Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams outlined the party’s priorities in the European Parliament today following a meeting with the newly elected all Ireland team of four MEPs. He said that the party’s five priorities would be, “jobs, debt, Irish unity, farming and fishing, and reform of the EU institutions.”
Deputy Adams said:
“Sinn Féin’s all Ireland team of four MEPs campaigned on a single manifesto. That document outlined our approach to the European Parliament, the European Union institutions and a broad range of policy issues.
“At the core of our approach in the incoming parliament is to continue our opposition to austerity and to argue for a more social and more democratic Europe.
“Bhailigh ár bhfoireann nua le chéile inniu chun ár bpríomh-chuspóirí do na cúig bliain atá romhainn a phléigh.
“These priorities are jobs, debt, Irish unity, climate change and reform of the EU institutions.
“On jobs we will be pushing for Ireland, north and south, to have greater access to European Investment Bank loans for job creation.
“On debt we will be campaigning for a deal on the legacy debt in the pillar banks and for the reopening of the Promissory Note deal.
“On Irish Unity we will to promote EU support for social and economic integration and for the holding of a border poll.
“And on institutional reform we will press for real reform of both the Council and the Commission in order to make the EU more democratic.
“Sinn Féin will be continuing our membership of the GUE/NGL group which has returned a record number of MEPs.”