Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the heads of EU governments to show compassion for those suffering from austerity policies.

Speaking following a debate in the European Parliament, Ms Anderson said;

“Solidarity is most important in times of struggle. Solidarity with the Greek people has been lacking in some of the EU governments in their recent struggle.

“This includes the Fine Gael and Labour government in Dublin who themselves have been obedient agents of austerity in Ireland.

“This obedience was evident recently in the comments from Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem when he said that Greece ‘should follow Ireland’ which he said ‘is making strong progress on all fronts’.

“I wonder how the Eurogroup president defines ‘progress?’ Clearly there is no consideration here for the human cost of austerity in Ireland or elsewhere.

“All fronts seemingly does not include the most vulnerable in society such as the homeless, the disabled or unemployed who are bearing the brunt of austerity in Ireland and Greece or families broken up through emigration.”