Blog: Our fishing communities deserve better political representation

This article was first published in the Marine Times.

FisheriesThe fishermen of this country, their families and our coastal communities have been badly failed by successive Irish governments. Since Ireland joined the European Union, our fishing industry has been abandoned by those entrusted to protect and progress what is an extremely important sector of our indigenous economy. Instead of fighting for the best interests of fishermen and a fairer deal from Europe, our governments have been satisfied to sit back and allow the current situation to develop. Níos Mó | More

Dog owners must act responsibly to protect farm stock

15165572108_cdd2d8be2f_oSpeaking in the wake of a number of high profile dog attacks on sheep and cattle Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada called called on dog owners to act responsibly and to ensure their dogs are kupt under control and away from livestock.

“The loss of sheep in a dog attack can be both distressing and financially damaging for a farmer as we have seen in several cases recently. I understand a farmer in my own part of Cork lost seven valuable pedigree ewes and a ram as a result of a dog attack. This week a calf was attacked in Tipperary, and I’ve heard similar stories in Clare, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford. Níos Mó | More

Liadh backs Séamie for the Dáil

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada with newly selected general election candidate Cllr Séamie Morris

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada gave her support to Councillor Séamie Morris in his bid for election to the Dáil. Ní Riada was speaking after the Tipperary Sinn Féin selection convention in Cashel, where Morris was chosen as the party’s candidate for the forthcoming general election.

Liadh Ní Riada said:

Séamie is a fantastic public representative and has served the people of Tipperary well, on Nenagh Town Council, on North Tipp County Council, and in his present role as Sinn Féin leader on Tipperary County Council.

I am delighted that the party locally has chose Séamie to be their candidate and I am proud to stand behind him and commend him to the people of Tipperary. He is a tireless worker and a principled politician. Níos Mó | More

CityJet announcement is a strong endorsement of Cork Airport and the region

15165568398_2a2a419cbd_oSinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada welcomed the announcement by CityJet of a new high-frequency service on the Cork to London City Airport route. The Ireland South MEP remarked that the the announcement is a strong endorsement of Cork Airport, and an indicator of the strategic importance of Cork as a transport hub for the region.

“The new CityJet service will come onstream on 1st October this year and will operate three times per day Monday to Friday, with service over the weekend as well. Today’s announcement is a terrific boost for Cork Airport and for the region. Increased connectivity will be vital if we are to build a fair recovery. Níos Mó | More