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An Ireland of equals in a Europe of equals: Sinn Féin EU Manifesto

2 June, 2004

Sinn Féin Six County EU Election candidate Bairbre de Brún was today joined by party President Gerry Adams, newly elected Deputy Mayor of Belfast Joe O'Donnell and other party colleagues as she launched the parties EU Election manifesto in the six counties.

Ms de Brún set out the Sinn Féin vision for an Ireland of equals within a Europe of equals.

Ms de Brún said:

Is clár athraithe é clár Shinn Féin. Teastaíonn uainn an clár sin a thógáil go croílár na hEorpa le próiseas na síochána a chur ar aghaidh, leis an chlár uile-Éireannach a chur ar aghaidh agus le hÉire chothrom laistigh de Eoraip chothrom a thógáil. Teastaíonn uainn, fosta, oscailteacht, trédhearcacht agus réalachas a chothú in institiúidí na hEorpa do ghnáth mhuintir na hÉireann.

Sinn Fein's agenda is one of change. We want to bring that agenda to the heart of Europe to promote the peace process; to further the all Ireland agenda; to build an Ireland of equals in a Europe of equals; and to make the EU institutions more open, more transparent and more real to ordinary people across the island.

Sinn Féin wants to be in there playing our part. We want to support and enhance those aspects of the EU which are good for people, and we want to play a part in changing those things which are not. Our agenda for change is positive, progressive and rooted in the belief that the EU must work in the interests of ordinary people, and not solely the larger states or interest groups.

The manifesto we are launching today outlines in some detail where Sinn Féin stands on a wide range of EU policy issues, from economic policy to equality and human rights. Throughout the manifesto we are demonstrating our commitment to working for an Ireland of equals in a Europe of equals.

Our key manifesto themes are:

  • An independent Ireland of Equals in an EU of Equals
  • An EU that respects and promotes national, collective and individual rights (including political, social, cultural and economic rights)
  • An economically and socially just EU, not an EU that is merely another economic superpower
  • A demilitarised and nuclear-free EU
  • A globally responsible, fair-trading EU that leads the way on reaching the Millennium Development Goals for reducing global poverty by 2015

"Sinn Féin MEPs will campaign for continued support for peace building; a greater focus on social inclusion; greater transparency and accountability; a sustainable future for farming and fishing communities; a clean environment; and an EU which respects and promotes equality and human rights domestically and globally.

"We will also work to see the Irish language given its proper status as an official working language of the European Union.

"Is é seo clár leathan, dearfach, leanúnach an pháirtí le hathruithe a bhaint amach. Tá sé in am don Eoraip guth úr a bheith inti, guth úr uile-Éireannach. Tá sé in am dúinn guth Shinn Féin a bheith san Eoraip.

"This is Sinn Féin's broad ranging, positive and progressive agenda for change. It is time for a new voice in Europe, an all Ireland voice in Europe. It is time for a Sinn Féin voice in Europe." ENDS

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