West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Martina Anderson MEP visits Omagh District

Published: 6 May, 2014

Martina Anderson MEP had a busy two days of engagements throughout Omagh District on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th May.

The Sinn Féin MEP and European Candidate travelled to Carrickmore, Drumquin, Greencastle, Loughmacrory and Omagh meeting with a wide range of community organisations, businesses, GAA clubs and local constituents.

In March 2007 she was elected as an MLA for Foyle -and subsequently became one of the party's representatives on the policing board. Re-elected MLA for Foyle in 2011 Martina was appointed Junior Minister in the Office of First and deputy First Minister working closely with deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, MLA.

Following the decision by Sinn Féin's sitting MEP, Bairbre de Brún to stand down for personal reasons Martina was chosen by the Party as its new MEP and has been selected to contest the 2014 EU Election as the Sinn Féin Candidate.

Martina Anderson MEP said,

"The forthcoming election is an important one. We can all make a difference. The politics of Europe impact locally in a huge way. Europe delivers over 70% of our legislation and the policies pursued by the European parliament affects us all.

"Across this island the Irish and British governments have tied themselves to the policies of austerity.

"This has cost jobs, has damaged long-term economic recovery, has impacted negatively on the most vulnerable in our society and has seen many of our young people emigrating for a better future.

"This is unsustainable. Sinn Féin has fought these policies across Ireland. I believe that Ireland's place, North and South, is in Europe and Sinn Féin's role in the EU is to 'Put Ireland First'. Others have failed to do this.

"By electing a strong team across Ireland we can take a strong voice to Europe. Sinn Féin is the only party on this island to be standing candidates in every single constituency. Our team will, if elected provide a united and positive voice for all the citizens of Ireland.

"I am an Irish Republican. I want to see an end to partition and a genuine process of reconciliation based on equality and tolerance, an end to the failed polices of austerity, the implementation of an all-Ireland economic recovery programme, - united we are stronger."