Liadh Ní Riada 'most active MEP' in Ireland
Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada has been recognised as Ireland's 'most active' MEP by the parliamentary watchdog website MEPRanking.eu. The online score card awards points to MEPs for their activities in Parliament and is based on data provided by the EU institution.
Ní Riada achieved a score of 325, ahead of constituency rivals Seán Kelly on 236, Deirdre Clune on 113. Her score puts her in nineteenth place overall, from a total of 750 MEPs. She is also in first place when it comes to reports and shadow reports, and scores above average when it comes to putting questions to the European Parliament.
Speaking in Brussels today, Liadh Ní Riada said:
“When it comes down to it the ranking is just a number. What really matters is that when I am here I work hard to raise the issues that are affecting rural and coastal communities at home, such as the European Globalisation Fund legislation I authored, which will allow for greater access to this fund to address large-scale layoffs and unemployment crises. I am fighting every week for the rights of Irish fishermen, to challenge over-regulation and win support for a Single Boat Payment.
“Next week I will be bringing community and rural development stakeholders to Brussels to raise their concerns regarding LEADER alignment directly with the Commission, in an attempt to find a workable solution. I have been raising the issue of farmers on marginal and designated lands, and in the new year I will be bringing a new piece of legislation on the rights of workers in the marine sector before the Parliament.
“My Sinn Féin colleagues and I work as a team, and I think it is crucial that Ireland is represented by a strong, committed and hardworking team of four MEPs. We will continue to work hard on behalf of all the people of this island.”