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Another Europe is Possible: de Brún

22 April, 2004


Speaking today at a public lecture in St Mary‚s University College on the Falls Road, Sinn Féin EU candidate Bairbre de Brún said that "another Europe is possible but it is dependent on us all playing our part." The lecture was part of a series of events in colleges and universities organised by Ógra Shinn Féin.

At the lecture Ms de Brún said:

"This years EU election promises to be the most interesting contest since the first EU election here in 1979. In previous elections the campaign was dominated by the two personalities of John Hume and Ian Paisley.

"This year's election is very different, not only in terms of the candidates standing, but in that for the first time we may have an election which is actually fought out in terms of what the EU means to people here today.

"Sinn Féin wants an EU of equals. A globally responsible EU. An economically and socially just EU. We want to be part of an EU with institutions that promote national, collective and individual human rights. A Union that works towards full employment, housing, health and education for all its citizens. We want to build a Europe that leads the way in the cancellation of debt in the developing world, that is nuclear free, that protects the environment and that welcomes and trades fairly with other regions.

"Unfortunately this vision is far from the current reality. Instead we have an EU where more than 55 million people still face poverty and social exclusion. An EU where 13 of 15 member states continue to commit human rights abuses at home, as confirmed by Amnesty International.

"But this Europe is not inevitable. It only reflects the political agenda of the most powerful in the EU.

"We believe that another Europe is possible but it is dependent on us all playing our part. As a society we need a deeper engagement, constructive and critical, with the EU, so that it can be used in the interests of ordinary people rather than solely the interests of the most powerful in our society. Sinn Féin wants to play our part in partnership with others throughout our society.‚"ENDS

Speaking today at a public lecture in St Mary‚s University College on the Falls Road, Sinn Féin EU candidate Bairbre de Brún said that "another Europe is possible but it is dependent on us all playing our part." The lecture was part of a series of events in colleges and universities organised by Ógra Shinn Féin.

At the lecture Ms de Brún said:

"This years EU election promises to be the most interesting contest since the first EU election here in 1979. In previous elections the campaign was dominated by the two personalities of John Hume and Ian Paisley.

"This year's election is very different, not only in terms of the candidates standing, but in that for the first time we may have an election which is actually fought out in terms of what the EU means to people here today.

"Sinn Féin wants an EU of equals. A globally responsible EU. An economically and socially just EU. We want to be part of an EU with institutions that promote national, collective and individual human rights. A Union that works towards full employment, housing, health and education for all its citizens. We want to build a Europe that leads the way in the cancellation of debt in the developing world, that is nuclear free, that protects the environment and that welcomes and trades fairly with other regions.

"Unfortunately this vision is far from the current reality. Instead we have an EU where more than 55 million people still face poverty and social exclusion. An EU where 13 of 15 member states continue to commit human rights abuses at home, as confirmed by Amnesty International.

"But this Europe is not inevitable. It only reflects the political agenda of the most powerful in the EU.

"We believe that another Europe is possible but it is dependent on us all playing our part. As a society we need a deeper engagement, constructive and critical, with the EU, so that it can be used in the interests of ordinary people rather than solely the interests of the most powerful in our society. Sinn Féin wants to play our part in partnership with others throughout our society.‚"ENDS

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