Sinn Féin opposes privatisation agenda in Ireland and EU
Sinn Fein representative for Dublin South East, Daithi Doolan speaking at a press conference organised by Democracy and Public Services in Europe (DAPSE) called on the Irish government to use the Presidency to oppose the privatisation agenda in the Lisbon Agenda and defend public services.
Daithi Doolan said:
"The draft EU Constitution accelerates the commercialisation and privatisation of the health and education sectors within the EU, something which Sinn Féin strongly opposes. We are concerned that the removal of the requirement of unanimous voting will mean that important matters in relation to education and health will be decided by international trade agreements; the power and influence of member states would be drastically reduced. Such deals would move power away from the Parliament and would become the sole and exclusive responsibility of the EU Commission.
"The drive towards EU privatisation once more reinforces the Sinn Fein view that the European Union is encroaching on more and more areas of national sovereignty and the public sector within Ireland
"Sinn Fein calls upon the government to use the Presidency to oppose the privatisation agenda in the Lisbon Agenda, and to enhance social protection and defend public services. It should push for the EU-wide upwards harmonisation of workers‚ rights and for further EU equal rights instruments including a specific Gender Equality Directive and a Disability Directive."ENDS