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Sinn Féin East EU Candidate John Dwyer demands an end to the "unrelenting drive toward privatising public services"

20 February, 2004

Sinn Féin East EU Candidate and European Spokesperson on Privatisation, John Dwyer, reacted angrily to a EU meeting, which is taking place at Dublin Castle today. The 'Article 133 Committee' is meeting to discuss trade deals, and formulate policy for the controversial GATS negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Speaking today, Dwyer said:

"Today's negotiations could have a profound effect upon our most essential public services, including health and education services. This meeting is taking place behind closed doors to consider which services should be open to commercial competition. Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the buying and selling of our public services to the highest bidders.

"Along with all of the Sinn Féin TDs and my fellow EU Candidates, I have signed a letter to the Irish Government, calling for a greater transparency and accountability, and demanding that concerned parties have access to the documents being presented by the Irish Government to the meeting. This meeting encapsulates much of what is wrong with the EU secrecy, unaccountability and an unrelenting drive toward privatising our most essential public services". ENDS

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