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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 Dublin MEP Lynn Boylan has called for the immediate release of Walli Ullah Safi from from Cloverhill prison. The 21-year-old Afghani, who fled his country fearing his life, was found at a roadside in Ireland 2 weeks ago whereupon he was charged with being a ‘non-national’ without identification and was sent to Cloverhill. He has been subject to tremendous mental and physical violence in his two weeks in Cloverhill.

Speaking at a protest staged today calling for the release of Walli, Ms Boylan said:

“I am demanding that Walli Ullah Safi be released at once. Not only is he suffering hugely in the prison having been taken hostage by other prisoners and physically abused, he should not be in Cloverhill at all. He is a refugee, yet he is being treated like a criminal.

“It is a damning indictment that the government treats migrants in this manner. Fine Gael MEPS talk about a more humane approach to migrants yet their actions are the very opposite on their own soil.

“We are a country that has history of migration yet we show no humanity to vulnerable individuals when they arrive here. Walli needs to be moved immediately and the government needs to address it's policy to migration.

“Frances Fitzgerald must intervene immediately to have this young man removed from what is clearly a very dangerous and absolutely unacceptable situation.”

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Sinn Féin MEP  Lynn Boylan has expressed outrage at the news that the European Commission will be granting funds to fracking companies to research environmental impacts of the process.

"Following an information request I made to the European Commission regarding grants given to companies in relation to research on the impacts of fracking, it has now been revealed that one of the industry partners to receive EU funds for research is Halliburton.

"Perhaps better known for its involvement in obtaining oil contracts from the US government during the Iraq war or its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon explosion, it is also one of the world’s largest manufacturers of the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process.

"Indeed, Halliburton’s lobbying influence on fracking regulation in the US was so great that the exemption in legislation which allowed fracking companies to not disclose the chemicals they use to frack is known as the ‘Halliburton loophole’. And this is a company the Commission chooses as a partner.

"That the Commission is willing to give Halliburton research grants, paid for by the EU taxpayer, shows a wilful disregard for independent research into the very real environmental impacts which fracking can cause. I will be writing to the Commission with my colleague Martina Anderson to ask why this company was chosen in spite of the clear conflict of interest." 

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Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan will be in Egypt this weekend to meet with the EU permanent representative in Cairo and to attend Ibrahim Halawa's court hearing, if possible.

Ibrahim has been detained in Egypt for two years and is facing trial this Sunday, the 2nd of August, after numerous postponements.

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Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the government to resist any attempts by the European Commission to put rail services out to tender.

Speaking this morning Ms Boylan said:

“Iarnród Éireann, like Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus provide vital public transport services across the country.

“All attempts to privatise these services must be resisted.

“In Britain rail services were privatised in the 1990s with promises of greater investment, better services and a better deal for the tax payer.

“Unfortunately all of these pledges have proved to be false.

“Rail fares have increased, competition has not reduced fares, tickets have increased on average by 24 percent.

“Any upgrades to services have come at the expense of the taxpayer, with up to 90% of new investment financed by Network Rail.

“The government must push hard to secure a derogation for Ireland from these Commission proposals.”

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Dublin MEP and author of the European Parliament’s Right2Water report Lynn Boylan has commented on reports that Eurostat will reject plans to keep Irish Water off the government balance sheet.

Speaking today Ms Boylan said:

“The government’s economic argument in favour of this quango has now been blown out of the water. Eurostat is expected to state today that Irish Water is insufficiently independent of the exchequer and should stay on government books until 2020.

“This Eurostat decision calls into serious question the ability of Irish Water to be able to become a self-financing entity in the future.  

 “The government is squarely to blame for this debacle, having guillotined though legislation at the behest of the troika.

“Sinn Féin’s position on this issue has been consistent, water services should be retained in public ownership.

“It is time for the government to admit its mistake and abolish Irish Water and the water tax.

“The anti-water charges movement has not gone away.

“Right2Water will be mobilising again at the end of August and my report on water, born out of a citizen’s initiative petition, will be at the European parliament plenary session in September.

“Irish Water in its current incarnation is not economically viable and must be scrapped.”