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European Parliament conference in Co Monaghan this week- Matt Carthy MEP

27 September, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

The Autumn conference of the GUE/NGL political grouping in the European Parliament is due to be held in the Nuremore hotel, Carrickmacross this week.

The GUE/NGL grouping consists of 52 MEP’s from left wing political parties across the EU and including from Ireland the four Sinn Féin MEPs and independent representative Luke Flanagan.  It has the highest number of Irish MEPs across all EU political groupings.  Among its affiliate parties are the Greek government party, Syriza, and Podemos from Spain.

It is expected that up to 30 of the groupings MEPs will be in attendance alongside up to 100 support staff, political advisors and interpreters.  

On Monday evening a civic reception will be hosted by Monaghan County Council at 6pm in the Carrickmacross Civic offices.

Seminars will be held in the Nuremore Hotel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and will cover a wide range of political subjects including the future of the Euro, an alternative to Austerity and an update on the ongoing EU-US trade negotiations (TTIP).  As part of the programme delegates will also travel to South Armagh for political engagements on Tuesday evening.

Speaking in advance of the conference Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said:

“I am delighted that Sinn Féin have been successful in securing the GUE/NGL Autumn conference not only to Ireland but to my home town and county. 

“This event is an important element of the European Parliament calendar as it is the occasion when our political grouping discusses and maps out our plans and strategy for the coming year.  This conference is happening at an important time in Irish and European politics.  We have been through an austerity agenda for over five years which has impacted on families and communities in a disastrous manner.

“Many of the parties that make up GUE/ NGL are at the forefront in the battle against this destructive agenda in their own country in much the same way as Sinn Féin is in Ireland.  While every country has its own unique set of circumstances there is much to be gained for progressive voices in working together on matters of common interest. 

At the Autumn conference several sessions will hear from MEPs and outside experts in the field of economics as to how best to secure sustainable, prosperous societies.  That this will be taking place in the Irish border region, that has suffered more than most in terms of unemployment, low incomes and emigration, is apt in my view”.

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