Delighted and humbled to be shortlisted for 2015 MEP Awards - Ní Riada
Speaking from County Carlow today Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada expressed her delight and gratitude at being nominated and shortlisted for the 2015 MEP awards in the Regional Policy Category. The awards bring together Members of the European Parliament and EU stakeholders to celebrate the work and highlight the outstanding achievements of both new and returning MEPs.
Ní Riada said;
“I am absolutely delighted to have been nominated and shortlisted for this ward. I wasn’t aware of the nomination until recently, and I am humbled by the support and trust that it shows.
“The nomination is an acknowledgement of the work that Sinn Féin as a party is undertaking across the country, and a recognition of the team that we have standing up for Ireland in Brussels. Martina Anderson, Lynn Boylan, Matt Carthy and understand the historic mandate that we received from the people of Ireland last year and we will continue to work as a team to put Ireland first.
“I understand that the nominations came from stakeholders in the rural and local development sector here in Ireland on account of my work in campaigning against Phil Hogan’s disastrous attempt to take control of vital LEADER funds away from locally-based community groups and put it in the hands of the Department of the Environment and local authority managers.
“In November I hosted a delegation of over forty key stakeholders from this sector, where they raises a number of very serious concerns about the so-called reform process with the European Commission.
“Following this delegation we have seen some movement from the Department of Environment but there is still a long way to go in ensuring these vital funds for local development are used in a transparent, accountable and community-controlled way. I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work, perseverance and strength of all within the local and rural development sector who are fighting hard to protect this crucial part of Ireland’s social and community infrastructure.
“I will continue to pressure Minister Alan Kelly to find a solution, as the Government’s failure to resolve this issue is delaying the entire Rural Development Programme. “