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John Dwyer upbeat on Sinn Féin's prospects as he hands in EU nomination papers

11 May, 2004

Sinn Féin EU candidate for the East constituency Cllr John Dwyer was upbeat on his party's election prospects in the forthcoming EU elections on June 11th 2004. Cllr Dwyer was speaking after he handed in his nomination papers for the East EU constituency in Trim Courthouse, Trim Co Meath at 2pm yesterday.

Party colleagues, Louth TD Arthur Morgan, Wexford local election candidate David Forde and Meath Cllr Joe Reilly accompanied Cllr Dwyer.

Speaking after his nomination, Cllr Dwyer said:

"I am proud to have been chosen to represent Sinn Féin for the East Constituency in the forthcoming EU elections. The people of this constituency have the opportunity to make history on the 11th June, by electing a Sinn Féin MEP to represent their interests. We are the only party standing in all five constituencies on the island, and are confident that we will return an All Ireland team of MEP's.

"The political growth of Sinn Féin over the last decade has been phenomenal. More and more people are recognising the role played by Sinn Féin within communities the length and breadth of Ireland. Our record in defending the Peace Process is undeniable, and we are now the largest pro agreement party in the Six Counties.

"Sinn Féin offers a credible alternative to the politics of corruption, broken promises and government ineptitude. We are a campaigning party which has made a real and meaningful impact by engaging with local people, whether in communities, local councils or in government.

"Sinn Féin wants to be part of a Europe of equals. 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.

"I will take our vision for Europe to the doorsteps, the length and breadth of the East constituency. A job of work has to be done. Sinn Féin stand ready for that challenge" ENDS.

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