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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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Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan welcomed her fellow GUE/NGL MEPs to Dublin today.

MEPS Lidia Senra, Josu Juaristi and Ines Zube spent the day with the Sinn Féin team in Leinster House, which included a meeting with Right2Water activists.

The visit culminated with the MEPs participating in an Amnesty Ireland organised demonstration outside the Egyptian Embassy against the ongoing detention of Ibrahim Halawa.

Speaking this afternoon Lynn Boylan said:

“I was delighted to welcome my fellow GUE/NGL MEPs to Dublin today and that they had an opportunity to meet with my Sinn Féin colleagues and to meet with Ibrahim Halawa’s family.

“Amnesty Ireland organised a protest outside the Egyptian Embassy today and collected almost 5,000 signatures petitioning for Ibrahim’s release. I also handed in a letter to the Egyptian Embassy personally calling for the immediate release of Dublin born Ibrahim.

“Ibrahim faces his sixth trial date this summer and since the Irish government is dragging its heels on securing the Irish teenager’s release we turned our attention to the Egyptians.”

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Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has said that equality can triumph over intolerance in the forthcoming referendum on Marriage Equality.

She said that all those motivated by the ideals of the proclamation of Irish independence must leave ‘no stone’ unturned in the campaign for a yes vote on May 22nd.

Ní Riada was speaking this afternoon at the launch of Sinn Féin’s YES FOR EQUALITY campaign in Cork City.

She said:

“We have to be progressive, proactive and patient. A YES win would mean that that the citizenship of this state supports the love of LGBT people and recognises their right to express that love through marriage.

“The messaging from the NO campaign certainly has the theme of intolerance running through it. However, fairness & equality can triumph over intolerance on May 22nd.

"As I have said before, this referendum is about ensuring all people, and all couples, have access to equal rights, dignity and respect.”

“Those inspired by the ideals expressed in the proclamation of independence must leave no stone unturned to ensure that this referendum passes.

“On May 22nd, we have a chance to honour the tenants of the proclamation by seizing a unique opportunity to advance the cause of equality. We have a chance to tell all those in the Irish LGBT community that they absolutely deserve to have their love and commitment recognised just like anyone else.

“Sinn Féin wants to build a real and united republic in which civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities are guaranteed to all its citizens. The passing of this referendum would be a step toward realising this vision.”

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Speaking in Waterford City today, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada called on the public in Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford to support the South East bid for European Capital of Culture status in 2020.  Ní Riada met with the team behind the bid at the head of a Sinn Féin delegation that included Kilkenny County Councillor Kathleen Funchion, Wexford County Councillor Johnny and Councillor John Hearne from Waterford.

Liadh Ní Riada said:

 “For thirty years the European Union has designated one or more cities as European Capital of Culture for a given year, providing an opportunity to showcase the best of local, national and European culture. In 2020 Ireland will have the chance to host the European Capital, and in a break with tradition Counties Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford are jointly presenting a bid.

 “I want to commend the bid team, drawn jointly from the three local authorities, for their foresight, initiative and ongoing hard work in preparing a strong, competitive bid for the honour.

 “Drawing on the deep cultural roots of the region, as well as showcasing its contemporary music and arts, the bid will seek to put the South East on the cultural map, and has the potential to give a much needed boost to the region’s economy.

 “The South East has huge potential. Despite being neglected by successive governments over the years the region has a wealth of resources, both physical and cultural, that put it in an excellent position to be European Capital of Culture in 2020.

 “In the end the decision will lie with a twelve-person jury comprised of Irish and European cultural advisors, but I would urge the public in Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford to row in behind the bid. "

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said there can be no military solution to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"EU foreign ministers are meeting today to discuss the growing crisis in the Mediterranean that has led to the deaths of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe. 

"Reports that one of the options being considered includes military action against Libya to destroy the boats before they leave is both alarming and foolhardy. 

"Military action will not solve the humanitarian crisis where untold numbers of people, desperate to find a new life, are dying in the Mediterranean. 

"In fact, it was military action by the British government and others in Libya, Syria and Palestine which has totally destabilised the region and created the conditions where migrants feel they have no other option but to risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean. 

"Instead of attempting to impose further military action which would further destabilise the region, the international community, and the European Union in particular, must step up its efforts to provide humanitarian aid to the survivors of these modern-day coffin ships and prevent further deaths."

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Speaking after the Commission today announced legislative proposals on GM foods Sinn Féin MEP, Lynn Boylan, criticised the Commission for backtracking on its promise to make GM decisions more democratic.

‘Juncker has significantly rowed back on his promise to make GM decisions more democratic. Less than a year ago he acknowledged that it was wrong that the Commission could still authorise GM products even if there was a majority of the 28 member states opposed in Council but today has proposed a draft law which will not offer concerned citizens any peace of mind.’

 'This new proposal does nothing to reassure citizens and by offering weak national opt-outs it does not guarantee a sound legal guarantee for Member States who want to ban GM food or feed.'

If Juncker and his Commission had actually wanted to tackle the democratic deficit they would have proposed measures which improved the actual authorisation procedure itself.'

'It is wrong that the Commission can currently push through GM authorisations without the support of a majority of Member States and it is extremely disappointing that the Commission’s proposals do not aim to reform this situation.'

'If Juncker believes that empty promises such as this one on GM will make the EU ‘more democratic’ he is sadly mistaken.'