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Lisbon Strategy is more concerned with profit than people - David Cullinane

9 April, 2004


Sinn Féin South EU candidate David Cullinane has today said that the 'Lisbon Strategy is more concerned with profit than people'. The Lisbon Strategy has agreed a 10 year plan for the EU "to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge based economy in the world." However, Mr Cullinane has argued that there has not been sufficient emphasis on the social aspects of the strategy.

Speaking today, Mr Cullinane said:

"Sinn Féin believes that the Lisbon Strategy is more concerned with profit than people. When we hear about the Lisbon Strategy, we hear about sustainable growth, competitiveness and knowledge based economies. However, we need to ensure that social inclusion, the eradication of poverty and strategies for combating homelessness are also discussed. Thus far, the Irish Government, through the EU Presidency have been more interested in talking about competitiveness, at the expense of social issues.

"It must be remembered that there are 55 million people living in poverty throughout the EU. Closer to home, whilst the so-called 'Celtic Tiger' has provided wealth to some, many others continue to live in an interminable cycle of poverty. In my own South EU Constituency, rural communities are under attack. A lack of amenable transport, the withdrawal of vital public services including post offices and banking facilities, and a struggling agricultural sector has combined to threaten the very way of life of local communities.

"I believe that the EU Presidency must prioritise commitments to eradicate poverty and homelessness within the EU. Sinn Féin will continue to fight for the protection of local communities. ENDS

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