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11 October, 2008


ilt atá romhainn chun Mary Lou a thabhairt arais chun na hEorpa.

 

“The European elections present a major challenge to Sinn Fein but it is a challenge that I believe this party is more than up to.” ENDS

 

 

Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald’s selection convention for the forthcoming European elections took place today. Giving the keynote address Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams noted “next years European elections are about securing a strong European voice for Ireland at the European parliamentary table. It is about delivering for ordinary people on issues that affect their lives. It is about building republican politics. It is about policy and politics that deliver.”

 

Mr. Adams said:

 

“Mary Lou’s election in 2004 for Dublin took the political establishment by surprise and was a major upset for the other political parties. Up to that point there was a sameness about EU politics, as represented by those who were elected to the European Parliament. Mary Lou’s election broke the mould of EU elections in Dublin.

 

“Her determination to champion the needs and goals of Dublin citizens saw the election of an MEP who is an able and efficient and very vocal advocate for her constituency. Mary Lou has done an outstanding job.  Mary Lou has been a tireless campaigner on behalf of her constituents on justice and community and social issues, on jobs and the economy, and on investment.

 

“Europe impacts on so many areas of ordinary peoples lives and often the impact is not a good one. The Union is also moving in an overly centralised, privatised and militarised direction.

 

“Sinn Féin’s approach to all of this is rooted in our republicanism. We want to see a social Europe and a democratic citizen based EU. And it is this that marks us out from all of the other Irish political parties. But my friends be very conscious that throughout the Union there are citizens who share our view.

 

“The current banking crisis and economic challenges is affecting all the people of this island. Successive Fianna Fáil led government blew the surpluses of the boom years, leaving Ireland facing a 15 billion euro exchequer deficit by the end of 2009. But Sinn Féin believes that the economy can be turned around. The next twelve months are crucial. We support measures that can and must deliver a sound economy based on the principles of equality and fairness.

 

“Yesterday we launched the party’s pre budget submission that contains solid costed proposals on how the government needs to approach economic recovery. Do I have any confidence that the government will do this? NO. This government has never been about the redistribution of wealth or utilizing the economy in the common good. It has always been about looking after its cronies. People are increasingly seeing through this. But unless relevant alternative is built the establishment will survive yet again and the ordinary citizen will pay the price. This election gives us the opportunity to win more people to our cause.

 

“This week also saw the first meeting of the Oireachtas joint committee tasked with addressing the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty. Senator Pearse Doherty reaffirmed that we would play a constructive and positive role in the committee.

 

“Senator Doherty also made it clear that Sinn Féin will not be part of a cynical exercise to clear the way for a re-run of the Lisbon Treaty. The government, and all the parties who supported Lisbon should note that the people will not accept empty opt outs and meaningless declarations. The debate must centre on how a better deal for Ireland in the EU can be secured.

 

“Sinn Féin believes that Ireland's place is firmly in Europe. We want to see Ireland continue to play a central role in shaping the future of the EU in the interests of all citizens.

 

“We are ambitious for what we as a small member state can achieve in the interest of all the people in the EU.

 

“Léiríodh le linn feachtais na Liospáin go raibh Sinn Féin réidh agus ábalta glacadh páirt i phoilitíocht tábhachtach an Eoraip, phoilitíocht a bhfuil tionachar aige orainn anseo in Eirinn.

 

“Léirigh muintir na hEirinn go bhfuil said réidh éist le guth s'againne nuair a dúirt said 'NÍL' leis an chonradh Líospáin.

 

“And this is the context within which Sinn Féin fought the Lisbon Treaty campaign. We were the only main political party to campaign on the doors and in the Oireachtas for a No vote. We were the only political party to put the interests and rights of the people first.

 

“Next years European elections are about securing a strong European voice for this great city at the European parliamentary table. It is about delivering for ordinary people on issues that affect their lives. It is about building republican politics. It is about policy and politics that deliver.

 

“Tá a lán obair romhainn agus tá mise breá cinnte go bhfuil daoine anseo réidh den streachailt atá romhainn chun Mary Lou a thabhairt arais chun na hEorpa.

 

“The European elections present a major challenge to Sinn Fein but it is a challenge that I believe this party is more than up to.” ENDS

 

 

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