“We made an election promise to put Ireland first in Europe”- Lynn Boylan MEP
The Sinn Féin team of MEP’s in Europe have called into question comments made by Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes alluding that Sinn Féin MEPs are not willing to work together with Fine Gael and the other Irish representatives in Europe.
Speaking in Dublin today on the issue, Ms. Boylan said:
“We will not apologise for our position on the issues, if we did we would be going back on the election promise we made, to not become part of a cosy consensus in Europe and to put Ireland first.
It seems for Mr Hayes that unless we take the Fine Gael whip on the issues then we’re not pulling on the green jersey! When we asked the Irish people for their vote, they provided us our mandate for Europe. Simply put, if it’s a bad deal for Ireland we won’t vote for it.
This stance is backed up by our continuing push to highlight the potential problems with The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) including the controversial investor-state dispute settlement mechanism.
We are opposed to this instrument, which allows multinationals to sue member states as a result of potential loss of revenue. However Minister Richard Bruton, has signed a letter to the President of the Commission supporting this undemocratic measure.
As long as the cosy consensus continues to exist both within Ireland and Europe, Sinn Féin will continue to scrutinise and criticise if necessary.”