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Sinn Féin will offer a breath of fresh air to politics in the North West constituency

13 May, 2004

Sinn Féin North West EU candidate Pearse Doherty has today said that a vote for his party in the forthcoming EU elections would offer a breath of fresh air to politics in the North West constituency.

Mr Doherty was speaking this morning as he handed in his nomination papers at Sligo Courthouse, Sligo Town at 10.00am. He was accompanied by party colleagues, Dail Sinn Féin leader Caoimhgín Ó Caoláin TD, Pat Doherty MP and Sean McManus, Mayor of Sligo.

Mr Doherty said:

"I am proud to have been chosen to represent Sinn Féin for the North West 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 MEPs.

"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 would offer a breath of fresh air to the North West constituency. The people of this region are fed up with the culture of ineptitude, corruption and broken promises in local and national politics. Sinn Féin will put the needs of the people of this constituency first.

"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 North West constituency. A job of work has to be done. Sinn Féin stand ready for that challenge‰ ENDS.

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