Neil Mc Cann

Your Local MEP Candidate

In times of great change, great vision is required. 

When you need to place trust in someone to navigate the uncertain waters that lie ahead, 

“You Can With McCann”

Neil Brings The Leadership And Vision Our Country Needs For..

Protection Of Our Open Border

Economic Regeneration Of The North

Applying All Efforts To Remain In The EU

A Vision For The Future

Everyone can make a difference.  If we all take just one small step toward positive change we will all benefit from the efforts of the combined energy of this action.  My vision is to lead by example in this process to bring a brighter and more peaceful future for all.   

Vision

Actionable Policy Issues

If I am elected I fully intend to seek and gain resolve for the following issues that are currently or potentially blighting the province.

Policy

Citizens Forums and Citizens Assembly

To dialogue vital cross-community issues of past, present, and future.  To renew and activate the NI Assembly and executive.  

Full implementation and reform of Belfast Agreement

Especially on choices for British and Irish citizenship.  Reform and full enactment into law of Terms of Belfast Agreement

Northern Ireland to remain as part of a reformed EU

To ensure that NI remains part of a reformed European Union

Economic regeneration for Northern Ireland

To keep subsidies in NI farming and move to green agriculture.  International tariff-free industrial and trade area Larne to Dublin east coast digital hub and transport corridor.  Increased joint tourism promotion under Tourism Ireland.  

Contribute to the campaign

In order to help with the campaign and be part of making a real difference going forward, we would love to hear from you.  Many hands make light work and being at the juncture we currently are all help will be greatly appreciated. 

You

A New Departure….

As part of the efforts to re-establish governance in Northern Ireland, any outcome needs to build on the terms of the Belfast Agreement. Given the current failures on the part of the UK Government to recognise the spirit of the agreement in general terms and its specific provisions to allow a choice of citizenship. The Belfast Agreement is in serious need of revisit and review and a new administration needs to seek a comprehensive economic plan and support scheme for Northern Ireland, in short, a New Departure.

To this end, Ireland should now engage with Britain, together with the USA and the EU in providing a programme of financial aid and economic development. Ireland has a right and a responsibility to ensure that its neighbours and its citizens in Northern Ireland are assisted in the much-needed economic development of Northern Ireland.

The particular interest of the Republic is well established and its responsibility to citizens of Ireland who are resident in the North is well recognised. The government of Ireland as an immediate neighbour, and in support of all citizens in Northern Ireland is called upon to ensure the correct recognition by the British Government of Irish Citizens resident in Northern Ireland in accordance with the express terms and spirit of the Belfast agreement

Euro Equivalent

Single Person Unemployment Benefit

Ireland

€203.00

UK=North Ireland

£90.00

Germany

€314.00

 

A New Way….

A New Departure programme is required to be carefully targeted in accordance with best practice for the purposes of economic intervention and to ensure the efficiency of gain for the Northern Ireland economy. It needs to be designed to set the north on a secure footing and encourage a far greater number of its young people to remain than at present. Part of the programme would be focused on making Northern Ireland a global centre for excellence in education.

The New Departure should include social welfare payments to be commensurate with the European average and should result in increases in social welfare payments to those most disadvantaged in Northern Ireland.

This will also provide a stimulus to the economy of Northern Ireland by increasing the money in circulation in the immediate term. A priority is created to increase the social welfare payments beyond those fixed in the UK at large, given the large numbers who so depend on this payment as compared to the UK. It is envisaged that the UK government would also consider similar increases.

About Neil….

Interested in public affairs from his early years, he was active in voluntary organisations from his late teens. His interests lay greatly with the needs of homeless and environmental concerns, especially the risk of nuclear pollution and proliferation. He conducted a successful law practice at the Bar of Ireland for 30 years.

He became a local councillor in 1985 and served until 1994 in which year he was Chairman of Dundalk UDC. As a local councillor, he was considered a conviction politician and applied himself to environmental and social causes. In these years He took part in actions at sea with Greenpeace and co­authored a Security and Safeguards Report which was fully adopted by the nuclear industry in the UK. He was an enthusiastic participant in Cross border bodies and a vehement supporter of the Hume Adams initiative, cease-fires, and the Peace Process…….

Mission & Values

We are living in interesting, indeed challenging times. This is no less so in these islands and NI in particular. Since the collapse of Assembly and executive, and the EU referendum in 2016, Northern Ireland has been in the midst of too much drift, a dearth of governance. Many opportunities exist to avoid the hazards of hard border and messiness of a no deal exit.

Northern Ireland needs representation that improves inter-community relations, the needs of agriculture and business, and provides increasing career opportunities for the younger generations. The EU has helped NI in political, social and environmental terms. If elected I ……

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Get Involved

Everyone at some times needs a little help and as the old adage goes many hands make light work.  If you would like to be involved in our campaign your input would be greatly appreciated.  It’s always the right time to make a difference and you are always the right person to do it.

Don’t Forget to Vote!

Its nearly time.  Don’t forget to vote and have your very important say in the way that you are represented in Europe. 

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Meet Neil In Person At Our Upcoming Events

Making “This Area” Matter,  City Hotel, Derry

May 15th 7:30 PM 2019| City Hotel, Queens Quay, Londonderry, 

A great opportunity for open-ended discussion on matters of public concern for Northern Ireland as a whole and Derry in particular. All welcome..

Campaign Manifesto Press Conference, Wellington Park Hotel

May 16th 2:00 PM 2019| Wellington Park Hotel, 21 Malone Road, Belfast

Campaign Manifesto press conference outlining policy for the future.  

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A Heartfelt Thank You...

 

Northern Ireland has awoken this morning to a new European Representation in which tribal identity is no longer paramount.  At the Meadowbank Sports centre in beautiful Magherafelt, yesterday morning as the elections count got underway, counting more than a half a million ballot papers, a noticeable feature was a gentle flurry of ballot carrying officials in the direction of the tables allocated to Naomi Long. Naomi, now elected as the leader of the cross-community Alliance party.

If our campaign had served a little to move the tone of the campaign then we are delighted. This was then the focus of all we did and while we can never know the effect of our contribution, we are delighted in any event. We conducted an ordered and dare I say inspiring campaign and managed to generate welcome support in votes after barely two weeks in a campaign that had not even been considered six weeks ago. A hearty thank you to all who linked with us in any way and to those who voted for me a special word of thank you for trusting me.

The work goes on. The core campaign policy of a citizens dialogue will now be pursued. We will be approaching many in positions of influence including the three strong women MEPs of the Northern Ireland constituency, Naomi Long, Martina Anderson and Diane Dodds. We will be seeking the support of voluntary and state agencies to assist in the construction and careful management of this process. We are still calling for a review of the Belfast Agreement and exploration of further ways in which the state of Ireland can support the regeneration of the economy of NI and the shoring up of enduring peace. As often in the past, the words of the great poet give us inspiration:

The innocent in gaols
Beat on their bars together.
A hunger-striker's father
Stands in the graveyard dumb.
The police widow in veils
Faints at the funeral home.

History says, don't hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed-for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up,
And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change
On the far side of revenge.
Believe that further shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
And cures and healing wells.

Seamus Heaney, The Cure at Troy