Concentration Of Power


This morning.

Irish Architectural Archive, Dublin 2

Sinn Féin EU election candidates launch the party’s European Elections manifesto. Top from left: Lynn Boylan MEP, Matt McCarthy MEP, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD, Martina Anderson MEP, Liadh Ní Riada MEP and Michelle O’Neill MLA.

In today’s Irish Times, Ms Boylan writes:

‘Instead of a Europe of deeper concentration of power in a centre that is unaccountable and fails to respect national sovereignty, we want to see a social Europe that place citizens at the centre and acts in their interests. Instead of a Europe of greater co-operation in furthering the neo-liberal economic agenda and in respect of militarisation, we want to see greater co-operation in tackling concerns that assist in building a more progressive Europe: issues like climate change, poverty and workers’ rights.’



Taoiseach must reveal the investment of private company in broadband – Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Féin)

23 thoughts on “Concentration Of Power

    1. theo kretschmar schuldorff

      Well, Stephen Rae did let Liam Neeson into the Castle Records back in ~1919..
      Mind you Stephen did go on to marry Dolorous Price from later troubles, so he was clearly susceptible.

    2. GiggidyGoo

      You mean, what FFGer would let them have a look at the archives of previous governments?

  1. Joe Small

    Sinn Féin has opposed every EU treaty Ireland ever signed. The opposed us even joining the EEC in 1973. They specifically said that signing the Single European Act (1987) would mean an European army. They said the same about the Maastricht Treaty (1992), the Amsterdam Treaty (1997) the Nice Treaty (2001) and the Lisbon Treaty (2007). They don’t seem to mind being wrong on this time after time. They’ve tweaked their message this time to make themselves sound vaguely pro-European but their track record for the last 46 years speaks for itself.

    1. Rob_G

      “The Tories and the DUP is against it, so we are holding our noses and coming out inf favour of the EU” – they may as well use that for their election slogan.

      1. Joe Small

        Youtube is blocked here but I can safely say none of those treaties led to a European army. Its like the boy who cried “Wolf”, if he had also killed hundreds of people.

  2. Cian

    They are only launching their European Elections manifesto two weeks before the election?

    It explains the flyer that I got in the door last week from Lynn Boylan. It was the most bizarre flyer (except for the crazy abortion guy’s one). Strangely there was a photo of Mary Lou McDonald TD on it as well as Lynn.

    There was nothing of substance on it. The message boiled down to “we’re not FF/FG”. It didn’t mention one thing that Lynn has done for the last 5 years a MEP. It didn’t mention one thing that she plans to do for the next 5 years just vague “Fight for Dublin, Fight for Ireland”.

    It said nothing.

    Oh, found it:
    After five years out there, one thing I am sure of is that ordinary Dubliners need a voice in the European Parliament who stands up for them. If you leave it to Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil – their disastrous policies at home will be what they support in Europe.

    If you re-elect me I promise that:

    I will fight for you. I will fight for Dublin. I will fight for Ireland

    1. GiggidyGoo

      So, you’re pretty slow at reading then?
      Fill us in on what Brian Hayes’ achievements are in Europe, or Annie Oakley’s.

      1. Cian

        Very. slow. at. reading. But. I. get. there. in. the. end. Lynn. Boylan. has. zero. achievements. on. her. leaflet.

        whataboutery. Brian Hayes isn’t contesting this election so doesn’t have 2019 leaflets and I have never heard of Annie Oakley.

        1. realPolithicks

          You’re the king of whataboutery here on BS cian, how about giving us the achievements of any mep from your party…

          1. Cian

            I don’t have a party. But I’ve read all the election literature that comes in through the door, and they all (so far) have lists of what they have achieved and what they plan on doing if elected. Except Lynn.

        2. Spaghetti Hoop

          Annie Oakley was an American sharpshooter of the late 19th century. I don’t believe she brought her show to Europe at all.

    2. johnny

      -did you ever move out that 50 bucks a week sulubrious dojo in Rathmines,c’mon Cian with your ahem ‘views’ on here fair assume your not living in any those hovels your so quick defend,why in god’s name would SF waste money trying get you vote for them-your myopic.
      -most their supporters can’t read so they go with pictures and simple uplifting phrases ;)

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