Irish MEPs have serious questions to answer over Russia vote in European Parliament

08 February 2024

Labour justice spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin expressed his concern at some Irish MEPs failure to support a resolution in the European Parliament calling for immediate investigations into MEPs acting as agents of influence for Russian.

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said:

“We are approaching the two year anniversary of the brutal invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Ireland has been steadfast in expressing its solidarity with Ukraine and against the outrageous acts of aggression committed by Putin’s Russia.

“The actions of some Irish MEPs in the European Parliament, voting against a resolution calling for an immediate investigation into Russian influence in European politics, is shameful and shocking.

“Russia has displaced entire communities, destroyed their homes, and continues to put lives at risk. It is completely unacceptable that MEPs would vote against investigating any ties the Kremlin has with European politics.

“Putin has shown that he wants to wipe Ukraine off the map. He wants to abolish Ukraine’s culture and its history. He must fail and he will fail.”

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