Liadh tells school kids ‘Europe offers great potential but needs to focus on people, not corporations’

048Speaking to staff, pupils and parents at Killocrim National School in Co. Kerry on Friday, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada said that the European project has had advantages and disadvantages for Ireland, and that there is a shared responsibility to ensure Europe focuses on people rather than corporations. Ní Riada was visiting the school as part of the Blue Star programme, which seeks to teach kids about the European Union. She was accompanied by local Kerry County Councillor Dianne Nolan.

  Speaking after the visit Liadh said:

“I was so impressed by the hard work and enthusiasm of the 5th and 6th class. They researched and learned so much about Ireland and Europe Níos Mó | More

Sean Kelly MEP has betrayed his responsibility to defend the interests of the Irish people

Stad_Irish_stop_sign-3Liadh Ní Riada MEP has strongly criticised the call of Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly to have a potential international court for TTIPs Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism (ISDS) located in Ireland.

She said that Kelly has completely betrayed his responsibility to defend the interests of the Irish people.

The mechanism of the International State Dispute Settlement court is part of the highly controversial TTIP agreement which has been met with widespread public opposition across the European Union Níos Mó | More

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