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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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Speaking today after the first meeting of the European Parliament's Delegation to the US, Sinn Fein MEP for the Midland's North West Constituency Matt Carthy said:

"I am delighted to be appointed as a member of the EU Delegation to the US. This delegation is particularly important in terms of EU relations with America.

"The delegation engages with the US Administration and Congress, political actors, the media, academia, business and civil society to raise awareness of the EU issues and concerns and promote the importance of the EU- US relationship among the American public.

"The Delegation covers a broad spectrum of issues of mutual concern to the US and EU including Agriculture, Democracy and Human Rights, Development and Humanitarian Aid, Education, Energy and Environment, Jobs and Growth, Trade and Investment and Transportation.

"As the negotiations on the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership progress, I believe it is particularly important that Ireland's interests within the EU are fully protected and it is my intention as part of this Delegation to ensure that this happens to the fullest extent possible.

"I also intend to use my membership of this Delegation to build and strengthen relationships with our diaspora living in America and highlighting issues of concern to them. At the first meeting of the committee today I raised the issues pertaining to the Irish undocumented in the United States with the new EU ambassador to the US, David O'Sullivan, who promised to support the Irish government efforts to regularise their status.

"I look forward to getting involved in the interesting work that my role on this delegation offers and ensuring that the interests of Ireland are represented at every opportunity both in the EU and further afield." 

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Sinn Féin MEPs today voted in favour of increasing EU funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency in Palestine.

Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson made the case for increased funding saying:

"Whilst the budget is not ideal I voted in favour of supporting the peace process and financial assistance for Palestine and for UNRWA.

"As the people of Gaza are emerging from the most recent onslaught their needs are greater than ever and UNRWA needs financial support to carry out their work.

"UNRWA is dealing with thousands of families who are homeless and without livelihood. Even those with homes find themselves in neighbourhoods where water, sewerage and electricity systems have been demolished.

"The future of Gaza must not be defined by the instability and poverty imposed by the blockade.

The international community needs to do more than just providing humanitarian assistance. We must take action to address the underlying causes of the crisis. Hence, ending Israels occupation in Palestine.

"As we wait on that to happen, UNRWA is playing a leading role in addressing the devastation caused by the recent conflict and the pervasive effect of the Israeli imposed blockade.

"UNRWA is seeking $1.6 billion for emergency relief, early recovery and reconstruction priorities in the Gaza Strip, and hence, the EU must increase UNRWAs budget.

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Speaking from Strasbourg today after the European Commission has been officially ratified by the European Parliament, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency Matt Carthy said:

 “What Europe needed in a new Commission was a change in direction.  Certainly, across member states the people demanded change in last May's elections.

"The people of Europe want and deserve an end to the Austerity Agenda, an end to the conservative, regressive and undemocratic policies that underpin much of the character of the EU today. 

"They want a social Europe that protects public services, that invests in sustainable jobs for our young people and reinvigorates the regions and rural communities.

"What is on offer in the new Commission is more of the same.  This commission is representative of the old-boys club that is intent on continuing the socially regressive, undemocratic Europe that has become disengaged from the communities it claims to serve.

"Sinn Féin MEP's voted against the college because we want fair Europe in which member states work together on matters of mutual interest rather than the two-tier unequal EU that is represented by this commission.

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"I have made no secret of my concerns surrounding the nomination of Phil Hogan as Ireland's nominee to the European Commission. 

“That being said, I have always been firmly of the belief that the position of European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development is one that has the potential to be of huge benefit to Ireland. 

“I am aware too that today is a proud day for Phil Hogan and his family. I would like to acknowledge that and I wish him success in his new post.

“As a member of the Agricultural and Rural Development Committee myself, I am only too aware of the issues facing Irish Agriculture and I am committed to working with all stakeholders in the sector in order to ensure that the interests of Irish Agriculture are protected.

“In that sense, while I intend to hold the commissioner accountable at all times, I also hope to develop a productive working relationship with Mr. Hogan and I hope we can work together in good faith for the benefit of Irish Agriculture and Rural Development.”

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In a welcome vote of confidence in her early efforts, Liadh Ni Riada Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South has been ranked the hardest working Irish MEP since the Parliament returned in July, according to the MEP Ranking site.

Ní Riada said:

“Last May I was given a mandate from the people of Ireland South to go and be their representative in Brussels and I have done my best to prove their trust was well placed. As a member of the Budgetary committee I brought forward my first piece of legislation relating to the EU Globalisation Fund which was set up to assist workers displaced by global market trends, and as part of the Fisheries committee, we are bringing forth a new piece of legislation on sea fishing that should go towards helping the Irish fisherman in the competitive EU market.”

“It is an honour to serve the people of Ireland South and this strong start will not abate. The Irish people gave Sinn Féin their highest ever level of support in the May 2013 elections and we must work tirelessly to ensure that this support is rewarded.” 

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Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada spoke today from the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the need to reduce the administrative burden on Irish fishermen.

Ms Ní Riada, who sits on the Committee on Fisheries, submitted a number of amendments to the upcoming 'Omnibus Regulations' which will impact on fishermen in Ireland.

Ní Riada stated:

"These amendments seek to reduce the administrative burden on fishermen by gradually introducing the Landing Obligation regulations which will come in under Omnibus.

"I am also calling for an allowance to be made for changes in mesh net sizes. Specifically in relation to the use of 80mm nets when fishing for queenie scallops.

"Fishing for queen scallops is a significant part of the Irish seafood market employing hundreds of people from coastal communities. Restricting fishermen to the use of 120mm regulated nets will make scallop fishing impossible.

"While EU regulations allow for scallop fishing with dredgers, net catching scallops is less harmful to ocean life and a more sustainable solution.

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