Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The European Elections are fast approaching. The number of MEPs for Ireland has been reduced from thirteen to twelve, so the fight for the available places is considerable. Although some aspiring MEPs have reportedly claimed that they have the backing of Dana Rosemary Scallon (she represented the constituency of Connaught/Ulster in the European Parliament from 1999 until 2002), Dana has stated unequivocally that she would never have anything to do with the Liberal group in Europe (to which Fianna Fáil – the main government party – is about to align itself), nor any person or group associated with them nor those who support or promote issues such as abortion, euthanasia or embryo research.
The number of genuinely pro-life candidates here is small, but it is reported that Dana has given her support to Declan Ganley, who is running in the same area as she herself did.
An indication of the stance of Irish MEPs on family and life issues can be seen, for instance, from the vote taken on the Catania Report in the European Parliament last March, when only two MEPs – out of a total of thirteen – voted against that Report. The Report called for the promotion of abortion, and the legalisation of same-sex unions. The two MEPs who voted against the Report were Kathy Sinnott, whose consistent support and battling for family and life are well known; and Marian Harkin – who is now running against Declan Ganley. It is notable that all of the Fianna Fáil MEPs voted for the Catania Report.
For the convenience of voters, Precious Life and Cóir have each issued a list of guidelines in relation to the elections. The guideline leaflets are urging the public to be aware, when casting their votes, of the stance of prospective candidates - particularly on the issue of abortion and other life and family issues.