Liadh raises human rights concerns ahead of inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan

FundingSpeaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today Sinn Fein MEP Liadh Ní Riada called on the Parliament to condemn the ongoing human rights violations taking place in Azerbaijan as the country gears up to host the inaugural European Games in Baku. It was announced yesterday that Amnesty International had been banned from entering the country to monitor human rights compliance before and during the games.

Liadh Ní Riada said:

“what is happening in Azerbaijan is shameful and it is essential that is condemned. Níos Mó | More

Lone Parent Allowance Cuts will increase child poverty in Ireland


Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has sent solidarity greetings to the one parent families protesting in Dublin this afternoon over savage cuts to Lone Parent Allowance, and called on Labour Leader Joan Burton to reverse the cuts immediately. These cuts are due to begin on July 2nd and will impact upon almost 12,000 families.

Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today , Liadh Ní Riada MEP said:

“Between 2008 and 2013 the number of children living both at risk of poverty and in consistent poverty jumped from 6% to 12%, Níos Mó | More

Impact of TTIP on cultural and creative sector deeply concerning

12385001333_e157e47230_oLiadh Ní Riada MEP for Ireland South has strongly criticised the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement. She reaffirmed Sinn Féin´s strong opposition to the agreement in advance of tomorrow´s vote in the European Parliament.

Speaking from Strasbourg Ní Riada said:

“Sinn Féin will not support this trade agreement and we will be challenging any efforts to try and reduce EU standards particularly around food, the environment, workers and consumers rights. Níos Mó | More

Liadh gives cautious welcome to NWW decision on discards

AgricultureSpeaking from Brussels today Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada gave cautious welcome to the new Regional Agreement decided by the North Western Waters Group of Member States (NWW).

Ní Riada said;

“I welcome the new agreement to end discards by the North Western Waters group of Member States. From January next year the ban will apply to prawns in all our waters to whiting in the Celtic Sea and to haddock in the Irish Sea and the North West. Níos Mó | More