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Sinn Fein MEPs, the worst in the European Parliament


Keith-M

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A new website rates the attendance record of MEPs. The best from this country is DeRossa and (by far) the worst is Mary Lou McDonald of SF, who is the only one of our MEPs to be below the international average.

Of the three from Northern Ireland, Jim Allister ranks 24th, Jim Nicholson 35th and Bairbre de Brún 57th.

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Pat Mc Larnon

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Your headline is bogus and misleading.
 

Eorna

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You muppet she was recently voted MEP of the year, by her fellow parlimentarians. De Rossa may have an attendance rate equal to the E.U. chamber lampshade, but he is a useless MEP from Ireland's point of view. Nutty thread.
 

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Oh now, we're being too harsh. Why should McDonald's parliamentary duties be allowed to interfere with her peace-keeping, pouting, and publicity career here at home?
 

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Mary Lou McDonald was actually voted Best MEP (in the area of employment) by her fellow MEPs. High praise. They are likely to be a more informed and less partial judge than KeithM who has not a record of praising Sinn Féin reps.

Sinn Féin reps are noted for their much harder work on the ground than other parties, as well their effective performances in parliaments/councils and as Ministers in the Six County Government, and yet still only take home the AIW for their hard work.

Ultimately the electorate decide - and here the record speaks for itself : Sinn Féin has increased its share of the vote at each and every like for like election in the 26 counties since the 1980s.
 

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Mary Lou McDonald was actually voted Best MEP (in the area of employment) by her fellow MEPs. High praise. They are likely to be a more informed and less partial judge than KeithM who has not a record of praising Sinn Féin reps.
Hardly impartial. Voted most popular in class by other snouts in the trough? Well done on such quick integration into the gravy train.
I'd say that the factual assessment of their attendance functions as a much more impartial examination of performance, actually.

Sinn Féin reps are noted for their much harder work on the ground than other parties,
By who? By you? Spouting rhetoric don't make it so.

as well their effective performances in parliaments/councils and as Ministers in the Six County Government, and yet still only take home the AIW for their hard work.
Oh, my sides are splitting here. Effective performances? Where? They've been abysmal in the North. I cite as examples the water charges u-turn and the education policy black hole not t o mention proposing charges on the poor, elderly and vulnerable.
As for the Average Industrial Wage fiction, I repeat my call here for PSF to prove this assertion by opening their books to demonstrate contributions to the party by all of their elected members. Gerry didn't get those holiday homes on the AIW, mate.

Ultimately the electorate decide - and here the record speaks for itself : Sinn Féin has increased its share of the vote at each and every like for like election in the 26 counties since the 1980s.
Indeed, the electorate do decide. And what did they decide last time? They decided to deny Mary Lou a seat and reduce the number of PSF TDs. Expect similar in the North next time around.
 

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Oh, puhlease.
Once again, your SF golden girls have been revealed as non-attending expenses grabbers in Brussels.

They're either non-attending or expenses grabbers, you can't have it both ways
 

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They're either non-attending or expenses grabbers, you can't have it both ways
You can if you're an MEP.
Your expenses are unvouched, just like Dail Eireann. And then of course you can pull the old 'sign in then feck off' stunt too, whereby you get paid your expenses even though you don't actually attend.
 

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You can if you're an MEP.
Your expenses are unvouched, just like Dail Eireann. And then of course you can pull the old 'sign in then feck off' stunt too, whereby you get paid your expenses even though you don't actually attend.
How would you sign in if you didn't attend?
 

Pat Mc Larnon

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Hardly impartial. Voted most popular in class by other snouts in the trough? Well done on such quick integration into the gravy train.
I'd say that the factual assessment of their attendance functions as a much more impartial examination of performance, actually..
Well they would be in a better position to judge her performance. A rather sweeping statement to describe all MEP's as simply being 'snouts in the trough'.

By who? By you? Spouting rhetoric don't make it so.
The work by SF at constituency level has long been recognised as second to none.

Oh, my sides are splitting here. Effective performances? Where? They've been abysmal in the North. I cite as examples the water charges u-turn and the education policy black hole not t o mention proposing charges on the poor, elderly and vulnerable.
As for the Average Industrial Wage fiction, I repeat my call here for PSF to prove this assertion by opening their books to demonstrate contributions to the party by all of their elected members. Gerry didn't get those holiday homes on the AIW, mate.
Your sides apart all the SF ministers have performed admirably. In education other parties, while being opposed to the 11+, have vanished like snow off a ditch while the real debate has gone on. A vociferous vested interest, with media backing, have attacked the biggest and fairest change to the Norths' education system in decades. Add to that the whiff of sectarianism and sexism and we can see why some prefer to keep their heads down. As for the AIW that is indeed the fact and so is the fact that SF do indeed publish their annual accounts.
As already stated on other threads the book deals signed by Adams are a matter of record, thus the ability to buy a home in Donegal.

Indeed, the electorate do decide. And what did they decide last time? They decided to deny Mary Lou a seat and reduce the number of PSF TDs. Expect similar in the North next time around.
True on the TD post, wishful thinking on the North, no matter what your crystal ball says.
 

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Well they would be in a better position to judge her performance. A rather sweeping statement to describe all MEP's as simply being 'snouts in the trough'.
But not in a better position that a factual assumation of attendance, obviously.

The work by SF at constituency level has long been recognised as second to none.
By WHO? (Other than you, factual and other PSF hacks?)

Your sides apart all the SF ministers have performed admirably. In education other parties, while being opposed to the 11+, have vanished like snow off a ditch while the real debate has gone on. A vociferous vested interest, with media backing, have attacked the biggest and fairest change to the Norths' education system in decades. Add to that the whiff of sectarianism and sexism and we can see why some prefer to keep their heads down.
Puff and nonsense. No education policy three years after announcing the scrapping of the 11 plus, which is vociferously opposed by teachers, parents and other political parties. What a performance.

As for the AIW that is indeed the fact and so is the fact that SF do indeed publish their annual accounts.
But they DON'T provide the evidence indicating how elected members remunerate the party, what expenses they receive from the party (and other sources), and they don't crucially provide any evidence whatsoever to support the AIW spoof.

As already stated on other threads the book deals signed by Adams are a matter of record, thus the ability to buy a home in Donegal.
He must be on great advances then, because his sales don't support second homes. Nor does that explain all the other PSF ponderosas in Donegal, Spain, Manchester, etc.

True on the TD post, wishful thinking on the North, no matter what your crystal ball says.
You need to sit down with your pal Factual and get your story straight. He reckons that PSF's last Dail performance was an improvement on before.
 

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You muppet she was recently voted MEP of the year, by her fellow parlimentarians.
That is misleading itself. She was not voted MEP of the year by all her fellow parliamentarians. Please reference your claim. Which MEPs voted her as such? What is the competition to which you are referring? Was this a poll of Dublin members of the GUE group?

I would imagine the vast majority of her fellow parliamentarians haven't a rashers who she is as she is never there and has done no legislative work. There is no equivalent to the FA players' player of the year but, if there was, a member from a small, fringe group who doesn't even show up for work would hardly win it.

De Brún on the other hand, although not attending as often as she should, does do legislative work.
 

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Katy Sinnett must be a closet shinner - thats why her name was thrown in there
 

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Mary Lou McDonald was actually voted Best MEP (in the area of employment) by her fellow MEPs. High praise. They are likely to be a more informed and less partial judge than KeithM who has not a record of praising Sinn Féin reps.
Factual you are straight up incorrect with this statement and for the last time you should stop repeating it. MLM was nominated for the best MEP on of 10 categories in 2007. She didn't win.

Go here Parliament Magazine 254, 15 Oct 2007 and search for

"Parliament Magazine 254"

go to page 17 and you will see the winners. MLM is not one of them.
 
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