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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 said the European Council must honour the European Parliament commitment to end mobile phone roaming charges. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"The European Parliament and European Commission both voted that mobile phone providers must abolish roaming charges by the end of this year. 

"Now the European Council is proposing to extend that timeframe by three years. This is entirely unacceptable and goes against the democratic decisions of the European institutions. 

"Roaming charges are unfair and outdated and must go. 

"The IT and telecommunications sectors have a role to play in meeting the demands of the changing marketplace as well as providing value for money for users. 

"By doing so, they can be catalysts for economic and social revival across the European Union by stimulating trade. 

"The European Commission should now listen to the other European institutions and abandon this proposal so roaming charges can be abolished by the end of the year."

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson hosted at the European Parliament in Brussels to look at how the Europe can assist the promotion of human rights across Ireland. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"Sinn Féin is committed to the promotion and protection of human rights across Ireland. 

"As an MEP I have worked with a range of groups in Europe to assist agencies and bodies across Ireland working in the field of human rights promotion. 

"This week I brought a delegation of human rights groups to the European Parliament in Brussels to explore opportunities where Europe can provide practical help and guidance. 

"The delegation included groups representing children and young people, older people's groups, women's groups, gay advocacy groups, victims' representatives, students, Irish language activists and Travellers groups. 

"The groups included the Children's Law Centre, Age NI, Women's Resource and Development Agency, Rainbow Project, CAJ, and the Human Rights Consortium.

"We took part in a range of discussions and workshops around the role of human rights in the European Union with a particular focus on the rights of children and young people and age discrimination. 

"The delegation also included representatives of Conradh na Gaeilge and we heard about the experiences from other parts of Europe and how they dealt with language rights. 

"This was a constructive and positive delegation and the groups involved made useful contacts.

“I will continue to work with all groups to promote human rights across Ireland." 

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Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has spoken today at the National Women’s Council of Ireland event entitled Better Boards, Better Business, Better Society.

Ms Boylan used the opportunity to raise the matter of stalled European legislation aimed at tackling a number of issues that could lead to a greater number of women taking up positions on boards.

“This year the EU is due to adopt its new strategy on gender equality in the workplace. This strategy should be part of the EU-wide framework for the realisation of women’s rights in the European Union.

Creating gender balance in decision making is something that I hold very important and will certainly seek to be actively involved in shaping the EU directive on Improving Gender Balance on Boards.

However this directive is one of many currently stuck in Council due to resistance from individual member states. This ongoing intransigence from member states coupled with the lack of transparency in the council adds to the sense that equality is being sidestepped to protect ill-informed business interests. All the evidence shows that gender equality is good for business.

Other stalled directives that could greatly improve the lives of women across the EU include the Maternity Leave directive and the Anti-Discrimination Directive.

While EU directives are important, it is no justification to let national governments off the hook. The Irish Government should seize the opportunity as it has with introducing gender quotas for the elections, and follow other European countries in introducing legislation to ensure that gender balance on boards is addressed.

Gender quotas are a crude instrument but are a necessary tool in the kit to begin addressing the gender imbalance.

Women making up just 10% of Irish corporate boards isn’t good enough. 36% representation on state boards, while an improvement, still falls short of a target of 40% that was set in 1993. We must do better.”

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D’fhógraigh an Feisire Eorpach de chuid Shinn Féin Liadh Ní Riada an tabhacht a bhaineann leis an meabhrán tuisceana idir an Banc Eorpach Infheistíochta agus an Coimisiún Eorpach i dtaobh na hearnála talmhaíochta in Éirinn

Shíneadar an meabhrán an samhradh seo caite, agus cruthan sé creat do thionscnaimh comónta idir an dhá institiúid le forbairt tuaithe a spreagadh agus le méadú a dhéanamh ar úsáid na n-ionstraimí airgeadais a bhaineann leis na cistí thalmhaíochta agusf orbartha tuaithe.

Dúirt Liadh Ní Riada:

"Mar chuid den MT cuirfidh an BEI béim ar an talmhaíocht agus gnóthaí tuaithe ina chlár oibríochtúil agus a idirghabhálacha.

"Ciallaíonn sé seo gur chóir do fheirmeoirí agus gnóthaí Éireannacha san earnáil talmhaíochta an BEI a fheiceáil mar acmhainn feabhsaithe agus mar bhealach chun tacaíocht airgeadais ríthábhachtach a fháilt.

"Tar éis cruinniú le hionadaithe ón IFA tseachtain seo caite, ba léir domsa go bhfuil orainn an deis seo a chur in iúl go héifeachtach i measc feirmeoirí na hÉireann.

"Ba chóir d'fheirmeoirí na hÉireann iniúchadh a dhéanamh ar airgeadas a dhaingniú ón BEI go háirithe mar gheall ar na rátaí úis íseal ar fáil ón institiúid.

"Beidh an BEI breathnú chun tacú leis an n-earnáil talmhaíochta agus forbairt tuaithe trí infheistíochtaí, tionscadail phíolótacha agus taispeántais agus tionscadail nuálacha chun aistriú torthaí agus eolas a roinnt.

"Is forbairt dearfach agus ba chóir gach éinne a bhfuil i mbun ghnó san earnáil na deiseanna seo a fhiosrú go hiomlán.”

European Investment Bank can provide enhanced support to Irish agricultural sector - Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has highlighted the importance of a memorandum of understanding between the European Investment Bank and the European Commission to the agricultural sector in Ireland

The MoU, signed last summer, creates a framework for common initiatives between both institutions to stimulate rural development and boost the utilisation of financial instruments supported by agriculture & rural development funds.

Ní Riada said;

“As part of the MoU the EIB will put emphasis on agriculture and rural businesses in its operational programme and its interventions.

“This means that the EIB should be viewed, by Irish Farmers and businesses in the agricultural sector as, an enhanced resource and channel of crucial financial support.

“After meeting with representatives from the IFA last week, it was clear to me that there was a need for this development to be communicated effectively to Irish Farmers.

“Irish Farmers should certainly explore securing finance from the EIB especially given the relatively low interest rates available from the institution.

“The EIB will look to support agricultural sector and rural development through investments, pilot and demonstration projects and innovative projects for the transfer of results and knowledge-sharing.

“This is a positive development and should be fully examined by all those operating businesses in the agricultural sector.”

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Thosaigh Liadh Ní Riada Feisire Eorpach de chuid Shinn Féin ar a stailc teanga inniu. Sa chéad cruinniú de chuid an Bhuiséad agus Gnóthaí Eacnamaíocha agus Airgeadaíochta bhí an Junker Investment plan á phléigh. Rinneadh iarracht pointe a chuir chun tosaigh trí Ghaeilge ach cuireadh stop léi láithreach.

Agus í ag labhairt ón Pharlaimint sa Bhruiséil dúirt Ní Riada

"Ní féidir glacadh leis an méid a tharla le linn an choiste sin. Chuaigh mé i dteagmháil leis na dá choiste an tseachtain seo chaite chun iad a chuir ar an t-eolas faoin stailc. Mhínigh mé go raibh mé á dhéanamh mar chomhartha agóide i gcoinne an maolú teanga agus mura rabhadar sásta seirbhís ateangaireachta a chuir ar fáil bhí leigheas an scéal againn tríd úsaíd a bhaint as mo chomhairleoir polaitíochta chun an ateangaireacht a dhéanamh.

“Níor tugadh cead dom mo phointe a chríochnú agus tá ´sé sin do-ghlactha toisc go bhfuil stádas oifigiúil ag an Ghaeilge san Aontas Eorpach.”

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Liadh Ní Riada, MEP for Ireland South began her language strike today. The Junker Investment Plan was being discussed in the first joint committee meeting of Budget and Economic and Monetary Affairs. An attempt was made to make a point through Irish but her contribution was interrupted almost immediately.

Speaking from the parliament Ní Riada said:

"It was inadmissible what happened in the committee today. I contacted the committee secretariat last week to inform them of the strike. I explained that I was doing it in protest against the language derogation that is currently in place and if they were not willing to provide interpreting that my political advisor would be able to do so on my behalf.

“I was not allowed to finish my point and this is totally unfair considering the fact that I was speaking in official working language of the EU.”