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Sinn Fein committed to defending Public Services

2 June, 2004


Sinn Féin candidate for Dublin in the coming European Elections, Mary Lou McDonald said that protecting public companies and workers rights would be a top priority for her in the European Parliament. Launching Rewriting the Lisbon Agenda, a party document dealing with public services and workers rights, she said that 'Sinn Féin is committed to defending public services state and we want to see a well-run dynamic public sector delivering quality services on the principle of equal access on an island-wide basis.'

Ms McDonald, speaking after meeting Aer Rianta workers and union representatives at Dublin Airport said:

"The Lisbon Agenda is founded on the theory that increasing competitiveness is the key to resolving the economic problems of the EU and this requires the privatisation of public companies and public service provision. But privatisation in Ireland, in particular in the telecommunications industry, tells another story.

"EU regulations forbidding state investment in public services and restricting borrowing for investment in schools and hospitals are undermining our ability to provide for the people of Ireland. While the EU has made many positive contributions to the issue of workers‚ rights, the so-called European Social Model is increasingly under attack across the continent.

"Sinn Féin is committed to defending public services and we want to see a well-run dynamic public sector delivering quality services on the principle of equal access on an island-wide basis. It is this agenda for change we will bring to the heart of the European Union on behalf of workers and citizens." ENDS

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