Sinn Féin launches election manifestos

Published Monday, 12 May 2014
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Sinn Féin has launched its European and local government election manifestos.

Sinn Féin launches election manifestos
Mr Adams and Ms Anderson at the manifesto launch. (© UTV)

The party said it will be highly critical of Europe but is neither pro-European or Euro-sceptic.

Its manifesto, launched in both Belfast and Dublin on Monday, features a call for EU support for a border poll among its proposals.

Sinn Féin also said it will be active in bringing job creation across Ireland and will play an active role in encouraging controls on the tobacco industry.

European candidate Martina Anderson said: "The main issue in our manifesto is getting people back to work, protecting those in work and supporting those out of work. We have been engaging with people across the 32 counties of Ireland and people want to see the economy grow."

Sinn Féin has targeted a seat in each of the four Irish constituencies and it is also fielding 350 candidates in local government elections across Ireland.

Party leader Gerry Adams said his arrest during the election campaign by police investigating the death of Jean McConville has only "galvanised" the party.

"It has galvanised Sinn Féin and the broader republican family," said Mr Adams, who was questioned and later released pending report to the PPS over the 1972 murder.

"Now they are very focused. There is an alertness that the process here cannot be taken for granted and people are looking to the work that Martin McGuinness and our other representatives have done around raising peace process issues.

"I have found that people voting for us welcome the fact that I am out. It is a nice experience to have strangers stop me on the street."

The European and local elections will take place on 22 May.

European Election Candidates

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Comments Comments
in Belfast wrote (261 days ago):
Seanie , who is using jean mconville to score points and how are they doing it?
Sam1690 in Ballysillan wrote (261 days ago):
EU support for a boarder poll? They are living in the clouds? For the European parliament to support it it would first need to be agreed by Westminster and Dublin would have to be able to support the net billions we receive from the block grant. If both governments agreed then there would be no need for EU support. The EU stance on the annexation of Crimea should tell you all you need to know about their opinion on sovereignty issues. Are Sinn Fein really so incompetent?
The Future in England wrote (262 days ago):
if you want peace, if you want prosperity, if you want a future that it doesn't matter who you are what you are and above all this ,you want a prosperous future for all the children of Ireland ,then the only party to vote for is sinn fein. A new era for us all.
political theater in here wrote (262 days ago):
Another nauseating display from the most destructive party here.Sf are a group of people with machine hearts who live off the backs of the people they have worked so hard to divide for "themselves alone".Still it takes the ignorant to believe sf's nonsense and waste their vote on them and as a result our problems will continue.
in Ballymena wrote (262 days ago):
So sinn fein want to bring jobs to the region by imposing restrictions on the tobacco industry. Its already been stated that650 jobs will go at jti not to mention the countless other companies involved in transport and packaging
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