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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.

EU Election News


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has spoken of the catastrophic implications that a British exit from the European Union would have on the island of Ireland.

Speaking yesterday as chair of Brexit & the Repeal of the Human Rights Act as part of the GUE NGL Autumn conference hosted by Sinn Féin in Carrickmacross, Ms Anderson said,

“As well as the dreadful economic, social and political implications of a Brexit on Ireland, the proposed referendum is profoundly undemocratic.

“The referendum, as it is planned, will allow the views of English voters to dictate the future relationship of the North, and therefore Ireland as a whole, with Europe.

“In the current economic climate we should be focused upon building the island economy. The withdrawal of Britain from Europe will split the island economy and fracture border communities.

Ms Anderson continues,

“A BREXIT would reinforce partition, reinforcing the border by an international frontier with passport checkpoints and customs controls, hindering free movement and disrupting the lives of nearly a million people living in the border region.

“A BREXIT would mean no more Single Farm Payment or Rural Development Fund, no Structural Funds and no PEACE Funding, with high human, social and economic costs.

“It is also unlikely that the British would replace the direct funding currently received directly from the EU. EU funding from 2007-13 was worth £2.4 billion to the North.

“Sinn Féin will continue to oppose and campaign against any attempts by the British government to withdraw from Europe or make its relationship more conditional.” ENDS


Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the government to let the public know if it is planning to apply to the Commission to opt out of growing GM crops.

Boylan, a member of the European Parliament's Environment committee said:

“The 3rd of October is the deadline for the Irish government to apply to opt out of growing GM crops.

“Scotland and the North have both recently applied to opt out, so I ask, what is the Irish government waiting for?

“The list of countries opting out of growing these crops is growing and includes; Greece, Latvia, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Poland, Slovenia and Lithuania. Hungary, with Luxembourg and Wales are expected to formally apply before the deadline too.

“The majority of Irish citizens do not want GM crops grown in this country and the long-term impacts are still unknown.

“Ireland’s food sector contributes hugely to our economy and its excellent reputation for high-quality food produce which must be protected.

“It’s time for the government to announce its intentions, time for prevarication is over.”


Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan today stated that the EU institutions must sit up, listen and reform their poor levels of transparency. 

'It is simply unacceptable that a staggering 70% of EU citizens believe that corruption is present in the EU institutions and instead of acting to fix the problems the EU has rested on its laurels.

'I have therefore drafted and submitted amendment to an EU transparency report to call for stronger measures which will allow civil society to shine a light on the often murky world of EU decision-making.

'I have proposed measures to tackle; conflicts of interest, the voluntary lobbying register and the constant revolving door between the EU and private industry. It is essential that serious reform is now implemented on how EU institutions conduct their work and engagement with lobbyists. I therefore call on other MEPs to support my proposals to keep EU officials in check.'


Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has stated that the policies of austerity and exploitation need to be left behind.

Speaking as chair of the “Stand Up/Fight Back: Alternatives to Austerity” as part of the GUE NGL Autumn conference hosted by Sinn Féin in Carrickmacross, Ms Ní Riada said,

“The government have through the bailout transferred tens of billions of euro from the average citizen into the hands of the uber wealthy asset class.

“This is not an accident – it is a direct and purposeful output of government policy.

“All economic growth is welcome but it’s of the utmost importance that growth be real and sustainable, that it’s built on solid foundations.

“A healthy economy is underpinned by a functioning healthcare system. It’s fuelled by properly paid workers who can source affordable childcare.

“We need a public banking sector that will ensure entrepreneurs of all types can invest and grow. We need an end to upward only rents which push see vulture funds kill small businesses. And we need to be treated fairly by Europe.

“Hundreds of people across this island are looking for an alternative to the austerity that has been forced upon us by the failing government – Sinn Féin has the knowledge, the expertise and the commitment to provide that.”


Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has described the unemployment crisis in Ireland as ‘tragic’.

Speaking as chair of the “European Response to the Unemployment Crisis” as part of the GUE NGL Autumn conference, hosted by Sinn Féin in Carrickmacross, Ms Boylan said:

 “Last week we heard from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) that 17.5% of Irish born people were living abroad.

“When you look at the figures for the cohort between the ages of 20 and 30, that’s around 1 in 4 having left. Young people are particularly hard hit with this ongoing unemployment crisis.    

“Ireland has the worst scores in this regard in the whole of the OECD.  From parents having to speak to grandchildren via Skype to children missing important family occasions in Ireland, it is tragic - there is hardly a family in the country that has not been affected.

 “There is far more that the European Parliament can and must do on this issue. To ensure that we do not continue to lose one of the best trained generations ever, we need to stand strong, we need to continue the fight within our national parliaments and we need to combat this crisis.”