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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 criticised the European Union's reaction to the Ebola outbreak in west African and called for the deployment of immediate medical aid. 

Speaking after voting for for immediate action on Ebola in Strasbourg, Ms Anderson said; 

"The Ebola virus is now affecting the whole west African region yet the response from the international community has been dangerously inadequate. 

"We are in the grip of a public health crisis of international concern. 

"Sinn Féin is concerned about the slow and derisory reaction from Europe to this Ebola outbreak. 

"The European council of ministers need to meet and mobilise an immediate medial response to provide humanitarian aid by deploying medical staff. 

"The EU could learn  from Cuba which has already deployed 165 specialised medical staff. Europe needs to at least match that response before it is too late."

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the revision of rules for horse identification and registration in the wake of last year’s horsemeat scandal.

A Commission proposal to revise the rules for the identification of horses was endorsed yesterday by EU Member States' experts.

Ms Anderson worked extensively during the last EU Parliamentary term for a revision of official controls and regulations in food safety to eliminate potential risks and to prevent any repeat of the horsemeat scandal.

“This revised Regulation provides a more reliable and safer European system for the registration and identification of horses in the EU. One of the basic aims is to prevent the inadvertent or fraudulent slaughter for human consumption of horses which must be excluded from the food chain.

“We have to enhance the safeguards which prevent fraudsters from damaging the excellent reputation of our food change by placing non-food quality horse meat on our plates.

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said all avenues for cross-border co-operation must be explored. 

Speaking at a conference to launch a tool-kit for cross-border co-operation at the European Parliament, Ms Anderson said; 

"Following partition we went from a single unit to two jurisdictions, two currencies and three administrations in Belfast, Dublin and London. 

"Research shows that because Ireland's natural hinterland was divided, communities living along the border are twice as likely to suffer from poverty. 

"Despite having duplication of statutory departments and agencies across the island, our economies are interlinked and interdependent. 

"Huge amounts of money, time and energy are expended as a result of this duplication. This is not in the best interests of citizens whether they live in Derry or Cork. 

"There is no advantage for an island of 6.4 million people on the edge of Europe having separate tax regimes, legal and regulatory systems, different economic development agencies and competing investment policies. 

"Co-operation is an absolute necessity for businesses and communities across the island. 

"Europe can play a key role in building capacity to deliver cross-border co-operation across a range of sectors."

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Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has severely criticised fellow MEP Brian Hayes for publicly supporting EU Financial Services Commissioner-designate Jonathan Hill.

Speaking in Strasbourg, the Sinn Féin MEP said:

“Brian Hayes has decided to inform us all that former British lobbyist Jonathan Hill is the right choice for Ireland’s financial services and for the EU.

“It is simply laughable that Hayes can come out with such a statement after a brief, behind closed doors meeting with Hill.

“There is absolutely no indication whatsoever that this appointment will be good for Ireland’s financial services, as he suggests. The Commissioner-designate is still subject to a three hour public hearing, where he will be questioned prior to any appointment. No doubt those questions will include his links with the City of London and his activities as a lobbyist. It might have made sense for Brian Hayes to delay making his public announcement of support for Hill until after that hearing.

“For Hayes, and presumably the government, to decide that Hill is the right man for Ireland’s financial services after a brief meeting is reminiscent of the way financial regulatory appointments were made in Ireland, and we all know where that led.

“I and my fellow Sinn Féin MEPs will not be making any fawning announcements of support concerning this appointment. We will assess the former lobbyist’s suitability for the position of EU Financial Services Commissioner after the hearing into his appointment on October 1st.

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Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada will meet with the Director General for the Environment at the European Commission next week in Brussels to outline her concerns regarding the draft submission put forward by the Irish government to the EU Commission on the LEADER programme.

Ní Riada said:

“I am very concerned that the new measures outlined in the submission mark a determined attempt to redefine the LEADER programme from being a genuine grassroots, community-based measure, to a programme completely subject to the political objectives of whatever Local Authority and Government happens to be in power at any given time.

“Flaws within the submission include plans that LEADER Groups will operate under the County Development Plans which have been responsible for many of the disastrous housing decision of the last 15 years.

“Also, LEADER Groups will have to adhere to new Local Economic and Community Plans which are not even developed yet and which will put projects at risk and thereby put jobs in jeopardy. There is also a danger that this delay will also increase the risk of projects not coming to fruition.

“I am extremely concerned about the financial capacity measures proposed. I believe this is a `double whammy’ for local LEADER groups. Some of them will find it difficult to get that type of backing, while facilitating private companies, state, and semi-state bodies.

"Furthermore it is worthwhile noting that the former Environment Minister, Phil Hogan who created this mess is likely to be the new Agriculture Commissioner. I am concerned that this will give him the opportunity to ´rubber-stamp´ this submission in his new position.