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Kenny surrenders EU seat

21 May, 2013 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has accused An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny of surrendering without a fight on the issue of reducing the number of EU seats in the 26 Counties.

Martina Anderson said:

“I wrote to An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny on 27th March requesting that he use the Irish European Presidential term as a platform from which to lobby support for retaining the 12 EU seats presently held by the Irish State.

“Apart from acknowledging that a reduction from 12 to 11 seats will pose challenges to ensuring effective Irish representation across the range of the EU Parliamentary functions and its Committees, Mr Kenny proposed no plans to mount any opposition to the proposals.

“As they have done with economic sovereignty, Mr Kenny and his government intend to surrender an Irish seat in Europe without a fight. I have to ask the Coalition government in Dublin, when is it going to stand up for the Irish people against the continued erosion of their influence in Europe?

“It seems that no indignity imposed by Europe is too great for Fine Gael/Labour to subject the Irish electorate to. It’s time they demanded equal status with all other European States and fought against the ever increasing influence of a growing bureaucratic elite in Brussels. It's time to stand-up and put the best interests of the Irish people front and centre.”

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