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Sinn Féin MEP in climate change meeting with American Trade Union president

24 April, 2008

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún shall today meet John Sweeney, President of the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in Washington.

Ms de Brún said,

"I am pleased to meet John Sweeney, President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), who has a keen interest in the issue of climate change and recently addressed the UN Summit on Climate Risk in New York on 14 February 2008.

"As a member of the European Parliament's Climate Change Committee I believe that climate change is not only the major political challenge of our time; it is also one of the greatest social, environmental and economic threats that society has experienced in recent history."

"Cuirim fáilte roimh an crinniú leis an Uasal Sweeney,

"Ba chóir gur rí-shoiléir é do chách faoin am seo an gá chun ullmhúchán a dhéanamh d'athrú aeráide. Caithfidh ár sochaí agus ár ngeilleagar athrú de réir mar a athraíonn ár n-aeráid."

"I shall be discussing the issue of job creation in renewable energy and energy efficiency as we rise to meet the challenge of climate change.

"I believe that the recent New York Pension Fund investments could be used to create jobs in renewables and in retrofitting buildings to combat both fuel poverty and climate change.

"With the US investment conference and the recent American good will, I believe this is a time of opportunity as well as challenge for the North of Ireland.

"I am also keen to discuss John Sweeney's views of possible changes in US policy after November 08 as all remaining candidates in the White House race are committed to mandatory reductions in greenhouse gas emissions." ENDS

Note to editor:

Ms de Brún will meet John Sweeney tomorrow, Friday 25th April, in Washington at 4pm.

John Sweeney is the president of the AFL-CIO and also chair of the Trade Union advisory committee to the OECD.

The American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international unions.

The AFL-CIO union movement represents 10.5 million members, including 2 million members in Working America, its new community affiliate. We are teachers and truck drivers, musicians and miners, fire-fighters and farm workers, bakers and bottlers, engineers and editors, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, painters and labourers - and more.

Since its founding, the AFL-CIO and its affiliate unions have been the single most effective force in America for enabling working people to build better lives and futures for our families.

Ms de Brún is in Washington as part of a delegation from the European Parliament Temporary Committee on Climate Change.

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