Lynn BOYLAN : 8th parliamentary term 

Political groups 

  • 01-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left - Member

National parties 

  • 01-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Sinn Féin (Ireland)

Member 

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Substitute 

  • 01-07-2014 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
  • 14-07-2014 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation for relations with South Africa
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
  • 12-09-2017 / 14-11-2018 : Special Committee on Terrorism

Main parliamentary activities 

Contributions to plenary debates 
Speeches made during the plenary session and written declarations relating to plenary debates. Rules Rule 204 and 171(11)

Reports - as rapporteur 
A rapporteur is appointed in the responsible parliamentary committee to draft a report on proposals of a legislative or budgetary nature, or other issues. In drafting their report, rapporteurs may consult with relevant experts and stakeholders. They are also responsible for the drafting of compromise amendments and negotiations with shadow rapporteurs. Reports adopted at committee level are then examined and voted on in plenary. Rule 55

Opinions - as rapporteur 
Committees may draft an opinion to a report of the responsible committee covering the elements linked to their committee remit. Rapporteurs of such opinions are also responsible for the drafting of compromise amendments and negotiations with shadow rapporteurs of the opinion. Rule 56, Rule 57, Annex VI

OPINION on gender equality in the media sector in the EU  
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OPINION on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the recognition of professional qualifications in inland navigation and repealing Council Directive 96/50/EC and Council Directive 91/672/EEC  
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Opinions - as shadow rapporteur 
Political groups designate a shadow rapporteur for an opinion to follow progress and negotiate compromise texts with the rapporteur. Rule 215

OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Food Safety Authority for the financial year 2017  
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OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for the financial year 2017  
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OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the European Environment Agency for the financial year 2017  
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Oral questions 
Questions for oral answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union can be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s members. Rule 136

Minor interpellations 
Minor interpellations for written answer, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, may be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s Members. Rule 130a, Annex III

Major interpellations 
Major interpellations for written answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, may be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s component Members. Rule 139, Annex III

Other parliamentary activities 

Written explanations of vote 
Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 194

Interpretation of Rule 32(5), first subparagraph, second indent of the Rules of Procedure  
 

. – I voted against these changes. The proposed changes are an attempt to make it more difficult to establish political groups by requiring every European parliamentary group to submit a declaration of ‘political affinity’ between national delegations in the group, which will set out the political orientation of a group ‘in a substantial and distinctive way’. This declaration can then be scrutinised by the Conference of Presidents, which will have the power to decide if a group is ‘real’ or ‘not real’ if this so called affinity is questionable. This proposal threatens the integrity of GUE/NGL, as well as any confederal political group. Sinn Féin’s political orientation is formed by our party membership at an Ard Fheis and cannot be influenced by a European political grouping. Therefore I voted against this regressive proposal.

Protocol to the EU-Denmark Agreement on the criteria and mechanisms for establishing the State responsible for examining a request for asylum and 'Eurodac' (A8-0196/2019 - Ignazio Corrao)  
 

. – Since the 2013 update to the Eurodac Regulation, law enforcement authorities can consult the Eurodac biometric database (which was created originally to apply the Dublin Regulation, i.e. solely for asylum policies) for the purpose of ‘prevention, detection and investigation of terrorist offences and other serious criminal offences’.
Denmark does not fully take part in the Eurodac Regulation. Since 2006, Denmark has had limited access, applying only the asylum elements, but not the law enforcement elements.
Denmark has now requested extending this access to include law enforcement authorities, which this protocol would allow. All participating States, whether other EU Member States, Associated Countries or Denmark, with this access to Eurodac, may also access each other’s data for law enforcement purposes.
This extension of the scope of the database has not undergone any assessment on its necessity or implementation, and there are serious privacy, proportionality and overreach concerns with how Eurodac is used. I therefore voted against.

Establishing Horizon Europe – laying down its rules for participation and dissemination (A8-0401/2018 - Dan Nica)  
 

. – I voted against this report. This was a vote on the interinstitutional negotiations between the Commission, the Council and Parliament. While there is a positive element in this final report, which states that at least 35% of the Horizon Europe budget shall go to climate-related research, the reality is that Horizon Europe will still serve as a research scheme towards ‘activities aiming to foster the competitiveness, efficiency and innovation capacity of the European defence, technological and industrial base’. Sinn Féin supports a Horizon Europe programme for research and innovation for civil purposes, and not one that enhances projects on defence, militarisation and a European defence fund.

Written questions 
Members can submit a specific number of questions to the President of the European Council, the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, for written answer. Rule 138, Annex III

Questions to the ECB and concerning the SSM and the SRM 
Members can put questions for written reply to the ECB and questions concerning the Single Supervisory Mechanism and the Single Resolution Mechanism. Such questions are first submitted to the Chair of the responsible committee.Rule 140, Rule 141, Annex III

Individual motions for resolutions  
Any Member may table a motion for resolution on a matter falling within the spheres of activity of the EU. Admissible motions are referred to the committee responsible, which shall decide what procedure is to be followed. Rule 143

Written declarations (up to 16 January 2017) 
**This instrument no longer exists since 16 January 2017**. A written declaration was an initiative on a matter falling within the EU’s competence. It could be co-signed by Members within a 3 month period.

Written declaration on the Social and Solidarity Economy  
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Lynn BOYLAN , Nessa CHILDERS , Marian HARKIN , Liadh NÍ RIADA , Josu JUARISTI ABAUNZ , Matt CARTHY , Stelios KOULOGLOU , Tania GONZÁLEZ PEÑAS , Martina ANDERSON , Marina ALBIOL GUZMÁN , Estefanía TORRES MARTÍNEZ , Miguel URBÁN CRESPO  
Date opened : 30-11-2016
Lapse date : 01-03-2017
Number of signatories : 35 - 02-03-2017
Written declaration on Leonard Peltier  
- P8_DCL(2016)0113 - Lapsed  
Lynn BOYLAN , Brian HAYES , Michèle RIVASI , Tania GONZÁLEZ PEÑAS , Marina ALBIOL GUZMÁN , Josu JUARISTI ABAUNZ , Neoklis SYLIKIOTIS , Nessa CHILDERS , Paloma LÓPEZ BERMEJO , Takis HADJIGEORGIOU , Matt CARTHY , Liadh NÍ RIADA , Martina ANDERSON  
Date opened : 24-10-2016
Lapse date : 24-01-2017
Number of signatories : 29 - 25-01-2017
Written declaration on encryption  
- P8_DCL(2016)0073 - Lapsed  
Nicola CAPUTO , Doru-Claudian FRUNZULICĂ , Miroslav POCHE , Patricija ŠULIN , José BLANCO LÓPEZ , Emilian PAVEL , Takis HADJIGEORGIOU , Marlene MIZZI , Tibor SZANYI , Péter NIEDERMÜLLER , Momchil NEKOV , Eva MAYDELL , Brian HAYES , Maria GRAPINI , Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ , Liisa JAAKONSAARI , Lynn BOYLAN , Therese COMODINI CACHIA , Beatrix von STORCH , Claudiu Ciprian TĂNĂSESCU , Alberto CIRIO , Claudia ȚAPARDEL , Victor NEGRESCU , Barbara KAPPEL , Georgios EPITIDEIOS , Eleftherios SYNADINOS  
Date opened : 12-09-2016
Lapse date : 12-12-2016
Number of signatories : 56 - 13-12-2016

Declarations 

Declaration of financial interests