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Pat Doherty announced as Sinn Féin's Director of Elections for European Union elections

3 March, 2004

Sinn Féin Vice President and West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty was today announced as the party's Director of Elections for the upcoming elections to the European Parliament. Mr. Doherty said that his priority was to see an all-Ireland team of Sinn Féin MEPs returned to the European Parliament where we will be a strong voice for sovereignty, neutrality and equality.

Sinn Féin is the only party standing in all five constituencies - Bairbre de Brún - Six Counties, Mary Lou McDonald - Dublin, John Dwyer - East, David Cullinane - South and Pearse Doherty - North West.

Mr. Doherty said:

"In just over three months people across Ireland will go to the polls to return 16 MEPs to the European Parliament. The backdrop to this contest is the ongoing crisis in the peace process, major debates within the European Union around CAP reform, the draft EU Constitution and attempts to turn the European Union in to a military and economic superpower.

"Some of the achievements and benefits of the EU are unquestionable. However, we have to put them into perspective. After 50 years, poverty and exclusion are still a daily reality for 55 million people in the EU. Thirteen of 15 EU member states still commit human rights violations at home. The EU is still dominated by NATO states. EU economic policy is still dominated by the needs of big business and policy decisions are still made behind closed doors. And, as the Big Three Summit recently demonstrated, the power and influence of EU member states is even more unequal than ever before. Unlike others Sinn Féin does not unquestioningly accept such a EU.

"We believe another Europe is possible and we will work with other progressive forces in Ireland and across Europe to bring this about.

"In the last decade Sinn Féin has gone from strength to strength as our agenda for change begins to have a real impact. We want to bring this agenda to the heart of Europe. We are contesting this election to win and to return an all Ireland team to Europe. This is a realisable goal.

"Sinn Féin is the only party running in all five constituencies and our campaign is already up and running. In the coming months we will be building on this work - we will holding policy conferences, going door to door meeting ordinary people, community groups, women's groups, trade unions, business people and our national leadership will be addressing public meetings the length and breath of the country. We will be seeking a mandate for change in Europe and we are confident that we will be returning a number of MEPs after the June election." ENDS

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