Anti-vax claims are "utter nonsense" - Liadh Ní Riada MEP
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has dismissed as "utter nonsense" claims she is opposed to vaccinations.
The Ireland South MEP was responding to claims in a newspaper that she was against vaccinations due to comments made in a radio interview in 2016.
"It is utter nonsense to claim that I am in any way opposed to vaccinations," she said.
"During a radio interview in 2016 I clearly outlined that my issue was a lack of information coming from the HSE. A lot of concern and confusion around the HPV vaccination was going on at the time resulting in a pick up of the vaccine of just 51% and there was not nearly enough information forthcoming from the HSE to clarify matters or soothe the concerns of parents.
"So there is no confusion, let me be absolutely clear. Vaccines are a crucial part of modern life and it is only because of them that we now enjoy the greatest life expectancy in human history.
"I would, of course, encourage all parents to get their children fully vaccinated, including with the HPV vaccine and indeed there is recent research saying that this particular vaccine should be extended to boys, which I would also support.”