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McDonald - Another Europe is possible

1 May, 2004


Sinn Féin Dublin EU candidate Mary Lou McDonald speaking at today's march organised by 'another Europe is possible' campaign called on parties and organisation on the left to campaign together, not just in Ireland, but with other people right across Europe for a different kind of Europe, an alternative Europe, a Europe for the people, and not for profit.

Ms McDonald said:

"It is good to see such a fine turnout despite the hysteria in the media and from security sources designed to scare people away from taking part in this event.

"We are here to welcome the new EU member states even if it is a welcome tinged with concern because they are entering the EU as second class states, as we predicted during the Nice campaign, with restrictions put in place by the member states. The European Union is one designed for the free movement of capital, but the restricted movement of people.

"I think it is worth remembering the origins of May Day lie as a day not just of protest, but of commemoration. May Day was first organised to remember five men, all trade unionists, and all anarchists as well, who were executed by the American Government during the campaign for a 40 hour week. And like today, the media and political establishment ridiculed and opposed those people who wanted social change.

"Like those men and the hundreds of thousands of others who campaigned for a shorter working week, we believe that change is possible, that another Europe is possible. One where 68 million people are not living in poverty, where our public services are not systematically privatised and where Irish neutrality is protected from those people in Europe, and in Ireland, who wish to do away with it.

"There are people here from every left wing political party and organisation in the state. If we are to defeat the big business driven agenda of European integration, we must focus on the 90% of issues on which we are united, and not the 10% where we disagree. If we are to defeat the EU Constitution, we must put aside our differences and campaign together, not just in Ireland, but with other people right across Europe for a different kind of Europe, an alternative Europe, a Europe for the people, and not for profit."ENDS

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