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31 May, 2004

Sinn Féin EU candidate for the Six Counties Bairbre de Brún has called on the EU to lead by example on protection from discrimination and the promotion of equality. Ms de Brún said:

"The European Union is still a very unequal place, where women are grossly underrepresented in decision-making, where people with disabilities are regularly denied full access to education, services and jobs, and where some member state governments still believe it is acceptable to discriminate against people based on their national origin, religion, sexual orientation, family status or age.

"Sinn Féin believes that the achievement of full equality of all people within the EU regardless of gender, ethnic origin (including nomadic status), national origin, sexual orientation, disability, religious or political belief, family status, socio-economic status or age, must become a higher priority objective of EU policy.

"The EU must lead by example on protection from discrimination and the promotion of equality.

"Sinn Féin MEPs will make campaigning for equality a priority here at home and in Strasbourg and Brussels. We will work for: the introduction of a mechanism for equality-proofing all EU law and policy; levelling-up of equality rights protections throughout the EU; the introduction of more comprehensive EU anti-discrimination legislation with similar scope to the Racial Equality Directive, including new comprehensive Gender, Disability and Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual Equality Directives

"Sinn Féin is committed to creating an Ireland of equals in a Europe of equals. Only by tacking strong measures at an EU level and complementing that with local action can we begin to seriously tackle the negative effects of inequality and discrimination on many people across society."ENDS

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