EU must be built on foundation of equality, cultural tolerance and social justice
Sinn Féin Dáil Group leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD will today lead the party's delegation to attend the official ceremony to welcome the 10 new Accession states to the EU. Deputy Ó Caoláin will be joined by his colleagues, Arthur Morgan TD, Sean Crowe TD, and EU candidates Mary Lou McDonald' (Dublin) and Bairbre de Brún (Six Counties). Deputy Ó Caoláin today said that 'the newly enlarged EU must be built on a foundation of equality, cultural tolerance and social justice.'
Speaking before leading a Sinn Féin delegation to the official ceremony welcoming the 10 accession states to the EU, Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
"On behalf of Sinn Féin, I wish to take this opportunity to welcome the 10 Accession states to the EU. We extend a warm welcome to the states of the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
"The newly enlarged EU must be built on a foundation of equality, cultural tolerance and social justice. May 1st 2004 provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to reassess the current EU model.
"Unfortunately, the current direction of the EU reflects the will of big business and the large, wealthy and militaristic member states. Most European states have already begun to restrict access to workers from the accession states. This is not the type of EU that Sinn Féin wants to be involved in.
"Sinn Féin wants an EU that leads the way in the protection of civil liberties and protects the fundamental human rights of its citizens. We want 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 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.
"Sinn Féin will continue to strive towards these goals."ENDS