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Ógra Shinn Féin to join May Day protests

30 April, 2004

Ógra Shinn Féin will join tomorrow's May Day protests, organised by Another Europe is Possible, at 12 noon at the Central Bank on Dame Street. Members of OSF will have a float with street theatre and music - at the Carnival and March, which will proceed to Phoenix Park.

Speaking prior to the march Ógra Shinn Féin Chairperson Mickey Bravender said:

"There has been a lot of unfounded hysteria in the media about the protests planned for May Day but little attention as to what the protests are actually about. Ógra Shinn Féin welcome the 10 accession states into the European Union but we also believe that new member states and old, need to have a debate about the kind of EU that we are building. We are opposed to a Europe written on terms dictated by big business and corporate lobbyists.

"We believe another Europe is possible. One where 55 million men, women and children are not living in poverty, where vital public services are not open to privatisation and where the ongoing militarisation of the EU and erosion of Irish neutrality is halted, and reversed.

"Tomorrow we will be protesting at the failure of the Government to make the Irish language an official working language within the European Union. We will also be supporting people from the Basque Country who are calling for support for Basque Independence.

"I am calling on people to see through the hype and the spin and join the march and carnival in Dublin on May Day." ENDS

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