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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 Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has accused the Taoiseach of paying lip service to the diaspora as he tells young emigrants that the decision on granting an overseas vote in Presidential elections is an issue for the next government.

Commenting this morning on the issue Ms Boylan said:

“The Taoiseach is once again sidestepping this issue and is putting off making a decision on what is the cornerstone of democracy, ensuring voting rights for Irish citizens.

This government has been urged to deal with this issue on numerous occasions. I myself addressed the European Affairs Dail Committee in the spring, when it held a series of hearings in response to European Commission criticism of Ireland for not providing for voting rights for its citizens living in other Member States in national elections.

I urged the public representatives present to strongly press the government on this matter.

The Convention on the Constitution also voted in favour of recommending the extension of voting rights in Presidential elections for Irish citizens who are resident outside of the State, including Irish citizens resident in North.

Sinn Féin firmly believe in the core republican principle of equal citizenship and it is important to note that Article 2 of the Constitution asserts the right of Irish citizens, be they at home or abroad, to play an active role in their own country.

The disenfranchisement rules which guide the current situation are outdated in today’s interconnected world.

The Taoiseach can no longer ignore this matter and needs to stop shirking his responsibility to the thousands of Irish citizens outside the state.”

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed a declaration from 126 signatories to the Geneva Convention expressing concern at Israel's failure to implement human rights law.

Speaking after the declaration was signed in Geneva, Ms Anderson said;


"The recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza which killed more than 2,000 people outraged the international community.


"Now 126 countries who have signed up to the Geneva Convention have backed a declaration expressing concern over Israel's lack of implementation of international human rights law over Palestine.


"The declaration states that Israel must uphold international human rights legislation which prohibits indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks on and targeting of civilians.


"It also expresses deep concern about the impact of the illegal Israeli settlements and the ongoing blockade of Gaza.


"It was also welcome that Palestine attended this meeting in Geneva with the same status as the other countries for the first time.


"The international community have a responsibility to ensure human rights of the Palestinian people are upheld and that Israel is held to account for breaching international human rights legislation."

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Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has welcomed the EU's recognition, in principle, of the state of Palestine. The compromise motion was carried by an overwhelming majority, 498 votes to 88

Ms. Boylan spoke on the resolution in Strasbourg yesterday stating that:

“I am proud to vote in favour of this resolution. It is a step in the right direction for Palestinian statehood. Although it is well overdue, resolutions such as this one are part of a growing movement across Europe to support a Palestinian state. This month the Dail added its voice to this growing movement by agreeing to the adoption of a Sinn Féin motion which called on the government to respect Palestine’s right to self-determination and to recognise the state of Palestine.”

The EU vote follows symbolic votes recently by several national parliaments – including the UK, Sweden and France and Luxembourg to recognise a Palestinian state.

Ms Boylan also stated:

“With Israeli actions including the recent war in Gaza and the accelerated illegal settlement expansion in the West Bank having a serious impact on the progression of talks, I welcome the growing international support for Palestinian statehood.

This resolution, though watered down, should send a strong signal that Palestinian statehood is essential to progress a meaningful peace process.

I would like to reiterate calls made by Sinn Féin on all parties to refrain from any activities which would undermine the viability and prospects for a two-state solution.”

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Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has labelled Brian Hayes’ comments regarding Sinn Féin this morning as, “laughable and inaccurate.”

Speaking from Strasbourg Ms Boylan said:

“Unfortunately the latest round of untrue and childish commentary from Brian Hayes has become par for the course. It appears Brian has lost the run of himself since he moved out to Brussels.
Sinn Féin has never excused the fact that the domestic economic policies of Fianna Fáil fed into the economic crises. Sinn Féin challenged those policies of back into 2007 we flagged that the continued reliance on the housing market was unsustainable.  We also criticised Fine Gael on its auction style politics before that last general election, and we will continue to do so as they implement the austerity programme that Fianna Fail brought in after the crash.

However, that does not absolve the ECB and the EU Commission for their role in both creating the economic crisis and then post-crash, heaping the burden on those least able to pay. We are not going to apologise to anybody for highlighting this in Europe.

For Brian Hayes to equate the thousands of people out on the streets protesting against austerity and the water charges as being somehow racist and anti-European is very ignorant . Clearly people are hurting and maybe Brian should spend some more time listening to the voters who are suffering under the policies of the Fine Gael and Labour.

Instead of making these inaccurate observations, Brian Hayes’ time would be better spent looking out for his constituents back home in Dublin. The Irish people want someone to be seen to be standing up for them in Europe and challenging things and not just getting the pat on the head like Mr. Hayes who just wants to be the best boy in the class.”

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the British and US governments must apologise for the use of torture.

Speaking during a European Parliament debate on torture by the CIA, Ms Anderson said;

"The senate report into torture by the CIA made for alarming, if unsurprising reading.

"The British government used the same techniques as the CIA when it tortured 14 Irish men interned more than 40 years ago.

"The case of the 'Hooded Men' led to the only instance where a European member state took another member state to the European Court of Human Rights.

"In 1976 the European Commission on Human Rights ruled that the British government was guilty of torture and inhumane and degrading treatment. The case was then referred to the European Court of Human Rights.

"In 1978, after pressure from the British government the European Court of Human Rights overturned that ruling and found that the five techniques used against the internees amounted to inhumane and degrading treatment - but not torture.

"Recently uncovered information showed the British government lied to the European Court of Human Rights on the effects of the techniques the hooded men were subjected to.

"These techniques were sanctioned at the highest level of the British government by the then minister of defence, Lord Carrington.

"In fact the US Attorney General justified the use of torture techniques in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay by quoting the EU Court's 1978 ruling on the Hooded Men.

"Now at last the Irish government has referred the Hooded Men case back to the European Court of Human Rights to revise its judgement.

"The British government must apologise for its use of torture techniques and the US government must do the same."