A message of hope and change
Sinn Féin is pro-European. We want a different kind of Europe – we want a social Europe that defends the rights of citizens and stands up against the vested interests of big business and the political elites.
Today – Monday - Sinn Féin launched its election manifesto for the European elections – Putting Ireland First: Éire Chun Cinn.
The manifesto was launched in Belfast and Dublin.
Sinn Féin is standing four EU candidates: Lynn Boylan, Dublin; Liadh Ní Riada, South Constituency; Martina Anderson, North constituency; and Matt Carthy Midland-North-West.
Speaking at the events, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:
“Sinn Féin is standing a strong team of candidates in the European elections.
"Our team Ireland means that voters in every party of this island will have an opportunity to vote for a Sinn Féin candidate.
"The Sinn Féin team includes three women and one man, all of whom are hugely experienced political activists, with a wealth of political experience.
"Our message in the EU and local government elections is one of hope and change.
"Sinn Féin is pro-European. We want a different kind of Europe – we want a social Europe that defends the rights of citizens and stands up against the vested interests of big business and the political elites.
"We want an economy that serves citizens not the elites.
"This election provides the electorate across all 32 counties with the opportunity to change the political landscape by electing a Sinn Féin team of MEPs who will oppose austerity policies; promote Ireland’s interests in Europe and not Europe’s interests in Ireland.
"A team of Sinn Féin MEPs who will promote and defend the peace process.
"Sinn Féin MEPs will all also seek greater investment in job creation, frontline services, agriculture and rural Ireland, and our young people.
"Sinn Fein believes the political landscape in changing and on May 22nd in the north and on May 23rd in the south voters have an opportunity to make a real difference by voting for Sinn Féin.
"So, on May 22nd and 23rd we are asking people to vote for change, to send Martina, Matt, Lynn and Liadh to Europe as a strong Sinn Féin team, putting the interests of citizens at the heart of political decision making at EU level.
"We are asking citizens for their number 1 vote but we appeal to those who may have pledged their number 1 to another candidate to consider Sinn Féin for another preference of their choice.
"Sinn Féin is not mesmerised by the opinion polls. Every vote counts. We do not take the electorate for granted.
"And voters can be certain that when they vote for Sinn Féin candidates they are voting for a party that keeps its election promises; has a first class record of active representation; of getting things done, and of placing their interests first."