Kathy Sinnott

Kathy Sinnott

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birth_place = Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Kathy Sinnott (born 29 September 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is a disability rights campaigner and politician representing Ireland. She is secretary of the Hope Project.

Public office

She stood successfully for election as a Member of the European Parliament for Ireland South in the 2004 European elections. She campaigned on disability and education issues, and to a lesser extent Euroscepticism and social conservatism, espousing much of the agenda of the Christian Right, particularly in regard to abortion.

She had stood before in the 2002 general election for a seat in Cork South Central, and lost the fifth and final seat to Fianna Fáil. Her subsequent attempt for a Senate seat also ended in defeat.

She co-chairs the European Parliament's Eurosceptic Independence and Democracy group, roughly one third of whose members belong to UKIP, the United Kingdom Independence Party.

tem cell research

Kathy Sinnott is an adamant objector to embryonic stem cell research. In a debate in The College Historical Society in Trinity College Dublin she made her views be known, speaking in opposition to the motion that "This house supports embryonic stem cell research". However, Ms. Sinnott's argumentative technique was not well welcomed by the house. Several spectators were heard making none too flattering comments. Quite a few of the students present were angered by Ms. Sinnott's attitude and regarded the MEP's speech as "twisting the evidence", using "scare tactics" and manipulating scientific facts to enforce her own non-scientific reasons for opposing the motion. The Chairman of the debate, Professor Peter Humphries, Head of the Smurfit Institute of Genetics (while it was encumbent upon him to remain neutral) could not resist pointing out the immorality of the MEP's moral argument in his closing speech. [A download of Ms. Sinnott's speech is available [http://www.thehist.com/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=55&Itemid=397&limit=5&limitstart=0&order=date&dir=ASC here. The interruption heard mid-speech is from Professor Austin Smith, director of the Cambridge Institute of Stem Cell Research] ] Her speech was interrupted at one point by Professor Austin Smith, director of the Cambridge Institute of Stem Cell Research. This was the only interruption of her speech as she refused to take points from the floor. Fact|date=March 2007 Several of Ms. Sinnott's supporters also left the chamber in protest as a result of some of the rhetoric utilised by student speakers in the debate.


External links

* [http://www.kathysinnott.ie KathySinnott.ie - Official website]

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