Taxi drivers ‘being crucified’ by unfair licence regulations

Jonathan_O'Brien_2014Sinn Féin representatives Liadh Ní Riada MEP and Jonathan O’Brien TD have said that taxi drivers in Cork, and throughout the state, have been crucified by government policy.

They made the comments following a meeting with the Cork Taxi Council.

Liadh Ni Riada MEP said;

“The haphazard and rushed manner in which the government went about reforming the taxi industry has created a huge mess. Drivers who bought taxi licences after the year 2000 did so with the option of selling or transferring the licence when they retire .

“They made a substantial investment of between €18,000 and €20,000 trying to provide a reasonable income for their families. Now, because of legislative changes, they cannot sell or transfer licence unless willed after the death of the owner. Níos Mó | More

Liadh welcomes All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

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With Wicklow Cllr. John Brady

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has welcomed a plan launched yesterday identifying actions to make Ireland pollinator friendly.

Speaking from Cork, Ms Ní Riada said,

“The fact that this plan has been put in place highlights that there are issues to be resolved and therefore it must be welcomed. The complete loss of insect pollinators would result in substantial economic losses and greatly increased food prices for the consumer Níos Mó | More

Government needs to prioritise Irish fishermen over foreign super trawlers

IMG_9560Speaking from Strasbourg, on EU bilateral fishing partnership agreements with developing countries, Liadh Ní Riada the Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South said:

 “Irish fishermen and small-scale fisheries cannot cope, compete or sustain operators of foreign industrial super trawlers and factory ships who have no concern for sustainable fisheries and over-exploited stocks. Níos Mó | More

Maternity Leave proposals cannot leave women shortchanged

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Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada welcomed indications from the European Commission that it will bring forward a new proposal on maternity leave but warned that it cannot fall short of what was already before the European Parliament.

Liadh Ní Riada said:

“This Summer the Commission axed a proposed directive that had the potential to provide mothers across Europe with decent and dependable maternity leave, and also contained strong provisions on paternity leave. Níos Mó | More