Matt Carthy MEP recently hosted a delegation of Sinn Féin members from the Cavan/Monaghan constituency to Brussels.
The delegation visited the European Parliament where they received a briefing on the workings of EU institutions and the Sinn Féin team there.
Speaking afterwards Matt Carthy said:
‘I was delighted to host a delegation of Sinn Féin members from my home constituency of Cavan/Monaghan to the European Parliament where they received a briefing of our ongoing activities and a tour of the European Parliament buildings. They also learnt of our party’s efforts at EU level to respond to the challenges presented by Brexit.
“I believe it is extremely important that the people of the Midlands-North West constituency are aware and involved of decisions that affect their communities that are taken in Brussels.
“The delegation met with all four Sinn Féin MEPs, representing the entire island of Ireland, and listened to the priorities of each constituency.
“Martina Anderson MEP, Liadh Ni Riada MEP, and Lynn Boylan MEP met with the delegation to give insight into their work in the European Parliament.
“The delegation also received a briefing from Sinn Féin’s political advisors in the European Parliament who explained some of the issues that they are currently working on that may have an impact on the Irish border region.
“This delegation was a great opportunity for Cavan/Monaghan Sinn Féin members to ask their questions regarding the EU and Sinn Fein’s work here. I was happy to see the interest of those attending the delegation and the in-depth discussions that followed.
“There was clearly a focus on Brexit related issues and I was pleased to be in a position to confirm that Sinn Féin is central to discussions on this matter in the European Parliament. The challenges presented by Brexit are very real, especially for people in Cavan and Monaghan, and it is essential we, as elected representatives, remain engaged with representatives from the communities that have most to lose from a bad Brexit deal.
“Sinn Féin MEPs have been successful in ensuring that Irish concerns are central to Brexit negotiations thus far but there is much work to do. I hope that our delegates will bring the lessons from their visit to Brussels back to their home counties to ensure that campaign work continues.
“Since my election to the European Parliament I have brought several delegations from Cavan and Monaghan to Brussels to learn about my work on their behalf.
“I have always seen it as my role to be a representative of Ireland in the EU, as opposed to other MEPs who consider themselves Europe’s representatives in Ireland. That means that I am dependent on Sinn Féin members and other community representatives to remain engaged with me on the issues affecting them. Our visits to the Brussels are part of that work”.