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A fairer, more socially inclusive Europe rests in the hands of youth – Ní Riada

14 November, 2014 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Speaking in UCC today, Liadh Ní Riada said that young people are key to bringing about a fairer and social Europe. The Sinn Féin MEP was speaking on the 'EU and Youth Affairs Panel' as part of a student conference held in University College Cork. Earlier in the day she addressed members and supporters of UCC Sinn Féin, alongside Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly.

Liadh Ní Riada said:

“The European Union affects all our lives. Its institutions design and administer policies that touch every aspect of society and economy. Co-operation between peoples and countries is a positive thing, and the opportunity to pool our collective experience and resources is one of the most fundamental benefits of the European Union.

“However despite years of close cooperation, European decision-making seems as far away from citizens as ever and inequality in our societies has become more, not less entrenched.

“I believe in the need for a social Europe, that places the needs of the many before the greed of the few. We need a Europe that respects and encourages diversity, values our social infrastructure, and crucially, we need a Europe that is transparent, democratic and accountable.

“I welcome my fellow MEP Deirdre Clune’s support for Sinn Féin’s policy on the Youth Guarantee. This guarantee is vitally required to support young people and ensure they are not left behind by economic downturns by giving them the support in education and training that they need. Young people have always driven social and political change, and the onus is on this generation of young people to push for a new direction in Europe and at home.” 

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