Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said she is committed to fighting austerity in Ireland and in Europe.
Ms Anderson was speaking as she handed in her nomination papers for the upcoming European elections, which will be held on May 22.
“The forthcoming election is an important one. We can all make a difference. The politics of Europe impact locally in a huge way. Europe delivers over 70% of our legislation and the policies pursued by the European parliament affects us all,” she said.
The MEP said cut backs and austerity must be tackled at a European level. “Across this island the Irish and British governments have tied themselves to the policies of austerity.
“This has cost jobs, has damaged long-term economic recovery, has impacted negatively on the most vulnerable in our society and has seen many of our young people emigrating for better future.
“This is unsustainable. Sinn Féin has fought these policies across Ireland. I believe that Ireland’s place, North and South, is in Europe and Sinn Féin’s role in the EU is to ‘Put Ireland First’. Others have failed to this,” she added.
Ms Anderson also called for an all-Ireland approach on economic recovery.