• Liadh
  • Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
  • Member
  • Ireland Sinn Féin
  • Date of birth: 28 November 1966, Baile Átha Cliath

Speeches in plenary


Annual report on the financial activities of the European Investment Bank (debate)

07-02-2018 P8_CRE-PROV(2018)02-07(17)

Extension of the duration of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (debate)

12-12-2017 P8_CRE-PROV(2017)12-12(4)

Activities of the European Ombudsman in 2016 (debate)

15-11-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)11-15(20)

General budget of the European Union for 2018 - all sections (debate)

24-10-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)10-24(13)

One-minute speeches on matters of political importance

02-10-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)10-02(19)

The future of the Erasmus+ programme (debate)

13-09-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)09-13(21)

Presentation of the programme of activities of the Estonian Presidency (debate)

05-07-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)07-05(6)

EU action for sustainability - High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (debate)

05-07-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)07-05(14)

2018 Budget - Mandate for the trilogue

04-07-2017 P8_CRE-REV(2017)07-04(16)

Reports - as rapporteur


Reports - as shadow rapporteur


REPORT on the Annual Report on the Financial Activities of the European Investment Bank

30-01-2018 A8-0013/2018

Opinions - as rapporteur


OPINION on EU action for sustainability

15-05-2017 CULT_AD(2017)601004

OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulations (EU) No 1316/2013 and (EU) No 283/2014 as regards the promotion of Internet connectivity in local communities

04-04-2017 BUDG_AD(2017)597622

OPINION on the European Semester for economic policy coordination: employment and social aspects in the Annual Growth Survey 2017

25-01-2017 BUDG_AD(2017)595421

OPINION on how best to harness the job creation potential of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)

24-05-2016 BUDG_AD(2016)580580

OPINION on green growth opportunities for SMEs

01-04-2015 BUDG_AD(2015)546893

OPINION on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on seafarers amending Directives 2008/94/EC, 2009/38/EC, 2002/14/EC, 98/59/EC and 2001/23/EC

02-03-2015 PECH_AD(2015)544404

Opinions - as shadow rapporteur


OPINION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of a Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and the financial contribution provided for by the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius

23-02-2018 BUDG_AD(2018)615369

OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the budget of the Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union for the financial year 2016

26-01-2018 CULT_AD(2018)613440

OPINION on discharge in respect of the implementation of the general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2016, Section III - Commission and executive agencies

26-01-2018 CULT_AD(2018)613438

OPINION on the next MFF: preparing the Parliament’s position on the MFF post-2020

06-12-2017 CULT_AD(2017)610693

OPINION on the implementation of the Youth Employment Initiative in the Member States

24-11-2017 BUDG_AD(2017)610811

OPINION on EU Citizenship Report 2017: Strengthening Citizens’ Rights in a Union of Democratic Change

23-10-2017 CULT_AD(2017)606026

OPINION on control of spending and monitoring of EU Youth Guarantee schemes’ cost-effectiveness

31-08-2017 BUDG_AD(2017)606163

OPINION on the draft general budget of the European Union for the financial year 2018

11-07-2017 CULT_AD(2017)606013

OPINION on the mandate for the trilogue on the 2018 draft budget

31-05-2017 CULT_AD(2017)601262

OPINION on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) and repealing Regulation (EEC) No 337/75

27-04-2017 BUDG_AD(2017)597565

Motions for resolutions


Joint motion for a resolution on the situation of UNRWA

07-02-2018 RC-B8-0085/2018

Motion for a resolution on the situation of UNRWA

05-02-2018 B8-0085/2018

Joint motion for a resolution on combating sexual harassment and abuse in the EU

25-10-2017 RC-B8-0576/2017

Motion for a resolution on combating sexual harassment and abuse in the EU

24-10-2017 B8-0579/2017

Motion for a resolution on achieving the two-state solution in the Middle East

15-05-2017 B8-0348/2017

Motion for a resolution on sign languages and professional sign language interpreters

16-11-2016 B8-1241/2016

Motion for a resolution on the Parliament’s priorities for the Commission Work Programme 2017

04-07-2016 B8-0886/2016

Written declarations


Written declaration on the Social and Solidarity Economy

30-11-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0124 Lapsed



Date opened : 30-11-2016
Lapse date : 01-03-2017
Number of signatories : 35 - 02-03-2017

Written declaration on Leonard Peltier

24-10-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0113 Lapsed



Date opened : 24-10-2016
Lapse date : 24-01-2017
Number of signatories : 29 - 25-01-2017

Written declaration on the international mapping of floating garbage patches

12-09-2016 P8_DCL(2016)0093 Lapsed


Alain CADEC , Angélique DELAHAYE , Ricardo SERRÃO SANTOS , Simona BONAFÈ , Marco AFFRONTE , Norica NICOLAI , Linnéa ENGSTRÖM , Remo SERNAGIOTTO , Werner KUHN , Liadh NÍ RIADA

Date opened : 12-09-2016
Lapse date : 12-12-2016
Number of signatories : 86 - 13-12-2016

Parliamentary questions


Reduction in US funding for UNRWA

07-02-2018 E-000745/2018 Commission

Ireland: Economic value of fish stocks

01-02-2018 P-000622/2018 Commission

Regulation of recreational fisheries

01-02-2018 E-000617/2018 Commission

Provision of special education

01-02-2018 E-000616/2018 Commission

Electric pulse trawl fishing

01-02-2018 E-000615/2018 Commission

Cork flood relief project

26-01-2018 E-000438/2018 Commission

Fear campaign launched against the Turkish-Cypriot newspaper Afrika

25-01-2018 E-000430/2018 Commission

VP/HR - Italian arms exports to Saudi Arabia

18-01-2018 E-000281/2018 Commission

Affordable access to medicines

11-01-2018 E-000141/2018 Commission

Performance of the Irish economy

11-01-2018 E-000140/2018 Commission

Written explanations of vote


Monitoring and reporting of CO2 emissions from and fuel consumption of new heavy-duty vehicles (A8-0010/2018 - Damiano Zoffoli)


. – I voted in favour on this vote as to whether or not to enter into inter-institutional negotiations according to rule 69c. The regulation establishes a mandatory monitoring and reporting system for all EU countries for heavy duty vehicles and applies to new vehicles registered in the EU. The aim of this system is to ensure the accuracy of CO2 emissions reporting and monitoring and provide the basis for setting and enforcing standards on carbon emissions in the future.
Anything but mandatory monitoring and verified reporting is lining us up for another Dieselgate. The final step in this process will be for the Commission to set ambitious CO2 emission targets for heavy-duty vehicles in the first quarter of 2018 for adoption before the end of the current electoral term. We will have to have a decent means of monitoring emissions from heavy duty vehicles in order to set CO2 targets that will make a difference. For this reason, I voted to confirm the mandate to start negotiations as there is no good reason to delay and possibly weaken the report.

Establishing a centralised system for the identification of Member States holding conviction information on third country nationals and stateless persons (TCN) to supplement and support the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS-TCN system) (A8-0018/2018 - Daniel Dalton)


. – I voted in favour of upholding the mandate for establishing a centralised system for the identification of Member States holding conviction information on third country nationals and stateless persons (TCN) to supplement and support the European Criminal Records Information System. There have been some progressive amendments included in the file and it should now progress to the next stage of negotiations.

Guarantee Fund for external actions (A8-0132/2017 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial)


. – I voted against this file as development cooperation policies should not be conditioned upon by any migration control policy.
A number of reservations I had, included the reference within the text which stated by 30 June 2019 the Commission shall submit to the European Parliament and to the Council an independent external evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of entrusting the financial management of the assets of the Fund and of the European Fund for Sustainable Development to the Commission, the EIB, or a combination of the two.

EU guarantee to the European Investment Bank against losses under financing operations supporting investment projects outside the Union (A8-0135/2017 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial)


. – I do not support development cooperation policies being conditional on refugee controls, or the use of the phrase in this text "building socio-economic resilience” when referring to migrants, refugees and countries of origin and transit as it is deliberate language in this context designed to give the impression that the European Union is committed to its humanitarian responsibilities to refugees. However I abstained rather than vote against for the following reasons.
-The text supports development of micro and small medium enterprises.
-Supports investment and rural development projects for water sanitation ie. drinking-water treatment, wastewater disposal and renewable energy, and social and economic infrastructure improvement.
-Calls for EIB financing operations to support the public sector, including municipalities and public-sector entities, e.g. facilities for children, sanitation services and school education,
-It also references support for the United Nations sustainable development and respect for human, labour and social rights.

Annual report on the financial activities of the European Investment Bank (A8-0013/2018 - Eider Gardiazabal Rubial)


. – I abstained on this report which examined the activities of the European Investment Bank throughout 2016. It contained some positive elements such as calling for increased accountability and transparency of the EIB’s financial activities, and calling for the EIB to ensure human rights, social and environmental standards were enforced in countries and projects that are recipients of EIB funding. However, the report also endorses the existing right-wing economic framework of the EU, including promoting “competitiveness” and the Europe 2020 strategy. It also failed to make strong enough criticism of the misuse of EIB funds or funding of problematic projects such as polluting industries.

Current human rights situation in Turkey (B8-0079/2018, RC-B8-0082/2018, B8-0082/2018, B8-0084/2018, B8-0091/2018, B8-0092/2018, B8-0095/2018, B8-0097/2018, B8-0103/2018)


. – I abstained on this motion, as, while it highlights human rights issues in Turkey the motion also condemned the Kurds for resisting Turkish aggression.
There are serious human rights abuses in Turkey such as the repression of political opposition, LGBTQ activists, and the ongoing repression of the Kurds, as such It is unfortunate that this resolution failed to unilaterally denounce Turkish aggression. This resolution which comes less than three week since the Turkish government began its military campaign against Kurds in Northern Syria, in this context of illegal military action by the Turkish state the motions language condemning the Kurds is counterproductive and contributes nothing to promoting human rights and democracy in Turkey.
In the face of Turkey's illegal military action European politicians ought to unequivocally condemn the Turkish government and support the rights of the Kurdish people.

Situation in Venezuela (RC-B8-0078/2018, B8-0078/2018, B8-0080/2018, B8-0081/2018, B8-0083/2018, B8-0087/2018, B8-0094/2018)


. – While I agree with the joint resolution that Venezuela’s government and opposition must find a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis in the country, I voted against this resolution.
The Venezuelan government and opposition have been involved in ongoing negotiations in the Dominican Republic to reach a national consensus to prevent a return to violence and to find a peaceful democratic way forward.
The spirit of this resolution - drafted by right-wing parties in the European Parliament - runs contrary to that approach, and risks damaging negotiations.
It calls for expanding the sanctions imposed by the EU in January against leading members of the Venezuelan government.
Sanctions won’t foster the normalisation and stabilisation Venezuela needs, and this kind of unilateral action only heightens tensions unnecessarily.
The resolution also clearly takes the side of the Venezuelan opposition on issues that are still the subject of negotiations, such as the upcoming presidential elections.
Venezuela currently faces significant economic and political challenges, due to both internal conflict and external interference.
While the scale and causes of these difficulties are contested, it is clear that further confrontation will not help.
This joint resolution does more harm than good. I therefore voted against it.

Situation of UNRWA (RC-B8-0085/2018, B8-0085/2018, B8-0086/2018, B8-0088/2018, B8-0089/2018, B8-0090/2018, B8-0093/2018)


. – I voted in favour of the joint motion for resolution on the situation of UNRWA. UNRWA undertakes vitally important work providing support and resources to over 5 million refugees in Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. It is important that the E.U and other countries support the programme and ensure that it is adequately resourced to continue its projects.

Summer-time arrangements (B8-0070/2018, B8-0071/2018)


. – I voted in favour of this resolution in light of numerous studies which have highlighted the negative consequences of daylight-saving time (DST).
I believe that the removal of DST would have positive effects on many sectors including workers and those involved in the agricultural sector as well as reducing the rates of road traffic accidents. The marginal energy savings brought about by DST do not stand up to the increased hardships it causes to many sectors of society and the economic hindrances it brings about.
Sinn Féin believes it was wrong of the EU to compel Member States into introducing DST with the Directive 2000/84/EC and while we support this change believe that, ultimately, powers over these issues should remain a sovereign matter.

Composition of the European Parliament (A8-0007/2018 - Danuta Maria Hübner, Pedro Silva Pereira)


. – This report proposes a new composition for the European Parliament for the period 2019-2024.
It proposed to reallocation some seats that will be lost with Brexit, and to create a so-called “joint constituency”, to elect MEPs off an EU-wide “transnational list”.
Transnational lists are an awful idea. They remove accountability, favour larger member states, and will make MEPs less accessible. I welcome the fact that the Parliament vote rejected them.
I also welcome the two extra seats allocated to the south of Ireland, but this is not good enough. It would result in Ireland going in real terms from 14 to 13 seats, unless three seats are kept for the north.
The report fell short of this, but Sinn Féin secured a reference to citizens’ rights under the Good Friday Agreement.
This leaves the door open for seats in the north. The report will now go to the European Council - the Taoiseach needs to act.
Ireland previously had a smaller population and more representation. There is an opportunity to address that imbalance and to ensure the north retains its voice in Europe, but this report doesn’t do this.
In the interests of Ireland, I therefore voted against the report.



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