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McDonald slams talks on a European CIA

23 February, 2004

Sinn Fein's Dublin EU Candidate, Mary Lou McDonald has reacted angrily to a meeting that took place between EU Justice Ministers in Brussels on Thursday 19th February 2004, which was called to discuss a European CIA (Central Intelligence Agency).

The Austrian Justice Minister, Ernst Strasser, proposed the meeting.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

"Sinn Fein understands that talks on the creation of a European style CIA are at an early stage, but we are extremely concerned that such meetings are taking place. The Austrian Justice Minister, Mr Ernst Strasser has said that such a body would be used to combat 'terrorist attacks'‚ yet Sinn Féin believes that a Euro style CIA would lead to a security super state designed to spy and collate information on citizens within the EU.

"Sinn Féin has tabled a question in the Dail to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, asking the Minister to state the Government‚s position on the matter.

"Sinn Féin is totally opposed to an EU style CIA, and will resist such a body at all opportunities. The EU would be better using its budget to help alleviate poverty and suffering, rather than helping create a culture of finger pointing, suspicion and paranoia." ENDS

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