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Adams – our rural communities need de Brún in Europe

15 May, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP MLA has said that there is no stronger advocate for our rural communities in this European election than Bairbre de Brún.   The Sinn Féin President was speaking during a leadership tour of Fermanagh and South Tyrone.   Mr Adams said:   “I believe that our rural communities remain the cornerstone of Irish life and Sinn Fein is determined to ensure that there is a viable future for rural Ireland. That is why we challenged PPS 14, and why we chose to take on the responsibility of the Agriculture and Rural Develop brief within the Executive and why we have prioritised issues such as a Rural White Paper.   “Sinn Fein is also leading the way in pushing forward the all Ireland approach. We need a voice fighting for this part of Ireland at the heart of the EU decision making process. Bairbre has been standing up for our rural communities. In Michelle Gildernew and Bairbre de Brún we have two champions of rural Ireland.   “Bairbre de Brún has worked hard over the last five years to represent farmers and rural people on a range of issues. She has:   - helped secure an early end to the beef ban; - consistently opposed shady deals at the WTO; - worked with others on stopping the importation of Brazilian beef due to traceability concerns; - facilitated engagement with Europe and briefed farmers and rural communities on EU developments; - continued to argue for the reduction of unnecessary red tape; and - helped ensure that R+D on agriculture here could have access to the EU 7th Research Framework Programme worth over 50 billion euro overall.     “In a new European Parliament Sinn Féin will work to see a fair outcome for our farmers in the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy in 2013 and to ensure that any unspent EU funds can be directed at struggling sectors of our farming industry. We will also work to ensure our farmers can benefit from the increased funds the EU has earmarked for renewable energy and for rural broadband and will continue highlight traceability concerns over Brazilian beef and oppose unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape.     “Sinn Féin has put the interests of Ireland first in Europe – local people, our rural communities, our farmers and our future prosperity. We have led the way in demanding that Ireland – North and South – is not squeezed out of the decision making process. This approach will be vital to the future of our farming interests over the next five years.”  ENDS

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