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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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Responding to the publication of a Red C survey on EU Trade deals that indicates that 69% of respondents are concerned about the impact of EU trade deals while 74% believe there should be a referendum on such deals, Matt Carthy MEP said the findings “confirmed what we have always said; the more people that become informed about the potential impact of trade deals such as TTIP and CETA the greater the opposition to them becomes.”

Carthy, who represents the Midlands North West constituency, said that it was the fear of citizens becoming informed that led to a European Commission strategy aimed at keeping as many pertinent details from the public as possible.  However, several leaks and the ongoing campaign work of organisations across Europe have left that strategy in shreds.   

He said:

“Citizens across the EU are demanding that they have a say on what many consider to be a dangerous agenda at the heart of trade negotiations such as the TTIP deal with the USA and CETA with Canada.

“A previous poll published last year which indicated high levels of support in Ireland for an EU-US trade deal has been widely cited by Fine Gael representatives.  But since then many Irish people have realised that TTIP is not a trade deal in any traditional sense.  Rather than being primarily concerned with tariffs these trade deals are largely about eliminating ‘non-tariff barriers’ or in other words, the standards that are aimed at protecting consumers, farmers, workers, small businesses and the environment.

“These poll findings highlight unwillingness among the Irish public to accept a trade deal at any cost.  The government must now move to similar ground.  Up until this point the Fine Gael government has saw its role as being the PR agents for the European Commission rather than defenders of Irish interests on deals such as TTIP.  This needs to change.

“I have commissioned legal opinion which confirms that the investment dispute mechanism within TTIP and CETA is incompatible with the Irish constitution and would require a referendum. Instead of waiting for an inevitable legal challenge, the government should commit to holding such a plebiscite.

“Above all, the Red C poll, commissioned by the campaign group ‘Uplift’ clearly shows that the government needs to change tact with required dangerous EU trade deals.  The best opportunity for the government to show it is listening will come when the commission proposal to ‘provisionally ratify’ the CETA trade deal comes before council shortly.  Our government must veto any such proposal to ratify this deal until the Dáil has had an opportunity to vote on and discuss all options, including the option of putting the proposal to referendum.  Anything less will be a signal that it intends to ignore the clear message that this poll has sent.”

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said being dragged out of the EU would hit border communities particularly badly. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"I met today with members of the Confederation of Community Groups in Newry to discus the potential impact of the EU referendum. 

"The border region has suffered immensely as a result of partition and any hardening of the border will only have a negative impact on the lives of people who live, work and study in the area. 

"The people of the North voted to reject that and I would encourage all interested groups to raise their voices to ensure the democratic wishes of the majority who voted to remain are respected." 

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the international community needs to act to tackle illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine. 

The Sinn Féin MEP said; 

"Just this week Israel has advanced plans to build 770 houses in the illegal settlement of Gilo, on the Palestinian towns of Beit Jala, Beit Safafa and Wallajeh. 

"Despite the ban on the extension of settlements, Israel is aggressively continuing with what is effectively a land grab. 

"And they are doing this with apparent impunity as the international community watches on. 

"It is unacceptable that Israel can continue to treat the people of Palestine and international law with disdain. 

"The international community has a responsibility to act to tackle the illegal Israeli settlement expansion.”

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Sinn Féin MLA and party spokesperson for young people Catherine Seeley said:

"Following the Brexit result and concerns expressed by young people in my constituency I invited Martina Anderson MEP into the area to meet with youth representatives.

"The young people shared concerns about EU study opportunities, EU employment opportunities and the implications of a hard border.

"Martina has conducted a series of meetings and has promised to continue to fight for the North and for the democratic decision to remain to be respected by the British government." Ends/Críoch

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Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has slammed comments made by Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan on RTE’s Drivetime Show.

The Minister was commenting on the visit to Ireland by French President Francois Hollande who is an active proponent of an EU army.

Minister Flanagan said that the EU must speak with one voice on Defence.

Speaking from Dublin, the Sinn Féin MEP said 

“It seems the Minister needs a lesson in neutrality; how can Ireland possibly claim to be neutral if it is aligning itself with military aggressions carried out by other EU Member States?  Many of the conflicts that EU member States are involved in are as a direct result of their colonial past and continue to destabilise regions.

“It is not possible to try to impose democracy through the use of force and yet some member states, France included continue to try to do just that without ever learning from their mistakes.

“Ireland has a strong history of neutrality and peacekeeping, something that Irish citizens are proud of.

“Minister Flanagan also suggested that Ireland would reinforce the Irish Army presence in Mali to free up French army personnel.  Sinn Féin opposed the sending of army personnel to Mali in the first place as it was not a UN peacekeeping mission.   A UN report from the OCHR outlined gross violations of human rights by Malian troops and criticised the Malian government for allowing their army to act with impunity.

“Any attempt to reinforce the numbers of Irish army personnel in Mali will be resisted by my party and we will demand that it be brought before the Dáil to be voted on.  Despite Minister Flanagan and Fine Gael’s desire to run roughshod over Ireland’s neutrality, it is not theirs to give away.”