Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson addresses community groups and organisations from across the West Tyrone area on accessing EU funding as part of her ‘Standing up for you’ campaign.
Martina Anderson MEP hosted a hugely successful youth forum in Cavan town in June. Sponsored by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left European Parliamentary Group (GUE/NGL) the forum was attended by young people from all over Ireland as well as guest speakers from other EU political groupings and youth organisations from across Ireland. The main topics discussed were the ‘Youth Guarantee’, Youth Unemployment and the situation facing the youth of Ireland, North and South.
In Derry’s Waterfoot Hotel on Wednesday November 28th, Martina hosted a conference on ‘Women Drving Social Change’ Bringing together representatives from women’s organisations from the north West and beyond, Martina delivered the opening address and then the discussions were lead by four keynote speakers -.
Norma Shearer (TWN) – Gender Measures in Peace Funding
Laura Leonard (Belfast City Council EU Unit) – EU Funding Programmes, Gender Measures and further funding
Jennifer McCann MLA (Junior Minister)- Leadership in today’s Assembly
Monica McWilliams (former Womens Coalition MLA) – Leadership in first Assembly.
The four presentations sparked a wide-ranging and extremely informative debate, following which delegates were addressed by Martina’s collegue from the European Parliament, Mikael Gustafsson MEP (Sweden) who is the (first male) chairpoerson of the Parliament’s FEMM (Women’s Rights and Gender Equality) Committee.
On Friday November 16th 2012, Martina hosted an extremely successful conference on the issues of “Child Poverty and Social Exclusion”. Cypriot MP Skevi Koutra Koukouma from the AKEL party addressed the event representing the Cypriot Presidency of the EU, and other speakers included Reka Tunyogi (Eurochild), Michelle Murphy (Social Justice Ireland), Mike Tomlinson (QUB) and a representative from the Child Poverty Action Group (London).
Sinn Fein Junior Minister Jennifer McCann MLA also addressed the event, along with party colleagues Alec Maskey MLA and Megan Fearon MLA.
“Guarantee Our Future” – a forum for discussion on youth unemployment and the ‘Youth Guarantee’
Friday June 7th, Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan Town.
10.00am Welcome – Caoimhghin O’Caolain TD for Cavan Monaghan
10.10am Opening address – Martina Anderson MEP.
10.25am – A Youth Guarantee for the EU.
Catherine Blair (European Commission, DG EMPL)
Ines Zuber MEP (Portuguese Communist Party & member of the European Parliament’s Employment & Social Affairs Committee);
Valerie Duffy, European Youth Forum;
Stefan Lindborg, President, ‘Ung Vanster’ (Young Left), Sweden.
Followed by Q&A. Chair – Megan Fearon MLA.
11.45am – The situation in Ireland, north and south.
- James Doorley, National Youth Council of Ireland;
- Chris Quinn, “NI” Youth Forum;
- Adrianne Peltz, President NUS/USI ;
- Senator Kathryn Reilly;
- Followed by Q&A. Chair – Phil Flanagan MLA.
12.45pm Closing remarks – Barry McElduff MLA
1pm Lunch served.