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Sinn Féin committed to meaningful consultation on draft EU Constitution - Bairbre de Brún

14 September, 2004


Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has pledged today that 'Sinn Fein will pursue as a priority substantive consultation with Irish people on the draft EU Constitution'. Ms de Brún was speaking after a vote in the European Parliament to include both the EU Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions in a consultation process on the draft EU Constitution.

Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Ms de Brún said:

"I welcome today's vote by the European Parliament to include the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions in a consultation process on the draft EU Constitution. It is crucial that as wide a range of bodies are consulted on such a crucial and far reaching document.

"However, the debate on the EU Constitution needs to be widened out to include the citizens of member states, to listen to their hopes and fears in a future Europe. The debate on the draft EU Constitution is too important to be left to a short period before any future referendum in Ireland, where discussion is often rushed and not at all inclusive.

"Irish people must have the opportunity to engage in substantive consultation on this issue which is so critical for their future. The European institutions and the British and Irish governments must use the opportunity to conduct a transparent consultation process and one which is properly resourced.

"Sinn Fein will pursue as a priority, substantive consultation with Irish people on this issue. Over the coming months, my party colleague Mary Lou McDonald MEP (Dublin) and I will play our part in ensuring that ordinary people are properly informed on the draft EU Constitution. The Sinn Fein MEPs call on others to do the same." ENDS

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