celebrate the contribution they make to our society. 

"Thankfully attitudes are changing and society is becoming much more welcoming to the gay community. 

"Difficulties still exist however and, unfortunately, homophobic attitudes remain in some quarters. These must be challenged. 

"Sinn Féin has been to the forefront of supporting the LGBTQ&I community and have been driving the campaign for marriage equality. 

"We have tabled motions in local Councils from Cork to Belfast and Dublin to Derry. And we again had SDLP, DUP and UUP councillors not supporting the motions.

 "Sinn Féin is the only political party where all MLAs turned up and voted in favour of marriage equality in Stormont 2013. 

"In Europe as a member of the LGBT Intergroup I have hosted delegations from the LGBTQ&I community in the North and challenged discrimination against the gay community across all member states.

"Sinn Féin will continue to stand up for the LGBTQ&I community and challenge homophobia and discrimination wherever it arises."

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Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan and Councillor Sarah Holland have welcomed the involvement of the human rights charity organisation ‘Reprieve’ in the case of Ibrahim Halawa, the young Irish man from Firhouse who has been detained in an Egyptian Prison for over a year.  On Tuesday 14th August, Ibrahim was brought before a mass trial, which saw the Judge walk out and refuse to deal with 480 defendants in one trial. No date has been set for a new trial. Since the trial Ibrahim has begun a hunger strike, which is causing great concern for his health.

Lynn Boylan said

" 'Reprieve' is an organisation that promotes the rule of law around the world and works to ensure that everybody receives a fair trial. The fact that Reprieve has become involved in Ibrahim's case, highlights the fact that he has little chance of a fair trial in Egypt - something that we and the Halawa family have been saying for some time”.

Cllr Sarah Holland, Ibrahim's local councillor, and Lynn Boylan MEP, have assisted the organisation by collecting signatures in support of Ibrahim Halawa. Cllr. Holland has collected the signatures of fellow Sinn Féin councillors supporting an open letter drafted by Reprieve calling on the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to use the full power of his office to demand the immediate release of Ibrahim Halawa.

Lynn Boylan previously secured 27 MEP signatures on a letter to EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton and to the Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry calling for the immediate release of Ibrahim.  

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Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has welcomed the move by northern Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill who today approved an application under the voluntary labelling scheme stating that it is as an important first step to address the anomaly of ‘nomad cattle’ that has arisen between cattle traded from south to north.

Mr Carthy thanked Minister O’Neill who has been eager to resolve this issue since he organised a meeting with her and members of the farming community, including IFA president Eddie Downey, earlier this year.

Beef imported from the south and slaughtered in the north cannot currently be labelled  with a single country of origin.  This has been used in recent months by processors to penalise farmers selling so called ‘nomadic cattle’.

Mr Carthy has explained that Minister Michelle O’Neill’s decision will allow for a beef processors to use the term ‘Irish’ for cattle imported from the south and finished in the north and will therefore hopefully prevent processors from reducing prices for such cattle as has been the case recently.

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

“I want to personally thank Minister Michelle O’Neill for taking this important first step today.  Hopefully the matter will be closer to being resolved from here on in.

“I have raised this matter on numerous occasions and have held meetings with the Minister in Stormont and have discussed this matter with all farming organisations affected by it.  I have met several farmers who have been affected by the lower prices being offered for cattle which has been reared in this state and slaughtered in the north.

“Minister O’Neill’s decision, which I understand has been endorsed by Minister Simon Coveney, will allow such cattle to be labelled as Irish and will hopefully ensure that processors and retailers have no reason to reduce prices as the practise of trading cattle across the island of Ireland has been long-standing.”

Mr Carthy concluded;

“This is a very important first step but I intend to continue to liaise with farmers affected to ensure that if further measures are necessitated by either government or at a European level that we will be working on those immediately”.

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Sinn Féin MEP, Matt Carthy, has welcomed the decision by the six-county Environment Minister, Mark Durkan, to deny Tamboran permission to begin deep bore test drilling in Belcoo Fermanagh.

Mr Carthy said that Minister Alex White should follow this example and clearly state that his government will not allow this dangerous process to proceed in this state.

Mr Carthy said:

“I welcome the decision by Minister Durkan.  It is clearly the right call giving the clear opposition to ‘fracking’ in the area.  Sinn Féin had outlined that our Ministers would have blocked any proposal for hydraulic fracturing in the six counties at Executive level but the Ministers move will hopefully save the local community in Fermanagh and surrounding counties much stress and aggravation.

“I am calling on Tamboran to accept the democratic will of local communities who oppose their plans and cease from pursuing their plans in Ireland.

“I recently visited the site of the proposed deep bore test drilling in Belcoo and met with local campaigners.  I did so because I am convinced that fracking would be detrimental to the local economy and natural environment.  It would be particularly devastating for farming and tourism.

“As a member of the European Parliament’s Agriculture & Rural Development Committee I am particularly concerned about the impact of that shale extraction would have on farmers and the agri-food sector which are so crucial in this region.

“It is imperative now that Minister Alex White outlines his position.  The decision by the previous Fianna Fáil government to permit fracking licence options to Tamboran Resources and The Lough Allen Natural Gas Company was entirely wrong.  But so too has the failure of Fine Gael and Labour to put a halt to proceedings.

“In far too many instances in rural Ireland the concerns of local communities are ignored or dismissed.  The move by Minister Durkan was the right one.  Minister White must now follow suit”.

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